It’s a rainy Monday. We walked in the park and it was just misting. Yesterday, there was an Easter service that we walked by. And there were 3 sets of new baby goslings. Unfortunately today we saw a Canada goose had been gotten by a coyote or mountain lion and feathers were everywhere. And there were only 2 sets of parents. Canada Geese are extraordinarily fierce with their young so it must have really tried to protect the babies. WE did count the babies and I got to 19 so maybe some of the ones of killed goose went over to the other parents. I hope so.
We had southern fried tofu for Easter dinner. Of course, we don’t celebrate Easter as such, just as a renewal of a new cycle of life. Not based on Jesus. So I made a potato salad and we had some deviled eggs. I didn’t fry the tofu but baked and you’d think the end of the world had come. I guess I’m not doing that again. It was pretty good just not quite as tasty as when I fry them.
This week is not too busy. I have an Invisalign appt, and that’s it. Plus I’ll go to the Koffee Klatch on Thursday. I have a good size load of Life magazines to go the Humane Society Thrift store. There are some great ones from the 40’s going but it’s just the way it needs to be. Plus the van is full of Foodbank boxes so I’ll do that tomorrow on the way to the gym.
Next week are my labs so that’ll be interesting. At some point, my light chains will begin to increase and then who know. For now, I live each day as if it is a gift. Life is precious, non-essential live it as fully as you can.
One thing about minimalism is that as you clear the nonessential, you really begin to experience things differently. DEfinetely clearer and more in touch with what is around you. It’s a process for sure. I have to say, every time declutter or look at what is it I want around me, I’m surprised at what the answer to that is. I want my house to be clean, clear of stuff and just a simple place to live, cook and be. It’s getting there.
They’ll be a lot of no spend days this week as the budget is used up. We have a DMV to pay and that’s about it. So, freezer meals and pantry plus what I bought at Costco. Lots of salads.
Tonight is pasta night. I’m thinking an alfredo with a big salad.
We had someone come get the oak table from down at our corner so that was really cool. My husband was not about to lug it back in the van and home again. Ok, he would have but certainly with some grumbling. yeah, it’s gone. The space out in barn where it lived and held junk on it is open now and looks good. My goal is to have the shelves in the barn only have what we think is essential and practical.
I took the van to the thrift stores and dropped off 6 boxes of stuff to Goodwill including my almost new bread maker. Then over the Humane society thrift store and dropped a box of dishes that are part of a set but these were chipped slightly so I took them out. And then, to the bookstore and dropped a box of books off and two very old 1855 books. I checked on eBay and they were listed for @ 25 each. Nothing selling so I really don’t want musty old books I’ll certainly never read. Then a small handful of my vintage postcards I keep dwindling down.
Then after I came home and researched starting a web page for the FOAL, I went out to the barn and reorganized some and pull another 1/2 bin of magazines to go the thrift store. I’m actually going to go back our and see if I can get one bin emptied. I also will bring in my kid’s Waldorf lesson books and they can go thru and keep some. So it’s getting there. I think now there’s 4 Christmas bins, 5 magazine bins, 1 of our memory things, and 1 bin of the kids LOTR cards. Gee, they must have every single one. But that’s theirs, not mine. So I feel great progress and if the time comes to move, it’ll be whittled down to essentials.
I did find in an art portfolio my cutting mat I was looking for but its warped and not really usable so I’ll have to donate that and get a new one and a cutter. It makes cutting edges quite easy and clean lines. I don’t need it yet but eventually.
Tomorrow is a gym day. Wednesday I’m going to Costco.
Tonight is cheese ravioli with a garlic parmesan sauce, salad and maybe a piece of fish for my daughter when she gets home from work at 7pm.
This last week really threw me for a loop. I had a terrible hacking cough and lung congestion. I just didn’t feel well. But all the house routines and chores went smoothly and efficiently because of minimalism. There’s less stuff to take care. The housework can be managed by B or my daughter. They know the routine and it’s all because of what we’ve worked on in this last 3 years.
Dinners are simplified with a menu plus the meals are generally simple. Beans, rice, salads, some proteins like tofu or chicken make it easy to pull together. I have a theme for every night , like Taco Tuesday, crockpot Thursday. So although the item maybe different it still uses the theme.The toughest part is just figuring out what you want to make or feel like eating when you’re sick. We had a few more soups than usual and that was perfect. Especially since it’s been raining nonstop.
The budget is all in place and simplified. Most everything is on auto pay. A few things need to be put in manually like our PGE because we’re on their balanced payment program and it can’t be automated. Plus this month has been a no spend month so there wasn’t going to Target or wherever. That’s been great although I am having a candle withdrawal moment.
This morning, for instance, I checked bank stuff went to pay the Allstate but it wasnt due yet so I’ll wait a few more days.. Then I started a laundry load and dusted and still need to do a quick vacuum. So there’s less to dust, less to put away etc. I started another thrift store box and have a few things in there. One is my postal scale I used when I did Ebay. I used it everyday. Now I haven’tused it in maybe 2 years. I thought I’d sell it but it’s kinda dinged up so someone will be delighted to find it at the Goodwill.
so there’s the upper cabinet cleaned out. The utensil drawer redone. The ikea cart for extra stuff(still working on what works here.) And those are our everyday white dishes.
I’m looking into trying to get another drawer somewhere under a cabinet so we’ll see. Someday we will remodel and this wont be such a crappy kitchen. For now it works and I guess that’s good enough.
It’s finally sunny here but freezing. On our walk, I even waited thill 6:30 since it was 30 degrees outside. Funny, nobody else was out walking…
today is just tidying chores and that’s it.
Dinner is leftover black bean burritos ( I think).
It’s been a quiet day here. I went to the gym and it was really empty which is the way I like it. I’m working on 15 min. of cardio, then 20 -25 on the machines. I have a little routine and I am being really careful. I think once you’ve had a compressin fracture and know the pain it’s like a memory in your body. So I always lift carefully and never do something that feels too hard. Fortunately, with my Myeloma right now, i dont have bone issues but it’s always a reminder that it does happen. I’m especially susceptible in my ribs, where I have had fractures just from moving the wrong way. But for now since my numbers are all normal I feel it’s go for it so that when the inevitible happens I’ll be stronger.
Then B and my daughter went to Costco to pick up her dogs antiseizure meds, but alas, the pharmacy was closed. But they did pick up some fruit, and other misc. stuff. She still had to stop at the vets to get some meds refilled till I get back down to Costco.
All in all a nice Sunday. I was doing the Minimalists decluttering challenge this month and right now I’m on 90 things. so far from the mark of 400. So if you want to try it , it’s 1 thing on day 1 , 2 things on day 2 , etc. Most of my stuff was just odds and ends. I have our old flat screen in the barn my son was using so I’m going to take that to good will this week plus more Life magazines. Fly lady aones this week are the Living room and then on the 1st the entry way. Our LR is very easy, few knickknacks and so I dust and wash windows and that’s about it. Out entry is always a problem this time of year. Shoes, bags etc. There’s no place extra so it definetlry is a hot spot. Plus now the dog food bucket is there and off to one side is a covered cat box. Fortunately we use a cat litter called Swheat, which helps keep smell zero ( almost). So there you have it.
Tonight is pinto beans in the crock pot. Tortillas ,cheese and salsa. all the avacodas are too hard to add.
Went and got my labs done do now it’s wait till Wednesday to see how the SPEP and light chains are. This is month 5 off drugs (except Acyclovir and Cholestramine).
Next, it’s the kitchen zone and it takes about 2 hours to get thru. I decluttered pantry items and some some things. I’m doing the minimalists game, which is for each day you get rid of that many things. so far I’m ahead with 70 things. Some just tossed and some to go to the thrift store.
I’ve got a few loads of laundry to do including dog blankets.
Dinner is pasta something maybe with brown butter and a spinach salad.
We dropped a small load off at Goodwill and then took some very nice cookbooks to the ASPCA bookstore and those white dishes to their thrift store. I really like taking the nicer stuff to the Pet thrift store. They seem to have a very nice collection and seem to be doing well. I already have a few more things loaded into the van and if I’m up to it , I’ll go thru some more stuff in the barn. I know I’m going to get rid of more Christmas stuff and Life magazines but when is the question.
My daily routine started when I did Flylady. It’s still the same for the most part. having a daily routine ,morning for me, but some people do morning and evening,keeps the house and laundry tidy and organized. If you do a daily routine it really helps in the flow of the day. I make the bed(of course), empty the dishwasher if it hasn’t been done the night before, take out laundry and wipe the bathroom with Costco wipes. If I need to prep for dinner such as crockpot Thursday I do that in the morning too. I make sure the counters are clear and things put away. Also, put things away that might be out of place. Of course, we don’t have young children so it does make it easier.
Minimalizing has been a huge part of how simple my daily routine is since there’s not a lot of things to dust, or put away or maintain. I would completely advise minimalizing your things so as to simplify your life. It’s certainly a journey and a process. But as I go layers of stuff and layers of my self a lot is revealed and let go of. It’s interesting how different decluttering books speak to different parts of oneself. the Don Aslett books are really fun and kinda quirky, but they Do get the message across. You really don’t need 12 rusty screwdrivers. Or that family heirloom you think one day will be valuable. Then, of course, the Kondo way of does it spark joy. Then now I’m working on the concept of ,if we moved would we take it. It does force you to look at things differently. Of course, some things we wouldn’t take but still need now. So it’s all a process.
For me, the bottom line is I want a minimalistic home, lots of white space, and more room.