That is what happens when one decides to empty out "that" closet.
Let's be nice and call it the "catch all" closet..... the one you gingerly open and hope like mad that one more thing can be stuffed in it without everything else falling out.
Ours is at the end of the upstairs hallway and I often bless the lady who designed and had this house built - she put a closet in every possible spot......but really it just creates more places for clutter.
When we moved in to this house almost 10 years ago I did not bless the aforementioned lady for the fuzzy palm tree wall paper and the hideous grey shag carpets. We had to do a pretty quick renovation just to live here so the one thing I did was store all the framed photos and much of the framed art...... just for a while......
Hmmmmm .....funny how I found them all in the closet on Saturday.
As well as boxes of photos never framed or scrap booked - long before digital was a thing.
In fact I found boxes that came with us from South Africa......my own birth announcement and cards my parents received, our engagement announcement, wedding photos, photos of trips taken as a child and with Allan when we were newly wed....... Allan's bagpipes.......
So of course the actual closet clean out stalled as I was sucked back in time........ way back.
It is sobering, fun, sad and happy to see ones life so laid out in snippets......the babies that are now teens, the skinny, curly haired me, the big hair phase, the beach holidays, family now missing, old pets.....old homes..... so many emotions.... so many memories.
And due to other more exciting activities like furniture shopping and wine and cooking and baking and coffee dates and watching movies (me again!) and photography and poutine ....
|Cheese muffins for soccer victors!|
|Lindsay made steamed pork buns and dan dan noodles and Allan made sechuan green beans|
|My version of Jamie Olivers "Golden Chicken"|
|His version - meh right?|
|Also it did not take 15 minutes - more like 45 but good anyway|