Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Head Smells Like Chocolate

I'm playing around with homemade shampoos because each time I go to buy ready-made poo, I get disgusted by the ingredients.  So today, I made dry shampoo with arrowroot and cocoa powder. I smell like a giant Willy Wonka Bar.

And yesterday ....

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I Love Saturdays !!!!

Yesterday I pumped gas and last week I mowed the lawn. Both without a rash or breathing problems.

Huge step forward. No step back.

During the healing process there's been plenty of step backs, knock downs and grumpy days. But if asked, I'd do it all again.

In other news, 14 sleeps until our Halloween staycation and this weekend, we're on a 3-day holiday. Up next, a hot mug of homemade pumpkin spice yum and then after that, anything we want.

I love Saturdays!

PS: Last week's answer: Chocolate bubbles.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Friday Question: What Are We?

With all the demo and repairs going on, this Halloween season is whooshing past me. So in the spirit of spooky, gross and fun things, tell us what these are and win a broken broom stick, a cracked cauldron and a wart.

Last week's answer: Bean curd.

Thursday, October 06, 2016


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Hawk & Trowel

Monday, October 03, 2016

Gone Crackers

Last night I texted the image below to friends and family, because I'm practicing my phone food photos. The blue is gone. Up next, remove the gray.

In other news, the dizzy-dos have not returned, it's clean sheet day, those mums were only a $1.50 each and I'm about to make a cup of hot chocolate.

And that's all that's fit to print.

Friday, September 30, 2016


With the dizzy-dos and vertigo gone, I'm back in action. And today, I'm fixin' to make this again. Tell us this is and win a piece of string and a stinky shoe.

Hint: It's not chicken.

In other news, Tim got cleared for our 9-day Halloween Staycation, I finally joined G+ and this weekend I'm gonna make crackers.

That's all from my end. Have a yummy day and boogie boogie.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cluttered Thinking (no thanks)

Yesterday, I wasn't able to do what I wanted so I switched gears and worked on my whitebox (for food photos). I'm having a terrible time with white backgrounds looking blue. If you know how to remove the blue, please drop me a note. Thanks.

Today, I've spent the morning on the couch, but I'm starting to feel better. Two years ago, if I had to stop and rest like this it might have made me cranky. But these days, I don't have that cluttered thinking.

Not too shabby.

PS: Made some killer draft 2 crackers last night. Chipotle, paprika, onion powder and fresh garlic. Oh my yum. So flippin' good.

Monday, September 26, 2016


I'm excited to start this week because after removing the items listed, my reward is (drum roll please), that I get to put 100 percent of my attention on repairs.

Hot dog.

Floor-to-ceiling pantry thingy
Bar (ugly-ass bar)
Movie room closet
Mirrors on walls
Mantel looking thing
Tall bathroom cabinet
1 shelf in hallway
2 cabinets in hallway


Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Q: Ask Me Anything?

To celebrate the Equinox yesterday, I dropped off my last BIG load and now I can honestly say that I'm done, done, done. 95 percent of my crap is gone and I miss nothing.

But now, I'd love to hear from you. So I'm copying three lovely ladies, Debra, Martha and Bethany but with a topic in mind.

Ask me anything about decluttering.

Speaking of which, here's my next demo project. I don't like these cabinets or that shelf so today, I'm kissing them goodbye.

And for those who don't have clutter questions, here are the texts that I sent my friends, this week. This phone is so flippin' fun.

Seriously. I had no idea phones were fun.

Kiss 'em GOODBYE 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

No Regrets (what are we?)

People ask me if I miss anything or if I regret letting go of 90 percent of my stuff.

No. I miss nothing. I regret nothing.

If I did, I'd write about it. Instead, I'm finding more can go. So far today, it's a duster, 8 CD's, a glass baking dish and a Rubbermaid container with lid. All things I originally wanted to keep but now, I'm happy to see go.

During this entire process I never put pressure on myself, I played by my own rules and I didn't get rid of something that I didn't want to let go of.

Also, I was ready.

All of those things, plus more, exploded into a new life. Which, I'll save for another post. Because it's time to crank the Halloween music and get a room ready to paint.

But before I go ....

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

No Wires. All Fun!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pick a Room - ANY Room

Today, I'm roasting seconds. They're tomatoes (or any produce), not good enough to sit on the table at the Farmer's Market. Often shunned to the ground, marked LOW (depending on the vendor).

They're bruised and dinked but make the BEST roasted tomato sauce in the history of ever. Bag bigger than me, 6 bucks.

In other news, I'm fixin' to kick it into high gear this week. Maybe even start painting. I don't care which room.

Pick a room, any room.

PS: I sent these texts to Tim. Right before I made the first one his profile picture on my phone. So fun!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Holy Ding Dong

Back in May, we sold our guitars (that we no longer wanted), for 200 smackers and last week, our phones were on sale for $80 each. When we couldn't get the phones ordered online (to save $50 in activation fees), I went to the store and asked if they would waive the fees and they said, "YES". When we were done paying for everything, they tossed in two free cases.

Holy ding dong. What a deal.

In other news, we're outside, both wearing big hoodies (burr). Tim's writing and I'm playing online. Soon to enjoy another bagel. Speaking of which, here's a text I sent earlier to my friends and family.

PS: My phone came with a pen. So. Much. Fun.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Guess Who?

It's nearly 4 and I'm still in my jams. Been playing with my new phone all morning and I haven't gotten ANYTHING done. Unless you include downloading Bryan Adams and Halloween music to my new phone. Plus, making a homemade chocolate bar - which I may or may not have already eaten half.

Yesterday, I donated another BIG BOX of stuff and last Friday a trunk-load along with some in the back seat. I'm past the 90 percent mark and still ...


That's all from me. Have a groovy weekend and boogie boogie.

PS: Answer: Eggplant/Aubergine.
PPS: Guess Who?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Wednesday Update (what am I?)

Today, I peeled paint and wallpaper off the walls, baked an apple crumble, scrubbed the crappers and prepped tomorrow's breakfast. Only, not in that order.

This past weekend, I removed the much taller than me, bathroom cabinet. See the second photo for the footprint (taken after removal). Those little flowers came with the trailer. I hate those flowers. They were every flippin' where.

They gotta go.

And lastly, the first photo was from today's lunch. Tell us what is and win homemade flatbread and a pair of orange clogs.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TEST BATCH (what am I?)

It's Wednesday night here at The Manor. I just pulled something out of the oven. Here's what it looked like right before that. Tell us what this is and win three earlobes and a foot.

PS: Tomorrow I demo the bathroom cabinet.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Farmer's Market (organic heirloom goodies)

I'm hanging outside, under the shade of several big black walnut trees, which believe me, comes in handy when living in a tin box.

Once my break is done, I'll continue filling the trunk with another round of goodies for the thrift store. I just don't need these items.

They can GO!

In contrast to things leaving, here's our weekend haul from the Farmer's Market. Most of which, is already processed or gobbled up.


Thursday, August 25, 2016


I was gonna head to Erie (30 minutes north), but with the morning rain, I decided to stay local. Now I'm about to remove all my cookery/bake stuff from under the sink so that the area can fully dry (from the leak).

Meanwhile, I've got Bryan Adams cranked and I'm wearing my Halloween shirt. You know why? Because I love Halloween and the only shirts I have left are the ones that I love to wear, year-round.

In other news, I'm making homemade peanut butter. Well, not me, the food processor is doing all the work, but I helped.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mother Clunker

Today, I skipped working on house stuff and made onion crackers and plain bagels. Cracker photos to come. Tomorrow, I'm on the hunt for bath towels and veggies then Friday, it's back to house stuff.

First on the list is the leak under the kitchen sink. It's time to get that mother clunker, fixed. After that, it's pick a project, any project. We have many to choose from.

But for today, I had a nice break. And now, I'm gonna kick back, read a few blogs and sip some hot tea.

Thanks for reading and boogie boogie.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Puffy & Hungover

Even with the stained doors dried, I still woke with a puffy eyes, rashy face, and slightly hungover.

But in better news ...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blueberry Breeze

We have the air off and the windows OPEN with a breeze blowing through. The oven has been on once (made more jalapeno crackers for breakfast), and soon blueberry hand-pies. I love blueberries but I've never made blueberry pie.

That changes, today.

You know what else? I wrote a lot before, formulas/bakes/recipes. But now ... with 90 percent of my stuff gone, I write MORE.  I don't have to move my piles of paper from one spot to another. Instead, I get to work.

How flippin' cool is that?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

When I Say We, I Mean Tim

It's Saturday night and our butts are parked at Barnes. At home, tonight's supper is prepped and ready. And earlier today, after the Farmer's Market, I wrote and baked draft 1 of the bestest ever, jalapeno crackers.

In other news, here are the newly-stained bedroom closet doors, first coat. Not to be confused with the closet from the Lemon Tart Room. That closet ain't EVER coming back. Anyway, here's what we did today.

And when I say we, I mean Tim.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ding Dong

I love that it's before noon and I'm done with all my writing, plus my chores, plus my exercise.

Having less stuff, best thing ever!

Guess what else? I donated my writing desk that used to be in the bedroom. Yeppers, it's gone. I stopped writing in there about 4-6 months ago. We have zero need for the desk elsewhere so last Saturday we dropped it off. Best part, I haven't missed it. Not one ding dong bit.

And now, I'm gonna go make Tim a batch of surprise vanilla pizzelles, because he is the best honey bunny in the history of ever.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bat Crap Crazy

These counters are pink. Been here since the last owner. She put pink everywhere. Even the wallpaper had little pink roses, most of which we've long since painted over. I enjoy pink but not at the bat crap crazy level.

We have a few options. Ignore the counters (tried that, not a fan), paint them, replace them or make our own.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Who Wants Pizza ????

I've got pizzas started and Tim is turning the Lemon Tart Room (movie room/living room), into Halloween Town. Last I saw him, he was stringing orange lights way up high.

I love that man.

Anyway, if you're hungry, we have two kinds of pizza. You know what? Before I met Tim, I hated pizza. Never ate it. But now that I make my own, I love it.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Today's Farmer's Market haul for 20 dollars.
Bug not included.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Question: Silly Socks

When was the last time you ran down the hall and slid in your socks? For me, it was yesterday and then the day before that, and if I'm really, really honest, the day before that as well.

If we rip up the carpet and fix the damaged floors, put down dog-friendly laminate, then I'll be able to slide from one end of the trailer to the other without running into anything.

Friday Question: When was the last time you ran down the hall and slid in your socks? Or something just as silly and fun?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

No Thank You

Here's what we saw this week.  It is poorly constructed with cheap materials and way, way, way over-priced.  They want 44 thousand dollars for it.  No thank you.

In other news ...

I demoed my first closet, EVER!  Truth is, I don't know what I'm doing but who cares.  I learn as I go.  And with any luck, by the time I finish demoing our trailer, I'll get to keep all my front teeth.

That is the dream, you know.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Who Needs Storage? (not us)

Just when I thought it was safe to put down the hammer, we decided to demo the closet in the movie room. We don't need the storage (which I love), but we will use the open flex space (which I also love). Then we'll repaint/touch up the Lemon Tart Room, keeping the bright yellow.

But not today. Today, we're off to Apple Castle for transparents, early gold apples and other heirloom yumminess.

That's all from me. Have a yummy day!

Friday, August 05, 2016

FQ: WHAT AM I ????

I haven't gotten anything done today. But you know what? I'm okay with that. Once I get my butt in gear, I'll head to the market. But before I do, tell us what this is and win three dehydrated earlobs and a locket.

PS: As of Tuesday Tim's student loan is PAID OFF!
PPS: Up next, fixing the walls, and paint.
PPPS: I'm really not getting ANYTHING done today.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Mirror Mirror (you can suck it)

This wall was tricky for me because the mirror was glued on with magic glue. That stuff did not want to release.  Then at one point, I pulled back with the butt of the screwdriver and bam, right into my schnoz.  I was this close to smashing my front teeth. THIS close, I say. But in the end, I got the flippin' mirror down.

Suck on that, mirror. Suck on that.