Our Stuff Here on Friday
I have been in London since November 25th, 2011. This Friday, February 10th, 2012, our things from the US should arrive. I have a mix of excitement, relief and panic. It is amazing how little I’ve really needed since we’ve been here.
Somethings that I have had to buy and have used repeatedly are: scissors, rubber bands, and note paper.
Things that help me feel settled even without all my “stuff” are: a library card, a nearby grocery store, and a park/playground.
Things that I have discovered I am thankful that I have with me are: scarves, wool sweater, warm boots, and a sharp knife (thank you Pat for my new one, as I was lame and had to surrender my favorite pocket knife to the New York airport security).
The things that I am most excited about getting on Friday are: my sewing machine, my new Annie Glass plates & bowls that I’ve never used, a proper set of cooking knives, and my tool box. Oh yeah, and my silk dying frame, but don’t tell Jeff as that is going to be big and messy.
What I am most worried about is that I’ve sent way too much stuff to England. I’ve really enjoyed living in a very simple home with very little to take care of beyond my husband and children. I dread that feeling of panic in having to decide on what to keep and what to get rid of. I know we will need to get rid of a lot of things as, there is limited storage. I don’t have a garage, attic, storage shed or extra closet the size of a small bedroom.
Another thing I have been thinking about, is that when I am out and about and I have the urge to buy something, most of the time I say to myself, “just wait until you’ve got your things to see what you have before you buy anything.” The rest of the time the girls are pulling my arms saying. “Come on Mom, we don’t need that.”
I just need to keep reminding myself, that I don’t need to buy the perfect tool for every job. Sometimes it is better to just make do with what you have rather than bring more “stuff” into your life.
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Leanne, I am so happy to hear your voice again. I have missed you! I particularly liked the 3 things that help you to feel settled. Hmmm you have a library card, a grocery store, a park, your daughters and a terrific husband. You do have everything you need 🙂
A good lesson we all can learn from!!! We don’t need so many things…..