Er, no.

January 2, 2012 | My Jottings

Well, January reared her frigid head last night and our temperatures dropped many-something degrees. It’s supposed to be -2° tonight, or -19° Celsius for my two across-the-pond readers. And as I’ve mentioned a few dozen times on this blog, January is usually our coldest month, and it can get down to -30° sometimes.

I know we’re supposed to live in the moment, but these kind of January moments are always hard for me. I spend most of each January waiting for each January to leave.

If you read my post about giving away 365 items over the next year, you saw that I threw out a big pile of grocery receipts. Pen gave away a funky pair of feather earrings.

Today these are going:

Four tiny, old candles the size of shot glasses. They were stored away with Christmas decorations and we had them out on a side table in the living room last month, and I kept asking myself why.

I wouldn’t light them because the flame would be so close to the thin glass I was afraid they would crack. And I am not into babysitting little candles these days, so I think their usefulness has been used up.

Pen is going to be so good about re-purposing and recycling the things she’s donating, and I will certainly try. But I’m throwing these candles in the garbage, and don’t feel a bit of sorrow about it at all. If you think I should, let me know.

Today I took one look at these and said, “Er, no. They must go.”

I’m trying to decide if these could count for January 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. I guess the week ahead will tell me that. We have several couples coming over tomorrow night for Life Group from our church, I have a sick gal home today, and I have an important report to start work on, so perhaps I’ll lean toward letting these four candles count for four days.

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for reading…


  1. Ember says:

    4 days. Definitely! Give yourself a break! Do they recycle glass where you are? Here we could toss them in the glass recycling instead of the regular landfill, but I don’t know if that’s an option for you. x

  2. Just Julie says:

    Yes we do recycle glass, Ember! I never thought of that because of the wax. Dare I toss them into the recycler then?

  3. Ganeida says:

    I’m with Pen. Definitely 4 days worth. I gave away all our lego last year. Reckon it counts as 365 days worth ~ not that I actually counted every piece but having lived with it underfoot for years I know it certainly felt that way!

  4. Just Julie says:

    That made me smile, Ganeida. Our Legos have to stay for now since so many of the grandchildren love them and actually play with them each time they’re here. But when it’s time for them (the Legos, not the grands) to go….that will be 2 years’ worth of items for me! Thank you for always stopping in here…. <3

  5. Shari says:

    You have inspired me to start looking around with “eyes of eradication” 🙂 (of things no longer used, that is…)
    It always feels so freeing to simplify! Thanks, friend!

  6. Just Julie says:

    I agree with you Shari….it’s surprising what it feels like to donate even small things. 🙂

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