I’ve got some family news to share today and wanted to keep you all in the loop too. I’ve talked about my parents mountain house many many times over the years I’ve been blogging. I’ve shared posts and activities that we have had in that mountain house as a family. Mom and Dad built the house over 30 years ago outside Murphy, NC and it’s been a summer getaway spot for them. They spent so much time up there during summer months and dad planted a huge garden up there every summer as well as his house here in Marietta. Two gardens! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw us up there a couple of Fridays ago for the last time.
It’s a house on 6 acres, with a stream in the front yard and a nice flat area below for his garden. Perfect for them. The last time he planted up there was 2016. In 2017 he was very ill as you all probably remember and his garden that year was very minimal. He planted last year at their Marietta house, but it’s been 3 years since the mountain garden was planted. He dearly loved that plot of ground and it grew some incredible vegetables over the years.
I’ve done several posts on the house and garden, but this one is a good recap on all of it. You can see the home cooked vegetable meals my mom made on this post and there are others linked off it as well.
And here’s another good post on the mountain house, with some of our relatives visiting and a fish fry we had. Such good food and fond memories of this house over the years. If you read those posts, you can really get a feel for what this mountain house has meant to my parents and our entire extended family. It was always their dream to have a house up there in the NC mountains. Our family had vacationed up there for years. My youthful memories are great of the Smoky mountains and much of our extended family spent so much time there as well. Many of our family members have gathered at this house over the years too and we have eaten some good Southern cooking.
So two or 3 years ago, we all began talking about when the time would come that mom and dad would sell the house. As I mentioned, 2016 was the last year dad gardened up there. He had two gardens and at almost 90 at the time, it was too much for him to do both. Mom was ready for him to give it up too (it was a lot of work for her too, with canning and putting up vegetables) and the next year (2017) took care of that, as that’s when he got c-diff and couldn’t do any gardening that year. Thank goodness, he has recovered enough that he grew some things last year and he’s going to plant a few things this year as well, but his strength is waning now and he just can’t do what he’s always done.
That’s his happy place, his garden. I know it’s sad for them to sell this place, but we all agree that it’s time. The time has come that he can no longer keep the house up, keep the grass and brush cut back as it should be and just overall take care of the house. You all know how much upkeep a house and grounds take, especially when you don’t live there full time.
Closing is tomorrow and we will all breathe a sigh of relief to sell the house. The good Lord smiled on them too and the new owners wanted everything in the house as well, including the contents of the basement. That was a relief to mom and really was a relief to us as well. We had talked about having to clean out that house many times and none of us were looking forward to that. So, this was an added bonus and blessing!
The house unfortunately is not worth a lot of money, but the memories left behind are priceless. It’s time to leave it behind. Keeping the house wasn’t an option for me or my sister or Lauren. We all have our own houses and live too far away to take care of another house. Plus, it wasn’t our dream place, but theirs. It took about a year and 1/2 for the house to sell and we are glad it’s finally happening. The new couple that’s buying it will love it, I’m sure.
My sister, brother-in-law, and I went up with mom and dad a couple of weeks ago to pick up their personal belongings. That swing and rocking chair came home with them. Lauren is getting the swing. It was a gift from my dad’s church congregation and it’s a good one. The rocking chair is a Brumby rocker, famous in these parts. Lauren is going to hang the swing in her backyard cabana in Louisiana.
We walked around and helped mom pack up clothes and personal items to bring home. Thank goodness we didn’t have to go through everything. She was so happy about that! They don’t need a thing from this house, as their Marietta house is full too. They have all they need here.
The welcome signs will be left behind.
Dad was feeling a little sad, I know, but he handled it well. He can’t do a lot these days as far as moving boxes and all, so we did it for him. He’s not nearly as strong as he was before he got sick.
Packing up clothes to bring home. We were just talking yesterday about how nice it will be to not have to worry about the house anymore. Mom will be glad especially as she handles most of the bills and anything to do with running the house. No more filling up the natural gas tank, worrying about upkeep on the house, or paying property taxes every year. That adds up too.
I snapped a few pics around the house as we went through, things that have been in the house for so long.
I found a Jadeite bowl and brought it home. One of mom’s longtime collection.
I snapped one more pic of mom and dad to document the last day as we locked the doors and came back home. Closing is tomorrow and that will mark the end of this chapter for the mountain house.
We met up with my cousin who lives up there for lunch and I caught dad in a laughing moment. They have spent so much time up here over the years, but I know it will be a relief as well as sad to bring this to a close.
I thought you all would like to know this news too since I’ve shared that house so much over my blogging life. Life changes and evolves and this is one of those changes for our family. It’s sad, but necessary and we all know that. It’s just another reminder that life is short and we better enjoy it while we have it. Don’t take those days and moments for granted. Every day is precious and one day we will look back and remember the good ole’ days for what they were.
Every family goes thru this process. Aging parents, selling property and figuring out what’s next. We hope our parents can just stay in their current home for the rest of their lives. That would be our wish, but of course we don’t know what the future holds. They are still doing pretty well on their own and we are close by if they need us.
Have you all gone through this too in your family? I am sure many of you have. It’s a part of life and things that we all have to deal with. Life is precious and full of good memories. Hold on to all of them! When I posted on Instagram and Facebook while were were up there that day going through this day,
I did have a couple of comments on Facebook that were rather unnecessary. Something to the effect that it’s just too bad that children take over and make their parents sell homes and do things they don’t want to do. And why isn’t this house staying in the family? Comments to that effect. I did respond back to them that we all have homes of our own, we live too far away to keep the house and besides, it’s not our dream place to have, so it was time to sell. When folks can’t take care of a house any longer, nor can family members take care of it, it’s time to go. We will have no regrets about selling the house and leaving it behind. The memories will always be in our hearts though! Can’t take that away!