Apr 132009

Well, depending on which internet weather report you want to believe, we are either going to have several more days of wet, cold weather, alternating between rain and snow showers; or we are going to see sunshine and temperatures in the low 60s this week. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

I spent most of the weekend working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal to get it ready to send to the printer this week, and I have to tell you, I’m very pleased with my new Dell computer. It is so much faster than my old HP desktop that it makes the job go much easier.

One of the big issues facing new fulltimers is what to do with all of their stuff. Some pitch it, some sell it, some give it to their kids, and some store it. Most of those who store it eventually get tired of paying those monthly fees and finally get rid of everything if they stay on the road very long.

Even then, we all keep finding things we no longer want or need, and wonder why we have hung onto them for so long. Yesterday while I was busy writing, Miss Terry went into a sorting and separating frenzy, and we ended up carrying boxes of books, clothing, leftover crocheting supplies, kitchenware and other stuff out to the van to take to one of the local charity thrift shops. I’m sure we lightened our load by a couple of hundred pounds at least.

And that was mostly just in the bedroom! We still have the rest of the bus, and all of the bays underneath to sort through. The great thing about a bus conversion is that you can carry a ton of stuff. The bad thing about a bus conversion is that you can carry a ton of stuff, and usually do!

I also took a break from my writing and sorted through a stack of travel brochures and assorted magazines I’ve been carrying around too long. For the life of me, I don’t know where a lot of the things we have come from. I found a little booklet from the post office about stamps dedicated to veterans and the military. I decided to keep that one to look through before I dispose of it. But old brochures for places we have visited and done stories on already went into the trash, along with more from places we won’t go to anytime in the near future.

I’ve carried around a lot of clipped out magazine articles on places we want to visit for a long time, always planning to scan them into one of my external hard drives, but I never seem to get around to it, so I think most of that will be headed for the dumpster in the very near future too. As it is, I have about three lifetimes worth of places on my Must See list already. It’s time to make some room in my file cabinets.

Thought For The Day – The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.

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  One Response to “Lightening The Load”

  1. Having just done our taxes, I wanted to remind you to do “itemized” listing of your charity donations. The slip they give you might say “3 bags, 2 boxes…” but there are programs online that will give you a $ value you can claim for specific items. We use TurboTax and they have a link to “It’s Deductible”. Surprisingly, the “stuff” does have usable value if you itiemize your deductions. – Judy

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