Decluttering challenge, day 8

Here we are starting the second week of this decluttering challenge.  I feel like I’ve made some progress, have dug up quite a few items that are no longer useful to me and have actually managed to get them out of my home and my life.  Being the 8th, I needed to find eight items to get rid of.  I once again went to the closet of my spare room where I quickly pulled out several things that had been stored there for several years. I didn’t even have to give it a lot of thought.  I knew it was time to get those things out of my house and into someone else’s who might enjoy seeing them on a daily basis.  Isn’t that much better than having something just sitting in a dark closet, taking up space, not bringing joy to anyone?  I think it is.

So today what did I find?

Amish family

Amish family

First, I found this three-piece Amish family.  I don’t remember where I bought it, but I remember they used to sit on a long shelf in my dining room when I had my house in Mitchell.  I always thought they made such a cute grouping and I enjoyed them at that time in my life.  But they’ve been sitting in a box in a closet for years, many years.  I think there are still people who would enjoy adding this little family to their home so I’m dropping them off at Goodwill.

Cute, but not for me.

Cute, but not for me.

What else did I find today?  Let’s see, a little winter bear (price tag still on it, looks like I never did anything with it).  And a Native American Barbie minus the stand and one of her boots.  Both of these items are going to be given to Clara at some point in time.  I’ve decided I’ll give her something once or twice a week,  things I’ve found that are in good shape and that a little girl of 5 or 6 would love. And yes, this would also save me some money.  I’ve pretty much stopped buying things for her.  Instead, I’ve been printing off coloring and activity pages and giving her crafting supplies.  I want her to understand that I am her friend whether or not I spend money on her.  Okay, enough about that.

I also found 3 very pretty crosses that you hang on the wall.  I know someone gave me these for a gift, but I never really had a place to hang them.  I hated the thought of giving them away (come on, they were a gift), but then I realized my keeping them in a box in the closet wasn’t really showing my appreciation for the gift either.  So I decided to drop them off at Goodwill where I’m certain someone will snatch them up and make good use of them.  This may be just the thing someone needs to brighten their days.

So there you have it.  Eight more items gone from my house and my life.  That brings the grand total to 57 items released in eight days.  Not bad for a few minutes of work a day, huh?


Family Christmas

I went out of town this afternoon to celebrate Christmas with part of my family.  It was so nice to see everyone again.  I feel especially blessed that, even after my mother died, my step family is still my family.

Little Allison was so excited to have everyone there and she sure wanted to pass out (and open) the presents.  She was crawling under the tree to retrieve presents (at her grandfather’s urging) and then just bouncing over to hand them to the intended recipient.  I can’t remember if I’ve ever had that much energy!  When Larry asked her who should open their presents first, she replied, “me”…well, yeah pappy…what little 3-year-old doesn’t want to get down to the business of opening her gifts?

And Bradley, oh my, just smiling at everyone.  What a pleasant little boy.  Okay, I’m going to be honest here, I think Mommy and Daddy might take an exception to that last remark.  Poor Brian and Sarah were exhausted because little Bradley just couldn’t sleep last night…poor little guy…and poor Mommy and Daddy too.  Get some rest, you two!

And it was so good to have the chance to chat with Lori again.   It’s so hard to believe that only a few years ago, she was Allison’s age.  She’s a wonderful aunt to Allison and Bradley…seeing her with them brings back a lot of memories of my time with her and Brian when they were little kids.  What good times those were.

My step dad came over and sat down beside me and handed me an envelope.  Took me by surprise.  Then he said he didn’t know how many pictures of my mom I have, but he wanted me to have these.  Wow!  I got more than a little teary eyed when I was looking at those pictures.  I thought that was just the nicest thing he could have done for me.  And we ended up talking for quite a while, it was just really, really nice.

I got to visit with my step brother, hadn’t seen him in several years.  He’s the same funny guy he’s always been.  It was good to see his grandkids, some of whom I’d never met. 

And my step sister, Kathy and her husband, Larry…what wonderful people.  I keep up with all of the family news via Kathy.  I never had a sister, but Kathy is pretty darn close!  I feel very fortunate to be a part of this family.  Spending time with family at Christmas is priceless.

Christmas shopping done…I think…

I had the day off work today and decided to try to finish up my Christmas shopping.  Now I have to tell you, shopping of any kind is not my favorite thing to do, but shopping at this time of year is something I really, really don’t enjoy.  It’s not that I don’t want to buy things for the people I love, it’s just that I don’t want to have to get out there and battle the crowds.  Having said that, I’ll admit that it wasn’t too bad today.  I was out and about by just a few minutes after 9 this morning.  Had my shopping stops all planned out, had a pretty good idea of what I was going to get for everyone on my list, and how much I wanted to spend.

Okay, the cute pink watch for myself wasn’t on the list…

…but I kind of needed wanted a new watch since I’m not able to figure out how to reset my digital watch when daylight savings time changes…and it’s pink…and I love pink!  Hey, why am I justifying buying a watch for myself?  I go out and work hard for my money, don’t do a lot of shopping for myself, have done a pretty good job of saving money over the past few years…I think I can buy and enjoy a $15 watch for myself.  So there!  And if you don’t agree…well, I just don’t care.  Whoa!!  Let me explain, this is in response to a comment someone left on my status on Facebook (I said that I always buy just about as much stuff for myself as for the people on my list when I go Christmas shopping…yes, that was an  exaggeration…but I do tend to buy a few things for myself when I do my Christmas shopping) saying that the truth was that  I am a me, me, me person…that she doesn’t ever buy for herself when she’s out Christmas shopping and so on and so on…well, you know…sorry about that, but that’s you and maybe you’re a saint and I’m just a selfish, self-indulgent b!tch…but I am going to enjoy my new pink watch!

Okay, now back to the Christmas shopping experience.  Well, for Chris, I found a couple of really nice…oh wait…I can’t mention that here….Well, for Donna, there was just the cutest little…oh yeah…I can’t talk about that today either.  Hmm…well, for Lori & Brent and Brian & Sarah…oh…well…okay, can’t really mention that …well, I did get a really cute baby’s first Christmas ornament for my new little great nephew…see, he can’t read yet, so I think I’m safe with this one.  Then there was the…for Kathy and Larry and David and Tracy…yeah, they all can and do read, so maybe I’ll just save that for another day too.  Got some…..stuff….for the people I work with…but can’t really tell you what it was…wow, this is not a very enlightening post, is it?  Suffice it to say, I’m pretty well done with my Christmas shopping…what a relief!  So, what do you think?  Are my loved ones and coworkers going to like their gifts?