Have you ever asked yourself, “what have I done?” I am beginning to wonder what we were thinking, and I am so very glad I wrote it all down in a blog entry, just so I would remember when we arrived at this stage in making a change.

If nothing at all changes, we do not get our camp lot, our house in the country does not sell… well, then, we will be living in a decluttered and spotless house! That is something, is it not?

The week just gone by was so busy that we put our heads down and forged forward. A lot was accomplished. We put our house up for sale, signed off to close on the camp lot, I had a Pap Smear, a Mammogram and a blood test, Attila worked scads of overtime, I worked one day, we cleaned house for the realtor photograph session…

There are some things remaining to be done, there are two rooms in the house that are an absolute disaster, filled with the decluttering efforts from the rest of the house.

The deal for the camp lot did not close as planned, complications related to a will… why would you try to sell a property without having clear and free ownership???? The deal is on a week’s extension so that the seller’s lawyer can attempt to set things right, we shall see how it goes.

The meeting we had today with the contractor was cancelled, to assess the camp lot in light of what our lawyer found out, and to see what the possibilities are for future development. The contractor had other clients, who actually own their property, who wanted to meet with him. In a way I was relieved, since our camp lot deal is not necessarily going to close successfully, I don’t want to waste his time.

It is the first long weekend of the holiday season in Ontario. The roads are jammed with cars towing travel trailers, boats, and ATVs. Attila is working this weekend, as all those seasonal merry makers are welcome customers.

I am puttering about, making small advances into the mountains of clutter in the back kitchen and the third bedroom. Where does all this stuff come from! I am finding things that I have held onto for forty years or more, and have not used once in all that time. Some things are going easily, others offer more resistance.

Oops, just got a call from the realtor, someone wants to look at the house tomorrow, and we aren’t ready yet… gotta go get the washbucket and a big garbage bag, and get busy!

I wonder what else this day will bring!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 11:00 AM EDT Saturday 17 May 2014
Condition: Sunny
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 6.6°C
Dewpoint: -1.4°C
Humidity: 57%
Wind: W 26 gust 37 km/h


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard
1856 – 1915

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Wow… lots of pressure on you guys! You might actually sell your house without having a piece of land to camp on? Wow… best of luck that doesn’t happen, but good luck with the rest.

I’ve always said that IF we were to sell (which we won’t), I wouldn’t go the “immaculate” route – I remember when we looked at this place when we were just married… and it was a mess, nothing was cleaned up, it reeked from smokers, it was a real disaster area… gross, in fact. But we saw the bones of it and the size of the property which sold us… it was perfect in all the important ways. We gutted almost every room once we moved in…


Reenie Beanie

After reading this, I need a nap. Instead of 20 winks, I’ll take your 20, too, to make 40 winks. :))

The adrenalin of excitement will surely stoke the fires. xoxo


I know what you mean about the immaculate route Bex… I am kind of hoping to get things decluttered enough so that the “bones” show, LOL!

The only thing we know for sure is that our plans seldom (could be never but there is still time for that to change) work out the way we intend them to work out. We will be attempting to “roll with the punches” as they say.

There are robins nesting at the peak at the front of the house, which I take as a good omen. Someone who will love this place and make it their nest is on their way!!!


LOL Reenie, the 40 winks are yours for the taking! Actually I am astounded, because I am sleeping like a baby through all of this. Must be the right thing we are doing, although how it will all work out is anyone’s guess.

Tom McCubbin

Removing 40 years of clutter has been my motto this spring too! I had so much stuff, actually useful stuff, which I didn’t need. I couldn’t even get to it because of all the other stuff in the way. It feels good to be free of it all.


I can really, really relate Tom! I think there is great truth to the saying that we do not own possessions, they own us!