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Yesterday was the best kind of snow. Deep, fluffy, not followed by rain (so disappointing when that happens, as it so often has this winter).
At dusk Bridget, Roxie, and I had a ski out the door and up the hill.
The beauty of the snow, all 18 inches of it. It will be gone soon enough. We will enjoy it while we can!
This gathering was at our friends’ home on Sunday to celebrate the Presentation. Really enjoyable — fiddling and fooling around with families and kids who amazingly pick up tunes and love to play together. In a few years, the little ones playing with toys on the floor will be fiddling too, you’ll see!
My friend David Clayton — and co-author! — was there, strumming his banjo. If you can convince a family member to play the banjo, do it! Best instrument — it’s just so happy.
Where you have these particular folks, you’ll finish with Vespers, chanted in harmony. I know. Daunting, right? The kids can do it when their dad encourages them (and is a choir director). This alto did her best.
Funny as in, if you don’t laugh, you will cry.
These are “befores” that I remembered to take as we got a lot of stuff out of there, so some of it is not even shown. Yikes.
Listen. When you move to a house, before you do anything — before you rehab the kitchen, before you update bathrooms — and those two things you should do right off the bat — but before you figure out bedrooms or arrange for trash pickup and certainly, absolutely before you unpack boxes —
Fix and paint the closets.
Do not put things in those closets until they are spic and span and white and clean.
And then do not, repeat, do not! have a lot of kids in that “The Lord Will Provide” kind of off-hand way you have (while espousing a non-materialistic way of life — hah!)–
— and having erred in that fashion, despite all my warnings, do not move all their games and puzzles and toys and do not! get them more and more things to play with and allow friends and relatives to do the same!
This is a mistake!
Do. You. See. All. This. STUFF??
Actually, it’s no where near as bad as I thought it would be* — all these years that I’ve had it as a resolution in January to remedy this terrible oversight of not painting this enormous closet** before
shoving storing the detritus of decades in it, allowing countless children to pull things out and be on their honor to “put things back where they belong.”
And every year not being able to face it.
It is a lot of stuff. I grant you that. (And obviously it’s not all going back, although you’d be surprised how often it’s all played with. Well, not all those board games and puzzles, no.)
But it’s not terrible.
I may think this because I moved it all into the dining room and don’t actually see it at the moment.
So this is where we’re at.
And you know it’s the worst and soon it will all be over. Breathe deeply!
*And to be fair, as you can clearly see, a good deal of it is records. As in vinyl records from literally eons ago — the last millennium to be precise. Now they are all recorded on the computer (more or less — and it’s a darned good collection!). What should I do with it all??
**A dear reader Tweeted at me a while ago to ask how to store all those toys with parts, like Legos, Playmobil, etc. I responded: Buy clear plastic bins! Rosie admonished me to remember that not everyone has a closet the size of some third world bedrooms to shove their toys into. So if you have to have the toys out in the open, you need to find some adorable handmade wooden bins. That stack. And are cheap. Or… what do you use?