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.

Marilyn

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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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Meat Labeling

I was never so happy to see that the supermarket I shop  continues to print where their meat comes from.

Many may not know that in June 2015 the law of country of origin for meat was repealed.

Today we have New rules on how meat is labeled: What you should know.

Here is the breakdown of which representatives voted Aye or Nay On Passage: H R 2393 Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015

I was happy to see Kristi Noem of South Dakota voted Nay.

I am providing the Link Where You Can Contact Your Congressman

The purpose of this post is to simply make you the CONSUMER aware.

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Cleaning Your Fridge

“The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home — and one that often takes a beating. It’s subject to spills, varied odors, and overcrowding, and it’s the one appliance that never gets a rest. A clean refrigerator promises to keep food fresher, so do your best to maintain the cleanliness of this kitchen workhorse.” -Martha Stewart

End of the month is always a great time for myself to clean the inside of my fridge. To me, it is all about preparing for the coming month.

Wednesdays I usually clean out spoiled food and wipe the shelves down one shelf at a time. I call it a ‘Refrigerator Boogie’. It also has other benefits.

  1. A great time to take inventory of items on hand before the weekly grocery shopping trip.
  2. Prepares the fridge for the food one purchases.
  3. Makes dinner preparation easier.

However, the end of the month is when I have the least amount of food in it and I take advantage of removing what is in there and mixing a solution of baking soda and water to give it a good wipe down.

I always have my running grocery list nearby to jot things down as I think of them during this time.

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After. Nice and clean!

Now, the only thing I have to wait for is ‘Pay Day!’

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Habit 1 – Get Dressed To Shoes

Reformed 5 Year Pajama Junkie

I am pleased to say I have been doing this habit every day since March 2011 when I took a personal challenge to Flylady’s Monthly Habit for March – Get Dressed To Shoes. This winter I hope to gather all of the photos and the message for the day and put it into an ebook. You will then be able to see all 436 consecutive days in one place.

Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important parts of being able to help us get out of the depths of CHAOS. I have ‘Sleep Apnea’ and I use a ‘Bi Pap Machine’. It has been one of the tools that helped me develop the Habit 1 – Get Dressed To Shoes.
 
The message today is if you do not have good sleeping habits, the rest of the things you do in life will never be your best. I find when I am well rested everything seems to fall into place. That said if a crisis presents itself, I am also better able to handle it.
 
Stress plays a large part of our quality of sleep. I have recently experienced this and was so glad I had the 9 Habits I do daily well established. The 9 Habits are the CORE of Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS.
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9 Habits To Dance Till You FLY!

Many Cleaning & Organizing Systems Out There

There are many out there. The latest in popularity is the Konmari Method. She has great pointers. That said, what I have learned the most is that just like sleep, if you don’t have a set of habits you do each day established, it doesn’t matter what cleaning system you choose none of them will help you achieve what we all want.  A ‘Clutter Free’ enviroment that we welcome anyone into our home without the dreaded feeling of shame.

It wasn’t until I took Flylady’s March Habit Challenge in 2011 – Get Dressed To Shoes that I really understood the concept of established habits that make your day a day to take on any challenge.  This is how 9 Habits for Marilyn’s Way Dance Till You FLY! System To Remove Clutter & CHAOS were born.

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A Story About Procrastination, Perfectionism and the Do It Now Principle

This is a story about Procrastination, Perfectionism and the Do It Now Principle. This is a very TRUE STORY!

My brother’s blender wore out. He called to ask if he could use mine. He needed it to puree tomatoes.  I said sure.

I was eating dinner and thought when I am done, I will get it out then. After all, I know where it is and just a matter of getting it when he stops by.

Fast forward. He is here. I am still eating but no problem. I stop eating and go to the cabinet to get it. I am having a hard time finding it in the deep cabinet that it is stored so I get my flashlight. Here it is.

I pull out the base and then the carafe. Next I go for the lid.  It is no where to be found! I looked in other cabinets and drawers. Nothing came up. Now I am starting to sweat.

Now What?

Here I am, a blogger and owner of a Facebook Group and a Facebook Page that helps others with Clutter and CHAOS. I have always prided myself not to just shove things where they will fit.

In this case, apparently that is just what happened. Now what?

Always A Way!

I had an option. It is called owning a food processor. Will all of that be together? I go to get it, check it over and yes it is all there! The cherry on top was the fact the instructional booklet was there as well!

Did I Learn Anything?

Yes! I learned to give myself some slack.  Today there is no grade to pursue, no contest, no nothing.  Procrastination, Perfectionism and the Do It Now Principle is simply going to have to loosen up as well! Sometimes things go smoothly and sometimes it is what it is.

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Want To Declutter? Can’t Get Motivated? Try This!

As long as there are new products, there will always be clutter. Why? Because we simply haven’t learned the skill when we buy something new, something must leave our home.

The Clutter No One Talks About

You know the stuff. If not, let me remind you. It is the stuff laying around in your homes that have absolutely NO VALUE.  Example, a used paper towel or kleenex that didn’t seem to make it to the trash. What about the cap to the bottle of water you drank?

Then there is something we call ‘Junk Mail’.  Sure, the best way to get rid of that clutter is to toss it right away. Yet many don’t. Rather they will pile their mail and deal with it later.

What about all those ‘Stash and Dash’ moments when company will be coming? Who has the time to sort whether it is trash or not? Instead we shove everything into the nearest drawer with the least amount of things.

Then there are the ‘Expired Items’. Last time you checked, they were close to the expiration date. Remember? Time marches on and now it has expired way past the date.

The Solution?

How about grabbing a plastic grocery bag and doing a 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie? That’s right. It isn’t glamorous. In fact it can be down right boring.

My question is, do we always have to have something to stimulate us and make us think so hard? I am finding out I don’t. In fact one of the things I am asking new members and anyone that wants to get involved is to do the 25 Fling ‘THROW AWAY’ Boogie 5 days a week. Yes I am right in there with the rest.

We as a group have been doing this for 3 weeks now and I am telling you, I am seeing a difference in my home. I have been surprised at some of the things that are laying around unnoticable but in fact is trash.

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Lily Is Home!

The past 10 days have been a roller coaster at Marilyn’s Way. It started off with a mini getaway with my cousin to coming back and making an emergency call to Lily’s veterinarian Dr. Andrea Hennen at 2 AM Monday morning.

It took a 48 hour trip to notice something was wrong with her. She began to stumble with her back legs. In fact she had done something similar right before I went on my trip. I thought it was her toe nails and clipped them. She seemed to walk fine.

If Our 4 Legged Friends Could Talk

When one sees them day in and day out, it makes it difficult to see a change in them. Lily is being treated for congestive heart failure. Lily also has had bad teeth her entire life. A couple of weeks ago I did notice the smell of her breath changing for the worse.

Making Things Worse

The problem was that she has never been known to let anyone fuss over her.  Because of her breed half miniature dachshund and half sheltie she has always been a very strong and quick dog.

The other problem is I got her as a puppy when my Fibromyalgia and Thyroid were at their worst making it difficult for me to train her. I tried to brush her teeth and she fought me all the way.

The final problem was my first dog Meg, LOVED chewies! She was always chewing on one. Because of this, Meg had great teeth. I thought I could get Lily to do the same and she had no interest in it.

Lily’s Diagnosis

Tests showed she had a high sodium level and that needed to come down. They gave her IV’s to get that regulated. Changing her heart medication was also a factor.

Giving Lily The Best Chance At Recovering

Lily had a very bad case of infection and I have now learned that oral health is related to heart disease. The decision was made to remove all teeth that were infected. This came to a total of 14 teeth. She now has 2 teeth remaining that will aide her in chewing. Yes, I knew I needed to get her in for a cleaning. Limited budget kept me from doing it. Then time got away.

Lily remains on antibiotics, heart medication and fluid pills. She is improving daily. So happy she is home and I get another chance with her.

Thank you all for your support at this time. It gave me strength to correct the situation and to now enjoy what time Lily has left before going to Rainbow Bridge.

Photos Of Lily Happy To Be Home

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Happy To Be Home!
Getting comfortable in her own bed.
Getting comfortable in her own bed.
Lily and Trixie getting settled in their beds while their mom works on the computer.
Lily and Trixie getting settled in their beds while their mom works on the computer.
Happy to have her home and exhausted from the ordeal. Looking forward to getting things back to normal.
Happy to have her home and exhausted from the ordeal. Looking forward to getting things back to normal.

This is the UPDATE for Lily. Again, thank you for all of your kind thoughts, prayers, and financial assistance. I am grateful to have her in my life a while longer.

Marilyn

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