Snow! And a Tree Through the Roof.

We got almost ten inches of the fluffy white stuff here last night and today.  Only it wasn’t fluffy.  It was very, very wet and heavy.  Liv was not happy.  This is adding onto the school year for us.  But it also caused this:

Good grief.  I hope you never have a tree fall through your roof.  This is NOT how I wanted to spend my snow day!  But it could have been much, MUCH worse.  I am very thankful that it didn’t do any more damage than it did.  At least what we know right now.  We will have to wait for this snow to melt to be sure of all of the damage.

What we know for sure is that our brand new seamless gutters are toast.

Doesn’t he look awesome in a hard hat?  Safety first people!

And that one of the tree limbs came through the back part of the roof and attic; actually came through my kitchen wall.  Our house is sort of a split level.  They built the house on a sloping lot, so the second story is ground level in the back, but the entire downstairs is completely level in the front.  It sounds very strange, I know.

Trying to see how much damage…..


Yep, you can see outside from inside my kitchen right now.

My poor patio set.  By the way.  That’s not the ground you see.  It’s all the debris from the downed tree strewn all about on top of the snow.  The tree is off of the roof though, and the hole is temporarily fixed.  The claims adjuster will be here next week to assess the damage for our insurance.  So, seven or so hours later, we are all well.

But it looks so, so pretty! 

My poor daffodils.

It’ll be gone soon!!  How was your snow day?   I sincerely hope a tree didn’t fall on your house!  It’s not a great way to spend your day.  And it’s STILL snowing!

Instagram Goodness. 03.12.18

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More signs of spring!! #spring #springtime

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Garbage and consequences. That’s what I’m talking about #ontheblog today.

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Almost! #springisalmosthere #daffodils #easterlily

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Yes? May I help you in some way? ~ Cali #Cali #CaliCat #catsofinstagram #catstagram

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The car this morning. Its March! #march #snow #itwillbespringsoon

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Batman. He’s always up for a photo. #batman #catsofinstagram

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So true! Hayden and I test this every day. #chinese #fortune #fortunecookie

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FREE Tip: Essential Oils in the Bathroom

This is an easy way to freshen your bathroom every time someone needs the loo.

Drop five to ten drops of your favorite essential oils into the cardboard tube of toilet paper.

Every time someone rolls off some TP, your bathroom will be scented with the refreshing scent of  – in my case Limes.

Everyone who visits your bathroom will thank you!

Why Can’t I Throw Away Garbage?

I have been on my decluttering journey for over three years now.  You would think that I have this down to a science.  But I still find myself agonizing over the stupidest things.  Things you shouldn’t agonize over.  Things that are obvious trash and need to go into the garbage. Things that cannot be donated to go live a more wonderful life with someone else.  Because they are trash.  Things like this:

That my friends, is a Princess House, 2 quart, made in France, pot.  I loved this pot.  It served me very, very well for years now.   And I will miss it because it did exactly what it was supposed to do superbly.

Earlier this week, I noticed that it had a crack on the outside.  Not a very big crack, but I knew that I couldn’t use it again.  I wouldn’t take the chance that it would explode and kill someone.  It could happen.  Maybe.  Probably not but I wasn’t taking a chance.  But, I didn’t put it in the garbage either.

I warned all of the family not to use it.  “Hey, that middle pot has a crack in the side of it.  Don’t use it because it could explode and kill you”.   But I still didn’t put it in the garbage.  Why?!?

Is it because I have the whole set?  Now it won’t be a complete set?  I don’t think so.  I have other things that I know aren’t a complete set and it doesn’t keep me up at night.

Is it because they cost the earth?  Nope, because you know me!  I didn’t pay the earth for them and it didn’t bother me one whit to use and enjoy them since they only cost me $12.00 for ALL of them.

I seriously think it’s because I truly have a difficult time throwing things in the garbage.  Not garbage garbage.  Used tissues.  Bags that have had meat marinating in them.  Things like that go straight into the garbage bin.

But, you knew there was a but, right?  I have a very difficult time throwing things away that I have convinced myself that might have another useful purpose to someone.

Recycle is one thing.  I have absolutely no problem every day putting things into the recycle.  That milk jug is going to recycle heaven to be repurposed into lawn furniture or a piece of playground equipment.  That cardboard box from our beloved Coke is going to become a cereal box, or writing paper.  Hundreds of times a day I toss stuff into the recycle bin and never bat an eye.  That might possibly be an exaggeration.

Anywho, I have come to the conclusion that I just have to buckle down and get over myself.  Some things cannot be recycled.  (Ceramic and heat treated cookware are just a few of them.  They can ruin an entire batch of recycled glass because they don’t melt at the same rate as container glass – I checked!)  And they are garbage.  Therefore they need to go into the trash.    Like my well loved and well used Princess House pot, since when I picked it up to move it to get to another pot that didn’t have a crack in the side, it broke and sliced my finger almost off.  That too might possibly be a slight exaggeration.  It was really deep and did bleed for a couple of hours though, and aren’t you glad I didn’t show you that?

Do you suffer from these dilemma’s too?  Do you want to own a lovely set of Princess House pot’s?  Here is a link where you can still buy them.  I will caution you that they do cost the earth, but if you are looking to invest in beautiful and functional pots and pans I love these.  Just make sure they don’t have cracks in them before you pick them up.

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Instagram Goodness. 02.20.18

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FREE Tip: Boots ~ Keeping the Form

All of the boots at our house looked like this:

To keep them from looking like sad, collapsed heaps, and to help them keep their form, stick a wine bottle (or a whisky bottle) into them!

Easy peasy, and your boots will thank you by not getting creases in the leather in odd places.  It’s also a great way to recycle those bottles.

Here is the link to the Harley Davidson boots above.  They are Liv’s and she LOVES them.

If your boot wearer has tiny feet like Liv, just turn the bottles upside down – like above – and they will fit into even really small boots.

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Almost done! #firepit #almostdone #lovelovelove

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Roses are beautiful, but carnations are my favorite. #carnations #myfavorite #flowers

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Winter has its own beauty. #winter #beauty #treesarethebomb #instanature

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A Place for Everything. The Shred Pile.

It’s that time of year isn’t it?  Everywhere I look someone is talking about how to organize and clean, or purge things.  Which I love.  But, sometimes things can be a little or a lot vague.

As we all know, I need a plan to follow or nothing is going to be accomplished.  I can say all day long, I need to organize all those papers……  Unless I have a direction and a objective for getting those papers organized, I might as well just leave them sitting in the pile.

So!  I thought I’d share one of my practices that keep me from being buried alive by all of the paperwork that comes into our house.

I have a large filing cabinet that I keep in my living room.  It looks like a piece of furniture and I love it.  It boggles my Mama’s mind.  She says I’m just like my Papaw Calvin.  One of the many, many reasons I loved that man.  He was a keeper and a filer like me.  That’s where anything that I need to keep ends up.  Tax paperwork, school records, the last years bills that I still get in paper form, things like that.

Someone very close to me told me that they don’t keep their month to month bills.  They look at the amount, pay the bill and throw the paperwork away.  That gives me heart palpitations.  What if your next bill comes and it’s wrong!  What if you need to call and give the people in Whoville a piece of your mind because they overcharged you for whatzits that month?!?  These are the things that can keep me up at night.  I’ll keep my monthly bills for a year thank you very much.

Eventually those things go into the shred pile.  Especially if it has an account number on it.  I can’t imagine why someone would want my water bill with the account number, but still.

Also, I don’t throw anything away with our name and address on it.  I can only imagine some crazed mail stealer waiting for me to throw away a piece of mail with our name and address on it so they can use it for nefarious purposes.  Denton constantly reminds me that our name and address is listed in the local phone book.  I don’t care.  I’m not taking any chances.  Anything with our name and address, anything with an account number, all of those things go into the shred pile.

My shred pile used to overwhelm me.  I had a beautiful piece of furniture to store all of my records in, but the shred pile just sat and stared at me from across the room.  Who has time to shred things all day long?  Not me.  So I put them into a pile to accumulate and I would shred all of them at once.  Usually every couple of months.  Sigh…..  I decided to do something about it.

My shred pile used to sit in that beautiful tray that now houses our air purifier.  And it would grow and grow and become the equivalent of Mt. Everest in papers that needed to be disposed of. So I put them into a container.  Once the container is full, I need to take care of it.  It is also hidden to the left of the filing cabinet.  It’s still very handy to shove all of the papers into, but out of direct site lines of the general public in my house.

See? You don’t even notice my pile o’ papers, do you?

Do you have a shred pile at your house too, or do you just chunk yours in the garbage like Denton does when I’m not looking?