“The full morning moon is a wonder, made even more so by the ordinary and regular things that live beneath it. I have to remind myself to sometime stop look at life with a wider angle. It all counts. It is all part of our formation – the light, the dark, and all the dim space in between” Emily P Freeman
Time to stop and take a look at what I’ve done and found and enjoyed and been inspired by in the month/s just past.
A way of
- saying thank you
- showing gratitude
- receiving my own right now life
- paying homage to the small and simple and everyday and ordinary because they are my kind of things. They talk soft and quiet and sometimes you have to press your ear in close to hear what they have to say.
Mostly it reminds me that this is a good life full of good things freely given and no amount of the hard “being a person” stuff changes that.
September is a favourite of mine. My boy was born in September and the weather is always something else. Its when the light starts to change. The cold not quite done with us yet but there’s a whiff of summer in the air most days. It’s when we can still pretend the year will stay right where it is and not be in such a hurry to reach its end. The calm before the proverbial storm. But then October arrives and scares the heck out of me with its reminders that Christmas is just around the corner and the years about got away and what have I done and how shall I account for myself. It seems early but its when that sense of overwhelm can set in.
So I’m gonna go ahead and call this the anti stress edition of What I Found and share some good things I’ve happened upon that might help if your feeling the craziness creep up on you already.
But first to a few finds and a couple of projects and a random thought or two.
Short, sweet and breathtaking
and in particular Episode 5
If you have ever wondered if anything you do is worth its salt or felt scared to do what you truly want to do well this episode will do some good.
Click on the links above or download from iTunes.
2. The WordPress App
You know how I have this little online space called a blog. Well these days I’m hard pressed since 1. I’ve been working and 2. Olivia downloaded her Sims game on my computer to edge her out for five minutes to work on a post. I resorted to my iPad for a bit which proved slow work and then somehow the heavens opened and I came across the WordPress App. Of course anyone else who blogs has been using it for donkeys years.
So I downloaded it on my phone and bingo I can now write in my lunch hour and at baseball practice and in bed and I can upload pics straight from my phone onto a post. So much easier than from the computer.
So I feel suddenly all up to the minute which of course I’m not as I still can’t work out how to do a basic Insta story and a million other technical things.
The moral though – find a short cut. If its important to you and it’s not working the way it was, look for a new way, seasons change and as much as I resist it at times we have to adjust right a long with them.
I’ll read anything that gives me ideas for keeping the clutter going out and the clear open space coming in and I like this lady’s relaxed and easy writing style.
A lot of tips she mentions in this post I do in one form or another but heres a couple that were new for me and have worked well.
- Empty it – sometimes looking in a drawer or a cupboard and trying to work out what should go and what should stay can be overwhelming so I jumped at this idea. Completely emptied the cupboard under my sink and the cupboard with all the plastic containers in. I took everything out and have just started bringing things back in as I need them. Now it means I have a large stand up garbage bag full of “stuff” which is the politest word for it, standing in my bedroom but it avoids the intense decision making process and what doesn’t get retrieved from this bag will go. The other one we have tried is
- Saying good bye and thanking things for there service – yes sounds all nuts I know but his has worked really well for Olivia letting go of some toys and dolls that she knew she no longer played with but still felt a bit attached to. She fixed their hair and clothes up nice, had a chat with them, kissed them goodbye and away they went. Some stuffed toys got the same treatment. Sounds heartbreaking I know but previous to this they had been shoved under her bed, or in boxes, dolls with arms missing and legs askew. Better they go where they are enjoyed and played with.
- One in and two out – I’m trying this one out at the moment. Simple idea and a very a good one given my tendency to find things by the road and bring them home – ahem see below. There is constantly a bag of things leaving my house so I thing all in all there is far more going out than coming in.
4. Just One Thing
This is an idea that has been saving my life of late. It fits into the small change, big difference category. You will know yourself that on any given day there might be forty possible things you could do in the time you have available. Thats where my problem sets in. I get caught in the headlights. So much to do, a small amount of available time, I get in a fluster and end up getting nothing done or five things half done and theres no satisfaction in that. Usually while I’m at work I’ve now started writing down one thing (one only) that I want to get done when I’m home. It might only be as minuscule as “fold a basket of washing” or or “clean top shelf of fridge” or it might be something more fun like “hang picture” or “paint table”. So far its worked well. It bypasses the stress and getting one thing done is better that three things on a list not done.
5. By The Road
Yes found a few items discarded by the road once again that I couldn’t help but bring home. All before pics no afters as I haven’t done a thing with them yet – kinda liking them the way they are.
The white cupboard is going on eBay. I had my eye out for an old cupboard for the laundry that I can put a laundry sink into. I thought this one would fit right along my laundry wall and do the job but its a tad too long. Thats where a measuring tape kept in the car comes in real handy when roadside shopping. She’s a beauty but too big for my house so hopefully someone else will love her. The tin truck I might paint or put a trio of plants in – undecided.
6. Finally Ive kept the best find till last – found not beside the road but literally just down the road from here.
A sweet ol caravan.
I’m a little beside myself because 1. it’s like having a little mini house to decorate and 2. I’ve wanted a caravan for sooo long it feels an incredible blessing and an answer to a silent prayer I have been praying all year to finally have one and be planning some adventuring and memory making in it.
We only had a small budget which meant we were looking around for something oldish but in good original condition. Somthing ready for adventuring as is but that we could pretty up a bit as well. My words not Kens.
It fits under our carport (just) so with our small house were feeling like we’ve put on an extension. I can hide out in there and write and I’ve found Olivia in there reading. It’s the spare bedroom we’ve never had. So now that the guest wing is up and in action if you need a cozy place to stay just holler.
Regards the prettying up that will take some time but I did do a quick round of the thrift stores to find a few bits and bobs to go inside. Found these green cushions, some blue cups, two striped fold up chairs (almost impaled myself on one as the arms are quite pointy so will have to be careful there) and blue fabric which I might make into cushions. Most items $2 and nothing over $5.
I think there’s a blue and green theme developing. So I did have to buy this cushion because it looked like it was made for my caravan. Everything else so far has come from the house or from our camping supplies.
As none of these items have actually come into the house I’m thinking they don’t count in the one in two out rule.
In case I haven’t mentioned it a hundred times before I love to have a project on the go. It does my home good for sure but it does my soul even more good. I’ts time out, its simple creativity, its peace for a brain that works overtime somedays. Anyone else have once of those?
Found loitering in my hallway. Around here anything the kids don’t want they completely disown by shoving it out into hallway. This one sat in the hallway for a month before I decided to paint it and put it to good use. A quick fix that I wasn’t too fussy about getting perfect. Blends in with the wall which was the idea and covers a lot of cords and a big ugly power point. I haven’t put much on it which is how I like it.
Oval Dining Table
This one a little more involved than my usual slap a quick coat of paint on it. You may have seen this oval table turn up in a few of my pictures. It came from my mums place when she downsized and I was going to leave it as it was since it was a nice honey colour. Olivia though left a huge batch of slime that she’d made with white glue and Borax on the table. Well that slime took the finish right off so there was nothing else for it but to redo the top.
I’ve long admired this table from the inspired room.
So I was going for that sort of look. It involved some serious sanding back, far more than I would ever normally choose to do, a lot of blue painters tape, measuring and then measuring again, white low sheen paint, wood stain and clear varnish.
There were tears. I’m usually pretty relaxed about how things turn out but I wanted this one right. Ken being the expert painter decided he’d give the whole top a final coat of clear varnish which was a lovely idea except somehow we ended up with light brown streaks through the white. Felled at the final hurdle. So I dragged it back outside and rubbed back the clear varnish off of the white stripes and gave them another coat of white. I realised the finish I wanted was the white stripes to have a matte finish (ie no varnish) and the wood part shiny so turned out for the best in the end after said cry.
Heres how she progressed.
So now those reads if your finding yourself getting the pre holiday jitters like me.
- How To Plan Your Holiday Calendar
- Four Veteran Mom Moves For Dealing With Stress and Overwhelm
- How to Receive Your Own Summer Life with Less Envy and More Gratitude
Friends thank you for being here. I hope you’ve found a little inspiration, enjoyment and calm among these words of mine.
Any finds your way? I’d love to hear.