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Making the Bed

Part of the routine I’m doing these days is making the bed. It’s to the point where I can say it’s a habit, so I can check it off the “get this to be automatic” list.

I find myself making the bed in certain ways:

  • Flannel bottom/top sheets because it’s fall and starting to get colder and they’re cozy.
  • The older hand-made coverlet we use,  this covers the entire bed, it’s soft and not scratchy and is what’s closest to our faces.
  • Then the secondhand wool blankets: the smaller one on DH’s side of the bed as he likes to “cocoon” himself in the night and the larger one on my side so I can still snuggle up to him without a tug of war.
  • The polartech light blanket, covers the entire bed and is the cat’s favorite.
  • The two hand-made, smaller (single bed size) Swedish blankets we bought to replace the one my Dad had bought me, and the one I’d bought to go with it. (They were destroyed in a fire at the drycleaner, long ago.) These blankets have fringe on the edges that needs to be tucked in to keep the cat from going mad AND to keep her from unweaving the blankets. At the moment, these are folded up at the end of the bed; it’s too warm for them!

When it’s really cold and we have the down comforter on, I alternate the small wool blankets (both sets) between the full size ones, like layers in a sandwich.

There: when I make our bed, I consider all of us (2 people and pets) who’ll sleep on it, our comfort, etc. It makes the “chore” into an act of love, not just being tidy because it’s expected or whatever. Every time I put things just so, it makes me smile. Self-care and loving sometimes are the smallest acts.

Bedroom Progress

Last night I cut blanks from masking paper to size around the new mirrors and a piece of art we already had. Today, DH took down the mirror over the dresser. In order to get the paper stuck to the wall, I had to lean over the dresser. This caused me to clean off the dresser, something which needed to happen anyway. In the process of that, I also cleaned under the bed table at the end of the bed and part of one of the closets. There’s a trashbag of paper, etc. to go away, a box full of papers to file/go through — not obvious trash, may need to be filed, or may need to be pitched, not sure — a tray and bin of craft supplies/projects, etc.

This whole effort of course completely trashed the bedroom. I’ve dusted the closet with DH’s help and cleaned under the bed table as I said, and that’s getting pulled together. I have 2 books to add to the swap shop bin right now, more will go before the dump run is made, later.

I went 1/2 through a box of business papers before I got fed up with sorting, culling, cleaning, etc. so most of that went away too. There’s definite progress, but it’s going to take 3-5 sessions like this before we are anywhere near where I want to be.

Other progress: we have an old quilt we bought at auction (it’s just white, not pieced and was cheap of course) that we finally got it cleaned, it looks great! My “vision” for the bedroom is white, cream, off-white covers and valances on the windows with gauzy curtains and other stuff with color. The room is painted white now, except where it’s wood and that may change, but it will be spring at least  before that happens.

The mirror is down, wrapped in towels and in the attic. My new rule about the attic and other storage “dumps” is that whenever I put something away in an area like that I have to pull at least 3x as many pieces out and get rid of them. Did that.

We went to the dump. Came back, I started clearing the  couch so DH could work on the curtain rod. Then went and made chicken veggie soup, came back, finished the cleaning, ate dinner, DH got the curtain rod & curtain up. The asst. clothes that had been heaped on the bed are now on the couch, but wtf, it’s progress!

The wall has been spackled where the anchors for the old mirror were. The paper cut outs are in the approx. position the new mirrors will go — tomorrow. Then I have to get rid of about 4 more boxes of books, well, 8? and then the bedroom might begin to look like I have in mind. Still to do: move the bed, paint the room and dressers, get the other curtain rod/curtain up and figure out wtf we’ll do with the dresser, make the valances and bedspread/pillow covers.

My old idea about the dresser won’t work with DH’s hobby taking 1/2 the living room space, so . . . . we’ll punt. I just don’t know what the answer is yet!

I have for a week now

done a new cleaning schedule and technique. Haven’t seen it before, or run into anything like it. Most of the cleaning/household books have you do things by room; I’m not.

It still has some tweaking needed, but I’m actually doing this, the house is getting cleaner AND I’m not spending all day at it or overwhelmed, although there’s still just as much stuff here as there was before.

It could be that the new (?) idea isn’t it, but what I’m doing in my psych. work. We’ve apparently finally gotten down to the last bit, and so should be dealt with in a fairly speedy manner. Whether that’s 2 weeks or 5 more years, I don’t know — we’ll see.

But what IS new and different is that the house is getting cleaner and I’m not panicking.

I wonder if it will last?


What I’ve done this weekend

  • Dismantle a bookcase and stack it atop another of the same size.
  • Put up two smaller bookcases to replace the previous case.
  • Filled the two bookcases and part of the third.
  • Worked on the vegetable garden.

What I have yet to do?

  • Clean up the living room where the two small bookcases were.
  • Get the back on the stacked case and fill it with the magazines, etc. that we’d planned to use it for.
  • Find a new home/put away or cull the rest of the stuff that was pulled out of the now stacked bookcase.

There’s progress, but it’s pretty small by comparison to what I’d like it to be! We moved 3 pieces of furniture into their new home and that required the culling, cleaning, and rearranging. One of these days, I’d like to be far enough along this road to not have moving a piece of furniture become a major project. But I guess that’s what I’m doing the work for ‘eh?

I’ll update the above list as I go today.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today’s “To Do” List

is pretty massive. I have to get all the merchandise ready for the flea market on Sat. That means sorting, cataloging (if needed), packing, labeling. I need to make signs for the prices I want to charge. I need to find table cloths for under the merchandise, and covers for over it, if/when I have to leave my booth. I have to find a chair so I can sit down. I also need to find whatever it is I want to sell that ISN’T books. The books are the easiest to find, as I have more of them than anything else.

I will probably pull all the flower pots from the new booth, as well as the garden edging. There’s more lurking around here to go. Aside from the usual — trying to do too much in too little time and trying to get 50 things in space that fits 20 — I have to make sure that whatever I choose, catalog, etc. will fit in the car with the table, a chair and other things that are ready, in the storage. It’s a large jigsaw puzzle!

I looked up thrift shops a couple of days ago, down the street from where this is going to be. I have 2 places in the town where I can leave the books that don’t sell. My intention is to probably bring 0 books home. The glassware, china, cloth, etc. stuff I might actually sell elsewhere, the paperbacks no. I still haven’t decided if I’ll take any “good” books with me or not? If I do, those won’t be donated, but all the others will!

The past two nights I’ve called friends. Despite the fact that this looks easy and like I’m just plowing through the job willy-nilly, I have to say that what’s happening at night is that I’m panicking. I’m getting through it, with help, but the panic is there just the same.

There are days/weeks/months when I wish like he** that I didn’t have PTSD, hadn’t been abused, etc. I really wonder wtf I could have done in my lifetime if I hadn’t been dealing with my kid crap until nearly 60! If this blathering on about how hard this is bores you? Well, you’ve got NOTHING on me. I’ve lived it, and it bores the sh** out of me too. If I could figure out some way to bypass all the emotional crapola, believe me — I would!

P.S. Finally got my final tally from the old antique store. I can now finish March’s numbers! 😀

Winter Garden and the Living Room

One corner of our living room has an old trunk in it. Next to the trunk are two small tables. There’s a wire mesh basket on the trunk, and in it is stored various plant-related supplies: potting soil,, used soil, pots, and seeds. Atop of the trunk is a commercial ice water container (like used in restaurants) and various potted plants. This is my winter garden. The stevia survived, barely, the maidenhair fern has pulled through, the onions died, the potatoes are sprouting, and the two vases of daffs have put up dark green leaves.

Today I cleaned that corner of the living room. I pulled out the coffee table (it had been under the barristers’ bookcase) moved the two small tables and the trunk down into the corner. Got into the trunk, pulled out the rest of the daff bulbs and the seeds and planted all the sprouting bulbs. Only lost one! [I’d expected that most of the unplanted bulbs would be dead, but they weren’t 😀 .]

This is the opposite wall from all the bookcase crates. There’s some bookcase boxes against this wall too, but they’ve been there for some time. They’re behind the new graphics table against the wall and as I uncovered things today it became obvious that they’re not full — that will change!

In the past two days I’ve unpacked two boxes of books, mostly into the living room. These are books to be sold, but that doesn’t matter, they can’t sell  in boxes. I don’t remember what I have or where it is, so it won’t be sold. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way.

While cleaning out the corner, I found a piece of stereo equipment I need to ask DH if we’re keeping or selling and the two pieces of cash register drawers I intend to use as shadow boxes. I know where they’ll go eventually too. But it’s part of the back wall stuff and I haven’t gotten there yet. There’s a loom to move (full size, folding) amongst other things before I get there.

The biggest problem is likely to be the flat file. The flat file is steel, it’s big, and right now it’s in the wrong place in the middle of the room. DH & I were talking about what has to happen next and the flat file was part of the discussion. We have a plan to move it, but even with rollers, etc. it’s NOT going to be easy.

Our living room is roughly U shaped. One wall is done. The parallel wall was started today. The back wall pretty much has to be tackled before the rest of it can get finished. The flat file is in the middle of the U.

Definite progress, but it’s still a mess, full of boxes and asst. stuff — although less than first thing this morning!

A Little Bit More

decorating stuff. I’m making a rug for the kitchen, it’s a small one, large rugs in the kitchen are a perennial maintenance problem. What I want is something to stand on when I work, so I’m making it, from t-shirt yarn. So, I bought 3 t shirts yesterday and 1 last weekend for the rug. The one from last weekend is a “tie dye” pattern and although the color works, the variegated color won’t, so that got set aside for another project or to donate. Two of the three I bought yesterday have side seams, which I’d missed.

Side seams make it harder to make the yarn the way it is usually done. I cut one shirt with seams into strips. I have 3 others, 2 from my clothing cull. Maybe I’ll make placemats or something out of them? Dunno.

Anyway, the new shirts got frozen, dried (to make sure there’s no bugs/bug eggs in it) then the one was cut into strips and worked into the rug. Fortunately, I needed dusky purple and that’s what it was. Now I need green, and I haven’t got any, which makes finding a shirt part of today’s quest.

I’m taking an ashtray and 2 vases to consign at a church thrift shop and although I hadn’t planned on buying anything, now I’ll be looking for t-shirt(s) for the rug (without side seams!).

On the purging front, the latest stack of crates/galvanized display shelf have taken what seems to be the last of the loose books in the living room — a milestone! I’ll count them later today and then post a new tally. I’m way behind, but I’m busy!