Sunday, 10 January 2016

Oh Dear - More Books and Sunday Shifting

Lots of windy weather here last night and some rain too, but no drop in temperatures like Scotland and Northern England. The forecast is for temperatures going down as the week  goes on. May need to get the long sleeved roll neck tops out for the first time this winter, and it must be winter because Ski Sunday is back on TV.

I spent a couple of hours this morning shifting stuff from the garden shed up to the big shed to try and get all the outside stuff that we're taking into one place. We are leaving more gardening things than originally planned as it's unlikely I'll ever grow 70 tomato plants and a dozen cucumber plants again I don't need to take dozens of  flower pots. We cleared out 3 sacks full of various pots when we had the yard sale. I've no idea how we came to have so many as we never bought any new.

Our youngest gave me an Amazon voucher for Christmas as she couldn't decide which books to get me from my wish list. So instead of buying some old 1p books, I went for a couple of books, recently published and on one of my favourite subjects.


 I've taken 2 more off the shelves and put them in the charity shop bag. The charity shops are doing very well from our downsizing and when you know you've got to fit everything into a very small space or keep it stored in a box in a shed then it's amazing what you find you can do without (and why had I kept an old large cracked Mason Cash mixing bowl when I have an identical perfect one, plus one smaller, in the kitchen?)

Many Thanks for comments yesterday and I think I missed welcoming sammie to the followers.

Now I'm having a bit of feet up session on the settee, had a horrible night of waking dozens of times in a panic thinking "What If?".

Back Tomorrow
Sue


34 comments:

  1. I'm with you on the keeping of old cracked Mason Cash mixing bowls Sue - only recently have I got rid of a huge one I had gathering dust (for YEARS) in one of my cupboards. It went to the Charity shop.

    You're being very good about your one book in, one book out. I have piles of books waiting to go into the Unit to sell, but not many people in Carmarthen share my taste in books on history, archaeology or the countryside, more's the pity.

    Your Amish books look interesting.

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    1. I keep them too, I think 'ooh, I'll plant bulbs in them' - but I never do!

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    2. My big bowl had a 3 way hairline crack right across the bottom. I thought about adding it to the charity bag but as it's also gone a funny colour inside it went on the rubble heap.

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    3. I finally binned my ancient cracked Le Creuset flan dish today. Cracked and left in the cupboard for yonks!

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  2. I remember all the plant pots when we were sorting to move, I gave away sacks of them, I keep pots that plants have come in wash and re-use for growing on,so I tend to accumalate a lot, the pile of pots have grown again although I am good at getting rid of any that are damaged, I am sure you will be having many sleepless nights you have so much going on at the moment.

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    1. I've always washed pots to re-use but many people don't which I think is how we have acquired so many, a soft touch for having might-come-in-handy passed on to us!

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  3. Mmmmm......I have just done a declutter on my books but am very tempted by those two.

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    1. I've flicked through, they are both quick reads I think so perhaps I should have waited for the price to drop.

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  4. Maybe you could Freecycle your plant pots? I've only just discovered Freecycle.

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    1. The new owners will make good use of them

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  5. My cracked mason and cash has my potatoes in it..I can't bear to part with it!!

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  6. My cracked mason and cash has my potatoes in it..I can't bear to part with it!!

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    1. I've kept it a silly number of years, in the back of a cupboard - daft really

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  7. We downsized six years ago and the charity shops got more than we took with us.

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    1. Luckily the 3 boot sales we did last summer got rid of lots of odds and ends

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  8. Ooh those two books look interesting - I shall make a note of them. I'm very interested in the Amish.

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    1. I love reading about their way of life

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  9. When we downsized and my father moved into our new home with us we took so much to one of our local charity shops that my husband was banned from going for a month. One of our sons was mortified. I think he would rather he'd been thrown out of a pub.
    I am always very impressed by people who write blogs. Often they, including you, have things to say that the rest of us benefit from. There may be people reading your blog who are going through a difficult time too. If they know it's OK to feel down it may help them. None of us is judging you, just feeling enormous sympathy for the situation you are both in. Be kind to yourselves. That was the advice the nurse counsellor give my friend and her husband when she had a similar situation to face.
    Thank you for starting to write again. Sue

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    1. i love that you wrote "often they, including you, have things to say that the rest of us benefit from" I read a lot of blogs, and you are so right. Sometimes just reading about other peoples stuff really motivates me and helps me see my situation differently. Well said!!

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    2. Ha ha, never heard of anyone being banned from taking stuff to a charity shop, so funny.
      Thank you for your kind words

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  10. Yes, waking in the night thinking "what if .." thoughts is horrible isn't it? You are being very good at decluttering, it's sometimes hard to part with things, and equally it's sometimes hard to know why we've hung on to some things! I have some large print books that I don't know what to do with, they were bought second hand & are withdrawn library books, I know that the local charity shops will only send them to be pulped, which seems such a shame.

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    1. Can you find something like a church charity shop, or one that isn't part of the charity chain shops who are not so fussy about ex-library. I've passed some to a friend who's local doctors surgery have a bookshelf for people to take for a donation to the "Friends of the surgery" who fundraise to purchase stuff for the doctors

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  11. Just did a visit to the local (Norfolk) tip and was amazed at Kings Lynn they take stuff like flower pots and trays to recycle the plastic. First time I have been welcomed anywhere with that kind of plastic!

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    1. I think we can recycle that sort of plastic in Suffolk too, though I will leave the pots for new owners

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  12. Losing yourself in a book can make all your troubles seem miles away

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  13. Those books would be right up my street. Mum bought me Forgiven for Christmas. It's about the mother of the man who was responsible for the Amish school shootings and how the Amish community forgave and embraced her and her family.

    No words of wisdom regarding the "What If" situation but I can relate to it. I didn't want to go to sleep for a while after the HA because "What if I don't wake up!" I guess sometimes we just have to go through it. Sending you big hugs, it's a horrible feeling of not being in control xx

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  14. Isn't it amazing when you start going through things how you find stuff that you wonder why you kept - or bought in the first place in my case! I am a lot lot lot better than I was, but I still find odd things sometimes that I don't even know where they came from! Enjoy your new books. xx

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  15. I think that plastic pots multiply on their own you know. Our local garden centre has a recycling bin for them which is handy when I have a clear up.
    Your new books look very interesting.
    Lisa x

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  16. I can so relate to keeping things that I really had no need to keep. When we had our new kitchen installed last year I found that I had no end of things that were only fit for the bin! Enjoy your new books, there is nothing to good at making you forget your worries as a good book. xx

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  17. I know the feeling...things multiply in our cupboards! For every box I'm packing to take I'm aiming for one to ditch and two to store...oops.x

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  18. One of the many benefits of moving having a sort out its almost like to decluttering the mind to :-) dee

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  19. Those books look interesting :-)

    I was giving one of the cupboards a good old hoick out the other day and found myself putting a ravioli maker thingy and two Bento tubs right at the back as I never use them. Only when I had put everything back did I stop and think, if I never use them and doubt I ever will again WHY am I stashing them at the back of the cupboard, so I got everything back out and popped them in the car boot sale box ready for later in the year.

    I would find it hard to part with a Mason Cash mixing bowl though ...... ;-)

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  20. I've been thinking I should read something on the Amish some time - those books look good. Hoping everything will go smoothly - move-wise and health-wise.

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