Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Today was also the day for the closing on the land we'd been thinking of buying. It is just over 53 acres and the closing went off without a hitch. The heirs (six siblings!) all came dressed in their Christmas finery and seemed very, very nice. I thought it was so sweet that they came en mass to sign off on the family homestead and think they must surely have had mixed feelings of letting it go. I know I would. After speaking to them, I am not sure how accurate much of my information about the property has been in previous posts but what is clear is that they are a strong family with happy memories growing up there. I need to head out to the County Seat after Christmas to check out how much of the land has been allotted for farming and how much for grazing. I was told by a family member that it had never been farmed and that there remain buffalo wallows on the land from early days. The late patriarch of the family was born in 1900.
We drove out to the property after the closing and walked around for a few minutes but needed to get back to the house to check on the girls. Here are a few quick photos:
Dry creek run off:
Likewise, my husband's late mother was fondly remembered by several people we just met who went to school with husband or his siblings. His mother worked for the local school for many years. There was even one of her former employers at the party who lives down the street and we didn't know it. The way this went was that I would mention that my husband grew up in the area. They'd then make the connection of our last name with his mother and enthusiastically make kind comments about her. Few realised she passed away so long ago. It made me smile to see Husband beam upon realizing that his dear mother hadn't been forgotten and that she had positively touched so many people in her too short life.
I never met my husband's mother, who passed away more than 25 years ago. That being said, I have consistently heard her described as a sweet person by just about everyone who ever knew her. Many of those people are middle aged people (to be kind :)) who remembered her from the time they were in school. Their tone of voice tells me they mean really sweet, not just "nice." I am sorry I didn't have the pleasure of knowing her although I might have been utterly intimidated. My husband still suffers grief after all these years and the loss is probably all the more acute because she was such a good mother. Not only was she "sweet," she was strong, loving, funny and sensible. One of the loveliest things about my husband that I found so endearing when we first met was his down to earth, genuine and matter of fact love and respect for his parents. No drama there and I appreciate that.
Family drama is highly overrated.
Been working on cleaning up my sewing room. With my art classes, it sort of turned into a craft room and got completely out of control to the point where no sane person could retain that sanity if they were in there for any length of time. Here are some photos of my shame:
Off to throw some more wood on the fire.
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl