Saturday, December 3, 2016

12-3-16


wearing winter coats
shaggy and shorn in spots... they
dance in the sunlight

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((some local sheep that allowed me to photograph them... I love how they smiled))

Friday, December 2, 2016

12-2-16


The sun is setting on another day... and I hope you are enjoying your Friday.
See  you all tomorrow...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

12-1-16


everyone has a
backstory that is fragile
like glass on sidewalks

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

11-30-16


There's a saying that sometimes one "can't see the forest for the trees..."
I don't know who is accredited as coining the phrase, but the meaning behind it... of not being able to see the whole picture because you're too focused on the details... certainly rings true.
And so it is with stuff... some times there is just so much of it... that you don't know where to begin.

I think one of the things people hang onto the most, is clothing. It's expensive, and (at least for me) I hate shopping for clothes. I would much rather wear something old, than have to go through the process of buying something new... having to try it on... trying to find something that will work and look good... it's a chore for me. But, if most of us are honest, we have too much clothing already on hand. Myself included. At least twice a year (once in spring, and once in fall) I try to go through my clothing. I am brutal... in that I truly believe that if you don't like the way something looks on you.. there is no sense hanging onto it. I used to keep clothing in the hopes of fitting into it again... or because it had sentimental value... but not anymore. Life is short. And it's too short to wear clothing you hate.
That said.. what's in my closet? eeeeeeeeeehola. You want to go there. Ok. Here goes....


Actually, not a whole lot. I love skirts, and I dislike pants (probably because I am self conscious of my weight... and skirts hide a multitude of sins). Plus, I like that I feel more "girly" in skirts. I own 12 skirts, and 2 pair of pants (one is a pair of dress slacks for special occasions, and one is a funky pair handmade for me by a friend). I have 6 tank tops in various colors that I wear as my first layer (or only layer in hot weather), and I have about 12 or so "over" shirts, and a few ripped up t-shirts for everyday wear. I have 5 blazers (I have a thing for vintage men's blazers), one large handmade winter sweater, and a couple coats. Beyond that, I have 2 pair of cowboy boots (my summer set, and my winter set), and a pair of Berkenstock sandals. All my socks and underthings I keep in a basket (top shelf)... which makes for easy access, and no folding necessary.... and a few sets of pjs. The hat boxes you see in the closet actually hold some sentimental collectibles. The train case is one I use for traveling, as is the vintage leather case behind it.
Yep, that's it... and frankly, I own more clothing at the moment than I have in a very long time. I found that it's simpler to have a sort of "uniform" that is your go-to outfit. In my case, it's skirts and a tank top, with a complimentary shirt over the top. It's relaxed, and I don't have to think about what I have to wear every day. I think I read somewhere that the reason why Johnny Cash wore black, it because it simplified his routine... he didn't have to think about what to wear if he had essentially all the same clothing. There are clothing designers that do the same sort of thing.
See here
and here

So... what do you do with your old clothing? You can sell it online, and there are tons of places where you can donate it (think church programs, charities, etc). When things are in "too sorry" of shape to even donate, the daughter and I will rip the fabric up into usable bits for quilting and patches, and we rip t-shirts into strips for yarn.

Have a great evening... and I will see you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

11-29-16


This year, perhaps more than ever before... we have learned the importance of clearing out, using things as much as you can (and in new ways)... and of salvaging and fixing things up.
To this end, I thought I might do a series of posts on clearing out and organizing, and living a simpler life.

Years ago (back when I was in high school and college age and saving money for tuition), I was self employed as a housekeeper/ organizer/ cook/ errand girl. It was fun, and taught me tons of skills that I use to this day.
And so for today, I thought I would talk a bit about food.

I am sure most of you probably know all this... but sometimes it doesn't hurt to be reminded.
This year we had a garden. I have had a garden everywhere we have lived, and grown produce in all sorts of climates. Your garden can be your life saver. Now, perhaps more than ever before.... food is expensive, and money doesn't stretch as far is you would like it to. This year, we put in a few raised beds; and got an amazing amount of return for pennies in seeds. We asked around, and were gifted a huge clump of rhubarb (and if you ask, there is probably someone who wants to thin their patch). We also got some saplings of blueberry bushes and a current bush... and hope that in a few years we will reap the benefits of those. Lots of  communities have a "seed bank" where you can trade in your seeds for seeds of things you want to plant. If not, ask folks at your local growers market if they would be willing to sell seeds or small plants in the spring. Of course, if you have a local garden center you can get them there as well, and there are lots of organic suppliers online (like Baker Creek).
One of our crops this year was a bed of herbs, and if you remember a few weeks back, I showed a photo of our herbs drying on a line we rigged up in the kitchen. Growing and drying your own herbs is an excellent way to save some money, as many of them can be pricey.
Another one of our plantings this year was some Turban Squash. We actually grew these from seeds we saved from a single squash we bought last year from a local farmer. Our small planting actually produced about 11 turban squash for this winter's eating. They store well (in a cool, dry place)... or you can cook them, cut them, puree them... (so many choices) and freeze the food for use later.

Like this post? I hope to do more.
See you all tomorrow.

Monday, November 28, 2016

11-28-16


---ever have one of those days?

I woke up early (especially for me)... and cleaned the house. I vacuumed all the rooms, dusted everything, swept the floors, watered plants, took care of clean dishes (and took care of dirty dishes), did a load of laundry, made the bed, got the mail, checked the email, cleaned out the fridge, made some promos for a friend's business, and one for my own business (I am trying to learn some basic photoshop skills), gathered some items for folks who were picking things up today...

... and then nothing. I can't seem to get it together. It's one of those days when nothing tastes right, and nothing feels right. I need to do work.. and I can't seem to get the energy to do it. I was all set to go work in the studio... but all I want to do is to crawl back in bed. 
I'm not depressed, I am tired. Exhausted. 

.so. 

I am thinking about just that. Sometimes you just have to "give in" and trust that it's the right thing to do
... even when there is so much else to be done.

Much love to you all, and I will see you tomorrow.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

11-26-16


The Sentinel

standing guard at morn
watching for weary strangers
roaming the wild hills
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((in honor of hunting season, here in PA))