October 31, 2012 … Happy Halloween …
And .. no chocolate for me .. cause .. today .. is the day that my Ecological Landscaping Course begins. Once again I’ll enter worlds of knowledge about gardening that will raise my awareness to a whole new level. I’m quite looking forward to this. I know that we will be learning how to graph out a landscape and that will be a challenge for me .. or .. will it?
Anyway, yesterday I found my “Inner Organizer/Declutter” energizer had taken over my being for the whole day.
I fought this at first. Looking around my computer room, seeing stacks of books, papers and other things that just somehow accumulated bit by bit over the months. You know, the things that are just placed on the desk “for a minute” or “till tomorrow” or some other such vague period of time in the future. Relief at not having to focus on tidying up in the present time.
Things that are hastily stuffed into attractive storage boxes “just for now” and they slowly make a home for themselves on the shelves, gathering dust.
I played around with sorting at first. Casually picked up a few pieces of paper for recycling. Looked through some books. Went to the kitchen. Made tea. Searched on the computer.
Debated about this upcoming Sunday .. suddenly there are two activities that tug at my heart and they are both happening in the same time frame. What are the odds? (I know, a Canadian band, as my DH tells me!). http://oddsrock.com/
Cesar Milan will be appearing on Sunday! I went to his show a few years ago, and stood in the rain for several hours beforehand, for the opportunity to meet him and I was fortunate enough for that. And he autographed a photo that I have of my little Oreo, looking into a mirror up at me. I’ll post that on one of my posts during the winter.
So, dilemma. Go to the show .. or go to the fall Friends of the Library book sale. This one is going to be a great one and will be held in a huge sports arena.
The only trouble is that they are both occurring in about the same time frame. I play with the idea of rushing to the sale, wait for the doors to open at 1:15 or so, gather up about 10 bags of books, rush to the car, drive to the arena, try to find a parking space and then go to the Show.
Or ..I could relax, and not go to the book sale, leave early for downtown, find a parking spot, casually enter the arena and this time look at the items for sale.
I know that DH and D both tell me that I have enough books ..and looking around me (and thinking about the shelves of unread books in the basement) .. I do have to agree with them. So I’ll read like crazy in the winter and then will have some empty shelves, ready for the January book sale! Oh, decisions, decisions, decisions!
Anyway, after I came back from town, with my ticket, I realized that I must focus on the decluttering. And you would have been proud of what I accomplished, starting out, bit by bit. And I decided that I could take my time .. I had the balance of the morning, all afternoon and evening to focus on this task.
Mercilessly I went through boxes of Christmas cards from over 20 years ago .. shred .. shred .. shred. Puzzle books from that era .. to be donated, along with quite a few books that were purchased, new, not read .. from years ago .. time for someone else to read them. (I donate these to a literacy program).
This little room feels so much better and I’ve accomplished much, but there is still more to go and I’ve reached the energy level where I will be culling things that aren’t necessary any more. What a freeing feeling!
Anyway, I’ve posted more photos of our little shopping trip on Monday, that lovely sunny day when D & I wandered around our famous old Chinatown shopping district, the Fisgard Street neighbourhood. It’s been years since I’ve done that and it was quite a fun experience.
There are still more photos to post and I’ll try to post them tomorrow.
Anyway … on with this lovely rainy Halloween day ..