Simple Sunday

We are in for some very cold weather and snow is even predicted for Thursday.

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This is a pretty picture of Tahoe though with snow.

Ugh!! I do not like cold weather. It was 41 degrees this morning walking but with a jacket( I have a North Face polar fleece I bought like 8 years ago), it was comfortable. But when it gets to 29 degrees like it is predicted, then that is cold.

So today is a gym day and then some light chores. The zone is the bedroom this week and closet, so I’ll work on the pantry/closet again. It’s just always a work in progress. Our bedroom only has a bed and Heywood dresser, so it’s pretty easy to just tidy and dust and wash the windows.

I downloaded a fun ebook by the author of ‘Decluttering at the speed of Life’

This one was her first one ” How to manage your home without losing your mind’

She is really hysterical to read and I gleaned a few good ideas.

Tomorrow I get my 6-week labs so we shall see. It’s sorta like Russian Roulette. Will they still be normal or will it have changed? Who knows , right??

Tonight I’m making another Skillet recipe from Cook’s Illustrated ‘The Best Skillet Recipes’. I’m making skillet lasagna.

 

‘Zen Camera’ a book review

‘Zen Camera’ is a unique book that captures an artistic approach to photography. The photos are quite stunning and I enjoyed many of the Zen thoughts about how to take pictures and even deeper, the why.

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The book goes into 6 lessons to do so as to improve one’s photography. The lessons are thought provoking and innovative.

The author David Ulrich is a talented photographer as well as a Buddhist teacher.

If you are into photography or just want to deepen your skills it is an excellent book. I would highly recommend it.

 

This book was given to me from bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review.

‘Live Lagom’

Live Lagom is a wonderful little book on the Swedish way of living a balanced life. We all need more balance in our lives and Lagom brings that to us. This book is written well and the categories are easy to follow. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
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labs

So my total cholesterol can back high at 221. High end is 200. So over but the number they use is the LDL and that number was 118 and the high they wanted was 130 so I should be fine. Plus the ratio was pretty good at 1.51, the high end is 3.0 so overall I’m fine with it all. I didn’t see the glucose fasting test so I was pretty peeved and I’m not doing another fasting test so, either he can use my non-fasting results from my regular labs which were 89. the number that they want is 139 or lower. So that should be fine if they can use that. But I’m not fasting again at least until next year.

Well, today was a gym day and then a bunch of chores.

But I got a nice book from NetGalley so I’m going to go read.

Dinner is ?

13th of December

YES! YES!YES!, Doug Jones won. I am beyond excited that he beat that racist, pedophile Moore.

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I love this quote and that it’s by Einstein.

I actually decluttered a few things that just don’t have a home (ie, a toothbrush thing that came with the sonic care). I haven’t  used in in year so I put it in the thrift store box. There were a few other things too, like 2 small snow globes that really don’t have a place for.

I walked alone as B is on the north coast. Then I sliced cheese and prepped sliced meat for the FOAL luncheon.

Then I started laundry and made polenta. I didn’t go to the gym yesterday so I went today and just did a 30-minute workout.

I’m heading out to the luncheon soon.

I received a pre-release e-book of ‘ The Minimalist Kitchen’ and it is absolutely fantastic. I love it. I would highly recommend buying this book when it comes out it in March.

I still need to get a gift card for my brother at Tractor Supply this week. Other than that Christmas is going to very simple and minimalistic which I am thrilled about.

 

a book review’ the cottage kitchen’

9780451495761.jpeg‘The Cottage Kitchen’ by Marte Marie Forsberg is a charming cookbook. I love the whole English countryside idea and the food and the adorable cottages.

There are lots of good pictures of the recipes and good stories too.

I also like the recipes divided into seasons. I loved this cookbook and look forward to making many of the recipes.

This would make a lovely gift for any level of chef or home cook.

This book was given to me by bloggingforbooks in exchange for my honest review.

Friday Things

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.