All in all, we choose what our lives look like.
Sometimes, that is hard to see because perhaps it doesn’t really reflect who we are. To start, we need to ask ourselves, “what do I want my life to be/look like?”
I’ve been thru many different phases of my life. Young wife, mother, older mother, older wife. You get the idea. I also went thru lots of phases with decor from shabby chic, to lots of old furniture, and our more esthetic period when all I wanted was a Japanese farmhouse. ( well, I still would love that). But, really everyone’s life has phases and we are all at different points in the journey.
I started my minimalistic journey with Flylady. I was really in need of a system to help organize my house, housekeeping, cooking, etc. I also was on Revlimid( a chemo pill for myeloma) and a very intense steroid( Dexamethasone). So I either had limited energy or the Dex was making me hyper and a bit crazy. So that’s when I started Flylady as her 15-minute rule worked perfectly for me. Basically, get a timer and set for 15 minutes and do the zone cleaning or decluttering. Sometimes that was all I could do.
Since I decluttered thousands of things, each zone really only takes me 15 minutes max except the kitchen which takes generally an hour. I don’t spend hours a week cleaning or tidying because the bulk of it is done in the zone cleaning. I do vacuum multiple times a week though and dust with a Swiffer.
There are some areas that I would still like to change such as moving some of the Heywood furniture in the living area but for now, that’s where they live.
One of the biggest game-changer for me was to finally be okay with our small house. It’s old, takes a lot of upkeep overall, it’s got a weird layout. ( There’s no real entryway). But it’s what we have and we do not want to move. Of course, circumstances do change if it became necessary we would move.
So I am grateful for this ‘considered life’ that we have created for ourselves.
Wowza, it is hot!
We’re hitting the 101 mark today and I have the coolers on already at 75.
I just finished the LR zone and am deciding whether to go to the gym. I don’t want to aggravate my rib pain. Plus, I’m trying to decide whether this merits an x-ray. If it’s a pulled muscle then it’ll slowly get better. If it’s a rib fracture, the question would be why? So, I think I’ll wait and see how it is tomorrow. I told my husband, that I’m pretty sure this happened last year but can’t find any notes relating to it.
I’m making a new recipe tonight ‘Roman Chicken’ that’s from Food Network. Mostly it’s just chicken, peppers, capers, onions and tomatoes. Not sure what makes it “Roman” but I’ll try it.
I finished a good mystery by Baldacci; ” The Fix”. It was a good spy mystery. Now I don’t have any books left so I may need to go down to the pet bookstore and see if there’s anything there.
It’s now later, and I decided NOT to go to the gym. Sunday is my favorite day there as all the regulars aren’t there. Plus there are no jump around classes although there is a yoga class.
B has two appts this week. Getting his orthopedic boot on Monday and Tuesday is clinic. His counts all went down a little but I guess that’s to be expected.
Our weather is heating up this week. Even though we will get to the upper 90’s the humidity here in California is quite low. It must be brutal to have 95-degree weather with 95% humidity or whatever they are having thru most of the country. I remember growing up in New York and the humidity in the summer was awful. Even though I moved to Tucson in 1970, and the temperatures were 110 in the summer, there was almost no humidity. I’ll take that any day.
I went to the gym this morning and it was perfect with almost no people. Ha, Ha, the introvert that I am. But seriously, on Monday mornings it is a zoo in there and sometimes you can’t even get to a machine without 3 other people heading you off.
I picked up a nice stack of books at the pet bookstore to read this week or next couple of weeks. I found a good copy of Hemmingway’s ‘ The Sun Also Rises’.
Last night I made an orzo salad with our own cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. I also added our own basil. It was good. I had some shredded chicken on the side for the meat-eaters. I’m not feeling too inspired tonight to cook, so we’ll see what happens. I do have a menu plan for the week including homemade chicken enchiladas but I don’t feel like that tonight.
I worked in the Bedroom zone this morning and it’s almost done. Sunday is my sheet day, so they are washed and ready to put back on the bed. I’m loving linen sheets and if you’re in the market for new sheets, definitely check out linen. They are wonderful to sleep on. This set is the one from Ikea I bought to use in the RV.
Our week doesn’t look overly busy so that will be nice. We even may take a drive up to Tahoe just to see the lake and sit for a while. I really miss going up there this time of year and camping. But it is what it is and there will be next year.
Another good week.
The doctor’s appt went well and he’s graduated to doing clinic just once a week. That’s really great. His labs all look good and the prednisone is controlling the diarrhea. I’m pretty sure it was a mild case of Graft vs Host in the gut but it’s under control now. He will slowly taper off the prednisone next week.
I used the IP again and made polenta and the next night did chili. I guess as long as it’s under my Heywood Cabinet and not taking up real estate in the kitchen, I’m okay using it for certain recipes. Polenta in the Instant Pot is particularly good if you haven’t tried that. When you made polenta on the stovetop it is hands-on stirring for about 30 minutes. So this is a really great way to make it and it is very creamy. I put it in a loaf pan and chill and then cut in slices and fry with a little tamari and then I top with cheese. So I’m glad I didn’t just get rid of it without giving it some time. Time is an amazing thing!
I’m going to Costco this morning for a few things and to bring my receipt where I was double charged. I feel kinda weird about it but I’ll try.
We’re adjusting to life without Bonnie. Rocky seems better than at first. He’s getting a lot of attention, so that helps.
I finished a few really excellent psychological thrillers by Dana French. ” In the woods” and ” Broken Harbor”. She’s a great writer but the stories are dark but compelling. I also picked up a few books at the book exchange at the Cancer clinic. First, this is a terrific idea to have a bookshelf for patients to pick up books and drop off. Kiwanis house has quite a few bookcases thru out their facility and I definitely used them. So I picked up Ernst Hemmingway’s ” A moveable Feast” which was published posthumously. I ‘ve never really like Hemmingway’s stuff but this was really great. It’s a collection of essays about when he lived in Paris in the 1920s. I would highly recommend it. It is a masterpiece of writing. I’m interested in going back an rereading some of his other books.
I dropped off about 8 books including some very new books I had bought but really didn’t want to keep. Flylady’s new book “CHAOS” was one. And some others too.
We received the first Cobra insurance bill and it’s a whopper. Part of the bill still has our son on for medical, but that will come off as of 9/1 when his Kaiser Permanente kicks in so there will be another very large bill in August as well. Big as in $1200. Yes, that’s big! But then it should drop by about $600, I think… we’ll see:(
I overdid it yesterday doing things around the house and yard. It was good to be productive but this morning I feel some pulled muscles so I’ll back off today. I will get in the pool and move around a little and that should help. This nothing really new. I often end up with aches and pains if I overdo it as my body isn’t used to extra activity. So today can be a rest day.
This week is the bathroom zone and yesterday I cleaned some of the bins I use to keep things in. Today I’ll wipe the shelves.
It was really hot yesterday too and we actually ate dinner inside since it was @ 96 outside. My daughter made some BBQ chicken, corn and coleslaw. It was yummy.
The week ahead doesn’t look too busy. We see Dr. Abedi on Tuesday and B has his next Chimera test. So that’s exciting. ( I hope!! Then Thursday my daughter will take him back down to Sacramento to get a boot for his foot. The MRI, thank goodness, didn’t show any neurological stuff so it is a side effect of the Tacrolimus and he just has to buck up with it till that dose is reduced.
I’m going to the gym this morning to do some weights. Then I want to go over to Home Depot to get a few things.
A nice walk this morning with some cloud cover. Today is supposed to be a bit cooler and with some clouds.
Yesterday, I grilled some chicken on the bbq and made extra for a chicken salad tonight. I had made an Asian salad last night and added crispy tofu and chicken on the side. I think there’s some of that left too.
I started the kitchen zone and will do a bit more after I go to the gym. Tomorrow, I’m not going out at all so I can finish it then.
I did some meal planning for the week and plan to use the IP for a few recipes. We’ll see how I feel using it again. I know I don’t like the beans cooked in the IP for some reason but the crockpot is great for beans. Anyway, we’ll see.
I’m finally back on schedule that this is sheet day and Monday is towel day. When we got back from Sacto, the sheets had been washed and were on the bed so it thru the week off. The following week I did them on Saturday and this week is finally the right day at least on my schedule.
We’ve been talking about getting the small RV this fall to be ready to go. I’m sorta thinking maybe we should sell the tent trailer now as it is summer and probably a better time to sell. I’d be sad to see it go but I know we won’t be out this season at all. And we know we want a toilet and shower. So, I guess the time has come. I’m also thinking of paying for 1/2 the RV and then financing the rest but not sure on that either. I’d like to get $4,000 for the tent trailer but that may be optimistic although they do go for a fair price, even older ones. I’ll check what’s on Facebook Marketplace to compare.
Other than that, a nice simple day enjoying the beauty of life.