Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Music Monday! Anisina - The Endless River Album

Anisina : in memory of, in commemoration of, in remembrance of


Thanks to everyone who suggested tunes for today's Music Monday! 

Only one could be chosen, and the suggestion that we could ease into Monday over our coffe with this one made it the winner.

It is an added bonus that Anisina is a special word, meaning: remembrance, memory, recollection. A perfect way to start this, for most of you, short week as we prepare for Thanksgiving. 
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Remember, those people who grate on your nerves this Thanksgiving could teach you something. Enjoy the stories they can tell over that pie you have to unbutton your pants to eat.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ "Does this mean I am getting old?"

**I wrote this post way back last winter. I never finished it, or published it. It is still mostly relevant today, so here you go. Updates are found between these astericks. **

We don't often realize it, when we have matured. When we have learned enough of life to know certain things and thus have an air of comfort in our own bodies, ways, abilities. It often happens slowly, and one day we realize we have matured. 

For me, it hit me when my daughter needed help with her outfit.

My daughter came rushing to me one morning, as she was getting ready for school. "Can I borrow that black and white scarf, the one I gave you?" she asked excitedly. "Of course" I say, always happy when I think I am cool enough that my daughter wants to wear my stuff, even though she gave it to me. 
**Since originally writing this, my daughter is happily in college, maturing like crazy, growing so much it is hard for me to see her as the wonderful young adult she is turning in to.**

Then I think, "oh, crud, where is it? I haven't worn that since last Spring!"  I tell her where I think it is, she says ok and then comes the "Can you de-tangle this" she asks quickly as she dropped a tangled necklace in my lap.
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Not even half way into my coffee, and I have a complicated detangling puzzle to sort out, plus think of where I put an article of clothing. Did I mention my closet is a disaster? 

So I set to the necklace, and it suddenly occurs to me that I must be older and wiser, because I can calmly set forth to de-tangle a tiny chain knowing I can do it if I take my time and carefully work on it. I got it detangled before she found my scarf!

Old memories of panic and frustration of such things flow into my head, as I remember a time when I was like my daughter, thinking I was unable to get the knots out of any piece of chain, and every time I tried, I gave up.

More memories come to me as I remember myself frantically pulling every last thing out of my high school closet to find one shoe. 
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After I finish detangling the necklace, I calmly get up, go to my closet, stand there a minute, then reach under a stack of clothes and pull out my unseen scarf. When did I become that calm, cool, collected, know-it-all mother? 

Well, I have had years of practice, with hubby and oldest son not being able to find anything right in front of their faces. But this was different. These tasks were things I remember rushing through when I was my daughter's age. I never did de-tangle those necklaces before I moved out. 

I thought I would cringe at the thought of being that old mamma who handles everything cool as a cucumber. But honestly, I was quite proud. I was relieved, in a way, that I could show my daughter these things can be done calmly, carefully. (She is a little less than graceful with things that should be handled carefully to begin with)

So yes, I am getting old I guess. At forty something, with 3 teenagers, I guess I am old. To them anyways. But to me, I am still young.  Almost all my friends just had kids 5 years ago, so I am seeing them as I was 15 years ago. 

I am submitting my resumes, like I did fresh out of college.
I have taken up running, similar to my addiction to aerobics back in college. I am uncertain about my future, but now I also share the uncertainty of my children's future. 
**I have since found a job, and so incredible thankful I don't have those old stresses of 'will they call for an interview?' I am glad to be old and settled in to a steady paycheck. **

I am re-defining my life yet again, forging a path that will make my life, our lives, better. At the same time, I have lived this all before, I have brought my children to adulthood, where they themselves are forging a path that will make their lives better. 
**I am now certain my future is just what I want it to be: a less stressful enjoyment of life.  And excited to see where theirs lead.**
I am old, but I am still young. I have the experience, and some wisdom, but I feel like I have so much ahead of me. 

I hope it feels like this all the way until I am 90.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Music Monday! Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life



Wow, 
I don't even want to think about how long it has been since I blogged.
I don't even want to go through all the trials and tribulations we have gone through to get us to this point in our lives.
(Let me tell you, when I sit and think about it, I am amazed at all the crap I have gone through, all the hard work I have done, and so many, many failures, difficulties, and frikin crazy bitch people I have had to deal with!)

I am actually quite amazed we have made it here.

Here, being a place where I wake up and am so thankful for the beauty around me.
Here, being a place where stress is so much less than it was a mere year ago.
Here, being a place where I can actually understand that I would not be here unless I went through all that crap. (well, and also wouldn't be here without the help of family and friends to get me through all that crap)

All those here's are a state of mind, really. 

A state of mind knowing all the hard work and pain and frustration paid off.
And knowing I didn't give up, I always knew better things would come.
I always try to see the bright side of things, and now I know that eventually the bright side is what faces you every day, as long as you continue to focus on it and keep going until you reach it.

So, this Music Monday focuses on that power of thinking, that philosphy that can really pull you through. 

Look on the Bright Side 
- and also, so important - 
Never Give Up.

Okay, maybe not for those guys in the video, but at least they had a catchy tune to send them off.

Now let's all whistle......

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ The Secret of Change

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I am actually a bit tired of the new at the moment. 
EVERYTHING has been new, again and again and again. 

Another new bed to sleep in, new kitchen to get used to, new foods to try, a new (old) car, new roads to learn, new people to meet, new internet codes to set up, new phones to hook up, packing a suitcase again.

I am so ready to settle in and have some things get old again.
I am ready for my space to become familiar.

I long to be able to wake up in the middle of the night and know where I am! 
(Still takes me a minute or two to figure it out)

Building the new is exhausting.

But...totally worth it.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ This Too Shall.........

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A bit unlike my recent blatherings of how wonderful life is and how good things are going?

Yes.

But I have realized one thing:

No matter where you go, no matter how hard you try to be positive, there are some things that just suck!

I will give you three things you will most likely wholeheartedly agree that universally, totally SUCK:

Utility Companies
Used Car Salesmen
Insurance Companies

No matter where, when, what other things are going on, these things ALWAYS suck. 

The key is to always remember....
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Music Monday! Hotel California...Caribbean Style....


Yes,
I am still here.
I have emerged from the chaos.
I have survived the incredibly hellish move, the journey over land and sea, the displacement to an entirely new (yet familiar) place.

I have survived the 3 months of preparing for the move, the sorting and purging and packing, the hellish week of emptying and cleaning the house, the day of travel on 2 hours of sleep, the 2 weeks in a resort hotel right next to the Jet Ski hut, the 3 weeks of living out of a suitcase, the strange beds and kitchens where you don't know where anything is, the start of a new job. We have survived the search for a new place to live, a new car to drive, a new life to settle in to. 

We landed in the world of the tropics, steel bands, beaches, and a slightly more laid back lifestyle. A lifestyle we haven't enjoyed for more than ten years.

I sometimes have to pinch myself, wondering if this is all a dream. I am slightly suspicious when things keep falling into place, and working out as we need them to. I think, 'wow, that is just what we need, and it is right here in front of us! How come it is all working out this time?'

But it is, and I am trying not to question it too much. Instead of being skeptical, I am attributing our success to all the hard work and effort we put in to get us to this point. 

It is strange though. We are actually getting what we want...a concept that we are a bit unfamiliar with. It is a peculiar concept to be sure, but we have endured much more extraordinary things, so I think we can make it through this.

And as we get more settled, you should see me back to writing, blogging, and creating. One thing at a time. 

With that, I am going to live it up, and get myself to the pool, because, well, why not?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Angel Food Cupcakes and Other Necessary Creations

Yes, you read that right.
I made Angel Food Cupcakes.
Yes, they were from a box, and all I had to do was add water.
Not the picture of delicious made-from-scratch Angel Food Cakes, which really are the best, but a necessity in our current situation.

I have to empty out the entire kitchen this weekend, and I don't want to throw away a bunch of perfectly good food (well, mostly good food), so I am trying to creatively cook up anything that is left in the freezer, fridge, and cupboards, with the remaining kitchen utensils that I have not yet packed.

I found a box of Angel Food Cake mix in the back of the kitchen cupboard. (Okay, it had passed the expiration date by a month or 4, but hubby was fine with it, and since I only had to add water and there were no creepy crawlies rooting in the mix, I said 'Why not?')

I should mention too that Angel Food Cake is the only cake hubby will eat...so I had to make it.

Oh, and I should mention too that I have had a checkered past with Angel Food Cake. The first one I ever tried to make from scratch, with a recipe my mother in law lovingly gave to me (she makes very delicious Angel Food Cakes). 

It turned out like a brownie-doughnut. Not fluffy, tall and airy. 
No, it was like a short, round brownie. 

This was not how Angel Food Cake should be. Not at all.But amazingly hubby LOVED it. He even asks me to make it again like that, but honestly I have no idea what I did wrong. I have never duplicated it. 

So here I had a box of Angel Food Cake, and a hubby who was insistent I should make it and not throw it away. Fine.
BUT.
I had already packed the bundt pan and the mixer.

What to do? 
I had cupcake liners and cupcake pans still unpacked, a big bowl, and a spatula. 

I lined the pans, and man did I MIX! I didn't really know my arm could move that fast. 
YOU try to imitate a mixer. 

I amused myself actually. I felt like those food network competitors when they hand mix to make whip cream on a competition show. So what that I was in my pajamas.....

I also had to guess at the cooking time. I may have guessed slightly wrong, so the end result certainly isn't 'Pin-Worthy' but certainly quite edible, and even tasty! 
Single Serving Sized Angel Food Cake.
They don't look fabulous.
Not Pin-Worthy for sure.
But still edible and pretty tasty.
Today we are going to drizzle some of the jam I found in the back of the cupboard (see last photo) on some of them and have some fruit-topped angel food cupcakes.

And tonight, we are having Ramen Noodle Pork Bowl. I just made that up too. I found too much Ramen, and actually have not yet cooked that pork because it is kinda small. We will see how it turns out. I just can't throw away perfectly good food. 
Too much Ramen, not enough Pork.
But necessity dictates something yummy out of this.
I also found these things hidden, still perfectly good so why throw them away? Perhaps Ramen Pork Beet Bowl??
Beets, Mulberry Jam and Plum Sauce.
Need to Use...Must be creative....
At any rate, it is challenging to come up with tasty dishes using things you don't normally use. Ah the fun of moving, moving with only a suitcase or two and then sending for the rest of your things that you have meticulously packed and stored. 

Fun? Wow. I will be so glad when it is finished. When we are done, and I don't have to work jam and beets and Ramen into my dinner cooking. 

Bon Appetite. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Music Monday! Craigslist

It has been almost an obsession lately.
I hate it, but I love it at the same time.
Craigslist.
Of course, Weird Al had something to say about Craigslist.


I have listed a good many things on Craigslist, after our massive purging over the past few months, and also years ago when we last moved.
Things we didn't want or need anymore, things we decided we couldn't move with us, things the kids have grown out of, furniture, cars, motorcycles, tv's. (Sadly, no slightly used sombrero to throw in.) 

Why give them away when you can get a little dinero?

So I listed, and yes I fielded MANY scams, dealt with ignorant and difficult people, even had someone try to return an item after picking up and taking home and fiddling with it. (I won't go into details about our newbie mistake years ago, like taking a check from someone wanted by the police for check fraud and writing bad checks)

I have had email after email, asking for explanations and haggling prices. And giving directions for pick up - I have never asked out loud so often why some people don't have GPS! (I am notoriously bad at giving directions....)

All of these the 'hate' part of the love/hate feelings I have for Craigslist.

But I do love it too, because for the most part the people I have dealt with have been great! They get something they wanted at a price they are happy with, I get rid of something we didn't want and get a little something for it. 

The added bonus is I don't have to put it in my car and take it anywhere, they come to me!

All a great thing when my days have been filled with the big change in our lives. It makes it easier to get rid of things, really.

I also feel that I am much smarter and more savvy in dealing with people after these experiences. I got pretty good at spotting a scam, there were certainly many examples I fielded. 

In case you might be interested in the listings I have left....here they are!

Verizon Wireless Jet Pack WiFi Hotspot

iDog Soft Speakers - Set of 2

PS3 Tony Hawk Ride video game, board, and connector

Basketball Hoop - Sand Filled

Grid Wall Display or Storage

Rampage BMX System 20 Hard Tail Bicycle

Carrera DSY 100 Mountain Bike

And there may be more! 
Hubby just mentioned wanting to list some paint, 2 army jackets, and something else I forgot because I have so many things going on in my head.

So, thank you Craigslist, for the space to unload crap. 
Isn't it great to have one place to advertise your eclectic collection of trash TREASURE??
Even though it is a love/hate experience, overall, it has worked out pretty good. And thank you Weird Al for a relevent-to-me parody of a great band
Hope I didn't just jinx myself and now get a line of terrible people to deal with.....

Monday, May 12, 2014

Music Monday! Sing Along with Yellow Ledbetter

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I love to sing to songs.
In the kitchen....in the car....even a little bit when I am on my walks with my headphones on.
(I sometimes even look around to make sure no one can hear me....sometimes.....)

When this classic Pearl Jam song came on the radio one day when I was in the car with my son driving, I said, "Oh Pearl Jam, I like this song!"
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And because he was driving I could sing along with even more focus and enthusiasm!

When it started, I quickly remembered that THIS was the song that was THE WORST mumbling that Eddie Vedder did. (He did mumble regularly, and at the same time became known for his distinctive and powerful vocals....)
I garbled through the song, belting out whatever I thought he was saying, mostly making up the words really. After a short time, I thought it best to hum, and my son wholeheartedly agreed.

Imaging then, when I found the video with the lyrics! I could sing right along!! Join me, sing along!!


No, these words aren't really what Mr. Vedder was trying to say, although it sure sounds spot on. "Make me fries...."

As a bonus for this Monday, I am including that here, so you can see what he is really saying...well so 'they' say anyways.....and sing along with the correct lyrics. Sadly, they don't make much more sense...
(I usually save 2 videos for Two for Tuesdays when I miss Music Monday, but today, you get two. Happy Day After Mother's Day!)


Don't forget to sing daily, it is good for you, correct lyrics or not.
What is your favorite song to sing along with?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Speechless

Sometimes there just aren't the right words.
Sometimes you just can't find the right quote, or saying.

Sometimes all you can do is just savor the moment, and bask in the warmth and love of the moment, and not try to put words to it.

Like when I got home on Tuesday, my daughter said:
"I got you something!"  
That was a surprise, and immediately I felt so grateful, not even knowing what it was.
My beautiful gift.
photo courtesy of Raige Creations.
But then, when I saw it was an Iris, purple and yellow (my favorite!), I knew just how thoughtful, and what a loving a gesture it was.

We had been going for walks together the past few days, noticing all the blooming Iris flowers around. I then got to tell her the story of how I insisted the Iris should be my wedding flower, in October. 

Note: they bloom in the Spring. So this request was a tall order for an October wedding! I insisted, so of course we only had a few, and had to supplement with other flowers....yes cheap flowers I wouldn't have picked for my wedding flower, ever. 

We had to use Carnations to fill in. Normally I don't like them at all, as I to me they mean death and funerals.

I could go into that association, but will save that for another time, or perhaps no one wants to hear how Carnations only make me think of my Grandfather, and the strange and scary feel of a cold stiff hand....

Long story short, in order to get my desired Iris, I had to sacrifice in other ways. So Carnations it was.

All this was just a short mention on our walk, but she remembered and brought me home an Iris. Purple and yellow, just like my wedding flowers. 

I was so touched. There are just no words for the thoughtfulness and love that went in to this gesture.

Then I found out she had to pull off the side of the road on her way home from class, and get out of the car to fetch this flower for me. I had originally thought she got it while walking by on her way to the car, but no. She stopped her journey to get it, clip it, and bring it home for me.

There are no words I can find to let her know how much this tiny gesture means to me. My heart warms every time I see it, there right next to my little Jellyfish collection. 
(each one of those jellies is also a thoughtful gift from someone special in my life)
The view at my kitchen window.
Warms my heart every time I see it.

photo courtesy of Raige Creations.
And then I think how much I am going to miss her when she if off at college, far far away. There are no words for that either. I am not ready to try to explain the empty space she will leave. I cannot linger on the thought of getting through the days when she is not around.

Sometimes there just aren't the right words.
Sometimes you just can't find the right quote, or saying.

Sometimes all you can do is just savor the moment, and bask in the warmth and love of the moment, and not try to put words to it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Walking on Wednesday ~ One Less Thang

My new mantra of late - That's One Less Thang.

Even spoken like Forrest Gump.

Because every time I finally get rid of something I have been trying to unloaded for a long time, or every time I cross something off my long, long list, or every time I pack yet another box, I utter:

'Well, that's good. One less thang!'

A sense of relief, even though I have much, much more to do.
Many more boxes or bins to load with things we just can't part with.

Many many trips to storage, for the things we have to ship.

Every day something added to the list that I can't forget to do.

Thankfully, not really too much more to purge, compared to what we started with.

But each thing gone, packed, and crossed off the list is one less thang.

And that ain't so bad. 

Do your mantras change? 
Mine sure do, like here, here, and here just to mention a few.

And one here that I still say so often (thanks again hubby!), as that day will soon be here where we are actually where we want to be.

What is your latest mantra?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Music Monday! How Bizarre....

Sitting in the living room yesterday morning we heard loud thumping upstairs.

It sounded like a large animal jumped down off of something and the ran full speed across the room. Several times.

All I could do was giggle a little, knowing it was our small, barely 18 pound mutt of a cat doing the things crazy cats do: run across the room for no apparent reason at high speeds.

The strange thing is, there is no furniture left upstairs. So what did she jump off of? There are boxes, but most are low to the ground so the big thump had me stumped. The only tall box is the one our large screen tv came in. The tv is gone now, but for some reason we still have the box, and it is over 3ft tall. I doubted she would jump up that high, plus the sound came from the other side of the room. Was she on the windowsill?
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These sounds continued for about 5 minutes. Back and forth, thump, thump, then the clomp clomp down the stairs. I just thought is was funny, and even strange in a way.

So hubby said, 'How bizarre'. And then there it was, this one hit wonder, stuck in both our heads for the rest of the day.

How Bizarre by OMC.


Our kids thought we were nuts, having never heard the song. Yes, they thought we were bizarre, singing along with the New Zealand rap song.

Add to that the bizarre living conditions we now find ourselves in:

We look around and see boxes everywhere, shelves now empty of the nick nacks displayed in the kitchen, the mantel now bare of the photos and collectibles there just a week ago, a tiny tv and small old sofa we all squeeze on to watch out shows. All in our face, bizarre.

So, the lyrics stick with us too:
How bizarre 
How bizarre, how bizarre 

Ooh, baby (Ooh, baby) 
It's making me crazy (It's making me crazy) 
Everytime I look around 
Everytime I look around (Everytime I look around) 
Everytime I look around 
It's in my face

Wanna know the rest? Hey, buy the rights... 

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Music Monday! American Woman

"American Woman!"

Said in not so nice a way.....to me....by Hubby.....

Guess why?

Because I didn't cook rice with dinner last night.
I cooked potatoes.



Who cooks rice WITH potatoes?
Not me.
And last night, we had potatoes.

But apparently, I was reminded yet again, "There must be rice with every meal!"

Damn Caribbean Boy. He grew up with rice, or rice and beans with every meal. But he knew when he married me I was not a cook. I have come a looooong way since then, but apparently I still don't always get it right.

It is true, we haven't had rice with a meal in a  few days...4 days without rice, I believe. And apparently that is just one too many days without rice.

So, tonight, rice, with something I don't know yet. Maybe even rice and beans. Because I don't want 'American Woman' to mean 'Can't cook worth shit' anymore. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Music Monday! Down With The Sickness

Finally feeling almost like normal....
the perfect time to feature Disturbed.

Down With The Sickness.
Because I was so, so sick last week.
So sick I didn't feel at all like myself.
I could do nothing, but sleep and feel rotten.

The sickness...a cold.
I know, that doesn't sound like much.
A cold.
Big whoop.
But dang.
This cold.....wiped. me. out.

No packing, sorting, planning.
No re-stocking the booth, no promoting, no work of any kind. 
At all.
The most I could muster for several days was cooking, and even then I had to sit down in the middle of it and rest. Several times.

Weak, dizzy, congested, coughing, and the headaches!

It brought me to tears.
And it also brought my daughter to tears.
We were the only ones who got sick.
And thus, Hubby and son were the ones who bore the brunt of our illness. 
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This could be why they both suggested this song, after I asked for some inspiration because even though I am feeling better, I still was having trouble getting inspired. They had to step up again. 

So I wonder, should I be disturbed that they both have fond memories of this song, from more than 13 years ago?
(Hubby played it every time he was in the car with my son, way back when it first came out, back in 2000....and yes that means my son was about 3 years old when he was jammin in daddys car to this!)



No, daddy-son bonding is good. 
Even if it is with Disturbed.

So, for them, I can share some heavy music. For them, I can step outside my comfort level*, even though I am just starting to feel normal again. 

*Disclaimer: I actually DO like this song, it is one that you just can't help jammin' to, and one that kinda stays in your head, and stays there rather pleasantly....

So let's all enjoy being 'disturbed' for a little bit.
"Ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday Thought of the Day ~ Think Outside the Box, or Get Rid of the Box?

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'Think outside the box' 

Yeah, right!

Until all you do is try to fit your life inside boxes.
Which is what you have to do when you move, which we are.

All I do is figure out how to fit my life in to boxes! 
How can I think outside the box?!?!?!

Perhaps my goal should be this:
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I am sick to death of boxes. 
I may just get rid of them all!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Music Monday! Who'll Stop the Rain?

Thank goodness the rain waited until this morning to come.
But cleaning up the leftover moving sale stuff was a bit miserable this morning.

Cold, windy, wet.
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It is said that in this song, Creedence Clearwater Revival use a metaphor of the rain to speak about seemingly endless times of confusion and misery.

That is how I feel after 3 long days of the sale, and weeks of preparation for the sale, and now at least another couple days dealing with the leftovers from the sale. 



Seemingly endless times of confusion (what to keep, what to donate, what to try to sell), and misery (the weather, being outside in cold temps, wind, and rain all weekend, and dealing with 'customers' who want something for nothing, and then a discount on top of that, and when we did not give in to their demands, they left not buying anything!!), and then today the rainy wind while we cleaned up the leftovers just added to it.

So, I wonder, who'll stop the rain? When will I be able to not worry about selling stuff, packing, and moving? 

Sometimes that day when all this is done can't come soon enough. Other days, I feel I need another 3 months. 

We don't have that long, so till then, we will have to endure the confusion and misery, until we have taken off to our new adventure. We will find the sun, and the proverbial rain will have ended. Hopefully. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Walking on Wednesday ~ Hoarder or Collector?

The million dollar question.

One that inevitably creeps into your head when you are preparing for a yard sale. But even worse when hubby puts on Hoarders and refuses to change the channel for 3 hours.

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You are going through all your worldly belongings, when questions like, "Do I really need 2 bundt pans?" enter your brain. Have I ever baked 2 cakes at the same time? Of course not! So the logical answer is, "NO!, I really don't need 2 bundt pans!!" Then, the thought creeps in, "But maybe I should save one for my daughter who someday might want to bake a bundt cake...."

Hoarder.

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After you have convinced yourself it is really ok to have only one bundt pan, you move on to more difficult things. Like collections of things hubby has been collecting for a gazillion years, each one painstakingly selected, researched, and purchased, then lovingly taken care of move after move after move. 

With so much we are getting rid of, he starts to worry his beloved collections will be given away to the lowest bidder at the yard sale.

"I don't want to give away my mask collection," 
(no hun, we don't have to do that) "or the thousands of dollars of artwork we have!" (again, no hun, but seriously we could never afford a house big enough to hang all of the artwork we have.)

Collector.

So this volley of 'Hoarder' and 'Collector' has occurred regularly in our house for the last month or so. Then, we watched Hoarders, and suddenly we were saying "Who needs that set of 6 knives when this perfectly good set of 4 will do? Oh, but I do need to go buy a serrated knife then, you know for the bread and stuff. Yes, I could use a nice new one to go with my smaller set."

So now I am talking about buying new knives because I am getting rid of the set with a serrated knife. 

I never said logic was involved here.
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Then there is the basement. Where you stuff things you haven't unpacked from your LAST move. (Yes, we still have unopened boxes from our last move down there) The hard question here is "Why haven't we opened these boxes?? What the heck is in them??"

Oh, and did I mention the tools?
Hubby has yet to go through his tools. 
Tools that have been untouched for years, tools he asks me where they are because he can never find the ones he is looking for, tools that are so old their usefulness is outdated. 
There might be some hoarding going on there. 

And I am not judging, except I already went through my yarns and fabrics, and I am proud to say I fit what I wanted to keep in 2 bins, and a large bag of unfinished projects, and a card table top I have yet to pack, and a small bin of unfinished projects. 

That is it! Oh, and I do keep finding charms in various places throughout the house. Charms I cannot get rid of, because I will use them someday, soon. And I really mean it! 

That is NOT hoarding, right?
vintagerevivals.com
Well, our yard sale has a TON of stuff in it. I think quite literally a ton. At least it will feel like that as we carry everything outside Friday, set it up nicely, and move what didn't sell Friday it in at night, then back outside again Saturday morning.

Saturday night? I think Goodwill will be getting a visit. 

Unless I decide to have another yard sale, one closer to when we move. Yeah, then whatever didn't sell this weekend can be set out again, and we can try again!
Another yard sale? That isn't obsessive, is it? 

It is hard to tell, sometimes, which way you lean. When does collecting become hoarding? And how do you notice when it does?

What are you? 
Are you a collector, or do you tend to fall on the hoarder side? 
Maybe we can star on the show together!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Music Monday! Afternoons & Coffeespoons

'Times when the day is like a play by Sartre
When it seems a book burning's in perfect order'...


As I sit and stare at the boxes in the basement, living room, and piles of stuff throughout the house, at least I have this peppy tune to make light of the situation.

I am prepping for a yard sale, compiling piles of our things that we no longer need or want. Add to that about 20 boxes of books just picked up at an auction, and I wholeheartedly agree with the lyrics posted at the beginning. A book burning may just be a good idea!
A few of the boxes
But no, these were bought in the hopes of re-selling to make a wee bit of money to actually help us in our move. The reality is that this is a task I am quite overwhelmed with. I love books, but this is ridiculous! 

'Too much of a good thing can be taxing', as Mae West said.
A few more of the boxes
If I had the time, it would be great to sort through, scan some, and read others, If I had time to wear pajamas in the daytime, and measure afternoons with coffee spoons, I would do just that. 
But, sadly, that luxury seems so far off.
And even  more of the boxes
Back to pricing, sorting, and gearing up for a humungous yard sale, with GREAT DEALS on some very interesting and hard to find books! 

I hope people show up.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Featured Artisan ~ T.Rusk4U

Welcome to this week's Featured Artisan from the group On fire for Handmade.

T.Rusk4U

Meet Teresa! She is a fellow creator from just up the road from me, here in North Carolina!

Teresa says:
"I have been a creative and resourceful person ever since I can remember.My first real crafting love was sewing,and I have tried countless other crafts. Jewelry making started as another hobby, but has grown into an obsession! I love everything about it from choosing the materials and actually designing something beautiful! I am always looking to learn new techniques and expand my knowledge and skills.My love of handmade has inspired me to open Hollyhocks, LLC. My store in Mebane, NC sells handmade items from local artists Stop by if you’re in the area!. I am happily married to my best friend, have 2 grown children,a daughter in law,a dog and our first grandchild!"
T.Rusk4U Featured Artisan 2013

T.Rusk4U

Featured Artist

T.Rusk4U is this weeks featured artist on Share the Love Blogger Unite! You will find Handcrafted Jewelry for Every woman in her shop on Handmade Artists! An eclectic mix of handmade jewelry to suit nearly all styles and budgets! Custom Orders are always welcome at T.Rusk4U! A Must have for every jewelry box!

Find TRusk4U on:
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Be Sure to Visit her B and M store : https://facebook.com/hollyhocksllc
http://www.HollyhocksLLC.com 

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Music Monday! Sweater Weather

We thought it was Spring.
But no.

Even though the calendar says Spring,
Mother Nature has other plans.

I heard this song on one of my walk/runs (got 3 in last week, this week so far, a big fat none...but the week is still young....) and it was a good pace to walk to, a little slow for running for me. Still, kept me going. And yes, I was wearing a sweater (well, sweatshirt)


And Yes, the forecast has SNOW in it this evening!
Dangit.

But, hopefully, it won't be long until we can put our sweaters away. 
And for me, maybe put away for good!

I will be dreaming of no more cold winters......and a Spring that really is Spring when the calendar says so......and walking and running in shorts and a tee! Can't wait.
Video and photo by The Neighbourhood.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ready for SPRING - How About You?

Click here to vote!
I am sure I am not alone in feeling this way, but I am SO ready for Spring. In fact, this week's Great Finds is all about SPRING, so head on over there to get your fix.

And while you are there, give Raige a vote.
These Toekini's are being featured.
Sunshine Yellow with Groovy Red Heart
Toekini's
Ready for Spring, bare feet, beaches, pools, and to not be cold any more!

Who is with me?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Walking on Wednesday ~ Life is Like......

I have been taking so many pictures these days.
And no, not the fun, inspirational ones I usually like to take.
I have been taking pictures of things we have to sell.
source: zulily.com

So lately, the way I am seeing my life is through all the crap we have, that we don't need.  How did we get this far away from living simply??

I don't want to see my life like that. In what way would I describe what life is like?
There are so many options.........like monkey bars....
source: MotivateHopeStrength
Yes, I am letting go of so much stuff! 
So we can move on. 
I can't wait to be done with the 'getting rid of stuff'! It is hard to be letting go of some things. The change is hard, but I am ready to move on already.
You could say life is like.......underwear?
source: TARTORA Lingerie
Ok...you could say that. And yes, I keep talking about moving, and yes we are moving, so you could also say that life is like riding a bicycle....
source: MoveMeQuotes.com
Or.... that life is like a book....
source: Pinterest
Or... that it is like chocolate.....
source: verses4cards
Yes, I had to include chocolate, remember it is powerful, and delicious in more ways than one.

But I think I would rather think of it like the ocean.....
source: IamPoopsie
But to get me even close to the ocean...it is probably best way to look at it like it is a road trip.....
source: Pinterest 
Have you heard a different "Life is like..." quote? There are some funny and wacky ones out there. Share!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Featured Artisan ~ Expert Craftss

Each week, there is a feature for a different artist, a great way to find beautiful and fabulous handmade items. Thanks to the On Fire Team and it's Share the Love, Bloggers Unite group, for organizing this each week. 

This week, meet Maria, from ExpertCraftss! She says:

"When I was just 9 years old, my grandmother taught me to crochet. She truly passed on a wonderful gift to me, the gift of putting love in to everything I make. Patterns and unique baby to adult items. If you don't find what you're looking for, please let me know and I'll be happy to do it up to your specific request. 

Make a registry and let your friends know you'd like something too! Wedding, baby, housewarming, you can do it all!"

A registry? Brilliant idea! Be sure to stop by any one of her venues and share the love.

ExpertCraftss


ExpertCraftss is This Weeks Featured Artist on Share the Love, Blogger’s Unite. Maria Pickard is the owner of this fun Shop! You will find Unique hats, newborn photo props and cozy baby gifts. Everything crochet! Also Available are darling patterns.

You can find ExpertCraftss on:

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