Happy Christmas! God bless us, everyone.
It's a quiet, rainy day here in central Florida. I plan to spend the day finishing up Xmas gifts so they can get mailed next week.
Instead of working on them last week, I rearranged furniture in my sewing/compute/guest room. Then I got caught up in sorting papers that were uncovered from moving everything around. Now, I am planning on scanning everything possible and saving it to my computer and being as close as possible to paperless as I can get.
It is an interesting concept--being paperless. This morning, I went through the files on my computer and put them in order. I figure if I scan a few documents every day, eventually I will get them all done. This does not mean I am going to scan all my books or magazines. Just those pesky papers that I want to keep, but don't want to have taking up space.
I have two two-drawer file cabinets full of this and that and I wonder how much of that I can do away with. I have a box of papers and things that have been waiting to be filed since we lived on Tugwell street. Actually, some of that is to-be-filed stuff that I brought with me from Illinois.
Oh, and I have a whole fat file of recipe's that I can scan. How handy to be able to just scroll through them to find what I want. It would be nice, although I don't have a strong urge to do it, to type in all the recipes in a database program. I don't get that excited about cooking these days though to go to all that work.
And I have all my papers from college -- all those English essays and Anthropology research papers -- which would be perfect to keep in the computer instead of in files.
O gosh, I could scan all the 'important' papers too - old tax forms, licences, certificates, and all those bills that you are suppose to keep record of. wow, that would probably empty the real file cabinets. Then I could either throw them away or use them to store fabric! What a grand idea.
It will be just as handy to have these documents on the computer. For example, I made a folder for our trip to Las Vegas and scanned the airline tickets and the hotel bill and even matchbooks that I brought back. Now they are there for the memories, but not taking up space. I think that is very cool. Somewhere, I have a program called flip album that can take a bunch of pictures and put them in an electronic scrapbook with captions. At some point, I can do that with these kinds of things.
I shouldn't be, but I am absolutely stunned at the idea that 2005 will be here in a week. It seems to have snuck up on me. We (RB & I) have a tradition of writing a letter to the future and sealing it up on New Years Eve to be read the following year (I don't think we did it last year though). I need to start thinking what I want to create in my life for this coming year.
I tried to call my kids, and found that all the phone lines are busy. Must be a lot of people on the phones!