On taking breaks and restoring vessels

Apparently I’ve taken a break from blogging.  I didn’t intend to but life has gotten in the way and before I knew it weeks had passed.

I’ve thought about you all and I’ve missed our interactions, but there’s so much going on that I struggle to get it all done much less articulate it.

Cleaning, sorting, gifting, going.  16 years in this house, and oh the stuff I’ve found stuffed in drawers and cupboards – oy!   3 – soon to be 4- trips to Goodwill, piles and piles of clothes, toys, and household items. But the treasures found have out-weighed the dust and the mess.  Baby shoes. Boxes of photos. Keepsakes from another time. My 4-H badges, Hubbs basketball pictures, our marriage license.  The love letters sent back and forth- be still my heart <3!

It is cathartic to rid ourselves of clutter.  It’s also hard work – I’ve averaged 6-7 miles per day in the house! Up the stairs, down the stairs, back up the stairs, out to the dumpster or to my car — my arms and legs and even my hands are weary.  When I lie down at night my body melts into the bed and the alarm screams for me way too soon.

But still with this, with all of this, my soul sings – why?  Letting things go – clearing out clutter – keeping what matters and jettisoning the rest ~Liberating!

I’ve missed you and I will return but I’m not sure when.   I miss the release I get from expressing my thoughts and connecting with all of you.  But I’ve also learned I cannot pour from an empty cup.

And on that note, at least I still have a cup, in fact I have many and that cupboard’s next!

will return whenever I want


How about you? Have you found yourself in a similar position? How did you handle it?



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20 thoughts on “On taking breaks and restoring vessels

  1. Congratulations on all that de-cluttering MJ. I remember how exhausting moving can be. Looking forward to your refreshed teturn to the blo-us-fear. 😊

  2. I struggle with this ALL THE TIME! In fact, it’s my biggest disappointment with myself and the digital world. So hard to be consistent, and most of the reason is my crazy life / schedule. But I know everyone is busy, and others (like you!) are so much more regular in your writing. So my hat is off to you! As far as taking a break to clean out…Yahoo! Nothing feels better than a reset and refresh! You go girl! ~ Sheila

  3. I’m doing a major cleaning out right now. I’ve been good about clothes but furnishings and decorative stuff have accumulated. I always think maybe I’ll use it again but now it’s out, out, out! Good luck with your move. It’s so exciting!

  4. Diane Helminiak

    I just love cleaning out clutter. My problem is my glassware treasures. I love plates, platters and all sorts of serving pieces. I only use these at holidays and with an aging family, not as much. Most of the time we serve from the pots the food is cooked in. I love putting a roast on a crystal platter garnished with the carrots and potatoes… Most of the time the dinner comes out of the crock pot with a slotted spoon. I think I should clean out the shelves, but I don’t just want to donate them. I looked hard for some of these pieces. I am perplexed.

    • I have saved a few pieces that I love to use but the rest have gone. I just don’t want to be managing it anymore 🙂 MJ

  5. I think something is in the air. We too are decuttering (again) and my writing has also tapered off. I too miss the interaction with my fellow readers but refuse to force anything for writings sake. Too many other things currently in flux….Excited for you and your new home! DM

  6. I’ve missed your posts, but knowing what you’re going through, I completely understand. We’ll all be here waiting when you return (and I hope it’s soon!).

  7. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    We all have been in the stress of moving, MJ, so we completely understand.. It is a good feeling to get rid of stuff you do not need or want and then to find special treasures. Wishing you the very best on your move and will be waiting to hear from you again.

  8. Love the new license plate header! 🙂
    When you first posted about moving I thought “Well…we’ll hear from her again around Thanksgiving. LOL. Take care and enjoy the ride.

  9. Yes, I find myself in a similar position. And I think the best thing we can do is allow ourselves to be away whenever necessary, and pop back into the blogging world when life allows.

    You have many fans here. We’ll wait. Take your time! 🙂

  10. You are missed, MJ, but we know what you’re up to! Glad to hear it’s coming along. There are only so many hours in a day, and we really must sleep from time to time. Glad you checked in!

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