September 29, 2019, Sunday
I rearranged our furniture on the ground floor in preparation for Oyen’s official Chinese engagement called Ting Hun. I started at 12 noon and finished at midnight. I was exhausted but my adrenaline remained high. I didn’t want to stop ’till I had placed everything in its proper place.
Imagine I moved big pieces of furniture with the help of the maids that were around on that day. We moved the formal dining set to its original location. I moved the formal living set across the dining. I moved the living room sofas to the family room, and distributed the love seat and 6 chairs around the house. The heaviest piece was the buffet table, followed by the dining table.
I was amazed I didn’t have a migraine attack after carrying heavy furniture.
Antonia said para daw kaming lipat-bahay business.
I recently bought two water color paintings on silk paper supposedly for the farm but Edmund suggested we hang them here too. Hayan, bumagay rin naman. Instead of French-Italian motif, naging French-Chinoiserie.
I also brought out items that have remained inside boxes and shopping bags for years including this set of Herend dinnerware from Budapest. My husband said “paghindi nakikita, nawawala”. Kaya hayan I removed the plates from their boxes and placed them on the buffet table. I also found that cute pewter bowl with matching spoon wrapped in newspaper. If I had not opened those plastic bags, I would have forgotten that I even have that. To keep my memory intact, I am going to mention here that I bought that from Capetown.
And look at this Tiffany box. I think the ugly dots were caused by the humidity.
I opened this na rin. Nalimutan ko na rin that I have something like this. This is a gift from ……. hayan…. nalimutan ko na…. nay ko… sino na nga ba nagbigay nito? If I am not mistaken—- this could be from Max, Edmund’s friend. I think he gave this to us on our 25th wedding anniversary.
I didn’t put it back in the box anymore. I placed it on the table in the living room together with the Royal Copenhagen plate, Oyen’s pasalubong last week from Denmark. Hayan fully documented na so I don’t forget about these special items. (Anak, huwag i-ga-garage sale.)
O, another one. I opened the box and voila, there’s a crystal bowl made in Italy. I no longer recall if this is a gift or if I bought this. Most likely this is a gift. But from whom?
So I don’t forget that I have this, hayan I displayed it na din.
I could tell that the items inside the curio cabinets were dusty. Hindi ko natiis I washed the dusty cups and saucers one by one. My sister asked me why I was the one cleaning them. Eh kasi if the maids break something, I would get mad, ma-stress pa ako— “baketttt, hindi ka nag-iingatttt, hayan, nabasag, etc. etc. ” But If I am the one who breaks it, all I would say is “Ay nabasag, sayang.”