Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Just for Fun

I have never really thought of myself as an obsessive person.

Okay, maybe over a couple of things, but I am a woman who has raised five
children and some of my obsessions have just had to relax.

A spring fever bug bit me in February. I became convinced that if I would just sort, straighten, and scour around my house, snow would finally melt and flowers would begin to bloom. My little formula did not work, winter decided to linger.

I have many deep and wide kitchen cabinets. They are more like storage trunks for many a trinket, many an object. As I sorted and cleaned, I was constantly getting reaquainted with my old things. There was one surprise or another behind every door and drawer. Reorganizing became treasure hunting.

There was one surprise that I will never forget.

A few years ago, I had a really hard time finding, chopped green chilies at the store. I like to use them in several recipes, so it was very discouraging when I couldn't find them.

I must have started picking up cans of green chilies every time I shopped, because when I cleaned out my canned food cabinet, I found twenty-one cans of green chilies. I could not believe it! Twenty-one! I had obsessed over green chilies and I didn't even know it!

I laughed so hard as I pulled out another can ... and another one ... and another one ... They were hidden everywhere in my unorganized pantry.

I was so embarrassed I did not want to tell anyone! Now I am telling all of you!

I guess I don't always realize when I am out of control.

Is anyone in need of a can or two of green chilies?


Ashli said...

Giggle. I know those cabinets well. They are an organized persons worst nightmare.
I have a similar obsession with tp. Probably from being stranded in 'siberia' trying to get someone's attention and assistance without much luck. Now every time I visit a target I feel the urge to buy tp. AND I buy in bulk. One can never have too many chilis...or tp! :)

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Haha! I've been there too. I hoard when I'm afraid - afraid that I won't be able to find my favorite brand or item. Then I hesitate to use it for fear of running out!
I had a problem with French vanilla instant pudding that I use to make my banana cream pie. The "French" makes a difference, and it's so hard to find!

Anonymous said...

Ha!! Maybe we can swap and trade--I have TONS of cereal (hey, it's on sale and you never know if it will ever be that cheap again. Took 10 boxes to the church food pantry--and still looks like I put no dent into the stash!!).

Love your blog!! Miss ya!!

Joyful said...

LOL...Cheri that's so funny! It reminds me of when I was helping my sister pack for her move. She had countless boxes of orange jello, enough spaghetti to feed an army and cans of tomato sauce to go with that meal.

I think I know what you'll be eating for awhile. *smile*

Love ya,

Corrie said...

Glad I'm not alone in my hoarding! As I sort and pack I see endless piles of paper; reminder notes to myself, notes from sermons, story ideas, shopping lists. Also notebooks and pens. I think mine stems from being afraid I'll forget something, so I write it down or buy a cute notebook to write it in! :)

Grace Wheeler said...

Mmmm...I smell Green Chili Burritos cooking!