Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Not sure where to start.  

Things are going well, though.

The pod on the driveway? 

It's not there anymore. It was picked up last Wednesday. We are all so very thankful it's gone, and of course the neighbors are thrilled! The yard, the entire street, even, looks so much bigger with that thing gone! And do you have any idea how wonderful it is to be able to park in the driveway for the first time in 20 months? Let's just say we'll never take it for granted again. 

Last week, Mom helped me go through 20 boxes in the basement. Of the 20 boxes we sorted through, I only kept 4, and I'll eventually be going through them again and getting rid of more stuff. I just didn't want to take the time to do it now. Too much going on. So, like I said, Mom helped me sort through 20 boxes. I kept 4. For now. I'm looking forward to being well enough to sort through the rest of the boxes downstairs. 

I feel like I'm healing well. I feel well most days and had gotten to the point I wasn't needing the stronger pain medicines like I had early on. Then I wasn't thinking and was pushing the shopping cart this weekend when The Hubster and I were shopping. I was doing fine until I tried turning a corner. I felt it then and I'm still feeling it tonight. I haven't done much of anything yesterday or today. I'm trying to take it really easy, so I  can heal up from it, but it really irritated me that I did it without even thinking about things.

I really am feeling well overall, though. Much better than I expected to feel, and much, much better than I did after I had my c-sections. I am thrilled I had the surgery, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I just need to stay away from the shopping carts for awhile, so I don't overdo. I can do that. 

I'll be here sporadically while Mom is still visiting. I've never felt like I've gotten enough time with my parents as an adult, because we've always lived so far apart. Now that Mom's here, I want to spend every moment I can with her. It's been amazing having her here, and we're making lifelong memories. I want to be present for them, so I can store them in my heart.

So. That's what's going on in my life. I'll be back as I can. 

I hope each and every one of you is doing well!


  1. Congrats on all the progress! That is wonderful. I am also very happy to hear that you are healing well. I agree...spend as much time with your mom as you can! You will always cherish this time. If I don't see you on here before...I hope you and your family have a very happy holiday!!!!

  2. So glad the pod is gone!! You are doing such a great job!

    I understand about wanting to hang out with your mom. Have a great time!!

  3. Wow ! you are doing brilliantly !! Glad you are feeling better too HAve a wonderful Christmas my friend!

  4. You're amazing. That's all. Just amazing.

  5. I hope you continue to heal well and quickly.

    Keep at that stuff in the basement!

  6. I love what you said..."I want to be present for them (lifelong memories with mom), so that I can store them in my heart". What a beautiful way to put it. Makes me feel like crying.

    Merry Christmas, dear friend! Please pass hugs around to everyone for me.

  7. You sound like you are travelling down the perfect path.
    You are terrific. Enjoy your time with your mom.

  8. I am impressed that you went through 20 boxes and kept only 4! That is major progress. That must've felt really good.

    I love how you said you want to spend every moment you can with your mom so that you can store those memories in your heart. So touching!

  9. Congrats on all you've accomplished so far. Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

  10. wow, i jumped forward in your blog..and the pod is gone :) wow well done.

    take it easy post op for a few more weeks yet,takes a while for all the muscles to get back to normal

    one of the good things that happened for me post hyter was that the fibro improved.....dramatically...I wish this for you :)


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