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LESSONS LEARNED, CONFESSIONS OF A HOARDER

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A sparker on the Organized Life Team recommended the above book with a great synopsis on it. So yesterday I downloaded it to my IPAD and have read up to chapter 18. It is very interesting and would make a good movie, something like Julie and Julia. The write started to come around with her hoarding tendencies after she went to a Yoga retreat and got closer to her inner self. Then she went on a trip to refugee camps in Jordan and came back and cleaned everything up!

My husband accuses me of hoarding sometimes but I'm just not there yet. Maybe in some areas like cleaning out my drawers and closets. I keep hoping I will get into those tops and pants but somehow it never happens. I don't save things from my childhood or from old boyfriends, etc. What I do hoard is fabrics. I've found good homes for my discontinued samples but I do hold onto them.

Sunday we went to a reception and I brought out a black dress and I threw a top over it that was kind of billowy. I thought it would like nice cinched in so I tried several belts that were just not right. Then I went through my drawers and found a cloth wrap to wear over bathing suits in the tropics. It was red and black with a somewhat oriental flavored design on it. So I cut off the band and make a cummerbund and wore it with my red shoes. I was quite christmasy and spent no money and looked thin even. So the rest of the wrap will become a quilt someday! That is why I keep things like that. Had that red and black wrap for years and never wore it. But now I will.

You could say my son was a hoarder of dogs. Everytime he is depressed, he goes to the humane society and brings a dog home. Now they have 4 dogs and 3 cats and a rabbit. And their house isn't that big. Oh, well. We brought 2 dogs home recently but they are such a joy to us.

I think I will go back into the sewing room and throw a few pieces through the machine. Such good therapy it is! Later.

  
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GAILRUU 12/8/2011 1:36PM

    My husband and I are both hoarders. I collect old sewing machines, fabric and dollhouses. He brings home pets (6 dogs and 2 cats) and hunting and fishing equipment. We also have a lot of the things that belonged to his parents and grandparents. Clutter makes me anxious and anxiety makes me eat!

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KHADEEJAH1 12/7/2011 11:03PM

    I confess. I hoard fabric too. I just asked myself this morning while trying to find some place for some scrapes I had from previous projects, " I'm I a hoarder?" Then I answered myself, " No, I'm just building inventory for that next big project. Got a picture of yourself in that snazzy outfit?

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MYLLA_R 12/7/2011 7:33PM

    I am glad you enjoyed the book! Thanks for the SparkGoodie!

Part of my problem is not necessarily that I hoarde too much (well, I do that too) but that I don't have good storage for the potentially useful stuff, so I never get to reuse it simply because I don't know where it is (or don't even remember I have it). So I end up buying new stuff. (Hah, that was one of the things I liked in the book - she says she finds she has more money because she doesn't have to buy a new pair of scissors every time she wants to cut something!)

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JIBBIE49 12/7/2011 6:35PM

    I think as a woman I'd have lived ALONE and had my OWN condo where I could have had what I wanted to decorate and NEVER have put up with a critical man, who has NO idea what value a sewing machine is or what dishes are worth, etc. But, then of course, he has a yard FULL of tools and that is all okay. My stuff is junk. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I read a blog where this girl said she once went to her college professor's condo, as this woman taught in the Nursing School, and she had the most beautiful place with China dishes, and lovely furniture and antiques. She's been married once when she was in her 20's she said, & her husband got a divorce & demanded he raise the two children, so she didn't fight with him. He got married again right away to a woman he'd been having an affair with and she adopted the two kids. This nurse when on to finish her education & become a professor. She told the student that she loved sitting down at night to a lovely dinner table even if she was eating alone. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 12/7/2011 4:33AM

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 12/6/2011 6:17PM

    I save things, too. And reuse them, much like you do. Also, because I have endured so much financial hardship in my life that if I have something, I am afraid to part with it because I may never be able to afford another one if I need it. And I can't bear to part with anything I actually had to pay for - if it can still be used. So, lots of things. I use them, though. Lots of shoes, clothes, purses, coats... Adaptive, creative reuse makes you an original, not a hoarder. Be proud of your creative self.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/6/2011 6:11PM

    This was lovely to read... I LOVED how you "made" your entire outfit just by finding and re-purposing that wrap in your drawer!!
Hang in there and keep on clearing (I am, too!)
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BAD HABITS!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

We belong to the local Yacht Club and on Friday evenings, we usually eat in the dining room with my sister and her husband. But I've fallen into a bad habit and I guess I need to rethink it. We usually have a drink or two and a few snacks before heading into the dining room. Thus, I am not really very hungry. So I tend to get a salad and appetizer or soup and then I just eat a bit of whatever my husband gets. Last night it became really obvious when I got soup and then some of his and I think the waitress got irritated with me. So I guess from now on, I need to order an entree and be hungry before I go to dinner.

Now, would I do that at another restaurant? Maybe. It's not unusual to share entrees, especially if you are a senior. But at the Yacht Club, you get a name for yourself so I guess I better rethink the effort! At least we stayed to eat there and did not leave to go to another restaurant! The soup was butternut squash crostini and was delicious! The special was beef stew and I had a bit of my sister's bowl and it was delicious. But I could never have eaten the whole bowl! And it came with soup or salad as well!

Oh, well. At least I will try not to be rude. The head waitress is really nice but as I said, irritated with me. So I think I will give here a special monetary tip next week to atone!

  
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ANDI571 12/4/2011 5:47PM

    Don't cave in to peer pressure. My husband and I split all the time. I don't really care if they like it or not. I didn't work this hard to let someone guilt me into eating more than I want.

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COLEENCOLE 12/4/2011 5:14PM

    How about a side of veggies or salad with the soup. In the end it doesn't matter what the waitress thinks.

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COVERED IN CAT HAIR

Friday, December 02, 2011

So I was sitting in my clients home when i suddenly realized I was covered in white cat hair! They apoligzed and offered me some sticky tape which I declined. Figured I would just go home and change pants and throw these in the washer. Wouldn't be the first time or the last I imagine. I'm used to hairy clothes as the red wool jacket I wore this morning had to be dehaired before I could venture out of the house. Trouble is, can't remember which dog it might have been that left the little white hairs on it. Now, I'm sitting with a dog on my lap and she doesn't seem to mind. Later.

  
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DAP1313 12/5/2011 3:47PM

    I have cat and dog hair. Isn't it considered a condiment? Just kidding. LOL

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LJCANNON 12/3/2011 8:02PM

    If you love Pets--Dogs OR Cats--being covered in Hair of some kind is just going to happen. Not too much you can do about it.
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emoticonMaybe we could all switch to Turtles for pets, LOL!!!

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LHLADY517 12/2/2011 3:45PM

    I have cat hair all the time. It even gets crocheted into my work--not on purpose, but it's just there.

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OUR NEW DOGS, CHAPTER 2

Thursday, December 01, 2011

We've had Wally and Daphne for 13 days now and they have settled in like they have always lived here.
Either one or both of them are sitting on my lap whenever I'm sitting. Right now, as I type, its Wally and Daphne is buried under a blanket on the sofa.
Last night, the volunteer from Pet Welfare on Eglin AFB called to check on them. Turns out that the vet had told them that Daphne had so many issues that she probably would never be adopted out! That was so sad! She is about 5 and was found wondering on the road. At 9 lbs she is tiny and she has an eye issue in that she doesn't make tears and has to have drops twice a day. She's a bit skittish but calming down the more love she gets. She's not well potty trained and refuses to go out when it is cold. And it's gotten cold. Next is toe nail cutting. Got to get that done and soon. Later.

  
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LKWQUILTER 12/1/2011 3:47PM

    You will be blessed for taking them in.

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OUR NEW DOGS!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

After our Panda died, it took a while for us to realize we wanted another dog. So we got two! Dachshunds adopted from Pet Welfare and they have really brought joy to our lives. We have had 4 other dachshunds so it was likely to have more. Wally is 11 months and Daphne is about 5. They had been at the shelter since July and so sad. Wally is beautiful and loving. Daphne is a bit skittish and seems afraid of things. We think she may have been at a puppy mill but at any rate, she was found wanding on the road somewhere and taken to the shelter.

Daphne sleeps in, doesn't mind the cold too well. At night they both want to sit with me under whatever quilt project I am hand sewing. My husband takes Wally and he jumps down and runs back to me!

Anyway, we gave a good home to shelter dogs and glad we did!

  
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LJCANNON 12/3/2011 8:13PM

    My Father In Law had a Dachshund years ago, and she was a sweet little thing. It breaks my heart to think of them being neglected or abused to the point that they are skittish. But I believe they will soon forget the past trauma.
emoticon emoticonCeaser Milan (the Dog Whisperer) says that dogs live 'In the moment'. Wally and Daphne certainly have some glorious "Moments" to look forward to!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/29/2011 12:54PM

    Dear little dogs. I bet they can't believe their good luck.

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PAMNANGEL 11/29/2011 11:42AM

    Congratulations on the new babies. They're lucky dogs.

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WENDYSPARKS 11/29/2011 11:35AM

    So cute!!

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-CHERYL 11/29/2011 11:27AM

    Congratulations and Gog bless for adopting from a shelter!
"Don't breed or buy while shelter dogs die!"

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KASEYCOFF 11/29/2011 10:35AM

    In the picture, which is on your left, which on your right??
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TATTER3 11/29/2011 10:26AM

    Wonderful!!! A friend has one and she is adorable. I have a Boston...hyperactive!!!! Thanks for caring enough to rescue. Keep Sparkin'!!!

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