I rarely wear jewelry but as some of it was given to me some pieces had sentimental value. Anyone who has children knows that sometimes they make jewelry for you. I haven’t saved everything Isadora has ever made me and what I did save went into the sentimental category well not entirely.IMG_20190219_161138264

I use the door knobs to my storage space. The white elephant necklace Isadora gave me for my birthday. She bought it with her own allowance because she knows I love elephants.IMG_20190208_141939837

Bangles they all came in the same pack. I don’t have very expensive jewelry as you shall see.


Some bracelets I own the wooden one actually Isadora and I made a matching pair so it is sentimental. She was probably 3 at the time. The red one was actually free lol


2 large necklaces. The tape is one the wall because we let Stella (hamster) run around on the floor sometimes and there was a small hole there. We so need to replace the wallpaper in our bedroom.


Earrings, rings, some smaller necklaces, some of Sam’s labret piercings and an accidental look in my bed side table.IMG_20190208_141843153

I got rid of the flower one. The weird one I got from a 2nd hand shop for super duper cheap like maybe 1 dollar it was missing one of the stones. I wore it so much the other stone fell out. Well Sam went online and bought me a stone to replace the one originally missing and glued the one that fell out back in!IMG_20190208_141900854.jpg

Sam’s sister bought me this one, which I love. It is usually in the box it came in but you can’t see inside that box.IMG_20190208_141915953.jpg

Bracelets on a weird little vase I bought from the 2nd hand shop. I need to buy jewelry cleaner.IMG_20190208_141934898.jpg

The orange beads Sam’s other sister made for me by hand. Love it! And then just a cute little bracelet I bought on vacation.



For me books spark joy and invoke emotions. They could quite technically go into the sentimental category. Just holding a favorite book in my hand inspires me, seeing them in the bookcase brings a smile to my face. My books are always alive and awake. So was I able to get rid of any? Did I reduce my collection to 30 volumes? Yes and I don’t know how many I have but I reckon more than 30 lol. The books I am donating are mostly psychology and self help books because all of my psychology texts are seriously out of date and more often than not I use the internet for such research. I did, however, keep some books on trauma/PTSD. I kept only self help books that helped me and that I sometimes reference. I also got rid of a few novels that were meant for light reading or ones that I was gifted that just weren’t of interest. Now I have more space for books that I have longed to purchase (not so very much I have one empty shelf and some less full ones lol). When Isadora and Sam saw I had discarded books they freaked out on my behalf! They kept assuring me I could keep them and Sam offered to build bookcases. They know I love books and dream of my own library. The library dream is alive and well people so no need to panic! I have a Trello list up and Sam plans to order me 1 or 2 books a month so we can make that happen. Not very Marie Kondo of me but books make me giddy happy. Isadora got rid of some books as well (you saw her books earlier). Sam did not. Sam doesn’t read novels he reads math books, computer science books, and woodworking books his books are extremely expensive, sometimes in the 3 digits so he is extremely selective. Together we have cookbooks and although I rarely read them cover to cover (I have) we love variety in our diet.


Yes one of the books has been worn ragged. These are cookbooks use more frequently in the kitchen. 2 of them are Isadoras.

Sam’s books

My books some sadly are too big for the case lol


Other cookbooks and reference books. Yes I realize I have books in magazine holders this is because I don’t have book ends or really anything that seems to support them sufficiently but I did have extra magazine holders from when Isadora cleaned out her magazines. Use what you have I guess.

Sunday Writing Prompt #242 “The House as Self”

I took a few more shots this morning because I wanted to include some recent additions.


There is wood in the chest. We bought the chest 2nd hand, very cheap so it wasn’t in great shape (the top wasn’t otherwise good). It is a dowry chest. The fire poker my husband made at his first blacksmithing class. We almost never have a fire because we suck at lighting them and because we don’t use it often the chimney is wet and it makes it  too smoky. The plant there is our longest lived plant not in great shape but alive. We are where plants come to die.


We also bought a new sofa to replace the one we had previously which was 15 years old. I write with my lap top while sitting on the sofa. No we don’t have throw pillows but we do have snuggly blankets. Our decorative items are usually one the window sills because we don’t have anywhere else really to put them lol Isadora made the little pink angel. The plant that looks like a stick is my desert rose (it becomes leafless in the winter). I grew it from a seed and boy was I surprised that it grew at all, much less that it has lasted a year.


Hubbie sits here usually. First time we have ever owned a foot stool. Our coffee table is one of our most hated pieces of furniture lol We hope to shop a new one, probably second hand at some point.


A kitchen cabinet and part of our new induction stove. Our old stove was from the 80s and the glass in door was letting out cold air and it was starting to melt around one of the burners that ran too hot so it was time!


Cleaning closet probably one of the best, cheap organization tips I have found for cleaning supplies.