I thought I was headed to the studio this afternoon…

…but I needed to straighten up a few things first.  I wanted to create space in a cupboard to store my little photo props, papers, milk jugs, tripod, etc. all in one place. I knew it was not going to be a quick sorting solution and I felt like I was inside one of these:

You know those sliding puzzles where you move one piece at a time to make room for another, sometimes backtracking, before you eventually get everything lined up and in order?

The cupboard was already full of assorted paper and paper work. So I thought, maybe I’d clear off some space on a nearby bookshelf to organize and store the things that were in the cupboard. To make room on the book shelf, I thought I would take everything out to make a stack of books to give away. I started to move some 30 year old photo albums and the photos started falling out.  I took them all out to place in a new album..someday. (Meanwhile I need to find a box to store them, where?) Next thing I knew there was stuff everywhere.

Could I get any deeper into this mess before putting it away? I could make more room by moving the wooden chest with the silver plated flatware we received when we were married 31 years ago. Our son and his fiancee in Baltimore are pretty well established in their house, and they just may want to register for their own silver pattern since they don’t need any blenders, etc. Maybe our son and his girlfriend in Portland would like it? (I’ve inherited some family silver since then and we never use this set.) Hello oxidation. Why would it make sense for a mother, who works mainly with silver, to pass on this kind of tarnish to anyone?

So, I took a break from the “organizing” to polish a dozen 6-piece place settings and their serving pieces before placing them back in their little chest and moving them out of the dining room for good.

A few weeks ago, I made lunch for a group of island students who are working long hours on the weekend to take an EMT course. Many of us, who are not taking the course, are taking turns with lunches and dinners so the students won’t have to stop and cook. It is really nice community support, organized by a really nice person in our community. We all want to show our appreciation for the people who are working so hard to be prepared if there is ever an island emergency. It is a huge responsibility. I finished preparing the meal just at the time I had to deliver it, so I left my husband a note letting him know I wouldn’t be leaving a giant mess in the kitchen. We kept that sticky note on the cupboard in case either of us had an occasion to reuse it.

Today was the occasion. By the time I finished polishing the silver, it was time to make dinner, and I knew my organizing binge was over for the night.

(That pile of photos happened to be just below the note. They were the group that had fallen out of the album. In the top one, I am the same age my sons are now. You know, I also had to spend a little time reminiscing and looking at photos while I was trying to clean. I seem to have such ADD at times, its a wonder I get anything finished!)

Tomorrow I’ll be back to finding a place for everything and putting it there. I really hope I don’t spend all day on it because  I would like to find time to get into the studio and have a place to rest my eyes when I come back out.


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4 responses to “I thought I was headed to the studio this afternoon…

  1. oh my god…you look exactly, beautifully the same!!!!!
    what’s that 20 years ago?! ;o )


  2. Barb Fernald

    You are a sweet friend. But it was 30 years ago and it’s a good thing there are not two close ups to compare! Oh to have the body I had in my 20’s and the wisdom I have in my 50’s.
    Back to the clean up, where everything looks the same as last night!


  3. crnbrycst

    Oh Barb, I laughed so hard. This sounds just like me. It seems that every night or early morning I think of something new I want to organize, and like you, one thing leads to another…on and on and on. About the silver, Lyn once said to me, if you haven’t used it in 30 years, why do you keep it around? I think of him everytime I am polishing a useless silver dish I got for my first wedding 42 years ago…or the silver pie server that is so hopelessly tarnished it won’t even polish up anymore. Maybe I’ll get to start making a coptic book if I ever get everything in my life organized first!


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