By: Mallory Kane
Congratulations to "Cris", the winner of Mallory's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
hoard: [hawrd, hohrd] to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place. to hoard food during a shortage.
Did you ever just want to take a great big contractor-sized trash bag through your house and throw 90% of everything you see into it, drag it out to the curb and say 'good riddance?' That's how I'm feeling today. I'm having my master bedroom closets (circa 1950s) remodeled into one big walk-in closet. Of course, before we could get started on the remodel, everything in the closet had to come out. It was like watching clowns climb out of a tiny car at the Circus, or seeing a magician pulling rabbits, doves and pretty girls out of a hat. I cannot believe the volume of clothes, shoes, suitcases and cat toys came out of those two small spaces. Let me put it this way. What came out of there takes up half of my office, waist-high.
It doesn't help that my husband still has shirts with his name sewn in them by his mom from high school, the first (and every) pair of glasses he ever owned, a pair of hiking boots--'still perfectly good' (his words) from 1972 and a wool sweater he accidentally dried in the dryer that's too small for our cat.
I save things too, but mine are only the really, really, ultra-important things--like every book I ever bought, or every piece of wrapping paper I ever (carefully) tore off a gift. I need those things.
I've filled up a couple of contractor-sized trash bags already, just of my own stuff. Some is being donated and some is going to the curb. And I have a tentative promise from my husband that he will 'go through' his clothes before they go back into the newly remodeled closet.
To give credit where it's due, neither one of us hides our stuff. Nope. In our house it's right out there in the open where anyone visiting us can see it. Any time. All of it.
Disclaimer: these photos are not of my actual cat or my actual bookshelves. To be honest, we have at least twice that many books, and my cats want to tell you that not one of them is as fat as the adorable kittie in the picture.
To celebrate the fact that neither my husband or I are hoarders, and to remind folks that No Hero, my Launch Book for the Dead Sexy Line of Entangled Publishing is still available on Amazon, I'll award one commenter a $5.00 gift card to Amazon, perfect for purchasing a copy of No Hero by Mallory Kane. I also have two Harlequin Intrigues out this spring/summer. Private Security in May and Death of a Beauty Queen in June. So I'll send you a signed copy of one of those if you already have No Hero. :)
So what do you have that you are most certainly not hoarding? Books, like me? Clothes? Shoes? Coupons without expiration dates from back when DREFT and IVORY SNOW were still being made? (Ahem, ignore that.) I'd love to hear from you.
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