Busy as bees

Photo by Amsterdamized, under a Creative Commons License

I’d thought up this lovely metaphor to build a post around. About how little bits and pieces of our physical life are spreading, pollinating the households of our friends and acquaintances and bringing new colours into their lives.

Except after having to spend time thinking about whether this-or-that-cable is actually needed to connect some vital instrument to some other important thing or whether it is a remnant of some older technological shizzle already discarded, and contemplating which of the six nail clippers gets to be The Chosen One and go into a box for shipping, metaphors can go stuff themselves where the sun does not shine overly much (except in cases of excessive flatulence, perhaps).

Eh. Let’s not go there.

Five more days until the house is signed over to the new owners. This means four more days until it needs to be empty and clean. In the mean time there’s a family event and a visa interview to attend to. It’s sort of busy.

We’re doing fine. We’ve brought down unpacked inventory to ‘camping in the home’ levels, and have sorted furniture and smaller items into destination piles, with the designated recipients ready to start picking things up. We’re seeding a household for someone who is remigrating from the US, giving art supplies to an artisan woodworking friend, giving shelves and electronics to the friends that recently moved to town and sorted through all the stained, bent, sloshy bottles and rusty tins of strange-smelling liquids that magically assemble in the time you own a home. I’d like to think we’re doing a reasonable job with keeping our footprint small, donating and sharing what we can and only throwing out what is beyond reuse.

There is another way in which we’re making our footprint smaller. By selling the house, we’ll be getting rid of the last debt we still owed. It’ll be a new beginning, one of living smaller, lighter, less tied down.

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4 Responses to “Busy as bees”


  1. 1 just lynne June 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Funny I have started with the house. Selling it so paying off the other will be a bit easy. ( I hope).

    Good luck. Impressive!

    • 2 thesmittenimmigrant July 2, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Oh, I wish you good luck. I’m sure that once it sells you’ll have a much easier time with the other one. Hope a buyer comes soon!

  2. 3 Tania Elizabeth June 23, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I love the idea of living smaller, lighter, and less tied down! Sounds rather amazing to be honest. I’m hoping sometime in the future I can live like that as well.

    • 4 thesmittenimmigrant July 2, 2013 at 7:26 am

      It certainly is an interesting exercise. I find that te hardest things topart with, are those that you own because they’re aspirational. The things you want to own, because if you own them you may use them and if you use them you live up to your own image in some way.

      For me , at least, thats the stuff that makes me feel trapped, but that I also just don’t want to give up.

      Oh, and I saw that you tagged me in a blogging challenge, I’ll get on it!


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