By a Thread

Alright, who had “presidential candidate fly swatters” on their Weird Shit About 2020 bingo card?

I dunno what’s funnier, the fact that the fly swatter exists or that it’s already sold out?

I’m living for the memes though. They’re great. We deserve them, after suffering through the first debate. It’s the little things these days. Plus on Tuesday I spent all day battling a migraine, and then my dumb ass forgot that the migraine meds have caffeine in them and took one right before bed. I almost NEVER have caffeine, so I’m super sensitive to it, thus I only slept about 3 hours that night. So, it’s been a long week.

Especially because I’ve spent most of my free time majorly cracking down on cleaning out all my crap in advance of the tiny houses’s arrival (sooon???). I’ve lived in this house for 7+ years and how I’ve managed to accumulate this much crap is just beyond me. The first step was discovery, then sorting, and now actually doing something with all of it. So far I’m at 8 big black garbage bags of things for donation, 4 full trash cans, a huge pile of horse stuff where nothing is really worth more than $10-15 therefore shall be offered for free to the first person to come get it, and then a pile of horse stuff that’s for sale but I refuse to ship anything therefore will sell locally for like 1/3 of what it’s really worth just to get it out of my house. That’s where I’m at mentally. A trip to the post office would sever my last thread of sanity.

The sale bin. I swear there’s an actual bin under there somewhere.

I found a taker for my massive collection of horse books, so that’s good – those are leaving this weekend. Once all this smaller stuff is out of the way it’ll be on to the furniture and most of the kitchen appliances, which I’m tempted to set out in the yard and have people come take. I’m super over it at this point, I just want it all to go away with as little effort from me as possible. Evidenced by the fact that I became so ruthless in the process of cleaning out my closets that I now have 11 non-riding or non-barn shirts left to my name. Whatever. That’s enough. At first I was carefully going through everything, thinking about each item, waffling over whether or not to keep it, blah blah blah. But there are 7 closets in this house. SEVEN. That seems excessive for a 1500 sq ft house, no? Yet somehow they were all full of crap. We had 18 blankets. WHY DID WE HAVE 18 BLANKETS, WE LIVE IN TEXAS. This is what happens when you give people 7 closets. I ran out of give-a-shits by closet #3 and pretty much everything went straight into trash or donate after that. Done.

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can I do this with my whole house?

Today’s project is the kitchen. Pray for me, y’all. Anyone want a fancy juicer that the SO swore he wanted for his birthday several years ago and then used like twice? (Not that I can throw stones, my huge pile of horse stuff is it’s own, probably much worse indictment)

Anyway, aside from getting rid of everything that’s not nailed down, it’s possible that perhaps I went ahead and caved and painted my other stirrups too. I was gonna wait a couple months to see how the first ones held up, but the first time I looked down at my feet and saw the sparkle, I was a goner. Plus I suddenly hated how the other ones looked, with their too-bright navy outside branch and weirdly royal bottom. (look, I already told y’all I’m hanging on by a thread these days)

BARF

So I brought those home and painted them too, and I don’t regret anything. With the black ones I painted just the outside branch but with these I painted the outside branch and the hideous bright blue bottom, so there’s way more surface area to glitter. Not that anyone will ever see the bottom of the stirrup (uh, unless something has gone terribly wrong, so let’s hope not…) but still. It’s pretty to look at.

Those are spending the week curing, and the other painted ones have assumed regular duty at the barn. So far so good with the paint. Stacie was also kind enough to send me her old stirrup leathers, which I dyed chocolate to match Presto’s saddle, so it’s a complete fully outfitted saddle now!

Baby’s first saddle complete with it’s own fittings

The saddle continues to work out really well for Presto, I remain pleased with the fit and I find it really comfortable to ride in. I was really worried about that, having been spoiled by French saddles for so long. I honestly can’t tell much difference between it and my Devoucoux, though, the feel is very similar. Can’t beat the Mark Todd for a budget buy! Presto is in the process of filling out again but luckily the saddle fits him a little wide as-is, so I can make adjustments with padding as needed. I check it pretty much weekly, he changes so fast.

It’s like there’s a new horse in the pasture every week. Speaking of, maybe I should ride this thing and like… trim his mane or something before his big bad Pile of Poles show debut this weekend. Or not. I’ll definitely dig out his sparkly navy jumper boots though. Sparkly navy makes everything better.

15 thoughts on “By a Thread

  1. I have a question about what you use to strip off the outer coating of leather protectant, or whatever it is… I want to try to strip some empty channel browbands & apply a patent leather coating after 😀 So what do you use to do the stripping? 🙂 Thanks!

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  2. Hey! I’m in Austin and actually just moved into a place. Any chance you have any bookshelves you’re looking to get rid of? I’d be willing to come pick up if you do (and the free horse stuff, if that’s not already spoken for)

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  3. Every time I see your sparkle stirrups, I really want to sparkle something of mine, but I do the hunters so everything I have is plain and boring and needs to stay that way, which is dumb and I’m over it. I would be 1000% more into the hunters if we could have fun sparkles.

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  4. Ugh, I want to throw out everything in this house too. Not really, but like, partially? Crap really does accumulate. Rapidly.
    I’ve been printing my own postage at home for shipping stuff. You can schedule the pick up when you print the label. No trips to the post office required. You can even get flat rate boxes sent to you. Not that you want to deal with all that either probably. But it’s easy if you want to recoup some more money on your horse stuff.

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  5. I’ve been working on decluttering one room in my house so the new baby has her own room. That has been bad enough. We’ve been in our house for 9+ years and we’ve accumulated a lot of shit. Plus, my husband doesn’t like to get rid of anything ever. I finally got him to go through his dresser and he did get rid of a fair amount of stuff. The garage is next on my list and I’m not looking forward to it. All that to say my 2 spaces are bad enough….I can’t imagine doing an entire house!

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  6. UGH I FEEL YOU. I decided to move bedrooms, to better accommodate WFH. Current bedroom is half full of boxes from my last apartment 4 years ago, and the other bedroom was half full of my grandmother’s art supplies & paintings & books as well as some storage for my uncle who lives overseas, IDEK.

    I hauled 3 extra mattresses (???) to recycling. Grandma started clearing and moving stuff. I took a beginner roller skating class and promptly fractured my T12. So now I’m trying to move things 3 paperbacks at a time and inviting family over to hold things up out of boxes so I can pronounce judgement from bed, while she brings art supplies into the cleared shelves.

    There is….a LOT going to Goodwill.

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  7. im prepping for my eventual (hopefully within the next year??) move out of the f’ing city and I have sold like $300 worth of horse crap from my basement and have probably a dozen bags/boxes for donation if things ever open up again this century. Plus a bag of strap goods to clean and then sell/donate to Work to Ride. I think I’m scaring sara a little with my indiscriminate trashing of things but it feels like a cleanse WHICH I DESPERATELY NEED.

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  8. I can’t wait to see pictures of Presto in his matching navy sparkle boots with your matching navy sparkle stirrups. That’ll be perfect.

    I have found that there’s something so lovely about cleaning out all the stuff and letting go of things you don’t need. Marie Kondo all the way!

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  9. I love doing this kind of shit lol. My husband is very much so a minimalist, and living with me makes his brain explode I think.

    I watched Marie Kondo’s show last year and then worked on purging the house. Then we listed it we packed a ton of stuff up and put it in storage (and then never sold) and most of it is still in boxes . I’m stuck at home by my self this long weekend so I will be doing some more purging I think. Thanks for the idea LOL.

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  10. Ugh yeah, everything I have is either not worth enough to bother selling, or if it is worth something the shipping costs make in impractical for anyone to buy unless local. I finally sold my western saddle that doesn’t fit for a good chunk less than it’s worth (plus $100 shipping to the buyer)

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