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U S Open jacket

February 11th, 2010

Living so near Pebble Beach, you can’t help having some connection to golf.  Even if you don’t play.

For years I was a volunteer at some of the major golf tournaments held at Pebble Beach—which meant I had to dress the part—and buy the official uniform.   This has the official insignia of the 100th US Open when I wore this for the four shifts I worked —and never again.

This June Pebble Beach is hosting the  US Open for the first time since then, and I don’t work as a volunteer anymore.   So I’m cluttercasting this jacket in honor of  the A T & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am going on this week.  If you or your son love golf, this is par for the course.

(Jacket is navy, women’s size L,  runs small; would work for a boy; $8 postage)

HOW TO WIN:   If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know. (Closes February  20)

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Mind Over Money

February 3rd, 2010


Overcoming the Money Disorders that Threaten Our Financial Health—in case you can’t read the subtitle.

I was on a conference call the other day with the author of the book,  Dr. Brad Klontz,  one of the experts for H & R Block. He is a financial psychologist—an area of expertise I’ve never heard of  but seems desperately needed, considering how many people have problematical relationships with money.

Obviously, someone with clutter issues probably also has money issues—-which is why I’m offering this book to anyone who thinks they need it more than I do.

HOW TO WIN:   If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know. (Closes February 9)

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Cluttercast update: Clarity? Closure? Or Clueless?

December 30th, 2009

It’s your call— after you  read what I  just posted on my personal blog:

Are you making  a New Year’s Resolution?


Exactly one year ago, as my New Year’s resolution,  I started my other blog,  Cluttercast.

Every day I posted an item from my clutter, and gave it away to someone who wanted it.

It was a big success—-most of all, for me.   This was the first time in my entire life I successfully kept my New Year’s resolution.

At least for 6  months.

That’s about when I went from cluttercasting daily……to sporadically… rarely.

A year later, I wish I could say I’m out of clutter.   I am out of the habit of cluttercasting it.

And unlike other projects I haven’t finished, this isn’t something I can  hide in a closet or stick in a drawer.   Cluttercast is out there.

And there it sits.  Like the elephant in the living room.  (In fact, I actually cluttercast some elephants!)

Even elephants probably follow Newton’s basic law— an object in motion will stay in motion.

More to the point, an object at rest will stay at rest.

I hate making decisions;   I’ve been struggling over what to do.   New Year’s seems like the perfect deadline to decide:




All of the above?

None of the above?

Or  my friend Myra’s brilliant suggestion—-that I cluttercast Cluttercast.

Meanwhile it’s almost New Year’s—–and I finally made a decision:   This year I’m not making a New Year’s resolution.


A Comrade in Clutter

October 13th, 2009

While I’ve been slacking off,  someone else is picking up the ball and taking Cluttercast to a whole new level.

I first  “met” Kim on Twitter, then  for real at BlogHer…and now this makes her the all-time Guest Cluttercaster.

You MUST see what she’s doing on her blog,: where she calls her version of cluttercast:  “The Great Free Crap Giveaway.” Don’t miss it!!


Guest cluttercaster

Just Checking…..

October 3rd, 2009

….in.   And just checking that you’re still awaiting the return of Cluttercast—which will happen soon.

The problem is clutter….not the clutter in my house, but the clutter in my brain—which is filled with too many other projects, all going on simultaneously.

Lots of people have the same problem;  they handle the overload by being organized.  Then again, if I were organized, I wouldn’t have all this clutter in the first place.

In the meantime, thanks for your patience!


Catching Up….

September 20th, 2009

While I’ve been procrastinating, my clutter is still circulating….so here’s some catching up—with posts in general and Cluttercatchers in particular:

 mensa game

IQ test:

The kids are back in school and that includes Lilli, whose mom thought she would enjoy the Mensa game.   Lilli and her mom Denys first played at home over the summer—and now Lilli has taken the game back with her— to Harvard.



Speaking of Harvard, which was the setting for “Love Story”, here’s the Cluttercast version:


Girl meets boy while she is studying abroad in the US one summer.  They fall in love.  When summer school ends, their relationship continues although they remain separated by oceans and continents.  In her comment Diane  explains that her boyfriend calls her” bunny“.  So I send him this bunny—and they send back this picture—of the two of them, with bunny—all together in cyberspace.  I love it.


The latest Catchers

September 13th, 2009

IMG_6946Woodstock bagTerri

 This purse is so cute! I’d love it for me and my daughter to share!  She was given some “peace” tie dye t-shirts and a knit cap. This would complete her outfit from that era perfectly even though we’re too young to remember the era, it seems the clothing and style are enjoying a resurgence and as always, what was once old is new again! Peace, man!





Sees Birthday BrittleMarty

Pregnant and live in a Sees-less area of the country. Need I say more? The baby neeeeeeeds some chocolate.




Thanks to everyone who commented—and thanks to everyone for your patience !!!

This Week's Catchers

The problem with procrastination

September 10th, 2009

gym-equipmentIn my case, the problem  is pretty obvious—It’s like working out.    Not that I would compare something fun(cluttercasting) with something NOT fun (exercise) ….I’ll be regular and faithful about working out for months or even years.   But once I start to slip—even just a little bit—-it’s amazing how fast exercise can slide right out of my life.

So I haven’t  abandoned Cluttercast ; I’ve just procrastinated.   And I’ve just gotten into a really great exercise routine –so hopefully it’s contagious.


Birthday brittle

August 25th, 2009

Today’s Cluttercast comes courtesy of to my  birthday.   When it comes to chocolate, I think my expertise can be trusted.  So trust me on California brittle, my favorite Sees candy.   This bag was a gift from my daughter’s friend, who asked Alli whether to give me the standard milk chocolate, or the new advanced version: dark chocolate.  (Correct answer:  BOTH)

My ex-husband  used to say I am the most generous person he knows, who will give you anything I have;  unless it’s chocolate—in that case, I’ll fight you to the death.  Which makes this a rare, even historic occasion.   Normally I would stash it for a future emergency; but I’m feeling overwhelmed by the expressions of chocolate-flavored love and decided to share.   I’m posting this before I eat it myself change my mind.


(1 bag See’s Dark chocolate California brittle: 8 oz. ; more calories than you want to count) 

HOW TO WIN:  If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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“great minds think alike”

August 22nd, 2009

Bet you noticed—-I’m taking  a break—and haven’t done much cluttercasting lately.

But I’m thinking about it—and just blogged about clutter on my personal blog.   (click to check it out)

Be back soon.


40 years after Woodstock

August 12th, 2009

No, I don’t have anything from Woodstock; I wasn’t even there.  I’ve always regretted that I didn’t come back from Europe in time to go, especially since I knew the area so well after spending every summer of my childhood at camp within a few miles of Max Yasgur’s farm.

You didn’t have to attend personally to be part of what Woodstock represented.   Today,  as we celebrate Woodstock’s 40-year anniversary, everyone is talking about it and Woodstock fashion is back in style.   I was reading about this today, a piece with the headline: “Peace, Love and Rockin’ Style”—from  USA Today.   The paper quoted advice from a  fashion editor—on how to incorporate Woodstock style into the modern era: “You want to choose one or two elements, pieces that represent the trend.”  

So this woven bag is suddenly in its element—-Who knew by saving it I’d be fashion forward? 




HOW TO WIN:  If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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It’s spreading…

August 11th, 2009

Ok so lately I’ve been too lazy busy to post much on Cluttercast. 

Even though it’s pretty easy to do—and fun.  As proof, click here to check out what Kim Moldofsky just cluttercast on her own blog

Then check out the proud winner who just posted his cluttercatch on Twitter. 

And then let me know if you’re ready to try cluttercasting too.


This week’s catchers

August 9th, 2009

I’m home— and hoping to get back to a more reliable schedule—not just on Cluttercast but for real. 


Swag bagLisa

I wouldn’t have really wanted to go to BlogHer for a number of reasons. Too crowded mainly, but I’m also not really all that sociable in person, and I couldn’t stand to leave my babies that long. :) I’ve been looking longingly at all the swag everyone came back home with though. That part would have been fun.




summer sun hatAnita

 I live in Denver and know that the sun here is especially stronger-you’re closer to the sun so the UV is stronger. I will also be moving to Africa for 6 months in December and am looking for a hat I can wear that will look good on me!





Beading bonanza: Darlene and Shelby 

Darlene: I would love these. I am recovering from surgery and just started beading again.This sure would help keep me from having to buy more just now since I am not working and no money is coming in!I sure hope you consider me

Shelby: My little sister has found a new love for beading and while I was visiting her this summer(we live 5 states apart) we got to make a few things together. It would mean so much to her to know that I’m thinking about her even when I’m not with her and the items you have she needs. Thanks!

I  want to add how much I appreciate the input of commenters like Barbara and Ginger who both suggest that I give items to someone else.  Their thoughts really represent the spirit of Cluttercast, and the best in people in general.  Thanks so much!

This Week's Catchers

Beading bonanza

August 5th, 2009

When I had cancer, I discovered that art was the secret for me to relieve stress.  After a lifetime of avoiding everything arty or crafty, suddenly I couldn’t get enough.

For a few years, it seemed I never met a craft I didn’t like; I took a stab at everything from decoupage to jewelry making.    My beading phase lasted only about as long as one of the phases of the moon.


(Tray for arranging necklaces and bracelets; plus assorted beads)

HOW TO WIN:  If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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summer sun hat

August 2nd, 2009

Right now I’m in Aspen on vacation with my sister and brother-in-law.  A few days before I left, my sister called and warned me that in the summer in the Rockies, the sun is strong so I really need a hat.    I had to laugh—-spending my entire life between Florida and California, I think I know enough about how strong the sun can be.

Still I appreciated her concern, and dutifully packed up a hat in my suitcase and that’s when I came across this one—never worn.  It’s by the San Diego Hat company—they’re light, easy to fold up and take with you and you can shape the brim up like it is here, or down.

Meanwhile, I’ve been in Aspen for just one afternoon but I can tell you my sister is right—in the summer, the sun is strong,  so you really need a hat.


HOW TO WIN:  If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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Swag Bag

July 31st, 2009

I just got back from BlogHer in Chicago.  It was my first time at a blogging conference and I discovered (kind of late in the game) that for some people, it’s all about swag—the free goodies from sponsors.

Some of the swag was pretty spectacular—at least that’s what I hear in the stories I read afterwards.  I was there , but I never saw the “A” stuff up close.   I was there for the “B” stuff:  blogging.  

I did learn some things about blogging—and about human nature—including mine.   I gave away most of my swag; and shoved the rest into my suitcase so I could share it here.   Except for one exception:  I don’t share anything that’s chocolate.


HOW TO WIN:  If you would like to have this item, please  let me know in a comment.   If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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