Tuesday, December 30, 2014

And this too shall pass..

Christmas 2014 is but a distant memory..

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The tree is down..the lights are removed from the sundeck railing..decorations are stowed away, in the one bin that I have allotted for Christmas’s in the future..

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Christmas day was a quiet once again..just the three of us..IMG_4032

The usual menu..

Eggs Benedict

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and of course Turkey Dinner

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Presents were opened..it was a minimal haul..the process of downsizing has effected my desire to purchase mountains of gifts…just couldn’t see the point in buying more stuff?

..a few gift cards and some small items rounded out the gift giving for 2014.

So now as 2015 is fast approaching..we both have some emails to send to our respective boss’s..mine are well aware of my retirement plans but Doug’s boss is in for a bit of surprise once he breaks the news.

Once this done..the pension papers will be mailed off and we will only have about 6 weeks till we move the trailer out of it’s  ‘storage space’..and into it’s February/ March home..

We still have some more items to rid ourselves of but the process is going quickly.

We have one last  pile for the local Value Village..

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One pile for temporary storage in Keremeos..only till spring and then we will load some of it in the back of the truck to take to our spring/summer destination.

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..and then there is the pile for the trailer..

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That little mountain seems to be expanding..I keep telling myself..’just bring the essentials’….trying hard to think like a ‘minimalist’..

It works most days and we know the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is much brighter than it was at the beginning of 2014.

I just know that in 45 days work will be done and then?..only time will tell..

This phase will pass and we will move on to the next one..

No one said it would be easy..and it won’t be perfect..

There  are no guarantee’s in life..

It has been a long road to get here..and we know that there will be some bumps along the way..but that’s okay.. we will be together..a team of ‘two’..

There is strength in numbers and we will lean on each other to deal with those ‘bumps’.

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Happy New Year to all our readers..may next year be filled with good health and safely travelled miles.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Counting down?

 

It has been two months and one day since I last did a blog post..yes, we are still here..very much alive…just been counting down..

 

The only pictures I have taken it seems are of items we are trying to sell..

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and the  only words  I have written as of late are ads for Craig’s List..

We have both come to the realization that it’s  just ‘stuff’..boxes and boxes of stuff..

from sheets and towels, to dishes and crystal..

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oh sure we have saved a few items that are now stored at Doug’s brother’s ..and we are bringing some small items with us but the rest will meet their demise either by being sold or given away..

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?

It is ‘freeing’ to rid oneself of all the stuff..

I just look at all the things we have accumulated over the past 30 plus years of marriage and it’s constricting that we are so consumed by our ‘stuff’..

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There have been days where I look around and have ‘morbid’ thoughts..’what if we were to die tomorrow?..what would our daughter do with all this stuff?’

and it is these thoughts that have gotten me through some of those ‘boxes’..

We have managed to sell quite a few items..and we are  now down to the last few things..

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We have made a few trips to our local Value Village…

We had one ‘garage/condo sale..that was very disheartening..one big $20 sale..

This whole process of purging has been a learning curve..

We have hit a few bumps in the road but our items to be sold are dwindling..

There are those ‘craig listers’

  • who pretend to be interested in the ‘stuff’..say they are going to show..and nope..
  • or there is the ones who offer a pathetic monetary amount..
  • or the one’s who want us to deliver?

only a few more things to go that are worth selling..and then we will be done with this part of the process..

Now don’t get me wrong ..we are very grateful for those that did purchase from us..we met some interesting people..

Everyone has a story to tell..

  • there was the blue suitcase that was going to be used for a trip to Ethiopia

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  • the pencil drawings that a couple from England bought

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  • the freezer that was going to be a prop on a TV show

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  • the bar fridge for a daughter’s study area

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  • the fishing waders for a new steelhead fisherman

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  • the fly-tying box that we sold in Princeton,  to a guy who just had shoulder surgery

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  • the man who bought the shelving units because his room mate was using his pots and pans and eating his food..now he was going to set up a ‘storeroom’ so he could lock his stuff up..

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..like I said it has been an interesting process..others have done it and we will too..one day at a time..

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So now as Christmas is almost upon us..it would be time to focus on that..at least for a few days…

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..our Christmas decorations are minimal..

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..but these few items have made the ‘cut’..some things I just can’t part with..

Thanks for hanging in there with us..we know that one day this ‘will all be worth it’

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