Everyday Upcycle Facebook book launch this Friday.

I am VERY excited to share that I am hosting an online book launch for my new book Everyday Upcycle: 15 projects using everyday items.

Do you have mounds of items you know could make great things? Are you scrapped for cash and looking for easy ways to make gifts? Does your desire for unique decorating ideas clash with available cash in your wallet? In Everyday Upcycle: 15 projects using everyday items you will learn to make fun and environmentally friendly decorations and gifts.

I share quick and easy crafting ideas using materials found in almost every home. I encourage readers to take advantage of what they have instead of buying new from big-box stores.

In this slim volume you will learn:

  • Turn children’s pants into flowerpot bottoms
  • Mark your plants with flatware
  • Salvage broken mini-blinds
  • Help a little seamstress

You know that jelly jar has more life in it. If you are looking for ways to reduce waste but need ideas and instruction, with 13 full color images this is the book for you.

There is no need to register for the online launch, but if you’d like you can using this link: Free Ticket. Registering for your Free Ticket will give you an opportunity to win a free copy of the book.

Get your questions ready! I will try a live stream through the event page.

So wish me well!

New book on-the-way: Everyday Upcycle

Everyday Upcycle

Most of you know I write a column on upcycling for Two-Lane Livin‘. I started in 2015, sharing many of the ideas I had, along with improvements on things I learned elsewhere. I cobbled together 15 of my projects into a small book titled Everyday Upcycle; 15 projects from everyday items. It will be available through Amazon and Kindle.  I hope to have it ready by October 1.

In the slim volume you will learn:

  • Turn children’s pants into flowerpot bottoms
  • Mark your plants with flatware
  • Salvage broken mini-blinds
  • Help a little seamstress

You know that jelly jar has more life in it. If you are looking for ways to reduce waste but need ideas and instruction, with 13 full color images this is the book for you.

 

If you are interested in reviewing the book, shoot me an email.

 

everyday upcycle book cover

Adult Children/Aging Parents Survey

I continue to research, and gather information on the challenges of adult children transitioning into the role of caregiver of aging parents, helping them with healthcare challenges.

Below is a link to a survey I am conducting. It isn’t a detailed survey, it just has a few basic questions to help me get started. I would appreciate you helping me out, if you are now, or have been, a caregiver for your parents.

At the end of the survey, I ask for your name and email address.  This is for contacting you with additional surveys, or possibly the chance to preview the book. You are not required to provide that information.

 

That Kind of Old

That Kind of Old


I walked up to the window and gave her the papers.

I think it’s all complete. I am a new patient.

I take my seat.

On the other end of the room are six women. All waiting their turn. Talking too loudly.

“My son is a marijuana connoisseur. There is nothing wrong with it. It’s natural.”

“So is asbestos,” I think to myself.

“My fiancé was telling me…”

“Woman,” I think, “you are every bit of 59 years old. Calling him your fiancé is just gross.”

My arm hurts. It’s the reason I am here. I pulled something in my shoulder five months ago. Now I have a frozen shoulder. The doc in a box referred me for therapy and said to follow up with my family doctor. I didn’t have one.

“All those poor mine workers addicted to OxyContin and them pills. They should use THC oil. It’s better for you. “

The chatter drops to a low murmer for a few minutes.

“Mr. Williams.”

A small built man wobbles his way to the room.

It’s almost an hour past my appointment time.

“How long y’all been married?”

“Sixty two years.”

“I had my second husband exhumed… “

“How many pills are you takin?”

Dear G-d, this is awful. I don’t want to be that kind of old.