Thursday, January 18, 2018

Adventures in Minimalism 1/18/18

Winter cleaning and organizing is underway.
Here are a few things I've done over the last six weeks:



I tackled the kitchen junk drawer.
Photo 1: everything out and on the stove.
Photo 2: a drawer that's "Tuff & Tidy". :-)





I cleaned and organized my largest closet.

The hangers are turned backward to show myself what I'm wearing
throughout the year. What isn't touched in 11 months will be donated.
I own way too many dollar store shirts, but I do seem to wear them!
That's a huge pillow on the shelf. It says so right there on the package.
Except it's not. Wal-Mart is a capitalist realm of lies and deceit.
(See you soon, anyhow, Wally World. Whether I like it or not.)



Welcome to my basic white girl bathroom.
Someday, I'll have matching towels. But not today.
Today, I just need my entire world to be made out of that squishy bath mat.
(The bathroom closet is currently in progress. I'll post a pic of it someday.)



I made a pillow for my butt.

I have owned this Care Bears fabric for over a decade.
I finally put it to use and covered a stack of foam squares.
It's duct taped underneath because I'm a loser who can't sew.



I sorted papers, which seems to be a never-ending task.

I've got a problem with paper. I can't seem to get rid of it.
I don't think I've reached hoarder status, but it's a minor flaw.
(As opposed to my major flaws, of which there are many.)
I seem to constantly find random bags and baskets filled with
various papers and I wonder how it happened, as if I have pesky
gremlins stashing paper around my apartment after midnight.
Alas, the gremlin is a prematurely-aging crazy lady with paper issues.

Friday, January 12, 2018

What the heck, January...

I drove Midori the Gypsymobile to the grocery store today.
I stood in the cold, handed the keys and title to a tower, and he took her away.
Walking cane in hand, I made the short trek home without my only asset.
I will miss her. She was a great car, and had a long life.

So...now what? I don't know. I'll do what I can to save up some money so I can eventually buy another used car. Only Heaven knows how long that will take, but it's all I can do unless a generous soul wants to give or loan me a couple grand.

In the meantime, I live across the street from the power company, a grocery store, dollar store, coffee shop, and an Asian restaurant. The water company is around the corner...not the easiest walk in my condition, but I'll get there. I'm not near my bank or pharmacy, which is concerning, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it in a few weeks. My local doc is 2 miles north, so I'll have to find a ride there and home when it's time to go back. My docs in Jackson probably won't be seeing me at all this year. Living rural is a challenge where getting places is concerned. No taxi service, and no meal deliveries.

Actually, I do have groceries delivered every eight weeks or so, from Schwan's. That helps! Budget permitting, maybe I can reinstate my Home Chef subscription eventually for once a month delivery.

Saying goodbye to my car wasn't the only challenge of the day. I also had to factory reset my phone. It wouldn't stop freezing every few seconds. I was hard-booting it several times an hour, and couldn't complete text conversations or use several apps. I reset it to its default settings. So far so good, and I'm currently trying to convince family and friends to text me. I lost photos, videos, phone numbers...everything.

Me and all things mechanical don't get along very well these days, it seems. I received an Instant Pot for Christmas, and it broke on day 2. I had to send it back to Amazon. Sheesh.

The universe is making me take this minimalism thing seriously, isn't it? Ha! It could be worse. I've had less than this, and I survived. I'll survive this too.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Twitter Art Exhibit 2018


"Making A Wish"

Colored Pencil on 6" x 4" Bristol

2018 Twitter Art Exhibit

Stay tuned for details. :)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Diving Into Books

As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I had a goal of reading all of the books in my possession, and I also downloaded a ton of classic books from Project Gutenberg. In addition to that, I have the Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby apps so I can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from libraries. Thankfully, I have access to my local library as well as my family's library in Louisiana, so what I can't find at one, I can usually find at the other. It has worked out great, and I have read 30 books in 8 weeks.

I'm going to be talking about some of them here, or at the very least, list the ones I've read.

But before I go any further, here's my Goodreads account. If you happen to be on there, feel free to friend me to follow my progress.

What I've read since November:
I recommend reading the author's interview/commentary after reading or listening to the book. It helps to explain some things. I thought it was ok, although I dozed through part of it. I am sure it made a great movie.
I read it on Christmas Eve.
Who knew there was a prequel that described the creation of Narnia and the wardrobe? Apparently everyone but me. It was good.
I love this story and it feels different now that I know the back story. I'll read the rest of the series soon. (I did watch the movies already).
Plenty of crying, just like the last Mitch Albom book I read.
Absolutely fantastic book that I recommend to everyone. Everyone. Read it.
Doyle was racist/prejudiced to a disgusting degree. That aside, I've always liked Sherlock and Watson. Hound of the Baskervilles is still my favorite after all of these years.
Much validation found here.
Idealistic nonsense. He writes pretty sometimes, but there's little substance.
Heart and Brain is my favorite comic.
I could say so many things about this book, but I won't ramble on. I think it's good that she finally became honest with herself about who she was, and made an effort to do something about it. I don't know whether or not she actually changed in the long run, but her journey was interesting enough to carry me through to the end. I appreciated her honesty in spite of not relating to her needs. I think she was lucky to have been given the opportunity to travel the world and write about it.
Boring and racist. I stopped listening an hour in. I'm almost sure Christie was a Nazi, as she hated Jews and foreigners.
"In a 1985 study, blah blah blah..." over and over. Zzzzz. Disappointing.
Rated G and a fun read. I'll look for the rest of her books.
I finally know who Paddington is.
I'm studying minimalism, as per my 2018 goal.
Sad and memorable.
You'd think I would have loved this, but I felt that much of it didn't apply to me. Maybe I'll use some of the writing prompts someday, but otherwise, it wasn't terribly useful.
Meh, this wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. He's kind of condescending. I felt the same way about Douglas Adams, so maybe it's an atheist thing. I think it's entirely possible to be atheistic without being an ass about it, but some people clearly didn't get the memo.
This lady is overboard, but she has used her obsession to her advantage. Overall, I think her efforts are very successful.
This was a long audiobook and somewhat forgettable, although I will probably buy small red plates someday to test one of their theories.
I know very few people who don't love Anne by the end of the book. I am no exception. I thought she was a bit ridiculous in the beginning. By the end, I was crying and looking for the TV show.
The grammar is seriously lacking in the first book, but this stuff is legendary. I loved the movies, even the ones that made me mad. I'm now on book 4. I'm reading the ebooks as well as listening to the audiobooks (which are very well done). HP fan 4 life.

In Progress:


Don't faint, but I've opened comments for the first time in many years. Feel free to chime in with input about the above books, and/or recommend others. Thanks!


P.S. - I don't get paid for anything I share here, ever.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January is the Monday of Months.


The wind chill in my town this morning was 9. NINE! On a Gulf Coast bayou!
Scoff all you want, Northerners, but this area is classified as humid subtropical.
We are not designed nor equipped for temps below 32 F, much less single digits.



Gotta love Sweet Brown. LOL

I'm ok, but this unusually hard freeze needs to buzz off as soon as possible.
Muscular Dystrophy doesn't do cold. My body thinks it's dying a horrible death.