1 Day without an Accident

Clump #173: Finish “do” tasks; take down red outdoor decorations.

I might just have to post a running tally like the industrial “__ Days without an Accident” signs to keep track of the number of successive days I have checked the tickler files pictured yesterday.  I can crow that I checked my “Day Eleven” folder this morning.  One Day!

In it was an old bill causing creeping discomfort.  (Radioactive!)  One of those, “I’m-pretty-sure-we-paid-this…” bills, and it turns out we had, but in the onslaught of neglected paper, who could tell for sure?  Well, now I know.  It was a great comfort to speak to someone in the billing office and hear, “You’re all paid up.”  Phew.  I stared down and removed several similar items from the list.

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Driving through Lancaster County today, not only were the farm fields predominantly brown instead of the all-pervasive white, this was the vibrant scene of businesses opening again:

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And then this!  My first flower sighting of the season!

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Hallelujah!  Sunshine to the soul.

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I was inspired to take down our Valentine’s Day wreath featured in an earlier post:

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Also the red ribbon threaded through window boxes before Christmas:

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Soon enough will be spring pansy time here.

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I put up a wreath made of paper roses …

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which I found at a paper shop that was advertising half-off Valentine’s Day merchandise.

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So wonderful to be in an old-fashioned stationery shop.  I’ve noticed we no longer have “stationery” aisles in grocery stores; it’s now “office supplies.”  A significant cultural shift.  I marveled at the shop’s rainbow of snail mail products:

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I’m sure this wreath was meant to adorn an indoor setting, so I sprayed it with a water repellent before putting it out.

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It will proclaim to the world that a Paper Clutter Conquerer lives here!

Divide and Conquer

Clump #170:  Sort out papers stuck in basket.

So this was the shove-it-all-together basket from last weekend.  Let’s call it my anxiety basket.  Company was coming, I needed to make these things disappear, and I had run out of time to sort them and put them away … my achilles heel habit. On the top, I noticed a business card from a friend who is a professional organizer whose business name is Sorting Things Out.  A little wink from the universe?

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Since then, I caught a bad cold and have been feeling under the weather (which is a feat these days!).  But I gave myself a kick in the pants to bust through the basket.  The biggest pile (left) were all  easily recycled, and next to it, a pile of our address labels ready for shredding and recycling.  The other two piles are for my husband and me to look at and decide what to do with.  Since we are both recovering from colds, this seemed enough for now.  I had broken through.

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Another little wink was the card now on top of “my” pile:

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And briefly, here is today’s update on our endless winter.  Even the snow is trying to form itself into plants and trees:

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And a t-shirt vendor’s warm, bright colors defied the jaws of a snow plow:

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Victory will be ours!