best project(s) of 2009

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let’s face it: i am a project-driven girl. this year the BPOA (biggest project of all) was moving and settling into a new house. sifting through 14 years’ worth of accumulation in that house, deciding what to keep, and what to put up for adoption. selecting new wall colors, new flooring, making the best use of space. there were new light fixtures to install, switches and receptacles to replace, curtains to put up (a first for me) – the list is long and you know what i’m talking about so enough said.

the lack of storage space led me project No More Filing. that one involves creating digital copies of all the bajillions of photos and receipts we have in boxes. i purchased a neat receipts portable scanner and a fast, racy fujitsu scansnap, and i’m almost caught up . . . at least as far as receipts and paperwork goes. the photos? not so much. i’m about to find my rhythm, which is good. we’ve burned up 4 shredders (so far) and i had to get a bigger hard drive (a new computer, bless my heart), but we are decidedly lighter in the way of file cabinets and banker boxes filled with papers. (don’t bother doing the financial math on that one. it’s more about physical space, anyway.) (and i feel lighter and more spacious already.)

it’s fun nesting – learning the house, its sounds and quirks, striking compromise by making our mark on what’s already here. it’s exciting discovering what plants will grace us with their presence throughout the year. (next year’s house project is building my second stone wall and creating a cut flower garden since i have, for the first time in over 30 years, a sunny spot.) it’s satisfying being resourceful, finding ways to refashion what we already have into what will work better in the new house.

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and hey: the next nesting project is to find just the right place for the bryce widom artwork i won in the gwen bell best of 2009 blog challenge! woohoo – thank you gwen and bryce. it’s fantabulous – so much so that the kids are already arguing over who gets it in the will.

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the stories are mine, but credit for the kindling goes to gwen bell and her best of 2009 blog challenge. today’s prompt: what was your best project in 2009?
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12 Comments

  1. TheWordWire

    Happy housewarming and congrats on the new artwork to decorate it. Moving sounds like a big enough project without scanning all those receipts. I did that once with a lifetime worth of photographs and it took FOREVER… I can’t imagine how much longer it would feel like if it were grocery receipts. Good luck!

    • whollyjeanne

      yeah, well, i decided early on to forego the grocery receipts. not that i cook that much, mind you. i guess home depot receipts would be more to the point. yep, i quickly decided to forego those and stick to the more essential receipts. i dread the photos. i really do.

  2. emma

    So awesome, and so well deserved! Can’t wait to see a picture of it on your wall! I’d come over and help with the organizing (i love that stuff) or just to keep you company but, alas, you’ve chosen to live on the OPPOSITE side of the country. harumph.

    • whollyjeanne

      well, emma, you should plan a visit here sometime. i’m not kidding. when you need to get out of l.a. (and who doesn’t from time to time), know that you have a place to go. seriously.

  3. emma

    So awesome, and so well deserved! Can’t wait to see a picture of it on your wall! I’d come over and help with the organizing (i love that stuff) or just to keep you company but, alas, you’ve chosen to live on the OPPOSITE side of the country. harumph.

    • whollyjeanne

      well, emma, you should plan a visit here sometime. i’m not kidding. when you need to get out of l.a. (and who doesn’t from time to time), know that you have a place to go. seriously.

  4. Square-Peg Karen

    Jeanne, I LOVE Bryce’s art – but you knew that already! I cannot imagine all that would go into moving, I’ve lived here over 30 yrs…but one day soon, oh – one day soon – I’ll be asking you for moving tips.

    Yea for you being so organized as to scan and all that – so now we’ve found something we do NOT have in common – lol.

    • whollyjeanne

      karen, i hope it’s soon! won’t that be EXCITING? funny about finally finding something we do not have in common.

  5. Square-Peg Karen

    Jeanne, I LOVE Bryce’s art – but you knew that already! I cannot imagine all that would go into moving, I’ve lived here over 30 yrs…but one day soon, oh – one day soon – I’ll be asking you for moving tips.

    Yea for you being so organized as to scan and all that – so now we’ve found something we do NOT have in common – lol.

    • whollyjeanne

      karen, i hope it’s soon! won’t that be EXCITING? funny about finally finding something we do not have in common.

  6. TheWordWire

    Happy housewarming and congrats on the new artwork to decorate it. Moving sounds like a big enough project without scanning all those receipts. I did that once with a lifetime worth of photographs and it took FOREVER… I can’t imagine how much longer it would feel like if it were grocery receipts. Good luck!

    • whollyjeanne

      yeah, well, i decided early on to forego the grocery receipts. not that i cook that much, mind you. i guess home depot receipts would be more to the point. yep, i quickly decided to forego those and stick to the more essential receipts. i dread the photos. i really do.

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