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.

 

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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”!...

read more

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....

read more

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....

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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.

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Talking About the Weather Doesn’t Change It. Heat Happens.

Discussion about the weather usually puts me to sleep, but I get why it’s necessary. There are vacations to plan this time of year that require “appropriate” clothes. But mostly, it’s what people talk about when they have nothing to talk about. It’s a safe beginning...

read more

Finding a Balance Between Work and Play

  My daughter liberated me from the tedium of tasks last week, tipping the balance between work and play on its head! Every year Christy comes to visit on her birthday, which conveniently falls the day after July 4th holiday. It’s a time of year when we reflect back...

read more

This Peace of Nature Calms a Busy Mind

I never thought much about sheep before, let alone the peaceful effect they might have on me. They produce wool and lamb is tasty. That’s about it. I’ve seen sheep shorn and was amazed. I’ve even, on occasion, counted them jumping fences in the middle of a sleepless...

read more

Hearing Loss: Lessons in Getting to the Point

“Some people should use a gluestick instead of chapstick.” This meme appeared on my Facebook newsfeed this morning and I identified. My mind zoomed to Trump and his tweeting fingers in the middle of the night, but it’s really more personal for me than that. I'm using...

read more

Father’s Day: Knowing You Matter is Everything

With Father’s Day this coming weekend, I once again asked my husband what Father’s Day means to him. His feelings might have changed over the years as the children got older, but no, he’s felt this way since they were small, “To have your children recognize you....

read more

Does Your House Welcome You Home?

This was my front door in 1980. Oh, how I loved that door. Oh, how I fussed to get it just right. Carefully measuring and mixing together different shades of orange and yellow for that vibrant sunburst. Our cookie-cutter house finally said “Welcome.” In our formula...

read more