The easy stuff. I didn't wear this hat this past year. I hate store hangers, another catering tray, an unused stepstool, unused tent sealer, unused wall hooks. This will all be donated.
Stuff to be donated to the tool share. I really super hope they can use it. The gallon container was left here after a party (full of hibiscus tea!) and it's time for it to go home. I think the big drink cooler can be used at the tool share event this weekend - I actually asked for it to get back, but I have some flexibility on that. One nice thing about having it back is that if it is at my house it can be used for events that I seem to often be marginally involved with and then if I get it back I know where it is for the next time.
Will be left out for the woman who gave me the perennial plants to pick up and use. I will be a little embarrassed for her to see that some of the plants aren't faring too well....
I also asked the tool share to take some of the wood scraps in the garage. I haven't actually counted them, but if they take them they def count for the 19th. If they don't I will decide on making up the 19th or not later.
or another thirty-seven. I, figure this counts for tonight and for one of the days that I will be gone over the weekend. Actually Saturday is day 20, so that is perfect.
These were left by that last bad roommate, so they have been in my garage for two years and I have been walking around or tripping on them all that time. I am almost done getting rid of his crap. There are a couple of things left. I put these on Freecycle a couple of days ago and I have one offer who hasn't shown up and about four backup offers, one of whom is the woman who gave me plants a couple of weeks ago. The first person said she would come after work today and she hasn't shown up, so if she doesn't I am going to offer them to the plant woman (Sara) next. They are probably historic in some way. They appear handmade and have BRAZIL stamped on them. Maybe there was a brick factory in Brazil. It's not too far from here.
My goal is to have them off my property by the time I leave Friday morning.
Tonight I have items that I started to find last night when I actually made myself work in the garage for half an hour. That's a good thing because I was gone from 7:30 this morning until almost 10:00 tonight. I went shopping after work to help the other soon-to-be-bride in my life (besides Emily) get some accessories for her wedding outfit. We went to the mall, which is one of my least favorite places in the world, but we did find what she needs.
So baskets, Easter eggs, Easter cups, another stray egg carton, colored doilies, a gift box, a tube of Korean (I think) chopped ginger, a Tupperware cheese plate, and mismatched tops and bottoms of catering trays. There is actually more than 16 items if you count individually, but with groups of the smaller items it is 16.
And that's all. I am tired and I need a night to relax. Tomorrow I need to do some big time house stuff and start getting ready for my weekend trip.
All of my items today are from the garage. It is so disgusting out there. I changed into grungy clothes to work out there and I was so gross when I was done I had to shower immediately. I have A LOT of work to do before it is ready to use for extra social space for a party. I did have some ideas tonight that will help. I've also already chosen some more items for the count tomorrow.
The picture frames are mostly empty I decided to pull the photos and put them in page protectors and albums. If they are worth keeping they are worth keeping more nicely than shoved in dusty, dirty boxes in the garage. One of them is a family photo of Ed, Emily, and me. I kind of want to just throw it away, but at the same time, that marriage and all that happened are part of what make me who I am today.
The black thing is the cracked boot from around the gearshift of the Escort... the car has been dead a year and a half and I had replaced the boot a year before that. More garbage that I kept for some unknown reason! The video case hasn't held a video for YEARS and I don't have a clue what happened to it.
The book is "The Hours" which is a good book. I realized that I have probably donated some books that will be okay books for my little library I am going to host in my yard. From now on if I decide that books are good for the library I am going to count them as items gone and keep them in a special place for library books. I mostly have children's books. I wonder things like putting novels in there that children might take before they are really old enough. I don't want parents mad at me. I might stick to all elementary appropriate books. I mainly want to do it for the children anyway. The bookmobile comes to the elementary school that is close to us, but there aren't sidewalks so it is dangerous for children to go up there.
Okay, super tired. I've been so sore all day from booty camp yesterday! and I worry that tomorrow will be worse. Tomorrow I need to get some more walking in - and squats, yeah more squats...
Today will be items for both day 13 and 14. Yesterday I went to Indianapolis for Pride Day. I walked the parade route with the Indy Adult Show Choir, my sister's choir. I hung out with her and her choir members for part of the time and then I worked at a booth selling drinks for awhile. I did SO MUCH walking. I was exhausted at the end of the day!
This is the twelve foot tall lady who was right ahead of us as we lined up for the parade. Somehow between parking my car and getting to our parade spot I lost the socks I was planning to wear while walking the parade route. My friend Dylan was hitting Pride Fest right before getting on an airplane to go do genius math things in New Jersey. He offered to bring a pair of socks (he was packed for a trip, see) to me. As we texted back and forth for him and Ken (other friend) to find me, I finally texted "I'm standing next to a twelve foot tall gold woman," and I think that is the thing that really helped them find me. So I wore Dylan's black socks with my hiking sandals and I was "hot." (In the now colloquial term meaning attractive and desirable). What really mattered however, was that even though my feet were so tired I did NOT get any blisters.
This is my pretty little sister, Heather. I'm very proud of the choir she has built and pleased that the choir walks the parade in support of equality (and to recruit!).
This is my batch of items for the 13th. Food Not Bombs T-shirts and donation baskets. My time with FNB has passed and my friend ELLE sometimes does it now. She is going to make sure the shirts and the donation baskets (still with a couple of dollars!) end up in the new crew's possession. I already gave them the equipment I had last year, but found these in my garage later.
Today's batch, plus a couple of private items not shown. Instruction and warranty papers for a couple of items no longer needed, a weird basket, two wreaths, snap-on visors for bike helmets, one glove, a light, a dress, a gift box. I'm still trying to decide on the wreaths if they are trash or donate. I guess I can donate and if nobody wants them they can toss them.
Elle and I had some Goodwill shopping to do today so we did take a couple of boxes and donate them as we went. Goodwill is probably my least favorite place to donate items, but it is the one that is open on Sundays. I will be traveling and busy for the next few weeks so it will probably bw quite awhile before I get a chance to get to Opportunity House again.
I am super tired, to the point of "jelly legs" tonight. Angie, Elle, and I went to "Booty Camp" that a couple of friends gave (so we can get great booties like they have). We did a lot of HARD activities, sprints uphill, squats, planks, lunges, I can't even think of everything. I couldn't do everything that the younger and more fit people could do, but I tried to keep moving and adapted as I needed. Jacob was super encouraging and it made me try even harder. When it was all done we all took a cool down walking lap around the park, which is almost a mile.
I have some laundry in and I am going to do just a little more housekeeping and take a shower and then try to get to bed early tonight!
BOOKS again, and one puzzle. It is time to publicly admit I have never read "War and Peace." If I ever get around to it I will need larger print than this edition.
In a way, it is probably good to go to books when it is late and I am tired. I think I am less prone to think too hard about it. There are some Jewish history books here, (in the form of novel and play). Those will be hard. Also strong women themed novels, biographies, and memoirs will be hard.
So one thing I have decided is that I only need to keep books that I love so much that I think I will read them again. There might be a day when I only keep books that I can't easily get electronically or from a library, but I'm not there yet. Eventually I think I will toss all my cheap pocket paperbacks, because really they get crumbly if you keep them too long anyway. #MinsGame2.11