Murdo Girl…See what you will see

In last night’s blog, I showed pictures of how I had decorated the ledge in the kitchen of our tiny home. I asked for opinions and suggestions, and I got some. Judy and Lav said to put the large egg between the two beasterhops on bicycles and the two smaller bunnies where the big egg used to be. I did that and I think it looks better. What do you think?

I think I still might need to move the larger beasterhop a little more to the right.

Jean and Lav seconded that I should change the display with the seasons; especially since this is virtually my only place to display things.

This cork board is my only place to display photographs. This is really a tough one for me. I think everyone who reads my blog knows how much I love pictures. I can look at them for hours even if I don’t know the people in them. There is something so magical about capturing a moment in time that you can look at and remember how you felt and what that experience or that person meant to you. I can imagine there are a lot of daughters out there pouring over old photographs of their mothers. I look at my old family photos all the time. I haven’t specifically taken pictures of items that I love, but at the suggestion of Patti Arnieri, I will in the future. It’s an excellent downsizing tip. I wish I had taken more pictures in the past. Kip wishes he had pictures of his first car. I wish I had a real picture of my dog, Berferd. I can’t believe we never took one.

I pinned some pictures of the grandkids to my board today. I don’t have everyone represented, yet. It’s time to print more recent ones. I will do that and take another picture for you after we get moved.

The second picture is of a plate Heidi had made for me. It has all of the grandchildren’s names on it. I think that was three babies ago.

On to the buffet. Here are a couple of choices. Remember, what I don’t use will be stored if it has a family attachment… or given away.

  1. Above the buffet is the traveler’s map Heidi gave us for Christmas a couple of years ago.

The smaller, framed picture is a picture of Kip’s Grandpa McNinch’s Lazy three Quarter Circle Brand. He named his ranch the Star Corral. The other figure is the Beasterhop sitting on a snail and reading a book.

Below is with the plate without the stand, two minimalist ideas, and the antique egg made in Germany that I want to get a dome for. I may put it in the glass display cabinet in the bedroom. I have several things, such as the Queen E. anniversary saucer and cup, Jean gave me, Grandma Sanderson’s demitasse cups and saucers, and Mom’s stemware to display in that case.

I’m trying to find the perfect spot for the ‘meaning of my life’ collage, Judy Dykstra Brown made and gave to me at the 2016 reunion in Murdo. It’s very special and includes a Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow pin contributed by Judy’s sister Patti. I first thought she had given me the very pin she won in high school, but she later told me she found it on eBay. It’s all very cool. I didn’t win many awards and I lost my pin years ago.

I included a couple of shots of a few other things I put on the counter. I am so determined to keep the counter clear of clutter.

I took a picture of the entry stand. I put a little RV replica Kip’s sister gave us and one of my hats on it. Any ideas here? I had Kip put a rack with hooks behind the door in our bedroom for jackets, since we don’t have a coat closet. The thing on the floor is an old boot taker offer.


I still have the remainder of the kitchen to complete. I’m almost finished unpacking and putting away all of the things stored in the cabinets and drawers. We have the bathroom and bedroom to put together, and we get to pick up the pictures that are being framed on Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to see them hung on the walls.

I also spent quite a bit of time, today, in the big barn going through the partially emptied boxes. I’m consolidating the ones that will be stored, packing the things that will be given away, and saving things we think the kids might want before we give them to someone else. We have four huge crates of photographs and I’m the only one who ever looks at them. There is something to be said about being able to download all of your photos onto your computer. I have also scanned thousands and stored them on an SD card. The next thing I will have to do is organize everything on my computer, but let’s not go there, yet.

This is a lot of fun for me. My tiny home might not be full of glam, but I’m beginning to love the idea of being a minimalist. It’s more difficult than I thought it would be, but I intend to stick with it.

Water tomorrow??? We Shall See what We Shall See

8 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…See what you will see

  1. Bill Francis May 7, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Yawn. Wake me when you get water.


    • Mary Francis McNinch May 8, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      I read that blog again and you are right, Grinchy44…a big yawner.


  2. sanjuan831 May 7, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Wonderful! I Like all of it. I could never spend time arranging and decorating like you do. You’re such a beautiful person. Missy from Murdo? Welcome.


    • Mary Francis McNinch May 7, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Yes you could. You just haven’t had to for 30 years. I could never match your sweetness and beauty, cuz. Do you ever raise your voice?


  3. Missy Wilbur May 7, 2018 / 12:36 am

    Mary, go to Amazon. com and invest in a digital photo frame! I’ve heard they can hold 2,000 pictures up to 40,000 pictures! (I don’t know about that!) a great way to look at all the pictures you want! Oh, and I live in Murdo!

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    • Mary Francis McNinch May 7, 2018 / 1:13 am

      Nice to meet you Missy. I used to have one of those, but I could never get the photos to work right. They are probably much better now. That is a great idea for a downsizer… Thanks.


  4. countrygirl57 May 6, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Love it all. You are doing a great job MG.

    Sent from my iPhone



    • Mary Francis McNinch May 6, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      I hope you read it after I cleaned it up a little Countrygirl. Sometimes I hit publish a little too soon, but I’m glad you like it, so far!


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