Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Join Me?

First...

My dream last night.  
I dreamt that I was in my mom's house and she was making breakfast for me and a large group of old church friends.  She was making scrambled eggs with broccoli and cream cheese in them.  What?  I might have to try that!  : -)
She also made a ton of bacon and plated it up so that it looked like flower petals.
I insisted on doing the dishes.

My mom has been gone for 11 years this month, and I gotta tell you, I so love dreaming about her.  It keeps her alive in my memory.

The strawberries are coming in!
I'm really enjoying the yard this year, and getting to things that I've been putting off for ages.  
I've been dividing things and moving them around, cleaning out the shed, yadda yadda.

The tick situation.
I thought it was getting a little better, as I had two days where I saw nary a tick.
Yesterday?
I had one on my buttocks.  My flesh.
There was one behind my ear.
On my arm.
Two on my right leg.
And...hold on to your coffee cups....one very nearly on my hooha.

I found a yard spray that is supposed to be safe for honeybees, but I just can't bring myself to use it.

The pole beans are working their way up the twigs.
The roses bloomed yesterday.
This having to be very frugal in the yard this year has been a very good thing for me.

Baby lettuces growing in an old galvanized tub.  I'm relying heavily on seeds this year and loving it.  I'm loving seeing them sprout and grow.

Found this little beauty in the trash - I'm still working on a 'scenario' for it...I was thinking of putting a little 'For Sale' sign in front of it.
Red nasturtiums planted in a basket.  I have a can of pink spray paint, and I'm thinking that bike might be pink soon...do you think it would look good, or should I leave it be?

This however is my pride and joy at the moment.  I had an old wheelbarrow frame that I didn't want to throw away, it was just cool and old, and I knew one day I'd find something to do with it.
Behold!  A garden shelf!  Complete with a broken old rake.
I heart junk.

I had to show you how big all the birds are getting - Stubs is getting along fine with all of them, and I think she enjoys the company although she'd never actually admit it.


The meat birds are so different.  These are the Freedom Rangers.  No matter how often I feed them, they act like they are on death's door from starvation and make me feel that I've neglected them.
They eat, sleep, sit and do something that rhymes with sit - and that's about it.


The chicks I got from McMurray Hatchery continue to delight me.
They are adorable!
I'm so glad I got past my fears of ordering live poultry - I'm really enjoying having all of these different breeds that I wasn't able to get at my local feed store.


OK...this change that I'm feeling.
Numero Uno - I know the restless feeling I have so often is ADHD. I have to be careful and acknowledge that and just say 'Hey ADHD - bite me' and try to get myself calmed down, focus on a project - and it passes.

This is what I've been feeling.  Our lives are too cluttered.  Our bodies are too cluttered.  Our homes are too cluttered.  Our minds are too cluttered.

Clutter - stuff - things - worries - 
Are we really living, or merely surviving?

In being very frugal and creative in the garden this year, it has dawned on me that I just don't fully appreciate the things that I have.  I still have things in my home that I don't really care about, or wouldn't miss if I didn't have them.  I don't fully honor what I have.

I still have about 20lbs on my body that needs to be gone.  For health's sake - not for appearance.  I'm over that.

My mind is still too cluttered with fears that will never come to pass, to do lists that don't really need to doing.

What I propose is that I - and anyone that would like to join me, embark on a journey - a journey that would begin with a 7 day physical cleanse (NOT a fast) - and after that physical cleanse, we would start a home cleanse - and a mind cleanse.

If you are interested in this - PLEASE comment or email me.  I think it would rock to have a group of us doing this together for support.  If you do comment, PLEASE put your email address in your comment so I can get back to you if need be, ok?

84 comments:

  1. I want to do it, but law I have to go on vacation first. I can't be cleansing at the sight of vacation food. So, give me two weeks. :)

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      dixiejones@me.com

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  3. Thanks Jayme,
    Me too! Again I find myself in agreement with you! Iam in with ya! On Monday I start 4 days of farm camp here on my farm for the younger crowd, I'll be totally exhausted when it's over but ready for some cleaning out! At 49 Iam starting to recognize the ADD when it comes on or maybe it the peri menopause crap who knows I can't remember anything!
    Thanks Sharon
    Bugchick76@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm in! I completely agree with you and think I would enjoy having a support group :)

    ginalackey@charter.net

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  5. I want to, but let me consider whether I can commit and stick to it. I really want to do a gluten cleanse.

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  6. If you will clue me in on the physical and mind cleanse parts I'm in! I got a head start on the home cleanse because, as you know, we are moving. But Lord have mercy, I am having a hard time with letting go of the STUFF.

    The new place is an itty-bitty house less than half of what we are in now...

    Jayme, I need direction and moral support! I'm in!

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    1. Oops! I forgot to mention above, that it was ME, Lynda at the Farmlet.

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  7. Sign me up! miz.gina@gmail.com

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  8. Sign me up! miz.gina@gmail.com

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  9. " This is what I've been feeling. Our lives are too cluttered. Our bodies are too cluttered. Our homes are too cluttered. Our minds are too cluttered.

    Clutter - stuff - things - worries -
    Are we really living, or merely surviving?"

    YES YES YES!!!!!!!I feel like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally

    Um Jaymster. . . Can't we all just take a chill pill, and a glass a wine. . .

    I want to de-clutter every part of my life I do, I do. . . I want to join, but I'm skeered I won't be able to do it. . . I guess fear would be part of worries which is part of what she just said isn't it. . . I think I want to join ya, could we go slow, make it easy girl and I'll join, do I have to decide right now, I sew suck at decisions can I get back to you. . .oh my what if I can't do this, I have so much to do already that I can't keep up with, maybe she'll start with getting rid of one thing a day, or drink 10 glasses of water with lemon a day, maybe I can handle it, maybe I can't. . . I'm so confused. . . I feel faklempt . . . I'm going to garden, after I have lunch, Oh wait, did I have breakfast yet? . .. ok count me in. . . not, yes I'll do it. .

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  10. Are dudes allowed on this one? My wife is the one who referred me here knowing I would dig this. This will go along quite nicely with my yoga I'm sure. Count me in at dendy124@dejazzd.com

    Dan Endy

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  11. That birdhouse...

    You might rather put a sign "House for Wrent"... instead of for sale.

    Just an idea.

    I love your garden junky heart. Makes me so happy...

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  12. Hmmm... I don't know if I'll actually DO what you propose, but I think I want to give it a whirl. karenthisoldhouse@hotmail.com

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  13. I am interested, but please explain the physical cleanse. I agree my life is much too cluttered. I am willing to try.

    michlemachala@gmail.com

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  14. Shew! I'm feeling it too Jayme!! Count me in! :) gboll84@hotmail.com

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  15. Love your outdoor spaces.I would love to go out in the countryside
    & dig up WILD flowers to transplant.Talk anout frugal! One of my favorites... Queen Anne
    Lace..& another a wooly looking plant with largish light green leaves
    then later a giant spike from the center with blooms.Plus there are
    lots of wonderful clumpy grasses. Would be SO nice
    as the backdrop to a flower garden. ALAS my spouse is in charge of the
    yard & his taste is wide vistas of closely clipped green grass & flowers in
    pots on the deck & small neat plantings around the foundation. BUT its
    a trade-off, as the house is mine, my style, my taste, my decisions. I
    do choose the seasonal flowers for the deck & I do consider his
    comfort (somewhat) when decorating.lol
    I will follow your 'CLEANSING'. I refuse to commit 'cause seems like
    when I commit I 'WAIVER'! I have so much 'stuff' that needs to go.
    I just cant pass up a good rescue/bargain & I have the storage bins to
    prove it. Quit smoking almost 4 years ago (6/13)& have gained an enormous
    amt. SO more stuff that needs to go.Good luck I'll be watching........

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  16. It's sounds mysterious, but I'd love to hear the details! I am currently sitting in an apartment (900 sq ft) while my 2800 sq ft. house is being renovated after 22 years. Talk about STUFF! I am a minimalist already, but I pared down again. It is amazing how little we really need. I am going to be 52 next week and going through all of the hormonal changes that you are describing. My 21 year old son is off at college and I REALLY miss him, so relate to you on that score. I am so up for something NEW and trying hard to figure out what I am supposed to do with the rest of my life. Love to hear from you. Bonnieeschmidt@aol.com

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  17. Cool! Exactly what I need and moral support to boot! Please add me to the list!

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    1. Here's my email address!! soxenreider(at)gmail(dot)com

      Thanks!!

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  18. I am in. hahn.danielle@gmail.com. I just yesterday started reading this book, Stuff Your Face Or Face Your Stuff by Dorothy Breininger. Coincidence? I am thinking not. The book talks about clearing out mind clutter, body clutter, home clutter, everything you talk about here.

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  19. I have to agree 100% with you on the clutter that infiltrates every area of our lives. We live in a nation that offers so much and we have come to think we need all of it.... food, stuff and yet we're still discontent. Now we need larger houses or storage units for all of it which is more money spent every month that most folks don't have to begin with. It becomes a vicious cycle.

    Hubby & I have been on this journey for a while. Being frugal in every area of our lives has become the norm. It has also forced our creativity in many areas which, we've discovered, is quite fun and the results are usually quite nice and rewarding (not to mention easing the footprint we leave behind on our precious Earth).

    I'd love to participate. My first thought was whether or not I would be able to participate in the physical part since we're not at home right now. But, I'm sure that I can find 'thing's' in the 5th wheel that aren't really necessary and are taking up very precious space.

    Oh, and, don't paint the bike... it's exuding lots of charm the way it is!

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  20. love what you did with the wheelbarrow handles. don't paint the bike. the flowers in the basket will give it beautiful color. love all the chickies.

    I'm in and would love to hear all about it. Since retiring I've been decluttering my home all along but I think there are probably more things that I can live without or don't use.

    jobaxter10@cox.net

    Hugs!

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  21. Don't paint your bike. It's too cute as it is.
    Please tell us more about your project. Really need to get my eating habits back on track and also get rid of so much stuff here in the house.

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  22. I do believe I might be interested in this program too--
    I just got a book today in the mail that I ordered on Gluten free --
    yet yesterday at the Panena bread place I got a great loaf of tomato-basil bread--yummmm!!!
    email--dlcquilter3@gmail.com
    Oh and I turned 65 in May and for the first time in my life--
    I feel lost!!!
    hugs, di and miss gracie(kitty)

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  23. Such an inspiration you are. I think I started already though. I will be eventually having one big yard sale! My rooms are looking HUGE now LOL. My strawberries are ready for the first bowl full. Love your garden and your creative-ness.

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  24. i would love to hear more about your cleanse & other idea. love some jump starting ... i need to get back into exercising more ... count me in please!!
    i wish i could get my hubby interested in exercising too... any thoughts on that one??! ha. ha!!

    elizardbreathspeaks@gmail.com

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  25. You so know Im with ya in spirit... now Ill work on my body! Been gluten free but still eat too much dairy. Been workin on the homefront too. As I stage our clean n simple flip house I vow my own house will soon reflect that same intent. Please friend, do go slow n help us junkers with tiny baby steps!
    Xoxo
    Leslie
    Farmfreshfunatgeemaildoughtcom

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  26. Sounds very I interesting, want to hear more. I might have to join in!


    On a other note I wanted to share with you that my crazy thought too get bees after reading one of your posts many moons ago will become reality this Fall....I will "get custody" of a friend's bees when she moves, I will have the summer to learn from her and this winter I will take a beekeeping course.

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  27. I, too am interested in what you propose. I've never done a body cleanse before...know I need it but don't know if I can do it! I really need to get rid of the clutter in my home. I don't enjoy going shopping any more....there's just so much stuff, stores pack in so much merchandise now. But I don't mind the flea markets and antique stores! Most days I just feel overwhelmed with everything. I need help and I hope you can give me some.

    nanclg@frontiernet.net

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  28. Must be a God Thing, Jayme, a cleanse has been on my mind for weeks. I just didn't know how to start. I was too afraid of your wicked weight loss program, but maybe I can do this. The house purge has been ongoing this year as we refresh the kitchen and bath. And please, pray tell, where are your extra 20 pounds?
    hedyj2@yahoo.com

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  29. Jayme-You have been reading my mind. I can do this if you don't start until after June ends- I am going to be gone a whole lot in June and know I couldn't do it before then. I need to cleanse-body, soul, spirit, home- xo Diana

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  30. I'm in. Heaven knows, I need something. My job recently came to an end, after 30+ years. I was so looking forward to being home, but nothing is working out like I thought it would. I used to chuckle about your ADHD comments, but not anymore!!!I'm all over the map... AND... I've put on 15 pounds (so far)... Something's gotta change and fast. p.s. My vote is for a pink bike. cheryl.and.52@gmail.com

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  31. First, the ticks--Holy Mama, I found 5 of them yesterday. Three were on my neck and I freaked. That hooha thing--I don't know how you managed! Still, I got suited up and went back to the arboretum for my second day of volunteering this week. Tall grass and all.

    I'm absolutely in: marisphere2 at gmail dot com.

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  32. Ok, You are unbelievable with these posts, I tell you! I hate to keep saying it Jayme girl! Is it these times we are living in now, making us finally reflect on whats important in our lives? Maybe it is, that we are now in our 50's and reevaluating what truly can make us feel good, happy and healthy? Tuesday here, brought declutter 101 with the clean out of a walk in pantry and today started with a vegan/gluten free homemade cinnamon roll and an afternoon of reflection with my sister in law. Lots of discussion about what we have, but what we only need to make us content. Hmmm...Our generation has worked hard as our parents did as well to achieve and (accumulate) 30 some yrs of treasures and an ample home to hold it all. Here you are though, (us too) with all this stirring in our souls. I get it, my sister in law feels it and we're not gonna blame it this time on the "M" word. Your finding more ways to be frugal, yet in that, finding contentment in your achievement to do so and ending with that feeling of rest/calm, if you will. I hear ya sista! I wanna say I'm in, but I know how I feel I can't stay focused sometimes either. Do I have ADHD too? I think my family thinks I do (at times). Ha! The bike, leave it if you like rustic, but your soul is stirring these days and I sense it will be pink soon for a fresh, updated trendy look. P. S. You killed me with that final tick comment. That is our Jayme!

    Gonna try to be on board.....Debra

    grlexplorer2000@yahoo.com

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  33. I'm in...sclosson64@aol.com

    BTW...the bike- leave it as is. I have an old bike, missing the tires that I have thought about putting in the garden but it needs a basket and I want to find an old basket to go with it. My cousin who has a bike shop says to paint an old bike would decease it's value anyway. Besides the old bikes look cooler with the original paint, especially as garden ornament.

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  34. Don't paint the bike! :) I love your gardens. Such innovative ideas. Just started my own spending fast for the summer- I get it. I really do. My search now is for peace and contentment with everything that God has provided for me and my family.
    But one more thing- I beg of you to use the tick spray! My husband has been battling lyme disease for 8 months now and it is serious. You really don't want to be messing around with getting bit by a tick. Have you heard about this growing Lyme Disease epidemic in Indiana? It's at an all time high, especially in the Northwest part of the state. Protect yourself out there!

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  35. From another fellow Hoosier....count me in....although I am doing the 17 Day Diet, so I don't think I will participate in the cleanse....but , everything else I will..I will be going to Maine on the 21st of June, I will follow you when I can , either before I leave or when I get back!!! Love your blog and your "junky" garden...it is my inspiration!!!......dspahaney@frontier.com thankin' ya , ma'am..... :)

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  36. Hey, Jayme!
    I'm going to do this, hopefully it will help in all areas that need it, :)
    esnojd@yahoo.com

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  37. count me in...


    annie

    acbolles@gmail.com

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  38. Brilliant idea!!! Am signing up with permission to not feel like a "drop out" if I can't complete all phases for one reason or another ~ Thanks so much for facilitating this! ~kris
    mamasan130@gmail.com

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  39. I would love to hear more about the cleanse also. You are such an inspiration and I love your blog. Let's do it!

    Minnie

    mkohler49@hotmail.com

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  40. Jayme,
    It is high time for me to do a total cleanse. I scheduled my hysterectomy for July 25th. Endocrinologist is starting me on iron supplement and a diabetic med even tho I am not diabetic; she is trying to help me jump start my metobolism and weight loss. I was a fanatic for losing weight for about 3 months, but got sick and then just got lazy. I have managed to keep that 20 lbs. off but haven't lost any more. I have thyroid issues, female issues, weight issues, fibromyalgia, and just plain lazies.
    I am full in! Send me info to susandutka@aol.com.

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  41. Oh man.... I AM IN. There. I said it. That was harder than it should be. I am all about the cleansing. After the last several years, with health issues and just rough life issues, a little cleansing is in order. As for the house cleansing... that is the hard part. I moved from a large house to a much tighter townhouse and half of my 2 car garage is still full of boxes. The other half is boxes from work. We closed our office (since I am the only one actually in there) and I now work from home. Then in the middle of all that, I got sick and... well, there just hasn't been time to unpack everything. So, purging the house is a big, big chore. (If I am in, does that mean everyone comes over and helps?! Cuz that would be wonderful!) Anyway... I am in (pkillorin@hotmail.com).

    As for the bike.... if it were me, I wouldn't paint it. You could embellish it from time to time: tie a bandana on it for color. Switch that out with a hat or maybe just a ribbon. You know -- stuff like that. Little things. But leave the bike old. It earned that character.

    Take care and let me know when to start purging! Pam (Colorado)

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  43. Sounds great...mind-reading at it's best! Can you tell us a bit more? I'm starting a serious diet program Monday with the goal to lose 75 pounds of ugly fat...e-gads, declutter is a part of my goals as well...would love to hear more, -Mary

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  44. Awesome! I'm in!! And with the ADHD, totally can relate! pjdavis@eiu.edu

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  45. I lost my mom 11 years ago May 28th so I know the joy of dreaming about her. I am interested in your "cleanse". Please sign me up.

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  46. Wow..wanna try this...but but but ..will I follow through I haven't a clue :( but at least I'll try!!! ADD..I went to my doc I'm on adderall now.. lowest dosage & seems to be working for me..this I'm happy about!! TICK...we got TICKS here at the farm!!...had one on the back of my neck and one on my leg just the other day!! (there's more than corn in Indiana!!) My roses started blooming the other day along with my Peonies...love the aroma in the air :) Count me in on this journey..I'll try my best!! justlindasue@hotmail.com

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  47. The cleanse sounds great - just what the doctor called for. Perfect time of the year for it - keep me informed.
    tarkab@hartwick.edu

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  48. Yes! Count me in all the way from California - on all accounts!
    lizellis@gvalley.com

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  49. kkdstoltz@gmail.com

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  50. Leave it be. Please. The rusty blue with the little stars is priceless :)

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  51. I'm in! I've been fretting, organizing, reorganizing, fussing....carrying extra weight even though I've been working out...eating poorly one day and then determined to rid the house of every evil food item, but wait, not til I eat the Symphony Large bar hiding in my closet first! One trainer says Paleo, the other says Forks Over Knives...what's this chubby soul to do??? I need some accountability with someone who's my age. So happy to join you!
    PS..love the bike as is....keep that pink paint for a rainy day meltdown on some terra cotta pots or somethin'!
    xoLaura

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      Thanks so much!

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  52. Count me in!
    lespinoza01@msn.com

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  53. I'm giving it a go.
    cinmarbar@gmail.com

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  54. I'm in..........
    Paint the bike............
    :)
    Rainss61@msn.com

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  55. Sign me up, too. I want to start a new HUGE project next year and just can't do it with all the clutter here, both in the house and my head.
    malinda.dagenhart@gmail.com

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  56. I've been working on de cluttering for a while now, but I have been losing my mojo! A decluttering club would be great! Jean mjro2s@yahoo.com

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  57. Count me in, I need a new direction in my life.
    julee@wittenbergnet.net

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  58. I would love to join in...thanks so much! scotland.heatherjean@gmail.com

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  59. Well, Jayme, you have inspired me out here in Utah! I'm in. (martiseeg@comcast.net)

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  60. Just what I need! I lost 18 pounds now nothing, I could use a boost to loose the 20 pounds I still have to go! I agree with you this is not for my looks I want to be healthy and get my blood pressure under control hopefully :) countrylife@centurylink.net

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  61. Sign me up please: cindy@chipandcindy.net

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  62. I would love to join in the journey and the fun. Please include me :) jhackney777@yahoo.com

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  63. Yes! I've been thinking about your post for days. I have read your blog for a long time now, but never commented. You wrote a few weeks ago in regards to your bee hives about the importance of doing our best with what we have and being content with that...because discontentment will take root and its a bitter weed to pull. I copied and pasted it into my phone. For me, that is such a huge word for life, and I think it goes hand in hand with this idea of a cleanse for one's body, mind and home. I've loved reading your thoughts and following your adventures, Jayme. Following along here with you will be great! Please include me in the journey! sjsilburn@gmail.com

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  64. Absolutely! I'm in! Fourwards@mindspring.com

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  65. I'll join~letgraceabound@yahoo.com

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  66. Would like to join - syoung@cebridge.net

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  67. I'm ready for a change!
    pammiedw@cox.net

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  68. I'm in! I need something to kickstart my hiney back into shape. andrea.haywood@sbcglobal.net

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  69. Oh yes...just what I need! And I couldn't do it without support, so a thousand times yes, count me in! Oh, and I like the bike blue. I also like your chickens, they look so.....delicious!
    carilou3@yahoo.com

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  70. count me in! tralou at cox.net

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  71. I think this would be so good for me. I have alot of "stuff" in my world that means nothing to me. I am not over weight but i have stuff. lol I would love to try to join you in your change !!!! Susy gategitter@gmail.com
    Thanks !!!!

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  72. You are an answer to my prayers. Please count me in. debb@accessus.net

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  73. Hi Jayme! I'm so totally in! Please include me! I'll send you an email with my address. Be well! ~Peacemom (Vonnie)

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