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Saturday, March 17, 2018


I love living in a small apartment for many reasons. One is there is less to clean.

A big downside though is lack of storage. 

I've recently been working on my closets and shared some small space closet solutions here. That is an ongoing project.

Kitchen solutions now have me sidetracked.

I am lucky to have quite a bit of cupboard space, but I still am having a problem getting it all organized. 

I saw this lid storage idea several places on Pinterest, but when I looked it up on Amazon it only had one review and that review wasn't favorable. 


Too bad, I was really liking it. I'll be on the lookout for something better, because I can never seem to find the lid I want.

It would be wonderful to have room for this.

My trash can takes up so much space under my sink. 

Why oh why do I not have room in my kitchen for something like this?

Why oh why do I not have a lot more money?

Why oh why did Pinterest have this under apartment kitchen organization ideas?

This is an apartment kitchen idea that I can really get behind. I would give my eyeteeth for wall space for this.

Maybe in my next apartment.

Now this is a space that I definitely utilize in my apartment. I do like the wire baskets that this apartment dweller has used. I am using woven baskets above my cabinets.

Wow, what is that old saying about if you hold onto something long enough you might need it? 

I have several of these old metal file holders around and I've been thinking about selling them. I never thought about using them in a kitchen. Hmmmm!!


Okay, one more. This is one I am seriously contemplating too. Not sure if I have room. Too much on my counters, but I may make space. 

I am now going to go into my kitchen and contemplate for awhile. 

Have a great weekend. It's March Madness.

P.S. Check out more posts about small spaces here.

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Monday, March 12, 2018


Is this really March in Kentucky?

Yesterday when I was out running errands I noticed how many trees were blossoming and starting to leaf out. 

This morning I woke up to this.

Ten inches of snow. 

More snow than we had for the rest of the winter combined.

I dread seeing what this weather has done to the blossoming trees. 

At least it won't be around for long. It will be back up to possibly 70 degrees by this coming up weekend. 

Until then I think I will be hibernating.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018


You might think from the title of this post that I know what to eat. Apparently I don't because eating like this caused me to gain back two pounds last week.

Who knew that a gluten free chicken tender and roasted veggies could wreak such havoc.


I know that the Gabapentin I have to take for neuropathy causes weight gain, but I didn't realize just how hard it is to lose weight. I need to lose 15 pounds, but oh boy I think I am going to have to go outside and graze on grass to get it off. 

I am searching for solutions, so let me know if you have any.

Now on to something more fun. I wrote in a previous post that I was working on a couple of things to sell in my booth and I finished them a couple of days ago.

Of course I forgot to take any actual before photos, but I did think to take this one after I started. 

I found this vintage Syroco  plaque at Goodwill for $2.99. It was a plain ugly brown with two screws on the front where apparently something had originally hung. 

I took it home and painted it with some chalk paint I had left over from some earlier projects and added some French writing. I love how it turned out. 

I really wanted to keep it, but I made myself take it to the booth yesterday.

A couple of weeks ago I purchased five vintage suitcases from an estate sale. Four of them were great as is to put in the booth and I already sold two. The fifth had a big patch torn off the outside vinyl and so it needed to be rehabbed. 

Like I said, no before photos, but I used the same paint and wording on it that I did on the plaque.

I'm happy with my projects and found that it was more fun than I thought it would be. 

Now, about that weight loss effort, I guess today will be the day that I get back to my mall walking. 

I aggravated my knee walking through a field and so it hasn't been super comfortable to walk the last couple of weeks. 

No more excuses. I will get these pesky pounds off one way or another, and I can window shop while I do it. That's always fun.

Have a great day and if you have snow I hope it melts super fast.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


This is always a difficult time of the year for me to get through. I am not a winter person, and it seems that when we have a mild February the month of March tends to be cooler. 

Sitting around makes me feel a bit morose.

I found a definition for morose and I think that probably it may apply to me.

A morose person is sullen, gloomy, sad, glum, and depressed - not a happy camper.

Yep, that pretty much says it all.

When I get into this kind of mood I know I need to stay busy, so that is what I am trying to do.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I was giving up Etsy and listing on Facebook instead.

At the time that seemed like a good idea because I immediately sold some things on Facebook. However, that seems to have faded away so I am now back on Etsy along with Facebook. 

We learn from experimenting I guess.

While cleaning out one of my two closets I found a lot, and I do mean a lot, of antique and vintage ephemera. Lots of prints and maps. There is also a huge stack of vintage sheet music.

Time to get busy listing.

I have also started back into purchasing at auction and I am working on painting some of the things I bought. I am not one of those people who just loves to paint, but at least it keeps me busy.

This is one of the pieces I have started on. The two things I am working on will probably go into my booth.

I know that actual spring will be here soon and I can't wait.

The trees are really starting to pop out.

Maybe I am not quite as morose as I thought. 

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Thursday, March 1, 2018


Early signs of spring are popping up all over here in central Kentucky. 

Trees seem unwilling to wait much longer to show their pretty blossoms.

I can hardly wait myself to see their showy blooms.

I've heard that the cherry trees are in bloom, but I haven't seen any for myself yet.

My favorite thing to watch for are the daffodils. I know when I see them bloom that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

These are just gorgeous.

Along with the daffodils I found two types of crocus. 

They are often so diminutive they are hard to spot.

My last find of the day were these pretty snowdrops. I don't see as many of these here for some reason, but I was happy to find them.

Is spring starting to show up where you are?

Our warmer than normal February has contributed to ours, but we are going to have much cooler weather over the first half of March.

I can deal with it though because I know that when March rolls around spring is finally going to arrive.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018


We all have problems finding space for all of our possessions, but for those of us who live in small spaces it can be a real challenge. 

I know it is for me, as I live in 540 square feet with only two closets. 

YIKES, this is one of those closets.

There is everything in there but the kitchen sink. 

This leads to me spending a huge amount of time looking for and thinking up solutions for this closet. 

It's enough to make your head spin. 

So I've decided to start sharing some of the ideas I find and also how I am personally making room in my own space. 

I love the idea of hanging storage on the inside of closet doors and it is something that I do in both of my closets. 

There are certainly a lot of ideas.

These deep wire baskets might be a good solution for my scarves, hats, and gloves. I'm never quite sure where to put them.

I already use an over the door shoe hanger in my bedroom closet, but I'm thinking that one might be useful in this closet, and the nice thing about them is they are not expensive.

I like the wire shelves that I have now, but I would love to have some that are adjustable. I'll have to check out how expensive they are.

There are so many choices. I definitely have my work cut out for me, but it will be something to do on these rainy days.

If I am being completely honest I would much rather brew up a cup of tea and curl up with a good book.

Do you have any good solutions for closet door storage?

There are more small space ideas here.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Oh my!!! Yesterday was a perfect day. We hit a record high temperature and the sun was shining. I loved every minute of it. 

March is almost here, and look what I found on my walk. The daffodils are up and will soon be blooming.

I was feeling so happy that I just wanted to dance.

Do you ever hear a song that makes you want to just get up and dance?

I was in Walmart yesterday when this came on. Oh boy, it was all I could do to keep myself from dancing. 

I did not want to embarrass myself, but it was hard not to go into a full on dance.

I did not want to find myself on You Tube with the title "Granny found dancing to Uptown Funk in Walmart".

I haven't completely lost my dignity yet. 

I'm glad the woman who lives below me is hard of hearing, because over the next few days while it is raining I plan to be doing some dancing in the privacy of my own home.

Do you have a song that just makes you want to get up and dance?

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Friday, February 16, 2018


Oh how I long for spring. For green buds, daffodils, and warm breezes.

On Thursday there was a tease of spring.

Nope, there were no green buds to be found.

The daffodils haven't started pushing up through the winter ground.

But oh my there were lovely warm breezes. The thermometer was reading 72 degrees and the sun was peaking from behind the clouds. 

It was nothing short of heavenly, and I couldn't let the day go by without a walk.

The arboretum was calling my name along with dog walkers, joggers, and moms pushing strollers. 

I managed to get in a two mile walk without becoming too overly tired, but I realized I have gotten out of shape the last couple of months. Time for me to get back to daily walking. 

The next ten days are going to be up and down with the temperatures and there is a lot of rain in our forecast so I am going to have to start mall walking again. I need to be ready when spring actually does get here. 

For now that tease of spring definitely cheered me up, but I can't wait for the real thing to get here.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018


I have been selling vintage and antiques on Etsy for quite some time now and have actually sold over 2200 things there.

The last couple of years I have found that I am not so happy with their new policies and have wanted to make a change.

I feel like they have become too much like Ebay. They are no longer as seller friendly as they once were and frankly I am tired of giving them my money. 

The problem is that I haven't known where else I would want to sell online. 

I thought about attaching a shop to my blog, but that just seems like more than I want to take on right now. 

Then I talked to a couple of ladies who said that they are having some success selling on Facebook. 

I did a little research and found there are groups on Facebook that are devoted to buying and selling vintage and antiques. I can also sell on Facebook marketplace and list items on my own FB business page

So I have dipped my toes in the water and out of the five things I listed I have sold three. 

I can list as many or as few things as I want, and I don't have to pay a fee to anyone. Also, I can go back to using Paypal, and Paypal has made it easier for a small business like me to send an invoice and ship.

I'm kind of feeling the love again, which is a good thing because I definitely need the money and I have a lot to sell. 

So onward ever onward is my motto. 

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Is it possible that February is the grayest month of the year?

I am inclined to believe it. 

Each morning I wake up hoping to see blue skies and a bright sun, but so far I have been disappointed. 

There are only three things I like about the month of February.

Number one is that my daughter Cary was born in February.

Number two is that my daughter Katy was born in February. 

Number three is the month after February is March. When March rolls around I know that winter is coming to an end. 

So the question is what to do about all that grayness.

I could close my blinds and ignore it, but then my plants would get no natural light and they would not be happy. 

I do have a special light that simulates sunlight and I guess I can haul that out and see how it works, but that wouldn't solve the problem that it is still a gray February.

I'm not sure what the best solution is. 

How do you cope with all the grayness of February?

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