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9/3/16 11:07 P

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I have lots of yard work and house painting to do so since it's cooler, it's much easier to do. We are supposed to have 'scattered showers' for Sunday and Monday but I don't mind working in the rain. One of my friends teases that she can't work in the rain, "because she's sugar and sugar will melt" I always counter with "I have to work in the rain to prove that I'm not the wicked witch and won't melt"!!

Have a terrible wasp problem and hopefully with this horrific toxic stuff that I sprayed around twice today will knock them out. Nothing else has worked and this is what they recommended at the county extension office...even though it says 'not for residential use'?? But just finished cleaning out my sprayer and throwing out the gloves and bottle and have the clothes in washing. Waited til they settled in for the night to make the last spray! I thought there were 2 different kinds of wasps and the extension agent identified 3 and of course they have no natural predators!!

Got the cement scalloped border unloaded from the trunk of my car. Those buggers were heavy so had to do them two at a time but it was good exercise and I'm sure I will be feeling it in my arms tomorrow!! But I did get eggs boiled for deviled eggs and will fire up the grill for some steaks tomorrow evening. Made lots of salads this morning so should be able to just eat from the frig between projects for the next two daze. Hope you are going to have a more relaxing time than I am. I'm thinking you are 'over the mountains' for a wedding or something. Wherever you are for Labor Day Weekend, I hope you have a great time!!
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7/12/16 6:14 P

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Buy what you want as incentive to get rid of some of the stuff in the storage sheds? Works for me!! I am thrilled to hear you could get it as an e-reader when you ordered it from Amazon. I should drag myself into this century and start using the internet but I am afraid I would just spend even more time shopping and on the internet so for now...not going to happen. But I AM going to get myself a few little reward gift for all the hard work I am doing now. Had a little freak-out yesterday because I had things I know were worth money but decided to just throw them because I didn't want to deal with them one more second and knew if I put them in the car to go to the giveaway house I would 'rescue' them so put them in the black garbage bag and threw it in the dumpster. Kept bugging me for the rest of the night that I should go rescue them...but I didn't, but oh, how I wanted too!???

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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7/12/16 2:41 P

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We still have a crap load of stuff in TWO storage buildings from my mother-in-law's apartment after her death. Plus our own. The heat isn't too bad so I should go over there and take another load of stuff to goodwill or somewhere like that.

Would it be so terrible if I went and bought myself a gorgeous 3-5 gallon water container ?? I want one that doesn't have plastics. Or maybe I should just cave and buy a couple of those stainless steel ones from the Flylady. It's so easy to get dehydrated at the storage building too.

Oh and I ordered that "The Hoarder in you" book from Amazon - so it is on the way - but immediately Amazon gave me a digital link to start reading it on my Kindle app on my phone! How cool is that?

Take care!

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IMLOCOLINDA's Photo IMLOCOLINDA Posts: 38,804
7/10/16 2:46 A

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Pulled this one up from the middle of the topic threads. I am so happy that we are having better participation on the team and so many new members!

I still miss Lynn/SUNSETINAZ! Just sent her a couple of Spark Mails and a regular e-mail so hope she pops in to check on us and update what is new and exciting in her life and how her health is!

Karen is still around and I love what she wrote about saving the $$ for the storage. I am so glad that I didn't knuckle under when my mom wanted me to buy a storage shed and put it in the back yard so I could get the clutter out of the garage. One of my main goals is to have all that stuff gone from there by the time she gets back on Saturday!! I think we all save books and papers??

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It's great to hear from youNow I am the one who disappeared.
I've been dealing with moving to a new, smaller house. So many boxes, including what was in our storage shed, in my garage... I still can't get my car in.
Our house still hasn't sold.
My sweetie's not been feeling - stomach problems, bone on bone hip, and of course, COPD not improving.
I went from 209 to 234... maybe more.
Enough about me. My point is I can relate.

Question - Do you buy many, many more books than you could possibly read? (It's a secret hoarding - At least it's mine). Still it IS a wonderful way to let the hardbacks go. Good for you!

I am so glad the pictures of things you've given away work for you! We all need a way to realize what we've accomplished.

Rock on, Karen!

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Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony.

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6/20/13 11:27 P

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Great progress Karen! There are moments this summer where I feel like I am taking one step forward and two steps back but I will keep going and I know I will see progress soon. (I have company coming from out of town at the end of next week so that is good motivation. I need to have clear beds for them to sleep on, and clear rooms would be even better.)

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6/20/13 5:50 P

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Karen, thanks for your positive, proactive energy. When I read about what was/ is in your boxes I of course saw myself. I have the same things almost-bills, memorabilia, artwork, etc etc. YES it's so difficult to let go and go through all the stuff. Hours of time. But the reward is when we just let it go. The photo taking if it works for you is great. I prefer to just 'chuck it ' lol but then again I dont end up chucking as much as I imagined. I am very happy to have read your report today on how things are going for you (-inspiring to me.) Great you got rid of the storage space. I think all this getting rid of items is difficult but I know we all can do it. I am working on it with 'baby steps' every day. I dream of a less cluttered life. I know it can happen with effort and maintenance. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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6/20/13 5:09 P

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Hi Lynn and all the other SparkTeam members!

I saw your SparkMail about how low the participation on the team is. Personally, I have not been participating in any of my SparkTeams much. I was laid off 2 years ago and gained back all the weight I lost (plus about 15 lbs), so I was feeling guilty about falling off the wagon, so to speak. I have had a little progress in reducing our things, our hoard, though.

In 2008, my then-boyfriend (now husband) moved into a new bigger apartment with my 2 sons and me. We were moving a fully-furnished 2-bedroom apartment and a fully-furnished 1-bedroom apartment into a 3-bedroom apartment. To make things worse, I had a 1-car garage full of boxes and other stuff that we definitely didn't have room for. So, my husband decided we should put it in a storage room. For almost 5 years, we paid to store stuff, to store stuff without much value at that. So, while I've been unemployed, I've been going through the stuff. Some boxes were easy - memorabilia or other large-ish items that I can just donate to Goodwill. Other boxes were full of papers - school papers and artwork from the boys, unopened mail, old bills and bank statements (going back nearly 20 years), articles and magazines I thought I wanted to read, etc. These were the hard ones to go through. Over the last year, I managed to go through about 3/4 of the stuff in the storage room. Then, last month, we got a notice from the storage facility that they were raising our rent again, this time about $28/month. I had been trying to empty it so we didn't have that bill while I'm (still) out of work. So, at the end of May, I just brought back the remaining 8 or so boxes, and they're sitting in the diningroom waiting for me to figure out what to do with them. The good news is, by emptying out the storage room, we're saving $159/month (which would have been the new rental rate starting this month). Woo-hoo!

So a couple other good things I've been doing lately:

1. When I find something in a box (or elsewhere) that I don't really use but feel somewhat sentimental about, I've been taking a photo of it before I donate/toss/recycle it. I have a folder of digital photos on our computer server that has "Things I've Given Away." I've done the same thing with interesting artwork/science projects/school papers I had saved from when the boys were younger. I tend to keep things because I'm afraid I'll forget the circumstances under which they were acquired, and by taking a photo of it, I feel more free to get rid of things because I can remember them and the events/activities associated with them by looking at the photo.

2. I no longer buy very many physical books. In 2010, my husband gave me a Kindle e-reader for Valentine's Day. At first, I wasn't sure it was something I wanted or needed, but then I discovered that I can download free books to it, and having such a small device loaded with hundreds of books that I can take with me on trips, etc., is so helpful! I love books and often see ones I'm interested in reading "some day". I used to go through the bargain bin at Barnes & Noble and buy cheap books or buy books at yard sales. Now, I can browse the top 100 free books list at Amazon and download interesting looking books without spending money or having something take up space on my shelf! Also, when I've seen free versions of books I have on the shelf, I've gotten the electronic version and donated the hardcopy. We still have too many books on our bookshelves (and in boxes), but I've made some progress, and we haven't added many new books to the mix.

Anyway, I haven't caught up on everything that's going on in this team. I hope everyone is doing well.

Karen

Edited by: KSGROTHE at: 6/20/2013 (18:01)
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