Modifying the Dream

I had an interesting weekend, but what I decided to post tonight came from a commercial I heard while watching a football game.  The subject of the commercial was about sacrifice.  Sacrificing your evenings and weekends to work extra hours, the goal of all that work was to be able to purchase the dream house you always wanted.  The house that was shown had a kitchen larger than 4 of the studio apartments in my building, and the deck overlooked an ocean view.  Sure the view was nice, but just looking at this weekend, there wasn’t a single experience I would have wanted to sacrifice to have that large home, even with the view.

I had time to enjoy sitting in the garden which is still blooming.

I had time to enjoy sitting in the garden which is still blooming.

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Here, There, Everywhere

Day two of Plastic free July and already I have been thwarted. There are better products than plastic, why does everything have to be made from a petroleum process? I first wanted to show you how I travel simply. When I dumped the contents out to photograph I was stunned to see so much plastic in one place. I thought I was doing well, until that moment.
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Rain, Paint, Company, a Full Weekend

Just when I get used to finding myself alone on the weekends and enjoy getting things done, I have a weekend with a huge list of things I want to complete and company each day.

I rarely share my to-do lists, and that’s because I rarely make them. I know what I want to accomplish so why write it out.  But this weekend I did make a list, I may never do it again as I didn’t get much completed.

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What We Can Learn From Squirrels

I happened upon a newspaper article that I would like to share on the subject of what we can learn from squirrels. Here is the part that was most interesting:

They are well-known for good qualities like working hard, saving for the future, playing for fun and displaying community spirit.  They show the essentials for long-term survival. They are also good at accommodating, adjusting, and adapting. If only we humans could learn. ~~ Rao Musunuru, Tampa Bay Times

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A Heartfelt Request

After much time spent restoring chairs, tonight I had a very different task given to me.  I was asked to repair some dress up clothes.  Not my favorite task, I’d rather be working on another chair :-) but some times the little jobs aren’t just necessary but are a lesson in themselves.

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Slow February

Last year I followed Christine at Slow Living Essentials for an end of the month recap.  This year I decided to do something different and recap at the end of each month what I was able to save from ending up in landfills.  This month was truly a slow month for finding things tossed out, but that’s not to say I didn’t find any thing.

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Challenged to save

Do you ever jump into something without thinking it through because it sounds like a fun thing to try?  I do, not so much as I’ve gotten older, but every now and again I still do.   Before starting this blog, I could have tossed the idea out when I decided I learned enough or it wasn’t the right timing.  Instead, I put it out there for everyone to see and now have to be honest enough to explain I  haven’t quite lived up to the challenge.

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Simplicity in finances

This is still the time of the year when people are trying to make changes, whether you made a resolution or just want to improve an area in your life.  Most of these changes revolve around weight loss or financial independence, getting a handle on your debt.  I took on the January Money Diet, and while not perfect it has shown me where I tend to spend my money.  There is one thing I don’t hear people talk about avoiding to get control of their finances.

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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.

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January Money Diet update

JanMoneyDietsmallWell the first week of January is nearly finished, at least it feels that way to me, I’m exhausted.  I thought it was time to update you on my January Money Diet. I am pretty boring so to give you a daily update would put you to sleep, expect more of a weekly update instead.

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