Schtuff from Stephan and Kara

Maple’s and my’s dear friends, Kara and Stephan are moving to Boston. Kara has already left, but Stephan had stayed behind to finish up the packing and the school semester. Their departure from the ‘Banks is a blow for sure – Stephan and Kara are quite the prolific artists, wonderful friends, and fun companions. I suppose one could look at it as Fairbanks’s loss is Boston’s gain, but the moving of friends is never a joyous occasion.

Maple and myself spent most of Saturday helping Stephan load stuff out of his house and into a U-Haul shipping container. When we originally got there Stephan had a list: stuff to go to the shipping container, stuff to go to Maple and myself, stuff to go to Value Village and stuff to go to the Transfer Site. Maple and myself (the ‘Traveling Transfer Site’ as I sometimes call us) were only too happy to let Stephan know that his process could be streamlined; there was no need for the Transfer Site or Value Village, he could just give everything to us. Instead of a 1/4 of his stuff going to either VV or TS, he could give 4/4 of his stuff to us. We would sort, sift and disperse the majority of the possessions amongst ourselves and friends, leaving, when all was said and done, roughly 1/16 of the possessions at the TS. (Maple and myself are slowly building a network of, say, the relationships that a pawn shop owner with a glass eye who sells gold teeth would have. We’re not at that stage where we refer to Fred Meyer plates as ‘rough-cut stoneware’ but we haven’t ever been really pressed for cash. Yet.)

Stephan and Kara are incredibly generous people. Whilst Maple and myself are used to the movings and givings of people our own age (whose quality of possessions – much like our own – tend to lean towards the TS-found-clearance-at-Fred-Meyer variety) Stephan and Kara’s giving truly humbled us. For instance, we now own a Japanese Rice Cooker and two wineglasses!

The sheer amount of stuff was a little overwhelming in our wee abode. But we got right down to the business of sifting (through all our new goodies), purging (our existing stuffs) and rearranging (our house.)

Stuff, stuff, stuff.

Stuff, stuff, stuff.

More stuff. But we already had the adorable dogs.

More stuff. But we already had the adorable dogs.

AMAZING fold-out shelf!

AMAZING fold-out shelf!

Due to the fact that our sweet, wee Garagehome is only 672 square feet, the influx of this much stuff was cause for a major reorganization. Maple had the brilliant idea of pulling out our kitchen table (and taking the leaf out) so now our kitchen is much more open. This also allowed us to put our new, beautiful, fold-out shelf by the window, thus simultaneously helping keep the area by the windows mold-free (by increasing ventilation) and allowing for the display of our sixty new mason jars full of grain. (Many mason jars full of really nice grains? Stephan’s generosity knows no bounds.)

Before: Our old set-up.

Before: Our old set-up.

After: Our new set-up!

After: Our new set-up!

Beautiful, old, wooden chairs. Of which we now have six!

Beautiful, old, wooden chairs. Of which we now have six!

Awesome fold-out shelf. (Where our table used to be.)

Awesome fold-out shelf. (Where our table used to be.)

Lots o' grain. (And new glasses!)

Lots o’ grain. (And new glasses!)

Top o' grain jars. (This is an idea from Pinterest. Write labels in sharpie on jar lids.)

Top o’ grain jars. (This is an idea from Pinterest. Write labels in sharpie on jar lids.)

Noble Henricke. Cooking bowls. Extra utensils.

Noble Henrick. Cooking bowls. Extra utensils.

Devotees of the blog will remember our TS teal bowl. Purple Creuset baking pan was a wedding gift from Joel and April.

Devotees of the blog will remember our TS teal bowl. Purple Creuset baking pan was a wedding gift from Joel and April.

Bottom shelf. More baking dishes and our wee store of jam, salmon and honey. (Next year there will be more.)

Bottom shelf. More baking dishes and our wee store of jam, salmon and honey. (Next year there will be more.)

New shelves. (Top left shelf is a desk drawer turned sideways.) How about them wineglasses, huh?

New shelves. (Top left shelf is a desk drawer turned sideways.) How about them wineglasses, huh?

Bulk, bulk, bulk supplies.

Bulk, bulk, bulk supplies.

Lastly, Stephan was generous enough to give us a wedding gift (on top of our enormous dowry) of artwork from an artist we both cherish – Klara Maisch (Klara can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=tn_tnmn#!/illi.alaska) Remember my “Reindeer Circle” print from a week ago? Now we have this beautiful piece next to our wood stove.

art by Klara Maisch

art by Klara Maisch

The only silver lining to Stephan and Kara leaving is that now I have little physical mementos of both of these lovely souls all over our home. Whenever I get grains, or look at the above piece of art, or use a AAA blanket to help keep the car hood warm, or sit in an awesome, antique chair, or drink wine out of my fancy wineglasses I will think fondly of them.

Goodbye for now, as we say in my family. Boston, you are one lucky city.

Cheers and love,

Maple and Me

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2 thoughts on “Schtuff from Stephan and Kara

  1. Wonderful! And we too have discovered the beauty of the foldout shelf. Or as the gruff Rhode Islander who we bought ours from (after crawling through his garage full of stacked upon stacked amazing furniture) called it – “a foldup job.” I’ll have to send you a picture of our very own foldup job. Also, a box is in the mail to you and Maple with Special Items requested by you (to celebrate weddingness!) and other goodies collected and wrapped for holidayness. Kisses from Providence.

    • I love the image of you and Rob crawling through a garage looking for ‘a foldup job.’

      My box to you is still underneath the bed, but I’m slowly building up my store of Clara (And Rob) Treats that will slowly make their way to Rhode Island! And I eagerly look forward to the arrival of your box of lovely Clara Marie (And Rob!) goodness!

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