Friday, July 3, 2015

Oof

I have been remiss, it's true, so let's start this with a Ratty pic as a bit of an apology (or misdirection):


Well, a picture of Ratty's nose, I should say.

I suppose there hasn't really been anything to report recently. We haven't done much with the cleaning up the yard project, well, except for various yard work of the clearing-brush-and-picking-up-sticks variety, which as far as I'm concerned is perfectly normal stuff and not really worth reporting because it isn't hoard-related.

And while the inside of some buildings are still pretty full and will need to be gone through and cleaned up, the outside spaces are mostly good. There are some stubborn spots that we've been procrastinating about, it's true, like the back side of the shed and the junk around the big rock by the shop. We've lost a bit of steam I guess, but you know, this whole hoard thing is really very tiring. There have been other things to do, like acquire poison ivy while weeding the garden or yell Why is no one kissing Jane??? at the TV while bingeing on Mentalist reruns.

There was an iron run waaaay back in (goodness!) September, hang on let me scare up those pictures that've been sitting on my desktop since forever:



Unfortunately I seem to have lost the receipts for that trip, but it was pretty much average, with some precious metals thrown in (shown in the bottom picture). Maybe there was a bit of aluminum in there? Who can even tell anymore? Not me.

We also haven't done any Volkswagen shows, mainly because the super local one in the early spring had both the date and the location swapped so it was both quite a bit further away and on a weekend we had a conflict. For some reason there don't seem to be any other local ones until the one in October, which is kind of a shame because I for one could use the cash.

So, today's iron run wasn't anything spectacular (they rarely are, to be honest); Tara did manage to scare up some stuff from the inside of the shop in her brief foray in there. Hopefully that means that's next on the list. Though personally I'd like to see the garage cleaned out so I can convert it into a wood shop. There's lots of natural light in there, though there may not be electricity out there. I have it in my head that there was, once (after all my father used it as a working garage, well, until he filled it up and built himself the shop) but it was removed, I've no idea why. Right now the lights in there are run off extension cords.


The Bus went and did not quit on us, which I suppose sounds pretty unspectacular but believe me that should not be taken for granted; when we got to the scrapyard it was rather busy and we had to wait for a very large truck to get out of the way.

Today's load was rather on the light side, which is fine, but we were rather disappointed to find it netted us very little cash, because apparently the price of iron is quite low right now, barely enough for our usual stop at the burger joint. Oh well. The stuff is gone, and that's a good thing.

So today's total was 480 pounds; I don't know what the September load was (since I've misplaced the receipts) but I'm going to guess it was about the same, so I'll say another 480 pounds. So those together gets us to 46,440 pounds of iron removed from the property (that's 23.22 tons), and the sixty-first trip to the scrapyard.

Oof.

14 comments:

stellans said...

So glad to hear from you again - you have inspired me so very much, fighting your hoard battle. And the picture of Ratty's nose was so cute!

Anonymous said...

So glad for the update! I am always impressed with your iron loads, but there has to be a letdown both in how big they are and how much impact they seem to make, since you've made so much progress. The more normal the place gets, the less mental push there must be to keep going.

I got myself a dumpster for my birthday last fall and it was the best thing ever - but our entire 10 year accumulation of construction debris & scrap metal was basically just the one small dumpster. Still I think of how much future work I'm saving us (plus the everyday "now i can walk around in the garage" effect). It's a low bar but I'm determined not to leave anything like the mess your dad left you to my own kid.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you decided to post again. I had almost given up on seeing any updates. Reading what you two have accomplished always gives me a lift and makes me want to face "the challenges" that keep staring me in the face every day.

Ratty's picture was great!

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Anonymous said...

I luv Ratty

Anonymous said...

cute kitty pic....best I only see cats that way....A CHOO!!

so glad to see the post. Every little bit helps and to create a wood shop....my dad's dream....

as for me...I want scrapbooking and sewing space. I seem to be making lots of quilt tops
but not the actual 3 layering "quilt" process....

oh well.....you are back....a more often, please....missed reading about your exploits....just enough sarcasm mixed with the reality of it all!!

a faithful reader from the northwest suburbs of chicago

Steve Miller said...

Glad to see you're progressing. I'm now dealing mot with my father's mess, but with the mess I've been generating. It's always a struggle. isn't it?

Lead on, my dears!

Tonia said...

Glad you are back posting and keeping on with the clean-up. You really do inspire people to work away at seemingly impossible tasks, little by little.

I've been stealing/tributing/echoing one of your lines when I post on Facebook. I'm losing weight -- to me, as insurmountable a task as clearing a hoard. I've lost a lot -- 85-ish pounds. But as good as that sounds, it's only taken me from "super obese" to "morbidly obese." I've got far to go. So I always think of you when I post about my weight, and add "Yes, there's still more. Much more."

Elaine in Ark said...

I came here planning to leave a message on your last post, to ask if you two were OK, so I was surprised and happy to see a new post! Getting the worst of the hoard out of your yard & home is no mean accomplishment. Of course there's always more. I've been downsizing and had to stop myself from buying stuff I don't need just this morning at Target, where I went to get dog food. I really, really don't want to accumulate any more stuff. Your blog, and getting to "know" you and Tara, are what keeps me on an even keel.

I hope you do get that garage cleaned out so you have your woodshop. I know you'll enjoy it.

Sibley said...

I found your blog not long ago, and starting reading from the beginning. Finally caught up! You ladies are amazing. You've taken a horrible situation and are fighting to make it better, and I don't just mean the horde itself! Your kindness to animals is also wonderful to see. I believe that you can tell a great deal about a person's character by how they treat the innocent and vulnerable. Animals are both. Kudos to you both, and good luck with the rest of the job. You will get to an end someday.

Anonymous said...

I just found about your blog while reading a hoarding thread on Mr Money Mustache and I went back to the beginning to read all the posts in order. You and Tara are amazing! Reading about your persevering efforts inspired me to get off the computer, go outside and haul away some piles of weeds and tree clippings today.

Both of my divorced parents are hoarders, though my mom is tidy about it and calls herself a collector, my dad is the dysfunctional kind, with rooms and a hallway blocked off, due to piles of stuff. He also neglects fixing things, so the shower wall has a hole in it where the tiles and plaster have come loose, and he's never repaired his roof in over 30 years. It was leaking in several spots until we repaired it for him recently. He, like your dad, is also a car and parts hoarder, and has multiple outbuildings for his hoard. The thought of my parents passing away and leaving me with all that mess to contend with just scares me. For my part, I've been decluttering like crazy and have sold or donated most of my keepsakes. I can only control my own behavior, you know? (sigh)

pam said...

Just thought I would pop in to see how things are going. Glad to see you are making progress even if it is little steps. Keep it up. pam

Anonymous said...

Having read at least one other hoarding blog that ended badly, I still check in here from time to time. Having tangentially dealt with a hoarder via my SIL's father, I know how exhausting it can be, never mind wanting to have a life beyond the Hoard. I can understand not wanting to maintain the blog anymore, too. But if that is your decision, could you please consider doing a final sign-off and letting folks know? Your posts are missed, but I suspect the lurkers here--like myself--would like some assurance all is well (even if we don't have the right).

Anonymous said...

hi....where have you been? I miss your posts.....let us out here in lurker land know what is new....
your fan from chicagoland

Anonymous said...

Hope you are doing ok. Your posts have been a tremendous help to me over the years. Give us an update if you're up to it - we miss you!