Sorting and packing.

1. Old digital camera

2. Knit hat

3. Toy truck

4. Ceramic toothbrush holder

5. Binder

6. Presentation cover

7. T-shirt transfer paper

8. Blue messenger bag

9. State parks map

10. Canvas tote bag

Not pictured: Canon digital camera and old SLR film camera: both sold on ebay.

Everything pictured is going to Goodwill tomorrow.

I’m moving in two weeks, so there may be a break in this challenge for a couple of weeks. However, I still will be purging every chance I get!


I found a great little apartment today. I hope to move in on the first weekend of January. So, the decluttering may pick up even more momentum!

Saying goodbye this week:

1. Binder – co-workers

2. Fitness cd –  co-workers

3. Wrist support – friend

4. Disney activity book – co-workers

5. Pedometer – co-workers

6. Glow-in-the-dark stars – co-workers

7. Stickers – co-workers

8. Slippers – Goodwill

9. Cow knick knack – Goodwill

10. Black bag – Goodwill

Saying goodbye to:

1. Bucket hat – Goodwill

2. Display stand – Goodwill

3. Frame – Goodwill

4. Financial book – Goodwill

5. MP3 player for car – Goodwill

6. Bota bag – my sister

7. Speakers – Goodwill

8. Massage book – Goodwill

9. Cable – Goodwill

10. Pens – co-workers

Also, not pictured, I got rid of 17 books by selling them to

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The divorce diet strikes again. Yup. Down 4 pounds in 2 days.

Happy Thanksgiving! Despite some setbacks in my life lately, I truly AM grateful for the blessings in my life. And those blessings are not “things.” They are family, friends, opportunities, good health, great co-workers, fuzzy animals, etc. The “things” that I am getting rid of each week have given me some joy, sure, but it’s fleeting. What I hope is that these things that I am parting with can bring some joy to others, even if it’s only momentary for them as well. And then, perhaps, they will pass on the things to others. In this way, more people can share in fewer things.

1. Empty canister – coworkers

2. Suncatcher – Goodwill

3. Knickknacks (2) – Goodwill

4. Small field bag – coworkers

5. Mouspad – Goodwill

6. Bear – Goodwill

7. Craft paper – coworkers

8. Small frame – coworkers

9. Ice scrapers (3) – Goodwill

10. Various cables – Goodwill

I’m home sick today, so I’m posting this week’s challenge a little early.

1. Plastic tumbler – Goodwill

2. Pack of pencils – Goodwill

3. Bookmark – Goodwill

4. Counted cross-stitch kit – coworkers

5. Single teapot/cup – Goodwill

6. Mandala kit – friend

7. Craft paper – coworkers

8. Cross-stitch kit – coworkers

9. Stickers – coworkers

10. Piglet pens – coworkers

Here’s the stuff that’s leaving my house this week.


1. 1996 Chevy S10 pickup truck (not pictured!) – charity

2. Bag of empty glass spice jars (not pictured as they are still drying in the dish drainer) – Goodwill

3. Silpada ring – sold on ebay

4. Silpada choker – sold on ebay

5. Short sleeve shirt – Goodwill

6. Christmas craft kits (2) (never opened) – coworkers

7. Bracelets (4) – Goodwill

8. Hot glue gun – coworkers

9. Hot glue sticks – coworkers

10. Basket of shells – coworkers

Inspired by Simple.Organized.Life, I am committing to a 10 Things Challenge which involves me getting rid of (at least) 10 things every week. Since I am in a simplifying and decluttering mode lately, this is perfect for me.

Each week, I will post my list of 10 things, a photo, and where they are going. Wish me luck!

Week One:



1. Hula hoop – Goodwill

2. Yarn (2 skeins count as 1 item) – the crafty folks at work

3. Knitting needles – work

4. Watercolor paints – work

5. Counted cross-stitch pattern books (5 count as 1 item) – work

6. Cat perpetual calendar – Goodwill

7. Talking pedometer – Goodwill

8. Mini office supplies – Goodwill

9. Craft autumn leaves – work

10. Mini-composition books – work

Our friends, Barb and Tom, were brave enough to take us newbies on an overnight backpacking trip to Middle Lake. Carrying such a heavy pack (maybe 30 pounds?) for the first time, I wasn’t on the trail very long before I thought to myself, “I’ll never make it.” But, lo and behold, I did.


3.1 miles later, we found a perfect camping spot at Middle Lake. The breeze was refreshing after the humidity on the trail. We had the place to ourselves.

The view from our campsite

The view from our campsite

We set up our tents, unpacked some stuff, then had lunch. We then went for a short hike up to Murphy Lake, then did some bushwhacking. After about an hour, we went back to our campsite to prepare dinner.

We had a delicious meal, some wine and toasted marshmallows. Tom played a bit of music from his iPod. We hung out around the campfire for hours until the moon was high in the sky. We moved to the rock ledge near our campfire and sat for awhile, looking at the moon and stars as they hung in a fairly clear sky. The four of us sat in silence for close to an hour.

Not long after turning in for the night, a large visitor came near our campsite. Deer? Moose? Bear? We’ll never know. After that, I was awake for most of the night. I heard all kinds of small critters near our tent. I think I finally fell asleep at daybreak. We all survived the night.

We rose early, packed up, had breakfast and hit the trail. Fifteen minutes after hiking, the rain started. It was steady but never heavy.

For my first backpacking trip, I think I did ok! I definitely dropped a couple pounds, which is perfectly fine with me. We’re already thinking about where our next outing will be.

Great campfire, Tom!

Great campfire, Tom!

We were invited to some friends’ cabin for the weekend. Had an amazing time! We hiked in the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area. And we pitched our tent in our friends’ back yard which has a breathtaking view of the Schroon River with Nippletop Mt in the distance.

We hiked to the bottom and the top of Roaring Brook Falls first.

View from the top of Roaring Brook Falls

View from the top of Roaring Brook Falls

Neon-orange mushrooms on the trail

Neon-orange mushrooms on the trail

Then we took the trail to The Giant’s Washbowl.

Giant's Washbowl

Giant's Washbowl

Our campsite!

View from our tent: Schroon River below us, Nippletop Mt. in the distance

View from our tent: Schroon River below us, Nippletop Mt. in the distance

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