It was time to grit my teeth, arrange the garbage bags, and prep the goodwill box. After three hours worth of organizing and decluttering, I transformed the room next to my office from a storage room back to a bathroom. 

I hope the spirit of Spring will reward me and move us from the photo on the left to the one on the bottom. 

I’ve … ahem … lived with the chaos for a long long time. Not willing to face the  journey toward making this a home again.

With all the moving, new flooring, soot damage …  mingled with my age and “delicate” memory … Tom would ask, “Where is the ………” and I would smile and say, “It’s in a safe place.”



But had no clue where that might be.  Our lives have been a daily treasure hunt, and is great fun when we find something we’ve “lost!”

Later in the day, re-entering my “new” bathroom,  I sucked in a breath of sweet delight! When clutter goes, it feels like you can fly!

Now I hope to organize one area daily. The office is next. Oh my! 

I still won’t remember where I put things.  But have become good at retracing my steps. Or thinking “Where would I put it if I was putting it away now?

Maybe I should make an index”

So come on spring!  You will be welcome!


Monday, A Fresh Start

Did the rest of you get blind-sided by Monday as well?

Made late night weekend efforts to keep up with online Blogging class by Kristen Lamb, based on her book  We are not Alone: Writer’s Guide to Social Media 

Hubby & I had tall, dark and handsome neighbor join us  for dinner last evening, but beyond that he is a fascinating man, a sound professional for the entertainment  industry.   Do those of you who write check out folks, either strangers or people known to you, for possible characters in your stories?  Sometimes I get caught staring, trying to find the words to describe a particular look or facial expression.

Lurking behind the puffy grey & white clouds, I can see some blue sky giving false promises, over the windowsill loaded with writing craft books, most of which I’ve read.  Twice.  Almost all the way through.  How many of us buy craft books and get a good start on them, but …

Would you enjoy  a chuckle to begin your week?   Husband Down in Aisle Three …

Husband Down

A husband and wife are shopping in their local Wal-Mart.
The husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.
‘What do you think you’re doing?’ asks the wife.
‘They’re on sale, only $10 for 24 cans’ he replies.
‘Put them back, we can’t afford them’ demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.

A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
‘What do you think you’re doing?’ asks the husband.
‘It’s my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,’ replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: ‘So does 24 cans of Budweiser and it’s half the price.’

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