kindle

Post series on The One, my list of 100 essentials for living simply and living small. #simplicity #100essentials

One of my favorite things in the world is my kindle. It holds my library in less space than a normal size paperback. It’s easy on the eyes (far easier than reading on my phone) and I can change the font size depending on how I’m seeing each day.

If I had 5 minutes to gather my life in a tote, the kindle would be the first object I’d grab. No kidding!
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Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Read—Celtic Book of Days, Water From an Ancient Well, Karnavel in Köln (German), A Trick of the Light.
Watch—Star Trek: Voyager, Fringe
Listen—Howl’s Moving Castle

razor

A series of posts on my “The One” choices. #simplicity #100 essentials

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I love my Harry’s razor. It’s comfortable to hold, seems unbreakable, is reasonably priced, the refill blades are cheap and awesome.

Here’s a link to their website. I don’t make anything from your click or your purchase. I just really love my razor.
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Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Read—Celtic Book of Days, Ferien in Frankfurt (German), A Trick of the Light.
Watch—Star Trek: Voyager, Fringe
Listen—Howl’s Moving Castle

cotton towel

Post series on The One, my list of 100 essentials for living simply and living small. #simplicity #100essentials

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I have found nothing better than a simple, finely woven, cotton, Turkish towel. It dries quickly even in our southern Indiana humidity. It’s soft, but absorbent. Rolls up into a tiny roll  in the cabinet.

I use it as a towel, a coverup at the pool, a blanket on the plane, and even a yoga prop.

This picture shows it folded. Laid flat it is 36”x65”.

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Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Read—Celtic Book of Days, Ferien in Frankfurt (German), A Trick of the Light
Watch—Star Trek: Voyager
Listen—Ready Player One (audio, as I fall asleep), The Simple Show podcast

dry brush

Post series on The One, my list of 100 essentials for living simply and living small. #simplicity #100essentials

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This is a Yorba Prime dry brush (body brush). I’ve had this for nearly a decade. I clean it after each use and store it bristles up.

Dry brushing feels amazing and helps keep my skin in good shape. Here’s how I use it—  You use it on dry skin ( I do this while standing around waiting for the shower water to warm, which gives me 3-4 minutes.) Use long sweeping strokes that move toward your heart on feet, legs, back, hands, arms, etc. circular pattern over my abdomen, and the soft parts behind my knees, inner elbows, arm pits, etc.

 

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Morning Office: Psalm 119: 49-72, Mark 6:13-29
Vespers: Psalm 49

Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Read—Celtic Book of Days,   Ferien in Frankfurt(German), A Trick of the Light.
Watch—Star Trek: Voyager,
Listen—Harry Potter 7 (audio, as I fall asleep),  podcast

Trying out Luggage, 3

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LL Bean Carryall Rolling Underseat Bag
16 x 14 x 9 (24 L)

This bag/suitcase is only a tiny bit bigger than the small duffle from last week, but it is much easier to pack. I like that it rolls and therefore keeps the weight off my back and shoulders.

I filled it up and pulled it all over the place. It’s quiet, pulls nicely, and I didn’t have any trouble with the handle collapsing.

A couple of things keep it from being a perfect bag:  the gussets at the bottom of the front flap and the side pockets. The gussets are great if you plan to open the bag mid-flight as they keep the front flap up almost half-way. That makes for some tough packing moments though. I cut mine off and found my packing time cut nearly in half. I use my purse to hold everything I need mid-flight. The side pockets are nice, but if you stuff too much in there the bag begins to bulge.  Too much bulge will make it nearly impossible to fit it under the seat.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/Warm weather)  :: A lot of things in my purse would also fit in this bag. I just like having them separate.

LL Bean fitness dress x3
undershort x3
cardigan (light) x2
shoes: flats
shoes: sport sandals
UV hat
swimsuit
pjs
LL Bean perfect pant
tshirt x3
socks x3
underwear x5
bra x2
Turkish towel
LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
3-1-1 bag

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I also had a purse with:
iPhone, charger, stand
solar battery pack
kindle paperwhite
Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
normal purse stuff

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Trying out Luggage, 2

LL Bean Duffle, small
18x9x9

This bag is a true carry on size.  It could easily fit under the seat (along with a purse) or in the overhead bin.  While this bag seems much smaller than the medium bag, I was amazed when the exact same packing list almost fit in this bag.  The only things that didn’t fit were the Turkish Towel and either one sweater or one pair of pants. The towel could be squeezed into my purse though.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/Warm weather)

LL Bean fitness dress x3
undershort x3
cardigan (light)
shoes: flats
shoes: sport sandals
UV hat
swimsuit
pjs
LL Bean perfect pant/capri x2
tshirt x3
socks x3
underwear x5
bra x2
LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
3-1-1 bag
I also had a purse with:

IPhone, charger, stand
solar battery pack
kindle  paperwhite
Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
normal purse stuff

Wearing: LL Bean perfect pant Capri, t-shirt, cardigan, and trainers

Trying out Luggage, 1

LL Bean, medium rolling duffle
23x11x10

This bag is technically too big to be a carry-on which is such a shame. Although it is less than 45 inches, it won’t fit in the 21x14x9 guidelines. Hopefully LL Bean will trim a few inches off and they’d have a great bag.

What I fit into the bag: (Cool/warm weather)

  • LL Bean fitness dress x3
  • undershort x3
  • cardigan (light) x3
  • shoes: flats
  • shoes: sport sandals
  • UV hat
  • swimsuit
  • pjs x2
  • LL Bean perfect pant x2
  • tshirt x3
  • socks x3
  • underwear x5
  • bra x2
  • Turkish towel
  • LL Bean small organizer/toiletry bag
  • 3-1-1 bag

I also had a purse with

  • IPhone, charger, stand
  • solar battery pack
  • kindle paperwhite
  • Klean Kanteen insulated bottle
  •  Snack: apple slices and nutrition bar
  • normal purse stuff

 

The Art of the Overhaul, week 9

 

Family

  • paint deck
  • fix under deck access
  • MA iTunes card with some tax refund money
  • Medical bill 2: 70% paid off
  • Truck repair bill: 25% paid off

Kim

  • repot plants, toss out plastic garden pots

Kelly

  • garden work and help with yard work
  • general tidying of room, initial inventory but no purging

Michael

  • Room: trophies, closet, more books, more movies, took apart platform bed, put down new floor (tax refund money), continue sorting.
  • Yard work:  grass, garden

Hannah

  • Extra work hours

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Our sense of adventure is really being fueled this week with lots of excitement and anticipation of what 2-5 years might bring our way. There is much to research, much to hope for, much to let go of . . .

I’ve been thinking about our earliest days both in Germany, Turkey, and Georgia. All those moves required sending our stuff ahead of us. All of those moves saw us living out of suitcases and backpacks  for extended periods of time. The move between Ohio and Germany was 8 weeks without the majority of our things (weight limit 4000 pounds) and 2 weeks without our  “express shipment” (weight limit 1000 pounds) which mainly consisted of kitchen stuff, books, and more clothing.  The move between Germany and Turkey was a total of 14 weeks without anything that didn’t fit in our suitcases. Our things left Germany, went by boat to New York, then by boat to Turkey. It was a crazy thing that had to do with customs and other weird rules.

I often think back to those days and how carefree things seemed. We weren’t weighed down by an abundance of stuff. We weren’t always cleaning because suitcase living really only requires a broom and a dust cloth. In each place, we bought beds and bedding within a few days of having a home. We used our stainless steel camping plates and mugs for weeks on end — one for each of us. One cast iron pan was enough to cook anything and everything.

One thing we did in each place was to find a toy store in the local towns. Each child picked out 2 new toys. They agonized over the decision because they knew all they had to play with was these 2 new toys, along with their favorite doll/stuff animal, paper and crayons, and the 2 toys that had fit inside their backpacks for the plane ride. Germany saw the addition of Playmobil people into our lives as both kids were enamored of the little people.  See Week 3 post . Turkey brought geometric shapes (Tangrams) and more Playmobil for Michael and a collection of plastic horses and more Playmobil for Hannah.

 

The Art of the Overhaul, week 5

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Week 5 checklist:

  • Family–-
    • Dumpster filling
    • Insurance calling
    • Picture taking
    • Medical debt 2 is now 40% paid off
  • Kim–
    • media list:  sorted into get on iTunes, watch again to decide, and watch again and donate
    • cookbook: put our favorite recipes into a new folder and donate books that are intact
  • Michael — begin sorting through personal books and media
    • He finished his first pass through his books.
    • He started and finished the DVDs
    • This week he donated 1 bag of books and a half bag of DVDs
    • Property prep (cont): grass mowing, dumpster filling, built small rabbit hutch
    • Began cutting our neighbor’s grass to earn a little money
  • Hannah —
    • Continue working on novels.
    • Sort through belongings and books
      • 3 bags to Goodwill pile
      • 1 bag of garbage
      • Bitty Baby and all her gear given to young girl — see picture above
    • deciding to write or look for 2nd job
  • Kelly —
    • Property prep work (continued): dumpster filling, weeding and planting garden, helping with grass and general yard work.