My Favorite Chair

November 7, 2011

Whenever the sun shows up on these late fall mornings, I make some time to read in this sunny nook off of our kitchen.  The rocking chair belonged to my Grandma Evans, and I nursed both of my babies in it.  It is my favorite seat in our home.  This sitting down, and reading for a bit during the day is new for me.  It produces instant contentment.  Which equals instant new favorite routine.

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Time to Tuck Garden Art in for the Winter

November 2, 2011

I usually figure that once Halloween has passed, we are getting close to freezing temperatures at night.  It’s time to bring my favorite pieces of glass and china garden art in for the winter.  Here they are waiting for a quick bath, before they get tucked into the garage.  Come springtime, it will be nice and fun to re-decorate with them again.

The Happiness Project

October 31, 2011

One of the first things to go when I feel overwhelmed is reading books.  Instead of feeling like a refuge, it feels like one more thing I’m not doing “good enough”.  With the craziness of owning two homes behind me, I have more freedom to choose how to use my time.  First up was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  It is a gem of common sense suggestions.  Each month of the year has a virtue to focus on – ranging from boost energy, to be serious about play, and keep a contented heart.

One of my favorite lines, which gratefully I am feeling too:  “Each day I felt more joy and less guilt; I had more fun, less anxiety.  My life was pleasanter with cleaner closets and a cleaner conscience.”

Little Miss Homebody

October 26, 2011

Embracing a simpler lifestyle agrees with me.  I am darn happy!  It is still sinking in how wonderful it was to have our former big-ass, high maintenance home finally sell a month ago.  I am continuing to downsize my possessions.  I’m still sentimental, and have attached a lot of memories and emotions to so many of our things.  That’s okay.  It’s a process I’ve learned.  And not spending energy and money on acquiring more stuff feels great.  I value spending my time on people instead of things.  My biggest passions these days are organic cooking, some canning, photography and creating a handy and healthy pantry.  (I suspect some of my hoarding instincts are now directed towards food!  But so far, it’s under control.)  My jeans still fit.

Workwise, I am focusing on doing my most favorite endeavors – teaching workshops that involve repurposing somehow, and some public speaking.  Selling ideas and experiences instead of stuff.  I’d be tickled pink to have you join me at Ruffles & Rust Square on November 5 for a Holiday Glass Jar Lantern Class.  See the previous post for all the sign-up info, and a pretty picture of the class project.

Raoul and I have some fun travel adventures on our future calendar.  So the Little Miss Homebody thing will be balanced with plenty of suitcase packing and trips to the airport.

I’m in a good place.  I hope you are as well.

Holiday Jar Lantern Class

October 14, 2011

I’m really looking forward to teaching a Holiday Jar Lantern class at Ruffles & Rust Square on November 5, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon.

Learn how to create your own sparkling lantern using glass jars, some wire, and crystal chandelier drops.  You’ll learn a few simple wire work techniques while we have fun adorning these jars.  They also double as beautiful hanging vases, and are wonderful gifts for your friends and family for the holidays.  All materials will be provided.  Please bring your own pair of round nose pliers.  Class size is limited to 12.  Cost is $30.

To register, please call or drop by Ruffles & Rust Square in Snohomish, 360-217-7557.

And in the meantime, be sure to visit the spectacular Ruffles & Rust Vintage Market October 21 & 22 at the Monroe Fair Grounds.

Time to Reflect

October 4, 2011

Today is my last full day with Claire.  It’s been a most memorable month hanging out with her.   I’m very grateful for all the life lessons she has shared with me.  Here Claire is enjoying some corn right after we picked it.  Why wait for some water to boil?

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging.  I’ll be back to let you know what I’m doing.  In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying this glorious fall season.

Being Two Again

September 26, 2011

I feel very lucky to have this magic month with Claire.  Nearly every day I get to play on swings and go down all the slides with her at different parks.  Out in the garden, we look at honeybees, pick and immediately eat cherry tomatoes, and water the plants along with ourselves.  Inside the house, we wear our capes and play chase, color pictures, and read lots of books.  I love finding Claire’s creations, like the above scene with her friends.

What a kind and happy person she is.

Our House Sold!

September 22, 2011

Our house finally sold, and officially closed yesterday afternoon!  It was a sixteen+ months long challenging process.  I am so grateful that it is over.  Thank you to all of our family and friends for your good thoughts, support and love through it all.

Celebrate Organic with PCC

September 18, 2011

We spent a very fun Saturday morning at Oxbow Farm in Duvall.  It was one of the featured farms on PCC’s Celebrate Organic Fall Farm Tour.  Our granddaughter Claire got to climb on a tractor, sample salads and color at PCC’s kids truck, and see tall sunflowers and fields of pumpkins.  The highlight was the seeds house, where the kids got to open pods of beans, pull sunflower seeds out of the dried heads, and best of all – eat popcorn!

My September

September 9, 2011

My September couldn’t be better.  We have our oldest son Carlos, his wife Casey, and their daughter Claire staying with us.  The big C’s will leave after ten days, and Claire will hang out with , Grandma Beth aka GiGi and Grandpa Raoul/PopPop for a month.  Seeing the world through a two-year old’s eyes is absolutely the best!