Sunday, February 23, 2020

Life: It Goes On - February 23

Happy Sunday! I'm still using the winter picture but it sure doesn't look like this outside (ok, it never looks like that outside my window because I don't live in the mountains along a creek). It was almost 60 degrees here yesterday and we have had a lot of sunshine lately so most of our snow is melted which is just fine with me.

Work continues on getting Miss H ready to move. And by "ready to move," I actually mean ready to not leave behind a lot of stuff she's never going to use again. We got through all of her accessories and her bathroom this week; three more bags of stuff out of my house including an entire IKEA bag full of scarves! Are you starting to see what I'm battling here?!

Last Week I:

Listened To: Kate Atkinson's Transcription which I finished on Friday. I do love her writing and this one has some marvelous twists. I just got started on Tea Obreht's Inland. No idea what it's about yet; I didn't even look at the synopsis when I checked it out - got it entirely based on the author.

Brooklyn 99
Watched: Miss H loves Brooklyn 99 so she's been making me watch episodes of that this week. It's stupid humor which is usually not my thing but I think the company I'm watching with makes me like it more than I might otherwise.

Read: I'm working my way through Simon Jimenez' The Vanished Birds which I'm enjoying but I haven't been in much of a reading mood this week. That, of course, didn't stop me from picking up a book when I took a library book bag back last week.

Made: We have been eating so simply around here this past week - I'm not sure the oven has even been turned on. One night we used a container of chili out of the freezer then used the remaining chili for chili cheese dogs. Another night we had taco salads. Two nights The Big Guy was gone and I tend to just graze when that happens. I had really thought Ruth Reichl's book was going to light a fire under me to start cooking again; but so far there's not even been a spark.

Enjoyed: Book club on Tuesday (as always!) and then last night we celebrated my sister-in-law's 70th birthday combined with her retirement. Almost all of her family was able to be there so it was fun to spend time with family.

This Week I’m: 

Part of my unread classics -
just goes to show that I need
to get busy on my classics reading!
Planning: On continuing to work with Miss H and starting 40 Bags in 40 Days on Wednesday. You all know how happy that's going to make me! BG has even agreed to participate this year. 

Thinking About: Reorganizing my books. I started on a small scale this week by rearranging my mystery/thrillers so that I had room to move my unread classics onto the shelves in my bedroom. It's nothing anyone else will ever notice but it sure made me happy.

Feeling: So much more energetic. For February, I made my goal for my word of the year, enough, to get enough sleep. I'm shooting for seven hours a night so I've set two alarms, one let's me know it's time to shut things down for the night and get ready for bed and the second is to let me know it's time for lights out. Those reminders, along with tracking my sleep in my bullet journal, is really helping me keep on track. I'm not always there yet but I'm doing much better.

Looking forward to: Spending some time with Mini-him. We haven't really gotten a chance to talk to him since he got back from Japan late last Tuesday. Hoping to lure him over today for a pork loin dinner.

Question of the week: Does that idea of doing something like 40 Bags In 40 Days make your heart sing, like it does mine? Or are you more like BG and tend to hold on to everything  because it's a) perfectly good, no need to get rid of it; or because b) it might come in handy someday? 


  1. I need to do a moving level declutter. I think I'm somewhere between you and BG. I don't hang on to everything but I don't really enjoy going through stuff and getting rid of it. Now my husband will throw stuff away if you just suspect you might be done with it so we typically don't have too much stuff. We've been in New Orleans or Orlando for most of the winter so I got used to nice warm weather and came home to temps in the 30s and 40s. I'm not a fan! Have a great week!

    1. I'm only marginally good at getting rid of stuff - I just make it sound good! I also like to switch up my decor so I keep a lot of stuff so I can do that without having to spend money and I'm a sucker for all of the sentimental stuff. My middle son didn't want all of the things of his from when he was growing up and told me just to get rid of the rest. But I couldn't! So now I'm storing things that I know for a fact no one will ever want!

  2. I love the winter picture! I haven't seen Brooklyn 99, I'll check it out to see what it's about. We moved a little over a year ago from a 24,000 sq. ft. house to one that's almost 900 sq. ft. so I did my decluttering then. And yes, it's so nice not having so much stuff. And did I read that right? An IKEA bag full of scarves? That's a big bag! I wonder how many scarves were in it?

    1. I think there were at least 20 scarves plus some belts. I took ten or so of the scarves she was getting rid of and she still probably has 40 or so. Think she had an obsession?!

  3. 40 bags makes me giddy. I got rid of two bags yesterday.

    1. I actually estimated how many bags I thought I would be able to get rid of this year and for the first time ever I'm not sure there is enough left to get rid of that we will have 40 bags. But we shall see. If I can get the hubby to get rid of as much as he should and get Miss H to get through all of her stuff before she moves, we may still get there.