So, last week I pretty much bombed blogging! I think my blog was so long and blah blah blahing, that most people just read the first part (depressing to anyone who didn’t read the pick-me-up part afterward). My sweet, darling angel-friend, Jan, even sent me a bouquet of flowers!…Which I, admittedly, loved!…but felt badly about, too, because Jan just had terrible foot surgery! And there she was, convalescing in pain, while sending ME flowers!
So let’s just chalk last week up to a dud, and move on…shall we?
So, here’s the deal…Kevin and I have been renting a storage unit for the past 7 years. It was a necessity at first, because we did downsize from a larger house (thank heaven!), and because I am a sentimental fool who loves nostalgia and has a hard time letting go of “treasure.” Anyway, once our first two kids and their families bought their first homes, we were able to dish off a TON of stuff to them. That took the contents of the storage unit way, way down…but we still had too much stuff to fit in one garage. We have a three car garage, and Kevin has generously allowed be to store my “treasure” and seasonal/holiday decorating things in one. The other two garages he likes to use to park our cars in so they don’t get beaten up by the weather or stolen. (It’s a weird hangup he has or something, ha ha!)
Anyway, as our youngest son (there he is to the left) prepares to get married (to Karli who is with him in the photo) and have his own house, Kevin and I began to really rethink the need for a storage unit at all. I’ve managed to compact most of my treasures and decorating necessities (even fabric for quilting and stuff) into our garages and still have room for the cars. And then, holy smokes! This happened…
One day Kevin and I were talking about things we pay for that we really don’t need at all anymore, but are just in the habit of paying for, right? And we added up how much we’ve paid on that storage unit over the past 7 years…i.e. $95 dollars a month, times 12 months in a year, equals a whopping (and nauseating) $7980! I nearly launched my lunch and so did Kevin! There were other things that gave us nausea…such as the fact that we NEVER watch our Satellite TV, except during football season. So, in other words, there are about 7 months out of the year that we’re handing out $104 for Satellite TV when we don’t even watch it anymore! That equated $728 dollars a year, and $2912 in the past four years since we’ve been semi-empty nester’s with no kids at home! Sickening, right?
Well, this made me decide that enough was enough! Even though I’ve been trying to sort through and discard things that really aren’t treasure anyway, I don’t have a lot of free time and the job is overwhelming! I mean, I have soooo many plastic tubs full of stuff…just sitting in storage! There are even a few plastic tubs that we moved from Rio Rancho, NM to Ferndale, WA in 1997, that then moved with us from Ferndale, WA to Monument, CO in 2005, and then from Monument, CO back to Rio Ranch, NM in 2009 that have NEVER been sorted! For instance, Tuesday I even opened a tub/bin, that hadn’t been opened since about 1990! It had untouched, Mardi Gras throw in it from 1990!!! (Here’s a photo of Kevin and our grandson as our grandson was playing with about 1/20th of the beads/necklaces from the Mardi Gras throw we’ve drug around for like 26 years! I think my grandson’s expression proves he must’ve been channeling my disbelief at still having this throw! P.S. I kept the Mardi Gras throw, because…well, the grandkids will like it now! But I did get rid of all the other New Orleans souvenirs that were with it in that bin…by giving them to my mother and father-in-law!) Furthermore, you know how it is…whenever you move, there are always those boxes or plastic storage tubs that you just throw all “the rest” of the stuff you don’t have time to deal with in, right? So I have tubs and tubs (or bins and bins) full of…well, I’m just gonna say it, crapola!
Now, as I said, I had been slowly sorting there storage tubs here and there and consolidating treasures and tossing things that weren’t treasures over the past couple of years. But that number that we figured out…that $7980 to a storage unit just really lit a fire under me, you know?
Anyway, I’ll just skip to the chase and telegraph you this: Found multiple storage bins full of books (Stop)! I don’t read other authors anymore (Sad-Face, Stop) No time to read (Stop)! Found a storage bin with 15 brand-new, never been read, copies of Georgette Heyer Regency Romance Novels (Stop)! Will ship 3 Georgette Heyer novels (titles picked at random by me-though you CAN request a certain title, but keep in mind it will go to whomever requests said title first if they win) to FIVE lucky winner friends who leave comments on this blog before I blog again. (Stop)
That’s right! 15 Georgette Heyer (the author who basically created the English Regency Romance Novel beginning in 1921 with The Black Moth when she was just 19 years old), are up for grabs as part of my, “I have too much stuff, and am sick of paying for a storage unit,” plan to release myself from the bondage of worrying over what to do with all this…um…treasure! Ha ha ha!
So leave a comment on my blog here, on Goodreads, or Facebook, and I’ll choose 5 winners sometime next week! BUT before you leave a comment, I do have to tell you that, as far as my blog contest is concerned, I’m finding that I love your comments so much, that I chose the last two winners by how touched/moved/amused or whatever, I was when I read their comments! So from here on, for my blog contests, I will choose winners the same way I play the game Apples to Apples…meaning I’ll choose the comments that I like best…not necessarily the one that is the best answer. Does that make sense? That does NOT mean I want you to TRY and touch/move/amuse me! I don’t like that…just write whatever comes to your mind…the first thing you think of as your comment on my blog today, okay?
As for last week’s blog contest winner: It was Anna, who sent me this joke as part of her comment: So these two cannibals were eating a clown, and one says to the other, “Does this taste funny to you?”
Ah ha ha ha ha! Thanks, Anna!
In conclusion (makes me feel like an English Lit. teacher whenever I say that), leave a comment for me about anything mentioned in my blog today, and you’ll be entered to win 3 of my 15 extra Georgette Heyer novels! I’ll announce the winners next week on a new blog.
Meanwhile, thanks for helping me sift through the treasure in my storage unit! $7980-UGH!!!!