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Week In Review~November 18

It seems like I just wrote a Week In Review post but here it is time to write another.  I had been writing them on Sunday which allowed me to be all ready for Monday, but I’ve been slipping.  Here I am scrambling Monday morning to do it.  I guess that helps me to land on my feet and get the new week started off right.  Be sure to check out the other WIR gang over at Meghan’s Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

My Week In Review posts are starting to be a bit boring lately.  They seem to sound the same every week.  I go through boxes, I sort the boxes, I take things to the thrift store and the library.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I got through 10 boxes.  Where exactly were all of these boxes?  Around.  I’m feeling like I’m accomplishing so much and I’m feeling really good about all of this.  Do I have more to do? Oh, Yes…but I’ve put a dent in it.

I’m feeling so good about letting go of all of these things that I don’t need and won’t likely ever use again.  It is amazing the things you accumulate.  I’m hoping to not let this happen again.  Stream line and simplify is my plan.

Had to take my car to the mechanic again.  Steering fluid reservoir had a crack and therefore a leak. He took care of it and it’s working well again.

Wednesday we went out to lunch to celebrate my best friend Gail’s birthday.  It was lots of fun.  Didn’t let the buffet scare me.  It helped that Gail, Alice, Margot and I are all on Weight Watchers.  There was strength in numbers.  We all did pretty well until it came to the ice cream.  Oh, well, a little splurge is good for the soul.

Friday I FINALLY got my dryer fixed.  It really is the little things in life that make you feel good.  I spent Friday and most of Saturday doing laundry.  I felt like a queen.

Saturday at Weight Watchers brought me good news.  I lost 1.5 (in spite of the ice cream!) I was pretty happy and hope to keep that going.  I took 6 pairs of pants over to Gail.  They’re all pants that don’t fit me anymore and that she’ll be able to fit into soon.  I’m really excited for all the She and Alice have accomplished.  Gail almost 75 pounds and Alice 120 pounds.  Wow!

Sunday I went out for coffee with my sister, Ele which was very nice.  Making plans for Thanksgiving. We’ll be a small group this year so things will be more relaxed.  I like that idea.

That’s last week and it’s time to get this week started.  I’ve got a couple of different game plans for the coming week.  Which plan I go with will depend on a few things. We’ll see how it goes. This was not my best or most detailed Week In Review, but hey…I showed up for the party! Be sure to see what the other Reviewers have to say over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~November 11

First of all, I’d like to wish all of our wonderful veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day. Remember all that they’ve done for us.  I have the honor of being married to a Veteran.  Ralph is the best.

So here we are back at Monday, Week In Review. Sponsored by Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  Let’s see what we can come up with.

I’m not sure where to go with this week’s review.  I already told of the most important accomplishments this week in my post on Thursday, The Art of Letting Go.  In a way, that post was an accomplishment.  I was very happy with that.  I appreciated all of the supportive comments I received.

I have been working hard. The ten bags donated were added to with the three more bags I made on Friday.  Granted they are smaller bags but they are designated to get out of here accompanied by two more bags of books.

I did have an emotional moment on Friday.  While working on my porch, my little haven where I now sit typing away, I found something I had forgotten about.  It was a large zip lock bag.  The kind I’m coming to love because I can sort things into them and still see what’s there.  This particular bag had been weeded down, sorted and weeded down again from a large plastic storage bin.  This was the last of what was left.  I had tucked it behind some of the boxes that I now had to go through.  I unzipped it.  I went through it.  I savored the memories. I took them into my heart…and I placed it all in a trash bag.  I had to stop for a while after that.  At that point Ralph told me my best friend had called while I was outside putting things in my car.  I called her and I was able to confess to her what I had done.  It made me feel a little better.

I’ve been doing that all along.  When I donate or toss out something that I feel guilty about, I talk to her.  I get it out of my system and then I move on.  She’s pretty handy to have around.  She helps me see things clearly.  I appreciate that.

I’d say that I spent three full days working hard at this new talent I’ve developed-this art of letting go.  As I’ve said, it’s still not easy sometimes.  But I’m feeling better about it.

Now on to some mechanical issues.  I decided on Tuesday that I needed to try to do something about my non-functioning dryer.  It is covered under my contract with the electric company, but I was certain it was dead.  My only thought had been to just remove it from the contract to save the money.  Then I decide, what the heck…it won’t cost me anything to have them look at it and if it’s dead, it’ll still be dead after he looks at it.  The repair man got here and I lead him to the dungeon and then left him alone.

About ten minutes later, he comes up the steps and knocks on the door.  I’m sure he’s going to tell me no luck.  Before he can talk I say, “I know…it’s old.”  He says, “Yeah it’s old which is why I don’t have the fuse I need to fix it.  I’ll order it, it’ll be delivered by UPS and then we’ll call and set up another appointment.” I thank him and turn around to Ralph. “It’s NOT DEAD!”  Ralph says, “Yes, I heard, Dear.”  I was so excited.  So although I think after today, I’m officially out of clean underwear, I know it will be working soon.  Can’t tell you how excited I am.  Hopefully, I’ll only have to dry a few more loads of laundry over at Gail’s house.  Yes…best friends are good to have.

I didn’t accomplish that much over the weekend.  Saturday found me at Weight Watchers, as always and I stayed the same.  After my gain while we were away, I think my body had found its level.  Some people were telling me I’d lost too much so I guess this is where my body wants to be.  I’m still working to get back on track.  I’m feeling very out of control at night and I need to get back the control I had before the trip.

This is scattered but that’s truly the type of week I’ve had.  I feel good about it and good about the week to come.  Hopefully a new car issue that showed its face on Friday will be simple when I take it to the mechanic today.  We’ll see and we’ll work with it.

Be sure to check out all of the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!


The Art of Letting Go

Interesting and totally unrelated to the title of this post or the point of it, WordPress has just informed me that 3 years ago today I signed up with them.  Interesting also that it took them a Month before I was actually able to access my site, which is why my first post did not come until December.  There were a few things that got in the way back then.  A Lot of things which I suppose in a way has everything to do with this post.

You’ve heard me talking a great deal about all of the cleaning out that must be done in order for us to move to New Mexico.  It is Not a tall tale.  There is a huge load of stuff.  Maybe I’ve been a pack rat all these years and never realized it.  I suppose I hid it well…an orderly pack rat.  When Ralph and I got together, it was magnified because, well he had a lot of stuff.  When his stuff and my stuff got together we hit a situation of critical mass.  There’s a mass of stuff and it’s getting Critical!

But I feel I’ve developed a new talent I never knew I had…The Art of Letting Go.  I have moved a number of times in my life.  None of the moves were ever very far. Most of them in and around the same ten-mile area.  My Dad used to joke that when the house got dirty…I’d move.  Not quite the case, there always seemed to be a good reason.  I do remember thinking on the occasion of these various moves that each time, I got rid of things, weeding out what was not necessary.  As I type this, I can only imagine the horror if I had Not done that along the way.  I would Never get out of here.

However, over the years I suppose it has been cooking in my head all this time…The urge to have less, to get rid of things I don’t need, that I haven’t used for years.  I am feeling very strong in all of this right now.  Hoping to hang on to that strength.

In the past few days, I have collected 10 bags of clothes/shoes/handbags that have gone or will go today to the local thrift store.  When I dropped off bags yesterday, I had to walk into the store to deposit them.  I was Hugely tempted to take a stroll around the shop to see what was there.  I Did Not (I was also parked in a Fire Lane so that helped!)  When I was running other errands, I drove right by the Goodwill store.  I Drove Right By.  Yes, I am feeling strong.

Part of yesterday’s purge was going through boxes of packed books in my bedroom.  I produced 5 bags of books to contribute to the town library.  I ended up with one empty box which doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment but it is.  Moving those boxes out allowed me access to one of my dressers that I hadn’t looked in for a while. Almost Everything in that dresser went into the bags for the thrift store.  Some things were extremely hard to part with, but I did it. Both of my dressers are now empty and ready to be sold.  Now I just have to purge the tops of them.

I’m getting there.  I have some things planned for Mr. Garbage Man tomorrow.   I’ve been giving him a workout lately.  I don’t think he minds or at least he hasn’t left any nasty notes on my door.

I still have lots to do around here but a another big job still remains. I am resigned to the fact that I am going to my sister’s house where Most of my books are stored.  I know there are books in there that I do not need to keep.  I have been through them at least twice before weeding them out.  When I started typing this I was going to say that I wanted to reduce it by half.  I’m not sure if I will be able to do that.  I’m thinking I may be able to reduce by one-third.  We’ll see how it goes and since I’m so bad at fractions, I may never really know.  I’ll just be able to judge by how many bags I carry down the steps and out to the car. But I will reduce them.

No pictures because who wants to look at a bunch of bags.  I hope you’ll trust me to be honest about this.

Am I serious about this?  I Am.  Will I accomplish it?  I Will.  I have to in order to get what I want.  I want to be in New Mexico.  If I have to get in my car with just my purse, my computer, my travel coffee mug and whatever book I happen to be reading at the time…I will.

I’ve never thought of myself an artist, but I have learned the Art of Letting Go.

Happy Thursday!