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Mending My Body

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 3 comments

Mending My Body

Before launching into one of his tales, my husband always says,”Stop me if I’ve told you this one before”. Of course you wouldn’t be rude enough to do that. I’m the only one that would. But I do think I have a tendency to hesitate telling you about myself sometimes as if you’ll tire of “that same old story” especially when I’m whining about my body. I’ve found, however, that some stories are worth telling over and over if it allows for others to give themselves permission to help themselves or feel like...

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The Incomplete, the Ignored, and the Undone

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 5 comments

The Incomplete, the Ignored, and the Undone

There is a lot of incomplete, ignored, and undone tasks hovering over my head. I come across a pile of stuff in my closet or attic or bookshelf and I think , I don’t have the time to deal with this. Then multiply this by 100 and I’m kinda a captive of all the uncompleted piles of stuff. A prisoner of my past, my intentions, and my stuff. Years of living reactively, of not completely cleaning up after myself, and of not knowing what to value has led to a slight hoarding problem. I get it honest from my family. I began my...

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When Being at Home Can Happen Anywhere

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Nest Feathers - Home Design, Visual Me | 2 comments

When Being at Home Can Happen Anywhere

My daily prayer is for a shift. Please let my mind shift to see me and my world and my potential differently today. To value what I have and what I know with respect and reverence. I leave the house hoping to break my “same brain”. And I do for a little while driving or shopping. And then I return home and I feel the inevitable slip back into my rut. In the light of the upcoming birthday party and having guests over, I am doing some home renovations. Throw a party and you’ll make progress. My hallway is getting a long overdue facelift....

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Purging the Stuff That Owns Us

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 5 comments

Purging the Stuff That Owns Us

The pruning, the watering, the dusting, and the ironing. If you have stuff, you need to upkeep it. Kids need food and clothes. Your body needs hair cuts and doctor’s appointments. Your house needs gutters and your car needs gas. If we listen to the mantra of American marketing, getting more while spending less is what we live for. But what if all our getting and spending doesn’t make us happy? If our lifestyles of ownership stresses us out? Then perhaps we need to take a look at what we own and why. Really look. I do occasional...

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Industrious Over-focused is My Coping Mechanism

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 4 comments

Industrious Over-focused is My Coping Mechanism

I rocked my Christmas production. While Mark was out of the country on business in mid December, I scheduled all the Christmas activities on my two daycare days, at night, and on the weekends. In fact, by working more proactively this year, I event coordinated both Christmas and Thankgiving like a pro. And when it was over, when the pause between Christmas and New Year’s came, I awaited the twitchy tell-tale signs of my spastic over-doing nature to pull me off the couch. From my therapist, I learned that in childhood, when a child...

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My Writing Thoughts Today

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 0 comments

My Writing Thoughts Today

Today I realized that I have come full circle back to the writing. Where I started to see that I needed to prioritize my writing back when I started my blog, I took a detour this past year for a little while focusing on my art. I feared that my art wasn’t prioritized enough. Like the little sister always getting shoved out of the way for the big brother’s achievements. So I gave her some time to play and she’s happy again. It is November now, a month when a lot of fellow writers are embarking on their writing journeys with...

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Non-Negotiable Creative Soul Living

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Keeping House and Mind Alligned | 0 comments

Non-Negotiable Creative Soul Living

My therapist chuckled a little and said, “You know you get to live an extraordinary life. Where you can live your creativity every day. You live in your house that you made pretty for you and you’re creating your world daily according to what you need. That is a precious way to live. Don’t forget that.” Because , yes, I had forgotten that. Or perhaps I’d never realized that. And these doses of perspective are one of the many gifts I greedily gobble up with my world interactions these days. I am so busy doing doing doing all...

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I’m In Waste Management and Sanitation Control

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, Silly I Tell You, The Good Mother | 6 comments

I’m In Waste Management and Sanitation Control

I often joke that I’m in waste management. On the kinder less disgusting side, I’m the recycleables schlepper, the playroom toy drawer cleaner outer, and the seasonal wardrobe sifter through-er. I have all say in what’s good and bad in the fridge and the pantry as I do all the cooking. And yes I’ll scold you if you don’t recycle that bottle. On the less glamorous side,  I am also the diaper changer and the cat-box cleaner. I understand that in order to have beasties and babies to love, you have to tolerate and...

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Eating From Our Cupboard

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Daily Shalagh, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, My Joy of Cooking | 0 comments

Eating From Our Cupboard

There is definitely something satisfying about having my cupboard stocked. As much as I wanted to complain about grocery shopping in this post, I have a sense of bounty when it’s full. Our cupboard is an old metal cabinet inherited from Grandmom that is more like a pantry. I removed my upper cabinets in the kitchen and this is what we use now instead. And to have it stocked means that I can throw together quick-breads or a pasta dish or a soup based on what’s in there and the fridge. I can be lazy or I can make effort but...

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Are You a Mourning Cook Too?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Gathering My Lessons, Housewifery, Keeping House and Mind Alligned, My Joy of Cooking, Random, The Good Mother | 4 comments

Are You a Mourning Cook Too?

There was once a time when I cooked for the joy of it. I dared to try different techniques, different regional tastes, or daring feats of culinary craziness. I deboned a turkey for Thanksgiving just to say I did it. I make a mean tiramisu when I take the time to. That went with my Italian Christmas feast I made one year with homemade pasta and reinforcement salad. And now I am in mourning for the cook I used to be. I soooooo miss those days when the pursuit of culinary loveliness was just for self-gratification. And for the gratification of...

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