The word I have chosen to use this week is EXHAUSTED! I've been so busy for the past almost six months that I've started to feel the effects. It seems that everything that has gone on is something that's on that list of "most stressful life events," too! There's been a marital separation, injury (ankle again) that's kept me from enjoying any of spring or summer, and being diagnosed with osteopenia - the signs of osteoporosis. These add up (apparently) to a moderate chance of illness. No thank you!
Another life stress is that I'm planning to move. So I had a carport sale to get rid of good stuff I didn't need anymore and the date chosen ended up being one of the hottest days of summer so far. Even though I sat with my daughter in the shade the entire time, I ended up with heat exhaustion by the end. My daughter put a cold, wet cloth on the back of my neck and placed the fan so I would get the easy breezy! But you can see below that even the dog is exhausted!
everything else I don't want to take with me to my new home. It's a few months in the future, but I need to have everything "tickety boo" before the agents come in to take photos. So...I've cleaned out my office, which was the biggest job. I had two bookcases in there full of books and photo albums along with other odds and ends. The shelf was crammed with Christmas stuff and the floor was full of bags and boxes that I had to sort through. I sorted everything and packed it up in boxes that I'd dragged home from the local liquor store and placed them neatly on the shelving unit in the storage room - yes I have an actual room for storage! Then, I went through my clothes closet. Now there are two big garbage bags full of really nice clothes that are going to the thrift shop. I've rearranged and sorted out the linen closet, the other "guest" bedroom, and the two main bathrooms. Still needed doing is the laundry room cupboards - there will be an extensive amount of junk found in there, I'm sure.
My daughter Jaclyn and her husband Ryan have been helping me out with things I don't know how to do. For example, Ryan replaced a doorknob on an outside storage cupboard (not the shed) and is going to re-trim the door. He also dug up an exceedingly dead plant from the garden. Jaclyn has moved two bookcases downstairs and into the shed and even loaned me a small end table that I had given her because it looks better than what I had in preparation for staging.
The goal here is to have the house staged and in perfect order so that I can get the most money possible when the time comes. The market here is wicked! Every house seems to go over the asking price and there are multiple offers on places that take them out of our reach! So fingers crossed, we find the right place.
economical with my energy, which means it's taking me longer to do all this, all will be worth it in the long run. In the meantime, I guess I'm getting some sort of exercise, be it lugging and toting or mentally enjoying the fruits of my labour. More to come in the weeks ahead. Have an easygoing and entertaining week, everyone! Just one more shot of my "hot dog!"