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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A warmer day today;; 20 degrees, no snow or sleet or rain.. it did get dark at four p.m. though.. I barely made it home from my oil change and it was dark. Hard day at work today, but sure did burn a LOT of calories.. moving fast is okay, but I am always hot at work and everybody else is so cold. With my next BD coming up, it will not make me any cooler than them,, old age has a way of amping up the antifreeze in me!!

I ordered some DVD's online last weekend and they arrived yesterday,, on my porch,, I almost stepped on them when I went out in the dark(five p.m.) to get the mail!! They are some of my favorites and I love them!!

Got some more snow coming tomorrow and Friday,, to cover the ice on the road now.. Happy motoring!!

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_MOBII_ 1/17/2013 11:41AM

    Heh! Its the opposite at my work! I keep my door open in the summer and sit on top of my little heater in the winter...along with them running the furnace. If I am not moving, I am always freezing cold. Bonus is that people don't come in to my office to bother me much because its rather warm in here...bad news is that they don't come in to chit chat either and I get lonely!

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KASEYCOFF 1/17/2013 2:38AM

    Snowdust here last night, but I don't think it's cold enough to stay around once the sun is up - the ground's not really frozen.

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SMOKYBLUE1 1/16/2013 10:36PM


Please send some snow my way. Rock with your DVD!!

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TEALHAWK 1/16/2013 10:33PM

  We are getting wind and snow too. Stay warm!

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AUNTRENEE 1/16/2013 10:03PM

    We're suppose to get warm later this week and then cold. 40s this Friday and Saturday, 20s on Sunday, and the teens at the beginning of the week.

Enjoy the movies.

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CATTUTT 1/16/2013 6:27PM

    I have the same problem with always being hot when everyone else is cold. It's very annoying!

Hope you have a great evening!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/16/2013 6:23PM

    what dvd's did you order and where did you order them from? Just curious.

20 degree's I'd jsut about die in that kinda cold and i know you will get even colder weather.

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PATRICIAAK 1/16/2013 5:48PM

    Enjoy the DVD's - sounds like the weather will be perfect for viewing them.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tackling a lot of things on the home front: some litigation for a class action lawsuit, planning some summer yard things with next door neighbor guy on phone, made tax appointment, sorted through more mail and tossed a huge pile of old receipts and bills, made appointment with my mechanic for oil change tomorrow.

ti seems like I take three steps ahead and four backwards. Phone time cuts into cleaning time, but had to get arrangements made.

This decluttering takes a long time....

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KASEYCOFF 1/16/2013 4:17AM

    Mmm hmm... Daily life is a continual round of "To-Do's," ain't?

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FLEMIDG 1/16/2013 12:46AM

    Don't feel bad. You are doing something. It may take a while but it will get done. Just take it one day at a time.

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NORASPAT 1/15/2013 9:26PM

    I keep trying to chuck out those magazines I really want to read but the pile grows and makes me feel quite inadequate.

I either chuck them or read them, time is of the essence.
So when I get home I resolve to chuck most of them,

almost all of them.

MAYBE Just save the ones I have not read yet.

I think I must be a pack rat I just cannot let go of recipes and magazines.

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TEALHAWK 1/15/2013 8:20PM

  Yep it takes a while, but worth doing

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CATTUTT 1/15/2013 7:00PM

    Sounds like you have been a busy bee! You've accomplished more today than I do in a week!

Good luck with the decluttering.


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PATRICIAAK 1/15/2013 6:13PM

    take it a day at a time

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/15/2013 5:44PM

    Good on ya! Handling things right up. "It's a good life, if we just don't weaken."

I'm expecting the Alzheimer's to kick in any time now, to help declutter my brain.

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PRINCESSAMY 1/15/2013 4:34PM

    It is totally worth it! It just takes time to start it and get in the habit of your organization. Once you got it you got it for life!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Short workday makes for time at home to get things accomplished! Still filling boxes of this and that, I hung onto for years even after having about five garage sales!! What was I thinking?

I read another Sparker on her page about how she decluttered and it made a difference in uncluttering her life too. I think I was hanging on to things during my divorce that were comfort things, ONLY THINGS!! During that time, I lost six of my dearest relatives in one week. two in one day, I had major surgery, was in school full time, working four part time jobs, raising my daughter alone, maintaining my home and saw THINGS as what I could come home to, not change my life(haha).. Now I see that they never were valuable as material things, just needed as crutches to keep me alive and sane.

Laziness is another factor.. like some who have admitted it here: toss it in the closet and close the door.. How easy is that? for now..
I already made DD do a blood vow to not let anybody but herself into my bedroom when I die.. there are things I can never part with religious articles that I use all of the time.. they are antiques, passed to me form dear relatives.. I cannot bear the thought of somebody trashing them and have them in my TRUST to be donated..

I can bare bones it only so far, I draw the line at my personal religious and family items. DD's little things she made for me..etc.. what kind of mom would I be to toss all of them? I have one envelope of her drawings,,

I think Americans are the worst for this,, I never hear people elsewhere having such clutter!! Either that or they bury the stuff in their back yard or rotate it from one relative to another...

With so many deaths in the past twenty years and me being the person to help clear out homes, I can honestly say that I do not have one quarter of the things in my home that any one of those people had!! I laughed at the first few, chuckled at the ones in the middle and understood why, at the last few.. so that is what motivates me..

But seriously, 200 + decks of cards in one drawer??????????????? I guess I can dispose of all those old tee shirts I collected!Kidding!!!!

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KASEYCOFF 1/15/2013 4:03AM

    Well... that's a lot of cards, no doubt about it, lol...

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FLEMIDG 1/15/2013 12:56AM

    Loved your blog. Decluttering is hard. I had a hard time getting rid of things when I moved into a smaller apartment. My son helped me get rid of a lot of things I didn't really need. Have a great week.

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NORASPAT 1/14/2013 8:34PM

    Good blog LINDA, growing up without a home or a room of my own my possessions were few but I clung to most of them. When DH and I married my MAM gave away my few dolls and the piles of doll clothes she and I had made together. I was so angry with her, I never told her I just let it happen. I feel sure that I am not getting rid of our kids things because I do not want to think about the kids feeling the way I do about my things being given away. I want them to do that when they are ready. Things that happen to us in our formative years stay with us for a life time I think. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 1/14/2013 6:56PM

    I'm glad I tackled this when I last moved.

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TEALHAWK 1/14/2013 4:15PM

  I need to do this too, I don't want my house to look like the Hoarders homes on tv.
My DM will save every scrap of plastic, cloth, ect that comes along including the trays from a cinnamon roll package because she is going to "use" this some time and when we had to move her, she got so mad at me for tossing out such valueables.

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SMOKYBLUE1 1/14/2013 3:27PM


Good post! I too at times have to de-clutter, but it seems the older I get the more I can let go. Happy cleaning!!

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_MOBII_ 1/14/2013 3:01PM

    I will say that there are things that I hold on to...but mostly for my beau's sake.
I learned long ago that things are just things, I left two marriages and left every single thing behind both times....except for my clothes, my writings, and pictures of my kids and family.
My beau is more attached to having things than I am, he was a military kid and always moving, I think that has something to do with it, along with the fact that in his last relationship, he lost everything, he lived in a hotel and found himself unable to pay for his storage locker...he didn't leave everything voluntarily like I did.

I will admit that while we have a few 'frivolous' things (computer, laptop, xbox, and a nice size tv), almost everything in our home is utilitarian...nice, but useful. Except my kitchen gadgets...all those useful/useless things that I MUST have!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/14/2013 2:50PM

    On my small Christmas tree were momentos Ashley made all her growing up years. I don't ahve many gifts from her but pictures, yes. I throw things out or free cycle them. Maybe a garage sale. Robert is the apck Rat.

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RACEWELLWON 1/14/2013 2:36PM

    Linda , a lot of my friends have been experiencing the same issues including myself. After I lost a few relatives in a short period of time I hung onto and still have Things I have a difficult time parting with - one friend of mine moved recently from her home that was purchased by her and her husband he has since passed. She had a very difficult time letting go of these articles but she told me that she had the memories in her heart and know one could take that from her - Hugs K emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 1/14/2013 2:10PM

    I think we can all find things to get rid of. A good motto is, "If you haven't used it in a year, you probably won't use it again!"

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LEANIE64 1/14/2013 2:07PM

    Wow !! I am inspired to do better after reading your blog. I am working at de-cluttering..but its is a slow process. I find if I look at the big picture..its too overwhelming to deal with..but if I take one area and just work on that one area daily..moving on to another when that is completed..I can do this. Thanks again..it does help knowing that others suffer with this issue. Sharlene

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fast day today: went to grocery store for milk, back home to pack car up to the roof with DD stuffed animals to take to dads house to wash and dry,, they are musty smelling from our basement when it got wet. We spent about seven hours there and filled three big stretchy trash bags, still have a huge big box to wash and dry next trip.. I made good use of the wait time and washed a few sinkfuls of parents knick knacks to sell, filled more boxes of things to sell, put them on patio, tossed old junk they had there. I found three more hammers today, in various places,, oy vey!!!

Just sitting in a chair, a person can go through a drawer and fill bags or boxes with their junk!!! For this sale, I am only gleaning out non valuable things that they collected over the years , like four pairs of boots that mom bought,, never wore three pair.. a ten inch deep drawer of PLAYING CARDS, bags of BAGS, plastic, paper,etc,, twenty boxes of latex gloves, three holsters, eleven umbrellas, five vacuum sweepers.

Styrofoam coolers, beer cases from old long neck beer bottles, five cases of the old Hefty brand bubble wrap"alligator" storage bags...etc..
As far as going through moms clothes, I estimate at least two hundred tops of various types, shoes, purses, coats, but try to find a flashlight that works,, I had to go buy one...
seven telephones in boxes,etc..on and on...

One advantage of all this stuff under one roof is that it makes me want to clear my stuff out so I do not have to go through this later, ,,

I dread the estate sale we will have when mom dies,, the house will still have twice the things I already have in my home!! After we take this much out!!!!!
I feel good that somebody will get good use out of this stuff.. It would take me another year to clear everything out if I quit my job to do it!! They were not even hoarder material yet!! This is just packed in places nobody could see,,until...
nest weekend I may stay overnight again to pack more things up,, continue washing the animals,,etc.

BTW, I hear that saying all the time, ,go ahead and use it,, nobody has a patent on cleaning..

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ALDEBARANIAN 1/14/2013 11:32AM

    Talk about moving a mountain!

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KASEYCOFF 1/14/2013 2:44AM

    You're making headway, Linda - I wish I had half your energy!!!

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FLEMIDG 1/14/2013 12:09AM

    Glad you were able to accomplish so much. It's hard getting rid of things that have some meaning.

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NORASPAT 1/13/2013 10:49PM

    DH and I left a house in England and we had to buy things when we got here. We expected to go back to UK but we never did.

Now this little house is still full of College note books. I hope to be rid of them some day. I just look in the closet and close the door.

It takes nerve to throw away the past the second time around. HUGS Well done Pat in Maine.
emoticon LINDA, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_MOBII_ 1/13/2013 7:28PM

    Wow! It doesn't sound like a fast day! Lots of hard work well done!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/13/2013 6:32PM

    I'm glad i don't ahve to do that and nothing for my daughter to do.

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PATRICIAAK 1/13/2013 6:06PM

    I'm glad I cleared out my house 2 yrs ago when I downsized. My children won't have the burden you have.

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DMEYER4 1/13/2013 6:00PM

  good luck with your sale.

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Still no sun, but a bright day so far!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I am up and at 'em picking things up, sorting things to go to dad's house for sale, setting up meds for week, added Vit C for the next few months just as a precautionary measure. Do not trust foreign oranges, cannot afford American ones, so this will do for now.
Going to haul big boxes of stuffed animals to dad's house to wash and dry.. musty smelling,, for sale,, boxes, tables,,

just another winter cleaning day here, too cold, damp and dark out to be motivated to go out.. if you have time to lean, you have time to clean!!

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RACEWELLWON 1/13/2013 5:47PM

    What about vitamin D ? Almost Birthday Girl - Hmmm- nice roll today !

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_MOBII_ 1/13/2013 10:19AM

    Busy busy girl!

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KASEYCOFF 1/13/2013 4:52AM

    You are so right - making use of the time we have!

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NORASPAT 1/12/2013 11:09PM

    I too loved your phrase. If you have time to lean you have time to clean. I will make a poster for our NY grand daughter. I have to motivate her somehow. She gets away with way too much. I love her but someone has to be the heavy. She is 12 and getting out of hand. We only had 3 great sons but being one I know what daughters are like.
HUGS Pat in Maine. off to bed. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 1/12/2013 6:49PM

    sounds like a good use of your day.

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LOTUSBURGER 1/12/2013 2:37PM

    "if you have time to lean, you have time to clean!! "
I love that, can I use it emoticon

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TEALHAWK 1/12/2013 10:58AM

  Sounds like a busy day already! My day began last night
Taking care of my twin grandsons ages 20 months old. They got to spend the night
And I had to get up a few times with one who was
Having a restless night for a while, then they were
Both up by 8:30am and wanting to play. So breakfast
And play with babies has been my morning. They have
An 7 month baby sister too, but she went home
With mom and dad! Hope you have a good weekend

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LJOYCE55 1/12/2013 10:41AM

  Sounds like you already have a lot done and are writing this blog as you take a quick rest. Have fun the rest of the weekend and I hope your weather improves.

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NEWRUNNER2 1/12/2013 10:14AM

    Sounds like you have a really good start on your day! Have a good one!

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