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Friday: From Chaos to Calm

3 Jan

“Life is nothing without a little chaos to make it interesting.”
― Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Demon in My View
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The holidays can be bitter-sweet. I loved the preparation, decorating, baking, cooking, and anticipation this year. The kids were coming to visit. I was over the moon with excitement. We spent days just sprawled around the TV, eating snacks, watching movies and watching massive quantities of football. Just like the old days. I was in heaven.

My tidy, organized little house was now piled high with shoes, coats, bags, boxes, suitcases and blankets. The counters were crammed with crackers, cookies, fruit, veggies, and clutter. The fridge was so packed that the pecan pie tried to fly out every time I opened the door. It was wonderful!!!

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I smiled every time I saw all the shoes strewn about. I missed the mess that comes with family and kids running around, even big kids.

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The kids are gone, the house is quiet, and the chaos is now cold and calm. I DONT LIKE IT!!! Who’s going to eat all this food?

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Tuesday Tips from Toni

3 Apr

My only tip for today is simple. If you insist on being neat and tidy, don’t let it rule your life. I like to find a happy medium. When I finally find the time and energy to clean or straighten up a room, (which is quite rare) I take a photo of the room after it is all neat and pristine. Then, I print it out, pin it up, and refer back to it for a couple years, to remind me how it once looked.

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.
François Fénelon ·

My craft room, which is lovingly called my “crap room” by one and all, is always my biggest challenge. I am a self-confessed craft-a-holic, refusing to attend meetings or join a support group. I don’t throw anything out and I collect things that would make the TV show “Hoarders” blush with envy. But, I just spent a couple weeks straightening up afore mentioned craft room and took before and after pictures. Hope this will hold me for a couple more years, because I need to get painting and crafting. Messy-mess, here we come.

Before…

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And after… Won’t be seeing it like this for much longer…

“You must carry a chaos inside you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Nietzsche
I always carry chaos inside! It’s a good thing! Give it a try.

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