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Leaves Turning 80: New Season, Old Skin, and an Organized Dental Office

Leaves Turning 80: New Season, Old Skin, and an Organized Dental Office

My before-and-after title works better if you’re a Wheel of Fortune fan, I know. Lucky for me, my dad is a lifer. 

I grew up with the sound of an audience clapping and the tick, tick, ticking wheel coming from my parents’ room… Every. Single. Week night. The memory sits permanently nestled in my hippocampus with no plans of vacating the premises. 

Like, ever. 

Faithful as a sunset, the 7:00 show always caused a tug in my soul. Do homework or solve a puzzle with my dad? I didn’t love the show, per se, but the before-and-after category always sucked me in.

See what I’m doing here? Turning leaves, Vanna turning letters and numbers, celebrating a big number…. Stay with me.

Leaves Turning

Faithful as the seasons, most fall leaves die, detach, and drift like clockwork.

Well, not in our town, but hopefully in yours. Our area usually welcomes the first week of October in the 90˚-95˚ range. Bleh. 

So our leaves haven’t exactly started turning or falling yet, but hopefully they’ll consider gracing us with their beauty by Thanksgiving. Our friends in the Northeast have the most spectacular tree colors!

Ahhh… Boston in the fall. Have you been? Someday I’ll get there.

I’m thinking about the changing of seasons and the way things turn for the better.

  • All the desert people? Sick of the heat and ready for the local thermostat to turn cooler.
  • All the pumpkin spice people? Tired of fruit and ready to turn toward gourds and squash and everything orange.
  • All the pale people? Ready to come out from under their hats and turn toward the clouds.

Turning 80

A couple weeks ago my dad entered the octogenarian club. I have no idea if that’s really a club, but if it is, he could now qualify as their youngest member.

I recently read an unofficial study that said older Americans like to be called “mature adults” way more than “golden agers.” 

So my mature father has now finished eight decades. Why do the decade beginnings always sound so weird? I’m not saying 80 is old, but it just sounds weird. 

Ok, maybe it’s a little old, but we are grateful for his years on this earth. 

Is not wisdom found among the aged?
Does not long life bring understanding?

Job 12:12

Yes it is and yes it does. 

So my husband and I took my mature parents out to dinner to celebrate my dad’s big day, and this yummy Santa Barbara restaurant did not disappoint.

What Else is Turning? 

Besides leaves and my dad’s age? My epidermis. Are you getting yours checked every year? You definitely should. We’ve had friends die from skin cancer, so my husband and I waltz ourselves right into that office every fall. 

Separately of course. Getting moles checked together lands somewhere between quirky and bizarro for me. This ain’t no couples massage, buddy. 

My dermatologist lady seemed sweet and gentle, but then proceeded to freeze the H-E-double-hockey-sticks out of my right temple. Yowza! 

This was the second pre-cancerous spot on my face, so the next time you see me in the sun, feel free to unapologetically shove me into the shade.

Say Queso!

My organizing resume is also turning to include a dental office by the sea! It’s a huge job in tight quarters, but so far so great. I just finished day two, and will probably be going back once a week for at least a month. 

I’ll be posting pics and video on social media soon, but here’s a sneak peak for you, my faithful reader:

I never thought organizing fluoride, gauze, and floss would bring this much satisfaction, but wow! Of course the Invisalign trays and colorful brushes take it up a notch too.

The women in the office are so kind and accommodating. I pile product sky high and take over their whole break room and they just keep smiling. Of course they get paid to smile, but the point is, they know my mess will be worth it. 

I’m making their work lives better by turning their supply closets and work areas into functional spaces that flow.

Did I mention I found a teeth mold in a fancy, satin, engraved box? Could’a been a famous person, I guess. Funny how dental bibs and alginate molds level the playing field.

Nighty Night

Between working at the school full-time and driving over an hour each way to organize dental supplies each week, I’m fried. My social life may not be firing on all cylinders right now, but I’m okay with that. My pillow and I have a special bond that cannot be broken.

So I’m turning in. 

This random blog post has been brought to you by watermelon black tea, a 9 pm power nap, and a strong desire to make pumpkin energy bites. (recipe link below)

What’s turning in your life right now? Hopefully it’s something for the better, but if not, remember… it’s just a season. 

Feliz Fall, Y’all.

No Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites

Spring Decluttering with an Organizing Pro: 20 Items You Can Quickly Donate or Toss This Weekend

Spring Decluttering with an Organizing Pro: 20 Items You Can Quickly Donate or Toss This Weekend

It’s no secret—I looove me some organized spaces. That doesn’t mean every square inch of my house is organized, but I’m working on it.  Disaster areas usually elevate stress and organized spaces usually usher in peace. But sometimes getting started is so overwhelming some people don’t even know where to begin.  Been there? After decluttering… Continue Reading

Creating an Organized New Year: The 3 Best Places in Your Home & How to Start

Creating an Organized New Year: The 3 Best Places in Your Home & How to Start

If you’re assuming this post is all about turning your whole house upside down and starting over, you can exhale now. This isn’t for the expert organizer, the detailed filer who never has a paper out of place, or the housekeeper who scrubs with a magnifying glass and Q-tips. And all the normal people said amen. … Continue Reading

Goin’ to the Marketplace to OfferUp Stuff: Tips for Selling Good Junk Online

“How much for this?” “Ten dollars. It’s real silver.” “Will you take two?” Garage sale offers like this always made me want to blurt, “Two what? Two goats? Two crates of eggs? Two dozen avocados? No. I said ten. Not ten shillings, not ten pesos, ten dollars.” “How about five?” And ‘round and ‘round we’d… Continue Reading

Donate This, Not That: Tips to Donate with Dignity

I know… I’ve had good intentions that went awry too. I’ve donated things I probably should’ve thrown in the trash. I felt guilty about the blatant waste though, so I passed it on for someone else to hopefully benefit from. Trouble is, if an item falls into that category, it’s probably going to end up… Continue Reading

Simple Steps to Finally Get Rid of Those Boxes

  This one might strike a nerve, amigos. Or three. But since I can’t see you and you can’t reach me…  we gonna get down the nitty-gritty of our containers. Yes, those containers. His, hers, mine and yours. The cardboard boxes… the plastic bins… the forgotten… the ignored… all of it.  So here’s the question… Continue Reading

How To Hack the Heck Out of Your Turkey Day

  Photo by Gemma Evans on Unsplash   No boring twine and brine reminders here. I dug deeper, scoured the sites and compiled a list to make your turkey day a tad easier. Some of these items I own, some I’m buying, and some I’m loving from a distance, but they are definitely mother-in-law approved. Most… Continue Reading

I Broke Up With 500 Things. You Can Too.

  Feeling skeptical? Yep—I get it. I didn’t think I had 500 unwanted things I could find either. I wanted to move toward a minimalist lifestyle though so I knew it would be a solid challenge. An impending international move sealed the deal. Let’s be clear: my husband loves pitching clutter but has zero desire to… Continue Reading