Putting things up

I made a quick batch of pickled jalapenos this morning.

 

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We use these all winter. They are not canned but just refrigerator jalapenos. It says they are good for 2 months in the fridge but we are just finishing ajar from last fall so I’m guessing they last a lot longer than what the recipe says because it’s just vinegar and water and some sugar.

Also, at Winco we SCORED gamma lids and some buckets. These are seriously expensive on Amazon. They’re probably not quite as good as the Amazon ones but they’ll do the job of sealing the buckets. AF23071C-19BD-4C6C-9865-F0B4CA78E2BE

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I have the black beans and points to put in the 5 gallon buckets but I’m waiting on the mylar bags to separate the beans. I could vacuum seal them so I might do that but the mylar I guess are  better for longer term storage.  The mylar bags are not coming in till the first week of August so I’ll have to see what I want to do.

I rearranged the prepper pantry in the barn and moved all the non food( well almost) to other shelves that used to hold all my magazines. It looks good and based on what’s there I’d say I have almost a year for some things and 6 months for others( TP).

I was watching a few youtubers who are preppers and the recommendation was a cooler dark place. We do not have a closet to use in the house as there is only one real designated closet albeit that it is large. So I got to thinking maybe we should build a closed in cabinet in the barn. I’m not sure since the barn does not get any direct sunlight in there and is generally on the cooler side. I don’t know, I’ll have to think on that too.

I tell you though, some of these preppers are really out there with survivalist stuff. I sorta ignore all that and just try and glean some ideas about storage.

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Some of my orchids are reblooming which I’ve never had happen. It must be they like where I put them which was actually an accident. I had put them on B’s to get them out of the way and sure enough the morning light and then the coolness from the windows at night must be the right condition. Excited to see if it happens again.

Simple Sunday

Our beautiful weather continues here. Today we’re supposed to reach low 70’s.

Spring is in the air. Although it would look like we’re headed for another drought so that’s not good. The daffodils are up and there are violets in the yard. I like violets as they will spread and pop up in the most unlikely spots.

I finished the living room zone already. Since there’s not a lot to do in there it goes fairly quick.

Yesterday, I potted 4 starter plants and today I have 2 more to do. Mostly pothos and Monstera and

Syngonium podophyllum. I have at least 2 more of these.

I also decided to repurpose a little table my daughter took out of her room to put the plants on since now I have at least 4 more to put somewhere.  I’m painting it white so it’ll blend in more.

We’re looking at stove hoods and found one on amazon we like so we’re going to order that. This begins the very minor kitchen remodel. We can’t change the configuration of the kitchen due to walls and doors so we just have to make do with the way it is. I suppose if we had money, a contractor could do it but we don’t so that’s that.

I’m also going to get a new kitchen island in stainless. Basically, the same as we have that’s from Ikea but they don’t carry this one anymore and the one I found ( AMazon)has the shelf straight across whereas the one I have it’s split.

We’re trying to prioritize what we can do and how much we can spend as there is no more ‘extra ‘ money coming in.  That SDI was pretty great.:)  😦 sad it’s over…..

Well, off to the gym and then Safeway.

A lovely fall so far…

Our weather is so beautiful.

I can’t hardly imagine being anywhere else, well maybe Hawaii! Next week looks lovely as well with day time temperatures in the 70’s. We do need the rain though:(

We had a fun time at Ikea this week. I got the new Poang chair covers(2) that I’d been waiting till they were in stock. I really would have liked the more expensive ones but they weren’t in stock till the end of November plus they were kinda pricey.  I love their storage jars and always buy one or two.  I’m liking the smaller ones to use in the fridge.

We also picked up the plant stand I’ve been eyeing so I can put 3 plants together.

 

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I really like the bamboo wood legs and it holds 3 plants. I’m still experimenting with which ones to use.

I also gave some plants a shower this week and they’re happier.

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This morning I made banana bread as we had 4 ripe bananas that needed using.

I always add pecans/walnuts and choc chips.

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This morning I’m planning on going into town for just a brief stop at the bank to get a copy of a transaction and then down to our local bagel store.

We haven’t heard from the tree guy so maybe next week. Since they did the other tree last Saturday I thought they might be back today but we had no call.

Simple Sunday

 A nice morning walk at the park with only the ” creepy” guy who sits in his car and smokes cigars. He never looks up and doesn’t’ walk. He sits for maybe 30 minutes. Well, I’ve made up stories about him but they’re not nice so I won’t include them here. 🙂

Then I did the Flylady zone which is zone 1, entryway, front porches, and dining room.  I don’t really have a dining room so I just wipe the Heywood down and clean the glass.

We grew some Indian corn that is a lovely blue color so I will set those out as a fall display. I was thinking of getting some sort of small table for the outside but I can use a wood crate just as well. We didn’t get any pumpkins growing this year so I’ll need to buy some. I do have orange mini lights I like to string outside in the fall as it looks fall-ish.

Then we went to the gym and it was empty-ish too. So that was a win-win. We’re having burgers for BBQ tomorrow so I’m making a quick cheese lasagna tonight. Nothing fancy. it’s just I had all the ingredients in the fridge.

It’s still warm out but it does look as if the week gets cooler, down into the ’80’s so that will be nice. It’s toasty out there right now though.

The pool is still great although pretty much after Labor day the temperature of the water goes down so it needs to be really hot for me to go in. B is in no matter what though and doing some water exercises.

I’m hoping next week to get the house insurance figured out. I left a message with AAA on Friday but since it’s a holiday weekend I don’t expect to hear back till Tuesday.

I hope it’s a nice Labor day weekend where you live.

The sun is shining!

Finally, we are seeing the sunshine. It’s also supposed to be 60 today so hurray, spring is almost here. We walked early to try and figure out daylight savings. So it was still predawn and quite cold but it seemed to be a good time.

Today is B’s last chemo session in this round.  Hopefully, it will kick in and his numbers improve. His WBC did go to 1.4 which is the best it has been so good news. We know his brother is a match BUT we don’t know how good a match which is called resolution. The higher that is the better the response. So we should know soon and also after we see Dr. Kiwan I’m sure he will let us know if we are moving forward or do another round of Dacogen.  So still unknowns.

My daughter is going to go test drive a Honda Fit also and I will meet here there. The unfortunate news is she gave her notice at the library. She just didn’t want to deal with the negativity any longer.  The library director wrote her up for not getting to work even though the freeway was closed.  I told her to take it to the union, but she just had it. Thus she wants to get a better mileage car. So we’ll see.

I’m skipping the gym to go with her but I do need to stop at the store for milk and some veggies.

Hopefully, this is a quieter week with appts.

We had a lot of fun at IKEA yesterday and I got just about everything on my list.  The best thing I found was this little plant stand for 4.99

I just love it.

dinner is Zoodles and meatballs.

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!

Tahoe Blue

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I actually haven’t seen this movie ‘The Fight Club’ but I do love this quote.

Note: that’s just a random thing I put in there, because I saw it the other day.

Tahoe Blue VODKA!!!

So here’s a funny snippet. The other morning I come out of the bedroom and it’s maybe 6:45 am ( of course I’ve been up for at least an hour), but my son sees me with the bottle of Tahoe Blue. He says” it’s a little early isn’t it”???

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Well, the funny thing is I reuse pretty bottles like this one to put water in and then water my plants!!!! So I had just finished the plants in the bedroom.

I don’t even drink Vodka although with all the Trump stuff going on I may start soon.

Today is my lab day. I figure I’ll call next week or maybe Friday as it does take 3 days for the SPEP test. All I can do is just wait and see. I feel good but that can be deceiving with myeloma.

I’m also going to do some weights at the gym and then stop at the market as I need half and half and a few other things. I’m trying not to shop till Aug 1 although that is a week away and I know I’ll need some fruit at the very least.

We are in a heat wave and today is supposed to be 102. Yikes!!!

Dinner is unknown at this point.

 

update on foot stuff

So I finally got in to see a podiatrist. Quite the wait. But he seemed ok, not real personable but ok. Mostly it was stuff I already had read about.  But he did say it wasn’t just a stress fracture that the fracture had gone outside the bone slightly so it was slightly more serious and I should keep wearing the shoe for another month.  And then come back in a month. So no walking except what I do normally around the house etc.

I’m not sure what I’ll do once it’s healed as I never walked for extended periods and was not a speed walker. I guess I’m thinking every other day to start and then do the recumbent at the gym. I’m not crazy about the recumbent bike but I will add it in. Plus I may do elliptical as well as that would put less strain on the foot.

We’ll see as I still have a month to think about it and plan.

For now, it does seem to be getting better and I am wearing the ‘shoe’ thing.

We’ve had a few great days of weather with temps in the ’80’s.  That’s changing over the weekend and we’ll be back up to the mid 90’s.

B is taking a few days off and probably will do a few projects. There’s fencing to be done on one property line and some concrete work too.

I’m going to the thrift store to look for a plant stand for my spider plant that needs to be up on something. I might go to the gym too but haven’t decided yet.

Dinner is tempeh Reubens!

Midweek Musings

Still no call from the podiatrist office. I’ve called a dozen times and it’s always an answering machine. WTF???? Today is day 7 of not walking every day. Still, a bummer for me but my foot does feel a smidge better though. Plus today they’re closed, so that leaves tomorrow and then their closed Friday.  I think I’m going to call for a different referral down the hill.  Which for us is toward Sacramento!

My brother flies out tomorrow to Conn. to visit our sister and her family. They are having a huge summer party and he decided to go now. The ‘new sister’ arranged his flight and Heidi paid for his hotel. So he should be set. He doesn’t have computer access so I think that’s why he did that. The sister keeps in close contact with him but not me. I guess I’m too stand offish. Oh well, just as fine.

Last nights dinner was a disaster. I haven’t had one of them in many years.  First, I had been to the Davis co-op and decided to buy skirt steak for tacos. I marinated it yesterday and put on the grill. Then toasted corn tortillas.  It was HORRIBLE and DISGUSTING. It had a weird texture and taste. Gross!!!! So I ran into the house and made some cheese quesadillas up for us. Then B had bought this nut loaf thing at another co-op a while ago and I had frozen that. WHOA, also gross.  So much for adventures in cooking.  I think I’ll stick to what I know how to cook.

Today is supposed to be warm @ 95 so I’ll turn the coolers on after a while.  I’m not going to town but  I will go down to the Holiday Market. ( which is at the bottom of our hill). I’d love to walk but can’t right now with the foot thing going on. I need some fruit and I wanted to get a few veggies. I found the exact spiralizer ( Paderno) at the thrift store yesterday for $4.00 .I was quite jazzed.  So I want to make some zoodles and then stir-fry them. ( Maybe not tonight).

My upcoming project is back to the black hole of the barn….(.scary music playing).   It’s really not that bad just it has stuff all over the floor on my son’s side and ALL of that is coming out to be put on tarps and then dealt with. He has the whole back wall of shelves that B built for him.  The rule was, his stuff had to fit on those shelves. So this summer it’s happening. It was a year ago I said and did the same thing and it just got put back in. 😦

The shelves in the middle of the barn which is our seasonal stuff, actually look good.  I’m down to 4 bins of Life magazines and 2 bins of Christmas, 1 bin of the kids Waldorf books and paintings and main lesson books, 1 bin of their LOTR playing cards, and 1 bin of our ‘history’ stuff.  So, it fits nicely and wouldn’t be that hard to move if we ever did move to condo or whatever.

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This is the south side of the house. You can see the window cooler and these plants are Rose Campion. They are an ‘old’ garden flower. They spread nicely and are a lovely rose pink color. They have spread all down our hill into other peoples yards too!!

 

 

 

Decorating with houseplants, ​minimalist style.

I didn’t even have a houseplant a few years ago.  Then after watching some You -tubers on minimalism and their flats or apartments decorated with greenery, I was sold.  I added a few here and there and now, well, they’re all over and I love the varying shades of green.  I also saw that a lot of these same people used white or muted pots because the pot blends in with the surroundings and the plants stand out. Wow, this is so cool and totally true.

But finding whitish pots is actually not easy.  Home Depot doesn’t have one except for this white bamboo one, which is the one I’ve bought the most of.

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This spider plant was quite root bound and loves its new pot( it told me so)! I’ll have to see if it likes this spot.

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This Boston fern likes where it is.

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I moved this spider plant a while ago as it wasn’t happy where it was and now it is VERY happy!!

IMG_1407.jpgThis is in my office/dog area. It’s the new plant ladder B built and all the plants love it .

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This is in my office area too near the french doors that go out to the sun room. Sounds fancy, but really it hippy built and loved and a little wonky, but I love French doors( we got these free years and years ago when the newspapers( laugh at that one) listed for free items. This is pre-Craigs list!!!

I am loving having house plants again after years of not and I think they really add to the color in a room plus personality.

When there’s no knick-knacks or other clutter ,plants act as decor for the minimalist. I do have some things around such as 3 vintage clocks that I love, and I have one Roseville piece that is the Zephyr Lily which I’d love to collect as Zephyr is my son’s name. But you don’t see Roseville Pottery around thrift stores much so…