It’s all about Organization

It’s friday, the week after Christmas and quickly approaching the new year. My job was not closed the day after Christmas like many so I have hit the ground running. I didn’t have a chance to sit on the couch in my sweats thinking about everything we gave and got, drinking my coffee and eating a cut out star with a cinnamon candy in the middle. It has been a full week.

I have been trying to decide what to do because it has been a weight on my shoulders. This desk was a catch all for receipts. There was not one open space, it was claustrophobic. The first thing I did was sort through and paperclip all the receipts. Just doing that made me feel much better. The little yellow pads you see on the right are handy. Not very big, nicely lined and when finished with the list tear it off and toss it away.
I am a list maker, that’s how I keep things straight and that is the next thing I did. All the thoughts are swirling around in my head and I need to get it down to free up space up there also. Trust me…..this is an improvement. The beginning of organization. For me, this messiness was a major creative killer.

The next agenda item that was sitting heavily on my shoulders was going to the grocery and figuring out food to eat. The holiday food items have been eaten and the shelves need restocked here at the Hawkins house. I came up with some items that seemed tasty.

1. Homemade pizza
2. Oriental sauce with cooked chicken breast and vegetables over Jasmine Rice.
3. Fluffy French toast made with texas toast bread. (Recipe can be found in my pinterest recipe board)
4. Tuna Noodle Casserole
5. Chicken Noodle Soup made from a recipe in the newspaper.
6. Chili made from Stubbs in the bag. (Picture to follow)
That should get us through the week. I came out of the grocery $300.00 lighter but with a very heavy cart and one more item to check off my list. Here is Joan’s Chicken Soup. I really am just using the ingredients and may just use boneless chicken breast. Another option is baking some chicken thighs too, they are easy to take off the bone. I am not big on boiling chicken.I will also use chicken broth for the liquid.


Joan’s Chicken Soup calls for a parsnip,(pictured). I picked one up, and have not used one and thought I would go for it.

Another thing on my list was to make an appointment. with our family doctor. We are new to this group and have been going for about a year. I would call, get a message that says this is scheduling and to leave your name and phone number and they will call me back. There was no:, we are on vacation, our phone lines are busy, hours that they are open or no option to stay on the line. The next day I tried again, same thing. They did finally call, when I was outside the grocery store, the wind blowing by my ear and a family of five by me all talking to their mother at once. I know you are not surprised, that’s just the way things roll. Got that item taken care of and my shoulders are a little lighter yet.

Now I am sure you were wondering what this Stubbs is all about, here is the package. It can be found where the meatloaf and spaghetti seasoning packages are. I haven’t tried this yet but I have tried other Stubbs items and find them to be phenomenal. We like to have corn chips and cheese with our chili too, what about you? I will most likely do this in the crockpot.

To recap; Feeling overwhelmed and claustrophobic?
1. clean off, throw out, paper clip 2. make a list and check off your items. Very simple, nothing fancy. Good Luck
 If you have any good ideas let me know. I love to learn from others.
I am feeling more like painting now and the ideas are coming back.

studio organization


I don’t know about you but I just can’t work well with my work area chaotic and messy. During the busy time of the Christmas season things become very jumbled in my studio. Sunday I just drove in and started throwing away, putting away and all around organizing it into a wonderful work area again where I can get work done. This is a great storage space and I had to reevaluate what I actually used and what could be moved. So it went from this…..


To this……I can now see what I have at my fingertips.


My high work desk was just piled and I could not use it at all. I was uncovering some very good treasures. Here it is in the beginning….


So much better!


My computer desk and where I like to watercolor paint and also sew. I won’t get any of that done in this state.


It is enjoyable to sit here again. I have many plans and my first art show of the season is in March in Elkhart IN at the RV convention center. I am getting the paint brushes warmed up and ready to spread the paint. It’s nice to have a good working studio. Thanks for checking in on me.