Yesterday I decided I would clean my office. The desktop was full of crap and I could not think straight. It was also smelling a little funky underneath my feet.
As you can see it was a complete mess. And it looks crooked. Must have been my attitude at the time.
I had such a good adventure cleaning. I always think of that statement that I could clean my room so well but I get distracted by all the neat stuff I find. I found a folder of ancestry stuff about my Long and VanHoose families. I had to rearrange it in chronological order.
I found a binder with all my girls' school photos. Why did I get 8 X 10's every year? I had to look through and sigh several times.
I found that I had three copies of Roget's Thesaurus, one a hardback. I discovered that I still had a French Dictionary that belonged to my friend, Jeanie, in high school.
My Chinese yo-yo was tucked away and of course I had to play Three Musketeers for a while and fight the bad guys. I had this yo-yo at the elementary school where I worked for 11 years. I kept a spare in case some kid discovered me playing with mine and wanted to try. I kept it all those years because I deprived little children of playing with it and breaking it. Ha, ha, ha!!!
I discovered a root beer barrel which I almost devoured but remembered I am trying to lose five more pounds and just put it on the ledge of my computer next to my Wilma Flintstone plastic statue, the last tootsie roll I got from my favorite substitute teacher who died the year before I retired. Next to one of each of the girls' diaper pins and a Triton fishing lure which was found on the playground the week after my brother died. (He was a semi-professional fisherman for Triton and sold boats for them.) I also have a rock/coral that I found in Baja, Mexico while at my daughter's wedding.
There is also a tag from my Yogi tea bag that states, "I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful." I try to remember that.
I guess I am like one of those Bingo whores who keep their little mementos for good luck. I started with the Wilma Flintstone when I worked for WREX television in Rockford. One of the photographers gave it to me and said he got it in his cereal that morning. I cherish it.
I also found one penny. Score! My friend, Garnet, finds money all the time. She always says, "Thank you God. It's okay to send me money." And so I say it now.
I came across my back up CD of I Tunes. Thank you very much Addi. I also found my instruction sheet regarding my IPOD. Now if I could figure how to reload the thing automatically. It tries to load everything I have and then tells me it can't hold the load. Well I know that! Load as much as possible, I tell it, and what does it do, keeps the same crap that was already on it. So I do it manually. If anyone out there can give me a hint with this, please do so.
I made a huge pile of stuff that I needed to put back into its home. That took forever cause I got distracted by cool stuff while I was putting it back.
I took a couple of breaks. One for coffee and one to do a jigsaw puzzle on my computer. You see I am addicted. No not to coffee, to the jigsaw puzzles. I am also quite finicky about my coffee. I made toddy coffee. You put the grounds in the top and cover with water overnight. Drain the coffee concentrate and I make ice cubes of coffee. Boil water, add ice cube and, voila, coffee with no aftertaste or bitterness.
It took me all day but I finally got around to the vacuuming. I mopped my plastic job under my chair and gave the plant a bath. It has been shedding.
What do you think?
Oh, come on, it does too look better. That afghan hanging on my chair was made by one of my best friends' mothers. I wore it once when I had to substitute in a children's play. One of my three kings backed out on me at the last minute. I wore this afghan and another one and a Burger King crown on my head with teddy bear pop beads around my neck. Such memories.
Today it is 4 below zero and feels like 20 below. I am staying in my jammies, wearing a toboggan on my head and turning up the heat. Tomorrow, I will begin a new adventure.