I wrote a few months ago about how the pandemic changed the routine around here.
My long quiet mornings spent reading and writing were suddenly transformed by our living room serving as office space for my work-at-home husband.
It took awhile to figure out how to adapt but eventually we found a rhythm to our days.
Now life has taken another turn. He’s retiring! Which is a very, very good thing but means I’ve got another boatload of adjusting to do.
Since he’s had an apartment in California for several years, he returned to clean it out and move things here. I need to declutter and rearrange at home to make space for some furniture and other items he’ll be bringing back.
I wish I had been one of those people who spent the past few months of stay-at-home to dig into closets, deep clean corners and dejunk junk drawers but I wasn’t. So that means I’m trying to do it now. Which is not only time consuming but sometimes overwhelming as decades of daily memories fall out of folders, show up in odd places and hit my heart.
I’m soldiering on though.
I doubt I’ll tackle the toughest space-Dominic’s room-before my hubby makes it home. But I’ll have most of the rest of the place shipshape.
Until he brings that truckload to the door.
I better take pictures.
It may be the last time the house looks this good.
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I, like you should have used this time to dejunk. Lots of thinking about doing it but not. Well, husbands knee surgery delayed due to covid and then scheduled forced me to up the redo of cabinets before instead of after. Well thank God for the help of a friend or I would still be working on them. I had to clear out a dresser which held lots of things the boys used years ago. Why do we hold onto stuff we don’t even use anymore. Am glad to know I’m a lot like you. When forced to declutter it still takes awhile because memories stall us. Thanks for sharing and I hope your adjustment to your husband being home still allows you to share your heart because it is a blessing to many. Thanks Melanie.
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How did your husband’s knee surgery go? I know lots of folks whose scheduled surgeries were upended due to Covid.
Yep. Kept so many things I don’t use anymore. I’ve managed to get rid of some, still clinging to others because they have a “scent” of times gone by.
Thank you for your kind words. I intend to keep writing as long as I can. My husband supports my efforts. I’m having to help him understand the importance of silence in writing 🙂 but he tries. ❤
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His surgery went well. He had been contemplating it for five years. We are about 5 weeks out and he’s doing great. He’s got a few more years left to work. Our spending this time together has been trying. Thank God no one has gotten hurt. Lol
I found your blog right after I lost Joe which was March of 2016. Can’t believe four and a half years have gone by already. Much encouragement from you and even in your sorrow you always brought understanding, bringing us back to God who is our only hope. My faith was shattered but God never left me and has carried us through this valley of death. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m sure it will be an adjustment for you both and good luck with the silence part. Hugs to you.
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Glad to hear your husband is well. ❤