Clean/Purge

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.
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General

Things

I’m not really angry anymore, but I am contemplating unfriending Mattie on Facebook, and his mom too. My curiosity got the better of me, and I went trolling back to his posts when he announced our breakup. There was rather a lot of shit talking, which amounted to me being a crazy bitch, a terrible cook (his mother agreed on this even though she’s never eaten my cooking?), and there were comments about how at least I wouldn’t be trying to poison him any longer. Granted, I said some things here, but I did not post things like that where he was likely to see them nor did I encourage my friends to badmouth him. I asked him on Saturday for space- and he hasn’t respected that at all so far because he’s still sending me messages and chattering away at me just like nothing had happened. He’s refusing to respect my “no” and that’s not okay.

At the urging of a friend, I joined FetLife, which is a rather interesting place. Basically its Facebook for fetistists/kinksters. Creating my profile was interesting, as has been browsing the site in general. I found a few people I know right off, which honestly, while nice, was not a surprise. Some of the people I found I’m quite fond of, while others… well, I won’t be communicating with them there, either. But such is social networking, right?

I think I’ve lost a few pounds over these last few weeks, though not because I was trying. If I’ve been out of the house, I’ve eaten once per day, and at home, maybe twice, and half the time its been salad. I just don’t have an appetite most days. Am I depressed? I’m honestly not sure. On the surface I feel pretty good- I’m free of the confines of the unhappiness of my last relationship, and I can do what I want now. I can focus on making myself happy, instead of someone who can’t be happy no matter what I did. I’m free to branch out, meet new people, pursue what I like, and say no to what I don’t. But at the same time, I’m unhappy at having to have had to move back to my mom’s. This is not my home. I honestly don’t know where home is at this point and I feel somewhat unmoored.

I saw my psychologist yesterday and I requested a refill on my Klonopin Rx. I still have several left, but I like having it just in case. I took one every night the week we broke up, but haven’t touched them since. And I’ve been working off of the same 30 tablets for over a year so its not like I just take them all the time.

Today I was supposed to meet with County Mental Health’s Employment Specialist, but I cancelled and rescheduled my appointment for after the first. I messed up my finances pretty badly this month and I don’t have gas money to make trips I absolutely don’t have to into town. I sold some stuff at the beginning of the month, and I had less expenses, but between paying off some small debts and eating in town a lot, I managed to overspend for the month and now I’m counting pennies until next month’s money comes in. Next month will be better though. I just need to track my spending better and stick to my budget. I can do this.

I also saw Princess yesterday and we hung out for a little while. It was nice to see her and nicer to see she’d gotten rid of her husband. Seems to be a lot of that going around. She’s looking fabulous though and the kids- OMG! The girl is 14 now and beautiful, and the oldest boy is 6 foot and trying to learn to play guitar. I was like damn it. I feel so old seeing them as closer to adulthood then babyhood.

I did get most of my stuff tucked away into the spare room, so I can say most of my belongings have been put up. There’s still a few things laying around the house, but its still progress made. And my mom is making an effort (finally) to clean up the rest of the house. She’s sent me into town with 4 kitchen trash bags full of stuff to be donated, and thrown away a bunch more. Of course there’s still a ton to go through but any progress is good. I still need to get her to take in the old electronics to the drop off and that would clear out a lot of space in the house. But baby steps….

And I got rid of almost half of my yarn! Stuff I wasn’t completely in love with I sold, with a few more still to go. It made a big difference in getting things put away.

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Not Much Left Now

In the last few weeks, I’ve thrown away or donated roughly half of my possessions. I took my desk out of my room and got the TV stand from Mattie’s bedroom to take its place. It takes up a lot less room and ofers still more storage then I need. I got my uke stand into my room, with all my ukes and my uke bass on it, save for the little green one that I am giving to Ashley and Rowan on Tuesday. I’m trying to encourage my mom to throw things away, get rid of clutter, and in general clean up the house. I need to look up where the electronics recycling place is  so we can take all kinda of stuff in and get rid of it for good- she is basically hoarding broken electronics because she thinks it costs money to dispose of them. Nope. Its free. Just gotta take them in. I’ve listed several of my books for sale that I’m just not going to use. I’m trying to sell about 50 skeins of yarn I’m just not in love with. There’s just so much stuff that I/we don’t need.

I’ve got a super busy week next week and I hope getting out will be good for me. But I’m so tired from holding my shit together and trying to be productive and I miss having a body next to me at night when I’m sleeping. I miss my dog. I miss Mattie. This shit is hard. I know its for the best, but fuck.

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Crafting · General

Final Tally & A Tour

Here’s what’s gone out of my craft room over the last week! Woohoo! No wonder my space feels better.

Shopping bags of stuff donated – 15

– including almost 5 miles of yarn

– 5 pounds of beads

– 4 bags of clothing

– 1 kitchen trash bag of fabric scraps

Emptied storage containers – 1 tackle box, 1 large shipping tote, 6 shoe drawers, 4 5″ x 8″ bead containers

Bags of trash thrown out – 4

Missing things found – 1 hat I thought was stolen

WIPs discovered – 3

And here’s the way everything looks now… This is the closet nook, with its permanently stained floor and tight space. It doesn’t look great, but it does look so much better.

On the left side is the majority of my fabrics.

On the right side is batting, fleece, felt, purse handles, and zippers.

In between is a bag of fiber fill, bubble wrap, and some reusable shopping totes. There’s shipping supplies and unused yarn storage on the tops.

Along that same wall is the “wall of yarn”. The big yarn wall. I’ll be donating a few more skeins (some of the stuff piled on top) of yarn tomorrow. There’s a lot here but its mostly sorted by type and I can easily find what I’m after.

Also, it looks pretty. 🙂

The beading table, wire shelf holding my large skeins of yarn, and a few articles of clothing hanging up. There’s still some clutter off to the left, but most of that will be either donated or taken to a crafty day and passed around and what’s not claimed will be donated. I really want to find a more aesthetic solution for storage here but there’s so many tiny bits and pieces, I’m not sure what else I could use.

The sewing desk, my thread on the walls, and my dress forms. The cardboard boxes on the beading table are waiting for addresses to be shipped out, hopefully in the next few days.

The little yarn wall, and my earring displays. And Sashi. Sashi is very important.

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Crafting · General

Things I’ve Done Today

I’ve spent most of today working on my craft room, finishing the cleaning, tidying, and general shifting of stuff around. I got a lot done today though back there.

  • I had a lovely gentleman pick up a trash bag full of scraps for his quilter husband. I may have a few more for him later on. For some reason he told me where he works, so when I finish my quilt blocks I can probably swing by there and drop it off to him.
  • I moved things that were in my fabric drawers and small shoe drawers into the drawers the scraps were in. Apparently I have literally around a hundred zippers.
  • I sorted all my beads, culling a big pile to be donated and emptying out 2 5″ x 8″ containers. I might actually be able to empty out a third if I move a few things around a bit.
  • I found a finished pot holder, plus one that just needs bias tape sewn on it so I’m going to try to finish that tomorrow.
  • I found a hat I knitted a few years ago that I thought was stolen at a craft fair.
  • I collected another 3 shopping bags worth of stuff, bringing me up to 13 bags donated from my craft room.
  • I sorted all my fabrics, adding a few to donation bags, and put all the rest away, which enabled me to put the big grey tote out on the patio, empty.

In doing all this, I freed up 6 shoe-storage drawers, 2 bead containers, and 1 large grey shipping tote.

I still need to vacuum but tomorrow I am going to try to get some sewing done. I have that pot holder, 8 more quilt squares, and a skirt I started a few months ago that needs finishing. All easy projects, I just need to actually get started.

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40 Bags? Kon-Marie? Spring Cleaning?

40 bags in 40 days…. Marie Kondo…. Spring cleaning… Tidying up…. Whatever you want to call it, you’ve probably got something that needs cleaned up. For me right now, its my craft room. My craft room is technically a tiny mother-in-law’s apartment on the back of our garage. Its a roughly 8′ x 8′ room with a tiny hallway, afterthought closet nook, and a 3/4 bathroom. It has pros and cons.

Pros

  • Its just about the right size to store my crafty stuff
  • There’s room to work
  • Its quiet and private
  • Its my personal space that no one comes into without me inviting them

Cons

  • Its not climate controlled
  • The West wall is cement so I can’t put up shelves or really put anything into it
  • Its not large enough for a comfy chair
  • Its small so space is at a premuim

But its my space, and I try to keep things as tidy as possible because like I said, space is at a premium, and no sense in piling stuff up taking up precious room.

I noticed a few days ago that I had some things I liked at the time they arrived, but I don’t love any more. Things like scads of yarn that was given to me by someone else destashing. Fabric scraps. Storage containers. Art supplies poled against walls and corners.

I decided to start with the yarn. On Ravelry, there’s a feature called the Stash. It lets you record all your yarn online so you have a digital library of what you have. Its super hand when you’re out yarn shopping to look up if you have something already or to see what will go well with something you have at home. Anyway, I discovered after adding in all my yarns, I had almost 53 miles of yarn. 53 miles. And I don’t even love all of it!

I started off by digging out all the yarn I’m not mad about, all the yarn I likely won’t use, and bagging it. Removing it from stash. Dropping it off at the thrift store. 6 shopping bags full. I did that will all the yarns I didn’t love and knocked 4 miles off of my stash. I did hold back the sock yarn I don’t love because that’s going to specific people, but it is going to go.

Then I looked at my items I’ve made. I looked at my crafting books. I looked at craft supplies. I filled another 4 bags with things I don’t use, aren’t relevant to me, or will likely never be sold or gifted. This included some unfortunate ruffle scarves, an ugly pair of mittens, and some ginormous slippers I crocheted. That was this afternoon.

This evening I tackled the corner of my craft room where I have multiple storage containers with varying degrees of stuff in them. I pulled out a large tackle box which was holding lots of bias tape, elastics, and and assorted sewing notions. Those were all bagged and put into the cabinet of my sewing desk. The tackle box is now empty and unneeded. Outside it went.

Then I open the box containing all of my quilt squares I finished over the last 6 years or so. I laid them out on the floor and found I only need 8 more to actually piece together my quilt. But what this really means is the 6 drawers and 5 bags of scraps I have? Almost all of them can go. I placed an ad on Craigslist so hopefully I can get a few people to pop by and pick some of them up. And maybe this weekend I will finish the other 8 squares.

I’m also likely going to donate the ball gown I made several years ago. It takes up a lot of space and I have no desire to wear it again. That will almost completely clean out that corner. All that leaves is the closet nook, which is mostly a mess because of the haphazard way packing materials are piled up in it. If I can get rid of all of the fabric scraps, I can better organize my fabric collection, and then start to clean up that area too.

It feels so good to tidy up my space and make it pretty again! But I really wish someone would come over and clean our house! LOL

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Crafting · General · Health · Music

All The Things

I’ve had another violin lesson with the lovely Faustina, and I still love it. Its challenging, but in a good way. My next (3rd) lesson is this Friday and while I’m struggling with my C note (2nd finger, 3rd string), otherwise I’m doing okay. I really should devote a little more time to practicing though. An extra half hour a wek would really make a difference, and that’s really only 5 minutes more a day if I practice 6 days a week.

My guitar I bought that I shared with you previously has been rehabbed, though I did have to rig up a fix for one of its issues. I replaced the tuning heads, the nut, the saddle, and the strings and bridge pins, but discovered after it was strung that there’s something not right with where the nut sits, and my strings were all touching the first fret. I poured, cured, and trimmed a small bit of clear resin to pad under the nut to raise it just a bit to keep the strings of the first fret. I also discovered after all of that (time, effort, money) that the neck is cracked. But it seems to be straight on the front side and playable so I will ignore it until it either gets worse or actually breaks. I’m doing the beginner’s group lesson at Guitar Center on the 17th. It will be a busy day as I will be doing that in the morning, we’ll be taking my FIL shopping after that, and then most likely going to a party in Palmdale.

My FIL has had a knack for scheduling his appointments at the only times I am actually busy, so I made and printed out calendars for him that show all the times I am not available… and he still manages to schedule things for the wrong days and times. *sigh* He scheduled one for this Friday right before my violin lesson…. there’s no way we will have time to get to his Dr’s appointment, then go out to eat, drive him home, drive back to Lancaster, and get to my lesson before 4pm, so I said we will have to go eat before the Dr’s appointment. I know he doesn’t want to get up that early but I did say noon or before 1pm when he was scheduling it and of course he scheduled it for 1pm.

When I go to my next Dr’s appointment I am asking to be taken off of the Trileptal. I don’t feel like it did anything to curb my mild mania, and honestly, I don’t want to take something that seems to do nothing for me. I closed my last credit card down so its going to take a lot of effort for me to do any crazy spending now, and really that’s all I do now if I’m somewhat manic.

I finished this blanket this morning- it was supposed to only be a baby blanket between 36″ and 42″ wide but nope. Once again my color plan took over and it grew and grew. It would be great over a couch or on a twin sized bed. I had to buy another skein of the red to finish it because I literally ran out with 15″ to go before it was done. Ugh. Oh well. At least its a nice red.

 

We are trying to eat a bit better and I stocked up on fruits and veggies this last shopping trip. There will be no excuses for eating like crap. When I bought all the groceries yesterday, the cashier rang up almost all of my fruits and vegetables wrong, but it ended up being to my benefit and I really didn’t feel like correcting her with almost every produce item she typed in.

 

 

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Music

When Packing Items to Ship…

Take Goodwill’s example! It took me ten minutes to unbox this but I’m glad because it meant my item was safe and well-protected during shipping.

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This is a huge box. If it was thicker I could fit our 85 pound dog inside it.
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Tons of packing paper. The pile I pulled out was bigger than the dog.
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Bubble wrap. They did not skimp on you.
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More bubble wrap and a second box to protect the body. I’m liking this a lot!
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Finally unwrapped. Missing the nut and parts of 2 tuning heads.
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Missing the saddle and bridge pins… and strings of course.
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She’s pretty but the remains of that “HELLO My Name Is” sticker have got to go!

There’s some nasty scratches on the side of the lower body and a few chips in the finish of the headstock, but overall I’m pretty pleased with it.

Replacement parts ran me about $80 + tax, but according to the reviews I read, once the parts are replaced I’ll have a pretty nice guitar. I’m looking forward to putting it together and learning to play it though it’ll be about a week before the parts and strings get here. I’ll probably sign up for a group class at Guitar Center to help myself get a feel for things.

And believe me when I say I am done buying instruments for now! Hopefully for a while! hehe

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Things I’ve Bought Online

So I made the mistake of rediscovering the Shop Goodwill website. Not only are there bargains to be found, there are some pretty crazy things listed if you take the time to look. And it combines my love of auctions with my love of thrifting.

Mattie’s paying me back, but I won him 2 big lots of mixed Legos (about 30 pounds of them total) for about $150. We got the first lot of them yesterday and holy cow! Check it out.

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The box is slightly longer then wide and about as tall as it is wide- and he had already taken some Legos out of it. Lots of good pieces of all different shapes and sizes, though there were a few random Duplo blocks and a couple Legos that had been damaged- some were burnt? Weird. The other two boxes I won him are about 1.4 times this amount total, so he’s going to be sorting them for a while.

On Saturday evening, I checked to see what was listed at Integrity Public Auction, a local auction house. Sometimes they do internet only auctions, and sometimes they allow absentee bidding for live auctions. The current auction when I had a peek was for absentee bidding, and I saw something I couldn’t resist and had to bid on. I ended up winning this little beauty for $20 and picked it up on Sunday afternoon.

 

Its a little soprano and maybe even brighter in color in person. It sounds a little plinky but I still like it. I’m having some trouble not muting the strings a bit with my forearm when playing it- its teensy size is really throwing me off! I wasn’t supposed to buy another uke because I actually have one from Goodwill on its way to me now. It should be arriving on Wednesday- another soprano.

One last auction find for today. Here’s some history. I have always loved violin and fiddle music. They make me happy. But its a notoriously difficult instrument and also expensive. I’ve been looking though and I found what I hoped would be a great deal on eBay. I bought it and I spent about a week freaking out that it would be destroyed in the mail.

Finally, yesterday, I received this box. It took me about ten minutes to get the end of it open, but it was definitely packed securely and the inside was lined with chunks of Styrofoam and wadded up plastic.

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This was what I felt like I had been waiting half my life for.

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I finally got it out of the box and opened the case. I was so worried that maybe it got trashed in the mail, but nope, its perfect.

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I then took it over to Tapp’s Music and asked them to give it a once over and tell me if anything was wrong with it and if it was a suitable beginner’s instrument. It passed muster, so then I asked for contacts for instructors to teach me how to play. I left with two business cards, one for someone who teaches classical violin and one who teaches violin and fiddle. I called the fiddle lady when I got home and set up for my first lesson this Friday. I’m super excited!

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