The cat’s meow !!

This morning–bright and early, I was at the laundry room. There were clothes in two washing machines and a sleeping bag in the third. Likewise three dryers. Although I use the dryers, my preference is to have things “line dry.” We do not have the luxury of clothes lines but I have places in my yard where I can hang hangers. Today I had eighteen hangers and there were two items on each hanger. All that to say: I have two new (used) square dance outfits. I fell in love with the long, full, “swishy” skirts of two sleeveless dresses!! (This old lady does not wear “sleeveless.”) I’ve searched for “pullovers” to complement the dresses. I like to create things that are unusual and unique!! As time goes by, I may be able to add different tops for additional variety?!

Black top with sleeveless dress

Sleeveless dress

Red sleeveless dress with pullover

Red sleeveless dres

"Time" pullover with black sleeveless dress

Multi-color pullover with red sleeveless dress

Although I started packing a suitcase a few days ago, I still have lots of things to do the next two days–before our Monday morning departure for the Escapees Chapter 10 camp out–at Rayford Crossing RV Resort. ~~ Furthermore, the weeds, and falling leaves, are relentless. The yard needs lots of attention!!

On a positive note: I have spent very little money on my square dance, and cruise wardrobe.

Driver's license photoPostscript, Saturday, October 25, 2014: Received my Texas driver’s license today. In an earlier blog message, I said I look like “the cat that ate the canary.” The cat’s meow?!

Baby steps !!

Planning ahead for next week (camp out), I needed to off-load five large planters. I opened the mini-storage roll-up door and put the planters in open spaces. I closed the roll-up door and started to latch the padlocks. “No, Lorraine, spend a few minutes rearranging!! Take a few donations to Habitat for Humanity Resale store.” So I arranged, and rearranged. I even considered shifting the picnic table to a place along the right side wall. The picnic table is so heavy I couldn’t budge it one inch!! I took the Halo vacuum cleaner, two electric heaters, and several framed pictures to Habitat. “Are you sure you don’t need the heaters?” My reply: “I can’t hang on to everything; I must downsize.” ~~ Guess how many large planters are stored… but will be used next Spring? Fifteen!! Honestly, I didn’t realize I had acquired so many new planters. (They were on-sale!! Hence I could justify the purchases [a few at a time].) ~~ An Internet search reveals a similar picnic table weighs 216 pounds and sells for $179.00. Hopefully it will sell at our CARE Health Fair in March. ~~ “Baby steps”?? I’ve only begun to apply time and energy to downsizing the mini-storage unit.

The cluttered storage unit

Unloading large planters

Empty rear area

Planters quickly off-loaded

Decided to rearrange

Lots of empty boxes

The opposite corner

Behind the picnic table


Ready to donate

Cart full of donations

Habitat sign

Lunch at Cici's

Awesome technology !!

This blogger has followed a holistic lifestyle for over thirty years. I have been opposed to surgery, and prescription drugs, flu shots, etc. Watch this video and marvel at the possibilities for the future–**if** BIG business hospitals and “big pharma” (pharmaceuticals) don’t interfere.

On a sad note: I’ve lost two neighbors this week to disease. A lady to liver cancer and a man to heart attack. Unfortunately, that’s what I will experience in the months (and years?) to follow living in a residential care community. That’s what I will experience because I am “three quarters and counting” (almost eighty years old). An acquaintance recently said “old age sucks” and I agree wholeheartedly!! My complaint today: Pain in my neck and shoulders from too much work last week (at the CARE garage sale). My mind says I want to do projects as though I am forty years old, my body reminds me that’s not possible. But–because I’ve followed a holistic lifestyle–I’m in much better health than many of my neighbors (praise God). Counting my blessings!!

Count you blessings

Green Side of the Grass

“No rest for the wicked…”

An old quote my mother too often repeated.  As if I don’t have enough projects to keep me busy (and bone weary), I just received a phone call (1:00 PM) advising me that a smaller storage unit is available. So I need to tackle that project before the month is over. I won’t be able to “downsize” everything in my present mini-storage unit for many months but I can save a few dollars by shifting things to a smaller unit. 

Counting my blessings!! The weather has finally cooled enough so working in a metal storage unit will be tolerable. Counting my blessings because I can save a few dollars. (Save a few dollars for additional expenses on the cruise?!)

Today–in an effort to limit strenuous work (neck pain and aching shoulders)–I started packing my suitcase for a camp out later this month. The local Escapees chapter will be camping in Spring, Texas, October 27th through October 31st. I’ve wanted to join the group (for a year) but have been “too busy.” I won’t be taking my precious T@B teardrop trailer. Several single ladies–without an RV–prevailed on me to join them in a cabin at the campgrounds. Divided four ways: “Less expensive than a campsite” –so that’s the plan.

Life is goodTwins stick figuresI need to be cloned so I can get everything done that needs to be done!! Leaves need to be raked; weeds need to be pulled!! Windows need washing inside and out; the inside of my 5th-wheel trailer needs reorganization!! ~~ I’m not complaining; life is good!!

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IMG_1673Postscript, Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Change of plans!! Recently, I bought raffle tickets to support our local SPCA. I won this manmade-in-the-USA picnic table and a friend was kind enough to transport it from site to site. Until next March, it will be stored in my large mini-storage unit. There went my plans to transfer things into a smaller unit!! Oh well, it’s only money!! I’ll adjust my budget. ~~ Can you see that monster in my already overcrowded yard?? “No way!!”

Picnic table at SPCA

It's very heavy

Picnic table on trailer

Picnic table in storage

Watched another VHS…

Thornbirds…recorded in 1996. Last night, by 6:00 PM, I was ready to “sit a spell.” I pulled out another old VHS-tape and discovered (to my surprise) The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years. I probably watched it while recording it but have no recollection of “the missing years.” Four hours later (two-part mini-series), I went to bed. ~~ I got up at 8:00 but (honestly) I’m still tired. The CARE garage sale wore me out!! ~~ This is a  “major event” day in the adjacent Escapees Rainbow’s End RV Park. There will be dozens of vendors in the Activity Center. Read my blog from one year ago–and have a big laugh!!

Postscript, Tuesday, October 21, 2014: I have watched all my old VHS-tapes and they have been, or will be, donated to thrift shops. Part of my “downsizing” project. (Little by little–but a long way to go!!)

‘Round the clock !!

Clock seven o'clock (best)This old grandma went to bed at 7:35 PM and got up at 7:00 AM. It was a long busy week as many of us prepared for, and then “manned,” the semi-annual CARE garage sale.  Since our last event, in April, we received a massive amount of donations. It took three days to “set up” and price followed by three days “open for business.” Most nights, during the week, I went to bed about 8:30. Last night, even earlier.

Before I elaborate on my week, I want to comment on my opening words “this old grandma.” I received a phone call from a grandson on Friday. If my memory serves me correctly, I saw him briefly in July 2003, and one quick phone call a year or two ago. This conversation was long and full of information about the extended family. ~~ Oh joy!!

About the CARE garage sale: no pictures (can you believe I didn’t take pictures?). But you can get an idea from pictures taken a year ago. My energy was spent arranging (and rearranging) blankets, sheets, towels, curtains, etc. We started with items piled (on tables) higher than my head!! By mid-morning Saturday, I had a limited amount of things on one table (two tables had been folded up and carried away). Who could resist one dollar bath towels, one dollar sheets and/or two dollar blankets?? On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I coordinated–and packaged–matching sets. I did such a good job (LOL), the bedding department will be my regular assignment!!

Western wear (2)Western wear (1)Confession: I spent over $60.00 and that means I bought an awful lot of things!! Books were ten cents (will I ever read them?); clothes for fifty cents and one dollar. I now have more-than-enough “new” (used) clothing for my “cruise wardrobe.” Furthermore, I bought “western” clothes to take to our square dance club. I’ll offer them “free” but suggest the buyer give a donation to the square dance club.

I bought items to donate to the “silent auction” at our next CARE Health Fair (March 2015). From the bedding department, for the price of a blanket ($2.00), this beautiful new queen size summer/winter comforter. Likewise, a down sleeping bag for two dollars.

I failed to document all the details in an earlier blog; I went to Huntsville to sell linen, and lace, table clothes I’ve owned for over fifty years. Several belonged to my grandmothers. But I have no place to use them and my children and grandchildren have no interest in my memorabilia. This week I excluded (from the sale) linen table clothes, napkins, doilies, embroidered scarves, etc., and will take them to the specialty shop in Huntsville. Whatever I receive… will be better than the bargain prices at our garage sale!! The money will be added to the proceeds from our garage sale.

Today, I face the task of putting things away. An early project: Hand laundry of pretty clothing. The yard beckons; much to be done (after a week of neglect). I’ll have to force myself to do indoor projects first!!