Cate rang from Delhi to say she had some good news and bad news.
The bad news was that she was not coming home for the weekend – the Goat Thing in Delhi being bigger than she had imagined - so she needs more time there. She will go straight from Delhi to Dubai – so I may see her at the end of next week – just before she goes to Shanghai.
The good news is that I have more time to bring all the boxes up from the basement before she gets home.
She has actually no idea how much stuff is in the basement because she has never been down there. Any time I have something for which there is no room in the apartment I ask what to do with it and she says to put it in the basement - and this has been going on for four years.
So the plan is that I will bring boxes up from the basement – Cate will open them and cull the contents and I will take the reduced contents back down. Our surplus books can go to a charity store in Salesianergasse which sells mainly English language books.
The rest of the stuff will probably go into the trash (because it is) unless we can find a home for it.
Now – I will not be opening or vetting the boxes on the basis that it will be too dusty. That is good.
Cate will be doing all the vetting and culling. That is bad.
She is not good at throwing things away. We still have – for example – mountains of stuff from her high school and university years – and these were not events which took place recently.
In the book department I can envision a scenario where she discovers long lost treasures which have to be re-read. So the outcome of this may be that we get much more room in the basement but we transfer mountains of stuff back to the apartment to be put on the ‘unread books’ pile.
Anyway – I start this task tomorrow. I will keep you informed.