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And Procrastination Wins, Again

I was going to clean up the room that I call my studio. I really had good intentions. I also had the time, since I was on Spring Break. However… it didn’t happen. Until tonight. When it sort of happened. Partially happened. Well, something happened.

I feel like I did a lot. I sorted through stacks and stacks of papers. You know the stuff I’m talking about, I’m sure. There are statements from my health insurance company, assuring me that they are not bills, there are high school report cards of my son’s from five years ago, there are mortgage statements from four lenders ago, there’s a stack of pay-stubs from my employer, sadly not showing much change over the years. There are SO MANY PAPERS!

I decided that I no longer need credit card statements from five years ago. I no longer need a home warranty for a home I sold a while back. I no longer need billing statements from my son’s orthodontist (who I think has retired). I no longer need discharge instructions from a hospital visit three years ago. It’s time to be free of all those papers. It’s time to warm up the shredder.

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Shredding papers is such a permanent act, but one that gives me great satisfaction. Once the paper hits the blades, there’s no turning back. Whatever you’ve fed into that machine is now confetti, never to be read again.

I like the idea of all those words, all those statements and bills and records and reports all mixing together and jumbling up inside the belly of the shredder. I imagine it to be some sort of demented corporate party in there, all the letters released from their original duties. They are free, no longer confined to sharing dosing instructions or charges to the grocery store, gas station, and Target. No longer shouting out my name and address for just anyone to read. Once they get into that shredder, they no longer know their original mission. It’s just gone. Like the pile of papers I fed into the machine a few minutes ago.

It was quite an effort, but I’m glad at least part of the task has been completed. As for the rest of the room? Maybe during summer break. We’ll see.


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Thank You, Whoever You Are

I’m glad you found me, stranger. Well, I assume you’re a stranger, or maybe you’re an old friend. Whoever you are, you’ve been reading what I’ve written, or at least looking at it, and for that I thank you.

I’ve been sort of quiet lately, but tonight I got a buzz on my phone that said, “Your stats are booming.” Music to a blogger’s ears, even a lazy blogger like me. Maybe especially to a lazy blogger like me.

detective-447232-1.jpgIt’s nice to know that this little corner of cyberspace isn’t collecting cobwebs when I don’t come around as often as I should. You’re visiting, and that is wonderful. I hope you’ve found something you enjoy here, or at least something to think about.

Thank you for poking around and looking into the corners to see what’s been laying dormant. There’s plenty to see and do here, if one has the time and patience to hunt around to find it.


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I’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

This morning my sweetheart asked me what kind of pasta we served with a particular dish. It’s been a long time since he’s made it, and this weekend he’s going to work his culinary magic. I couldn’t remember, but I thought I might have posted a picture on the blog. Back I went, scrolling through six years of posts until I found what I was looking for, back in the summer of 2013.

It turned out to be a different recipe and there’s no pasta in the photo, but it did give me a glance back at some of my blog posts along the way. I’m sorry to say I’m still fat, but other than that there have been plenty of changes along the way.

The constants in my life have been my family and friends. With these people around me life is good. I’m grateful to have the best people in my life. I’m also grateful to have this blog. This forum allows me to share my thoughts and connect with people worldwide. The kindness I’ve experienced from complete strangers has been both surprising and heartening.

I’m hopeful that the creativity bug will bite again soon, and I will have many more posts to share.