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Posted: 01 February 2015 - 05:34 PM
LOL Dave :D
That's exactly what Scooter has been telling me.

Had a GREAT time outside today and feeling better now too.
Pruned the heck out of everything.
Lilac hedge, roses, honey suckle, mountain laurels.
Didn't gather up the clippings and get them to the side yard. Just left it all where it fell.
I was on a roll and didn't want to slow down.
Will clean it all up at some later date.

Whenever I wear a hole in one glove or one sock, I throw the whole pair away. Both of them....
But maybe I have been being too hasty. ;)
Posted: 01 February 2015 - 03:03 PM
I have some left handed yard gloves. The right hand ones wore out. Except for the left handed one that had the thumb cut off, the right handed ones seem to go first.

Dishwashing gloves. I have 2 left handed ones of those I have been loathe to discard. The right handed ones got the fork or knife pokes.

Tillie, maybe the cats slept all night. It might have been the toys. It seems to me like I remember Raggedy Ann and Andy books discussing the behaviour of dolls when people are not around. Scooter and company may be getting a bum rap here.
Posted: 01 February 2015 - 10:41 AM
Happy February! :)

WTG! LR2014 for having some fun this weekend! :D
Your plan sounds solid for clearing up the space in your vehicle. I know you need to have that stuff with you when out there so the vehicle has been the only place for it.

My plan for today is to get outside and do a bit of yard work.
Will light the burn barrel and while that is going I want to remove some dead plant growth from my garden and prune some rose bushes & lilac bushes & honey suckle.
Today's weather forecast is cloudy & temps in the upper 50s.
Hoping the fresh air and some sunshine will help me get over this head cold.

Also need to have a stern talk with the cats.
They have too many toys and after their partying last night the house is in shambles.
Toys spread everywhere, throw rugs scrunched up into heaps.
It is a real big trip hazard in here. ;)

Posted: 01 February 2015 - 06:08 AM
Happy February, everyone.

You asked about weekend plans, Tillie. I spent a lot of my evening yesterday in my hometown watching one of my younger loved ones performing in his high school musical. Sooooo much fun!

I made progress on my vehicle this weekend, but I'm probably the only one who would notice. Fortunately, much of what is in it at the moment is a set of supplies that I use out at that "rural area" I used to mention often and (once I find or create a suitable "home" for them there) are items that can be kept out there. Doing that transfer will clear up a lot of space in the vehicle.

It's great to hear from everyone, of course, but it's especially refreshing to be seeing "Roxie reports" again. Roxie, I'm glad you're regaining strength!

I am enjoying my temporary stay at my friends' home. As I might or might not have mentioned, they are definitely the non-clutter type and keep things very clean. Nice to see daily examples of what they do to keep things so nice and neat.

Have a great day, everyone.
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 07:02 PM
OOPS! sorry
Meant to say brother's home ;)
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 07:00 PM
Hi Roxie :D

Wonderful to hear how you are doing.
Keep up the great job you are doing regaining your strength.
Don't worry about the house and plumbers and all that.
Just enjoy the time you are spending recuperating at your Son's home.

(((hugs))) :)
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 12:45 PM
Tat, I think many of us have that bad habit of putting things down then forgetting about them rather than putting them away.

Since I am not at my house, I have limited "work" here at my brother's home. I will practice things like doing dishes, walking, exercises to regain strength and stamina, making coffee, maybe sweeping or vacuuming. It got to a point where I could barely lift myself from a prone position to sitting up and I feared I could not regain any strength or stamina. But I have made progress through the nursing home therapists (occupation OT, physical (PT). I am having some home health care.

Yesterday when the nurse was here my blood pressure was low enough to alarm her. They discontinued 4 of my meds and told me to stay off my feet for the day. Today my BP is okay so I don't know what to do about meds. There is a fine juggling act with my blood pressure and other issues. It's a full time job, I tell you.

Pipes broke this winter at my house so first thing upon return I'll have to have a plumber in. Then I need the septic tank cleaned out. Then plumbers inside. I don't know what to do about the dirty ceilings, walls and floors. Since I lost private disability insurance, my financial situation is dire. My son is handling it as best he can from a distance. I gave him power of attorney.

I hope to see many people posting. Hugs to all
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 11:48 AM
You have been doing FANTASTIC!
It is hard to change those little habits that we have and never even think about what we are doing.

One way that I got my hoarder to stop just dropping stuff in areas like near the doorways was that once I cleared the area I placed a dragon fountain/statue on the floor there.
Now when he sees the dragon placed in the empty area, he knows the big dragon (me) will be guarding that spot. :D
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 11:38 AM
Thanks Tilliie. I've been able to not add to my hoard and I'm continually reducing my stuff, but mail and bags etc still pile up. Very difficult habit to break. So while getting rid of stuff, even stuff with emotional attachments, has been a struggle, I don't know why the papers pile up. I don't know why the toilet paper I bought last Sundayis in my loving room.
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 11:08 AM
Hi Tatoulia :)

Good luck and best wishes for tackling that clutter area! :D

Washing the counters will give you great results you can admire.

Have fun while you are out and about. :)
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 10:56 AM
Hi Tillie!

I a waking up late today--had a very late night. Saturdays are usually spent taking care of family. My brother has been housebound since the storm earlier this week. I will take him out today. I'm going to have to dig out his car at some point. Normally my BF does it but he's working all weekend.

My house is messy. I have papers on the floor, on almost every table surface and my kitchen counters while not cluttered, need to be washed. I have been working on the trunk of my car. The interior of my car is not hoarded because I'm pretty good at cleaning out water bottles and coffee cups after taking my brother out.

I need to decide on a patch of clutter creep to work on. There's a patch on the floor between living room and dining room. It is a magnet for stuff. I think if I chose that it will have the most impact and motivate me the most to keep moving forward.
Posted: 31 January 2015 - 10:36 AM
Anybody here?

Does anyone have anything fun planned for the weekend?
I don't. Just going to the grocery store today and that's not very fun.

There are cotton tail bunnies all over my yard this morning. That's fun to watch :)
I can tell there have been many bunnies in my yard this winter due to all the bunny poop out there.

All the vehicles here are totally hoarded.
Stuff on the dashboard that always falls when he takes a corner.
The passenger side floor completely filled with trash.
Takes him over five minutes to clear the seat so I have a place to sit.
Back seat and trunk so filled that it is hard to get the groceries in.
It took him one and a half weeks to do this to the "new" used car he recently bought.
He gets ants, spiders, wasps and other creepy crawlies living in the vehicles, making it very unpleasant to ride in them.
At one time there was a desert pack rat living in his old abandoned VW beetle.
It felt right at home in there.

Jessica K.
Posted: 30 January 2015 - 03:56 PM
LR : My car is stuffed too. My excuse is that I don't want to bring anything else into my stuffed house! Something has to give or go. Keep up the good work ...
Posted: 30 January 2015 - 03:23 PM
Hi, everyone. Just checkin' in.

Months and months and months ago, I mentioned on a Sunday night chat that I needed to work on clearing out and organizing my vehicle. For whatever reasons, I never really got that project fully underway. When I was trying to get the last bit of stuff moved out of my apartment a couple of weeks ago, my vehicle got even more stuffed and disorganized. Now I'm actually working on the "unstuffing" and organizing project. Been working on it off and on this week, but I've put extra time in on it today.

Dave, I haven't found any socks yet, but I have started finding a lot of right-hand work gloves. (For quite some time, every single time I tried to grab a pair of work gloves from my vehicle to get some outside work done, I would wind up with only two left-hand gloves.) Glad to finally end up with at least a couple of complete sets!

Happy afternoon. I'm going back to work on my vehicle now.
Posted: 30 January 2015 - 11:37 AM
Good Morning :)

Already the end of January, where does the time go?

Hi Dave :)
WAY TO GO! getting some yard work done.
I have LOTS of yard work waiting for me to get to.
The dog would begin to show symptoms within 24 to 36 hours depending on the disease. ;)

I have cat blankets washed and hung out on the clothes line already today.
Still not dressed, bed not made.
Should make up a "To-Do" list and attempt to accomplish something but I am not motivated enough to even make a list. :D

Off to take a shower and maybe that will clear my head. :)

Posted: 30 January 2015 - 01:15 AM
I have done battle with the microwave. Not sure of the winner. I have my Warm Oatmeal Cookie hot chocolate. I also have a lightly burned throat.

I am busily not admitting to my depression, failures, lack of cleaning progress and the conflicts that is creating.

I experienced the eerie "someone's walking on your grave" feeling a little bit ago while washing dishes. I hope I was being prayed for and not cussed out!

I am thinking about some threads I have read in.

Wednesday afternoon I went to end of the ladder height in 2 mulberry trees and did some trimming. Wednesday night and this afternoon I managed to reduce a large mess to a compact pile of short sticks in the trash can. One round of spring yard waste out of the way in January! (I may or may not have been safer than last summer, the chain saw is broken so I only had a hand saw and pruners.)

I am wondering how long it takes for the dog to show symptoms.

I am wishing each of you a nice day in a few hours and shutting down.
Posted: 29 January 2015 - 09:38 AM
Good morning :)

Hi LR2014 :)

Maybe ask if they still have the microwave owners manual around or possibly look it up online for that model.
This should tell you more about how to nuke veggies without jerking them or blowing them up. :)

People naturally have their ups and downs.
Life happens and we all have our fears and worries about the outcomes of events and issues.
Sometimes just having a place to share helps us.
Many times I look around me for the good and positive to write about rather than the ugly and bad in my life and that helps me to see the positive and not focus only on the negative.
Sort of like writing in the what are you grateful for thread.
Posted: 28 January 2015 - 10:03 PM
You might make the dog sick.
Posted: 28 January 2015 - 09:01 PM
drive by question:
Inquiring minds want to know if it safe to lick dog's noses?
Posted: 28 January 2015 - 09:00 PM
drive by question:
Inquiring minds want to know if it safe to lick dog's noses?
Posted: 28 January 2015 - 06:04 PM
Hi to everybody. I've been having a "down" afternoon (mood-wise). A short while ago, I thought about just lying down for a while and "being bummed out." But then I thought about catching up some on some of the posts here. I'm glad I chose the latter.

I noticed there has been a lot of discussion of sharing the downs as well as the ups. I'm so glad that people in the past have done that here (shared both). If I read about how everybody was always happy and cheerful and "successful" all the time, I wouldn't really want to be here (on the message board). I would feel like I had to always put on an act, and I would feel like I was watching some scripted movie of some sort instead of interacting with real people dealing with real life. I would feel like something was wrong with me when I started slipping backwards and would probably feel hopeless again. Instead, I can more clearly see ups and downs as just a natural part of the process of changing.

Speaking of changes, it's been over a week now since I left my apartment and have been staying at my friends' house. On the amusing side of things, one challenge has been to get used to different appliances, including the microwave. Diane, I have turned more than a couple of servings of frozen veggies into "veggie jerky." I have yet to figure out how to work the settings on their microwave to make my veggies come out right. I thought that surely by today, I'd have it figured out. Instead, at lunch today I managed to create a small "veggie explosion" inside the microwave that had to be cleaned up. :(

Hugs to all. Jessica, I'm really glad you have joined us.

Posted: 28 January 2015 - 09:11 AM
Tillie, take care of that cold. Napping with kitties is a very good thing. Projects will still be there ready when you are.

Today is bright, sunny and bitterly cold. A good day to stay in and get some work done.

I think one of the reasons I backslide is that I get too rigid about maintenance. I spend so much time doing that and areas that have gotten junky again get neglected. I get discouraged, tired, don't care and then it really goes downhill in all areas.

So I'm going to try and be more balanced about maintaining cleaned areas. These aren't just little pick-up things. (Well some are.) They are the big time consumers like scrubbing floors everyday on hands and knees. With all the animals the hands and knees scrubbing does have to be done (my OCD just will not allow a mop) but maybe not every single day. The litter boxes do need daily scooping but maybe not every time I pass one and see a poop. It's nice to wipe down the washer and dryer but not every day.

Instead of being rigidly tied to my dailies, bi-weeklies, etc. I'm going to use them as guidelines and look at things in a more discerning way. Is this the best use of my time right now?

For me, going to the extreme of making sure the cleaned areas remain just so is as debilitating as the extreme of letting them go completely. Black or white, all or nothing, perfect or a wreck thinking isn't healthy. Moderation and balance is what I will strive for.

Posted: 27 January 2015 - 02:17 PM
I had plans for today.
Fun plans.
Projects I was looking forward to doing today.
But, I woke up with a miserable cold. :(
Been trying to ignore it and wish it away but that is not working.
So, I sit here with the tissue box
looking at my projects all neglected in the corner.
Think I will lay down on the couch with a cat or two and take a nap.
Posted: 27 January 2015 - 08:33 AM
We didn't get as much snow here as other places so I'll be able to run the vehicles so the batteries don't die and get out if necessary.

My plan for today is getting back on top of the daily maintenance, which I was neglecting, and some end of the month paperwork.

Stay warm everyone!
Posted: 26 January 2015 - 03:33 PM
Was just clicking around on the website for a couple of minutes before leaving on some errands, and I saw . . .


Whoo-hoooooooo!!!!!!!! So great to "see" you!!!

(Hi to everybody else, too!)

Jessica K..
Posted: 26 January 2015 - 03:08 PM
Thanks to ALL of you for your "ears" and your postings! It is a privilege, indeed, to be one in this group. I find MYSELF in each of your posts .. buying multiples (in case), a warehouse vs. a home, saving the world (instead of my life), a lack of boundaries, no! lack of vintage dishes, the need to analyze every item I pick up ( re-any possible use? ; and then, who? what? where?). I frequently give up before I make the determination and the item stays where it is. Getting started is ALWAYS an issue. BITSY - I'm going to think of you as I NEVER GIVE UP! My best wishes to you all!
Posted: 26 January 2015 - 01:21 PM
God bless you, Tillie
Posted: 26 January 2015 - 12:16 PM
Good morning :)

Monday, again....
This weekend I sent a lot of stuff off to various donation spots.
Two large bags of blankets, linens and other household cloth items to the local animal shelter.
Two pair of my very old prescription eye glasses to The Lions for them to give to people who need glasses and can't afford them.
A large bag of assorted items to the charity thrift shop.
Then I sold 30 DVD movies to the local pawn shop.
I had gathered up a lot of other items to donate but the hoarder I live with freaked out and grabbed them all up to add to his hoard.
So even though I have released them from my possession, they are still here on the property, somewhere.
Oh Well...
This just makes me want to get rid of even more of my things, to compensate.
I am running out of things LOL :D
Posted: 25 January 2015 - 09:57 PM
Yes, Dianne, yay you! Fantastic work!
Much love to everyone from your very tired friend Tatoulia.
Posted: 25 January 2015 - 07:12 PM
Ok January 25 (hey I just realized one month exactly) and both my live Christmas trees are down and lights put away. Usually it's into the summer. Yay me!

I got a lot done today to prep for the big snow headed our way which means having to keep the dogs in for awhile. Dog and cat beds are all cleaned, litter boxes cleaned and a full load of trash to the dump. Kitchen had some work done and some food we're not going to eat is set aside to feed the fox and squirrels and birds. Floors are washed, although that's just going to have to be done again tomorrow. But getting back to it on a daily basis will make it go quicker.

I ran the vehicles, gassed them up and squeezed the truck into the garage. All kinds of supplies take up the other side.

I'm beat. Will get a bite to eat ~ also went to the grocery store and got only healthy food, can't hardly believe that! Then get everybody bedded down early so I can read a little and go to sleep.

Good Night all!
Posted: 25 January 2015 - 06:59 PM
That's really cool Tillie! It certainly has become the heart and soul of this site! :)
Posted: 25 January 2015 - 10:35 AM
I was talking to Cory and asked if I could make this and he said yes and transferred my introduction here. :)
Posted: 25 January 2015 - 09:24 AM
Hey Tillie, I thought only Cory could create the main categories in the Forum and that we could start new threads. How can we do that?

Diane, we must have been on the same wavelength. I only got one little tree down. I did get the lights put away though instead of left piled on the floor. Today will be the 2nd tree for sure. Same wavelength again ~ I celebrate 2 years here this month. :) That's pretty cool that you got to see your donated items used in such lovely ways. It's a good vision for all of us to hold when we hesitate letting something go for donation. It really will brighten someone else's life!

Roxie, don't wait to catch up on postings. Tell us everything that's been happening in your life!

Today (after the other Christmas tree) I'll be concentrating on the kitchen and breakfast room. Since the laundry room is next to that I can be running laundry all day too.

For those of you with sunshine enjoy it!!
Posted: 25 January 2015 - 12:04 AM
loved the blue dish story. I donated lots of pottery last year, then went to a friends and she had bought many of them at thrift store and made yard art by gluing several together, very nice, one little old pink plate, hand painted, gold edge, was the one thing I saw that I regretted donating. I went through her house and searched for all my donations, saw many nice things and thought I should have made this art. Truth is she enjoyed my stuff way more than I did, and used it in a great way to be appreciated by many. As you say Tat, we have too much stuff and have to give away some good stuff, so there is room to live in our space.
I only got 1/2 of dishes washed and put away.
It was sunny today, and WARM, I was outside all day. Cleaned up some slimy leaves off rocks, and cleaned up some of the yard. So much easier this year since I started 2 years ago, cleaning up all the dead junk, and getting rid of yard junk.
Benny had a really good day, went on a long walk. Thanks for the kind words Dianne, I appreciate being acknowledged for my many hours lovingly encouraging Benny to enjoy life here. He usually is just left at kennel, and since he just cowers, could not be out with other dogs, so having my big yard and me home all the time has been so great for him. His parents are aware of how difficult he is and are thrilled he is with me. Roxie, you made me so happy reading that you are safe with brother. Tillie, so great you are back on here sharing your life.
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 07:32 PM
I created "The Daily Chat" because I saw we all needed a safe place to talk to each other.
There are no requirements to be eligible to post here.
Just having some human contact is so very important.
Some weeks the only outside contact I have is right here in "The Daily Chat."
Also, we need to be understood and accepted and we can get that here.
So happy or sad, cleaning or not please keep "talking" here.

Posted: 24 January 2015 - 07:26 PM

(((HUGS))) :D
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 05:08 PM

I am SOO HAPPY to see you!!!

I had feared that you had a fatal heart attack.

I want to give you massive hugs!!! I missed you so much!!

much much love ~~ Dianne
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 03:21 PM
Roxie, my heart leapt! Hello hello!
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 03:06 PM
Finally, I'm back online. The story is too long to tell, but I've been away from home since July, either in a hospital or a nursing home. Now I am at my brother's home in Minnesota, still trying to recover. I've made good progress.

I have so many posts to read through to catch up. Just thought I'd let you know I'm still alive.

Posted: 24 January 2015 - 11:41 AM
I'd like to second what Dianne said. Lack of progress shouldn't pose a hurdle--we are all here for the same reason! We have too much stuff. Also, Diane, I am continually amazed by your hard work and industry. And I just love hearing from you.

As to newcomers, I think I started here last May. And within a short time I was welcomed warmly. I think it was LR, but it could have been anyone--please remember, we all belong here. We have good days and bad days and great moments and unfortunate moments, just like our real-life friendships. From my perspective, nothing is a deal-breaker here. Each day gives us a new page. So please, the more the merrier! I look forward to reading and posting and sometimes I read more than I post.

And remember, We may see progress where you don't.

Okay off to cook.
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 11:26 AM
Tat, your little blue dish revelation is a giant leap forward!

"....just because I finally found a use for it doesn't mean I need it. Therefore, I'm not going to spend my time ruing the day I let something go...... I can further refine my thinking as I dig in to Level 2: finding a use or potential use is not going to be my guide. My question is, do I need it, now."

I love that as you have been doing Level Work you are refining your thinking! Thinking is the real basis for change. In skipping that process so many hoarders slip back.

Thanks for that inspiration and keep up the great work!!!
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 11:16 AM
Diane, I think everyone should always be welcome here. There shouldn't be a prerequisite that we are actively making progress. IMO. There are so many times we all hit slumps and backslide. If we come here and constantly read of all the wonderful work being done it can hit us in a couple ways ~ we can be inspired and energized or we can be discouraged and think what's wrong with me that I can't get something done in my life. Support comes in all forms, cheering each other on, advice and plain old listening to the pain.

And for any newcomers reading I know it can look intimidating to try and come into a group that has established good friendships. But remember we were all new once. The way we learned about each other was by sharing.

Still, Diane, I am happy to read you had wood delivered, stacked and cleaned the chimney. That's huge work right there, physical and tiring! I'd be done for the day with that. You say you WILL wash the dishes before bedtime. How about this ~ I am not a challenge person so instead, in your honor of pushing through, I will take down my two live (dying) Christmas trees today. I won't promise to get the stuff put away but I will get them down. :)

You are such a good doggy sitter momma to Benny!!! Each time he comes he will respond faster and faster because he'll remember you provide him with safety, love and interaction. There is no way he would get that in a kennel environment. In a kennel people pay extra for walks and playtime. Isn't that sad? I hope Benny's owners realize what a treasure they found in you!!
Posted: 24 January 2015 - 10:27 AM
Good morning, everyone! Great to read your posts. There is snow here and it's very pretty. Goingvto relax and wake up before starting my day.

OK I just had an important moment in my kitchen. And I probably won't describe it well. Background: I love vintage dishes and got rid of scads of them this summer (yay!). I use odd saucers and little plates as soap dishes (kitchen, bathroom, tub). I have a little stack of about twelve. As I was switching out the soap dish in kitchen this AM, I thought about a little blue dish that I hemmed and hawed over this summer before relegating it to the goodwill pile. Today, just now, I thought, oh I never thought to use the blue dish as a soap dish, I wish I still had it. Revelation: just because I finally found a use for it doesn't mean I need it. Therefore, I'm not going to spend my time ruing the day I let something go.

I knew this wouldn't sound as dramatic as it felt. But I can't explain it any better right now. So, I can further refine my thinking as I dig in to Level 2: finding a use or potential use is not going to be my guide. My question is, do I need it, now.
Posted: 23 January 2015 - 08:26 PM
Thanks Dianne and Tat, so great reading your posts and reassuring me I am still welcome here in spite of doing very little cleaning. Thanks for asking about Max, he went home Sunday night. Benny came to visit on Monday, Benny would not leave his bed first day, each day a little better. Today he actually played fetch with toys I made him.
I got a cord of wood delivered and stacked it. Cleaned chimney really good today. Went to kitchen to dishes several times, and still have not even started them. I WILL wash dishes before bed time. (tonight) Grey all day, with a little rain.
LR congrats on move, I think of you every time I microwave vegetables, so good.
Tillie thanks for reminders on how to go about cleaning and organizing. See you all tomorrow
Posted: 23 January 2015 - 02:20 PM
Bitsy ~ never give up, never give up. You read my soul.

Diane, great to see you! So what if you haven't been keeping up with maintenance. Winter sucks. Well it's actually very beautiful but the down feelings we can get aren't.

Just post. I know how crummy it feels to just post and say, same old same old here.

Sometimes we need to vent or cry and don't want advice. We want understanding and love. You know that's in abundance here. :)

My little Christmas trees are still up. I'm promising myself they will be down before the new ones come in this December.

Spring is coming, we'll all feel better!

How is Mr. Max doing? Good visit? How about Shy Dog? She been back?
Posted: 23 January 2015 - 02:07 PM
Tat it is wonderful to read of all the people you help out of the goodness of your heart! I mean that. So often I listen to the news and just don't get it. Where did all the kindness go? Stories from you make me see it's still all around, it just doesn't get the attention it deserves.

It doesn't surprise me one bit to hear that you mentor at risk inner-city youth. I bet they are drawn to you like bees to honey. I was always impressed when you wrote of cooking for a shUt-in :) or visiting an elderly person. Continuing to look after someone like the fellow whose house you cleaned is a continued blessing for them. Showing visitors your city so they enjoy their stay, wow! :D

We each have a heart for something in life. Clearly yours is to nurture, help, guide, protect and show love for those who need it most in tangible ways. I love you for that!


It is VERY nice to know you think I am absolutely terrific. :D But what's cooler is to know the source from whence that compliment comes. Laura and the fur babies thank you as well. :)
Posted: 23 January 2015 - 06:52 AM
Diane! Bitsy! Glad to hear from you. I understand those "dry periods" on not getting anything done. Just glad you are here because I miss you. Diane do you still have Max? Have a great day, everyone! Hope to hear from you all and that includes you, Jessica! We are in this together!
Posted: 23 January 2015 - 01:14 AM
hello everyone, good to read all of your posts
I have not posting because I have not been keeping up with maintenance and have been dealing with good old winter blahs
I can start over tomorrow and start making progress
Posted: 22 January 2015 - 10:58 PM
Jessica K.,
thank you for posting. It helps me to feel so not all alone. everyone here is so supportive.
it is such a struggle usually for me to get started and get anything done. reading these posts helps.
never give up
never give up
Posted: 22 January 2015 - 09:42 PM
Okay okay I wasn't going to admit but since I live in a city and walk everywhere, giving directions that include cut through this building/park here and walk, it's by where the old pharmacy once was etc etc so generally I would walk the person. Recently while going through piles of paper I found letters from a woman from Little Rock AK, whom I met one night and then walked her around the city, ran errands with her, then dropped her off at the hotel. Her exact question that led to this was, is there a grocery store nearby? But that was pleasant , and borne of a desire to make sure that visitors have a good time in my city. And not a chore. So I have walked a lot of people a lot of places. But I'm more discerning now. An English speaking family of four does not need or want my help as they each look at their smartphones for guidance. No need to step up and insist. But an exchange student from Uganda? Let's walk!

I love saving and rescuing things. Not animals because I have a cat and she is plenty. But I do want to save all the cats all the time. One thing I haven't talked about here is I mentor at-risk inner city youth-- or did you know that? When I took the remaining orientsl rugs to my sister's I brought one of the kids with me, but maybe I told everyone that. I too like rescuing people, old people, everyone, but I'm in "not taking in any new patients" mode right now. Taking care of the people who are precious to me (the youths in the city, mom, a few assorted elderly people, brother, one disabled person and that's it). Sometimes I resent it when I go to mom's and the people just expect me to do for them. If they have children or spouses or even paid help I won't. But if they need me, truly need someone, I am there. And I can tell the difference.

I also cook for shut ins, as I think you might know because I think I used the expression shit-ins once by mistake. So if Diane with one n is out there, this shit-in is for you. The trash hoarder whose house I cleaned and cleared before hisive lives in a beautiful place now and in fact, I am cooking for him at his house this weekend. I cooked for him at his house a couple of weeks back and it went okay.

Now none of this has anything to do with my career, I just do this as I walk through life.

Before I sign off,Dianne I think you are terrific. Absolutely terrific. Isn't that nice to know? You are loving and warm and welcoming. And your rescue of animals makes me happy. I think of your daughter reading to them. And i feel something palpable yet indescribable.
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