First Donation of 2014

New Year. More Donations.

As we started taking down the Christmas decorations, we discovered more stuff that we forgot to donate before the holiday. Whoops.


A box of outdoor lights, a box of unopened tree ornaments, an unopened mini-tree and assorted other odds and ends. Gone. I wish I could say the same about the items we are choosing to keep. I mean gone, as in put away. Our fireplace mantle is back to normal, our tree is taken down and our entry hall dresser is empty. But, the dining room table is still cluttered with ornaments that have not yet been boxed up.

It’s only January 7th. That’s not as bad as the people who still have their outside Christmas lights still up in July, right? Meh. *shrugs*

Stephen also put quite a few clothing items in the donation spot and when I did laundry I set aside some clothes the Boy had outgrown, so off they went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thank you, LLS!


All of those clothes filled a giant trash bag. It felt good to get more stuff out of the house.

Tomorrow I’m having another back procedure done. This one is diagnostic, as opposed to one for treatment. Wish me luck.

Also, thank you to those who continue to ask about and pray for my friend. She was moved to inpatient hospice care. Her husband says she is at peace and he just doesn’t want her to be in pain any more. She will soon be leaving us physically, but I have no doubt that she will continue to be a guardian angel to many. Just in a different form.

Have an amazing week, friends. Live life to the fullest.

5 Responses to First Donation of 2014

  1. We never used to take any decorations down until after January 7 which is both Russian Christmas and my mother’s birthday. For some reason my grandparents felt the Christmas decorations should still be up for her birthday.

    If I am going to do a purge it is always this time of the year, along with my “spring” cleaning. There are a couple of reasons, I am stuck inside most of the time, can’t stand just sitting around once the chores have been completed and moving around helps me to stay warm. 🙂

    I am sorry for your friend, but it’s good to hear she is at least comfortable for now.

  2. i will miss my little tree, once it goes back into its box til next year. it seems a good time to tale decorations dowm.
    the bleakness of winter stretching ahead is a bit overwhelming, at least the sun is up alittle more each day.
    so sorry about your friend, so glad they have hospice. it will be fast now.
    prayers for her and you.

  3. Well done on already getting donations organised, i am going to try and do the same. My tree is still up but I really need to get to it today or tomorrow…or the weekend!

    Sending thoughts of support to you, your friend and her family, it must be very hard and sad.

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