Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Organize and Simplify

It snowed all morning, I love the snow, I think it makes me more productive, and certainly more cozy.

I have been reading Tsh Oxenreider's book Organized Simplicity. Tsh is over at Simple Mom, you should check out her blog,  it is great!

Now that all four children are married and moved on, my husband and I have toyed with the idea of downsizing.  We have a four bedroom house, mostly filled with our stuff, and some of our kids stuff...   I have been challenged to get to work on organizing and getting rid of the excess.  There are so many things that we have accumulated in the last 20 years, some, I have no clue where they came from, and some, I wonder what possessed me to keep.

Yesterday I cleaned out the coffee mug cupboard,  I got rid of many mugs.  My husband was looking for a mug for some hot water.  This conversation ensued...

Husband, "Where are the blue chicken mugs?"

Me, "I am getting rid of them."

Husband, "They were my hot water mugs."

Me, "Can't you use your "Dartmouth" mug?"

Husband,  "But that is my coffee mug."

Me, later after a chuckle in the other room... "We will never be able to live in a smaller space."

Husband,  "Oh yes we will..." (not very believable)

You see, this is not the only time he has said, why are we getting rid of such and such....  he likes to save things.  Maybe I will make that Goodwill trip before he comes home from work!!!!

 Today was "Purge the Plastic" day!!
The "plastic storage" (Tupperware) cupboard, is not a favorite for  my husband.  He complains he can never find a lid that fits the container.  I was amazed at how many lids I had that there were no containers for???  Where did they go????

This is all the plastic I am taking to Goodwill, minus what is in the red bowl, those are the "extra" lids.

Now each container(s) are on top of the lids.  My husband was impressed!!   And put away leftovers tonight with glee!!!

I had company today, little Cora watched and played...she is so cute!!

Grandma are you sure you should get rid of that....

Have a super day!!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Love Vermont!!

I think my youthful dreams rear their heads now and again, usually when I visit places I could see myself living.  I love the outdoors, the woods, the mountains, cute little villages with a post office no bigger than my living room.

We went skiing with some friends early this week, my husband and I left on Saturday and drove to a really sweet place, The Nutmeg Inn in Willmington, VT.  I highly recommend it, the inn-keepers were gracious hosts and the gathering room was lovely with a complementary glass of wine and a great fire!! The breakfast was delightful and fueled us for the day of skiing ahead.

The skiing on Sunday was great, beautiful blue skies, no wind, temps about 12 degrees.  Seem cold?  Yes, but over night it had been minus 12 (-12) degrees.  We had a delightful day.

We met up with our friends and family later and watched the Patriots win the football game!!!  On to the Super Bowl!!!

We had a fantastic time at Stratton, great fun and good food, fun games and most of all great skiing.

Waiting for me at home were two more packages of fabric I had ordered!!!!  Yeah!!  Fun!!  Take a look.

Can't wait to get started on some new projects!

Have a great day,

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Flashback Friday

Beautiful morning, new snow, bright blue skies, birds busy at the feeder.

The week has gone fairly well, until today...I have had one of those days...
Starting with a head cold, or allergies (in the winter??), so the energy level has been pretty low.  I have tried to plod along with my chore list, but have had a few frustrations along the way.  The biggest one is trying to print some new business cards.  I think this is the last time I try the do-it-yourself version.  I spent over an hour trying to get the copy to line up with the printer so the cards print in the right place.  Not perfect but done.

Flashback to my week:

I started babysitting my youngest Granddaughter, Cora...she is cute and a really good baby.

Not a fan of "tummy time" 
look at those eyelashes!!

And I had Sophia, she is now two and talking up a storm, loves wearing my shoes.

Then....be still my beating heart...I ordered lots of new fabric.  Both packages came, but one was actually not my fabric, I was soooo bummed.  Two orders got mixed up, but,  my fabric is on its way to me, and I mailed off the other persons fabric...  Here is what came, can't wait to start sewing,  they are being washed as I type!!

Some cute dresses, sewing machine covers are going to come out of this...stay tuned.

Some friends and my husband and I are going skiing this weekend.  See you when we get back.
Have a great weekend!


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