There is also the misconception that hoarders hoard useless things. Everything Jim owned was useful – the problem is that there was just too much useful stuff.
What’s a person to do with saxophone? Over 30 boxes of jars? Dozens of sleeping bags and tents? A huge closet full of wool and flannel shirts? Cables, cords, electrical apparatus from floor to ceiling? A very old computer. Canned goods going back to the last century? Many vehicles, including a beat-up plow truck, several pick up trucks, and an old Volvo? A crane? Two motorcycles? A complete set of solar panels?
And this is just scratching the surface. I’m sure he had his share of backscratchers too.
I got his books for the book project. And I returned his library books.
Today, Pete got some lumber from which he is going to make a raised bed for Jim’s perennials. He went back for a second load and got more lumber, this for the decking on the black hole.
I went with him on the first trip. I got some enamel cups, which we’ll put into our camping kit, four vases, lilac clippings, which I put in one of the vases, and a soapstone carving of a woman’s face. We’ll put it in the hoop house.
Pete was only interested in getting the wood. I would have liked to have gotten an electrical spool and a garden hand cart. The spool was too difficult to get at and the garden cart was spoken for.
The auctioneer and his daughters had done their jobs – most of Jim’s possessions had already been prepared for auction – the auctioneer had put red flagging around the items that are now up for bid, and the lot number on the flagging.
It bothered me that I could not take anything from the garden – it was in this way off limits. In fact, the whole auction thing bothered me and for the life of me I cannot articulate why.
It would have been easier on his sisters and brother if Jim had not been a hoarder. They would agree with me on this. It just drags out the process of cleaning up his estate.
This much abundance – hard to fathom.
Jim may have been thinking that he needed every single item – there may have been a point at which he sensed that he had far too much stuff but then most likely lacked the energy to part any of it out.
All this, was maybe why I am going through my horse gear, paring it down and cleaning it.
Live and learn, learn and live.
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