Given Away to a Good Home

Today I gave away my grandmother’s rocking chair.  I’ve had it for 25 years, bringing it back from North Carolina in the back of my car after I mentioned that it was one thing that I’d like to have after she died.  She had a habit of frequently talking about dying and who was going to get what, so I thought I’d just put in a request.  She insisted on me taking it home that very trip and for years it’s been sitting around, reminding me of her.

But it hasn’t been used.  I don’t fit into it comfortably and lately all it’s come to mean is clutter.  I was afraid to get rid of it because it was my grandma’s and I didn’t want my dad to be upset.  Turns out he didn’t know I had it and didn’t care about it in the slightest.  We both have other physical touchstones to remind us of her, along with our memories.

So today I took a few pics and put it up on Freecycle.  I could have tried to sell it but it didn’t seem like the right thing to do, and I’ve had good experiences with Freecyle in the past.  It’s also insanely speedy.  I posted the offer at 3:16 and the rocker was picked up at 5:35.

I knew it had gone to the right home as I talked with the woman who picked it up, the mother of the person who contacted me.  The mom turns out to be from Houston and we were at UT at the same time (along with 45,000 other students).  Her daughter wanted the chair to rock her new baby who actually has the same name as my grandmother.  So it seemed like symmetry and karma for the chair to go to them.  I think Grandmama would be pleased.

A Weekend to Relax and Unwind

MassageWhat to write, what to write. It’s been a quiet weekend here in gray and chilly Connecticut and my biggest accomplishment has been sleeping until I woke up both days. Of course, since I usually get up at 5:45 am, sleeping until 7:30 is a huge luxury.

Tessie stays curled up on the bottom of the bed, on top of the warm electric blanket, until I start to stretch and take off the CPAP mask. Then she climbs on my tummy for about a minute, and then we’re off. It takes me a good hour to wake up and I prefer to do it in my robe with a cup of coffee or a can of Diet Coke (depending on the day), watching the news and petting the kitty. It’s a nice way to start the day.

Yesterday afternoon I indulged in a full body massage, something I treat myself to as often as the budget allows. I like the background music – I think all massage therapists get theirs from the same catalog, with the sounds of water or quiet Celtic singing that we don’t understand – and the scent of the oils and lotions. I was so cozy and warm with a heating pad on the table beneath me and the chance to be very quiet and present in my body while A worked on my knots. There are always more than I realize and usually the ones that the therapist finds are worse than the ones I went in knowing about, which was true yesterday.

Today we had visits from strangers. I listed an old DVD player on Freecycle, which was picked up two hours after I posted it. Boy, was that fast! More than 10 people contacted me about it and I love that it was able to go to a good home so quickly, with just a single post and no lugging involved.

After lunch the pet sitters arrived for our consultation visit. It’s a young couple who share the responsibility of all the animals they care for, so both of them came to meet me and Tessie. I had called some references and they were recommended by my vet – and Tessie lasted about 5 minutes before she slipped away to my room to hide. Usually she’s gone the minute she hears voices other than mine. I’m comfortable with them and think they will take good care of her until I get back. They’re even going to send me email updates!

Food has been a little iffy. I’m journaling everything and trying to get in more, if not all, of the basic food groups. The essential oils are the hardest because I resent having to use points on them when they don’t seem to be real food. I’d rather have bread – but too much bread isn’t a good thing either. I did make a batch of pudding yogurt, something I haven’t done in a while. It makes a good evening substitute for ice cream plus it counts as dairy, which ice cream doesn’t. I used up odds and ends of three different bags of frozen fruit, so that also cleaned up the freezer some, too.

I made some poor choices – picking up a single serving pack of Entenmann’s donuts, for example – but even then I ate one and squished the other. Why do they think two donuts make a good portion? I succumbed to buying snacky crackery things today but got a small box of wheat things instead of a sleeve of fig newtons or peanut butter and cheese crackers. Mostly, though, I’m writing my food in advance which provides me guidance on what I will eat and know what extra I can have.

Tomorrow it’s back to work for a short week; Monday will actually be my only full day to do real work. Tuesday afternoon I have two meetings, one on electronic resources and the other on Web 2.0. Wednesday there is an all-day e-resources planning retreat from 9-4:30, followed immediately by WW. Somewhere in there, probably Tuesday, I’ll pack up for my trip to Texas. Leaving for the airport at 2:30am means I won’t get much sleep Wed. night so packing earlier gives me a head start.

I’m off to play “feather on a string” with Tessie. Hope you all had a good weekend and that your week is off to a good start.

Saturday Roundup

Patient in a Hospital Bed with IVMy mom is still in the hospital tonight. There’s something in her blood work that needs investigating; I’m not quite sure what because her doctor had to run to surgery and was going to explain when he got out, which hasn’t happened yet. She’s feeling better but is still very weak and had a fall today in her room when she bent down to pick something up out of her bag. So I’m glad she’s staying over where they can take care of her and figure out what’s going on.

Sleeping in this morning was its usual lovely treat. I’m not a morning person and being able to snuggle under the covers until 7am makes me feel decadent. Tessie, of course, thinks I should be up and feeding her earlier than that but she’s patient enough to wait curled up on the bottom of the bed until I make “waking up” noises. She definitely gets points for that.

My only outing today was a combo run. First I went to the dumpster/recycling bin with a boatload of cardboard (think shipping boxes for Christmas presents), old phone books, and bottles/cans, and then was off to join the crowd at the grocery store. There were lots of Star and Tree Lightsholiday shoppers but Saturday is a normal grocery day for many people anyway – and tomorrow we’re expecting rain the whole day and who wants to lug groceries in the rain?

I admit that I bought weirdo stuff. Healthy things like vegetables and Fage yogurt and milk and ground turkey. And necessities like Diet Pepsi and potato rolls. And questionable things like slow-churned ice cream and chocolate chip cookie dough in a tub. I did not, however, stock up on the apple pie or eggnog or mixed nuts that looked interesting, so that counts. Doesn’t it?

I listed some stuff on Freecycle this afternoon – a vacuum cleaner and two wireless routers (why I had two extra ones in the closet is a mystery) – and by tomorrow at noon they’ll all be gone. I totally love these local groups that are designed to give stuff away easily and with no strings. If you don’t know about it, check the link to see if there’s a group in your area. Perfect if you find some gems while decluttering that need a good home.

Only two more shopping days until Christmas – are you ready? All of my presents were mailed out some time ago, including sending on one that was sent to me by mistake. I figured that it was good karma to send it on to its intended destination, especially since the recipient is a nun.