may days





Well hello there.  This above photo is the result of a deep clean and organizing blitz I had yesterday afternoon.  I thought I'd take a photo and share it with you.  I love the ritual of changing things seasonally and the deep clean that comes with it.

I've been deeply decluttering my wardrobe also.  That's a whole post in itself because I've been ruthless. I'm fairly certain I'm crazy because while I want to live as simply and beautifully as possible I find myself bringing things into my life that really don't fit or feel right. I must learn from my mistakes because I'd save a ton of gas and energy if I just didn't buy in the first place.  I'm a slow learner, but I am getting there. Saying out loud that you are not going to shop is the absolute perfect way to find "just the right thing you've been looking for your whole life."





The garden was absolutely beautiful this month.  All that rain was so good for it.  Not so great for my allergies tho.





So tell me, what have you been up to?  Have you stuck to your shopping plans?  Have you been spring cleaning?  What are you watching on TV?  Please I must know.  x

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  1. So good to see you post. The pictures are beautiful. I've been deep cleaning, and donating- I don't know how I get the things I do. I've also been gardening, and watching The White Princess/the White Queen" . I've read the books, and it's so refreshing to see strong women portrayed in film.

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  2. Like most of us, you struggle with the day-to-day of clutter. That's what I love about your blog, you're either struggling right where I am, or you've made it past a hurdle and that gives me insight and courage. When I make a purchase, big or small, I have to ask myself, does it take me closer to my goal, or is it just simply different than what I have now. More often than not, it's just different, but that doesn't always stop me from buying it. "Edit edit edit" is still my motto, but a lot of times, I find I'm editing things I only recently purchased.
    Lately, my husband and I have been watching "When Calls the Heart". A total chic thing, but my husband loves it, too. An all-time favorite show for us was "The Time in Between". I do not like subtitles, but we fell in love with this one: Stunning cinematography and characters you'll fall in love with. BBC detective shows are another favorite.

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    1. The Time in Between is fantastic!!

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  3. So glad to see your post...it's spring cleaning time around here too and your pictures are inspiring. My struggle is to get things at just the right level for me - I want to keep treasures and send the rest into the universe.

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  4. Good morning, Janet! Thanks for posting; good to hear from you. Hope you're well.

    I still have a problem with shopping and a need to gather/accumulate. Like most any young (single) woman out there working a job and, if anything, just struggling to make a car payment (and rent), I owned nothing for years except enough outfits for a 5-day work week (to be repeated week after week) and a few basic secondhand pieces of furniture; a broom; camp stools for dining chairs; fruit crates for bookcases...but I'm old now, and I don't need to keep gathering; I have enough; my nest is complete. I'm very aware of it but I have to constantly remind myself also. I have long-stopped going in Goodwill and antique stores...and they were my happy places, so I miss it. I never, ever go to a yard sale now. I never go to the mall. I've learned to stay out of Target and their dollar bins. I can't just look; I still feel deprived if I don't buy something; if I walk out empty-handed, so I have to control my addiction. Shopping has always been my reward; a de-stressor. But, over 40 or so years, it became a bigger stress for money spent/wasted and too much stuff.

    I am still trying to control my online shopping. Any time I read an article or a blog, and something is mentioned about a good book to read (or some such thing), I have to curb the thought: "I should have that; I should read that..." or else I'll want to rush to buy it. The best thing to do is 'move on' to something else...but, if I'm not as strong, I'll load the online cart, leave it, go back to it three or four days later and the majority of the time, I'll then dump the cart because the urge has passed. I already have too many books; I could start my own library.

    I'm trying to limit my computer time, overall, to 30 minutes/day or less. I had a fashion blog I loved to visit (red carpet photos and critiques) but I kept printing out one photo or another of gowns I wanted to remember (scrapbooking it; I love the descriptions of couture design, fabrics, embellishments; how the beautiful clothes are constructed; Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera, Givenchy, Dior, etc.), to where a pile of paper soon stacked up, so that was another habit I had to break.

    I don't have a smart phone/i-phone; I don't leave any phone in my hand; it's not an extension of my hand/arm. I resisted social media; I don't do it. Facebook controls the time of too many people I know.

    I hardly ever watch TV although I like that HBO series called "Divorce" if they'll just ever get to Season 2. Sometimes I watch Globe Trekker on PBS because I miss the travel of my youth. Armchair traveling. I'll watch old movies I've seen before; sort of a comfort thing when I just want to veg out.

    I started subscribing to the 'paper' edition of the newspaper last Fall because I don't want print media to disappear, but the papers seem to pile up unread, so I'm probably going to end the subscription.

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    1. There might be an animal shelter nearby that would love to have the newspapers. Ours is always in need of them.

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    2. Great idea; had completely slipped my mind about the shelter or even the vet's office always needing newspaper for the pens/kennels. I used to take a lot of stuff to the shelters and even the county facility (the 'pound') ... bleach/disinfectants, sponges for cleanup, food of course; blankies (shelters usually have a wish list). Glad this came up because it put them back on my radar. Thanks!

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  5. I am trying to learn the lessons too. It is easier to not buy in the first place than to have to haul it back out to get rid of it. I am working on it everyday. Your posts do help and encourage - thank you!

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  6. I stopped buying/shopping-went cold turkey. Since we are retired, all of our funds go into our account on the same day each month. I make a list during the month and if I still want it on our "payday" then I get it. Amazing how many times I am like nope, not important. Do the same thing with Amazon order rather than seeing it and ordering it. It is VERY liberating to live simply. I am sorry it took me this long to figure it out. I appreciate what I do buy so much more. I know it is a luxury to be able to buy what I want (within reason) but it doesn't mean I have to buy it.

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  7. It lifts my heart to see a post from you Janet xx

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  8. This also carried over to our eating habits. I would cook elaborate meals and bake a lot of desserts mostly as a hobby/habit. We started eating simple meals, have lost weight and it is freeing not to have to think about all of that all of the time

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  9. Hi Janet- it is so wonderful to see a post from you. I love the positive energy you put into deep cleaning and de-cluttering. I am doing my best with my own home but I have a puppy who is quite a handful and taking up a lot of my time. I am still holding strong to my no-shopping rule and have not bought one single thing for myself this year. I actually feel a great aversion to buying anything these days. I want to thank you so much for showing me how elegant and beautiful it can be to live simply.

    I am not watching television but have been visiting my library often. I just started reading "The Lake House" and it is so good and so hard to put down. Nothing seems better these days than sitting on my balcony, sipping ice tea, totally immersed in a great book.

    Happy May days, Janet!!!

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  10. Wish I could say I've been spring cleaning, but alas . . . . . I do have a list, does that count?! Haha. I have done some purging and also a lot of gardening. I'm not putting any annuals in this year, except what I've done in pots. I do have quite a few pots. As for TV, I've been watching Netflix - Dr. Brown and also Dr. Blake Mysteries.

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  11. Oops! Not Dr. Brown! Father Brown.

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  12. We're downsizing so I'm not buying a thing but I appreciate your full disclosure on the whole buying even after making a commitment to not buying. I've done that more than I like to admit. ๐Ÿ˜
    We're watching Agatha Raisin and Father Brown on PBS. And iZombie. Can't wait for Lethal Weapon and Life in Pieces this fall.
    So,
    karen

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  13. Looking forward to your closet purge post! Got any suggestions on jewelry purging and organizing?
    Does anyone? Would love to hear!

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  14. I need some serious help with my closet and look forward to reading a future wardrobe post. I struggle with letting go of things that I no longer wear and seem to attach memories to items I have worn in the past. My closet is overflowing and most spaces in my home seem to have too much stuff.

    I want a neighbor just like you. :)

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  15. I just came back from a visit to my mother's house and was horrified to see how much of a hoarder she has become. She is in her 90's and in her last days. I came home determined to purge, purge, purge as I do not want my kids to have to deal with a lot of "stuff" once I pass over. I started yesterday and am trying to be ruthless, but it is very hard. How much stuff does one person need?

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  16. I admit I haven't stopped shopping. For a couple years I did the huge purge. I never paid a lot of money for accent pieces. I never wanted to worry about if anything got broken or ruined. I have invested in a few projects around our downsized home. Things I can do now while I have a part time job. Invested in landscaping the front for curb appeal, replaced a cheap patio door with quality one. Next on my list is saving for a sleek gas fireplace. More like a gas lightening feature that will add value to our home and our winters! So I am spending but very selectively for things that truly bring lasting pleasure. There are several Instagram pages I follow for books. It's fantastic. These are old books. I can download them from our library for free!!! We're really enjoying Father Brown too! Escape to the Country and The Great British Bake Show are terrific too. I don't think I ever had the amount of clothing a lot of other women have. I should go through my winter things now and edit them again. Thanks for the reminder!

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  17. And this post is exactly why I love The Gardener's Cottage. XO
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  18. Still downsizing my wardrobe. When I brought down the summer things, I was amazed to find 5 pairs of white shorts. What was I thinking! The thinner my closet becomes, the lighter I feel. Finally got the courage to start on the attic. I am finding that taking it apart piece by piece works for me. It is amazing how little we really need, not want, but need. And cleaning up my landscaping has been a surprise joy for me. I have had no interest in it for the past few years, but find myself looking forward to working outside a little every day. This weekend, I had my granddaughter working by my side neatening the landscaping and she loved it. What a great time we had!

    I have a guilty pleasure of watching Hallmark Mystery movies, like the Flower Shop mysteries with Brooke Shields or the Aurora Teagarden mysteries. I've given up on regular TV. There are very few things that I really enjoy on TV these days.

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  19. First time commenting for me but I have enjoyed your blog for quite awhile. Like you, I have done quite a bit of editing of my "things". I was wondering if there has been anything that you regret letting go of. I can only think of one very well made sweater that I think of from time to time, other than that I always donate so it gives me satisfaction knowing that someone else is now enjoying what I once did.

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  20. Please write something about book editing.That is me biggest problem!Efi.

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    1. I'll jump in (is this okay, Janet?), if you mean about culling your book collection. My experience is that books don't sell well (if at all) in your garage sale or yard sale. I do know people who are trying to sell books in the secondhand marketplace of Amazon or on eBay but I understand it takes a lot of patience and buyers are very picky if you don't strictly adhere, say, to Amazon's guidelines on how to describe the condition of a book. Once, years ago, I took an entire trunkload (my car) of books (boxes & boxes; hundreds of books) to a used bookstore and they did individually buy many of my books (they actually took the time to look at each one while I was there; it took HOURS), which are always/usually in a very good condition, giving me about one-fourth of my original purchase (back then, if it was a $20 book, in a like-new condition, the bookstore would give me $5 for it; I don't know if this would be possible in today's world). I have known people in estate situations, when a loved one has died, who call in a book dealer and the dealer will look around at shelves and shelves (bookcases and bookcases, etc.) of books in the home, and offer one price for the lot, without even looking at titles or condition, at least not at any great length (clearly, they go thru them later and price them individually for their own profit...I did that with one book dealer in more recent years [I've inherited a lot of books over the years from family members who passed; I transported the books myself to this guy's warehouse, like seven big boxes of books]...the dealer actually did away with his brick & mortar store and was exclusively pricing and selling used books solely to sell on the internet; this was his new 'business' as an online seller).

      I had some really-old books in pretty-good condition, very vintage-y, and an antique store bought about 20 of those (again giving me one price for the whole of them). If anything, they display well in a cleverly-arranged antique store (as decoration!).

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    2. In the end, mostly what I do is donate, primarily to my local library, who resells them for library needs (Friends of the Library). They hold once-a-month sales for the public, so the books get recycled and it's gratifying to see that people are still wanting to own 'paper' books; people seem to still really value books in the hand, and on their shelves at home. (We have a local service club in our town who hand out paperback dictionaries, almanacs, thesaurus trios to kids in the elementary schools each Fall and the kids go wild over having books all their own, like a prize; maybe for some of them, these are the only 'real' books in the home; after all, paper-bound books are awfully expensive, brand-new, these days.) Also, I have seen many, many people buy books at Goodwill stores more than any other thrift store I've ever been in, so I will donate books to Goodwill that, for instance, might be a not-as-good fit at the library, depending on condition/content, etc. (The library is also glad to get DVDs and CDS to sell, as is Goodwill. Not everybody is 'into' [or can afford] music/movies via a computer/phone setup.) I have also donated books to the Boys & Girls Club (two encyclopedia sets, in fact) and children's books to a women-with-kids shelter (women in crisis) so that the moms have something to read to their little ones. Another thought I've had is to check with the school district to see if they'd be interested in any of the reference books I've had, as long as the books aren't too out of date. Our schools here still have libraries! I think young adult fiction/youth fiction is still needed in the local school libraries. I've heard talk of that! (Again, not everything is on computer...nor should it be, in my opinion.)

      Finally, I have donated a collection of self-help books on grief & coping; caregiving; serious/terminal illness & dying; etc. to my local Hospice to see if they could help any families going through a hard time. Hospice has a few bookshelves for this kind of thing; sometimes they have classes on the subjects, so maybe the books are of use to people and can be handed out right there at the time of the meetings (or so I was told). Anyway, that's a few ideas. Our local hospital (hospital auxiliary) is always looking for donated books and magazines to set out in the hospital lobby to help people pass the time during the wait when someone in their life is having surgery, procedures, etc. Even one of my doctors has a small section of his waiting room designated as a lending library; lots of donated and rotated paperbacks.

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    3. A newer thing is that people around town have those "Little Libraries" they've set up at the curb on a sturdy post; very popular here. They almost look like little roofed birdhouses or an oversized mailbox but they're full of books (wee glass door, with books inside) and I know of one person who seems to be constantly restocking theirs because many a neighbor walks by and picks out a book or two! ("A Little Free Library is a 'take a book, return a book' free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called 'mini-town squares'. Little Free Library is a registered nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. As of November 2016, there are over 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world. If you take a book (or two) from a Library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Little Library full of good choices for the whole neighborhood, the next time you swing by the Library bring a few books to share. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. Many Libraries are outdoors, but yours could be a bookcase in a coffee shop, a wicker basket in an office or a cute wooden box in the lobby of your apartment building.")

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  21. I've missed seeing your posts lately. You are an inspiration!

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  22. Hi Janet! I check ever day and today -Monday- is a good day because you posted!!! Yay! I decluttter daily because I actually get a high. Also have you watched THIS IS US???? Omg you would LOVE! Only one season so you aren't that behind. Best show and on NBC. You can find on Amazon or apple. SO GOOD!

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  23. I tried not to spend money - but I finally found the bedroom furniture I wanted so I bought it and made over the master bedroom! It felt GREAT! The room finally feels like I place I want to be and it was a great opportunity to go through my clothes and donate a lot to Goodwill. Then we recently bought a beat down RV that needs A LOT of work - I hate it. I hope once it's ready for me to make pretty inside I'll feel different, but for now I just hate it. We've also been going to a lot of events for my son - who knew Death Metal shows could be so fun?! One of these days maybe I'll learn to act my age - but I doubt it. :)

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  24. Hi Janet,

    Your garden looks so beautiful...our favorite new(er) show is "Life in Pieces". So off the wall and so funny. James Brolin just cracks us up. It just went on hiatus for the summer.

    A lot going on...I'll be emailing you soon. :/

    Linda
    xoxo

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  25. So happy to see pics of your garden! It seems I am constantly decluttering, but have yet to "finish". I hope to get to the point where I have just a small box or bag to contain items for donation on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. At this point, I could still fill up the car a few more times. I have been better about buying because I ask myself if I need it or do I just want it? Watched the last episode of this season's Call The Midwife last night. I will miss that show until it comes back next Spring. Despite being a voracious reader as a child, I somehow missed Anne of Green Gables. I am reading those books now and thoroughly enjoying them.

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  26. Your garden's looking amazing, Janet, so filled with colour. I'm pleased I got started on my deep clean earlier in the year as I can't kick start myself now! I've been reunited with a couple of summer skirts recently, that brought a smile to my face, and saved some money. And on telly we've been watching Line of Duty, Broadchurch and The Last Kingdom recently, don't know if you're picking those up. Of course, I shouldn't be watching telly, I should be going to bed early to start on house and garden and whittling down my wardrobe in the mornings! I'm admiring your willpower, attacking the decluttering and being wise with your spends. Well done!

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  27. Soo happy to see your post!I have been deep cleaning, purging and selling on eBay (a slow process yet so satisfying). I have also been working some OT when available. Been a little disappointed that I'm not that able to curb my book fetish! ๐Ÿ˜‘ I added to my already large collection! I have also been donating some of my declutteting items! It's such a satisfying feeling! As far as TV, I have been watching " The white Queen" as well as " Reign" Love those types of shows. I am a little fascinated with " Expedition unknown" as well. Of course I cannot wait till September when my altime favorite " Outlander" comes back on. In the meantime I'm trying to figure out how I can my my Roku work on my older TV I can get rid of the super expensive cable TV company!
    Looking so forward to ur next post! I also am going to try ur latest salad receipe! Yummy! Have a wonderful week!
    Susanne

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  28. I've been tossing and organizing and not spending while hubby recovers from knee replacement surgery. Too much going on to plant a garden, not to mention, Luke, our Irish Setter, is determined to dig to the other side of the earth. So, my one cherry tomato plant will stay in a pot.
    Janet, your flowers are gorgeous!
    Can't wait for you wardrobe pist!!
    Betty

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  29. Watching the British shows - line of duty, happy valley. Also loved "the Americans " binge watched them all recently

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  30. We are finally "renovating" the two main floor bathrooms and the master bedroom and the hallway (retirement and mandatory IRA distributions). Since mid March. And we still have nothing finished. Plumbing and electrical is "in" but not hooked up. Hardwood flooring is getting used to the climate in the house before being installed. The M Bath has flooring and tiles. The hallway is still plywood with boxes of Italian ceramic tile piled up--waiting. The new front door is in and all the new closet doors are in and painted. No knobs.

    What this means in context to your post. EVERYTHING in all the rooms and closets had to be removed and PUT somewhere. ALOT of it was put into the local Goodwill. It was endless and the stress was high pitched. My husband and I are in the second bedroom and share one small closet. We have "just enough" in it and no more. We may never go back to full closets. But the attic DOES contain two very long closet rods packed with Winter Spring Summer Fall from five closets. And I don't even want to count how many tubs we bought and packed. All of that will have to be sorted and decisions made. It goes without saying--we can't FIND anything.

    Reading--ah, I would love to do that. Over December into early February I was reading all of Louise Penny's Three Pines mysteries. I never liked book one but the remainder are wonderful. Also Sanscom's Hunchbacked detective novels on Henry the eight and Cromwell. Into the Woods and The woman in cabin 10. The River on Netflix. Longmire on Netflix. Americans and Fargo on FX. Coming soon Orphan Black on BBC.

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  31. Hi! We just moved to rural southern Illinois, my hometown, from Houston. Three u-haul loads (!!!) later and we're here. I think we will have a huge rummage sale once we get moved into our farmhouse here and really get aggressive on decluttering! I've recently discovered Deadwood on Amazon Prime and it's great! Other than that we don't watch much TV. :)

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  32. Hi dear, first of all don't be so hard on yourself! Your home never looks cluttered with any mishaps in buying, and last of all it's always inspiring here with a wealth to think about.

    As for myself, yes a bit of decluttering has been taking place weekend after weekend, starting with closets and drawers and working my way out. I know ones may think nah! .... Her house doesn't really look like that or this, she must stage it? Well, living with seemingly less and placed with way less clutter does appear to look staged right? It's way less to wrap your head around when it's clean up time. I only have what is known to be useful or beautiful to me! And pieces placed in the placement are of both to me.

    Being here today has me again wanting to do a bit more inventory and a pass through to what else I could rid of? It does feel so liberating to toss and donate. I have done very little shopping and have my sights on only the pieces I need so I can utilize the pieces that are in use for better use somewhere else, you can be assured it will be a barging and only from a local thrift or yard sale, or shop of upstyling with a price tag of nearly nothing. It's those pieces that when they tore a look they can be sold for next to nothing never losing a penny on my investment! Now there's a topic that can be approached.

    Call me silly, but I have been watching net flix.... The latest was a marathon I went on watching ( Anne with an E ) love the farmhouse she gets to call home, all that white inside and out, shiplap everywhere, not to mention the soulful living with what is again known to be beautiful or useful as well as doing without.... A great message here.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts beautiful soulful friend.
    See you soon

    Xx
    Dore

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  33. Your living room looks fresh and lovely! Its such a treat to peek inside your cottage.

    I purchased some deck shoes and a new jacket for summer cruising on our boat...
    some RL denim jeans and a striped tank style top. Nothing extravagant or expensive just things I needed to fill in the gaps...Yoga is staking over my life and so I practically live in my gear.
    TV has not been high on my agenda these days...books have been on my radar.

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  34. I want to see your wardrobe!! I want to see what you've kept! It's so inspiring. I love to declutter and find the itch to do it in the spring and in the fall. Do you donate your stuff or try to sell it? It's hard to avoid mistake purchases.

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  35. Hi Janet:

    I have been reading your blog for the past two years and have been delighted by your ability to live in comfort and beauty in a small house. Recent life changes are causing me to downsize, take better care of my health, and to live more fully. You show me that fully does not mean more stuff. Thanks for taking the time for this blog.

    Best Regards,

    Jack



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  36. Hello Janet, I have been watching two TV series from Turkey. Thank goodness they are subtitled in English. One is about a young Christian girl from the Crimea who was captured and sold as a slave. She ends up in the Harem of the Ottoman Sultan, Suliaman the Great. It is essentially about all the palace intrigues as she manoeuvers her way into becoming the one and only wife of the sultan (true story!) It is set in the 16th Century at the same time Henry VIII was King of England. Some of the things the Ottoman's do seem very barbaric. On the other hand, the things that were happening during the Spanish Inquisition and in the court of Henry VIII were as bad or worse. The other TV show is about a Russian girl who falls in love with a Muslim officer from the Crimea. It is set in the early 20th Century (about the same time as Dr. Zhivago. Both are rather soap-opera-ish but interesting none the less.

    Enjoy your summer!

    Smiles from Charlotte

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  37. Glad to find your post. I've missed your blog. I hope you have a great summer.
    I continue to find myself asking this question "Do I need this" and the answer is usually no. I find it liberating. I spend less and have fewer wants. Less is more these days.

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  38. Still shopping! Watching Broadchurch and movies and reading novels and memoirs like a fiend. I'm always spring cleaning even though it is winter here! xxx

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  39. I keep stopping and reading your blog..it has so many helpful and encouraging posts. I go to the web version.ive actually been gardening this year...first summer healthy enough and time. I love my herbs..garden growing and flowers blooming. I've continued to rid out rooms and find this clears my mind and brings peace.
    Found a few blue n whiteitems for cents
    At yard sale and a red matellese quilt at a rummage sale. Able to make a fresh
    Red..white blue bedroom for summer.spray painted a small frame red next to my bedstand. Looking for a cute
    Item similar to the one you showed in your room. Hope your enjoying a lovely summer๐Ÿ˜€

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  40. Wow, it's been a while since I stopped by your blog! I was going through my list of bookmarked blogs and was just drawn to click on yours. Great timing too because I find myself shopping in little spurts and sometimes having buyers remorse. A couple of years ago I decided that for a whole year I would not buy any seasonal or holiday decor, and instead each season/holiday I would sort though all of my decor boxes and purge whatever I didn't really love. It was great! I felt so accomplished at paring down what I had and thinking about all of the money I'd saved by not bringing any extra decor into the house that would be stored in a box more than actually being seen and loved. Of course since then I have bought a few things, but this year I've been sticking to what I already have.

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  41. Hello Janet. I have been reading your blog for the last few years and am always inspired. Your blog is a calm , restful, beautiful oasis in a world that can sometimes be quite the opposite. Keep posting for us, we love your style and your wonderful words. Thank you. x

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  42. Hi there, Janet. You have mentioned in the past ,that you sometimes don't know what to write about. May I make a suggestion? Two topics you briefly addressed in the past that were of great interest to many...the first being a desire to pay off your mortgage early, and the second was your process of "going grey".

    Any advice on the mortgage planning is of great interest to many of us . How is that process going?

    In your photos, your hair looks as dark as ever. Perhaps you did not have as much grey coming in as you thought....or did you change your mind about it ? Struggling with that too.

    Just wondering. your ideas have been so good!
    Gloria

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