Monday, February 22, 2016

The Week in Review

I've been active this week, taking advantage of the nicer weather.  Yesterday it was in the low 70s (F.)  It was the perfect weather for a birthday celebration at a restaurant on the inter coastal waterways.  My kids took me out to lunch to celebrate and everyone had a great time.  The grandkids took a walk down the dock and enjoyed the nature the waterways had to offer.

I received a bag of gifts from each family, some practical and others for fun.

I scheduled Marley's surgery this morning for March 4.  I have to bring her in at 7:30 AM and she will be there the whole day, even though the surgery takes just a few minutes.

I also called the company that provides my home insurance because the rates go up every year, even though I have never filed a claim nor has anything changed in my living situation.  I asked a load of questions and found out that each year they add coverage, even if I didn't ask for it.  I was a bit put off that the minimum amount of coverage I could get on my furnishings was 15000$.  I don't have that much invested in my furnishings.  I lowered the amount to the 15000$ mark and saved 17.00 a year.  It may not seem like a lot, but the money is mine, not theirs to do with as they please.

After lunch my daughter took me to the dollar store.  The white bins I've been looking for were all gone so I left with only some tissue. (Kleenix)

I made a quiche this week and ate it for two dinners so far.  I'll have it one more time, then freeze the rest for when I have no desire to cook.




The hardwood floors got a firm scrubbing this week from the position of me on my bum checking out every corner in the rooms.

The bedding got washed along with the comforter.  It was time to rotate sheets so the second set went on and the current one will go in the linen closet until I want a change.  Nothing says comfort more than a clean set on bedding.  Since the bedding was fresh the rest of the room had to be cleaned, as well.

I made an 8x8 pan of brownies at the beginning of the week for the week.  But, I didn't finish them so they went stale.  What I should have done is freeze individual pieces for the future.  I will keep that in mind for next time.

I use a box mix that I purchase only when they are on sale.  Cake mixes are also bought the same way.  Here is some information I recently learned: Using the mixes beyond the expiration date can be dangerous because the yeast can grow spores.  Good information to remember.  I had to throw out five boxes of cake mixes that had expired.  I'm going to have to adjust my buying habits when it comes to mixes.  I don't use yeast when I make a cake from scratch, but it seems the manufacturers do.  Perhaps it's in the flour.  Who can tell?

I was talking to a friend (who has a 90% creative rate) and she came up with the word (s)of the week, without realizing it.  WORD of the WEEK:  Simple Life.  Something that doesn't involve a lot of stress.  Perfect!  That's the message I try to convey to my readers.  A person can live any where and live a simple life.  They can choose the things that help them reduce stress and choose not to do others.  As an example you know I make my cleaning products.  It's easy and takes very little time.  But, I no longer rely on this method for cleaning toilets.  I use a store bought wand and pad.  I've been cleaning toilets with my hands since I was ten years old.  I don't want to accomplish that task in that manner any longer.  I splurge on the product that does the work for me.  Stress gone.

Simple living is more a frame of mind than a location.  Anyone who chooses to follow the life style can do so right where they are.  Choices of which thing you wish to practice are there, too.  Learn what is good for you, research costs and go for it.  Choices not only should take into account saving funds, they should be enjoyable to you.

Stay safe.



 

10 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Angie, may there be many more. I am praying for a speedy recovery of for Marley in March. X

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  2. You're so kind to think of Marley. She is my best friend and keeps me company all of the time. I would be lost without her. Thank you. also for the birthday wish. I had a great two days!

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  3. It is a pity that you had to throw out those cake mixes. But that happens.
    I only buy fresh yeast cubes. One cube is for 1 kilogram flour. I keep it in the fridge for 2 weeks.That quiche you made looks very good. It also belongs to our favorites and one can make it in so many variations and even use up left-over vegetables or mushrooms or cheese.

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    1. Throwing the cake mixes out was tough, but I knew I had to. Using up leftovers is what I did. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. What are your quiche ingredients? It looks delicious.

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    1. It was so good. One cup milk, 2-3 eggs, (I used 3 for the first time when I made this. Normally I use 2 eggs.) 1 1/2 cups cheese of your choice. salt, pepper, a small sprinkling of nutmeg, and any veggies or meat of your choosing. Pretty much I empty the leftovers from the fridge. Enjoy. And let us know what you think after you make this. 350 F for 35-40 minutes.

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  5. Dear Angie, I hope you and dear Marley are ok. I know Marley has her surgery first I am praying she is ok. I hope you are ok too as it seems a bit longer than normal between posts. Sending you both my fondest and warmest greetings xxxx

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  6. I'd like to thank you for your concern. Marley came out of her surgeries just fine. I have to admit it was a strange feeling when she was gone. I went to check on her and was reminded she wasn't here. My absence from blogging has been a reflecting time. When the absences occur this or I'm not feeling well is the main reason. My plans are to continue, with perhaps more insightful posts from time to time. Inspiring posts would be good. I guess I'm evolving and reflecting. Is there a subject you'd like covered? You can ask and I don't have to post the comment if that is more comfortable for you.

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  7. I am so glad you and Marley are well. The house would feel very empty without Marley . I enjoy all your posts Angie. I do like your cooking and handy hints. I think if you are spending time reflecting that means something. Reflection is good. All I know Angie is I love your posts and you are a lovely special person in my life . I thank you for you and your blog. I know whatever you write I will read . Xxx

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  8. Since the hints and recipes are helpful to you, I will continue to post them. I have spent quite a bit of time in refection in my life. I guess it's part of who I am. Sometimes I'll say something to a friend and she tells me it's too deep for her. Then we both laugh. Now that's a good friend.

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