Monday, the 13th & closet follow-up

Why do people get so worked up about Friday, the 13th?  I believe Monday, the 13th, especially the Monday after Daylight Saving Time begins, is much more sinister.  Once again, it was dark as I drove to work … in the snow.  Mother Nature decided winter isn’t finished after all.  I went home for lunch, grabbed my camera and got a few pics.  Will the flowers still bloom?  The forecast predicts a low of 16 tomorrow night!  13MarchSnow

Coplin Road as I was returning to work: 13March_Coplin_Road

The Kaskaskia River looking ruggedly handsome.13March_Kaskaskia_River

Are you curious how the closet cleaning and organizing from Saturday’s Coffee and Marie Kondo went?  Did it “spark joy” or fizzle out?  Take a peek:

I think I most enjoy the Marie Kondo folding/storage method.  Look at that drawer of sweatshirts!  Instead of laying them flat and wearing the top few or having to root through the top layer to get to the ones on bottom, they are folded so they will stand up in the drawer. You can see them all at a glance!  I also did it with my socks.  I could probably get hooked on this!

It was not a “fun” day, but it felt wonderfully productive.  I realized this is a life-style.  Look it over – if it doesn’t serve a worthwhile purpose or spark joy – get rid of it!  I still have a long way to go because I want to carry this over into other areas of my home.   Pig-Farmer returns home today from his weekend trip … we’ll see if he makes the cut!  😉

The final conclusion is that clearing the clutter will definitely make life easier.  I am a clutter-bug; organized in my own way, but hang on to stuff just in case.   A helpful quote for me to keep in mind is:Image result for quote organized clutter is still clutter

I would much rather have time, energy and space for adventures and experiences.  If this helps me feel I have more time for those experiences …. then it will be well worth the work I put into it now.  Like I said, it will have to become a lifestyle and a thought-changing process to not put aside so much to deal with later.

Let me know your thoughts, tips, advice, “issues” in the Comments!

 

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Coffee and Marie Kondo

Come along with me for a completely different post than I usually photo-journal.  I don’t remember where I first read or heard about Marie Kondo, but I do know I became intrigued. A short synopsis is that you should rid yourself of items that do not spark joy.  When I explained this to Pig-Farmer, I made sure to give him the stink-eye, with raised eyebrow and wicked grin.  I often crack myself up much more than I crack him up.  If you want to learn more, follow this link:

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(I am an starving, unpaid blogger – no $ for endorsements.  Just sharing my adventures with ya.)

I have an unusual, free Saturday today.  The weather cooperated, i.e. it is cold and windy, so I decided to bite the bullet and tackle my closet.  I knew it was going to be deep in there and call for lots of coffee.Farmgirlcoffeeandboots

Clothing is often a good place to start; so I am going to share with you a never-seen-before rare image of my closet.  Shhh, we must approach quietly lest we awaken the wild, untamed beast.  Marie_Kondo

Yes, I am a having a very different Saturday ….  but Kondo’s book,  Spark Joy, assures me I’ll be much more joyful after I accomplish this Herculean feat.  Pile the clothes up and sort by:  Does it spark joy? Do I wear it? Does it fit? Is it in good condition?  Then, KEEP, PITCH or DONATE.  Bubbles better not get in the wrong pile!Marie_Kondo_Bubbles

I gave a little jump when I removed the last items from my side of the closet and got to Pig-Farmer’s side… Throw back to an 80’s party!

Marie_Kondo_Ozzy Oh, in full-disclosure, I am allowing myself a “grace” pile, as well.  I like that term better than what I initially called it:  The 10-lb Club.  If When I lose 10-lbs, these clothes will spark some joy again…. They will receive a special spot, where I see them, to provide motivation and encouragement along the way.  They will also receive a date to try on again and cross my fingers, zip my mouth, work-out faithfully: they will re-enter my wardrobe!  Hey, a girl has gotta have hopes and dreams.

Lunch is over (butternut squash) and now, I’m going back to the dungeon joy-searching.

Stay tuned!

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Sunday smiles

I was short on pictures this week – but Happy, the donkey, was a willing subject yesterday.

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Do you notice the beautiful green?  Unusual for central Illinois in early-March.

For this week, my friends, I hope you savor a treat!

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The little things

Sometimes, it’s the little things that brighten a week.

Like a frosty morning Happy hello.frostyhappy

It’s now daylight as I cross the Kaskaskia River on my drive to work.kaskaskia_river

And I love small towns. Especially my small town of Shelbyville.

This week I got to see the DQ parking lot filled with tractors and farm trucks as the FFAers celebrated FFA week.  I wish I would have gotten a picture.

The first robins appeared in my yard.

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My evening buddy.bubblesoncouch

And, just in case I ignore her, she will stretch for the attention,bubbles

knowing I can’t resist.

Working with people I can share laughs with.

Plus, the bonus of time, talks, walks, meals and church with my kids, family and friends.  But, those are the BIG things.

May I not take any of it, them, for granted.

That is my hope for you this week, too, friends!

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February 14, 2017

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Friends, I hope you find some sweetness in your day!

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Winter in Illinois can challenge a person to look a little harder for nature’s beauty.  Luckily, I got to see and photograph this sunset.wintersunset

A walk in the timber, overlooking the Kaskaskia River, rarely disappoints, too.narrowtrailrollinghill

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Plus, the energy exerted climbing these hills is good therapy!challenge

I love Sycamore trees, too.  I wish the old trees in this timber could tell me their stories.sycamore

Then, I had that feeling … of someone watching … Look closely; do you see the gnarled, old man – giving this tree quite a human appearance?dsc_0326

I believe his silence speaks volumes of wisdom.  I read a quote on Pinterest once that stayed with me:

Wisdom is silentinsecurities are loud.

Except for this guy:happyhooray

His loudness is not insecurity.  His is Happy-ness!  Ever alert and watchful.  Smarter than he may appear. happyonalert

For this Friday, friends, I hope you find peace and winter’s beauty.

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Photo Friday with Bubbles

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Pawfully, playfully, cute, right?

I hope you have a playful Friday, friends!

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