It’s time for an update on a few of the subjects I’ve covered in the past six months.

 The Lemon Tree Lives!

Lemon Tree The lemon tree whose life was spared survived and is flourishing. An added bonus: I get to feel virtuous for granting it a reprieve.

 A Downsizing Tip

The piece on downsizing was very popular and several readers sent me comments about how they were either getting rid of “stuff” or feeling guilty about not doing so. Jennie Scott suggested that one way to hold onto childhood memorabilia is to take a photo of the object so that it can bring back memories without taking up space.  A new book (January 2016) by Marni Jameson is highly rated and worth checking out:  Downsizing the Family Home:  What to Save, What to Let Go.

 Learning to Relax

It can be difficult to find a balance in life. It seems like a paradox to work at learning to relax but many of us have to do just that. For some, it’s no problem at all.  Just ask your cat.  A newly popular method of stress relief is the adult coloring book (no, not that kind of “adult” book).  One of Amazon’s best sellers combines stress relief and cats.  I believe they may be on to something: Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book.

Have a relaxing week.




About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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