Come See Me! I Live in a Postcard called Southwest Virginia!

This is my redemption video–I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.  It’s a wonderfully done piece by Two Rivers Multimedia’s Tim Ivy and MK.   I want to thank the Appalachian Spring initiative for including my “baby” called Adventure Mendota.  We are at about the 9th minute.   I hope you like it.

I call it a “redemption video” for those of us who have had to answer the misspoken and sometimes mean question “Why do you live in a place like that?”   The answer is clear.   It’s because we’re smart…and we value beauty…and we’re very, very lucky!

We live in a postcard!



Behind Door Number 1

There used to be a television show called “Let’s Make a Deal” and the contestents would guess which door to pick for a great prize or a terrible prize.  Here’s my door.  Door Number One.  The Black Door.   (I do like painting some of the doors black.)

Black Door

Nice and neat looking, right?   But I am married to someone who doesn’t want to throw anything away or get rid of anything.   He also can pack more crap in a tight space than a sardine canning company.  So here’s my Door Number One.  Ouch!   I did not win a prize.

Closet is Full

This tiny “coat” closet had two 5×8 rugs rolled up, an ironing board, glasses that I’d boxed and stuck in there, a Food Saver, iron, 26 baseball hats, and scarves to outfit everyone in Mendota.  Seriously.   Can you imagine if someone really wanted to hang their coat in there?  They’d probably have a rug fall on them.

We got the quote to have all of our hardwood refinished and it is a definite go.   I’m so excited.   We’re going to wait until the first of the year, but I have already decided it’s not too early to start thinking about getting rid of things that I don’t want to move out and then move back in.

These coats are going to be sold on Facebook or go to the consignment store.  There is another stack of coats and scarves that I did not picture that will go to Goodwill.

See ya red coat!  Asking $10 for this.

Red Coat 2

And see ya…oatmeal tweedy-like coat.   Asking $8 for this.

Oatmeal Coat

And men’s scarves.  I kept two out for Mike and the rest of these are scarves I’ve seldom seen him wear.  If a family member is reading this and they bought him these scarves, I’m sorry.   It’s just that it doesn’t make sense to keep something and not use it.

Black and white scarf

I wish I could think of something crafty to do with these scarves.  I went on Pinterest for inspiration, but I wasn’t inspired.   Can you think of anything?  I thought about cat quilts for feral cats but every one of these says “Dry Clean Only.”

I’ll try and sell them on Facebook or Ebay.  Otherwise, they are off to Goodwill.   I’d rather someone cold be kept warm vs. them sitting in my closet.

There’s still a rug sitting in the closet in the picture below as we’ll be putting that down in a few weeks, so I’m giving it a pass–and I haven’t labeled the two plastic bins above.   One will say “scarves” and one ill say “gloves and hats”.     I learned while living in Massachusetts that the reason people can stand the weather is that they know how to dress.  However, I don’t live there anymore.  I haven’t for 13 years!   I’m keeping a few things for the short cold spells we get, and the rest is leaving.

I moved the Food Saver to another spot.  I threw away 24 of the 26 hats.   I’ve got a stack for Goodwill.   It feels so good to decrapify the closet!   I still need to “pretty” it up a bit, but it looks so much better with just a bit of tossing, giving and selling.    I left the rug because I am using it beginning in about two weeks, but it will be leaving never to return again!

Closet Cleared

Boom!  Done!   Feeling good! (30)

Scott County River Road


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serafina cover

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Napkins Three

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No Teeth

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Kitten W13

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