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.
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