Thursday, October 21, 2021

Windows Decision Made

I've been thinking about the quote for the windows that I received yesterday. $26+ K is a bit steep for me. It would deplete so much of my funds. I called the rep from the company who came out 2 weeks ago and requested his quote. It was less than half of the second, the warranty is 20 years like the other company. I decided to go with the first company. That meant I had to call the second company to let him down gently. I'm getting pretty good at this . . .

Nov. 1, Olshan will come out to adjust the piers.
Dec. 1, City Fence will replace my fence.
Jan. 1,  Fix the walls and paint.
            Replace the toilets.
Feb. 1, Replace the floors.

My house is still clean and neat!

My visit with Dr. Sioco this morning went well. I weighed 2 pounds more than my last visit, my blood pressure was pretty good. I discussed my meds and supplements with him. He seems to be impressed with the changes I'm making. He told me my heart was strong, and it is just like it was in 2016! That's good news!

I finally got a handle on The Billet today and completed most of it. The stories were so jumbled and confusing. After I sent an email to Nick complaining about it, I decided to knuckle down and plow through the files one at a time until I had something to publish. Now I have to wait for Nick to bless it so I can publish it and bill for it.

The SAPLings is ready too. I updated the FOSAPL website with the info from the current newsletter. Once I get a draft to approve to print, I can count that one done and bill for it.

The next thing I have to do is move the PDFs of the SAPLings from my old website to their weebly website.

Brain Dump

I've been doing a journal in Word since I decided to start the Jim Rohn One-Year to Success program. Journaling has helped me through good times and not so good times. As I was going through my office, bedroom, bookcase, etc., I found journals that were almost 39 years old! They reminded me of things that happened, why some things happened, and what I thought about those things. 

If you don't keep a journal, you should. There's nothing like your history to help generations that follow you to know who you really are. I so wish my parents kept journals. There are so many questions I'd like to ask them. My mom died unexpectedly when she was 54. So many times over the years I wish I could ask her questions about her, her family, and to get advice. My dad was always busy, then he moved 125 miles away. I gave him (and my brother-in-law) small tape recorders so they could record their stories. But neither ever did. When my dad was in the hospital, I took a clip board with questions about his childhood friends. 

Anyway, after working in Word a while, I realized I had to be at a certain computer to add to my journal. I started 3 blogs over the years, and I chose this one to continue my personal development journal.

I was going to build a casita attached to my daughter's new house near New Braunfels. After I did a cash-out refi to pay for the build, I decided not to do the build after all. Instead, I decided to do the things to this house that I really have been wanting to do since I moved in.

Several years ago, I had Olshan lift the back of my house to make it level again. I've been noticing many, many cracks all over the house, so I called them to fix it. The guy came out and blamed it on a leak under my foundation. The plumber he recommended came out and pressure tested and said there was no leak. So, I called Olshan again to have them reconsider lifting the house again. I got a text from the guy saying they wouldn't. That made me mad, so I called the general manager, Rich Bond. Rich came out a couple weeks ago and said they'd adjust 11 of the piers. I finally had to call a week later to make the appointment for them to come do the adjustments. 

I started the updates to this house by adding a flowerbed along the front of the house. then hiring a guy to powerwash my deck and sidewalks. He stripped the paint off the deck, which gouged the wood in a few places. Then I hired a carpenter to reconfigure my deck to remove the 8x8 raised square that accommodated a hot tub before I moved in. He was the guy who replaced my neighbor's fence. If I had actually looked at his quality of work, I would not have chosen him. It took him a while to get started. H e started on Monday, didn't feel well on Tuesday, was off Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday, he called to say he tested positive for COVID! Because he had a light case, he told me he'd be back the following Tuesday. I told him he wouldn't be back until the next week. I quarantined from my family for 2 weeks, missing my youngest grandson's 3rd birthday party, and there was no way I was going to have him at my house before a decent quarantine period. Not only that, he did not do a good job on the deck. 

David, finish the deck. He sanded down the floor that the other guy left uneven, he sanded the railings and deck, painted the whole thing, floor and railings. We picked out plastic lattice to put along the skirt of the deck and he painted all that to match the railings. Of course, the white siding of the sunroom didn't look good anymore with the brown/tan of the deck, so that had to be painted. The deck is now complete and it's awesome!

David also replaced the fascia along the sidewalk to the front door. I had gutters put on about a year ago, and the first time it rained, the ONLY place that allowed rain to pour down on unsuspecting walkers was there. I called the gutter guy and he sent the installer. The installer showed me that the fascia was rotted. DANG! When I had the trim of the house painted 3 or 4 years ago, no one told me that board was rotten. They just painted it. Now it looks really good. I can't wait for it to rain.

While he was working on the front porch, I asked David to remove the railing because it was pretty rotten, thinking we'd replace it. After he removed the railing, I realized how nice the front porch looks without it. I'll live with it without the railing for a while. But I think I'll like it better without.

My fence has been in bad shape for most of the time I've been here (almost 7 years). It's time to replace it. As I mentioned before, one of my neighbors replaced his fence. My other neighbor has been patiently waiting for me to do mine and our common fence. I got 3 bids, and I actually went with the highest of the three because they mentioned the slope of my yard and asked how I wanted that to be handled and he offered to remove the 3 buried supports from the part of the deck that was removed at no cost. Once the fence has been replaced, I'll have some landscaping bricks posted along the fenceline with some the back yard.

Last week a window company came by to measure to give me a estimate to replace my windows. I haven't heard from them since. Today, Eric from Renewal by Anderson came by and spent almost 3 hours with me measuring and chatting, and he gave me an estimate before he left. It is very pricey, but after seeing what their windows are like, I decided to go with them. I'm worth it after all. It'll be 12-16 weeks before they can start. 

While the outside is being worked on, David and I will paint the entire house inside. I've picked out a white leaning to warm pink call Seaside Villa. Then we will replace the carpet, tile, and linoleum in the house with laminate. We looked at luxury vinyl plank yesterday at Floor and Decor. I found something I really liked. Kaycie and Jeff went to pick out the decor for their house and they chose laminate. I did some research and laminate is easier on our feet than LVP. I mentioned replacing my floors to Eric today, and he said they have LVP, but it's hard on their feet. He said his heels hurt after walking on it for a while. That cinched it for me. I'm going with laminate. Now to find one I like.

While Eric was here today, the crew from The Maids came and gave my house a deep clean. It feels so much better. Now to find out how much that will cost!

I think that wraps up all I've been up to lately. Burning through that refi money pretty quickly. The fence money has already been pulled. The floor will probably cost $10K, and the widows will cost $27K. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Lots of stuff


             Oct. 14, 2021

Geez, I’ve been so busy since the last time I wrote here. I’ll start with some of the things I wrote the last time and go from there.

The funeral reception was really nice. People didn’t eat much, so there was a lot of food left. I had little blocks of cheese and meats. One of the meats was a jalapeno cheese sausage that was really spicy hot! We put it on a tray with Pepper Jack cheese. Surprisingly, that was the one most people ate from! There were just a few bits left. I was hoping I’d get to take the leftover cheese and meats home, but someone took out all the toothpicks and packed the leftovers in a big ziplock bag. Twice I had it in my hand. I could have said I’d take it home, but I didn’t. That’s OK!

I love listening to Dana K. White’s podcasts! She has so many great ideas and topics that are good to know about.

I got to work! It goes to my new website. I’m hoping to be able to incorporate all 3 of my businesses there. My company is Alana Woods Products and Services now. I plan to head downtown soon to do a formal dba. Then I can do more with PayPal and the bank.

Katie and I did the Pipe Creek event with a lot of success! I learned a few things – QR codes aren’t for everyone! I had too many signs. We have to remind ladies to enter the drawing. Katie and I both put a sample on ladies. I learned how to chat while applying the sample. It’s fun to visit with the shoppers!

I Zoom met with Alyssa on Sept. 28, which changed a lot of things for me. I was gaining and gaining until then. She and I discussed the supplements I take, and she mentioned some things that are included in them that aren’t good. After our call, I checked my supplements and found many of them had those bad ingredients. She has substitutes for each of them. While I had all the supplements out of my med bag, I noticed there were only 6 prescriptions in the bag – there should have been 7! That’s when I realized I wasn’t taking the Furosemide! No wonder I was gaining. My legs were swollen every night! Once I started taking the Furosemide again, the weight started dropping off (all water, of course), and the actual loss began! I am glad I decided to go with her for 3 months. She checks in with me daily, and we’ll have a 1-hour visit this coming Monday.

The Friends of the Library is still plugging along. I made several changes to the website for them and I’m in the last stages of approval for the newsletter.

STC-HPS is going through a change of leadership for The Billet and website. It’s slipping deadline wise. I tried to get started early, but by the time they started getting things to me, other deadlines took over my time. I’m back on it tomorrow!

One of the reasons I haven’t been here in a while is I’ve had David here doing projects. The deck has been reconfigured and painted. He put a plastic lattice along the skirt, but after talking to a guy who gave an estimate to replace the fence, I realize the holes in the lattice are too large. A skunk will still be able to get under the deck! I wish I talked to him a week earlier. We could have put chicken wire behind the lattice. Because it has been completely done, we may just glue some smaller pieces offset enough to make the holes smaller.

I have 3 estimates to redo my fence. The guy who butchered my desk estimated $4000, Colton estimated $5,078, and City Fence estimated $5,378. I think I’ll go with City. I talked to Bobby next door, and he’ll pitch in $1,000 for our common fence.

I also had a window company come by today to give an estimate for replacing all my windows. I’d also like to have the front door sidelights replaced.

Once the fence has been replaced, I’ll call the landscaper who did the front yard to add flower beds to the backyard. We’ll put a hard landscape border along the flowerbed in the front and along the fenceline. It’s the only thing I can figure out to do to keep the critters out of my yard.

I took Rex and Tyson to the library today. Ty DID NOT want to go. He kept saying it wasn’t gonna happen. I bribed him with a milk shake afterward. Once we got there, he found a book and actually started reading it in the library. Then a Librarian pointed out a scavenger hunt in the children’s area. He and Rex really got involved. There was a group of all the little boys there helping each other find the items. Tyson really liked that. Then we drove to Sonic and they were so slow to respond to the button that I decided to go to the one Rex was talking about. But we couldn’t find it. Kaycie called, and I asked her where it was. We weren’t even in the right neighborhood! But, eventually, I found it. Before long, the boys were reading and it got so quiet in the car.

I stopped by Bill Miller for BBQ on the way home and had that for dinner. The brisket was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

The supplements I ordered from Naturally Nourished arrived today and so did the Re-Lyte. I’m hoping that will help with leg cramps. I realized I don’t salt my food, and that is probably why my legs cramp in the morning. I started drinking a cup of salt water to help that. It did so far.

Daily grind


Oct. 1, 2021

I’m preparing for next Sunday’s event at the Pipe Creek VFD BBQ. Katherine will work with me and we’re both excited. I’ve made a price list and 3 QR codes for my shopping site, VIP group, and my Linkt.ree site with all my links. They are all in clear acrylic frames. I originally planned to take only 100 sets. But picking them out was difficult. I decided to take them all but only put a few out. I’m borrowing Kaycie’s two 6-ft tables. I’ll take 2 card tables and 2 chairs, white canopy, hand sanitizer.

I looked at my DVR in the living room and found The Masked Singer – 3 episodes! I watched those episodes along with Dr. Blake Mysteries.

I received the acrylic frames today and a clear plastic caddy for my dressing table. It’s a bit large, but it holds all the things I use for makeup that have been in zipper bags or a large bag on the floor. Putting everything in the caddy made me make decisions about what to keep and get rid of. I also went through my nail polishes. I haven’t used nail polish in years, but I had so many bottles. I put them all in a bag and tossed them in the trash. The only thing I’m keeping that I may not use is Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty. I don’t know why because I don’t see that it makes a difference in my skin.

Daily grind


Sept. 29, 2021

Today is Daddy’s birthday.

Rich Bond, the general manager of Olshan came today to look at the house and take measurements. He said 11 piers will need to be adjusted and maybe dug down a bit more. I should see a difference about 60 days after.

David didn’t come yesterday. Today I picked him up after Rich left. He is working on making the deck look perfect. He dug down around the perimeter of the deck so the lattice skirting will be below the surface to keep critters from getting under the deck. I sure hope it works. It’s costing me a fortune. All the furniture is on the deck, and it looks GREAT! There will be some lattice left over, so we’ll put it on the fence between the 2 kitchen windows again. I like that little bit of extra privacy. I hope Gabe and Kristine don’t mind.

The TVs in my office and bedroom went out, so I got 2 from Walmart. $380, not bad. Picked them up today and plan to put them together tomorrow.

When I took Barbara to PT today, I saw Frank Tapia in the parking lot. I worked with him for 40-1/2 years. He looks great! He dropped off his wife Rose. I saw her in the waiting room, so we chatted off and on. A guy, who looks very familiar, has been coming in just about every time I’ve taken Barbara. He looked like someone I’ve worked with at SwRI, but I couldn’t remember his name. Today his therapist called him by his name – Eric. He’s Eric Dornes, the first website client I had in 1999! I’ll talk to him Monday when he comes in.

I’ve been dying to play a “Find the Squirrel” game on my VIP page. So I set it up for tonight. It was a lot slower going than I expected. Clara was there from the beginning. She guessed numbers all around the actual numbers that had the squirrels. Judy Brucks guessed one time and got a squirrel. Daisy tried about 3 times and got a squirrel. Then Carol tried 2 times and got a squirrel. I felt sorry for Clara. It took a LOT longer than I expected.

I met the big boys at the corner yesterday. I forgot my phone, so I thought I’d ask Echo to call Kaycie to let her know we were there safe and sound, but their internet was out. No TV, no phone. I talked the boys into playing Uno with me again, and Tyson won the game. It took 3 rounds of playing for someone to finally hit 500 points!

Busy, busy, busy


Sept. 27, 2021

Today I weighed 1.5 pounds more than yesterday. I feel it wasn’t what I ate, but the quantity of what I ate. Lesson learned.

I called the 866 number of the company that charged me $188 to find out that the product I ordered from FB (that isn’t doing anything for me) paying only shipping actually charges the full price for the product 2 weeks later. WHAT A SCAM! I told them I considered them a scam and hung up. A few minutes later, I noticed 2 emails letting me know they cancelled the 2 products. Apparently, they were automatically on reorder, although she said I wasn’t getting another shipment. I’m curious to see if that also issues refunds.

I had a busy day. I met David at the Home Depot near his house to get paint and supplies. The clerk at the self-checkout checked us out. So sweet.

Talked to Kaycie for a while about the dogs and family. She’s getting Katherine to watch the dogs and cat when they go to the beach Oct. 8-10. That means I’ll be working the Pipe Creek Event alone.

Took Barbara to PT. While she was being tortured, I took the towels and stuff to the Humane Society and the baby things to Pregnancy Care Center. That felt good.

David took the bus home today. I dropped him off at Broadway and McArthur. Because of the huge line of traffic going back home on Wetmore, I went to Nacogdoches and zipped right back home.

Ate ½ of the sausage I got at the Pearl Farmer’s Market and it made me sick! Took three Tums to tame the tum.

FINALLY got the Halloween sets in the mail today!!! Some of them are out of stock. But more will come back, Kaycie said.

Wednesday will be Winning Wednesday. I’m playing a Find the Squirrels game on my VIP page. I hope it goes well. The next one will be a battleship game that I’ve been dying to play.

Happy Birthday, Jan!


Sept. 26, 2021

Today is Jan’s birthday! She hosted a swimming party because 2 others of our group had birthdays this month – Marie Sept. 15, Julie, Sept. 24, and Jan, and Diane retired the end of August. I bought birthday gifts for the 3 birthday girls and had them wrapped and ready to go. I texted Jan to ask her what I should get Diane for a retirement gift. She told me not to bring gifts. I pulled the birthday cards out of the packages and took only the cards. EVERYONE else brought gifts. The gifts I got them weren’t cheap, and they were thoughtful. Jan told everyone what happened. I told them I’d save them for Christmas.

She ordered enchiladas, fajitas, and all the trimmings. I passed on the alcohol, I ate my weight in nuts, but I passed on the tortilla chips. Then the enchiladas arrived without the fajitas, so I made a little davy dip with the queso, chile, and guacamole, and put it on some cheese crackers (crackers made with gouda cheese). She sent Charlie to another Mexican restaurant nearby for the fajitas. And they were delicious. I ate fajitas, and I was stuffed. Then when they had cake, I ate more fajitas. That way, I was eating and having a good time instead of just watching them eat carrot cake (one of my absolute favorites), vanilla pudding, and ice cream. I drank water all day. They had margaritas and Jello shots. I kept telling them that I just started losing weight and I didn’t want to mess it up. And I didn’t feel deprived.

Great Day with Daisy


Sept. 25, 2021

I had the best day today. I dropped off the bag of shredding this morning, then I headed to Daisy’s. I had the box of stamps that she took off my hands, a Starbucks card that she won, her early birthday present, and my 2011 vision book. The only plans we had included going to the Blingfest and lunch. We decided to go to Starbucks on the way. I ordered the Americano with heavy cream like Alyssa gets when she goes there, and Daisy got the Passion Fruit drink.

Since I’ve been busy with David and decluttering this week, I thought I might get birthday gifts for Jan, Julie, and Marie at the Blingfest. They aren’t big on adornment, so I knew that would be a stretch. When we arrived at Blingfest at the Garden Center of the Botanical Garden, there was NO parking. We drove around a while and decided to do something else and go back later.

The Fiesta Store was just down Broadway a little toward town, so that was plan B. They were closed. I told Daisy, “We’re going to the Pearl!” She was so excited. She felt like we were on an adventure. We arrived at the Pearl, and the rest of San Antonio, who weren’t at the Botanical Garden was at the Pearl. They have a Farmer’s Market every Saturday and the weather was gorgeous, so it stands to reason that both those places would be PACKED! We couldn’t find a parking space, so Daisy asked an angel to help us, and OMG, there were 2 spaces for us. We walked around, and in the first shop, I found gifts for the birthday girls that were different, but appropriate.

After the Pearl, we went back toward the Blingfest and stopped at Good Time Charlie’s for lunch. I had the most amazing plate of broiled tilapia with broccoli and cauliflower with queso. DELICIOUS!

We tried Blingfest again, and there were several parking spots this time. There were some really nice vendors there. I bought a wire-wrapped/beaded cross for Karen, and 2 pairs of earrings for me – cute black & orange witches, and silver skeleton hands. Daisy bought some red and white pearl beads to go with a Frieda pendant she has.

The traffic was backed up on the flyover from 37 to 410, so we went to my house so I could show her some of my decluttering mess and the new deck. Finally, I took her home. My soul is full and very happy after spending the day with Daisy.

On the way back to my house, I stopped at Walgreen’s to pick up some makeup, birthday cards, and my prescriptions.

The dogs noticed the gate was open and twice, I had to chase them down the street. I’m MAD at David and both the dogs. I closed the gate, and they got out again. Now, I can’t trust them to stay in the yard.

I’m tired and cranky.

Because I can’t trust the dogs to stay in the yard, I followed them with a flashlight and kept an eye on them after dark. They were out exploring, and after an appropriate amount of time, I called them in. Sugar came in, and right inside the door, she showed signs of pooping on my carpet. I tried to grab her to throw her out, but she ran away (after dropping some) and did it again behind my sofa. I tried to grab her to slap her and rub her nose in it, but she got under the table in the kitchen and snarled at me. I tried to get to her and she ran away. I had to get that stuff off my carpet, so I grabbed a handful of tissues and picked up. Then I wanted to find her so I could rub it on her nose or at least smell it and say, “NO!”. I couldn’t find her. Champ, was so cute. He sat in the hallway under the chandelier looking into the boys’ room. I found her between the couch and wall. But I couldn’t get her. Then she got away again, and I looked everywhere but couldn’t find her. Then after a while, she came out, but she was different. She knew she was in trouble. I just kept giving her the “look,” and put them in the kitchen for the rest of the night. No one spoke. They didn’t ask for anything. Usually they’re whining or barking for my attention. But not after that. They pretty much cowered the rest of the night. The only other time they made a mess in my house was the first time they stayed here. I can’t have them stay again until my fence is fixed. There are too many places they can get away.

Shred Day tomorrow!


Sept. 25, 2021

I woke up early this morning, washed and fixed my hair, dressed, and was watching the news when they announced a shred opportunity at the Doris Griffin Senior Center by Ingram Mall. Just yesterday, I saw all the old receipt boxes from who knows when to 2019 in the garage. So, I opened the garage door and hauled them all in to sort through. That's what I'm going to do today -- sort through these boxes so I can take them tomorrow. So excited about God's timing! While gathering those boxes, I found a VCR and 2 boxes of VHS tapes and a box of CD cases.

This is how my living room looks today while I sort through the boxes. 1 large leaf bag for recycling, 1 large leaf bag for shredding, a box for trash, and a smaller box for those things I can't get rid of yet. There will also be a small box for donations because it's mostly shredding.

There are a few boxes left of things I couldn’t get rid of. But, there are several empty boxes stacked behind the sofa. The leaf bag in the foreground was VERY heavy with shredding, and the other was full of recycles. My sister visited a few minutes while I was sorting through the boxes and putting things in the bags. As I saw some momentos, I showed them to her. We had a good visit.

David helped me haul out the bags – one in the trunk and one in the recycle bin.

I feel like I’m losing momentum. It’s time to move the empty boxes out of the house so I can see what’s what.

What to do with a Mink


Sept. 23, 2021

What to do with a mink

I found my mother's mink coat in a tattered suitcase yesterday! It's a dark brown ranch mink that she bought about 4 months before she died in 1985. My dad gave it to me shortly after. About that time, all the ruckus was raised about real furs and I was afraid to wear it.

I did have it cleaned and stored at Morris Kaye & Sons over one summer. Then, I put it away. I read that you don't want to put plastic over a fur, so I put it somewhere else. I even forgot where that was. Thirty years later, I was surprised when I saw it yesterday. I tried it on and found out it shrank in the suitcase! Never store fur in a suitcase!

What to do? I thought about tossing it in the pile for Salvation Army. There's a Too Good to be Threw store across 281 from me; I thought about taking it there. Then I went to Morris Kaye & Sons website and found that they restyle furs. I'll take it there to check out what they can do with it and how much that will cost.

I'll keep you informed.

Everything Must Go!


Sept. 21, 2021

Everything Must Go!

I have quite a haul for Salvation Army. In addition to this, there are still bags of things in other rooms, a sewing machine (70+ years old), and 2 full boxes of paper. I'm considering donating my exercise equipment, which just takes up room on the sun porch.

If you're interested in decluttering, let me know. I have a list of ladies who specialize in decluttering and organizing once the junk is gone. Very inspirational and motivating.Again, I worked in my office until 1:00 this morning. I have made so much progress! I researched several organizations to find the right fit for my stuff, and Salvation Army seems to be the one – and they pick up! I filled 3 large leaf bags with paper and shredded paper. I organized the color papers I had and put them into the new bin I bought. Now I have to figure out where to put my pencil sharpener – probably on the other bookcase. My office doesn’t look much better yet because I have empty bins and boxes stacked. That’s why they say declutter first, THEN organize.

I’ve become brutal! Sentimental things aren’t going to weigh me down anymore. I actually have a set of sheets with pillowcases that my grandmother crocheted a border on for my mom. I took them originally because I didn’t want to lose them. I still have a smocked pillow that she made and several doilies. It’s not like I’m purging of everything from her, so the sheet set will go! I have a pair of boots that my dad gave my son when he was 2, a pair of superman shoes he had when he was 1, and a pair of black patent Mary Janes that my daughter had along with some of her pajamas. These things I’ll keep.

I started scheduling the pickup with Salvation Army online. It asks for details about the items, so that took a while. When I got to the date, Oct. 8 was the first available date. I clicked on it and did everything but confirm before I looked at my calendar and found something that conflicted. I hit the back button, and everything disappeared 😒. So, the second time, I wasn't so meticulous about listing the items, and when I got to the date part, the first available was Oct. 22! I actually scheduled for Oct. 27. By the time they show up, I won't be able to walk in the front door!

More decluttering


Sept. 19, 2021

I'm recovering . . . I was getting sore yesterday from all the box packing, lifting, etc. Then the boys came over and spent several hours with me. We had fun, and I can see how much they are growing. Rex, Ty, and I played Dungeons and Dragons (a board version) while Luke napped. Then we ate dinner and the older boys entertained themselves while Luke and I watched hundreds (it seemed) of episodes of Blaze and the Monster Machines. He loves that show (I have 35 episodes recorded on the TV in my room and 75 in the living room). They are such a good learning tool.

I could hardly walk last night when I went to bed, but I'm feeling much better today.

I donated all my beads and supplies to the San Antonio Bead Society today.

I have seriously started to declutter. I can't go into a room without packing something to donate, recycle, or trash. I posted on the Bead Society's FB page asking where I can donate the beads. They are going to use them for the Blingfest.

I have 2 trash bags of towels for the Humane Society, several bags of purses, baby blankets (the boys helped me choose which to keep), clothes, and decor, and a box of towels to donate.

I filled 1-1/2 of those large paper leaf bags with shredded papers.

Decluttering continues


Sept. 19, 2021

I'm recovering . . . I was getting sore yesterday from all the box packing, lifting, etc. Then the boys came over and spent several hours with me. We had fun, and I can see how much they are growing. Rex, Ty, and I played Dungeons and Dragons (a board version) while Luke napped. Then we ate dinner and the older boys entertained themselves while Luke and I watched hundreds (it seemed) of episodes of Blaze and the Monster Machines. He loves that show (I have 35 episodes recorded on the TV in my room and 75 in the living room). They are such a good learning tool.

I could hardly walk last night when I went to bed, but I'm feeling much better today.

I donated all my beads and supplies to the San Antonio Bead Society today.

I have seriously started to declutter. I can't go into a room without packing something to donate, recycle, or trash. I posted on the Bead Society's FB page asking where I can donate the beads. They are going to use them for the Blingfest.

I have 2 trash bags of towels for the Humane Society, several bags of purses, baby blankets (the boys helped me choose which to keep), clothes, and decor, and a box of towels to donate.

I filled 1-1/2 of those large paper leaf bags with shredded papers.

Reorganizing my bedroom


Sept. 15, 2021

When David brought the adjusted rails for my great grandmother's (Oma Brehm) bed today, we rearranged my room. It's something I've wanted to do for 6 years. It was originally positioned directly in line with the bedroom door centered beneath a beam; that's bad feng shui and bad juju!! Now it's sideways, away from the beam. I ended up with an extra bookcase, and I was thinking of selling it or giving it away. But this is so early in the process of decluttering and reorganizing that I decided to keep it. David is working on doing the finishing work on the deck outside. It's going to look so nice.

More decluttering


Sept. 13, 2021

I worked in my office until 1:00 this morning straightening up the Color Street wall. It looks great! I also managed to get the speakers to work with my PC! Daisy wants the rubber stamps I’m giving away.

The first thing I did today was call Dr. Harr’s office (several times because they don’t actually open at 8:00 like the recording says) to cancel my Telemed appointment for today. My foot was hurting Friday, so I assumed it was my gout acting up again, but by the end of the day, there was no pain.

The Get Organized HQ Virtual conference started at 8:00, and I was there. While I was watching, I started straightening up the Publishing wall in my office. I recycled and shredded enough paper and receipts to fill my recycle bin! The good news is I emptied 4 containers. I also boxed more books from my library. I have at least one more box of books to pack.

I learned so much watching the videos today!

Tomorrow I’ll tackle the publishing desk, register for Grandparents’ Day at the big boys’ school and have lunch at Alamo Café with Nancy!

Wednesday is the Grandparents’ Day activity, and I’ll take Barbara to PT. Then Thursday afternoon, Pat Finley and I will take the boxes of books to Brook Hollow Library! I’ll probably see if I can take the rubber stamps to Daisy Sunday because I’m getting the boys after school on Friday and I’m babysitting them Saturday night. Maybe we can meet halfway Saturday.

Declutter Diva


Last week or so, I donated 100 blouses and tops. No wonder I couldn't jam anything else into my closet.

I have 12 boxes of books that will go to the library Thursday afternoon.

Last night I reorganized my Color Street corner; I didn't get to bed until 1 AM.

At 8:00 AM this morning, I started recycling old documents and shredded receipts and documents dating back to 1978. There were receipts from Joske's and Montgomery Ward (remember them?). I finally finished at 7:00 this evening. My small recycle bin is packed with shredded paper. I assume I'll be picking up strips of paper off the street Thursday after pickup.

Clutterbug test and the beginning of decluttering


Sept. 12, 2021


Bees are the master of good intentions, but there are only so many hours in a day and only so much we can reasonably get done. There also comes a point when we need to admit that even though something may be useful, it is taking away space that could be used for more important items. Here are some tips just for Bees:


·         Make a priority list for yourself and your home. Is having a clean kitchen a priority over finishing your scrapbook? Then make time for what is a priority to you and finish that task before you start a new one. Write yourself a to-do list and number it from most important to least.  Do the MOST important ones first.


·         Peg board organizers work amazingly well for you. I don’t have the wall space for peg board organizers.


·         Clear bins, baskets and jars should be your go-to organizing system. I’ll get some asap.


·         Invest in shelving. You are visual, so open shelving is a must for you. Book cases are a Bee’s best friend. I ordered a set of paper storage shelves to help sort the stack of mismatched paper that is currently making my life miserable. I can’t get to the colors I want without digging through the stack and messing it up. It should arrive tomorrow or Tuesday.


·         Learn to let go.  Bees tend to keep things “just in case” they may need it someday. If you don’t love it and you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it. I’m working on this.


·         Schedule, schedule, schedule. Your time is precious to you so make the most of it. Create daily and weekly chore lists, a daily schedule and make sure you have a monthly calendar that you can reference easily. I’ve been using my calendar on my phone and alarm on my watch to keep track of activities.


·         Use project boxes. Have a box or basket with all the supplies you need for your current project. When you are done for the day, put the items back into the box until you can work on it again. This way your supplies are out of the way, but you don’t need to take everything out again to work on your project next time. Ooh, good idea!


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You enjoy reading:

1. Magazines or blogs with lots of pictures.

X 2. Non Fiction Books.

X 3. Fiction Books.

4. Newspapers or how-to books.


You find your biggest clutter issue is:

1. I have “stuff” everywhere.

X 2. Paper and important items.

3. Inside closets, cabinets and spare rooms.

X 4. I hold onto too many things that may be useful in the future.


Your home usually looks:

1. A bit cluttered with things I use and love on display.

X 2. Tidy with occasional piles of papers or things I haven’t got to yet.

3 Very clean and tidy, but behind closed doors, closets and drawers can be a mess.

X 4. A bit cluttered with projects or items I am still using in some areas.


I find it hard to get rid of:

1. Things I find beautiful or love to look at.

2. Items that were expensive or still in good condition.

X 3. Sentimental items.

X 4. Supplies, tools and other items that are still useful.


Your home usually looks:

1. Filled with my favorite things and items I use often.

2. Relatively tidy, but I sometimes have piles that I need to deal with.

3. Clutter free for the most part, but closets, drawers and hidden areas are a mess.

X 4. A bit cluttered with everyday used items that I leave out.

When it comes to cleaning my home, I generally:

X 1. Have to spend time tidying my home before I can clean it.

2. Keep my home clean and tidy.

3. Have a pretty clean house and I enjoy tidying it.

4. Want to have a really clean home, but piles sometimes get in the way.


Your ideal craft room would have:

X 1. Bright and colorful with all of my supplies displayed in pretty containers on shelving.

2. Everything organized perfectly in separate containers inside cabinets.

3. Everything stored out of sight except for a few pretty accessories.

4. All of my tools organized perfectly and easy to grab and access on a peg board.


When it comes to your home's appearance, you prefer:

1. Bright, fun and full of visual abundance.

2. Minimal visual clutter and very functional.

3. Pretty, inviting with minimal visual clutter.

X 4. Visual, functional and organized.


What Clutterbug Are You?

Organizing systems that work best for me are:

X 1. Visual systems that are fast and easy to use, like hooks or open baskets on a shelf.

2. Detailed systems that are hidden, such as file cabinets or subdivided compartments.

3. Hidden systems that are easy to use, such as baskets in the closet or drawer dividers.

4. Visual systems that are carefully organized, such as peg boards or clear drawers.


My biggest organizing challenge is:

X 1. I don’t like to hide things out of sight; I’m afraid I will forget about them.

2. I just haven’t scheduled time to organize some areas efficiently.

3. I tend to neglect hidden areas in my home like storage rooms.

X 4. I hate putting things away that I am just going to take out again later.

If a friend called and said they would be coming over in 10 minutes you would:

1. Make a mad dash grabbing as much clutter as you can.

2. Straighten slightly.

X 3. Wipe counters, hide any mess and scrub the bathrooms in a hurry.

4. Finish up whatever it was you were working on.


I prefer my everyday used items:

1. Out where I can easily use them and not misplace them.

2. Organized properly and put away.

3. Out of sight, but still fast and easy to find.

X 4. Visible and organized properly for quick access.


I remember things best from:

1. Visual pictures and instructions.

2. Reading and researching about it.

3. Someone showing me how to do it.

X 4. Figuring it out on my own.


Pick the sentence that best describes you:

X 1. I struggle to put things away when I am done using them.

2. I am a bit of a perfectionist and I prefer minimal clutter.

3. I like my home to appear spotless, but I shove things where no one can see.

4. I like functional spaces that make doing hobbies and working easier.


I like my favourite things to be:

1. Out where I can always see them so they don’t get misplaced.

2. Stored or displayed properly so that they will last.

X 3. Neat and tidy and displayed in an eye pleasing way.

4. Organized in a visual and functional way.


I like to decorate my home:

1. With bold colours and artwork.

2. With minimal, neutral colours.

3. With current design trends.

X 4. With useful, functional pieces.


I would like my home to be:

X 1. Fun, bright and cozy.

2. Functional and minimal.

3. Beautiful and minimal.

4. Practical and efficient.


Add up your answers. Are you mostly a 1, 2, 3 or 4? You may also be a combination of

all of these organizing styles!

1 – 6

2 – 3

3 – 4

4 – 9


You may find that, though you are a combination of all the four styles, one stands out to

you in particular. You may also find that you tend to fall into a different category based on

different rooms in your home or in your workplace. This is typical, but I can assure you

that there will be a clear frontrunner for your organizing style as you learn more about

each of these different Clutterbugs.

What's Your Organizing Style?


If you answered mostly 1, you are a BUTTERFLY!

If you answered mostly 2, you are a CRICKET!

If you answered mostly 3, you are a LADYBUG!

If you answered mostly 4, you are a BEE!

A Butterfly is a macro-organizer, which means they are time oriented and

like to focus on the big picture, rather than the small details. Butterflies

prefer an open organizing system (no lids) with broad categories that are

clearly visual. Clear bins and baskets, without lids, on open shelving are

their go-to organizing solution.


A Bee is micro-organizer, which means they are task and detailed oriented.

Bee’s prefer a detailed organizing system with lots of categories, but they

need these systems visual. Clear, sub-divided containers on open shelving,

peg boards and hooks are their go-to organizing solution.


A Cricket is micro-organizer, which means they are task and detailed

oriented. Crickets prefer a detailed organizing system with lots of

categories. Sub-divided, stacked bins inside closed cabinets or closets are

their go-to organizing solution. While a Cricket craves visual simplicity, that

desire is sometimes overshadowed by their need for perfection. Because of

this, they often pile papers or have current projects and to-do lists visual.


A Ladybug is a macro-organizer, which means they are time oriented and

like to focus on the big picture, rather than the small details. Ladybugs

prefer open (no lids) and fast organizing solutions that are out of sight. Bins

and baskets, without lids, inside closed cabinets or closets are their go-to

organizing solution.


Learn more about the different organizing styles at


The above mini course led me to another organizer and her husband who had a “1-hour course that would change your life.” It only confused me, and it lasted 35 minutes with 25 minutes of sales for their other courses. Very disappointing.

As I was finishing the videos in the mini course, I was concentrating on the Bee’s style of organizing and several ideas popped into my head! I’m so excited about it.

I’ve been stacking my bins with nails on the table to my right at my Color Street desk. When I need to add or remove something from the bins, it’s a game of shuffle bin, which has not been ideal, but it seemed the only solution. I now have pretty photo boxes (similar to shoe boxes) for the sets, and the lids are removable, so I can put them under the boxes and have the bins open to grab or add. THEN, if I put them on the shelf behind me, I can just turn around and grab them. What a genius idea! I’m so excited. I have to reorganize that whole space. I’m so excited!!!

My day was pretty busy yesterday. Very productive! I feel good about how things are progressing.

I found out the changes I wanted to make in my house would cost $150K! Time to find someone else, don't you think? I replied that it was too rich for my blood. So, instead, I'll tackle projects one at a time starting with the most important, working toward "just right." We (David and I) managed to discuss finishing the deck and adding party lights, taking my bed (my great grandmother's) apart so the rails could be shortened. Then we'll rearrange the bedroom when the rails are back. He fixed my kitchen faucet, which started turning itself off almost a year ago.

I also started reading a fascinating book, Twelve Ordinary Men, which is about the Apostles and how Jesus picked them. I'm really enjoying this one. I know -- I have about 8 books started. My goal is to finish all 8 before I start another one.