Clump #190: Recycle shredder, CD’s and cord. Reframe old photo.
Today I took a break from the clumps in our son’s bedroom. With all the paper purging I’ve been doing, we’ve had a casualty. Our shredder went kaput and couldn’t be revived. May I have a moment of silence for this fallen soldier in our battle against clutter? The drops on its top are rain, not tears.
I also deposited some unwanted CDs and a cord. This was a big day for Best Buy. I actually bought something there: a new shredder.
Then I took the picture below to another shop to get a new frame. It’s a lovely old photo of two dear family members. My husband was the photographer many years ago.
The cheap, plastic frame had a cardboard backing that obviously had suffered some water damage. Disgraceful! It was in the box I recently decluttered. Now to take care of it … honor it, or let it go.
I found a relatively inexpensive ready-made frame that did the trick. Wow! How much clearer it is through glass instead of ancient plastic! The “after” picture was difficult to photograph without my reflection looking like a guardian angel hovering over the scene. Trust me, it looks even better in person.
Ah, the man in the photo was our wonderful, late brother-in-law. He was fond of simple jokes that would be groaners if not for his excellent presentation and gravitas. One was: “What did the snail say while riding on the turtle’s back? … Wheeee!” He always pronounced the “h” in Wheee.
Thinking of him while doing errands on a day when it was raining cats and dogs, a similar joke came to mind: “How do you know it’s raining cats and dogs? … When you step in a poodle!”
The sidewalk to the shop was carpeted in confetti-like pink petals from the tree pictured above.
There is something so wonderful about pink in the natural world. It’s the color of cotton candy, tutus … Barbie’s favorite color … it’s an almost frivolous hue …
But it’s also magical. Like a silly joke. It brought delight to hum-drum errands on a dreary day.