Suspended – Too much stuff to write about

April 19

Today I’m giving away, a great many things…

Hi all, I have decided to move so I’m getting rid of too much stuff to post about.  I am afraid I won’t have time to take a picture of it all and post it over the next several months, I have to move too fast to be ready in time.  I’ve found some great recipients for my stuff though,

My family – of course…the sisters get first dibs on everything

My friends – I’ve reached out and although there aren’t that many who want my old junk, I’m trying to match supply with some specific demands there – I might get a few hits

My friends’ kids – I have a few offspring “new apartment” donations happening that I’m really happy about, I set up my first apartment at University with cast offs and vintage and loved that place as much as I’ve loved any home since

My cleaning lady’s church – they have a giant garage sale that funds a breakfast program for kids in their neighbourhood, pretty hard to do better than that

Goodwill – they help you unload your car and I like that they provide employment and are self funding

Garbage – I’ll try and limit the landfill but there is some stuff that no one wants, and I have some toxic waste (paint cans etc.)

I pledge that I will give away at least 256 more things.  That’s how many days there are left in the year.  I plan to give away at least that many things between now and next weekend.

I want to say thanks for all the encouragement, I’ve had such a great time hearing from some of you and plotting my weekly batch of stuff to get rid of.  It was partly this process that helped me finally reach a decision to move and I’m now really excited about it.  Ironically, I want to downsize and simplify on a bigger scale.  It was very interesting and satisfying to start getting rid of stuff and I’m impatient now to just get it all gone.

To that end, I’m looking for a condo with an excellent view, lots of natural light, low maintenance fees and good closets (I still like my shoes, what can I say!).  If you know of such a place, please contact me directly.

April 18 – Kilim cushion cover

April 18

 

Today I’m giving away a beautiful kilim cushion cover (it’s folded in half vertically in this picture).  I got this from my Mom after one of her many exotic adventures, possibly Turkey?  I love it, but it really doesn’t have a natural place in any room in my house.  My sister has two and really wanted a third so I’m giving it to her.  I’d rather see it out, being used and treasured, so there it is. Bye bye cushion cover, I’ll be visiting you.

 

April 17 – Candle shades

April 17

Today I’m giving away these shades that go over a lit candle.  There are little frames that they sit on but unfortunately, I can’t find them.  A long time ago, when we still said things like “shabby chic”, these were in fashion.  I love orange so mine were orange (even though they look red in the picture, which they aren’t).

I stuffed them in a dining room storage cupboard many years ago and forgot all about them.  I know the little frames will turn up eventually but in the meantime, they’re going in the Looney Tooney sale box for my nephew’s school.

April 9 – candle and candle holder…smelly

Apr 9

 

Today I’m giving away a scented candle and candle holder.  The candle smells a bit like cinnamon.  I don’t know how I came to have this, it must have been a gift.  The only scented candles I like are these.  They smelled like rich people houses and the proceeds went to an excellent cause.   I hope whoever gave it to me either doesn’t mind me giving it away or doesn’t see this and will never know.

It’s going in the Looney Tooney sale bin.

 

April 2 – Collapsable water bottle

Apr 1

 

Today I’m giving away a foldable or collapsable water bottle.  As you can see, it’s still in the packaging and has never been used.  I don’t know why, but I have three.  One was a gift, one was swag and one I bought a long time ago for a trip to a third world country and never used it.  I think this one was the gift but I chose this one to give away so that it can be regifted to someone else.  It’s going in my nephew’s Looney, Tooney sale box.

It’s freezing here today.  Make it stop.

April 1 – Audio Cable

Apr 5

Happy April Fools, I thought of posting a picture of my house just to get a rise out of you, but I didn’t get to it before the noon deadline (did you know that April Fools is only for the morning?)  So for real…

Today I’m giving away this audio cable.  It is unopened.  I don’t know where it came from, when I bought it, if I bought, or why I have it.  I don’t even know what it’s used for.  It doesn’t appear to connect to any of my portable devices or my computer.  It doesn’t connect to my television.  I think I could plug one end into a stereo and the other into something else to get the sound through the stereo, but I only do that with my iphone or ipad and I already have the cables for that.

It’s going in the Goodwill box, unless my brother in law wants it.

March 8 – Film Friday – TIFF Programme 2006

Film Friday March 8

Today I’m giving away the 2006 TIFF Programme.  Another excellent year for the festival and a couple of great discoveries for me.  I have a slightly longer list than previous years because it was so good.

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing – directed by Barbara Kopple who already had a big name in documentaries.  She was at the screening and did one of the best, most enthusiastic Q&A’s I’ve ever attended.  She told us that when they  started this project they thought they were going to make a movie about the Dixie Chicks’ worldwide tour, to show an insider’s view of the machinery that makes a huge star juggernaut act happen. Then, on the first or second night of the tour, Natalie Maines said to a UK audience they were ashamed that George W. Bush came from Texas.  Their world exploded and the movie follows them over the next 12 months through all of the protests, and the making of their follow up album.  I loved the music, but even if you can’t get into it, it’s a great movie and an amazing story about the right wing machinery that makes a different kind of juggernaut act happen.

After the Wedding – This was the film and the year that Mads Mikkelsen entered my life.  It’s a great movie in any case but, if you have only ever seen Mads as the poker player who sheds blood tears in Casino Royale, you have no idea what this man can do.  Denmark has an amazing film community, they are at least half of the guys who gave us Dogma, but more importantly they gave us Mads.  See anything he is in, especially in Danish.  He will grip you from the first frame to the last.  FYI – especially true of this year’s The Hunt

Fay Grim – Another instalment in my fangirl appreciation of writer and director Hal Hartley.  I think Jeff Goldblum was miscast, he’s acts too big, but Parker Posey carries the movie.  She’s the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt - This was a winding story about a woman of a certain age trying to live in and embrace the new China but she gets duped and swindled and ends up back in her old impoverished and small life.  At the time I thought it was too long and her naive decisions frustrated me, but it was a haunting story and a really moving performance.  It stayed with me and became a parable for the transformation that is happening in that country.  It also stars Chow Yun-fat in a great turn as a sneaky Lothario.

The Last King of Scotland – directed by Kevin Macdonald.  Yowsa, that scene in the airport towards the end of the movie is still vivid in my memory after 6 years.  What a cast, Forest Whitaker was Idi Amin and won the Oscar, but it also included James McAvoy, Kerry Washington and Gillian Anderson.  BTW – Kevin Macdonald also directed one of my favourite docs, Touching the Void – it  will keep you on the edge of your seat too.

Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro had already made a few really good movies but this was my introduction to him.   He’s done a lot of weird stuff since (Hellboy II and The Incredible Hulk TV show??) so I don’t know, maybe this was his peak for me.  I thought the mysterious and dangerous world he created underground and the pressing, claustrophic sense of personal threat above ground were incredible.  The movie made me squirm and I loved it.  I also gave big trees a wide berth for a while afterwards.

Jindabyne – This story killed me.  It’s about a bunch of guys in Australia who go on a fishing trip.  As they head up river on their first day, they discover a corpse but make a decision to leave it agreeing to deal with it on the way back.  The corpse, however, is a young, naked, aboriginal woman.  The way the movie handles the fallout and aftermath got a little melodramatic in parts but the rest of it was fantastic. Gabriel Byrne is amazing and the story itself is confounding and will stay with you.

Red Road – To be honest, I saw this movie in London a few weeks after the festival but it was so great, I want to include it.  It was written and directed by Andrea Arnold who went on to make another amazing movie Fishtank, a few years later (she also directed Wuthering Heights but I didn’t see it).  This woman tells really tough stories and has written some of the most complicated and interesting female characters of the last several years.  I don’t want to tell you anything about the story of Red Road because I don’t want to give anything away, but see it if you get a chance, it’s gritty, emotional and surprising.  So is Fishtank.  See either.

And my favourite…

The Lives of Others – Also one of the best Q&A’s I’ve ever attended.  It was a first feature written and directed by Florian Heckel von Donnersmarck (!), and told a gripping, edge of your seat, crackling story. We follow a Stasi agent who, for personal reasons, targets a young attractive couple in the arts, bugs their home, infiltrates their lives and starts listening in to everything.  It’s a thriller, an intimate and complex character study, an examination of loyalty, and a frightening look inside the operations of East German intelligence gathering in the early ’80s.  The lead actor, Ulrich Muhe, was a famous actor in Germany with some influence and was very instrumental in getting the film financed. It turns out that he had been the subject of some harrowing Stasi investigations himself years earlier so he wanted the story told.  It ended up winning the best Foreign Language Oscar. If it had been made in English it would have been a top grosser that year.  See it.  It’s a great movie.

February 28 – Candle dish

Feb 28

Today I’m giving away this glass dish/plate for square candles.  I really liked this.  It held three square block candles and sat in a little window in my front hall for quite a long time.  The candles burned down long ago and I thought I’d be able to find new ones but haven’t and now I have something else in that spot.  It was a gift from my friend Anne who always finds nice things for your home.

It’s going in the Loonie/Toonie sale box.  I should say here that whenever someone comes to my house I give them a crack at anything they want in the Goodwill box or Loonie/Toonie sale box.  Amazingly about half of it goes out the door with a visiting friend or family member.  I’m happy about this.  It’s kind of like regifting but more transparent.

 

Feb 26 – Decorative Art

Feb 26

 

Today I’m giving away this piece of wooden wall art.  It’s about 12″ x 12″.  It used to hang on a narrow wall, along with a few other smallish pieces, in a corner of my living room.  I liked the colour, the baroque thing, the hand tooling on the wood surround, and the fact that it used to be a panel in the door of a large wooden cabinet.  It felt like recycling to me.  I bought it for a couple bucks at a little antique store in Bancroft.  I haven’t had it out in a long time.  I really like art on the walls so this has sat in a storage cupboard.

I thought it would be perfect for the loonie/twonie sale at my nephew’s school.  It’s early to start collecting for that but his mom, my sister, said she was happy to take stuff now for the sale in December.  It’s such a great fundraising event for his school that they gather things for a long time.  She may regret telling me that; we’ll see if I’m testing her enthusiasm.

How do you spell twonie?

February 24 – Suspected Buffing Cloth

Feb 24

 

Today I’m giving away this cloth.  I think it’s for shining your shoes.  I suspect this because it was in with my shoe bags.  I don’t know what else I would do with it.  It isn’t that soft, I think it’s nylon, so I can’t imagine shining shoes or anything else with it.  I’ve put it in the Goodwill box.

Bad enough having single purpose tools that you don’t use; this is a tool of dubious purpose just taking up space.

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