Friday, January 15, 2010


Sometimes the chaos and mayhem that is Life As She Is Lived reaches such a pitch that there are only two possible responses. One is to retreat to a favourite pit and pull the comforter of choice over one's head, to lie low until the maelstrom calms. The other is to ride the wave and to create even more chaos by tackling some of life's grottier areas in an attempt to bring order where there is discord....(Oops. I do most dreadfully fear that I am perilously close to quoting theBlessed(not)Margaret of awful memory. Which should give some indication of the true state of affairs....)

I have chosen the other.

And so you find me, dear reader - which might even be myself one day when I look back on my life and smile, or otherwise - personfully wading through the Augean Stable that is my workroom, pitchfork in hand.

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

I have been threatening to do this for - well, ages. As one does. And slowly but surely, the accretions have further accreted, until there remained just two small rat runs, one to the stash and one to the computer.

Now, why doesn't that surprise me?

It isn't all going to happen in just one day, and it will be worse before it is better, but there are worse ways to deal with life's little difficulties and much worse ways to start the year. I am, and I state it here publicly, going to be ruthless, ruthless, I tell you. I already have been - several bags already filled to go to the tip or to a charity shop. There will be more. You have my word on't.

Of course, at this exact moment, I am pouring more caffeine down my throat and writing a blog post. But the process will continue, although option one is looking just a little appealing as well at the moment......

Now. In the interests of fairness (I haven't lived with the DSM for all these years without learning a thing or two about the importance of that). The other two cats:

Double warmth here - from the radiator below and the lamp above. No fools, felines.

And finally - ta da!!

The bottom up Birch, with added edging, all blocked and beautiful. It has come out really well, and even I am very pleased with it. The yarn really looked like nothing on earth after it was off the needles, but a good steam pressing has worked wonders.

Another good way to go in the early part of the year.

What next? I think, as long as there is a "what next?", I shall be ok, despite the chaos.


Debbie said...

Well done on braving clearout Phase One. Three bags to the charity shop and a full recycling bin and I have barely scratched the surface here. Thought the house extension would help but it just delayed the inevitable by allowing even more stuff to accumulate before it couldn't be ignored!

Ooh, and love those boots. Just divine.

Freyalyn said...

If it's anything like when I do a bit of a clearout, as soon as there's a new space cleared the cat colonises it - because of course there's no reason for clearing except for feline gratification.

Won't see you tomorrow, have to do manual labour in two places.

beadlizard said...

Love your last line there, and the shawl is even better than I'd imagined!

Dorothy said...

I was having a major clear out over Christmas, then got stuck with the heaps of bags of stuff for the charity shop because of the snow! Might get there this week, road conditions are much better.

Wonderful picture of the cats! When I look at our two seeking out the fireside or warm pipes under the floor I wonder how the stray cat survives in the greenhouse, but she does, and very cheerfully. She's no beauty but she is awesome.

Dorothy said...

p.s. how could I forget to mention it - stunningly lovely shawl that! Congratulations.