When we last left this story it was Moving Day for the parents. Thank the good Lord they didn't downsize for retirement because then there wouldn't be room for me and Austin and the kitties! Nor would there be room for all their accumulated stuff. Much has been repurposed and/or discarded but you can't have five kids and a dozen grandkids and not have mucho stuff. One day when I'm bored I'll count my mom's angels in the library. Seriously, probably a thousand.
I've downsized several times over the past fourteen years due to divorce, remarriage/merging of households, divorce and fire. I'm fairly conservative in my clothing purchases and tend to donate more than I purchase but still ... it's taking quite a bit of organization to fit my stuff in a regular (as opposed to walk-in) closet. I'm also super particular about my closet - clothes must be in color order. I'm not OCD in any other way but it's a strict ROY G BIV, brown then black in my closet at all times. I'm going to have to make a run to Walmart to get a few more coat hangars and I'll have that task licked but it was no easy chore.
That whole "easily accessible" thing is the main reason I've relocated my "dressing room" from the top floor. I'm having increasing difficulty with stairs. I'm having a lot more trouble with my knees and hips lately and I needed to scale back those hikes up two flights of stairs every time I change clothes, especially first thing in the morning. I'm a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee pot away from never having to leave the Whine Cellar at all. At the risk of sounding like my life revolves around a tv, having tv down here on the bottom level has significantly improved my quality of life. (And thank you so much Pop for satellite tv down here and for purchasing the larger plan with more channels!) I feel so much more at home now. Once it's sorted and cleaned to my standards, it will be even more so.
|This little piece of ribbon entertained Little Kitty for the longest time!|
(Last night, I'm embarrassed to say, I made tater tots for dinner. Just tater tots. That's all I wanted.)
On Sunday I worked on putting together my super ingenious present idea (that I can't wait to share and I really can't wait until Christmas when people open their gifts!). I found the second part that I wasn't sure I was going to be able to afford and although there was some assembly required, I was able to get it done in about two hours. I wrapped a few things and have a few more still to wrap. We never did find the wrapping paper stash from last Christmas.
Yesterday the gut pain from hell was KILLING me. I was scheduled to pick my nieces up from school so I was avoiding pain meds. I was worried about being in pain until their mom or dad got home and I could drive home but as it turned out, my sister-in-law was home on a conference call so I was just the bus and not the babysitter. I love LOVE hanging out with them but was relieved to have a short tour of duty yesterday. Ironically, by the time I got home the pain had eased up and I avoided taking pain meds all day. I also avoided them Sunday which was similarly painful. Every day I can tough it out on my own is a red letter day in my book! I would prefer to go the "no pain at all" route.
Hope you're all having a great week! Love and hugs, y'all!