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.

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’.

June’s Monthly Event At Marilyn’s Way

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.

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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How To Make An Emergency FLYing Kit


I really don’t know why I didn’t think of this before to write as a blog.  Many have been sick with cold and flu this season and it makes it very difficult to FLY.  So what should you do?  I suggest you make a ‘Emergency FLYing Kit.’

What are two things that pile up when you get sick?  Dishes and Laundry.  If you are practicing the ‘Daily 9’s’ it shouldn’t get too bad.  They are the habits that keep you, your family and your home going.   I can’t help you with the laundry but I can with the dishes!

Emergency Flying Kit
That’s right.  It is something to put together ‘before’ you get sick.  It is as follows:

Paper Plates
Plastic Silverware
Plastic Glasses
Three ‘Meal Ideas’ that promote ‘Easy Clean up.’
 
Some may say using these things are not good for the environment.  I say NOT using them is not good for a sick caregiver such as yourself.  If you had a birthday party you are likely to have some leftover paper plates.  Maybe from the holidays.  Use them up. 
I average just two times a week where I will eat a meal on a paper plate.  I have plastic silverware and glasses if I really need them.  It is just me so washing some silverware is no big deal for me.  But if you have a family, the last thing you want to do are dishes.  
FLY stands for First Love Yourself others come next.  Do yourself a favor and put a kit together.  Put some napkins in there too.  If you don’t have to worry about all the cleanup you will have to do when you feel better, who knows maybe you just might recover sooner!
 
I hope you will take this idea seriously.  I live with Fibromyalgia and for me just eating on paper plates a couple of times a week makes a world of difference in my FLYing.
Marilyn
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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.
9 Habits To Dance Till You FLY!
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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Marilyn