Folks are starting to complain that I haven’t posted anything recently …

22 Oct

… and I reckon they're right, but there's been reasons … I reckon I should start at the beginning …
I've been clearing this place out. When we moved here, 5 years ago (almost 6, now), we had to flee our foreclosed house … we had received word that we could move in here, but we only had less than a week to do it in. Not much time to do any sorting, so we brought everything we could, and crammed it, willy-nilly, into this 2-room apartment. That's stuff from a 3-bedroom house, with full basement and 2½-car garage full of stuff that not only had we accumulated over 2 lifetimes, but 30 years in the same house … all into two moderate-sized rooms. Naturally, we did manage to get rid of some stuff before moving, but it was pretty bad. We shoved things around so that we could live in it, and kept pondering whatinhell to do about all of it, for about 3 years. Then … Gwen died (our daughter; there's an earlier post about it), and we had another houseful of stuff, all of which meant a lot to us. YAAAAAAHHH!!!!

So, there we were. Then some senile gal down the hall managed to set her place alight … put something greasy on the stove and walked out, forgetting it. Alarums and diversions galore! And one of the chaps who attends to the place came in and told us that we had too much stuff and it was both a fire hazard and a safety hazard. He was right, of course, so he was a "blessing in disguise" as they say. The gal who burnt her place up had to move, and her place gutted and rebuilt. Before the fire, her place was worse than ours … looked like one of those recluse's apartments that one reads about in the newspapers (remember newspapers?). A few other folks got similar ultimata, so we weren't the only packrats in the place.

We've spent the last 4½ weeks, 24/7 (well, almost) getting rid of stuff … stuff that, in more comfortable surroundings, we would have kept and treasured. The worst part, for me, was the inevitable depression … it's like giving one's life away. One must admit to oneself that one is too bloody old to maintain the ambitions to do this or that in one's lifetime, and then get rid of the stuff that one has been saving for whatever that thing is. And then there is the grim knowledge that there is no longer anyone to carry on the torch, however modified it might become … Gwen had a brain like mine, and we always knew pretty much what the other was thinking. Charlie is a good kid … a damned good kid, but he's a Philistine when it comes to the finer things in life, so there's no one. Sigh! It's kinda like dying before one is dead. It will fix itself, I'm sure … I never am conscious of my psychological healing processes; they go on inside, with no apparent direction from me, but sooner or later, I'm OK. So, this, too, will pass.

So … today, except for vacuuming up the place, I'm fucking done with all the crap … it's as done as it's gonna get. If the guy doesn't like it, I'll move out … stepping over his dead body on the way.

And … sorta in celebration, I went out for a bit of a drive, for psychological reasons, if no other … and GUESS WHAT? … I brought my camera ("Oh, no, here he goes again", I hear from the audience, accompanied by stifled groans.)! I wound up at the little local beach (where else?) toward evening, and the weather (I must say that the weather here, for the past couple of weeks, has been nothing sort of spectacularly beautiful. It's just been my hard luck that I haven't been free to get out in it, except for a few trips to the local charitable organisations, to donate stuff, and to the big dustbins outdoors, to dispose of other things.) and lighting were exceptionally good. I shot a few pictures (Well, DUH! Who could have guessed?), and I'm presenting a few of them here, because I wouldn't be myself if I didn't. (I hate being someone else!)

That's enough for now, I think. Hope you like them.
Cheers, all …


Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized


14 responses to “Folks are starting to complain that I haven’t posted anything recently …

  1. derWandersmann

    October 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Thank you, Nathalya Risis.

  2. risis1977

    October 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

    :cheers: cheeers ! . .

  3. fainoantonietta

    October 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    🙂 I like your post :yes: :cheers:

  4. Huong Lan

    October 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

    How far is it from your home to the beach? I always love the sea. Wish that when I'm retired, I can afford a house near the beach. hehehehe

  5. GaryGJBell

    October 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love these kind of days, great shots :cheers:

  6. derWandersmann

    October 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I think it's about 5 miles, Lan … but I've never measured it. I'll try to remember to measure it.Thank you … yes, and surprisingly warm for mid-October, too.

  7. Huong Lan

    October 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    It looks like a great place for photo shoot and it's not very far away. Have a nice weekend! 🙂

  8. zamboy

    November 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Very nice setting for meditation. Cheers.

  9. Lilua

    November 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Your pictures are breathtaking…. About clearing the house, you have my full pity! One tiring process… I hope you feel better now!

  10. derWandersmann

    November 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    OK, Lan … I clocked it today, and it comes out to 6 miles, or as close as makes no difference. It's not all straight toward the Lake, though; there's a good bit parallel to the Lake, and some winding through some woody area.

  11. PainterWoman

    November 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

    " it's like giving one's life away. One must admit to oneself that one is too bloody old to maintain the ambitions to do this or that in one's lifetime, and then get rid of the stuff that one has been saving for whatever that thing is. And then there is the grim knowledge that there is no longer anyone to carry on the torch, however modified it might become …"Oh wow did this post hit home! I couldn't agree with you more. I left so many undone projects at my old house that I actualy dream about them. Oh well, as I've said a few times, I'm learning to let go. Little Mia is napping so I've got about half an hour to goof around on the pc. Usually I nap too. Hopefully, I can get a few more comments in on other blogs.

  12. derWandersmann

    November 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I'm glad you have an upcoming generation to carry on the torch … it helps.

  13. Huong Lan

    November 19, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Close enough. I'm thinking about visiting US some day. This is weird as I plan to visit all countries in Asia first before I discover the new lands. 😀

  14. crystalacey

    November 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    :hi: Y'all,Good to see you ….. 🙂 :cow: Town :wine: :spock:


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