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DAISY CRAZY ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA

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A DAISY A DAY KEEPS THE CRAZY AWAY!

Even though this is my third summer on the Olympic Peninsula, this was my first summer enjoying our daisy wildflower field from beginning to end. 

Most of the field's wonder was captured on my cell phone; an Alcatel OneTouch burner phone that gets the job done in a cheap and easy way, and it falls within my budget. This is the main reason I rely so heavily on photo editing; I can't get the macro and fine-detail shots that I would prefer to get. So, I work with the tools I've got and have discovered the joy of editing photos because of it. You can see more in my Instagram feed.

Since the photos make me happy when I create and look at them, I thought maybe others might find enjoyment in them, too. So, I made a short 72-second video with a montage of daisy photos from this season. 

It was really just a test since I hadn't used the YouTube video editor software in a few months (FYI, this video editor function will go away on September 20th!)

How to Prepare for the Dump (in Port Angeles)

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It's a dirty job, but someone has to write about the local dump. Read my Google write-up of Blue Mountain Transfer Station below to learn how real the struggle is; also included are helpful tips on how to organize and prepare for the dump when you take your garbage in yourself.

BLUE MOUNTAIN TRANSFER STATION
1 4 6 9 Blue Mountain Road
Port Angeles, WA 9 8 3 6 2
Phone: ( 3 6 0 ) 4 1 7 - 4 8 7 4
Hours: 9 - 5 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
clallam.net

Resourceful facility, attentive employees, clearly marked stations with free recycling for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum, plus antifreeze and motor oil recycling; however, there are a few insights people may find helpful to know from a local.LOOK OUT:There is absolutely NO SIGNAGE when you turn right off Blue Mountain Road (from Hwy101 direction) indicating the facility is there, as of the time of this writing. It would be nice if the owners could rectify this for the sake of clearly identifying the location from both direc…

How to Start Meal Planning with a Weekly Menu Schedule (FREE DOWNLOAD!)

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I have started a weekly menu schedule for my household! 

I am not ashamed to say I can't keep it all in my head, and there is absolutely no reason for anyone to keep it all in their head when there are so many amazing tools to utilize that help make life easier to manage in the 21st Century! 

In a one-vehicle household and me at home all week miles from town, having meals and groceries planned out before we leave for the store on the one day we shop makes for more efficient shopping because it goes quicker. Less time in public is always a good thing!

Planning ahead also helps because it allows for household communication, so that we know what we want for the week before we are standing in the middle of the grocery store unsure of what is at home and what is still needed. I loathe assuming what another wants to eat, so I prefer to ask, discuss, and plan. Plus, that's my job as the home-managing homemaker now!  

Granted, we are just two adults and two cats with fairly uneventful liv…

15 Reasons to Get Rid of Stuff (When Preparing to Turn 40)

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I have approximately ten months to prepare for my 40th birthday. I want forty to be something to look forward to, and why shouldn't it be? 

Forty is the beginning of a new decade! I haven't started a new decade in, like, ten years, so I'm due. The last few years of my thirties have just dragged on, dragging me and my hopes down with it. Something has got to give and I know what it is -- me!

Therefore, my wish/goal ten months from now is to start the next forty years of life without so much dust-collecting, space-taking, anxiety-inducing, memory-saving, life-sucking stuff from the first forty years. It's time to really clean house.

No one can make this wish come true but me, so that's why it is a goal and not just a wish. It takes work and it is not easy work, as I have already started the process of parting with sentimental items that I just can't keep holding on to any longer.

Stuff is a bandage; it takes powerful force and determination to rip it away. It's a…

Decluttering in Sequim: 10 Places to Take Your Stuff

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Life on the North Olympic Peninsula means being creative when you don't have all the resources the big cities have; namely recycling centers everywhere, thrift stores everywhere, internet marketing sans Facebook, and millions of potential buyers everywhere. Welcome to life on the Edge of America.

So, now, after being here a few years and still trying to figure out where to take things and at what times, I have created a Google map as a resourceful solution to help myself and others who are wondering where to take stuff when it comes to decluttering, recycling, and minimizing on the North Olympic Peninsula.


Likewise, should you be in need of buying used goods, this is the map for you!

Each marker on the map includes the business contact information and my notes about the services they provide. Just click on the map marker!

As of this writing, businesses on the map include:
1. Around Again
2. Blue Mountain Transfer Station (County Dump)
3. Carrie's Corner Collectibles & Thrift Stor…

How to Spend Less Time Cleaning: Decluttering Tips from a Housekeeper

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📙📘📗 📣 This post has been removed and is now available as an ebook in my Amazon book shop for only $2.99 😸 🏡 -- that's cheaper than any housekeeping magazine in a book store, newspaper rack, or grocery check-out lane -- and no ads!🌈 🎉


In 'How to Spend Less Time Cleaning: Decluttering Tips from a Housekeeper' Eve Penman unabashedly addresses the #1 time-killer when it comes to cleaning a home (and the #1 reason why people are too overwhelmed to clean their homes) --  TOO MUCH STUFF!
In an effort to educate and enlighten people around the world, Eve offers her witty insights and sound solutions in this helpful e-booklet, as she examines the creeping catastrophic epidemic that is burying households across America --  TOO MUCH STUFF!


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Free Speech Bumper Stickers

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I love bumper stickers. Don't you? I have been reading bumper stickers the majority of my life and have not grown tired of them yet. 

I love the shorthand nature of a bumper sticker. Perhaps the sticker is not as deep and drawn out (or as time consuming) as a book; yet, somehow, one short statement placed on the back of a bumper or elsewhere can have as profound an impact on an individual as a big book can. 

Funny how that works, but that is relativity for you. 

And that is what made me ponder: Why put all my writing creativity only into book format when I have been a bumper-sticker reader my whole life, and other people read stickers and buy them the same as people buy books? Why, indeed. 

That's why I began writing bumper stickers for my Prose and Pix shop at Zazzle back in 2015. In fact, one of my earlier bumper stickers had its first sale this past week and I was delighted to see that someone from my own state of Washington was the lucky buyer. Thank you, buyer!

The sticker is …