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Blogs of Writer, Artist, Photographer, & Caregiver Joanne D. Kiggins

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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Tossing the Garbage.

Today is the day to put the garbage at the end of the driveway for pickup. I decided it’s time to clean out my mom’s kitchen cabinets. Not only could I not find anything I needed to use for baking or cooking, but also every time I opened a cabinet I’d get hit in the head with needless plastic butter containers and lids. Coupons and box tops fluttered their way to the floor and the jammed-packed cabinet door wouldn’t close properly.

Not a bad day’s work. It only took me six hours and four garbage bags to toss container after container, can after can and box after box of expired food products, and all the miscellaneous odds and ends type stuff that were saved “just in case they’re needed”.

What a refreshing feeling it is to be able to open a cabinet and find the mixing bowls, measuring cups and baking pans easily and not get thumped on the head by flying debris.

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