The Bad with the Good

My resolve to look on the bright side and to remember that there is always something to be thankful for is being put to the test this weekend leading into the Thanksgiving festivities.

I finished the Thanksgiving shopping with the exception of some some perishables that I’ll need to buy early in the week.  Almost everything was purchased on sale and safely tucked into the pantry, fridge and freezer.

And…the freezer goes out.  Yesterday I opened it up and discovered the stuff on the top was thawing out.  I shut it quickly hoping it would hold the cold until I could deal with it today.  I’ve managed to get almost everything situated someplace where it will stay frozen or cold until it’s needed.  Didn’t actually lose too much.  Some of it probably needed to go anyway.  You know, that stuff in the bottom that you neither remember buying or even what it was in the first place.  Label, label, label.  New resolve.  No more mystery leftovers!

Hubby and son cleared off the deck and took a load of metal to the recycling place yesterday.  Those items will be in the count later.  It was a full pick-up load.  We figured the extra cash would come in handy.  Nope.  Metal prices are at an all-time low.  Eighteen cents a pound.  That’s six dollars for a load.

That’s okay.  The stuff is gone.  Except for the screw that the tire picked up on the way out of the salvage yard.  The scrap metal cash didn’t even cover the cost of fixing the flat.

Still, the deck is clear.  The food is stored.  Menus are finalized and all is ready for the fun.

Except for the house.  Can’t really say that’s its clean.  But, you know what?  I’m not going to stress about it.  I’ll get the big stuff done.  The trash will go out.  The laundry will get put up.  The dishes will be done.  The dusting and sweeping and pretty touches – probably not.

I’m not going to push myself and get sick.  I’m not going to get stressed and yell at everybody (including myself).  I’m just going to do the best I can and get done what I can.

The holiday, my family, my guests and I  are of more importance than the condition of the house.

If I can pull it off, this will be a first for me.  I’ve pulled all-nighters getting everyone just right.  I’ve thrown tantrums about not having enough help.  I’ve totally “lost it” in an effort to have the perfect holiday.  I make these lists in my head about what needs to be done for everything to be ready.  I place expectations on myself and then feel like a failure when it all doesn’t work out.  Not this time.  This time I’m going to stop the madness.  That’s not what the holiday is about.  I’m going to intentionally practice Thanksgiving and gratitude.

Decluttered Friday:

  1. a Halloween decoration – that was still hanging up
  2. 3 books from the school shelf
  3. binder clips and paper clips leftover from the big file declutter
  4. a lampshade
  5. a storage box (empty)


  1. a dead dryer
  2. a dead stove
  3. a broken baker’s rack
  4. a headboard
  5.  misc. metal scraps


  1. a small trash bag of thawed mystery food from the freezer
  2. small bag of misc. craft supplies to be shared with my students
  3. a broom that continually sheds pieces as you are sweeping – sort of counterproductive
  4. a birdcage
  5. plastic storage containers and lids that have no matches

Now, I’m going to go sit and rest – watching an episode of Midsomer Murders.  There is work to be done and I’ll get to it (or at least some it it) tomorrow.





2 thoughts on “The Bad with the Good

  1. Thank you! It was lovely and fun and a little bit crazy. The perfectionism – it was tough and I wasn’t totally successfully, but – I feel that I was very intentional in decisions about what had to be done and what didn’t. All in all, it was the least stressed I’ve ever been before a holiday. A win!


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