Spend Less Time Cleaning by Decluttering

Follow my blog with Bloglovin The next time you clean, grab a box along with your cleaning supplies. You are going to see the benefits of decluttering the next time you clean. Would you rather clean house or go do something you want to do? I’d rather go ride bike or go to the races. Cleaning is dead last on my list of things to do. I like a clean house but I want to spend as little time as possible to keep it that way. Declutter First First, you will streamline future cleaning by decluttering anything you are tired […]

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Remineralizing and Whitening Toothpaste

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I don’t use traditional toothpaste with fluoride and preservatives. When I used traditional toothpaste, my dentist was getting rich on my dental bills. Since I started making my own remineralizing and whitening toothpaste, my teeth are healthier. The whitening part is new now that I added activated charcoal to my powder. I tried brushing with just the activated charcoal but that was just a mess. Now it is part of my tooth powder and my teeth are getting whiter. Ingredients: 3 tbsp Calcium Carbonate powder 2 tbsp Bentonite Clay 4 tbsp Baking Soda 2 tbsp […]

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Too Much Stuff in Our Lives

Why Oh Why? Why do we acquire too much stuff? The more space you have, the more you will cram it with stuff. If you aren’t familiar George Carlin’s act on stuff, you should. It is spot on. Watch it on YouTube (censored version). It is so easy with all the marketing around us. We make an impulse buy and we either regret it or it gets stashed away and forgotten. Too many clothes, too many pieces of furniture, too many kitchen gadgets, and  too many electronic devices. And I’m not even talking about my fabric and yarn stash. All this stuff […]

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Simple Living Starts Here

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This is the reboot of my blog now I have time to breathe and reflect on life. I have been working to get to this point for several years. Now I want to live a simple life. Just simple living. Simple living is removing all the layers that our lives have accumulated and just keeping the bare necessities that make us happy and complete. Doing so reduces the mental clutter that keeps us anxious and stressed. With all the outside clutter gone, you can see what matters to you, what makes your heart sing, and […]

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Website Move Success

I moved my website http://annetteswafford.com/ successfully. It was the second website move I completed this week but certainly more complicated since I changed URL/domain name to https://www.livinglifeinthetrees.com/ at the same time. I chose to move to another web hosting company when my hosting company was bought out and service went downhill. The new company didn’t even allow email forwarding and that was a number one priority for a client. Their help staff had terrible attitudes so they made it so easy to decide to move. So here I am on A2 Hosting. I am being nice by not naming the […]

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Reflection Lake

A man drives his motorcycle up to a lake he heard about at the local gas station. He grabs the beer and sandwich he bought and walks out on the pier. Settling on the bench, he notices odd reflections on the water, but finishes his sandwich first throwing down the wrapper. He pulls out a cigarette and gazes at the water. He sees dead people swirling in the water’s reflection, his own reflection ugly and vile. So he returns to the bench and finishes his cigarette, flicking the butt into the lake. Shuffling on the pier distracts him so he […]

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Cat and Mouse

I park behind the biology building, my home away from home. The dorm closed for Christmas break catching me unaware I would be homeless for three weeks. Was that in the fine print? The biology building is where I got a work-study job that never goes to freshmen. Hard to believe, I got it. The work is interesting and the Professor I work for is nice. I park here to relax. I pull out my latest book, Lord Foul’s Bane, I found in a classroom dog-eared and worn. One of the senior students pulls up next to my car and gets out. I […]

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The King Slayer

“We could storm the castle. I can make swords for everyone”, booms the blacksmith while hammering iron on his forge.   “I don’t know how to use a sword and neither do most of us in town”, yells the baker as loud as he can over the noise of the blacksmith’s hammer hitting iron.   The blacksmith’s wife comes up to her husband. “So you’re a hero now? Are you going to save the day attacking the castle with you and the baker being the whole army. Or are you going to teach the farmers how to fight and win against King Harry’s knights. […]

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