Well hello everyone! You probably didn’t even miss me while I was off enjoying my USA vacation for the last three weeks but now it is time to get back to reality. Housework to do, meals to cook, washing machine working overtime, children asking for money, husband already going away on a business trip, posts to write… so much for simplicity hey!
Actually I live the good life really but I have to admit I often take that for granted. I think that will be my challenge for the next little while, to quit my bitchin’ and focus on counting my blessings. Perhaps I need to pay a little more attention to my gratitude list.
What did I learn while I was away?
I didn’t miss any of my stuff while I was away. This was no surprise though. In fact I love travelling light. I will be writing a post about that soon. All of those things around the house that we find so useful or beautiful are soon out of sight out of mind when there are better things to occupy our time.
Living with the basics had me thinking at times about what stuff I could get rid of when I got home. Living out of a back pack for three weeks makes you realise that much of the stuff around your home is just not necessary. Although both situations are very different because at home I have to cook, make may own bed, clean and deal with everyday living there is still a lot of stuff that is just there because I have the room to store it. You can be sure I will be keeping that in mind as I get back into the decluttering. The kitchen is high on my list of places to purge.
My house is bigger than I realise or need. After living in hotels and b&bs for weeks on end it becomes clear when I get home how big my house really is. Even though it is smaller than the average home in Australia there is more space then is needed by us and more area that I would rather not have to clean too for that matter.
I really do not like shopping. We had a list of things we wanted to get while we were in the land of cheaper prices and a list of things other people wanted us to pick up for them. I did not manage to find much of what was on my short list and my Keen shoe shopping was a dismal failure. My husband got some much needed items at lower than Australian prices and we stocked up on skate shoes for our son after much texting to ensure we got what he wanted. Our daughter scored some cosmetic items and our mothers will be happy with the craft items they requested. All this took up valuable time that we could have spent doing more interesting things though and that did not sit well with me at times.
Making new friends and leaving them behind is sad. Cindy and I had a blast together while I was in Austin. My husband and I had some lovely meals together with her family and Cindy and I had a lovely walk around the lake near her home and she gave me a little tour of her local thrift shops and the local botanic gardens. I wish I could have stayed longer and that she wasn’t now so far away. Miss you Cindy!! 🙁
I also got to meet Willow, one of our long time 365ers. We had a lovely lunch together and chatted for hours. I looked back to see when she first starting commenting here, it was way back on the 15th of May 2010 only about two months after I started blogging. Willow and her husband met us at the Getty Center in LA on the day we flew out. I highly recommend going there if you are ever in the area. Not only was there some geat art but the site and the views were amazing.
So folk I am glad to be back and am looking forward to reading and responding to your comments again. Thanks for hanging in there and chatting with each other in my absence.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter some vases that you rarely if ever use.
Today’s Declutter Item
I am staying on track with the craft decluttering. I gave these stencils to the lady at the craft store up the street from my house. I tried selling them both on ebay and to a local crafter without success and that was as much effort as I could be bothered putting into selling. They are gone now and that is what matters.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
Finding out that we don’t have to move to Adelaide. I kind of like it right where I am for now.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast