Off Day? They Happen!

I am taking the time to write about an ‘Off Day’. Guess What! They Happen! I am experiencing one today! I am not happy about it because I did have a list of things I planned to do. How am I going to get around this?

Allow Some Time To Stew

I allowed myself an hour to stew in it. Looking back, I could have gotten the job done in  15 minutes.

What Happened?

When something doesn’t go right, the best thing is to review the past. Last night I went to bed plenty of time. For some reason my dog ‘Trixie’ couldn’t get settled. There was something outside that wouldn’t. We were up every hour for the first 4 hours of sleep. The next time I woke up, it was 11:30 am! I can’t even remember the last time I slept this late! It has got to be over 5 years at least!

Thank You 9 Habits!

Old habits die hard. Yes they do! Don’t let anyone say different! I have been getting Dressed To Shoes each consecutive day since March 1, 2011. This happened because I took a personal challenge.

The crazy thing is that I still had to do the ‘OLD, OLD’ behavior. I had to stew in it. Longer than needed though, why? Because my ‘Trusty 9 Habits Are In Place’.

Problem/Solution Session

I am finding many don’t have the skills of taking a problem and carrying it toward a solution. The following is an example of my Problem/Solving skills that I was able to get myself ready for the day.

Crap! I overslept! Now What?

(Note I did have to stew in this part for an hour using the last 15 minutes Problem/Solution tactics going.)

The Importance Of Habits 7, 8, & 9!

When I realized I had done all of my 9 Habits Of Marilyn’s Way the day before, I was able to breathe again! Next question was ‘Why did I have to stew?’ Good Habits Are As Addictive As Bad Habits But ‘why did I still have to stew?’ Old Habits Die Hard. For myself personally I am grateful that my Good Habits Are Stronger!

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Let’s Be Frank About Decluttering

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Let’s Be Frank

Let’s be frank here. Decluttering is a tough job! Lots of emotions are involved during this process. Many organizational gurus will say it will take you X amount of time to declutter. PLEASE NOTE: This is a general statement to get you started.

Too Many Factors

Way too many factors are involved when decluttering. Each individual has there own issues that need to be addressed in order to move forward. That is why it is important to start with unemotional items first. This gets you into the ‘HABIT’ of decluttering daily.

Live Our Lives

We still need to live our lives! The clutter didn’t get here in a week and won’t be gone in a day. Keep Dancing and Decluttering. You have it in you to get it done. When you learn to do it ‘Your Way’, the magic begins!

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And Then There Was ‘Sage’

'Sage' The beagle overflowing with 'love'. She loved to go on rides.
‘Sage’ The beagle overflowing with ‘love’. She loved to go on rides.

Traffic At Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge has been rather busy within my family this past month. First it was Abby, then Lucy. Today I regret to inform you that ‘Sage’ has also crossed Rainbow Bridge.

Dreaded Making The Phone Call

It was a rather unsettling start of the day. I had to know how ‘Sage’ was. I made the call. The news was not good. ‘Sage’ got worse despite the IVs that contained medication to help her toward better health. The tumor on her hind leg was simply ‘too aggressive’. Her body wasn’t strong enough to overcome it. She wasn’t herself.

Making The Decision

It is always a difficult decision when it is time to put a beloved pet down. It was time. ‘Sage’s’ 12 year old body simply could not take anymore. I gave Dr. Hennen the okay.

I Had A Request First

I asked Dr. Hennen if she could tell ‘Sage’ that she will be crossing rainbow bridge where Dodger and Abby will greet her. The three of them grew up together in a bustling home of girls that loved them lots. She said she would do that for her.

Sage’s Last Ride

Tomorrow will be ‘Sage’s’ last ride. I will pick her remains up at the clinic and taking her home where there will be a grave dug next to Abby. Her brother Dodger who crossed Rainbow Bridge a few years ago and was cremated will be buried with ‘Sage’. The two beagles will be together again. This time at Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge Poem
Rainbow Bridge Poem

 

 

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The Little White Dog Who Crossed The Road

They Were Destined To Find Each Other

Every dog and their owner have a story to tell. For most dogs, they will spend an average amount of 11 years – 16 years with their owner. Many stories in their life span. Here is how Lucy and my mom Joyce found each other.

Mom had just lost her dog Toto who crossed Rainbow Bridge about a month earlier. During this month I let my dog Lily spend time with Mom so she wouldn’t be so lonely and lost. I had two cats at the time and could easily foster Lily out. Mom still had times of no pet in the house, something very uncommon in her life.

One day Mom was driving in the neighborhood where she saw this ‘Little White Dog’ cross the road in front of her. She found it odd she didn’t have a collar on her.

Fast forward a week and in the local paper the Humane Society had put some pictures of dogs looking for their ‘Forever Homes’. Low and behold, there was a photo of a ‘Little White Dog’ that looked like the dog Mom had seen crossing the road.  She went to the Humane Society and she was there waiting for Mom to bring her home!

Victim Of Circumstance

The employees at the Humane Society knew nothing about her. She was a stray. Mom brought her home and named her ‘Lucy’.

Lucy was so happy living at Mom’s! Whoever had her prior took very good care of her. She was well trained and had a great disposition. One of the scenarios may have been that her previous owner had to go into the nursing home or may have passed away and the family did not want the dog so they just let her out to fend for herself. In any case, Lucy found her ‘Forever Home’ with my mom Joyce.

The Mailman And The Paper Boy

Lucy loved to lay on the back of the sofa. She would patiently wait for the mailman to arrive so she could jump off the sofa and run around the house barking. Then she would get a nap in before the paper boy delivered the paper and Lucy repeated the process again. She got where she could sense when they were coming.

Lucy And Lily

Lucy met Lily my dog and they hit it off right away. They were the same age and they grew up together. Mom would bring Lucy to my house and spend a few days together and they would play. I have an enclosed play area for them to play together.

The Trip To Iowa

Back in 2012, Lucy and Lily went on a trip with their owners. My Great Aunt Hilda was celebrating her 100th birthday. Mom had taken Lucy with her and drove alone in the earlier years. Hilda LOVED Lucy! It was great for both of them.

Lucy and Lily waiting for us to get ready for a day of visiting Hilda at the nursing home.
Lucy and Lily waiting for us to get ready for a day of visiting Hilda at the nursing home.

 

I was doing my personal challenge of 'Getting Dressed To Shoes' that year so one of the days I had Lucy in the photo instead of Lily.
I was doing my personal challenge of ‘Getting Dressed To Shoes’ that year so one of the days I had Lucy in the photo instead of Lily.

 

I took a photo of Lucy and Mom before we left for the nursing home to visit Hilda.
I took a photo of Lucy and Mom before we left for the nursing home to visit Hilda.

 

Hilda loved it when Lucy visited her.
Hilda loved it when Lucy visited her.

 

Hilda, Lucy, and Joyce my mom.
Hilda, Lucy, and Joyce my mom.

 

As you can see, Hilda and Lucy happy together.
As you can see, Hilda and Lucy happy together.

 

One Of Lucy’s Favorite Things

Lucy loved it when I stopped by to visit Mom. She was the happiest dog. I always had to shake her paw. She liked that. She would sit on my lap for awhile to visit. She did this every time up until she crossed Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge Came A Calling This Morning

As Lucy aged through the years, she developed diabetes. Mom had to give her a shot twice a day. Because of the diabetes she lost her sight and had a difficult time hearing. The thing was that she was always happy. Last week I saw her and I had to raise my voice so she could hear me and then as I came closer to her she could smell me and knew it was me. We would shake hand to paw and then we would sit in the chair together and we would visit until it was time for her to get down.

This morning while I was at church Lucy crossed ‘Rainbow Bridge’. It was time for her to join Lily where Lily would welcome her to the world where health is restored and they could play together always staying alert for the time they will be reunited with their owners.

Lucy Will Be Buried At Lily’s Garden

Lucy will be buried beside Lily who crossed Rainbow Bridge last August. They can both be the ‘Gate Keeper’ to Rainbow Bridge where other pets of the owners are buried.

Lucy will be buried by Lily.
Lucy will be buried by Lily.

 

 

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A Dog With A Purpose

Abby loved to work the cattle.
Abby loved to work the cattle.

(The following story is dedicated to my brother Rich’s dog Abby who crossed ‘Rainbow Bridge’ last night.)

Animated, adaptable and agile, ‘Abby’ the Australian Shepherd lived for her job, which involved herding livestock and worked as an all-purpose farm and ranch dog. She needed a lot of activity and a sense of purpose to be truly content.  ‘Abby’s’ coat was black and tan for the most part with a snubbed tail.

Did You Know?

THE AUSSIE’S POPULARITY BOOMED WITH WESTERN CULTURE AND HORSE-RIDING AFTER WWII AND WAS OFTEN FEATURED IN RODEOS, HORSE SHOWS, MOVIES, AND TV.

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There was that one cow that seemed to have to challenge Abby. Abby always won in the end.

Although there are many theories about the origin of the Australian Shepherd, the breed as we know it today developed exclusively in the United States.

As with most working breeds, the Australian Shepherd was initially called by many names, including Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bob-Tail, Blue Heeler, New Mexican Shepherd, and California Shepherd.
Working cattle was what she loved to do best.
Working cattle was what she loved to do best.

Retirement Came Hard

There comes a time in every working dog’s life that they have done all the work they can do and it is time for retirement. Because my brother ‘Rich’ knew how much ‘Abby’ loved being with the cattle, he got creative. ‘Abby’s’ replacement became an ‘All Terrain Four Wheeler’. Whenever Rich worked the cattle, Abby got to ride along. Being with the cattle was the happiest place she liked to be.

Rainbow Bridge Came Calling

The latter years of ‘Abby’s’ life were spent indoors. She had lost her hearing and could no longer see. Last night it was time for her to cross ‘Rainbow Bridge’ where she became restored to health and will wait for my brother ‘Rich’ to meet her again. ‘Rich’ wrapped her body in her favorite blanket and buried her by the shed facing the cattle lot. ‘Abby’ would like that. Rest In Peace sweet ‘Abby’. You will never be forgotten.

*For purposes of this story, all dogs were Abby’s stand ins to show what a great life she had.

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Reboot Your Day!

When things go wrong as they sometimes do, we can give ourselves permission to begin again. It isn’t necessary for the entire day to be lost.

3 Ways To Reboot Yourself

1. Eat a healthy Snack

Healthy snacks can curb your appetite.
Healthy snacks can curb your appetite.

2. Get Outdoors

Many benefits to the outdoors.
Many benefits to the outdoors.

3. Wear Lipstick!

Something as simple as putting on your favorite color of lipstick is a great way to 'Reboot Your Day'.
Something as simple as putting on your favorite color of lipstick is a great way to ‘Reboot Your Day’.

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Get some perspective in your life. We do not have to go 'Full Throttle' all of the time.
Get some perspective in your life. We do not have to go ‘Full Throttle’ all of the time.

 

Many of the greats got through many situations simply by putting on some fresh lipstick and to begin again.
Many of the greats got through many situations simply by putting on some fresh lipstick and to begin again.

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A Trick To Planting Four O’Clocks

This being my 6th gardening season, I have learned some tricks along the way. The following tip is one I use over and over.

The Four O’Clock Seed

Have you ever seen the seeds of a four o’clock? They look like a micro tiny shape of a dried lemon. Only it is a brown black. They are as hard as any nut that would take a tool to crack them.

Past gardening seasons I would simply follow the directions on the packet of seeds. I would wait and wait for them to come up. (The packet says 7-10 days)

The Trick

I read somewhere on the internet using a fingernail clipper to clip off the top of the seed and soak them overnight. It couldn’t hurt. Worth a try.

Clip the top of the seed with a fingernail clipper and soak in water overnight.
Clip the top of the seed with a fingernail clipper and soak in water overnight.

It Worked!

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My Four O’Clocks Beginning To Bloom in 2012

 

Getting An Early Start!

This year I am planning to plant my four o’clocks around one of my clothes line poles where my clematis is located. It is full sun and that is what four o’clocks love!

My clematis blooming June 1st. I will plant the four o'clocks in a circle. Stay tuned for some beautiful flowers in late July!
My clematis blooming June 1st. I will plant the four o’clocks in a circle. Stay tuned for some beautiful flowers in late July!

 

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Not Getting Dressed To Shoes? Here Is What You Will Miss Out

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If there was ever a day not to get dressed to shoes, today would be one. I woke up this morning to a gloomy rainy day. Who wants to do anything?

To top it off, today would be very tempting. You see I have been putting the vegetable garden in the past 4 days. I have bended, twisted, lifted, pulled, walked, balanced, and took a small tumble. All for the love of gardening.

Snap Out Of It!

As a former 5+ year pajama junkie I know it would be a bad idea. Back then I would have easily said, okay. Today when the thought comes up instead of the usual jeans and knit top, I decide to wear my yoga pants, tank top and matching jacket. I now have the best of both worlds.

Here’s What You Will Miss Out

If I did stay in my pajamas the following is what I will miss out should the opportunity arise.

Opportunity

Yes, opportunity. That’s the secret and the payoff of getting dressed to shoes. ‘It is a favorable, appropriate, or advantageous combination of circumstances’. Who wouldn’t want that each day? I am guessing the able-bodied ones that decided to stay in their pajamas today. When I think of all the ‘Opportunity’ I missed out for 5+ years living in pajamas and I realize today how much I starved myself of life.

I could list a long list of opportunities you would miss, but you know them already. Just to get you to thinking, here are a three…

  • Impromptu Lunch Date
  • Getting To The Hospital Quickly For The Birth Of A Baby Or Emergency Surgery Of A Family Member
  • Morning Or Afternoon Coffee Guest

Start Living!

Still in your pajamas? Stop what you are doing and ‘Get Dressed To Shoes’! With all the styles of clothing out in the stores today, there is an outfit for EVERY occasion.  Why not choose to put on clothes that say, ‘I am living today! I am available for opportunity.’

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Working On A New Website Design

In the coming months I will be working on an a New Website Design. Please bare with me. I am hoping to do this myself.

In a perfect world I would hire someone to do this. I personally do not have $800.00 laying around to take a chance on a website designer. Furthermore as of this date, my website/blog does not produce any income through affiliate links where I would get a very small percentage of income on a product I use or suggest that you may buy.

5 + Years Of Blog Posts On My Website For You To Choose To Read

The down side is that it isn’t organized well. This is because of my non technical experience. I just like to write about things that matter to me and share with others.

How To Find What You Are Looking For

The best way is to use the SEARCH FEATURE. It will also lead you to similar posts.

Gardening Season Is Here!

I am a gardener and love to share my photos of my progress. In between I will continue to write posts as to how I am adjusting my system Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! To Remove Clutter & CHAOS Your Way. I am challenged with keeping my home in order during this time. Through the use of the system I created, I have been able to keep my home 45 Minutes Away From Company Ready. It can be a challenge during gardening season but because of my love of gardening and the importance of being able to dance my way through the 9 Habits Of Marilyn’s Way life is easier!

I hope you will stay with me through my remodel.

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March Event! Declutter Clothes! Cha Cha Cha!

Spring is right around the corner! It is the time of year when everything comes to life again. Why not do some weeding in your closet and drawers to let the clothes you LOVE shine through?

Many Ways To Declutter Clothes!

With all the information at our fingertips, there are many ways to declutter our clothes. One asks that we take them all out of our closet and drawers and try each one one to see if it brings us joy. I say, if you have time to do this, Go For It!

I had to get honest with myself based on the history of my decluttering practices that this would not be a realistic way for me to go.

I have learned it is more important to keep my home going by way of the  9 Habits Of Marilyn’s Way. These 9 habits must always be the priority before we take on a big project like decluttering our clothes.

Road Map To Get You Started!

I love using the technique of Mind Mapping. It works great for your clothes. I will be putting on a workshop in the near future to help you map out your clothes. In the meantime use my diagram that I quickly sketched that has helped me every time I block out time to declutter my clothes. At  Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS Your Way  we have this monthly event twice a year. March and August works best for the majority. If you would like to join the Closed Group, there is a link to join on my page or click on Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS Your Way  to ask to join the ‘Closed Group’.

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A way to make sense of it all.

 What Does Cha Cha Cha! Mean?

When I created the system I wanted fun built in. What better way than to ‘Dance’ your way through this? We Cha Cha Cha! as we go about our decluttering!

Cha Cha Cha! Our Clothes and More!
Cha Cha Cha! Our Clothes and More!

Make This Fun!

Why not join the group and cheer each other on?! What do you have to lose?

Clothes You No Longer Need!

 

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