I don’t know why, but the blog hasn’t been top of mind for me the past couple of weeks and the posts seem more tepid than usual. I’ll get back in the swing of things here shortly.
Perhaps that’s because it has felt like old home week the past few weekends. Whoever said ‘you can’t go home again’ was only partly right. It does not apply if you need to box stuff and get it out the (garage) door to UPS.
All the loose ends related to parental goods are now tied up. Fine china to Ellen, antique cameras (dating back more than a century) are in Reid’s hands with the rest shipped to Charlotte. It is all resolved and that chapter is closed.
May 9, 2011
Ellen/Reid: This morning I’m in a bit of a fog after yesterday’s travel. Went to bed late by my standards (midnight) and was up very early and got to work about 6:30 to wade through a mountain of e-mails and that’s only from being out of the office a couple of days. I shudder to think what the truly higher-ups have in their e-mail queue when they get back from vacation. It was tough to get rigged up and out the door. The coffee was particularly weak so it might necessitate a visit downstairs to Starbucks or Caribou when this letter is done.
All in all it was a pretty good weekend. Steve’s wedding was appropriately low key and his girls did a fabulous job with their remarks. Good to see lots of old friends and invariably they ask how you both are and what you’re doing. I try to fill them in as best I can.
Jane Hemminger just cannot be rivaled as a party hostess. Clad in her bare feet and a red apron, she and Dave threw a nice bash out on their deck on Friday night. It was a beautiful evening. The whole crew was there; Dickinsons, Cornicks, Sculforts, Hestons, John Leonhardt, the Kobes, Fustenaus and Shifflers. I know I’m leaving some out but it was a very nice affair. Jane can cook and prepare gourmet foods with the best of them. And she makes it sound like it’s no big deal when it actually is. I had a great time but was habitually overserved. Not to sound like a broken record, but people habitually asked about what you’re both up to.
I stayed with Staci and Bruce all three nights. Max and Alex are doing college things so they had plenty of spare room in their 5 bedroom abode. That was nice. We stayed up all three nights yakking and drinking wine way past my bedtime. That’s why the mornings were fairly groggy. My original plans were to stay at the house but am glad that did not happen. Saw some of the neighbors, and they also ask what you’re up to. Gave some of the boxed plates and tableware to Mary and Frank’s daughter Gianna who is setting up her first place. Now she’ll have some dishwasher safe plates and bowls. Quite a bit of the boxed material is going to Goodwill which is just as well. Reid, you clearly don’t have the space for items, and Ellen you just don’t need anything but you will get the fine china which I hope arrived intact. The big prize of the weekend was finding the glass-covered roasting pan which was your great-grandmothers. That is the one thing I wanted from your grandparents house and I thought it had gone missing. So that was a coup. Really, it was hard to wade through everything. It brought a lot of emotions to the surface. I know whoever buys their items at whatever thrift shop they’re sold at won’t have the same attachment as we might. That’s okay. In reality, it’ll be less stuff for you two to clear out down the road if you know what I mean. In a morbid way, I thought of carting some of it home to sell on EBay but since I don’t know how that works, let alone what stuff is worth, the boxes went over to the Goodwill pile.
It’s interesting to see Des Moines after all this time. They have done an incredible job downtown. Lots of towns, including CLT, would be envious of the restaurants and nighttime haunts from the Capitol on west. It’s just very nice. They’re not rolling up the sidewalks at twilight like they used to. Bruce and John and I ate downtown at some funky little place Thursday night and it was fabulous. Great to see those two. The persistent question comes up about moving back to Des Moines and that’s a tough one to answer. You guys are in that same boat because you get the same repetitive question. It’s like that old saying: how do you get them back on the farm once they’ve seen gay Parie?