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Friday Chats

How is your first week in May going? Mine's been a giant batch week. That's what I call it when John works a bunch of days in a row at the firehouse (5 out of 7 this week!), because I batch all my tasks I need to get done related to blogging, the podcast and shop, and any random errands. I enjoy it because the…

May PowerSheets (Goals Check In)

A new month has started and so has a new page of goals for me. Well, goal baby steps, I still have the same main 8 goals for the year in my Powersheets - but there's a 6 month check in coming up and I may change some! But until that happens, here's my check in for how April went and how I'd like to see May…

Friday Thoughts

Tomorrow is May 1 - I'd insert a Justin Timberlake meme if I weren't so lazy. On the one hand I keep thinking that 4 months in to 2021 is a long time and I haven't done much with it, but then on the other hand I think that there's 8 months left in the year to make progress. My goals post is coming next…

Things I Can Live Without Doing (Ever Again)

The pandemic took a lot of things away. They're coming back, slowly, but there was so much we couldn't do for such a long time. But rather than focus on all the things I miss and can't wait to do again (there's like exactly one thing and it's eating at Flat Top Grill), I'm instead offering up t…

Weekly Check In

I come in to these each week like 'oh it's Friday, happy Friday, hooray weekend' but the truth is, I have no idea what day it is until I check the calendar. Now that I don't work, I'm on John's fire schedule - one day on, two days off, off again every 5th working day, repeat forever. But then h…

How to Declutter Your Closet for Good and Organize Anything

I'm fresh off the heels of Betsy 's closet declutter so everything I want to say about decluttering your closet for good is still on my mind. And hopefully in a way that helps you do this big project just one time and not have to make it a constant battle. The key, of course, is not bringing in more things tha…

Weekly Chat

As you're reading this, the pups are at the groomer and that's about the best news I could have to share on a Friday morning - they stank. Their usual groomer has been out dealing with medical issues so I had to find a new one and they were all booked out so far in advance! Took forever to find a good one and …

What's On My Phone (and What's Not)

Here on today's episode of 'things no one asked for but I'm sharing anyway' is all about what's on my phone. But I have reasons for sharing it - it's another spot to simplify that people don't think about. Digital clutter tends to be the last thing people concern themselves with but it can …

A Friday Check In

April is in full swing over here, with warmer temperatures, cloud cover, and occasional rain. I enjoy it more than summer so I'll take it while it lasts. But the warm temps have John itching to bar crawl. I'm not comfortable with that yet (I'm not vaccinated), and the more I stay home, the more I want to …

Future Value Construction Loans

Normally I say things like 'no one asked for this but I'm posting it anyway' but this time, someone DID ask! I mentioned that we're using a future value construction loan to pay for the home renovations we're starting soon, and since it's relatively unheard of, I'm hopeful this post will gi…

A Few Friday Thoughts

Look at me, showing up two Fridays in a row. I guess I really could keep calling it weekly chats if I wanted! It feels nice to return here to type a little more regularly. A friend told me that sometimes you just have to force yourself to do the things you know you love until the love for those things returns, and it …

April Tending List (Goal Progress)

Can I just say that sticking to a single goal setting planner for a full 3 months, heading into 4, is pretty fantastic for me? I'm a sucker for new planners and quitting something every quarter to get something new. I'm working on it. I also tend to change my yearly goals, which isn't a problem except when…

Weekly Chat and Things

I know the title says weekly but I also know better than to promise such things. But 'a Friday chat that may or may not happen every week' is just too long of a title. I need a space to chat about life happenings. You see, I constantly waffle back and forth between wanting to make useful, longer blog posts abo…

Spring Rituals

It goes back and forth here, day by day, between spring weather and decidedly winter temperatures. But it is officially spring as of this past Saturday. And regardless of the outdoor fluctuations, it certainly feels like spring, in that it feels like things are changing and I have the itch to get the needle moving. W…

March Tending List (Goal Progress)

If you happen to be thinking 'hey, the last post I read from Steph was about February goals', you would be correct. That's the last time I showed up to this space. I'm good with that - this isn't a priority right now (as you can tell by my goals) so if I'm going through the effort of writing a …