Considering I did a major move in 2011 and got rid of more than 2/3 of my things - big and small - furniture, books, clothes, artwork, bedding, dishes, etc. I do very well with clutter. I am a minimalist at heart, so I am don't have knicknacks or visible clutter. What I have is stuff you cannot see - my closets and some unpacked boxes. I like my things to be beautiful yet functional. I am doing Flylady to motivate me to tackle every room in the house, with a critical eye and pare it down even more. Also I want to get through those last unpacked boxes.
We are making a major change in our den which is seldom used. It has a very large beautiful desk, that will go into our family room for jigsaw puzzles. The den will get a functionality makeover with Ikea bookcases, storage cabinets for games and 2 desk configurations.
FLYing Lesson: Declutter 15 Minutes a Day
-set a timer and spend 15 minutes a day decluttering. Thatís it. Anyone can do anything for only 15 minutes, even if you have to break it down into five-minute segments.
Exercise - Monday night I walked to class and got a ride home. Last night we were out for dinner and I walked home. I got bored with just walk for the sake of walking, so I am trying to tie it into my regular activities.
Eating out - I found a Chinese restaurant with a small buffet with mostly vegetables with a small amount of protein. The meats and fish are deep fried, so I will only pick up 3 or 4 pieces. This allows me to eat out and still lose weight. Hubby is not so taken with it, but is agreeable to support my weight loss.
Nutrition Tracking 17 Days
10,000 Steps 126 Days
About a puppy - I haven't followed up on adopting Cooper yet.
I drafted this letter -
Lisa - Thanks for the information. We are looking for an athletic dog for daily walks and possible fly ball or agility, so Cooper looks like a good fit.
Here is a picture of Kali, our American Water Spaniel. Her face looks very much like Cooper's with the narrower nose. Kali is 10 years old, playful and walks 1.5 - 2 hours a day. I think she would like to have a buddy too.
We haven't followed up on adopting Cooper. We are leaning towards an American Water Spaniel puppy, like Kali. But we have concern for existing dogs in need of permanent homes. We love the energy Cooper has and would prefer to meet him first, then start the adoption process. Having our friends, neighbors, and vet interviewed first; and then we get to see him and not click.... well, I am uncomfortable with that.
I have no doubt our references would be very supportive of our character and care of dogs. Kali is a special needs dog, and has been spoon fed twice a day for 10 years. She had an expected lifespan of 18 months and thrives to this day. In the past we have adopted aged dogs in need of a loving and care home.
** what do you think of the letter?
Thanks for the advice about getting new jeans. I only have one pair left and I am about 5 pounds away from getting a couple new pairs.
The master bedroom looks great now and I am starting on the next bedroom.