Currently…My (sort of) Weekly Link Up Topics!

This is always a fun and thought provoking post, with topics chosen by those who’ve gone before me. It’s fun to read what other bloggers have been up to, and it gets me thinking about how I’ve been spending my time/money/energy in the past week!

This week, I’m Currently

Borrowing:You let me know if you come up with an answer to this one that does not involve library books! And I’m not in high school, so I’m not borrowing my friends clothes. I guess I’d have to choose Time. All the time that God allows. When I think about my days this way, I want to spend my time more wisely and not waste it.

Dancing:Not so much. Unless my running looks like dancing. After running, I’m too tired to dance!

My new calf sleeves-love them! Mine are cep brand.

My new calf sleeves-I love them! Mine are the cep brand. And of course, they’re pink!

Building: My blog, my square foot garden, new friendships, old friendships, family relationships always, and oddly, my Spanish vocabulary thru some of my new friendships!

Throwing: Now this is fun! If you’ve read my blog this week, or any of my twitter posts, you’re probably tired of hearing about the 27 fling boogie! But, I have been throwing lots of stuff out of my house. Magazines, clothes, old decorations… And I’ve still got a ways to go. I’m thinking of challenging myself to throwing out 27 items each day for seven days! Lookout, I’m on a roll!

Buying: Running gear! I’m slightly obsessed with it. Just bought a pair of compression sleeves for my calves. I think I’m in love with them.

Well thats what I’ve been up to, how about you? Drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you’ve been borrowing, dancing, building, throwing, or buying lately! I’d love to hear from you. See you all next week!

You Can Do Anything…

Are you ready? You can do anything…for fifteen minutes! Do you need to declutter, organize, or maybe even do some purging? I want to share some easy ideas to help you tackle some home projects that perhaps you have been putting off. Have you ever heard of flight plans, hot spots, detailed cleaning, missions, zones, morning and before bed routines, Anti-procrastination day? Are you living in Chaos (can’t have anyone over syndrome)? Well allow me to introduce you to http://www.flylady.net. Aka, The Fly Lady! I discovered The Fly Lady several years ago, and have been living with some of her principles ever since. But be warned: You may become obsessed, overwhelmed, or just downright organized!

I, personally, have been all of the above. I’ve had a shiny sink, laid out my clothes the night before, and gotten dressed down to my sneakers! It’s all on the Fly Lady website!

I want to share two Fly Lady principles with you today:

1)You can do anything for fifteen minutes. I have used this both myself, and to motivate my kids to clean their toys/rooms. Even homework. I would set a timer for fifteen minutes, and when the timer went off, we either took a break, or stopped all together. I encourage you to try it yourself, especially when faced with a less than desirable task, say, cleaning out a closet, or washing windows! It works for cleaning, studying, or exercise! You can even put in your earbuds and listen to your favorite tunes.
2)  The 27 Fling Boogie! This is a quick and easy method of decluttering. It actually makes a game out of tossing out your stuff! You simply go around your house and find 27 items to get rid of. I end up with a donate pile and a trash pile. Well, I don’t have a literal trash pile; that stuff just gets thrown into the trash can! You can do this anyway you want-it’s your house! I have gone around and found 27 pieces of paper to throw away before. Today, I did the 27 Fling Boogie twice. The first time, I took things only from my kitchen area. Here’s a picture of my 27 items.

Kitchen 27 Fling Boogie!

Kitchen 27 Fling Boogie!

And here’s the list: 2 Coke glasses and 3 cookbooks going to the recycling center trading post for someone else to enjoy. 5 plastic plant thingies I kept thinking I would use. That’s not gonna happen. They are recyclable, so they went into the recycle bin. 12 round seed decorations I’ve had forever. You can probably see dust on them. 3 wine corks. Really? And 2 candy boxes that have been in the cabinet for years. Obviously not using them. Those last 17 items went in the trash! And there you have it. 27 kitchen items, gone.

Next, I decided to just do a random run thru the house picking up miscellaneous stuff that needed to go. This almost always includes clothing, and today was no different. Here’s the picture.

27 Fling Boogie: Random House Stuff

27 Fling Boogie: Random House Stuff

And here’s the list: One box of the wrong coffee filters. Why was I keeping those? One blouse and one skirt of mine, plus one shirt of my husband’s. One old fingernail polish, one old room spray, one pack of candy molds, one buckwheat neck travel pillow, one drawstring bag, (we have several of these, oddly), three magazines, and 15 of those corn cob holders! Sorry, we eat our corn on the cob with our hands. I know, so undignified! Again, some being donated, some in the trash, and I recycle the magazines by sharing them with my mom and sister! And just like that, another 27 items gone!

So, just like at church, you may be wondering, “What’s the take away?”  I just want to encourage you when faced with any task that maybe you’ve been putting off, or just can’t get motivated to do, to remember that You can do anything for fifteen minutes . And if you’re looking around the house and thinking, “I have too much stuff”, have fun by doing The 27 Fling Boogie! Be sure to come back here and share with me what you decided to fling!

“Currently”

This week, I’m Currently

Learning: About blogging. And let me tell you, that’s a never ending process. But if you’ve been following along, you saw that I added something new yesterday: my very first poll! If you haven’t voted for your favorite type of exercise yet, there’s still time. The poll closes Sunday night at midnight. I think. LOL

Gathering:  All of my plants together for my square foot garden. I know, I’m running behind. But with the cold weather just breaking about a week ago, I felt it safer to hold off on getting the plants in the ground this year. So now I’m scurrying around trying to get everything planted before I leave town on Sunday. Thankfully my husband will be home to watch after my plants while I am gone.image

Giving:Clothes to charity, food to the local food bank, the dog a bath, and peonies for Mothers Day! Whether you pronounce it “piney” or “pe-o-ny”, these hardy plants are gorgeous when they bloom, usually in May.

Working: on getting my garden planted, my laundry done, my bags packed, and my house cleaned.

Playing: with my dog, Kramer. He’s so fun! And Hanging with Friends and Boggle on my iPhone and iPad.

Have a Happy Mothers Day! Ta Ta For Now!

Kramer!

Kramer!

Currently, Week Three!

I was itching to write, so I sneaked in this edition of “Currently” while riding in the car to the Indiana Convention Center to pick up my husband and daughter’s race packets.

This week, I’m Currently

Admiring: The Weather!!! It has finally been warm this week. I’ve been running outdoors, the flowers are blooming, and my family is all together. Life is good!

Caring: About pleasing everyone and getting everything done. Errands to run, people to see, and gotta get those plants in my garden!

Loving: Life, Family, God, and summer. I know, summer’s not really here. But it’s closer every day!

Another simple, delicious recipe!

Another simple, delicious recipe!

Cleaning: Now? Absolutely nothing besides dishes, laundry, and my body. My daughter is here until Monday, so I cleaned house prior to her arrival. I’m officially on a staycation!

Creating: Memories. And lots of yummy food! So far we’ve made Grandma Kathy’s Microwave Pickles, Trisha Yearwood’s Thai Salad, and Good Housekeeping’s One Sentence Recipe Asparagus Tart! And Saturday night we’ll be making Strawberry Cucumber Margaritas!

Today is the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon. We’ll be back in Indy bright and early and I’ll be cheering on my family from the sidelines. Praying for safety, health, and fast legs! See you all next week!