Monday 30 December 2013
I think today is a good day to de-Christmas the house. The tree only went up the weekend before the Big Day, and the decorations at much the same time, but I feel a need to move on, to look forward to what the New Year will bring and to Get Organized.
I have added keeping count of the pennies daily, rather than weekly, to my other ritual of meter reading. I also want to liberate myself by having LESS although I know this is going to include books, which makes things difficult. I still love archaeology, but I must confess I do not NEED quite a few of the Archaeology books on the shelf behind me, or many of the history books we have acquired over the years. Mind you, books don't sell well on eBay and our sort of books are hard to find buyers for at a car boot sale, as I know their 2nd hand value in a bookshop and am reluctant to take just a pound for them (most people buying at car boot sales have two prices in mind - 50p a paperback (or less) and £1 a hardback). Second hand bookshops offer a pittance and then sell for 10 or 20 times what they paid you.
As the house will be going back on the market on 1st March, with a new agent, and they will be coming mid-February to take photos and a video, we have much to do to get the house perfect. Whilst the weather is preventing me doing anything much in the garden (bar feed the birds), I can at least concentrate on the interior.
I am trying to take my health in hand too and spent a small fortune in Waverley Stores on Saturday (one of our local Health Food shops), including buying some immune-system boosting pills. I have only had three, so it's early days yet, but I have ENERGY today. I cannot remember the last time I had energy and wanted to DO things.
By the way, the weather forecasters have now deemed that instead of having three months of Arctic weather, we are now having a month of torrential rain and gales. So there will be more of the flooding pictures. I had to go out the top way this morning, to take my son to work, and avoided the bottom river lane on the way back when I discovered the river running VERY high and up and over the big rock which is the warning sign for it being across the road round the next bend. One good reason for keeping a good storecupboard, which I think I need to tidy up and sort out - having had my daughter discover a bottle of special ketchup dating back to 2003 . . .