Saturday, June 14, 2014

Shh! I'm a Secret Hoarder

Diana here:

I'm confessing to all of you something I was unaware of until my computer became disabled.  I'm still mourning the loss of  the letter "C" but I'm having better days now.

So if you read last weeks post you know I replaced my old reliable friend Gateway and replaced her with Toshiba. In the process I discovered I had over 36,000 photos and close to 50,000 files. There might have been more but I have trouble retaining numbers. What if those were all in paper form? I wouldn't be able to leave my office!
too many files
What my Hard Drive looks like
I was shocked. I have become a data hoarder. If you came to my house you would never suspect I have this problem.

Stop!  Don't even for a second consider my home is organized, nor will you find an over used labeler--yes, I own one but it ran out of tape and I ran out of interest.

Our home is a bit messy but I don't keep things (well not a lot of things) that I don't use. I had heard somewhere that if you don't use it give it to someone who will.

So that's why I was in shock when Carbonite (a back up/restore plan) said it would take 24 days with my Internet connection to get my files onto the new computers hard drive.

What? 24 days? It had to be my Internet, right? I unplugged and stuffed the computer into my backpack and headed to my son's home. He has faster Internet because he lives in town.

I waited hoping to see a much lower number of days. The screen popped up to let me know my time had been shortened to 12 days.  But but still, 12 days?

The verses from Matthew 6:19-20 filtered from my heart to my brain.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steel. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."

I realized I have been storing up treasures on my computer. Titles for possible books, gluten free recipes I never made, classes on writing that I no longer needed.

And the photos! oh wow, there was a real treasure chest. I take a lot of photos to use on my blog and for this one FaithGirls. I use them once and then forget about them.

Here's one that should go.
Mac and Cheese so good but I must delete you.

I have a lot of cleaning out to do, but I'm waiting for winter so I can sit by the fire and open each one and then delete. Yes, I'm afraid to push that delete button without looking because it might be something I need.

If these files are truly important and I want to protect them from moths and vermin (virus and malware) I need to print them out and file them. The unimportant can go.

Unless someone out there would like me to send them my Christmas list from 2002?

*if the Mac and Cheese photo made you hungry here is the link for the recipe  Gluten Free Mac and Cheese.


  1. I've been trying to clean out things little-by-little... I wish I could make faster progress, even with email!

    1. It's so much more fun to collect than discard, isn't it?

  2. I am definitely one who goes by - "if you haven't worn/used it in the last year, give it away." But when it comes to my computer, I save everything! In my mind, if it's on my computer, I'll always have a copy.
    But then I have to find "it" on my computer, which presents another dilemma!

    1. Oh my you've hit upon another problem of mine. I need to name my files better. Chapter 1 appears to many times.