GIANT Victorian doll bed… (because kittens need fancy things too!)
I hope those of you who live in the Philadelphia area have been enjoying my absence from Craigslist.
I cannot say why you left me this massively-useless item of fanciness, but if it’s because you acknowledge my Craigslist OG status, I appreciate it.
I’ve gotten out of the habit of checking Craigslist because— brace yourselves— I seem to have acquired everything I need.
Shocking, I know.
1. The Nuclear War of Fanciness.
Apparently, the void in my soul was exactly the shape of this mirror, and now I am cured.
2. My crap-preferences have evolved.
I now prefer such a specific niche of a specific era, that Self rarely sees something worth coveting.
Also, my decluttering project helped me see: unless I am WILDLY IN LOVE… stuff is suffocating for my brain.
I wrote three posts about decluttering:
1. Tidying Up… how Marie Kondo is changing my brain.
2. Spark Joy OR GET OUT.
3. Donating My Stuff After Konmari.
Decluttering is actually what took me back to Craigslist; most of my unwanted stuff I donated, but a few pieces of furniture I was compelled to sell because the ratio of money-to-annoyance was tipped.
Although, not tipped enough for me to FAST get on selling this crap… it took me FOREVER; which validates my personal dictate: GIVE IT AWAY. YOUR SANITY IS WORTH MORE THAN TWENTY DOLLARS.
I FINALLY got around to listing my valuable crap on craigslist.
Which reminded me to search for more crap.
And now I am reevaluating the wisdom of not being a hoarder.
I really am using the bed as shown— as a container for throw pillows… I find it DEEPLY IRRITATING when you walk up to the sofa and pillows/blankets/CRAP are cluttering it all up.
I like the sofa to be EMPTY— so that when you have overflowing armloads of kittens/ books/ computer/ food… you can set it all down, without needing to move things.
Also, I am now all about useless things being practical containers.
When I was discarding stuff, I wanted to get rid of ALL my collection of vintage dishes; WHY do I have SO MUCH CRAP?
But one particular set I kept taking out of donation-mountain because I LIKE it! But then I would put it back. Because it’s CRAP.
However, when I was decrapifying the bathroom cabinets, I realized the teacups* I really like are the perfect size to hold all the little random things and to put the oil container in so that it stops making a mess on the glass shelves… so now even inside the bathroom cabinets are visually pleasing to me!
*I did not put them near anything Paul touches because he is HULK SMASH and cannot get the toothpaste out of the cabinet without destroying things.
What I’m reading: Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life, by Amber Scorah.
The first half of this book was interesting, but I did not start to love it until the second half— as she began to question… to lose her understanding of LITERALLY everything… how do you even begin to process that kind of world-shift?
What we’re watching: Good Omens, (Amazon show)
I would not have watched this, but for the recommendation of my bff… it’s light and funny and the writing is smart and fast. Both Paul and I really liked it! It’s based on a book that I had not heard of but am now waiting to get from the library.
INDEX OF ALL MY CRAIGSLIST FINDS
October 14, 2019 @ 9:46 pm
omg, you’ve never read Good Omens. Get ready. 🙂
Marianne in Mo.
October 14, 2019 @ 10:08 pm
Hoping you had a good summer amid all the crap you were getting rid of! I did see a few IG shots of plants and veggies, so I know the garden was healthy! Love the kitty bed, they deserve it and much more. I had a wonderful summer, until I didn’t……..had a heart attack on Sept. 5th while trying to flip the mattress/box spring off the bed for deep cleaning. Luckily I knew what to do and got husband to call 911 while I took 3 aspirin and chewed those nasty things. I then laid down on the living room floor with feet on ottoman while waiting for paramedics, who arrived lickedy-split to tend to me and rush me to the E.R. All is well after getting two stents in my artery, but boy, that was an experience I don’t want again! Never ignore odd body happenings, even if they don’t scream heart attack; mine weren’t typical symptoms, and I later realized I’d been getting hints for more than a month! I also had just recently had a stress test, where nothing showed up that was out of the ordinary. OK, I’m all finished soapboxing! Sorry, but want all to hear it!
October 15, 2019 @ 2:15 am
dealing with the same issue-having strange “melting spells” feel great one second,going gangbusters on tasks,odd feeling of not dizzy or vertigo just an emptying feeling like quietly “melting” into the floor. I think the shot of fear- adrenaline gave my heart the jolt it needed. 15 minutes of panting, resting and back on my feet-little shaky but ok until the next one. Doc wants to do the cardiac catheterization but it sounds too creepy and I’m dealing with my Husband in his last days-now 24 hours over projected demise so don’t have time for tests. We are both old as dirt so not bothered by exiting the stage. Play has become a macabre farce with the state of things. Hope the young have the wisdom and fortitude to put Dumpty together again. Crazy glue seems appropriate. Love u r back VEB.
October 14, 2019 @ 10:37 pm
LOVE the gorgeous new kitty bed! Just the kind of thing that sucks me in. And I too really, really want to see your vintage teacups repurposed as containers. And I’m very glad to hear from you again–I was also a bit worried about you.
October 15, 2019 @ 7:53 am
I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering how you are. The doll bed is a stellar find and worth coming out of retirement for!
October 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am
You cracked me up referring to your husband as HULK SMASH! I think our men may be distant relatives as mine also destroys the bathroom cabinet when getting the toothpaste out.
I keep seeing Good Omens pop up on Amazon, guess it’s time to give it a try. Oh, and that doll bed is gorgeous!!
October 15, 2019 @ 10:04 am
I have the adult bed to match that one! We got it at an auction for around $80!!
October 16, 2019 @ 3:46 pm
Your doll bed is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I’ve missed your posts.
October 18, 2019 @ 11:49 am
I haven’t seen Good Omens yet, but I LOVE the book! I bought it years and years ago on a whim and it prompted me to further investigate the writings of Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett. I now own nearly everything Pratchett wrote and a decent percentage of Gaiman’s works too. Good Omens is the perfect blend of their styles. I hope you enjoy it.
October 19, 2019 @ 10:38 pm
You are my sanity; my validation; and, my inspiration.
July 27, 2020 @ 11:43 am
Ack, I am such a sucker for Eastlake anything. I literally saw an Eastlake crib a few months ago and still can’t stop thinking about it, even though we don’t have kids…or a plan to have kids at this point. Do my cats need an Eastlake crib for a bed? Hmmm…(although in all likelihood they would scorn it once I had hauled it home…go figure).
We also liked Good Omens, but I will say the book is better/the author’s writing in general is better than can really translate to the screen. I LOVE his writing and have read almost every book he’s written. 🙂