Sunday, April 17, 2005


Another weekend at the old house trying to get it ready to be put on the market. Lord, I am so tired & sore. I don't know if I have given the full story behind this move, so I am going to give y'all a little background right now.

My father-in-law was a sociologist & an obsessive collector of books. He died just over 2yrs ago from colon cancer, and at that time his library was about 20,000 books. My mother in law couldn't possibly handle their enormous house (about 3,000 sq ft) & getting rid of the books alone, so my husband & I moved into their home & she bought a condo in Ann Arbor.

Over the past 2 yrs, dh & I have been trying to catalog & sell as much of the library as possible and get the house in sale condition. We have managed to sell about 5,000 books online but at this rate it would take a lot longer than anyone wants to spend on this.

Anyways.. the house is pretty well cleared out right now except for the books. We spent all day today moving the boxed books & cleaning the basement. Next weekend we get to paint, can you sense the enthusiam?

Right now my whole body is sore.. really sore... "oh my god I can't move" kind of sore. I am really dreading waking up tomorrow...


Dragon Whispers said...

Kim I can relate to that a little bit. I kind of went through a similar situation when my dad passed away in 1999 from cancer also. He was a huge collector of anything old, mostly civil war kind of stuff. It was a nightmare sorting all that. He also kept pretty much everything he ever owned for close to 60 years worth!!! He never parted with a thing. I was lucky that my older sister knew how to handle it all so I just more or less helped her. It took forever!

So sorry that you hurt all over. Tell dh to run a nice bubble bath for you so you can soak your aches away. Hope you feel better soon.


Kimberly said...

LOL.. I had calgon take me away after I posted! It was wonderful.. until I got out of the bath! LOL

I'm sorry to hear about your dad! :( Yeah, it has not been fun going through all this stuff & plus my mil wants to keep so much & we have to figure out what the heck to do with it all! sigh

Thank goodness for Tiger Balm! ;)

Sue said...

20,000 books! Wow, and I whined after moving my measly two bookcases worth. And then you have to paint? That makes me ache,too. You'd better stock up on your Tiger Balm!