F Simple and Serene Living: breathe in....breathe out 09 10
Friday, September 6, 2013

breathe in....breathe out

First thing I want to do is thank everyone for all your wonderful comments and support this week. Needless to say this has been a very trying time.

Today was the day I was able to get my property back. It was very tense and to top it all off I woke up with food poisoning early this morning. UGH!!!

When I arrived to pick up my things a deputy (not my personal deputy, who had been kicked by her horse), and the movers were already there. The first thing I was told was that I wasn't allowed on the property, but the deputy persuaded her to let me on the driveway and stand by the truck as things were being loaded. It was 90 degrees with the humidity at about 100%. ANOTHER UGH!!!

The first thing that was brought out was this. 


This is the bottom half of what used to be a beautiful rosewood Victorian china cabinet. It has been in my family for over 100 years. 


I barely recognized it. The heat and humidity of the garage had destroyed it. I just told myself don't cry, don't cry. 

The top of the piece and the marble top seem to be okay. 

Next came this. Missing a panel and piece of glass. Nowhere according to her to be found.


Then this,



and this


and so on..... followed by tons of boxes. I have no idea what they contain. Are my grandmothers quilt, lamp, silver, china, etc. in any of them?? Where are the things I know are missing. Two antique hooked rugs. Three of my family's large framed antique photos were there, but where is the fourth one? Where are my three vintage suitcases?

I do have choices. I can take her back to court and get another judgement against her for the loss and damage or I can move forward. I am thinking I will probably do the latter. This has drug on too long and I am ready to get on with my life. 

Meanwhile, everything I did get is in a storage unit and I will be planning how I can salvage my wonderful pieces. Maybe there will be some painting in my future when I get them out. 

My trip to Nags Head was put off until tomorrow, due to the food poisoning, but I am looking forward to getting there and four wonderful days of R & R. Now, for a nap.



 

31 comments:

  1. To top all this misery off to get food poisoning. Can't they charge her with something? That is just a shame she let that furniture get in that state. A real shame. Well, get some R&R and look forward. Like when I lost my four and half years of my blog recently, I could have just sat down and cried. Or start writing. I started writing.
    Brenda

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  2. I think everything looks very salvagable Laura - it just looks like damaged veneer which at the very least is fixable!!!
    Poor you - My God - food poisoning to top it all off - unbelievable -
    This is going to be the best vacation of your life I'm sure - try to savor every single second of it girlfriend!
    Hugs
    Suzan

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  3. Fresh paint, fresh start!
    A nice challenge for Anne Sloan!
    I so hope and pray that the boxes are intact, Laura.

    Our family has been the victim of crime two times. Both times our hands were tied due to law. It usually takes a major news story to remind us that criminals have more rights when it comes to the law. I would get on my soapbox...but in this case, I am stopping, and send you a big hug as you exhale!

    Here's to a sip of ginger ale and fresh salt air tomorrow!
    w/L


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  4. I had a feeling this would happen, she should be ashamed of herself, I agree, best to move on, she made herself look a fool on to of being a thief, closure is what you need, take care,

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  5. Laura, I'm so happy you were able to get your things back. But I am so dismayed at the lack of care given to them by this woman. Not surprised, considering all the road blocks she put in your way. But now, my friend, move forward, leave this woman behind who deserves not one more ounce of energy from you. Relax a little and then start thinking of what you can do with these pieces. Maybe it was time for a new lease on life?

    xo
    Claudia

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  6. Laura, I'm so happy you were able to get your things back. But I am so dismayed at the lack of care given to them by this woman. Not surprised, considering all the road blocks she put in your way. But now, my friend, move forward, leave this woman behind who deserves not one more ounce of energy from you. Relax a little and then start thinking of what you can do with these pieces. Maybe it was time for a new lease on life?

    xo
    Claudia

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  7. I know this must be so hard and you feeling sick adds to it. I'm praying for you my friend! Take care of yourself. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  8. Laura- How bittersweet to get the stuff back and have it in such poor condition. You may be doing a bit of painting but underneath that paint all the memories will remain intact. God bless you and go enjoy some R& R. xo Diana ps..what a WITCH!!!!!

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  9. It’s okay, Scarlett. We will think about it tomorrow . . . Nags Head ~ off you go!!

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  10. So sorry that you are not feeling well. I am so glad you got your family pieces back, even though not in the condition they should of been. I think moving on is the right thing. Take care of yourself.

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  11. You poor dear; this has been such a nightmare for you! Hoping when you open those boxes, it will feel like Christmas as you find some of your treasures.

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  12. I am so glad that this bad chapter is closing. The good is the things are now in your possession and the bad is the horrible condition they are in. I am so sorry about the food poisoning and hope you are better and on your way to the beach soon. Rest and yes Breathe! Big Hugs my friend.

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  13. Oh my word! I guess the old saying is true, "When it rains, it pours." You poor thing. I can't believe the damage done to your things. I know a part of you is thankful to have them back, but on the other hand you're furious about their state. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been sick and that this day was a bit of a disappointment. I hope tomorrow will be a better day!

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  14. I'm so glad you got your things back and altho it will take some work, it all looks fixable. Hope you feel better and can enjoy the weekend. Move on my friend and let it go. A new chapter in your life is about to begin.

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  15. Wow, I just don't know what to say! I think she should have to pay to have your things restored. I wonder if nerves made you sick rather than the food. I am so sorry, Laura. No one should have to put up with a situation like this, especially someone as kind as you. Again, I am so sorry!!!

    xo,
    RJ

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  16. I'm happy for you that you got your things back. I'm sorry that they need repair and paint, but it's good that they can be fixed. Sorry, too, that you had food poisoning. I do hope you're feeling better. Take care and enjoy your R&R!!

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  17. Laura, It's good you got anything back. I think you knew it would not be in great shape...someone has deceived you so much. Make the most of what you did get back and move on....cut that part of your past away. If you don't ..it will be as a sore and never heal if you pick at it....get yourself happy Laura. You'll feel better with a new future and some rest. Blessings to you...you have friends who truly care.xoxo,Susie

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  18. Laura.. so sorry this happened. What a horrible person this woman is. Hope you are over your food poisoning.

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  19. Laura, I am so glad that you got your possessions back! I'm sure they can be restored. It's probably best that you move on.
    I'm sorry that you had food poisoning and hope that you are feeling better. Have a good R&R at Nags Head!
    Hugs, Barb

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  20. Banish the horrible woman from your thoughts and enjoy your pieces again. They are quite lovely, with a little love from you, they will grace your new home beautifully.

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  21. I am so sorry to hear about the food poisoning and about missing posessions, not to mention your cabinet destroyed. I hope you find a lot of your special things in those boxes. Love and blessings from Pam in Norway xx

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  22. Hi Laura, I can't believe that on top of everything you got food poisoning! I am so sorry that your items seem to be in such bad shape, rotten person she is, but it doesn't look like it can't be salvaged. Hang in there and get some much needed rest! I hope you feel better soon and boy, do you deserve some R&R.

    Cynthia

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  23. Laura, I am very behind in my blog reading so I don't know what's gone on up to this point, but I am so happy that you got many of your items back from that horrid woman! Awful that some are broken but you can do something wonderful with them in time, I'm sure! Hopefully, your actions taught this woman and her family a lesson in how to treat people! Enjoy Nags Head! I haven't been there in ages! Hugs, Leena

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  24. Sounds so very stressful and then on top of it..tummy distress... Take care and maybe a cup of warm tea would help..

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  25. I'm sorry so many of your family treasures were damaged. I hope you find and can restore most of them. Try to rest and clear your mind. Feel better.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  26. Oh Laura, I certainly hope that you are feeling better now at the end of the day..what a trial you have gone through. Well, like they say, Karma's a *****.

    All the nasties she has done, will come back to haunt that woman one day...


    Jen

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  27. It's unbelievable she had the guts to leve things in that state. I hope you'll find many memories back in the boxes. And I'm sure you'll fix all the furniture and love it even better after!

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  28. When I get stressed I cannot keep my food down, either. It is my first natural reaction and then there is a terrible downhill road for what could be days or weeks. I pray you will make it through this and be able to reclaim YOUR belongings and restore them to the best of your ability. It will have to be your mission now, you must try to fix that cabinet. Three years ago when I was at my worst stressed out moment in quite awhile, is when I started painting furniture. I had neglected my art for so long I had forgotten how good it felt. It took several months, but it is a type of therapy. You will find joy in reading about how to revitalize that cabinet and in executing the work to make it so. You will feel utter redemption when she is beautiful again and not in a state of neglect and you can say, I DID IT! I fought for her, won her back, and restored her to beauty! I don't know why there have to be such uncooperative people in this world. I know in the end, these boxes and furniture pieces are just things, but they have memories and are precious and should be respected. Plus, they are your property! You really have maintained such a classy outlook--- far more than I would have ever tolerated, being the hothead I am. You truly are an example of God's grace being sufficient when life gets difficult to manage. Good luck, Laura, in moving forward and I truly look forward to reading about the aftermath...the journey of the items, what you will do with them, etc. It is a story and you are our heroine that we adore and cheer for and you have freed the captives.

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  29. Oh Laura.. I'm so sorry you are having to deal with all this. You certainly did not need a case of food poisoning on top of everything else. Hopefully you will have the patience and perseverance to repair to cabinet. It will be a labor love and once repaired will brighten your spirits.

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  30. I hope that you will be able to salvage most of your belongings and make them your own again. Time to move on now. Hope you feel better soon.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  31. Hope things start looking up from here. :) Enjoy your R&R!

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