Friday Fictioneers: 20th September 2019

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Nancy was a hoarder. No other word for it, she wouldn’t throw anything away, always saying you never knew when you might need it.
Her flat was cluttered beyond belief until Andrew came up with a brilliant idea.
The only thing was everything was out of her reach, so rather than ask him to retrieve a colander or sieve, she just went out and bought new ones!

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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29 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: 20th September 2019

  1. Sadje says:

    I have known people like that.

  2. Dear Di,

    So much for Andrew’s brilliant idea. 😉 You’re no hoarder of words, though. Good one.



  3. Carol Anne says:

    I have an aunt whose like that! Its a hard way to live!

  4. Nobbinmaug says:

    It was a foolproof plan but not hoarder-proof.

    My friend’s grandmother was the worst I’ve seen in real life. She had rooms so packed that one could not enter the room.

  5. bearmkwa says:

    I did that with my coffee mugs when Hubby put them up on the shelf instead of on the counter…. about 20 cups later, it finally dawned on him that I couldn’t reach any of the kitchen cupboards… we ended up converting the coat closet to store everything.

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    You’ve given me an idea for some extra storage around my place! 😉

    • Hanging pot racks were very popular in small kitchens as the ceilings were quite high in the older properties. We couldn’t put cupboards on one wall in our kitchen in the bungalow because it was too narrow, so we bought two shallow pine book cases and stood them one on top of the other. Ideal for pots, cereal and pasta containers.

  7. Seemed like a good idea at the time! Nice one Di.

  8. draliman says:

    A hoarder’s dream – more of everything. He didn’t think that one through!

  9. Dale says:

    That totally backfired! Made even more room for even more stuff!
    Well done, Di!

  10. Abhijit Ray says:

    Whatever new item is bought for her, she will again hoard. She will never throw away things, be it new or old. So what is the solution?

  11. granonine says:

    Well, that plan backfired! Hoarding is a recognized anxiety behavior, and with good counsel it can be helped—a little 🙂

  12. gillyflower says:

    D’oh! A vicious circle, indeed. Poor Nancy and Andrew.

  13. Andrew’s idea seems to have had the opposite effect. My husband became a hoarder in later years. I’d have the flat almost cleared out and he’d bring in more stuff. Things that were broken he was sure he could fix. When he passed on, a lot of stuff went. Well done, Pensitivity. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • I am sorry for your loss Suzanne, and understand fully.
      We had a rule that if it hadn’t been used in 6 months, we obviously didn’t need it, so it went. Nine times out of ten we wanted it in the seventh month!

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