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  • On Holiday for Two Weeks - Small Notebook
    at college My dad was in the Navy Our apartment overlooked Mt Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples Seeing your beautiful photos has brought back many happy memories for me Thank you I wish you a safe journey always Shannon se7en says May 4 2011 at 1 58 pm Happy holidays Paige says May 4 2011 at 2 18 pm Wow I can t believe it s almost time for you guys to come back to the states So excited to read more about your Italy living What a wonderful story and experience for your family Have a great holiday Anita says May 4 2011 at 3 19 pm I have enjoyed you sharing your adventures to Italy I m looking forward to more encouragement and frugal living ideas when you get settled back in the states God Bless Anita s last post My New Wardrobe Kelly says May 4 2011 at 2 51 pm Is it time to come back already I hope you ve truly had a marvelous time Kelly s last post Babies Kristi says May 4 2011 at 3 06 pm Love your blog Can t get enough of your information on living in Italy We re making plans to do a European sabbatical next year with four kids One Question What kind of camera equipment did you take with you on your trip The photos all look so beautiful Enjoy your two week break Jennie says May 4 2011 at 3 11 pm Wow That was so fast I m so glad your family got to experience that wonderful adventure And now on to the adventure of coming back and establishing a routine again Good luck with everything and travel safely Jennie s last post Jennie s Perfect Day Tracy says May 4 2011 at 3 32 pm Well you must sad to leave such a beautiful place but take away so many memories Have a safe journey home Thanks for the tour Tracy s last post Rites of passage Sharon says May 4 2011 at 3 34 pm I m so happy for you that you were able to take this trip What a wonderful experience I look forward to hearing all about it upon your return Enjoy your last two weeks Sharon s last post May Challenge The Budgetrevisited Patricia says May 4 2011 at 5 08 pm I can t believe it s time for you to come back I ve enjoyed reading your posts so much Enjoy the time you have left I ll be waiting for your next blog stateside Tara says May 4 2011 at 5 47 pm So happy you enjoyed your trip Looking forward to reading more Good luck with the transition Tara s last post Apartment Therapy Stephanie says May 4 2011 at 7 18 pm Love the idea of organizing the Venice photos by color Enjoy your re adjustment time and welcome back Living the Balanced Life says May 4 2011 at 8 32 pm

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  • Real Solutions - New! - Small Notebook
    lists rebekah says April 27 2011 at 10 39 am Love this new part of your blog Yesterday I looked at some of your dinner solutions saw the two ingredient checken recipe and thought I can do that and did it twice Now I have extras for additional meals Thanks for your practical do able ideas Kate says April 27 2011 at 10 56 am Oooh Can t wait to check out all the new categories Rana says April 27 2011 at 11 09 am I love how you have organized everything Keep it simple Keep it real Rana s last post I made an omeletIn a bag Conny W says April 27 2011 at 11 20 am I always loved coming here to read now you ve made it even better Thank you Thank you Cheers Tammy aka Tammy Skipper says April 27 2011 at 11 27 am Can t wait to explore each area what a great idea Yours is one of only a few blogs I have subscribed to for email feed love it so much I got an error message when I clicked on the budget category just fyi Another topic worked fine Domesticated Mama says April 27 2011 at 12 04 pm I love your blog You provide so many useful tips on simplifying something I am doing a lot of with a 3 year old and 3 month old at home I am always happy to see when there is a new post Thanks Domesticated Mama s last post Bad Parenting Maggie Maggie s Nest says April 27 2011 at 12 08 pm Awesome Part of the adventure in blog reading is getting lost but the other part is finding what you came for Maggie Maggie s Nest s last post Not So Clean amp Simple How I Gave Up the Poo less Routine Paula Simply Sandwich says April 27 2011 at 12 24 pm Rachel you are awesome As always you have helped to make our lives more organized with your Real Solutions section It is really easy to navigate through the topics and I have already found new old posts to read Thanks Paula Simply Sandwich s last post Peeking Through the Pile o Mail Abby says April 27 2011 at 12 52 pm I like your style and I think it will help The other day I spent quite a while searching for your example of Pareto s law and couldn t find the right post Oh well I found other great posts instead Thanks for the inspiration Abby s last post I wont own an elephant againeven if its free Courtney says April 27 2011 at 12 57 pm Didn t know it was possible to love your site any more but now I do Great work Courtney s last post WFMW Microfiber Swiffer priest s wife says April 27 2011 at 1 19 pm This is really helpful Thanks priest s wife s last post In Search of Easter

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  • Good Reads: Lost in Venice Edition - Small Notebook
    would love to hear any thoughts you have about that Katherine YeOldCollegeTry s last post Im a Mess Rachel says April 22 2011 at 1 00 pm Both really When we were in Florence it felt like daily life Here in Venice it s more like our vacation and it is nice to have a break from organizing projects at home Living the Balanced Life says April 22 2011 at 1 33 pm Love the pictures So colorful Will you guys be visiting anywhere else in Italy before coming back to the states Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post 13 ways to stay stressed out Rachel says April 24 2011 at 2 40 pm Probably not for this trip With the little kids it s easier to stay in the same place and live in it Slackerjo says April 22 2011 at 1 47 pm Mmmmmm gelato Slackerjo s last post The Secret Life of Call Centres Anne says April 22 2011 at 2 24 pm Now that baseball season is here family dinners are difficult to protect I love the idea of family breakfasts Also love the pictures of Italy It s making my travel bug itch Brooke says April 22 2011 at 4 17 pm Beautiful photos I m going to Italy this summer always enjoy your posts and photos about your time there Stephanie says April 22 2011 at 5 01 pm My little bit of Italian is rusty but if that s strawberry and ruby grapefruit gelato in that photo well that just sounds like Summer in a cup Thanks for the reading list it looks good too Becs says April 22 2011 at 11 32 pm What beautiful photos Love those pinky hues the walls and the ice cream Becs s last post How I Made My First Wedding Cake Rachel says April 24 2011 at 2 42 pm Thanks I think I am going to organize my pictures of Venice by color All the pinks together and then the yellows Maggie Maggie s Nest says April 25 2011 at 1 51 pm What a fun idea I d love to see that when you re done Maybe you could take pictures of your pictures Maggie Maggie s Nest s last post My 200th Post Jenny W The Housewife Project says April 23 2011 at 7 32 am This is a nice assortment thanks Jenny W The Housewife Project s last post Wine Tips Aunt Amelia says April 23 2011 at 7 35 am Ohhhhhhhhhhhh thank you For the on the spot photos Wishing you a lovely rest of the weekend Gentle hugs Aunt Amelia s last post Oooops Looks like MN got her signals crossed again Aunt Amelia says April 23 2011 at 7 37 am Mmmmm what with all your photographic and writing ability are you planning so that this experience could be a book Like copy writing everything or whatever one has to do Hope so Gentle hugs Aunt Amelia

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  • The Daily Grocery Shopping in Florence - Small Notebook
    I wish I lived in Geneva Switzerland where I have friends and family and my mom And I wouldn t need the car I dream of car free living U guys r truly living the dream Living the Balanced Life says April 2 2011 at 2 37 pm Was very nice to read this am I am preparing to go on my major monthly grocery shopping trip Hubby gets paid once a month so we do a major trip I am curious if you shopped more often daily when you lived in the US or is this just a Florence thing I guess if it is just a quick walk to the market that would be fine We always go back weekly to get milk and more produce anyway Love the idea of the small town feel and being friendly with neighbors I guess it helps that most everyone lives and shops in that specific area so you really are neighbors As opposed to when we go to our local supermarket after driving 8 miles to get there The other shoppers are from all over the place I always loved living in the country but now the thought of living in town in a small town seems appealing Love the pics Do you find that you spend more buy more since you shop so often Living the Balanced Life s last post Setting boundaries when working at home Rachel says April 2 2011 at 2 51 pm In the US we shopped weekly with a car to bring the groceries home and a regular big fridge to keep everything fresh during the week We d also stop by Whole Foods an extra time or two during the week Here in Florence we pay more money for food but it s hard to know if it s because of the exchange rate the more frequent shopping or the fact that we were starting from scratch with a bare pantry Lily from Italy says April 3 2011 at 8 54 am I don t know about US prices but Coop is quite expensive compared to other supermarkets And of course small shops are more expensive than any super Lily from Italy says April 3 2011 at 8 55 am I still find funny than I do in Italy what you do in the US denise says April 2 2011 at 3 48 pm love the cottage child says April 2 2011 at 3 06 pm It s prettier and more romantic than HEB even if it just a big grocery it must be the Italian light or something You do a great job of bringing us all along the cottage child s last post Monday Madness Susan says April 2 2011 at 3 19 pm I m glad you have a Coop nearby we have them here in Zurich too the Swiss pronounce it cope yours seems very big to me Yes having a small frig makes daily trips to the market a reality Plus the food here in Switzerland and I m guessing it s the same for you has less preservatives so fresh food doesn t last more than a few days And when you re carrying things home you tend to not buy too much I remember the market over by San Croce that had wonderful fruit and vegetables Likely you have something similar near your neighborhood Thanks for the photos they are lovely Michelle Give a Girl a Fig says April 2 2011 at 3 38 pm That was something I loved about Belgium all of the specialty shops The cheese shop especially so beautiful And full fo goodness I also liked the supermarket bread section with the bread slicer Very cool Michelle Give a Girl a Fig s last post Taking care of businessmaking changes and a GIVEAWAY Jen says April 2 2011 at 3 48 pm I ve never been overseas and I LOVE this glimpse at your life in Florence Here in the US we live way out in the boonies and while we love the beauty of this space it sure doesn t allow for daily shopping What a great experience for you Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you Jen s last post Spring break Pipe Life style Denise Madison House Chef says April 2 2011 at 4 42 pm Thanks for this daily life post We ll be living in Florence this summer for 3 weeks while my husband teaches there The students who are coming from UT Pan Am will be living in their own apartments and cooking for themselves many for the first time For some of them who are used to daily take out and HEB this is going to be an eye opening experience Having lived short term in Europe UK before we ve tried to explain that the refrigerator is small food shopping is every other day and usually in your neighborhood and that eating out regularly is not an option for those on a budget Your post is incredibly timely and reinforces precisely what we ve been sharing with them Thank you BTW I ll be teaching a survival cooking class for the students later this month with an emphasis on fresh local and budget conscience Any suggestions especially based on what s readily available in local Florence shops recognizing that the seasonal produce will change by June I would welcome your input You have a fabulous blog Rachel says April 2 2011 at 4 49 pm Anything that can be prepared quickly The students here have so much going on that they don t spend much time cooking Tepary says April 2 2011 at 9 13 pm Only plan on using seasonal veg fruit You might be able to find something at the tail end of the season but fruit and veg are local and so the growing season finite Tepary s last post Recovery alexa says April 2 2011 at 4 57 pm Lovely to read about your delight in your new environment and your observations about the differences alexa s last post Pondering in the Spring Laurie V says April 2 2011 at 5 24 pm Oy I hear ya on the exchange rate I just took out Euro today my husband gets paid in US it has been going further in our favor since we arrive in Germany Hopefully it ll be back on it s way up soon Charis says April 2 2011 at 6 40 pm i love your commentary on the shopping i think often that it would be nice to have a grocery store here within walking distance definitely a way to work up an appetite and work off the calories i also love that the cashier can sit i bet they don t have as many back problems Charis s last post simple womans daybook 33111 liz says April 2 2011 at 7 44 pm I ve studied abroad several times Norway Spain and one of my favorite things to do is go to the grocery stores I love seeing how other people do things The funniest one was in Norway A lot of familiar foods have different names Sugar Smacks somehow morphed into Horny Corns in Norway And I almost got my hand slapped in Spain for trying to pick up an apple I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz with those apple trees Tepary says April 2 2011 at 9 15 pm I can t wait I think we re going to be there after you ve left unfortunately We arrive toward the end of April but take off immediately for elsewhere and then return on May 5th for 10 days Thanks for a taster reminder of what is in store The big store we went to was Esselunga I didn t find the coop Where is it Oh and it looks like we ll be staying in Oltrarno again but closer to San Frediano Enjoy these last few weeks I can t wait to hear what you get up to next Tepary s last post Recovery Rachel says April 3 2011 at 12 47 am The one in the Oltrarno that we go to is at the corner of Viale Donato Giannotti and Via Erbosa I think it s new Tepary says April 10 2011 at 7 16 am Fabulous I m v excited about that Tepary s last post What are you going to do now Femivore Krissa says April 2 2011 at 11 48 pm I love hearing about daily life in Florence I get to live vicariously through you Thanks for sharing Krissa s last post Cooking Together Mexican Black Bean Burgers Crafty Mermaid says April 2 2011 at 11 54 pm Thanks for the glimpse calliope Greece says April 3 2011 at 12 21 am I love how certain things are exactly the same anywhere in Europe I buy fresh produce every 2 3 days and milk bread every day without a car Small shops are more expensive and this is a fact but a their produce is 100 times better than the big supermarkets b I really like to help locals and small vendors as often as i can it helps the local society in many ways Our local butcher got to see me 2x a week for the whole year of my pregnancy every week commented on my huuuuge belly When the baby was born he insisted on giving me meat only when he himself slaughtered his own animals He gave me food from his family meat because he felt responsible for the new baby in the neighborhood these kind of bonds make me feel safer and happier Lily from Italy says April 3 2011 at 4 42 am I love it their store brand is great and their organic fair trade products aren t too expensive My local Coop moreover is a nicer more relaxing store than the others the lower ceiling helps Bread anyway has gotten too expensive bread machine all the way Suzanne says April 3 2011 at 6 04 am This brings back memories of living in Mexico We had big grocery stores but the smaller neighborhood spots were much more convenient than lugging bags and bags of food on the bus I remember the time we my group of exchange students from the US wanted to make Thanksgiving dinner I lugged more that 10 pounds of potatoes on the metro not to mention all the other items that make that meal traditional Enjoy the spontaneity of daily shopping Jenny W The Housewife Project says April 3 2011 at 6 54 am Those pictures and description before you got to the big grocery store glorious So quaint But I can see the convenience and cost benefits of the larger store I hate having to run back to the store all the time but if it were only a minute away I would probably go every day too Just plan each meal day by day Jenny W The Housewife Project s last post A Chocolate Sprinkled Life With Links to Recipes and Giveaways Glenda Childers says April 3 2011 at 7 28 am I was so surprised when I recently moved to Chicago that my little neighborhood grocery store has the same European style of grocery carts only we deposit a quarter Fondly Glenda Glenda Childers s last post It is PARTY TIME 2011 Ultimate Blog Party Cindy says April 3 2011 at 10 18 am I just love following your life in Florence Have you considered moving there for good It sounds like the perfect place to live and so much more serene than the USA The pictures are gorgeous too Feel free to post many more Cindy Jenni says April 3 2011 at 10 27 am When I lived overseas I actually found the idea of carrying your groceries home w o a car a good one it made you buy less and work off whatever you were buying I would walk 20 40 minutes sometimes with 3 heavy bags Helene says April 3 2011 at 10 45 am We have an Aldi here too and love their prices When carts are kept out of the lot there is no way for them to roll and hit other vehicles often causing damage I love your way of life I think an added benefit to daily shopping is that the kids get outside for a mini adventure every day so good for them in many ways Jo H says April 3 2011 at 11 25 am A delightful tour thank you I love your tongue in cheek humour Patricia says April 3 2011 at 11 55 am I so enjoyed reading this glimpse into your life Thanks for sharing it with all of us Cinzia says April 3 2011 at 12 53 pm Your blog is so delightful It brings back wonderful memories of our life in Italy We lived there for 2 years The experience transported us back to a simple life We lived in a village where there was no fast food no laundromat no movie theater Their bars were family friendly We usually bought gelato ice cream the local bar met friends for a leisurely stroll around the piazza We hope to someday return for visit with friends Rana says April 3 2011 at 1 02 pm Love seeing a look at your day What a fun and exciting experience your you and the kiddos Rana s last post Girls Weekend Rana says April 3 2011 at 1 03 pm oops I meant For you and your kiddos Rana s last post Girls Weekend Kait Palmer says April 3 2011 at 1 15 pm Seems like there are definitely plusses and minuses to shopping every day Freshness Check Convenience Uncheck lol Kait Palmer s last post Birthing Class and 24 Weeks Along Rachel says April 3 2011 at 1 24 pm I know I had to let go of my desire for efficiency and just go with it even though it takes more time Shelley says April 3 2011 at 2 14 pm Yep the Coop is a British invention Bill s daughter and son in law work at their main office in Manchester It is short for cooperative as it started out as a way of providing cheaper food for its members It s great that you love the shopping given that you ll be doing it most days We put a pound coin in our shopping trolley and get it back else the kids nick them and they end up in the river or you see sad mad homeless people pushing all their worldly goods about This is the sort of shopping we do when we are on holiday in Europe a little here and there most days but in the resorts the selection tends to be quite limited as there aren t the large supermarkets around You are fortunate to have the Coop near by Shelley s last post Spring Navy Christine says April 3 2011 at 2 32 pm Rachel this is delightful really makes me want to go to Florence Oh wait I AM going to Florence This summer I ll be working in Turkey and have almost decided to stop in Italy on my way home I think I ll be emailing you soon for some insider tips on that beautiful city of yours Christine s last post Words from my Week Sandra says April 3 2011 at 4 28 pm After seeing thousands if not millions of plastic bags in the Sahara Desert in Morocco I ve become a devotee of taking my own bag Generally when I travel I always buy a local reusable sturdy market bag to use while shopping and for a souvenier Sandra s last post Tidbit Tuesday Fun Lau corridorkitchen says April 3 2011 at 5 21 pm Apparently gluten intolerance is very common in Italy something like 30 of children Glad you having a ball Julie Just Julie says April 3 2011 at 7 51 pm When I was little my family lived in Germany and my mom would shop at Aldi Now we have them here and I love them always have to have a quarter handy to get the cart It s interesting how low to the ground their carts are at Coops And the Zamboni I think that is so fun Look kids go watch the Zamboni lady ride around the grocery store it s just like a hockey game Julie Just Julie s last post Crafty Party Sheryl says April 3 2011 at 9 19 pm Thanks for a beautiful glimpse into your life made me homesick for New Zealand where I have lived twice for 18 months total Fresher veggies and bread are just a few things I miss along with real fish and chips and DB beer Tracy says April 3 2011 at 11 55 pm Oh my goodness what a blast from the past DB beer The good old days Tracy s last post Thin Lizzy Still in love with you Tracy says April 3 2011 at 11 53 pm Beautiful scenery so idyllic Tracy s last post Thin Lizzy Still in love with you Morgan says April 4 2011 at 7 10 am Very like how I shop for groceries here in Taipei right down to the bus ride the reusable bags lugging everything home the little shops and the pay carts at the few shops that actually HAVE carts that is I really don t mind shopping almost every day our food is so much fresher that way and there are shops everywhere making it pretty convenient to run in and grab something on my way to or from language class or picking up the boys from school Morgan s last post Olympic Day at Bethany Marianne says April 4 2011 at 8 13 am I

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  • Good Reads for March - Small Notebook
    FlyLady and add your own jennifer says March 26 2011 at 4 59 am Happy Spring Have a great weekend jennifer s last post On my needles the Raring to Go Edition Mary Beth says March 26 2011 at 8 37 am Oh wow Rachel I just finished publishing a dreamy practical list and I click over to your blog and see you have linked to me How delightful Thank you I am loving your posts from Italy and continue to be so inspired by your thoughts and attitude Mary Beth s last post dreamy practical Living the Balanced Life says March 26 2011 at 10 26 am Love the pics of the doors Oh and vespas sound like so much fun Can t wait to see and read about your sightseeing Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post The cure for everything and an interview with a blogger Kait Palmer says March 26 2011 at 10 30 am Have fun sightseeing And I LOVE that illustrated journal What a great idea Kait Palmer s last post What Must Eve Have Thought Julie says March 26 2011 at 11 58 am I love the doors Julie s last post Weekend Cooking Mrs Beetons Book of Household Management se7en says March 26 2011 at 1 45 pm Totally love the dreamy practical idea this is so true of life I dream all week of the weekend and then the practical is nothing like the dream and while the weekend was great and we did fun stuff it just wasn t the dreamy so I feel that the weekend was a bit bleh I never dreamt I would sleep till 10 am this morning surrounded by my three youngest sleeping sleepy heads because my hubs was sweet enough to take the older kids out very early and very quietly Instead I was disappointed the laundry wasn t done by 9 am and the older kids hadn t done their jobs Am I insane The reality was the dream and I am off to give everyone a hug and thank them anna says March 27 2011 at 7 05 am Living in a 3rd world country and having just moved to a place with unusual cupbaord placement and sizes I discovered the use of tins for storage I gathered all the small bags of pasta noodles etc and placed them in one colorful tin Yes it does sit on the counter but it looks better than the plastic bags I also took a low crate that I had and placed all the plastic containers and lids that I do use at various times and confined them to the small crate then slid it into the bottom shelf on the lower cabinets Flour and baking items get stored in the frig freezer Keeps bugs out and uses up wasted space in the frig freezer I also put the glass dishes coffee mugs etc on the open shelves I would much rather have those

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  • The Bathroom Tour, and Being More Grateful for Hot Water - Small Notebook
    the reminder Jennie s last post right now in true soulemama style Lynn W says March 24 2011 at 11 21 am Love hearing all the details of your adventure in Italy I m living vicariously through your blog posts as I ve not been adventurous enough to live elsewhere Frances says March 24 2011 at 11 22 am Love your blog this is my first comment too My folks have a primitive summer cottage which until recently had no shower a tiny hot water tank for the kitchen and limited electricity as well The solution grownups washed hair in the kitchen sink then had a quick sponge bath with a small septic tank hair rinsing water got caught in a basin and used on the garden Kids were bathed in rubbermaid bins placed on an old shower curtain in the warmest room in the house They thought it was a riot It was amazing how little hot water this required Your separate electric hot water tanks sound like a good argument for those hot water on demand units Frances s last post painting elves rock Denise says March 24 2011 at 11 22 am When I lived in Istanbul years ago I too was thankful for hot water Then when the city regularly turned off the water for the middle of the day I became grateful just for running water Sure changes your perspective on what s important We learned to store water when it was on in the morning saving it for dishes and such during the day Lois H says March 24 2011 at 11 33 am Wow I just have to say I am REALLY enjoying your posts about living in Italy What an eye opening glimpse at life in another country and at what things we take for granted I have always fantasized about moving to some cute town in Europe and living for a few years even took serious thought at it about 15 years ago before kids came along but I never even considered some of the adjustments you have made Thank you for sharing I m sharing them with my children as well so that they see life is not the same everywhere in the world Lois H s last post You are not your past Shilo says March 24 2011 at 11 35 am Oh amen Here in Paraguay they use the self electrocution shower heads Our last house had them and I shocked myself every SINGLE day hated that So thankful that our current house has a hot water heater and most days the water coming into the house is also quite warm due to our high temps Anyway glad you found a routine that works for you There s always a way isn t there Shilo s last post My Beautiful Family Frances says March 24 2011 at 2 04 pm Wait What Is this a form of discipline Is the electricity wired wrong Please explain Frances s last post Sweet Cabbage Shilo says March 24 2011 at 2 17 pm No it s just a different way of doing things But I have heard of them going up in flames too can cause quite a scare They connect electricity to the shower head and it heats the water on demand Here s a post about it from my blog http myplaceofpeace blogspot com 2009 09 whats different widow maker html Shilo s last post My Beautiful Family Living the Balanced Life says March 24 2011 at 8 02 pm My hubby who is an electrician was amazed at your showerhead VERY dangerous he says Living the Balanced Life s last post Keeping little hands busy while mommy works Shilo says March 25 2011 at 4 57 am Yes it really is But strangely enough very few people use any other system here Thankfully we don t live in that house anymore and we have a hot water heater It took me 3 months to stop flinching when I turned on the the hot water because I was so used to getting shocked at the other house Blessings Shilo s last post My Beautiful Family Carla says March 24 2011 at 11 37 am It is amazing the amount of things that we take for granted A recent trip to Africa put my life in Canada in sharp focus I am so grateful for what I have Carla s last post Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Cupcakes Jessicah says March 24 2011 at 11 41 am I spent a few summers with my aunt and uncle in England where they had a typically tiny British water heater My American self had trouble taking short enough showers so almost every day I would trip the breaker and then have to grab a towel and run shivering downstairs to the kitchen pull over a chair and climb up on the counter to flip the heater switch back on Took me a good 10 days to get my showers short enough to avoid that Jessicah s last post It s crazy how much better Eleanor s walking gets Kacie says March 24 2011 at 11 44 am You forgot to mention the what the heck is it a bidet I must know more about the two potty thing Rachel says March 24 2011 at 12 00 pm Oh that That s a bidet Lane thinks it s funny to call it a bum washer but we don t use it rache says March 24 2011 at 3 04 pm they are quite useful for baby bathing handwash clothes soaking and leg shaving my parents have one but its about 3metres from the toilet so not used for its proper purpose Anna says March 24 2011 at 1 02 pm When I lived in Spain for a few months the bidet became my BEST FRIEND to avoid the cold and rushed showering experience You ve got to try it out Rachel Anna says March 24 2011 at 1 03 pm P S I have actually asked my husband if we could install one here in our house in the U S That s how great it is mamie says March 24 2011 at 11 58 am The rubbermaid in the tub for the kiddos worked for me on a 5 gallon tank system If your kitchen is gas heating extra water may work well for you eva says March 24 2011 at 12 34 pm as a note things like endless hot water that people in the US and Japan may take for granted are a direct cause of the astronomically high energy usage we have as compared to other industrialized nations and that energy well it s gotta come from somewhere I d be curious to see some numbers on what the per capita energy consumption in your Italian city is Erin says March 24 2011 at 12 53 pm This made me remember growing up overseas for a time we had bucket showers and if you wanted to have a hot shower you d have to run outside and fill up your bucket from the heated hot water tank heated by a fire and take it to the bath house Then you would only have the water in your bucket to wash yourself which was a bit difficult when I was little considering my sister and I had long hair Now I m so spoiled but I often take really long showers because I have a set water surcharge and never use it all anyways so it wouldn t save me money however yes it is wasteful of me Love hearing about your overseas adventure I have dreams of living there someday kathy says March 24 2011 at 1 00 pm Your posts are so enlightening and really interesting I m enjoying living vicariously through you I know that Americans can be overly consumptive but one thing I refuse to give up are my sometimes long hot showers I DON T take them for granted or just about anything else I have as I am generally grateful for all of the luxuries that we Americans enjoy So I guess I won t be living overseas anytime soon Jenni says March 24 2011 at 1 19 pm Because we ve been blessed with decent hot water heaters in both of our European addresses except our first two weeks here without any hot water I had not fully understood why others might take such few baths until now In fact a Portuguese friend told me the other day they couldn t schedule something that night of the week since it was bath night Another one told me they use the bidet daily for washing feet and bottoms instead I have learned to go more days without washing my hair as others do in these countries I could get away with it even more in the drier climate of Germany baby powder works great for greasy spots of hair Thanks for sharing Jenni s last post Guest Books Jessica says March 24 2011 at 1 23 pm Hehe My water heater is the size of a pea It s pretty inconvenient but it s also a good excuse to put off washing the dishes shaving my legs etc Kate says March 24 2011 at 1 49 pm Your post brought back vivid memories of a year spent living in India There was a stretch where we had no water at all in my apartment hot or otherwise and I finally took the plunge and washed my hair in the monsoon rainwater gushing off the roof Kate s last post Six Months and Counting Frances says March 24 2011 at 1 58 pm I wonder if they have solar water heater bags in Italy They sell them here for camp showers I also take sailor showers They are faster and more efficient than washing with a rag in the sink We try to conserve water but one of the big motivators for me to cut back on my shower routine was sleeping in a bit longer Most of the time I only soap up the essentials which keeps my skin from drying out I put my very long hair in a bun and wash my scalp I rinse my head so the water runs toward my face keeping the bun dry This saves tremendously on detangleing and drying time and I ve also found I can skip shampooing every other day This type of shampooing only adds a minute to my one minute shower Once a week I splurge and take a longer shower using conditioner and shaving and all that I would really miss that luxury in Italy For people with warm water looking for motivation to take shorter showers I would recommend keeping a stop watch in the shower It really helps to see the time adding up so quickly As for the bidet Have you tried it out With a wash cloth and soap you can feel cleaner and fresher than with TP alone It s no wonder that Europeans are more romantic Frances s last post Sweet Cabbage Rambling Heather says March 24 2011 at 2 07 pm Can I just say that this post is my favorite Living in an RV I now have such a grateful heart for bathrooms real toilet paper regular sized toilets and hot showers Rambling Heather s last post Imagine Yourself In A Home You LOVE Christine says March 24 2011 at 3 03 pm I have spent time in Romania and one year while we were visiting there was ZERO hot water to be had A communist brilliant idea had been to centralize the hot water yes centralize as in for the whole town whole area Yes dumb Super dumb So the hot water system was down This meant not a lick of hot water for showers and cold water without even a little warm water mixed in is stunningly cold even when it s 90 degrees and muggy outside It s like taking a shower in snow melt I too perfected the flipped over hair wash in cold water maneuver If you have to persist with a cold shower allow me to suggest that you then take off your clothes get your hands wet and soapy and soap yourself up Then you only have to use cold water to rinse Work from your feet up and save your back for last it s always the coldest then jump into a towel and go put on clothes That was how we made it work for a few weeks Sure was refreshing se7en says March 24 2011 at 3 38 pm Isn t it funny there is just no bathroom like home Wherever we have traveled even if it is just away fro the weekend the shower is never as great as at home When we traveled in Greece for the first time we just couldn t figure it out why would the shower be on a handset at any level below the waste even knee hight well obviously because you don t stand lingering under it And in places where they ship every drop of water in you can so understand it Water on spray water off soap water on rinse off water off total time with the tap running less than a minute There is indeed a lesson to be learnt there Here we keep a bucket in the shower while we shower and afterwards we pour the saved water out on the garden Maggie Maggie s Nest says March 24 2011 at 3 47 pm Wow what an ordeal I can t imagine freezing in an apartment for an hour to let water heat up and to many Italians it probably doesn t seem extraordinary but just how it is Thanks for the reminder to consciously say thanks for my hot shower After I really cleaned up my eating last year I discovered that I didn t stink anymore huh so now I shower every two or three days I have to say my skin and hair thank me constantly And in the wintertime since I try not to use the blow dryer I don t have to leave cold wet hair on my shoulders for an hour Maggie Maggie s Nest s last post Family is a Verb Enzo Adriatic says March 24 2011 at 5 26 pm This is true in older buildings such as what gives Florence it Character Understand these building can be 350 in Venice as well as many other areas up to 700 years old or even older They are concrete and not easy to update the electricity or piping without major renovations Remember this is not drywall and wood studs like in the states I live in a newer building in Lignano Sabbiadoro and we have no such problems Of course my building probably does not have the character and charm of this Florence apartment but my wife prefers warm showers so there you have it michelle says March 24 2011 at 6 25 pm Hi there I love reading your posts I just began reading after a friend posted something of yours on FB This post reminded me of the coldest shower I ever took as a kid It was while we were camping along side Lake Tahoe The shower felt like the water was coming straight from the lake very cold even in summer Jennifer M says March 24 2011 at 6 36 pm Oh how interesting I ve always heard that houses in Europe had those insta hot things in their shower Guess it s not every place in Europe though Crazy what we take for granted here in the States Jennifer M s last post Date a Girl Who Reads Suzanne says March 24 2011 at 6 39 pm I lived in Mexico for a year I heated my water by burning corn cobs Living in other countries makes me realize how fortunate we are here Thank you for the perspective you just provided chelle says March 25 2011 at 4 31 am A girlfriend lived in Mexico for 6 months They had bucket showers which were always cold until she go smart and microwaved water to go in the bucket and give warm water Handy Man Crafty Woman says March 24 2011 at 7 57 pm How interesting We are spoiled here in the US I would have a hard time taking such quickie showers Handy Man Crafty Woman s last post Coloring on Furniture With Markers Living the Balanced Life says March 24 2011 at 8 12 pm This is such an interesting conversation We are definitely spoiled in the US Funny thing I was just watching Eat pray Love last night for the 3rd time and there is a scene when she comes to Italy for those who may not have seen it and her landlady is explaining in broken english about heating the water to put in the tub She protested that it wouldn t be enough water to which the italian woman says It will take care of the parts that matter most I love a hot shower but I hate the time it takes to take one the way that I normally take one May have to rethink my routine Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post Staying focused as a work at home mom Morgan says March 24 2011 at 8 30 pm Reminds me of our years in China We had a hot water heater the size of a cereal box In the summer the hot water lasted about 5 minutes in the winter about 3 minutes It took about an hour to heat up and it ONLY heated water for the shower no hot water in the sink in the kitchen or in the washing machine We had to boil water for washing

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    a simple herb garden and support farmers at the market for the rest Rachel I hope you re enjoying amazing produce over there I truly miss it that s what I miss most about living outside the U S actually Tsh Simple Mom s last post 7 Principles to Simplify Your Family Life Margie says March 21 2011 at 8 57 am This was a well timed post for me I am nearing a natural breakpoint on a hobby I ve had for quite a while I ve used the NYTimes non fiction bestseller list to guide my reading finishing five of the top fifteen books every week since 2000 I had a gap from the time when I was getting married and I have nine more books to closes that gap When I finish I need to decide if I m going to continue following the list or not It was a wonderful way to find new authors and topics during my twenties but my free time with one and a half kids is much less than it used to be Some weeks it s a breeze to pick out books that interest me and I m excited to read and some weeks it feels like a chore which is NOT what I need more of Katherine says March 21 2011 at 9 11 am I have actually just been dealing with this myself and my hobby was blogging I started in late 2007 and focused mostly on homes and décor Posting on what I was doing with my home in particular plus a mix of things that were going on in my life at the time I lived far away from my family and I found it to be a good way to stay in touch and feel connected I found over the years that it was becoming more of a job than something I enjoyed More like I need to find something cool to do so that I have something cool to post to my blog Ugh It was exhausting and a chore that I no longer enjoyed I have really struggled with the idea of quitting but finally this month I pulled it down I d post once a week then once a month then not for months It just didn t seem worth it and pulling the blog really gave closure to this hobby I realized that I can still be a part of the community without having to create content myself Once I realized that it was ok to stop Maybe one day I ll be back but for now this is what works for me Tanya says March 21 2011 at 9 13 am There s a reason no one grows citrus trees in that part of our state but I was undaunted Oh Rachel this post made me laugh out loud and I relate to a lot of what you said I have stacks of craft materials going untouched I haven t quite decided what to do with them yet And I think your statement about having more fun shopping for supplies than actually doing the hobby is spot on I could spend hours in craft stores Maybe THAT is the hobby anna says March 21 2011 at 9 21 am someone once pointed out to me that my hobby is collecting hobbies i ve got a few let s say i m feeling guilty about wanting to switch from paper scrapbooking to digital because it means i need to buy a bigger computer 10 isn t quite big enough i ve felt guilty about quitting cello lessons when i wasn t doing enough practice to justify continuing after a year i planted a garden and killed it i want to crochet make a quilt write a book i m definitely not one to finish a project just because i started it this year i m trying to scale back on my hobby related obligations so i can figure out what it it that i really enjoy doing rather than just doing because i said i would Eszter says March 21 2011 at 2 01 pm Feeling guilty about a hobby this sounds familiar I do classical ballet Dancing is such a big part of me it always has been I felt that after 6 years of nothing else but my twins I deserve something for only me before that I felt too guilty to take time for myself Thank goodness my sweet husband supported me from the start and let s just say he is happy about the results too A dancer dances It only took me 35 years not to feel guilty about it I hope I won t need to wait until I m 80 to live guilt free Eszter SillySimple says March 21 2011 at 9 23 am yet another excellent point I often have to remind myself that I do hobbies for fun in my free time to relax When hobbies become uncomfortable obligations that bring stress and guilt in my life I could just get another job and get paid for my efforts SillySimple s last post The story continues Emily Joyce says March 21 2011 at 9 41 am I m the kind of person who feels guilty if they don t finish what they start But you are so right hobbies should be fun Some of my tastes and interests have changed from drawing and painting to more digital artwork and design and it s ok to give up on some things at this point Emily Joyce s last post Four Reasons to Celebrate Lent Even if Youre Not Catholic Cindy says March 21 2011 at 10 19 am I agree with you to a point I have a girlfriend that continuously starts projects and never finishes them What a waste of money Rachel says March 21 2011 at 11 31 am Yes it s a lot easier to drop a hobby guilt free when you don t jump into too many too fast with too much money in the first place I guess that s part of last week s post about thinking carefully about what we start Linda says March 21 2011 at 10 41 am This newsletter came at the perfect time for me I spent a couple of years exploring new hobbies I m now settled into what I really enjoy but feeling SO guilty about the ones I left behind I m looking for a place to donate my hobby things That way I won t feel so guilty Christine says March 21 2011 at 10 46 am I had to quit knitting All of my girlfriends housemates loved knitting They took it up together They would sit around together and knit and chat Knitting was a way to be a part of the group so I did But I hated it I just hated knitting Why spend all that time working to knit something that was then misshapen and horrible to wear when I could have gone to target and bought the same thing only pretty for half the price and none of the work See Knitting was lost on me So I gave up knitting and a small piece of my friendship unfortunately I settled for having tea with my housemates while they knit and buying my scarves at target Some of my friends still knit It s amazing what they can make They send me baby sweaters for my kids and cute knit toys And I don t miss knitting Rachel says March 21 2011 at 11 04 am I used to be in a sewing group that met once a month It was really fun because only one of us actually did any sewing while we were there the rest of us just talked Sometimes I took clothes that needed to be mended and sewed on buttons We had snacks and tea but the rule was that the cookies had to be store bought so no one felt the pressure to impress with homemade cookies Megan declutterdaily says March 22 2011 at 11 51 am Ha My book club should take up that rule I m going to propose it this week Jacqueline says March 21 2011 at 10 47 am How timely I have recently come to the realization that I am no longer a scrap booker Yet I still have not brought myself to actually clearing out the clutter I have for it I m inspired it is going on my to do list Now if I could only make progress on my list Jo H says March 21 2011 at 10 48 am It s good to be reminded that hobbies are supposed to be fun This will help with my decluttering agonies but maybe in a different way than you would expect My unfinished projects are all things I would find fun if I made time for them so I will keep them and work on my schedule instead If I do find anything that doesn t sound like fun though out it goes brenda says March 21 2011 at 10 56 am Great post especially that last question I am drawn to growing food too but it is an awful lot harder than one realizes I also have realized I love cooking and the great thing with that hobby is the project is usually done by the next mealtime all supplies and finished products get eaten up no storage display issues and I can save money making my own I decided I ll focus just on growing some herbs and tomatoes in the summer and otherwise go to the farmers market or grocery store with a healthy appreciation post reading Omnivore s Dilemma and seeing Food Inc for high quality humanely raised food Living the Balanced Life says March 21 2011 at 11 10 am My hobbies have changed through the years I used to read fiction not anymore I used to read a lot of self help and personal development books now I do that by reading those type of blogs online I would love to try to grow a tomato plant and some basil and cilantro but since I have a fairly brown thumb you ve got me a little scared now Rachel lol I just spend so much on fresh herbs it would have to be cheaper to plant I would think My other hobby is collecting and reading about organizing But not so much about getting it done or keeping it that way I love to buy pretty baskets and boxes to store my stuff I have tried to put a stop to this as well unless I have a very specific item or space that needs to be held Bernice Living the Balanced Life s last post WAHM The Struggle with the Juggle Rachel says March 21 2011 at 11 26 am Herbs are a lot easier than vegetables and if you accidentally kill them you can just spend 2 and buy a new little pot and try again Cilantro plants don t live very long anyway but basil lasts all summer in the sun Herb pots are smaller and easier to manage than big vegetable plants like tomatoes and peppers that require a lot of water Living the Balanced Life says March 22 2011 at 2 51 pm Okay You have calmed my fears I will be buying some cilantro and basil plants this weekend Thanks Rachel Living the Balanced Life s last post The journey of a work at home mom Maaike Quinn Life with FlyLady says March 21 2011 at 11 13 am I honestly only have hobbies I truly enjoy I don t even have a lot of them and I am way too lazy to do something I don t really love to do There is a but though I suffer from the same perfectionist thing you have with watching movies only I do that with books I love to read all sorts of books but sometimes I don t read for weeks on end because I don t like my current one but I am determined to finish it How stupid is that So please tell did you find a solution yet I d love to know I am working on my nasty perfectionism by the way that will no doubt be the long term solution but I d like to have a short cut for this one lol Maaike Quinn Life with FlyLady s last post How to make watching TV more fun Lynda T says March 21 2011 at 11 30 am Okay now you have gone from preaching to meddling I cycle through what I do some hobbies go dormant for years I have learned not to get rid of any supplies because I will cycle back no matter how much I think I won t Right now I am more into sketching and my drawing art rather than my art quilting but it all works together I will be a better art quilter with improved drawing skills I am also doing more writing now than I used to Rachel says March 21 2011 at 11 59 am I didn t mention getting rid of supplies I still have some supplies from hobbies I don t do often This post is more about choosing what you spend your time on and not having regrets that you can t do everything Janel says March 23 2011 at 7 27 am I purged my life of excess hobbies about 10 years ago But I never could give up my knitting needles even though I hadn t used them in forever because I had three children 6 years under I knew that one day I would knit again So I kept them and haven t regretted it Now I m at a stage in my life where I can knit again I m a season and cycle girl too so if something doesn t take up too much space like knitting needles I say keep it That said I purged my yarn stash at the time because it did take up space I don t regret it because now I choose yarn by the project jennifer says March 24 2011 at 5 25 am I tend to cycle through hobbies as well so I can relate to these comments well My bugaboo was keeping large stashes of supplies for my hobbies quilting fabric yarn for knitting paints and such that I didn t like or wouldn t ever use This year I have gone through my fabric stash and purged it of all fabrics that I did not truly love and gone through my yarn stash and assigned each to a specific project and donated what was left Now I am in a quandary wondering if I will ever make Ukranian Easter eggs again They were so beautiful and so satisfying to do but it has been many years since I used the dyes how long is too long to keep supplies for a beloved hobby jennifer s last post On my needles the Raring to Go Edition Liz lizoh co says March 21 2011 at 11 37 am A few years ago I decided to try my hand at rug making After I made three small ones I felt ready to make a big one for my kitchen floor It took me two years to finish and there were periods where I really hated the thing but just kept going because I knew it was something I didn t want to look back on and regret But I knew this going in it was a finite project that was very forgiving in terms of attention to detail so when I started it I was also starting a commitment to myself I ve started other hobbies I love the idea of knitting for one But I ve never finished even a small project so I never got to the point where I made a commitment to a goal I recently gave away all my needles and yarn and just let it go and I m so glad to have the shelf space back Liz lizoh co s last post My Vision for Blogging Business Plan for Blogs Jessica says March 21 2011 at 11 44 am LOL the most expensive orange I ever ate I can agree unless a hobby is really enjoyable and fruitful pun intended then don t let it steal any of your precious time Do what you love and love what you do I hope all is well in Italy Jessica CA US Carolina says March 21 2011 at 11 48 am Well reading is my most cherished hobby and has been so since I was six so that is an easy one to keep For the rest I m a crafter out to my fingertips Only in textiles though I used to do all sorts weaving embroidery sewing knitting tatting crocheting quilting Two kids and a house came along though and the joy of crafting wilted But I still felt I should be crafting and I should enjoy it Until this fall when I cleared out my craft room and only kept the materials I truly loved and saw a use for That meant clearing out about 2 3 of it all So now when I go in there I do things I really like to do and want to do and the joy is back So decluttering saved my joy for my hobbies Erin says March 21 2011 at 12 22 pm This is spot on right now I am thinking seriously about giving up scrapbooking Love the finished result and buying the sweet little embellishments but I have not had time in the past 2 years to get a single page done Just thinking about beginning my son s 1st year is so overwhelming and I not sure when it will get done I have loads of scrapbooking stuff but I think it is time to pass it along Know anyone who is willing to buy Jill says March 21 2011 at 1 11 pm Don t be so hard on yourself about the single orange and its lack of flavor Orange trees are irresistible at about 30 yrs of age Perhaps you ll re visit the idea later on in life and scoop up someone s unwanted tree that s got a few years under its belt As for acid free scrapbooking I ve found that it s impossible to do at home All the supplies and embellishements must be taken on a girls week end in order to manage quality scrapbooking time These days it s so much easier to make albums online Carletta says March 21 2011 at 1 29 pm Love this Heidi says March 21 2011 at 2 25 pm What a timely post I just said to my husband last night that I m breaking up with scrapbooking I used to enjoy it but now it seems like one more thing I have to do I hate dealing with prints and it s so much easier to do online if I want to make a keepsake photo book I ve also been thinking about starting a vegetable garden since we moved into a house with a sunny backyard But instead of jumping in I think I ll take it slowly and start with just herbs this year If it goes well and I enjoy it then maybe the following year I ll add a vegetable Thanks for the validation Minnesotamom says March 21 2011 at 3 03 pm Rachel I am loving this series I have dabbled in hobbies here and there and I have much debris to show for it When we move later this spring I am hoping to move only the items I really will use and give the rest away as I give up the dream of finishing it or even starting it to someone who will use it NOW The stage of life I m in just doesn t offer me much free time so I don t see the sense in having my house be a storage unit for the next 5 to 7 years Thank you thank you thank you Minnesotamom s last post Monday Face Nicole aka Gidget says March 21 2011 at 3 14 pm Thanks Rachel I feel like you are always giving me permission in a sense to do what I felt or thought all along I think for me scrapbooking is out and blogging digital photo keeping is where I am at now but it s been hard to let go of something I used to spend so much time on I love the end result but it s just not practical anymore I set myself a goal to get to a certain point and then stop so I want to crack down and finish and then be done with it Maybe I won t finish those last couple of months like I was hoping to after all Nicole aka Gidget s last post Intentional Community Anu says March 21 2011 at 4 49 pm Not sure if you have watched remember The Cosby Show episodes where they keep making fun of Denise and her incomplete projects hobbies You have penned it down very aptly should have a clarity on why one is pursuing a hobby At the same time one should figure that out soon otherwise the incomplete projects can weigh one down Been there guess am still there Anu s last post The Case of 10 lb Carrots Chloe says March 21 2011 at 5 02 pm I think the distinction between I like the idea of knowing how to knit and I like the process of knitting is so important for every hobby That is a thought process that has taken me quite a while to learn What I discovered about myself is that I enjoy creating a finished product And it is unrealistic in this season of my life with a baby on the way to take up a new hobby such a knitting when it would just make me feel worse to see the basket of untouched knitting than it would to actually knit I still have some of my supplies for various hobbies but knitting needles no yarn stash and paint brushes and a quilting square can actually be packed into a rather small Rubbermaid container when you put your mind to it When the time comes I will still have the tools I invested in but for now I stick to projects that can be easily finished in a weekend And I buy my knit baby hats on Etsy too Jacquelyn says March 21 2011 at 5 10 pm I clicked on a link to this blog randomly totally what I am going through right now I appreciate your blog posts I guess I thought I was the only one that had these troubles Kait Palmer says March 21 2011 at 5 41 pm This hits home as my crafty brain is going into overdrive thinking about all I am going to make for my little girl I love sewing and hope to use it as supplemental income once I m a SAHM but do I really want to sew EVERY LITTLE THING Nope I don t think so So I m trying to figure out what is a easiest and b will be most treasured by my baby girl I still have the blanket my mom sewed me but the bumbers and frills she sewed onto everything that stood still I wouldn t even know about if it wasn t for pictures Great post Kait Palmer s last post The Babymoon and The Gender Is se7en says March 21 2011 at 6 21 pm We used to have a pantry where I kept potential craft projects on the shelves and I loved it a cool room albeit tiny with with wide shelves and lots of eye candy but nothing got done so I set up lists and schedules still nothing ANyway we remodeled our kitchen and lost the pantry to open space which is so great for our bigger than average family And I had to do the projects or get rid of them Well I gifted them to friends and bought no birthday gifts for a year And they loved it I gave one friend a ceramic bowl ready for painting and some paints She never looked back Didn t want to take the first step but once she got going nothing could stop her Similarly with fabric paints It was such fun to give gifts that folk actually used rather than just another old chocolate bought at the last minute So really our projects that are our guilt traps can be a real blessing and inspiration to others you really can move them on Christa says March 21 2011 at 6 52 pm I agree wholeheartedly Once I signed up for two classes at a local community college I liked one of them but the other one was more stress than I could handle at the time Thankfully I was able to drop the class without receiving a bad grade My logic was I ve already wasted the money I m not wasting the time too Rachel says March 22 2011 at 2 02 am I ve already wasted the money I m not wasting the time too Exactly Perfect Natasha says March 21 2011 at 7 21 pm The challenge I have is a short attention span and cravings I want to deal with NOW I have oodles and oodles of hobbies it s the jack of all trades master of none phenomenon For 2 mths of the year I will be ALL about knitting then I get bored and move onto sewing for 2 mths then I get bored and move onto stamp carving for 2 mths then card making then back to knitting then onto crochet then back to sewing it s vicious I have a hard time parting with my plethora of hobbies because I love the variety and multiple creative outlets but I also know I NEED to whittle down so am trying to balance space limitations mess creation vs end satisfaction pleasure Any tips that might help Natasha s last post Do you see it too KaseyQ says March 21 2011 at 8 37 pm You sound just like me I don t know if you re a spiritual person but for me I had to ask God to direct me to the talents He wants me to cultivate I feel that I have a purpose on earth and while it s great that I m good at a lot of things it s important to spend my time wisely I now have a set time each week to cultivate what I feel are my most important talents and another night to do whatever I feel like doing That way my strengths get stronger but my curiosity and creative ADD get satiated as well KaseyQ s last post Fresh Homemade Bread Is This Easy Who Knew Dana Cooking At Cafe D says March 21 2011 at 8 27 pm Every month my husband and I reassess whether I should stop selling on Etsy And each month he reminds me that we agreed to give it a year I have a cute shop I ve made good virtual friends on teams we support each other I ve learned TONS about listings and photographs But I ve only had 8 sales in 5 months Now for some that s great For others it s stinky And I guess I m not really sure what my goals really are so I have no opinion If I get into the wedding game which I could I could get some pretty nice bulk sales But then I have lots to wrap pack and ship This would be growing from a getting rid of vintage stuff to an truly morph into a PT job which sometimes seems to already have those hours Hmm lots of thinking to do Thanks for prompting the questions Dana Cooking At Cafe D s last post On the Level Getting it Straight and a GIVEAWAY KaseyQ says March 21 2011 at 8 32 pm For me so many of my hobbies are just my way of learning how to do something Today I made a loaf of homemade bread from scratch for the first time no breadmaker I wanted to try it just to see if I could do it and I can I also know that the only way to really know if something is going to be a good hobby fit for you is to just try it and see like you with the orange tree Last month I tried my hand at making tissue paper flowers and they turned out beautifully But the process took longer than I anticipated and I realized that I would not be making large bouquets of paper flowers anytime soon For me my main hobby is trying new hobbies There are a few I stick with paper crafting photography and writing but the rest just give me something to write and photograph KaseyQ s last post Fresh Homemade Bread Is This Easy Who Knew Rachel says March 22 2011 at 2 00 am That s how I felt a few years ago My main hobby was collecting new skills It was such a neat time of learning sandra eastern journey says March 21 2011 at 9 38 pm Scarpbooking Ugh I have supplies that I bought before I had two toddlers and a baby I m trying to process do I give away the supplies or finish out what I have by making simple albums sandra eastern journey s last post Are you kidding me Birdie says March 21 2011 at 9 48 pm This is such a KICKASS post I think we all could use a reminder Maggie Maggie s Nest says March 21 2011 at 10 05 pm I pick up put down and then pick back up several of my hobbies so over time I ve learned to give a certain amount of room to my sewing knitting and gardening supplies But recognizing that those hobbies do come back around in my life has helped me recognize those hobbies that don t come back around your post reminds me of this as we get ready to sort our house for the remodel Maybe it really is time to give up the pastels set and box of painting supplies that I loved for ten minutes Maggie Maggie s Nest s last post Bone Broth 101 amp Slowcooker Chicken Soup Paula Simply Sandwich says March 21 2011 at 10 14 pm Oh Rachel you hit this one I LOVE to garden but after throwing out my lower back two times and killing myself working the soil I may need to re think this hobby before I plant my spring veggies I love doing it but I think it may not be the right season of my live to do it Thanks for the post Paula Simply Sandwich s last post Teamwork AnnaMarie says March 21 2011 at 10 16 pm I so appreciate this My husband is an amazing artist in ways I truly envy He can sketch out anything beautifully paint it conjure gorgeous images out of thin air and I wish I could do that I ve tried and tried and I just can t No amount of sketch pads or charcoal or fancy paints will give me talent But you know what I m a great cook and he s not And we have to eat So we re both happy Rachel did you keep your worm composting I ve been thinking about starting a worm compost box myself If you did keep it where are your worms while you re in Italy Rachel says March 22 2011 at 1 58 am Actually I gave it to the lady who took the tree She was pretty happy dyan says March 22 2011 at 9 10 am Oh the joy of picking out all the fabulous colors of cross stitch floss for a beautiful sampler I m thinking I should just find a way to display the floss Terri wordswithmydaughter com says March 23 2011 at 7 07 am i have a bunch to donate if you come up with something Terri wordswithmydaughter com s last post sisters Jill says March 22 2011 at 10 46 am Great topic I like to dabble in this and that but after having our daughter I knew I needed to pare down Tending tomatoes and flowering annuals takes a lot of time and energy so last year I decided to become an herb gardener who occasionally pulls weeds from perennial gardens I might add a pretty potted annual to the mix this year but we ll see Spending time together and playing with my children is a very rewarding hobby Gardening sewing knitting scrapbooking baking tennis yoga spinning etc will always be around the children will not priest s wife says March 22 2011 at 10 55 am This is something important to think about like when should my girls stop doing ballet priest s wife s last post Choose Your Own Excuse Megan declutterdaily says March 22 2011 at 11 53 am I ve narrowed it down to photography and blogging with the occasional sewing project tossed in I used to think I liked baking but then I realized I just like to eat brownies Megan declutterdaily s last post Day 51 Tuesday s Thrift Store Treasures Aussie Edition Mag funktion rambunktion says March 22 2011 at 1 02 pm I am going through this right now Last Christmas I decided I wanted to make my own stockings so my mom got me needles and yarn that was over a year ago and I have yet to even cast on a stitch But then I realized what I would truly like to take up from my youth is sewing so I invested in a new machine yesterday And material And ribbon And pillow forms And I m going to do it because it actually is something I like to do With the knitting I just wanted beautiful stocking But I can buy those Then there s the scrapbooking craft supplies we all seem to get consumed by I used to scrapbook a lot Then a little bit Now hardly ever But I got overwhelmed b c I felt like I HAD to scrapbook EVERY LITTLE DETAIL I m over it now I only scrapbook the really special and beautiful photos and just put then rest in albums when I actually get around to printing them That s because my other favourite hobby is photo books So much easier than scrapbooking And all our photos are digital anyway I could go on I love baking and reading so I make time for those I don t make crafts with my kids but I sometimes sing and dance with them I don t run jog play soccer or tennis But we occasionally go for a walk or a bike ride We don t watch TV but we watch movies It s about all about the balance Sorry this is so long it s like it s own blog entry BTW love your blog Mag funktion rambunktion s last post Out of the mouths of babes Cindy May says March 22 2011 at 1 13 pm My guilt comes in when I think of how much money I spent and my husband makes more money than me so I often think of it

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    s a short term proposition doesn t it I love the way you bow to your neighbors wisdom eyeing their laundry to gauge the weather I don t know why I find that so sweet but I do Thanks as always for sharing your experience over there Maggie Maggie s Nest s last post Snapshots of Home Tanya says March 17 2011 at 1 53 pm Haven t tackled spring cleaning yet but I have indulged in very inexpensive bunches of daffodils I ve got a small vase full of them on my desk right now and their cheeriness is being enjoyed by me and my co workers who walk by and stop to admire them Ahh a bit of spring indoors karen says March 20 2011 at 11 48 am I m heading home for a round of spring cleaning and will be stopping in for daffodils vermontmommy says March 17 2011 at 2 55 pm Funny how even on vacation Mamas are cleaning Frances says March 17 2011 at 3 15 pm We had a vacuum like that for the longest time I was so afraid it was going to electrocute me as the cord was all mangled and taped together The hose was practically made of duck tape by the time we tossed it Your mention of cleaning out the vacuum reminded me of another trick Seth takes our laptops apart and uses an air pump to blow out the dust You can also use a can of compressed air or a blower When he puts the computers back together they run so much faster and quieter Our laptops are over 5 years old and running great thanks to this Frances s last post Sweet Cabbage Jenny W says March 17 2011 at 7 19 pm I absolutely love your laundry picture We lived in Mexico years ago and I know what you mean about the drafty houses The houses down there were not built to keep out any cold You wouldn t think about getting cold in Mexico but when it got in the 50s during the winter that was the temperature in our house as well On my list for spring cleaning cleaning out all the dirty windowsills and figuring out how to get rid of all the box elder bugs which are appearing in my daughter s bedroom Jenny W s last post Say No to Junk Mail and the Target Giveaway Charis says March 17 2011 at 10 57 pm so much on my spring cleaning list i just finished a catch all closet and it feels so good to be done now to sell some of the stuff i took out of it that we don t need i also want to go through the kids closets again specifically toys games and puzzles i also need to do a deeper cleaning of kitchen cabinets i have a lot to do last spring i was still feeling terrible pregnant Charis s last post

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