Suspended – Too much stuff to write about

April 19

Today I’m giving away, a great many things…

Hi all, I have decided to move so I’m getting rid of too much stuff to post about.  I am afraid I won’t have time to take a picture of it all and post it over the next several months, I have to move too fast to be ready in time.  I’ve found some great recipients for my stuff though,

My family – of course…the sisters get first dibs on everything

My friends – I’ve reached out and although there aren’t that many who want my old junk, I’m trying to match supply with some specific demands there – I might get a few hits

My friends’ kids – I have a few offspring “new apartment” donations happening that I’m really happy about, I set up my first apartment at University with cast offs and vintage and loved that place as much as I’ve loved any home since

My cleaning lady’s church – they have a giant garage sale that funds a breakfast program for kids in their neighbourhood, pretty hard to do better than that

Goodwill – they help you unload your car and I like that they provide employment and are self funding

Garbage – I’ll try and limit the landfill but there is some stuff that no one wants, and I have some toxic waste (paint cans etc.)

I pledge that I will give away at least 256 more things.  That’s how many days there are left in the year.  I plan to give away at least that many things between now and next weekend.

I want to say thanks for all the encouragement, I’ve had such a great time hearing from some of you and plotting my weekly batch of stuff to get rid of.  It was partly this process that helped me finally reach a decision to move and I’m now really excited about it.  Ironically, I want to downsize and simplify on a bigger scale.  It was very interesting and satisfying to start getting rid of stuff and I’m impatient now to just get it all gone.

To that end, I’m looking for a condo with an excellent view, lots of natural light, low maintenance fees and good closets (I still like my shoes, what can I say!).  If you know of such a place, please contact me directly.

February 23 – travel size toiletries

Feb 23


Today I’m giving away one and a half bags of hotel toiletries that I’ve been saving for quite some time. Some of them are very good brands, some are pretty cheap.  It depends on who was paying for the hotel.  I had been saving them with some vague notion that someone would want them, maybe the food bank or a halfway house.

I called  Covenant House and they were happy to have them so I’m dropping them off today.

Time to start a new bag.

February 11 – Glove stretcher

Feb 11


Today I’m giving away this glove stretcher.  It’s specifically made for keeping golf gloves in good shape.  I got it from my brother in law, whom I adore and who may be the greatest golf teacher who ever lived (though not to be judged by my game).  He is patient, focussed, and can describe anything so clearly that you remember it forever.  He can boil down the most complex moves into a few ideas that stick.  He gave me this for a birthday some years back, one of a few golf themed birthday presents he’s given me over the years, I think to encourage my continued enthusiasm.  I don’t use it.  It’s actually quite large and probably more suited to men’s glove sizes, and this is the kind of care and handling that I don’t follow.  I have a number of golf gloves and they’re all still in okay shape.  I think the trick is to have more than one so you can set one aside for really wet days and only wreck the one glove.

I offered it to my sister, partner of the golf instructor, who is herself an outstanding golfer.  She didn’t want it and didn’t want him to have it.  Apparently they have a lot of golf stuff already.  It’s going to the Goodwill.


January 31 – Golf tools

Jan 31


Today I’m giving away this handy set of golf tools.  I got it at an excellent golf tournament where I had a lot of fun even though I hit (maybe) three good shots all day.  Needless to say, I’m a fan of best ball.  This is a good little set, but I only golf about 2 or 3 times a year and I already have lots of tees and a thing to correct divots, so it was sitting in a drawer.  I’m going to give it to my sister.   Her family is golf crazy and they’re all good at it.  They don’t cheat and regularly break 90, sometimes 80.  I know one of them will be happy to have it.  I would like to golf more so if anyone would like to golf this spring, let me know….fore.


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