Friday, November 17, 2017

This Week

Heeeelllllooooo...

Ah, there you are! Remember me? It’s been a while since I did one of these posts. Did you miss my blah, blah, blah?

As I mentioned earlier this week, we’ve been insanely busy. Our place is really coming together. All our boxes are unpacked and almost everything is where it should be. There are a few odds and ends to tackle but it looks like a home now.

Saturday we dropped off a big load of donations at the Salvation Army and then went back on Monday and dropped off an even bigger load. As a minimalist, I can’t tell you how liberating it is to get rid of stuff and have an airy feel in the home. I’d like to ditch more items but I’ll get to that later on. Right now I’d like to concentrate on wrapping up the settling of our place so I can focus on the holidays. There are cookies that need to be baked, people!



You know what else we did on Monday? We took a trip to IKEA. !!! As most of you know, I love this store. Yeah yeah, I know...not everyone is a fan. But I am and I make no apologies. Anyhow, we took a drive to the Montreal location to pick up a few things we needed, one being dining chairs, which we didn’t have since we got rid of our old kitchen table and chairs before we left Kingston. It was a fun day.

Incidentally, the most amazing man in the world has assembled so much IKEA stuff over the years that he’s a pro at it. He does it with ease and doesn’t break out in a sweat like many of us, or lose his cool and storm off in frustration. I told him he should be working an IKEA hotline for assembly assistance.



We removed all the wall to wall carpet in the house and replaced it with flooring. So now whenever one of our fur babies yacks it’ll be easy to clean up. Or so you’d think. A couple of weeks ago my tabby, Mocha, threw up and instead of doing it on any one of the floors around the house she decided to walk over to a tiny rug in front of the patio door and unload there. I swear these little furballs of ours do this on purpose and chuckle and snort and giggle as we struggle to clean up the mess.



My baking, cooking, photography and art have all suffered because of how busy I’ve been. But I’ve tried to squeeze in some time for things I enjoy whenever possible. Below are three drawings I did before the craziness began.





Now here's a tiny rant. About the preachy types. Don't they make you crazy? Here’s something to ponder for those who are so self righteous on social media (or anywhere else) it makes me roll my eyes all the way to the back of my head.


Yeah. !!!!!

I have more to say but I’ve run out of time. I’ve got a lot to do today and need to get started. And with that, I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

44 comments:

  1. OMG, love that first cartoon, LOL! And the IKEA one -- "roving Minotaur" is the best gag!

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  2. Good ones ;)

    And that snowman is SUPER adorable.

    Happy Friday!

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  3. I love your contemplative snowman. Congratulations on finishing the painting and unpacking. Big giant check mark on your list.

    We were two hours early to pick up granddaughter at Sacramento airport on Tuesday. Decided to stop at IKEA but first wanted to check out Guitar Center! Do not step into a Guitar Center unless you have lots of time and lots of self control! Missed IKEA!

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    1. Guitar Center sounds like a place my husband would love to explore! Is your granddaughter still visiting? That sound lovely.

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  4. Hahahah. I laughed at the too cluttered. In 2016 when I got rid of 95 percent of my stuff, some asked if Tim and the pups were allowed to stay. Ha!

    Cool beans on the IKEA trip. It is fun to walk around and we do that with antique shoppes.

    Well, it's the weekend and we're going to see Wonder Woman tomorrow. I think it's called Justice League or is it, THE Justice League? Don't really care, I'm calling it Wonder Woman.

    Happy weekend to your and your honey bunny smoochie face.

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    1. I'm still cleaning up around here. There are more things I'd like to donate. We want to keep the place as clutter free as possible and simplify our lives. We have better things to do with our time than worry about material items that need dusting, organizing, maintaining. My biggest bulk is CDs and books. They are nicely placed on shelves but there are just too many. I'd like to convert the CDs to MP3s at some point. And the books are going out a few at a time, so it doesn't feel as painful. I'm also going to offer my daughters, particularly the older one, a good chunk of them. They're both readers. I've got some towels and clothing to sort through, and in the spring we're going to clean up garden stuff. A lot of it will be donated. I had no time to sort through it before our move, so we just quickly boxed it and brought it here.

      Did you go see the movie? How was it? Believe it or not, we haven't seen Wonder Woman yet. One of these days. We must. We must.

      Happy Sunday to you and your love bug!

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  5. i always love your posts, no exception today.

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  6. That first drawing looks like a sad little girl...hope she feels better! :) I love your Daffy and the snowman! JOIN THE SCRIBBLE PICNIC!!! :) No pressure of course lol...I know how busy you are! I'm so happy you guys have made such progress on the house, what a relief I'm sure. Alex and I will be going through all that in a few years time. I LOVE IKEA. I'm with you...though I find it super annoying to walk through the store...people are lost and clueless lol...I haven't been in a few years, it's a good 3 hours away now and we just hate the drive down the 15.

    Our big girl husky, Charlie, is a regular puker...who know why, she just goes out to eat grass a few mornings a week to empty her stomach then devours her breakfast...she has nothing wrong with her...anyway, she CHOOSES the rugs. When I hear her starting I sprint like Ben Johnson to coax her way to the floor lol...how about that for a Canadian reference? :)

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    1. I will definitely join at some point, Rain! Even Christine has been kind enough to invite me a few times. I think she finally gave up on me. LOL But yes, I'd love to participate, perhaps after the holidays. I just need a little time as I've been feeling quite overwhelmed with this house. Once we're finally done with putting it together and the holidays have passed, I'll be able to settled down into a comfortable routine.

      Oh my gosh did I howl with laughter at your sprinting comment! I can just picture you doing that. HAHAHA There must be a reason why these animals choose the carpets. I should ask professor Google...LOL. It seems you can look up just about anything on the internet these days.

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  7. I think the purging of stuff never ends. Just when you think you are down to essentials a whole new crop of crap appears.

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    1. So true. This is an ongoing type of maintenance. You have to keep on top of it regularly or it spins out of control.

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  8. Envious of your purging! I love Ikea and enjoyed your art today!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! It's been hard keeping up with art but I try to squeeze it in.

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  9. I've never been in an Ikea. I think there's one about 30-45 minutes away. I don't need anything and it's not worth the trip just to satisfy my curiosity. Franklin had diarrhea a few months ago--not on the wood floor and especially not on the cheap linoleum in the laundry room. No, he went to the one expensive area rug in the house and let it go. How do they know?

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh, Janie, that sounds awful! I don't know how they know, but they know!

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  10. I also found that high preachy people will post "only God can judge" right after they got caught doing something horrid.

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  11. Our cats often do the same. And that hardwood floor? When they do puke on it, it goes between the boards - only a little, but I know it's in there and it drives me crazy! Oh well, better than cleaning up the carpet we used to have :)

    You and your husband must be pretty much on the same page about all the decluttering to be able to get so much done. My husband and I joke that the only way we could get rid of the bulk of the stuff is for us to throw out each other's junk. We both think "our" junk ... isn't junk - ha ha

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    1. I would much rather clean up floors than carpet any time! You should have seen the carpet in our basement before we got rid of it. It was so disgusting. I'll share photos about that one day when I start the before and after posts.

      My husband and I are very much on the same page. A lot of stuff I pack up for donation is not personal. It could be towels or home décor or kitchenware, things that he doesn't care about. If it's a personal item, I donate mine without hesitation, but if it's his, I always what he'd like to do. We both enjoy less things in the house, so it's relatively easy to sort and donate.

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  12. Very nice drawings, I especially like the snowman. I like the IKEA map. I want to get to IKEA for their new line of cat products. My cats all yack on any throw rug we have- I agree it is on purpose. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I saw those products when we visited IKEA! They introduced a whole new line of pet products and they are adorable.

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  13. The picture of the lad is so sad; makes you wonder why she is so sad! Too cute about the cats finding the most inconvenient place to hack up; like they are plotting against you!! Can you believe it is time for the holidays already?

    betty

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    1. It is so hard to believe that Christmas is here again. I don't know where the year went. For us it was a blur as we were so busy with the house.

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  14. I get rid of stuff but never seems to see the extra soace as something else seems to take over the space. It’s a never ending job.

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    1. It is, Linda. I do minor cleanups at least twice a year. I'm always purging items to keep the house in reasonable order.

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  15. I LOVED your IKEA map!! We don't live near any, but have been to a couple over the years and I'm not kidding at all when I tell you I was seriously lost in one and it took a while before I could find my family. So embarrassing! We had a cat, Nelly who was a puker. Now that she has gone to the great couch cushion in the sky, I am less cautious about where I step in the morning. -Jenn

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    1. Jenn, I imagine you are not the only one who has ever been lost in there. People are just not admitting it. LOL

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  16. Maybe I'll take up drawing someday.

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    1. Give it a try, John. You might enjoy it. I find it very relaxing.

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  17. You're almost there, Martha! What a journey since you decided to put your Kingston house on sale! I'm glad that the end is so close. Loved the cartoons. Have a good one!

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    1. It's been one heck of a journey, Louise. I'm so glad we are wrapping things up. It's nice to finally have things in place and have what looks like a home.

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  18. You know if you'd dumped your extra stuff before you moved you wouldn't have had to pack it, move it, and unpack it again before you got rid of it! Oh well, too late for that now.

    I certainly don't live a minimalist life but since reading a Marie Kondo book about decluttering I've started folding my underwear! Weird, but I love the way ALL my drawer interiors look now, not just the easy ones like T-shirts. It's like a gift box of underwear every time I open the drawer.

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    1. Of course we thought of that. But with only six weeks between one house and the next we had more important things to attend to than waste time deciding whether we wanted to keep the blue vase or the purple vase, and where everything would/could go. Our last house was about twice the size of this one and we got rid of a lot of things (most of it furniture) before we moved knowing it wouldn’t fit here. The rest was quickly sorted through; some of it donated, some of it recycled, some of it trashed, the remainder packed. Because the new house needed cleaning and painting and updating, we couldn’t put the majority of our things in place. We didn’t know what we’d want to keep, how everything would fit, whether it would appeal to us or not. Instead, the bulk was all piled up in a room or two until we could get organized. Our place looked like a warehouse for months. Now that the furniture has been pushed into place and items are finally going onto shelves and into drawers and inside closets, we can finally determine what can/will/should stay. If there is no place for it, it gets donated. If there is no need for it, it gets donated. If we just don’t want it or like it, it gets donated. We decided this would be a better approach than just ditching stuff prematurely, not knowing for sure until we had finished painting how we’d organize our home. And one of the most important things of all is that this city is much poorer than our last one, so we decided to bring a lot of things with us and donate them here instead. All of this was a conscious decision and I’m sure the local non-profit where all these excess items were taken to is pleased.

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    2. Good thinking then! We moved two years ago but I'd packed up some things around a year before that - and we still have some of those boxes taped up in the garage! Obviously we don't really need those things if we can do without them for three years! I've just arranged for a charity pick-up and then a council clean-up (for things charities don't want) for some of the stuff and then we'll get our garage back! It's supposed to be two-car size but we can only fit one it at the moment. Today I plan to open a big box labelled 'children's picture books'. My kids are 11 and 13. Am I saving them for my grandchildren? I will go through them, maybe save any special memories, give others to my two four-year-old nieces, or charity, or if old and damaged throw them out! Hard to throw out books though. We got rid of three huge skip-bins worth of stuff when we moved (plus stuff to charities) but still brought so much with us.

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    3. Things really accumulate over time. Your kids are still very young and you're a full family, so everyone has their own stuff. But we're now empty nesters and we really don't need very much. Even though we've gotten rid of a lot of stuff, I will continue to sort through the excess and eliminate more. I am enjoying being able to clean the house with little effort. Books have been the hardest to clean up but I'm chipping away at them. Everything else was easy!

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  19. preachy types annoy the hell out of me. Lately, it's some female bloggers and what-not, thinking that because they do something (lose weight etc), that they can dictate to every other woman on the planet about what they must do.

    Craps me up the freakin wall.

    I don't have to support you and your insecure immaturities or your immature insecurities. I don't have to be happy in a bikini, or love my body. I'm a freakin adult. I can do, say and think what I want about my body and it's none of your freakin business.

    bah! craps me up the wall!

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  20. It's just so good to have a good sort out and throw some things out!
    Loved your cartoons.

    I think your snowman is just too cute, lovely drawing.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It sure is, Jan! The less there is to clean and maintain, the happier I am :)

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