Hello.  It’s been a while.

I took a breather from Not Just Clutter to sweep some clutter from my own mind.  I felt a little too wrapped up in worrying about mental illness and any hit of clutter, that I stepped back for a while.  It was a good thing for me.  I was able to focus on happier things for a while, and put my energy into other areas of my life.

But if you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning, you might be familiar with a series of posts called Case of the Silent Phone.  That’s what’s prompted me to write again.

It’s been 4 weeks since I’ve heard from my mother.  If you’re new to Not Just Clutter, my Mom only has a cell phone.  No land line, just a cell.  And for a while after getting it, Mom frequently lost her cell phone.  In fact, I think she’s had 3 phones in the last 18 months and it’s NOT because she’s always on the cutting edge of technology.

I call my Mom every Sunday.  3 weeks ago, my call went to voice mail.  I assumed she would call back within a few minutes.

2 weeks ago, I got voice mail again.  I thought maybe she lost the phone, or it’s not charged up.

And tonight, voice mail.  I’ve left messages every time.  I just don’t know what to think.

It could be that she’s lost the phone or the charger.  Or she’s feeling depressed and is refusing to answer any calls.  Or maybe….I don’t know.  My mind goes a million places.


  1. KfromGray
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    In today’s “reach-you-at-a-moment’s-notice cell phone era” a few moments of delay can be vexing if you need something urgently… I can’t imagine how you feel to have your Mom MIA vis cell for weeks at a time. The things that must be going through your mind… when it’s very likely that she’s misplaced another cell and is too sheepish to admit it.

    Thinking of you!

    • Rae
      Posted September 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      SO true! A cell phone should make it easier to track someone down, not harder! And the mind…well, the mind can quickly come up with all kinds of scenarios.

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