January 2013


Something about the fact that Evan is on his own now and Erin is in school (but very much mentally on her own) makes us both think that it’s time to clear out the junk. Our house has accumulated about 20 years of detritus that we either thought we might use eventually or were too busy being parents to go through.

That time has come. We have resolved to empty the attic and touch everything in it and decide if it stays or goes. We will adopt a kind of “guilty until proven innocent” attitude and decide that it will be thrown out unless we can come up with a really good reason to keep it.
I got down every box of old paperwork this past weekend and we started going through it and have generated five garbage bags of trash so far.

We’re off to a good start. But it’s gonna take forever.

Well this holiday was quite a time – we have a new fiancé’ in the family after all. We only got to see Cassie when they came over after Christmas to get her ring sized at the jewelry store but that was enough. We had bought tickets to see Mannheim Steamroller and we all went although we were all a bit underwhelmed. Still, we got out of the house and that was worth something – we had not really done much of that up until that point. Too many college bowl games perhaps.

I had good intentions for doing something productive during the break but apart from taking down the Christmas decorations, I can’t point to much of anything. I did go out into the garage and run some wood through the surface planer but I have much more to do. I decided that our Christmas tree is ridiculously old (I can remember buying it when the kids were still preschoolers) and that I would put it out on the curb (after the mountain of other trash that has accumulated because they only come once a week during the largest trash-generating week of the year. Not that I’m bitter. )

But at least, that’s one thing I will not have to drag back up into the attic. I think I’ll start replacing all my lights with LEDs as well so that should be fun. One day I’d like to figure out a way to make it easy to put up the lights outside but I haven’t come up with anything yet.