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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 …

Why So Syrias? People Shouldn't Worry About the Syria Airstrikes

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Why should I get upset over President Trump's airstrikes on Syria?

I voted for the man and I knew he was not anti-war; how come others didn't? It's almost as funny as when Hillary supporters were shocked that Trump won; only now the joke is on Trump supporters. 
Granted, I am not thrilled with more waste and war -- just like I am not thrilled with many other things governments do that I have no say in -- but I am not surprised, not in the least.

Not only that, but I am not as upset over it as I would have been in the past; most likely because I am not paying a federal income tax since I don't make enough. 

Therefore, since I am not knowingly funding the war nor enlisted in it, I have no good reason to let my blood pressure rise over it when plenty of other things that impact me daily elevate my blood pressure enough as it is. Please, spare me the arguments about how cash supports war efforts through inflation; grocery stores don't take bitcoin out here, so just shut it…

Trees by Eve: Pacific Northwest Tree Photography on Instagram

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I may have stumbled into a natural niche on my Instagram account -- TREES! 

I have been taking photographs of trees for a handful of years now and have added many of those tree photographs to products in my shops for tree lovers everywhere to purchase.

The funny thing is, even though I am surrounded by trees and love taking pictures of them, it didn't occur to me to showcase them on my Instagram account. But after I posted a couple tree photos and saw the response -- and how awesome the pictures looked in my feed! -- I figured it couldn't hurt to share more pictures of my Pacific Northwest surroundings with the outside world.

The good news is it didn't hurt! I am slowly gaining more followers 100% naturally and organically -- without gluten or HFCS or cocaine! -- and without paying for them, which is not what I want to do. 

Plus, I am receiving way more 'likes' on my Instagram photos than my photography has ever received in the past on other media accounts. If it's…

Questioning Gender Equality & Freeing My Mind from Women's Lib

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Q: Why does a woman have to do everything (or as much as possible) that a man can do? 

A: She doesn't. She can do what she can do, on her own level, in her own way, without giving a second thought about society telling her she has to compete with men when she is not a man. 

Q: Why can't a woman be a woman (or a girl be a girl)?

A: She can be. Women are made to be women; they aren't made to be men, because if women were made to be men they would be born with dicks. Surprisingly, that is how you tell the difference between men and women; if there is a dick attached, it is a man. If there is no dick attached, that is the genetic marker to act like a woman because you are a woman. Now, if there was a dick and then it became detached later in life, or vice versa, I can't help.

Q: What is wrong with a girl wanting to do girly things, or a woman wanting to do womanly things?

A: Nothing. Women don't have to do what men do for fun and women should enjoy womanly things, whatever …

Randian Rebus: How to Pronounce Ayn Rand's Name

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Finally! An accurate representation of the pronunciation of Ayn Rand. 

Somebody had to do it, and as every good reader of Rand knows: The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me; so I did it, and I didn't ask permission to do it.

I had no intention of creating a graphic design for Ayn Rand's birthday (2/2/1905), but I managed to do it subconsciously. The idea for this rebus popped into my head a couple nights ago the way lots of my ideas do, while trying to fall asleep. When I was able to create it the following night I was ecstatic with the results. What do you think?

For those who don't know, Ayn is not pronounced 'Anne', like Anne of Green Gables. Rather, Ayn is pronounced with a long i sound, like the eye of the tiger, or like the 'I' when speaking in the first person. 

But I couldn't use just the letter i because 'IN' capitalized is an uppercase 'in', and how would anyone know to pronounce it 'Ayn…

How Immigration Policies Shape America: A Ketchikan Photo Essay

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The recent uproar over the Trump Administration's immigration policies reminded me of a few historically-significant facts that I learned about three businesses while visiting Ketchikan, Alaska, last September (2016). Others might benefit from learning about them, too, so enjoy!

1. I learned about Tatsuda's Grocery and how the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor impacted the family in two ways. Not only was the family sent to internment camps at the order of American government, but three sons served in the US Armed Forces at the same time the family was being interned. 

Crazy? That's America and that's history, folks. 
























2. I also learned about the history of the Diaz Cafe; specifically, that while immigration laws in the 1920s restricted Chinese and Japanese immigrants from coming to America, Filipinos were not blocked from immigrating. Thus, Ketchikan boomed with 'Alaskeros' who became part of the community, and still are.

So, it can be viewed as bad that certain groups w…