Ah, Ten on Tuesday has moved to a monthly format, so I've got to make my own ten-less Tuesdays without Carole's guidance. I suppose I could follow up on my last post.
Recycling and trashing has continued with a vengeance. Our town has a fantastic annual Zero Waste Day, where charities and recyclers show up with empty trucks, and residents can do drive-through recycling. El Esposo and I showed up with two cars full of stuff. I had intended the items be for a specific charity that has meaning for my family, but one of the volunteers made me drive past that charity's station and park beyond them. She told me they would just have to walk and pick up the stuff we were donating. What actually happened, was people from three different charities came and argued over who got to have what from our cars. It made me happy to see that we had good stuff that these charities really wanted, but I was not too happy that my chosen charity didn't get it.
We still have more clothing to get rid of, so I will be able to drive that donation to my chosen charity. My only issue with that is they only allow donation drop offs between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on weekdays, in a sketchy neighborhood (ironically, right across the street from where my grandmother lived as a child, and her family was hardworking but quite poor) and that pretty much guarantees that I will have to go by myself. I prefer to have someone along to help with securing the car and unloading the stuff. So, that's a bit of a work in progress, figuring out how to make that work.
It's felt quite liberating to get rid of so much stuff, and it's built a bit of momentum up with everyone in the house. I've even found myself spending much more time contemplating whether or not to buy new stuff to bring into the house, especially if I can predict that this is stuff that we will be tossing out at some point.
I own, but still haven't read the Kon-Mari book.
HOWEVER, I did make a start on something else I wanted to do this fall. . . I'm learning to sew!
That's the Alabama Chanin starter kit. I'm almost done with it and I've already ordered a full size project to work on. I'm not the best at sewing, but it's a learning process. I've noticed that my sewing varies much more with my mood and energy level than my knitting does. The important thing is that I'm enjoying myself, and I'm improving with practice.
Something else I'm enjoying - new Mrs. Meyer's scents for fall.
I found them at Target. I like the Mum one, but it doesn't scream AUTUMN to me. It would be nice if they kept it around as part of their regular collection. Apple Cider is quite lovely as well. I grew up in a retired apple orchard, and I love lots of things about apple trees that aren't apples. I adore the blossoms that seems to always bloom for Mother's Day. I love watching the apples mature. I love the smell of an apple tree wood fire. I'm not a fan of applesauce, apple juice, and sweet apples. This year's crop of apples are sweeter than usual due to the drought we've had, and I'm not loving them so much this year. I've had Gala, Honey Crisp, Sun Crisp, and McIntosh this year (all locally grown) and even the Mac was sweet. This year, I think I will be getting my apple fix through washing my hands, I think.
Up for the rest of the month. . . more sewing, more knitting, more decluttering of the house. What are you up to? And, if you read the Kon Mari book, what did you think?