Posts Tagged ‘ downsizing ’

DO YOU SMELL THAT?

DO YOU SMELL THAT?

The last couple of days I’ve been preoccupied with smells. Not just any smells, but memory smells. This obsession was triggered when I opened the plastic bin where I now store my office supplies since we downsized. When I pulled off the lid a familiar smell emanated from the container. It was the same...

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THE MOVE

THE MOVE

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was to see the moving van pull up to our apartment building. We had done all of our own packing but it was now up to the three strong, young men who came in the van to do the schlepping to our new place. The move...

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JAWS

JAWS

This downsizing experience has been going on since the beginning of February and it is now June. For weeks and week while we wait for the renovations to be completed on our new and smaller apartment, I’ve been picking through our possessions deciding whether we need to cut back on everything from our cookware...

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WAR BONDS

WAR BONDS

Our downsizing is almost over. The renovation of the new apartment is nearly completed, the move-in date is drawing near and I keep running into things, items long forgotten like this photo of my parents and me.   There is much that could be written about my parent’s marriage and as I look at...

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THE BRIDE AND GROOM

THE BRIDE AND GROOM

During our downsizing these two dolls tumbled out of a box. I had to smile when I saw them. They were the bride and groom that stood stark naked atop our wedding cake 38 years ago. On a Friday afternoon, all those years ago, a Justice of the Peace married us at the courthouse...

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The Trunk That Couldn’t Fly

The Trunk That Couldn’t Fly

I am really surprised at how much emotional stuff I am being confronted with as I go through this process of downsizing. For instance, many years ago I decided that traveling was the one thing in my life that I really wanted to do. I didn’t care where I went. I just wanted to...

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Donating Books

Donating Books

In this downsizing process I’m beginning to feel a bit like “Old Mother Hubbard who went to her cupboard to find her dog a bone.” Yikes, take a look at the bookshelf next to my computer!! It used to be jammed packed with books; cook books, blog info books, research books related to various...

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I found my first journal “Dear Diary”

I found my first journal “Dear Diary”

As I go through the process of downsizing I keep running into interesting bits and pieces of the past, like my first journal, Dear Diary. I found this plastic covered book buried under a pile of other journals. When I saw it there was no mistaking the era that it came from, the late...

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THE FISH MUST GO

THE FISH MUST GO

The fish must go. Now that’s an ambiguous statement coming from a woman who is in the throes of a major downsizing project. Does that mean the fish are coming along with us? Or does it mean that our fish and their tank must live with someone else? Let me tell you a little...

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Deconstructing Dolly

Deconstructing Dolly

Our decision to downsize to a smaller apartment has resulted in sifting, sorting, donating, and disposing of a variety of personal items. What I wasn’t expecting, though I shouldn’t be that surprised, is the level of emotional debris that’s getting stirred up in this process. In a very old plastic bag I found Dolly. I...

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