Thursday, December 04, 2014
I was going to start lunch at 11am, but fifteen minutes before, husband started pouring oil in a pan, and deep frying himself many fish and many quartered potatoes.
I react badly to a lot of oil, my throat gets a lot of phlegm - so avoiding excess oil is part of my eating plan.
So I have to now wait until he clears out of the kitchen to get me my lunch. Some rice with softened onions, and a few tablespoons of cooked meat. This is what I planned, and sticking with it. Washing double pots and pans happens pretty often since he still wants to eat large portions of extra foods. So my challenge for health still is that: a challenge.
So for those lucky enough to have a supportive household, YAY!
And those without one, I understand.
Sometimes, we just have to be strong, no matter what.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Now that Thanksgiving day is over, the countdown to New Year's Day is on us.
Not having any children to disappoint, our holiday traditions can change without upsetting anyone, and my husband doesn't care if I decorate or not.
I used to like to decorate but living in a tiny house, a mini tree is waiting for me to make something for it or use some old ornaments. I have not put any lights up in this house, though a few strings are waiting if we decide to light up the place.
Lately I've liked baking pressed butter cookies and molded gingerbread cookies again like I did years ago. I freeze them, then package as gifts for friends and even the mailman. This year I found red and green paper plates, and I was almost delirious in the store. Low cost and festive.
Freezing and giving away cookies mean so few get eaten by me.
A good thing since the Winter Freeze Off challenge is about to begin.
Other holiday traditions like spending too much money shopping is not followed at our home. A few days ago hubby took us many miles away to some thrift stores, where we got a few replacement garments for $3.59 each. I got a 100% cotton burgundy sweater, and a brown cotton long sleeved shirt, and he got two button down long sleeved shirts AND a 100% cotton long sleeved shirt in 3xl tall, that looked new. It would be baggy on me, but I could steal that on these upcoming frosty nights, like a baggy nightshirt. It is gray and really soft.
I am grateful to the people that gave up these items, since when I moved I sold my sweaters, all but one, since there was so little storage here. I gave up my slippers and other things and have room for these new winter garments. It is fun to give good things to Goodwill, then get something new to us and more fitting to our life.
So maybe our Christmas shopping was at a thrift store - how many people would say that? Maybe my new tradition.
I did need a Christmas coffee mug to fill and decorate for a mug exchange in a few weeks. We all use good used ones so of course that was another thing that came from the thrift shop. 79 cents. It is the cutest mug, with a penguin as a handle and a painted /raised wreath on it. In it's original box from Kmart and made in Japan, not China. Old? Yes, the box was getting tan from age.
I can imagine someone taking this out every year for decoration and putting away. I think that was the story behind it, as when I washed this pretty mug, the non-fired paint started to come away! Now I will do a repaint job, covered by many layers of clear to seal it. AND warn the new owner to hand wash it.
Surprise. My 79 cent prize is also a craft project before the mug exchange.
Now, should I do a sewing mug with goodies, or a mug with candy and candle? or ??? It has to be glitzy so people will fight over it. That is the idea of the exchange: pick a number, then pick a mug or steal some one else's. So the best looking ones are fought over and you never know which one you will take home.
If you have holiday traditions or not, I do hope December is kind to you. It used to depress me, but I've learned to be kind to myself and enjoy every day. Just because you don't have a lot of extra income doesn't mean you can't enjoy life.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
This year appears to have three meals for thanksgiving! First at a church, second tonight at the church I attend, and third was changed as we got invited to a couple's home for Thursday.
I ate properly at first dinner.
I ate more at second dinner yet not stuffed to the gills, and lots of green beans.
So my plan for Thursday is to stay on my feet, help my friend get things ready, and bring along plain green beans for one of the veggies. She like green beans as well and asked we bring that. I warned her they were plain with no sauces or bacon!
Then for the meal I will take proper portions. I feel turkeyed out already so think I will be fine.
A new challenge for the winter is starting, and lately I am rushed off my feet with husband wanting me to do many things for him daily, like mending, special food, while doing all the usual chores.
Winter has blown back in this evening, so no outside activities will be happening. It sounds like a wind tunnel tonight and lots of bumping noises.
Hubby found an episode of Man from UNCLE on and we watched until 10pm! Madness! We are so tired. Really a well done show which I haven't seen since a child! He said, well the last time I saw this was 45 years ago or so. Wow.
But I need to refocus on strength exercises and walking in place again.
Time to rededicate myself to health and the future.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Winter fell suddenly here the other day, early, but this happens every few years, and now a high of 30 and low of 15 is our normal. Neighbors left for two weeks, and did not prepare the water tank for their animals, thinking it was to be the usual autumn, above freezing. Surprises!
I made the best progress ever on the Fall Frenzy Challenge which is in last weeks now. 7.1 lbs. Of course I had from January had a gain, so still not down to the January weight. But a steady loss mostly each week has been encouraging. My fitbit site said I was to lose half a pound a week, but it varies, as my body does not jive with statistics! Calorie counting plus exercise is the way for me. Mindful eating, and choosing lower calorie veggie rich things is the key.
I watched Burt's Buzz on Netflix. Not only did I like it more than I thought I would, I went online to see how he was doing now. A few years older, 79, a worse back, leading him to give up on the bee keeping, yet still living with cold water, wood stoves, and if I read it correctly, three golden lab dogs. I do hope he can get some pain relief for his back. I am not sure he would take medicine or not. I know rice and veggies mentioned from the movie meant he was at least a vegetarian.
His story was interesting, as he did not chase after the fine trappings of life that tend to trap people. Simple living and being out in nature thrills him. Being alone is something he prefers. He made a misstep in his marriage that was costly, but ended up still with some millions left to pay his property taxes and such. At the end of the story I was glad it somehow worked out for him and he knew how to enjoy his life. Some would think him a bit of an oddity, with a cluttered house, but he was so comfortable and content, it made me smile by the end of the movie.
Onward and downward!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
This recycling thing has me thinking sometimes.
Like I watched a youtube video, bragging that this restaurant did not take out it's trash, yet in the video I saw food put in styrofoam containers. It was great his veg scraps went to chickens and his plastic milk/water jugs went to the recycling center but it made me think.
I grew up in the 60s and 70s. My Mom got married in 1954.
She got Revere pots and pans, and used them until she died.
We had melmac plates and aluminum tumblers that lasted forever.
We did not use paper plates nor paper napkins.
In the back was one oil drum used as a trash can. It was not full at the end of the week. Everything came in glass jars which we reused for storage and crafts. I had a bottle cutter so made vases, which I decorated. I used paper mache from newspaper to make one jar into a sitting guy. Foil was reused as much as possible. Wax paper wrapped my sandwiches.
The original refrigerator with it's tiny ice box is all Mom ever had.
We were not poor at all. Just careful.
We walked the half mile to the Jewel grocery, pulling a two wheel cart. We used the paper grocery bags to cover books, draw on etc.
We owned a mesh shopping bag for small shopping trips.
We walked in all four seasons. Father had a car but we stopped taking Sunday drives to the country when gas got up to 29.9 cents a gallon! Just too high!
The oil drums of trash in the alley were a treasure trove, especially when someone was moving away. 45 records, stuffed animals, small radios, leather gloves, and even our wooden kitchen table (oak) came from our alley just on our block. This was before plastic trash bags.
If we did buy soda pop, it was in returnable glass bottles.
To get to work farther away as a teen, I took the bus.
On weekends they sold a pass so one price, ride where ever you wanted to go.
Now, people have multiple recycling bins, certain bags to use, and it is complicated.
My husband sometimes hauls a load of old tires from Iowa to way down south. People pay to have someone take the old tires, then they sell them! Rubber mulch is made, retread tires, melted to make rubber mats. It is not a good paying load.
So things have changed a lot since I was born in 1959.
Does this make you think?
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