I take a maximum load of blood pressure medications. “The full load,” my cardiologist once commented. Since then, I’ve managed to stop taking two of them. The rest, I’m stuck with.

Earlier surgery for ulcers means I also take a maximum amount of antacids. Sometimes, I can back off them for a couple of day, but eventually, I have no choice. I also take mild medications for sleep. We are working on pain and currently, I’m not taking anything, but next week that will change. In total, even with cut backs, It’s still an awful lot of medication. If I could figure out how to take less, I would. On a bad week, whatever all this medication fixes or prevents, it also makes me kind of sick.

All of this explains that I don’t feel well while there’s nothing wrong with me that isn’t always wrong with me. Today I decided to wash my hair, and incidentally, clean the shower. I have discovered the amount of time it takes for the conditioner to saturate my hair is enough time to thoroughly clean the shower.

While I was cleaning the shower, I noticed a device I bought a couple of years ago. It’s supposed to catch one’s hair before it gurgles down the drain. It was on a shelf in the shower. I have another one that works better, so I don’t use it. I turned it over and it was grimy on the bottom with a hint of mold.

I threw it in the trash.

That’s right. I took a “good-fer” and dumped it into the trash can. It might not sound like much, but It was a magic moment. Every now and then, I get inspired and realize I do not need to keep every item I own, even if I paid for and have never used it — and probably never will.

I can throw it out! What a concept! It did not cure my stomach but there was a certain triumph in that brief moment of disposal. I felt like a winner. I had thrown away an item I didn’t need and no one had to force me to do it. Usually it is my son saying: “Do you use it? Will you use it? THROW IT AWAY.” Garry is no help because he saves everything, the king of good-fers. At least he has stopped buying more things he won’t use to add to the collection.

Today, I triumphed over uselessness. On this special day, I disposed of a bathroom thingie all by myself. Maybe I can find one more item to throw away.

Prepare the celebratory parade!

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  1. I need to get rid of stuff. I have plenty of stuff that I will never use. Worse than that, I have plenty of stuff my mother rarely used, if at all. She passed away 13 and a half years ago. I am not sure why I am still looking at some of these “dust catchers.” There is a sense of triumph when we get rid of something that we will never use.


    • We all need to be better consumers and much better thrower awayers. I’m sort of mediocre in both departments. I buy things I love because I love them — especially anything artistic, musical, and books (at least the books are virtual and don’t require dusting!) — and pottery. I don’t buy much clothing. Had to buy a little this year because I lost so much weight my clothing was falling off, but otherwise, I buy very little because we really don’t need it and have nowhere to put it. I still have a lot of clothing I bought for the work I no longer do!

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      • I have a lot of clothes for the same reason. I no longer go to an office so I don’t need the dress shirts and ties. Basically, i wear the same handful of items until they wear out. I discourage people from giving me just about anything. Bring food, stop at the local bakery, but stop the gift giving of things I don’t need and am not likely to at this point.


        • We never talked about it, but all of we aged ones stopped giving gifts a while ago when we ALL realized we had too much stuff and absolutely PLEASE do not give me anything more!

          Bring flowers. Buy a cake. Just nothing that needs a wall to hang on or a shelf to stand on.

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          • I totally agree. I don’t get much stuff anymore, but I still get things I don’t need. The birthday gift giving has mostly stopped. I got a couple of gift cards this year, and I get a few things at Christmas. Cookies will never go to waste!


  2. Something I need to get better at… Also, the “don’t use it any more, but perhaps I will one day!” and the “it’s a little broken, but if I’m in a jam, it is here.” They all should go, but for some reason don’t.


    • I feel guilty about dumping something that really would be “good for” something. Except it is pretty obvious I’ll never really use it (again). Then there are all those days when you FINALLY toss out that packaging you were saving in case you had to return something and wouldn’t you know it? One day later, you really need it.

      We ALL need to get better at not only dumping the stuff we don’t and won’t need, but not buying so much stuff. It’s always a small thing, but it adds up to a house in which half the stuff in it could be removed and we’d never notice. We don’t mean to be such big consumers, but that’s the world we live in. It’s hard to NOT be.


      • lol, I can’t count the times that I finally threw something away only to need it almost immediately after. The way the US, and in many ways the world, economy is set we have to super wasteful and over buy. I wish I could figure out a good economic model that wasn’t based on consumerism but still conducive to a “modern” (technologically) lifestyle.


        • I do the best I can, but you can’t get anything smaller than a washing machine repaired — and even appliances are more about replacing sections rather than “fixing” them. It’s one of the problem of the current automotive technology that the new cars are not repairable. You can REPLACE parts, but you can’t fix them.

          There are no cobblers. You can’t get the soles replaced on shoes. It’s hard to even get a hem taken up. Even getting clothing adjusted is difficult. We’ve really made Earth into a disposable planet. It’s not healthy for the planet or anyone on it.

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          • Agreed, the throw away society is terrible.


            • And not improving even a little bit. I think it’s getting worse!

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              • In the US. I have read that a few countries are seriously studying a circular system. Most US right think it is anti-Capitalism, but once they discover that they can make boatloads of money moving to that circular system… I am not holding my breath. I recently wrote, but haven’t posted, a response to an article I read by a bunch of very influential Americans that think we need to accelerate “Progress”, and their version of progress includes eventually destroying nature 100%. It is scary, but they feed billions into our political system.


                • I’m baffled by this behavior since there ARE other ways to make the same bushels of money without destroying everything. These people can’t be as stupid as all that. Surely they must know that they are destroying the basis on which their wealth is built? How can they NOT see it?

                  I think Switzerland is already on a circular system. They recycle EVERYTHING. It’s probably easier in small countries with a more cohesive population. This country really IS a nation of immigrants (if you manage to forget Natives who were here first) from wildly different backgrounds. I don’t think we ever really got along but when we were less crowded, it didn’t seem as important. Now, with so many people packed tightly in city and suburb, the lack of cohesion — even simple good manners — has disappeared. I keep hoping to see some sign that somewhere, the light is shining and people are seeing it, but I don’t see much signs of improvement.

                  I don’t think the greater beings from the bigger universe will drop by with solutions to fix our mess either, but wouldn’t it be nice if they did. Just like a Simak novel.

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