D's sister A is coming this weekend. That realization occurred to me this morning so as soon as I finish this entry, I must email her and warn her about the current state of - well, not quite chaos, but a bit more than disarray in our home. The positive thing is that upstairs is much as usual. It's the downstairs . . .
Today I continued on the dismantlement of the family room. Some smaller pieces of furniture were removed, other pieces had drawers removed, shelves were partially divested of fragile contents, and a modest number of books were sorted into keep, give away, or throw away. That took only a few hours of morning time, and the same will be done tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. By the time A comes, the family room will be a bit less - well, just a bit less than everything it has been in the past.
This is a job that I am enjoying so far. First of all, I haven't had to give up all my time to plunge in up to my neck. I've been able to work at it slowly - which also means carefully and thoughtfully. With any luck, I will be able to continue at this pace and therefore avoid the "I-can't-stand-it-any-more-so-I'm-going-to-throw-it-all-away" tendency that strikes when one is overwhelmed.
So as you have most likely realized, I was able to spend the afternoon in the studio working on the quilt. Tonight I can happily report that out of the 15 items (the list grew a little) on my "to do" list 8 items have been completed. If my schedule can be similar tomorrow, I hope to knock off another 3 items.
All is well.