grocery day at a new store

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This is the Kroger in Jeffersonville Indiana. I’ve been wanting to get down there and look around for a long time, but it seems like one thing after another kept getting in the way.  Now that I’ve finally been able to make the trip, it is a priority that I shop there. I went in with my reusable grocery boxes, produce bags, and cotton bags. I used every single one and could have used more . . .

Normally we come home with a few produce items in plastic bags (like potatoes and spinach). That was still true, but only because I read out of bags this time.

Things like beans, rice, ginger crystals, nuts, oatmeal, muesli, trail mix all normally come in a plastic bag, but I was able to use my small cotton bags and bring it home without plastic. I definitely could use a few more of those small bags, but I think we’ll figure out a system pretty quick and maybe not need to buy many more.

I’m thinking about taking my glass storage containers (with the UPC code on the lid) and keeping them in my grocery box (as they become empty), then at the store I’ll pour the beans into my cotton bag, weigh it, print out the price sticker, and then pour the beans into the glass jar and repeat the process with another dry good. That seems like it should work pretty well. By having the UPC on the lid, I can avoid the back and forth looking for codes that we experienced this time.

They have a bakery, salad bar, meat department, and cheese department too. So I will try using my reusable containers to pick up that stuff too. We’ll see if they let me and how smoothly it goes.

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What I’m reading:  The Forest Church, Harry Potter 3 in German, Cherringham #11

What I’m listening to: Merlin

What I’m watching:  News, Doctor Who, The Good Place

What I’m learning in Welsh: 

  • Da iawn
  • Da iawn, dioloch
  • Dim dioloch
  • lawn, dioloch
  • Sut dych chi, draig.

What I’m thinking about:  heat, warmth, tree planting, and how to raise a garden bed up 2 1/2 feet.

 

 

bike & gear

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Since I no longer drive, I am dependent on others for rides to functions and errand day. Kelly, my husband, gave my bike a tune up and new tires. I ride a Schwinn GTX3. Ive had this bike almost three years now and it remains a comfortable, easy ride.

I wear a bike shirt over a tank top or a long underwear shirt and either yoga shorts or yoga pants. So far, it has kept me warm and dry. I do need to find a rain jacket and possibly a warmer bike shirt.

The trunk on the back of the bike will hold quite a bit. Last ride I had a dozen eggs, 2 tubes of chips, a bag of spinach, and several Clif bars. It would have held a bag of apples and another dozen eggs too.

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What I’m reading:  The Forest Church, Cherringham Cozy Mysteries No. 10-12, Harry Potter 3 in German, more climate change articles and food production

What I’m listening to: Merlin (S Lawhead)

What I’m watching:  News, Doctor Who, The Good Place

What I’m learning:  Welsh!

  • Bore da.
  • Prynhawn da.
  • Nos da.
  • Croeso.
  • Hwyl
  • Draig dw i.

What I’m still thinking about:  how to mitigate climate change and growing older in my own garden and in our woods.

reusable straw

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I have a cup full of reusable straws at home. They range from plastic, to glass, to metal with silicone mouth pieces, to metal with a bend, but this is the straw I choose to keep in my tote.

It is made by Keep Cup and fits through the small opening on both my Keep Cup and my HydroFlask cafe lid. It is straight and that makes it much easier to clean on the go. I generally just run water through it and wrap it in my bandana/napkin. The opening isn’t huge, so I don’t usually use it with a smoothie.

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What I’m reading:  The Forest Church, Cherringham Cozy Mysteries No. 10-12, Harry Potter 3 in German, climate change articles and food production

What I’m listening to: Merlin (S Lawhead)

What I’m watching:  News, Doctor Who, The Good Place

What I’m thinking about:  learning Welsh, how to mitigate climate change and growing older in my own garden and in our woods. Lots and lots of thoughts.

3-1-1 and packing

These are 3D Organizer Cubes from Tom Bihn.

The top one is Iberian (red) and mesh. It is the perfect size to hold a T-shirt, underwear, bra, and pair of socks. These aren’t special travel clothes either, just my normal stuff. I’ve never packed with “cubes” before, but thought I’d see if a whole day would fit in one for those short overnight trips.

I normally use it for all those small things I pack that aren’t 3-1-1 or technology: comb, toothbrush, floss, prescriptions & supplements, deodorant crystal, flashlight, etc.

The bottom one is an Ultraviolet with plastic. It makes an amazing 3-1-1 kit and it has a small hook so it could be hung up on a towel rack. I have it on a 16” key strap so it’s easy to pull out of my bag.

Which reminds me, I need an Iberian key strap!

bedside table

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and salt lamp, bowl, flashlight, and clock.

This is a plant stand that my uncle made, but I use it as a bedside stand. Under this top is another shelf near the floor that I use to store my Book of Common Prayer, Bible, journal,  and Kindle.

On the top I have my salt stone lamp (which I LOVE), small wooden bowl that holds my lip balm, red light flash light (makes trips to the bathroom do-able without waking my body completely up), and my small clock.

My iPad mini will fit up there too and I use that to listen to an audiobook as I fall asleep.

 

girls’ trip

My best-est friend, since second grade, and I got together for a two day trip this week. We always have such a lovely time together . . . talking, eating, and talking. We spent our time together at Spring Mill State Park in IN.

Weather: mid-upper 80s, partly cloudy, but dry

Activities: walking, talking, and eating

Packing List:

  • wearing: t-shirt, cardigan, shorts, unders/bra, trainers
  • in the bag: pjs, t-shirt, unders, yoga pants (for lounging), swim suit, sandals (for pool), sun hat
  • 3-1-1: shampoo/soap bar, face serum, deodorant stone, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, eye drops
  • Iberian Cube: altoids, Rx & supplements, comb, phone charger, ear buds, mini first-aid kit,

 

 

co-pilot

Tom Bihn Co-Pilot in Aubergine 525 Ballistic and Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon.

Dimensions: 11.8” x 10” x 4.9”, 10 liters, 1 pound

My first reaction upon opening the box was, “Wow! That’s really tiny.” In no time at all I was pushing stuff into it just to see what would fit. And I was AMAZED!

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After the amazement wore off, I began to think more deliberately about what should go in this bag for a short trip. Here is the list of what fit and in the picture below they are laid out in the same general way they went into the bag.

  • Total weight packed:  8 pounds
  • Main back pocket: jeans (size 8), 3 t-shirts (size small), yoga pants & tank top (PJs), 3 pair of socks, 3 pair of underwear, 1 bra, barefoot sandals
  • front left pocket: 3-1-1 bag
  • front middle pocket: water bottle
  • front right pocket: Iberian cube with comb, soap, deodorant crystal, toothbrush, prescriptions & supplements, flashlight, floss, mini first-aid pouch,
  • back zip pocket (this is so cool, it unzips to create a sleeve that can go over a roller bag handle or it is a open top pocket): Aubergine Cubelet with technology stuff (charger, stand, earbuds) and my Kindle

In my purse, also Tom Bihn, are my glasses, wallet, phone, etc . . . normal purse stuff.

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Below are pictures of the bag completely packed. It’s not too bulgy. I added the Co-Pilot to “The List” because it is just that amazing!

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