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Thursday, December 9, 2010


Honey Crisp apples before and after the dryer
Boy, I am certainly having trouble figuring out the photos for this blog entry.  A headache of major proportions.  All I want to do is line them all up in rows.  Too much to ask of Blogger apparently. And while I'm whinning, I'd like to have spell-check on Blogger also.  I'm much too tired to bend over and get the dictionary.

But it's been that kind of day.  I went to find a file in my newly moved file cabinet but couldn't get the top drawer closed nor the bottom one open - not even with several rapid (and frustrated) whacks with a big hammer.  But I noticed that I could see the bottom drawer files way in the back when the top drawer was opened all the way and of course I decided to yank all the bottom files out through that narrow opening and laugh at the gods making my day so hard. And ha-ha, I did get the files dragged out, but hopefully the blood dripped on them from my stupid arm that got caught in the cabinet won't hurt them much.  Not as much as it hurt me.

Photos on the Sea Islands

It's that time of year when I take inventory of everything - finances (hence the bloody battle with the file cabinet), books: handmade, listed with amazon, private collection and boxes of unknowns, crap in the basement, colors and amounts of thread, just about everything in this house and in my head and written on lists - it all gets inventoried.  I love the idea of A New Year and A Fresh Start.

I am a sucker for articles on improving one's creativity and time management.  I keep hoping that they will help with the inventories.  I was convinced by one blogger that all could be vastly improved if  I used the Goggle calendar to schedule my life.  Apparently a pop-up appears on the computer desktop when something is due alerting the user to send off the proposal, pay the bill or enter the show.  Since I spent close to four or five hours trying to figure out that damn calender before I started trying to erase everything, not only did I not improve my productivity but now every Wednesday at 4pm I get a pop-up message alerting me to clean the catbox.

My ideal choices.

 I have found that the best way to get organized and more importantly - start to produce artwork - is to completely clean out several rooms in my house.  Then of course, any inventory is a lot easier.   Since the last blog post I have finished painting the last two walls of the kitchen and tossed out about 237 items to the holiday present pile, or to "the too good for goodwill but not enough for Johnnie's auction house pile" or to the actual goodwill pile and/or garbage can.  I love the calm that comes with having less stuff around.

In a conversation with my friend Jane, we figured out that we all spend the first 50 years of life collecting necessary 'stuff'.  Stuff for that camping trip to Everest, canning 70 quarts of tomatoes for winter or building (and stocking) a fall-out shelter in the back yard.  Then in the second 50 years of our lives we realize that 90% of those plans and boxes of stuff will never happen so we can start to pluck them out from the things we really want to do and haul 'em away.

How I want my house to look.

And that is really true.  I hate camping so why do I keep the tent, sleeping bag, ground pad, camping dishes and pots, oil lights, fish poles etc, etc, etc?  The power here has never gone out for more than 3 hours in the 15 years I've been here and I have absolutely no interest for staying alive if all the countries bomb each other or the half-witted tea party takes over the country.  Out it goes to goodwill where some cute 20-somethings will grab it, think they are the luckiest people on earth to be so prepared.  Wait until they turn 50, but by then my purged stuff will be appearing on Antiques Roadshow.

Today's inventory is of the books still available for sale and need to be listed on Etsy and Flickr.  Writing this blog came first in the alphabet (yes, I organized my daily to do list alphabetically.  Doesn't everyone?) so I will post a few of my newest books here... if I can get the little pictures to go where I want them to go.  (oh, and the inventory of Control Issues came before writing this blog...in case you were wondering).
Coptic bound Book #40  ($125) SOLD
Book #60 ($40) SOLD
Book #58   ($40) SOLD

Book #54   ($40)

Book #59  ($40)SOLD
Book #57  (sold)
Book #55  ($40) SOLD
Book #51  ($40) SOLD
Sunset on the InterCoastal Waterway. Calm, no clutter.


  1. Liking the calm of the sunset on the coast.

  2. Looks like it's working for me now. Before there was no box. Anyway, love the books and the thoughts on getting rid of stuff. I'm doing the same, but once it's in a box or bag, I haven't figured out what to do with it.

  3. Oh Chad...I LOVE the control freakishness of you!!!
    ...and I agree-after the age of 50, we do finally 'know ourselves' and it feels so freeing to simplify.
    (Plus organizing is so much fun!!!)
    Hope your wound is healing well, too.XXO-

  4. Oh Chad, Love your posts (other than reading about your file cabinet accident...ouch!!!). I was happy to read the comments section, too, seeing that Heather so enjoys organizing. I was going to plan a fun outing for her February visit, but I think as I have 50+ years of accumulation, and not wanting to deprive Heather of all that fun, that I'm going to hang on to all of the junk, I mean treasures, and let her have a grand time organizing. I'll be in charge of making sure the coffee pot is filled at all times. Heather, be sure to limber up before your arrival so that you'll find it easier to hurdle in through the front door.
    Wish I had some of that "control freakiness" ... I so need a dose of that and soon ... My parents are arriving in a week and it looks like a wool cyclone has blown through! Guess that's what closets are for:-)

  5. I feel the same about clutter! I am trying to frantically put stuff out of the way so we can drag the Christmas clutter out and I have a 7 yr old that keeps scattering as fast as I can tidy! Strange as it maybe, I need the house tidy so I can relax and not sit down and be annoyed by dust etc staring at me. Love your post, gave me a good few belly laughs. We are all more the same than we are different!! x

  6. great post Chad!! love the 4pm reminder to clean the litter box! and good for you and your manic organizing. don't throw out any of those collections, though--well, okay, maybe the stuffed squirrels........
    LOVE to see a pic of your christmas tree!

  7. Just got your scarf book from Powell's which I guess means being used does nothing for your income flow. Sorry for that part. So I loved the book and love your work and so did a search on your name and found this blog and so this is basically a shameless fan comment, unrelated to the actual blog entry. Sorry for that - but I do see you have some stuff for sale and so on a day when i am less tired, I will figure out how to order something, as, being a shameless fan, I must own something made by you! I have a little gallery in Mineral Point, WI and photograph nature and block print and felt and make jewelry and pretty much feel compelled to make something constantly. And: It isn't officially hoarding if it is books or art supplies or craft supplies or other people's art or especially, books on art. Anyway, back to the point: Love your work and love the books that I have and must acquire rest of books by you and must buy something made by you. Cuz fan mail is nice, but income is better. Oh, I hope I didn't burst anybody's idealistic bubble out there.

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