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SallyBR1's picture

Confession time (post #62799)

Let's take the gloves off

Marie Louise was brave enough to say how many cookbooks she gave away, how many she kept

Let's hear some numbers....

How many do YOU have?

I need to go home and count, I know I have around 80 cookbooks back home in Brazil, but don t know how many here.

 


 


"I was not courageous, I was inebriated"
(Canuck's suggestion, January 2007)

Jean's picture

(post #62799, reply #56 of 100)

Absolutely, let my kids worry about them when I'm gone. ;-)



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courgette's picture

(post #62799, reply #58 of 100)

I have been amazed that people can givve away cookbooks! I don't think I've ever parted with even one. I sometimes think I should, but that's as far as it goes! I have one in particular that a friend gave me and I don't care for it at all, but still haven't been able to give it the heave-ho.


I'm hoping that my daughters will take some off my hands in the future. The one who has an apt doesn't really cook and the other is too busy flitting here and there to settle down. She does like to cook though.


I did the count because I had sort of been wanting to for a couple of years, but kept putting it off. The night that Sally posted, I was procrastinating on other things so it seemed like a good idea at the time. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised-I thought I had more! I don't feel quite so guilty anymore, in fact, almost virtuous....


Mo

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62799, reply #60 of 100)

My thoughts on why I can give away cookbooks (and perfectly good suits that stil fit but I don't wear) is here: http://forums.taunton.com/tp-cookstalk/messages?msg=31195.1

I live in a relatively small house. We've been here 10 years now, and it feels a little smaller every year, LOL. Plus my parents never threw away ANYTHING. Cleaning out the home they'd lived in for 35 years after they'd died gave me a fear of clutter.

courgette's picture

(post #62799, reply #61 of 100)

Oh, I'm working on the clutter, just haven't progressed to the cookbooks yet!


Last fall I put 30 grocery bags of cooking mags out for recycling. Tore a few things out, but not much. Getting rid of clothes. Still have far too much "stuff" and last week I called my SIL and told her I didn't want to exchange gifts anymore. We just don't need anymore "stuff". Plus I find it a waste to shop for gifts for family I don't really know anymore since we moved away 16 years ago. I think next year I may send people gifts of chickens, bunnies and cows from the World Vision catalogue.


My husband gets all excited when he uses a tool or screw he's had for 30+ years. So I throw his stuff out when he's not around. We had two basement floods in recent years so whenever we look for something and can't find it, the response is "Haven't seen that in a while-must have died in the flood!" Very useful.


Note: I only throw out stuff he hasn't seen in years and wouldn't ever remember unless he saw it and then it would be too precious to throw out/give away. LOL.


Mo

Jean's picture

(post #62799, reply #62 of 100)

My house has become a repository for all the 'clutter' that DD doesn't want in hers. Some day she'll be sorry. It will all come home to bite her. I have enough craft supplies to open a store.



They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

(post #62799, reply #64 of 100)

Your DD is planning on you living forever, Jean, which sounds like a good idea to me!

Jean's picture

(post #62799, reply #65 of 100)

Only if DH outlives me...I promised I'd go first. ;)



They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Marcia's picture

(post #62799, reply #67 of 100)

Oh gosh, I'm with you there, and made DH promise to outlive me. I don't trust him completely, however, since he's already had one kidney removed. :(

wonka's picture

(post #62799, reply #66 of 100)

I wish I had an excuse like yours. My husband has a really hard time getting rid of anything. He has 2,000 albums being stored at his mothers ( I refuse to let him bring them over here we don't even have a turntable). He freaked out at me when he saw that I had thrown a pair of his underwear in the garbage (it was ripped to shreds and the underwear was older than our relationship- we've been together 14 years). When he was a kid his brother used to tease him when he was eating by saying "If you eat all of that you'll never see it again". He would actually save a bite and put it in the freezer (his mother hated this). When his older daughter was around 6 or 7 he brought out a box of saved toys: two big Jims, various clothes (some still on the cardboard because he was afraid to lose it so he never took them off) and all the things he sewed for Big Jim. Exact replicas of tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, duffle bags, parkas etc... (he was 10 or 11 when he started to use the sewing machine for his Big Jim projects). None of the kids like to play with dolls anymore and he can't bring himself to find a good home for them.

courgette's picture

(post #62799, reply #68 of 100)

Of course, if your house is a mess like mine, you don't need a flood.


Just say "Must be around here somewhere, I'm sure I saw it recently OR Gosh, Haven't seen that in ages..."


I've been known to sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow when asked where things are!


I confiscated a GameBoy from our kids years ago when they were still in B&W. Haven't seen it since! I'm sure it's in our bedroom, because we had gone to bed and the kids came in fighting over it. The funny part is that Katelyn said "Mommy, give it to me! You won't remember where you put it"  I don't think I'll ever live that one down! But I'm still looking for it-I think it is in our closet, which I have searched but never emptied. It needs to be painted so one of these days....


Mo


 

MadMom's picture

(post #62799, reply #69 of 100)

...or, even better, just move every few years.  My excuse is that I can remember where it was two or three houses back, but cannot for the life of me find it now.



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soupereasy's picture

(post #62799, reply #72 of 100)

I have been using that one for years. I have even fine tuned it, as in "... OH that was in the cupboard to the right of the sink when we lived on San Felipe road." Often followed by, "... but I haven't seen it since.".

MadMom's picture

(post #62799, reply #73 of 100)

Bless you, my child.  I can tell you where something was three houses back, but finding it here?  Forget it!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

soupereasy's picture

(post #62799, reply #74 of 100)

LOL!!!!!

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62799, reply #70 of 100)

Those albums are worth some real money. We sold ours 10 years ago pre-move to a used record store on Telegraph Avenue. Three dollars each, plus more for some of the desirable ones.

So you are sitting on $6000, probably more w/ 10 years of inflation. Something to think about!

wonka's picture

(post #62799, reply #71 of 100)

They are all classical records. We asked around a number of years ago but no one was interested. Even offered to donate them to the music library at the university but they weren't interested either.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62799, reply #75 of 100)

Too bad. Ours were all the usual 1960's / 1970's favorites.

Glenys's picture

(post #62799, reply #77 of 100)

The most interesting thing about acquiring, hoarding, shopping, and eventually those who never let go, is that it has nothing to do with the actual goods. Those who love their stuff, like real collectors, visit the stuff, talk to it, polish or acknowledge all the pieces. They know what they love and own. Farmers, and I know, given their largesse of storage capabilities, can still be defined on a visit to the farm by junkers, sentimental collectors or just practical.
My Mom and Dad are auction sale fanatics. They rarely spend more than $10 but the thrill is in sale.
I could tell you so much about hoarding, letting go, and the meaning of "stuff". My recent life change has reinforced everything I knew. Anyone who has a huge collection of albums and isn't in the music business, has other issues.

shoechick's picture

(post #62799, reply #78 of 100)

But I still visit and stroke my shoes....does that count?  :)


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The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Jillsifer's picture

(post #62799, reply #82 of 100)

My favorite object to hoard eventually disappears--Yankee Candles (the big jars). They're around for a while but not forever.


It's the perfect addiction.


 


 


 


 


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Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

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courgette's picture

(post #62799, reply #83 of 100)

But do you throw out those perfectly good jars??????? They can take up lots of space!


Mo

Jillsifer's picture

(post #62799, reply #88 of 100)

Most are scavenged by my button-saving Mother. Her STUFF will eventually become my problem, but she's in robust health, so MAYBE by the time the inevitable happens, I'll be too old and feeble to deal with it so my SON will have to! Bwaaahaaahaaa!

 


 


 


Overheard at Disneyland: "What time is the 9:00 parade?"

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

-- Washington Irving

Adele's picture

(post #62799, reply #89 of 100)

Oh no!  I save buttons.  I have beautiful buttons.  One day I'm going to use them for, ummmm, something!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #62799, reply #90 of 100)

When my great aunt, a spinster, passed away, we went through jars of buttons she had saved...and in the process found a ruby and diamond ring and a clipping about a young man.  I often wondered if the ring came from him?  What ever happened?



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Adele's picture

(post #62799, reply #91 of 100)

That is too neat!   I want to cover a pocketbook or a skirt or something with them, sometime!  Just picked up a 75 cent Womans Day mag and they had lampshades with buttons.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

(post #62799, reply #97 of 100)

Maybe I should check that magazine out. I brought back half a suitcase of buttons(new ones). They crossed the Atlantic ocean 4 times. LOL
I used to collect buttons at one time. I gave them to my mam before I move to Canada but now she can't fasten buttons with her carpal tunnel. So...I brought them with me. Buttons are $$$ here.

TracyK's picture

(post #62799, reply #98 of 100)

Martha Stewart Button Crafts (some very cute stuff!)


DIY Network: Button Crafts


CT poster in bad standing since 2000.

knitpik's picture

(post #62799, reply #99 of 100)

Some good ideas there. Thanks.

wonka's picture

(post #62799, reply #100 of 100)

In my 20's, after watching the movie "Earth Girls Are Easy", I took out my coolest buttons from the button can (an old formula can from when I was a baby) and sewed on as many buttons as would fit onto the collar of my jean jacket. I still have it.

wonka's picture

(post #62799, reply #79 of 100)

The man hoards old underwear. What else is there to say. <g>