Can We Just Forget Yesteday? Or Why I'm So Tired

Boxes of Books to Donate Loaded into My Car
@bagarad (11451)
Paso Robles, California
March 3, 2017 10:55pm CST
I am engaged with a big project -- getting unsold book inventory out of my house and donated to various nonprofit organizations. I got serious about it Saturday and started getting some books ready to pack then. Beginning Wednesday I packed up the boxes you see in the car and another load that was going to a different place. I spent most of the day packing and listing the itemized inventory I was donating, with prices paid. I need that for the IRS. By yesterday afternoon I had the batch you see here loaded into the car. I had to drive it to the next town to donate. When I finished unloading the car at the thrift store it was about 3 PM and I was starving. I checked out the new burger place and ate a leisurely lunch. I started reading a book while I ate. After lunch I drove to the Templeton house. My goal was to load up the car with some boxes from my book shed so I could take them home to list and get ready for my next donation. As I drove up, my neighbor had not one, but two vehicles blocking my access to the book shed. I had to make them understand I wasn't trying to pass them but I needed them to move out of the way. They finally moved the vehicles so I could get in. I pulled a few boxes out and loaded them before going to the house to see how the cleaning crew had performed the task I set for them before I left on Saturday. They had done well, but I still had to deal with my part of it -- moving and sorting books. I loaded a few more boxes from the house into the car. When I got home, I was very tired. It was about 6 PM. My husband had brought a shredder home to try to unjam, and when I walked in the door, wanting to collapse and relax, he told me he was sorry, but he'd spilled canola oil on the kitchen floor while fixing the shredder. Have you ever tried to get cooking oil off a kitchen floor? He had put a paper towel over it, but it had splashed way beyond that. After trying to wipe most of it off with a rag, I told him I'd mop the floor after he was in bed. That way he wouldn't forget and walk on it. I collapsed in my chair to read more of my book, but it wasn't really relaxing knowing I'd have to scrub the floor later. By midnight both book and floor were finished and I checked the computer for the first time to catch up with my notifications here. By 1:30 I crawled into bed. Today I finished adding up the value of the boxes I was donating to the local little library and related organizations under the same umbrella. I delivered them at about 2:30 and checked the shelves out since I'd never been to this library. It's just getting started and is currently just a neighborhood reading room. Then I went to the Templeton house and started dusting and shelving some books that had been on the floor next to bookcases. The cleaning crew had dusted the books that were on the top three shelves and put them on the bed so I could go through them and box them up to be moved somewhere else. I'm not yet sure where else. Today I dusted the books on the floor beside the shelves and started putting them in the shelves vacated by the books piled on my bed. Fortunately, that's not where I sleep. I'm tired after today's work, but at least I enjoyed interacting with the board members of the little library. Also, the neighbors weren't blocking my shed access today, and my husband hadn't spilled anything I had to clean up. I had planned to write a blog post tonight, but my neck is sore and sitting here at the computer aggravates it. Guess I need to go rest again. I plan not to work so hard physically tomorrow. Have you been working on any long-term projects lately?
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@JudyEv (118942)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Mar 17
This sounds like such a lot of work. Hope you get a good sleep before tackling the rest of it.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
I did sleep well and go to bed early last night. My neck and shoulders are still stiff and sore, so I won't be packing anymore today. I'm very tempted to go to Art After Dark tonight. There will be a jazz band playing and there's no admission fee. That might be relaxing.
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@JudyEv (118942)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar 17
@bagarad That does sound a nice evening's entertainment.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
5 Mar 17
@JudyEv I didn't go. I stayed home and finished a book and packed a few more books, but no complete boxes. I just didn't feel like dressing to go out and then probably not get a decent parking place. It would have been dark when I got out, and I don't like walking long distances back to the car after dark by myself. I really didn't miss it that much.
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@JohnRoberts (52213)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Mar 17
My only long term project is to stay alive and breathing for as long as possible.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
Sounds good to me. I'm not sure my long term project will help with that, but the more I get done, the less complicated the rest of my life will be.
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@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
4 Mar 17
Wow!! That sounds like a tedious chore, but I am sure well worth it when it is done. I bought a whole bunch of books I was going to send into Amazon and since my account there is now screwed up I need to decide what to do with them. But organizing and finding new stuff to read, is a way to be able to wind down and relax after a busy day.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
I'm doing lots of organizing. I need to be able to find the books I have. Some I want to review before I give them away. I doubt if I'll finish this job during my lifetime, but at least I'd like this house back.
@jstory07 (65311)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Mar 17
You sure have done a lot with those books. I had a year long project whole house out. Than painted the whole inside of the house. Than painted the outside. Kept it looking nice and sold the house.here I cleaned my
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
Is part of that last sentence missing? I don't' want to sell this house. I just want the space back that I've been storing inventory in so that the house will be more liveable. I would like to sell the other house, so I need to clear it, too. I imagine my husband won't want to sell it while he's still alive.
@Gina145 (4004)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
4 Mar 17
I wish I had been. There are so many things that need doing that I just don't know where to start. Instead I escape to my computer.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
It sounds too much like me. I'm getting started by trying to clear the books of my computer room.
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@Gina145 (4004)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
5 Mar 17
@bagarad I don't think it's so much like you. You're a lot more committed to getting things done than I am.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
5 Mar 17
@Gina145 Ah, but I'm usually all good intentions that I don't follow through on.
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
25 Mar 17
That all sounds like way too much work. We are slowly finishing the basement of our house. But I can shut the door to the basement and forget about it when I don't want to bother with it
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
25 Mar 17
I used to keep all the books in the bedrooms and office and I could do that. Then we moved here and needed two of the bedrooms and I had to move the books into the living room. The only really functional rooms are the family room, kitchen, and bathrooms. Even the bedrooms still have a few things in storage, but at least we can sleep.
@paigea (21755)
• Canada
25 Mar 17
@bagarad wow. A lot to deal with
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
25 Mar 17
@paigea Yes, and that's why I will not put it off anymore just because I know it's a long complicated project. I can take ten boxes out without making a visible dent, but if I manage to get ten or twelve boxes out a month, eventually it will reclaim some space. I'm trying to clear my office, first. I'm hoping to make room for a table where I can put my scanner and begin to prepare books for shipping again. Then I might be able to start selling some of them on eBay again, or somewhere else.
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@allknowing (61746)
• India
4 Mar 17
Funny you say you got tired. What else I wonder you expected to feel with all that load of work that you did. I cannot even think of it leave alone do all that sorting. I would just dump them and give them to whoever wants them and ask them to fish (lol)
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
Can't do that with inventory. I have to have a record of donating for the taxing agency or they keep taxing the inventory I supposedly have. Besides that, it seems such a waste to destroy new books.
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@allknowing (61746)
• India
4 Mar 17
@bagarad It just occurred to me that this was kind of business. Right? In that case keeping inventory and stuff is mandatory, I suppose.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
5 Mar 17
@allknowing Yes. For 20 years I was an online bookseller. Outside of my personal library, I have about $15,000 worth of inventory.
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@sunrisefan (17121)
• Philippines
5 Mar 17
Indeed you had very long and tiring days but I guess you're still happy with your donations.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
5 Mar 17
I'm happy to be working on it. I'm still considering options for selling the items most in demand.
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@sunrisefan (17121)
• Philippines
5 Mar 17
@bagarad That's the better part - you're happy with what you're doing :)
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@pammooratan (4684)
• India
4 Mar 17
No I don't have any such plans .But I have to paint my house.But I will do it after sometime.
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@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Mar 17
I have to paint my house, too, and fix the roof.
• India
5 Mar 17
@bagarad Ok...house will so I know.
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