Thursday, March 17, 2011
Mostly not enough of this and too much of that, lol...
'That' is the never-ending packing, tho to be honest, I might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for 'that.' I have four good-sized closets cleaned out; one stands empty, one has things flagged for eBay (anybody wanna buy a punchbowl?), and two have piles of neatly stacked (filled / labelled) totes.
When I started I had pulled things out of various places and laid it all out on the bed in the guestroom. Well, I have the bed almost cleaned off, so things are definitely getting organized. I got a flyer in the mail this afternoon and the brand of totes I prefer are on sale next week, so we will be getting more. The real problem is fitting them in the Smart car. But we managed four the other day at a go, so even if we have to make a couple trips, it's doable. Took some thinking outside the box to arrange them, however!
Took piles of magazines (Nat'l Geos and Smiths) to a local school... more things (clothes, games, some kitchen items) to the charity shop... grocery day... nice chat with my daughter... and packed 'n' cleaned 'n' cleaned 'n' packed. I can't believe this is doing much, but I see progress right in front of me so it must be working. One of you Sparklers pointed out what I'm doing is a lot like losing weight: it doesn't feel like you're achieving anything, but when you keep chipping away at it, after while you do see a difference. As WINE4GIRL and my children have said, 'How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!'
Back to this'n'that: 'this' is Sparking, and there just isn't enough time - something's got to give, and my priorities are (not by choice) elsewhere. But I'm getting there, and that in itself will earn me more time to do what I want, so it's a great carrot on a stick.
And with that, I think I'm done. Happy St Paddy's day, and goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I feel as though I've hardly sat down today. First thing this AM I had a haircut (just a trim to even up any stray bits now that it's relaxed, but it was a good opportunity to indulge in a super conditioning treatment, so I did). Early lunch, then out to get 'packing paper,' a couple more totes and a few odds 'n' ends.
Got back and packed one tote, then it was time for an appointment with a 'surveyor' who came around and checked the house, measured some rooms, etc. I gather that in the UK a surveyor is a prelude to being able to legally sell your property - that is, s/he issues a certificate as long as all the systems are as stated, that they work, whatever. Nice man, but that took the better part of two hours.
Watched one of the episodes of the 'new' Hawaii 5-0. (All right, I indulged Himself last night, so tonight he indulged me, lol.) I liked the show when I was a kid, as much for the settings as anything else. This is the same, in many ways: the stories aren't the best-written I've ever seen, but they're far from dull-as-dishwater. The cast is good. But it's the settings that really grab me. I've never been to Hawaii (it's on my bucket list), so I'm not only enjoying the scenery but it really whets my appetite to go'n'see.
Packed another tote after that (I hear you: I AM trying to pare it down - you wouldn't believe the amount of stuff I've already gotten rid of - but there's only so much I can ditch, y'know?), and now - I'm beat.
In between these highlights (!) I made lunch, supper (those of you who think Himself is a dreamy husband, take note, lol - he won't cook!), did my WiiFit exercises, my stretching exercises, and washed a load of laundry.
No Beatleband tonight. I think I've earned my rest.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I haven't got to 'J' yet, so maybe I'm jumping the gun a little, but perhaps there's a reason the cosmos sent this across my path today.
A couple weeks ago I joined a new Spark Team called 'WeBlog.'* It ties in nicely with one of my New Year's Resolutions to post a blog daily. So far I have managed to keep that resolution; it has become important to me in a way I didn't anticipate, even when I have nothing meaningful to say.
[*I once read that the word 'blog' came about because a journalist had written of a 'web log' but neglected to add a space between the two words. Someone else, reading it, sounded it out as 'we blog' - as in conjugation: I blog, you blog, he / she / it blogs, etc., thus creating a new verb. Could be apocryphal, but it makes an appealing story, to my mind.]
The WeBlog team leader often posts ideas or questions to get us thinking, and writing. Today she posted 'Share some favorite quotes and explain why you like them.' She started that thread before 11 AM. It's now 8:30 PM (GMT). This has been wandering in and out of my thoughts nearly all day.
I told myself I don't have time to write a blog. I told myself I needed to do something more 'productive.' Well, time and productivity went out the window - and I am the happier for it. Because the following is what finally jelled in my head.
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." --Groucho Marx
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." --Abraham Lincoln
These two quotes say essentially the same thing. I like the detail and explanation of the first. The simplicity of the second makes it very portable, so I can tote it around with me.
I often have to remind myself that, yah, I DO have a choice. Sometimes I pick the poorer one, even though I know better. Sometimes the unhappy choice is almost forced upon me. But Life throws enough rainy days at us; when I can, I want to choose sunshine. By and large, I work at focusing and concentrating and making a deliberate effort to go with the 'right' choice: happiness, contentment, harmony, tranquility, the agreeable and the cheerful. In that lies power. Thinks me.
And it makes life a darned sight more pleasant, too, lol... So I'm going to go watch a program that's one of Himself's favorites, and then I will call one of my children, and then we will do Beatleband for a little while before bedtime. Believe me, there is joy in my heart this evening, and I wish the same to all of you.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Mondays are usually grocery day, but it's been pushed back till tomorrow since I still had plenty of fresh produce on hand to use up. It'll put a crimp in the rest of the week though. Eh. I'll cope, lol.
I believe I have gathered up all the photos (from the 'old' cameras, so these go back a few years) and photo-CDs. They were squirreled away all over the house, in different drawers and totes and boxes and ...well, everywhere. I threw out the blurry ones and set aside the duplicates to give to people, so everything is now in one small easily-moved-and-stored tote.
The recycling is picked up every two weeks, and I thought this was an 'on' week. Not so, sez Himself, it's NEXT week. Nutz, sez me. The bin is full to overflowing, so I'm going to ask a neighbor for some bin-space. I'll wait till the day before the next pickup to ask someone, though, as I wouldn't want to infringe on their space. So to speak.
Seems like there were a few other things, but darned if I can think of them. I don't like to wish time away, but I will be glad to be on the other side of this sorting and cleaning and organizing business: I miss doing my fun stuff. When it comes to the grasshopper and the ant, 'fraid I would be a grasshopper.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are--!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Okay, now I know it's 'Day 72,' but I had to look at yesterday's to find it, lol...
AM: The big news is that our friends in Japan are all fine: the latest report is that they now have power but no water (these are the ones in Tokyo; the one in Osaka has not had any problems, even with the primary power plants now offline) - hence they were able to email, but had to keep it brief just in case everything went off again.
Jesse said when it hit, he was at work, their son was at school, and his wife was home with their daughter - sounds like 'the girls' had the worst of it, though Maya said that except for items falling off of shelves and a set of bookcases topping over their apartment didn't suffer any damage. They all said the streets and sidewalks are broken up in many places, and at least one main bridge is out of commission. But the important thing is they are okay - which was a real relief to me.
My piddling problems got put into perspective real fast. I feel such sympathy for the people who don't have good news today - and powerless to help. My heart goes out to them all...
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PM: So what did I do with the rest of my day? You guessed it: more sorting, more cleaning, more - whatever. Himself worked outside getting the yard cleaned up from the winter debris, which frankly, given my druthers, I'd druther be in here doing what I need to do. I don't like yardwork, lol.
I have just about filled our recycling bin, and it's a very large bin. The local council has access to a top-notch recycle center and they take just about everything, so that's one plus.
I have a large box filled with stuff for the son, and a large box filled with stuff for the daughter.
I've sorted three, count 'em, THREE large totes that were full of assorted postcards, brochures, ticket stubs, programs, maps, etc., from various trips for the last (egad but this is hard to believe) eleven years. The 'keepers' are condensed now into one tote.
I've started a box for Himself (he can take care of his OWN paperwork, lol) and a tote for photographs. Oh, and there's another six grocery bags of stuff for charity, mostly games, a few books, things like that. I still have clothes to sort - stuff I've, ah, outgrown - but it's on hold until I get the rest of my packrat junk cleaned up.
I'm making headway. I KNOW I'm making headway. I wouldn't have the recycle bin full and have a couple of now-empty totes and several empty closet shelves and all that if I wasn't making progress. But demmitoll, it doesn't look like progress. I hope nobody takes an interest in seeing the house for a few more days - not that I want to jinx a potential sale, but I think anyone who saw the State of the Household now would run screaming. I know EYE would.
All right, that's it. I am very tired. Lifting, bending, shifting things from one place to another, climbing up on the stepladder to get things off the higher shelves... yeh, even without Beatleband I'm tired. But it's a good tired.
Like I said, contemplating the disaster in Japan really does put things in perspective.
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!
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