This weekend felt like a really long one to me - though I am happy to say I believe that is so because I got so many things done. Really when I think of all the things I crossed off my list I can't believe it was only a few days that went by. The yard sale was a success. The extra cash was nice, but mostly because I emptied out an entire room full of stuff, which is hard to believe when I look around my house, honestly I think I could probably empty another room full of things. I knew for awhile that I was feeling more like my stuff was owning me rather than I was owning my stuff - not a good feeling. If you aren't vigilant, which I am not, about keeping things minimal and purging consistently it just adds up so quickly and before you know it you have a bag of mismatched socks, clothes that don't fit anyone, and random things gathering dust that you never use anymore. So after this weekend of unloading I feel an amazing sense of lightness and accomplishment. I still have a bit to go, but after a last load to goodwill everything from here on out is the fun stuff. This week I am going to focus on trying to come up with a concrete plan for M+L's room, which feels super exciting now that when I walk in there I see nothing but a blank canvas.
This weekend was also really hot, in fact it's been hot for weeks. It's that kind of hot I have always associated with Portland summers, though they have been a bit elusive over the last few years. The hot where there is a haze in the air and your skin burns even in the shade and everything feels quiet and slowed down. We didn't get out much because of all the work we were doing around the house, but of course we went for a few evening walks. And in honor of being on 'the other side' of things, I thought I'd share a few photos I took on one of our walks of 'the other side' of where we live. While we live in this gorgeous little pocket and have acres and acres of green around us - thanks to the gardens where we live and the golf course across the street, we also live next to a freeway, large and small businesses, and main roads all around us. Which all might not be as pretty as the greenery, though I suppose the city dweller in me finds the beauty and comfort in our urban surroundings too.