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Peace of Mind, Decluttering and Taking the Bull

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Put the kettle on, but today may I have some lemon, a small piece of fresh ginger and spoonful of honey in a cup of hot water. Not feeling great today. I hate taking them, but the antibiotics have yet to kick in.

A few years ago, a friend gave me the book, The Art of Tidying Up. I never really paid attention to it until recently. Marie Kondo has undoubtedly taken the world by storm with her philosophy of tidying up makes for a happy life.

This week there was an article on BBC online, “Can decluttering your house make you happier?”


If you have not watched Marie on Netflix, you may find it entertaining or establishing a sense of shame due to your years of not tidying up. Either way, it is an impressive view of human psychology.


Watch some of her tips here. 

Over the last two weeks, I have made some changes to my office to reflect a new found appreciation for minimalism, not to the extreme, but a wee bit.

I took some photos of my office on Friday, and I certainly wished I had taken the before pictures. This is quite a change from what it was, not only the colours but the layout as well.

Got rid of a big clunky desk last year, built a counter desk along the wall, which enables others to use it for short term projects.

I find it a more pleasant working environment and able to focus better than usual.




Now the flip side to attempting to make changes is procrastination.

Anyone else has an issue with that?

Cognitive Today, has posted an article You Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating!

For all practical purposes, the article defines procrastination as the intentional and voluntary delay of an intended activity even if the postponement creates adverse consequences.

If you like an in-depth study of a subject, you will enjoy the whole article here.


Wish to get straight to the solution, here are 10 Scientific solutions for overcoming procrastination.


Thank you for the time and the hot toddy. 


Have a great weekend and a nice week ahead. 


With Love from Prince Edward Island, 






Little Johnny did not go to school one day. The next day when the teacher asked him why, he said, "Our cow was on heat, so I had to take her to the bull."


"Oh I see," said the teacher, "but I'm sure your father could have done that."


"No ma'am, he couldn't have," said Johnny, "it has to be the bull"

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Janet Wright - June 1, 2019

Hi from Victoria BC! I hope youre feeling better soon as you promised me a cup of tea with you if I ever was out your way again. Ill be there in July and told my brother I will need to have some raspberry pie at your restaurant. Take care and see you in July!!

Mary kaufield - May 26, 2019

Had a delightful lunch at your beautiful restaurant last weekend with my two daughters and granddaughters (all visiting from away for the weekend)! Thanks for taking our picture at the table, even whilst standing on a chair!

George E Read - May 25, 2019

Clutter!!! I am sure if I look hard enough, I could find something that I have been looking for years…… I think that we need clutter, otherwise there would be no exclaiming. Look, I found it! My biggest problem is that I quickly look at an article. and say “That is interesting, I must read it in detail,” Guess what, I won’t see it again for a month!. or more….. I guess at my age. I should be thankful that I am still able to clutter! Wishing you a quick recovery, see you in the summer. Regards George.

Penny Wright - May 25, 2019

We plan to be out for our first breakfast of the season, hope to see you tomorrow.
Penny and Larry

Pam Hansen - May 25, 2019

When I think of the PEI Preserve Co, I think of Martin Luther Kings’ quote, ‘ hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.’ It represents what is true, just, noble and pure in this world. Thanks for sharing even when not feeling well. God bless and see you in the summer!

Tati - May 25, 2019

Your office looks wonderful! Well done. Your blog is always inspiring, and I look forward to it every Saturday morning. It creates such a positive affirmation to the start of the day. Would it be alright to ask – what is the name of the light grey ( blue?) On the wall?
I too miss the musical links, but I think with your season opening and the demands of that, perhaps time has not permitted listening to new recordings. Ici musique CNBC’s French language station will have to do for now. Hope you are feeling better.

Michelle Abushar - May 25, 2019

Very inspirational placing of the desk directly in front of the big window! Love that. Be well soon! Like the previous comment, I also miss your weekly musical links. :-)

Susan Elliott-Johns - May 25, 2019

Feel better soon, Bruce!
Your blog continues to be an oasis of calm in, what seems to be, an increasingly turbulent world. Thanks for still taking the time to ‘visit’ with us this morning, even though you’re not feeling great. Much appreciated :)

Robin Petty - May 25, 2019

Hope you’re on the mend soon. Your office looks VERY tidy compared to this time last year! Now the trick is keeping it that way…
Enjoy your hot toddy :)
p.s. I am missing your weekly musical links!!

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