Time keeps slipping away and I keep blinking.  At least my cold seems to finally be on its way out – now if the weather would cooperate and not be so annoyingly humid, I could actually get some stuff done around here.  Yes, I’m a dreamer, why do you ask?

Speaking of dreaming…  I think I actually do have the hubby convinced that having a dumpster delivered and put in the driveway next to the house to extricate unnecessary crap in a more efficient manner (read: less trudging up and down the stairs in the humidity) instead of back by the barn is a good idea. 

Here’s some perspective (I’m standing in the driveway in front of the barn and in front of where the hubby was suggesting we have the dumpster delivered to, looking back at the house):


And to give you even more perspective, our ceilings on both the first and second floor are 10+ feet high, and the windows you see are 7-feet tall and 3-feet wide.  The third floor is the attic, but it’s a finished attic that also has added space by way of dormers in the front and back (you can sort of see the back dormer through the trees).  The attic is where the majority of the stuff I need to purge happens to be.

There are 16 steps from the first floor to the second floor, 14 steeper and narrower steps from the second floor to the third floor attic, and five steps from the back door to the back patio, and a bazillion steps from the back patio to the spot I took the shot. 

Well, OK, maybe not a bazillion, but by the time I carry a heavy load all the way down from the top floor to here, it will sure feel like it.  Especially since I’ll have to go all the way back up to get another load of dumpster discard stuff – and there’s probably going to be at least 50 trips or more to get all of it taken care of.

I think I finally convinced the hubby the better placement of said dumpster is towards the front of the driveway next to the house so I can heave stuff out the window at the top (which is almost parallel to the dormer you can sort of see). 

That will exponentially speed up the looming purge process, and save a bazillion steps.  Plus it will make the purge process that much more fun, since I’ll be rigging a slide or chute to get the stuff from the window to the dumpster without just tossing it to the ground.

Now we just have to figure out when we’ll get to that point where we can use the dumpster so we aren’t finding stuff later that should have been tossed in the dumpster.  I figure if I start packing from the first floor and work my way up to the third floor, by the time I reach the top it will be time to get the dumpster. 

That way I can segregate as I purge and put stuff into three piles: 1) keep/pack/move pile, 2) donation pile and 3) dump that sh*t pile.  Well, you know what I mean for number 3.  Good thing I didn’t list it as #2.

Speaking of bodily functions (ahem)…  The cats like to take over my chair when I’m not sitting in it (and sometimes when I am) so the other day when I relocated Ralph off my chair and went to sit down, he decided he didn’t like that I moved him, so he tried to get back in my chair.  And  me, being the nice person that I am, trying not to sit on the poor cat, scooped him back up as I sat down – only in my downward momentum whacked my elbow on the edge of my desk.

My desk is currently an unfinished custom desk (one of the many projects our former carpenter friend started but never finished [which means we have that much more work to get done before we move] before he ran away from all his responsibilities and turned into a deadbeat dad hiding from the system so he doesn’t have to pay his ex child support – but that’s another post for another day). 

I’m guessing that the desk is at least an inch too high (for me and my chair) but very solidly built out of wood.  So when my elbow met with the unforgiving edge of my desk, I heard a distinct ‘crack’ which then triggered my brain’s response to the pain almost immediately instead of the usual delay.  Luckily it doesn’t feel like I broke my elbow (can you actually break an elbow?) but I have less hand strength today because of the injury. 

Good thing typing isn’t like rowing, or I’d be typing in circles and you’d never be able to figure out what I was saying.

In other news…  I finally acquired a nice big stack of moving boxes, so packing will commence in the next few days – I figure once I get started the momentum will kick in and I can knock out a room in a day or three (depending on the room, and depending on the extensive stuff collected in said room, and depending on the number of interruptions).  With the hubby’s work schedule being that he’s here all day long, interruptions have and will abound.  Wish me luck.

Being so crazy busy I’ve been lax about taking many pictures the last couple of weeks – but at least I found this funny on Facebook yesterday so this post won’t be all text and no visual:


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  1. Oh man, all this packing/purging/dumping is making me tired just thinking about it. But it will be SUCH a good thing. I’m really excited for you!

  2. Good luck with the packing and dumpsters.. .you’d get a kick out of what we did. we live in a town house and our room is about 4 flights up. When we did construction in the closet, rather than carry the debris down the stairs, we chucked out of the window and they bagged it…. Not my classiest moment!
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  3. Costco has these cool moving kits with all the stuff you’ll need. We love them. There are three sizes of boxes. With the boxes all the same size you can pack more efficiently and you never make the boxes too heavy to move.

  4. When I moved to Florida, and my mom downsizing from the house we shared to an apartment we rented a dumpster and it was the BEST investment we made in moving! I did not do that in Florida, but I had 1-800-GOT-JUNK come and carry my junk away, again a great investment. Moral of MY story, I need to stop saving so much STUFF!

    I hope the weather cooperates and you have more comfortable days than not. It has not been as bad as last June!
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  5. Yes, you can most certainly break your elbow! If the symptoms you described don’t go away in a couple of days, go see someone. Fractures aren’t fun. Especially if you are trying to move boxes and heavy items!

    Cats are so territorial, aren’t they? Drives me crazy, sometimes!

    I have plans to clean out the house this summer. Don’t tell my husband–he may run off!
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  6. That picture… mean bunny… love it… beautiful – but deadly.. .That’s me today too. PMS does that to me 🙂

    I’m sure you can break your elbow – I think any bone is breakable.. but you may have really cracked it, or fractured it, which hurts worse then a break sometimes 🙁 Hope it gets better.

    I’m jealous. I want a dumpster to clean out my house… & we’re not even moving. We just have too much ‘stuff’ – BLAH!
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  7. Ouch! Hope your elbow is OK! You can actually break an elbow – happened to my roommate once. We were out dancing at a bar, and she slipped in a puddle of spilled booze on the dance floor. She kept telling us it really hurt and she thought it was broken, but we were drunk and told her she was fine. The next morning, she went to the hospital and it was, in fact, broken. Can you say BAD FRIENDS?!? We felt awful!!!!

  8. I agree with you on the placement of the dumpster. We only have one floor, but by the time I drag everything to the other end of the house and on the deck to either donate it or toss, I’m tired and losing my motivation! Plus sometimes I can’t figure out where all this stuff came from. 😉

    I think you actually can break an elbow. Ouch!
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