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Week In Review~December 2

Holy Cow!! It’s DECEMBER!!  How did this happen?! Well, it actually seems that this happens Every year anymore.  It’s on me before I’m ready.  I have decided that I’m not going to let it worry me.  I’m going to plug along and do my best.  In that vein, I’m going to jump right in to Week In Review and let the lists fall where they may.  Of course, all of this fun is brought to you by the lovely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  It warms my heart that when the whole world crumbles…Meghan has things under control! She is my Hero! Let’s get started!

Again, much of the week is a blur.  I spent the first few days with my head in a box or bag, sorting and dividing and hopefully at some point conquering this whole whirlwind.  Although I can’t be very specific and I would love to show what I’ve accomplished I’m somewhat embarrassed by the whole thing. Let’s suffice it to say that I made Huge progress.

Monday, I realized that I needed to shop for a few things and get what I needed for my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner which is my cranberry orange jello mold.  It’s still one of my favorites.  I think I posted it once and maybe I’ll post if for What I Ate Wednesday although I don’t think I took a photo of it.  We’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday, I continued with my clean out and sorting.  I had to actually make the jello mold so I wouldn’t have to think about it on Wednesday.  It’s not hard and I could probably do it from memory, but I always pull out my old cranberry stained copy of the recipe in my own illegible handwriting.

Wednesday, Ralph surfaced again and was quite pleased with my progress of cleaning out (she wipes her sweaty brow and quietly says, “Whew!)  I was happy that he was happy.  Then he asked if I had come across something “that he’d been looking for” although he’d never mentioned it to me.  Yes I had and as the conversation was happening, this “something” was residing in the trash can in the back yard.  Yikes! Ok, I knew where it was, I just needed him to leave again so that I could get it out of the trash.  We headed over to my sister Ele’s house late afternoon so that Ralph could carve the turkey. Ele has a great way of doing the turkey. She cooks it on Wednesday, we carve it and put it into a big roasting pan and cover it with chicken stock.  Then on Thursday it goes back in the oven to warm.  The family tells me it is delicious and moist.  It saves the steps and mess of carving when it’s time for dinner on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving morning, Ralph went off to pick up our grandson Alex who would be spending Thanksgiving with us.  We were very excited about that! While he was off on that adventure, I had my own adventure of tearing through the trash bags to find what I was looking for.  Generally messy, but I found it, cleaned it up and when he got home he was Quite happy that I had found it.  His question of course was, “Where did you find it?”  I didn’t want to lie.  I said, “Under some stuff, in a bag I hadn’t gone through.”  I didn’t lie.  Everyone was happy!

Thanksgiving dinner was great and I kept myself generally under control, although my results on Saturday morning would not reflect that.  We had a great time and we were happy that Alex was able to stay over so we were able to spend Friday with him. Out to breakfast on Friday morning which was fun. We mostly just hung out at the house watching movies and TV.  Then back to Ele’s on Friday for dinner leftovers.  They always taste so good.

Saturday found me at Weight Watchers with a gain of 1.6.  I need to refocus and get back on track I can do this easily.  I’m the one in charge.  After weighing in, I was sitting there waiting for Gail and Alice.  I see Gail walk in and she’s holding her right arm in a very uncomfortable position.  Turns out she walked from her house to Alice’s to leave for WW, which is about 2 and a half blocks.  Just before she got to Alice’s house, she tripped on broken sidewalk and fell.  She was trying to be brave, but I knew she was in pain. We stayed for the meeting and our plan was to go to the Med Express which fortunately was just across the parking lot from WW.

None of us had ever been there but it was beautiful inside and they were extremely efficient. They opened at 9 am so we were first in line. They did x-rays and the doctor determined that she had cracked the bone very close to her shoulder.  They wanted to send her to an orthopedic clinic right then but she felt more comfortable seeing her primary doctor on Monday and getting a referral from her. The doctor put her arm in a sling.

She and I still went to breakfast and Alice went off to meet some of her former co-workers which was previously planned.  I got Gail home and settled and then went home for a while to check on Ralph and let him know what was going on.  We were all planning on going to Alice’s for dinner leftovers.  As I said, they’re the best!  I went back to Gail’s, got her some lunch and then stayed with her until it was time to go to Alice’s.  Dinner was wonderful, Alice really is an excellent cook!

After dinner, I got Gail home and settled in her jammies for the evening.  It’s tricky getting her arm in and out of the sling so that she can change, but we’ve got a routine going so I think she’ll be ok.

It’s Sunday morning now and I’m not sure what it will bring.  I’m writing this now because I’ll probably be pretty busy today and then tomorrow morning as well getting Gail ready to go to the doctor’s office. A busy week to be sure.

That’s my Week In Review. Be sure to check out all of the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~November 25

Week In Review is such fun for me, even though I don’t think I’ve written one post in the same format but I don’t care! Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets who dreamed up this weekly “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” game, has enough format for all of us.  She’s orderly and focused and list-driven and I want to be her when I grow up. However, I’m armed with hot coffee and I’m ready to get started!

This past week tended to be frustrating for me. I felt like I was waiting for a street car all week.  That’s a really OLD reference, but that’s what you get.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

Monday and Tuesday there seemed to be a lot of spinning of my wheels.  I got a few things accomplished.  I was able to get through the final bin of clothes in the bedroom that I needed to purge.  I got about another bag three-quarters full to send off to the thrift store. Did a bit of move around in the basement and I can’t believe it, but I’m still catching up on laundry from when the dryer was broken.

We had a lovely lunch on Wednesday with our friends Leo and Helen.  Ralph and Leo made their First Communions together when they were five years old.  Yes, they’ve been friends that long.  We had a great time.  We picked a good time to meet, 1:30.  It was after the lunch rush and there was really only one other table in the dining room that had customers so we didn’t feel so bad sitting there for 3 hours!! It was terrific and we hope to do it again soon.

Now to the hurry up and wait part.  Since Last Sunday, Ralph has been saying he was going down to his house to work on things.  We’ve got both houses to clean out and get ready for sale.  I’ve done all the work I can down there, because there wasn’t a lot of my stuff there.  I cleared out the majority, much of it going in the trash.  The only thing left of mine is furniture all ear marked for either sale or transport to New Mexico when the time comes.

He finally left This Saturday while I was at Weight Watchers.  By the way I gained a half pound, but I’m not worrying about it.  I’m feeling so comfortable at this weight, all I really need to do is track and do all the things I always do.  I was more conscious of getting exercise in this week which I was happy about.

I got home from Weight Watchers and dove in.  In the comments from my post on Thursday, Megan gave me kudos for showing my pile of empty boxes on the porch.  I appreciate that.  It’s bigger now because I stormed the living room, ok, it has become more like a storage area, like Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Ok, again with an old reference, but hey, when you live with a Civil War buff, that’s what you get.

I wish I were brave enough to post before and after pictures.  I’m not.  I’m going to take a picture to show my best friend, Gail so that she can appreciate what I’ve accomplished.  I should have taken a before picture but forgot.  I was able to fill four kitchen trash can sized bags with recycling.  Those actually went over to Gail’s house so that Ralph wouldn’t see it all.  A little subterfuge is a good thing sometimes.  I have another section that needs to be sorted, but hey, I’m getting there.  I now have a bigger supply of boxes to pack things into.

Sadly, while vacuuming the floor I ended up breaking a lamp.  The cord I had the vacuum plugged into pulled the lamp off the bookcase.  I think Ralph can fix it.  I had bought the lamp for him. I hope he can fix it because it was one that we wanted to take to NM with us.

I found some things that Ralph was looking for which always soothes the pain when I go through things he says not to.  I even made room so that we can put up the Christmas tree.  That made me especially happy.

On the food front, I made steel-cut oats in the crock pot overnight.  They are my reward for finishing my post.  A bit jumbled? Yes, but that’s my life these days.  But things are looking up and I can feel the warm sun of New Mexico beckoning me onward.  Although most of the weekend, the temperatures in NM and NJ were pretty much the same, I know that it wouldn’t be damp out there and the sun would just make it warmer.

Now, you’re all sworn to secrecy about what I’ve said here today.  No one reads this anyway (tee hee).  Be sure to check out the other reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday! Get out of my way I have work to do!!!

Week In Review~November 18

It seems like I just wrote a Week In Review post but here it is time to write another.  I had been writing them on Sunday which allowed me to be all ready for Monday, but I’ve been slipping.  Here I am scrambling Monday morning to do it.  I guess that helps me to land on my feet and get the new week started off right.  Be sure to check out the other WIR gang over at Meghan’s Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

My Week In Review posts are starting to be a bit boring lately.  They seem to sound the same every week.  I go through boxes, I sort the boxes, I take things to the thrift store and the library.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I got through 10 boxes.  Where exactly were all of these boxes?  Around.  I’m feeling like I’m accomplishing so much and I’m feeling really good about all of this.  Do I have more to do? Oh, Yes…but I’ve put a dent in it.

I’m feeling so good about letting go of all of these things that I don’t need and won’t likely ever use again.  It is amazing the things you accumulate.  I’m hoping to not let this happen again.  Stream line and simplify is my plan.

Had to take my car to the mechanic again.  Steering fluid reservoir had a crack and therefore a leak. He took care of it and it’s working well again.

Wednesday we went out to lunch to celebrate my best friend Gail’s birthday.  It was lots of fun.  Didn’t let the buffet scare me.  It helped that Gail, Alice, Margot and I are all on Weight Watchers.  There was strength in numbers.  We all did pretty well until it came to the ice cream.  Oh, well, a little splurge is good for the soul.

Friday I FINALLY got my dryer fixed.  It really is the little things in life that make you feel good.  I spent Friday and most of Saturday doing laundry.  I felt like a queen.

Saturday at Weight Watchers brought me good news.  I lost 1.5 (in spite of the ice cream!) I was pretty happy and hope to keep that going.  I took 6 pairs of pants over to Gail.  They’re all pants that don’t fit me anymore and that she’ll be able to fit into soon.  I’m really excited for all the She and Alice have accomplished.  Gail almost 75 pounds and Alice 120 pounds.  Wow!

Sunday I went out for coffee with my sister, Ele which was very nice.  Making plans for Thanksgiving. We’ll be a small group this year so things will be more relaxed.  I like that idea.

That’s last week and it’s time to get this week started.  I’ve got a couple of different game plans for the coming week.  Which plan I go with will depend on a few things. We’ll see how it goes. This was not my best or most detailed Week In Review, but hey…I showed up for the party! Be sure to see what the other Reviewers have to say over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~November 11

First of all, I’d like to wish all of our wonderful veterans a Happy Veteran’s Day. Remember all that they’ve done for us.  I have the honor of being married to a Veteran.  Ralph is the best.

So here we are back at Monday, Week In Review. Sponsored by Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  Let’s see what we can come up with.

I’m not sure where to go with this week’s review.  I already told of the most important accomplishments this week in my post on Thursday, The Art of Letting Go.  In a way, that post was an accomplishment.  I was very happy with that.  I appreciated all of the supportive comments I received.

I have been working hard. The ten bags donated were added to with the three more bags I made on Friday.  Granted they are smaller bags but they are designated to get out of here accompanied by two more bags of books.

I did have an emotional moment on Friday.  While working on my porch, my little haven where I now sit typing away, I found something I had forgotten about.  It was a large zip lock bag.  The kind I’m coming to love because I can sort things into them and still see what’s there.  This particular bag had been weeded down, sorted and weeded down again from a large plastic storage bin.  This was the last of what was left.  I had tucked it behind some of the boxes that I now had to go through.  I unzipped it.  I went through it.  I savored the memories. I took them into my heart…and I placed it all in a trash bag.  I had to stop for a while after that.  At that point Ralph told me my best friend had called while I was outside putting things in my car.  I called her and I was able to confess to her what I had done.  It made me feel a little better.

I’ve been doing that all along.  When I donate or toss out something that I feel guilty about, I talk to her.  I get it out of my system and then I move on.  She’s pretty handy to have around.  She helps me see things clearly.  I appreciate that.

I’d say that I spent three full days working hard at this new talent I’ve developed-this art of letting go.  As I’ve said, it’s still not easy sometimes.  But I’m feeling better about it.

Now on to some mechanical issues.  I decided on Tuesday that I needed to try to do something about my non-functioning dryer.  It is covered under my contract with the electric company, but I was certain it was dead.  My only thought had been to just remove it from the contract to save the money.  Then I decide, what the heck…it won’t cost me anything to have them look at it and if it’s dead, it’ll still be dead after he looks at it.  The repair man got here and I lead him to the dungeon and then left him alone.

About ten minutes later, he comes up the steps and knocks on the door.  I’m sure he’s going to tell me no luck.  Before he can talk I say, “I know…it’s old.”  He says, “Yeah it’s old which is why I don’t have the fuse I need to fix it.  I’ll order it, it’ll be delivered by UPS and then we’ll call and set up another appointment.” I thank him and turn around to Ralph. “It’s NOT DEAD!”  Ralph says, “Yes, I heard, Dear.”  I was so excited.  So although I think after today, I’m officially out of clean underwear, I know it will be working soon.  Can’t tell you how excited I am.  Hopefully, I’ll only have to dry a few more loads of laundry over at Gail’s house.  Yes…best friends are good to have.

I didn’t accomplish that much over the weekend.  Saturday found me at Weight Watchers, as always and I stayed the same.  After my gain while we were away, I think my body had found its level.  Some people were telling me I’d lost too much so I guess this is where my body wants to be.  I’m still working to get back on track.  I’m feeling very out of control at night and I need to get back the control I had before the trip.

This is scattered but that’s truly the type of week I’ve had.  I feel good about it and good about the week to come.  Hopefully a new car issue that showed its face on Friday will be simple when I take it to the mechanic today.  We’ll see and we’ll work with it.

Be sure to check out all of the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!


The Art of Letting Go

Interesting and totally unrelated to the title of this post or the point of it, WordPress has just informed me that 3 years ago today I signed up with them.  Interesting also that it took them a Month before I was actually able to access my site, which is why my first post did not come until December.  There were a few things that got in the way back then.  A Lot of things which I suppose in a way has everything to do with this post.

You’ve heard me talking a great deal about all of the cleaning out that must be done in order for us to move to New Mexico.  It is Not a tall tale.  There is a huge load of stuff.  Maybe I’ve been a pack rat all these years and never realized it.  I suppose I hid it well…an orderly pack rat.  When Ralph and I got together, it was magnified because, well he had a lot of stuff.  When his stuff and my stuff got together we hit a situation of critical mass.  There’s a mass of stuff and it’s getting Critical!

But I feel I’ve developed a new talent I never knew I had…The Art of Letting Go.  I have moved a number of times in my life.  None of the moves were ever very far. Most of them in and around the same ten-mile area.  My Dad used to joke that when the house got dirty…I’d move.  Not quite the case, there always seemed to be a good reason.  I do remember thinking on the occasion of these various moves that each time, I got rid of things, weeding out what was not necessary.  As I type this, I can only imagine the horror if I had Not done that along the way.  I would Never get out of here.

However, over the years I suppose it has been cooking in my head all this time…The urge to have less, to get rid of things I don’t need, that I haven’t used for years.  I am feeling very strong in all of this right now.  Hoping to hang on to that strength.

In the past few days, I have collected 10 bags of clothes/shoes/handbags that have gone or will go today to the local thrift store.  When I dropped off bags yesterday, I had to walk into the store to deposit them.  I was Hugely tempted to take a stroll around the shop to see what was there.  I Did Not (I was also parked in a Fire Lane so that helped!)  When I was running other errands, I drove right by the Goodwill store.  I Drove Right By.  Yes, I am feeling strong.

Part of yesterday’s purge was going through boxes of packed books in my bedroom.  I produced 5 bags of books to contribute to the town library.  I ended up with one empty box which doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment but it is.  Moving those boxes out allowed me access to one of my dressers that I hadn’t looked in for a while. Almost Everything in that dresser went into the bags for the thrift store.  Some things were extremely hard to part with, but I did it. Both of my dressers are now empty and ready to be sold.  Now I just have to purge the tops of them.

I’m getting there.  I have some things planned for Mr. Garbage Man tomorrow.   I’ve been giving him a workout lately.  I don’t think he minds or at least he hasn’t left any nasty notes on my door.

I still have lots to do around here but a another big job still remains. I am resigned to the fact that I am going to my sister’s house where Most of my books are stored.  I know there are books in there that I do not need to keep.  I have been through them at least twice before weeding them out.  When I started typing this I was going to say that I wanted to reduce it by half.  I’m not sure if I will be able to do that.  I’m thinking I may be able to reduce by one-third.  We’ll see how it goes and since I’m so bad at fractions, I may never really know.  I’ll just be able to judge by how many bags I carry down the steps and out to the car. But I will reduce them.

No pictures because who wants to look at a bunch of bags.  I hope you’ll trust me to be honest about this.

Am I serious about this?  I Am.  Will I accomplish it?  I Will.  I have to in order to get what I want.  I want to be in New Mexico.  If I have to get in my car with just my purse, my computer, my travel coffee mug and whatever book I happen to be reading at the time…I will.

I’ve never thought of myself an artist, but I have learned the Art of Letting Go.

Happy Thursday!



WIAW~November 6~So It’s Fall

I love the Fall.  Ralph is all enthused about the colors.  I need to get outside with my camera to get some photos before it all goes away. But in the meantime…let’s do Fall foods.  My foods don’t really seem Fall-ish to me.  Haven’t started soups yet.  I need to get on that. But we always have What I Ate Wednesday, the crazy good link up started by Jenn at Peas & Crayons.  Don’t forget to check it out when you finish here!

What I Ate Wednesday: FALL into Good Habits

My food is a little all over the place this week, so try to stick with me.

Oh, the things you find when you start to clean out cabinets…

This wonderful Fall mug.

fall mug


And this great bowl…

breakfast face


Filled with my go to breakfast of bran flakes, Fiber One and vanilla soy milk.  This is my first time trying vanilla soy milk.  Doesn’t taste that different from plain.  Tasty nonetheless!



One of my crazy one dish meals of crock pot lentils, quinoa and green beans topped with Romano cheese. Actually photographed on my lap while I sat on the bed watching TV.  Too much info?  It was delicious…that’s the info you need!

spinach salad


A tasty spinach, feta, egg and various veggie salad at a diner we don’t often go to.  I really enjoyed this.

overnight oats and apples


Overnight oats topped with crock pot apples.  A half cup of oats, third of a cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt, half cup of vanilla soy milk and lots of cinnamon.  I like to heat mine in the microwave.  One minute, then put the apples on top and another 30 seconds. Perfect for me!  Need to make more crock pot apples.  I always finish them off too quickly!

meadows breakfast


Last but not least is breakfast at one of our favorite diners after Ralph’s doctor’s appointment. Tomatoes, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and asparagus omelette.  So good.  A side of cottage cheese…a flashback to last week!

That’s WIAW for me for this week.  I do hope to do some more actual cooking in the coming week.  I NEED soup.   Be sure to check out what everybody else has on their plate over at Peas & Crayons.  You’re sure to find something you like!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

Week In Review~November 4~Hrumph Edition

I did promise to keep better track of my comings and goings, goings and comings last week when I wrote Week In Review.  I have to confess that I failed miserably, but that doesn’t keep me from showing up for the WIR party hostessed by the lovely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I’m here and ready…well as ready as I can be today.  To the Review!

Monday started with the cold realization that Ralph has lost his car keys.  He had a dentist’s appointment.  I was still in my jammies attacking some project or other.  It’s twenty-five minutes to Dentist time and he says, “You’ll have to take me because I can’t find my keys.” Hrumph…Ok. I get dressed and take him there.  The errands he was to run BEFORE going to the dentist’s office are now mine.  Hrumph…I tell him to call me when he’s finished and I’ll come back.

I take care of the errands, go home for a few minutes and decide if I’m going to be less frustrated about this (which I wasn’t sure I could be at that time) I needed to just be peaceful for a bit.  At home I grabbed the book I was reading, headed back to the dentist’s office and read in the parking lot for about a half hour.  When his text came that he was ready to be picked up, I just said “I’m in the parking lot” and I could be in a cheerier mood.  Reading always settles me down.  We came home and he looked for his keys.

Tuesday took me to the hairdresser for a much needed cut. I hadn’t gotten it cut while we were away.  I didn’t want to chance going to a different stylist until I have to.  While she’s cutting my hair, Gina tells me she has some news…she’ll be moving to another branch of the salon which is being built.  Ok, where’s that…about 35 minutes away.  Hrumph…  I love the way she cuts my hair but I’m not sure I want to drive that far for a haircut. My two friends also go to her so maybe we’ll make a road trip out of it.  We’ll see.  Love my cut and I came home to “naturalize” my hair.  I’m quite a sight now!  Ralph looked for his keys.

Wednesday we had Ralph’s 3 month check up with the family doctor.  She told us that everything looks so good on his recent blood work that she doesn’t need to see him for 6 months now.  Great news…no Hrumph here.  We had lunch at one of our favorite diners and headed home.  I finally got Ralph to empty his suitcases from the trip and he looked for his keys.

Thursday is a mystery.  I did make the realization that there is something wrong with my car.  Sounds like the right rear tire wants to fall off when I hit a bump.  Make plans to stop to see the mechanic on Friday.  I know I was working on various small projects, cleaning out a box here, a drawer there. Ralph looked for his keys.

Friday I take the car to the mechanic.  Luckily, it’s about 3 blocks from our house.  He tells me to leave it, he’ll check it and I should come back in an hour.  I come back and he hasn’t had a chance.  Hrumph…I come back in another hour and he’s checked it and I need shocks in the back and a swing bar, whatever that is.  Ok to drive it for the weekend which was good.  I did get my exercise in.  I’ll take it back on Monday.  Ralph looked for his keys.

Saturday was Weight Watchers of course.  I stayed the same.  Which was a gift because I was having a lot of trouble staying on track throughout the week.  Saturday night, my sister Ele and I went to a Day of the Dead celebration.  It was very nice. I can’t wait until I get to celebrate in New Mexico.  People go crazy out there.  Ralph looked for his keys.

Sunday was great because we got to celebrate Ralph’s sister Kathy’s 70th birthday.  She knew that some of us would be there, but most of her grandchildren were there too, which she didn’t expect.  It was great fun.


This was Kathy’s birthday cake.  I thought it was so adorable.

Now we’re ready for a new week.  I have lots of projects planned and lots of things to accomplish.  I’m off now to deposit my car at the mechanic’s shop.  Ralph will be looking for his keys!

Be sure to check out the other Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  You don’t want to miss the fun!

Happy Monday!

Week In Review~October 28~Dazed and Confused

Oh, I supposed I’m not all that dazed and confused but it sounded good.  Monday means Week In Review the list-fest hostessed by the tiny powerhouse Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets. Here goes!

I’m still trying to find my way around being back in New Jersey. The first few days of the week were a blur and pretty much a loss…trying to catch up on sleep and unearth myself from everything that came out of the rental car.  Don’t know where some things went…Where is My GPS??  I’ll find it.

Monday we decided it was time to try the heater. No go. Well…thanks to the PSE&G man, Rob (who had been here before working on the heater) we have heat.  He did tell us that this might be the last season we get out of it.  I can work around the fridge issues and around my current dryer issues (Bless my best friend, Gail for letting me use hers) but if the heater doesn’t work…well I guess we’ll just have to make sure that we’re in our home in New Mexico where everything works!!  Rob has spoken…we have to move!

The heat is working well (too well because Ralph always has it set too high for my liking) I am going to get an appointment with PSE&G (again) to see if they can fix the dryer.  It’s great to have the worry free contract, they just come and fix it. But I’m not sure if they can fix the dryer (it’s pretty old…not as old as the fridge, but…) If not I’ll drop it from the contract, why pay if they can’t fix it?   Then we’ll have to work something out. I don’t really want to buy a new one here. It doesn’t make sense.  We’ll work out something.

I didn’t get much accomplished during the week.  Still trying to get back on track.  In spite of feeling Very off track food wise most of the week, I had a good result at Weight Watchers on Saturday.  I’m still way under my goal but I lost 1.4 pounds of what I gained while we were away.  I’m feeling much more in control of my food now.  Getting my mind in the right place.  I feel much better about it.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday were my big accomplishments for the week, I think.  Saturday afternoon, I decided to attack my spice cabinets.  I had such a huge amount of spices that were So old.  I’ve dealt with food products past their prime before and it’s not good to use them…especially cake mixes.  I got rid of about 10 containers-spices dumped, containers recycled, plus emptying the glass bottles  I received as a wedding present when I was married the First time. Those of you who know me in real life know how old they have to be. I’ll just say, they are almost as old as the fridge.  The glass containers are great and I’ll wash them and pack them to take to NM.  They’ll work well there.

Sunday, I decided to attack my pantry cabinet.  It’s a big, old free-standing metal cabinet that lives between the outside door of the house and the door into the kitchen.  It’s at the top of the basement stairs so I have to be careful not to step back too far to admire my work.

I cleared out so much.  I’m embarrassed to say how many things in there were out of date.  Both packaged and canned things.  Out they went.  I found a lot of things. I was annoyed, I had just bought a bag of lentils on Saturday and I found a bag in there.  Well, it’s time to break out one of Gram’s old lentil recipes…maybe two!  I filled one of my trash cans.  It’ll be fun on Friday when it’s time to put it out.

When I finished there, I tackled the corner cabinet over my counter that housed mugs and all of my plastic storage containers.  I decided that I was sick of looking at the plastic and most of them were kind of crusty looking and smelly.  The recycling guys will be happy to see all of that Tomorrow when I put it out.

Got rid of some mugs I didn’t want anymore.  They’re earmarked for donation. I did find something that I forgot about but that I love.

coffee cup


My wonderful Autumn mug that Ele gave me a few years ago.  It makes me happy to drink my coffee (if I wasn’t already happy enough to drink it!)  I’m drinking from it as I type this.

I just remembered that at some point ( I don’t know what day!!!) I sorted through books.  I weeded out 3 grocery bags filled with books, probably somewhere between 20 and 30  which I donated to the town library.  That was a real accomplishment.

That’s Week In Review for this week.  I’m feeling energized and  as soon as I finish here, I’m off to another project.  I’ll try to keep better track in the coming week.  Be sure to check out the other Week In Reviewers over at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

Happy Monday!

Vamp Till Ready

That’s a theatre term.  Actually I think it’s a musical theatre term.  The orchestra keeps playing until the performer is read to begin.  You’ve probably all seen that on a live broadcast like the Oscars or the Emmys when the performer is not quite ready to being the song.  Didn’t know you knew, did you?

I feel that way at the moment.  A lot of things are about to happen and I’m not quite sure which direction to turn at the moment.

Trying to get ready for our trip is not going forward as I would like because of other things that have taken precedence.  Nothing awful…just stuff…isn’t there always Stuff.

My car’s in the shop to get the air conditioning fixed.  Why do that in August?  Part of the stuff.  It needs it and it will be ready for next year because I don’t expect to be replacing the car any time soon. Should be finished today so I can run some necessary errands.

My dryer broke.  Ok…get it fixed.  Well, I’m up in the air about that.  It is on my PSE&G contract, but to have the man come in would require a great deal of moving around in the basement which I don’t have time to do right now and I’m pretty sure the answer will be “It’s dead.”  For the time being, my friend is graciously allowing me to use her dryer, but I need my car to get there, so hopefully, this afternoon I can accomplish that.  Don’t want to have to do 20 loads of laundry the weekend before we leave for our trip.

I was excited to find a book at Goodwill…yes it is the little things in life…

Gone Girl

I’ve been hearing about this book and wanting to read it.  Of course, I was not about to pay full price for it.  I was about to request it from the library when…there it was.  $1.49!! I’m not happy that Goodwill raised their book prices but I’ll take it.  There actually was an audible gasp when I saw this on the shelf.  Luckily, there was no one around me at the time.  I got two others also, but I can’t remember what.  They’re in my car…in the shop…blah, blah, blah… I think I’ll save this to read on the trip.

I am longing for Fall as I do every year at this time.  Actually, I long for Fall year round, but obviously there’s nothing I can do about it.  This time of year, I know it’s coming and I’m basically anxious for it to get here.  Being away will not bother me.  The Fall will find me in New Mexico.  Boy, will you all be sick of me when I’m actually spending Fall in New Mexico for real!

In an effort to move things along…



I’ve broken out my big Fall mug and yes the coffee inside is pumpkin-spiced!  Couldn’t help it.  Just had to do it.

I’m going over a lot of things in my head regarding the trip.  Mental lists at the moment, but I really need to get to work on the tangible lists.  Lots to do and although I want the trip to get here, the getting here is going to be sooner than I expect, so I’d better get myself in gear to be ready.

I’m still working on sorting and donating.  I’m trying to sell some things too, but that’s not working as well as I’d like.  I’ve sent out some e-mails to antique shops but haven’t heard back.  I may just decide to shelve that until we get back.

I’d better get myself going…Lots to do and not enough time to do it.

Happy Friday!

Attic or Dungeon…

I always seem to be mired in a musty, dusty place.  As when I’m in the basement (dungeon) the dustiness is my fault.  I spent most of Monday in my sister Ele’s spare room (attic) and it’s pretty dusty up there but mostly as a result of all the STUFF of mine that is packed to the rafters.  Well not Quite to the rafters but you don’t mind when I exaggerate a little do you?!

I have now officially gone through every box or bin there for which I am responsible.  I didn’t go through the bins of pottery that is wrapped or the knickknacks and framed pieces-also wrapped.  They’ll be a nice surprise when I get to New Mexico.  Also didn’t go through my antique clothing boxes.  I do wish I could find a home for the antique clothing.  It will be hard to part with them, but I really have no use for them any more.  As I type this, a thought just came to me of someone who could give me some direction on that.  Good…another project!

I still haven’t found one thing I’ve been looking for-an old silver tea service.  The only thing I can think of is that it went to the auction 4 years ago and I didn’t realize it.  If I ever get around to looking at the paperwork from the auction I can solve the mystery.  Those folks were So organized…every piece of anything that was sold is recorded.  Wish I could be that organized!

I even undertook the painful process of weeding out my book boxes.  I believe I pulled out about 30 books which Ele will be taking to the town library.  I’m happy to have something close to home to which I can contribute.  I did do a bit of “put it in the pile, then think better of it and take it Out of the pile.”  But once it made it to the pile it usually stayed there.  I’m proud of myself for that.

I have a lot of things that I need to see if I can sell and that’s going to take some research so that may be part of today’s project.  I am starting to feel a bit scattered with all of this.  I still have work to do in my basement (and my entire house for that matter) and more to do at Ele’s.  I haven’t even unearthed the two antique trunks I have in another room in her house.  Heaven only knows what might be in those!  I’m pretty sure I’m keeping those, but if there’s stuff in there that I don’t need or could possibly sell, then that needs to be addressed.

So that’s where my head is today.  Better than some places my head has been in the past few years, so I’m basically happy with it.  Controlled confusion.  Sounds good to me!

Happy Tuesday!!