Simple Sunday

I am definitely feeling better today. This is day 4 of this head cold. I’ve had good energy all day and even did my walk this morning. I didn’t go to the gym though but will go tomorrow after I get my blood work done.

This is my 6-week labs and then I’ll do another in 6 weeks and then see my doctor in December.  With being sick there could be a variance due to fighting the infection or virus. But I’m hoping it’s just minimal.  So far, my labs remain in the normal range so that is truly a blessing.

Each morning the skies are bright blue but by 3pm the smoke comes over from the Camp Fire and the air quality goes way down. It’s been such a devasting fire. I hope the firefighters have made some headway.  I’m not sure I’ve ever mentioned that I was part of a Forest Service firefighting team when I was 26.  I spent one summer going to 2 or 3 fires and it is unbelievably hard work. I never went back. My husband had been on Helitack( first responders that jump from the helicopters) crews in Tucson before we moved to California and then after we moved here in 1975 continued being on ground fire crews.  Grueling work.

Well, today I did the bathroom zone first. I did a few extra things like washing the shower curtains and then hung in the sun to bleach. I use a shower curtain from Target that is not made with the bad stuff. It’s a waffle weave and works quite well as I don’t use a liner. We have a claw foot tub so we need 2 and it’s on one of those shower things made for a claw foot tub.

Then I started in on some cooking. I cut a sweet potato for dinner and baked that with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Then I made millet and used that to make millet patties that I baked too.  Usually, I add an egg as a binder but didn’t this time so they are probably going to fall apart but that’s okay they still taste good. I also made a tahini gravy to go over the top. I’ll heat that up when I reheat everything.

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I also made a small macaroni and cheese as I needed to use up some sharp cheddar so I’ll pop that in the oven too.  That was kinda extra but I needed to use that cheese.

There’s a very good article over at Simplicity Voices, on Autumn decluttering.  I like this blogger and she writes very well. I’m always happy to glean a new idea or think about things differently.

Let’s hope the fires get put out soon although I’m sure life won’t go back to normal for thousands of people. 😦

 

 

 

Minimalist game

I decided to do the minimalist game for November.  The idea is on day 1, you get rid of one thing, on day 2, two things and all the way up to 30.  Some people count a bunch of pens, let’s say as one. But I often count each one. But I did have a very full bag of Ball Jar lids, I counted as one as there were just too many to count individually.

Even though I do declutter regularly, I think having a goal makes the task more focused. For instance, We have a binder full of old appliance manuals. Well, many of those we don’t even have anymore and the ones we do, if we need something I’m sure it is on the internet. So off they ALL went and the old binder too! Just an example of going back thru stuff and going a little deeper.

If you’re trying to get rid of even miscellaneous stuff this is a great thing to do.

Right now I have two full bags to go to Goodwill. Probably I’ll wait till I get another bag before I drop off.

REMEMBER TODAY IS VOTE DAY!!!!

Vote the liars out. Vote the racists out. Vote those who think immigrants are all murderers just waiting to get you ,OUT!!!

Things are coming together.

I took everything off the shelves to the right of the sink and did the 2 coats of paint and then this morning did the final third.

I have the bins ready to go back tomorrow when it’s had 24 hrs to dry. My goal with all this redoing is to really only have what we use and get rid of the rest. On someones minimalist video, she said ” having open shelves keeps me accountable to what I have”. I really love that. And it’s quite true.

I have a vision of what  want this funky old house to look like. There’s nothing really special about it. It was built in 1949 in at that time, a very rural community. There was no insulation in the walls and when we re -modeled ,we insulated what we took down but there are still walls without. All the window were replaced as they were just single pane. Now after 24 years almost some of the window need to be replaced as the dual pane has some degradation and they are slightly filmed. But we continue on. We don’t have any inclination to move so it’s making the best of what we have and I WANT that vision of a a clean, minimalist house.  I think there’s really a ways to go as I am continually surprised, yes, genuinely, surprised when I declutter for the umpteenth time and still find I am releasing stuff.

Over the years, I’ve given away thousands of things, many valuable. And you know what, I hardly remember or care what they items were. By removing them, I have moved toward that goal.

So back to these open shelves. What’s there is what I can see and the rest is gone. Some stuff is in other baskets on the restaurant stainless steel shelves, but most is gone.

I love this process of minimizing and and have learned so much.

So today was a gym day and then to I went into Target to get a water proof crib liner for Bonnie, the rescue dog, as she is peeing in her bed Every. Single. night.  So in I go, get cat food, of course, cream, a bottle of wine and sale, one more bin for the pantry to hold my brush,Invisalign,stuff, etc and then left and promptly forgot the liner. My list was folded over and of course the one thing I went in for was on the other side.

I did call and got her an appt. Monday to check out the situation.

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Simplifying even more…

While we were camping we went thru the tent trailer an got rid of all the weird kitchen stuff I had in there. A whole box worth. I mean really, am I going to use a vegetable peeler while camping?? Plus, we took out a box of dishes as we really only use the same 2 over and over. We probably eliminated 3 boxes of stuff including some clothes that were for “just in case’.  That was really great to do. It’s all dropped off at the Goodwill and I didn’t even go back thru to see whether I wanted it in the house.

I started making some homemade bread again. I used the Zojirushi to make the dough and then bake in my bread pan. My daughter got me a fancy new bread knife for my birthday so I had to make bread. It was amazing to cut the bread. It sliced thru like soft butter.  It always surprises me how having a good tool for cooking or like a sharp knife makes cooking so much better. I don’t use a lot of fancy tools but what I have does make the job of cooking so much better.

Recently, I got rid of our rice maker and started using my Le Creuset.  Organic long grain white rice takes only 18 minutes and then let sit for 15 minutes.  It’s actually quicker than the rice maker. So one less bulky thing in the kitchen.

Yesterday i cleaned out more pantry stuff. I have a good size bag to give to the food bank.

I had my labs Monday but no results yet so I’m guessing he’s out of town. That’s the only time when my esults get delayed. I’ll wait till Thursday then I’ll call his nurse.

Today I’m washing the white couch covers as this week is the living room zone.  I also need to do the outside window as I do these quarterly.

The garden is done and I am done with canning tomatoes. There are still some apples but they can wait. Last night we had butternut squash soup with our very own butternut squash. I also made a spaghetti squash and had that with butter and sage.

An old friend from my ‘metaphysical’years got a hold of me last week. It was nice to reconnect. Her sister had just died and I think it caused her to do some thinking about times gone by. We plan on getting together in a few weeks. She lives in Reno so not too far away. I will drive up for lunch!!

 

 

My name is Christina.No it’s not. I have to change my name to Christina….

So here’s the saga continued.

I get an email from Vital Records saying no birth certificate can be issued because my name is NOT Christina. And I have to submit a correction to change my name, which is Christina, to Christina. Granted, it is my 3rd name on my birth certificate but none the less it is Christina.

Finally, in frustration, I call the records department and after speaking with someone I couldn’t quite understand I was transferred to the vital records department.  I actually was trying to reach the individual that emailed me but I guess that’s near to impossible.

So I spoke with someone, who confirmed that I have to change my first name to Christina, even though my name listed 3rd is Christina. The person was very empathetic and said ‘oh we see this every day with people who have 3 names’ ‘ Very unfortunate. I would say it is the most idiotic thing I’ve encountered( well, not quite but still).

So I downloaded the form and do not understand half of what they want. Here’s an example.:

List of documents accepted:

  1. letter from the hospital where the child was born
  2. letter from hospital admitting an error in name????
  3. Religious document  ( of what I have no idea)
  4. plus it says in the beginning, submit an original document on official letterhead with an original seal.   Of What,?????? I have no original document, isn’t that the point.

The list goes on and I have no idea what they want from me an adult.

I filled out the form addressing the changes I wanted to make.

copied my license, copied my original birth certificate( no official) and the fee.

I am 99.999999 sure it will be sent back for lack of whatever. I cannot on the website or anywhere find what an adult is supposed to do. I’ going to sen it out on Monday and see when it gets returned what I’m suppose to include.

I could call, but honestly, I don’t know if I can take it.

Anyway, the drama continues.  Anybody out there in blog land that know anything about NY vital records send me a heads up…

So we have had a lovely Saturday so far. We dropped off 2 more thrift store loads, One at Cancer Thrift and one at Goodwill. I gave cancer thrift about 20 1930’s magazines that were in pristine condition. I just need to continue reducing what I have. Also a cute vintage GE radio/alarm.

Then we got hay for the garden and chickens. After that, we had a nice coffee date at Panera.

Here’s the first apple pie I made:

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Here’s the box of apples:

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I’ll be making a lot of pies and applesauce as this is only box #1. We probably have 4-5 more boxes on the tree.

 

Dinner is a roast chicken and some tofu for the veggie and roasted garden potatoes.

 

Frugal Friday

All the bills are done for the month so that’s frugal or at least budget conscious.

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I have most of next month budget done except for a few things like planning the deck for the studio. That may end up going in 2 parts as it will be pricey.

Yesterday at Costco did add up but I won’t need some of the things I bought for at least 6 months( a 2 pack of Grey Poupon mustard), Cholula ( large size 2 bottles, a case of black olives, and a case of bar soap. The bar soap will last a few years actually.  When I was on Revlimid I  had terrible cramping in my calves and Irish Spring under my bed sheet was a miracle worker. These cramps were extremely painful and would freeze up my entire calf muscle. The other remedy is pickle juice.

I was tempted to buy the Vitamix Costco has on sale and it is a great price. but I decided to wait on it. I’d like a Vitamix down the road for drinks, soups, nut butter etc, but I have to weigh out how much I will use it. Right now I use my new Cuisinart processor and my stand mixer.  So I guess I saved $300 on that for now.

I’m going to do a few errands after the gym today including dropping off a box at the Cancer Thrift store. I have some Fiesta ware that I just don’t use( a butter holder) and a pitcher and I don’t want to drop that off at Goodwill. ( More Stuff gone)

Then I have a big stack of towels to drop off at the SPCA and maybe if someones there I can check on the barn cats.(more stuff out of my car)

It’s a much cooler morning and nice. We’ll see how later is.

It’s Friday night pizza but I’m not sure I’m making one. We decided to change it to Pizza or Pasta night so I may go with pasta and some of that leftover pesto. We’ll see …I just may order out.

 

Friday Five

  • Yesterday my daughter and I took a huge load to Goodwill that was mostly my son’s stuff. Hurray!!!! Maybe the decluttering is sinking in for him. ( Probably not, but it was a good start).  Plus it was two Kirkland dog beds that the border collies just don’t use. The books I saved out of the drop to take to the pet bookstore as I’d rather support them.
  • Did the budget with B’s check and we’re on track to finish the credit card that we put Z’s spring tuition on by July.  Also, I finally paid the last of my Invisalign costs. So that was exciting. After the CC is done, I’m determined to finish the Santa Fe. It’s 2014 so, that’s 4 years of payments and I want it gone. If I did that by the end of the year I’d be happy.  I don’t see us getting another car for B’s work. Even though the company does do a stipend it would mean another car loan and right now, I don’t want that.
  • Retirement is looming for B so we need to be as debt free except the mortgage as possible.
  • My daughter and I went to the gym and then after the thrift store drop headed over for some tostadas. Yummy.
  • For dinner, I made baked tofu and then made a really yummy coconut curry vegetable stew. It was delicious. Plus I made a peanut sriracha sauce for the tofu.

Today it’s hot. So I might just hang out at home and read. My son lent me another graphic novel, TheWatchman, so I’m curious about it. He said it is the # 1 graphic novel of all time.

I might wash the outside windows with the Windex outdoor product. It actually works very well and you don’t need to wipe them when done although it does help.

Tonight is pizza night.

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Cheese and pepperoni pizza with basil.