Downsizing, etc.

My laptop computer has not been repaired. (I’m writing from the CARE Center.) By not checking e-mail messages twenty times a day (more or less) and/or building blog messages, I have lots of time for previously neglected projects. Despite the heat, I worked in the yard until 11:46 this morning. Then a shower before lunch in the CARE dining room. I’ve emptied two apple boxes of health and nutrition books; I emptied a trunk full of winter clothing, costumes, purses, and hats. No place to put them yet but they are out of the storage building (LOL). The storage building needs more TLC (tender loving care) but much too hot to work in there. I’ve managed to sort through a stack of junk mail and I can now see the top of my dining table. Magazines need my consideration: Will I read; will I discard??

Something exciting on the horizon: A cruise!! Eight or ten CARE residents have booked a cruise out of Galveston bound for the Caribbean in late November early December. I hope, and pray, my projects are completed so I can enjoy the trip. Actually, knowing the trip is scheduled–and paid for–I’ll push myself to have everything “done” at home!!

Life is good!! I’m so grateful for the ability to do my yard and projects. This week my backyard neighbor lady moved from her lovely trailer to a convalescent home. She has liver cancer…. Twice this week the ambulance has been here for two other residents. In the ten months I’ve been at CARE, several residents have died. I’m so grateful for my health!!

Just “touching base.”

Computer crashed !!

Greetings from Lorraine. My laptop computer crashed last night. I don’t know how soon I’ll have it up-and-running. I’m posting this from the computer at the CARE Center. I’ll check my e-mail occasionally.

Happiness is…

… my garden–and my Canon PowerShot SX500-IS.

The camera is never very far away from me. (Granted, my living quarters aren’t very large!!) So when I got up from a short summer nap (contrast to a long winter’s nap), I looked at the clock and saw “99.9” degrees. The clock is temporarily on the kitchen counter because I hung purses on the coat hooks by the front door. One-by-one I’ll decide if I really want to keep a specific purse. ~~ Frankly, I don’t want to walk from my trailer to the CARE Center for the evening meal. Outside, it feels like a sauna!! ~~ Frankly, I don’t want to “do” anything!! I intensely despise the summer heat in Texas!! (But I will  leave the comfort of my air-conditioned trailer for Quiche. We have a [new] young man chef preparing wonderful meals. I pray he never leaves!!)

From my living-room window.

From my living-room window.

Delightful nap.

Delightful nap.

Almost 100 degrees.

Almost 100 degrees.


Purses on the coat hooks by the front door.

Purses on the coat hooks by the front door.

Triple digits.

Triple digits.

It's even hotter.

It’s even hotter.


Time and temperature



Time and temperature

Bird on feeder

Bird on feeder (2)

In my dreams…

… I see my garden and home in House Beautiful.

In reality–wide awake–I see clutter. A CARE resident/friend sent me the picture.

Pulling hair outAmazing feelingLast night I unloaded a trunk (recently in the storage building). Decision time: Where do I put a dozen purses, hats, and off-season Winter clothing?? True story: I don’t have closet space for my casual wardrobe!!

Will it rain ??

Dark cloud and sunshineMaybe “yes,” maybe “no.” It’s cloudy and I’m praying for rain!! Everything that could be damaged by rain is now indoors. This morning I moved two apple boxes full of heavy books into my big trailer (from the picnic table). They are “health” books–the remnant that I saved before donating seventeen boxes of health and nutrition books to my chiropractor (in North Carolina). Where will I put these books?? I strongly suspect they will be donated to a local thrift shop (or the CARE library). But I’ll lovingly handle each book before I send it away. I’m that way, you know?! Even the water-damaged pictures were fondly remembered before they went to the dumpster.

Rain: Wishful thinking on my part! The weather forecasters say no relief until next Thursday. Today, we’re told, it will reach 99 degrees and “feel like 107 degrees.”

Time and temperature

Time and temperature

Feels like 107 degrees

Wishful thinking

Friday, fry-day !!

Humidity is back with a vengeance!!

I was forced to stop at 10:46. It’s 11:30 and I’ve uploaded pictures after a refreshing shower. The storage building needs additional rearranging but things are “under cover” or hauled away to the commercial trash bin.

Time and temperature

Picture of Jesus

Picture of roses

Two framed pictures

Clutter is gone

Yesterday's clutter

Time and temperature


12:56 time and temperature

6:08 time and temperature


Summer heat

35,000 words true story !!

“A picture is worth a thousand words”  is a well-worn old expression.

Early start

Too much stuff

Total confusion

Time and temperature

Water damage (1)

Water damage (2)

Mildew or mold at bottom of picture

Removing items from storage (1)

Removing items from storage (2)

Fewer items

Three heaters

Removing items from storage (3)

Moving shelves inside storage

Shelves inside storage

Opened shelves inside storage

Two shelving units

Lemonade & water for the youth

Time and temperature

My helpers

Temperature inside storage

Elbert trimming tree growth

He trimmed; I loaded

The stump will be removed

Temperature inside storage

Working inside the storage building

Suitcases full of picture albums

Best clothes in garment bag

Second garment bag

Time and temperature

Temperature inside storage

Time and temperature

Time and temperature

Enjoying the lemonade


Take-out lunch

Aching backGratefully, we did not have high humidity today. By noon, I could no longer work in the storage building. With the exception of three young men who lifted several heavy boxes, I moved everything out and will move everything in. Actually, contents of many boxes, still in the yard, will be scrutinized and items donated to local charities. It’s 4:15 and uploading pictures and preparing this blog is the most strenuous work I’ll do during the remainder of this day!! I’m exhausted!! ~~ Click each picture to enlarge for better viewing.