Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memory Lane

Ever get lost on memory lane for a whole day? Rummaging through photos here has me shutting the door on the "shoulds" again. I "should" be continuing my de-cluttering project, but I'm not. So there! hehe

My 50 year high school class reunion will be next summer, so I began by looking through old photos and found some laughable ones.
Freshman initiation was a sort of rite of passage back in 1958. This was before the paranoia about "bullying" and "hazing" set in. Or maybe there just wasn't the mean spirited behavior back then. Anyway, we girls in the class of '62 had to wear a man's slicker, 5 buckle overshoes (or maybe it was plow shoes) on the wrong feet, pincurls on one side of the head, a tall dunce cap and a green spot in the middle of our forehead, and carry an umbrella. We were given a verse to recite and had to carry a rug to kneel and pay homage to the lofty seniors who demanded it. This lasted a week and the last evening parents and everyone gathered in the gym for an initiation ceremony. There each freshman was given some funny or demeaning task to perform. I had to put a boy's hair up in pincurls. 1958 was the height of the long greasy ducktailed hair. YUCK!

I guess in today's lingo this is me and my BFF's in ye olde DIY photo booth.

This isn't a sign of senility is it?

I mean it's not like I'm living in the past...

(to be continued - I have miles to go here)

Wandering off to find some lunch... hmmm

Friday, May 20, 2011

Well, anyway.

So much for de-cluttering.  Well, I did some today, but not at my house.  Fridays are Mom's beauty shop days and since she moved to the nursing home, I go and take her there.  Then after her appointment she usually has a list of  "stuff" she wants to get from her house.  She still has a fully furnished house with at least as many possessions as I have.  (Don't tell her I said so, but just as much clutter too.)  Well, anyway I have half my pickup loaded with my clutter ready for charity, but now the other half got filled up with some of hers.  The good news is that it's canned goods and food that would otherwise go to waste.  So it won't clutter up her pantry now, and it won't be in mine forever.  There is at least another pickup load that I'll need to go back and box up to take to the local food pantry.  Hmmm, feels like I'm ending up de-cluttering two houses.  Might just take me the rest of my life, or at least the functional years I have left.

So for a little R & R this afternoon, I browsed for some music.  I was blown away by these teens from Italy last night on Idol!  Isn't music nice on a cloudy rainy day.  Just lifts me out of the doldrums (and the clutter).

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Back Again

Wow, been a while since I came here.  Seems like our vacation in Branson sort of threw me off my usual routines.  That can be a good thing now and then, but I really want to pick up some of the better habits I left behind.  One of them was blogging.  I still resist making binding commitments  to anything that's not absolutely necessary though.  It just seems like our lives (or at least mine) are too full of the "shoulds", like "I should do this" or "I should do that".  I made up my mind when I retired that I'd chuck the shoulds.  (Spell check doesn't seem to like that word either.)

Well, anyway, I don't have much else to say.  Just need to get on with the day and more de-cluttering my house. I have this sense of urgency about getting rid of all this excess rummage sale, thrift shop, drag me down fodder that I've stuffed in every nook and cranny of this large house.  

In the meantime, let's have another cuppa coffee, and maybe a little music to go with it.