As you already know, I always have votive candles arranged in vintage muffin tins. I started doing this years ago.

I find it a good way to utilize vintage muffin tins as decor. And also a place to place candles instead of using candle holders.


I’m going to start going through my closets again and see what I can part with. I keep whittling my decor down, but still there is a lot of things in there.

I only have a few rooms, so I don’t have a lot of places to put vignettes or decor.

But you know how it is, you hate to get rid of things you might decide you shouldn’t have gotten rid of.

I find smaller pieces of decor harder to give away than furniture pieces for some reason.

It’s not like I have an attic or basement or storage shed to store unused furniture. So I’m kind of limited in how much I can keep.

But decor I seem to have more nostalgia for. Because you can repurpose and use it all kinds of different ways. I love the versatility.


I’m reading a very interesting book. Here’s an Amazon blurb:

From an internationally acclaimed author, a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home…

There’s nothing unusual about a new family moving in at 91 Trinity Avenue. Except it’s her house. And she didn’t sell it.

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children.

But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.


The book is told in segments between the two parties, Fiona and Abraham, the wife and husband who are separated.

It explores how someone can commit real estate fraud and have you kicked out of your own home. A frightening thought!

Purple petunias

Some of you have mentioned the “Lovely Reads” tab I have at the top of my blog. You might wonder why I have a huge and ever growing list of linked blogs on this page.

For one thing, I like to have an easy way to locate blogs to read.

Second, I created this list for you to find blogs to read. It is a smorgasbord of various kinds of blogs. Decorating blogs, gardening blogs, cooking blogs, book blogs.

I hope you enjoy checking it out. I keep adding more links when I find new and interesting blogs I think you might like to check out.

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  1. I’ve caught the bug. The decluttering bug that everyone seems to be talking about here ?. I’m cleaning out my clothes and searching through cupboards, drawers & closets. I’m not done yet because I’m trying to keep up reading the books you have recommended. I don’t know how you go through these books so fast!! But you haven’t steared me wrong yet! I love your blog!!

  2. I reserved the book at my local library. I have 6 people ahead of me to read it first. so I figure it will make for good reading this fall sometime LOL!

    Just yesterday as I made my bed, I suddenly decided to quit using my additional pillows in their pillow shams. It is just another unnecessary thing to have to use making the bed each morning. I will store them for a while and then decide in the fall if I still feel the same way or miss them. I am presently re-thinking a lot of things, just part of paring down to essentials.

    But like you, I don’t think I will be giving up my candles or my essential oil diffuser Haha!

  3. I just read a novel set in India that has a side plot of some relatives squatting in someone’s apartment and refusing to leave. The book is The House of Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal. It’s primarily about a middle-aged Indian woman living in England who wants a baby so much that she has a surrogate in India to carry the baby. Her decision affects a lot of people in ways no one could have guessed. The characters are well developed, there is much information about differences in lifestyles for Indians in India and in England, a lot about how each generation of women in this particular family improve on their standard of living and become more emancipated in some ways, but in other ways are not as free as previous generations because of things like modern conveniences and technology. Despite the seriousness of much of the subject matter, there is a strong thread of wry humor throughout the book too.

    Whenever you bring up getting rid of things, I get antsy and go around the house and always find some stuff, and then wonder why I didn’t get rid of it the previous time you brought up clutter!

  4. I will be shopping for muffin tins in the near future (hopefully I can find a few in a thrift shop or an antique/vintage store). Such a neat idea with the votive candles.

    This newest novel sounds like a good read. I certainly enjoy your reviews and it is nice to try a new author and a different story line.

    I am just about to check out the Lovely Reads tab and check out a few of these blogs. How sweet you are!

  5. Hi Brenda! That’s a clever idea in using the votive candles! I just love that muffin tin too! I hope your keeping cool! Have a great day!

    1. If they manage to get my air conditioner delivered today, my SIL is supposed to come over after work tomorrow to put it in my bedroom window.

  6. Brenda and Charlie good afternoon!
    I love reading that you are simplifying, it spurs me to donate a few things. We are thinking of downsizing in a year or two and I am going to have to get my butt in gear if I am not going to take all of this stuff with me.

    This books sounds crazy, but I have heard about real estate fraud and squatters taking over your home.

    Have a wonderful day you two.

    P.S: I love your lovely reads tab. It was one of my favorite parts of blogging before everyone got fir of their blog lists. Its one of the reasons I don’t switch to WP.

    1. I had to switch to WP due to my ad network and Blogger not having everything they needed to work with me. I know most bloggers don’t have blog rolls an more. But I still have my linked list. And I read blogs from it that I don’t subscribe to. I subscribe to yours.

  7. Brenda, every time I read you are doing more simplifying, I am driven to do the same! It’s cathartic and just feels more peaceful.
    I love your decorating ideas – they are charming. But the main reason I come here is because you give comfort – it’s in your writing, your appreciation of ‘small things’, and your sometimes just tellin’ it like it is. You have no need to impress, instead your posts help me know we are all in this together.
    It feels good to visit CLH, and I have been doing just this almost daily for years.
    Thank you1

      1. Thanks for being a longtime reader. I do appreciate that of course! We are all in this together. I think of us as a group of women from all over with similar issues and needs and ideas who strive to help one another.

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