Decisions, decisions

June 14, 2007 at 5:54 am | Posted in 4th of July, blogging, charity knitting, country living, dating, dogs, faith, family, food, free knitting patterns, Holidays, knitting, love, marriage, photography, recipes, relationships, romance, volunteerism, yarn | 7 Comments

I am still in California, getting my belongings organizerd for shipment: hardwork,, long hours, and today it got up to about a hundred degrees in LA. Smog burned my eyes. Traffic crowded the streets.

However, the city moved along pretty smoothly, and regardless of the crowded streets and high degrees, I am accomplishing quite a bit each day. There are many decisions to be made about what to keep and what not to keep. If I were moving within the LA area, I’d keep everything I had in storage. It was already the clarified version of my material life, broken down and simplified until it fit within the confines of a 10′ x 10′ storage space.

Not my task is to break it down and simplify it to the point where it will cost about $1,000 to ship everything 3,000 miles to my new life on the farm in New York rather than $4,000.

By the way, if any of my readers in the LA area know of anyone who owns or has an influential position at a manufacturing firm in the Southland … if I could find someone with a pallet that some of my dear pieces of furniture could be loaded on for freight shipping, I could keep some precious things that I wish I didn’t have to get rid of.

Oh well.

Alas … decisions. Decisions.


P.S. We need more states represented in the Pike’s Peak Project. I don’t have the spreadsheet here where I am keeping track of the participants, but I know we don’t have all of the states spoken for yet. Please help get the word out and let’s show ourselves and anyone else who is watching just how beautiful our America is. Some of the states we still need are South Carolina, Virginia (I could be wrong about that), Washington State, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa … there are more needed, but this gives you a taste.


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  1. All the best with making those very tough decisions. I know it will all work out.

    Since I am originally from VA, I’ll be happy to cover that state as well as MA if you don’t find anyone else who can. Just let me know! 🙂

  2. I had no idea you were going to be in the LA area! Oh, had you been here say, last week, it wouldn’t have been so hot. It’s just been in the last few days that it’s returned to ‘typical’ summer weather here. I hope things work out and you’re able to keep the things you really want to hold onto.

  3. Hi Firefly,
    Why does it have to be so tough to go thru our “things”? Why can’t it just be easy to say this is a keeper and this isn’t? Then on top of it all you have to worry about shipping it. Wouldn’t it be nice if as your readers we could help? Just know that we will keep you in our thoughts as you continue your task at hand. I know it must be tough but I’m sure you must have some wonderful memories with the “things” you are rediscovering in storage. Maybe you could photograph things you can’t keep and write down why it is or was special? Just a thought! Best of luck! Looking forward to hear about your adventures in LA.
    Your Friend, Ann

  4. You’ve been tagged! A brief distraction from the task at hand of sorting and shipping.

  5. Good luck with the sorting, I know what it feels like to have to cull your things. I really like Ann’s idea of taking a photograph and journaling why they are precious if you can’t take them with you.

  6. Pallets are really easy to make, also not expensive. Most are made with 2×4 and 1×4. I’ve made a ton of them in my manufacturing career stint.

    If you want a quick how to, I can do up a drawing and email it to you. Then you could make some yourself. Honestly, very easy. Some home improvement stores have an area where you can take the wood you just purchased and cut it down to the sizes you want with their help and supervision.

  7. I’m a Virginia blogger, and would be happy to write something, if the slot hasn’t already been taken. I love my beautiful state.

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