Can I do this?

I have to.  Every so often I need to find a new strategy for moving out the old and unnecessary stuff.  Where does it all come from?  I swear, I accumulate stuff even while on a purging mission.  Figuring out a preventative strategy, that keeps the stuff from entering my house in the first place would be the ultimate accomplishment.  Until then, I’m stuck with regular purging missions.  This looks like the one to try.  [40 Bags in 40 Days]  According to the ’40 Bags’ plan, I have until March 1 to form my strategy of purging a bag of stuff for each day of Lent.  Should I really wait that long?

Clutter is everywhere in my life at the moment.  In every room of my house, in my email inbox(es), in my ‘social media life’, in my office, and in my car.  My yard needs more of a cleanout before spring. And then there is my sewing project pile that is massively out of control.

Even my donation box is out of control.

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It is this book.  Which I realized is just more clutter.  Sigh.  I did read it and get inspired…that year.  Sadly, there are some more ‘decluttering’ books further down in the box from other years.  This year I resolved to purge the decluttering books, rather than adding another one to the stack.  This way, others can benefit from them now, as I no doubt did at the time.

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Everything in the box will go to Goodwill or the DAV, except for two items that will each go to separate drop off sites.

This knitting machine that I’d wanted my whole life has been the source of several experimenting attempts, but made only one complete garment in the entire two decades I’ve owned it.  *embarrassed*  It is going to the local non-profit creative studio.

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The warm boots will go straight to the homeless diner.  Someone needs a pair of warm boots.  Today.  boots-donation-rsr

Cleaning out is always a raw, unfiltered trip down memory lane.

“This shirt is the one I lent you,
And when you gave it back
It had a rip inside the sleeve
Where you rolled your cigarettes
It was the place I put my heart
Now look at where you put a tear
I forgave your thoughtlessness
But not the boy who put it there.”

It’s the start of the year, when a lot of purging goes on.  Very best wishes with your own projects.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Thanksgiving report:

  • Drove four hours
  • Enjoyed Thanksgiving with my family
  • Drove four hours
  • Gave thanks for all of it, even though I hate that drive with a passion.

The highlight of the drive is the 4.2 miles I get to drive on Route 66.riverton-store-rsr-mark

No two of my family’s Thanksgiving gatherings have been alike.  I gave thanks for that, too.  Each one is precious and memorable, whether it is a large scale extended family gathering, or like this year–just us kids and Mom.  I took Lasagne Soup, to be heated in my horrible slow cooker.  I told my mom how much I despise my slow cooker, because it has four different heat setting buttons; but all of them are too hot.  There is no going off and leaving it several hours to ‘slow’ cook.  There is no ‘slow’ cooking with it.  But as I told Mom, I don’t use a slow cooker enough to justify buying a new one.

On my drive home, I saw this totally awesome motorized bicycle, that appeared to be on its own Route 66 journey.  route-66-bike-rsr-mark

Shopping report:

On Black Friday, I bought a Kindle Fire Tablet for the young girl I adopted for Christmas.  All I was given was her first name and age (14), and that she asked for “clothes, shoes, electronics or a mall gift card”.  No indication of shoe or clothing sizes, and no clue about what kind of electronic thing she wanted.  Thus the Kindle tablet, that can be used for fun and education, i.e., homework and checking out textbooks and library books.

On Cyber Monday, I bought myself an Instant Pot.  Woohoo!  So much for the frugal me who only four days earlier said I couldn’t justify spending for a new slow cooker.  So anyway, the Instant Pot will be here in two days.  Stay tuned for Instant Pot adventures.instant-pot

And coming back to the reason for my favorite holiday of the year. 

Blog regularly, they said.

It’s what will make your blog successful, they said.

Well, it’s been awhile.  I’ve wanted to blog an update many, many times, since August 2015.  But what to say about my extended absence stopped me.  The longer I refrained from blogging, the harder it became.  Ironically, there is really nothing to say.  I’ve been busy on regular stuff, like my day job, and homemaking.  I love interacting with readers who read and comment, but I enjoy blogging period; and use it as a sort of journal, even when I’m the only reader.  I missed it.  So here I go again.

And on to life and day-to-day fun.  I went to our theatre’s annual midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show last night.

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I haven’t gone to the show for years (and years).  It was more fun than I even remembered.  And now I realize there’s been a sort of time warp here.

Juneathon from here on…

This is where my Juneathon updates and my fitness routine become more sporadic.  Duty and fun have intervened.  There will be daily fitness activities, but not consistent reporting.  But did I say that fun has intervened?  Yesss!

Juneathon ’15, day 3

Last night was a 3.5 mile run/walk on my loop around the lake/park in the country.  The weather was lovely, with a slight breeze.   I felt tired and heavy.  The foot is not doing well.  *sob*  So I spent the entire run trying to decide whether to stick with the 10k trail run this Saturday or drop down to the 5k.  Then I had foot cramps in the night that wouldn’t go away.  Overall, just a depressing episode.  Working on a better day today! Windmill-w

Janathon days 4 and 5

Last night I did only a mile run because I got started after dark.  There’s a point on my route where it gets creepy after dark, so that’s where I turned around and ran back.  Then I curled up on the couch with my knitting and Buddy the dog, and watched the USA premiere of Downton Abbey season 5.  What a great episode!

Tonight I got out slightly earlier, but it still got dark on me.  I managed to cover 1.5 miles to add to this morning’s 15-minute yoga session.  I’ve said it before, but I love running at night.  I don’t know why.

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Bicycling, my way

These past few months I’ve had to curb my running.  So, I dedicated myself to becoming a part-time bicycler.  I found some awesome cycling blogs for those of us who don’t wear awesomely embellished colorful spandex and otherwise look like we’re in the Tour de France.  I’m not mocking those serious athletic cyclers; it’s quite the opposite.  I’m in awe of their hard-driving ability, and I love the outfits.  But, I don’t see myself ever achieving that level of cycling ability. I’m just not good at it.  Plus, I’m afraid of the speed.  So, I was happy to find that there is a growing support structure for those of us who use cycling to get from Point A to Point B, or who bicycle for reasons other than extreme athletic development.  The cool theme of these blogs comes across in their names, although I don’t think they are affiliated with each other:

  • Cycle Chic (My fave cycling blog, and the leader of a “Cycle Chic” network. Check out the links to many companion blogs on the right side of the home page.)
  • Cyclist Chic (A compilation of cycling blog posts, some of which are political rants about cycling laws and attitudes toward cyclists, and overall, a very informative blog.)
  • Cyclechic Shop (Lovely cycling clothing and accessories.  And I do mean lovely.)

I bought a new spare bicycle online on Black Friday.  (How could I resist a 26″ women’s 18-speed bike for $48?)  At that price, I’m not expecting a durable, trouble-free biking experience, but a spare to keep on hand.  After struggling through the bike assembly last night, and concluding to my relief, that it is in fact a complete bicycle for that price, I took it out for a test ride.  I rode a mile, bundled up from the cold breeze.  I would have gone farther, but it was dark out.  So for Janathon day 3, I was a biker.

 

When work interferes

I’m in the middle of helping with a 3-day class, followed by a 3-day trip.  My best bet for meeting my daily Janathon requirement is to fit a yoga session into each day.  I’m desperately trying to keep up with that.  And all of this while the weather is great for getting outdoors for a run.  Sigh.

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Thank goodness for yoga.  I was not able to get outdoors for a run yesterday, so yoga came to my rescue and allowed me to meet my daily Janathon requirement.  Yesterday was also “Blue Monday,” i.e., the most depressing day of the year.  But I did fine; had a good day, even with the polar vortex, and even though I didn’t get outside for a run.  I hope everyone else had a great day!

“I’m a man on fire
Walking through your street
With one guitar
And two dancing feet
Only one desire
That’s left in me
I want the whole damn world
To come dance with me.”