My new past-time: Information hoarding

It seems that I've become a hoarder of information. I've been stashing it on the Internet in my word docs, my Google docs, and my email docs; as well as on little bits of paper all over the house. I suddenly became aware of this after I found out a couple of weeks ago that I will not be moving to Austin any time soon.

While I was figuring out a way to wrap up the contract to sell my business and my property, get it signed, pack all my stuff and get out of town, I stopped writing. Well, not completely......but just about. My brain didn't stop coming up with things to write about though.

That's why the stashing began. I really didn't have time to sit down and organize my thoughts, so I started writing down bits and pieces...sometimes single words, sometimes sentences, mostly incomplete and dangling all over the place.

And now that all that busy stuff has come to a halt, my head is bursting with ideas to write about....but I'm still not writing. I just keep storing all those ideas away. I'm reading more and surfing the Internet more, commenting, and writing little squibs here and there, but not really creating anything of length or of consequence.

No. I'm not depressed, nor am I sad or angry. It's just that, there is so much "stuff" up there in my head all crammed together that it's having a hard time getting out....sort of like constipation. Can one have a constipated brain?

Well, no matter. There are a lot of things I want to say about my experiences with Kari over the past eight months, but I am still sorting them out; still trying to figure out how I feel about them and how I can make sense of them so that writing about them doesn't come across all jumbled up and impossible to comprehend. Most of you have kept up with what has been going onduring this time. At least you know that Kari (my housekeeper and assistant) and her husband were planning to buy my bed and breakfast, business and property. Well, as it happens, they were not able to come up with all the money and so the deal dissolved ....no big surprise there.

Somewhere, in my psyche, bells were going off the whole time we were negotiating. I had plenty of reason to doubt that the deal would ever come to fruition but, cock-eyed optimist that I am, I went alongwith it, thinking it would eventually work out. Actually, more than optimism, I think it was the strong desire to get out of a business that has become too strenuous for me to handle at my age that has kept me believing or at least hoping that it would happen. Anyhow, it didn't and now I'm back to "going with the flow" again. I have put my house up for sale again and am working with a great realtor friend of mine to make a sale as soon as possible in this crazy economy.

I really do not have a lot of anger towards Kari, as I know how much she wanted this and how hard she and her husband worked to make it happen. They even sold their house. She is still working for me, but has given her notice in order to take a full time job so that they can save some money and put their lives back together. They have been staying with friends and family for the past few weeks. All of their belongings are in storage, so their family of four (they have two young boys) has been in upheaval. She has promised to stay with me, until I find another assistant, and train them.

I was disappointed, yes, but life goes on and as I said I've decided to just with the flow. I think my daughter (in Austin) was more upset than I was. My head is now back on my business in Louisville instead of hanging out in Austin. I know I will eventually get there. But for now, I simply have to delay the inevitable. It'll be hard on me physically but, if I get a good assistant I'll be just fine.

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Comments 22 comments

Judy Short 6 years ago

Oh, Nancy! Same thing happened to us with Roger's biz. The saying is true: "Man plans; God laughs."

It will all work out somehow!

See you soon!

:)


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Judy, Thanks so much. I love your comments. I remember you telling me about the problems that ensued after the sale of Roger's business. Can't wait 'til you come for another visit so we can comiserate. Did you get the gift certificate I sent you?


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

AlexHouse: Sorry to hear this! I wonder if things didn't work out because Kari wouldn't have been able to handle the business, so the doors didn't open for her to get the funds. For us is the opposite, my s/o and I purchased a business in order to be of help more than the business itself, and we are now in high debt - very stressful as he never had abundance issues before; we need to sell our cabin, (which we rent in the meantime,) he is opening his remodeling business again to bring in more money, to pay off the debt and we will then be in a better place. Geeze, never knew we would have to work so hard!

I always enjoy reading your stories.


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

Everything will work out the way it's supposed to. It's just not the right timing yet.

Keep hoarding those little pieces of paper and writing your wonderful stories in the meantime!


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BrianS 6 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

Never forget what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Here's hoping you get what you want soon.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@Violetsun. You are amazing. This is exactly what I believe: "wonder if things didn't work out because Kari wouldn't have been able to handle the business, so the doors didn't open for her to get the funds."

And I am so sorry to hear about you bad business venture. I shall hold the thought that it will turn around for the two of you very soon.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@judydiane: "Everything will work out the way it's supposed to. It's just not the right timing yet."

I truly believe this.

I am actually starting to write again....have written 2 or 3 articles this week and finished a couple I started months ago. Thanks for the positive words and encouragement.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@BrianS: Wow, another great adage....one that I actually learned a long time ago. Thanks so much.


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Victoria West 6 years ago from Toronto

Great hub, thanks for sharing. :)


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You're welcome. Thanks for the comment.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

That is so true - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger but yikes. At the time it is SO disappointing. We shall look forward to more of your writing and I will personally put in a 'bid' to the heavens that you get a break here soon with deciding what to do with the rest of your life! It always works out the way it is supposed to but at the time it can be pretty mind boggling!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Honestly, ak, I was disappointed for about 5 minutes. I really do live my life "going with the flow". I believe that this happened for a reason. Somewhere deep in my psyche I had a feeling Kari and her husband wouldn't be able to handle what it would take to run this business and maintain this beautiful 4000 sq home. In some ways the way it turned out was actually a relief to me.

I get over things very quickly and snap back easily. I am writing again and just going with the flow. It will happen when it happens. My mind is clear and not in the least boggled. But thanks for the support; I can always use that. It is very much appreciated.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Alekhouse - going with the flow sounds so comforting - I agree with you - so often we look back years later and realise that things happen for a reason. Here's to your new door to more wonderful things opening soon.

And the hoarding? I do it very often and it seems like a jumble till one fine day, things just unravel and become a pattern.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Shalini, Thanks for the kind words of support. Yes, I think you're right. All those little tid bits are starting to turn into longer pieces. I'm slowly getting back to it.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Well I'm slow to get here but am certainly sorry to hear of your disappointment. Your information stashing is interesting - I've never thought of it that way but you are 100% correct that there is hoarding going on in My Docs and elsewhere! Hmmm...


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks for the comment, SG, and appreciate your sympathy. I'm ok, though....just goin' with the flow.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I love your use of the language.

Life has had a number of delays. I am on the same route but God has me in a perpetual round about and I am ready to get off but I don't know where I will land.

I am empathize and I sympathize with leaving Austin - loved my vacation to Austin, Texas - one of the very, very best in my lifetime of extensive travel.

Nowadays, I simply travel on Hub Pages.

I consider myself a collector - I collect ideas and images and I do hoard - I love photos - oh, the home improvement dreaming photos are my favorite. Yes, I will stand up and admit I am a hoarder too - just now I hoard with Hub Pages.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

@GmaGoldie: Thanks for all the comments. Looking forward to reading your stuff.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

As a fond follower of your Kari stories, I wondered how she could manage the B&B.

I love the pictures of your notes and had to laugh. I sit here surrounded my scribbled note, it's a mess! And I just said yesterday that I am becoming a picture hoarder. I download way too many out of copyright pictures as well as my own photos and sometimes laugh at the stuff I've kept. Way too much!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanksfor the comraderie. I feel a lot better LOL


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Hope things are working out as you would want them to! It's very hard when one's plans don't work out, I know.

Love and peace

Tony


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Tony. I'm way over it now. It's just that it's hard running this kind of business at my age...and all I really want to do is write and be with my daughter...Oh well, one of these days...Wanna buy a bed and breakfast?

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