Thursday, May 5, 2016

Little Free Library

We have a Little Free Library book box in our neighborhood, which we visit now and then to drop off books and check to see what's available. There's a great selection of books, and I'm sorry that apparently more people aren't aware of it because often the books are crammed full.  Anyway, I saw that in the latest Signals catalog, they have a little Free Library kit that you can buy, decorate, and maintain. (You'll need a post.) So, here's the link: Little Free Library

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Updating your rental (link)

Here are some suggestions from DIY for fixing up your rental kitchen: Don't get stuck in a renter's rut

Friday, April 15, 2016

House selling update

Well, we've had two open houses, and there's a Brokers' Open House with cheese and wine upcoming. I'm glad that I've been through the process before so I know it's normal for people to make an appointment to look at the house and then cancel. (The important thing is that they call to cancel!) In one case, they found a house the day before their appointment. No problem 'cause I've been in a similar situation, and I'm glad for them that they found a house.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Correct these organizing mistakes (link)

Here are some helpful ideas for organizing drawers, closets, rooms, etc. from Are You Making These Organizing Mistakes? 

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Using wooden crates (link)

I'm not sure where you'll find these crates, but here are some good ideas via Space-Saving Ways to Use Wooden Crates (Hometalk) 

Note: Sources and DIY advice is included.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

More pantry ideas (link)

Here are more pantry ideas from HGTV. com: 20 Kitchen Organizers 

Note: I look forward to having another walk-in pantry some day.

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Pantry space suggestions (link)

Here are some good storage ideas from, though I'd never put fruit and veggies or anything likely to rot in an open wire basket: 16 Tips to Maximize Your Pantry Space 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Colors to make a room look larger (link)

Here's a selection of colors that are supposed to make rooms look larger. See what designers have to say and what colors they recommend: Choose a color

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Moving on--again

So, we're finally getting serious about downsizing. We're been browsing a lot of homes in the area 'cause we love this neighborhood; and we've even thought about building if we can find a lot... AND I've started another house diary. My last ones resulted in two books: Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook and an ebook, Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure.  Oh, and I have to buy another house journal for keeping track of the project, whatever it turns out to be...

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure (non-fiction) is available on:   and
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Goodreads giveaways (links)

Goodreads giveaways:

I have three of my books scheduled for Goodreads giveaways: Detour Trail (western romance)Strike Three (post-apocalyptic novel), and Sugar Time (time travel tales):

Detour Trail giveaway

Strike Three giveaway