Monday, April 27, 2015

One Small Backsplash Can Make a Difference

This lady is a very happy camper right now, because I have a new backsplash.  I used to have a backsplash that was covered with the same covering the counters have.  Unfortunately, the backsplash was made out of particle board, and was probably installed in the 1960's or '70's.  Over the years, water had gotten under there and rotted the particle board, then this winter the covering started to crack in small sections.  You could hardly wipe it.  So, for those that live in newer houses, instead of one like this, which was built in the 1920's, I will tell you old houses can be aggravating at times.

The wonderful contractor, who goes to our church, fixed that backsplash when he was here with his crew to replace the wiring in the house.  Not only did he fix it, he put a wide backsplash that fits the wall-border I bought when I was trying to figure out how to fix it myself.  He had a piece of backsplash that he only had to cut a little shorter, but it was pure white, so I put that border on it, modge-podged it several times, and sprayed it twice with a sealant.

Note that the walls do still look old,
but they would have to be painted;
but, they are okay for now.
It kind of goes with the crackle look on the border.

Oh, and did I mention how I deep cleaned the counters and sink today?  I also thoroughly wiped off all the small appliances, and got the crumbs out of the toaster.  Even with the pots from supper sitting there, I loved looking at my nice clean counters and pretty backsplash. Small things do make a difference.  Having the energy to do all that is nice too.  I remember a time, that I would have been totally wrung out from 15 minutes of work, and I know I spent over an hour cleaning and fixing in the kitchen today.

Note my Plexus water bottle.  Plexus Slim and the other supplements I use
have given me a new life.  I had my little setback due to a natural gas
leak this winter, but even that was not as bad as I used to feel,
since I am steadier on my feet now, as well as having had
 enough energy to strengthen my muscles and the areas around my joints.
The cool thing is I have really come back as I detoxed, and as I aired out the house
 after getting rid of the gas leak.  Thank the Lord for wonderful natural products.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Heaviness of Clutter

Clutter is heavy.  It weights us down physically and emotionally.  It seems inescapable.
However, that is a lie meant to destroy and keep us from moving on in our lives.

So, do we have to live this way?
Do we need everything that is weighting us down and making our lives heavy 
and our souls frustrated?


We can find a better way.
The first is to trust in God to help us see exactly what to keep and not to keep.
You are not sure.  Ask Him.  It all belongs to Him anyway.

Next, trust that He will answer you in your heart.  Listen for His voice.
What does He whisper to you?

Does He tell you to trust Him even in this mess -- the mess of your heart and your home?
Does He tell you, I love you?
He does.  He really does.
He would not have sent
 His only son Jesus to die for your sins
 if  He did not love you.

So, you can ask Him to help you with this, and not feel guilty about it.
 He cares about this burden you carry, and he wants you to have peace in your heart.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Body Clutter, Cleaning House, and the Month of March

My Goal for March is to begin working on body clutter more intensely.  I plan to post more often in Loving Ourselves, Finding Ourselves, as well as on the corresponding Facebook group.  I would love to have you join me.

My plan is to eat healthier, according to what my body needs;  but, on the other hand, I do not plan to get myself in a position of feeling like I am on a diet.  However, if I want to lose the few pounds I have gained from emotional eating, which for me usually means eating more sweets and eating when I am not hungry, I need to do some things to get myself back on the right track.

That does not mean I will be bound by the scale, but I know in my heart that I need to pay more attention to what I eat and move more.  I will not tell you whether you should be on a particular food plan.  However, I am going to be finding out what I need to do, and I will share the valleys and the victories.  It's hard work, and it's so much better when that is shared.

Meanwhile, back at the hacienda, remember that cleaning house Is Exercise.  This is movement that counts, so if you are cleaning up your cluttered areas and taking care of your home, you are getting exercise!  Hooray!

Finally, I am posting 2 Habits of the Month.  One involves what we eat, and the other involves cleaning up the clutter in your home and/or office  Don't take on too much.  I don't want you to feel overwhelmed.  Do what you can do, but do not obsess about it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last Days of the 28 Day Challenge

I did post the last part of our 28 Day Challenge on Facebook, so I hope you saw it.  If you did not, you can adjust your days and carry them into March.  

The whole point of this challenge was to encourage us to make some headway in our homes and to become more self-motivated in getting rid of our clutter and keeping things up.  Also, I wanted you to see, there is always a starting point, even when events or illness keep you from getting chores done.  Know that you can jump in, whether your house is huge mess or just a little out of shape.  

Each day is a new day.  Decide what your priorities need to be and don't give up.