Sunday, January 23, 2022


 And not in a laid back way...50 degrees and overcast with winds enough to shake the foliage. I'm binge watching season one of an Australian series called Wanted which I believe dates from 2016. The lead actor, Rebecca Gibney also created the show and is a pleasure to watch at work.

I've been snuggled with my yowling older cat who stops when petted, the laptop, a mug of tea and two blankets in bed. A good friend left homemade soup on the doorstep yesterday and I plan on enjoying that later. The flat is definitely chilly today despite having had the heat on. My arthritis is not happy but otherwise I am in good spirits.

What about you??


Monday, January 17, 2022

To sleep the sleep of the just...

  The sun has set on another day. It is a cool 54 degrees and was cloudy for most of it. I've spent the lions share of this day finally and blissfully asleep as has the resident feline. After being up for almost twenty-four hours over the weekend, exhaustion set in and except for a couple of small meals and trips to the bathroom, neither of us moved much. Unfortunately, my sleep cycles appear to be well and truly a mess despite all efforts to the contrary. For now, I'm sleeping as and when and reducing screen time. 

Late-night binge watching is out as well and while meditation helps, so do quiet, warmth and stillness, none of which predominate in a drafty flat with old windows and buildings close together. 

I hope all is well with each of you.


Thursday, January 6, 2022

The End of Koi Pond Soup...

 Our weather has been mild and cool, just the sort of day to finish up the split pea soup I made on Sunday. I hope those of you who left comments on my last post will see my responses at the end of the comments section, Blogger sometimes makes it difficult but I will make more  of an effort at responding. Thank you to my readers, longtime and new.

I've decided on a very low spend month here. That means eating down some of the unused hurricane supplies, making more from the pantry and using my small freezer contents as the source of  meals rather than shopping every week. I will also lower the overall amount spent on fresh  veg and fruit, eating all I have on hand before buying more. Food and other things have gone up so much since the start of the pandemic and while I am more fortunate than a lot of folks, the revision to the budget will help in the future. 

Among the things noted during the last week is the frequency of orders for household essentials and personal care items, most of which come from a major online retailer. My first order of the year apart from groceries, is a small batch of KN 95 masks suggested by a friend employed at the county health department here. She found some online that she did not think were fakes, sent the link and they came promptly. She uses medical grade N 95 masks in her work routinely. Those are expensive and fitted to the face then tested using a spray with an odor. If the masked person smells the odor, the mask is not fitted properly.

KN 95 masks offer protection against 95 percent of particulates, can be fitted around the nose by the person using it and though the fit is a bit looser than their medical counterparts, they conform to the sides and front of the face rather than simply covering the nose and mouth. I plan to do more research about these in an effort to discover more about the fake versions being sold. The package I have mentions a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture. I'll include any updates in future posts.

Another area in which I've gone a bit overboard is in the purchase of e-books. I can hear a collective sigh from fellow readers. However, of the 75 e-books purchased in the last year, most were under ten dollars, the majority far less, but that still adds up. I've read almost 36 which is three per month over the course of the last year. At that rate, I have enough to read for the new year without additional purchases. Because I have a wandering eye and can't seem to resist looking for books that seem interesting, I've installed an app to Libby, the platform for electronic and audiobooks from my library system and already have six items on my list to be read.

Additionally, I've resumed sorting through files, papers and photos and had quite a clean out. mostly by simply going through one of two desks. My tax file is readily accessible as is my new sling when I am ready to put that on this chair. Research into new chairs is ongoing.

Thanks to Steve Reed for the title of this post...


Sunday, January 2, 2022

Comfort Food...

 After going to bed at 2 AM, I was up at 6 and have since made a pot of split pea soup which should give me several meals. This, together with leftovers from New Years day, will keep me going for most of this week as I eat what is left in the refrigerator. Thanks to everyone who left New Year and holiday wishes. I hope 2022 will be good for all of you.

The last two years have been very hard for many people all over the globe. At this moment, it does not appear that there will be any let up, I take each day as it comes and enjoy what I can, offering support as I am able. I currently know four people with breakthrough COVID and the numbers here are higher than at any time in the past two years. We are also experiencing record heat for the season and waiting for a cold front early in the week.

I have no resolutions and no expectations. I only wish to stay alive and well...

Soup's on...Enjoy your day!