Simple Sunday

A very cold morning but clear.It was 34degrees. We went for a nice walk. Not too much for B but still nice to see the early morning. We also saw a coyote and some deer. Funny, we rarely see these two wild life in the park.

I made chocolate Babkas for the first time. It’s a rich brioche type dough with a chocolate filling. Then it’s rolled up and baked. It was yummy and a nice treat.

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Tonight I’m making the potato latkes and I’m going to grate them in the food processor. That should save some time from hand grating. I have the applesauce. I will also fry up some chicken strips just because I need to use the chicken up.

The gym was quite empty (my favorite time is Sunday).  Then I went into Safeway for some jelly donuts for Hanukkah. I doubt we’ll eat them tonight but tomorrow morning sounds about right.

This week is light except B going to the lab and then infusion center. I don’t have any appointments. My next set of labs are coming up at the end of December and that’s it.

I decluttered a box of ornaments and Santas that no longer seem to fit with what I’m doing. I will end up with 2 bins of Christmas stuff. I ‘d love to get it down to one but there’s just a little too much for one bin. I think it’ll end up a bin and a half with most of the second bin being my Life magazine Christmas Santas. I did empty the wrapping paper holder container so I can get rid of that.

I finished the minimalist game for November.  I maybe didn’t get a few days done but overall it was a success. One of the things I love about doing these sort of tasks is that it really helps me focus on getting rid of lots of little things I don’t need. It may not seem like a lot but it adds up and then draws etc look much better and clearer too.

 

 

1000 + posts

I don’t look at stats much only blog but happened to see I had posted 1010 posts since I been this blog in 2012.

That’s cool!  I started this blog as an online journey with cancer, myeloma. But then, on and off when I’ve been in treatment and in remission, I’ve added in simple living and minimalism. Both I am passionate about. Oh, and cooking! And The just keep Walking Project that ended this past June after 5 years.

I write for me as a way to process life. I’ve met some terrific on line people and value their cyber friendship.

eve-1071355__340.jpg I love champagne but we didn’t have any on Thanksgiving. I forgot to get it but we had wine!!

So onward to more posts about life, how shit happens and the good stuff too!!!

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.

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

Maintaining Minimalism

This morning as I was doing the Flylady zone( the bedroom) I looked around and was pleased that this room is calm and clutter-free.

In Quaker or Amish homes things are sparsely furnished. I was always, in my youth anyway, partial to the Amish look. And of course, as I’ve written we were Quakers for many years and married in a Quaker ceremony. (more on that later this week) 🙂

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UK /ˈspɑːs.li/ US /ˈspɑːrs.li/

 

with only a small number or amount of people or things:

. Function rules and there is little excess.

In Japanese homes, things are very minimal and ascetically lovely. For the longest time, I wanted to create a Japanese home with tatamis and low furniture.

For years we slept on a futon in our other house. But when we moved to this house we slept on the futon for a while only to discover (with disgust) that mold was under the futon due to it being on the floor with no circulation. In our other home( the one we built) the bedroom was on the second floor and carpeted.

As time went on, I just fell into stuff.

Then as I rediscovered my love of simplicity, minimalism fell into place.  I still would love a traditional type Japanese home effect but that’s not going to happen here.

But, I also love the Scandinavian look, which is really quite similar in some respects to a Japanese look except perhaps the lines are clean and simple and generally white or a teak wood. I do love white furniture and teak as well.

So my point, in a round- about way is, now having embraced minimalism for a number of years now, maintaining a clean room with little clutter is fairly easy and doesn’t require a lot of time.

I finished the bedroom zone including windows in 10 minutes.

I moved another plant in there in a corner and I’m not sure it will like it there. But I’ll keep it there for a few weeks and see how it is.

Dinner is roast chicken, a veggie burger for B and potatoes from the garden!

Retail Shock

Yesterday my daughter and I went down to the Apple store in the Galleria Mall. This is quite a nice mall with tons of high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany.

My daughter needed to get a new battery put in her iPhone 6.  Now, I haven’t been in this mall in maybe 5 years except to go once maybe twice to Crate and Barrel and then I would only go in thru the doors on the outside. ( not in the mall itself). Well, I tell you, I was completely in overload, shock and, amazement the sheer number of people there and the amount of consumerism going on. Really I felt like my head was going to explode.  There lines of people for 2 things we saw. Finally, I asked someone what they were waiting for. He was so excited,” Free Lipstick””.  JFC!!! Free lipstick???? the line was halfway down the mall.  Then the other huge line was ( I’m guessing here) for Nordstroms’s annual sale. They must have a limit of people in the store at any one time so, there was another huge line.  Really,????? Really???

Then inside the Apple store, it was like an alternative universe. It was so completely shocking the number of people just in there playing with devices and waiting for service.

The other thing was we had come from the gym so we were in gym clothes ( which is generally my uniform of black cotton capris and a white T-shirt). But it looked everyone, was dressed for something I don’t even know what.  I didn’t see one person carrying a water bottle but me. It was really a culture shock.

My daughter and I had a nice lunch though, at Plutos. Pluto’s has great salads and actual roast turkey(real).  We had a lovely turkey sandwich which was delicious, so I guess that’s one thing that was fun.

The parking lot had people circling like vultures. Honestly, if I never go back I’ll be happy.  Anything I want or need really, even from Williams Sonoma( their white kitchen towels are the best I have ever had and last years), I will just buy on- line.

I came home and collapsed in a heap!!! Fortunately,  the drive down and back was fine. My little VW( that is 18 years old), did great and the AC worked wonderfully too.

I guess after seeing this I can only say Wow, people, you need to discover minimalism and zero waste, even if it’s a just a little.  I just cannot even imagine why ALL these people would need to be there on a Sunday!!!

So, tomorrow, I have my foot doctor appt. This is the 1 month follow up. I don’t think it’s completely healed since after walking so much yesterday I can feel some stress on the top of my foot. But it is 92% better.

This morning I did the Flylady zone of the living room.  Washed windows in there and my office area. Then I made a chocolate zucchini bread. I’ll let you know how it is.

 

 

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It’s a little cooler at 93 degrees. I’m still running the window coolers so I can only imagine how high the electric bill will be especially since there’s an excessive heat warning for the middle of the week.

I went to the gym and it was nice and mostly empty.

This week is my 2-month labs. I know my oncologist is in Europe for 2 weeks so he won’t get my labs back to me so I’ll need to call his nurse for the results or wait.  I don’t have any particular sense which way it will go. They have been creeping up so I guess there’s that. I’m not sure one ever gets over the anxiety of labs once you’ve had cancer.  You wait for them with bated breath.  But in the end, there’s not much you can do but accept what the results are. I feel pretty good so there’s that.

My son fixed the AC in my old van so it’s blowing cold again. He didn’t fill the thing all the way with the R 124?? so I’ll buy another can of that tomorrow.

I’ve prepped a big salad for dinner and I’m going to grill some salmon.  I might add in a carb but not sure what yet. This week with B gone to Minnesota, I’ll keep the menus easy especially since my daughter doesn’t get home till 7.  Maybe sandwiches, tacos, pancakes?? We’ll see. Nothing too heavy as it’s too hot to eat heavy foods.

I gave away 2 sets of Fiesta ware to my brother, so that’s more out the door. I gave him the peacock blue color and the dark blue. I wasn’t in love with either color although the dark blue is pretty.  I still have plenty of other colors to use. I was going to give them to the Cancerthrift but then realized I had given him 2 sets a few years ago so this would make 4.

This week I might do a little more reorganizing the pantry.  I was thinking of taking everything off the stainless steel restaurant shelves and reorganize that way. We’ll see.

 

This week is the bedroom zone in Flylady, so I’ll work on tidying the closet. Plus it does hold my pantry back up items.

Overall, it should be a quiet week except hot!!!

 

Simple Sunday

A sunny day after yesterdays clouds and some rain. Quite nice. Temperatures are going to be around 80 so that’s pretty nice too!!!

This week is the living room zone and then the entry ways as June 1st is Friday.

Both zones are really easy for me as I have little to dust and little to do. I wash the inside windows in each zone. I do the outside windows about 4 times a year and they are due.

I’m moving a few plant friends around as the sun is coming in directly to the east in the morning and the south side of the house gets full sun in the afternoon. I moved the big palm plant to the sun porch but I’m not sure I’ll keep it there as that space gets very hot in the summer. Although, I think a palm would like that heat.

The entryways have red geraniums so they look pretty.  B swept the one patio in front of the sunroom and it looks much better than before with gravel all over that the chickens kicked up.

We went to the gym and it was empty, I guess everyone’s off on Memorial day activities. Then we hit up Target so I could get a few things. I needed some ice cube trays.  I wanted to get the stainless steel ones off Amazon but the price tag of $30 kept me from doing that. So I got plastic ones for $2.99.

I also picked up some Dr. Scholls inserts. I’ve mentioned before having feet trouble and it has gotten a bit worse in my left ankle and side of that foot.  My orthotics are 4 years old and I think this maybe a contributing factor. So I bought some $15 ones to see if that helps. Some of it is probably osteoarthritis, and some is kinda a mystery.  Then I picked up 2 bras that I needed as I only had one and that was going quickly. I’ll see how they are.

Also, some black contractor bags as B is removing ALL the insulation under the house so we can start over. With our ongoing varmint problem, we need it all down. The sonic thing does seem to be helping and I’d like to get 2 Barn cats eventually but not now. Plus the chicken food is a big attractor that we just have to live with. But we have noticed a difference since we’re not taking out any compost to them but putting that directly into the compost bin.

I read the book ‘New Minimalism’ again, 

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I will say I enjoyed the physical copy quite a bit more than the ebook. when I reviewed the e-book I didn’t give it a positive review. But holding it and looking thru it I thought it was a well-done book. I still think the idea of “new” sorta ridiculous but still, it was a good read.

Dinner is unknown. Maybe sandwiches???