Friday, November 16, 2007

A good (but short) day

You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but I'm always surprised by how quickly a day off goes by! Got stuff done today, and the most important thing was defrosting the freezer, because Ken is picking up our side of beef on Saturday. I loaded up everything into bins and sat them outside while the freezer defrosted. In a moment, I'll get the pork roast into the crockpot and get that cooking.

On my way to the grocery store this morning, I was listening to NPR. They played a snippet of a feature they're running this weekend. First, Stevie Nicks was saying that if Tom had asked her, she would have left Fleetwood Mac to join Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Tom's comment to that? "Yeah...she brought that up several times, and I finally had to say hey...we don't have girls in the band." Oh Tom, you always were one of my favorites! I believe that girls can rock, too (if you don't think so, Chrissie Hynde will kick your ass), but not Stevie Nicks! Sorry, I was never a fan. I saw Fleetwood Mac in Indy several years ago, and she was so out of it and sounded so awful, it was just embarrassing. I hear she's cleaned up since then, but I was just never a fan of the whole mystic, Wiccan, flowing garments, and platform boots thing. I also found her voice fairly grating. So it made me laugh when I heard Tom Petty say that. He's so laidback, and his attitude was kind of like, "Yeah, I know about that....not gonna happen." Instead of a classic like "Refugee" or "Americal Girl" or my personal favorite, "Breakdown," I found this. Here's to you, Tom!

A little later

I have "Oprah" on, and I have to say, I'm disgusted. They're helping this older couple who are packrats--they've been piling stuff up for over 30 years. I don't pretend to be the best housekeeper in the world, and our home is far from pristine, but these people were just nuts. Entire rooms piled high with bags and boxes of stuff! When they started cleaning it out, the mice were everywhere, and there was so much black mold that they had to leave the house for several weeks. They were lucky they were still able to live in the house--sometimes black mold is so pervasive they can't clean it out. They had to take a lot of the drywall out because it was so moldy.

I honestly can't imagine how anyone can get so out of control. Well, I guess I can. There has to be some mental illness going on there, because a normal person would realize how bad it was. We've all encountered some pretty God-awful messes in homes we've visited--dirty dishes piled high, junk everywhere, not a clutter-free spot to be seen--but this is just crazy. They may have cleaned up this couple's home, but I hope they go beyond the cleanup and make sure that they get some professional help, because it is not normal to live your life that way. They are calling them "compulsive hoarders." It makes me want to go clean our closets.

Nahhh...that's for another day.


deshelestraci said...

Pretty funny!  Never been a huge Fleetwood Mac fan.

luvrte66 said...

Yeah, it made me laugh, too!

bgilmore725 said...

I didn't watch that particular show, but i have seen shows about hoarders before... it is disgusting to see it. I've never known a hoarder, personally, but I'm sure I would never get invited into their home if I had. I don't think cleaning out the house for them is going to stop their hoarding... like you said, there are definitely some other mental/emotional issues going on. There's a difference between saving things that you want to keep for posterity or to hand down to your children, versus keeping things you'll never need, buying things you'll never use, and never throwing anything away... no, it's not normal. bea

luvrte66 said...

Thanks for the comment, Bea! Yeah, it was pretty disturbing to see. Especially disgusting was that the piles of stuff were harboring vermin and mold. Yuck!