Two small grey dogs huddled together under the meager shelter of a ramshackle car as thunder boomed and hail fell. The storm rattled the metal over their heads and they pressed themselves against the ground and against each other, trembling.
It didn’t used to be like this. There used to be warmth. There used to be dry places to sleep. There used to be people, and toys, and bowls that had food and water. But that was a long time ago, when their coats were groomed and their heads were petted and their hearts were loved. That was Before. Continue reading
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This is going to be a slightly different sort of post, for a few reasons. One, I haven’t posted in a while and a good “stream of consciousness” is about all I’m good for tonight. Two, I have a lot on my mind and maybe typing it out where I can read it later will be helpful. Three, I just took half a sleeping pill which means that this ought to be really interesting to read as it gets longer.
I know I’m supposed to write today, but I’m not going to be able to. I’m supposed to be leaving in the next five minutes for an overnight event at my dance studio. I’ve spent the day with the dogs to assuage my guilt at leaving them alone overnight… and to wear them out in the hopes that they’ll sleep well instead of being bored (translated: destructive).
I’ll have a notebook with me at the studio, maybe I’ll have a chance to write while I’m there, but I’m not holding out much hope.
I can’t believe I’m doing this – I haven’t shared my S&S fanfic since probably freshman year of high school. While my addiction to Simon & Simon has remained strong, I’m hoping my writing has improved…
Stream of consciousness, written longhand at work. (Yeah, I should have been working, I know…)
Don’t be afraid to throw things away. That’s one thing I have to remember as I attack the garage this year. There’s stuff I haven’t even been able to see for twelve months – do I really still need it? All the cleaning supplies – Second Saturday (our town’s monthly household hazardous waste drop-off day). Clothes – CCA (a local charity). Footboard – Freecycle. I’m not going to put it on the bed, so get rid of it. Oil change stuff – Second Saturday. Garden stuff – either put it in the garden, or get rid of it. The two planters and the millstone need to go in the backyard to keep the dogs from digging around the holly tree. Dan’s things – on a shelf so I know what I have and where it is. Paints – Second Saturday. VHS tapes – Second Saturday, I think. I need to check to see if they’ll take them. Clear out a place for the bike, a place for the car, a place to work on the headboard and foot chest. How many tote bags do I really need? Not nearly as many as I have.
Since the 12th is the second Saturday in November, I can get a jump on some of the things I already have access to, and that will help. GO through the stuff that came out of the car and organize it or get rid of it. I need a bucket to collect DVDs and CDs into, so I have them all in one place. If I took the top extension off the IKEA shelves, could they fit under the cabinets? I don’t know, somehow I doubt it.
What categories do I need? Fleece. I need a couple of BIG boxes for fleeces. Black, Brown, Other. Wardrobe boxes, maybe. What other categories? Camping and Outdoor Gear. Gardening. Dan. Tools and Hardware. Bikes and Exercise. Dogs. Notebooks. Freecycle. Recycle. Second Saturday. Gift Wrap. Cleaning.
So what’s going to be the best way to do this? Probably load everything out of the garage again, in halves. But start with the right half this time, so I don’t have to move the headboard. I can empty everything but that and probably be able to work around it.
So many grand ideas, so much procrastination…