Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Decluttering Progress...

Okay... so far we have...



cleaned and reorganized the pantry...


and the kitchen cabinets and the laundry room...
donated a few unused dishes.
cleaned floors, and wiped down cabinets...







went through our dresser drawers and dusted...
donated a trash bag of clothes.




cleaned out some old bathroom items,
 and scrubbed the tub/shower and sinks...
(can't wait until we can redo these bathrooms)

cleared out some stuff from the craft room...
now I can get back to some projects.


wiped down the computer and desk area...


went through the canning pantry closet and reorganized...
(I think we have enough jars...)

cleared out some clutter from the china cabinet...



went through last years receipts and am ready to file taxes.




washed windows...

LET THE SUN SHINE IN!



finished another dishtowel...
I know there are still some pink lines there, but I'm calling it done.



decorated the January mantel...
(have always loved this saying)
cleared out and donated some of the books in the living room...


getting ready to recover this cushion...



have the paint and brushes ready to get back to remodeling the entry way...

How are you doing on your decluttering?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My WORD for the year...

People seem to pick a WORD for the year, is this in place of resolutions?
Anyway I always thought "I don't have a WORD for the year..."
So this year when I started going over some things I wanted to accomplish for the year I realized "I DO HAVE a WORD for the year..."

It is  "CLEAN" 

That is my WORD for the year...

Since I am trying to follow not one or two but THREE 
different Home CLEANing and de-cluttering blogs and 
also I am going to try and change up the way we eat to 
what they call CLEAN eating, which I take as more 
fruits and vegetables, I realized I had a WORD after all.

If your interested in following along here are the 3 sites 
I'm following...

  1. Fly Lady    I have followed her for several years now, as she says " You are never behind, just start where you are"  She has a wonderful system to get you started with just 15 minutes a day.  
  2. Apartment Therapy     Started a system for the new year, "The January Cure" gives some quick, easy and great advice. It's not to late to get started.
  3. My Simpler Life    by Beth Dagis, I have also been receiving her weekly emails with little reminders of way to simplify your life and treat yourself too.  She has a downloadable DECLUTTER CALENDAR, which I am following also.
Since we did away with the cable company last year we watch a lot of PBS on TV.  So we have gotten into watching CREATE TV.  It is a wonderful channel which has craft, cooking and travel shows.  I recently started watching, Christina Pirello on Christina and Christina Cooks.  She teaches healthy cooking, which I realized we could incorporate into our menus. Follow along with her One Healthy Thing.

I hope everyone is staying warm through this latest cold snap, it's 14* here this morning... Get out your buckets and your rags and trash bags and let's get CLEANING!
It's a good way to feel better and stay warm.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Just for Sam...



I LOVE YOU... MOM

Its Christmas Eve Day...



the stockings are hung by the chimney with care...



I saw this in a catalog - 
I thought it was funny,
but I don't think my son-in-law would wear it...
even though he might think it...



the girls came to spend the night,
we made snow globes...


it was exhausting...


for Lilly too...


I had to work, so the next morning Grumpy made them breakfast... 


I finished another dishtowel, that's about one a year (LOL)

!!!! SPOILER ALERT !!!!

If you live in Virginia DO NOT
SCROLL DOWN ANY FURTHER.....

Your gift is in the mail....




I had to move this project onto the dining room table.
It just got too Big to handle the sewing in the craft room.



hand stitched on the back.


A "Recycled" Denim and Flannel Scrap Quilt.

Merry Christmas... We Love You.




A gift we received, another idea for recycling all those denim scraps...



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy...

 

Autumn came...
 
We bought a new tree for the house...




 
got the yard decorated...
 



 
Kenneth also decorated the well house...



 
Emily was an Elf in the Kindergarten Christmas Program.



 
We went to see the Maud Christmas Parade,
somebody got woken from her nap to watch...




 
We had to make an unexpected trip to Oklahoma,

due to the death of a loved one.  But had a good visit.
we decorated for the holidays.



Kenneth and I went to Minden, LA
for a German Christmas Festival...
 





 
Megan got an owie...


 
her Daddy got a 8 point buck...

 
 

 
Emily was also in a Pageant for Homecoming...
she had to get her hair done...
 
 





and tonight Emily and Leah were in the Church Christmas Program...
 
 


 


 



We also got the mantle decorated...