What’s Left?

Jul 25th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

Recently I’ve been looking around at all the “stuff” I have and wondering why I bought it or why someone gave it to me. We all have so much “stuff” that we don’t need but some of it we focus on and even obsess over. I was watching “Antiques Roadshow” on PBS tonight and got to see lots of things people had collected over the years. Yes, some of it was worth real money and some of it was more sentimental. I don’t know about you but to me - the more “stuff” I get the more I feel I need to clean out. I just feel to weighed down when I have lots of stuff around. When I was younger - I moved every two years or so and so I never let things mount up too long. That made it easy to get rid of stuff. But now, as I have gotten older, I have stayed in one place for several years and the stuff is just piling up. When I start to clean out my stuff, I tend to throw everything away rather than rationally go through it and realize that it is worth something or that I might use it.  I guess it’s the lazy way to clean house….but I need to stop and look at each item. The other day I was looking at something on the internet and noticed that the typewriter that I have of my dad’s (old manual typewriter) is worth about $700. I figured it was worth about $25. So, that is just one thing that  is worth something- not that I would sell it at this point. It has too much sentimental value. I can still hear my dad typing on that manual machine and hitting the return bar and pushing it back to the left to start the next line of type. Funny….

Anyway - I am in the last Spring - early to mid Summer clean-up mood. I hope I get lots accomplished. We’ll see. Most times I run out of energy before I finish all the jobs that I have envisioned I would get done.

As many of you know, I feed lots of animals - including raccoons. I love all of them and we have woods to the north of our house and to the east of our house and apparently lots of raccoons live in them. At night, about 10-20 raccoons come to my house to eat dry cat food. Right now we have about 8 new baby raccoons. It’s so funny to watch the mothers try to keep them within her sight as she tries to eat. At first the babies just hang around the moms and make this funny noise but don’t eat. Then they finally learn to eat and I know the mother is relieved that maybe she won’t have to feed them that much. Then there is usually one raccoon that eats a little then stands out in the yard - up on his hind feet and stands guard and warns the group if any danger is in the area. They mostly don’t see me as danger - but they do everyone else. So, if you are driving by my house at night (or day) please drive very slowly - as we have raccoons crossing….

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!