Flower Pressing

During the lockdown and stay-at-home orders, a lot of us suddenly found ourselves with a lot more time at home. A forced slow down. When it comes to art in our lives, we particularly enjoy art that we made ourselves or that was made by a local artist or a friend. We have a couple of lovely small canvases from friends. We have a large digital collection of nature photos and landscapes from our travels and day-to-day life. This spring, we tried pressing flowers, a catmint (catnip) flower and an iris, with mixed results. Pick flowers Allow the flowers to … Continue reading Flower Pressing

Indoor Clothesline

Easy project. I bought two different versions of this on Amazon, and ended up keeping both. If we ever move, I would certainly consider an outdoor clothesline or hanger. Not all neighborhoods allow outdoor clotheslines. Also, some climates are very humid and rainy in the summer. We use air conditioning and the indoor air stays quite dry for that reason. This particular project also helps the house stay cooler in summer because I am not running the dryer.  Then we are also not paying for the electricity to run the dryer. Both lines are retractable. So easy. Would you hang … Continue reading Indoor Clothesline

Finding the right hobbies

Hobby: an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation Dictionary.com Time is a finite resource. No one knows how much they will have. Some people disagree with the concept of spending or wasting time, especially if it is your time they are wasting. I do not think a hobby is a waste of time, if it brings enjoyment. I do think it is important to spend time in ways that have value. Recently, I read Early Retirement Extreme (here on Amazon or free at the library). I particularly liked the idea of useful … Continue reading Finding the right hobbies

How to Start a Project

Define Your Goal Think about what you want to accomplish. For some people, it helps to write down a few words or even make a Pinterest board to gather inspiration. Narrow your goal down to a short phrase, not more than 3-4 words. Write Your List Write down the specific tasks that need to be accomplished to reach your goal. Keep it simple. Break each task down into steps that are small enough to be attainable. You may realize that you aren’t sure of all the steps. This is the time to do some research! Plan Your Time It is … Continue reading How to Start a Project