An Update On Dad

Before two days ago, I didn’t know what this post would say.

Since my dad’s cancer diagnosis in April, I’ve teetered between abandoning the blog and/or reducing the number of posts I planned to put out there, not wanting the stress of missing self-imposed deadlines adding to my life at the moment. But somewhere along the line I decided I needed the sense of normalcy that I’ve come to know. So, whenever time allows, I’ve been writing as many posts in advance as I can.

But this is one I couldn’t write in advance.

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How I Noomed

Hello friends, I hope all is well! I just wanted to stop in today to give a quick update on my weight loss journey so far this year. You may remember that back in early February I decided to try Noom to help guide me this go around. Overall, I was happy with the program and my experience. But somewhere around Week 12, I crumbled. I fell off the Noom wagon. Part of it was due to my own tendency to lose gusto and get bored, the other part was real life coming in and distracting me. Majorly.

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Project Plans // Attic Storage

I wish my attic was a charming little hideaway, with rustic beams, exposed brick, and a cozy nook for snuggling up with a good book; or a space I could set up my easel and wile away the hours on creative endeavors; or a trove of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. But it’s not. The truth is that my attic is a dark, low-ceilinged, cold-in-the-winter/hot-in-the summer box slash borderline deathtrap. Like seriously, don’t try to stand up straight or walk upright if you’re over five feet tall because you will probably be impaled by the nails coming through from the roof. Not that you could really walk anyway, upright or otherwise, because there is no floor and even if there was, the rafters are in your way. Ugh.

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I Need A Hobby // Jewelry Making

Hello, hello! It’s time for my monthly hobby update!

Reading…still at it! Though I was a little late starting May’s read, but I chose Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman, which I had on my Kindle ages ago and had never read it. And quite honestly didn’t even remember what it was about. I chose it because it sounded like it would go with May’s gardening theme… but it’s not about gardening, lol… it was good though. Well, I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s good so far and I will finish it early this month. It’s a memoir of sorts. Poignant and humorous. I’m enjoying it. I also plan to read Michelle Obama’s Becoming this month. And 6 Keys by Jillian Michaels is still simmering on the back burner… I’ll pick it up here and there if the spirit moves me.

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Make It A Habit // Cleaning + Organizing

I am not a natural homemaker, nor am I a perfect housekeeper. At all. Not in the least. There, I’ve said it. It’s sad, but true.

But it’s the nature of “adulting” that you have to do these things, among many other things you may not want to do, things you may not be good at, things you should do. And keeping your house clean and tidy is one of those things. Right? So since it isn’t second nature to me, I need as much help as I can get in making these chores stick.

So how do I change my colors and make these chores stick as habit? Good question… let me know if you have the answer! lol…

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Planning Ahead for Projects

Good morning! And happy Saturday! It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the states. And while it’s prime time for BBQs and pool parties with family and friends, it’s also a long weekend and the perfect time to tackle some home improvement projects too!

On Wednesday, I shared my newly updated house project list (HERE). I’m all ready to go! But with the list in hand, and smack dab in the middle of a self-imposed spending freeze, I find myself struggling to figure out the logistics of not spending money while still getting my projects done… Granted, not all of the projects require an outlay of cash. But some do, and of course those are the ones I want to tackle first!

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To Do: House Projects // UPDATED

One of my very first posts (HERE) when I started the blog last year was a list of house projects that I wanted to tackle. The goal was to get as many of these things done before sharing a tour of each space. As I shared each room, I updated the relevant portion of the list, crossing off what was completed, and of course, adding more things to do! Today I’d like to revisit my project list to see what I already accomplished, reevaluate what I added previously and update it for new things I want to do.

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Checking In // Spending Freeze #1

At the end of 2018 I decided that one of my goals for the new year would be to implement regularly-occurring spending freezes as a way to save some extra money, and to hopefully curb frivolous purchases at the same time.

Today I’m checking in to report on the first freeze / spending period cycle of the year. The results were eye-opening.

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