Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Purge

I think it happens every Winter, the need to purge stuff.   It seems we spend years collecting stuff, holding on to stuff, only to find later that we don't want it around.   Jackets, sweatshirts, shoes, appliances, miscellaneous kitchen items, jeans that may or may not fit, t-shirts that have seen much better days, something purchased but never really liked or used.   Our generation has been one of consumer-ism, no question about it.   Make money, spend it, buy things, get more things, collect things.   Seemed important at the time, but not anymore.   I want things that I need, things that I will definitely use.   I think more about what I'm buying, not just spending money because maybe I'm bored or for some other silly reason.

So anyway....I cleaned out closets and drawers and boxes and totes and took a bunch of stuff to the donation site.   Yesterday was cold and post-rain, so it was perfect to sort through papers that seem to have no place to go.   Piles of old papers.   Something I needed to keep but then didn't need it anymore.   It all feels good.   

Then there's the garage.   Somehow old tools keep showing up, long since placed on a shelf and stayed there for lack of use.   I sold old chainsaws and I'm working on a few more items.   Hey, even if someone wants to pay me $10, it's better than nothing, right?   And I like the idea that others can use items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.   There's more, but progress is ongoing.  

My brain also gets cluttered and there are times I need to clear it out.   Usually riding my horse helps a ton, but we actually had some rain this week (yay!) and riding was out.   A trip to the coast?   Yes!

In my opinion, Winter is the best time for photographs at the coast.   I would like to go back today but I have a hair appointment and probably won't make it.   I hear the surf is high, also fun to shoot.   

I hope everyone is the path of the polar express is doing okay and starting to warm up.   Our neighbors down in Santa Barbara County got through the largest wildfire in California history, only to be dealt a monster rainstorm that is causing mudslides.   Floods, fires, mudslides, freezing cold temperatures.   Stay safe, friends.   And thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's A Start

The new tree is standing in the corner of the living room with lights and so far nothing else.   I love to  get up in the morning and see those lights.   I think this weekend I will decide how to decorate.   It's a slightly bigger tree than our last and so I may need a few more decorations.   We'll see.

November has been very warm with barely a sprinkle of rain.   We finally had a night that was cold enough to shock the trees into dropping most of their leaves.   But today is forecast to be nearly 90.   I hope the trees don't start to bud, then get shocked again and don't know what to do.   Last year was so delightful with the abundance of rain.   This year, so far, nothing.   I've saved money by not purchasing new boots for the rainy days.   Is that a good thing?   No, I'd rather have the rain and the boots.

We've had some pretty skies with clouds that make for sunrises and sunsets worth watching.

Thanksgiving is upon us.   It will just be the two of us and because someone (not I) has come down with a bad cold, we are not going to do a typical (for us) Thanksgiving dinner.   I'm thinking chicken soup in the Instant Pot with some fresh rolls and of course some pie.    A bigger meal can wait for another day when we can both enjoy it.   

Have a wonderful holiday and as always, I appreciate you stopping by.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

If I'm Being Honest

I don't like to cook.   I get tired of thinking of interesting things, I don't like grocery shopping, and I am alone most nights for meals.   It doesn't make for much inspiration or willingness to put out the effort.   Still, a home cooked meal is nice and I go through periods where I aspire to be better at it.   So I was receptive to a 50% Hello Fresh offer.   Last week I received the first order.

The first meal was chicken with a fig sauce, roasted sweet potato, and a salad.   We liked it!   The second meal was a seasoned skirt steak with roasted potatoes/sweet potato and balsamic brussels sprouts.   Again, we liked it!   The third meal was teriyaki chicken with rice and green beans.   And we liked it!

These aren't difficult meals to make on your own without Hello Fresh.   But they were affordable, just the right portion sizes, and all inclusive.   Well, you have to add your own oil, butter, and those things.   Today we will receive our second package so we'll give it 3 more tries and then decide whether we want anymore deliveries.   You can skip weeks, and can also just cancel at any time.   Easy.   If nothing else, I have some new simple recipes that I can just create on my own without having to make those "What shall I cook?" decisions.

Autumn finally arrived a couple days ago which means soup season, along with cool enough temperatures to turn on the oven.   Rain is coming at the end of this week so I've been in search of some new boots.   I tried on two pairs over the weekend but neither one was exactly right.   I have my ugly muck boots that serve me well outside on the property, but I would like some that keep my feet warm and dry for being out and about.   I don't like wet shoes, wet socks, wet feet.    I shall persevere and find the right pair.

Oh how I wish those wires would just be gone, but what a pretty sky we had last night.   

Thanks for stopping by on this first day of November.   The sun is shining, have a good day.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oh The Skies

Our weather is trying to change.   We had some clouds this week and about one hour of rain, giving me a chance to take some photos without having to search for inspiration.

I hope you're having a nice Sunday and you have blue skies in your neighborhood too.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hello It's Me

October is here.   My favorite month is not acting like Autumn, so I'm wondering if November is the new October.   Our nights are much cooler but the days?   Not so much.   And with the horrible fires burning in California, the skies are hardly crisp and blue as they should be.   I won't feel sorry for myself because so many people have suffered great loss across our planet, but I just wish we had taken better care of our planet so Mother Earth wouldn't be screaming so loudly.  

We went on a wonderful vacation to New York City and it wasn't Autumn there either.   It was hot and humid, and we don't do humid.   We whined about it but walked and walked, as New Yorkers do, and welcomed the relief of restaurants and museums with their air conditioners drying our brows and clothes.  

The last day before we flew out, last Tuesday, the sky was beautifully blue with light clouds.   We were on our own that day and so I was able to make it more of a camera day.   I was rewarded for waiting.   We went to the World Trade Center where I met everyone's friend Daryl.   Yes, THAT Daryl.   She of  fame.   She took us to her office on the 43rd floor and showed us the incredible views she enjoys every day.  As you might imagine, Daryl is someone you can talk with for hours, but she had to get back to work and we were heading elsewhere to fit a little more into our last day.

I know I've been absent from my blog for a few months.   If you stopped by today, I appreciate your visit.   I will try to share more photos from our vacation this week.   

Friday, July 14, 2017

There's More

I usually have a  favorite recent photo.   My  new header is the one I have used for my desktop and I haven't grown tired of looking at it.   However, the standard theme format I am using for my blog wouldn't fit the entire photo and so I'm a little disappointed about that.   Even though I don't blog very much anymore, it bothers me when things don't look quite right.

Here's the photo in its entirety.   It's not the same without the reflection.

It's been a mixed bag, this month of July.   We had an awful terrible miserable heat wave that rolled through, taking our "at home" temperatures up to 109 on two days.   Ugh.   All you can do is get as much done in the early morning as you can tolerate, then stay inside except for necessary short trips outside.   Add to that, the fact that we had 6 (!) wildfires burning across our county and adjacent counties, and the air was not healthy for a while.   It created lots of orange in the sky, but I'd rather have no fires and no orange.

Because we have water outside for our chickens, we have other birds and creatures that either live here or visit our watering hole.   Our resident wild rabbits were digging little troughs in the dirt to stay cool, always sharing space with the chickens.   

And then this big guy showed up.   Wow.   I see jackrabbits running through fields sometimes, but never quite this close.   They are huge, as big as a dog.   

As a contrast, this week brought temperatures in the mid 80's and let me just say, it was delightful.   I rode Beau, I ran some errands without desperately trying to escape the heat, I sat outside with the dogs and enjoyed an evening breeze, and just generally felt happy through the days.   Good thing, because this weekend will be super hot again.   The only good thing I am really looking forward to?   WINTER is coming!   No, not that Winter.   THIS Winter.

Game of Thrones!!!!   I got caught up on HBO during the heat wave (good timing, HBO), and cannot wait for the new season.   

That is all.   I'm sure there's more but I'll save it for another time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Online Life

It's become more and more about online shopping for me.   And mostly Amazon.   You can find almost anything by shopping on Amazon and with a Prime membership, the shipping is free.   I am now using it for everything from good quality white crew socks that I can't find anywhere locally, to the HVAC filters that our local HVAC service company seriously over prices.   They charge TWICE what I just paid online.  

I'm sorry for the retailers that have found their sales dropping off over the years, and all the people that have worked in retail.   I shopped locally and still do for some things, but as the inventories have declined, I often don't find what I want.   I still like Target.   I still try to shop at our local tack store, but as I have what I need, I rarely go there anymore either.   I purchase shoes locally because I wouldn't attempt to buy them online.   I must try on shoes.  

I recently discovered through Facebook that Kate Spade was offering a 75% off sale.   What???   I rushed right over and made my purchase because I had to.   I would never have found that sale had it not been for FB.   Now I'm thinking I should start following other retailers on FB because you can find things you otherwise wouldn't.   And isn't that the point?   They lure you in on FB, you make a purchase, they start sending you all their other deals that may or may not be fabulous prices.   I unsubscribe soon after my purchase.   If I need them, I will find them.   But how much money did I save by finding that special sale?   Well, I really DID need a new colorful handbag for summer.   *big smile*

My idea of wonderful would be if Jeff Bezos, new owner of Whole Foods, would expand that to include affordable online grocery shopping with delivery here, 20+ miles away from the nearest store.   The ultimate in luxury, right?   It's not coming to my neighborhood anytime soon, but still....I would love that.  

I didn't end up going out for a drapery rod yesterday because it got too hot after I rode Beau and took care of his sores.   If I had bought them online, they would be delivered soon and I wouldn't even have to think about it.   I'm liking my online life more and more.


January Purge

I think it happens every Winter, the need to purge stuff.   It seems we spend years collecting stuff, holding on to stuff, only to find late...