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Besides procrastinating by making a bracelet, I actually did do some sorting and moving and preparing-of-stuff-to-be-thrown-out. The alcove near the fireplace now has the table-thing which was in the front hall, with two sets of plastic drawers underneath it. This is a much better situation than the drawers had been in before, where they had been in the far corner of the lounge with a plank on top of them, and that plank was piled high with boxes. I noticed as I was moving them, that the top parts of the drawers had bent, probably due to the plank. Oops. Well, now they're under the table-thing, there is no pressure being put on them. I'm calling it a "table-thing" because it isn't a table, and it isn't a desk, and I'm sure there's a proper name for it, but I can't remember what it is. It's more like a desk than a table, really.


What had been under the table-thing in the front hall, were two overflowing boxes. One with stuff from my late Aunt (and I didn't get to it, I just moved the box a few metres away) and the other with my "free to a good home" books etc in it. So too late, too late, any of my visitors who were eyeing them, they will be gone very soon. Some to recycling, some to Fishpond, and one to a Certain Person whom I realised in a flash of enlightenment, would probably like it. I hope. The origins of the book are mysterious. I found it at the back of the top shelf of the linen closet, when I was standing up on a stool to see what was actually there and if there was room and if I could remove any of it. And there was this green hardback book sitting there behind everything. Given that it was printed in 1975, and I'd never seen it before, I suspect it might have belonged to a previous owner of the house (or, more likely, a daughter of same)... but what it was doing at the back of the cupboard, I have no idea.

So, there is a space in the front hall, and I think I will put some of my video drawers there. Which means I need to thoroughly winnow my VCR collection - which I haven't looked at in years, I admit, but I don't feel I can indiscriminately throw them all out, because there are things there which are irreplaceable. And there are other things there which I have since bought on DVD, so I definitely don't want to keep those.

But there will be throwings-out of some video tapes, yes. Because I don't expect anyone to actually want them. I'm one of the only people I know who still has a working VCR! However, I am facing somewhat of a dilemma: do I throw them out, or do I recycle the tape by using it for plarn (plastic yarn)? Usually plarn is made by cutting up plastic bags, but one can also use the tape part of video tapes, and it's already cut and coiled for you! What does one do with plarn? Usually crocheted or woven items that need to be hardwearing, such as mats or baskets or soles of sandals (though I think the last one would be rather uncomfortable). I would certainly like to try, at least, to see whether it's feasible to make stuff with it; if nothing else, to satisfy my curiosity. But, on the other hand, it could end up being a fuss and a bother and not worth it. I don't know. Argh!
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