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Out With the Old . . .

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I have lately found joy in purging. Minimizing. Cutting out the clutter. Sweeping away the cobwebs. Downsizing.

Anticipating a possible move in the near future, I’ve been looking at my home and my life with new eyes. How did I accumulate so much “stuff”? Do I really need all those books and DVDs? Will I ever refinish those chairs, or complete that stained glass window?

Nope, so it’s gone.

Ahhhhhhhh.

And I find that same breath of relief when I begin to examine and eliminate bad habits – snacking in front of the TV, a glass of wine right after work instead of a 15- or 20-minute project, impatience in traffic. Just “stuff” accumulated over the years, but absolutely unnecessary.

This is a good perspective. I think I like it.

25 Random Acts of Kindness

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Beginning Sunday, December 1 I’ve committed to 25 acts of kindness. In no particular order, here they are:

1. Deliver a boxed lunch to a friend
2. Leave a handmade Christmas ornament on a co-worker’s desk with a note
3. Candy cane a parking lot!
4. Bring hot chocolate to a bellringer
5. Buy coffee for the person behind me in line
6. Leave a treat for the mail carrier
7. Generously overtip on lunch
8. Tape quarters to machines in a laundromat
9. Give a child a balloon
10. Take stuffed animals to a pediatrics ward
11. Take small door wreaths to residents in an assisted living facility
12. Play Christmas carols on the piano at the mission
13. Put together a care package for a college student
14. Collect makeup samples and toiletries¬†for a women’s shelter
15. Donate blood
16. Work a shift at the local food bank
17. Feed random parking meters
18. Hand out mittens and hats to homeless people
19. Send flowers to a friend
20. Anonymously give a Christmas coin jar filled with my spare change
21. Deliver donuts to my mechanic
22. Donate books to a women’s and children’s shelter
23. Bring a treat for my co-workers
24. Purchase toys for kids in need
25. Purchase $5 coffee cards and hand deliver them randomly at the mall

Let the Christmas cheer begin!

June Is Bustin’ Out All Over

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Can I just say, I LOVE this time of year? Everything is green and blooming, it’s not too hot, the days are long.

Coffee on the patio in the morning, a glass of wine on the deck in the evening.

Tomatoes looking great!

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Baby blueberries on my new bushes (aren’t they cute?)

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Wish you could smell the roses and mock orange!

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Think I’ll sit a bit and contemplate my next project. . .

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