This photograph was taken on
December 10, 2017 at 4:15 PM.
The location was in the living room of
my home in Bethesda, Maryland immediately next to my " Decliner.* "
The "Take It!" came after my having
spent decades in being hap hazard in the manner in which I placed pages from the daily newspapers into the paper bag I keep handy at chair side for when I am finished
reading them. Having this bag so at the ready has been great for keeping this in a semi orderly state while accumulating enough of them to warrant taking them out to
the recycling receptacle which is on wheels for the municipal trash collectors to pick up once a week along with the regular trash. Yes, there is also that favorite other
smaller recycling bin for plastic, metal and Bottles - which gets substantial use at my house.
The above mentioned bag, has been
serving quite well for all this time - but here again, after all these years, it hit me, that by returning the paper to its usual folded state and then take one more
step. This step being to take each section or if by chance a page is broken out of a section - and dedicate a few seconds to fold the paper one more time and give
the fold a flattening crease. This additional step brings the paper section into a shape that is an almost perfect fit when placed into the mouth of the open,
upright, usual shaped grocery store, brown paper bag. With the paper being placed into the bag on it side with it being parallel to the bottom of the bag and gently
dropped, it will usually fall and land, still perfectly flat onto the floor of the open bag. By doing this, seemingly inconsequential set of steps, an almost odd
order has arrived to what had been an extremely minor blight to this regular function. The neat stack of papers accumulates until it reaches a manageable full
status, and is taken to the side yard and emptied into the recycling bin.
I know this relatively new found " way
" may be entirely lost for many, for alas, the ease of getting one's news today, has moved, not quite entirely, to other very convenient sources. So, for those of
us, still engaging in this diminished means of getting our news, this may turn out to be a way to have you join me in establishing a little bit of neatness in what
otherwise may look like chaos.
Taylor has told me there are terms for
the levels of cleaning needed when employing a house cleaning service. Things like " regular " and for cases when there is more need to get things into shape,
the label of " heavy or deep " is used. I have Islands of order in my house, along with other parts which are ready for me to bring in the detonation folks to bring
it around - lolol.
My lifestyle is in line to take a big
change as am getting ready to conduct project development programs which will be held primarily in the living and dinning rooms. Once the program has fully taken shape, I
will have an announcement explaining how it will be presented.
Until then, there will be bits and
pieces portrayed as the transition takes place.
Thank you for joining me in what is
soon to be the sixth year of this journey.
Wishing you all the
*I have renamed the recliner I picked
up as a used item from the local show room of " Habitat for Humanity " to the new label of " decliner. " I bought the chair as a temporary item, to have, to be able to
sleep in, while in the early recovery stages from surgery. Little did I know that it would offer round the clock comfort - to the point of my finding there are times
when I " decline " to want to get up, and out of its welcoming grasp. Needless to say, the decliner is here to stay.