“The trouble with, “A place for everything and everything in its place” is that there’s always more everything than places.”

When the rain came yesterday, it arrived with a vengeance and poured all afternoon and evening. I left my window open here in the den so I could hear the heavy drops hitting the deck and trees. The wind was so strong it blew one of my huge umbrellas over, but I was lucky, though, as it missed 4 lanterns attached to the deck rail and three clay pots. My deck is again filled with debris, small branches and leaves, but I’m leaving the cleaning until the deck is dry.

Saturday is usually a busy day on my street, but it is still and quiet outside: no lawnmowers, no kids playing and no dogs barking, a rarity on any day. I went out yesterday to Hyannis and early last evening to dinner with my friend so I have not been housebound, but I feel it anyway. I think the clouds and the rain close in after a while.

Today I have no plans, nothing on my dance card. I might just do laundry; it’s been sitting in the hall for a few days. A while back that would have driven me crazy, and I would have had it finished the same day I brought it downstairs. That was when I still worked. My days had structure back then; they had to so I could get everything done. Now I do my chores whenever the spirit moves me. The laundry doesn’t bother me anymore. I’ll get to it sometime.

I have this cabinet, the one with all the pots and pans, assorted dishes for special occasions, small appliances, bowls and some Tupperware, and I think way in the back of it, in the corner, is a mouse nest. I know the mice are all gone, but I know the nest is still there. Before I started the Great Mouse War, I found gnawed paper towels, a perfect nesting material, soft and comfy. I keep saying I’m going to clean that cabinet, but I have this vision of starting the project, getting too tired to finish and leaving the kitchen floored covered with whatnots from that cabinet. A while back I did clean it, and the cabinet looked great, but right now it’s filled. I don’t even remember what is in the way back. I’m thinking Skip, my factotum, might be just the guy for this project.

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9 Comments on ““The trouble with, “A place for everything and everything in its place” is that there’s always more everything than places.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    They had predicted showers today but so far no has turned up. It has actaully been a rather nice, sunny and warm day and I’ve mowed the lawn and replanted the last big tomato plant. Now all five of them stands on my patio waiting for being placed in front of the south heading wall. They still need to get used to daylight and ultra violet light, the ozoin layer is thin here so they’ll get burned quickly otherwise.

    I did almost everything yesterday but I did half the laundry today and I’ll do the rest tomorrow. Now I’ll make myself some fruit salad and custard. I really wanted ice cream but it melts before I get a chance to bring it home to the freezer 🙂

    A Princess wedding here in Sweden today, I saw in the newspapers that she looks beautiful, well she always do but more so today. I’m not especially interested to be honest but it will be impossible to avoid it all day 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’d take a sunny day, but we have the possibility of showers still. Everything looks lush and green from all that rain.

      I still have one tomato to plant and a couple more herbs. Not today though.

      That dinner sounds delicious. Sorry about the ice cream!

      Royal weddings are usually so lavish. I watched William and Kate get married. It was beautiful. I don’t ever hear much about the Swedish royal family.

      • olof1 Says:

        Our royal family usually behaves well but our King and queen have been in trouble this last year. But the royal family is so popular that there’s no risk they will be removed. It’s because our crown princess and her husband is so popular that they are safe from that 🙂

        The one marrying this princess is American/british and will stay that so he won’t get any title.
        Christer.

  2. Bob Says:

    George Carlin did a comedy bit called “A Place for Your Stuff”. Over the years we have filled up a 1,700 sq. foot house and then moved into a 3,600 sq. foot house which we are currently filling up fast. Regardless of the size of the dwelling human beings will find a way to fill it up with stuff. There is a booming business in renting out storage rooms as an annex for the overflow of your stuff once you have filled up the house.

    Of course many people have garage sales to convert their overflow of stuff into small change. Unfortunately, these sales become the place where burglars can scope out your house and then return to relieve you of your good stuff.

    Many of us have a special closet where we keep all of the stuff that might someday be valuable. My father threw out my Lionel electric train set and baseball card collection in 1960 when he sold our house in Dallas after my mother passed away. Just think how much money in today’s market that stuff might be worth? I could have paid for my son’s college education if I still had my childhood stuff
    🙂

    The only way you can take it with you is to sell off everything upon your death and have your loved ones buy a platinum rod which the funeral director can insert in you remains in a place where the sun never shines 🙂 Most likely your heirs will stuff you in a garbage bag, leave you on the side of the road and take a first class Mediterranean cruise with your money from your stuff.

    It’s Texas in June so it’s in the 90s and sunny.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Most of the stuff in that cabinet is kitchen stuff which I could use if I get at it. In front are the tools I use often like the juicer and a few baking pans. The bowls too are in the front, but I’d like to see what’s way back.

      Here garage sales are outside so no one goes into the house. Most are in driveways.

      There was a great Spielberg TV show years ago called Amazing Stories. One was about a man who saved all his childhood toys. He was made fun of constantly, but in the end he became a rich man when he sold all of them.

      I don’t want to take it with me. I’m happy to share. I won’t need it any more.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Stuff expands to fill the space allotted to it. And then it expands to fill all the other spaces not allotted to it. 🙂
    My cabinets are all completely empty. I tossed out everything when my mother went into the nursing home. The mouse-festation was too huge to clean up each thing they had crawled over and none of it was anything I wanted. Since I planned on ripping out those cabinets, I did not put anything back in them.
    I had an eye exam this morning. It was the kind where they put several drops of different things in your eyes and then they make you stare at bright lights for a long time after which they shoot the light of 6 suns into the back of each eye three or four times. I could see well enough when I went in but now I’m not so sure. Blink, blink. 🙂
    The rain has stopped and the sun is mostly out. There’s a lovely breeze. Rocky finally agreed to go outside but would not go anywhere that might dampen his dainty feet. Then Lilly came over to play and he forgot his dignity. 🙂
    Enjoy the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      None of the food in my cabinets is accessible to mice unless they learn to fly. Those moths were all I had to worry about, but now they’re gone too. It’s that one cabinet which is all the trouble. The rest were cleaned out a short while back, and they even have some empty spaces.

      I never had an eye exam like that. Usually they put in drops only once just before I leave so my vision is blurry and a crash is imminent. I did get stronger glasses a few months back.

      Yup, sun here too, a nice day even. Funny, Gracie’s friend Cody came by and the two of them are playing in the yard.

      Have a wonderful evening!!

  4. Cuidado Says:

    Wasn’t that a mighty storm! The ground is covered in green leaves and all around my lilac tree it full of lilacs. We have a chance of frost tonight. Isn’t that crazy? I have some covering up to do in the garden. Have a great Sunday!

  5. peterrocker Says:

    I have seen the George Carlin bit that Bob mentions & it really is hilarious (nearly as funny as Joan Rivers’ latest plastic surgery.
    When she leaves this earth, the ‘stuff’ she has in her body will be a recyclers dream.
    As for me, I will make perfect compost. (LOL)


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