Yesterday I moved the dining room table. I’m not sure why I did it. I was just vacuuming and decided to turn it in the opposite direction. It actually gives me more space near the kitchen bar, so I think I’ll leave it for a while. Gary’s reaction was amusing. When it was time for dinner he started to sit in his old chair, but didn’t like that because it is now near the window. He stood there for a moment. Finally, I said, “Sit in the same place in the room; you’ll just be in a different place at the table.” Okay, that worked.
I’ve made some other little changes lately:
Don’t ask me why, but when the guys hooked up Gary’s computer they left the extension cord at an odd angle in front of my writing desk. I’ve stepped over it all summer. Yesterday I finally shut down the computer, unplugged the cord, and moved it behind my desk where it belongs. Don’t know why I waited so long to do that!
I unplugged our second refrigerator before we left for vacation. With Robert gone we just didn’t need it anymore. It seemed wasteful to have a second appliance going just so we could keep cold drinks and vegetables in it.
I finally gave away my electric stove. I need a new stove, but have decided to stay with gas. Our four-year-old electric stove had been sitting on the back porch for two years, not serving anyone, so I gave it away. Now I have much more space out there!
I removed the bulky storage boxes from the extra room and put them in Gary’s hobby area. They were too big and actually kept me from placing a bed in there like I want to do. Now Gary has more storage space and I can go ahead with creating a guest room. I’ve already purchased two little book shelves for the extra room and I’m happy with the new arrangement.
I finally mailed my blue jar to Karen. Long story, but my old kitchen was blue, blue, blue. My new kitchen is green, green, green. However, I had this one tall dark blue storage jar that I had hung onto for years. Don’t even remember where I got it. For the last two years, since we moved, it has been sitting on my counter and I have planned to send it to Karen because she collects blue jars. Did it! She called yesterday to tell me how happy she is to have my jar in her kitchen.
Gathered up a box of things that have just been taking up space, and donated them to the upcoming silent auction (a town fund raiser). This is a great idea that we came up with last year. We take used but still good items and create “baskets” or “bundles” with them. So my Christmas plate and someone’s Christmas cups and someone else’s Christmas placemats are grouped together, wrapped in cellophane, and become an item to be auctioned off. Great way to clean and give to charity!
I’ve been making other tiny changes- moving pictures, replacing photos, buying new plants. I think I do these things because I’ve moved so much. I have an internal expectation of change. However, I also think change is good because it makes us think and causes us to react to our environment in different ways. I remember one of my complaints about Mom’s house was that she hadn’t changed the photos on the wall in twenty years! There are some photos on my wall that probably won’t move until I repaint the wall, but there are others that I change each year.
A little change is a good thing. It gets us out of our rut. It makes us look at other things in our life and consider new possibilities. Life evolves.