Answering to nobody

On Friday, I mowed the front yard. Then I began a task I had putting off all summer: clearing out the basement.

It isn’t really a basement, it is more of a crawl space under the house. You can’t stand upright, and the “ceiling” gets lower the farther you go in. But it is a space where we have stored everything from garden tools to old bottles to half-empty gallons of  paint. Clearing it out is a task I didn’t want to leave to the kids whenever…life happens.

So I made a pile of things I wanted to keep. I saved one of the many tool boxes and put in it the tools I thought I might need in future projects and home repairs. The rest I put in a pile.

Then I came inside and showered and fell into a chair where I stared at the TV until bedtime. Because I was tired.trash-3

Saturday, I got up for my daily two-mile walk, then came home and carted all the stuff to the front yard and arranged it on a tarp by the road. I added a sign saying “If you can use it, you can have it.”

Two hours later, almost everything was gone. One young man came to the door to be sure it wasn’t a yard sale. I told him he was free to take anything he wanted. In the meantime I painted the front door and trim, and then mowed the back yard.

Another shower, because mowing is hot and sweaty work, and there was the rest of the afternoon staring me in the face. I decided to go to a movie. Because I could. Because I didn’t need to be anywhere, or do anything. I still miss Jim with all my heart, but sometimes it is all right to do what you want to do when you want to do it.

The nearest theater is 30 miles away, but I figured what the heck. I got in the car and drove. First I stopped at the landfill and dumped three large trash bags of stuff that I didn’t want, and no one else did either. They fell into the bin with a satisfying clunk.

For the record, I enjoyed the movie. I came home and watered the outside plants I’d recently planted and fed the cats.

I poured a glass of wine, sat down and turned on the TV, and decided that after all was said and done, it was a productive and pleasant day.

I hope yours was as well.




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