Friday Faves, worth waiting for

I lost a day somewhere this week.  It may have something to do with the fact that I was helping out my son and his wife by watching their daughter who is sick for the last two days.  By the time she goes home I am brain dead.  I can’t believe there was a time when sick children didn’t phase me, where did all my energy go over the years?

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As a result of losing my mind I forgot it was Friday!  With no further delay here is the best of the week.  I read so many wonderful things this week it was hard to narrow it down, and a few of you made my list twice as my brain just couldn’t choose a favorite between the two left.

Want to purge some of the junk?  Here’s some inspiration

  • Are you overwhelmed by the amount of things you feel are cluttering up your home and don’t know where to start?  Here is a 30 day challenge where you do only one thing a day, and none of the daily chores will take more than a few minutes.
  • Think you are ready for more de-cluttering?  Try the 30 bags in 30 days challenge.  It’s just what the title implies, fill one bag a day to eliminate from your home for a month.
  • Now that you  have things to get rid of what will you do with them?  Earlier this week I mentioned a few places to donate your useable items, but my list was no where as detailed (or good) as this list from Trash Backwards.
  • Have you reduced your belongings, but live with a packrat?  While I can happily state I am fortunate not to live with a packrat at this time in my life, this post helped me to see why some do need all their stuff.

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Health issues

  • I am not the only one with sick relatives this week. I was happy to find this home made cough and cold remedy thank you to DIY Confessions.
  • If you have been following this blog for a while you may remember I swear by my copper bracelet which was suggested by my doctor to relieve arthritis pain.  I bought a copper bracelet, but never did much research into why this worked.  Here’s a great post on the health benefits of copper.

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Environmental Issues and trash

  • Did you start receiving more junk mail than usual? Not sure what to do with it other than toss it in the recycling?  Why not create some new art with it.
  • I have to thank Katherine from Pillows a la Mode for this tip.  Is one of your goals this year to reduce the amount of items you recycle?  It’s one of mine so I believe Katherine shared this with me in mind (okay probably not, but it felt like it) download a free ebook here on ways to re-purpose items such as soda cans, plastic packaging, and fabric and paper scraps.
  • How do  you stand on the issue of Wind Farms?  I have my views, of course, you might want to read this post for more insight on the issue.
  • I’ve got a great article here on using those fabric scraps. I have a ballerina wanna-be, everything is about ballet right now, so this caught my eye.
  • Do you have wood furniture that needs some love or an oven that could use some deep cleaning now that all the baking is over?  I love finding new home made recipes for household cleaning, while I use primarily vinegar and baking soda there are a few items that need special care, like wood.  You probably have all you need to tackle these two areas right in your kitchen and your home will thank you for it.
  • I no longer make resolutions, but have you thought of a do less resolution?  It’s not quite what you may think it is, so check it out.
  • Do you enjoy a good cartoon? Here’s one that will make you think too.

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January has brought forth quite a bit of inspiration already. So here’s some inspiration I found for you.

  • For those of us dealing with the cold and buried in snow, Down to Earth Digs has been sharing some hope for spring.
  • Bethany shares her heartbreak from her teen years. It’s a moving post that was written to help others to avoid what she went through.  Toxic relationships come in all forms, here’s just one form. Please read this and share it with anyone you know who could benefit from hearing her story.
  • There are a few sites that cause me real trouble in picking a favorite, Jean does this to me all the time. This week I choose a post on Initiating Change as my favorite, hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
  • New Year’s celebrations have just ended.  The most popular celebrations around here involve bars or pork and sauerkraut.  But other cultures celebrate a little differently.  Take a look inside the New Year tradition in the Philippines.
  • Do you have a dream you want to pursue?  Do you ever feel discouraged?  This may be just what you need to read to reignite your dreams.
  • Some people seem to learn more at a younger age than I did.  I enjoy reading what they have to say as it gives me hope for the future generation. Read this and see if you were so smart at 25.
  • I love a good cup of tea, it’s relaxing any time of the day.  Here is a well written article on how to drink tea.  Give it a try and see if you don’t feel better.
  • This is a little different, but bear with me.  I live in a college community. I see plenty of bad choices being made by the young and hope for the best for them. I found this post thanks to From Playgrounds to Politics and am amazed to see what I believe is fantastic parenting of a young teen. Check this out for yourself and let me know what you think.
  • Would you like to travel this coming year?  Not sure where to go?  Here’s a list of one writer’s top 20 countries worth visiting.  I was pretty impressed with his choices, if I listened to the media rather than a world traveler I never would have chosen many of these to see.

As time goes on I find myself living with less and less.  As a result I have been visiting minimalist sites, those that don’t ask one to live out of a back pack or with 100 possessions or less. I want to find my own way in life.

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These sites speak to what I am seeking.

I won’t leave you without any humor, I’ve even added two short one’s from my own life.

  • Do you love a good redneck joke?  Well maybe the joke is on us.  A new take on the redneck culture. I am in so much trouble sharing this one.
  • Do you have any good Christmas humor?  I received one Christmas morning when I answered my phone to hear my son laughing on the other end.  Here’s his story:  His daughter was opening her Christmas presents, very carefully taking the paper off each package and folding it, she was happy and thankful for each and every present, until she blurts out, “Oh Look Santa bought me a present from Walmart” they had forgotten to remove one of the tags off her new Swan Princess movie.  Funny thing is she is happy that Santa took time in his busy schedule to shop for her.
  • IMG1221Finally, I’ve told you that I parented through humor, it’s the only way to make it through some of those rough moments. Ever since my 40th birthday my son has been trying to find the best “old folks” cards for my birthday gift (no presents, just a card).  Fortunately I have a good sense of humor.  This year’s card read:  An elderly woman called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car had been broken into.  “They’ve stolen everything! the radio, my dashboard compass, even the steering wheel!!!”  The dispatcher responded, “Stay calm, a police officer is on the way.”  Minutes later, the officer arrived and radioed in.  Disregard that last call….she got in the backseat by mistake.  I love my son!!

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10 thoughts on “Friday Faves, worth waiting for

    • I hope you find a couple of interest to you. I think this is the largest list I’ve done yet I just couldn’t decide how to narrow it down any further, there’s just too much good writing out there.

  1. Thanks, Lois, for the mentions of Trash Backwards articles! I’m looking forward to scrutinizing your other mentions here, too. 30 Bags in 30 Days looks particularly interesting and I’m going to try it, but with the added inspiration of making sure nothing in the bags ends up in the landfill. Perhaps a list of all the people and organizations that could use the stuff I bag up would be useful? Will try. Thanks for keeping us inspired and connected, Lois.
    — Liesl at Trash Backwards

    • Thanks Liesl, if you make up a list of all the places you can think of to donate our about to be discarded items from our decluttering I will be happy to link to you so others can keep there stuff out of the landfills too. Having only a one room apartment, 30 bags would be very hard to come by, I wouldn’t have ANY thing left.

  2. Hehe, I get the first comment, because I happened to be lurking on your blog when you posted this. ;-) Lots of good stuff, will keep me busy tomorrow–something to do instead of cleaning! ;-)

    Oh, and thanks for the shout-out! That was the most difficult–and the most heartfelt–post I’ve written to date. Hope somebody can benefit from it.

    • I always love hearing someone is lurking on the blog! I do hope I have been able to pass along your story to even more people who need to hear it. I look back and realize that my formative years, and my son’s as well, were the hardest we ever go through. There is so much peer pressure involved. I hear way too many stories of suicide and think “if only they had held on till they got out of school they might find life was worth living”. I think your story could help some of them to hold on.

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