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Farewell faithful (stuffed) sheepdog, and other tales from the cleaning wars

It was one of my favorite things. This YUGE stuffed sheepdog. Beastie was about five feet long and so well made that it even had big button eyes and substantial, well-sewn eyelids despite the fact that, being a true sheepdog, nobody ever saw them.

Every morning when I’d put it back on my bed, I’d make sure it was seated comfortably. It always seemed happy.

But since finishing the bedroom a week ago, I’ve been on a crusade to bring order to the entire house after nine months of construction and chaos. I’ve already hauled off several Kia-loads of donations, as well as tossed several trashcans full of the useless.

Time to re-home my doggie; it had become clutter.

With sadness, I donated the pup to the thrift store last week. It sold that very day. I hope somebody loves their new sheepdog.


I’ve actually had two of those giant sheepdogs over the years, both $5 garage-sale purchases. The first I had to give away when I moved to the Desert Hermitage. As soon as I came back, I found its twin. It was obviously meant to be. But no more.

I’m always claiming to love near-Japanese simplicity in my environment — then hitting those yard sales and second-hand stores.

Now I’m stripping possessions down so there will be less rubble to shift during the next rounds of painting and finishing.


Today while sorting through old CDs, I found this.

I nearly tossed it before I decided to have a closer look. It’s a disc containing nearly every article I wrote up to the point it was made (2003). It’s got pieces from Sierra Times, WorldNetDaily, Loompanics, and Backwoods Home (including articles BHM never put online).

I owe some devoted person a big thank you and an apology; I can’t remember who made that disc or why. If it was you, please speak up!

Although some of the articles are terribly dated — the newest of them is 15 years old, after all — there are a few “classics” in there that I might pull out and post somewhere.

Never know what you might find when you get serious about bringing order out of chaos.


  1. MacGregor Phillips
    MacGregor Phillips February 10, 2018 5:51 pm

    You should make copies of the CD and sell them. I would gladly pay at least $10 plus shipping.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty February 11, 2018 7:13 am

    Oh, I’d love to see what you have from the Sierra Times. I had everything ever published there, but the hard drive died and I eventually tossed it. Didn’t know then that things could still be recovered from a bad HD. And most of my back up was on the little floppy disks, and I have nothing with which to read them now. sigh

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X February 11, 2018 8:20 am

    “You should make copies of the CD and sell them. I would gladly pay at least $10 plus shipping.”


  4. fred
    fred February 11, 2018 4:40 pm

    Bye puppie.Im in on the cd,can you sell it online as a download?

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