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Because of some interesting changes in my life recently, I have made a new blog, and I hope you all will continue reading there! We will be moving into a van temparaliy, and have bought it and are already dreaming big!

The new blog is over at:  http://vandwellers.wordpress.com/

Hope you all enjoy the new layout and focus!

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So I have found truly cutting back to where I want to be much harder than I had anticipated. I was on a roll for a minute, and then found myself at an impasse…I could not move forward, despite my best tries, and actually found myself backsliding into squalor, unable to clean and organize at all. It goes without saying that I have been struggling here and just trying to get back on track. Well, today, my friends, I overcame the very next cliff on the mountain and have been cleaning and organizing once again. It is hard to get to the point where I can feel refreshed by the effort, as opposed to punished. 

I am getting there, again. I am progressing. I will soon be letting you guys in and doing a house-tour…telling you all what I have kept and why. But for now I am not there yet, and am just trying to progress a little each day, or at least not lose the progress I have made.  

A good friend is coming to stay with me today…she will be here for a week. In the short week I have spent trying to prepare for her arrival I have had my plumbing go haywire (hopefully will be fixed today, but I have been hoping that for days now) which means my laundry is backed up, my dishes need washed, and my bathrooms stink. Blech. I have cleverly discovered how to get most of this fixed (minus the actual plumbing, of course) But it is going to take creativity and energy. *sigh*

 

I am so happy to see my friend, though. We grew up friends, practically…even though we only knew each other personally for around a year added together, we always seemed to click right back into being friends after time apart. We both LOVE reading, and she is the only friend I ever had that we could literally not speak nearly the whole time we were together, and still walk away feeling fufilled and like we’d had the greatest time. We read the Harry Potter series together, and would walk the nearly two miles to school each day with our noses buried in a book.

Of course, for those similarities, we had plenty of differences.  She was dedicated, knew where she was going in life, and I was a rebel…begging her to copy off her schoolwork. Not because I couldn’t do it, I just really didn’t want to. She wasn’t encumbered by boys and silly things like that…I became a teen mom. She has lived the glamorous life exploring the world, traveling, visiting foreign countries…I have also traveled…as a runaway, but now I am a stay at home married mom. Our lives have gone in totally different directions, but still I am excited to see her and catch up on old times…find new ground to share. 🙂

I just hope I can get everything worked out before she comes. 😛

I am not sure what to say in this post, other than I will be blogging about the cleanup more soon…I have been so busy and not online nearly as much lately. It, along with writing, is often a bit of an escape for me, and I just do not have that need to escape quite so much now that my home is more in tune with what I need it to be.

I have spent quite a bit of time playing with kids, cleaning, and organizing. It has been oodles of fun and so exciting. My laundry has stayed caught up, the dishes are all done, I have been cooking good meals. I have begun reading old books to the kids, the stuff I devour with gusto, and they enjoy it.

Their room stays clean and I have the time now to shampoo up spots in the carpet when they happen…to organize, to run through the house and clean it in a few minutes’ time.  So know that I will be blogging more…but it may be a few days. 😀

But my sd card in the camera is being wonky. I am taking the pictures, and will post them as soon as I can. I promise.

I do not like “isms” but it really is the only thing I can think of to describe what I am doing in a single word. You may remember that last year I had a short stint in my “No Excuses” series…I feel like this is an extension of that. Last year, I pared down some things but really focused more on organizing and rearranging the stuff I had to fit into my two bedroom mobile home and still allow us to live. I loved it, and it looked really nice. As time has passed and circumstances have changed, though, I feel ever drawn towards a simpler life of ease and comfort. Lessening my things seemed the next logical step in my path to freedom from material possessions.

I may have mentioned it, or you may have noticed from the before pictures in the No Excuses series, but I am a bit of a hoarder.  I struggle with saying no to people giving me things, even when they are not things I will use and enjoy. Stuff accumulates in my house like flies on dung. As a teen, I was in therapy for hoarding, and I struggle with it daily. I have no misconceptions when it comes to how the stuff makes me feel, and I know I have a problem with it. The thing that helps me control it is seeing Hoarders on TV, I am so afraid of becoming them. They ruin their relationships, families, and mental health over STUFF. This new series will be titled “Project: Discard” and will follow me through this particular time of prioritizing and organizing.

 

The rules? If it is broken in any way, it goes. If it does not have a place, it goes. If I have many of them (with a few exceptions) it goes. If I am holding onto it because it was a gift, but serves no real purpose in my life, it goes. If at anytime I question “Should I keep this?” it goes. Period. Once I am “done”, if there are things I still have no certain, wonderful place for, they go, too.

 

Now, I am not actually going to be discarding a lot of this. I need to have a little money from this endeavor, and I have a storage shed outside that has some space….so anything I could make money off of will go in there, with one caveat. It all has to fit. None of this “well, I will keep this in the house for now” or “I will use it someday” malarkey. For instance: Scott used to love roller blading, and he did it all the time. He has some really nice blades. I bought a pair years ago hoping that we could get into it together. But you know what? In the five years I have known him, we have roller bladed ONCE together, and he has used his only a handful of times…all from three years ago or longer. They serve no purpose in our lives, take up space, and cause hassle. They will be being sold…hopefully to someone who will use them and not be constantly afraid of ruining them. The TV causes so much strife that it and everything that goes with it is being sold. I would rather eat store boughten bread than the stuff made in a machine, so I am selling that, although it was a gift that I appreciated. Tristan won’t stay in a crib, so the playpen and crib can go (not that any of my kids ever used those things before they were too big, anyways). Some of our furniture that will not be sold and would be expensive to discard will be broken down and burnt for heat.

 

I am excited for this next chapter in my life and hope you will join me. (Pictures will be provided, of course, lol)

So, I am planning a move, a lifestyle change, and jumping into the deep end of minimalism, all at the same time. We are praying that the Lord will see fit to provide us with not only a motor home to live in, but the means to live for a time as traveling vagabonds. 😛 We are hoping sometime this summer to pull roots and throw out the sails, taking a chance on where we go and what we do. It is incredibly exciting and a bit terrifying.

Since we hope to settle down far away from our home state of Oregon, we have no way of saving things here for later. We could send it forward and store things for a time, but that would mean knowing where we will land, in the end. similar to the Israelites, we are going out in faith, looking for the land the Lord will show us, knowing we have a place in this world and that it is not likely to be here. It’s a little bit romantic and a whole lot of crazy, and sounds totally fun.

 

This is all subject to change at a moment’s notice. Circumstances are such that I may have obligations to stay in the area longer than I hope to, although Scott is confident that we can work around any potential issues we may have leaving here.

 

However, both of us feel this is the path we are being drawn towards, and so talk has been going in that direction more often than not. For instance…our TV. Scott LOVES the TV, I can live with or without it. We are selling it, and not buying another one. The dog goes, I love her and we want to have her irregardless. Clothes are dropping to a bare minimum, as well as my much-loved books. In fact, only a few books will be making the pilgrimage with us…favorite Bibles, Christian books, Children’s books. I adore my books, and it will hurt to part with them. Probably like it will hurt Scott to part with his TV. It is nice in many ways, a motor home comes with beds, a table, appliances, all in one neat little package. Some have a couch. We can live in it for as long as we want and/or need to, and we can travel as we like, while having our home right there at all times.

 

But in other ways, it will be hard. Smaller living space, much less things to occupy ourselves with…but even that can be a good thing. With carefully chosen items, we will have much more time to work on our family dynamic, and lots more outdoor space to explore. Our lives are bound to become very interesting if this falls into place, and I can’t wait to see where this dream takes us and how far we take it. My heart swells with excitement at the thought. 🙂

 

Hold us in your prayers, as there are hurdles to overcome and pieces that need to fall into place in order for this to happen like it has to. If it doesn’t, then we know it is not in God’s plan…but so far, it seems as though it is. 😀 I can’t wait.

Didn’t I start this blog while Scott was away, in late winter, no propane? LOL. Well, here I am again, after ups and downs and craziness…seems life really does happen in circles. I moved back into my home yesterday, propane has freshly ran out, and the electric is about to be shut off, and we have an eviction notice. Oy. LOL.

 

Things will work out, I am sure, but it was just funny that I am in the same position that I was in when the blog began.

So I have started this crochet thing for the store my mom works at. I don’t fully understand what the point of it is, but I am having fun at least. 🙂 It is five 10″ squares a month, and I suppose it will all be in a blanket at the end.

 

#1 for February…

Double Crochet (solid color/1 color only)

These instructions use a size H crochet hook. You may choose your hook size, but the finished square needs to be about 10″x10″.

Ch 35 Loosely

Row 1 (right side) Dc in fourth ch from hook and in each ch across. Note:  Mark this side as the right.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn; dc in next dc and inn each dc across. Repeat row 2 until piece measures aprox 10″, do not finish off.

Work Edging: Starting in a corner, Ch 1 work 3 sc in same corner. Work sc evenly spaced across to next corner, work 3 sc in that corner, and continue until you have circled the square. Join with slip stitch to first sc.

 

I will see if I can get batteries for my camera to get a picture of the square I did.

 

So life is in a bit of an upheaval right now and I probably won’t be posting for a while. Stay safe, sane, and bless you. 🙂

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