Wednesday, March 12, 2014
After three blog posts and many hours of searching the web I'm finally over my obsession with researching my Lithuanian roots. Whew! Now I'm in the midst of a huge indoor project of moving our bedroom from the upper level of the house down to the main level, necessitated by my difficulty in navigating stairs. Before the bedroom could be moved we had to vacate the computer room which is the new site of the master bedroom, and before the computer room could be vacated we had to find space for several bookshelves overflowing with books, our two computers and all that goes with them .... and more, so much more. We are savers, collectors, archivists, probably hoarders, so moving rooms around is arduous and time consuming, not to mention mentally stressful because there are so many decisions to be made. Three weeks or more into the project the computers are now in the library on smaller desks and most of the books and file cabinets found a home in that room also. Now we are dealing with all the leftover items in the computer room, moving some to the barn, pitching others in the dumpster, integrating a few items into other spaces in the house. What to do with things like a camouflage popup tent for use in observing wildlife, a printer that still works but is redundant, a box of extra office supplies like print cartridges and staplers, a collection of astronomy calendars with wonderful photos, and on and on. After the computer room is totally emptied and the rugs rolled up we will touch up the wall paint then lay two new area rugs with pads and buy a brand new king-sized bed. What a treat that will be, our reward for all the hard work. The room upstairs that is currently our master bedroom will become a guest room and a place where our grandkids will stay when they come to visit. It too needs lots of work, wall paper removal, paint, wood floor rejuvenation...the work never ends. And what should happen this week to divert my focus from this huge indoor project? Spring is here! After a long, cold, snowy winter the sun is out, the grass is green, and my thoughts have turned to gardening. First order of business is adding a yard of soil to our raised beds in the garden. That is what I'd like to be doing today so I'm using that as the carrot on the end of the stick - once the computer room is empty and clean I will go buy a yard of soil in the pickup truck and start moving it into the garden, one wheelbarrow load at a time. Did I mention how all of this is heavy, tiring work? But at least I am not laying awake nights wondering whether Adam Jasaitis starting using his new last name, Sites, as soon as he emigrated or was it years later.