If you wanted to de-clutter where you live, what room / space would you start with? (And why, if you feel like admitting to it.)
I have started a major de-cluttering of this house. I started with the middle bedroom which has been used as a storage room since the kids moved out. I started there because it is the smallest of the rooms that I have to choose from and it isn't currently occupied.
If you want to remember something important, how do you do it (sticky note on the fridge, string around your finger, etc.), and does it work?
A string around my finger wouldn't help me at all. I would end up wondering why there was a string around my finger. I write notes and I ask other people to help me remember. I ask because it gives me an auditory reminder. I write down because it gives me something to visualize later when I realize that I forgot to bring the paper with me to the grocery store or wherever. The written note also, by its very nature, gives me a tangible visual reminder when I don't forget where I left it.
If you could create a one room retreat just for yourself, what would be the most important sense to emphasize: sight (bright natural light, dim light, etc.), hearing (silence, music, fountain, etc.), smell (candles, incense, etc), touch (wood, stone, soft fabrics, etc.), or taste (herbal tea, fresh fruit, etc.)?
It would probably be a combination of all that are listed, but most important would be hearing. I cannot think with a lot of noise and, lately, noise -at least, excess noise and activity - has affected my ability to function. If there is too much going on around me, I shut down to a degree and get very frustrated.
If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?
Oh there are so many people and questions to choose from! But, I think that I would probably start with Thomas C. Frith and Eliza for several reasons. First question would be verification of their last name - is it really Frith or is it Thrift as I was raised to believe? I was told that it was Thrift, but all records that I have found indicate that it was Frith. I would also ask Grandpa Frith/Thrift why he did not want his daughter Josephine (my 2nd great-grandmother) to marry Grandpa Black. Was it because he was so much older than she was? When they married in 1869, Grandpa Black was 38. Grandma Black was only 17. I can understand her daddy having a problem with that! I understand that this gave Grandpa Black time to get established in his job and farm and to get a home set up for them, but why not find a wife closer to his age? That can also be explained by the short life span overall and wanting to have babies. A younger wife could withstand rough circumstances better, maybe, than a woman of the then-advanced age of 35. Still, I would ask these questions and probably many more to find out their reasoning because it may be for completely different reasons. I want to know their story, not just what was typical at the time.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am thankful for another stroke-free week and not much other drama. I am looking forward to David making it through the week without getting his cast wet or getting infected so that we don't have to go back to the hospital before next Monday. I am also looking forward to getting some more poetry written for OctPoWriMo and getting more computer files organized.
Have a blessed day, y'all!
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