Friday, July 20, 2018

Our Outdoor Projects for July

I spend time this week over 3 days working in the barn, shed, and yard. My husband helped a lot too.

I returned things to the shed to were they belonged and straightened up. I had previously spent a day cleaning up this space in late June. It's not too bad but will probably get a bit more tidy before winter.

I straightened up the 1st stall of the barn, collected donations, and trashed a few things.

In a previous post I mentioned removing our 26 yrs. daughters stuff from the barn and taking it to her storage locker. It freed up the back of the 2nd stall in our barn. I moved a few things around, collected a few things to donate, discard unneeded items, and swept the floors. My husband moved the wood crate from the 3rd stall into the empty spot in the 2nd stall. He cut up wood border, a few pallets, and logs that we had for firewood. We both stacked the wood into the new area that we are storing it. This freed up our 3rd stall so that we can get the camper a bit further into the stall once the camping season is over. My discard pile from this project will be in the Clutter Busting post at the end of the month.

Once we moved the firewood, I took all the bricks that were under the wood crate and stacked them with our brick pile that we're collecting to build a patio. I used the scalloped concrete border around our shed and removed the wood border. We have more space for the camper to store during the winter.

We haven't done much in the yard since I posted in May about Our Finished Outdoor Overhaul.
We've been rather lazy and just mowing the lawn. Our vegetable garden doesn't have anything growing cause of the weeds and we have weeds in the flower beds too. I did go out and started to weed around the shed, my fairy garden area. I removed all the timber border and added the scalloped concrete border that I had. It wasn't enough so I'll need to look for more that is similar at the hardware store.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wine Country Chicken Salad

4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless), cooked and chopped into one-inch cubes
1 bunch red seedless grapes, cut in half
2 celery stalks, cut in half lengthwise, then chopped finely
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo (or to taste)
1-2 tablespoons Apple Cider vinegar
2 teaspoons poppy seeds or celery seed
salt and pepper to taste

In another bowl, combine the chicken, grapes, celery and nuts. Pour mayo/vinegar mixture over chicken and veggies then mix together. Cover and place in the refrigerator for two hours (or overnight) to chill and allow flavors to heighten. Serve with whole grain bread or crackers with dark green leafy lettuce. Delicious, nutritious, and refreshing on a hot day!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Redesigning and Cleaning Wreaths

I spent a day redesigning and cleaning my wreaths in the living room, family room, and kitchen. I've had them for many years, they get dusty and every so often I get bored with the design. 

I have two wreaths that I keep on the double doors leading to my living room. I put the original design together and hung them 15 yrs. ago, it was past due for a change up. I took the greenery/flowers off, added a variety of lace from my craft stash, and re-added the greenery. I'm going to buy silk hydrangea to add later. I hung them on my curtain holder to take the pictures since we're working on the family room and I couldn't rehang them yet.


The second of the two wreaths that I keep on the double doors leading to my living room.

I took all the silk hydrangea out of the metal basket, sprayed them in the shower, laid them on a towel to dry, dusted the Spanish moss the best I could, and rearranged the hydrangea back into the basket. I'm not sure yet were I putting this one yet, it had been in the kitchen.

This wreath I laid the whole thing into the shower, sprayed it off, and let it dry before rehanging it.

I put this wreath in the kitchen sink, sprayed it with the sprayer, laid it to dry, and rehung it back on the kitchen door leading to the basement. I dusted the cross too.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fruit Salad

8 oz. lemon flavored yogurt
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. nutmeg
8 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
2 apples, peeled and diced
2 bananas, sliced

In a large bowl combine the yogurt with the vanilla and nutmeg. Add the fruit and toss. Chill and serve.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Clutter Busting Challenge June 2018

I'm purging 43 items this month. I forgot to take a picture of 9 of the items. Wow, this have turned out to be the biggest declutter month that I've had in a while. The bulk has been my husband purging his electronic/electrical items. 

My Purge Pile:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 2018 Reading List

Aloha Brides by Yvonne Lehman
Aloha Love
Picture Bride
Love from Ashes

Thursday, June 21, 2018

KonMari: Komono

My husband and I each got older Kindles for the camper. We got one on eBay and our oldest son gave us his old one. I'm using the older one that our son gave us. It came with the plastic protective cover. I had the fabric Vera Bradley cover for quite a few years but hadn't used it cause I didn't have an e-reader. I'm happy that the Kindle fits and my cord too.


The Kindle my husband got is a newer version that mine. He ordered a plastic protective cover to go on his since it didn't already had one. We're both happy with our Kindles and have enjoyed playing on them together.

I update my houseplant shelves in the laundry room. I moved things around a bit and repotted a few plants.

 My husband has discarded several electrical items. I don't mind him having a lot of things under this category since it's his job/hobby. I'm glad he's releasing things that he can't use. I'd like him to be able to use his things and enjoy them rather than be stored unused. 

And more electrical. I forgot to take a picture of the first 5 items before donating them.

My husband spent a good bit of time organizing his tool bag with a few organizers that he bought.

The organizers with his tools in them.

I updated my planner, the family calendar, our 5 yr. plan on Google Sheets, and our Trip Plans Notebook.

Our 5 yr. plan on Google Sheets under the camping tab. We picked our camping trips and paid for them in advanced for the 2018 camping season.

I printed and added my own items to the 26 week Konmari list from the group I follow on Facebook. I still have a few projects to do  under some of the categories.

• Children’s Belongings- Paint the grandkids furniture stored in the barn.
• Furniture- Paint the family room and refinish the floor.
• Sentimental- Delete unwanted digital pictures, organize our 6 photo boxes of printed pictures, scan printed pictures to digital, and update our gallery wall.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Coloring Cards: Colorful Blessings Part 2

I'm still working on coloring the box of cards that I got for $3.99 at Walmart in Pennsylvania last July called, Colorful Blessings. Yippy, I've colored all 44 cards. These are the 23 that I've colored since my last post.

You may be interested in:

Coloring Cards: Colorful Blessings

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tomato-Cucumber Salad

1 pint grape tomatoes
2 medium cucumbers, peeled and cubed
¼ cup diced mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, gently toss together tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, and basil. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad; toss to coat.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

My 9 Year Blog-Aversary

I've enjoyed writing this blog for the past 9 years. I thought I'd give it a try all those year ago, never dreaming that I'd be doing it this long. Thank you to all my visitors.

Friday, June 8, 2018

My Vision Board Notebook

I joined a Vision Board group at the Art League in February. I collected supplies that I already owned to create my Vision Board book, along with buying a bag, plastic folders, and glue sticks. I already had a system with paper folders for magazine pictures/words to use for junk journals but once I got the plastics folders I reorganized everything into them and create more categories to do the Vision Board. It was fun putting a kit together to makes it easier to work on this project and attend the monthly meetings. I included a snack to enjoy at the meetings too. It's so much fun to have time to create and to have everything easy to use.

 A peek inside one of my plastic folders for magazine pictures/words to use with my Vision Board. The folder category is named Personal with many sub-categorizes.

I spent 2 days painting all the pages so I'd have some color on my background pages before I add magazine cut-outs.

My categories.

I spent a day coloring a picture for the front and back of the inside. I put down scrapbook paper and glued the coloring pages. This is the front picture.

This is the back inside picture. I added a label to the back with my name, address, and number just-in case it should get lost.

KonMari: Reaching Click Points with Komono

I reached click points in February for Clothes/Papers/Books I finished discarding in these KonMari categories about  a year. I've been doing the Komono categories to reach click point and wanted to do an update. I'm finished with focusing on the Komono categories for now. I have a couple projects to do under a few categories but won't go back to reevaluate the entire category again this round. I'll be working on my projects and Sentimental in June and July. 

Week 7 Office Supplies

My husband moved my computer into my office from his office, 2 weeks ago. My office didn't have internet access before so he ran it so I can use my computer. I moved things around in my office to make room for the computer.  I got new speakers, a mini USB fan, and ordered a mouse pad but it hasn't arrived yet.  The window in my office doesn't have a screen and so we're  going to have a custom screen make for it at Home Depot. I hadn't realized the joy that I was missing out on by not being in my pretty little office as much as I am now.

I had a bit of stuff that had collect over the last couple months in my office that didn't really have a designated space but was put in a temporary spot instead. I spent a day and took everything out that needed a designated space and sat it on the kitchen table. I analyzed my things and my office for several hours before deciding where everything needed to live and then put  my stuff away. My rule is my office supplies and craft supplies must all fit into my little office.

My husband got a new computer that our oldest son build for him for his birthday in January. He had been using a laptop and my computer in his office. The new desktop computer is better for gaming. He moved his computer that he had temporarily set-up in the family room to his office. He moved things around in his office to make room for his computer and monitors. I believe he is enjoying his office much more.

My husband had extra computer stuff, eBay supplies, and tools in his little office. He put those things where they are suppose to be stored outside his office. I think we have reached click point for Office Supplies. We won't know for sure until we have used our moved around offices a bit longer since it's only been a week.

Week 8 Linens, Laundry, and Health Products

We got new bathroom towels, hand towels, and rags.  I cut-up and moved the older things to our project rags bucket.

We had discarded all our unloved bedding but in the past year have gotten 3 new beds that we needed bedding for. I used what I had to outfit the new beds but we needed more. It took a year to find what I wanted while thrifting. Our oldest son moved out March 2017 and took everything in his bedroom and that he owned in storage. We painted his old bedroom, got new decor, a papasan chair and stool, and a guest bed. We got a camper that we renovated last Spring and needed bedding for its 2 beds.  In March I finally went thrifting for new bedding to fill the gaps. I put the pillowcases on our master bedroom pillows and our camper bed pillows. We got a comforter for our camper bed and now we have enough if it's chilly.  We bought new sheets for our camper bed cause my husband doesn't like the texture of the microfiber ones that we had on it. We got our grandkids bedding for our guest camper bed. They will be happy to see it on our trip with them to Jellystone this weekend. We got a thinner blanket to use while lounging on the kitchenette or around the campfire. We got a small quilt that folds-up into a pillow for picnics. We got an extra comforter for the guest bed in our son's old bedroom.
I think we have reached click point with Linens, Laundry, and Health Products. We'll see for sure once we use our camper beds for the season.

Weeks 9-10 Kitchenware and Pantry Supplies
Our YA kids had a few kitchenware supplies that they wanted space to store in the kitchen. I moved things around to fit their things. I've been using up our pantry supplies before buying new since January.

Week 11 Electrical

We've discarded a few computer things and got a few newer things when we moved our computers around in our offices.  My husband got a new computer that our oldest son build for him for his birthday in January which was installed in his office in May. We both ended up getting new speakers.

We got a few new electrical things for our camper over the last month.  We got a Comcast for our camper bedroom TV so we can watch digital movies. My husband still has to figure out how it all works. We have to download a few movies before our first camping trip since we don't know if we'll have Wi-Fi at the campground. We installed decorative Led lights along the walls in the camper this week. My husband is figured out how to download music to his phone to sink the phone to the lights to do the light show. He needed a special App and to preload music to his phone due to not possibly having Wi-Fi .

We each got older Kindles for the camper. We got one on eBay and our oldest son gave us his old one. We both have spend time downloading e-books and games to them. This will allow us to use digital books and movies when we aren't in the camper bedroom. We downloaded a couple kids cartoons and kids music for our grandkids to use the Kindles when they camp with us. The funny is that I deleted all of my Kindle books which was over 500 over a year ago cause I never used the Kindle App on my computer.

We've been in the process of painting and refinishing the floors in our living room and family room since February. The living room is mostly done except I'm stencil painting hydrangeas to one of the walls. We'll have to reassess our electrical items in those rooms once we've moved back into them for now both rooms are being stored.

My husband has a good amount of electric that he's selling on eBay which is kind of his hobby. I'm guessing we'll be at click point with electrical by the end of Summer. It takes longer when you're moving stuff around and end up needing or wanting newer things. 

Week 12 Cleaning, Utilities, and Supplies

I went though these categories and didn't have anything to discard but added a few needed things to the shopping list.

Week 13 Health and Beauty

Our YA kids had health and beauty supplies that they wanted stored in the bathroom. I moved things around to fit their things. We've reached click point in those categories in our home. We're still working it out in our camper but will know for sure by the end of Summer.

Week 14 Hobbies

My main hobbies are reading, papercrafting, and blogging. I have a few other crafting hobbies and garden too. I have a workout room to exercise at home. My husband and I enjoy camping and renovated an older camper last year. We enjoy long walks and hiking too. My husband's hobbies are gaming on his computer, guns and their supplies, and prepper/bug out gear.  My hobbies and our joint hobbies are at click point. My husband still have a bit to do for his. Our oldest son moved out in March 2017, we redid his room and painted it in November. My husband is going to use the room as his hobby room. He's moved his things to the closet but hasn't had a chance to set anything up because we keep having long term guests using the room.

I joined a Vision Board group at the Art League in February. I collected supplies that I already owned to create my Vision Board book, along with buying a bag, plastic folders, and glue sticks. I already had a system with paper folders for magazine pictures/words to use for junk journals but once I got the plastics folders I reorganized everything into them and create more categories to do the Vision Board. It was fun putting a kit together to makes it easier to work on this project and attend the monthly meetings. I included a snack to enjoy at the meetings too. It's so much fun to have time to create and to have everything easy to use.

Week 15 Personal Collections and Komono Miscellaneous

I wouldn't say I have any collections beyond the ones that I already mentioned under Hobbies. Those come with enough supplies on their own. A few of the ones mentioned on the list were duplicated under this category. I did clean the car, truck, camper, shed, and 3 stall barn under this category. One think that I have learned about myself is that although I like to be more minimal, I like to have everything that I need to enjoy my hobbies/personal interest and have everything very organized.

Week 16 Children and Pets

Our grandkids Toy Closet is at click point since we painted it in the fall. I haven't had a chance to paint the furniture/toy boxes in the barn. That is on my list for the Summer once the living room and family room are finished.

Week 17 Decor

We've reach click point with decor except the rooms we're redoing.  We do plan to use most of what we already had in the living room and family room but I've bought a few things thrifting to change things up a bit. Our YA Kids used the family room for computers but that won't be any more. My husband hasn't decide on decor yet for our son's old bedroom which is now going to be his hobby room/guest bedroom. Once our daughter moves out her room it will go back to being a guest room and we'll remove the bed from my husband's hobby room.

Week 18 Seasonal

We've reach click point with Seasonal, except Summer.

We spent 2 weeks getting our yard and outdoor spaces looking good for the Summer. I created a fairy garden and welcome sign for the yard. I set up all our outdoor furniture, washed everything down, moved some yard decor around, and freshed things up. We planted flowers and the vegetable garden too.  I have outdoor furniture that I'd like to spray paint. We just got our grandkids used bikes. We did a few repairs and added training wheels last week.  They rode them for the first time last week  and we need to make a few more adjustments. We got them new folding chairs for camping/bonfires and discarded their outgrown ones.

We have a few things in the 2nd stall of our barn that belong to other people. We attempted to drop it off at the persons storage bin, had it loaded and drove into town, they hadn't paid the bill so it was locked. Uhuh We ended up having to bring the stuff back home and unloaded it back into our barn. We hope this will be done by the end of June but it's dependant on the person catching up their storage bill, so we can drop off their stuff.

I have a few pieces of furniture/toy boxes in the barn that I need to paint for our grandkids that didn't get done yet. I'm hoping to do that this Summer and deliver it to their home, once the living room and family rooms are finished. Once all the things are removed from the back of the 2nd stall of the barn we plan to move our bonfire wood into the space. That will allow us to have a bit more room behind the camper in the 3rd stall.

Week 19 Storage Devises and Furniture

We may be a bit closer to click point in this area but will have to wait until the living room and family room are put back. We can't afford to get new living room furniture, maybe next year. The furniture is changing in the family room. I got a round table thrifting that I plan to paint soon.  I plan to move a few pieces of furniture from the kitchen into the family room. We have a couple months till the room is done being  painted and the floors refinished. We'll be able to move things around once it's all done. My husband has a table and desk that he wants to set-up in his hobby room.

Week 20 Reaching Click points with Komono

We are really close to click point with the entire category of Komono. We're painting and redoing the floors in our entire home over a couple years. It'll be grand once it's all done and the whole house clicks too. We've finished painting and redoing the floors in the living room but are still working on the family room. Once those rooms are finished that will greatly help us reach the click. Our YA daughter maybe moving out this Summer and that will mean we'll be able to redo her room back into our guest bedroom. We plan to redo the laundry room and my husband's office in the fall.

Week 20 Homeschool/Teacher/Homework Stations

Our kids are grown and we don't homeschool anymore.  Most of our things were discarded 4 years ago when our youngest graduated. I gave the last bits to our oldest daughter for our grandkids last round and some this round.