Contractor came and poured the footers before it starts getting too cold and the weather doesn’t want to cooperate. Here is my horrible word drawing of what he did:
I know, you’re impressed with my skills. Now to wait a few weeks until the inspector comes out and gives us the “ok”. Ahh patience, it was never one of my strong suits.
Finally, a real comment. Thank you, Bethany.
I haven’t been much of a minimalist lately. With Halloween around the corner and a young daughter, I felt the urge to decorate. There’s this need in me to create traditions, and I’ve always appreciated that my mother would take a bin from the basement at each holiday and decorate the house. Is it necessary? No – but I enjoy it, so decorate I will. I’ve done most of the inside decorations and hopefully in the next week or two we will start on the outside.
Back to simplifying and organizing: I have made some leaps and bounds in the last few weeks. I finally have a clothes system for G. All of her baby clothes have been sorted by size and put into plastic bins to keep in the basement and now I have a designated container in her closet for everything she outgrows so it’s easy to access and doesn’t end up like the mess I had to deal with before! It only took 2 years, but hey – baby steps.
I love to read, but I’m lazy and I’m cheap. So far paperbackswap.com is going really well. I will give you more a review once I’ve used it for more than a week. In the meantime maybe you want to check it out!
Could you do it? I’m not sure I’m ready for something that tiny. At 10×10 our kitchen is already quite petite and not sure how much smaller I could go. I do like the green!
I like writing about finances, tiny homes, minimalism and whatever other ideas pop into my head but I have been continually frustrated with spamming comments. The real comments are exciting but those have been few and far between. I’m not sure if anyone is even reading my blog at this point so I thought it might be fun to do a give away soon to check who’s out there. Maybe a book or something “small” since my whole focus is to pare down my life (and I might as well pass something useful on to someone else).
T listens to NPR everyday. This week has been all about tiny homes and he decided to share this fact with me at 10:30pm last night as I was drifting away to sleepyland. Now that I’m awake and focused I decided to get down to business and find an npr tiny home link to share with you!
Check it out and let me know what you think? How cool that that people are coming to the realization that smaller might be better and less is more?!
Multiple buttons no longer lit up (I blame baby drool), one no longer even “clicked”, none of my alarm apps wanted to work anymore (sound went “bye bye”), but worst of all the camera stopped working. As a mom of a 21 month old, not taking photos is a deal breaker. It seems like my daughter changes so much day to day that I wanted to be able to capture a few of those moments.
I know, I know, use a regular camera. I was never organized to keep it with me, it really wasnt all that user friendly, and I hate having something else on me at all times. I don’t want to have a purse that weighs 25 lbs. Not my idea of a good time.
So now I have a samsung galaxy s3. Yes, a completely frivolous purchase that I’ve rationalized in my head as a need. My father works for a phone company so we get a ridiculously low rate on service (again, I rationalize my want). Now to drop the debit card and get back on the straight and narrow. Maybe we’ll make back some of the money at this weekends garage sale. Wish me luck.
Lately I find her most amused by a small wooden train (“choo choo”) with wheels, a reusable vinyl sticker set from melissa and greg we bought off amazon, a magnadoodle, and a box of crayons and a dollar store coloring book. Total cost of these items is probably $35. And the other zillions of toys she doesn’t use? Don’t even get me started. We’ve received most as gifts or purchased on craigslist or amazon at lower prices, but it still irks me that there’s so much waste. Part of me wants to unload it all but the other part of me knows there might be a baby in the future and wouldn’t it make more sense to hold onto some things? Ah, the dilemma of a minimalist. It’s easy to part with your own things but when it comes to your children it makes decluttering so much harder!