Beginning Again

As much as it is in me, I’m beginning again…

New attitude.

No fear.


POE-formal plan of eating.


Self-care and self-love.

Spiritual connection, every day.


All part of the plan.

I’ve been lost.

Today I begin again.

A Long Seige

Day 28 with the shingles finds us going backward, to the steroid eye drops that will be combined with the anti-viral eye drops.

The cornea looks good, but the eye is still swollen.  Ugh!

Soldiering on…

Goals out the Window!


Last week was tough for this gal.  Mister has a case of the Shingles and he’s got them in his eye, of all places.  Shingles of the eye are nasty!  As of the writing of this update hubs is being treated for a tear in his cornea. Not good!!!!  Suffice it to say that my teeny, tiny goal list has not gotten my highest priority paid to it this week.  I have had some time to attend to the list while at work, but the rest of it just kinda went out the window.  I did not complete my task.


1  Create a Gratitude List and add to it every day this week.

2  Research 3 on-line resources for paid writing assignments and choose one to try.

3  Tackle the kitchen cupboards again, releasing more “stuff” into the world.


In a word: Abysmal!

The Good News:  I got to the meetings I had committed to attend this week, got the sleep I needed to soldier on, and took care of the mister’s many medical needs, if not in that order.  I feel “good” about the fact that I could achieve as much as I did this week considering what we’ve had to deal with, and I’m glad to report that my lover is some better today.  Our biggest goal as a couple right now is solving the problem my guy’s rather strong pain killers are causing his digestive track.

Metamucil to the rescue!

Hubby is actually using SennaGen and sugar-free chocolates to get the old pipes humming again. Those and lots and lots and LOTS of water!

I did work on a Gratitude List this week, but I did not record my thoughts every day of the week on that list.


Shingles of the eye is nothing to fool with and will cause you much concern in the healing process.

I’m just one person. I cannot do “it” all alone.

A strong immune system is a good thing, and we should do what we can to support it as we age.

Good friends send humorous cards during trying times, to lift spirits and remind you, This Too Shall Pass!

De-cluttering the cupboards a second time is a ridiculous goal when life issues present themselves. Shingles trumps cleaning every time!

Doctors who have Jersey accents and make farmer jokes in the ER are my kinda people.


1.2.3: Take care of Bob and get him well.  That is my only goal for this week and I think it qualifies for my list because it will take all my teeny, tiny concentration to get ‘er done!

What are your goals for this week?  What are you most thankful for as the holiday seasons gets underway?

Note: Thanksgiving is just 3 teeny, tiny weeks away!

Jenny Mustard


Do you know Jenny Mustard?  She’s so much fun! I love watching her videos about minimalism on YouTube.

I don’t know Jenny personally, of course, and my life is nothing like hers but somehow I sense she has a good heart in that healthy body she’s currently walking around Germany.  She hails from Sweden.

Jenny is a vegan, as is her husband, David.  I’d like to head in the vegan direction, but I have a long way to go before I can say I’m meat and dairy-free.  I am working on being more natural and homemade, and whole foods in my kitchen, though.

I made homemade no knead artisan bread this week, and it was sooo, sooo yummy!  Nothing like the wonder bread that I am forced to buy when shopping my regular super markets in NEPA.  I’m planning a whole grain version of the no knead bread this weekend.  I hate to knead yeast breads, and I love the holes that fill the chewy slices when no kneading is done before the baking begins.  Really chewy and wonderful!!

Today, I decided to share one of Jenny’s vlogs here, so that you can know her too.

Again, I love her heart!  Enjoy!!

My Fast Fifteen on the Virtues of Minimalism

Five things I love about minimalism…

I spend less money, because I buy less stuff.

When I do buy, I buy quality, because I don’t want to always be having to re-buy stuff.

I don’t have to run through the house picking up stuff in order to make our home “presentable” when company calls to say they’re coming over.

I don’t step on stray items left on the floor in the dark of night anymore.

I get to reclaim the time I used to spend cleaning and instead invest it in other, more joyful pursuits.

Five things I no longer struggle with after discovering minimalism…

Indecision. My choices are now limited and I love it!

Noisy thinking. Now, I have new methods for quieting the noise in my head surrounding home management and the organization of my life.

Clutter everywhere.  Everything having its own home in our house means there is no clutter, only well-organized spaces at home.

Not being able to find what I want.  See no. 3 above.

A workable plan for keeping my home environment under control and eeking out time for my passions, which include loving on people, writing, and pondering the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.  By the way, the answer to that one is 42.

Five reasons why minimalism is the right choice for me…

Perfectionistic tendencies I had have been quieted as I quit forcing myself to constantly arrange and rearrange things to my current liking.

I love a clean space and minimalism gives me that in spades.

There are no rules for how to do this, so my way is the right way every time.

When I have too many choices I freeze up. Now that my choices are limited I find I feel freer than ever.

I no longer feel I need to spend my hard-earned money on junk and regret it later.  Through minimalism, I’m able to buy high end items without regret because I know they will serve our family for decades and never go out of style.  I always wanted to shop this way, and did sometimes, but often felt I couldn’t justify the price tag on good quality items when cheaper versions were available.  Now, because I’m not freely spending all the time, I have the reserves necessary to judiciously spend and spend well when something new is needed.  I love the feeling of a good pair of shoes, good furniture that will last for decades, and good quality foods bought without angst.

There you go! My Fast Fifteen reasons for loving minimalism and embracing it today.

What are you doing lately to live a simpler life?  Do you have a Fast Fifteen reasons for loving the way you’re living today? What are they?