Cleaning & Purging

I’m cleaning again. I keep finding ancient food that’s literally covered in millimeters of dust that goes straight to the garbage. I threw away about ten tiny, never opened jars of jellies, fancy mustards, and other spreads that expired in 1996. I threw away a bunch of the reusable shopping bags because we literally have so freaking many and nowhere to put them.

I found more things to donate, and a few things to return. The back seat of my car is slowly filling up with things to be dropped off at Goodwill. I’ve added some clothing to the pile, stuff that didn’t get worn much because it didn’t fit quite right and I should have returned them.

I’ve done multiple loads of laundry including my sheets and pillowcases, so my bed is fresh and clean. I put away everything that I washed, and in my cleaning, I found a few articles of clothing I thought were missing.

Tomorrow I’ll continue cleaning up, and Wednesday my check should be in so I can go grocery shopping, pay bills, and finally take the vacuum in to be repaired. I’m looking forward to vacuuming again.

One Year

Somewhere in these next few days marks my first year of being me post-relationship. It’s gone by really fast, and while I honestly like being single more than I like dating, it still feels weird sometimes after an almost 8 year coupling.

In the last year, I’ve used multiple dating apps and attempted 2 dates. The first guy was supposed to meet me at Sharky’s but he stood me up.

The second guy met me for coffee and could not hold a conversation at all. He just made occasional mumbling about his dog. I love dogs. I’m a dog person. But this guy seemed completely terrified of actually talking to me.

I’ve had a lot of guys get crappy with me in chats because they accuse me of playing games when I don’t invite them over immediately. No, I’m just not allowed to have guests. And no, I’m not looking for a hookup, k thnx bai.

I’m not even really actively looking to date. If I find a connection with someone and it’s a good fit and we enjoy each other, great. If not, I’m not all that invested. And if a good thing happens, I feel like I’m ready to be a part of it, but there’s no rush. And that’s okay!

Anyway, yeah, one year also marks the time I’ve been living with mom and her boyfriend. One year of cleaning, purging, and organizing a mess that’s mostly not mine. I’ve made a lot of progress, but I’m looking forward to the day I’m not living here any longer.

Baby steps though. Baby steps.

Heavy Duty Cleaning!

I’ve been chipping away at the mess in the hallway I previously posted about, and I’ve finally got that section of the house done.

I also got rid of (trash and donation) a huge amount of stuff from these two bookcases.

The plan right now is to move everything I don’t get rid of onto the dark wood bookcase, and ask my mom if I can have the lighter one in my craft room. That will give me better storage options, and it’ll be out of her line of sight from where she’ll want to pile stuff on it.

And then there’s this mess. The other end of the hallway. I actually pulled out a trash bag full of garbage from underneath before I took the photo.

When I get this mess cleaned up, I want to get some plastic bins to go underneath to keep the recycling in. Right now, those plastic bags are the recycling.

Sentimental

My cleaning has come to a halt because I’m facing some major sentimentality. I’ve come across a decent sized collection of photography books that were my dad’s  He loved photography. It was a major hobby for him, at least as far back as when I was a tiny little girl.

I’ve gotten rid of so many things over the last few months, and now I’m stuck on these books. I won’t use them – but I can’t seem to load them up in the car either. It’s strange because I’ve never been sentimental about anything. It’s just stuff.

But this is different because this was stuff my daddy was passionate about.

Little By Little

Yesterday I took a rather ill-advised 4 hour nap in the afternoon. Not a terrible thing in itself, but it meant at midnight I was wide awake and I wanted to do things. I ended up clearing off one of my 6 foot folding tables in my craft room, and bringing in my old desk to take its place. Then I moved the 3 x 3 shelving unit out of the closet alongside it, and moved my file boxes, one of my stacks of drawers, ironing board, and one of my dress forms into the closet.

It looks a lot nicer and I have more floor space.

I went to sleep after that.

At 845am, the pups woke me up. I let them out, had breakfast, and started putting things away in my craft room. The closet bothered me.

I took everything down off the top shelf, threw away empty packaging, and placed all the Christmas stuff together neatly. There were bags of fabrics, which I divided up between “large enough to use” and “too small to be of use.” the second pile went right into the trash. The first pile I offered a few select pieces to Tracy, and then put the rest away in my fabric drawers.

The Christmas tree has been in its falling apart box blocking the end of the hallway since January. I trapped up the box, and managed to fit it into the closet shelf in my craft room.

Then I moved the small table from in front of the hall closet and looked inside. Not much in there. The VHS tape storage full of old home movies went into the bottom of the closet. I removed a few things that were mine that I didn’t want and threw them away.

Then there’s this.

Our actual hallway turned dump site. Ugh. I moved the gate and pulled out the bag closest to the front. More fabrics. I went through the same routine as with the other bag and ended up with a small pile of keeps and a lot to be donated or thrown away. Pulled out a few more bags. Mostly trash. Some more stuff to be donated. More trash.

I had to stop there because the trash cans are almost full but I got quite a bit done. After the trash pickup on Wednesday (and after I empty my car of donations) I’ll go through the rest.

I also took a hammer to the broken bookshelf that was out front and broke it down so I could throw it away, and then put the broken heater into my trunk to be dropped off at the e-waste place.

Wednesday will be a busy day with drop-offs, group therapy, and I have returns to make at Michael’s, and then I can start over again.

AVIM, and Other Things

The craft thing at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum was kinda weird this year. Only two artists signed up, including myself, and the evening of, I was the only one to show up.

I did fairly well though and the octopus and owl stuffies I made sold pretty quickly. I didn’t sell all of them, but I did sell several. Kids loved them.

I ended up making I think it was $37 over my table fee which is pretty good for such a small event. I took that $37,and turned it into this :

There’s a pleco in there too somewhere – my mom bought me the fishies today. I’ve named the Oranda Alberta. 🙂

Yuba is still growing –  he and Tejon are unit into ponies. Kinda makes me wonder how big he’s going to get… Lol.

I bought a drop spindle and some fiber so I can learn to spin. I’ve only tried it a little but I think I’ll like it when I get the hang of it.

I haven’t been cleaning much the last week and a half because I killed my back moving a TV but I am trying to track down the parts we need to fix the furnace. The house hasn’t had heat in literally years and it gets freaking cold in winter.

Here’s a quick pic of some stuff.

My little Christmas tree and my super festive eyeball garland! And my super colorful curtains! Ignore the plastic bag and my shoes… Lol.

Still Cleaning

I’m still finding tons of stuff to clean up around the house. I’m finally almost done throwing away my old dresser that fell apart once piece at a time each week into the trash barrel – there’s just one side and the paperboard back left – and then I can start breaking down the tons of cardboard boxes I keep unearthing and throwing them away. I wish I could just throw them all out at once, but we only get one trash barrel so it’s not possible.

I keep finding technology-related stuff too. External DVD drives, multiple hard drives too small to be of much use in the current world (I’ve found like 6 of them), a hard drive enclosure that needs a power cord… And there’s a printer new in box that I think mom bought when she had Windows 8 that was incompatible with the computer then. I need to find cables for the hard drive enclosure and see if it and the drive currently inside it works, and if not, drop it off at the elections recycling place. The same goes for the external DVD drives – I will likely test those on my mom’s computer tonight.

Today my mom brought up if I wanted half ownership of the house and property when she dies. I said yes. I don’t want to stay here unless I built a place in the back, and honestly I would still rather sell my half and find a spot of land somewhere a bit closer to town… But either way, hopefully that’s not for a long time. A really, really long time.

For Thanksgiving, I did the shopping today, and picked up a 14-pound turkey for $9. I also bought stuff to make a blackberry cheesecake Wednesday night, and I’ll make the rolls from scratch the day of. Mom still wants to get a ham, but its just going to be me and her, and we don’t need all the food… Lol. Or maybe we do. I dunno.

Pillows! Oh my! 

I realized that pillows, even down pillows, can be washed in the washer and dryer. Suddenly the giant black trash bag full of pillows that were my dad’s and grandparents’ got really appealing. I love pillows. Like there’s no such thing as too many pillows on my bed. Begin laundering pillows, including the ones I already had. 

I had a body pillow, plus 3 regular ones. That was yesterday. 

Today I have a body pillow, plus 5 regular ones… And I have two more in the washer now. 

I’ve also made matching pillowcases for all my pillows that weren’t already dressed in some shade of wine and I think I have enough fabric left in the right shades to make the pillowcases for the last two pillows when they dry. 

My bed is no longer a bed. It’s a fluffy cloud nest. I fucking love it.

Of course if I ever get around to buying another set of sheets, I’ll have to make more pillowcases. But that’s not going to be for a little while. 

Cleaning, Getting Rid Of, and Taking Care Of

I spent almost all day on Sunday cleaning. I went through my cedar chest and my craft room, and I found a ton more stuff to donate that I just don’t love enough to leave up in my shop. I rearranged furniture. I put things away. I’m not pleased with where I moved Bill’s tank to (I can’t see him from my bed anymore), but overall I am happy with where everything else is.

Monday a really nice family came out to meet Hawk, and they took him home. He jumped right in the car with them and happily ate the canned food they brought him. I feel pretty confident he’s a good match for their family and I hope he really does get his forever with them- he deserves it.

Later in the evening, another family came and got 5 roosters from us. I helped my mom catch them and each one was tucked into a feed bag for easy transport. Its pretty quiet without them crowing at all odd hours.

Wednesday, Yuba is scheduled for his neutering. I have to be up at 630am to get him there at 8am for the drop off. I feel bad for him because he’s not yet at the “car rides are amazing!” stage of dogdom and he’s my shy boy so the vet is terrifying. But its important that he be neutered, and neutered early, because 1) I don’t want him lifting his leg, and 2) I don’t want him getting up to no good with his mama if they don’t get her spayed.

My mom mentioned that they might want to find a new home for one of the other female dogs… I don’t know who would take her though. She’s mean and she’s crazy. They bred her once and she chewed the heads off of most of the puppies. Yuba’s dad was one of the only survivors. Yes, crazy is in my pup’s genes, but he’s pretty even tempered so far. Anyway, I hope if they do decide to get rid of her, I can find somewhere for her to go. They really need a lot less animals.

I’ve also slowed way down on the body mods. It’s been at least a month since my last piercings and I don’t really feel the need to go out and get the next one. I feel content right now.

Things to Remove

Friday

  • 3 monitors
  • 1 scanner
  • 2 printers
  • 1 computer
  • 1 microwave
  • assorted computer peripherals
  • 1 digital picture frame

All dropped off to the e-waste recycling center

Friday night I cleared off the bookshelf next to the computer and put it outside.

Sunday (today)

  • 2 kitchen trash bags filled with trash
  • 19 plastic water bottles picked up from the floors
  • 100 VHS and Betamax tapes sorted into 3 piles-
    1. Home movies for mom to decide what to do with
    2. Store-bought movies to donate
    3. Recorded off TV movies to throw away
  • 1 of the storage units is damaged and will go in the trash
  • 2 of the storage units will be donated along with the movies
  • 4 shopping totes full of books and magazines in good shape to be donated
  • 1 shopping bag of clothing to be donated

Things to consider-

  • Donating the box of yarn in my car?
  • Donating the ukulele stands in my car?
  • Selling my mountain dulcimer… I never play it and I’m just not in love with her.