Friday, May 1, 2015

I read Blogs to learn how you live and to gain knowledge through your life lessons

Peanut on the Table introduced me to a new word on her blog today.  The word is Lagom.  It is a Swedish word meaning - Not too much, not too little.  Just right.

With spring we always talk about decluttering, clearing out, down sizing.  Aren't we attempting to reach "just right?"

From now on I will use this word to moderate my life.  I will also use it as a ruler against which I measure the satisfaction I feel about my life.  I do feel my life is close to "just right" and I didn't realize it until I understood Lagom.    Thank you Tammyj.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A little Cat Excitement

Yesterday my neighbors cat climbed one of my trees.

Of all my trees, she picked the one with no branches reaching to another tree or the roof.  

You can barely see her in the top of the left hand tree.  
Now compare the distance from where she is sitting in the fork of the tree to the roof tops below her

My neighbor came over and we spent hours and hours trying to talk her down out of the tree.  I wanted to call the fire department but my neighbor thought she would come down on her own.  I said ok but if she is there tomorrow it is fire department time.  When I went to bed I left the front porch light on so she could see to get down.  I check again later on and she was still there.  

I was listening for the sound of firemen and big ladders when I woke this morning but no noise.  I jumped up and ran to look and she was down.  I haven't seen my neighbor yet today so I don't know what she knows about how the cat got down.  

It was one really worrisome day yesterday.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just a little hint

Free shipping is included with Amazon Prime's 30 day trial free trial offer.  If you are ordering Mother's Day, Birthday gifts or anything like that off Amazon, this is a great time to try Amazon Prime for free and get free shipping on the present.  (You can cancel the membership after 30 days and you will have gotten your shipping for free.)  I did that at Christmas one year but then I decided I wanted to keep it and I've used it for several years.

I order large quantities of toilet paper and dog and cat food off Amazon and have it delivered to the house.  Still have to lug it inside but saves a little work.

I also get some free movies with Amazon Prime and they also have some type of music offer but I haven't tried that yet.

I do have Amazon Prime membership and I like it. I have a free trial widget on my sidebar but I am just a fan of Amazon Prime so no selling pressure intended.

Staples is also having an online sale on Sharpies which we use a lot around here.

There is a mailing fee but you can have them shipped to the nearest store for no handling or mailing fee.  These are online prices only so you either pay shipping or drive if you want to get these prices.  I pick mine up at the store which is on my way when running errands.  Saving postage makes them much more affordable for me.

Here is one offer:

24 pack for $12.50 - click here.

I actually ordered this 24 pack for $10.  click here.

I don't get anything if you buy either of these Sharpie packages.  It is just my grandmotherly duty to share a good deal.

A Great-Grandmother by any other name

Flashback to family fishing vacation

Nana Diana posted a cute story about children combining words and it reminded me of something Granddaughter #1 said.

My mother lived a couple of hours away when my grandgirls were little so she didn't know the girls very well.  When Mother got sick she moved back to our area and I would take Granddaughter #1 to see her.

#1 was talking but it was a little hard to understand (at least to my hard of hearing ears).  I would tell her as we were driving to Mother's that we were going to see Grandmother Christine.  After a few trips she started talking about Machine.  Hahaha.  She somehow combined Grandmother and Christine and got Machine.  I thought it was kind of cute but I don't think Mother appreciated it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Night with Netflix and Popcorn

We watched the movie Noah with Russell Crowe last night.  Huh?  I didn't get it.  I don't expect biblical movies to be right on point.  A few are close.  Most are not.  And Russell Crowe as the biblical character Noah?  I like Russell Crowe.  I think he is a hunk is a certain kind of way but biblical - no, not so much.

And I'll admit I'm going to have to do some reading and some research on this subject, but I'm thinking an awful lot of liberties were taken.

And how about Christian Bale as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  Sorry Christian but you are just not Moses material.  And the story, not as supernatural as Noah but didn't quite work for me either.  

Charleston Heston he had the right flair.  

I don't often go to the movies and I did pay to see Exodus.  Not so happy about that.  Luckily Noah was on Netflix so nothing lost but an hour.  

Have you seen either?  Did you like either or have the same type of impressions?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

She's so funny

I showed Granddaughter #1 my post with her pictures.  She said, "Why is my hair always in my face?"  Hello.  Isn't that what I've been saying.

Too funny.

Weekend Visit

This morning we planted seeds.

Hopefully some will grow after she takes the pot home.  She loves to water so they may drown before they grow.

Came inside for cereal and a banana and we're watching......

Magic School Bus.

If I haven't responded to your blog in a long time 
just know it's because I'm way behind on my reading.  
I'm going to try to catch up this weekend in between fun times.

Be talking to you soon.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Decluttering follow-up

Confession is good for the soul, so as soon as I finished the last post, I went in to see exactly what those items were that lay hidden under the clothes I actually did wear.

( Photo doesn't have anything to do with this post 
except for the baby clothes I have stashed in my drawer - 
when he was just this size)

First, I pulled out all those shirts and short that had been retained as yard work clothes.  Most were actually in very good condition so I bagged them for the thrift shop and walked them to the car.

I find I have to actually carry something to the car while I am on a roll or it doesn't make it to the thrift shop.  If it only gets as far as the backyard - usually ends up in garbage.  If it makes it to the garage it will live there until the next major garage clean up.  And I do like a clean garage so I try not to hoard stuff in there.

I also pulled out two winter night gowns and two sweat pants and put them in the winter clothes container.  Now my drawers were really looking empty.

I did not pack up the jogging bra, slip or grandson's baby clothes.  I guess they represent something to me that I keep holding on to, aside from the grandson, of course.  But I'll be darned if I know what.  Anyhow, I'm feeling pretty proud.

Now if someone would just tell me how to keep the dust and dog dander out of the air. I run two of those Holmes air cleaners from time to time and I can really tell the difference when I close off a room, but I want one of those big daddy suck all the air out of the room, filter it and return it to me clean.  Any suggestions?

Decluttering the Mondo way

Gwen from The Sunny Coconut and I were swapping tales about getting rid of stuff and she posted a link to a good article from Houzz about tidying up.

The article discusses Marie Kondo's book, the life-changing magic of tidying up.  I'm sure many of you have heard about it and/or read it.  I read it and although I really liked her approach, I couldn't always follow her rules.  I couldn't start with taking all of my clothes - closets, drawers, and boxes under the bed - and going through the whole lot to limit my clothing to only what I love.

Instead, I started with my pots and pans.  I don't love cooking.  I don't entertain anymore.  And, in general, pots and pans are just a necessity.  I got rid of as many as I could.  Still had to many left.  But I felt better.  The number of pots and pans left would easily fit on my kitchen trolley so I deemed it good enough.

Since I had less attachment to pots and pans, that was a good starting place for me.  I cleaned the bathroom pantry and got rid of a few dozen articles but there wasn't really a lot because I don't collect beauty products or hair products anymore.  My makeup is contained in a plastic organizer and the few hair products I use last forever because I have short hair and it doesn't take but a dab. I'm sure if I went by how long I've had an item I could have gotten rid of a lot more but I need some jewelers glasses to see the small print before I can do that.
I went through the linens and put a few in the rag pile but again, I only keep a few sets of sheets since its just me and my bed.  I actually wouldn't mind having one set and washing them each week until they fell apart but I'm thinking that some of those sheets will make a good tepee for the grandgirls in the backyard.

Knick knacks were packed up or donated.  A few were gifts from the kids or grandkids and I wanted to think on certain ones before I let go.  I think one plastic box of beloved knick knacks in the garage is not to much.

Books.  That was hard but I took them to the local thrift.  I knew they would go to someone else to love.  I might add, that I have only one small bookshelf in my very small apartment.  That helps make decisions easier, but I truth is I have been moving into smaller and smaller homes since the kids flew the nest so I have downsized books with each move which made it easier than one big clean out.

Because my closets are so small, I have to put away the winter items in containers each year.  I've considered those zippered shelving units for the garage but that just hasn't come up on the to-do list yet.

So, we're back to clothes.  As I told you yesterday, I'm down to a dozen pieces of clothing I wear often.  Yet still there are items under those pieces that I do not wear.  A jogging bra?  When was the last time I jogged?  A slip?  I only have one dress left and it is very structured and does not require a slip.  A bathing suit?  I keep thinking I'll need one for family vacations.  I know I've packed it, but I can't remember pulling it out in a very long.... well I just can't remember the last time. I know there are some little bitty panties in there.  I don't know if they would fit but since going to high waist, high leg cut panties, I've never gone back.  So they should go along with any ratty bras that may be buried back there.

I know there is a diaper and tie-dyed t-shirt  my grandson, who is 15, wore as a baby.  Ok, sentimental value saved them from the garbage pit.

There are a couple of shirts and shorts designated as yard-work attire, but I haven't pulled them out for yard-work so they really need to go.

I have four pairs of slacks left from my working days.  I haven't tried them on and don't know if they'll fit.  They fall into that famous "I Might Need Them Someday" category.

Mondo's theory about starting with clothes because we are less attached and can get into the downsizing spirit didn't work for me but by altering it to the kitchen I was able to build a head of steam that mostly worked for me.

Now that Granddaughter #1 has found the delights of staying for several nights in a row, I really should give her her own drawer.  Maybe this article will motivate me.  I'll let you know.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How true is this?

Mimi at 247 Mulberry Lane had this cartoon on an older post.  I just love it.  I've really had to retrain myself not to save work outfits on Pinterest since I've retired. And don't even tell me you don't do Pinterest because I don't want to be the one to lead you down the path to addiction.

My retirement wardrobe consists of four nice shorts (chunked most of the old ones I wore around the house on weekends, but saved a couple for yard work), two pairs of mid-calf jean and four pairs of long jeans (everything with elastic waist of course).  I had shirts but donated the fancier work shirts then I bought four rayon short sleeve shirts for a nice casual, but not dressy, to run to the store, etc.

It will be a while before I go through the t-shirts I have on stock but if that hole in my lip gets any larger, stains may cause the majority to go by the wayside.

I kept one dress for weddings and funerals but would like to replace it with something less structured.  My body has gotten soft and wiggly and fitted clothes just don't look that great on me anymore.

I've still got way more shoes than I need and I have donated the ones that are less comfortable because I still wear one pair of my slides most days.  What I really hate is that I have to wear socks now all the time.  Oh, I do like socks, but not with slides/mules.  My feet, like my body, don't like the structure of a good pair of tennis shoes anymore.

After that little foot scare I had, the foot doctor told me the slides were perfect for protecting my foot (being diabetic, I now have to baby my feet) but to always wear socks.

Ok so now I feel like the old man wearing sandals and dress socks.  I complain to my friends and the say it doesn't matter, it doesn't look stupid, but I feel it sometimes.

Which circles back to the pinning clothes on Pinterest I don't need because I won't wear them in my current four pairs of shorts life.

Well, the truth is I have a lot more clothes than I've just admitted to - I should have said those are the clothes I actually wear.  I am planning to empty more items out of my drawers but first I have to fill up any empty drawer space with new items on Pinterest.  Vicious circle.