Sunday, September 18, 2011

Taking time

I've been neglecting this blog for weeks, and worse, I confess I've been neglecting myself. We have our hands full over here working full time and managing five homes, and while Mr. Larger Than Life is gone, the remnants of his and his wife's time here on earth need sorting. Urgently.

Stuff. It's everywhere.

So that's what I've been doing. I go over there in the mornings before work and on my days off, too. Rachel and I were there for 5 hours today and now that it's 8 PM, I've only now put dinner on and opened a brew to try to relax. I've been doing this for weeks and weeks and weeks and feel like I've not made a dent at all. Truly, the above photo represents less than half of what I've uncovered. The remainder was already in full view.

It's feels like it's pouring on us right now, but truth be told, this was our rain storm last Sunday.

Next weekend, I'm calling in sick to my personal life and taking some well earned time off. Hell, I may even drag my spinning wheel up to the yarn store for spinning circle. I haven't done that in ages and ages.

Or, I'll take a hint from the neighborhood kids who take great joy when it rains bucket fulls on them.

If nothing else, I'm going to look for a rainbow when I feel it's raining on me. Or if I'm lucky like I was last Monday night, I'll find two.

Try as I may to keep caught up with your blogs, or write a bit on my own, I find I'm not able to remain that way for long. Please pardon me while I'm rearranging tchotchkes and dust. I'm sure sometime soon, likely after the estate sale, life will resemble something akin to normal around these parts.

Next weekend, definitely, I'm going to be outrageous and spend a little time unwinding.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

oh my word! a lifetime of collecting left for someone else to sort. how very sad honey. i have been paring down for some time now and still i have lots of stuff. i feel sorry for my daughter when it's time for her to do the same. i'll keep going so it won't be so bad. it's just that now i'm really down to the stuff i love and it's hard to part with it...

hugs, bee

Miss 376 said...

It's surprising how long it takes to sort things out. Roll on next weekend and some you time, sounds like it's badly needed

Denise said...

It took my mother and uncle three months to go through my grandmother's stuff and they just mostly dumped it all in a dumpster in the driveway.

Take some time off for yourself when you can.

Ruth said...

Oh my whata lot of stuff to sort. I don't envy you, my parenst have so much stuff - I tell them when they are gone - I'm taking what i want ( whcik is very little) and the rest is going to charity - but istt still needs sorting.

Take some time for yourself sounds like you really need it.

SkippyMom said...

Sounds like a good plan Rudee. Everyone needs a few mental health days once and a while. You sound like you are due.

I feel for you over sorting all that stuff. I hope you have a lot of help. I wouldn't know where to begin.

Take care and have a nice "me" weekend next week. :)

Gail said...

That is one reason why we, the sisters, are trying to sort so much now and move it out. We do not want to leave someone with our stuff and our parents stuff to clean up.

Don't forget yourself while you are doing all this.

debra said...

we spent the entire day yesterday doing the same thing. Felt like being in a fog. We have bags and bags o'shit and boxes, too, to take for recycling and to the dumpster. I feel your pain. xo

Brenda said...

That does look like a lot of stuff to go through. Hope you get some rest soon!

The Bug said...

My mom had gotten to where she didn't want to have so much stuff to dust, but I imagine that there's sitll a ton of stuff in my dad's house. And I don't live near him. My poor brother's wife - I'll bet she ends up having to do a lot of the work.

Can't wait to hear about your outrageousness next week :)

Rositta said...

Somehow I thought that you'd be doing just what your doing. We went through that a couple of years ago with my husbands mother's stuff. She was a hoarder and most of it went straight into a dumpster. I don't envy you this task. I have started clearing out so my offspring doesn't have to. Take care and take time to breathe...ciao

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh good blogger is NOT outrageous to unwind. In fact it is absolutely necessary.

We lost both our widowed mothers so I know what a mammoth task it is to delve into years and years of things. Good luck to you.

Mimi said...

Unwinding sounds like a good idea, Rudee, that is a mammoth task from the look of it.
A nice relaxing bath and some time out will help you pace yourself, for it's a long journey you're on. Take care, and don't be worrying about visiting blogs,one can't do everything.

distracted by shiny objects said...

oh, lordie, be. That's draining. Hugs to you, sweetie.

Stephanie V said...

Having done this four times, I can honestly say it's a bitch. One of those 'put your head down and move on'. One of the reasons to get that stash down so my kids don't have to wade through quite so much. Thank God for craigslist.
So I hope you find the time to grab that wheel and wind a bit while you unwind.

Catherine said...

I sometimes think this is what my kids'll think when I'm gone to my eternal reward! I've got stuff from my grandparents in our house and hubby goes mad at times for me to declutter. Thing is it's not in my daily space so I can forget about it. Books, stuff from kids' childhood, homeschool stuff from Africa days, it's hard to get rid of it all. I will have to make an effort one of the days - what to do with a lifetime of photos is what I wonder! I watch hoarder programmes and then feel better! Good luck with it all - I like the bedspread in blue/white btw!
Catherine xxx