Feb 17, 2017

Hello from Roxanne at Haven of Home!

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I don't know if anyone who used to follow my blog "Haven of Home" is still receiving any notifications, but I thought I'd throw this out there!

The last time I posted was August of 2012.  FIVE YEARS AGO.  So much has happened since then (of course).  Two major things have happened in my life during this hiatus:

~ My son became a teenager (almost 15 and a good six inches taller than I am!).
~ My younger sister died on April 1, 2015 from colon/liver cancer, which was diagnosed in August of 2012.

A few days ago I was wandering around on the Haven of Home blog because I was trying to find a link that I had posted about.  As I read a post here and there, I started to feel like I wanted to blog again.  I loved getting to talk about all the aspects of homemaking.  I loved connecting with like-minded women.  I think I might be ready.

I discovered that several of the links are now broken, and some of my threads got dropped in the
middle when I quit blogging to help my sister.  So, I think I just need to start fresh.  I may transport some of my posts, or maybe I won't.

Either way, my passions are still homemaking with a love of mid-century style, homeschooling, and taking care of my high school sweetheart as we get ready to celebrate our 32nd anniversary in August.

So, if you get this note and want to drop by and say "hi", please do!  I'd like to catch up on what you've been doing for the last five years, too!

Roxanne

Aug 30, 2012

*TAP* *TAP* *TAP* ... Is this thing on?

Hey, Y'all!

Summer is about to come to a close at our house.  School starts on Monday.  It IS Labor Day, after all.  Doesn't that mean that J should labor?  He doesn't think so, either.

What a summer it has been!  I trust yours has been eventful and memorable in a good way.  Ours has been.  There have been challenges, too, certainly, but The Summer of 2012 has been fantastic.

I'm rolling some post ideas around in my mind.  If you're still out there reading my blog, stop by and say "hi" and catch me up on what you've been doing.  Let me know what your plans for autumn are. 

We're coming up on a new season in the calendar year and a new season in our lives.  For example, I'm going to begin my last year in the 40s.  I intend to make it a prelude to a wonderful new decade!

I'm going to be spending the weekend doing the final tweaking on my homeschooling as well as putting up the TONS of tomatoes are garden is producing.  One of our tomatoes was 2 pounds, all by itself!  We went to the fair yesterday and saw that we would have won third place if we had entered it.  Instead, we just ate it.

Our secret to mega tomatoes can be given with one word:

Manure.  That is all.

Jun 18, 2012

My "Summer Plan"

I mentioned in my last post that I had created a "Summer Plan."  I used one of the forms from an older version of Kemi's planner (see my sidebar for links to the planners) that showed the week-at-a-glance.   The form can be completed on the computer and printed, or, as I did, saved as a picture via the Paint program and used as a desktop picture!

Yes, a desktop picture.  Other people have pictures of their children, spouses, favorite vacation spots, or images of their hobbies.  Not me.  My desktop shows my weekly plan LOL!

If you click on the picture below, I believe it will enlarge.  Below the picture I'll describe what the heck it means!


MONDAY:

No, I'm not the one playing tennis.  I should, of course, but it's actually my dh and ds.  They roll out of bed early, brush their teeth, grab a light snack and hit the court.  Meanwhile, I'm getting started on the laundry, making a good breakfast, and setting up my cooking plan. 

I have always done my laundry by doing one load each day during the week.  This is the first time in a long time that I've done it all in one day, but it's all part of my master plan to get the housework done so I can do OTHER things the rest of the week.  I'm loving this so much that I'm trying to figure out how I can do this during the regular school year!

The laundry is doing its thing, the men are getting some exercise and bonding time, and I'm lining up my groceries to cook a week's worth of meals in one day.  When they return, we eat breakfast and do our Bible reading.  My DH heads off to work, J and I spend a little time in the yard or garden improving something, and then I get started on the cooking. 

I knew that I wanted to do this and was about to look for some plans online when I stumbled across this book at a yard sale:


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 It exactly fit what I was looking to do.  So far we've liked everything that I've cooked.  I'm about to do my 4th session on Monday and I'm Actually. Looking. Forward. To. Cooking.  Imagine that.  Two things are especially great about doing this (aside from having to just heat and eat throughout the week).  One is that none of the food that I'm buying is going to waste.  Nothing is lingering in the produce drawer, dying a slow, pathetic death.  Everything is fresh and healthy!  The second thing I really like is that I'm not having to do any major cleanup of the kitchen throughout the week.  Oh, JOY!

After I'm done with the cooking and kitchen cleanup, J and I do a thorough house cleaning (around the stacks and stacks of stuff), put away all the clean laundry, and then

WE'RE DONE FOR THE WEEK!

I put the Family Movie Night on Monday because, after the busy day, I'm ready to kick back!

TUESDAY:

After breakfast/Bible/outdoor work, I set J to doing some state history activities while I do my paperwork.  That consists of bill paying, customer invoicing, filing, and working on the new school year.  When we finish with that, J and I work on some house project.  This coming Tuesday, for example, we'll be working on J's "notebooks."  In the evening, we all get to work on our respective computers without feeling like we're ignoring each other.  So far my husband hasn't gotten to participate in the evening activities, but soon (I hope) he'll not be working double shifts, 'cause the PM schedule is mucho fun too!

WEDNESDAY:

Usual morning startup with J going to his Mavis Beacon typing lessons while I put the finishing touches on my errand list.  I also do my grocery list even thought I don't shop until Friday.  After lunch, we head out and meander our way to band practice, doing whatever errands need to be taken care of.

THURSDAY:

DH leaves the house at 6:30 on Thursdays, so we don't eat breakfast together.  J and I do our morning routine and I gather up some snacks, our bottles of water, and we head out the door.  This past week he and I explored some side roads in our little town.  We came across a tiny graveyard and walked around reading the names and dates.  I let J decide if we'd go left or right at each junction (he loved that) and we spent about an hour just seeing what we came across.  We call these our "Adventures."  I want to incorporate time to do things for others in this time slot, too.  We'll see what I come up with.

We've been playing board games together in the evening, which has been very...interesting.  Let's just say that my 10yo boy is still having a little trouble with sportsmanship when he loses LOL!  Training time is always useful!

FRIDAY:

I'm working on some writing and drawing activities with J.  He enjoys both of those and I want to increase his skill in both areas.  I thought it would be nice to work on those without all the other school subjects hanging around.  I'm hoping that will make it a more relaxing and creative time for him. 

The same thought goes for the drum and piano lessons.  Less pressured.  Of course, right now it's just piano lessons because his drum set had to be dismantled.  He makes up for it by drumming on any flat surface he comes across.

We head to church about 5:00.  My favorite grocery store is near the church (half an hour away).  I shop for all the non-perishables before, leaving the few perishable items for after.  When I get home I load the frig and freezer, and leave the rest in bags in the pantry.  I don't have to put it away because it's all going to be used on Monday and throughout the week!  Did I mention how much I like cooking for the week on one day yet?

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY:

The weekend days are laid back and family oriented.  After church, I bring our food and changes of clothes (which I prepped on Saturday night), and we head out to do some family summer stuff.  We're already a half hour in the right direction leaving from there.  In the evening before bed, I do a quick plan for the upcoming week.

At this rate, I do believe I will accomplish much this summer and we'll have lots of wonderful memories!

Jun 16, 2012

I'm here, I'm here!




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 Hey, y'all! 

I thought I'd post a quick (and long) update about what's been going on in my little haven.

Well, I have been busy, BUT, I've also been lazy regarding the computer.  I have found myself turning it on in the morning to check emails and take care of any customer stuff for my husband, checking my three favorite blogs, and then, get this...

shutting the computer off! 

I usually do another check before bed, too, but that has been it for weeks.  I have no idea why I'm doing this, but I'm enjoying the time off! 

I have looked back at all my posting plans and I do feel a bit bad that I've dropped the ball on them. The ones that really made me feel guilty were the "part 1 of 2" posts where the 2nd one never got written!  Perhaps I will ease myself back into more posting...

Recently two of my readers made it a point to see if I was still around.  I thank them for their concern and thought I'd do a post to catch you up.  Maybe something I'm doing could prove useful!

First off, I have a "summer schedule" that I've been using for 3 weeks now.  (Summer started early here!).  I'm going to do a separate post describing that.  So far we are loving it!

Second, it's been five weeks since the work crew removed the stained ceilings and mildewed insulation from our entire upstairs.  They put up the new drywall and then the work season kicked in and my husband began to work double shifts, six days a week on other people's houses.  He's working on it some tonight (Yay!) and my hope is that we'll stop living with all of our belongings stacked around us in teetering columns and get moved into the upstairs by October 1st.  My extreme hope is that it will be long before then, but I'm a realist.

Third, I've started to play piano for our worship band at church.  I played for five years before J was born.  Now that he's 10yo, our pastor asked if I would be willing to come back.  I am so thrilled to be able to minister through music again.  That means going to weekly practice and showing up early to the services, which takes time, but it is fantastic!

Finally, we've got the garden in, such as it is.  I've committed myself to my Five Year Yard plan and we're a tad behind thanks to the house shenanigans.  We're still going to persevere and do what we can do and perhaps we'll have more than A tomato show up this year.

That's my update.  Look for my post describing my "summer schedule" to come out in the next few days.  I'm pretty excited about it 'cause it's working for me! 

(FarmMom reminded me that I had started the year talking about decluttering 2012 items in 2012.  Apparently she and her family are doing this themselves and keeping track.  I stopped counting for a while, but I started up again.  FarmMom--I'm at 450!)

May 12, 2012

Passing Along Some Savings


Just popping in for a second to let you know about a sale that Kemi is having on her "A Home Well Kept" set of planners. If you've been considering getting them, now is the time.  The percentage off is for the set of two planners.

Use the code THNKSMOM and you will receive 25% off.  The sale ends Monday, May 14.

A perfect Mother's Day gift!

If you'd like to, click HERE to use my affiliate link to go to her page, or HERE to go directly without going through my affiliate link.  Either way, Kemi has a great product and is a wonderful lady and I would love to send business her way!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

We are FINALLY getting all that mold yucky muck yuck taken care of in our upstairs.  For the last two weeks J and I have been hauling things downstairs (the two rooms were storing A LOT of stuff!) while my husband was working out of town.  Yesterday, he and a group of construction friends have begun the transformation.  As of this afternoon, the new insulation is in, the drywall is almost all up and the first taping is done.  DH also put in three new windows (which should help the winter warmth tremendously).

I have a ton of cleaning ahead of me when they get done...

For the next amount of time (Week? Weeks? Months?) that it may take my DH to find time to finish the finishing, we will be living in chaos.  Right now we're sleeping in our little camper.  Boy am I glad we have that!

In the midst of all of that, J and I are finishing up homeschooling.  He has two weeks left and then I'm going to kick in our newest summer plan.  It involves field trips, for one!

I trust that everyone is doing well and wish all the moms who read here a Happy Mother's Day!

Roxanne

Mar 29, 2012

Takin' a Break

Well, it appears that I'm taking an unintended break.  I thought I'd go ahead and make it official. I'll leave everything up and will answer any comments, but I'll give myself a few weeks to go on as I have been.

I've got two more months of homeschooling to do before summer break and there's a possibility that our horrible ceilings on the second floor (from the roof damage last year) might get fixed soon.  If they are, I will rejoice loudly and then I will get busy moving furniture all over the place.  My husband is nervous.

Along with that repair, they will also put proper insulation into the attic.  During the summer we will finally put our wood stove in on the first floor instead of in the basement.  That will mean that we can sleep in the 2nd floor bedrooms in the winter without wearing hats, long johns, socks, and 32 blankets!  Very exciting!

If this does happen, I have really big plans for my "new" homeschool/office arrangement.  Be still my heart.

So, don't hesitate to leave comments or email me.  I'm not disappearing.  I'm just not posting for a few weeks.

Thanks and Happy Easter!

Roxanne

Mar 19, 2012

Pie of the Month Club: Banana Cream

It's March already!  Tomorrow is the first official day of spring and this year our spring has come WAY early.  It was in the 70s yesterday and today!  Normally there's a lot of snow on the ground and we're hunkering down for at least another month.

What better way to celebrate an early spring than tropical fruit?  This month's pie choice is Banana Cream.  This is not to be confused with the Southern delicacy called Banana Pudding.  That is in a class by itself.

Has anyone made any of the pies that I've posted about?  I've made them all and we've enjoyed every one of them.


Banana Cream Pie 
(This recipe is from my 1956 Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book.  They added "De Luxe version" over the recipe.  We shall see.  We shall see.)


For the Filling:

1 9" baked pie shell with high fluting
2/3 cup sugar
3 T cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Cups
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 T butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 large bananas

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in sauce pan.  Gradually stir in the milk.  Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.  Boil 1 min. Remove from heat.  Gradually stir at least half of hot mixture into the egg yolks.  Then blend into hot mixture in saucepan.  Boil 1 min. more, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and blend in the butter and vanilla.  Allow to cool.

Slice bananas and layer 1/2" deep in pastry shell before pouring in cooled filling.  Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 min.

If whipped cream topping is used, garnish with a ring of sliced bananas.

Mar 15, 2012

Poll Results: Davy!

Yes, Davy (the cute one) is still everyone's favorite and that's fine 'cause my boy, Peter, came in second!  Micky had a good showing, and Mike even managed to pull off one vote.  Whoever voted for him, thank you.  I was going to be sad if he ended up with zero.

I've been playing my Monkees CD in the car for the last two weeks.  Correction, my SON has been requesting it for the last two weeks.  He has two favorite songs on THIS album.  One is "Heart and Soul" (#20) and the other is "Goin' Down" (#9).  Micky is scatting on that one!

So, Davy WAS the winner, but I'm going to attach a video of Micky to honor the torch being passed to the next generation.

Mar 14, 2012

Paper, Paper, Paper!

One of the reasons I haven't been posting is that I've been on the attack.  There's a quiet monster in my house.  It lives in every room and grows bigger each year.  It's name is Paper.

Oh, I've done sort of okay for the last couple of decades in dealing with it.  Things have mostly had a place to be, especially financial paperwork.  The rest, however, has been a thorn in my side, a challenge to my desire for order, in short, a beast.

The final straw that brought on this frenzy of attack was when my SIL wanted a copy of my FIL's death certificate.  I couldn't find it!  In looking for it I found four other things that I had been looking for.  The death certificate, however, is still MIA.  Something snapped inside me and I declared with raised fist, "Enough!"

I began to research to see what filing systems would free me from this beast and came across something very exciting--because it worked!  I did not buy the system but gleaned the process and setup from their free videos and information.  For those who don't have the several hours it took for me to gather supplies and set it all up, the system can be purchased.  It's called Freedom Filer.  See their demonstration video below:







After setting all of this up (hours and hours after research), I began to file.  It was AMAZING!  I could find things!  We just finished refinancing our house last week and everything was at my fingertips!  The long-term filing items (like death certificates) finally had a home.  (One day, FIL's certificate will turn up, I just know it.)  All my tax stuff wasn't in one huge file as in the past 2 decades, but instead pre-filed according to the Schedule C categories.  I'm (almost) looking forward to taxes next year!

There was still an issue, though: the things that needed something done with them before I filed them.  What I didn't know was that I needed "Action" files.  THIS ARTICLE entitled "Filing 101" laid out the foundation for what to do with the papers when they first show up.  On a wall pocket next to my desk I now have the following files.  When a piece of paper comes into the house, it has A PLACE TO GO that will not act as a black hole.  It actually prompts action!
  • Business receipts
  • Personal receipts
  • Receipts for items I might need to return
  • Tax information
  • To Pay
  • To File
  • Errands
  • Coupons
  • To Contact
  • Waiting for Response
  • 3 files of husband's worksheets for his jobs (Estimate, Project Schedule, Tally Sheet)
The Action Files idea came from THIS VIDEO and from spending about an hour and a half at the site's extensive free article section that I found invaluable.  Click HERE for those.

On the Freedom Filer website they have an area with many other videos for encouragement. (Click HERE.)  They also have a "Flow Chart" guide for the paper that I found especially useful.  (Click on the link below the picture to print this free chart.)  There are other free printable forms HERE for use in the filing system.

Click here for printable link.

That took care of Business and Personal financial paperwork, Long-term items to keep, Tax information, and Customer Files.  I already have a beautiful system for my housekeeping that is kept in a binder (will post on that soon).  There were two more areas of the beast to conquer:  Homeschooling and my son's constant production of paper.  I'll write about those two areas in my next post.

A huge load has been lifted off of my shoulders.  I think it was the heavy armor that I wore when battling this beastly entity.  What a joy (yes, I said joy!) it is when paper comes into to the house now.  I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH EACH AND EVERY PIECE!  I kind of get all excited as I dash off to my Action File area or straight to the filing cabinet.  Can I count that as exercise?

Because of their many wonderful articles and videos, I was able to take advantage of their generosity of information to put this together in my home without cost.  Now that I've already done that, I see the excellence of the system and wanted to feature them so that others may look into it.  I do have to say that the price for the basic system would be very worth it.  I spent hours setting everything up.  Purchasing the system would SAVE tremendous time and effort on that step.

After much thought and encouragement from a friend, I've decided to become an affiliate for Freedom Filer.  All that means is that I get a small percentage of a sale if you choose to buy their product based on my review.  If this looks like something that would work well for you, please consider using the link below to purchase.

 It may pull things together for you just like it did for me!

Mar 8, 2012

Poll: In Memory of Davy's Passing...

Hi y'all!

It's been a looooong time, but I'm back.  I've been in the throes of several activities.  That coupled with feeling like I didn't have anything to say turned into a lazy streak where my blog is concerned.  I've had some time off and I think I might have a few posts up my sleeve now.

(BTW, Thank you, Eef, for checking on me.  I sent you an email.  Did you get it?)

In my next post I'm going to share what I've been doing about the buildup of ever-so-much paper in my house. I think I've put together some systems that are really going to turn this around for me.

This post, however, is dedicated to my childhood--a piece of it, that is.  Last Wednesday, Davy Jones of the iconic band The Monkees died.  Like the rest of the US who grew up in the same era, it was rather a shock.  He was only 66 and in very good health.  Or not.  

When I was a preteen, The Monkees TV show was being rebroadcast to a new generation.  Every afternoon after school I'd plunk myself down on the couch to watch.  In years before that, my channel changer (that I had to turn by hand) was settled on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.  No longer.  Now I wanted to watch the silly antics of some boys who also sang some really cool songs!  A more innocent time when the future was stretched out before me.

My favorite Monkee was Peter.  He wasn't "The Cute One" (Davy), "The Prankster" (Mickey), or "The Serious One" (Mike).  He was "The Quiet One."  I felt sorry for him, I guess.  The others got more attention, so I figured I'd throw some his way LOL!

Back to Davy.  Davy lived in Indiantown, Florida.  My SIL lives in a nearby town.  One day about eight years ago, she met Davy.  I think he was in a restaurant where she was singing.  Somehow they were introduced and he took a shine to her.  She did not reciprocate his interest.  She told us about it and how her thoughts were that "he was too old."  Mind you, she was 19 years younger, he being 58, she being 39.

She missed her chance.

Davy apparently met someone a year or so later that was 33 years younger.  Who knows.  Maybe when he met my SIL, HE was thinking that she was too old for him!

Anyway, does that count as having had a brush with celebrity?  Not my first, you know.  I went to school with Mike Scaglione.  I run in a level of society that many only dream about, don't I?

Or not.

RIP Davy.

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Were you a fan of The Monkees?  Which Monkee was your favorite?  Come vote on the sidebar!

Feb 23, 2012

Well, I finally got a clue as to why I couldn't post.  All of a sudden Blogger has decided that I have to, in fact, I absolutely must use their new system.  I thought there was something up with my WiFi, but evidently not.

I have had a cold for a few days.  It's almost gone now and I feel tremendously better.  I was going to post about it on Monday (I know, one of my more exciting posts!) and it wouldn't let me on.  Tuesday I tried again, but nothing.  Yesterday I was out all day and evening (errand day and band practice), so didn't check.  This morning I sat down to see if I could figure out the problem.  I figured out the problem!

Now that that is behind me, I will do a happy post and then I'll be back to my regular blogging schedule on Monday.

Here's the HAPPY POST:

I live in New England.  New England is known for having a goodly amount of snow in the winter.  I have come to embrace the seasonal conditions that come with living here.  This winter, however, has been the easiest, most surprising one we've had in the 15 years I've lived here!  I will describe the conditions with a list:

  • As of yesterday, there was NO snow on the ground.
  • There hasn't been snow on the ground for over a MONTH!
  • My son has been out scootering a lot.
  • My husband GOLFED last week, for heaven's sake!
  • Yesterday, it was 50 degrees.  Most of the days for the last 6 weeks have been in the 30s and 40s.
  • SUNSHINE has made its appearance quite often.
  • The Pièce de résistance?  Robins have been gorging themselves on worms in our yard and my husband saw a goose yesterday.
IN FEBRUARY, in New England.  

I am thrilled!

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Feb 17, 2012

Surfacing...

It's been A WEEK.  I mentioned that I was doing taxes.  It always takes me 2-3 days of concerted effort to pull this thing off.  This week I'm also pulling together paperwork for some bank stuff.

And homeschooling, and doing regular household stuff, and, and, and.

Next week should be more "normal."  Life is always new each day, isn't it?   I'm very glad that it is!

Until Monday.

Feb 14, 2012

Taxes--Part 1 of 2

It's that time of year again. TAXES.  I usually wait until the last possible minute. Do I hate them? Yes, I do. But, they're a necessary evil.

Wait, what was that word I used? Evil?

I was looking through some Ebay postings to see if I could find a picture of an old mid-century tax form to put on this post. Well, I did find some, but I came across something else that I thought was pretty funny. Apparently, I'm not the first to use the word "evil" in association with the word "taxes" (nor the last, I'm sure).

Look at this:


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In 1957 a man named Frank Chodorov wrote this book.  The blurb on the auction says:

    "Frank Chodorov was an extraordinary thinker and writer, and hugely influential in the 1950s. This is his American classic that argues that the income tax, more than any other legislative change in American history, made it possible to violate individual rights that were at the core of the founding. He argues that income taxes are different from other forms because they deny the right of private property and presume government control over all things."

Well, how about that!  I bet that would be an interesting read. 

So, I'm doing taxes.  I've determined that, evil or not, I'm going to get them done, take advantage of any tax breaks that I can find, and learn what I SHOULD have done and keep notes for the 2012 tax year.   I'll share what I glean in the next post.

Are you done with your taxes?  HERE is how mine were going last year.  It seems that this year will be a shorter experience...

Feb 13, 2012

Needlework Challenge


I know.  It's definitely NOT summer.  It was 10 degrees here yesterday, though we're back up in the 30s today. 

The reason I'm posting this is that it sort of inspired me.  This article came from my August 1951 Family Circle magazine.  This is so NOT what you would find in today's magazines.  Oprah would not feature needlework projects for all that summer spare time! 

What struck me was the assumption that needlework was just done.  Since it was already being done, the magazine thought they would suggest something that would be lightweight yet useful.  I guarantee you that doing needlework of any sort has never crossed my mind when it came to thinking about what to do on a summer day!  Yet, the clip above claims that these types of projects would be the perfect "hot-weather hobby.  Only small pieces to hold and handle."

BUT, it has crossed my mind on these 10 degree, snowy winter days.  I always think of the big things I could do.  For example, Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse recently featured a coverlet made from recycled cashmere sweaters.  I totally want to do that.  It would be so soft and luxurious and perfect for a quick cover up while doing homeschooling reading or watching a video with the family. (Click on the source link below her picture to go to the post.)


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 I would love to do that blanket, but I was overwhelmed just thinking about even starting it.  I have so many UFOs in my sewing area from years ago, that I'm embarrassed.  The Family Circle article, however, got me thinking about finding a SMALL project to do this winter.  I'm going to look around and see if I can find something that calls to me.  If I do, I'll post about it.

Do you enjoy doing small projects here and there?  Any suggestions?  I can sew and crochet.  I'm not a fan of embroidery, but perhaps I could revisit that and see if the decades that have gone by since my last project might have softened my view!  I'm intrigued and ready to create something!

Feb 10, 2012

Featured Blog: Small Notebook

Click here to go to the website.

I don't remember how I came across this blog. It was a rabbit trail, I'm sure. Her simple posts, though, are nearly always helpful. I even cleaned the holes in my dishwasher sprayer arms recently because of her!

I'm bent on getting to a level of simplicity that frees me and my family up to do what we really want to do. I'm a big fan of extreme decluttering. Rachel provides lots of unique ideas to make that happen. For example, she challenged her readers to decluuter one BIG thing. I always think of decluttering all the myriad small items that rattle around the house. It never even crossed my mind to look around for something big!

Rachel's credo in her "Welcome" section is:

Here at Small Notebook, you don't need to buy
more storage containers to get organized.

That revelation hit me about a year ago. What freedom that brings!

See you on Monday!

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