Solitude

I’m taking this idea from over at the blog ‘a smaller and simpler life’   

written by Sue from Wales. She is a wonderful writer and is truly living what she aspires to be.

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I’ve always been an introvert but in my earlier years just ignored what I needed. I don’t do that anymore. I don’t like crowds, parties, concerts etc. It’s just not what I’m interested in.

I am truly in a place where I like being alone/or with B who’s generally outside doing something so I have time to do what I want. When he was traveling for work I had many days where I was alone all day till either my daughter or son came home later in the evening. I was perfectly happy doing my own thing whatever that may have been.

I am embracing this as I get older and don’t feel the need at all to ‘fit’ in.

Having embraced minimalism and loving the simplicity of things, I don’t need to overextend or keep busy. I do my daily routines and enjoy the day. I may work on a project or plan something that might need to be done.

Now that we’re in ‘treatment’ mode, there’s no traveling about and as a matter of fact, I just canceled our spring trip to New Brighton beach because another round of chemo will start.  That’s okay because I believe you must live the season you’re in and not fight it.  We’ll go traveling again when this is over and it will be delightful.

 

Five on Friday

I didn’t do Frugal Friday since overall this week hasn’t been too frugal. As far as groceries go I was frugal and didn’t spend much. I think I bought a few things at our Holiday market and that’s it. I went to Walmart yesterday( I go maybe twice a year) to buy some type of PJ for B to wear in the hospital. When he gets his Hickman catheter which has three things hanging to get and receive stuff, you really can’t wear a shirt that goes over your head. It needs to be a button up. So I found 2 nice sets for him to wear. Pretty much you’re in sweats or jammies the whole time. Plus you really have no energy to really even get dressed.  I remember, for me, a shower would completely wipe me out.  So back to Walmart. As I said I rarely ever shop there but I do like their Danskin line and I pretty much live in those. So I was really annoyed they have stopped carrying them.  I am going to check online because I thought I saw them there.

So that shop turned out not frugal because I had a big list including propane bottles, some food items, etc.  But I was pleased with what I did get.

Today is day 2 of B’s chemo and I’m going to drop him off and then go to Safeway for a few things like veggies, chicken, and olives.  They have an olive bar like whole foods does. Not as many choices but still nice.

Then I’m coming home to finish some laundry and vacuum.  I have a good book I’m reading so that’s on my list.

A friend is bringing B home so I don’t have to go back out. Nice!!

Sunday my daughter and I are going to trek down to IKEA for a cabinet for the bathroom I’ve wanted. It’s tall and narrow and since our bathroom is so small my choices are limited. Then we can have fun looking around. But trips to Ikea are rarely frugal. I only go there twice a year also so I kinda keep a list going. They have great kitchen towels for under a dollar.  Plus storage boxes are very inexpensive and I could use a few more for pictures.

It’s still rainy and cold now but next week looks like more normal temperatures. Mid fifties and then sixties.

Dinner is a pizza I have a coupon for and my son will pick up after work.

 

All I can say is “WOW”

My husbands GoFundMe has been a huge success. I am honestly blown away by all the people who have contributed. I said to him even if it’s enough for some co-pays or gas, I’ll be grateful. His co-ops have contributed, so many co-workers, even some of my blog readers, which is really amazing.

I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity.  I remember when we were going thru my transplant and treatments and all the extra stuff we needed and had to spend money on and we ended up in huge Credit card debt. This time, I told Barclay, we would never do that this time around. Of course, there was Go fund me in 2005, well, at least I don’t think there was.

Well, it’s been a really busy week again. I had to see the eye doctor this morning after I dropped B off at the infusion center. Then I took the car for an oil change and a car wash.

The Social worker suggested we get a handicap placard for when he’s in the hospital and/or doctor visits, so I got the signed forms and went to AAA. But he needs to it in person I guess because of fraud issues. So I’ll need to go back with him.

I did the kitchen zone this week but ended up doing it Tuesday since I had to go to Costco on Monday. I also deep cleaned the oven as best I could just today.

The weather is extremely cold here and is going to stay that way for at least 10 days. HIghs only @ 45degrees. That is unusual for us here in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  So I guess our electric bill will be sky high too.

Even though the week has been very busy, since we live more simply and our home is minimalist, my daily routines have been followed. Basically, here’s my daily list:

  • 1x laundry a day washed, dried and put away.
  • counters kept clean
  • dishwasher emptied either after it runs or in the morning
  • tidy each room
  • make bed
  • wipe bathroom
  • do a daily budget
  • in the morning check what appts are for the day
  • I also plan dinner what I’m making in the morning

It really does help to keep routines and to simplify things.

Well, I’m off to do a few of those things now as we were out all morning.

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

 

 

Simple Sunday​

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

Well, it’s been a longish week.  Hot, Hot, more hot!!

There’s not much change for the coming week either.  I’m so glad we have an Intex pool. That was one of our better purchases since we both love the water so much. BTW, this newer model came with a sand filter so if you’re ever in the market for a pool that doesn’t cost a fortune these are a great value. This pump has kept the water crystal clear with some additions of shock but that’s expected.

I went to the gym and did weights.This morning  we walked one round in the park. I wore the boot and my foot felt ok. I won’t try and push to do it tomorrow. I was just happy to go and walk around once.  It has been discouraging not to be able to walk everyday but well life happens and it’s best to go with the flow.Healing my foot is top priority.  My other foot also feels like maybe something is tweaked. I do have a bone spur and osteoarthritis in both feet and that can be a cause of foot stress fractures. I hope that’s not whats going on.. I was going to check with my oncologist next time about whether the Zometa that I use to get for bone strength could help here.

A super fun find at the Goodwill was an Atlas 150 pasta maker. I got it for $5.00.  I’ve been looking for one forever. It wasn’t till I got home though and realized it didn’t have the clamp.  But I went to the hardware store and got a C clamp and that worked. I can get a replacement on Amazon for $20 so I might do that. Then this morning, viola!!! I made pasta.  So tonight I’m making the homemade pasta and then zoodles as we have some lovely zucchini in the garden.  I’m going to use a yellow and green zucchini.  Then I thought I’d made a garlic olive oil sauce and throw in a few shrimp.

So we will see how it turns out. Since it’s the first time making the pasta, I’m sure there’s a learning curve.  I’d like to try a lasagna with the home made noodles.

I decided to order Courtney Carver’s ‘ Soulful Simplicity’

and I have to say, I’m enjoying it. It’s way better that ‘ The year of Less’ and ‘Frugalwoods’.  So if you’re looking for some inspiration for minimalizing this is a good one. She does mention ‘God ‘ a few times so far but I’m okay with that as she does qualify it with ‘spirit’ or ‘heart’.  I also like Dave Ramsey and of course he does use lots of christian things but I overlook that for the content that’s being given.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Sunday on Monday???

Nah…. I just didn’t blog yesterday for some reason or another.

It was hot and I was uninspired. I went to the gym and that’s about all I did productively.

I did make a lovely fried potato dinner with potatoes from the garden. There were red ones, purple ones and, yellow ones. Quite nice. I added the Trader Joes soy Italian sausage, quite good by the way, and then grilled TJ’s chicken sausage also quite good. I sprinkled lots of herbs from the garden on top and then a sprinkling of goat cheese.

Here’s some lavender from the garden. I love french lavender and use it year round.

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Here is a sweet morning glory that just popped up on its own.

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Today is the kitchen zone and general home blessing day. I usually dust and do all the mirrors. We vacuumed yesterday so I don’t need to do that.

This week is mellow and I have a food bank drop off and a small thrift store load that’s mostly my son’s stuff.

Other than that, I’m going to add in an extra gym day and then I’m going to go check out the 24-hour fitness down in Roseville. I want to check their pool and see whether I think it’s worth driving 25 minutes 3x a week.  I’m also going to stop in the expensive gym as they do have 3 pools but I think the membership is probably too expensive.  It’s really a snobby gym so I’m not sure I’d like it but my love of swimming may overcome that. We don’t have a YMCA anywhere near here so….

It’s a non-pay week so nothing much to do there.