Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Life and Kitchens


Life has been a bit bumpy lately, but I am surviving quite well in spite of it all. I lost an extended family member one week, and an old friend passed away the next. The first loss was expected, but no less sad. Lou Gherig's disease claimed another life. This lady was a wonderful mom and grandma. She was one of those people who gave of her abilities and her time. She was one of the memorable people woven into the pattern of my life. Years of knowing her beginning when I was a small child. Rosalie will be missed, but heaven is brighter for having her there.

The second loss was a shock. I did not find out until my husband showed me the obituary in the morning paper. A late diagnosis of lung cancer, and my friend was gone in six short weeks. I cried like a baby. My tears were both for the loss and for missed opportunity. We hadn't gotten together in a long time... she had been on my mind... I was waiting to pick up the phone until my eyes healed so I could invite her to lunch... I will miss her bright spirit, her sense of fun, and her laugh.

I need to live like that crooked tree... that knelt down in the hardest winds but could not be blasted away. ~ Edward Hirsch

I may be standing a bit weathered and crooked, but I'm still standing!


This week I returned to some of my organization projects. I decided to start with my kitchen. I'm placing excess utensils, containers, glassware, plates, etc. into labeled boxes that can be stored on shelves in my garage. Anything that I haven't used in the next 6 months will be donated. The only exception will be special holiday items like linens, platters, etc.

The kitchen is often the heart of the home. It's where we gather for nourishment, fellowship, creativity... I want mine to be warm and welcoming. A stress free environment. It's a great place to begin a home transformation.

"If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life." ~ Louis Parrish


inlandempiregirl said...

Wow... I love that quote. I am going to start on my kitchen. I hope your eyes are getting better also.

Nita Jo said...

My eyes are improving a bit each day. Taking longer for me than for some due to my stigmatism and the MS. I am happy I got it done. Color are so much brighter!

Sandi said...

Hi Nita Jo,
Thanks for visiting my blog! I know a precious lady that was taken way too soon from Lou Gerrig's disease too. Wonderful grandma and mom and person!! So very sad , but she too is in heaven now and can walk and talk now!!

Nita Jo said...

Thanks for the reminder Sandi. It's such a comfort to remember where our loved ones are, and how blessed we were to have them in our lives for a time.