And so life continues. I’ve been spending a lot of time at my brother’s new house, helping him get ready to move in. I’ve also ben packing…the never-ending job. How is it possible for two single people to have so much stuff? Actually, it’s pretty much my fault. I’m the big reader and the 7-8 boxes of books mostly belong to me. Then there are the 3-4 boxes of fabric. Erg. I just can’t throw fabric away. I often hang on to a nice big piece of fabric for several years and then make something out of it. So, the fabric stays. But the amount of clothing I own is ridiculous. My wardrobe underwent a serious purging this last month. I think I need to look into living the minimalistic life.
I wonder if that’s even possible for me. The problem is that I’m so cotton-pickin’ thrifty. I can’t stand throwing away stuff that could possibly be re-used. Hence the large collection of used wrapping paper, gift bags, plastic grocery bags, Ziploc bags, newspaper, old printed documents, cardboard food boxes etc…that finally met its end in the trash can during the packing process. Some of that stuff has actually come in handy in the past. I’ve made some pretty sweet gift boxes out of old Cheerios boxes.
And, to a certain extent, my obsession with not throwing things away has served me well. For instance, I can stretch one whole chicken longer than a mile—roast chicken, then sandwich meat, simmer the bones for broth which turns into the base for soup later on. But it sure takes up a lot of space. Hmmm. Someday I’ll figure out the proper balance.
Through this whole getting-house-ready/moving process, I have been so touched by all of the kind people who have volunteered their services at the house. First, one of the gentlemen who plays a character in The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club, spent about three days painting for us! Hans was there at eight o’clock every morning and did such a nice job. Then Werner Reidel (Heinrich Roth in our movie) came and did a bit of electric work. What a guy! And then Eric Hagemen and his son-in-law, Micah Carlson, came and patched up some places in the hardwood floor and did a bit of sanding. Last night, my pastor’s oldest three kids came and helped me rip off wallpaper in the kitchen plus paint cupboards. Thank God for kind, generous people. We could never have gotten this much accomplished on our own.
Remember Conciliar Post, the new blog that started up last month? I’ve been writing the occasional article for them and I recently submitted a new one called, “Imagine.” I believe it will be posted on Friday, though I can’t say for sure. I’ll post a link to my Facebook page when it’s up. I think you will enjoy this one.
Well, that’s all for now. I’ll post some more pictures of the house next time. Lord willing, there will be some nice before and after pictures.