Sunday, February 3, 2013


From the Meriam Webster Dictionary


noun \ˈji\

Definition of JOY

a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight
b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
: a source or cause of delight
joy·less adjective
joy·less·ly adverb
joy·less·ness noun


Diane said...

Well done on getting your blood sugar down, these sort of health issues are always difficult to control unless your mind is set on doing something about it.

As for de-cluttering, I feel as if I have de-cluttered so many times with moving home, but thee is still too much not in use!!

Have a good day. Diane

Jo said...

You are such a joy to all who know you, Penny. I'm so glad to hear your health is so greatly improved. Bless you dearest friend. (((Hugs))) Jo

Denise said...


Joyful said...

Diane, I can imagine what you've gone through with your several international moves. You could teach others how to do it!

Thank you for your visits here and your encouraging words. I appreciate them. Have a wonderful week!

Joyful said...

Thank you dear, Jo for your kind words. I also want to thank you for continuing to keep me in prayer. Hugs. xx

Joyful said...

Thank you, Denise. Praying for yours too! Hugs. xx

KT said...

I am trying so hard to get things out the door as well. I am very careful about what I buy at the store...we just dont' need anything more. It is hard, but if you take one cabinet at a time, you slowly get through it all.

Keep working at the blood sugar...glad you are getting good results! A friend of mine tried a new diet lately, and while he has lost a few pounds, he can't seem to get the blood sugar to budge. Ugh!

Joyful said...

I understand, KT. I am also very careful about what I buy at the store and I only buy at the thrift store if I really, really need it. I've gotten rid of so much that I can't understand where it all comes from! Slowly, I think it will all work together and I'll have fewer things. I just need to keep reminding myself that simple is better.

Good luck to your friend. At least he can lose weight. I can't seem to despite a good diet. I think once my sugar is under control that will help a lot. With your friend, weight loss will probably bring his sugars down at some point if he is on a healthy diet.

Pat said...

It does feel wonderfully therapeutic to go through one's "stuff," organize it and/or get rid of it. I do that periodically but should do it even more often. I have used the technique of using three large baskets or boxes--one for "put away," one for "give away," and one for "throw away."

Joyful said...

Hi Pat, I too used to go through my stuff on a regular basis but this "project" I'm working on is much bigger than my previous efforts. I'm familiar with the 3 basket/box technique but it really doesn't work for me. At the end of the day I am using a two box method, "give away" or "put away". I seldom throw anything out. I hope you' had a wonderful weekend and wish you a wonderful week ahead :-)

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't get rid of things that you will need again some time down the road. I have done this and ended up buying things all over again.
Good luck with this journey.

Joyful said...

Hi Pat, I'm being very mindful of that as I've done the same before. That is why it is taking me long to go through things and make a good decision as to what to let go. Much of it I have to read, use or make and then it will be "gone", or in a different form. Thanks for the caution and the good wishes.

Cindy said...

Clutter can be a terrible thing, I agree. I try to keep from getting stuff for the sake of having stuff. I have done very well for the last six months, I think. That's one reason I was so happy with the rug that I posted about today. Part of it was a sheet that I'd had for years and some leftover fabric from making my granddaughter's Christmas gift. Unfortunately I have never purchased wool or yarn before, so I don't have any leftovers of that to make anything with, so I will be getting it from value village, most likely. It's much cheaper there.
I love my cork floor, it's very nice to stand on for long periods of time. It doesn't scratch up easily, I pull my heavy stove out regularly to clean under and it has never made a mark. If you have any more questions, let me know.
Have a good week!

Unknown said...

Getting organized.. clearing the clutter is my main goal for 2013.
- in response to your question.. yes I am the lady from the TV show.. :-)
I always feel the need to explain that I really am NOT that difficult.. lol... thank you for popping by & for following. I look forward to getting to know you better!

Hayu Maselli said...

Hi Penny,

I am so happy to hear that you've succeed to get your sugar blood down. Such a big Grace.
bit by bit for sure you could control it even it is very hard. Keep on positive.
Life simple it is the best way ;), Trying to live simple even hard too ;)
take a good care Penny,
best wishes for your health
Warmly hug

Joyful said...

You did an excellent job on your rug and the best part is the frugality with which you made it. I'm impressed. Keep up the good work. Thanks too for your help about the cork flooring. xx

Joyful said...

Tressa, so lovely to have you as a new follow. I'm sure you get asked the same question a lot! I don't remember you being difficult, lol, but I do remember your family having to make the move. I visited in Kautekeino many years ago and that was as close to Norway as I ever got, lol. I look forward to getting to know you also. x

Joyful said...

Ayu, so lovely to have you as a new follower. I thank you too for the good wishes. I'll be looking for your new posts. xx

Shanda said...

I like the look of your new blog. Alot changed since I left!!! I am also in the process of undercutting so I can move. I hope I can keep my home and life that way. I actually am speaking about undercutting our lives: mainly spiritually, at a church in KY in May so will really be concentrating on the subject!!! Nice touching base again!

Joyful said...

Hi Shanda, thank you for your visit. It is indeed good to touch base again. I'm so glad you are going to be speaking on the spiritual aspects of undercutting. It is actually a good underlying basis for everything I am doing now! I'd love to hear your message is received though I'm sure it will go over very well since I know you will speak from your heart. Hugs. xx

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

I knew about your decluttering but I had no idea it was related to a fire that sent you off living in a hotel! Bot can I relate to that! we lived in one from March to may and then into the current rental hous. We had nothing much but gradually some stuff came back in boxes cleaned by professionals. We still have boxes to empty and send stuff to Goodwill. It is an emotionally wrenching job. But each time a bit gets done like you say there is a feeling of JOY.

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