Saturday, May 31, 2008

Selling Homes Ain't for Sissies!

I know I'm taking license with the English language above, but that's the only way to tell it like it is, folks! I'm worn out already and we've only just's all about cleaning, purging stuff, updating, staging, more cleaning, more purging of 'stuff' and so on and so on, ad infinitum. Every single nook and cranny has stuff in it and don't even mention drawers and closets....needless to say, they are filled with more than just clothes and the appropriate drawer necessities.

There are times when I think, "hey, we're really making progress here", and then I look in another room and realize that I'm only kidding myself. My sweet husband and I have really cleaned out the basement big time over the past month or so and it's been back breaking, to say nothing about dust clouds galore. That being said, you might think that the basement is now completely free of all extraneous 'stuff', but that's not the case and don't ask me why, because I'm at a loss to know.

I do know that keeping things in boxes which one never uses is bad business all the way around. There are people who would love some of the things and could really use them so why not give them away? Exactly what I decided to do and couldn't be happier that they will now finally get used by those who may need just what I had to give. It's a very good thing to pare down and actually use what we have rather than buying more all the time. I'm really understanding what the term 'simplicity' is all about these days and I am sorry it took me so long to want to live by simplistic principles.As for keeping things for your kids, I have one definite piece of advice: DON'T BOTHER. They a). don't want these things anyway, and b). even if they do they don't have room and proceed to tell you that the memorbilia and/or furniture that you've been saving for them "YOU can trash it" because they sure don't want it. You've been duly warned.....proceed with caution when storing things for your kids.

Okay, I see that I've been on a roll here so it's time for a bit of knitting content. I finally finished the Sockotta socks and now have a pair and in keeping with my resolution to pick up another unfinished object when I've completed one, I'm working furiously on the Linen Shawlette. I finally added in the last skein last night and to be honest, I thought I'd never use up the first one. The rows are really long getting from one side to the other now though, so this skein should be used up much faster and I'm looking forward to completing this project. I'm much further along than the picture below shows, probably about 3/4 of the way. I think it'll be a gift for an unnamed recipient because she may very well be reading this blog so I'll keep it mum for now, but I know she'll love it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Springtime at my House

Well, it's been busy to say the least around my neck of the woods. What with keeping our home pristine just about every moment, and packing, selling, trashing stuff, it's a full time job which doesn't leave much time for the computer. I have however, managed to squeeze in some knitting (after all, I'm not that driven). Pictured above is one of the two socks I'm mending for my mother. I knit these for her a couple of years ago and the toes were somewhat worn out, so I put a new one in this sock and I'm working on the other one which is almost completed. I don't remember the name of the yarn I used and darn, I usually write them down knowing that in the future I won't remember the knitted details.

This one is the Sockotta sock I pictured in one of my previous posts and I'm down to the heel of the second one, so they should be ready to wear very soon. I think these socks will be perfect for the summer time. I think that will be it for the sock knitting for awhile, but don't hold me to it, just in case. I do need to finish my linen shawl so it can be worn over the spring and summer.

Speaking of springtime, aren't these pink azaleas just lovely....they're right out front and I just wish that they lasted longer than a couple of weeks. The intensity of the colors this spring is unbelievable, maybe because of a good deal of rain.

Okay, so I'm overdoing it a bit, but I can never resist purples, pinks, or reds, so here you go and with that I wish you a happy bloomin' springtime wherever you happen to be. Oh, and one more thing to report, I've finally gotten back to my walking program, which I abandoned in the last few weeks. I needed to kick start the rest of my weight loss goal, so I'm off and 'walking' once again....wish me luck!