Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Untimely death

A good friend of mine, age 49, passed away unexpectedly 2 weeks ago.  Her husband died of a heart attack 2 years ago. Her son asked me to help with her estate.  She had owned her own business.  I'm not sure I can describe the house I walked into.  She did not have a will.  She had not sorted, organized, catalogued, labeled....anything!  It took 5 people working 10-12 hours per day for 5 days to even make a dent in her home.

It got me to thinking.  I downsized last year from 3700 SF to 1100 SF, but I sure need to downsize again!  Why is it we like so much stuff?  Why is it hard to part with what we have?

This week, I'm taking a few days to clean and sort, organize and perhaps get rid of stuff.  I know we all have things we never use.  Time to let go of them.

On the other hand, the moment I let go of something....I will want it or need it.  :o)

Then just as a humorous side....is this like holding onto a diabetic spouse?

Sorry, I couldn't resist!  LOLOL!!!

DW - finding humor in her everyday life

1 comment:

Courtney Shipp said...

I have been a longtime reader of your blog and look forward to your monthly updates. I also have a non-compliant diabetic, heavy-smoker husband who was diagnosed about 6 years ago, but kept doing what he wanted because he 'felt fine'. I do believe he was in denial for quite some time.

Due to my nagging he would try for a little while but always fell off the wagon so to speak. I am a nurse and have a family history on my side, so I know what it does to a person. My own mother is legally blind, is at Stage 4 kidney disease, and has lost part of a foot. He knows this but just didn't want to hear any of it. He has a terrible diet - loves fried foods, Coca Cola, and cigarettes. After he had a heart attack at 48 years old he straightened up again but it didn't last, of course.

But finally this year I got him back into the doctor and he has been taking his meds and doing pretty well. I hope it will last this time. Yesterday was his 50th birthday and I hope to have many more with him. I just felt like writing in and telling you there are many out there like you dealing with stubborn husbands.