Archive for August, 2015
Please be careful if you buy herbs, some of them spread at a rapid rate. Please ask someone who knows about herbs before you plant anything.
1.26.14 Maggie reorganized her room and brought down some things for Goodwill today. When the kids were young we took a load to Goodwill at the end of each summer. It was a good time for us to sort things out. The kids have their birthdays in September, October and November, and then there is Christmas with another avalanche of toys. At the end of summer we are not into school work yet so we still have some free time, and the kids knew that they had more toys coming to replace the ones that they had given away. We had to do this or we would get buried. He girls would keep ten to fifteen dolls and ten to fifteen baby blankets, etc. William would keep about as much of his army men etc. They never were without toys, but a good sort out is sometimes necessary. The first year of giving was the hardest. The kids understood that they would be getting more toys soon and that they still had a lot. But it was still hard to part with anything. About two weeks after we gave to Goodwill the first time, one day after school Beth was just sobbing. She had given away a doll that was her favorite. She said that she had taken a long time to decide which dolls to give away…remember that she did keep about fifteen dolls…but she regretted not having this one. She was so sad with her tear stained face and sad eyes. I went to the trunk of my car where the Goodwill load was and got her doll. She was so happy. I hadn’t delivered the load because I knew that this would be tough and I wanted to have the toys in case anyone melted down. I kept the toys in the trunk for about another month. Then I asked the kids if it was OK to deliver them now. We had the birthdays and Christmas and the kids got more toys. The next year it was easier. They knew what was happening. I want the kids to have toys, but we can’t have so many that we can’t walk through the house. Now they do their own sorts when they rearrange their rooms. I do go through their items that they are giving away. Sometimes they throw away a yearbook or something else that is precious to them by mistake. I still keep the items in the trunk for a week or too…just in case.