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A Little Sunday Chat In August

August 06, 2023

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August?

How'd we get here so fast?

My goodness the calendar pages just keep flying by.

I guess that means the days have been jammed packed with summer fun.

Growing Cucumbers

Well sort of, the weather wasn't great for the first six weeks, but I'm trying to make the most of all the days left in this, the most glorious season on my little island.

Don't get me wrong, I'm excited for fall, my second favorite season, and all the color and coziness it brings.

For now though, I don't want to see or hear about pumpkins.

Not for another few weeks anyway.

Instead, I'd like to focus on more of what we did in July, like float in the pool, sleep on the beach, tend to our veggie garden, barbecue with family and friends and enjoy long evening walks around town that end up at the pier.

Long Island Pier

Outdoor summer stuff.

In between, I grabbed my computer, sat on the patio and wrote al fresco.

It was a jam packed month on the blog.


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And I spent a full week sharing holiday crafts, decorating themes and a brand new DIY for Christmas in July.

See, busy.

So what's on the agenda for August?

Well, truth be told, I need to clean out some of my thrifted treasures and old crafts. This teeny cottage is bursting with...well...things I don't use or need anymore.

And if I don't get rid of some of them, I can't bring new ones into the house. Problem is, it's hard to say goodbye.

Some of my home decor fabric and crafts are among what needs to go. Decor items and things I've made over the last decade, but no longer display.

Red Cottage Style Upholstery Fabric[

I've toyed with selling them, but there's no great spaces around here for that and I'm just not interested in Facebook marketplace.

Online sales sound great, but I'd sell most of my stuff for $1, $5 or $10 and shipping/ supplies would cost much more than that, so I'm just going to donate my crafty home decor and second hand finds back to thrift stores.

I'll feed the ecosystem! Maybe they'll bring someone else joy and that's enough for me.

Other than that, I have a few decorating projects on the list, some crafts I'd like to try.

A book or two I'd like to read.

And a whole lot more of that floating, gardening, sleeping, barbecuing and strolling.

Because, after all, that's the best part of summer.

😊

What are your plans in August?

Happy Summer, Friends!
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  1. Sometimes I feel like the earth is spinning so fast I'll fly off into space!

    My grandson starts virtual kindergarten this month & I'll be helping him some. I keep him 30 to 40 hrs a week. His parents work schedules will change by fall though so I don't expect this to be permanent for me.

    We're starting our house this month! The perk test is being done this afternoon, the money is the bank & I'm getting a master's degree in house building from the school of hard knocks! Goodness we aren't even in it yet & I'm so overwhelmed...lighting...you need a masters degree to choose lightbulbs.

    So that means I'm decluttering & packing. My goal is to pack one box a week from now to Christmas. Then I'll get serious. I'm hoping that will make things easier. We'll see. I'm hoping to move sometime in April.

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    1. My goodness you have a busy few months ahead of you! Sounds like you are a full time caregiver and a full time general contractor. We've renovated two houses and put small additions on both. That was a crazy amount of work. So many construction and design decisions, permits, inspections, plans, pros to line up and weather to work around. Building a house from scratch makes all that exponential...and I taught kindergarten for years. No wonder your world is spinning. I know you'll find joy in the hours with your grandson. I hope everything else lines up easily so the process just flies by!!

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  2. Okay, wait...let me make sure I understand this...you live in a spot where you can go to the beach in the summer, and it snows in the winter. And now you tell me you live in a town where you can stroll around in the evening and end up at the pier? Do you live in my version of Disneyland? Wow - it just sounds like a really lovely place to live. Good idea to donate; it's a triple win! It opens more space in your home, a non-profit gets the funds, and someone goes home happy with a materials for a project that they can't wait to try! Pumpkins...?...I'm so ready for fall. This morning I burned my "Leaves" candle (Bath & Body Works) just to make myself feel better!!

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    1. It is a lovely part of the world, Kristine, that is for sure. I was just lucky enough to be born here, but I appreciate everything the area has to offer. As far as donating items, yes, I'm completely on board with it! It really is a nice way to give back. Enjoy that candle...much as I try to deny it, fall is on its way...

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  3. I think donating is a good choice. Sometimes like you said the hassle of people on FB market place or the price of shipping things is outrageous. It is a win win when you donate. They make some money for the charity and someone else can enjoy your treasures. Happy New Week sweet friend. Hugs. Kris

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    1. You are so right, Kris. It really is the best choice for me. Right after I hit publish on this post, my neighborhood announced that they were considering a community yard sale and I thought, hmmm. Then I came to my senses and said nope. I'm going to box it up, call the thrift store and have them come pick it all up. Done!! Hugs to you!

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  4. Summer always goes by far too quickly for me. I'm hanging on and enjoying it for now!
    I bring things to the thrift store too. Someone will get joy from my decluttering!
    You really did have a busy summer, both on the blog and in life!

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    1. Too quickly for me, as well, Mari! It's my favorite season and I'm holding on until the very last of it!

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  5. As you know, space is at a premium around here, so I'm into the toss it/donate it mode too. We did so some cleaning out and tossed a bunch of stuff a few months ago. Time to go through it again and see what to donate or sell. Then there's room for more treasure, right??? Enjoy the last weeks of summer...may our weather be good!

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    1. That's right, more room mean more room for more treasure!! I brought a box to the thrift store the other day and left with blinders on though. I figured I'd give myself a little time with more room first! Ha!!

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  6. Kim I look at all that lovely fabric and wondered if you have ever "wallpapered" with it. It's super simple, all you do is get a bottle of liquid starch and paint it on and then adhere your fabric to it..cotton fabric works well and when you get tired of the look you just grab a corner and pull it off and the starch just brushes away with your hand. I used it on raised panels on a wall and on the back wall of a cabinet..much easier than working with contact paper. Just thought you might like to give it a try.

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    1. I've never wallpapered with fabric, but so interesting! I've decoupaged a sled with it and it was fabulous. I adore it, but I've never placed it on a wall or cabinet. I have a bookcase that could use a do over and I love the idea that it's removable. I might have to try it, especially now that I have your great tutorial! Thank you. It's on the list...just don't tell my husband! Haha!!

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  7. The only things I sell on FB Marketplace are higher priced items. Otherwise, I donate everything.

    Enjoying every moment of August that I can...summer is too short! Lots of time outside, gardening, day trips, get togethers with friends and family. My birthday is this month, too. Not in any hurry at all for fall. That can definitely wait at least another 6 weeks!

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    1. I'm in no rush for fall either, Melanie! And Happy Birthday! What a fun month to celebrate.

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  8. That's so sweet of you to donate your treasures. Someone will certainly enjoy them! I'm glad your summer has been good! A pool sounds heavenly right about now! Haha! I'm with you...not ready for the pumpkin spice everything yet!

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    1. My kids have already been consuming the pumpkin spice beverages at the drive through for a week and I'm like, please no. I don't even want to smell it yet! I'm still dripping in watermelon juice!!

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  9. We've got an addition going on to our home as I speak, so no peaceful summer days! Ha! But I plan a lot more pool time, reading, and knitting. Can you believe it? I knit the cutest hat for a great nephew due this month, and I have another great nephew on the way that needs a wee hat from Auntie Dee, too!

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    1. Pool time is fabulous and cures all home woes, Deanna! Congrats on the coming new addition. I bet that hat and baby will be adorable!!

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  10. We usually donate. We did have a "driveway sale" in early June because we had some big items to try and sell.
    Summer has gone by so fast for our family this season... goodness me is all I can say! In one way we are giddy as can be because Sam is home!!!
    Carla

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    1. Sam is home and that's wonderful, Carla!! xo

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  11. Nope, please no pumpkins for me yet either! I don’t want to think about them, but I do want cooler temperatures.
    I’m with you on just donating. It’s just stuff for heavens sakes, anyway. Bring joy to others!

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    1. You are so right, Kitty, it's just stuff! I need to remember that when I'm pulling things back out of the boxes!!

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  12. Kim,
    I donate everything...Where I live is not conducive for holding a yard sale and packing it up to take o a flea market or somewhere does not appeal to me... I donated all the clothes that are now too big on me to a soup kitchen and the "better" dressy ones to a clothing boutique at a church that does not charge for anything and helps people trying to get new jobs with clothing to wear for interviews etc....I gave away a lot of my craft stash to people I knew who would use those things... Always look forward to your posts....
    Hugs,
    Deb

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