This Christmas is So Different!

IMG_6732This is the first Christmas in a long time that I have a place to dash ‘n stash things!  If you don’t know, what I mean by that is I can clear out my main floor by taking things and stashing them away in different areas.  My house has been so hoarded up for years that there was no place to move anything to.  Trying to get ready for Christmas was so stressful!

I’m doing okay this year.  I still haven’t mailed out Christmas cards but I’ve actually bought some presents already.  Quite a few actually.  The tree has been up for about 2 weeks.  My living room is company ready!  Not perfect by any means but good enough to have people over and that’s what matters most.  And I’m hoping to make some cookies tomorrow!  I’m even getting rid of some of my extra (new) Tupperware by using it for Christmas presents.

My son and his family are coming soon and I can’t wait!  They’re very concerned about the baby getting into things here. What they don’t know is that the last time that I visited them, I thought their house was kind of a mess! Hahaha!  They have baby toys covering the floor and I thought, what a mess!  Then I thought, wow, I must really be making progress at my own house if theirs looks messy to me.

I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely!  And if you’re feeling the stress that I usually feel, then big hugs to you!  It can get better and it will.. it just takes some time (sometimes, like in my case, a lot of time.)  I’m sitting here tonight watching Hallmark movies instead of freaking out that Christmas is only 9 days away.  I never thought I would get this far.

 

 

Horse Rescue!

All night I’ve been moving stuff from one side of the room to the other.  Totally unproductive.  Last Thursday was much more exciting.  My friend had asked me to clean the barn and let the horses in so my daughter and I headed over there.  We were hurrying because she had horse bowl that night.  Everything was done quickly.  We could’ve gotten to horse bowl with a few minutes to spare.

We were letting the last horse in but he didn’t come to the gate.  He’s 30 years old and recently started taking a new medication for Cushing’s Disease.  30 years old is very old for a horse so we had a feeling that maybe his time was up.  It was dark out but my daughter went into the corral to look for him with her little cell phone flashlight.  She caught a glimpse of him in the corner laying on the ground kind of curled up. She was crying while I texted my friend that we thought he was dead.

I got the bigger flashlight from my truck and my friend came down to the barn.  The three of us went out to the corral.  Things didn’t look good at first but we realized right away that he was still breathing.  His head was in a very awkward position and his legs were sticking straight out to the side.  It was a terrible sight. His heart was racing and he was sweating like crazy.  It was so cold outside that steam was coming off him and the smell coming from him wasn’t good.  We got him a blanket and put it over him.

He straightened out his head and got his legs down a little bit.  At one point, we tried to get him up but he just couldn’t stand up.  Horses can’t lay down for too long or their own weight will crush their organs.  We didn’t know how long he had been there.  His owner was on her way but it was right around 5:00 and the traffic was terrible.  My friend was talking to her on the phone and put her on speaker.  When the horse heard her voice, he tried to get up but still couldn’t do it.

He’s Going to Make It!

He hung on like a champ.  His owner called once more when she was about 10 minutes away.  This time when he heard her voice, he started kicking his legs like crazy.  It wasn’t enough to get him up so we just told him to rest some more and to hang in there because she would be there in a few minutes.  Then all of a sudden, he managed to get himself up.  He stumbled a few times but got his feet under him.  It was amazing!!

The vet came and checked him out.  He looked like a totally different horse than an hour earlier.  Once he was moving, he started looking for food.  That’s always a good sign!  Thankfully he’s still doing great.  I don’t think he would have made it much longer if we hadn’t looked for him.  He was so cold and his body was using all it’s energy to try to warm up.  It was exhausting for him.  The vet said that he may have been panicking which was causing all that shaking.

December is a Crazy Month!

Things have been a whirlwind around here lately.  I can’t believe it’s December already!  Why is time flying so fast?  I was hoping that I would be more together this Christmas but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  I actually have a few presents but my tree isn’t even up yet.  No cards even started.  And I can’t get this place cleaned up!

I was making huge progress the other day.  It was great.  But then I had to leave to help my mom with a craft sale.  She’s been getting ready for this craft fair for about 2 months now. Her whole goal was to make $30 so that she could buy some oranges today.  So, I sat there with her for about 4 hours and she made her $30 plus a little bit more.  At the end of the day, we went to load up her car and she had a flat tire.  We got it to the tire place where I thought they would fix it for her pretty cheaply but they wouldn’t.  They said she needed a new tire.  I felt so bad for her!! She worked so hard to make that $30 and the tire was $86.  I ended up giving her $30 because it was just so sad and now she has a good tire for the winter too.

A Few More Things from the Kitchen

This is day 83 of my 18 things a day for 115 days challenge.  My kitchen counter is buried but there’s 18 fewer things on it tonight!  Most of this stuff went into the garbage because it’s all past the expiration dates.  Getting the things out of the house is the only way to make any progress.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I hope everyone has a great day today!  I’m a little lost this year.  We usually go on a short vacation over Thanksgiving because it’s not my favorite holiday.  So, it just doesn’t seem like Thanksgiving since I’m not at a waterpark today.  At least we’re going to go paint pottery tomorrow which is something that we usually do on our trip.  I can’t wait!!

My health hasn’t been great lately and I think it’s related to the water that we had in the basement a few months ago.  I failed a lung test that the doctor ordered.  They are calling it asthma but I’ve never been diagnosed with asthma before.  I asked the doctor if this could be caused by mold and he said yes, it could be making the asthma worse.  My thyroid isn’t helping matters either.  He said that if it’s not right, that can trigger the asthma too.  Interesting but a little scary too.

A Great Day for Giving Thanks

With all this scary health stuff going on, I feel like I really need to give thanks today.  I may not be rich, famous, skinny, beautiful, or any of the other things that people think make us happy but I’m certainly blessed.  There’s a lot for me to be thankful for.  I have a great family, a decent home (minus the damage from the hoarding), wonderful pets, and food on the table most days.  My neighborhood is nice and I have a good job not far from home.  My internet connection works almost 100% of the time and I have some really great friends.  And I have a horse.  A HORSE!  That was literally my life dream since I was in diapers.  We’ve had some great experiences with him and he is a blessing for sure!

No matter where you are in the world today, I hope you have something to be thankful for too!

You’re Never Going to Believe This! Days 68 – 82

I found another basket full of socks!!

It was a whole basket full of socks plus another bag.  You won’t believe how many more that I got rid of today! My pics are all in sets of 18 socks that are in the garbage can outside already.  Most of them are plain white socks so the pics aren’t very exciting!

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#14 – There’s only 6 socks in this batch and the rest is other things that I found in the basket – except for the Dorothy costume.  That came out of the washer but I’m getting rid of it.

So, I added 14 much needed days to my challenge.  I’m getting a little bit behind so this will help me get caught up.  I got rid of a total of 240 socks and 12 other things for a total of 252!! And they are already out of the house!

Now for the updated counts.  They got messed up somewhere along the way.

I have to make a correction from my count on Day 50.  I think that I double counted days 1-25 so that put me back to 3,419 as of day 50.

So, here we are on Day 82.  That’s 32 more days of 18 things each or 576 things.

GRAND TOTAL is now 3,995 things that never have to be picked up again.  (I can’t believe that I missed 4,000 by 5 things.  Oh well, the next “day” will get me there!)

I don’t think I’m going to get to 5,000 by the end of 2017 but I’m much closer than I was a few months ago.  I’ll keep trying and you just never know what might happen.  Who knows? There could be another basket of socks hiding somewhere!

 

DeCluttering is on the Move Again

Judging by the way people are driving, Christmas is on most people’s minds this weekend and I’m no exception.  It’s coming up fast and there’s still a few areas on my main floor that need work.  Living room isn’t bad.  Dining room isn’t bad.  Bathroom is a nightmare but that has nothing to do with clutter.  Front porch is a nightmare and that has everything to do with clutter.  Kitchen needs quite a bit of work yet, mostly clutter related.  These are the areas that need help by Christmas because that’s when company is coming!

 

An Acceptable Kind of Mess

I’m 90% of the way to having an acceptable mess, what I like to call a normal mess.  It’s the kind of mess where you can let someone in and not be completely embarrassed.  It’s a mess but you can see my floor and walk around without tripping over things.  There’s no mound of stuff off to the side waiting to grow to the size of Mt. Everest.  It’s very nice!

Unfortunately, you have to walk through my front porch to get into the house and the cleaning I did out there a few months ago didn’t last.  You can hardly get in the front door and now it’s so cold that it’s hard to work on it again.  I’ve been trying to think of what I can do with everything that’s out there and haven’t come up with an idea yet.

I’m heading out to the barn to spend time with my horse.  I don’t feel guilty doing that since the house looks okay.  Yay!

Day 67 Bowls without Lids, Lids without Containers

Getting to the end of the kitchen things, I’ll have to think of a new place to start working.  I need to get back to the basement but I can only do so much down there at a time.  The storage shelves I put in my living room need to be pared down already. It’s all stuff that passed the first rounds of decluttering but nothing is safe anymore.

When I started this journey almost 2 years ago, I couldn’t put anything in the rooms where they belonged because all the rooms were full.  Like completely full.  Now, there’s some open places.  I can’t say a lot but enough that we can move things around to the right places, most of the time.  My kitchen counter and dining room table are both still buried under about 2 feet of stuff but I’ll get there.  Just as soon as I can find some time.

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