Monday, 13 July 2015

What I did at the weekend

Today I am joining with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise again to share what I did at the weekend.

On Friday evening one of our neighbours started jackhammering something and once they had hammered away for a few hours they stopped.  Then on Saturday they started again so I decided that I didn't need to spend any time even closer to the noise sitting in the garden.  The noise continued for most all of the day.  My planned day in the garden didn't happen.

Instead I did a little napping on the sofa.  Wandered around the house, finished reading my book - review coming tomorrow - wrote some blog posts for during the week and then moved on to tackling chores again.  Despite being told not to by hubby.

I embarked upon "the spare room".  In theory a light and bright pleasant place for guests to stay, but it had become rather overcrowded with stuff waiting to travel to other places in the house - and out of the house.  After a few hours sorting and shifting things around I had half a dozen bags full of things to get rid of and had moved a few others elsewhere.

Then for the rest of the day I mooched around and did, quite frankly, not a lot!  I was lovely!!!  I had a whole day at home alone!!

Sunday was rather busier.  We sorted the rest of the drawers in the spare room and I egged hubby on to get rid of some of his things and he did the same for me.  Why is it always easier to get rid of someone elses stuff than your own.  Not the same emotional attachment I suppose.  I do love sorting out and getting rid of things though.  I find it incredibly freeing!  I have probably told you this before, but I consider myself to be a "hoarder/chucker"  I gather and then dispose of!

We laughed a lot while we were doing it though about our tendencies to gather things and the way that we have to have them arranged!

A quick trip to our local recycling facility then happened to get rid of the real rubbish and to hand the rest over to the bric a brac area where it will be resold.  I will take the clothes to the charity collection.

The afternoon was spent mostly on the phone to various familial departments, imparting information, receiving information and generally being told off by others.  We laughed about that too!  Then we rearranged our plans for the week to accommodate the needs of others.

I had been planning to make my veggie pasta bake thingy - recipe in the sidebar - for dinner, but hubby made it instead.  Wasn't that just lovely of him!!

I would then say that we spent the evening relaxing and for the most part we did.  Except for when we were watching Fake or Fortune which is a wonderful TV show where they investigate works of art to try and prove their history and that they are really by the painters they are suspected of being by.  Oh gosh, I love love love this show, but it makes me so tense.  I literally sit on the edge of my seat gripping the arms of the chair while I watch it!  If you haven't seen it and you like art and mysteries, I can thoroughly recommend it.  I can also recommend it even if you don't like art because it is so fascinating!!

That was my weekend!  Not really the most interesting, but getting things sorted out and getting rid of things made me very very happy!!  I am trying to not bring things into the house and have, to that end bought very little for ages, but I am enjoying the getting rid!

Oh, and it rained on Sunday, so I wouldn't have wanted to be in the garden in any case!

No pictures, because you don't want to see my mess and you might get envious of the empty drawers that we now have!!!

I will leave you with a shot of our delicious dinner though!


Hope you had a good one!

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Thank you all for your comments and support yesterday.  You of course said all the things that I would have said to you, and I totally agree with all that you said.  Sometimes though you cannot see it for yourself can you and you need someone to point it out!  So thank you!

Amy

48 comments:

  1. Would you like to come and sort out my spare room too? It's now got so much "stuff" in it, it's going to be quite a big job to sort out, and therefore I don't start it. I know it will be worth it when I do tackle it though.
    Wishing you a happy week, and I suspect that a quiet day on Saturday was just what you needed. x

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  2. Our spare room is much the same stuff on its travels waiting to find a home :-)

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  3. My sewing/dining room is stuffed full, mainly due to the boxes of "stuff" ready to be donated later today. Instant tidy up. The lasagne/pasta bake thingy is a favourite way of mine to have a fridge bottom meal, I have not made one for a while so it will be made for dinner tonight.

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  4. There is plenty of sorting out that needs doing here, it's amazing how much clutter mounts up while your stuck in bed for a few month, any hoo, I spent saturday mostly resting there was some ukuelle playing, sunday more rest I planted a few pots in the garden, then watched the wimbledon final and read some blogs. Have a lovely week.
    Clare xx

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  5. I love sorting and too am a hoarder/chucker I love collecting and then one day it all gets too much and I have to chop it down to size so that it doesn't worry or depress me. Yesterday I did a little with the girls summer clothes. So many people give me clothes for them but if you are 5 do you need 7 pairs of shorts in the UK???? I think not. There was some debate in which ones to pass on to another lucky girl. Jo x

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    1. Jo, I don't think ANYONE in the UK needs 7 pairs of shorts, a completely gratuitous number! ;-) xx

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  6. I think I have boxes in every room if you wish to come & help. I'm fast running out of spaces to store things. It sounds like you had a good weekend anyway despite the 'jackhammering'.

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  7. It sounds like you had a very productive weekend. I've been sorting through all my clutter over the last couple of month and have found it very liberating to just let stuff go! I still have loads to do though.

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  8. Clutter clearing is very therapeutic! Your pasta bake looks lovely.

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  9. Hi Amy, so glad you're feeling a bit better and that the support from your bloggy friends has helped.
    I know what you mean about Fake or Fortune, so exciting! I tried to knit my tea cosy whilst watching it, big mistake!!

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  10. a sorting out weekend is just what I need to do xxx sounds like you are an expert, if only you lived closer..........

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  11. Sounded like a good weekend all round. I love getting rid of unwanted stuff, as you say its very liberating and the feeling you get when a room is all nice and tidy again is great. I even have to pop back every so often to have a peek round the door just to get that feeling again. I know, I'm sad!! Have a good week. Px

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  12. Hope the hammering has stopped now! xx

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  13. Can you bottle the bit where you get rid of things please and send it to me??? I am ok with the hoarding bit but not so good at the getting rid of bit. Mind, when we did overhaul one to get ready to price up the house I managed to get rid of tons of stuff, but now we hit the stuff I like/love/want so it's slowed right down...... any tips gratefully received.

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  14. It must be catching (hoarding that is), as that is part of my anxiety problem, but I think I'm classed as a tidy hoarder. I'm doing quite well at the moment and both chucking out, selling and gifting to charity. You sound like you're doing well, so take care and breather regularly.

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  15. I hereby admit to being a hoarder/chucker too! You have named it perfectly Amy. I consider it genetic: when my father moved into care, he started with his room bare apart from the necessities for his life. Three years on, his room is full of little ornaments and funny things he finds when the carers take them shopping or on bus trips. Most of them are animals or birds, and he has really put his own stamp on his environment.
    Vegie Pasta thingy looks YUM - just what we need here tonight. I watch quite a bit of UK television, but have not seen Fake or Fortune here - I hope it turns up soon, because I just know I'd love it too :) xxx

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  16. Dear Amy
    It sounds like you had a productive weekend. I really need to get to grips with my hoarding - too much stuff and not enough space. It is an uphill slog though...
    I hope that things are a little more peaceful with your neighbours now.
    Have a good week
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  17. I had a clearout recently and took it all to a car boot sale, we had so much fun and raised quite a bit of money so something I would definitely do again. The pasta bake looks delicious...

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  18. Fake or Fortune is a wonderful and very informative programme, but that Wildenstein Institute in Paris remind me of the Gestapo.

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  19. I LOVE a good clear out, sooooo liberating. Especially if, as you say, it's someone else's stuff lol

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  20. Dinner does look delicious. I agree that cleaning out drawers can feel extremely good. And virtuous too. ;)

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  21. Good morning I have been destashing as well-its a good thing and I need to do more
    I would have had to leave the building hearing all that construction noise-good for you for getting things accomplished
    hugs Kathy

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  22. I'm a hoarder-chucker as well. I don't know why but I LOVE throwing things out! I need to do it more often! :o)

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  23. Hello Amy, sounds like you spent the weekend wisely. Mooching around can also be quite good, from time to time. We all need moments to do - not very much at all. I also mooched about yesterday, watching one of my favourite series whilst crocheting eagerly at the same time. It was great!!! The evening before I had been very busy with re-organising my books and moving them to a different place. So I know it feels good afterwards!!!
    Have a good week!
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  24. The problem with a jackhammer is that your head reverberates long after the noise has physically stopped!
    Jane x

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  25. The problem with a jackhammer is that your head reverberates long after the noise has physically stopped!
    Jane x

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  26. Bravo for having a clear out! Doesn't it make you feel so much better! xx

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  27. You are a great inspiration to start on that 'clearing out' that ought to be done. I ought to think about who will have to sort things when I'm not here and I think I should get rid before they have to. I tend to hold on to family heirllooms like tea sets, jewellery and etc and also things that people have given me but will happily dispose with anything that I have bought for myself. Your weekend sounds like a lovely mooching, companiable kind of weekend and very productive too:)

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  28. the non interesting weekends tend to be the best for me! I haven't heard of that tv show but it sounds like fun. My husband made dinner yesterday and I was grateful but.....he used massive amounts of cilantro which I hate. I picked and ate what I could and I felt bad about it. I guess he forgot??

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  29. It drives me mad when people hammer all day on a weekend, I suppose they've got to get their jobs done sometime but I'm much happier when it's during the week. Weekends are for relaxing in the garden, especially when the weather's nice. Well done on the decluttering, I've got rid of so much this year and I'm still going.

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  30. i have been doing a bit of clearing out myself. my craft room is becoming.... well, a junk room. lol. stacks and stacks of crafts to do. I need to get them done soon! But working on it a bit at a time lol.
    -Lisa

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  31. I love weekends that just happen without any planning. I've been decluttering too, my closet.

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  32. Amy, I'm guessing that the jackhammering also ceased since it was raining. Sounds like a very connected weekend for you.

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  33. The pasta bake looks good! Looking forward to your book review.

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  34. Sounds like a delightful weekend to me. And, your dinner looks so yummy! Have a lovely week ahead!

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  35. Sounds like one of those perfectly balanced summer weekends that are a cross between being productive and being relaxed!! ;) Your dinner looks delish!!
    Happy week ahead to you my Dear! xo

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  36. I have so been putting off the last bastion in the house to clean... the linen and bedroom closets and the bedroom dressers! Perhaps you have inspired me...? It sounds like you had good fun clearing out and that you were quite successful at it! Not much feels more freeing than to have a good clear out!
    Hugs and enjoy the week my friend,

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  37. Looking forward to your book review. I haven't read a good book in a while. I must be choosing the wrong type of books as they all seem boring. I did enjoy the Girl on the Train. I did some sorting at the weekend as well. Got rid of quite a few handbags. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  38. Clearing out is so satisfying! It sounds like a lovely weekend and your hubby's bake looked great! xx

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  39. How did you get your hubby to cook dinner ?
    Amy, or you have magical powers, or you have an extraordinary husband :-))) !

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  40. I have a spare room to sort. Trouble is, its in boxes full of things that belonged to my mum. She died seven years ago, but I still find it difficult to go through it. Your weekend sounds good, especially the reading! Just finished The beekeepers daughter and The butterfly box. Starting The girl on the train Your supper looks delicious. Hope everyone has a good week. xxx

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  41. Hi Amy, catching up after being very busy, and being away. I am sorry that you have such problems to cope with, and of course hope that there will be a resolution.
    I will be having a major sort out of all my stuff before I put it back in the studio - as you said, it is a great feeling when you declutter!!
    Anne xx

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  42. I quite like a weekend like that. I bet you felt great after all that mooching, doing nothing and clearing out stuff. I would have. Hope this week goes well for you. x

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  43. Sounds like a very constructive weekend to me Amy, it's great to get rid of stuff, I'm trying to clear out the loft but it's hard going there's 15 years worth of junk up there. Neighbours can be so annoying at times! have a good week. :) xx

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  44. Sounds like a busy, productive weekend! The dinner looks great and even better your husband cooked it for you ;-) Hope you have a great week!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  45. I have hoarder/chucker tendencies too. I tend to chuck more, but sometimes it's hard!
    That show sound good, and your meal looks good too!

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  46. Always better when a himself cook dinner, I am a huge advocate now! I desperately need a sorting weekend. Lots of love xx

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  47. I love to sort and chuck too, I always have a 'charity shop bag' in the house and add bits and pieces to it until it is full, then hand it in to my local charity shop. Books, outgrown clothes, odd bits of crockery etc, all the usual stuff. Sounds like you had a productive and restful weekend Amy and glad to hear you had a little time to yourself! X

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