Short/Long-Term Solutions

Clump #89:  Place some online gift orders; clear garage doorsteps.

I really hope I can learn the lessons of this 30-day, 30-clump, 30-post challenge: Project Enjoy Christmas.  Ordering Christmas gifts in November is much easier than in December.  The likelihood that an item will be in stock is so much higher.  And if there’s a glitch that adds a little more time, no problem.  Wow.

Of course, Christmas is not the only holiday to be mindful of in November. Thanksgiving is coming!  I love Thanksgiving.  Every year the holiday gets pushed farther and farther out of the public sphere by earlier and earlier ads and decorations for Christmas … where the big money is.  The introspective holiday for gathering and giving thanks gets short shrift.

In the spirit of welcoming guests, I took a hard look at the doorway to our house from the garage (sorry for the fuzziness of the photo; hands shaking with sudden awareness):

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My long-deceased sister once gave me sage advice about moving into a new house: “Be careful of short-term solutions … they so easily become long-term solutions.”  How many times do I need to live that lesson before it sticks?

New home for boots on a tray I’ve been meaning to make into the “boot home” for ages:

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Old, old kids’ video games on left (aww, The Jolly Post Office — loved that), to Goodwill; pile on the right, recycle.

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This is the container where they were stored in the garage.  Looks like it was trying to set down roots.  Almost!

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The whole garage could use a cleaning, but that’s a clump for another day.  Just getting the entrance swept and the door mats shaken out was a big improvement.  Aiming for better, not perfect.

My husband helped with the sorting.  I told him that in Feng Shui the entrance to the house is very important.  He replied,  “We were all Fenged-Up.”

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Three things I’m thankful for: my husband’s help and sense of humor, light rain on red berries,

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and color in trees, even though devoid of leaves:

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