20th of December

A lovely walk this morning but later than usual. We went out at 6:30 which is really late for us, but it was lovely with just enough light to see the path without the flashlight. It rained last night and things were wet but it wasn’t all that cold.

I feel better today so I’m hoping I feel good enough to go to the gym tomorrow. I’m still coughing and my back muscles are sore from coughing but hopefully, it’s working its way out.

Since I’m home again today, I will focus on tidying up the Hanukkah stuff and other things lying around that other people, honestly, don’t see. I’ve already cleaned out the refrigerator as the turkey breast I had in there leaked as someone didn’t put it in another plastic bag. Oh well, it needed to be cleaned out anyway.

The minimalist game has slowed down since I got this cold but I’m planning on doing a few things today. Does throwing away food in the fridge count?  Just being funny. 🙂

Dinner is turkey, aritchokes, grilled tofu, and maybe potatoes.

 

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.

 

My world on Friday

Well, I got up at 5am. Actually, I think it was 4:53

Emptied the dishwasher, clean the few stray dishes and had coffee.

I went out to walk at 5:25 am.

I came back, got the pizza dough going for Friday night pizza.  Then from the comment yesterday, I got out the oxo and put it in my Le Creuset and simmered and scrubbed and voila, it worked pretty darn good. Thank you for that tip. It’s not back to white, but looking at the other one, I don’t think it was white white, more of a tannish white. But not sure. Anyway, it looks lots better.

Last night I ended up making scrambled tofu with celery, carrots, onions, pumpkin seeds and, a sprinkling of cheese.

I swished and swiped the bathroom, my daughter vacuumed and I tidied the kitchen. So far 2 small loads of laundry done.

I went to the gym and it was crazy busy so I didn’t do a whole lot. All the machines were constantly being used. Too many people for this introvert.

It’s a cloudy day and it may rain. I’m going to go read.

Update on YNAB. So far I’m liking it. One difference from last time I used it is I’m not linking my bank accounts because the total would get all messed up and I spent more time reconciling accounts than not. Last time since the accounts were linked, I’d put in the amount and then Ynab put it in from the linked account and it was not working for me. I like to put it in manually. So for instance, I spent $ 37 at Safeway Wednesday, but I put in $40 for groceries. Since I am always doing bank updates in by bullet planner, I know where our account is daily. So that makes it easier for me to keep things straight. I like the categories for annual bills and that will prove useful once we have money in those accounts. So far my assessment is that I will pay for the subscription when the 30 days is over.

 

Pizza is just cheese and ? tonight. I’m thinking for winter to switch up Friday night pizza to Italian Friday. That way we can do some other things on Friday night. Or any ideas?? What do you do for a weekly theme? It does really help me stay on track with meal planning ( unless I’m too lazy).

 

Simple Sunday

We walked just a tad bit later this morning @ 6:30. It was predawn and a nice rosy color.

I went to the gym and picked a few things at Safeway(cat food)!!  I loaded the thrift store in my old van and I’ll take that tomorrow. It’s always good when you’re decluttering to get the stuff out of your house.  It doesn’t help to have bags lurking or boxes and also, try not to let it sit in your car for 3 months. Better to be done with it.

Tomorrow I have my labs which I will anxiously wait for the results. I’ll know by Thursday how it all is. Sometimes, I feel a little more tired but who knows it may be just age catching up to me. Then I have to drop a check off at AAA for our house insurance.

I may go to Home Depot as I need some of those plastic things you put under plants. We’re moving some of the outside plants into the sunroom so I need to protect the table.

Flylady zone is the bedroom and I already washed the windows and tidied the closet some. I might organize my canning jars as I have them stored in there.

  • I have just a few more things to get for Christmas and it’s done. This will be a very minimalistic Christmas.  I like using the 4 themes of:
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read
  • Something you need
  • Something you want

Of course, within reason. Gift cards will play a big part. I have the reading covered with some eBay purchases of Easton press books. Clothes are mostly jammies, needs will be gas gift cards, wants, still TBD.

Dinner is Sunday Supper of spaghetti with meat sauce/marinara, salad, and I might make bread sticks.( I have some dough left from pizza).

 

To Fitbit or to not Fitbit, that is the question.

So around a month ago, my fit bit broke. The actual sensor in the back fell out. My fit bit was @ 3 years old. Not sure if this is common, but anyway, I tried to glue it back in and well that didn’t work. So I’ve been debating getting another.  I’ve enjoyed not being tied to the Fitbit plus I walk generally the same amount daily and it doesn’t really motivate me to do more. Sad, I know but it doesn’t. What I do like is it keeps track of all my steps in a day and then I use that as a monthly total. So, right now I’m estimating based on previous months and what I tally in my head @ 100-120miles a month. That doesn’t include the gym treadmill or bike because the Fitbit doesn’t seem to calculate them when I’m on them. So that would add 3-5more miles more every week.

So I’m not sure I want to buy a new one. Although both my husband and daughter have the newer Alta. I like that it’s much thinner than the one I had.  I guess I’ll just keep thinking about it.

Today, I’m off to Trader Joes and then Costco. I wanted to stop too at the Loft near there but generally, after those 2 things, I’m done with the box store shopping. But there’s a pair of pants i want to try on before I buy them, so I just might. I’m trying to upgrade my clothes to a couple of well-made pieces. I don’t even have 33 items of clothing so it’s just trying to get a few things that are classic and better made than Old navy.  So, another I’ll see.  After spending money for food I generally don’t want to go spend more money. I checked the thrift store the other day and found a J Jill swim cover up ( at least I think that’s what it is), so you can find good deals but you do need to check regularly.

Dinner is a question mark, although I’m thinking Costco pizza. Hmmm not sure.

Simple Sunday

It has been a nice day. No rain. Ha Ha. Still cold and frosty when we walked at 6:45 am. On Sundays, we try and go later and give ourselves a little break. Tomorrow marks the end of month 7 of year 4 of walking every day in the just keep walking project. I think the worst day last week was when the wind was blowing, the rain was pouring, and I was coughing. We only did 1 round. But intentional walking.

I went to the gym and it was very empty so that was nice. They do keep the music a little loud for my tastes but I put my earbuds in and it lessens the noise.

I’m certainly anxious about my labs this week but will go forth and hope for the best. I still feel good but with myeloma, sometimes that’s tricky. But even if my numbers go up( which is the trend) I think they’re still going to be in the normal range.

We finished our taxes with Turbo Tax and it was pretty easy. Changing the deductions and upping our 401 k last year will yield us a refund. First time in years. So yeah for that.

Of course, I have to write something about Trump and his insanity and instability. i am really scared of where all this is going. The man is certifiably nuts. His reality is so warped.  The pictures of the inauguration show fewer people. He tried to get the NPS to actually find pictures that showed his inaccurate statement of it was million and a half people. It clearly was not. But he still believes it was plus the voter fraud. There was no voter fraud to the tune of 3-4 million illegal votes. it just is impossible and he will not see reason because he is a narcissist who cannot accept he didn’t win the popular vote. But what starts getting scarier is this administration trying to take away a womens’ right to an abortion. We are going back to the 1960’s people. Wake up.  You may not believe in abortion for yourself but we must as women have the right to decide. Not some politician or man in Washington.

Then the whole immigration thing is almost more than I can take. Why is he excluding the 4 countries including Saudia Arabia that was responsible for 9/11. Because he has business dealings there. That’s the long and short of it. Closing immigration is not going to keep us safer.  Right now the vetting system is extensive. It takes over 2 years to get a visa. What are these people thinking , it is just insanity.  Then on Holocaust Remberence day for the President of the United States to not even say it was the Jews who were the target and millions of Jews died at the hands of the Nazis is utter disrespect for the whole tragic thing. To just say innocent people died is to undermine how tragic the Holocaust was.  Millions of JEWS were murdered in gas chambers. Yes, many others did too but the whole reason for Nazi Germany was to eliminate the Jewish race. It was unbelievably disrespectful of Donald Trump to say what he said. The White Supremacists want people to believe it didn’t happen the way it did. They want it to be just ‘innocent’ people, not Jews.

This is wrong and I hope to the stars that we get thru this.

 

Dinner is a red lentil curry soup and some left over potroast I was going to shred and put on some tortillas.

It’s a new year!

Well, here it is Sunday morning January 1st. A new year and a new beginning.

A fresh start. Sort of….. Really it’s just another day and it’s only the calendar that says January 1st. For me, it’s just keep on keeping on. I don’t really set new years goals anymore. I just have things I’d like to keep doing and some new things I’d like to try.

We will keep walking every day.

We will keep going to the gym. I’m going 3 days a week and I’d like to add a 4th but it’s not necessarily a goal.

I’m going to do the Uber frugal month with Mrs. Frugalwoods mostly to get a new perspective on how we spend money which generally we don’t spend a lot. But there are things that come up and generally, we’re not really financially ready for. So that’s where we hit the snags and that’s what I want to change.

I hope to have a year of continued good health and that my complete response from the  Velcade continues.( It is what it is and I have no delusions about this). It’ll change at some point but I still hope to have a good year. I also hope my husband and 2 children continue to have excellent health.

I am going to try a new recipe a week and follow it to the letter to learn new things.

I read so much that reading books isn’t a goal, maybe not reading so much??? Nah, never. I’m not sure how many books I read in 2016 but I average 2-3 books a week sometimes, so that’s 12 a month so 144 a year. Sounds about right. I’ve enjoyed the blogging for books, it’s fun and I get free books I then give to the library.

We are finishing painting the front room (living room) today. Some trim and window trim. It’s my favorite white, simply white by Benjamin Moore. It is such a great white. This is the last room to paint this year. So it looks nice and fresh and it really needed it. We have a wood stove so that affects the room with smoke when you open the stove or ash that comes out. It turned out that even though moving stuff away from the walls is a lot of work, it was pretty easy to put back together. Less is soooooo much better. I even gave my brother a set of fiesta ware in the light purple that wasn’t my favorite.

last night we had sub sandwiches and watched old movies. We forgot to open the champagne but had a nice BV red.

Well, it’s off to the gym and dinner is a pizza as I had made the dough for Friday, but then we decided to make the Latkes for Hanukkah.