Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Digging out the Basement

  This is what the basement looked like before I started to clean it.  It is an accumulation of things from my mother's home and from the Hubby's parent's home, not to mention a lot of our own junk.  I just can't stand it anymore.  If I left it up to anyone else, it would be like this until the day I died.  Lol!  There are going to be a lot of hours down here to make it the way I want it, so it can be comfortable for everyone.  Before, Bug and the Hubby were comfy down here, but I never was.  I want to change that.  Even after all the stuff is gone through, we need to put up curtains, hang pictures and rearrange furniture.  I see a lot of trips to Goodwill in my future.  Do you have an area in your home that needs to be "dejunked"?  This can't even be classified as decluttered, it is "dejunked". 
  The only thing is once everything is gone through, it leads to many more projects.  The projects will be putting pictures in photo albums, getting reprints of photos both my sister & I want, reorganizing photo albums that have gotten out of order, scrap booking mementos, many trips to Goodwill, packing away things we want to keep, displaying of other things and also selling of items on eBay of a select few items.  It will be worth it when it is all said and done but just the getting it done is the hard part.  Because a lot of these items are my mother's, the emotions have been very difficult as I go through the boxes.  But as each box is emptied it means I am one step closer to my goal!

  I really wish their were people who would come in and just take care of this kind of stuff for you, but in turn I feel this is something I need to do myself.  I (with the help of my family both immediate and distant) made this mess, so I need to clean it up!  I have always been the fixer in the family.  Or so it has seemed anyway, my sister would say the same thing about herself.  

  Time to get back to work!

Love to all,   Sara 

Winter Driving 2014

   These are the roads that I have been driving on lately to go to the Hubby's shop.  You have to love winter driving in North Dakota, NOT!!!  Actually, these roads really aren't that bad.  Both Hubby and I have driven on much worse.  It is just a way of life when you live on the northern plains.
   You need to know what you and your vehicle are capable of doing.  For 12 years, I work the 11pm to 7an shift at a local manufacturing company.  They employed over 1000 people from many small towns located around it.  The farthest I know of someone driving to work was 2 hours.  They also didn't care how bad the weather was or what the weather was like; they just wanted your rump at work.  I drove many nights in snow storms, on ice covered roads and through fog so thick you couldn't see in front of you face.
   Even today,  I would rather drive in bad weather at night then during the day.  It is just what I am use to.  The Hubby doesn't think I can drive in that kind of weather, but he sure didn't take me to work all those years.  HaHa. 
   It is kinda pretty to drive through weather like this, almost hypnotic.  After the recent news about the storms in the south and all the major accidents that resulted in it, some of us had to smirk about how they couldn't drive in the snow and ice.  I wish no one harm but have they ever heard of slowing down or turning the cruise control off.  It is crazy!
   I wish you are all safe this winter season!  Drive carefully!
Love to all,  Sara