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Monday Musings, February 10

Good Morning Sunshine!

Our small family is not all in the same town, let alone the same state, but this weekend we all (well, almost all) gathered and it was noisy and joy-filled and my soul is nourished.

I think I’ve told you that I’m planning on doing some kitchen renovations and I’m excited to share with you what I’m doing to keep it well under what we were initially quoted…like 1/3 of what we were quoted! The work starts next week, so when it’s all said and done, I’ll share my experiences.

Do you know about Control Z? My life changed when I discovered the alchemy that results from those two simple, simultaneous keystrokes. You see, Control-Z will undo your last action on your computer. So…in my case…if I accidentally delete the entire page I just spent an hour perfecting, Control Z will get it back! I ❤ Ctrl-Z! (For you Apple folks, it is Command Z)

Saw this quote by Dr. Gail Dines this morning and it gave me some food for thought…

“If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, just think how many industries would go out of business.”

I am 1/3 of the way through Homegoing by Yaa Gyaasi. Wow! It’s a hard, as in emotionally hard, read and there are parts for which I wish I could’ve ‘closed my eyes’, but it is a beautifully rendered telling of an extended family from Ghana. The author is a gifted storyteller, with poetic descriptions such as, “If she slept, she would do so only lightly, dipping the ladle of sleep into the shallow pool of dreamland.” Sentences like that make me pause in my reading, just to savor them.

For my knitting friends…as you know crocheters aren’t always knitters and knitters aren’t always crocheters. In fact, I am a new crocheter, just knowing enough to put nice little edges on my knit washcloths, dishcloths and blankets. But, I’ve been asked by some of my knitter friends for edge ideas that don’t require crochet skills, and since your wish is my command…I bring you the applied i-cord to finish off your knit projects. You are welcome!

There is light at the end of the decluttering tunnel my friends! For Week 5 we tackled all the Digital Clutter that resides in our computers and mobile devices and we will have our final decluttering checklist for the Garage and Attic this Friday! I can hear the hallelujahs! ? In addition to the Digital Decluttering, we have covered these areas of our homes:

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Kitchen and Laundry Rooms

Den/Living Room/Family Room

Office and Craft Room

If you haven’t joined the Declutter Challenge yet, it is not too late! You can join the Declutter Challenge anytime and you will immediately be sent the Week 1 Declutter Checklist and then a new checklist every week for the subsequent 5 weeks. Or, you could just read the posts linked above and access the checklists in the Subscriber Benefits Library. As of this writing, the first 5 weeks are in the library.

Grab some tomatoes from the produce section and put up several jars of this Smoky, Spiced Tomato Jam! You will thank me.

Once I finish the blanket I am working on now (and which you are going to LOVE!), I feel like I want to do some embroidery. It’s been too long since I picked up needle and thread…in fact, this Embroidered Block Monogram Pillow was the last thing.

Signing off my friends. I’m excited to be going to the dentist this morning (not) and to order an ‘appliance garage’ for my kitchen (very!) and then to get a few projects wrapped up.

So, until next Monday…


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  1. Awesome – thanks for the CRTL z tip – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my work – frustrated and then taking a deep breath before moving on again. I come from a family of crocheters and my daughter does amazing work. On my blog you can view her jacob sheep blanket under DIY Projects. It’s one huge granny square made from sheep we raised, sheered and then she cleaned hand spun and turned it into a blanket. Me I watched the entire process very proud of her. Enjoy the kitchen remodel, we spend so many hours in that room of the home it’s good to have it just right. Hope your week is great – Our son is arriving and I get to see a ton of stuff head off to storage.

    1. Hi Carole,

      Ctrl Z is life-changing! Use it with joy!

      I LOVE that story about the Jacobs Sheep Blanket! While I didn’t know that you had raised sheep, I am surely not surprised! That blanket is stunning! Who has it now?

      Enjoy time with your son and decluttering!



  2. Hi Lynn,
    I wanted to give you a great big THANK YOU! for sharing the ‘control z’ thing. I cannot tell you how awesome (and HELPFUL) it is to know this now! 🙂
    keep up the good work! hugs, Laura H

    1. Aw thanks, Laura! It was life-changing when I discovered Ctrl Z! And so glad you enjoy the blog. I enjoy working on it, but always energizes me to know that there are readers like you on the other end.

      Thanks for taking a few minutes to write in!



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