Monday, July 8, 2013

Mary Jo Update #47 - Day+63 Partying & Decluttering Our Lives

Just wanted to let everyone know how Mary Jo and I are doing. It has been 63 days since Mary Jo's transplant at Vanderbilt. Her strength is slowly coming back. The doctors told us that it would take 100 days for things to get close to being normal.

Amazingly, Mary Jo has felt strong enough to tackle a decluttering project around our home. We thought we had decluttered when we moved into our condo almost 14 years ago. But, we still carried much too much with us here. Then over time, we added to it. After donation pick ups and a truck load to a Goodwill store on Friday, Mary Jo deserved a day of rest yesterday.

I found an article about decluttering your home and your life on the Internet. Here's the first couple of paragraphs:
Excessive clutter is often a symptom and a cause of stress and can affect every facet of your life, from the time it takes you to do things to your finances and your overall enjoyment of life. Clutter can distract you, weigh you down, and in general it invites chaos into your life. Often times, however, tackling the clutter can seem an insurmountable task if you don’t know where or how to start. By devoting a little of your time to getting rid of the clutter in your life and maintaining things relatively clutter-free , you’ll reap the rewards of pleasing living areas, reduced stress, and a more organized and productive existence. 
The best way to tackle the decluttering of your home, your work space, and your life is to take things one small step at a time. Combined, small steps will lead to big improvements that will be easier to maintain over the long-run.

Obviously, the clutter was causing Mary Jo more stress than me. But, I did get in the spirit yesterday by decluttering the desktop on my iPad. I don't think being a neat freak is in my genes. The article is correct about taking small steps at a time whether we are decluttering our home, our iPad, or our lives. I have promised to do my part in maintaining the decluttered environment over the long run.

On Saturday evening, we attended the 50th Anniversary Party for my brother, Lou, who our family calls Cookie, and his wife, Paula. It was a wonderful evening for a wonderful couple. It was the first time my siblings and I had all been together in a number of years, since one lives in Maryland and another in Virginia. Here's some pictures:

Paula and Lou


Our family


My sibs: Lou, me, Steve (Maryland), David (Virginia), Dan, Paul, and our onliest sister, Kim


Mary Jo in the center with my sister, Kim, and my cousin, Jamie


My big brother and I

Thanks again for all of your thoughts and prayers for us. We will be going back to Vanderbilt on August 19th for tests to evaluate the success of Mary Jo's stem cell transplant. Have a great week.

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