Monday, August 7, 2017

Motivation is everything

There was so much going on last week I forgot to blog about Wednesday. It was the day of my (quilt group) meeting "over the river" at 10 am. But James and I went to take care of Caleb because he couldn't go to day care. Fever and throw-up the day before. We arrived at 7:40 am with two cars so I could go to my meeting for a while. 

Caleb felt fine and was fun. My meeting not so much (they can't be all good) so I left early back to join James. A good thing that was because at lunchtime Wade brought Owen who now had a fever too. 







At the end of that day we were all worried whether it's going to be another round of misery. As you could see from my previous blog though ... all seems well, thank the Lord. 

AND ...   the decluttering continues. 

Sunday August 6 = 6 items



Monday August 7 = 7 items



Tuesday August 8 = 8 items



Wednesday August 9 = 9 items



More things pitched! Things had been rearranged from office to pantry (finally space there), from dining room to office. I had gone through a lot of drawers. 

But the real action took place on Monday right after breakfast in the garage. The perfect day since it was raining and it was a cooler day. With the door open all the time it was bearable. 

I had forgotten to take "before" pictures and one shelving is almost empty. I was just too eager to get started. We had been unhappy about the state of our garage for quite a while. 





The "garage effort" continued on Tuesday and Wednesday. And ... DONE!









What a great feeling. I know where my garden tools are and James sorted his tools. All golf stuff is in one place. Only the cart needs to be hung up. 

James went twice to the recycling place and twice to the dump. I call that success! And I count that decluttering towards Thursday August 10 = much much more then 10 items! And I am taking tomorrow off! (smiley face)

Weekend

Sarah and her family had gone to her in-laws because Wade's dad had a birthday. Schatzi came to us. Well, James went to get her Friday afternoon. Since we had to bring her back on Sunday Sarah asked us to come for dinner. 

It had been quite a car drive for the children so Sarah and I thought that a little walk would be good. The twins like the red wagon because they can see everything all around. 







Caleb wanted to pull his brothers back to the house. 



It was fun. Everybody was in good form (tired but good). I helped put Colin and Owen to bed and we had pizza on the back deck. Lovely!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Declutter Day 3, 4, 5 and pantry update

Let's see. 

Thursday August 3 = I think that easily counts as 3 items sorted out. Never thought I would do away with lace but I can't remember where it came from, I have never used it and most likely never will. The glass lid was bought as cover to use in the microwave. Have something much better for that now. 



Friday August 4 = 4 items
The top of the teak chest of drawers was always so cluttered up that it really bothered me. The radio was one of the things which got never used. Red noses come around every year. The glass vase I had bought last year. I thought it was so cool for arranging flowers. You can't open it though which means you can't clean it. Away with it!



Saturday August 5 = 5 items
Found this in one of the drawers in the dining room wall unit. Using directions and remotes for things which are long gone. A thermostat which got replaced etc. 



I don't have an ugly before picture but believe me that this makes me happy. 



We used to have bowls with fruit there too which were hit by the sun for several hours every day. This is much better on the opposite wall. 



Oh yes, the pantry has hardware. The same as the kitchen cabinets. 



And since somebody on FaceBook voiced to see the pantry filled with the things off the dining room table ... here it is:



Concerning the decluttering ... I realize that it will get more difficult the further we are in the month. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Declutter Day 2

2nd day of August = 2 things to sort out

Still working to find places for the pantry/kitchen stuff and found this. Don't need the toddler stuff. Never used that insert for the pitcher. James says that he is o. k. with letting go of things we don't use. 





Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Declutter

I sometimes read the blog of Kate in the U.K., a fellow participant in the Cotton Robin. On May 1st she wrote:
For the past couple of years, I've been doing a decluttering exercise in May - clearing out bits and pieces, using the kind of fun technique of getting rid of one thing on the 1st, two on the 2nd and so forth. It's a nice way to motivate a clear out, so I decided to do it again this year, starting with the junk drawers in the kitchen. So this is the first item. I sort of know what it's for, but we don't need it. Off it goes!

I have the highest intentions and have thought of it since then. Coming back from a month-long trip on the 28th June didn't help. My intentions were for July. Didn't happen. August? I will try!!!

Today is the first. This went! If you can't play it, you don't need to keep it. 



I did shoot myself a bit in the foot though. As you might have read in the previous blog that we have a new pantry. The old was emptied etc ... and a lot was thrown away then. But I didn't want to keep it just so that I could claim it as "declutter" this month. I am positive there will be more. 


Saturday, July 29, 2017

IKEA

Yup, IKEA was the answer. I had the idea for a while and last Monday we drove there. 82 or 86 miles (depending how you look it up) but how long it takes to drive is totally unpredictable ... because of the TRAFFIC around Fredericksburg. 

We were lucky going there. We found exactly what we were looking for, had Swedish meatballs for lunch and were very pleased to get the many items in the car including the 90" long one. That one weighed a ton. 



On the way.back we were not so lucky with the traffic and it took one hour longer then it should have. 

At home James contacted Robert, who had done our Portico addition (March 2015). He came soon for an estimate and called us a couple of days later that he could do it Friday because he was going to be rained out of another job. Lucky us. 

This is what needs attention. The pantry is so inefficient. Too much wasted space all around. A consultation/suggestion from the closet genie didn't give me what I needed and also was very expensive. 





Friday (yesterday)
As soon as Robert had arrived I emptied it. Didn't want to hold things up. 



We had put both cars outside and he had the run of the garage. 



Oh yeah. It will be fun (?) finding places for everything. 



The door with frame is gone. 



The cabinet is assembled. Enough for today. 





Saturday morning

Robert returned at 8 am and had planned how to proceed. The included little legs were not going to be used. The IKEA lady who had helped us also had not included a kick board in the list. 



Soon the opening was made wider and the box put in. 



Finished with trim and all. The hardware has to wait until the cabinets are painted and everything gets new hardware. 





Now begins the really hard part. Giving everything its place. And oh yes, need one more drawer and shelf. 



I am a happy girl. It turned out exactly as I had envisioned it. Robert confessed that he was very happy with the results too because he had thought in the beginning it sounded crazy. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Birthday weekend

The 23rd is Sarah's birthday ... and she wasn't even scheduled to work that weekend. 

On Saturday they all came to lunch and then went to our community pool when it was children's hour. As it was a brutely hot day they all enjoyed it. 







Homemade mango ice cream for dessert. 



Caleb likes it as much as his cousin William. 



Sunday - THE day!

James and I arrived at 5 to play a little with the twins before their bedtime ... and may be help. 



Colin got blisters on both big toes from busily scooting around. 



After dinner it was time...
Caleb had talked about his "secret" all weekend. 











And then one game before bedtime. He started counting. 



Happy happy Birthday, Sarah!


(btw I have written two blogs on my "Love of Threads" blog ... in case you are interested)