Day 22 Dust Bunnies Running Around

This is really weird but I’m counting the dust bunnies.  I found them hiding in my bathroom vent.  They were so big that I’m counting them as “things”.  If they hadn’t been so big, I would have just washed them down the drain but that wasn’t an option with these bunnies! Unfortunately, I think this task has given me a headache so that’s it for today.
 

Day 16 Nothing Exciting in this Pile of Stuff

day 16 of the decluttering challengeNothing exciting in this pile of stuff.

More random papers and some hair ties.,  Smashed sunglasses, cheap nail polish and a broken thing of tape.  We use those razor guards but we have a ton more of them.

Day 15 All These Papers from 2007

Day 15 of the declutter challenge

Ok, there is something in this pile that I’m really happy to get rid of.  Why?  Because it brings back some embarrassing memories!!! If I throw it away, I won’t have to remember what a fool I made of myself.  It really wasn’t that bad but I still think about it once in awhile.

The Party Invitation

It’s the party invitation.  My son was invited to a birthday party when he was 7 years old.  It was the first party that the twins weren’t both invited to but he went anyways.  Nothing wrong with that.  The trouble all started when I went to pick him up.  I had my daughter with me and these people had a big swimming pool.  It was beautiful.  I’m not a swimmer so I don’t know what my problem was that day but I didn’t want to leave.  We were sitting on the deck around the pool, it was a beautiful day and these people were so nice.

My daughter ended up in the pool with the other kids, in her clothes because she didn’t have a swimming suit, and she was having so much fun.  I was enjoying it so much there that I didn’t really realize that everyone else had left.  At first, the dad kept saying, oh it’s okay, you can hang out.  So, I thought, ok great because I don’t want to leave anyways.  But then the mom started getting mad and finally she was like, we have to go now.  We need to start making dinner.  So, I finally took the unsubtle hint, packed up the kids, and left.

I was mesmerized by that swimming pool glistening in the beautiful sunshine.  It’s embarrassing thinking back on that day so I’m glad to see that invitation go.  I don’t even know why I still have it after 10 years.

Day 13 Ten Year Old Clutter

18 small things to get rid of

Ten Year Old Clutter

I’m working on getting rid of 18 things for 113 days before the end of the year.  Things have been slow but I’m determined to make the goal before the end of the year.  I’m starting with 18 things for day 13.  I grabbed a bucket in the basement to go through and before I knew it, I had a huge pile.  Everything in the bucket was dated 2007.  This time, instead of just grabbing a pile of receipts and small papers and counting it as one day, I actually wanted to count every little piece.

Counting each piece this time was important to me because these things, even as small as they are, have been taking up space in my basement for 10 years!! What’s even worse is that this stuff was all the junk that was in one of my cars when I cleaned it out.  Half of it was garbage.

My favorite thing in this group is the card with 5 earrings.  They’re all different!  What happened to the other ones?

Day 12 More Bags of Papers

I’d like to think that I don’t have a problem with paper.  However I spent about an hour today looking for something unsuccessfully.  I have papers here and papers there and bags hiding everywhere.  I guess I have more of a problem than I thought I did.  

So for Day 12, I have 17 paper things and one cell phone cover that no one is using.

Day 11 More Random Pieces of Paper

I bet you were thinking that I had given up after Day 8 of my self imposed challenge that I keep changing. I’m still at it!  I’ve just been busy but had a little time today to get back at it.

Here’s my 18 for today. More pieces of paper to fill up my recycle bin. Better for them to be there than on the stairway where I found them stuffed in a bag.

Finally Home From Fair

Our county fair was a huge success this year!!  The last couple of years have been trying and I was dreading it for a number of reasons.  Certain people, weather, decorating the barn, and all the gear that you need for horse and human are just a few.  It seems that the older I get, the harder it gets to pull it all together.

The First Day of Fair

Moving in was smooth.  We put the camper up and then got the horse.  He loaded right up so I knew things were going to be okay.  His stall was waiting for him the minute we got there.  My daughter was showing a friend’s horse also and they were there waiting for us too.  We spent about an hour moving everything from the trailer to the tack stall and didn’t worry about it being a mess or not.  It was in there and we had the rest of the day for organizing.  Both horses were doing great.

The Show Days

The next couple of days were for showing.  On Friday, before noon, my daughter had qualified for the state show with our horse so the pressure was off! We could relax the rest of the time but she really wasn’t into the whole relaxing thing.  She was still giving 100% and thankfully won the Pony Championship in English Pleasure!  Yay!  It was a great day for her and the pony (and the pony’s owner!)

Last Day of Fair

The last day of fair was a fun day for everyone.  The kids participated in an extreme trail class, a costume contest, and a fun gymkhana type show.  After spending three days being all dressed up prim and proper, they could ride in the trail obstacle course and the fun show however they wanted.  The only requirements were jeans, boots, helmet, and short sleeve shirt.  They could ride bareback or with a saddle, english or western, english bridle with a western saddle, etc.  It was just for fun, making new friends, and creating great memories.

The Few Things that Didn’t Go Well

Cleaning up didn’t go so great but I still didn’t let it bother me.  It took us a long time to get everything packed into the trailer.  Thankfully, both horses loaded right up.  We didn’t get home until almost 10:30 p.m. and thankfully I took off today.  It really helped a lot!

The weather was pretty rough.  It was hot and incredibly humid.  When it’s that humid, you feel damp and sticky all the time and there’s no way to get out of it.  It’s everywhere.  Sitting makes the sweat run down your back.  Cleaning out stalls makes sweat run down everywhere.

Parking can be a challenge too.  Once in awhile I needed to run home and getting back into the fairgrounds was tricky because there were lines.  After we got in, the people directing the traffic didn’t understand the whole camping thing and would try to direct us to other places. It was frustrating trying to get back to the camping spot.

Last but not least, I’m just getting old.  I can’t bend my right elbow.  I’m not sure if it has something to do with the IV that I had on Monday or something else but it’s stuck.  I have bruises all over my arm from the tech who couldn’t get the IV in but I don’t know if that would cause this.  Also, when we got back to the barn, our horse was hungry by then and practically ran us over to get out of the trailer and back inside his home.  He stepped on my foot and I was not wearing boots.  Of course, my baby toe is swollen, bruised, and hurts like heck today.

It was a GREAT fair

I shouldn’t complain at all because it was a great fair.  The kids and parents were all awesome this year.  We met a lot of new people and everyone stayed safe.  Only one girl fell off of her horse the entire week.  One of the judge’s was telling us that she debated about not coming because at the last county fair she went to, they had to call an ambulance 4 times on one day because the kids were just terrible riders.  She said that our kids are all very very good riders and we should be proud of all 35 of them. It makes me feel good to know that as 4-H leaders, we’re all doing a great job getting the kids ready for showing.

Despite the few negatives, I think this was the best fair that we’ve had in a number of years.  I can’t wait for the board meeting next week so I can go and tell them all the positive things I heard people saying.  I hope everyone had as good of a time as I did!