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 :)



30 comments:

lisa jo said...

my DVR cut off the season premiere of Grey's so yesterday i watched it online. It was a bit too long at 2 hrs but entertaining.
I am SO glad you were able to salvage your wedding dress...what a blessing! I hope you can get a new coat quickly. It is getting cold fast! XO

Sugar said...

so happy that your wedding dress can be saved!
much love to you, my friend.
have a lovely wkend.

Tracy said...

so happy for you that your wedding dress was saved! sorry to hear about the coat though, i hope you can find a new one soon. have a good weekend. hugs

Indigo said...

Here I am complaining about my contractors and even with everything you've been through, you still send positive love my way...Linda my friend you are priceless! Awesome news on the the wedding dress. Keeping you in my prayers on the smoke your able to find a winter coat you love! (Hugs)Indigo

Diane said...

What good news you were able to salvage your wedding dress and good luck in finding a new winter coat. I see you have got to grips with your new site, I'm getting there slowly.
Hugs Diane xx

Phyllis said...

Your page is just looking so durn cute! I love it! As I told you yesterday, you have to count your blessings with the stuff that was saved or you'll be overwhelmed again with the loss. Hang in there sweetie!

Joyce said...

I am so happy for you about your wedding dress and so sorry about your winter coat. I can't imagine how hard this all is. Hang in there Sweetie. This will all fade away (or at least get better) with time.
Hugs, Joyce

Dondie said...

Linda,
I am so glad that your wedding dress was saved. I am going to start a journal here as soon as I get a few minutes. Thanks so much for the card the other day. IT made my day. I am good, just been very busy with work..
love ya,
Dondie

Melissa said...

I'm so glad that your wedding dress is okay. What a horrible thing to go through.

I love the song on your blog...what is the name of that? I love Pooh too. Actually, my favorite is Eyore. He just melts my heart!

erarein63 said...

Yea on the wedding dress getting salvaged! And yea on finding you over here and "recovering" after your fire. So sorry for all your loss. Still pretty warm here in Phoenix, supposed to 98 today, but there is a cool front coming. Love the pooh song! If you are looking for me, you will find me here...

http://desthoughts.blogspot.com/

De ;)

Robyn said...

Linda,
Hi I am really out of the loop with your journal! You must have had a fire by the looks of your entry. I am very sorry! I am so happy for you that your wedding dress was ok! Your site looks great here! I will be back to keep reading more ;) Have a great weekend!!
Hugs, Robyn

Estela said...

On our move in 1988, from Germany to the US, we had one box stolen/lost. It was filled with our CD's and cameras. The biggest loss was the only tape of our wedding.... so I know exactly how you feel to discover that the wedding dress survived. :) Hugs, Estela

Emmi said...

awww, I'm so very happy they were able to save your wedding dress.

Julia said...

Your new home looks lovely. I am so happy about your wedding dress. I know that made your day. I still can't figure out how to get alerts. eventually I will though. Take care

Janis said...

Praise God about your wedding dress! What a wonderful, wonderful thing to discover!

Glad you are enjoying blogger! :) Love the pooh music (as does Rebekah!).

Janis

Arlene (AJ) said...

Linda how absolutely wonderful you found your wedding dress saved...that had to be such a touching moment for you. Sorry about the coat and other losses, but that will all work out. Keep positive and have a good weekend your way. Arlene

D said...

YEAH! that is great news.. I got teary eyed as I read.. so happy you have your dress
hugs

Diana said...

I am sooooo happy that your wedding dress was spared from the fire damage. How wonderful that one day Mandy can wear it! I have no idea of the emotions you must have felt seeing all your clothes and personal belongings ruined. It takes a while to build a wardrobe that we like and are comfortable with. I hope you have fun shopping though!

Take care.

Hugs,

Diana

Robin said...

Oh sweet Linda I am almost in tears thinking about your wedding dress! What a wonderful, wonderful thing to be saved! As for the Dooney's...let's hope each new season offers a new fabulous design you just HAVE to have! LOL.

I love ya and wish you weren't going thru this...hang in there.

Linda:) said...

I hear Kenny singing Return to Pooh Corner... I love that song!
I am so sorry about the loss of all your things.... and I did not know that they had a service that could actually clean and save any items at all.... what a blessing to have these things back again...
Have a wonderful weekend!

Missie said...

I love the Pooh tunes! LOL
I'm so happy that your wedding dress can be saved.

a corgi said...

I love your new blog!!! It looks so pretty and colorful and I am so glad that your wedding dress was saved! that must have been such a good thing to see; I bet after you shed the tears of happiness, you had a big smile on your face!! we will maneuver our way through Blogger and we will build a new community and we'll invite more people in too as I'm sure there are tons of wonderful people already blogging here!!

I heard about Robin :( glad she got that taken care of and I know she will feel better soon

hoping you find a winter coat that works; I know how important it is to have a good one in those cold climates

have a great weekend!

betty

debijeanm said...

Well, just turn my back for a few days and look what happens! What a great job you've done with your new blog! It's adorable, Linda!

And the historian in me MUST nag! Get yourself back to AOL and follow the directions to back up your journal. You can't lose that!

And your wedding dress! How fabulous! Seems kind of appropriate. The gown in which you began a new life still intact as you begin a new life?

Hugs!

Traci said...

Wonderful news about your dress! I know how hard it is to find clothes. I hope you can find a coat.

Nancy said...

I'm glad to hear that!
I cant believe it but I have missed the first two Greys Anatomys... Have been busy with visitors but still I cant believe it!!! Will have to watch them online.

Nancy said...

well what I meant to say was that I was glad to hear that your wedding dress was salvaged!! Yay!

~Ann~ said...

Yes I am here and I am sooooooooooo lost. LOL. Thanks for showing me how to add some more pictures. WoW. They came out big! Hmmmmmmmm. This is going to take time!

I am glad you were able to salvage a lot of stuff. And the wedding dress!!! WoW! :)

LIZ said...

Hi Linda,

I found your journal through another one. I just stopped by to say hello and im just out scouting journals in hopes of making some new journal friends.

Have a good weekend, Liz

Winivere said...

Seems as if your wedding dress is as well preserved as your marriage! As for the length of your clothes... tell me about being short! I have the same problems. Thank God I can sew! LOL... I hope it stays warm enough until you can find another coat. If not, thank God you have Marv's strong arms to keep you warm! LOL... Your picture is still on my refrigerator!
Love XX, Winivere

Myra said...

I am surprised anything was salvaged...whatever the fire doesn't destroy, there's the water and smoke damage to consider! I am so glad your wedding dress was saved. Honestly, some things can never be replaced because they are just so special and are part of our heart and soul.