Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Happy New Year. My mother was always quoting old wives tales and superstitions. We always had black-eyed peas and ham hocks on New Years Day. Some sort of greens, too. Turnips, collards or mustard. Cornbread, too. All this was supposed to bring good luck and wealth in the new year.
It never worked. Our luck and finances were still predictable. After all these years you would think it would be okay to abandon tradition, but I didn't. I cooked it all in happy anticipation of all the wealth to come. Maybe it has already started ..... we were able to sign up for insurance on Christmas day.
Another of Mother's sayings ........ whatever you do on New Years Day, you will be doing all year. She would never do a load of laundry, or tackle a big cleaning project on the first day of the year. Funny thing, though, she still had laundry to do all year long. I never really believed that particular adage, though.
Still, these things stick around in a corner of your mind like dust balls. As you sweep through memories, those dust balls bounce around and come to the forefront of your mind. So, with that particular thought in my mind I decided to tackle my closet. My shoulder still hurts, but, I sure don't want to sit around all of 2014 nursing an ache, do I?
Of course not! I did it, too. I pulled all the stuff out and weeded through all the things that will never get any use. My closet is pristine! I vacuumed and folded and hung and tidied the day away. I did laundry and I cooked. I mopped and washed dishes, too. Tomorrow I will be stripping the bed and taking down the curtains. I will be washing all the rugs and linens and curtains. Really, I will. I have set the precedent and now I must follow through!!
The only bad thing about pulling all those clothes out is that I have spent far too many hours trolling Pinterest. Those oxford cloth button down collar shirts that He Who wears day glo safety colors used to wear, ...... those would make really cute little dresses for little girls. The sweaters could be re-purposed into mittens and tea pot cozies and oh, so many things.
It will be hard to part with all that good crafting material, you know. Mother rarely made any resolutions, but I have decided that my resolution this year will be to down-size. No, not me, but my belongings. Not that downsizing me is necessarily a bad idea ........