When I waken in the night and the dark cloud of worry descends what is it that causes me the most dismay???
Well, I will tell you....
It's STUFF - all the STUFF we accumulated in almost seventy years of marriage,
Starting with just our wedding presents, my trousseau and Charles' uniform, and look what I have arrived with!! My darling chickened out on this one......
Just a small birds-eye view of the shelves of genealogy information, baskets of wool, pictures on the wall, pictures in boxes because there is no more room on the walls, remnants of cones of weaving cotton, warps and spinning fibres, thirty years of Handwoven and Spin-Off magazines, to say nothing of the Knitting mags that are my passion and folly.
And then there are the files, the music tapes, the DVDs and VSRs, the CDs, purchased and homemade - hundreds of them (it seems) - and the BOOKS!!! And the snapshots! Oh, thousands of them, neatly divided chronologically into families, waiting to be dispersed.
To say nothing of the china and the silver plates and teasets we received as wedding gifts, there being no electrical appliances on the market yet after the war.
And so I am 'on a mission' to simplify.
I started with the books, - gathered up a great box full and a smaller box full of books that I thought others would enjoy and that I will probably never read again, - books that arrived on a whim because they had an inviting cover and books that really have no relevancy to my way of life right now.....(Milton Cross's Complete Stories of the Opera which I purchased from a book club even before I was married).
I put the boxes out in plain view and family bookworms came and inspected them and now I only have a bagful left!!!!
Most days in January have found us in an inverted bowl of fog and mist, so this is a good project, but today I must venture out to the bank and the grocery store and renew my supply of Orange Brandy!
And go to the Church to do the Pew Bulletins for tomorrow's service.
As I go I am planning to dig around in the snow to see how the Hellebores are doing, and if they are sending up little green stubs to bloom in Lent.....