Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Thoughts, 5-22-10


I am so excited to finally have "Life's Journey" done.  It is already available at the createspace store ( https://www.createspace.com/3439758  )  and I'm told that it will be on Amazon by the first of June.  Now I can focus on some other tasks that have been woefully neglected, what with Alex's wedding and finalizing my book.  At the top of my list are goals to go through the vast amount of papers that I've accumulated over the past ten years ( I finally bought a shredder ) and get rid of those that I don't need and to clear out closets and to clean out the garage.  There is no question that a move to smaller quarters is imminent, perhaps in the next few months, and this is long overdue. 

To say that I am a pack rat, a term bestowed on me by my son, Jeremy, is true.  I have boxes of forensic articles that I hesitate to put in the garbage can.  In reality, I don't think I will return to actively work in nursing but a part of me hates to part with this wealth of resource material "just
in case."  It is my connection to a life that meant - and still does - so much to me.  As I take down each notebook, memories of the conference attended, assail me and I recall the late nights, sitting up till the wee small hours, sipping a glass of wine, involved in heated debate with colleagues, over the merits of one digital camera over the other and other similiar topics.  Folders with grade school drawings by each of my sons tug at my heart strings.  Yet, when I ask if they would like to keep any of these things, they look at me scornfully, with no sentiment whatsoever and say to me, "Mom, toss it!"

I've gone through hundreds of envelopes of photographs, from the past twenty years, and easily disposed of half of them.  Anything blurry gets dumped as do meaningless faces from all my cruises, tablemates I don't even remember, double prints that I always meant to send to people, now I don't even remember who the people are!  I still have more that I need to clear out.  My trash cans are getting filled with my life...or so it feels.

I've tossed textbooks from my nursing school days, over 45 years ago.  I kept one medical surgical nursing book, just for the the heck of it, even though the procedures in it are so obsolete.  The treatments we did back then are not even correct anymore.  Some, we've learned, actually did harm, rather than good, to patients!

I hung up all the paraphanalia that was on my treadmill so now there is no excuse not to get started and to try to lose some weight.  I want to fit into some of my nice clothes.  Then I can get rid of some of the clothes in my closet.  I have, at least, four different sizes.

Here's a photo of me, as I exercised today. 



12 comments:

  1. yes, just in case :) i have many things like that too. but this afternoon, have been decluttering. feels good.

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  2. Oh, Carmen, the photo cracks me up at the end, and your post touches my heart. I feel sad just as you do.

    Congrats on the book, Carmen.

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  3. Hi sweetie! Guess you got busy! (Challenge)
    Happy weekend!
    hughugs

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  4. Kamana - you're so right, it does feel good to declutter. It gives you a real sense of accomplishment!

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  5. Icy BC - you feel like such a good friend, though we've never met!

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  6. Donna - good thing I was up early ( though I didn't get to bed till 3AM ) and you reminded me about the challenge!

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  7. I suggest you photo your son's early art works and then everyone can have a memory of their budding artistic talents.

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  8. Carmen, first you look pretty hot there. I don't think I could do that with my legs :D De-cluttering can be very freeing. I did it years ago and the way I see it, less to clean and organize.

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  9. Boy, you are the limber one aren't you LOL.

    I have two big containers of stuff from my son. I doubt he'll want it but I just don't have the heart to throw it out yet.

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  10. Travelingjoan - actually, you've got a great idea about photography, not only my son's collections but some of my other things.

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  11. Poetic Shutterbug - Isn't that picture something? It's a card someone sent me. I sold that Mediasmart home server I won in the haiku contest...only got $300 for it but I'd never even taken it out of the box. I'll use $100 for a small external harddrive to back up my computer, the rest for groceries. I just didn't need it and I am downsizing, after all.

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  12. Viki - I'm glad I don't look like that old gal, limber or not...at least, I don't have those wrinkles! I'm truly in a frenzy now as Jeremy says he's moving by July 1 so I don't have much time to get things done!

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