Weeding Out the Crap

There’s only so much a brain can hold, and I’m sick and tired of mine on the brink of overflow. Too much to do, too much to think about, too much clutter to look at. It’s hard to think straight with a brain that’s chasing it’s tail all the time.

Weeding Out the Crap helps you whittle life down to the things that matter most, so come along with me as I make life easier and more meaningful… one simple step at a time… one weed at the time.

 

Learning Something New Helps Keeps You Relevant.

Learning something new always peps up my brain so taking a class now and then feels really good. I just registered at my local community college's Community Ed department for: Traveling Across Cultures: Embrace Cultural Differences. Sounded like a good idea right now!

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Pausing for Puppy Love: All Work & No Play Gets Me Grumpy

Like faery dust, the magic spell of “puppy” covered me on my first visit with Stanley. Our friends and neighbors across the street, Jeff and Bernie, just added a new member to their family. And when they texted “Puppy visitations are open,” I was there in 60 seconds....

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Smartphones Sabotage Face-to-Face Conversation

Forgive me for being in the dark ages. Me and my flip phone were doing just fine. It fit discretely in my pocket or the pocket of my purse, and has long been my security blanket for imaginary emergencies and last minute change in plans. Facebook, emailing, writing and...

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On the Loss of Youth: Losing Muscle, Gaining Wisdom

“This is harder than it used to be” has been going through my head lately. Physical strength is something I never gave a second thought to. I’ve always been a fast mover and used to work, volunteer, parent, and party late on Sat. night then get up early on Sun. to...

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The Sweet Sorrow of Parting With Your Stuff: De-Cluttering

The scrumptious smell of leather lured me into the store. When I admired the black leather vest the sales person was wearing, she took it off right then and there and handed it over. What? That was 25 years ago, and it’s been hanging in my closet ever since, waiting...

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Mental Survival: Silliness Saves My Sanity

I caught myself recently being drawn to the epitome of trivia -- toothpaste. I looked at that tube night after night and felt a growing challenge to get one more squeeze out if it. Could I do it one.. more.. time? This private competition with myself lasted a full...

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Conversation With Strangers Delight

A bold, bald, robust man leaned over to peer into my plate and said, “Ma’am, what are you eating there?” When I said Avocado/Bacon Benedict, he jumped on it and ordered the same. Now I’ve looked at diner’s plates as I walked through restaurants before, but this was...

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Lego Play Shakes the Cobwebs Loose

This “toy” is for a six-year-old, according to Lego. Hahahahaha, the joke’s on me. Putting this child’s toy together cost me one hour, 6,000,000 brain cells, and the comeuppance of incompetence. Cobwebs in there are cleared... for now. I have to confess that I felt...

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Limping Along for a Spell: Loss of Mobility an Eye Opener 

One day you’re kicking butt at the bowling alley. The next, you’re lucky if you can get yourself to the bathroom in time. The loss of mobility affects everything. My husband and I recently adopted a new sport. We’ve been bowling occasionally with our son Jesse over...

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Addicted to Comfort: I Must be Danish!

Denmark beckons. Here they embrace a lifestyle I’ve spent years trying to achieve. Imagine a whole culture that’s built around comfort and snuggling up, or so it seems from a book Santa left for me under the tree this year. This lifestyle revelation may not be new...

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Thrift Shops, a.k.a. Goldmines

Thrift shops rock and top my list of pleasures for the treasures they contain. And here’s the latest reason why: this awesome print now hanging next to the table in the dining nook. My husband and I often go thrifting together and have great fun with this “sport”!...

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I’m Bored!

Breaking routine gives a body something to look forward to. Even people who live in Hawaii get bored with what the rest of us are flocking to. Apparently dreamy weather isn’t so dreamy when it’s constant. Sameness is numbing and boredom makes you dread the day ahead....

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On Loss: Aftermath of Divorce and the Heartache of Loss

When you write a book you don’t get to design the cover, and I was nervous putting this aspect in someone else’s hands. But then I opened the box filled with my complimentary copies. At last, the finished product. Oolala, much more colorful and cheerful than I imaged....

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Getting Older, Feeling Fine

The calendar demands that I get older, but I feel no differently this week than last. The gradual nature of aging — 1/365 at a time — gives me the chance to fix little things before they get big. Nipping what I can in the bud! Part time work has put me on the other...

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Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone Expands the View

Oh, the power I felt at holding back traffic in Seattle! Oh, the satisfaction! I’m in the city to visit my daughter Christy. Out of my comfort zone and timid, I edge slowly into the road as if cars would come barreling down. Then my daughter yells as she strides...

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Willie Nelson, the Great Bullshit Detector

“Don’t be dazzled by your own bullshit.” I’ve never given Willie Nelson much thought beyond his easy listening music and roguish style, but this line from a book he wrote 11 years ago, The Tao of Willie, speaks volumes. I’m a new fan! For some reason, says Willie, the...

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Weaning New Habits Into Place

I am blessed, I have a lot of ideas. I am cursed, I have a lot of ideas. A mind that’s so busy creating work for itself needs to be tamed once in a while and for me, that’s now. This snapshot that my son sent of his refrigerator door jumpstarted my new resolve -- get...

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Days are busier. Days are noisier. Our eyes and our minds are tethered tightly to our cells, but in a busy, noisy world it’s the “human” connections we have with one another that elevate our days.

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Vanity: Embracing Fuzzy Photos

The taker of this photo also sent me a “better” one, but I disagree. I like the fuzzy one better. Apparently, my vanity is showing. The shot was taken at the eclipse party next door. Our host sat across the table from me, and when she suddenly saw miniature sunflowers...

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Eclipse Brings Neighbors & Friends Together

I didn’t expect it at all but, for that instant, a wave of emotion shot through me. The lump in my throat was unmistakable. How amazing to look directly at the sun -- no blinking, no squinting, eyes wide open. Looking it dead on. That was something. Lucky me to be...

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Getting Knee Deep in De-Cluttering Territory

In my home, sardines couldn’t be closer. No matter how tightly you jam the hangers together, there’s only so much a closet can hold. My greedy self has just spilled over to the closet in the office space and that’s plain silly. My sweet husband worked patiently to...

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