Hi! I'm glad that you have your trusty side kick, your golden retriever to take "you" for walks. I used to have a dog that would take "me" for walks, too and that WAS fun, but we did not have a new dog park. You are very lucky to have a place like that to walk her. What is her name and how long have you had her? I have a cat named "Kelly", which we got when my son was in 2nd grade. Matthew graduated from HS in 2004, so Kelly would be 13 years old.
Matt went to college 3 semesters and decided to join the police department, like his father. He has been there over a year and a half as a cadet, because he started at 18. June 9th he starts the academy. Unlike you, however, my son hasn't taken anything OUT of the house; he just keeps bringing stuff IN. He played drums in a band all through high school, so the band stuff takes up half the basement and exercise equipment takes the other half. As you would say, sheesh!
You said your son emptied dresser drawers to take with him to college. Where did he go to school? Is he finished? Does he come home very often? My oldest son went to Univ of Md. and graduated 2004. He moved to N.Carolina 2 & 1/2 yrs. ago, bought a house, met a girl, got engaged, etc. and now they are expecting. Unfortunately, as close as we USED to be, I never get to see him now. I don't know what kind of grandmother the girl is going to let me be to their baby, so I wish I could just go backwards a few years and have him still live close. Isn't that selfish?
Well, those boxes that you packed with the stuff from the dresser and the boxes of papers from the empty file cabinet remind me of all the storage boxes that I have in various rooms that I plan to use for different projects in my house. You are right, many women have these "boxes" of ideas taking up space. There has been a conversation going on here at Bella about clutter and you and I would fit right in!
I like your idea of redecorating! That is what I've been saying to my husband for a few weeks. LOL I would like to just get a big slide to put out my window into a trash truck that I could just close my eyes and start dropping down the slide to get rid of. Talk about lazy and disinterested! I don't want to box it and carry it out, just get rid of it. Then there would be room to clean, paint, and maybe put a new piece of furniture.
I do crafts, or DID, so I have half finished stuff, too. I started putting photo albums together for our 4 kids before they started having kids (The oldest one had her 1st and was doing these great scrapbooks so I thought I could at least put pictures in a bought photo book.) Now I have 2 totes full of pictures and albums, sitting in my bedroom, along with all my crafts, and painting materials. Well, the room that you mentioned that gets all the junk, that has nowhere to go? That's our bedroom. It is ridiculous. I think when Mother goes home Thursday, that is the first room that will be GUTTED! LOL
My dad did alot gardening and I learned alot about flowers and plants from him. He always had flowers all around his vegetable garden to attract the good insects. He died in 1998, at 87, and that is when MY real spirit, "his sunshine" lost its sparkle. I was daddy's little girl all my life (the only girl with six brothers), and his death knocked me off my feet. That is when I started having alot of health problems, depression being a big part.
I'm getting tired so I'd better stop and proof read this.
By the way, I like Ann Geddes work. I had no idea that the little girl you used as you avitar was hers. I'll have to check it out! Take care of yourself. By the way, did you get a chance to check out the fish site here at Bella? God bless you, Kath!