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August 17, 2017


I know every spring everyone talks about the urge to clean and purge but I think I'm so busy in the garden that the thought of giving up that precious outdoor time to come inside and get organized just passes right by me.

For me that feeling hits somewhere around August when the back to school supplies hit the stores and the weather makes being outside more of a chore than a joy.  The thought of a new school year and the holidays fast approaching makes me want to make everything fresh and new and so I start systematically cleaning and purging to my hearts content.

But what happens the other eleven months of the year?  Where is that desire?  For me it's almost non-existent and so the clutter and dust bunnies grow until sometime around mid summer and I bust my behind to get things in order again.  Is this cycle at all familiar to you?

open shelves

Well, no more.  This time I am putting in place a regular rotation of cleaning that will help the big desire to edit and simplify that will inevitably come next year a lot easier.  I just uploaded a new video that explains what I have in mind.  I'd love to have you take a look at it and tell me what you think.

cleaning routines

If you'd like to join me just hit the subscribe button on my YouTube Channel Life on Lemon Lane and let's do this thing together.  I believe you have to sign up for YouTube to subscribe and comment. That doesn't mean you have to make a video it just allows you to join in.

Hope to see you there.

xo, Patty

I wrote about the importance of a cleaning schedule here and one on Loving Our Homes.

Here's my latest YouTube video on How to Establish a cleaning routine.  I'd love for you to subscribe and join in on the conversation because life isn't about perfection, it's about connection.

August 14, 2017


Hello Monday!  It was a busy weekend around here.  I had both grand boys on Saturday and at three and nine they sure do give me a run for my money.  I adore having them around, the constant buzz and easy laughter, but when bedtime rolls around I'm not sure just who's going to crawl in first, me or them.

I uploaded a video to my YouTube channel on Saturday chatting about sustaining friendships with

August 11, 2017

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A GIFT BASKET - creatively inspired

I love putting together gift baskets for friends birthdays or other special occasions.  They are so easy to tailor make just for the individual and it's easy to tuck in a couple of handmade items which is something I love to include.

coffee basket

I will usually start with a theme for the basket and then start shopping from there.  Once I have the

August 9, 2017


Every year when August rolls around I know that my garden is going to need a major clean up.  I had every intention of getting my entire backyard perennial bed trimmed and weeded last weekend but was clearly (and not so subtlety) reminded that I am not as young as I used to be.  Most of the time I'm not a big age kind of person.  Don't get me wrong I am not at all thrilled when I look in the mirror or in the replay of a video and see the tell tale signs of my mid century modern self but I'm not that thrown off by it.

What does drive me crazy is how long it takes me to do what I used to in no time at all.

cleaning out the garden

It seems like just yesterday when I was able to work a full time job away from home, clean the entire

August 7, 2017

LOVING OUR HOMES - Cottage Style

I've been on a renewed mission to learn to love my home again.  I seem to go through spurts where I dream of selling our house and everything in it and searching for our  perfect "dream home".  But then reality (with all it's budgets, work locations and the physical labor of packing up our current place) sets in and I start to think of ways I can make changes to have this home a place I truly love being.

I will usually start out making a list of what I'd like to have and then I'll walk through each room in

August 4, 2017


Returning to blogging has been like reuniting with an old friend, after that awkward hello it kind of seems like you never left. Even though so many of those first blogs I fell in love with have ceased to exist there are still quite a few that have hung in there and resisted the lure (or at least returned after a brief tryst) of instagram and remember the way that blogging encourages relationships.  And isn't that something that is sorely missing in our hustle and bustle world.

I am talking about just that on my midweek podcast and I'd love to hear what you think.  Is it okay to

August 2, 2017

HELLO AUGUST - Front Porch Tour

August, you guys!  One month closer to fall and boy, after these last few days of hot, humid weather I am definitely counting the days.  Why is it that summer used to go by in a flash and now it seems to go on forever?  Don't tell me...I'm getting old.  Ha! Ha!

I just changed out the decor on the front porch, transitioning from 4th of July to late summer and I