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Thirteen Things about just making it up. Not much time to write, as I am still madly decluttering with my mother’s help. Thank goodness for mothers, especially mothers with energy, because even though I have none left, she just keeps me plowing through it. So, in honour of the decluttering, 13 things I’ve gotten rid of so far:1. a zillion baby toys.

2. functioning but battery-hogging walkie talkies.

3. a pile of books.

4. Tons of kids’ artwork and old schoolwork.

5. A big bag of old clothes.

6. all the kindersurprise and Wendy’s toys I could find.

7. Many dried out markers and broken crayons.

8. A big annoying plastic bowling set J thought was a good idea.

9. Two baby quilts my mother made, that she declared substandard.

10. Several baby sweaters my mother knit.

11. Several perfectly good and intact games my children never play with (to a consignment store – I can’t bear to throw out perfectly good stuff, which is part of my problem).

12. All the baby noisemakers musical instruments.

13. My will to live (because decluttering in this heat is hell and there’s still so much left to do…).

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2. Bring Your Own Cheese

3. Burnt Offerings

4. MamaArcher (kindly put me in her 13 favourite Thursday Thirteens on motherhood.)

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Busy, busy

I got a letter from Maya today, informing me that she loves camp and has lots of friends. Phew. That’s a relief.

I have also put the other two in day camp starting today. Boo is in Drama camp and is playing the part of Tiger Lily in Peter Pan. I have no idea who Tiger Lily is. Must go brush up on Peter Pan. They are happy too.

So now, here’s the plan: finish the damn book chapters I’ve been working on and declutter the house. My house is a disaster. My lovely cleaning lady/mother’s helper/marriage saver comes several days and cleans, folds laundry and picks up. But her method of dealing with the clutter is to just stack it randomly, or pile it into bags. Not a problem for a long time, as I just went through them and put things away as I had the energy, but when I got sick in January, my half of the system went to hell. Since then, I’ll get some energy to do some decluttering, but soon be overwhelmed again.

My mother, who has always had more energy than I do, came over this morning, and we rampaged through the kids’ rooms. She’s promised to keep coming back until it is done. I’m tempted to just throw everything out, but I realize that isn’t realistic.

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