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.

 

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Voting 2020: A Date to Remember

Voting 2020: A Date to Remember

Imagine looking forward to voting like you would a date on Saturday night. Imagine going to a party where everyone gets to cast their ballots together. This is how they do it in Australia. Meanwhile in the U.S.-- with more at stake than ever this year -- people are...

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Feeling the Loss: Dancing Kept the Joy Alive!

Feeling the Loss: Dancing Kept the Joy Alive!

no big deal: Dance class is cancelled this week. BIG DEAL: Seven months without a twirl. In March the mandate for distancing seemed temporary, but that temporary is turning into a growing sense of loss. Little did I know that my biggest passion would slip away. I...

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“Character” More Than Getting Tough

My Billy announced at breakfast this morning, “I’ve decided I’m going to get an A+ in character!” And I believe him! To him character means getting tough. He’s going to power through this cancer and stroke in good condition because “I’ve got things to do.” It’s in...

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Worry: Bad… Calm: Good

Worry: Bad… Calm: Good

In the time it took to dial 9-1-1, it was over. In less than a minute, garbled speech from only one side of his mouth vanished and we wondered, “Wait, did something just happen here?” “I’m fine”, he said. “I’m fine.” It took some cajoling -- and me staying calm as I...

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Brush Fire and Essential Workers!

Brush Fire and Essential Workers!

It was my first time ever calling 911. I already know I turn into jelly when emergencies crop up but, surprisingly, I felt calm as I reached for the phone. Even remembered my own address and phone number when the dispatcher asked! Our backyard borders a field of dry...

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Reboot to a Positive Mindset: Give Yourself 5 Min/Day.

Surely everyone has 5 minutes to spare! And if you use them first thing in the morning, you can nudge yourself into a more positive mindset for the day. This way of starting out gets you away from dwelling all the time on what’s wrong. Before you start the busyness of...

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Pandemic Time on my Hands!

Pandemic Time on my Hands!

My name is Carol and I am an addict. Isn’t that’s what it’s called when you’re struggling to pass Level 37 and you say to yourself, “I’m sure I can do better next time.”? Then you repeat the phrase after every attempt until an hour rolls by, then 90 minutes, then… The...

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A Fox at the Backdoor:  Rest for a Tired Brain

A Fox at the Backdoor: Rest for a Tired Brain

It all started with a blur, “Was that the neighbor’s cat?” Something about this blur was different, though. Was it darker? Longer? Yeah, probably a cat. Next day: “Wait, what? Is that a fox?” We spent the next week scrambling for our phones, but not fast enough as she...

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Loss of Freedom Brings Rewards: s-l-o-w is good!

Loss of Freedom Brings Rewards: s-l-o-w is good!

What I learned by staying at home: I’ve been a spoiled brat most of my life, doing whatever I felt like doing whenever I felt like to doing it. My new habit is to ask myself, “Do I need that?” Do I need it, NOW?” Mostly the answer’s been “No!” and I like this trend!...

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