Take the Trash Out


This weekend, in hopes of giving my eight-year-old more room and a bathroom that is not seen by the once in a blue moon guest that may come over, we switched rooms. The amount of sweat that occurred was comparable to my last basketball workout in 1995. I am proud that I said we would get it done over the weekend, and we did. It is the amount of trash we had that is disappointing.

When we moved to Abernathy, we downsized on purpose. The more room, the more stuff. The more stuff, the more I gotta clean. As Johnny Cash and June Carter sang, “It ain’t me, Babe.” I am not the cleaner. It drives me nuts that I am not. I did not inherit the neat freak syndrome, my Dad and Sister share. Oh no, I would instead let the mess jab every nerve in my body, and then I pitch a fit. A fit does not always mean that I did any cleaning either.

Smaller spaces make it easier to clean if you keep up with it. If you do not, the trash you carry out to the dumpster is your weight and then some. I must pack it in the back of my car and drive it around to the alley. When we left for school and work, I passed the five bags that still need to go out there.

I have watched Hoarders, so I am pretty sure I am not there yet. I do throw things away. I have no emotional attachments to things. I get the I don’t want to, and it has carried down to my kid. When I get frustrated because she will not pick up after herself, I call my Mom. As the words come out of my mouth, she says, “Uh-huh.” And then we laugh.

The garage is my next project but probably not for a few weekends.



What projects do you have going on around your house?

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Originally a Greyhound from Knox City and after spending 16 years in Lubbock she is back to small town living in Abernathy! Julie has been a single mom since 2011 when her daughter Emery was born. She is a huge animal lover and currently has a couple of canines, Hero The Goodfella (Labradoodle) and Galaxy The Queen (Husky/German Shepherd Mix). Her biggest dream is to live on some land, in a tiny house and be surrounded by donkeys, cows, dogs and a goat. Julie is the Compliance/Fleet/Safety Manger for MUDco Read-Mix Concrete. First language is Sarcasm and her life moto is "I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing" . She is a podcast junkie and if you are looking for some crime/murder podcast suggestions, she is your gal! Favorite Restaurant: Yamagata Japanese Steakhouse Favorite Landmark: The drive around MacKenzie and Cesar Chavez Parks Favorite Tradition: Cruising Ransom Canyon Lake at Christmas


  1. I am always amazed when I help my daughters clean their room how much garbage there is! We just cleaned it two weeks before and we still have a full bag? Ugh! This was the challenge we faced at Christmas – what do our kids need that won’t clog up their already clogged bedroom. The answer? Nothing! But Santa still came.

    Great blog!

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