Saturday, January 16, 2010

Cleaning out the clutter

Well, I did it, last weekend I took down all the Christmas decorations -- goodbye Santas, for another year. Goodbye sparkly trees, silly signs, funny hats, etc. Why can't the house be decorated like that all year round? I guess it could, but what would we have to look forward to next November?

So, now I'm in my usual, January "Clean Sweep" mode. I totally cleaned out the kitchen cupboards, to make way for the great new dishes Mr. Limefreckle bought for me on New Years Day --- Bowrings was having a sale, a set of 4 dishes normally $80 was down to $25 -- gotta love deals like that! We also purchased an electric fireplace/tv stand to put in the front room, to accomodate the new TV I got for Christmas -- just waiting on delivery of that, as well as a new HD PVR -- so I can watch everything in HD on said new TV. You really can see such a difference, you can see every little mark on a person's face etc. (Is that a good thing?) I'm liking it, I couldn't live without my PVR, how would I know what happened to Snooki and the Gang at the Jersey Shore, or what was going on with those crazy housewives in Atlanta? And thankfully Stacey and Clinton are FINALLY back.....I love "What not to Wear".

So, today I'm continuing on my declutter mission, and tackling my bedroom closet -- although truth be told, I'm pretty good at keeping that baby decluttered --- I go in and purge every 6 months at least....I just need to have a major ironing session with my steamer!

We also convinced Limefreckle Jr. to move his tent back up into the playroom -- it's been sitting in the middle of the family room for the last couple of weeks. What? Not everyone has a tent set up in their family room? Well here at Casa del Limefreckle we do....and it's a great place for a family snuggle on a Sunday afternoon! Not the most comfortable option, but fun, non the less.

After rearranging the family room back to it's former glory, I noticed some marks on the carpet from the table set up to hold Limefreckleville, our Christmas village. Today while reading Thrifty Decor Chick, one of my favorite blogs, I came across this post about reorganizing, and specifically, how to lift those lines out of your carpet. I tried it, and the icecubes worked like magic! What a great tip --- I have a ton of spots around the house that I can use this on!



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Monday, January 4, 2010

Can't let go of Christmas!



Everytime I mention the idea of possibly starting to take down the Christmas decorations, Mr. Limefreckle quickly vetoes me!!  And, because I need Mr. Limefreckle and his muscles to go down to the basement and bring up the 100's of rubbermaid containers that house said decorations, I feel like I'm a little stuck here!  Plus, I don't know why, but I really am not quite ready to let go of Christmas this year either.  I don't know what has gotten into me, normally on January 1st, I'm ready and raring to go, out with the old year, in with the new (maybe because my birthday is December 31st, so I am LITERALLY starting a new year in my life).  But this year, I'm not ready....there are still tons of opened gifts under the tree, not yet put in their new home -- toys are spread all over the family room, from one end of the room to the other.  School starts today-- that I AM ready for!  But I guess we will leave it all up for one more week --- if anyone asks, we will celebrate the Ukrainian Christmas! 



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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Autism Mom's suffer same kinds of stresses as combat soldiers

When we were in Florida recently, I read an article like this one which talks about Mom's of children with autism and the levels of stress in their daily lives.  They likened it to combat soldiers -- and this really struck me -- we are combat soldiers in a way -- constantly battling behaviours, our schools, society in some cases -- it's never ending.  I often joke with my friends that my experiences battling with our son's public school has left me with post traumatic stress disorder -- but hey, I guess I shouldn't joke -- that is probably EXACTLY what I have!  I highly doubt this condition applies just to Mom's of kids with autism -- any Mom with a child with a developmental disability basically endures this kind of stress on a daily basis.  What I found the most interesting about this article that I've linked to, is the paragraph at the bottom which talks about resilience:

"The new findings also reveal a thread of resilience. Compared to mothers of children without a developmental disability, mothers of children with autism were just as likely to have daily positive interactions, serve as volunteers and lend support to others within their social networks."

In my case this is true -- I wasn't much of a volunteer until Limefreckle Jr. came along, now I'm involved in a Variety Village program in our community that offers a gym program for kids with disabilities, I volunteer at the school, I try to help other parents, especially those with newly diagnosed children, with information about support, advocacy etc. that I have learned over the years -- I'm busier than ever and now is the time I feel the need to volunteer!  I have a great support system, and I like to think that I'm also a support system to those in my "social network".   I'm pretty sure my daily interactions are as positive as the next woman's....my life is very fulfilling --- I'm enjoying life so much more than when I worked fulltime--- I find this whole role as Mom was one I was built to play.  So maybe constant daily stresses are good for us in some ways, maybe they spur us on to do things we might not have otherwise have had the confidence or the know-how to do.  Whatever the case, this is definitely food for thought!
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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Alvin and the Chipmunks THE SQUEAKQUEL




We went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks yesterday --- I don't think it was quite as good as the first one, but it was cute -- Limefreckle Jr. and I can't stop singing "Put a ring on it" since we got home...

And of course you've probably seen this one before, but in case your are one of the few people that haven't....


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Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010!



Wow, another year come and gone!!!  We celebrated last night fairly quietly, Uncle Limefreckle came over, and our good friends from down the street --- we feasted on crab legs, Beef Wellington, coconut shrimp, jello shots and sparkling wine....you can see how excited Rufus is!  He's not used to staying up so late.....Mr. Limefreckle and Limefreckle Jr. were in bed before everyone left, and Rufus kept coming into the room every few minutes to bark at me....this was his way of saying "Daddy and the boy are up in bed....kick these stragglers out and let's get up there!!"

So here we are in 2010, and of course my mind turns to New Year's resolutions.  Of course, it wouldn't be a new year unless the first resolution on my list was to lose weight!  Why oh why, do I constantly struggle with this year, after year, after year?   I guess I can console myself by reminding myself that if Oprah can't do it.....what hope do the rest of us have!!!  But I continue to try, try, try again.....and this year will be no different....I'll be tuning into Oprah next week to see if she feels the same way.....but then, what's the alternative???  Better to try and fail than to not even try...so I resolve to get this extra weight off, and more important, stop skipping trips to the gym.

The other resolution that I am making this year is to concentrate more on my jewelry business.  I want to carve out more time to create new pieces, and really focus on getting things photographed, and online to sell.  I've been wanting to devote more time to Limefreckle for so long now, and I firmly resolve to do that this year.  I'm even planning to have some jewelry give aways here on the blog, so stay tuned!  I would ALSO like to get into my basement workshop and create a few mosaic pieces....it's been a very long time since I've done that, and I'm itching to get back at it!  I have stacks and stacks of dishes that I have collected over the years, I want to go through all of those and weed out what I won't use.

The last resolution that I'm making is to get organized.  I'm actually a fairly organized person....I love, love, LOVE to organize things.....I should have been a professional organizer for a career....nothing thrills me more than to go into the messy space and clean it up.  (I'm not talking about basic housework here.....I HATE that....)  I'm talking about finding ways to organize, cleaning out closets, that kind of stuff.  So this year I'm going to concentrate on the house....going through room by room, going through the basement (eek!) and getting rid of anything that we don't need.  I love to read Jess LC she inspires me with her gorgeous jewelry, and her philosophy on de-cluttering.  I like the term "makeunder" and I'm going to keep that in mind as I go through this place.

So that's it, I've posted it on my blog, now it's out there......hopefully that will help me keep these resolutions, and make them a reality!  Happy New Year to you and yours, may 2010 be the year to make things happen!

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