Back To Basics

For the longest time (may still be) "The War" with Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood was my daughter's favorite movie.  I watched it with her too many times to count.  I'm sure you've seen it by now so I hope I'm not a spoiler.  When Kevin Costner (Elijah Wood's dad) passes away after living dirt poor following the war, Elijah's mom and sister get the house their dad had bid on in a silent auction.  It's run down as heck and needs a ton of work, but Elijah sees it thru the lens his dad taught him ~ "As long as we have hope, there’s always a chance." When they take possession of the house, he says, "Lipstick and rouge, Mom," it just needs lipstick and rouge!!! only time he refers to her as Mom instead of Ma, a slight movement toward adulthood and, of course, the adoption of his father’s exact words.

It's amazing what going back to basics can do for your health, your home, your outlook on life. Really, do we have anything to complain about.

  • Start collecting moments instead of things
  • Take EVERYTHING out of one room and only put back what you absolutely love.
  • Clean and paint
  • Put on some rouge and lipstick
  • Scale back on the Starbucks, who actually needs a Unicorn Frappacino for almost $5
  • Put it away or give it away
  • Downsize
  • Minimalize
  • Fast and cleanse
  • Make a two week menu for dinner 
  • Get healthy and stay healthy

We just went 'fixer upper' on a trailer that sorta fell into our laps.  It took about $150 in paint supplies, and buckets of hope and hard work. 

It was a no brainer for us, and we're pooped but we feel like a million bucks. We understand a mobile home park in Florida is not the end all of retirement, but Grandpa and I attacked the project, went back to basics, and high fived ourselves after a week of rouge and lipstick with these results. 

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May Day, May Day!!!! It's back to basics for me tomorrow.