12th of December

Happy Hanukkah!!


We will light the menorah and have latkes (potato pancakes) with applesauce and sour cream.

Let me be clear, we are NOT Jewish, but I really like many Jewish traditions and Hanukkah is one of those. This year I got some beeswax candles and I think they will smell wonderful burning.

Try going slower this Christmas season. I think, is essential to living more simply and consciously. Maybe you could be done with shopping, maybe you have enough already. Think about it.


Dinner is latkes, applesauce, and ?


11th of December

So, when I checked my blog this morning yesterdays post was gone except for the title. I’ve gone everywhere to find it and even had my tech-savvy daughter check it and she couldn’t find it either. So, I’ll at least post the pictures.


These are the coconut macaroons, and there’s the first wreath.

So first off, I did the bathroom zone. Then dusted everything.  Next, I made the peanut brittle. Yummy!!





So I just received my copy of the new book”The Art of Doing Nothing” by the blogger of Minimalist Mom. I love reading her blog. But the book, in my opinion, is just lacking something. I get she’s talking to a broad audience with ideas of how to lighten your schedule, do stuff for yourself, say no to things. I get it, but the book just seems to drone on and doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. I’ll give my copy to the Truckee Library. Maybe, I just already do most of the ideas so I was hoping for some new stuff.

Dinner is going to be a garbanzo curry stew.



9th of December

Another nice day here in Northern California. It’s so horrible what’s happening around Santa Barbara and southern Ca. B was supposed to fly down Monday to work the co-ops but cancelled due to the fires. I’m glad he’s not going. Just too dangerous.

I’m planning on making the 2 wreaths with pine boughs this weekend. I’ll post some pictures when they’re done.

We’ve been watching on Amazon prime’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. It is so great. If you need a show to watch this is just about as good as it gets.

I made some rice crispy treats for everyone. My daughter is going gluten free after a breakout of hives from gluten( we think) so we’re trying some easy treats. I also made some fudge that I will use some of in Christmas gifts. (Unless we eat it all first). Then I may try some coconut macaroons tomorrow.

Dinner tonight is a potato leek soup and a green salad.


this was my bird tree from a few years ago. Since minimalizing even more, I just have one tree. I did want to get another live tree because they smell so great, but I wasn’t willing to spend the money.

8th of December

Well, it’s Friday.

I have to run a few errands today like AAA to pay a car registration and I want to stop at Goodwill to see if I can score a grapevine wreath to add fresh pine boughs to for a door wreath.  Probably not too likely but then Michaels is around the corner but I don’t want to pay for a new one but I’ll check out the price.

Then I’m going to putter around the house and see what needs to be done. Here’s my little project for this week. This charming little dresser was a thrift store find years ago. Since I love anything with acorns, this was a win for me. But here’s the before picture

IMG_1106.jpg This is a blue color although you cant tell. Then I bought some chalk paint and here’s the result


This lives in our tiny bathroom and holds bathroom stuff.

Here’s a great little tip fora creative way to hold your soap. I think I got this years ago from Real Simple.

Get a bonsai type planter at the nursery, usually, they are very pretty and rustic looking. Then gather or buy black river rocks. I got mine also, years ago at Lake Tahoe at a very specific beach that has these black stones. Just put the rocks in to create a drain of sorts and they hold the soap.


IMG_1117.jpg Have fun!


6th of December

Grateful for a cup of good coffee.

The back story is we had to fast this morning to get the labs done for the insurance. Okay, I can do this but we get to the lab at 8:25 and supposedly we needed some sort of paperwork that B did not download.   So, I was not a happy fasting camper. But a quick stop to Starbucks and all was right with the world. But we’ll have to do it later anyway.

Then we went to the bank to use the coin machine. This is a sealed pot challenge originally started by the blogger’s new life in the country.  

We ended up with $88.78. Pretty good for a year. we still haven’t decided what we will use it on. Maybe part of our travel money.

I’m doing the minimalist game this month. So day 1 is 1 thing, day 2 is 2 things, etc. Not sure I can come up with that amount but I started with the Christmas ornaments I don’t want.  Plus I do need to go thru some old files so that will add some items.

Dinner is a roast chicken and farmers market chard, I’ll saute it with some garlic.

Here’s another amazing picture by my lovely daughter.


This is a California scrub jay.