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November 29, 2010

MaJe’s paintings are up

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And as soon as I find the camera from the memorial service, I will post pics. But… we managed to get 20 of MaJe’s paintings hung. And it does not look crowded.


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November 26, 2010

Boxed up discussions

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So I was talking to someone else who is moving into a tiny studio apartment (in assisted living). I explained our system to him and somewhat codified it. Note that we were not *quite* this intense about it, but we had several months where he has only a month:

For stuff:
Get four boxes and color code them. (You can have colored stickies, markers, whatever, but MARK the boxes so you don’t get them mixed up).

Mark these boxes:
1) Essential stuff. This is stuff you use every day and every week and if you did not have it, you would be FORCED to buy it again because you can not live without it. (toothbrush, hair brush, a FEW cups, etc.)

2) Stuff I love. This is stuff you can not replace, that you would grab first in a fire, that has a story precious to you (Your paternal grandfather’s wedding cups)

3) Stuff someone else I know would love. It is much easier to pare down if you can imagine your friend enjoying this (Jan our cooking friend would love our spring-loaded cheesecake pan).

4) Donate. It is much easier to pare down if you are giving to a good cause. We set aside books for jails, etc.

Then go to a wall in your house. The rule of the game is: Everything on that wall must go into one of the four boxes. Essentials should be put in a special corner of the house so you can find what you need while you are living there.
Stuff I love should be then divided into storage or take with.
Get some help to do the give away boxes and get those out as soon as possible.

You can thus SEE your progress as you go from one end of the house to the other.

Do the same thing only with three boxes:
To file
To shred

November 9, 2010

Winter bowl gardens

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These are easy to do
1) Get a few quality bulbs (you can still get some now at garden shops). The easiest are paperwhites, followed by daffodils, and then hyacinths. I have done tulips and crocuses, but these have a HIGH failure rate.
2) Put some colored stones or gravel or even fish rocks in a bowl.
3) Put some water in the bowl and put the bulbs in so that the bottom of the bulb –but no more—touches the water.
4) Put this in the fridge for at least 3 days and no more than a month.
5) Put this in a sunny window. You can check the water level every other day or so—but it is just fun to look every single day and measure the progress. The bulb becomes your child and you just giggle over the tiniest root—and ohh look it just sprouted green from the top and ohhh isn’t it cuuuuuute. Then your little kid actually flowers in a couple of months and it is just like graduating from high school—you are so proud.

I actually do “serial bowls”—prepare about 4 bowls at once and then take one out each Sunday. Then I have flowers for a couple of months.

I did an autumn crocus this year and it was incredibly lovely. I wanted MaJe to see it with her own bodily eyes, but I know she savoured it in spirit.

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