Weeding Out the Crap

There’s only so much a brain can hold, and mine is frequently 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 — in your head, in your heart, and in your field of vision. Come along with me as I make both our lives easier and more meaningful… one simple step at a time… one weed at the time.

 

Perspective is Everything: Consider Changing Viewpoints

Perspective is Everything: Consider Changing Viewpoints

Me: That’s a perfect ledge to put all his house plants on! Husband: [scowling] Oooh, nooo, I wouldn’t want plants in my face all the time. We’d been helping our son Jesse move into his new place, and I was admiring a sun- drenched ledge in the kitchen. THERE WAS A...

read more

Defrosting Blogging Brain Freeze: Getting Unstuck

Could it be I’ve come down with a case of BBF, Blogging Brain Freeze? Or maybe wisdom has its own timeline. As life gets more complicated, I spend more and more time trying to make every single part of my life simpler. These thoughts are running through my head as I...

read more
Escaping Reality: A Mental Health Must

Escaping Reality: A Mental Health Must

They say a writer should write about what she knows. And today, what I know is a home project gone long. I was drowning in the constant bad news of the day so I came up with a plan: distract myself with a project: a facelift for the bathroom. Mind you, there’s nothing...

read more
The Olympics Inspires Fitness

The Olympics Inspires Fitness

Every two years I get pumped up to pump iron. Every two years I get jazzed by watching the best of the best in the stunning display of athletes at the Olympics. And it always winds up with the same old phrase running through my head, “You sit too much. You are a...

read more
“Emerging from the Heartache of Loss” and Pandemic Relief

“Emerging from the Heartache of Loss” and Pandemic Relief

A reminder never hurts. People have lost so much during the pandemic over the past two years that I feel the need to talk about my book again, Emerging from the Heartache of Loss. People have lost their jobs, their health, social contact, and the freedom to come and...

read more
New Year’s Resolutions Change How Your Life is Going!

New Year’s Resolutions Change How Your Life is Going!

Life gets pretty boring if every day is the same. Setting new goals every January re-invigorates me and gives me something new to think about. Even though COVID has us jumping through hoops, we can at least try to improve the way things are going. I know others...

read more

Thinking: The Most Important Work You Do

This old quote from Warren Buffett has me thinking lately, and I mean double-duty thinking! “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and...

read more
Downsizing: Culling the Closet One Inch at a Time

Downsizing: Culling the Closet One Inch at a Time

I’ve donated bushels of clothes over the years, but this time was different. My latest dent in downsizing took me instead to the women’s consignment shop downtown, Re•volve. You wouldn’t think one would need an appointment for this, much less wait two weeks for it,...

read more
That Special Gift of Time: Service vs. Presents

That Special Gift of Time: Service vs. Presents

It took him an hour to process all my knives to a perfect edge. I could tell he was enjoying every stroke of every knife that passed through his precision sharpener. Notice the glass of wine in the corner! Best of all, I know my son’s gift of time was lovingly given....

read more
Kite Sparks Sagging Creativity

Kite Sparks Sagging Creativity

Wake up, lazy brain! Is anyone in there? My life, along with my brain, has slowed to a crawl so I’ve taken steps to kick my self in the butt! It might be a fanciful idea, but this kite is going to help my creativity take flight! That part of my brain is sorely...

read more
Heat Relief: The Cooling Sight of Bubbles

Heat Relief: The Cooling Sight of Bubbles

If you can’t get in the water, watch someone who can. Seeing these underwater images brought instant heat relief! My son Jesse finally caught his apartment pool empty last week and headed down with his Go Pro. “Empty” is mandatory since great shots mean no ripples...

read more
The Heat & Me: Take to the Water When You’re Hot!

The Heat & Me: Take to the Water When You’re Hot!

I didn’t do well. Time stopped for us during the heat wave last week as the oven-like temperatures rose higher and higher every day. Minute by minute in my mind! My husband and I couldn’t really think straight because we had only one thing on our minds — behold my own...

read more
Update: Fox Family on the Move!

Update: Fox Family on the Move!

“I’d like to be a fly on the wall when THAT happens!” It’s a wish I’ve had many times over the years when curiosity got the better of me. And now I am that fly as I watch our fox family after dark. Photos in daylight provide the best pics, but it’s fascinating to see...

read more
The Night Life: Foxes are Back!!!

The Night Life: Foxes are Back!!!

I feel quite like David Attenborough as I watch four tiny fox kits struggle their way from under our shed at 4:30 am. A gray fox couple has once again chosen our property to raise their family and we’re thrilled to catch it on our new trail cam. My son Jesse gave us...

read more

COVID Vaccination Day!

My mom held my hand as we walked along the sidewalk. The four of us looked like many other families in the neighborhood, all hurrying along to the same place — to get vaccinated against the horror of the times, polio. A snippet of that memory came back last week after...

read more
Pillow Talk: The Darkside

Pillow Talk: The Darkside

Injury by pillow. One might think this impossible, and yet… Oh, I’ve seen dangerous pillows before — the ones that are being pressed into someone’s face — but this is not the danger I speak of. No, I’m talking about the potential danger of scrunching. As I do many...

read more
Egg Art and Kitchen Bondage

Egg Art and Kitchen Bondage

I discovered egg blowing in 1982. When I read about it, I couldn’t believe that the glutinous mass inside could fit through such a tiny opening. Until… I made the required holes on each end of an egg and blew, really really hard. It worked! I was proud. My dad was an...

read more
The Art and Elegance of the Bathtub. An Acquired Skill?

The Art and Elegance of the Bathtub. An Acquired Skill?

In an effort to lift my mood and yours, I bring to you a snippet of a recent family conversation. My son, the wit, entertained us all by starting the following thread after he tried to relax in the bathtub. It had been one tough week at work. Characters: son Jesse,...

read more
My Ukulele: Musing on Pandemic Options

My Ukulele: Musing on Pandemic Options

When I was 11, my grandpa gave me a ukulele for Christmas. And I’ve been thinking more about that uke lately. When the Covid pandemic shut down my beloved dancing, I thought the pause would be brief but… I WAS WRONG! Ballroom has been my hobby, my social outlet, and...

read more

Election Relief: Hope Really Does Spring Eternal

The relief wasn’t what I expected. That Trump got the boot was exhilarating, for sure, but the thrill I’d looked forward to was dulled by the unpredictability of a Pit Bull that’s been cornered. A child is still in the White House, and who knows what havoc he’ll...

read more