Friday, May 19, 2006


Yes, I'm possessed. I've just realized that my possessions own me. They demand that I polish them, wash them, store them, display them, use them and even though I got rid of a lot of stuff seven years ago, I'm still a slave to the demands of the remaining possessions.

When you own something you feel responsible for it. Possessions create a lot of work and expense. You not only spend money buying them, but then you have to spend money on a place to put them. Bookcases, shelving, furniture. Well things are changing around here. Possessions are being reduced.

In our house in San Miguel de Allende which is small and has limited storage, I have had some great dinner parties with wonderful conversation, 40 people for cocktails, many home cooked dinners. We've served red wine, white wine and champagne. All in common everyday wine glasses. We always have clean sheets and towels. We have clothes to put on our backs every morning. I have equipment to do my work. People say we have a beautiful home.

So, do I really need pilsner beer mugs? Special glasses for port or red wine or white wine. Water glasses, margarita glasses. Do I need a set of 12 in a formal china ringed with silver? Christmas dishes? Mexican pottery? Or Waterford napkins rings? Or 3 sets of charger plates....copper, gold and pewter? Dessert plates? salad plates? Silver coffee service? Crystal candlesticks....4 sets? And the list goes on and on.

Possessions have accumulated..........and accumulated.

I'm not sure who is the owner. Me or the possessions?

But the times they are a'changing. We are "de-possessing." The Estate Sale is June 2 and 3.


Brenda said...

Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Billie & Ned;

I'm interested in those Pilsner beer mugs ;-)

Juan Calypso

jose said...

"Things are in the saddle and ride mankind"-- RW Emerson

BillieS said...

Jose, that is a great quote. It is true too.