Home Decor, Organize It!

Organize It! The Front Porch

While February usually brings deep snows and frigid temperatures to Ohio, this year we have been enjoying a stretch of unusually warm weather. February and March were to be my months for organizing my dressing room and pairing down my wardrobe. But with temperatures climbing into the 50s, 60s and even reaching a 70° day,… Continue reading Organize It! The Front Porch

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Miscellaneous Stuff

Lifelong Learning and the Daily Commute

Americans spend an enormous number of hours in their cars. I don't particularly like to drive. No, let me rephrase that. I HATE to drive. When I was working, I spent just about an hour a day driving the 14 miles to and from my job. It took me about 25 minutes or so each… Continue reading Lifelong Learning and the Daily Commute

Happy Holidays, Miscellaneous Stuff

December 26th: My Favorite Holiday

No, I'm not celebrating Boxing Day or Kwanza. I've been planning for and celebrating Christmas since Black Friday. My daughter cooked a delicious Christmas dinner and we had a family gift exchange. Christmas is a big deal in our family. Like most families. But December 26 still remains my favorite holiday. Or really, it's the… Continue reading December 26th: My Favorite Holiday

Retirement

Retirement: My One Year Anniversary

One year ago tomorrow I quit my job as Public Relations and Marketing Director of a fine arts center. I wasn't old enough to retire. I didn't start collecting a pension or Social Security. I wasn't old enough to tap my retirement fund. My job was neither hard nor horrible and in many ways it… Continue reading Retirement: My One Year Anniversary

Travel and Day Trips

My Summer in September Bucket List

It's the first week of September. Kids are back in school. Store shelves are filled with Halloween decor and mums are beginning to bloom.But it's still in the 80's, the calendar says it's summer until September 22, and "gosh darn it! I'm not ready to let go of the season!"  So how can we shake… Continue reading My Summer in September Bucket List

Home Decor

The Dressing Room: Making a Staycation-Vacation Retreat at Home

One of the reasons I love a vacation house is because it doesn't have a lot of clutter. When I decided to create my own "staycation-vacation retreat" and remake my home into something that feels more vacation-home-like, I knew I would have one huge challenge. To live in clutter-free spaces, I must face the problem of organizing and storing all of the… Continue reading The Dressing Room: Making a Staycation-Vacation Retreat at Home