The past half week has been one of discoveries. Work continues apace with clearing clutter from the domicile. Something about sending the last kid off to college incited a fierce need to rid myself of clutter. I have been inching toward getting the study reclaimed, which involved moving furniture, clearing closets, and making choices about the importance of material things. I’m finding myself taking lots of pictures of things, and jettisoning the things themselves. I’ve also realized that keeping the-next-size-smaller clothing in hopeful optimism is selfish, when a) there are people out there who could use that clothing right now, and b) I can reward myself with smaller clothing when and if I get there. There have been many trips to charity shops to drop off useful clothing. It feels so freeing, even though late summer doesn’t evoke renewal for me. That’s okay, I’ll take it! The picture above is the putative study the day we moved in, so it looks quite different now, but I will put up a new picture once it is set up.
I’ve also been reducing clutter at the day job. None of our databases will be available tomorrow. Without any substantive work to do, we are cleaning our work areas. I hate to file, so a good part of my day will be forcing myself to file. If I see daylight after that, I will begin on my electronic files. Yippee?!?
I am continuing to do well on my ROW80 goals. I am writing ideas down by the handfuls, knowing many of them will come to nothing, but enjoying the exercise anyway. I continue to work on the memoir, even though up until a few days ago, I was pantsing it completely, which is not my usual manner, just to have something in rough draft to put up for WIPpet Wednesday. A comment by K.L. Schwengel (thank you!) set off a light bulb in my head, and showed me the scarlet thread that runs throughout the entire work so far. I hope to do some serious plotting and development of it for the rest of the Round.
Meditation and yoga have become habits, and even more part of my writing rituals. Music has rejoined my rituals as well, thanks to Barry Koostachin, who helpfully posted a Celtic harp song on my timeline. I find myself playing music constantly now. It feels like renewing a friendship.
Have a lovely week, and please encourage the other ROW80 participants, listed here, if you have a chance.