Probably is...the last year has been sucky to say the least. The anniversary of my mother's death is fast approaching & I'm finding myself extremely reflective; very lonely of late. I've also found over the last few months the need to simplify. Everything..... I've been getting rid of stuff. You know I used to hang onto every bit of artwork or gift the tweedles have given me. Now I've chosen the things that are most meaningful; the things I display & thrown out the rest. I went through my closet last week - none of my clothes fit due to medication weight gain anyway. It's amazing the number of outfits I got rid of ...the ones I kept thinking would fit again or that if they did fit I would get one more place to wear them. Nope - donated that stuff this year. Have been doing the same in husband's closet as well. Just spend the afternoon sitting on the bed sorting; napping when I need to & have husband carry the bags out to my van. This spring husband & I decided that wm's old room is becoming a sewing/art/craft room. wm isn't likely to come home anytime soon. He's not even likely to stay overnight. And we'll deal with that when & if it happens. There is no longer a "shrine" to wm. Carries too much emotional baggage. After the first of the year I'm digging out from all the "must have" appliances in my kitchen - the ones that have been gifted to me but I never use. You wouldn't believe the number of books I've donated. All those books I could never ever live without. The same with movies. The must haves that I only watched once. I really cleaned out my office area - simplified my filing system. I don't need to do the staff accountant thing at home. Now I shred statements & receipts as they clear the bank (unless needed for taxes). I have much more room; I set up my easel & art supplies. I have such great light to work with at my desk & I was wasting that space. I don't know what's going to happen over the next year with my health - don't know to what level I will recover. No one has given me the full picture yet. To whatever extent I've decided that I don't need, have never needed the "things" I've accumulated over the years. It's never been about things - more about quality of life. Family, friends & peace of mind. Things became a burden & something that needed dusting. Just thinking out loud this morning.