January’s Minimalist Game…the Outcome

Last month, my daughter and I challenged one another to the Minimalist Game, and I have to say we were both winners! In a nutshell, the objective was get rid of one thing on the first of the month, two on the second day, three on the third and so on. At this pace, we would toss 496 things.

My total for the month was 900 items. In reality, the number is likely higher because I almost certainly forgot to add some things to the tally.

How is this even possible, you ask?

Well, according to The Minimalists, the average North American home contains 300,000 things. Yikes. That’s a lot of stuff.

What did I get rid of? Cookbooks, scarves, sewing patterns, boots and shoes, picture frames, pens and pencils, coffee mugs, old linens, magazines, an old dresser…

What did I do with all that stuff? Some of it well and truly was trash, but most of it was recycled, donated, re-homed or went to a consignment store. Yes, some things actually earned me some cold hard cash. In one drawer I even found a $50 Visa gift card I’d completely forgotten about.

And while those dollars were welcome, the real value is in the freedom that comes with owning less stuff.

Wishing you a happy and clutter-free Saturday from Corsair’s Cove,


Kiss at the Cove

Garden Vignettes

For many years, I’ve wanted to establish a side garden on the south-facing side of our house. Last year, my wish came true.

Handy Man dug up the narrow strip of sod between the sidewalk and the cedar hedge, and we enriched the remaining soil with compost. On the shady side by the hedge, I’ve planted edible herbs (sage and thyme) and dusty millers because the deer don’t like them. There are also ferns and a few ornamental grasses, purple pansies and deep blue lobelia. Nestled amongst them is my vintage garden gnome, introduced in an earlier post.

Behind the hydrangea on the sunny side of this narrow garden, I planted sunflowers and tomatoes. Happier bedfellows I have never seen. Honey bees (someone nearby must have hives) have swarmed the sunflowers all summer, and I anticipate chickadees this fall. Meanwhile, a bumper crop of luscious, vine-ripened tomatoes has been gracing our dinner table for weeks.

But what truly turned this little side garden into my happy place was a another thrift store find—a rusted cast iron welcome plaque that Handy Man spry painted a cheery red and mounted on the gate.

So there you have it. Welcome to my side garden!

Until next time,