I haven't written anything in a very long time, or so it seems ot me. The last tiem I was here we were on th eway to MI to do a good deed for my MIL and run a garage sale. The phrase "No good deed goes unpunished" fits well here. After a couple days with her she blew up late at night in front of our 2 year old and scared him so badly that he regressed in several ways for a couple weeks. We are just now finally back to the little boy we knew before. My DH has said that she will never get the chance to do that again. So my little one will grow up without grandparents but will be safer, healthier and happier for it. I agree with his decision since we know it has happened with his cousins other times and we refuse to give the chance of repition with us. We forgive her, we just won't allow a rematch. I really admire my DH though. He listened (as we threw our things into a suitcase with DS clinging to me) and didn't lose his temper and return "fire" It wouldn't have done any good anyway. So no more MI entries!!
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After spending several days with my MIL I am back at home and hoping to find a little sanity until I have to go back there. We leave in 3 days to once again attempt to help without losing our minds and our tempers. I am trying to not think about the fact that this time we will be there over a week. I wish I were rich so I could buy the stupid farm as is and not have to worry about it any more. At least my DIL and SIL are reaping the benefit of the lessons I receive at her hands. I hope they are anyway. I'm sure I'm a poor MIL but I try not to be as bad as that. I hope they know or at least have an inkling of how much I value, respect and love them. They are in my prayers, and have been for more years than I have known them. Ah well, onward to more garage sale research. I have to sell a myriad of items, from a driving cart (updated sulky) to antiques to a sawmill. Should make for an interesting week! On a plus note we had 14 tons of metal hauled out of there this past weekend and she got 50 % of the money for that! Made me feel like I had accomplished something at least.
We left Friday for the farm. It is usually an 8 hour drive. 11 hours later we pulled in. We didn't even stop for dinner. We made some stops for gas and potty breaks but that was it. WE got started sorting and planning a garage sale that night. The next day I got up wiht out little one and spent an hour looking at all the different places we have to clean out and sell contents of. It took a long time. We are talking a barn shed and house all of which are huge. The rest of that day was spent going through several rooms in the house and that evening we planned how to get rid of shed contents. This includes a 20 foot long sawmill. I am a bit whelmed by all this but keep up a good front for my MIL who owns all this. She needs to get rid of it very soon. Financially she is hurting from owning two residences and paying lots of bills on them. i started a thread begging for help on where to sell this stuff. The saw mill is most daunting, but the horse has me concerned as well. She will let the saw mill go to anyone but the horse has to have a "good" home. Her standards are quite high. I'm not sure anyone will be good enough for that animal. Don't get me wrong I love animals and am actually rather fond of all of her horses but don't feel they need a better life than I have.
Sunday we drove home and it "only" took 9 hours. We even were able to stop for dinner. This will involve several more trips which cost a mint in gas but it's for family. My DS2 and I came back with colds my DH came back with the same cold he has had for 3 or 4 weeks. We go back in July. DH will work the holiday so he can leave a day early. The sale is around the 20th to 24th. I need to have the sawmill out by then. DH is hoping to get someone to buy the metal stuff that is around there, but they have to come pick it up too. To top it off they planned a big family reunion on that farm before the sale. I am really praying for a miracle.
I have agreed ot help my MIL do an estate sale so she can sell her house in Michigan. I am concerned about some of the stuff I know is there. How on earth will I sell a working (at least it did years ago) sawmill! I am going down next weekend so I can get an idea what is there that may prove a challenge and figure out a place to list it. I'm going to take my camera and get pictures of stuff I think will sell better on ebay than in a garage type sale. I am going to have a garage sale here too, probably the week after I get back. I don't have alot of stuff but need to get rid of what I have. I can't take my stuff there to sell although I did that once a couple years ago. She has asked me to sell her horse too. I listed it online but that has gone no where. In addition we are anxiously awaiting news of our next child. We are so frustrated with waiting but the garage and estate stuff should distract me for awhile at least. The actual sale should be the third week in July and then we need to list the house. I have to help find an agent for her to have sell the place too. She is giving us some stuff that we have to rent a truck to get home which will be a pain but worth it since the furniture is nicer than we will ever afford.