It's one thing for me to send you off on an assignment every day for decluttering our houses, but quite another if I'm not following along. Part of that is time constraints as I go through this current series of presentations. After this coming week, the number per week will drop by two, and that'll make a HUGE difference. I'll also have most of them tweaked to my satisfaction with videos and samples made so the prep time will drop. Phew! That'll be nice to have a wee bit more relaxed pace.
Well, I got a bee in my bonnet about those magazines yesterday, and I couldn't let it go. This is what happened at my house.
WAIT -- the pictures are out of order so let's start with the morning and then move to the afternoon.
I went shopping! In-person - no curbside. My usual shopping area just happens to be in one of the open regions. It's a five-minute drive from the house. I've been good - staying at home, but it had come to the point where I needed to get out. It's hilarious as all five places I went to are in a row within three LONG blocks. They were on the side of the street that was open. Shops on the opposite side of this street are closed. It's a bit too far to walk, and I wasn't carrying bags of dog food home!
The first stop was to get dog food. I saw these cute little cloth containers for dog poop bags. I did NOT buy one, but I could make one. As a matter of fact, I think I have a couple of small (think teeny) duffle bags, and I could dig one of those out. For the moment, I keep the bags in my pocket, but as spring approaches and the need for a jacket will go away - eventually, I'm going to need something that attaches to the leashes. God forbid that someone needs one, and we've used up the couple that I take in my pocket.
|Dog poop bag zippered mini-duffles|
Then I went to Home Depot to look for some cleaner for the stovetop and black screws. Hmm - they do NOT make black screws - I was advised to buy paint! I did find the cleaner and bought a stainless steel cleaner for the new microwave as well.
Seriously, other than wearing a mask and NOT parking in the curbside pick-up spots, things are pretty normal. Yes, capacity in the stores is reduced, but when have you ever been in a store and it's been at capacity? Maybe Christmas, maybe the garden season, depending on the store.
I stopped at Value-Village. Just because! I needed a fix of scrounging, and look what I found. I found a Scrabble game, and while I don't need it, I always vowed that whenever I found one, that I would buy it for the letters. That's it - NO MORE!!! I also checked out the puzzles and found this SUPER easy one - well, except for that blue background! What the heck - I didn't need it, but it was only $2.99. I'll make it and pass it along. I LOVE that brand of jigsaw puzzle, so that's more why I bought it. I also bought a shirt to embellish.
|Finds at Value Village|
Again - shopping was just like normal. No line-ups, no waiting.
Then I was off to Fabricland, where I picked up some thread and some yarn. They were the only store asking you to use hand-sanitizer when you walked in and the only store keeping track of the number of customers in the store. I think the maximum was 20. And they had a security guard doing that dirty job at the front.
The last shop was Staples to get some tags and some folders. I got what I wanted, and I was out of there in a flash. I stopped to pick up Harvey's for lunch, and I was home in less than two hours!
How crazy that I got excited about those mundane tasks, but at the same time, I resented spending two hours doing silly errands.
OK -- I get it that I have a small car, but can you tell me why someone (in the city) would need this monster truck? It's hard to tell in the photo, but if that truck ever hit me head-on - well, it wouldn't be pretty for me. The top of my car barely touched the top of the hood of his truck. And this wasn't even a true monster truck (with the big tires and jacked up) - it was just a HUGE truck.
|A monster truck|
I decided it was time to deal with that picture frame. I needed a screwdriver to take the frame apart. That's when I realized that this was professionally framed. I hate to throw that frame away. There's a nice piece of mat board in the frame as well. All that it needs is new glass - I would imagine you can buy new glass. But what a bother that would be. Oh well - it did hang up in our house for a long time; it might be best to keep the mat board and toss the frame. A shame, but what the heck will I do with it, and what will anyone else do with it? Unless they know how it went together, they will NOT be able to put it back together.
|The disassembled picture frame|
|Combining the sci-fi picture with the cosmic border print|
|The great magazine sort|
|Sorted into similar titles|
|The current situation|
|One more section to sort|
|Binders filled with pages of patterns torn from magazines|
|What is that PURPLE book?|
|The Prince book from the Cherrywood Challenge|
|My set of Cherrywood Challenge books|