A Clean Out.

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May 27, 2013 by Janna Roznos

Most Americans are enjoying their Memorial Day with backyard BBQs, trips to the beach, visiting with family and friends or attending a Memorial Day Celebration.

Not me.

I am cleaning out boxes.

My father, which just celebrated his 80th birthday (more on that in another post) has decided to clean out his garage, which is great – in theory:  The more he cleans out the less I will have to clean out in the future.  However his idea of a clean out is to bring all the boxes to me and leave them on the patio.

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So I have been cleaning out the boxes all weekend.

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My grandfather’s art supplies.   A few tins of watercolors, which I thought was odd, since he painting exclusively in oils.  I did discover a few of his old sketchbooks, which have his preliminary drawings that he did for his oil paintings.

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But most of the boxes contained pottery.  Much of it is miscellaneous pieces of pottery.

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Some of it I do plan on keeping.  There are several Bauer* bowls that I want to keep and a few of the smaller bowls and maybe a couple of other items.

It is interesting looking through all this stuff, especially the labels on the back of the pottery.

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Much of it was manufactured here in California.  Of course, most (if not all) of these manufacturers are now gone.

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I did find a few broken pieces in the bottom of one of the boxes.  Maybe this is a sign that I should try my hand at mosaics?  Yep, that is just want I need yet another hobby.

So once I finish sorting through all these items, I will be boxing them up and they will join the other boxes of stuff (that my Dad brought over yesterday) in the garage until I take them to our local charity shop.

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As much as I like to get cabinets/closets, etc., cleaned out.  This is somewhat difficult (emotionally that is) because I remember many a meal with these plates and glasses and it is sort of like throwing out a bit of my childhood. A Captain Kangaroo lunch box? Must have been one of my brother’s ’cause I never watched that show.

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Why do I attach so much ‘emotional baggage’ to objects I don’t know.  What I do know is that I have got to get back to work!

*Bauer Pottery is still in business.  I have been to their factory store in Los Angeles and they do have some beautiful pieces of pottery.

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