11th of December

So, when I checked my blog this morning yesterdays post was gone except for the title. I’ve gone everywhere to find it and even had my tech-savvy daughter check it and she couldn’t find it either. So, I’ll at least post the pictures.


These are the coconut macaroons, and there’s the first wreath.

So first off, I did the bathroom zone. Then dusted everything.  Next, I made the peanut brittle. Yummy!!





So I just received my copy of the new book”The Art of Doing Nothing” by the blogger of Minimalist Mom. I love reading her blog. But the book, in my opinion, is just lacking something. I get she’s talking to a broad audience with ideas of how to lighten your schedule, do stuff for yourself, say no to things. I get it, but the book just seems to drone on and doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. I’ll give my copy to the Truckee Library. Maybe, I just already do most of the ideas so I was hoping for some new stuff.

Dinner is going to be a garbanzo curry stew.



9th of December

Another nice day here in Northern California. It’s so horrible what’s happening around Santa Barbara and southern Ca. B was supposed to fly down Monday to work the co-ops but cancelled due to the fires. I’m glad he’s not going. Just too dangerous.

I’m planning on making the 2 wreaths with pine boughs this weekend. I’ll post some pictures when they’re done.

We’ve been watching on Amazon prime’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. It is so great. If you need a show to watch this is just about as good as it gets.

I made some rice crispy treats for everyone. My daughter is going gluten free after a breakout of hives from gluten( we think) so we’re trying some easy treats. I also made some fudge that I will use some of in Christmas gifts. (Unless we eat it all first). Then I may try some coconut macaroons tomorrow.

Dinner tonight is a potato leek soup and a green salad.


this was my bird tree from a few years ago. Since minimalizing even more, I just have one tree. I did want to get another live tree because they smell so great, but I wasn’t willing to spend the money.

8th of December

Well, it’s Friday.

I have to run a few errands today like AAA to pay a car registration and I want to stop at Goodwill to see if I can score a grapevine wreath to add fresh pine boughs to for a door wreath.  Probably not too likely but then Michaels is around the corner but I don’t want to pay for a new one but I’ll check out the price.

Then I’m going to putter around the house and see what needs to be done. Here’s my little project for this week. This charming little dresser was a thrift store find years ago. Since I love anything with acorns, this was a win for me. But here’s the before picture

IMG_1106.jpg This is a blue color although you cant tell. Then I bought some chalk paint and here’s the result


This lives in our tiny bathroom and holds bathroom stuff.

Here’s a great little tip fora creative way to hold your soap. I think I got this years ago from Real Simple.

Get a bonsai type planter at the nursery, usually, they are very pretty and rustic looking. Then gather or buy black river rocks. I got mine also, years ago at Lake Tahoe at a very specific beach that has these black stones. Just put the rocks in to create a drain of sorts and they hold the soap.


IMG_1117.jpg Have fun!


7th of December

I’m am so excited for my new lab results. They are great and went down. Ratio excellent.

So grateful!!


A wonderful early Christmas present to me.


Another bird picture by my daughter. A woodpecker.

dinner is crockpot pintos.

Here was last nights dinner

IMG_1111.jpgRoast chicken

IMG_1109.jpgSauteed rainbow chard  and rice.




6th of December

Grateful for a cup of good coffee.

The back story is we had to fast this morning to get the labs done for the insurance. Okay, I can do this but we get to the lab at 8:25 and supposedly we needed some sort of paperwork that B did not download.   So, I was not a happy fasting camper. But a quick stop to Starbucks and all was right with the world. But we’ll have to do it later anyway.

Then we went to the bank to use the coin machine. This is a sealed pot challenge originally started by the blogger’s new life in the country.  

We ended up with $88.78. Pretty good for a year. we still haven’t decided what we will use it on. Maybe part of our travel money.

I’m doing the minimalist game this month. So day 1 is 1 thing, day 2 is 2 things, etc. Not sure I can come up with that amount but I started with the Christmas ornaments I don’t want.  Plus I do need to go thru some old files so that will add some items.

Dinner is a roast chicken and farmers market chard, I’ll saute it with some garlic.

Here’s another amazing picture by my lovely daughter.


This is a California scrub jay.








5th of December

Dark and very cold mornings, but the frost is sparkling and the moon is bright.  The sky is starlite.


This is a picture my daughter took with Fuiji film HS10.

This is super moon.


We had a lovely broccoli cheddar soup for dinner with toasted potato bread. The bread was quite lovely. It’s a good recipe to have on hand.


Today, I’m grateful for the sun shining and slightly warmer weather.




4th of December

OMG, it was freezing this morning walking. Right around 32 degrees and quite frosty. It was pretty though(what we could see with the lovely moonlight).

I went and had my blood draw so by Thursday we’ll know the outcome. It’s hard to say at this point based on how I feel. It could go either way.

I finished the kitchen zone and decided to make some potato bread which uses a cup of mashed potatoes.  It’s supposed to be great sandwich bread. I’ve never tried it so….. I also thought of buying some of those bread pans that have the lid on them to make a square loaf. Williams Sonoma has one on sale right now. It’s called a Pullman loaf pan.

Today, I’m grateful to have a tidy and clean kitchen to make bread in.



3rd of December

I’m grateful for my husband who works extraordinarily hard to support his family.

We have excellent health care as long as he continues to work full time and our son is covered till his 26th birthday, which will be right around the time my husband retires.

This next year I have some specific financial goals, one being, paying off the Santa Fe or at least most of it so B can get a small car like a Hyundai Elantra. Since he will still get a car stipend thing, he can use that instead of racking up more miles on the SF which we need to pull the tent trailer.  We will sell either the van or my VW. I’m guessing the van but who knows.

Today is a gym day and I need to go to Safeway for a few things like milk. Then this coming week is Flylady’s kitchen zone. I’ll probably start today and at least wipe the cabinets.

Our week looks dry and sunny but still cool, only @ 60 degrees high.


Beautiful Lake Tahoe!



2nd of December

Grateful to be able to go the farmers market and buy my beautiful veggies for a week or two. I got rainbow chard, 2 types of lettuce, radishes, local mandarins, red onions, mustard greens, leeks, broccoli and a chunk of local cheese from Petaluma.

I have 10 meals planned.

Stir- fry with some veggies

Broccoli cheese soup

Potato leek soup

tofu burgers

Turkey and wild rice soup (tonight)

roast chicken with rice and salad

taco night

pizza night

breakfast for dinner

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It’s a chilly damp day.