Everyone has favorite things in their life that cut the edge off a day that had to be maneuvered around stressors. Like walking through the door and slipping into PJs as soon as you turn the lock. Then making a cup of tea and sitting on the couch for ten minutes mindlessly watching a blank television screen before everyone in your family needs your attention.
Well, maybe the PJ thing can happen, but the tea normally has to wait until everyone has settled in for the evening. I remember those days with fondness. My routine when I came in from working 12 - 14 hour shifts at a local emergency room was to give the kids a kiss and hop into a shower. I didn't want the kids to even touch me before a shower because of any germs I may have picked up while working. Hugs and contact came after the shower.
These days life is much calmer and I take solace in small things that change from time to time. Currently I find myself enjoying these small treats.
1.Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that have been stored in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
2. Oranges (vitamin C)
3.Raisin bread (There's iron in them there raisins!)
4. Banana bread (potassium)
5. Apple cider vinegar to maintain good blood sugar levels and blood pressure. There must be some effect vinegar has to maintain health because my last blood pressure was 100 over 68.
YOO TOOB VIDEOS
1.My tastes are eclectic in this area. My first go to video is Boss of the Swamp. This man lives off grid, but is not a show offie type. He's down to earth and has the prettiest and well behaved border collie that gets a lot of attention from viewers, including me. He's an artist and his wood working skills are to be admired. He reminds me of my husband in so many ways especially his even personality and dedication to his tasks.
2. A Simply Simple Life This family has four well rounded children, one male and three females. (Sound familiar?) Diane vlogs through a day in the life with a Pilipino accent that can be addictive. The videos are relaxing and informative. What I like about Diane is when she shops she lets us know what she likes, but she doesn't grab everything to put in her cart. She has a budget and sticks to it.
3. Elizabeth Mayhem! This lady is from the UK and has a most delightful sense of humor. She is laid back even though she also has a large family. Very entertaining as well as informative. I originally began watching her videos because there were foods from the grocery store that I didn't recognize. She was gracious enough to answer my questions when I had them. I'm learning about another culture while at the same time being entertain with laughs and giggles.
4.Frugalnista If you want to see a woman who exemplifies the proverbs woman, cast an eye on Vivica. Checking out store dumpsters is legal in her state and she can find some beautiful items by just peeking in and grabbing what's on top of the pile. I call it elegant diving.
The saint that was picked out of a hat for me this year by my friend in NY was Saint Maria Galetti. I believe this saint was canonized in 1950. Maria was only twelve when she was murdered, but left a trail of good deeds and pure love for God. She was also a poor farmer's daughter who happened to be Italian. I'm having a good time researching her life.
I added a new prayer to my list.
I love the new desk and bookcase in the office room. I like the feel of the small room and have intentions of added a love seat and television to it. I have a feeling that's where a person will find me in the months ahead. As cozy as the living room is, the feel isn't there because of the high ceilings. I'm more familiar with smaller spaces and feel secure in them.
My go to home wear are sweat pants and waffle weave tops. Since it's winter I also cozy up with a tee shirt under the waffle weave. I also brought out the flannel sleep pants for warmth while the pup cuddles up next to me for a long winter's sleep.
Since I don't need too many items any more my shopping has been reduced to comsumables such as food and light bulbs. I do love an essential oil I bought called Thieves oil. I use it to make liquid hand soap because of it's disinfecting properties. It's called thieves oil because it is a combination of oils that were put together to protect thieves in the 1400s while they stole from bodies that were effected with the black plague. A rather vile beginning, to say the least.
3 Tablespoons castile soap
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
5 drops essential oil
Place oils and soap in a pump dispenser (I repurpose)
Add water to about 1 1/2 inch from lip of the dispenser
Cap and shake well
Do you have favorite things this month that help you get through the day? Kind of a spark of sunshine during a dreary winter's day. Please fell free to share in the comments section. Until the next time, stay safe.
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