Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Almost Christmas..............

Can't believe that today is Dec 23rd, just another day and it will be Christmas. This year has been an eventful one for our family and 2009 looks to be the same. Early rising tomorrow morning to get to the food necessary for the next few days as well as a few presents. Then it will be back home to do some more sorting and packing. Have made great strides but there is still a lot to do. Guess what we will be doing over the Christmas holidays?
Took a lot of boxes of clothing and other items to the Animal Rescue Organisation this morning. Hopefully it will help to raise funds for much needed care and welfare of animals. There will be more stuff to dispose of before this move is over!!
Megan took a few boxes of books to the second hand book shop in Cape Town. Today we collected a couple more boxes of things from the storage unit which is definitely looking a lot clearer, most of the stuff left is to be kept just repackaged. Megan had a large vintage cabin trunk which she has had for many years and which we filled with our bears for safe keeping. This was one of the items which we brought back home today to sort through. We were horrified to find the bears full of moth holes. One way to achieve the vintage and aged look. Strangely enough
the mohair made by Schulte was virtually untouched but the Helmbold mohair was badly affected. Spent several hours cleaning up the bears keeping just a few very special ones for our own collection. We gave some to the AIDS charity shop and the balance to a neighbour who will pass them to a children's home this Christmas. I have put our bears in plastic bags in the freezer in the hopes of killing any remaining bugs. We will then put them in a big plastic container, I hate mothballs but the bunches of lavender did not do much last time. Will have to find something to put in with the bears.
Now Megan is going through her Barbie doll collection which we will be listing on e-bay.
We have only one couch left, no takers yet but we could end up sitting on the floor before this move is complete! With the holidays sales could be a lot slower.
Looking forward to a slightly less hectic Christmas day as I do need a break.
To all my dear family, special friends and loyal collectors who take the time to read this saga of my life and trials I wish you a most blessed Christmas holiday and a very wonderful 2009.

~I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens~

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