Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Even though it's been another week again since I posted, should be a shorter post today.
After many dark days...
...the last few mornings have been sun-filled and Miss Karma has been soaking up the rays.
She also likes to use the satchels in my bookcase for a headrest...
...and a bit of head scratching.
When Caroline was here last week we went out to the garage to find the free promotional coffeepot I got from Gevalia must be 11-12 years ago. Despite that pot being stored in garages all these years it worked perfectly. Yes, I did get rid of the old crusty coffee pot. Cleaned it, put it in the box, and wrote "still works" on top and left it by the dumpster. Don't know if anyone took it but it is now gone and I am enjoying wonderful fresh coffee again from the pot, too.
The other project I've started has been purging books. Started going through my "writing" bookcase. You can see how dusty is was in there--good grief!
This bookcase basically held all my books from my college writing classes, writing books I had purchased on my own, things I had written, literary journals I was published in, reference books, and research for a fiction work-in-progress that I will never finish because I discovered I really dislike writing fiction (ends up being 90% true, anyways, and I feel like a liar).
I got as far as filling up three bags of books to donate and needed to take a break.
Pam from the library is coming over her lunch break today to pick up the two library books (on the right) that I never read...again. No lie! I have just not been reading at all lately. So I am going on a library hiatus until probably after the holidays. I told Pam about the bags of books and we'll see if she will take them. I can wheel them to her car on my little green cart. :) Otherwise they'll either go on freecycle or I'll give them to a used book store or something. (Can't throw away books!!) I have other bookcases to go through, too.
The only other extra thing I've been up to lately is slowly working on that stack of used paper towels I ran across a while back. Been gluing them together...doing a couple at a time while I watch TV and leave them to dry overnight.
Decided not to add more color to them ahead of time and have just been gluing them together as is. As you can see most of them were used for drying painted round coffee filters. ;)
I figure I can add more color to these "papers" later...or tear them up for collage papers...whatever. They just fascinate me for some reason. Plus it is nice to recycle, of course. I can see using them for more bookcard covers, for sure.
It feels sooooo good to be purging. I used to move so often people wrote me in their address books in pencil. From the time I left home after high school when I was 17 until I moved up here to the Fargo-Moorhead area when I was 48...well, I lost track after around 30 moves...never lived anywhere over three years (twice). I'm thinking it was 32 or 33 moves? I was used to purging every time I moved, too. But when I moved up here in 1999 I had mono (bad, I guess, because they wanted to put me in the hospital but I had no insurance) so no move-purging was done at that time. Then I was in college, my health continued to fail, and by the time I had to quit school and move across the river over here to Fargo I was in absolutely dreadful shape...therefore no move-purging was done at that time either. So, I haven't done a good purging of everything I own since 1997!!
I've done little semi-purges of smaller areas over the years here in Fargo, but never tackled it all. Might take me a good year...or more...you know how slow I am these days--LOL! My body may be the boss of me, but I can do a lot a little at a time and I certainly have more time than money. ;) Talk about being overdue for a total purge and reorganization and cleaning. I have discovered that a person can accumulate a lot over the years when they don't move--ROFL!
I know I will eventually be moving into senior housing because I'm on the lists. But all we have is right now. When I realized how much living here in this (destructive) complex has worn on me over the years...well, I had to start changing my now. And the shifts and downsizing...well, it has lifted my spirits so much! There's more to come, too. I'll talk about that next time I post, but there's some new furniture coming in boxes shortly! (Thanks to Dagan and Leah helping me catch an unbelievable sale again!!) Whoohoo!!
Anyways, been so busy I even forgot to take a pic of my new wobbly red thermos...but at least I did show my new coffeepot for T Stands For Tuesday. Hi, ladies!!
Have a wonderful, wonderful week!! :) :)
"Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be"