Thursday, September 30, 2004

We've been just skirted by yet another hurricane (Jeanne), thank goodness. By the time they get to us, they're down to tropical depressions, and even THOSE have glanced past us. Roanoke got deluged day before yesterday. The Today Show had a video clip of Roanoke's Victory Stadium showing water up to the crossbar of the uprights in the end zone! All we got were showers and light breezes. We are truly blessed.

My glucose is coming down nicely. It's already fallen 103 points in just two weeks of being on medication. I've not gotten serious about exercise yet, because the readings are still high. Exercise should be coming along very soon, though.

I can't believe some of the things I've come across while decluttering and pricing things for Mom and Dad's yard sale. Why did I not only keep this stuff but actually boxed it up and moved it from the last apartment I rented??? Lots of excuses, no real reasons:

  1. "So and So gave that to me, so I must keep it or I'll hurt her/his feelings." She/he never comes to visit, so how will she/he know I've not kept the trinket she/he gave me for Christmas 20 years ago?
  2. "I bought that as a souvenir of my trip to (insert vacation destination here)." Do I really need an ashtray to remind me I went to Rock City in 1983? I don't even smoke!
  3. "I paid good money for this dress." It's still ugly, and it doesn't fit.
  4. "If I hang on to this outfit, it'll come back in style soon." It's still ugly, and it doesn't fit.
  5. "If the IRS audits me, I'm going to need these receipts from 1990." Not according to Suze Orman's list of how long to keep things.

I hauled SEVEN big ol' lawn and leaf bags of clothes to Goodwill the other day. And I haven't even started on the walk-in closet. That was just clothes I had in storage boxes that have never been opened since I moved into my current aparment a year and a half ago! Goodwill was really glad to get them, and boy, was I glad to get RID of them!

I have lots more decluttering to do, but I'm getting it done a few minutes at a time. My hero, FlyLady, says I can do anything for 15 minutes, and she's right. And those 15 minutes add up. If you don't know about FlyLady and suffer, as I did, from CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome), visit her website at That reminds me that I need to add her website to my "Links".

Another link I need to add is The Red Hat Society. I turned the "big five-oh" last month, and my birthday gift to myself was to become a "Red Hatter".

Friday, September 17, 2004

A gray, ugly day in my neck of the woods, thanks to Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Ivan. I'm very thankful, though, that the storm just skirted us and gave us rain and light breezes. Areas very close by got torrential rain and flooding. Lots of schools closed in North Carolina today.

As I was driving to work this morning, I was entertained by interesting cloud formations from the storm. After I got to work I took some photos. If any of them turn out well, I'll post them here.

I went to see my doctor day before yesterday because my glucose has been way too high (type 2 diabetic, y'know). He put me on medication and told me I need to get back on track with diet and exercise (which I already knew....*LOL*). So I dragged out my diabetic exchange book and re-educated myself. Randy will most likely not be pleased with upcoming changes in dinner offerings at our house. :-)

I got new living room furniture last week. Randy said it's a shame to have brand new furniture and have to keep it covered up all the time. I agree, but it would be much more tragic to have MeggieDog toenail damage to the brand new furniture! Meggie thought it was simply lovely of me to purchase a La-Z-Boy recliner just for her. *LOL*

I have an exciting weekend planned. This is Randy's weekend to stay with his mom, so I'll be gathering items together and pricing them for a big ol' yard sale Mom and Dad are planning to have in 3 weeks. It'll take me that long to get my junk together. I'm going to use this as an opportunity to clear some clutter. Anything that doesn't sell, I'm going to drop off at Goodwill.