Looking homeless in suburbia is to NOT look homeless

I keep trying to make these postings into something perfect.  I want to post each one with some info about what it is, you know, setting the context.  Then I want to make the post and ask questions about it afterward.  I want to edit, read, reread, rewrite… you get the picture.  The problem?  Time.  I haven’t had time to do all of this, so I’m choosing to let it go.  I’ll be posting what I have written already so I can get it out there.  Here’s another journal entry about homelessness in suburbia.

Journal entry: Looking homeless

The goal today is to not spend a single penny, blend into suburbia and put more miles on my shoes than my car.

I order to fit in, you need the critical mass crowd, meaning enough people around you to make you invisible.  Looking homeless in suburbia means to not look homeless.  I guess that’s why I didn’t fit in at Starbucks this morning.  I looked like I just woke up, my hair a mess and my clothing not that of the typical customer in this area.  And just wait until the next time I try to get a refill with my paper cup.  Even with all of the cleaning and care I’ve given it, the seams are swollen and stained and some of the coffee spots on the outside of it are permanent.  It’s starting to look as though I might have pulled it out of the trash can, which may be my next option.  Continue reading

go spidey! [minimalist challenge item #214]

[item] Spiderman blanket, toilet paper holder and a pillow sham.

[purchase info] Sham – new, toilet paper holder – given to me, blanket from grandma

[time in my possession] A couple of months to 9 years.

[last used] Never, except the blanket.  About 3 years ago.

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Easy

[destination] Freecycle

[replacement item] None

[info] There were way more items than I pictured here.  I filled up a metal trash can with home decor stuff.  It was overflowing.  This few items represent many I have not photographed.  We might miss the blanket a bit, but Spidey must go.

my yard looks like the Adam’s family [minimalist challenge item #203]

[item] 5 planters

[purchase info] Purchased new at Home Depot at different times

[time in my possession] From 3 years to 10 years

[last used] Well, a couple of weeks ago if you consider dead plants being used

[difficulty level in getting rid of it] Medium

[destination] Craigslist

[replacement item] None

[info] I’m downsizing my collection of planters.  I can’t grow stuff very well.  The drought and heat has killed everything.  I’m tired of trying to fill these with live stuff.