Friday, September 3, 2010

Decrapping report #1

Well this has been a great week. A pack rat at heart, I have had more fun than a barrel of monkeys going through things. I've made piles: one for the thrift store, one for recycle, one for relocation to the California house (this would be fabrics), and a pile for the dumpster. I'm feeling a bit ruthless at this point. Two days ago, I got rid of Christmas, something I've longed to do. Gone are years' worth boxes of decorations, baskets, and all kinds of other holiday tchotchkes that once had a place in my life but no longer do. I feel powerful. I can part with things! The end is in sight!!!

Yesterday I baked banana bread and put corn up for winter. This would be the corn that Anila grew in our newly fenced in garden. No small feat at our elevation and short growing period, she managed a crop of munchkin corn stalks that produced a hearty crop of mini-ears. They are so adorable...averaging 3-4" in length, I was able to put 4-6 in a one quart bag. Not that this will feed us for long this winter, but it's the principle of the matter.

Oh...and the other great fun of the week...Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works is having a great sale this weekend...go check it out! (I say this happily, as I've already put in my stash order...sigh.)

Have a great weekend!


Kim said...

I'm so proud of your decluttering project. Its does feel empowering to take control of all the junk we collect. I am the same way, once I start I get ruthless too.
Thanks for your last comment on my blog. We have managed through the heatwave and ridiculously high humidity. The storm will blow it away tomorrow. (Thankfully)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Girlfriend I am so proud of you because this is something I have wanted to do for a long time.
When I moved out here 4 years ago there was a lot of getting rid of but mostly to friends and relatives.
Now I still have stuff that I should do what your doing. I bet it is a good feeling to declutter your life.
Love your corn...glad you got some and was able to put it up.
Hope your doing well
I liked your comment you left me and it always makes my day when I see your little flower icon on my site because I know its you
Take care my friend

Taos Sunflower said...

Hi Kim: Glad Earl blew the stinky weather away so you can enjoy your weekend, hooking.

Maggie: Years ago, I had to evacuate for fear of forest fire. When I left I had the strangest feeling. I had a very small car full of five cats, two big dogs, one of my weavings, a few photographs, and a bag of clothes. It never ended up being an immediate threat, but I spent a day or two wondering how it would feel to lose it all. Know what? It was a great feeling to realize I could do it and it would be fine. I realized that all that's truly important in life is family, friends, and love. The rest is just stuff. It made me ashamed at how many years I had coveted silly things that really, at the end of the day, don't matter. I realize this last week that I was getting caught up in that again, so purging has been a new re-awakening. However...I could come offer to help you, but I'd end up wanting all your stuff!!! XOXO

Anonymous said...

Doesn't it seem to get easier once you build a little momentum? You're an inspiration! Thanks for the update.

Taos Sunflower said...

Stephanie: You're SO right! I'm feeling like dumping so much more than I thought I would. It feels great. Need to finish this week before my mood changes...