First up I delivered half of my personal library to a local care home. The recreational advisor saw my advertisement on the local Freecycle and said he would take all the books. So that was a God send since most takers just want a fictional book or two. A great many of the books I donated history books and reference books of all kinds (cooking, gardening, travel, self help and health books, how to books and cookbooks and a great many other topics). The recreational person I dealt with told me they will sell books to benefit the seniors in their care. I do hope that they will have good success with the sales.
Reading continues with a few good books in my pile each week. My recent reads were The Paris Seamstress, Rebel Queen and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven. They were all good books and I've listed them in the order of enjoyment in case you are interested. Right now I'm reading a few books on fashion: Gok Wan's Work Your Wardrobe and The Way She Wears It by Dallas Shaw. I'm relearning a lot of what I once knew and it is good to have a refresher. Most of my newer reads are borrowed from the library so that I'm not spending the money and adding to my clutter at home.
I'm very pleased with the quality of the products I've purchased from this place so far. I also like that the products are purchased from various countries abroad at fair trade prices. If you'd like to check it out please do because you would be benefiting artisans from developing nations. If you want to check out the store, please check here.
Some of you might wonder why I am buying things when I am doing major decluttering. One reason is I like to shop for gift ideas for Christmas and birthdays throughout the year. This helps spread the cost over many months.
The other reason is that though I have too much stuff, one area where I am lacking is accessories, especially necklaces and earrings which help to stretch one's wardrobe into numerous outfits.
I keep an eye out for things I can purchase at a good price and that will coordinate with my wardrobe, current and planned. Since I've already donated many clothing items I will need to supplement my wardrobe in future. But I don't need anything for awhile and can make do with what I have. I also have plans to sew some things with the fabric I purchased in Kenya earlier in the year. I will buy some coordinating fabric here in town to try and extend my wardrobe options that way too. So I can hold off buying new clothing until I know for sure what I really need.
Last time I wrote about my knees I mentioned that I need to get updated x-rays. I finally made it early in the week for the x-rays on both knees. I expect soon to be referred to the center that educates arthritis patients to better manage their symptoms and assess them as to whether they need surgery.
Other than that I've been busy with the usual household things and a bit of shopping for a new wall clock, yarn and food for the house.
While relaxing in the evening I'm knitting dishcloths for Christmas gifts. It's really the main that I knit and I have built up a little stash. I enjoy knitting these simple cloths and it helps me feel like I'm doing something constructive while I relax.
I went to the community garden and snipped off some beautiful sunflowers to place at home. I noticed there were some ants in them so I had to get those out before I brought the flowers indoors.
I also snipped some salad greens and brought home. I made a simple green salad tonight with hamburgers on buns for dinner.
The container garden is holding up well. The rest of the garden doesn't look so great and I'm not really sure why. Probably a combination of over watering at times and under watering at other times.
Right now though there are workers out there and so they don't take care how they throw things around. After their work of power washing and painting walls is done I think my garden will be largely finished for this summer. If I have time I may plant some thing from seed just to see if it comes up and blossoms before we get too far into Fall weather.
Geraniums are a favourite in my garden.
I'll continue being busy at home for a few weeks with plans to see a movie or two with a friend and visit with an out of town friend who should be arriving soon. My house guests won't start arriving until the end the month. Until then I have a lot to keep me busy. That's my update for now. I hope you are all enjoying yourselves wherever you are in the world.
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