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Saturday, January 31, 2015

COME BACK LITTLE LEMON

Just one of those days.

Just one of those crazy days.

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You know the kind I mean. If something can possibly go wrong it will. 

The toast burns. The printer won't print. You get a huge estimate for car repairs on a car that may not be worth as much as the repairs. Your ninety year old mother calls to tell you she has the stomach flu.

And then there is the lemon. You know the one I am talking about. The organic one. The one you just paid extra for so it will be free of nasty pesticides. 

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You open the car door to take out the groceries and the bag turns upside down onto the driveway. Out rolls the lemon. Yes, that lemon. The organic, more expensive one. As you watch it roll across the parking lot, you think that maybe, just maybe that lemon isn't so organic anymore. 

SIGH!!!

Some days just aren't quite as simple and serene as you would like.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

SMALL SPACE DECOR: AN OFFICE IN A CLOSET

When I was looking at an apartment in Atlanta, I noticed that there was an alcove in the living room that looked like it might have been a closet at one time. I started thinking about what I could do with that space, and as I sat here staring at my messy desk this morning I thought how nice it would be if I could use that as a sewing table and have a tiny office somewhere else. Cue the light bulb!! Why couldn't I use that alcove for a desk and storage place for some of my Etsy things.

Time for some ideas.

This is probably the size of the space in the apartment I looked at, and as I really don't use my computer at the desk, I would have room for my printer and office and shipping supplies. 

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This is a cute "cloffice". I love that word. Not sure who originally coined it, but I am definitely going to keep using it. I like that she has added a curtain to hide the closet (I would definitely do that) and pretty wallpaper which lightens up the space.

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This is a cozy little space. Great use of white with just a pop of color. I bet this person is very organized.

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Love color? This would be the space for you. 

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Painting the back wall with chalkboard paint is a good idea, but I'm afraid if I closed the curtain, my To Do list might get lost in time.

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Well, I didn't find my perfect "cloffice", but I am getting a lot of great ideas. 


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P.S. For small space decor ideas check out my new board here.

P.P.S. You can find more of my small space living series here.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

ONE AGING WOMAN WHO WILL NOT BE MADE IRRELEVANT

Let's face it, we are all aging, and no matter where you are in the process you may be feeling that you are becoming irrelevant. I have noticed that the more I age, the more I am pushed aside by society. It is as if only the younger generation are relevant. Advertisers target the 19 to 39 year olds. They want their money. The workforce forces out older workers. Television shows cater to younger viewers. I want to stand out in the middle of the street and yell I may be aging, but I will not be made irrelevant. 

With my luck I would probably be run over by a young driver who couldn't see me because to him/her I was invisible.

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Since when did aging become a sin? Why is it that in our society wisdom, accumulated through aging, is no longer valued. There was a time when it was children who were expected to be seen but not heard. Today, it seems that this applies to older people, and I'm not sure that the young even want us to be seen. 

Is this a byproduct of a society that is so rapidly changing no one and especially older folks can't keep up. Is it because younger people don't believe that they will ever be old, or is it because they know that they may become old and don't want to face it. 

There are some things I really hate. If you are young don't patronize me. I am not senile, and even if I was that doesn't give you the right to treat me as if I have no idea what I am talking about. Don't under any circumstances call me honey. I am not now nor will I ever be your honey. Don't call me baby. Do I look like a baby. I don't think so. 

I want you to know that I am definitely not done yet. In fact I feel as if I am just beginning. There is a lot of life left in me and no matter how hard you push me, I am going to push back. I may not be as fast as I once was, but I will make it to the finish line. We all will. Along the way I still have a whole lot of living left to do, so don't think I will allow you to make me irrelevant. 

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P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts on this and if you would like to see more posts about women's issues you can find them here.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BRING SPRING FLOWERS INTO YOUR HOME

I think there is a strong possibility that I am having a mid winter meltdown. I am missing flowers. I need them. I want them. I am thinking that I may go to Trader Joe's tomorrow and get some, but in the meantime I wanted to get some ideas on how to display them.

Trader Joe's has lots of tulips right now and I love how these tulips are displayed in an old silver trophy.

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I wish I had an old French basket. Look how beautiful these flowers look inside this one.

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An old primitive metal bait container makes a perfect vase for some spring flowers.

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I just happen to have an old water can hanging around somewhere. This would be adorable on a kitchen table or in a sunroom.

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This is a great idea if you have some old canning jars around the house. Applying some gold leaf adds just the perfect touch.

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Have you brought flowers into your home to give it a touch of spring?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BEDROOM DECORATING: COTTAGE STYLE

I love my cottage style bedroom. More and more it is really beginning to reflect who I am. This past week I have made two new additions to my room. I got them both at auctions and I'm really loving them. I thought I would share one of them today and save the other one (which my physical therapist told me that if I don't stop lifting heavy things my shoulder will never heal. OOPS!) until next week. 

You may remember that the corner of my bedroom looked like this.


I liked everything about it except for (unfluffed pillow) the rather empty corner and the bed. Another OOPS!! I may have given away what the second thing is I bought. 

When I saw this dress form at the auction last week I knew I loved it. I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it, I just knew I wanted it. 


It sit around for a few days until a lightbulb went off (yes friends there is a tiny bit of light still up there) and I knew it was going to be perfect to fill in my corner.


I was right. I love it, and I can also use it for a photo prop for my Etsy shop.

You'll have to wait until next week to see my other fabulous purchase. It was well worth the aching back and shoulder.

Linking with:
Cozy Little House


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Monday, January 26, 2015

LETTING GO OF THE PAST

Inspiration On A Monday:

One of the hardest things for us to do is let go of the past. I have talked about it on here before, and as a counselor I worked with many people who were letting the past destroy their present and their future. Letting go of the past takes effort, but it is well worth putting in the effort it takes.


I too have trouble letting my past go. Each morning I have started a meditation practice, and as part of that practice I sit quietly, breathe in the future, and exhale the past. I visualize what I want my future to look like as I let the past go. 

The psychologist, Carl Jung said it well: "I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." 

With that in mind I am doing something Wednesday that I have put off for a long time due to fear. I see it as a big step towards healing my life and letting go of something that I have carried with me for many years. Yes, I still feel panicky thinking about it and the outcome, but I also see it as exhaling the past. I have recognized that it is time to let it go. It is time to take back my life and have the life I want now. It is time to truly forgive. Not to help the other person, but to help me.

Letting go of the past may not always be easy, but it can lead us all to a simpler and more serene present and future.

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P.S. You can find more Monday Inspiration here.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

JUST WATCHING THE SNOW MELT

I've done my weekly Trader Joe's and Whole Foods run, and now this little birdie and I are just sitting here relaxing and watching the snow melt. 


It was pretty while it lasted, but it has warmed up into the forties this afternoon and rain is on the way. I think I will spend what is left of the afternoon visiting some blogging friends. Tonight of course I will be tuned into Downton Abbey.

What are you up to?

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