Friday, October 3, 2008
A Big Spirit Booster....
Okay, before I say one other thing about yesterday, I have to tell you the best news ever....they were able to salvage my wedding dress from the basement!!!! Yep, I stood there and bawled like a baby :) It's like a miracle! After our wedding, I had it professionally cleaned and stored, and they said that because of all the layering and protective wrap inside....it made it through everything that went on down there. I just can't begin to tell you what that seeing that did for me.....and Mandy was so happy when I told her, I got excited all over again :)
Viewing our clothes and linens, etc......wow, it was overwhelming. I'm trying to see only the positive, so I will tell you that there are 22 boxes stored there that they salvaged, plus one rolling rack with about 50-60 items on it. All the boxes aren't filled with stuff though, one had a single comforter in it, four had one pillow each in them, some boxes had like 3 purses, or 4 pairs of shoes, two boxes were towels, etc, etc. After viewing those, that brings me to the part that isn't so positive.....there were 45 boxes that are there, full of things that could not be salvaged. Most of anything that was saved were items from the 3rd level closets and bedrooms. Everything in my closet was a total loss, as that room took heave fire damage along with the soot, water, and heat. Luckily, Marv's suits and bulkier items were in the upstairs spare bedroom closet, along with his dress shirts, pants, and dress shoes.....things he didn't wear every day. All our seasonal clothes, were stored downstairs where the fire broke out. Sadly, I lost my winter coat, which I had kind of prepared myself for before I went. You might wonder why that is bothering me, well, here is the reason. Because of my size, I can't just buy a coat out of the store, and a lot of catalogs don't carry very many, so the selection is slim to none....nothing very cute. I found one a few years ago that I LOVED, and it was pricey, but I didn't care, it was a cute coat and they last for years. When it came, because I'm so short, I had to have the arms and length altered....so really, my coat was custom made for me. Winter is fast approaching, and it has me a bit worried....so keep your fingers crossed that I can find one. All but two of my fabric based Dooney & Bourke handbags were a total loss, but the leather ones made it out fine (I put that information in here just for Robin!)
It was just a day of mixed emotions....you'd be sad about something in one box, and then you'd see something that was saved in another and feel better, ya know? But the wedding dress.....that made my whole day and allowed me to leave there not depressed that we lost so much on this first inspection. I am still thrilled :) I'm not sure when we will start looking at the collectibles and other things....but I'm sure that will be quite the process....you're talking an entire house full of stuff!
Have a wonderful Friday......and I hope it's the start of of a beautiful weekend :) Oh, by the way, how do you like my Winnie The Pooh music? The player is located at the bottom of the page, and it has five Pooh Songs! Plus, check out my Grey's Anatomy widget, it has previews of the week's upcoming show.........I just may like this place after all :)