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July 27th, 2009

I’m behind by a few days, so technically these are LAST week’s catchers.

img_6371Frank McCourt, Teacher man: Maria, Ruth Grunberg, Helen Jo Morse

Two of the 3 commenters offered to trade or cluttercast this audiotape after listening to it.  So I’m taking you up on your offer— and trying a little experiment: a 3-way swap.  I’ll keep everyone posted on how it turns out—too bad this strategy doesn’t work with everything!

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I was going to buy a pair just like this in the near future. I love them!

Winners : please send mailing address to Cluttercast@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone who commented.

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Summertime….and the livin’ is easy….

July 24th, 2009

Summer update from Clutter Central:

I”m heading out of town and I can’t promise Cluttercast will be as reliable as usual over the next couple weeks.    I do promise  I’ll be thinking about Cluttercast and I hope you will too.

I’ll be thinking about expanding— to clutter beyond mine—and I’d love any input.   Part of that change will involve starting to use the Cluttercast forum — and I hope you’ll check it out and  join the community. There’s also a Cluttercast fan page on Facebook—another way to be first to hear news about the latest happening with Cluttercast.

Of course, the usual clutter will be posted here.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!!

Miscellaneous

catching up

July 22nd, 2009

My favorite part of Cluttercast is seeing where all the clutter ends up.  Keep those pictures coming!

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This is Anita with Enough Already, the Peter Walsh book on organizing your home.   I’m assuming Anita’s house is now perfectly organized and clear of clutter.  Just like mine.  Ha!!

 

And below is Taffy with the bright and beautiful Christine Foley sweater.   I feel more cheerful just looking at it, and hope you do too! 

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Summer in Style

July 21st, 2009

I had to have these.  It was just a few weeks ago and I was just in that kind of mood when I saw them.   They’re happy and fun and bright colorful sunglasses happen to be very stylish right now. 

I could totally picture myself in them; and I knew they’d brighten my whole day the instant I put them on.  Only I haven’t.   I have the glasses—but I don’t have what it takes to wear them. 

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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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Frank McCourt: Teacher Man

July 19th, 2009

When I heard today that Frank McCourt had died, I remembered that I had recently come across an audiotape of his book,  Teacher Man, which is about his 30 years teaching in the New York City public schools before he became an author. 

I listened to Angela’s Ashes on audiotape, read by McCourt himself.  And I remember that it wasn’t only his words that stirred me; but also his voice–it’s magical. 

This audiobook is also read by McCourt– still sealed in its package.   And though I recently posted some audiobooks and I don’t normally follow up so soon with something similar, I thought I”d make an exception.

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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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This week’s catchers

July 19th, 2009

 

So many knitters.  So many causes.  So many gifts.   So many babies. 

 SO MUCH YARN.

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Luckily Lynne gave me enough to have more than one winner.  Keep watching for more yarn coming soon. 

Yarn encore:

Winners:    Beth W.,  April,  Tim Considine,  Marla Schulman 

 

 

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Summer savings

  Winner: Ruth Grunberg

 This is the perfect item to put in our local women’s shelter. Women and children arrive sometimes with just the clothing on their backs. A little makeup would give a woman a sense of home and a little bit of self esteem as they try to rearrange and take control of their lives.

 

 Thanks to everyone who commented this week!

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summer savings

July 15th, 2009

Since I’m now giving away so much clutter for free, maybe it’s no big surprise that’s the way I acquired some of my clutter in the first place.  Such as:

Exhibit A:  For years I used certain brands of makeup only because a free gift came with my purchase, and I would wait to buy what I needed until the free offer came along. 

By now I’m cured of that habit, but I still have moments of weakness.  The last one was  at Nordstrom— a cute tote that came with a whole selection of free samples—everything still wrapped in the plastic it came in.   

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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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Yarn Encore!

July 13th, 2009

A few weeks ago my friend Lynne passed through town on a visit, and brought along a big bag of yarn for me to post on Cluttercast.  As the first guest cluttercaster, Lynne’s yarn was a big hit with the winners—a group of women who knit blankets for wounded soldiers.

So how’s this for an encore?  Out of the blue, yesterday a box arrives at our house.  Inside is even MORE yarn than Lynne gave away last time—more skeins and balls than I could even count—gorgeous yarns worth hundreds of dollars.   What’s pictured here is just a tiny sample of the first batch. 

If you like to knit,  you just hit the jackpot.  Because the box full of yarn is almost—but not quite—as big as Lynne’s heart.  Thank you!!!

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(first batch: various colors, acrylic and wool, more will be offered in future posts)

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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This week’s catchers

July 11th, 2009

 

img_5461White House M & M’s: Anar Simpson

My daughter Kat, would love to give this to her neurosurgeon @Stanford University Dr. Edwards. who is a lover of M&Ms. After her surgery last September, Kat was interested in this area of medicine and she is spending time in the neurosurgery area this summer. It would be a super way to say thank you to a world-class surgeon…

 

 

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Audiobooks:  Rebecca Wilkins and Maria
Rebecca:  I spend quite a bit of time on the road for work and books are a wonderful way to pass the time. And, like paper books, books on tape can be passed along after they are used. I would love them.
Maria: I am having major surgery soon and will be unable to do much for several weeks as I recover. These would help keep me sane, as I twiddle my thumbs, waiting to heal.

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As good as it gets

July 10th, 2009

People always ask why I like cluttercasting.   A picture is worth a thousand words:

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 My daughter loves her princesses! She would only take Cinderella out of her purse, though, because she was dressed like her. She takes them with her everywhere. If her face doesn’t show how much she loves them, I’m not sure what will. Thank you so much for making my daughter so happy.

Mary and Samantha

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Helen and her friends are having an equally good time with the chocolate fountain.  I can practically taste it from here.

Thanks so much for sending the pictures!

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Not just one for the road

July 8th, 2009

I’m really lucky that my ex-husband and I have been always able to set aside our differences for the benefit of the kids.  And now that our kids are grown, occasionally when they’re both around,  we get together as a group at my ex’s  in Los Angeles. 

From here it’s a 5-hour trip, and I always bring along some books on tape.   My husband drives a lot more than I do– and for every book I listen to, he goes through at least 10.    I collected some of his extras,  in case anyone would enjoy these when you hit the road this summer. 

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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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White House M & M’s

July 6th, 2009

 I was so busy celebrating the first birthday of my blog and the 6 month anniversary of Cluttercast that I didn’t post something in honor of Independence Day.    I will now—because it turns out that I have something very patriotic—and special—in my clutter.

From the NBC Brian Williams special on Obama, the world learned that the snack of choice inside the Obama White house is M&M’s, which are all over the White House in specially made little boxes.  If you click here you can see a picture of Obama on the plane with one of the boxes next to him,and an explanation in the comments.

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This is one of those same boxes, which I saved when a friend of mine took my kids and me to lunch in the White House dining room when Clinton was president.  It was a lunch we’ll never forget.  I kept a few boxes as souvenirs and never opened them.    I thought I’d give one  to someone who hasn’t had the chance to visit the White House personally.

There’s one box; I took the photo so you can see both sides.  Remember these are from the Clinton years——so think of this box as a souvenir– not a snack.   I’m a chocoholic but even I’ve never been that desperate.

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

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This week’s catchers

July 4th, 2009

img_45681Courage bracelet: Shelli

I am in the middle of my last IVF cycle (with help from an egg donor). This is my last chance to complete my family, and I am so worried that this could be the end of mine and my husband’s dream.

 

 

 

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IQ Test: Denys

I would love to give this to my daughter who a junior in college. She has loved games of this sort from a very early age. When we would go to the store to pick out toys for a trip, she would pick math and word puzzles. She and her friends would enjoy challenging each other with these.

I don’t usually know the people who ask for my clutter.  I do know Denys.  But that’s  not the only reason I chose to give her the IQ test.  I also know her daughter.  And although Denys didn’t mention it, I love the idea that my IQ test will end up at Harvard.

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Celebration

July 3rd, 2009

Lately I’ve been so busy blogging about birthdays on my other blog, that an important birthday almost slipped by me.   Today I was a guest on a radio show, Connecting Women;   when I was asked when I had started Cluttercast, I realized I almost missed a milestone. 

Cluttercast is 6 months old this week!

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Birthdays are especially  important to me since I had cancer—so I’ll make any excuse to eat cake celebrate Cluttercast along with our country’s independence.

Another thing slipped by me this week:  the first Cluttercast by Kim Moldofsky, who has been a big supporter of Cluttercast.  Click here to check out Kim’s Cluttercast .   I hope she’ll do another one soon.

While you enjoy Independence Day— remember our brave soldiers who are serving US all over the world — as we are lucky enough to celebrate our freedom. 

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Miscellaneous

IQ test?

June 30th, 2009

 I always wondered how  people got to  be members of Mensa which is an organization of people with high IQ’s.   And this week I found out when I saw an ad in our local paper announcing that prospective members can show up and take a test to qualify.   I guess it’s like an audition—-only not quite American Idol.

I would  be curious to be a fly on the wall and see who shows up.  Meanwhile as far as I know no one in our house has ever been a member—but if you’re interested, you might want to start with this home kit before showing up at tryouts.

 

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(Mensa word puzzles)

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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Courage

June 28th, 2009

These bracelets by Stella Pace were really popular awhile back—each bracelet is made of beads that are believed to carry special significance.  I was recovering from cancer treatment and I bought all the bracelets I thought I could use and I wore all of them.  All the time.  I thought I needed all the  help I could get.

This one, Courage,  is made of tiger’s eye beads.  At the time, courage was so important to me that I bought an extra one.  Just  in case mine broke.    But mine held up just fine—both the bracelet and my courage.    Maybe someone else can use them both right now.

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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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