F Simple and Serene Living: May 2013 09 10
Thursday, May 30, 2013

do you keep on pushing on?

I was reading a post by my blogging friend Sherry at the 
Rusty Pearl and she shared this photo of a little 
flower that has pushed its way up through some bushes.

It is growing and thriving despite its adverse conditions.

I often wonder what keeps some people moving forward no matter what, while others give up at the slightest adversity.

People are like flowers. We need nurturing. We need to be watered and loved. We want to be noticed among all of the other flowers.

And yet, like some flowers, there are people who see adversity as a chance to grow.

They find meaning and purpose in life. They make a commitment to move forward. To stand tall.

They consider the challenge and grow despite of it. 

And sometimes watching a child choose a bowl of cereal and a jar of pickles for breakfast is enough to remind us not to take life so seriously.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

bikes and gardens

There is just something about the pairing of old bikes with flowers that seems like a marriage made in heaven. 




source unknown

pretty in pink






sending us places


Check out my new Pinterest board bikes and gardens for more great ideas.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

a secret walk

I am so happy to be back. My internet is fixed after two and a half weeks, and I can now start posting again and catching up with all of you, my wonderful friends. 

While I was in Atlanta, my daughters and grandchildren took me for a walk. Yes, I was able to walk pain free, and although I have a had a little setback with a ligament in one of my knees, it was wonderful to be able to walk with my grandchildren for the first time.

Both of my daughters live in Grant Park in the midst of Atlanta. It is a wonderful old city neighborhood filled with bungalows and old Victorian houses and one old farmhouse from the 1850's, which my oldest daughter and her family live in. I love looking at all of the homes, but that day we were headed for a secret walk. 

For just a block from my daughters home, which is located on a busy city street, is this secret lane. It is a hidden country oasis that beckoned me in. 

Suddenly, the noises of the city were replaced with serenity and the sounds of birds singing and unknown small animals rustling in the undergrowth. 

I felt transported as to time and place.

As if I had been taken, somehow to a different place altogether.

At the end of the lane there is a railroad track. A track where trains normally run only at night. But on this magical day, we were rewarded with an engine to the delight of the children.

I hated to leave this magical place, but at the end we were greeted by these beautiful knockout roses.

And I left, knowing, that I would be able to return again when I make Atlanta my home.

For those of you who have been following my progress with trying to get back my possessions, I have heard that she did not appeal. Now, I have to mail in a writ of possession and have the sheriff serve her again. Then, hopefully she will agree to let me get my things. If not, I have to file criminal charges, which is something I do not want to do. 

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Monday, May 20, 2013

life is a day at the beach

Is there  anything more wonderful than discovering the beach for the very first time? Well maybe being a nana and watching the discovery. I don't think I have ever seen a baby love the beach more than Lovey did. 

I can't believe that I have been away from my blog for ten days, but so much has been going on. I had to return to Lexington on Friday night, and after six hours of driving, I had to take myself to the ER. I had developed a painful rash in Georgia and thought I should get it looked at. As I only have health coverage in Lexington, I needed to come back.

ER Doctor: Well it is either MRSA or shingles.
Me: What's behind door number three?

It's not shingles, so I am on a very potent antibiotic. In the meantime, they were supposed to hook up my new internet service while I was gone, but after two hours of being on the phone with tech support, we figured out they just hadn't done it. So now I have to wait until this Thursday to see if it gets done. 

So here I am at the library trying to catch up on some work. I have packages to mail and I really wanted to check in with my blog. I promise that once I get my internet back up I will be catching up with all of your blogs. Can't wait.

As to the lawsuit matter, she hasn't filed an appeal yet. So I will call the court on Friday to see what is going on. I may be heading back down there next week if she doesn't file. Let's just hope she hasn't gotten mad and disposed of my property. I have lots more to talk about, of course, but I am running out of my allotted time.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

one step forward.....

and one step back

I'm writing this in the car on my way back to Atlanta from North Carolina. First post ever on my phone, so not sure how it will turn out.

I had my hearing yesterday and the court ruled in my favor, but I think she is planning to appeal. That would add at least another month on to the process. in the meantime my stuff is apparently in her garage. At least that is what she said until the magistrate ruled in my favor. Then she said, in that case I don't have her furniture. REALLY???

So the highlight of my trip was taking little Lovie to the beach for the first time. I will have to share photos later as I can't figure out how to upload them from my phone.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

on my way

I had definitely not planned to be away from my computer for three days this week, but my internet service went out Tuesday and by the time it was fixed yesterday I was on my way to Atlanta.

It felt great to finally get on the road and get started on the rest of my life.

Sid was very excited to see me after five months

and JH was happy to see me, I'm just not sure he was happy to be seen with me.


Lovie on the other hand was treating me as the usual suspect. 

This is pretty much the look I have been getting since I got here. Who is this strange woman? Why does she keep calling herself Nana. I happen to know that nana's are those yellow things I eat for breakfast and she is definitely not as tasty as they are.

I'm working on it.

Tomorrow we are doing a home and garden tour and then Sunday we will be leaving for North Carolina after some Mother's Day festivities. 

I'll stay in touch and share photos as I can.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

pursuing a simpler life

For quite a while now I have been feeling called to live a simpler life. 

Simple Living is "living in a way that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich. This way of life embraces frugality of consumption, a strong sense of environmental urgency, and a desire to return to living and working environments which are of a more human scale." (Duane S. Elgin and Arnold Mitchell)

There is so much over consumption in our society and I have wondered, not only, does having more lead to happiness, but what is this over consumption doing to the earth we are so lucky to inhabit. As a mother and grandmother, I am concerned about the environment we are leaving those who come after us. 

Our landfills are clogged with discarded shoddy products Made in China, as we compete to have the latest fashion and technology. 

This is one of the reasons that I love selling vintage and antiques. It is a way to preserve what we already have, by reusing and repurposing.

So, in my own pursuit of a simpler life, I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas on how I can achieve that. I am kicking around the idea of having a linky party where we can share how we are repurposing and reusing. In the meantime, here are some great ideas from Pinterest.

Lighting from repurposed vintage car horns.


Headboard made from old picket fencing.


Loving this old crib turned porch swing


an old rake head becomes a holder for kitchen utensils


Repurposed wood shoe stretcher. These also work well as photo holders. Hmmmm, I have one of these for sale here


and if you did buy that Made in China item (we all have) then here is a cute idea for recycling it


I have just added a new repurposed and upcycled Pinterest board. Would love to have you follow along. 

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Friday, May 3, 2013

finding your way


This has been a difficult week moving my mom into a retirement apartment. She had been resistant for awhile, but when she decided to do it she wanted it done very quickly. My older sister is not happy about it and so refused to help with the move. That left it all on me, but it has been a special time for Mom and me. 

I learned something interesting about my mom this week. She has always been very outgoing and has tons of friends, but she was nervous about meeting new people and wanted me to eat the first couple of meals with her in the dining room. Fine by me, the food was delicious. 

Last night she ate on her own and I was hoping that everything went okay. It was more than okay. She called me to say how happy she is and I am ecstatic. She has already made several new friends and she loves her cute apartment. Today we are going to try and finish the unpacking and go to the grocery to get her breakfast food, as she wants to eat that meal in her apartment. This weekend we will try and get her pictures hung and then I know she can really start calling it home. 

After that I can focus on my own moving ahead. One day at a time and one step at a time. I know it will not be easy, but I will find a way to accomplish it all and a way will find me.


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