TGIF #34

August 20th, 2010

LEGO Hearts, originally uploaded by Bill Ward’s Brickpile.
Hope everyone enjoyed our heat wave… I have a feeling that was summer. It sure felt good while it lasted though and it was perfect weather for enjoying the JeffCo fair. I loved all the quilts and I was amazed at the variety of apples grown in this area.
Here are a few Friday links:

Sweeping Changes… Everything

August 17th, 2010

broom, originally uploaded by Schnittke.

Each morning in San Miguel de Allende, the streets are wet and smelling of Pinol (Mexican version of PineSol) as the homemakers start their day by sweeping their courtyards, front steps and sidewalks, and then rinsing them down.
They are not just cleaning, but changing the energy in their homes. Sweeping out old energy- literally- is a tradition in many cultures.
Stephanie Bennett Vogt (my space clearing mentor) also uses this simple tool in her practice. I’ve noticed some interesting things myself, after using my broom, whether indoors or out.
  • The entry to my home feels more welcoming.
  • My kitchen “feels” cleaner, and even a bit larger.
  • I’m more willing/able to work on a project that’s bogged down.
  • Sweeping for a while can clear up feelings of overwhelm.

Give it a try, and report back. I’d love to know if this works for others as well as it does for me!

TGIF #33

August 13th, 2010
Elephant Log- Tofino Beach

Elephant Log- Tofino Beach

Well, another Friday’s upon us. Hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend. Summer is just slipping right on by, isn’t it? This weekend, I’m planning a visit to the Jefferson County Fair. It’s a great way to catch up on friends & see all the wonderful things that go on in our little part of the world.

And I found the perfect thing to wear @ the Olycap Thrift shop. Not one, but TWO cowboy shirts with pearl snap buttons. I think I’ll wear the one with the gold threads… I know I”m supposed to be decluttering, but pearl snap buttons…

Here’s some silly stuff to get your weekend started:

I heart my library!

August 11th, 2010
Port Townsend Library

Port Townsend Library

I guess I should confess first of all, that I’m probably a librarian at heart. And certainly a power-patron. I have 3 current library cards- Pt Townsend, Shenandoah County & San Miguel de Allende. Some of the best times of my last year have been volunteering @ libraries. In fact, I noticed that right after I moved to Pt Townsend, the circulation statistics were way up- it made the front page! (Slow news wk, I guess…)

The library is an old Carnegie building, so it has a lot of charm, if not a lot of room. But they cooperate with the Jefferson County library, based in Pt Hadlock, so the collection is much larger than is apparent.

I know that most libraries have the cool on-line catalog, so that you can look up a book/CD/DVD & reserve it. I love walking in, showing my card & picking up a stack of books they’ve held for me. Almost as much as browsing the shelves & finding something it never would have occurred to me to order.

PT’s library has some extra goodies, though, thanks to the tireless volunteers and Friends. Many people come to PT for a short stay, so the library has rounders of paperbacks with pink stickers. They are donated books, and don’t even need to be checked out, just returned eventually. There’s also a rack of $1 cheap reads, and a bin of recent (donated) magazines to read, collage, whatever.

There are also no fines @ the PT library (for books- DVD’s are another matter), but there’s a conscience bank, so that you can fine yourself.

My latest library discovery is that with just a library card, I can sign up for Mango language lessons, so I’m working on my Spanish. Thanks, library!

What’s your favorite library service/hack?