Friday, February 24, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday: 40 Bags and a Head Tourniquet

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The fact that I'm so excited about doing 40 Bags in 40 Days this year would probably lead some less savvy readers to assume that I'm totally in LUV with cleaning.  And organizing. And having only the bare minimum in my house so that at any given moment if Jesus walks in and says "Follow me!" I won't say "But what about all this awesome stuff?  Can we put it into vacuum packs or something so I can try carrying it on my back?".  That sure would be pious wouldn't it?  No, I hate cleaning.  And that's why I love this challenge.  'Cause less stuff means less stuff to clean!  Boom.  See how I did that?

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So there it is- our first three bags for the first three days of Lent.  To keep me on track, I'll be giving a report every Friday and linking up with with the lovely Ann Marie at White House Black Shutters (incidentally, we ALSO have a white house with black shutters, which means it would totally not be creepy of me to internet stalk her, right?).

And the report so far is this: My 9 year old daughter thinks she can still wear size 6x clothes if they're cute enough.  Sorry, sistah.  Your fave ice cream jammies are going on a special adventure to Goodwill 'cause mama don't play that exposed midriff even if they are only pajamas because it's the middle of winter in the midwest game! 


The moral of this story is that you should totally play along too.  Clean out the crud, inside and out!

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Speaking of winter, can you believe this noise?

What the Aych E double hockey sticks happened to "the warmest February in the history of Michigan"?  They did have fun and the white is brighter than the brown, but dude...I'm ready to garden, yo.

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Hubby is pickin' up what I'm throwin' down, though.  Bless him.  He's rigging up a snazzy indoor green house in his workshop and we're actually going to plant stuff in it TOMORROW.  Yeah baby!  I'll see your snowstorm and raise you one indoor garden!  Check it:

1st- trays and lights
2nd- check for temperature.  Zoinks!  Up to 86 degrees already!
3rd- experiment with tin foil.  Like a huge baked potato, we got it up to 101 degrees in that tray.  True story!
4th- lift corner to practice spying on seedlings

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Do I look like I'm on drugs? (don't answer that, please)  No we're not gonna let it get up to 100 degrees in the trays.  Sheesh!  We just had to find out the optimum distance from the light to those mini green houses before we slapped the plants in there.  For no other reason than that my husband has more foresight than me.

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 Okay, at the risk of sounding like a broken record talking about my friend Cari so often, she has a great post up over at Catholic Exchange.  Read it.  Feel inspired.  Don't unpack shovels before toilet paper.

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As my parting gift, I present you with reason # 7,923 that we should never have our own television show.  And why I probably shouldn't be allowed to have my own blog either...


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21 comments :

  1. The weather: tell me about it. It's not much of a comparison since there is no snow but Memphis went from a high of 78 yesterday to a high of 54 today. Add the wind gusts and brrr, that 24 degree difference is something.

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  2. Oh wow, starting seeds already?! That light set up is pretty sweet. I won't be starting any seeds until about this time next month: living in zone 3 is not without its downsides. *sigh*

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    1. We're only starting the really cold hearty things, if that makes you feel any better :). Leeks, onions....and other stuff that Tommy has written down. Hoping for an early harvest so maybe we can take some stuff to the Farmers' Market!

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  3. Oh my gosh. Love it! Our front yard looks like your yard. Minus the snowman, because my kids were TOO EXCITED ABOUT GETTING CHICKS TODAY! Oy.

    Tell Tommy that if he comes to build me a swank greenhouse like that, I shall supply him with all the delicious beer in the land. And this is Land of Delicious Beer. Barring that, post more pictures so I can have my Tommy reverse engineer it ok?

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    1. You got it! It was BEYOND easy. Easy is not even an easy enough word, in fact.

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  4. Cool greenhouse! I'd like to start seeds indoors, but it looks like we may not have a yard anymore by spring (since we will have to either sell or otherwise evacuate our house). I guess if we do still have a yard in the summer, I'll have to buy plants to have a garden.

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  5. I just discovered your blog today - it's beautiful! And oh, how I love the concept of filling 40 bags in 40 days! Our basement has been a long overdue task and how great would it be to make some time every night to fill just 1 bag. It would make the task so much less overwhelming! Now I just need to sell this idea to the man in this household (b/c you see, he's the one who's got the majority of stuff) :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! It definitely seems more manageable when you think "I'm just going to fill up this one bag." I know some people do trash bags, but we're taking baby steps :)

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  6. Loving the 40 bag idea. I am not Catholic thus do not participate in lent but I am thinking March will be my 31bags in 31days. Shoot I can probably fill all 31 with just my closets.

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    1. You can totally do the 40 bags for their own sake even if you don't celebrate Lent! But 31 bags in 31 days works too :)

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  7. I love that idea. I need to clean stuff out too.

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  8. Haha that picture is hilarious!

    40 bags in 40 days is a brilliant idea!

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  9. 70 degrees here and I am eager to unwrap my garden from the layered thingy you had(made) me do this fall! It better work or I am coming for you! Tourniquets ready!

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  10. My hubby is so jealous of your indoor green house and is now giving me the eyes, you know, the "Can I do that in our basement?" eyes. I love being married to a crazy gardener.

    40 bags in 40 days sounds really good, but I just got rid of a bunch of stuff, so I think I'll wait until next year.

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  11. Hahaha no, you don't look like you're on drugs but it looks like you're planting some :P kidding, kidding. Good luck with that

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  12. Good job on the unloading and on the decorating as well. Nothing like beautifying one area to inspire you to keep it clutter free.

    Throw a snowball for this transplanted Michigander living in the Deep South!

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  13. I don't know, to me that looked more like Reason # 7,923 why you SHOULD have your own tv show!

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  14. I totally agree, less stuff = less stuff to clean!

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