I really am trying hard to be patient and take every day as it comes. Last week I spent some time sorting and tossing. So much stuff!
After working on art materials and writing a thoughtful post about moving on, I got a couple of orders in Friday's email from customers who are willing to wait the couple of weeks it will take me to make the animals they want. One is from a lady that has ordered something for her son every Christmas for the last five years. He has quite a collection! The other is from the UK, and the customer promptly reconfirmed when I emailed the shipping cost, and production time details. So I guess I'll be working on sculptures for a bit.
Craig had a cold early this week and so put off starting any new work around the house. But he felt better by Thursday, and since the weather was dismal, he took my suggestion to do a little drywall repair in the upper hall.
We had a leak there before the new roof was put on and there is some water damage. It's a good "putzy" job for a rainy weekend. It will probably take a couple of days for him to do, and then the hall will be ready for me to paint. I'd like to have that done before we leave for Christmas.
Friday, I spent some time going through my closet.
I pulled out everything that was too big, worn out, or not wanted.
I have done this several times in the last two years and although I know I still have too many, I feel I am getting closer to having the right amount of clothes.
Over the weekend I measured the length of the closet pole in the Alfa and marked off the pole in my closet in the house to be the same size. There is 24 inches of pole on my side of the closet. I have installed some plastic shelves and a shoe holder on my side that take up the remaining space. Craig gets 32 inches of pole on his side.
Now I can see what is going to fit. It looks like I still need to cut down by about 1/3. It seems that jackets take up a lot of space. I eliminated two today, but I still have more than I will have space for.
I also have more Tshirts and sweatshirts than I need. I tossed at least a dozen Tshirts into the rag bag today. We will be staining some new doors and woodwork soon and they will come in handy. Since it is winter now I am wearing long sleeve shirts every day. I know I'll need both long and short sleeved shirts in the future. I wonder if I can stow some clothes somewhere other than the closet.
Little by little I have also emptied the overhead shelves on my side of our closet.
I did another pass thru my dresser drawers too, and have tossed just about everything I don't wear. I found a couple of pair of shorts that I didn't remember that will fit me now, and got rid of several that don't.
I also found this old treasure: A pair of cotton lady's dress gloves. I've had them since we lived in Wisconsin 35 years ago. I had a dressy winter coat that had a fur collar and three quarter length sleeves. I wore these long gloves with it. I wonder where Goodwill will put them. They are in perfect condition.
Craig doesn't agree with my way of getting rid of things a little at a time. He says we can just load up the Alfa and whatever doesn't fit we will dump. I told him his head will explode from the pressure of all the things he will have to think about in the weeks after the house sells!
[From Craig: as Merikay has been talking about this, I'm about ready to go in and throw almost all of my old clothes away. It would be a lot of
fun, and I would avoid having my head explode...]
We will get through this.