Like a Snowman in the Spring

Nevermind that we actually DID get snow this past Monday and had enough for my girls to make a snowman in the backyard. I know that it’s mid-March and that proper homemakers of America have officially taken down ALL of their winter decorations and probably even have some spring ones up.

I am not a proper homemaker of America.

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What’s this? It’s my front yard. See that little yard ornament there in front of the for-decoration-and-leaf-collecting-only bird bath? Need a closer look?

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Yep. That’s my snowman in the spring. I also had a doormat out front with Christmas trees on it that, as of ten minutes ago, is now in the trash because when you leave a decorative doormat out for four months that should only have been out for, say, two weeks, you have problems.

Here are my excuses: 1) we rarely ever go through the front door and my whole life can be summed up by the mantra “out of sight, out of mind.” 2) I don’t know what to do with him – do I pack him away with the Christmas stuff? Do I toss him in with the stuff headed to Oklahoma in three days for a temporary vacation in my parents’ garage? He’s a man without a country, Frank.

I am this snowman in the spring. I need to pack, but what? I’m in that very uncomfortable spot of needing to clear out some excess so we can get our house ready to show, but also we still live here and need to until late July. And we’re still homeschooling and kid-shuttling and all the other stuff that makes up the sum of our St. Louis lives.

I’m really kind of a mess. I don’t know if my mind is in St. Louis with all the present realities we’ve got going on or if it’s in Oklahoma City with all the uncertainties that lie ahead.

So here I stay – kind of noticeably out of place, like a snowman in the spring. If I’m not careful I’m going to melt.

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6 thoughts on “Like a Snowman in the Spring

  1. martha brady says:

    i feel for you girl! moving is so NOT my thing:( for all the moves i’ve made, you would think I’d have it down to a science, but I’ve never been able to do that. sadly, the older i get, the harder it is to multi-task, so that doesn’t work well w moving and living in the now. hope the house sells quickly (a miracle in itself these days). m

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  2. Need A Nap2 says:

    You express yourself so eloquently!! Sounds like me when we were moving to our current city. Just be thankful for Internet access while you have it and plan out a few things you might need when you move! You’ll be surprised how much you can put away when you’re getting the house ready to sell, we put stuff in our friend’s basement and besides getting some clothes out we didn’t touch the stuff for about 1 year. Ugh, I have trouble letting go. And I do need the occasional vase for when my hubby decides to surprise me with flowers! 🙂

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  3. Need A Nap2 says:

    (Why was stuff in our friend’s basement for 1 year – we were trying to get our house ready to sell thinking we would be moving overseas but that plan fell through but eventually we did put our house up for sale. And we had a signed contract in less than 1 week so all of that pre-prepping did help a LOT!)

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  4. Need A Nap2 says:

    And I told my friend about how you’re moving so unless your hubby’s job is spoken for then I have friends who would take the job and buy the house (maybe)! I’m trying to get it all taken care of for ya! 🙂

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  5. Kelly says:

    We wish you the best with your move (we aren’t envious). It is, however, a great time to purge things! On a totally unrelated note, are you taking any of your sedum plants with you? I saw them in your snowman picture. For our last move I dug ours up and they remind us each fall with their blooms of our last home we loved!

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  6. steph says:

    Hey! I just got caught up on your news (= man, did you string people out! I had to hunt all over the place to figure out what actually happened (= I just wanted to say that I SO KNOW this in between place where you are. Sort of sure of the shape of the next place, but not sure enough to make some real decisions. Sadly, that phase has lasted almost a YEAR for us (= Looks like yours has a hard ending so I’m very glad for you. I couldn’t imagine schooling 4 kids in the midst of it. Glad mine are still small enough for multiple naps a day (=

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