Simple Sunday

It is rainy, rainy and rainy.  The temperature is dropping too. My daughter is planning to work on Tuesday but I think the freeway will be closed and travel to Truckee unlikely.  I guess we’ll see.

Today B has platelets and I’m going to go to the gym.  This infusion goes relatively quickly.

We got quite a few applications from the Social worker to fill out for assistance such as PGE’s medical rate, handicap placard for when he’s going to the hospital and afterward and an American Cancer one that might have some assistance.  We’ll see how any or all of that goes. I’m still planning to do a GoFundme but just haven’t gotten around to it. Based on what the social worker said the month housing will be around $2000. Plus we will have to cover the expenses of the bone marrow retrieval( plane flight, hotels, etc). That’s if there’s a match.

Lots to consider and think about. But one day at a time and one foot in front of the other or just keep walking:)

This week is the kitchen zone and I may start that when I get home from town or I’ll start tomorrow.  One thing about simplifying and decluttering, cleaning goes much faster when you have less. I’m still loving the open shelves and love the bright white. Even if and when we do a remodel I would keep open shelving. It makes things more organized since you can see what’s there. The things in the metal bins are organized such as tea, coffee, spices, so I know which one is which.  I think it’s working out great and I’d encourage you to try if you’re looking for a change up in your kitchen. Initially, I did freak out and it took 3 coats to paint the shelves but it was worth it.

IMG_1624 (1)

We don’t have cable so I’m not sure if we’ll find the super bowl to stream but honestly, I don’t even have a clue about the 2 teams. But the ads are always great and quite clever.

Well, off to town in the rain:(  I really hate driving in the rain.

 

A rare blizzard warning for the Sierra

This is a rare weather prediction for the Sierras. Where we are in the foothills there is lots of rain BUT THERE WILL BE WINDS. High winds.  Since we’re on the eastern side of the Sacramento Valley that is where the high wind warning is.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. In the past, we have booked into the Holiday Inn in Auburn and just left for the night.  I’m not sure I want to do that this time unless it dire. The threat being 100-foot Ponderosa pines.  But we have in recent years gotten thru without trees falling. And we have removed some. I’d say we still need to take down 6 more trees that are on the South side of the house and then in the back by the barn there is one of the biggest trees we have( probably 4 feet diameter at the bottom) that is leaning toward the barn but not the house. These winds have generally always come from the SSW so that’s where there are about 6 left.  Some lean away and one leans towards.  Of course, these trees have been around for at least 50 years maybe 100, but still, a gust of 60mph can do some damage.  So I’m undecided.  My anxiety probably will be the deciding factor. So if by 5 tonight or so if it’s just too much we can go. My daughter doesn’t want to go since her cat Ollie is not well and almost died yesterday. She has taken a floating holiday today.  and she’ll probably need tomorrow too.

B has had a few days off from appts. How nice to just relax.  Tomorrow he has labs and then if he needs an infusion it would be Friday.

I might go to the gym. I haven’t decided as my back is still bothering me from lifting something too heavy last week. I do have degenerative disc in some areas so it could be that. I’ll wait a week and see how it is. If it’s still bothering me I’ll ask for an x-ray.

I cleaned out the kitchen pantry this week and reorganized. I’m following along with ‘the minimalist kitchen’ by Faux Martha.  Her blog is quite beautiful and her sponsor is OXO. So she has a huge following. I like her ideas and she seems very down to earth and not preachy. I really despise preachy.  If you’re interested go to her website TheFauxmartha.com or YouTube put in Minimalist Kitchen. minimalist kitchen

 

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.

IMG_0556.jpeg

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.

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!!!

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) 🙂

sparselyadverb

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.