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Prefabulous

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I am in love.  I kid you not.  Thanks to Twitter I stumbled upon an affordable green house from Modern Green Kits. It’s a pre-fab, but less expensive and larger then so many I have seen before.  I was actually getting depressed looking at various designs, because they were all super expensive.

For so many reason, I really never wanted to purchase a home again.  I won’t go into that, if you want to read some of the reasons, they are covered in this post “Why I am Never Going to Own a Home Again” by James Altucher.

My DH and I have talked about it, and several variables have to be met before we even consider buying a house.  And when I say buying,  I mean no mortgage.   I basically hate dislike severely how the entire housing ball of wax works; mortgage bankers, realtors, appraisers,  tax deductions,closing costs….too negative—“snap back” – I tell myself.   The location for our simple home has to favor low taxes, both for businesses and personal, it has to liberal laws, has to be near decent medical centers, somewhat near a decent airport,  and it has to have good weather.   I also wanted a stream, or a lake, and a woods, and some hills, driving distance to a coast, but I can get carried away sometimes.

This is just the tiniest step toward where we think we want to be.  Talking about it.  Researching it, and thinking about another major shift in life-style.  I like this direction. It gives me hope that real change is possible.

Cheers.

Tip: Keep an open mind when discussing new ideas. Nothing is set in stone in the early stages of change so everything, no matter how crazy it sounds, has merit.

Inspiration: “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex.” ~ Steve Jobs – Business week 1998

Check out more  quotes from Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace.

One-day one thing: Sort you CD collection, be brutal. ( this is hard for me again because they are small and I think I have the room….but, I know better.)

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52 bones we abuse

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The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.  And we thrill ourselves by paying sometimes as much as a week’s  paycheck to contort those bones and ligaments into unnatural positions.  That’s right.  We pay dearly for these individual professionally designed torture chambers.  I am guilty of it my self.  In fact, I bought a new pair of heels yesterday.

It's very difficult to take a decent photo of your own foot -try it.

The good news is that I bought with purpose and forethought.  A novel concept for me.  I picked a pair that would match more than one dress.  Whoa.  Who am I?  This is a monumental shift for me.  I was shocked at how easy this was to do, and how accomplished I felt.  Such a simple thing and now I have new shoes for the majority of this year’s events.  If I am lucky enough to go out somewhere nice,  I have it covered from head to toe. No worries.

yeah, well "I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty." ~ Imelda Marcos 1987

I am ditching my old shoes that I was holding on to for those “just in case” moments.  Just in case I wanted to look like I stepped out of the 90’s.  I don’t know when I bought the shoes I am getting rid of – no clue.   I sold my silver dress (I never wore) last month and forgot to eBay the matching (I never wore) silver shoes.

This is what clutter does to you – it literally messes you up to the point that thinking straight is no longer doable.  I don’t even try.

All that aside,  I am pretty pleased with myself and I’m ready for the next challenge.  Until then,  I will take this small win, and pat myself on the back and move on.  Less is definitely more.  I’m starting to like this.

Tip: http://donateyouroldshoes.org/

Inspiration: “Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

One-day one-thing: Sort your shoes.