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Sunday thoughts: Tidying up, sunshine & magic

We’re already into mid-January it occurred to me this morning that I haven’t blogged since last year!

Gulp.  Life comes at us fast, especially in the new year.

2019 came at me like ..

Holidays ended, work resumed, and tripled in intensity.   It’s been a steady dose of crazy since, with not much room or time to breathe.  Early mornings, long days, lots of travel and copious conference calls.  Thankfully, a solid winter storm blew in this weekend, encapsulating us in icy roads, fresh snow, with a fridge full of leftovers and no particular place to be.

Darn.

That brings me to today ~ awake at 6:30 I hit tossed in a load of laundry, padded through the house and caught up on your blogs.

Random observations came my way and they include:

1  )   Have you heard of the “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book and movement afoot?   Based on her best-selling guide to de-cluttering your home, and soon-to-be TV series,  Marie Kondo espouses the virtues of sorting through everything – and I mean – every thing to determine “what sparks joy.”  If it doesn’t, it goes.   Now I am very familiar with the term “you can’t organize clutter” so I purge/donate/recycle on a regular basis.  Her advice is to start small, say with 1 drawer, and go through every piece that’s in it … I started with my sock drawer and found it can’t be opened all the way … probably because of the preponderance of black dress socks.  ~ Sigh.  I laughed, and set my sights in another direction.  If you’ve tried this approach and it’s helped you, do tell!

2 ) Last night I had every intention of delving into several new books; I’ve got a stack waiting for me, purchased with Christmas gift cards ~ my favorite.  Instead I read women’s magazines, binge-watched “Shark Tank,” laughed with hubby and chatted with my cousin.   Regardless, doing nothing and lots of it, was great therapy.  PS My favorite “Shark Tank” product so far has been this one ~ an amazing cleaning do-dadd that really does work:

3 )  Growing up in bright & sunny western Canada (Saskatchewan) I took our daily sunlight for granted. Yes winters were cold and windy but, for the most part, ALWAYS sunny.  Sunglasses and Sunblock are a necessity year round– now I live in Western Michigan, and because of our proximity to Lake Michigan (and lots of winter cloud cover) our winters are regularly dreary, dark and long.  I really struggle with lack of sunlight.

Update on my previous product review:  I cannot say enough good things about the Verilux Happy Light –  AMAZING!   In just 2 weeks of using it I cut my total coffee consumption in 1/2 and caffeine dosage from full throttle “Farmer’s coffee” to decaf by using this amazing little light.  Sitting near it first thing in the morning helps reset your circadian rhythm & will help you sleep (instead of lying in bed making 3AM “to-do” lists like I used to). 

Caution:   Do NOT use at night, you will be up for 1/2 of it, oops. 

I started out small, at 7-10 mins. a day, and have worked my way up to 30 mins. daily.  If YOU also slog through the dark days of winter, give the HappyLight Compact ($40 on Amazon) a try.  The. Best. $40. Ever. Spent! 🙂

4 )  Long-time blog readers, family and friends know I enjoy technology and gadgets.  But after our son told me how their “Alexa” interjected into their conversation, more than once,  I firmly advised him  to “never buy me one.”  My cell phone does enough eavesdropping as it is.  This Meme is about right, ha!

5 )  And, as much as technology makes our lives easier, and sometimes even healthier, there’s always going to be something about a real book that draws me in … and so does this picture:

Your turn:

  •  Are you working to “tidy up?”
    • What method works for you?
  • Any cool new-to-you gadgets to share?
  • What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Happy Sunday!

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8 thoughts on “Sunday thoughts: Tidying up, sunshine & magic

  1. I used the Kondo method several years ago when it first came out. It was helpful especially with folding and storing things. I have some things I need to let go of but I do it gradually. Most things fly out the door! I need that light! 😉

    • I laughed out loud that I couldn’t open the stupid sock drawer. Geez Louise. I moved on to shoes, much less of them. Apparently I’m a bit of a black sock hoarder! I would like to try her folding method ~ and I have learned how to pack many things very well, without wrinkles. When we down-sized a few years back we took 8 SUV loads to donation stores & filled 2 1/2 dumpsters. There’s not as much now, but there’s still some stuff that can go.

      You need that light, I agree – It’s AMAZING! Cheers Kate! MJ

  2. Never ever will “Alexa” or any of her kind be allowed in mi casa. nada/ never/ Nein. The video camera on our computer is disconnected. still using my trusty old flip phone. Yep, I’m just one step up from the Amish. 🙂 I did get a very cool new gadget on Friday…stopped @ Menards (Like Home Depot) bought this cool little knife for detailed carving…I bought it to score my loaves of artisan bread. It words way better than my sharp steak knife that I had been using. I love your picture of the books! Both wife and I are readers…currently rereading a sequel to Wind in the Willows…and when you talked about “happy lights” made me smile. I installed two large full spectrum LED fixtures in our kitchen a few years ago..for the same reason you got your light..(winter funk/ low light/ overcast days)…lights up our kitchen like an operating room. You can feel the difference the moment you flick the switch. Take care MJ. DM

    • I LOVE Menards! Such a great store; Hubbs and I can happily spend a Saturday afternoon in there ~
      It’s fun to find something that makes you go “wow!” like you lil detailed bread knife 🙂
      And I had a feeling there was no Alexas anywhere near you already – ha ha!
      I can picture your operating room kitchen – very nice, DM!

      Here’s to January 745th 🙂

      MJ

  3. I am happy to know I was never alone when it came to my sock drawer! For years I had two drawers full of socks, one for dress and one for athletic socks. The drawers were always overflowing, and when it came to the task of folding the laundry it always seemed like it would take at least an hour to find all the mates. Now that I am retired, I have managed to cut my need for copious numbers of socks to about 1/3 of what it once was, which is very comforting to my wife. As for favorite gadgets, I have always been a gadget person as well, but I would never own an Echo … loved the Meme as well! My favorite gadget though, is our iRobot Roomba 980 vacuum, Jeeves. When it’s time to vacuum, it’s great to be able to leave the house in the morning for our daily pickleball session and come back 4 or 5 hours later with Jeeves having completed the job and quietly charging at his docking station and ready for the next time he is needed. A fun post, MJ …

    • Good on you for cutting down the sock collection ~ I have some in there that need to go, but first I’ve got to get the darn drawer open 🙂

      Yes the electronic robot vacuum – oldest boy bought me one a few years back, it’s a Neato BotVac and he found it at a Thrift shop in box/new wrapping — retail they price at over $500!! Like you said, pretty slick. I would never have bought it but it’s fun to turn it on and go do something else – it does get stuck sometimes so I usually run it when I’m around, but it’s a pretty nifty lil gadget 🙂

      And what is pickleball? Tell me more !

      thanks for weighing in
      MJ

      • Haha … I have made mention of pickleball a couple of times in replies to posts, and nobody knows what it is. Time for a post on it I guess! here’s a YouTube that explains the fundamentals of pickleball, which is actually the fastest growing sport in North America …

      • thank you for the link, it looks fast and fun! 🙂 – MJ

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