My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Overhaul has moved...

While I won't be shutting down this site, I have found the blogger app for IPad far more convenient for publishing with photos...  If you are interested, come join me at "Musings". You can get there by checking out my profile and clicking on my blogs!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Happy Birthday to A Great Guy!

It appears as if the warning has disappeared from this blog!  Oh, Overhaul... Have I missed you!

Now where did I leave off?

Maybe it is best to have a new beginning....and so with that, I want to wish my husband, Wayne, a very Happy Birthday!  Today won't be the way you might have imagined spending your birthday, honey.  You are escorting my children to their father's funeral.  There aren't too many men who would do that.

Mandi said it best...as she usually does.  She posted this on Facebook on her BD.

I was going to write this under my status...but I wanted to put it right here. Thank you for the beautiful flowers and the wonderful song today...but most of all, thank you for always being so loving and supportive. My heart would feel so empty if it wasn't for the huge void you filled...you balanced the role of "step parent" so amazingly...giving just enough respect to my Father, but still loving
 me and making me feel like your little girl too....you will never know how much that truly means to me. There are no words for the role you have played in mine and my brother's life...and for that, I am forever grateful! I know the role you steped into isn't always the easiest but you have always done it with such pride and love....and we all felt that. Thanks Wayne, I love you ♥ xoxo

So Happy Birthday to the best dad, stepdad, and husband EVER!   We are sooo fortunate.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Once more...

"My Zero Waste" is also reporting they are clean and free from virus.  Don't you just love the computer world?

Coming soon....

There are changes afoot.  Unfortunately "Overhaul" must be closed.   Some of you have reported a "Malware" warning on this blog.  Hubs investigated and found that the problems may have originated from "My Zero Waste." 

I know that this blog is clean.  My husband works in the computer industry so he would know, however, we can not get rid of the warning message.

So for now, I think I will take my leave, and hopefully will return in the fall in the form of a new blog.

I will continue to visit your blogs throughout the summer, however.  Thank you for your friendship.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We were like ships that passed in the night.  13 years spent together was such a small piece of a life  troubled by addictions...a life destined to be shorter than we would have wished.

A long time ago...as I was leaving...unable to struggle any more...unable to compete with a bottle and anger...I somehow was able to separate the man from the addiction..and I left all anger, all bitterness, all blame...behind.

Perhaps you did not know that.  You distanced yourself from your children.  You created huge wounds that may never heal.  If ever I felt anger towards you, it was because of this.  

How I longed to hear you say the words that would have served as a healing balm.  "I am sorry.  I regret.  I love...  You were right." 

Those words have finally been said to your children as you leave them...one last time.  
Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you....

Do not fear that your life has been in vain.  You have left the best part of you in three children that you helped bring into this world.  They are amazing people.  They are wonderful parents...in spite of everything that you and I did, or did not, do.

Your life has been spent in darkness.  Death will bring light and peace.  Do not fear.

 God bless you in the next part of your journey, Ray.

Monday, June 4, 2012

I have been busy! Honestly!

I haven't been posting lately...but I have been busy!  I know...  That is a worn out excuse...but true nonetheless!

The last few weeks I have spent more time outside than I can remember ever doing so.  I have planted flowers (food for the soul) and vegetables (food for the belly.!)

Would you like a look at my garden?  Please remember that it is a work in progress...

I saved seeds from my Morning Glories and planted them in the planter box which was built by my dad.  I also put several Dill Pickle cucumbers in with them as an experiment.

The Rhubarb, I did not have to plant.  Like Time...there never seems to be enough of this plant to go around.  I like to share with friends and family and what is left goes in my freezer..  As I write this, I am waiting for a Rhubarb Meringue pie to cook.  Looking for an excellent recipe?  Go to Cooks.com

The gardens above are the works-in-progress that I spoke about.  Last year I planted lots, and harvested NOTHING from these beds.  The weeds took over, and I declared defeat.   I used a different tactic this year.  I put down thick cardboard, and layered leaves, grass clippings, soil and vegetable mix in the top garden.  Although there is only about a 5" depth to the matter, I decided to plant anyway, and just see what happens.  I did not finish the layering of matter on the bottom bed but dumped veggie mix and black soil in mounds and planted several different varieties of squash.  They seem to be doing well, as do the tomatoe, pepper, and cucumber plants above.

I have another garden that did very well last year.  In this garden, I have planted tomatoes and peppers and cukes too.  Along one side are ever-bearing strawberries.  Eventually this garden will be reserved for strawberries only, but I used the empty spaces to plant vegetables this year.

Lastly...I have planted several more blueberry, raspberry, and grape bushes.  I also have a gooseberry bush to go in the ground.

I brought wild blueberry bushes from my daughter's home in Sudbury last year.  They, too, are doing well.

So...  Can you see why I haven't posted in a while?  I promise to work on that, but for now...I have to go and weed the above!