Friday, November 7, 2014

The FINAL leaf bag count is in.

75 paper bags and four large plastic bins!

Anyone check my math?...only 67 bags...either way it's too many.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The past may determine my future

I came across this stock photo at work yesterday.
Maybe all those cardboard boxes and forts in the woods could explain who I am today?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 58- On the shelf

Boxes of raisins waiting to be selected over a handful of chocolate chips.
I ate one.
I was too busy raking bags of leaves to downsize this weekend.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leaf whiner

With just the two of us, I was excited to order the smallest garbage bins.
The green one on the left is large and the other two on the right are the small size.
They are not even half full on pick-up day.

But as the leaves begin to fall and we have our beginning tally of 17 bags, the large bin will never, ever, ever be enough. 55 more bags to tie last year.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


See this house?
It is a small stucco house that backs up to a golf course.
It is still for sale and I will tell you why, by showing you excerpts from the truth and housing report.

It could be the simple fact that:
Or the common problem of:
Who needs fresh air anyway?

O.K, this is the deal breaker.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When I thrive.

This video from the site, inspires me to live simple, reduce waste and to spend more time outside.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 57- Concrete plans for the future

I previously bought these 27 12x12 pavers to help my dog climb our steps.

At 5:15 Sunday evening, those cement pavers sat in the corner of our backyard. The whole summer I have searched for utilitarian uses for those hunks of cement. I marched out and took this photo, then listed them on the "free" Craigslist as the sun was setting hoping that someone had a plan. 
Darkness settled in as lights came around the corner to fulfill their destiny.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Do you think the car has to take off it's wheels before entering the garage?

Dear architect, please build me a small house with an exterior that has two-toned lime green panels mixed with wood siding. Let's make the house roof flat and the garage would angle in opposite directions with a checkered opaque garage door.
lime green house

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Michael Jackson would need a small house for EACH of his purchases

How interesting to watch Micheal Jackson (RIP) who had unlimited money, go shopping.
When the companion asked if he had room, he replied it would go in another house.
$89,000 for the chess

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 56- between the ferns

Here is one of my favorite houses around Como.
I happened to be driving by this weekend and the owner was bringing out two ferns to the curb.
I asked her if she had plans to leave the house and she replied,"never...but you can have a fern"
So I took one.
stucco tudor house with ivy

Thursday, October 2, 2014

House Hunt Series #8: Rock bottom staging errors

This week in house hunting unearthed a few beauties in St. Paul.

Be leery of panorama shots.

Always expect it to be small.

The "ombre" garage door.

Keep the rock collection in a box.
The no-maintenance lawn.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In the dark

It's October 1st at 4:45 a.m. and I can't see anything. Is my house empty?

No, I see a bent candle,

and the silhouette of my favorite Halloween decoration.

Toss the candles and let the shadows do the heavy lifting for this holiday.

Friday, September 26, 2014

House Hunt Series #7: No garage, no way?

Ten out of ten Minnesotans surveyed said they would never consider a house without a garage.
What about one with a parking spot with a great location (minus the trellis)?
If you can look past the neighbors.
Just focus on the potential flower box transformation.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pull the pumpkin cord

Every Halloween season I debate about donating these foam pumpkins lights.
They take up a lot of storage, have cords everywhere and could only go near an outlet.

To add to the misery, when they are lit, the bright light bulb glares through the open holes.

Then it dawned on me as I looked at my cordless, timed, battery operated candles on the mantle.

I removed the bottom of the pumpkins.

Then I just placed the pumpkin over the battery candle and not only does it flicker and have a warm glow, it is timed and I can put them anywhere I want.

You can thank me when this is the next viral Pinterest post.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yellow cottage with character

A"Pure Honey for Sale" sign welcomes one to this charming cottage that I saw on this blog.

small yellow house with honey sign

The inside seems spacious with few walls separating rooms.

exposed brick in small house

An arched door frame contains the washer and dryer which are conveniently steps from the closet.
washer and dryer in the bedroom

The loft bed calls me to take a leaping jump.
open loft bedroom in small house

Exposed bricks and studs in the kitchen add character. 
large kitchen in small house

The backyard is without fancy landscaping... just some empty pots left by the owner who has much better ways to spend their time than yard work,