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.