excuses, excuses!

shield-417826_1920So, I’m not sure why I keep putting things off. I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator, but until last year if something made it on my every-present “to do” list, it got done. Over the past year, I’ve not only skipped over tasks, I’ve been ignoring the list altogether.

I think (hope) that I may be hitting a turning point, though, as I’m now starting to pay attention to the list again. This doesn’t mean that I’m actually completing things on the list, but at least I’m acknowledging existence of a list and tasks that I’ve been neglecting. This is progress!

What kinds of tasks are on my list? Some are related to clearing out stuff. I’ve got a stack of papers to be shredded, more papers to sort, blog posts to write, a closet to clean and windows to wash. My windows get very dirty and I meant to hire someone to lean the upper part of the windows, as they are large and heavy. I can do the lower half of the windows, but just couldn’t get it done this fall. Now it’s pretty chilly to do. This weekend, I cleaned four out of the six windows in my condo. I should do the last two today, but I don’t know that I will get to it. I’ve lost the momentum.

The papers to be shredded will clear the way to sort the other papers, as it will clear out space … and identify more papers to sort. I really need to follow up with the paper-based mail that I’m getting. Most of it is requests for donations. Another stack consists mainly of catalogs – I’ve obviously gotten a some list that sells your name. To any companies that may be reading this blog – I DON’T ORDER FROM CATALOGS!! Getting rid of this clutter and sorting out papers are really important tasks, as I cannot find certain papers that I need to find. I put them somewhere to get them out of the way, but I can’t remember where I put them. It’s fine – I’ll find them. It’s annoying, though.

The closet has become an interesting new challenge. Since I work from home now, I don’t need to go into the closet to get clothes in the morning, so it has contributed to the closet being a disaster area! Who knew that I’d become such a slob once I didn’t have to go into my closet?

I thought that the four-day weekend would give me ample time to make my way through the list. Alas, I’ve not made much progress. But, today is a new day and I’m determined to at least get through a few things and, more importantly, break the cycle of delaying tasks and ignoring the list. Today will be a test. I’ve highlighted four tasks for today – we’ll see how many I get done. This post is one of the highlighted tasks, so I’m on my way.

the all-important cat update

Sorry for the delayed post. It has been a complicated few weeks.

Oscar, at age 18, has had a challenging year. It all started about 6 months ago, when Oscar started pooping outside his litter box. He had never done this before (outside of the occasional accident) so I took him to the vet. Thus began a concentrated focus on cat poo that I never thought possible … and roller coaster ride of emotions. Continue reading

regrets … I’ve had a few

flower-1030408_1920I can almost hear Sinatra singing My Way in the background as I start this post.

My sister-in-law has an unusual talent for asking questions that stay with me for a while. Last year, when she and my brother came for a visit, the question was whether I was happy with my life. Apparently, my brother mentioned that he thought I was and that he was happy that I seemed happy. My SIL was more direct – she asked me! I said yes, but it was not the most enthusiastic yes. If you look at the past several posts, you can probably understand why. More about this question in an upcoming post. Continue reading

what happened to that book you were writing?

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Last year, when I took my 6-month break (that became a 12-month break), I had planned to work on a book. I would write a little story and my mother, who has done arts and crafts all her life, would work on the illustrations. This lovely little book would be shared with family and friends. The book should have been done by now … but it’s not. What happened? Continue reading

surprise: mom likes house!

I watched and loved House, the TV shdr-house-149926_1280ow with the wonderful Hugh Laurie playing the obnoxious Dr. Gregory House. Or at least I loved the first, maybe, five seasons – it went off the rails for me at some point around season six.

As crazy as some of the plots and relationships were on House, my biggest surprise with the series is that my mother actually enjoyed it! Granted, we didn’t watch many episodes and they were all season one – I think The Crown, season 2 became available and we switched to that. Continue reading

picking up where we left off

tree-of-life-3132592_1920I have a lot of first cousins – on my mother’s side and my father’s side. Although I occasionally visited with the cousins on my mother’s side when I was growing up, I’m getting to know them better as an adult. This has been a really rewarding experience and I’ve enjoyed it.

On my father’s side of the family, it’s completely different.  I grew up with my cousins, we went to the same schools, saw each other at frequently family get-togethers and cookouts, played together and so on. When we were kids, there was a wonderful camaraderie – we teased each other and laughed a lot and grew up. There were also losses along the way. We were all so young when my father died – it is part of our collective story and memory. So is our grandmother’s funeral, when we were young adults. Continue reading