Fall MinsGame TBC Next Month!

Is this the face of a kitten trying to apologize?!?

It feels like a fail to do this, but I am going to have to pause the Minimizing Game until next month. On October 24-30, I will pick up where I left off this month. Between school starting and my job being busy, it was difficult enough to complete. But then this morning, my cat Oz ran out. Usually when he does this, he runs under the car and stays there. But this morning, we had people over from the insurance company fixing the cracked windshield (it’s a minor crack from two years ago). He probably would have gone down the driveway, but there were also construction workers cleaning up the abandoned house next door.

Anyway, Oz went through the block and got all the way to the back and my neighbors yelled for me that he was in their yard, so we were able to get him. But by then, it was afternoon, and I had a work meeting, a piano class, and a tutor to think about, so I could not fathom also looking through closets and drawers for items to minimize. Also, we are going camping this weekend, so the next three days would also be near impossible.

Not wanting to abandon my efforts entirely, I am just moving those days to October, so I can enjoy our camping trip!

Post MinsGame/Middle of Pandemic

This MinsGame month was the strangest by far. Even though I was trapped at home almost the entire time due to the pandemic, it was by far the hardest time I have ever had. I attribute it mostly to the lack of being able to focus. My nine-year-old son did a lot of it by himself, as I lay in the pits of ennui. Nevertheless, we were able to declutter quite a bit, which always makes me feel better.

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Beautiful flowering tree!

 

Life at the end of March looked very different from the beginning. I have not been to an inside physical location other than my own house since March 15th. Probably the next time I will do so will be in May. I know I am very, very lucky. I have always been able to do my job entirely at home. My spouse is in the same boat. Of course, now we also have to conduct a full day of school at home at the same time for two kids. That has been rough, but fortunately my older son has figured out how to do and submit most of his work himself.

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Huge tree just starting to bloom.

My outside space in the garden has been really great, as has the local hiking trail that starts only a few blocks from my house. We have started to wear homemade cloth face masks whenever we go out, in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations. None of us are sick, but so many people who have this are asymptomatic, so who knows? Better to be cautious than infect someone else who needs to be out, like healthcare workers or city employees. Another place I’ve gone is the cemeteries. Last Sunday was sunny and perfect weather, and I walked for two hours and didn’t see a single person. I was by myself, and realized I hadn’t been by myself in about a month. It was really peaceful, and I hope to go again soon.

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My flower identifying app says this is nettle. Such a pretty color.

 

 

MinsGame Spring 2020: Day 23

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Nadim’s first day in kindergarten back in September. So sad he’ll probably never go back.

For the Minimalism Game Day 23, we have stuff I got rid of yesterday, but forgot to take photos. Today was the first day of distance learning for the kids, and I am uncertain how I feel about it. Despite all the minimizing, everything seems cluttered and crappy.

1.-7. I found a box of seven unopened baby wipes. I listed them on a local parent group for free and they were taken away in minutes.

8.-13. Formal kids clothing too small for Nadim.

14.-20. Some kind of toy race tracks Samir said won’t work with what we have.

21.-22. Broken hangers.

23. Garden hose that doesn’t hold water.