sleeping bag

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I truly believe every person needs a sleeping bag.  You never know when the power might go out in the winter, a tornado might blow through your house, or your dog might barf all over the normal blankets late at night  — and I have used this sleeping bag in all three instances.

I love the Kelty because it is light, warm, mostly mummy shaped, but without the “hood.” It is small enough to fit in my emergency backpack when needed, but large enough to be completely comfortable for this this “slightly” claustrophobic gal. At just $60 bucks it is a good investment without breaking your bank.

 

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Reading: Die Dritte Hand (German), The Nature of the Beast (Gamache, L Penny), At Home in the World (M Guenther)

Listening: A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Watching:   —-

 

grocery kit

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My grocery kit includes: 4 grocery boxes, a handful of cotton canvas bags, cotton produce bags, and mesh produce bags. All this fits into a fairly large “picnic” bag. I store the picnic bag inside the TV stand. I only take the whole kit on my big twice a month grocery trips. For smaller trips I just grab a couple of the canvas bags.

The baggers at my local grocery store really love the boxes. I like to keep the baggers happy!

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Reading: Mord am Morgen (German), The Nature of the Beast (Gamache, L Penny), At Home in the World (M Guenther)

Listening: A Wrinkle in Time (M L’Engle)

Watching: News,

luggage

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Here’s a post I wrote when this luggage was new: Trying Out Luggage 3

I have to say, my appreciation of this bag continues to grow the longer I use it.  It has fit under the seat of every flight I have taken, including some really small commercial airplanes. My tote bag/purse even fits beside it on the floor and in a pinch will fit on top of it under the seat.

Even if I pack it completely full, I am still able to lift it by the top handle to carry down the plane aisle. I find that easier than getting the handle up and pulling it behind me down the aisle.  Pulling it through the airport is a dream — I have never had it tip over. The feet on the bottom give it a solid base. It makes a very comfortable leg rest while waiting to board.

On my last trip it was loaded up with: 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of Capris, 1 dress, 4 t-shirts, 1 chambray shirt, 1 cardigan, sport sandals, underwear/bras/socks, pjs, toiletry organizer, small blanket for the plane, all my meds, device charging stuff + solar charger, phone stand, snacks (in one side pocket), water bottle (in the other side pocket), Kindle (front small pocket), 311 bag (tucked inside larger front pocket), and my purse (which I also tucked into the larger front pocket). I didn’t take a tote bag last trip so everything was in it!

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Reading: Zurück in Zurich (German), The Nature of the Beast (Gamache, L Penny), At Home in the World (M Guenther)

Listening:  A Wrinkle in Time

Watching:  Fringe (now complete)

 

 

insulated water bottle

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Klean Kanteen was one of my first introductions to the eco-friendly world way back in 2007. When I found the company, I ordered one for each of us. We each had a small sports-cap topped water bottle that fit in our bike water bottle carrier. They were single-walled, narrow opening, and got banged up. But they still held water and we loved them.

When Michael started working I bought 4 of the big 32 oz bottles. He’d take 2 full ones to work every day. They worked quite well except on really hot days the water became warmer than lukewarm and in the winter they would freeze. So then we bought him a cooler to keep in the work truck. It worked.

I was truly wildly ecstatic when Klean Kanteen introduced their insulated & wide mouth bottles. I slowly began to switch us over. I love the color of mine. It suits me perfectly. I like the 12 oz size because it isn’t heavy even when full. It can tuck into my tote bag or the side pocket of my luggage. The smaller size also encourages me to not over-hydrate.

**Edited to add: Today my daughter brought a very lovely HydroFlask (insulated) home for me. I’ve been having some difficulty opening the lid on the KK. This one has a flip lid. I’m excited to try it.  I’ll update after I’ve had a chance to use it for a while.

 

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Reading:  At Home in the World (M Guenther), Zurück in Zürich (German), The Nature of the Beast (Gamache, L Penny)

Listening:  A Wrinkle in Time

Watching: Fringe

 

keep cup

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My Keep Cup is a 12 fluid ounces, barista standard, glass reusable coffee cup–what’s not to love?

In the past year Keep Cup has removed 3,735,715 disposable cups from circulation.  The plastic used in 20 of those cups would make 1 Keep Cup lid. Even if the disposable cup is recyclable it takes a commercial compost facility to compost it — you can’t just stick in your compost bin at home. That means energy is used to compost it.  This is not an ideal situation.

The Keep Cup is a great solution. It feels like a “Starbucks” cup in your hand, yet it enables you eliminate the disposable cup. I’ve never had any barista complain about this cup. Before this cup, I did occasionally have problems with them complaining about the size or shape of my old mug.

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Reading:   Zurück in Zürich(German), At Home in the World (M Guenther), The Long Way Home (Gamach #10, L Penny)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching:  Fringe

 

purse

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My purse is a Tom Bihn Side Effect. It is quite small and forces me to be deliberate about what I carry. It is light enough that I can carry it for miles and miles. It is water resistant so I don’t have to worry about things getting wet (unless it is a gully washer and then all bets are off). The strap can be adjusted so that it is long enough to carry cross-body and can be shortened to fit just under my arm. I have another strap that makes it a wristlet/clutch, and yet another that can be used around my waist like a fanny pack.  It is quite versatile.

The purse has one zipper compartment on the outside that holds my iPhone 7 (with plenty of room) and it has an O-ring. The inside has 2 pockets (one holds my Tide stick and pen then other holds my eye drops, lip balm and pocket knife). The main pocket has four O-rings. I attach my slim wallet to one with a double carabiner. My keys are attached to a second with another carabiner. My reading glasses, pen, a pouch with my ear buds, and a tin of Dr. Bronners’ hand salve fits in too. My sunglasses slide in on top of the rest.

In fact, I love this purse so much I have two. A Verde (green) with purple interior, and a black with green interior.

When I am going somewhere and need more “stuff,” I just throw my Side Effect into my tote bag and head out the door.

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Reading:  Walzer in Wien (German), At Home in the World (M Guenther), The Long Way Home (Gamach #10, L Penny)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching:  Fringe

watch

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I’ve had more expensive watches that didn’t last as long as this Timex from Target. One thing I love about it is that the band can be switched in under a minute. I have a black band, a rainbow band, and a teal band. The watch face is big enough I can see it without putting on my readers, the face lights up if I need that (which I never use, but . . .), and as clumsy as I am it still doesn’t have a scratch on it.

I replace the battery about once every 18 months.

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Reading:  Walzer in Wien (German), At Home in the World (M Guenther), The Long Way Home (Gamach #10, L Penny)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching:  Fringe

necklace

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I feel like this picture doesn’t need any words. Tree of Life (silver, handmade) on a simple leather cord. Simple and so very me.

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Reading:  Walzer in Wien (German), At Home in the World (M Guenther), The Long Way Home (Gamach #10, L Penny)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching:  Fringe

tote bag

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This is my LL Bean canvas tote. It is not too big and not too small. It is very light and very tightly constructed.  It is open on the inside with a flap that has three pockets: 2 slip pockets (cell phone size) and a zipper pocket.

It doesn’t zip shut so I keep everything in zipper pouches. I tuck my every day carry purse in along with the pouches when I am going to be gone more than just a few hours or if there are several stops I need to make. And next time I fly, this baby is going with me.

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Reading: Walzer in Wien (German), The Long Way Home (Gamache, L Penny), At Home in the World (M Guenther)

Listening: Speaker for the Dead

Watching: Fringe

phone stand (+phone)

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This little gadget is one of the hardest working things I own. It holds my phone. If I place my phone with the speakers down into the gray part it amplifies the sound. If I place my phone on its side I can watch videos, charge it up, even use it as a screen with a wireless keyboard, or listen to music with plug-in earphones.

I’m on my third phone, but still on my first stand.  The “kickstand” part folds into the bottom so that it fits nicely in a purse, backpack, or tote bag. It is just millimeters wider than my iPhone 7 to give you an idea of size.

It is perfect!

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Reading: At Home in the World (M Guenther), How the Light Gets In (Gamache, L Penny), Plötzlich in Palermo

Listening: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, podcasts

Watching: Fringe, Smallville