Dear Diary…Day 11…of the 27 things for 27 days challenge…

I remember my Aunt Francie having a whole collection of what my Dad called ” gimcracks”.  He hated them.  He called them dust collectors.  Some people call them tchotchkes, or knick knacks, gewgaws….

I have a few that I’ve stored in a box.  I don’t have anywhere to put them, but I do think they are cute.  So, I’ve decided to donate them to charity.  I needed a few more things to add to my bag of 27 today.

I took a trip to Office Depot for some printer ink.  I will be needing it for a project I’m doing for a potential j-o-b.  More about this later!  I don’t want to jinx myself.

While I was there, I picked up a new solar calculator, and some packing tape that was on sale.

On my drive home, thoughts were trailing through my mind about the expense, and rather than worry about it, or think anything negative, I just decided to trust that the Universe is guiding my every action.  I trust that I will be working soon, and the money has been flowing into my life just when I need it.

One of my pet peeves is talk of lack, ie. “I can’t afford it”.  I hear people say this all the time.  I decided to stop using that kind of talk a long time ago.  I figure that if I want something, that even if I don’t have the money at this moment, doesn’t mean that I won’t have it eventually, especially if it’s something that I really want.  So, I have learned to trust that I am a child of the Universe, and that I cannot say how the Universe will deliver my surprises that are in store for me.

I’ve been saying how this process of decluttering and space clearing can bring many a miracle into our lives, we just have to do the work.

When I got home, I checked my email, and lo and behold, I had made a sale in the amount that just took care of my purchase of printer ink.

I have a confession to make.  I have been selling walnut shell halves for the past 2 years, and have made a nice little side income.  Who would have thought it?   I just collect them and clean them, post them in my etsy store cottagenecessities/shop/etsy.

People make all kinds of fun things with them.  In fact, it is an old Victorian tradition to make a craft with a walnut shell.


These are a few that I have made.  I just couldn’t resist!


A little paint, some hot glue, string, moss, and figurine, and you’re good to go!


OOh  I see a cobweb in the branch!   Some people make little babies, and felted animals to put in the shells.


Teacher’s and sunday schools like to use them for projects.


Cream of Broccoli soup!  (This is one of my favorites)

Steam or boil your broccoli in about 1/2 cup of water.

Pour the steamed broccoli and broccoli water into a blender.

Add a pat of real butter, and about a 1/2 cup of milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


Enjoy! This one’s good for rainy day weather, or just anytime you want a light meal, like before bed time.

Affirmation:  I serve only faith and  my unlimited abundance is made manifest.  Florence Scovill Shinn

Thank you for visiting.  Please sign up so you don’t miss a post. We still have 10 more days to count down to the 27th day.  Will you be able to find enough items to send off to greener pastures so that the miracles that are waiting for you, can enter in?  I hope so! Just be careful what you wish for!  You just might get it!

Cottage Necessities








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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

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