Friday the 13th

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 Friday the 13th


Not a jinxed day. Quite the opposite.


The Retreat did not officially begin until late in day. Spent most of day by pool under an umbrella, visiting and reading. A treat.


So good to see friends I met in New York, some who were in my KonMari Training Group a couple of years ago, and all the new friends. I am biased, but there is something special about someone who chooses the KonMari Consultant path.


Many of us travelled from California to North Carolina to take part in the first Retreat. Some big announcements tomorrow.


xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_07_13

Organizing is always a good way to get your steps in

 Another photo of my Vallejo house.  Photo credit:  @vivianjohnsonphoto

Another photo of my Vallejo house. 
Photo credit: @vivianjohnsonphoto

Got more than my 10,000 steps in today + I did not even have to leave my home.

I have had to create places for all my stuff in my tiny home. I've kept most of my stuff, as I want to have choices. I'm almost finished with Phase I of organizing my new space.

I got more done today than in the past week (or two-ish). Nothing like a deadline to motivate you.

My deadline tomorrow, I want this done before my trip to North Carolina.



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Jane Diaries
2018_07_10

Not Exactly Diary Stuff

 Another photo of my Vallejo house.  Photo credit:  @vivianjohnsonphoto

Another photo of my Vallejo house. 
Photo credit: @vivianjohnsonphoto

I don’t think I ever posted all the photos of my place I sold this year.

A few photos are on my website.

I had completely KonMari’d my place & was at the spot where everything sparked joy. Of course I spruced it up as it was being photographed (by the amazing Vivian Johnson). I cannot do my usual filter stuff on these photos as I did not take them.

Usually I can’t post photos of clients’ homes—it’s a privacy thing. But I figure if I get to see behind their doors, they should be able to see my place too. (If they want to.)


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Jane Diaries
2018_07_09

We all need space to wander

 Photo from a bench seat in Union Square Park, San Francisco

Photo from a bench seat in Union Square Park, San Francisco

Enjoyed my day — partly or fully because I did whatever I wanted? Going to keep the party going into the night.

Declaring today July 5th a day OFF.

Part of my day was spent in San Francisco, and what a gorgeous weather day. I Even had a delightful conversation with a stranger in Union Square Park.

Over 11,000 steps today—better than couch potato.

Back to the to-do list tomorrow.

How boring would life be if we can’t wander a bit? I wander more than a bit. Ha!

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_07_05

My Fantasy Is So Much Better Than Reality

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I have been working on the fantasy that I am a sewist. This fantasy has a been gathering strength over the past six months as my sewing stuff has been packed away.

Part of the dream is that I have sewn a couple of dresses for an upcoming trip. The current problem is that this distant future trip is now in a week.

Today was to be the day I started and finished the dress. Ha! The set up to cut out the dress took hours. But I have a nice outdoor work set up. 

I put myself in a bad mood by having to confront my own B.S. I had to apologize for my sulking.

I made progress, slowly. Is it ever any different? Rarely.

Thank goodness tomorrow is only Thursday!

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_07_04

Wabi-Sabi

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Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic. It's about seeing the beauty in decay, impermanence + imperfection. It can’t be defined.

The Singer treadle sewing machine in the photos is a project I passed on. Sorry I did not get a photo of the sewing cabinet, it was gorgeous.

It was the embodiment of Wabi-Sabi.

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_07_03

#JohnSteinbeckDiaries

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Thank goodness for thrift stores & books! My favorite store in Napa sells quality paperbacks for 50 cents each — I found three winners today.

First up: John Steinbeck: Working Days, The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, edited by Robert Demott.

Steinbeck completed The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men (among other work) while living in Monte Sereno and Los Gatos, in the mid-1930’s to early-1940’s.

The kicker: I grew up there (later :-) and had no idea Steinbeck had lived there!

That’s the brief update—time to read!

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_07_02

Beginnings are full of possibilities (but only if we do things differently)

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A new month always holds the promise of new beginnings. But only if I do something differently. I will let you know how that goes.

Everything pales in comparison to the State of California on fire.

Seems wrong to be concerned (or talk about) the day-to-day when life-and-death circumstances are affecting so many others.

[Okay, here a is a s****y work-in-progress photo of part of my closet area. Heavy on the Tin Type Filter].

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_07_01

Quirks

 Photo of new “Affordable Building” in San Francisco (John F. Kennedy Towers) not Miami like it looks like. I could live in a building like that—I bet the views are killer!

Photo of new “Affordable Building” in San Francisco (John F. Kennedy Towers) not Miami like it looks like. I could live in a building like that—I bet the views are killer!

I was exhausted last night. A whole day in San Francisco, especially the work it takes to get from point A to B, knocked me out.

What really took me out was one of the best massages I have ever had. I don’t expect you to feel sorry for me :-)

Here is the quirky thing, and we all have different quirks: my daughter had given me a gift certificate for Kabuki over three years ago! 

I was “saving” it—and I even felt a tuck of guilt as it was so much money. But the money was shelled out years ago.

This is similar to a phenomenon I see when I'm working with clients. Having spent so much money on something that has never worked, and yet we cannot part with it. This gift thing is different and I don’t know what it’s about.

Thank you Anna! It was the best gift ever!

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_06_29

Progress is often very (very) messy

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 It's always one step forward, two steps backwards.

I took advantage of The Container Store’s June Elfa Special: free installation, and as a professional organizer, they gave me a discount.

It took me awhile to love TCS, I didn’t want to fall for a store that sells a bunch of stuff, but wow—that stuff comes in handy! What won me over is their customer service. I am old-fashioned (aka OLD) and like to touch things before buying. I strongly dislike returning things, especially if it involves re-packing and taking it somewhere for shipping. No thanks to that hassle.

Today was the installation of the system I got. So I had to move a bunch of stuff, yet again. Now it's time to tackle the project of sound proofing the closet area. I need to cut up super thick foam, glue it to the bottom of staircase, and then try to hide the foam with fabric.

My front yard is a disaster zone again. Until Saturday.

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_06_28

Walking back home is a way to create space in my day

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I didn’t walk all the way home. Maybe if I was wearing better walking shoes. My walking resolve broke down after two miles and I called Lyft. Luxury!

I walked on Oxford Street in the Berkeley Hills. Dare I say it is magical in those hills, with all the fog and gardens? 

So happy to be looking at flowers and not cars. Also helps to get my mind off an absurd situation.

And it’s only 7:30 and not 11:30, and my fridge is stocked with yummy foods. 
And I can be and not do. Luxury!


xoxo
Jane Diaries
2018_06_27

Putting together my outdoor kitchen

 My outdoor living area, it's a work in progress — obviously 🙄

My outdoor living area, it's a work in progress — obviously 🙄

"Once a hippie, always a hippie."

My sister Anne said those words to me a few years ago. I don’t think she meant it as a compliment, but also not necessarily a slam, more like a statement of fact. Of course I wanted to argue. But if Hippie = Freedom, I am in.

Hippies like to be outside, right? I like to be outside, in my own world, on my piece of dirt.

As I put my new place together, am reflecting a lot about choices I made (or did not make) especially having to with money. I don’t want to be broke or worry about money. But I have never been able to put a fire under myself and be concerned with making money.  It seems as if you were born with it or not. As with everything else I guess? Sexual preference, etc.

I would rather cook outside than in a  Subzero/Wolf/Carrera Marble Kitchen.

That's not 100% true: I love Carrera Marble. I can get a piece for my outside kitchen.

 

xoxo

Jane Diaries

2018_06_24