Freddie the Cat and Recipes

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 Freddie the Cat and Recipes


Meet Freddie, a fat cat, lounging in my Tiny Trailer, with the unfinished striped curtains. Is anything completed yet? No.


Worked 7 hours with a long-term client today. She has a HUGE house and needless to say, taking many MANY more than 6 sessions to complete all 5 KonMari Categories (clothes/books/paper/komono(miscellaneous)/sentimental). We worked on recipes. It will take at least another day’s work. We are also utilizing Evernote in addition to her printed recipe collection. This woman is a wonderful cook.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_21

Sunday Night

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 Sunday Night


Maybe fuchsias will grow under the shade of an oak.  Always loved them but don’t think I have grown.


I have a collection of Dover floral images I purchased a couple of years ago — this image came up on my “this-time-two-years-ago” and reminded me of a good making things phase.


I must admit missing a television set to watch a movie or series. Can’t wait to see The Americans!


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_20

Ho-Hum Day. It Was Just Right.

Did a few errands. Got some stuff done. Had a long telephone conversation with friend and got caught up.


My mind on my brother a lot these days. Sent him the James Baldwin quote I found on artist/musician Meshell Ndegeocello Instagram’s feed. Guess I have been living under  rock. Been listening to her ever since I stumbled upon her a couple of weeks ago.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_19

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JAMES BALDWIN 

Physical Labor

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 Physical Labor


Can you tell Luis is smiling?


I was his last appliance stop of the day [yes, a real fridge with a freezer]— 7 pm — Friday night — tons of traffic, who knows how many flight of stairs, steps, weight carried, all in a day’s work.


I get along with people who do things with their hands, can move and make things.


Luis, like a lot of workers I know, are always talking and laughing as they work. I can’t say I am the same way.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_18

Japan + Abandoned Homes

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 Japan + Abandoned Homes


This is a photo of a calendar left in kitchen of a home walked out of in 1999. The owner left everything as is — apparently it was one of many homes where she did the same thing— locked the door and left for good. 


I have been staying up too late, again. I do want to share my story of the Berkeley house, but it’s getting late. I hope I can get back into the house tomorrow and take more photos to show you.


Today I went to the wrong place not once, but twice! I thought I was feeling more settled. Ding Dong.

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_17

“The Worst Enemy to Creativity Is Self Doubt.” Sylvia Plath

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 “The Worst Enemy to Creativity Is Self Doubt.” Sylvia Plath


This is Richelle aka Red Scorpio, my friend + accountability buddy. Our latest challenge is the May Daily Diary.


We met at CreativeLive over four years, both being members of a participatory audience. Those were fun years at CreativeLive. Cannot remember if it was a Tara Swiger or April Bowles class where we first met. We started as accountability buddies and became friends along the way. We don’t talk that often on phone, let alone see each other. Richelle is one of the people you don’t need to talk to often—when you do, it’s as if no time has passed.


Richelle is creativity galore, always trying new materials. The necklace I am wearing is one of her creations — beads and a secret resin process — she offered to make something using one of my stamped quotes. [unfortunately you can see zero detail in my heavily processed photo 😮].   It’s a great conversation started — everyone reads it and nods their head.


Thanks Richelle!


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_16

Red Light Green Light

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 Red Light Green Light



A lot of driving on Telegraph Avenue. I don’t think I want to give up the luxury of getting around in a car. I don’t even mind red lights.


It’s one thing to walk and ride a bike during the day and nighttime—taking your chances of more stuff you don’t want happening to happen.


I don’t need more excuses not to get out among people.


I discovered a sewing shop on Piedmont this evening, by accident. Cecilia has been there since 1991 and carries Berninas and Babylocks. Look out.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_15

Trend Alert: YELLOW*

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Trend Alert: YELLOW*

As seen at thredUP — they opened a brick and mortar in downtown Walnut Creek, across from one of my favorite consignment stores, Labels.

Asked for a couple of “Clean Out Kits” — spunky tag line: “Go on a cleaning rampage.”

And then there was an earthquake this evening.

*thanks Anna!


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_14

Gratitude Is No Joke

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Gratitude Is No Joke


Not even sure what I mean by that . . .


In the meantime, here are bathroom details of a mid-century family house in Oakland Hills, going on market next weekend. Getting ready to get in sale-able condition took a year of work & massive down-sizing. My project was vanilla.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_12

Pulling A Special Mother’s Day Request Card

Almost a month since I was in New York and saw this place of business. 

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Pulling A Special Mother’s Day Request Card


Last night I remembered I love my new place, the size is probably just about right (for part-time living).


BUT I NEED CABINETS AND A REAL REFRIGERATOR.


I had to catch myself comparing myself to other people’s living arrangements. I was concerned others would think me a loser for my lifestyle choices. Maybe I am a loser . . . it’s not over, yet.


I remembered I have made certain choices over the last ten years that are far out there. Jury is out on that one . . . but for now: I made the best decisions for who I am, for better or worse.


Back to cabinets: I am asking if my daughter will go with me to IKEA on Mother’s Day — I need an accountability partner when it comes to having the patience to go through the IKEA kitchen department. I might look at Paxton closest system.


Refrigerator story, later.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_11

Renegade Mothering

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 [I did not want to ask Janelle to take a photo with me—lame, I know!].


I have loved Janelle Hanchett for years, feel as if I know her, and today got to meet her in person (and her husband, Mac).


If you have not read her blog (Renegade Mothering), start.


Better yet, get her book, “I’m Just Happy To Be Here.” Honestly , I have only read a few chapters—I know I will have to feel some of my own pain, and with my move and all . . . but I am ready (as I will ever be). Janelle makes me laugh and cry—(how is that for a sophisticated piece of writing? Ha!).


Is anyone honestly writing about the aging process? As honestly as Janelle has written about parenting? Good lord, it is the toughest thing I have faced.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_10

Hallelujah, First Farm Flower Bouquet

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Good thing to get out with other people once in awhile.

Carpooled to our local NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) meetings.

Endlessly fascinating to hear other organizers’ stories of their relationship to stuff.

If I had opted to not go, I would have missed out on hearing one woman’s two agreements with partner.


  1. “You can tell me to do something, or how  do something, but you can’t tell me both”.
  2. “The one who cares most (about whatever) can make the decision.”


And it was first CSA box of beautiful vegetables + flowers.

Xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_09

Thinking long and hard about deferred decision making (or no decision making)

Yikes! I have to practice what I teach—stuff left around most likely means a deferred decision (not wanting to make a decision 😀).


I have been stumped deciding where my stuff should have it’s home. I would rather be in limbo than decide a place is “good enough.”


You know what that means? I can put off getting to the things that mean more to me. Or I have thought they mean more to me. Or do they?


If I was willing to be honest with myself, I would admit I am not treating them as a priority = how important are they?


Interesting . . . the resistance, the saboteur, whatever name works for you, is strong. Busted!


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_07

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Seeing these vessels’ shapes spark joy.

Sometimes It Hurts To Donate

Especially on a Sunday when the stuff is piled everywhere, other donors lined up behind me to off-load unwanted More stuff, and the workers overwhelmed and not wanting to accept more stuff because there is no more room.


I felt a bit sickened by not loving my stuff enough to want to hold onto it. I felt as if I did not appreciate my stuff enough, and extremely wasteful.


I don’t know the answer.

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_06

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Sunday afternoon at Goodwill Donation Station

My Biggest Design Challenge Ever

 [Not an electric chair—a “before” photo 😄]

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I have always wanted to make this space work — part of my wish has come true—this space, all 200 square feet & my tiny trailer are now my base (home!!) for the time being.

Honestly, not sure how it’s going to work. Taking advantage of any vertical space (shelves & hooks). I have paired down to essentials (keeping sewing stuff/rubber stamps). But . . . 😱

Xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_05_04

Exception to the 10,000 step rule

View YESTERDAY, atop Berkeley Hills. San Francisco out there, thru the light fog. Sun setting.


5,000 steps/50+ flight of stairs to get to this vista

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Today: maybe 4,000 steps and 2 flights of stairs tracked. Why the low numbers? Sometimes when I work with clients I have 10,000 steps in a few hours. Today I was working on the Paper Category with a clients, in her home office, in a small space.

My day began at 5 a.m. and I got back home after 8 p.m.  Combination long drive & eating dinner & a heck of a lot a paper. I wholeheartedly agree with Marie Kondo’s paper prescription: get rid of all of it! Not to be taken literally. 

I am totally okay with not getting my steps in today — I have the gratification of seeing scads of paper ready for recycling and shredder & one more client closer to freedom. 

xoxo

Jane (Diaries)

2018_05_03