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Stillness Thoughts in a New Year

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Blogging Along, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery | 4 comments

Stillness Thoughts in a New Year

The stillness of the house is like a pond in a winter’s morning. It beckons me to sit and just listen to the tick of the clock like a cricket in the weeds. Instead of leaping up and jumping in, I sat down and napped in the yawning silence. I haven’t had time to myself in a week and a half. I organized my linen closet yesterday because I asked for new towels for Christmas. I filled three trash bags full of stuff I don’t need anymore or maybe never needed. A white matelasse bedspread I’ll never use as well as old towels...

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The Minutia of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Little Guy Lessons, Raising Fair Fiona, Wisdom Lessons | 7 comments

The Minutia of Christmas

( From December 2014 and last year, I adore this look back ) The sound was a thwap and a roll, hollow plastic bouncing and traveling across the floor. My new Christmas tree balls were this moment’s entertainment. The “ball balls” were being extracted from their big clear box and thrown while I hurried to put my laundry away. Although that’s exactly why I bought those, I underestimated the little monkey’s reasoning skills. Every day is jam-packed with holiday fun. Not unlike any other day in my life, I’ve been cramming...

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My Christmas Tree Fell Down

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

My Christmas Tree Fell Down

I was so proud I got my Christmas decorations up in enough time to enjoy them for two weeks before Christmas proper. But I plum forgot that I had intended to redesign my Christmas tree. So that when the decorations came out of the boxes, I was less than thrilled. “Oh those”my inner child said. And so I dutifully dressed the Christmas tree in last year’s already tired frocks and said,”Good Enough.” I felt kinda growly about it but I know no one else will see what I see and isn’t most of this for everyone else anyway? So imagine how...

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We Are All Event Planners for Christmas

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Ahas, Creative Projects, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker | 0 comments

We Are All Event Planners for Christmas

If you were told you’d been volunteered as an event planner and decorator for a royal ball, you’d laugh your butt off right? But regular people across the globe will do their best to plan and execute a special event all on their own this month mostly without professional help. And I’m darn proud of all of them for their upcoming efforts. We pull it off, you and me, every year. That once a year special event for which we have to send out a hundred invitations, cater quantities of food, and decorate huge floral centerpieces...

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My Cup is Half Full

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Ahas, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Random, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

My Cup is Half Full

A cold rainy day has driven me to light the fire and my favorite smelly candle. My first cup of earl grey tea for the season has been brewed. There’s a lull between holiday storms. Thanksgiving is only leftovers and memories and Christmas is still contained in lists. And I am maintaining a ‘be here now mindset’ as the calendar moves ever onward and may to try to hijack me and my anxieties with “all the things” to come. Gratitude and appreciation keep us grounded. I am grateful that this old gas fireplace is still...

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Yes You Have Too Much To Do

Posted by on Nov 21, 2018 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker | 0 comments

Yes You Have Too Much To Do

Yes you have too much to do. Or should I say, I have too much I think I can do. The emails are piling up. There are stacks of unread magazines. There are outdated frozen soups in the freezer. And there are items in my closet that just don’t fit me well. There are dust bunnies with bad attitudes under our beds. And there were more important tasks than these looming in my future too. As long as I’m still terrified of doing what I’m already putting off, then all those tasks get pushed back further because I have a priority...

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To Be at Home at Home

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

To Be at Home at Home

My rather pregnant friend and I were having lunch last month, she was free of her two year-old and me of my five year-old, and the freedom of having lunch together outside of our houses made us giddy. And I said that sometimes I feel like I’m a different person outside my home. And she agreed she felt that way too. It’s as if I am a prisoner of my house and all that’s wrong with it. The problems that are my problems to solve get topped by chores and meals and there’s no longer any room for me to breathe. Perhaps I...

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Tidy isn’t the Same as Clean

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Nestmaker | 4 comments

Tidy isn’t the Same as Clean

Look around at my house and most of the time, it is tidy. I try to pick up after the mini tornado creators every day and a half. The feeling I have seeing no clutter beats the chaos I feel when I look around and see stuff everywhere. But there’s still the layer below that that niggles at me. The secret filth that I know is lurking everywhere that I will never conquer. There’s the grease that flies around the kitchen because there’s no exhaust fan in there. It covers the back stairs and the fan and the top of the...

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My Empty Box Method

Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

My Empty Box Method

When I had to shut my business down (See the post about Bally Eden) and bring the contents of my shop home, all my stuff ended up in boxes piled to the ceiling of the garage. I advertised a yard sale and set to work sorting through my stuff. And what I realized yet again, was that your plan needs an empty box or space to sort into. When you have one foot nailed to the ground, it’s an sign that you may need to open up a new space to sort and move you and your thoughts into. So I cleared a corner and placed empty boxes there and began. I...

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How Mrs. Doing was Forced to Have a Seat

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

How Mrs. Doing was Forced to Have a Seat

My old nickname used to be the Energizer Bunny. I like doing. I have valued myself for the amount of doing I get done and that’s the way I’ve coped with my stress (see industrial overfocused). And while it has worked for me that I made it through the holidays feeling pretty proactive and deserving of a few relaxation hours, I have been on a familiar treadmill during January with an obligation to coordinate a fundraising event in addition to my regular parenting band. And so I kept the relentless treadmill running in my head week...

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