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Sunday, February 27, 2011

One of my "little" projects before my surgery is to straighten a few shelves in the computer room, and sort through a few boxes. Today I tackled it. Two shelves that had gone crooked because the little pegs that hold them up fell out are now standing straight. I filled three bags with books to give away, tossed out a bunch of old magazines for recycle, and was merciless with the junk in the boxes. Go me! The only thing is now I am really very tired, and sore. Getting down on the ground and getting up is not an easy thing for me. I liken it to stretching parts that don't get stretched very easy. So I guess it was a different kind of workout.

I found something a friend had asked me about, so now I can return it to her. I found some greeting cards that actually made me sad and I threw them away, I found some that made me glad and I put them in a special box. I found some of my son's projects that made me smile.

I made the leftover turkey into a casserole and brought that to potluck today. When it came time to eat, I was very careful, and ate mostly salad. I allowed myself one small brownie square for dessert, since I seldom get dessert.

Some of the women were asking about helping me with cooking after my surgery, but I said that we were pretty good, as I have lots of soup stocked in my freezer. So, they asked if they could help with cleaning, and I said yes. Although I love my husband and son very much, there are many little cleaning details that do not get done, and I cannot do, so it will be nice to have a little help to tidy up those details before I go for surgery. They will come help me a week from tomorrow. I am always looking for something with some kind of long handle to reach a job I can't climb, or bend to do.

Before they come, I really want to have gone through the boxes of stuff to give away, because they have said they will take it for me - the clothes I have grown smaller out of, the books and things I do not love or need to have around. Begone clutter, begone! One of the ladies said "don't clean before we come to clean." I am not cleaning, I am cleaning out, and that is a very different thing.

Sorting can be kind of draining, especially as you come across a memento, or even something you want to forget. I am deciding to toss the draining stuff. In fact. I am tossing a lot. The recycle bin will be full this week. I feel like I can only sort so much in a day before I have had it. Right about now, I have had it. I am pleased with what I did get done.

Today also marks the day I needed to stop taking the NSAID - naproxen. I am sore, tomorrow I may feel it even more. Staying positive about it is so important. It will not be on my list to resume after surgery because NSAIDs can interfere with the bone growth of the spinal fusion. Interesting, eh? Pain management will become a different kind of challenge right now. The times I have had to go off the NSAIDs - for bone scans, and other tests, I hurt quite a bit.

Thank you for your positive comments regarding my creative license with my crocheted shrug - yes, I was aiming to make it a bed jacket type of robe, also good when I am sitting in the recliner and need my shoulders covered.

On my to do list this week:
Go to the allergist
Go to pre-surgery spine care class
Go through more boxes
Spiritual quiet time daily - Bible reading and prayer
Print out the budget and prepare the bills
Paperwork that has to get done
Decide if some of the books I saved to read are what I want to read
a little bit of sewing
Gather crochet stuff into a basket
Make things handy, and get rid of stuff that might trip me up, literally.
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    Talk about organized! Way to go!! Just found out I have to have knee surgery.
    3186 days ago
    Wow! You are clearing out in a storm! Way to go! So sorry you are sore from it and can't take your pain medication :(( It must be really freeing getting rid of all the emotional baggage as well. How nice is that to get rid of clothes too big for you!!
    Keep up the great work and give yourself some rest breaks will you? Take care of you..
    3187 days ago
    It is always good to throw out clutter instead of waiting for your kids to do it when you are gone. I don't want my daughter to be faced with that. She is bad about sorting through her own junk, so I don't want her to add mine to her collection.

    The older I get the more minimalistic I am getting. If it isn't beautiful or useful -- out it goes. Mostly the books that I read are free books from the library, so I will not have box after box of books on hand.

    You are making the right moves by going through this a little at a time. Strange how such "light cleaning" as sorting can be so tiring! I think it must have something to do with mental exertion.
    3187 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    You have had a busy day and hopefully it makes you feel good about what you accomplished. I cleaned house 10 yrs ago when we downsized from a home to an rv (we lived in it for 6 yrs) so didn't have room for what we had in an 1800 sq ft home-less than 400 sf in it! So I learned to keep clutter to a minumum and trying to stay with that now. I had to clean dad's house out 18 mo ago and that was a nightmare. I would not wish that on my worst enemy, let alone my kids, hence, keep things minimal (hubby has a bit of a problem as he is one who always wants to keep stuff-just in case) but he is doing fairly good!
    You have quite an agenda for this coming week so will watch your blog to see how you do. Don't overdo it as you want to be in top shape for surgery.
    3187 days ago
    I'm actually going through the process of sorting through my things as well. I have a box of books ready to take away to the local thrift store after work tomorrow, as well as several items of clothes. I might have more before the whole thing's done, but, for now, whatever I don't get sorted through by the time I go to bed tomorrow, will be put in my closet in boxes. Then I'll go through each box, one at a time, & sort through them that way. Easier than to see a huge pile & get overwhelmed just by looking at the pile. Ugh!

    Way to go on your cleaning out, & I know you're feeling better for doing this, even though it's draining. Once it's all done, though - much better, eh? :D
    3187 days ago
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