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My Garage is Beautiful!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Because it's clean and neat and tidy. And because that is such a contrast to the way it was BEFORE I worked on it this past week, lol.

I also have ALL the closets in my house in the same clean, neat and tidy shape, except for one - the one in my office/craft/painting room. I don't have the courage to tackle that one yet!

WHY does it feel so good to be neat and clutter free? Do you brag on your tidy, clutter free space when you're done like I do? Show it to everyone, lol.

If that's so much fun why does that clutter creep back in later?

Just human, I guess. Get busy. Life happens. But it's very nice when you keep on top of it, OR catch up later.

Karen

  
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SLIM411 6/9/2010 3:41PM

    Me, too. I've been re-doing my whole house and just love to appreciate the parts I've done. I haven't started on closets yet, well, a little. Sure you're not avoiding doing something else:) I do that a lot. When I need to finish a song or painting, I start cleaning. Keep up the good work and thanks for your encouragement. emoticon

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JUSTJO66 6/3/2010 8:18AM

    Good for you.... don't you just love it when those burst of energy hit? I'm waiting until I get off for the summer to tackle my closets and clutter....it will probably take a couple of months to get through it. LOL. I'm definitely an advocate for clutter free living..... hmmmmm, it just seems like I haven't gotten to that place yet. LOL. It does feel soooo good when everything is in it's place and all tidy.
Jo

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NANCY- 6/3/2010 7:52AM

    Perhaps the closets are a metaphor for our bodies. One done we still need to maintain and keep things in check otherwise chaos creeps back in. We have to be attentive. I do my garage at least one a year and that helps maintain order in there. If I did not revisit it I would eventually not be able to us it for it's intended purpose.
Your blog gave me lots of food for thought.
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FISHINGLADY66 6/2/2010 9:10PM

    When you get finished with KCMETROGIRL's , Pop on over to my house, just a few blocks away and do mine. You are such a sweet dear. You must have the SPRING energy. Good Job Karen. I'm so proud of you.

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READINGDOC 6/2/2010 4:43PM

    Way to go girl! I know how great I felt when my DH cleaned our garage enough to actually have enough room to get his car in the garage too. I claimed first ownership of the garage since it was his mess that kept him out. Now he is so proud of his clean garage that I think that it is actually cleaner than the house.



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BELTONWALKER67 6/2/2010 12:55PM

    Good Job! You are more than Welcome to come visit me in Missouri! I've had the garage cleanout on my list to do for some time now and it just keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Yes, I think we always feel better when everything is neat & clean! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/2/2010 12:11PM

    I need you here!!!!!! LOL.

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JENNY888 6/2/2010 11:55AM

    Congratulations on winning the battle. I know how you feel. I finally finished one of the 10 x 20 storage units last night. I plan to post a picture of it empty in a blog today.

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DGAIL51 6/2/2010 11:53AM

    Karen, you are a goddess! I can never seem to get my closet organized much less all the closets. I have been trying to get up the energy and nerve to tackle my closet for months and I even start, then something else seems to tear my attention away. Another thing is the getting rid of clothes. I cannot seem to give up the larger and smaller sizes - the smaller that I hope to get back into and the larger ones I am afraid I will need. Nuts!!! I may be a bit of a hoarder, I am not sure.
Okay, today I will put together a box for Goodwill. I need a cup of tea first, a cup of courage. lol
Donna

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PJSTIME 6/2/2010 11:14AM

    Brag away if mine ever gets clutter free I will do the same. You have been a busy lady. Good for you. PJ

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CATHY629 6/2/2010 11:09AM

    It is nice to be clutter free,but why does it never stay that way.

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DDWMITCH 6/2/2010 11:04AM

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I'm jealous!
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KAYYVAUGHN 6/2/2010 10:53AM

    My house isn't all clean and organized at one time. It seems impossible. This morning, I was going to file. After my walk and breakfast, I've been washing clothes, etc. I get distracted by other things that need to be done. I am trying to get the front part clean, because my SIL is coming to spend the night. Our great-niece is in a dance recital Saturday morning.

I do envy you. Would you consider coming to Georgia for a visit and helping me get rid of clutter and organize?



Kay

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SALT - Can't live without it?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Fortunately, I don't suffer from high blood pressure and my doctor says I have the bloodwork of Wonder Woman. I've inherited this from my Mother and I've managed to reach retirement age without needing any prescription drugs.

As I've aged, I've become more interested in keeping my good health and even improving it, so it's not surprising that I'm now becoming more aware of the sodium in my diet.

The average recommended amount seems to be about 2300 mgs, although if you read closely you'll find that 1500 mgs is really the optimum. The NY Times has an article on this today:
www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/health/30
salt.html?scp=2&sq=salt&st=cse

If you don't want to wade through all 4 pages, read the last page for the bottom line.

Many frozen dinners have the maximum allowance of salt in just one serving.

If you've been trying to load your diet with more unprocessed food, as I have, you have to think about how many times you shake that salt shaker over your steamed broccoli, etc.

So, I'm going to try to reduce the amount of sodium in my diet. Have YOU already focused on this? How's that going?

What is the best, tastiest prepared salt substitute you've found?

Have you found other additives, spices, etc., that you use instead of a prepared substitute?

And most important of all, how do you begin to drastically decrease your sodium usage and still have food that tastes good? I went cold turkey on sugar, but don't think that will work with sodium.

I appreciate any positive experience with reducing sodium in your diet that you can share with us!

Karen

  
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ACIMPEGGY 6/1/2010 8:21PM

    I like Lite Salt. We also use Mrs. Dash. And we have a great garlic wine seasoning for meat from a fondue restaurant of which I can never remember the name. (I know that sounds funny, but I don't like to leave prepositions dangling at the end of a sentence) emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 6/1/2010 8:17PM

    I use Morton Salt Substitute when cooking and nothing at the table. On my last Dr. visit he said my blood pressure was a little high and suggested I cut down on salt. I also use a lot of garlic, onion, cumin and chili pepper for flavor. Best wishes to you. emoticon

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--KREN 6/1/2010 3:49PM

    I bought a small Morton's Light Salt today. Going to start gently, lol. Maybe I can sneak up on myself! Karen

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BERNIESSOAPS 6/1/2010 1:35PM

    I have high blood pressure so started tracking the salt when I started with Sparks and was amazed at how much salt I was taking in.

It has not been easy to give up the salt and sugar is easier to give up. Best advise is DO NOT EAT OUT! But the reality of that is not as easy to do. Stay away from processed foods and look for "Low sodium" on the labels. I have turned to my crockpot for fast food. emoticon

Best substitutes that I have found is Lemon juice and garlic powder.

Best seasoning is Chili pepper, garlic, onion, cumin, ginger or any intense flavored spice you can find. I have not used the Morton lite but I have thought about it.

When I bake I only use 1/2 of the salt in the recipe. Take it slow because if you cut it out quickly things will taste bland but eventually you get use to it and really start to enjoy the real taste of food!

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PJSTIME 6/1/2010 11:52AM

    I need to check into this on the daily tracker as my last blood work my sodium was a little high. I do try and stay away form processed foods and read labels for sodium contents.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/1/2010 10:38AM

    I've been limiting my salt since I was 32 and I'm 58. Now due to my diet and exercise I don't have enough salt. LOL. I don't eat any frozen dinners, canned soup, canned meals etc. Too gross. I eat canned beans sometimes but rinse them which helps the sodium. I don't like salt substitute. I buy no sodium added chicken broth. Use lower sodium products when possible. I use herbs which I grow or Salt Sense which has 33% less sodium but to be honest a bottle will last me several years. I love onion powder. As you use less sodium your body will adapt.

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BELTONWALKER67 6/1/2010 8:24AM

    I also track the sodium on my nutrition tracker and use Mrs. Dash. I very rarely use the salt shaker. My downfall is potato chips & I'm still working on that. Have bought the low sodium chips the last few times I bought chips but have been trying to walk by them without stopping at the grocery. I do have high blood pressure and take medication that I would love to stop so have been watching the sodium intake carefully. Great Article & Good Luck!

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JUSTJO66 6/1/2010 8:08AM

    Decreasing sodium is a hard one. When I began tracking my sodium on sparkpeople I was amazed at how much sodium I was getting everyday. Keeping your food intake ( as much as possible) unprocessed is a big first step. It seems EVERYTHING processed has too much sodium. I like to use Ms.Dash at my table and also Morton's Lite Salt (for the potassium)...I get leg cramps if I don't use the Morton's. I also have found that I use a lot more spices when I cook. Some foods still need a "little" salt but not as much as before I began watching the amounts.

Jo

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/1/2010 6:32AM

    The nutrition tracker has sodium listed. I added it to my daily report when I run it at the end of the day. It has really helped me keep account of my sodium.

Thanks for the information on sodium.

Kay

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GRAMPIAN 6/1/2010 6:27AM

  Reducing it gradually should be a little easier. emoticon

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Just for the beauty of it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

www.maryloulawson.com/landscapes.php

I have an Artist's Spotlight thread on my Brushworks team, where I share beautiful artwork of various artists I find on the web. Not an artist myself, but definitely a wannabe!

Just thought others might enjoy viewing some of the beautiful artwork out there, even though you might not think to look for it on your own, in the course of a busy life.

We often forget to make time in the day just for beauty or joy or fun, don't we?

So here's one I really like. Hope you enjoy it!

By the way, my theory is, if I have a paintbrush in my hand, I won't be shoving food in my mouth, lol. Seems to work and cut down on mindless eating. So there!

Karen

  
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JUSTKARON 5/22/2010 8:05AM

    I've been on Spark for 3 hours already this morning... emoticon Time to get up off my butt.

But...looking forward to checking out the artitsts your spotlight. I love to look up artists on the net. There's a WEALTH of inspiration there huh? YES!!

Karon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/21/2010 10:57AM

    I have always wanted to be more creative and find if I have any talent.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/20/2010 9:34PM

    Those are lovely. I especially like the "Hunter And Dogs" Thanks Karen for the link.

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MOOOOW 5/20/2010 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing Karen. Loved the abstracts.
Pris

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SHASTA11 5/20/2010 12:36PM

    How lovely. Thank you.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/20/2010 12:11PM

    love the English cottages

And karen.....your ARE an artist

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BERNIESSOAPS 5/20/2010 11:03AM

    These are just beautiful. I love to see what other artists are doing. And by the way Kren you need to call yourself an artist because that is what you are! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 5/20/2010 9:58AM

    Beautiful paintings, love the landscapes, especially the water and lighthouses. Thank you for sharing with us.

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ANGELPEAS 5/20/2010 9:47AM

    Hi Karen;
Wow, I loved the website you shared with us- her pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing
Paula

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DESERT_BIRD 5/20/2010 9:07AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JUSTJO66 5/20/2010 8:36AM

    Thanks Karen, these are beautiful. I especially love her still lifes. The flowers are just beautiful.

Jo

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--KREN 5/20/2010 8:36AM

    I love her colors, her cottages, and the "movement" she gets into those watercolors! Not an easy task. Karen

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MCJULIEO 5/20/2010 8:33AM

    I really really like her clouds!

(and agree with Bill60 - "We all need more paint brushes in our hands. ")

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PJSTIME 5/20/2010 7:28AM

    Thanks for sharing. I like her cottage paintings. Have a good day after you go swimming too.

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BILL60 5/20/2010 7:20AM

    We all need more paint brushes in our hands.

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Brushworks

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Not matted; not finished; some detail to add.

This is just what I'm working on for my Brushworks team.

I know, I need a class in photography, lol.

Karen

  
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ANGELPEAS 5/20/2010 9:48AM

    Great Job karen--Keep up the good work

Paula

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NUPATH 5/17/2010 6:30PM

    Karen, You are so talented! Wish I was artistic!

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JUSTJO66 5/17/2010 7:57AM

    I love the colors and the composition. Beautiful.

Jo

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JENNY888 5/16/2010 7:12PM

    The picture is a little dark so hard to see all the details but very pretty!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/16/2010 5:36PM

    Gorgeous and Beautiful and emoticon. I wish I could paint.... NO I can't. lol Your are so talented. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/16/2010 2:50PM

    Lovely

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CATHY629 5/16/2010 2:47PM

    Lovely painting,i love flowers
Cathy

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PJSTIME 5/16/2010 2:20PM

    Karen very good and so cheerful with all those colored flowers. A nice thing to see on such a rainy day. Keep on painting. I'm so jealous. One of these days my she cave will be done. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/16/2010 2:12PM

    That is awesome. I didn't know you were so talented. You need to display in an Art Show.
Kay

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/16/2010 1:55PM

    Beautiful. You are very talented!!

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BELTONWALKER67 5/16/2010 1:11PM

    Very pretty & so colorful!

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DESERT_BIRD 5/16/2010 12:17PM

    Very nice!

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GIVEUP30 5/16/2010 12:05PM

    I think it look pretty what I can see emoticon

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Where there's a Will, there's a way. Or, Lessons I learned from the cat.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Rosie always gets her way.


I want to be in this box!


Now if I can just sit down.


Let's see, I have to get the front end AND the back end in here.


Almost there! Wait, I forgot that pesky tail! Drat!!


I knew it! I knew I could do it! Look, Mom, I'm IN!!
Did you ever doubt it?

  
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AWESOMECHELZ 12/22/2013 5:24PM

    This is HILARIOUS!!! Aren't our cats something else! emoticon I am SO glad you sent me the link to your blog. How precious! And my Lucy, who also tries the same craziness with boxes, sends her love your way. emoticon emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA, LUCY AND BABY

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ACIMPEGGY 5/10/2010 8:22PM

    Cats can do ANYTHING and SO CAN THEIR OWNERS!

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DGILBRIDE1949 5/10/2010 5:37PM

    Oh, the lessons we learn from our cats! Way to go!

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JUSTJO66 5/10/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon I love the pictures. Cats are so funny.

Jo

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/7/2010 3:16PM

    ROFLMBO!!!!

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WYWIWOMAN 5/4/2010 9:34PM

    Great photography - you really captured how deliberate a cat is when trying to arrange her body into her 'special' place at that moment. Thanks, Karen.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/4/2010 12:50PM

    having had many cats in my life, I never doubted it for a minute

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BELTONWALKER67 5/4/2010 12:49PM

    emoticon emoticonRosie!

Great Blog, Karen and fantastic pictures!

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PJSTIME 5/4/2010 11:37AM

    Great blog she made it and so can we. Have a great day Karen. PJ

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JENNY888 5/4/2010 10:28AM

    That's a cat for you.

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DGAIL51 5/4/2010 9:39AM

    I love this! So cat like. I have a 14 year old cat that we love.

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FISHINGLADY66 5/4/2010 9:30AM

    Oh!!! How cute. Yes we can!.

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