Home again and wondering

Sunday, July 04, 2010

We had a wonderful family reunion (14 of us including 4 little kids and one teen) in Wisconsin, literally on an Island with no electricity, but log cabins with comfy beds and someone who did the cooking and the dishes (not the beds - lol).

I am fortunate to have a very loving, supportive family who accepts and loves my partner. We all enjoy reading, playing games, going out in the canoes, kayaks, and boats. Well, I like it, but my balance isn't as good as is used to be - the kayaking and canoeing were out for Geri and me, but I enjoyed watching them :) We had regular meal times and happy hour together. Geri always looked forward to having the clear ice harvested from the lake the winter before in her drink. We would get in before the mosquitoes had us for a meal and play board or card games until we were falling asleep. The storms caused us to spend more time than usual together - a blessing. And I didn't have phone service or a computer to bury myself in.

What does this have to do with hoarding? I learned a few things...

I was better at limiting my acquisitions - only 2 shirts and the traditional Bosaki's fudge... and 4 pounds - lol. I lived out of my suitcase instead of putting away my clothes (lazy on my part).

Having the structure of regularly scheduled meals was surprisingly comforting. I was in an environment where I felt safe, had a regular structure, few distractions - no tv or computer or phone - and was mostly not anxious. I got more regular sleep.

I wonder if hoarding keeps me 'safe' in a physical cocoon away from some of the perplexing realities of life away from the safety and comfort of my family.

When I got back to our house, full of my hoarding, I felt overwhelmed and boxed in. Makes me wonder what my hoarding is all about.
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    Glad you had a good "getaway".

    Very interesting reflections on hoarding - I just joined your hoarding team.

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    3395 days ago
    Interesting. Glad you had a great reunion. Ours is suppose to be July 10 but because we're in the process of moving we can't drive all the way from Alabama to Rochester NY for it. We sure can't deal with flying either with 7 of us. That's a nightmare! Been there done that with 4 kids and my 5th wasn't even born yet. She's 7 now BTW so it's been since 2002 since I flied. NOT DOING IT AGAIN!!

    We are transferring from Maxwell AFB in Alabama to Keesler AFB in Mississippi. Moving ourselves. If I had movers doing it I'd go out of my mind! Been there done that one too! Going to and from Turkey I thought I'd go mad! You should have seen me the crazy woman when the Turkish packers packed something I'd placed on a high chair tray not 2 min before! I was LIVID!! I was ripping open boxes screaming WHERE IS IT???

    Anyway....interesting that you are posting in your blog today too. I did it too. I debated on posting it on the board as a board post and not just a blog post because I think it might be helpful for others.

    I had an A-HA moment yesterday. I believe my hoarding is a control issue. I hope others on the board will take the time to read what I put in my blog about it.
    3396 days ago
    my wife is a hoarder also. I think all her sisters are. Could it be in the genetics?
    3396 days ago
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