April 8th, 2007

Roman

domesticating

I haven't done anything resembling serious cleaning in this house in so long I don't remember. I have vacuumed and washed the kitchen floor but little else. Today I started on some windows. Washed the inside - even with dirty outsides they look better - and I took down one set of tag-top curtains and put them in the wash. They were full of spider webs on the side facing the window. Yesterday I washed the shower curtain, which was looking so unbelievably horrible that I couldn't let it go another day. Each day I had said to myself, "What does it matter? I'm leaving it all behind", but all the delays I have experienced with the house replacement have reminded me that the goal is to live each day right now and not live in the future.

I continue to run into things that ask the question, "Why are you keeping me?" and I throw them out or put them in the goodwill pile. There isn't much right now that is suitable for freecycle. I often wonder when a person offers a thing like a three-ring notebook on freecycle. Is anyone so hard up they will drive - using gas - to someone else's place to pick up such an item? I tend to offer only things I think a person would feel are worth coming out for.

I am seriously considering offering my television when I move. It's nearly new and nice but so heavy! But am I ready to pay $1000 or more for a flat screen? There are a lot of other things I can get for that $1000. Still. The thought of hanging it on a wall or placing it on a small table...tempting, tempting. For now, though, no. Later.

Speaking of the new house. Yesterday I got a catalog in the mail from Eurway. I had not heard of this furniture store before. It's terrific! Modernist-style furnishings for really reasonable prices. The main worry I have is the shipping cost. The only stores they have are in Texas and one in some other state. When I know I will have a new house I can find out if shipping is going to be impossible in cost. It's really a similar situation with Ikea, except that I can rent a van or truck in Burbank and haul that stuff up and that would be reasonable, I'd think. Come to think of it maybe it would be possible to do the same thing in Texas. Fly Southwest, rent a truck.

For someone who had very little sleep last night - another bad dream - a man was going to kill me, I ran and hid, and felt sure he'd find me - I am doing surprisingly well. I'm sure I'll crash a little later. But for now, run with the unexpected enthusiasm, I say.
Roman

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My next door neighbor, James, came by about an hour ago to say he was cooking a turkey and giving out plates to people, including us. I said I don't eat meat but that Paul would be happy to eat it. James said he'd fix a veggie plate for me. Just a few minutes ago he came by with our plates, rushing in and out. The plate had some beans with an odd flavor, corn bread, broccoli, and some stuffing. I didn't eat the stuffing because I don't know where it's been...

I'm glad he brought them by, though. Paul is really at the end of his resources, it seems.