Mo Bloggin'

A little o' this, a little o' that

The stuff of life

How can one person have so much stuff?  It’s been five weeks here at the new place (that was a fast month!) and I’m still only about 2/3 unpacked.  It’s a space issue, primaily. I’m downsizing inside while upsizing (is there such a word?) outside.  I’m losing a bedroom, a laundry room, a bathroom, and the kitchen/living room/dining area (a combined space) in my new place is smaller than just the kitchen I sold in 2007.  Yes, there’s a twinge there, not regret really, but it would be nice to have a wee bit more room in the kitchen. 

I am much happier though, with a smaller kitchen and home than the larger kitchen and nice home with the neighbors building on the property line and the lack of privacy.  I’m sitting in my office now, with the dark outside complete and no weird feelings about the window being uncovered (blinds are up).  The last “stranger” I saw out there was a bobcat, early one Saturday morning a few weeks ago.  How cool is that?!!  Now that’s my kind of neighbor!

So we’re all loving it, inside and out.  Is it perfect?  No.  But it’s a great place to be for the next few years, with tons of potential.  The to do list gets longer every week, with roofing, fencing, and appliances being the top priorities.  I already got the fridge, and knew I’d have to replace the cooktop.  After I moved in I realized the oven didn’t work.  So far I’ve been making do with the microwave and the two working burners on the cooktop, but I’ll have to get an oven at some point.  Oh, and windows.  Almost all the windows (and there are a lot of them, for such a small place) are single pane, and need to be replaced with something that won’t lose so much heat (the furnace can’t keep up some evenings). 

I’m still surrounded by boxes in every room.  Slowly but surely I’m going through things, unpacking and sorting and often moving items out to the garage.  I’ve taken several boxes to Goodwill (donation) – clothing and household items – and have more to go.  I’ve been posting things on Craigslist and getting great responses; I recycled all my moving boxes to others who needed moving boxes and my futon frame went last week.  My dishes didn’t get much response (service for 8), so I’ll probably donate them to Goodwill too.  I have a dresser with a bad leg I’ll post on craigslist and my oak pedestal dining table and chairs as well.  By then I should have room to park the car in the garage!  Well, maybe after the dump run (futon mattress!). 

I have boxes and boxes of books to unpack, and my shelves are already filling up.  The office here has one wall with built in bookshelves, floor to ceiling (love this!) and I’ve already filled it.  I have at least a half dozen more boxes of books.  Time to do some culling, I think.  The local bookstore had an ad looking for used books, so maybe I’ll see if they want some of the books I don’t really need.  Or won’t read.   Really, it’s been 14 years since I bought Frank McCourt’s first book, Angela’s Ashes, new in hardcover and I still haven’t read it.  And I never did make it all the way through Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, and probably never will.  His lack of punctuation irritates me – tons of dialogue and not a quotation mark to be seen.  I suppose we should be grateful he deigns to use periods, commas, and question marks.  I struggled through All The Pretty Horses, and got partway through Cities of the Plains.  The Crossing remains completely untouched.  It’s not as if his stories are cheery or uplifting either, however well written they may be. 

Well, obviously I’ve already pulled some books for the bookstore.  As soon as I get unpacked and settled a bit more I’m going to start painting.  Not only is the wall color in most rooms disconcerting (a coral-y red in the bedroom and bathroom), but the paint job is horrid, with incomplete areas over the doors, as well as areas that need clean up and repair (looks like a child lived here at some point – drawing on the walls).  I’ve been picking out paint chips and am looking forward to tackling this job in the summer. 


Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Shepherds Extravaganza

Fiber Event, sheep, goats, wool, mohair, spinning, weaving and more!

Saying Hello to Goodbye

Lessons of loving and losing an animal companion


What my dogs teach me


Dog News and Views for Pets and their People: From Pet Columnist Yvette Van Veen

The Science Dog

By Linda P. Case

The Tangled Nest

creative wild life

john pavlovitz

Stuff That Needs To Be Said


looking at the world through book-colored glasses

Ultimate Guide To Needle Felting In The Felt Hub

Make your creative dreams come to life with free needle felting tutorials, downloads, tips, ideas, and inspiration. Start your needle felting journey today!

Anna Blake

Horse Advocate, Trainer, Clinician, & Author

The First Ten Words by Rich Larson

Because a guy has to keep his chops sharp

George Lakoff

George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (

Citizens for Duvall

A grass roots group that gives a voice to its citizens outside of city council meetings.

camino times two

walking together on the way of saint james


novels. poetry. screenplays. filmmaking. endless musings...

Hen Corner

A little bit of country life in West London...


Going back...a return to rural life

Relaena's Travels

Eternal Journeys of a Curious Mind

The Global Warmers

8 dogs, 2 elderly adults and an aging RV

KDD & Co

Award-winning Scottish publishing and design

Fiber Trek

Calling the wild back to craft

Brookfield Farm Bees & Honey Blog

musings on bees, life, & nature near Mt. Baker Washington

An American Editor

Commentary on Books, eBooks, and Editorial Matters

ella gordon

textile maker

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Squash Practice

A Growing Concern

Food, Farming and Faith in Snohomish County

Icelandic Fiber Farming in Cascadia

Carol Lea Benjamin on Dogs

Understanding dogs and the many roles they play in our lives

Mo Bloggin'

A little o' this, a little o' that

Living Your Sacred Livelihood

Weaving the Wisdom in Nature with Possibility Practices

Chris Morgan's Wildnotes

A BLOG of pictures and thoughts from the field

Denise Fenzi

a professional dog trainer specializing in relationship-building in competitive dog sport teams

Black Sheep Creamery

Artisan Sheep Cheese, Wool and Lambs

Woolyadventures's Blog

Just another site

flippity felts

Curious and Quirky needle felts

Single Life, With Puppy

Suddenly single at 55; what to do but get a puppy?

Eat, Play, Love

making memories through food, wine and travel

Pam Grout

#1 New York Times best-selling author

Karen Maezen Miller

A little o' this, a little o' that

%d bloggers like this: