Mining for floors and counter tops

It’s been a while since my last post. We continue to plow through moving boxes and get our home life in order. More than two-thirds of our boxes have now been emptied, collapsed and donated to friends and neighbors. Most of our papers and documents have been attended to, with the result being more available floor space and empty counter tops—definitely a sight for sore eyes.

It’s taking a long time for several reasons:

  • When you have a hobby, which we both do, you have a lot of stuff that is dedicated to it.
  • When you’ve been married for 30-plus years with two kids, you have a lot of stuff.
  • When you live in temporary housing for 19 months (with most of your stuff still packed in moving boxes) while you are building a house and working for a start-up, the organization of your personal affairs slides into a deep chaos, requiring archaeological skill to dig out.

We had been putting off the nagging task of that last item mentioned above, but we finally gritted our teeth and devoted the better part of two weekends to organizing, purging, filing, labeling and shredding. In the process, we found two portable file bins containing tax returns, check registers, pay stubs and bank statements dating back to 1984. Four bags of shredded paper later….

John came across my very first paycheck:

Check the $1.30 hourly rate and the whopping net pay of just over $20. Still, I felt rich because that was more than the 50¢ per hour I made babysitting back then.

Check the $1.30 hourly rate and the whopping net pay of just over $20. Still, I felt rich because that was more than the 50¢ per hour I made babysitting back then.

So we finally emptied all the boxes with files, shoveled off John’s desk,

files1

and filed every last sheet of paper worth filing, including all the booklets and documents that came with the building of the house.

I know, a photo of your personal files is quite boring, but that’s some serious work product there, baby!

I know, a photo of your personal files is quite boring, but that’s some serious work product there, baby!

Meanwhile, John has been emptying more boxes in the garage to make room for at least one car and he finally got there.

One down, one to go.

One down, one to go.

On the fun side, we are excited about the installation of all our window coverings next week. Here is a sneak peek at the fabrics we chose for the living room:

fabric

The large print with red background looks very bright, almost too bright, and you may be thinking, “What is she thinking?” But inside the living room, which has east facing windows and overlooks a covered patio, the colors deepen and the print looks rich and more subdued. We also appreciated the fact that the blue in the print doesn’t appear black in that room like so many of our other options did.

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