I so enjoy this time of year of late summer early fall. Of course, my birthday is in September so that’s probably why. Although I think beyond the birthday thing it’s just a beautiful time with cool evenings and warm days. We sat out last night till 8:30 and it was still warm.
The garden is winding down and so is watering the garden. Our water bill was quite huge due to watering so much when it was 100 + for weeks at a time. We’re already watering way less and that should drop the bill next month. I’m still picking green tomatoes so they can ripen in a box. Plus now I’m starting to cut the hard squashes. We have quite a few butternut and spaghetti squash. They will be nice in the fall and winter.
This year our apple tree is in full production so I’ll be making applesauce and pies. I’m going to make a pie today or tomorrow so I can see how it freezes and then defrost and bake. I’d like to experiment to see if this is the best method. Otherwise, it’ll be apple sauce canned.
This morning is a gym morning. We walked this morning as well so that puts me at 4x a week. I’m probably going to add a 5th day next week. It’s great to be back out in the morning. I love moving first thing( well after 1 cup of coffee).
My latest drama is trying to get a certified birth certificate. We would like to get passports so that we can travel or flee the country if necessary( just kidding). So my birth certificate is not embossed. So I figured no problem. I filled out the NYC form paid the fee and voila. Well, no the next day I get an email saying that my first name does not match the birth certifcate so it’s voided. WTF???? My birth name is Aurora Roxana Christina. I have never ever in my entire life used Aurora as that was my mother’s name. So I email back and say I have always only used Christina as my legal name. Nope!! he says, I have to have something with my legal first name. WTF??? I have absolutely nothing. So I’m supposed to email someone else. Such a simple thing and now it’s a f@#King problem. Leave it someone in NYC to be an asshole and screw it up.
Well, I guess I’ll see what happens.
I’ve read a couple of really good books this week. One is ‘Educated’, about a woman born in 1986 to an extreme Mormon family in Idaho. It is so eye-opening. It’s amazing she found herself and escaped. And she went on to obtain her Ph.D. Quite a story. The other is a Jodi Picoult, ‘Leaving Time’. It has a huge twist that is completely unexpected. Great characters.
Dinner is either nachos or leftover homemade ravioli. Not sure which yet!!
It is another beautiful fall day here in Northern California. There is nowhere else I’d like to live except the coast. But not really, I need mountains and such. Next week brings rain so it’ll change as it should. Nothing stays the same.
Today, I’ve been puttering around. I made a vegan banana bread. It’s from the blogger Sadia at ‘Pick up Limes’. It is one of the best banana breads I’ve ever made. She has very beautiful food photos and her recipes are really quite delicious. All vegan.
Then I tidied around the house, and I’m finishing 2 loads of laundry as I had enough to do a small load of white. As a minimalist, I find it much simpler to do one load a day and a few times a week a second. Fly lady is where I originally got the idea but it’s around a lot of other blogs.
I dusted around the house and watered my plant friends. Not much decluttering although I did put a few pairs of earrings in a bag for Goodwill. I’m up to 700 items in October. As I said lots of small things, but they do add up.
At the recommendation of a fellow blogger, I read’ My year of no clutter’. It’s an interesting book which focuses on her hoarding tendencies and anxieties. But I gleaned a lot from the book and would recommend it.
Right now I’m reading from the library, ‘unstuffed’. I was going to buy this off amazon but it seemed to indicate some Christian things in it so I didn’t. So far I haven’t seen much in that way except a bible verse. If a book starts including the Christian stuff especially related to minimalism, I quickly close the book. It may all be fine and good for them to think Jesus was a minimalist, and yes I’m pretty sure in 20BC there weren’t any Walmarts around so, yeah, not owning much there. Not to be judgmental, but it is all relative and one does need to think about these things. Anyhoo, so far I live her ideas and it’s a good read.
UPDATE: The book becomes a little more and more evangelical as it nears the end. by the last chapter she’s really trying to tell us that only by turning to God can we find Grace. Because He is perfect. And we are not. So that will help your decluttering journey.
Well, as an atheist, and someone who was a Quaker and a Buddhist previously, I can say with some certainty for me ,There is NO God. Is he up on a cloud somewhere? Is he in another dimension? For me, living a life of balance and simplicity is about being here in this life and living it fully and wholly.
Well, my sister will arrive in Sacramento tomorrow and we’ll see her Sunday. Should be a nice day although not as warm as today.
It’s been a fun trip ( work for him, fun for me) to this area. I haven’t been here for many years and I’m guessing not a lot has changed. It is a fairly depressed area and I’m guessing that fishing and logging used to be the economy booster. There’s quite a few homeless and Not sure why as it’s not that warm or desirable but there are a lot of them hanging around. But we’ve had lots of walking, good food and fun all around.
We found 2 used bookstores but there’s no Goodwill. I didn’t feel like hitting up the other thrift stores. Eureka natural Foods and North Coast co-op are incredible stores. The one in Arcata has Humbolt State nearby so must do pretty well with that.
After B works this morning we will head to Chico and spend the night since it’s a 4-5 hour drive today. Then home Saturday. We may hit up the FArmersmarket on Saturday of not.
I bought a murder mystery book by a local author but after starting realized I had already read it but I’ll reread it and then pass on to the library. It’s a signed copy so that will be nice.
It’s rainy and windy here but once we’re inland it’ll be 79 degrees in Chico. Go figure, it’s California!!
We have been under storm watch for days and days. I 80 is still closed and has been for over 24 hours. It takes a lot to close this main pass in the Sierras. The rain was nonstop yesterday and came down in torrents at times. There also was the wind but I think we escaped the worst of it. It’s still raining off and on. I’m really sick of this and hope it passes soon and we get to dry out. There’s flooding all over the place in the foothills and Sacramento Valley.
Not doing too much different. Reading and tidying some. I’ve added a new page at the top of my blog for books in 2017 if you’re looking for something to read.
It’s still very depressing that in 9 days Trump will be president. His tweeting is ridiculous behavior for a president. I mean, what is he like 14?? Plus he’s always saying something negative or untrue in his tweets. he says he never mocked the disabled reporter, but there it is recorded for all to see. Yet, he still is in denial. Whoa, that is pretty scary stuff.
Well, I hope something gets better politically. Just think of all the people especially like us with cancer( preexisting condition) and what that means for health insurance. That is very scary. Plus the GOP has no replacement. I don’t care what anyone says the ACA has helped millions of people get affordable health care. With the subsidies and credits, it is helping the people who need it the most. If someone’s premiums have gone up, maybe it has to do with income bracket. I don’t really know. I’d be curious to know what are the income parameters.
Anyway, it’s all kinda depressing so I’m going to go read a book.
I’m trying a new recipe of Jambalaya. I’ve never made it so I have some shrimp to use and cooked rice. I don’t have the andouille sausage, but do have some Adele’s chicken sausage so… I’m going to give it a try. I’ll make the rice with peppers etc first so the veggie can have that and then add the shrimp and sausage later. I’ll let you know…..
Home blessing day is done( Flylady Mondays !)
im heading out to staples to get some binders for the picture reorganizing. I hope they have the slips. On line it said online only. I have coupons to use so hopefully it won’t cost me anything.I’m faxing off my LLS insurance stuff. I’ll get the reimbursement in a month or so. Sometimes it’s sooner. It’ll help as I’m behind on my 52 week savings. I’m doing great with my $5 challenge. If you’re interested, it’s just when ever you have $5 bill you save it and not spend it . I’m up to $200. It’s fun and easy.
Menus for the week:
- Sunday: roast chicken, potatoes, grilled tofu , and delicious broccoli from the garden
- monday : chicken tacos or chicken salad, not sure yet!
- Tuesday:pasta night
- Wednesday: Cobb salad
- Thursday: spinach lasagna
- Friday: pizza or Tacos
- Saturday: Sammies of some sort.
Sunday night chit chat w/ out Carla
Finished a “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” , I loved this as a kid and still love it as an adult.
now I’m reading Evanovich’s new book” Big Girl Panties” , not impressed.
Listening to our chickens
Looking forward to getting my oncology appt over with.
Grateful to be doing all the decluttering and getting rid off stuff while I still feel good.
- Reading:reread “The Samurai’s Garden” this is a beautifully written and poetic book. I’m also rereading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith, this book shaped my childhood tremendously. First,I was born in the Bronx, this about Brooklyn , we were very poor. White trash poor, polish immigrants. Lots of similarities. I felt like I was Francie.
- unfortunately, when I wrote a book report in 10 th grade on this book , and used the tree of heaven as a simile for hope, that it grew in the worst conditions, etc, my English teacher gave me a D because he thought I didn’t get the whole part about Johnny’s alcoholism. Really, I knew all too well,as the author was describing MY father. But I chose to write about hope and reading and the library. I remember being crushed by that remark. Fortunately, it did not stop me from hoping or reading!
- Listening to , just the sounds of the night ,as it is still so hot, we are sitting outside at 10 pm.
- Watching: we finished Season 1 of the sopranos, for the second time. Such a great show. James Gandolfini was brilliant
- Cooking/Baking: used my new Williams Sonoma pans, made 2 loaves of bread. One was a cheese olive loaf. It is gone already. The. I made organic strawberry jam.
- Happy you accomplished this week, Walked everyday and decluttered more old school artwork.
- Looking forward to next week: it’s the 4 of July, onto doing much. I’m going to paint an armoire. I’ll try and post pictures .
- Thankful for today: for my wonderful children and husband.
- Bonus Question – What was your very first *real* job? Well, I did a lot of babysitting. But at 16, I got a job as a receptionist.
Menu for the week:
Sunday: Greek pasta salad
monday: chicken burgers, tofu burgers, potatoe salad
Tuesday: grilled chicken, salad
Wednesday: Caprese salad. And pasta with lemon,garlic olive oil
Thursday, fourth of Jullyy : BBQ ribs from the freezer, maybe potato salad or cole slaw
Friday: pizza or tacos
Satuday: Saturday night Sammie’s , not yet decided.