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Linda Hill has us working with a new prompt this fine Saturday morning. After a few days of crazy weather, I am up for the challenge. Let’s see what she has for us today, shall we?

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “(un)pack.” Use “pack” or its opposite in your post. Have fun!


As frequent readers know, we have been considering buying a new house. Well, it’s not new, just new to us. It’s always fun to consider a new place, but moving has a dark underbelly. It’s called packing.

Now this move will not be a long distance move but a move just the same. That means finding packing boxes, then actually packing them and eventually the unpacking. Ugh. None of that sounds fun. Especially since we still have a few boxes we have yet to unpack from our move 4 years ago.

I prefer bankers boxes to moving boxes. They are smaller and easier to assemble and do not require all that taping. Of course, they are easier if we are doing the move ourselves. The downside to bankers boxes is they are costly. Just thinking about all that cardboard makes me crazy.

The upside to moving is it is a great time to downsize a little. We have downsized and shed a lot of things in our last two moves. This would be our fourth home in five years if we make the move and we have shed a lot of things in those moves.

The nice thing about donating gently used items is not only do people need those things, we would not need to pack them well. Just put them in boxes and cart them over to the donation drop off. Now, both hubby and I have packrat tendencies although the things we hang onto are quite different in nature. He loves tools and wood and gadgets. With me, it is more art supplies and sentimental things like family memorabilia and photographs. (Speaking of packrats — my friend in Arizona had real packrats living in her A/C compressor. They were such an annoyance to her!)

There does come a time, though when everything is moved and settled. You can breathe and breathe a sigh of relief — until you must find a way to recycle all those packing boxes!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to us each week by the very busy and very talented Linda Hill. If you are interested in joining in, check out her blog and make sure you check out the comments to read how other bloggers handled the prompt.

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