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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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July 1, 2022

I am finally getting on the other side of clutter.  It is not finished to the point that I vision it will be, but now I can walk through and see that the things I have decided to keep have purpose. I am at the point that if it does not have purpose then we do not need it or it will just collect dust. 

We can never truly finish putting a house in order because it is a daily clean up but we can put it in a better order and then go on with the things we want to do.

I found that I have a habit of making life difficult for myself because I want to do so many things.  I just want to learn everything I can and right now.  As old as I am and I still want to learn but this is me.  

Some of us are more settled and acceptant to things as they are.  Some of us like bright colors and some like soft colors but together we make life interesting.

Yesterday I was soaping the buffet cabinet to give it a deep washing and I thought about all the years this piece has been around.  The stories it could tell and I wonder who built it?

Gave it a good cleaning with soap and water and rinsed it off

Dried it good and then rubbed it down with coconut oil.

I do my best to use non toxic items in our home and this seems to work well for me. 

I wiped it down with the oil and then let is sit for about a half hour before I buffed it with a soft cloth. 

This piece is one that our son and his wife got with a storage auction and it was falling apart so badly that he was going to burn it if we did not want it.  It was so broken that we had to bungie the entire thing together to get it home.  The old wood rings and all and the scars are part of its history.

I have thought about sanding it down and refinishing it but I like the old look.

I decided on a simple linen instead of a scarf along the top.

Going without a nightstand did not work out for my side of the bed because I learned quickly that I use it to help me get out of bed. 

In a recent post I posted that we removed our nightstands to help with cleaning our bedroom. 

I cleaned a ceiling light cover from the light in our bedroom.  Charles had to get it down for me, climbing a ladder is off my list of can do things.

One of my favorite dishcloths got raveled in the wash and I Iet it go for a few washings instead of repairing it right then.  I didn't want to spend a lot of time on it so I just tried to stop the raveling.

It is a knitted dishcloth but I crocheted a slip stitch all the way across picking up all the stitches I could.

So now it is back in business washing dishes along with the others.

I do my best to keep the fans in our house clean but this one does not come apart like the others and so Charles took it apart for me so I could clean it.  This one fan has been a learning experience to only buy fans that can come apart easily for cleaning.

I havent posted a lot about the garden recently. It has been so hot that it is difficult to manage but this helps us get more focused on how to make it easier to grow vegetables.  The main thing is that there is normally something out in the garden that is ready to harvest and add something fresh to our meals.

I am trying to keep things more simple now and work at a slower pace and that helps to find calm as well.

I hope you can find your simple and calm.  Grandma Donna

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