SoCs – Dec. 26 – Box

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 26/2020

 

Thanks Linda for the always fun stream of consciousness.

My brain took a variety of twists and turns before I started typing. There are many things that are boxed up in my house.

 

The time boxes were most important to me was when I was teaching. I was a pack-rat for anything that might be used for a lab. I met a fantastic teacher who had items organized in labeled bags in labeled boxes. I learned the value of her system. I had more than 40 boxes. I am proud to say that they were all cleaned out and totally organized by the time I retired.  I gifted my work husband everything I thought he could use.

If you wanted to find a lesson on rock classification there were three or four boxes to explore. Some had rock samples. Some had tools to identify rocks. Some had DVDs of rocks explorers and Magic School Bus episodes, along with CDs of rock songs. I was the geek who went to the science conferences for new ideas to utilize in my class. If it fit in the standard paper supply box it might become part of my lesson.

The idea of organizing in boxes carried over into my home life. My sewing room has/had boxes and boxes of fabric sorted by themes. Those same paper boxes were shared by most teachers on campus. When I needed more I sent out an email and viola, more arrived. I have been working on decreasing my fabric boxes by using up my stash. When I empty a box by sewing items I feel a sense of accomplishment.   

My attic was filled with boxes of holiday decorations. Since retiring, I am going through them as the holiday occurs. I am gifting or donating most of the items I once treasured. “Things” have a different meaning to me right now. Less is more in my current brain.  My goal is to have smaller and smaller boxes filling my attic, my garage, my sewing room, my shed, and my home.

When I move from this house to a one story dwelling, in the future, I want to have an easy move without too many boxes.

 

 

 

SoCS – Toss

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Linda hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s prompt is “toss.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

I am currently in a state of purging items from my home. Being retired means all the time in the world to look at everything around my space. As a typical consumer, I have way more stuff than I need in almost every room of my house. I began decluttering a couple of years ago. I proudly removed items by gifting them, by donating them, and by tossing things that were not good enough to donate.   

Last winter I finally shed tons of pierced earrings. I asked family and friends if they could use them. My ears have been closed for at least 10 years so it made no sense to hold on to the jewelry. I went through every pair to try and make sure the recipient would enjoy the gifts. It made me happy and hopefully, gave them some joy.   

I am in the process of cleaning out my bookcases in the dining room. I adore my wall to wall oak bookcase. It was a gift of labor and time from my brother and then fiance. (now spouse) They built it specifically to not only hold books, but also my salt and pepper collection. As my collections grew I needed more shelves than I had planned for.

Here lies the conundrum. I managed to donate three boxes of books to a thrift store and one box will be sent to my cousin. A few single books will be sent to loved ones. I still need to purge more, but it is a process.

However, I still have way too many salt and pepper shakers. I have been collecting them for 48 years. I don’t want to just toss them, because that seems wrong. I have a friend who sells things on EBAY. I asked if she has time to sell them and she is debating it now. I would love to gift them, but most people I know are downsizing and are not interested in adding things to their homes. I hope to spend this weekend taking down the collections, cleaning them, and then deciding their fate. I don’t have an exact number to keep or toss. I will hold them and decide if they should leave my shelves or stay. 

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Practicing Gratitude – Sunday Night

I began this post prior to midnight, but I know I won’t finish it quickly enough to beat the midnight chime.

I am still happily in a working and purging mode. I separated my flannel fabric by size. I am going to donate the small pieces to a quilter’s guild. I know they will be put to good use. I am not making many baby quilts any longer. There are a few larger pieces that I may be able to piece together to make another night gown. That sounds more than appealing.

I ventured out of the house for the first time in 4 or 5 days. I needed to go to JoAnn’s to get elastic and thread. I promised myself I would not buy any fabric. Luckily the store was very crowded, and the cutting line was very long. I wasn’t even tempted to join the chaos. Going to just one store filled my need to leave the house. After returning home it was time for a few Facebook watch videos.

The turkey was finally gone, and I decided to make some comfort food on this cold day. I made mac and cheese and had it baking while I waited for my Sunday night zoom meeting. The call was moved to a later time. It was great to catch up with a dear friend. We missed our third party. Hopefully all is well in her world.  

I cleaned up my fabric mess and decided to search for the doll patterns I purchased long ago. I was unsuccessful. I did discover two large binders in a file drawer stuffed with recipes. A change of plans ensued.

I moved the stacks to the floor. I looked at each and every recipe with the plan of reducing the clutter. As I reviewed the ingredients, the type of dish it made, and the knowledge if I ever made the recipe, I was able to purge. I found a few recipes written by my mom. That made me happy.

I filled the bedroom trash can with the recyclable papers. I needed a second trash can. I was determined to complete this chore properly. It took until 11:30 to finish round one. Many recipes were for desserts I should not eat. Many were for things I cannot eat any longer. I will not put the remaining papers in the binder until I complete a second-round tomorrow.

I am grateful for the decision to purge unneeded items. I take joy in seeing empty spaces in my home. I am grateful that tomorrow I can continue completing things that give me pleasure. I am grateful that I am in a good place.

Day 300 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – A Milestone – There is always something to be grateful for.

Day 300 feels like a milestone. It feels like I have really accomplished something. Well, at least it is something for me. I am very much one for liking to accomplish things.  I am a firm believer that the universe shows us things when we are ready to receive. I have no clue as o why sometimes we are faced with trauma and drama. It seems we are being tested or challenged for reasons unknown to us.

But I bird-walk. Back to what my meditation was about this morning. I feel as if I am reaching milestones in my life. Tomorrow is the first day of school for many. Teachers are back before their  students, obviously.  I do not have a class to set up, lesson plans to make, nor meetings to go to.  I made it to the retirement milestone and I am ready for whatever is next. No change that. I am ready for wonderous, joyful, terrific new milestones. 

 I reached a milestone yesterday. I have wanted to know the location of a person for over a year now. Yesterday I found said person online. I am grateful that I do not need to do anything else for the time being. The fact that they are employed which hopefully means capable of taking care f themselves makes me happy.

I have almost completely declutterd all the items on my summer to do list. As things leave via the trash bin, the donation center, or by gifting, I am more at peace. It is  a milestone for me to release unnecessary trivial things. I see some things that have been in my life for a very long time and I question why it took so long to say farewell. My gut says all things in due time. I am grateful this is the time. Some may look at what I have kept as clutter or unnecessary. I know in my heart, what I have kept brings me joy. (minus the kitchen junk drawer)   

I am reaching a milestone of stepping out of my safe space and trying to connect with others.  I have rarely felt welcomed or part of any group. This has been my story and I am working to rewrite it. When opportunities arise, I am reaching out to test the waters. I am grateful that even if my circle does not expand much, I am trying.     

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Day 271 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Packed Day – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today was a busy day for many reasons. I accomplished a variety of chores and fun activities. I also dealt with some unexpected thoughts that arose.     

One chore I set for myself today was to go back and write tags and categories on more of my blog posts. Maggie was kind enough to explain how to do this last month. I decided to go back to all my blogs and try to add the two labels for each blog. It has been very time consuming, much more than I thought it would be. I still have many more to do. The unexpected part of my day was when I was rereading my early blogs to identify how to label them. I was not affected by my name being removed from the teacher boxes or my empty classroom. But reading some of my early blogs that dealt with my happiness teaching gave me cause to reflect. I know I won’t have those days ahead. I know I will have other things to be grateful for in future days.

I worked in my garage for a few hours this morning. It is packed with the remnants from my teaching career. I passed on tons of supplies and labs and projects before leaving school. I donated books and materials to cousins and nieces. I gave items to my spouse for his class and to my daughter for her class. I donated books and supplies to  a nearby nursery school. I took items to a thrift store. Yet still I have a garage full of “stuff.” 

So today I continued to sort, donate, and toss items. I maybe removed a fourth of the mess. Every little bit helps and I am grateful for all that I continue to accomplish.   We took a carload full of items to my spouse’s classroom at the end of my cleaning session this morning.  We had a disappointing fast food lunch out and then home for a quick nap.

This evening we had a dinner date with my cousin. She graciously wanted to take me out for a birthday/retirement celebration. She chose something I have never done before. We went to a restaurant called The Melting Pot. Each table had an electric burner built in to the center of the table. Then each course, sans the salad, was heated at the table. We started with a wonderful melted cheese and a variety of breads and veggies to be dipped. It was very yummy in the tummy.  Then we each had a terrific salad. I was already starting to get full.  The main course was a variety of shrimp, chicken, and beef to be cooked in a mouth watering garlic broth. The mushrooms, potatoes, and broccoli were added first to cook before starting meats. It was perfect. We declined the pork at the table. My cousin ate the shrimp and the chicken. My spouse and I had some chicken and all the beef. We shared the veggies. There was enough shrimp left over for my cousin to have a meal tomorrow. We had eight sauces to dip the meats in as we chose. Then of course came the best part. We had dark chocolate melted with marshmallow and oreo cookie crumbs in the pot. Then for dipping we had a variety of fruits, rice crispie treats, pound cake bites,  brownie bites, and other yummy snacks. It was so wonderful.   

We went back to her place stuffed and happy. We had a great conversation and caught up on each other’s lives. I so admire her and all she stands for. She is one of the most important members of my tribe.   

It has been a busy, successful, and happy day today. I am grateful for my wonderful Sunday.