Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tuesday Ramble

Good morning on this chilly Autumn morn.  Love, love, love this cooler weather.  I come alive in it.  Have to focus, though, when I walk.  One wrong or hard step, and my hamstring lets me know it's not quite healed.  The other day I hurried across the street to catch the bus, and boy, did I feel it. So I walk very slow and very conscious.

So what happened yesterday?  Did I go to class?  No. Was really planning on it despite some tweaks in my hamstring, and a few minutes before the time for me to leave, I put my water bottle under hot water to melt the ice some and forgot about it. Yup, I've been doing a lot of that lately.  Forgetting things. To make a long story short, the water bottle had moved over to the drain and set itself right on top of it.  The entire kitchen floor was flooded. The clothes I had on to wear were drenched.  Then I realized it had also flooded my utensil drawer.   By the time I got that cleaned out, it was way too late.  But maybe it was just that  I wasn't meant to go. Last time I came home feeling miserable. That bus trip really was so uncomfortable with this hamstring issue. I guess everything happens for a reason. I wasn't listening to what my body was telling me so something happened to make me listen.

On a positive note, I now have the cleanest kitchen floors in the entire building.

Took this picture while waiting for the bus.
Loved the way the sun was sparkling through the trees.  Too bad  the picture doesn't show the true beauty of it.

I forgot to mention.  Over the weekend I got to see the inside of the hoarder's apartment.  OMG!!!  I have never seen a stove, refrigerator, bathroom, etc.  so filthy.  How anyone can live in that squalor?  Especially when you see him come out of his apartment to go to work.  Well dressed, shoes shined.  One would never guess how he really lives.   Oh, by the way.  On Sunday they finally closed the hole between his and the old woman's apartment, and her sons came and began painting.  I was so happy for her.  All day yesterday I heard the sounds of furniture being moved back to their rightful places.  I know what a good feeling that is.

Snack time.  

Received my box from Snacksack yesterday, my last one.  Canceled it because it just isn't worth the price.  And now with WW coming out with some exciting new healthy snacks, I'm going to give that a try.

Have a good one.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday This and That

Good morning everyone.  Happy Monday.  It's a cool one, but not as cool as yesterday.  Was wishing I had my gloves when I went to church.  Didn't do much at all this weekend.  Actually, I did, but nothing out of the house.  On Friday evening I put in my food delivery order, and they delivered it two hours later. Much as I love shopping in the store,  I just can't do it anymore.  It's torture when I try to carry the bags home.  And as an added benefit, I can only buy what I see on the website which is always the regular items that I buy.  None of the extras that pop  up on special stands in the aisles that entice you to buy what you don't need.  I do pay $7.99 for delivery, but I'm going to pay $3 in bus fare anyway, so it's only $5 and by the time they get done adding up my bill, it's less than had I shopped in person. 

Saturday morning I got up early and made a big pot of Kale and Chick Pea soup.
Carrots, celery, onions, peppers, 1 can Chick Peas, fresh Kale, 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes,  Garam Marsala (lots because I like spicy), garlic powder, ginger powder, 6 packages low sodium chicken broth, white pepper, and water.  So, so good.  Dinner all this week.

Took this picture of the early morning light.  A gray cloudy morn.
I love this liminal period between darkness and light and picturing my neighbors just beginning to stir to start their day.  I love imagining that I am the only one awake and watching this.

Read the new Woman's Day and then put it in the lobby for someone else to enjoy.  Then later I dug out my holiday notebook and started putting together my Thanksgiving lists--what to cook, what to buy, recipes, etc. It will be here before we know it.  

Hubby wanted to take me to  Applebee's for dinner last night, but neither one of us were up to it.  We both agreed to put it off until we can both really enjoy it.  He's overtired and still healing from his cold, and I'm just tired and in pain.  So we just took the day to rest up.  I saw plenty that I wanted to do, but nope, just sat and looked at it.  Tomorrow is another day, and the work isn't going anyplace.

Sitting her now debating whether or not to go to class today. Definitely not ready for qigong or dance and am not happy with the new meditation facilitator. Everyone has their own style,  and hers is not mine. She starts off with 35 minutes of yoga, and I can't do that even when my body is not out of whack. Yoga isn't for everyone. Then she lights a small candle and puts music on. Maybe it's good, but with this hamstring issue, my butt hurts too much to just still still. So it was rather tortuous last time I went. All that's left is arts and crafts and I do love that. Will see. I won't have to leave until later if I go.


Have a good one.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Selections

This is one of my favorite boxes and definitely a keeper.  I try out a lot of them which is why you see so many, but most after one month I quit.  Just not worth the money. Nothing skimpy here.  And this month's Halloween box was a real treat.


 Had to save this paper. Couldn't part with it.  Can't really notice it in this picture, but it's black with sparkles.  I'll find use for it.

 Beautiful spider web bag
Inside is a copper bracelet to cleanse energy and purify the body.
Essential Oil Harvest Spice Blend Room Spray to raise energies and freshen the air...and freshen it does.  Orange, cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, and frankincense made with organic essential oils, distilled water, and baking soda.  It smells so good.
Also received this precious little wooden box.
 These were tucked in the wooden box.  A special gift from the shop owner.
Black cat candle provides the amazing scents of the season.  Attracts good luck and spiritual well being.
This soap smells awesome.  It is an Ayurvedic blend of spice powder, shea butter, coconut oil, and natural aloe vera extract.
 Halloween treat bag. 

 Tucked inside. Lollipops are organic, nut free, dairy free, gluten free, and are yummy.

Box value is $40.00. I paid $14.95.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Thought


Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

Dale Carnegie

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Roundup

Good morning and happy Friday.  We come to the end of another trying week.  It's been crisp and cool here in Brooklyn.  My kind of weather.  Trying to get out every day a little just to enjoy it.  Not much I can really do right now, though.  Can't even walk as long as I used to.  Let's just say I really did a number on myself with all this lifting and moving stuff.  Sometimes I forget I'm 71 years old and just can't do the things I used to.  That's when I get into trouble.

Great news. They came by on Tuesday and filled in my holes. They did a fantastic job.  Had I had them from the beginning I never would have had to sit for 32 days with holes in my wall. And they filled them in none none too soon, either. My neighbor in the front apartment saw a mouse the other day. I expected that, though. She was the one where you could look right down into the basement. I think we got it in time. I'm hoping that if they did come in, they went back through the hole to their nest, and by the time they tried to come back, the hole was gone. No food for them in my house.  Ever since that problem several months ago everything is stored in mouse proof containers.   

Only thing to be done now is the overhead lights and the electronic fire alarms. Oh, and get the dust all out. I mop every day.  It's pretty much gone now. but that's because we put towel around the bottom edges of the door.  Dust problem will end once they finish the apartment across the hall, but it seems the people there are making it difficult on them---make them wait until late morning, move furniture back every night, things like that...so it's taking longer than expected.  I don't understand.  You know that it's going to be done anyway, so why not just let the guys do it and get it over with?  That's the way I think. 

Here is a before and after picture.
Made a WW meeting on Wednesday and on Thursday.  Same topic, but different views.  Also picked up a few tasty hints for enjoying foods that I'd hadn't had on my menu for awhile.  For example, I LOVE bacon, but it is so high in sodium.  One of my favorite breakfasts when I was working was bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll, but I haven't had it in 5 years.  So, I listened, got hungry, and after the meeting ran into the store for a jar of bacon bits.  For dinner I made a teaspoon full of bacon bits, 2 eggs, and some WW American cheese.  Had it on 2 slices of Pepperidge Farm lite whole wheat bread, and I was so satisfied.  Next up...grilled cheese and bacon.

Got some new storage stuff that fits right in with the decor.  These old pre-war buildings don't come with much storage space, and I'm tired of having things scattered about.   These baskets don't take up much space and hide things in plain sight.
 In these wicker baskets I put all my jewelry supplies.  Beads are on the bottom, threads and wires in the middle, and findings and tools on top.  No more searching all over for things.
In these wicker baskets I keep:  The bottom one holds my handheld vacuum.  The next one up holds my scarves.  The third one up holds my herbs and a few candles, and the top one holds all my wax melts.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday Odds and Ends

Today's post is based on the series of books, "Seasons of Our Lives".  I highly recommend these books.  Great reads.  Especially now that the cooler weather is setting in.  Here is what is written about the books:

'The award-winning stories in the four volumes of Seasons of Our Lives will charm, intrigue, captivate, and inspire you because they speak of our lives almost as much as they do the authors'. The details of childhood, coming of age, adulthood, and aging—of passion, friendship, love, sacrifice, betrayal, disappointment, survival, and unexpected joy—of lives intersecting with history—of ordinary yet extraordinary experiences are unique to these award-winning authors and yet at their core these stories tell of all our lives.'

Mom's High School diploma
Mom's high school picture. 
My first birthday.
 Mom and me in happier times.
 My 8th grade diploma.

 High school club. Don't even remember it.
 My senior picture. 
 Mom.  She was such a beautiful woman.
My retirement party.  I look at this as the beginning of the Autumn of my life. (Look how heavy I was)
Mom and my grandson, Scott.
As I enter the winter of my life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: From the 'Magdelene Oracle' by Toni Carmine Salerno

Drew this card this morning. Today I am definitely grateful.  The holes have been filled in.