Sunday, October 31, 2010
As with any indiscretion, the end result wasn't enjoyable.
Yes, it made life easy. But the coffee didn't taste as good as the cold-brew I had grown accustomed to. The increase in trash accumulation from paper goods and convenience foods shocked me. And I've yet to see the electric bill.
Friday morning I filled a mason jar with water and ground coffee, and put it in the fridge. I stowed away the rest of the paper goods for emergency use only. The coffeemaker has been washed out and repacked, and there are no more store-bought "goodies" in the house. It's time to get back on track. If it takes something like 60 days for an action to become a habit, the actions I had taken last spring are now the "norm" for me.
I'm headed over to One Small Change. Want to tag along?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My physical therapy evaluation went well today. The therapist got me extending further than I had expected and she assigned a lot of homework! - followed by my trusty ice pak :)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I've started drafting a quilt top with a floral wreath and a floating ribbon. By cutting back on the frills, I think this may work.
After working out the quilting design, I'll start cutting the fabric.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
In all the years I've planted Dusty Miller, I've never known it to have these little yellow blooms.
These roses were as inviting as the first blooms of summer.
There's a hidden stream so close to me.
And someone couldn't resist the wet cement!
We're supposed to get rain tomorrow. On the next clear day I'll walk a little further to see what I find...
Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I've got a few ideas for some crafting over the next few weeks, and I'm looking forward to making some prototypes. I hope to have lots of pictures for you soon. Also, I'm looking for a new challenge for winter, so I'll be cruising the internet to see if there's an interesting one coming up.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. Tomorrow's my big day. I'm really anxious to get my life back to normal.....haven't been to the gym in about a month!
It's Wednesday, have a great one!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
A few weeks ago, another piece of the puzzle fell into my hands. In a bin of mixed goods at a second-hand store, I found some old Office of Price Administration WWII booklets.
It seems that no one who was there that day knew, or cared, what these were. They were on a table that contained such things as old remote controls, toys, curling irons, greeting cards (scattered from the broken rubber band that once held them together), rusted muffin tins, and holiday decorations. That they remained together and were not ripped and destroyed is a joy in itself.
The booklets are each for a woman, man, and 2 ½ year old child. My mother explained that you would register each member of the household for ration stamps. I’ve looked through them several times, trying to imagine the lady of the house as she carefully decided what was needed for meals and how to get the most from her allotment. There are separate stamps for coffee and sugar, the most rare foodstuffs during that time.
The value of these pieces of paper is not great. They are available at online auctions for a few dollars. But when I hold them I get that wistful feeling, like Eddie Albert’s character on Green Acres as he waxed poetic about planting a seed and watching it grow. We may go through hard times for the next few years as we adjust to the “new economy”, but I hope we never have to live through the shortages that our ancestors knew.
My mother pointed out the notice on the back of the booklets. She remembered saving used cooking fats, and getting a few cents for it at the butchershop. This was a valuable commodity that would be used for the war effort.
Today grease is tossed out in the trash. I’m constantly amazed at what a wasteful society we have now become…..
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now, I'm ready!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Photo from DoubleCreamSingleSugar.blogspot.com
Photo from TheCakeMistress.com/blog
I'll be stopping at the grocery store this afternoon for ingredients to make this pumpkin pie breakfast smoothie. Yum! I may not be able wait. It just might be tonight's supper!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
It seemed as if the sun was glistening off every surface, like a reminder that we'll do this again next year.
I'll be looking forward to it.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Have a great week!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
My current focus is on getting a few secondhand oversize button-front shirts, making sure I have a variety of reading materials, and preparing single serve meals that can be microwaved. The last package of frozen pumpkin from 2009 is slated to become a nice pumpkin bread for my recovery treat and I've just prepared a batch of granola, which is my go-to snack. There are a few frozen containers of satisfying and healthy curried red lentil soup, along with some packs of quinoa or wild rice which can be mixed with frozen veggies for an easy lunch. The goal is to be able to survive without using pots, pans or extra dishes. It's a mini lesson in survival, except that I will be able to use electricity and I can use money to purchase what I need to survive. (Wendy - I now have a better understanding of the dilemma of doing without those options, and a broader sense of what it means to be self-sufficient. My constant thought was "What if money had no value, the stores had folded, electric power was non-existent?" How would I do this, then?)
I'm trying not to think of the immediate pain from the operation, but of the freedom of movement gained once the healing is done. Countdown to renewal, 2 weeks, 1 day.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I'll be sitting at my sewing machine this week, now that it gets dark early. I'm loaded up with supplies. No excuses :)