Tuesday, October 02, 2007

organizing the baggage

I have never been into "Spring" cleaning. The tail end of Summer and Fall are one of the best times of year for me physically. I feel energized by the cooler weather and the change of season gives me that impulse to organize. I'm ready to purge, clean out my closets and drawers, go through my craft goods and downsize. I love to save everything and can be accused of being a clutter bug, but I eventually disconnect with stuff and feel ready to get rid of what is no longer useful.

Going to camp was fabulous. The main speaker was an artist, a potter by trade and she threw clay on a wheel, turning it into beautiful treasures right before our eyes. Her theme was based on how our circumstances mold and shape our lives. Every trial is used to trim a little here, smooth out a little there and the fact that all of us have to 'go through the fire' before we can be made complete. I shared many of my own trials by fire on Saturday, it went well and was over in a flash. I will never forget the visuals that went along with all of the lessons I learned this weekend.

Now, I just need another day or two to rest, get ready for yet another upper Gastric-Intestinal test tomorrow morning (blah!) and then look forward to San Francisco on Sunday with my daughter. Oh....and my sister Denise is coming out on the 10th! I'll get to actually see, feel and smell her for 4 entire days...prime cuddle time :) and probably a trip to Murphy's for shopping. We're all gathering together to welcome Callie puppy into our family, she has yet to experience the excitement that accompanies all of us girls getting together...good talks, lots of eating and major giggle fests.

The picture came from Sacramento Airport. It's what an artist did with all of the unclaimed baggage, a tower of suit cases and trunks...I've always wondered what was found inside.

What would you leave behind?


Blogger Wanda said...

Hi Darling: I knew you were resting from the weekend, so I haven't called. I love that statue of Suitcases at Sac. It always looks like its going to fall.

I'm so glad you will be with family this week and weekend. A new puppy...that's special too.

You sis put a knew pic of me on my sidebar. Love and Hugs
Wanda Mom

2:45 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Oh Darlene... I can *hear* a change in your voice. I'm so glad that the weekend was good and you learned and shared and enjoyed your way through it!
Yay, so exciting about you getting together with your gals and getting to snuggle that puppy!
Rest up while you can :)
Lots of love,

5:32 PM  
Blogger Shaz said...

So happy for your weekend and time spent with family. Thinking of you xx

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Brian said...


I'm so happy for you that your door has yielded so many blessings already.

I have left behind my fear as I embark on a new journey.

6:29 AM  
Blogger maggiegracecreates said...

I can detect a new strength in you. Love the luggage stack.

There is a place in Alabama called Unclaimed Baggage (online also)They buy at auction those contents. We have been there and found all kinds of stuff from formal gowns to indian saris. Unbelievable.

Best of luck as you proceed down this path.

7:08 AM  
Blogger dreamergirl said...

I'm with vanessa, I can hear a change in your voice. I've thought of you this week and was wondering how it has been. I'm so happy to you had such a wonderful time and that you can look forward to spending time with your family!!

Love to you, xox

10:12 AM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

Oh, good, I was really starting to worry again about how you were doing. I expected some down time after the weekend, and I'm sorry about the stressfull and probably very unpleasant test coming up, but good to hear from your side of the world. We are praying for good news, naturally.

What a lot to you have coming up and alllllllll of it good!

5:35 PM  
Blogger Lianne said...

There is a shift coming... actually we are all right in the middle of it. Can you feel it?

So glad you get to cuddle with Denise for a few days. She is healing.

8:35 AM  
Blogger To be wild and perfect for one moment. said...

Darleen.. been following your blog for some time now, you have sure been having a trying time sweetie! I thought about you lots today and hope that your test wasn't too awful and that you're resting up and mending. 'Blessings to you from England'.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Glad to learn that all went so well at camp. You needed and deserved the experience.

May peace and love be with you always.

4:58 PM  
Blogger LEstes65 said...

What a great photo. Love that pile of cases. I just got back home from Boston - with all my luggage. YEAH! I would like to leave behind my fat jeans that are getting too big for me. WOO-HOO!!!!

10:14 AM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

I'm so thrilled that you got this experience ... the retreat sounds like it was very rejeuvenating. Good luck on the test. Peace & love, deb

7:47 AM  
Blogger nancygrayce said...

Love the suitcase picture. I too am trying to "spring" clean, even though here in sunny, sunny Florida, we don't get a spring or fall. If we feel a breeze, we think we are going to be cool! As hard as it was I finally threw my ceramic stuff away. I know I'm never going to do that again, and even if I do, I'll just get new stuff.

Glad you had a good weekend.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Your getaway sounds so cathartic.

I love the picture-it is so symbolic of the journey of letting go.


3:56 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

I just took a photo of those baggage pieces yesterday while waiting for my sweetie's plane. They're my favorite thing at SMF. :)

11:42 AM  

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