my journal

Hannah, my daughter, bought me this lovely notebook cover recently. An A5 notebook like my Leuchtturm 1917 fits inside just perfectly. I use a Lami Safari fountain pen, which stays clipped to the back cover, for the majority of my writing. Although I have been using Sharpie fine point pens to fill in my habit tracker, nutrition tracker, and to mark the 4 different times of my day.

In my journal:  I keep my monthly habit and goal tracker on a piece of dotted paper so that I can fill in the boxes as I move through the month.

My daily pages always include the date, day, weather, and nutrition tracker. I don’t count calories, I just fill in a box for each serving I eat. I have goals, but if I overeat on one category that is just fine. I refuse to stress too much about weight. I’ve been down that road a time or two and have decided it is not worth it. Not at all worth it. Then I just jot down (usually as a bullet point) what I did as I move through the day.

 

my corner

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I have my own little corner of the living room. It is where I sit to read, to listen, to learn, and to surf the web.

  • The cabinet to the right holds my Welsh learning notebook, flashcards, pens, stamps, my beeswax candle for devotions, a lamp, and is where my iPhone can normally be found.
  • The ottoman holds my extra knitting yarn, and occasionally the project (if it is too big for my basket. I also use the ottoman as a desk. My laptop sits there while I do my writing. I sit on my yoga bolster when using the ottoman as a desk.
  • The stool to the left is normally where my stack of reading, study notebooks, and journal sit. I keep them all there and put each away as I complete it for the day. The sheepskin is wonderful for really cold and really hot days. It keeps me insulated and the temperature comfortable. I also use the sheepskin for meditation time and sometimes when I just want to flop on the floor for some extra stretches or to watch tv.

pour over coffee

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I have found a new (to me) way of making coffee that is so easy and tastes so good. It was born of desperation. I have used a French coffee press for many years when I wanted a cup, but in December I broke mine. It went tumbling off the counter along with my newly ground beans, and 12 oz of nearly boiling water. It was such a mess.

My daughter kept a pour over carafe in the cabinet. She bought it shortly after beginning to work in coffee shop, but for the most part it just sat in the cabinet — unused. I can’t tell you how close I had come to popping it into the Goodwill bag, but I never did because it wasn’t mine.

So after the cleaning up the disaster of my broken press, I still wanted a cup of coffee. It was just one of those cold, overcast, grey December days where you just want what you want. A quick google told me to very roughly grind 1 TBSN of beans for each cup of coffee.

The grinder came back out, the beans came back out, and I got more water going in the kettle.

Beans in the basket.

Pour the water over.

And coffee! Wait, what?! No waiting? No plunging? Just grind, boil, pour, and sip?

Yes, it was really that simple. I find the coffee very smooth, light, and not as bitter.

My favorite way to sip is 8 oz coffee, 2 oz macadamia nut milk, and 1 squirt of flavored liquid stevia.

 

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What I’m reading:  The Celtic Way of Prayer, Cherringham 16-18, Educated

What I’m listening to:  Circe, Welsh

What I’m watching:  

What I’m learning: Igniting the Flame, Welsh, Permaculture

What I’m thinking about:  Paper #1 part 1 is written, edited, and ready to be turned into  my mentor. Paper #1 part 2 is outlined and rough form is copied into the outline. Now to get the ideas to flow, the words to be correct, and then edited.

safety razor

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Why did I wait so long to make this switch? I suppose I was afraid of great quantities of spilled blood, massive scrapes (and scars) along my shin bone, and scads of tissue paper stuck to my body.

In actual fact, the switch has been painless. My husband dropped his and bent it all to pieces (after 5 years) and so I was on-line buying him a new one. I decided to just go ahead and add a second one to the cart and here we are.

What I like: super cheap blades, smooth cut, easy handle to hold, easy to clean, (I’m assuming) easy to replace the blade, and much less plastic attached to hair removal.

What I don’t like: I actually have to remember to take it in the shower with me. It does not work for a quick leg on the counter type shave. That’s ok. It is encouraging me to be more deliberate about the matter. I’m learning the fine art of slowing down little by little.

 

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What I’m reading:  The Celtic Way of Prayer, Cherringham 16-18, Educated

What I’m listening to:  Circe, Welsh by native speakers on BBC Cymru

What I’m watching:  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (1 and 2)

What I’m learning: Igniting the Flame, Welsh, Permaculture

What I’m thinking about:  February habit and goal tracker. I want to add some strength training (maybe Kettlebell swings)

coffee or tea?

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I’m usually a hot tea kind of girl, but once in a while I’ll go through a latte’ phase.  I like simple tools no matter which I choose. My little brown teapot has brewed many many cups of tea. My favorite is Ginseng Peppermint (although the shop where I purchase it won’t be carrying it any longer… ) followed closely by green tea with mint. Now that my stash has to last indefinitely, I am drinking green tea every morning and saving the GP for a special Sunday treat.

Warning!!  Rant coming!!  We have reached that time of year where I can’t get out in public spaces. The poinsettias are already out in the grocery stores and mall.  I’ve been working on compiling a master grocery list for Kelly and Hannah so that I can just copy and paste the things we need etc week. I really do NOT like how early this stuff starts.  I remember when I could go grocery shopping until early December, then until Thanksgiving, and now I cat even spend my birthday money in a real store.

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What I’m reading:  Harry Potter 3 in German, The Celtic Way of Prayer, Becoming

What I’m listening to: Ghost Hawk

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

What I’m learning in Welsh:

  • bwyta: lemon, orenau, llsiau, menyn
  • smwddio
  • gweithio: swyddfa, garej, siop, siopwr, sinema, hedduas, trydanur, gwraig ty, drama, theatr
  • mewn
  • rhifo
  • nofio
  • yma
  • gwneud
  • cerdded

What I’m thinking about:  

take-out box

 

These are two of our take-out boxes / lunch packing containers.

My personal favorite is the stainless steel one on top. I prefer it because it is rigid and the top locks on pretty tight. It is not leak proof and it does get pretty hot. However, with arthritic thumbs that rigidness comes in handy when I drop it.

My daughter and husband prefer the softer silicone containers. They fill up nicely, hold more food, can be microwaved, and then pack down tiny when they are empty.  They are also easier to tuck clean & empty into your purse or backpack when you are heading out to eat and want to bring home leftovers.

Ideally, I’d like a round, shallow, stainless steel tin to add to my rotation.

As far as reducing your plastic use, styrofoam use, and low-waste lifestyle goals, these are pretty easy. They don’t cost much and last forever. Our silicone ones are about five years old and the stainless steel one is seven.

 

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What I’m reading:  Harry Potter 3 in German, Cherringham #12, The Celtic Way of Prayer

What I’m listening to: The Grey KIng

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

What I’m learning in Welsh:

  • Geaef
  • Ysgol
  • Dillad: gwregys, esgidiau, esgidiau rhedeg, sanau, hosan, hosanau, sgarff, crys-t,
  • gwerthu
  • Cymru
  • Cymraeg
  • Dw i isio dysgu siarad Cymraeg achos dw i’n caru Cymru a dw i isio yr iaith Cymraeg parhau.

What I’m thinking about:  Working through plans to add layers of regenerative agriculture to our little farm. Rabbits are coming back with a redesigned home. Chickens will be back the next year. Raised beds (2 1/2 feet raised) are being designed. Paths are being laid out for the final bit of our woods, and I have a tree/bush/plant/seed list started.

traveler’s notebook & fountain pen

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I am a dedicated journl-er. Journal, not diary. No angst ridden entries here.  I track things like the weather (including sunrise & sunset times), Book of Common Prayer (BCP) daily readings and my personal prayer list, how I moved my body that day, what I ate that day, how much water I drank, which household tasks I did, which garden/yard tasks I did, and what I read, listened to, watched, and any thoughts that really stuck with me, and finally I end my day with a short 3 word gratitude list.

Each year I read back over my journals and pull out the information that I need or just want to keep.  Then I burn the notebooks. For me it is a way of letting go of the past, clearing space for the present, and not burdening the future with my lists.

I’ve used a variety of notebooks for this. Some nice, some cheap. Normally just cheap . . . like a composition notebook. Recently I switched to an old Midori Traveler’s Notebook that I bought 7 years ago and never really “took too”, bought some dot graph inserts, and a lovely bamboo refillable fountain pen that Hannah gave me. I like this set up because the notebook never changes, the leather is easy to care for and should outlast me. The inserts are relatively cheap, made by a fairly eco-friendly company, and store in an incredibly small pile. The pen is new, but I’ve used a Lamy Safari fountain pen for years and love it.

In the past, I have burned the journals on New Year’s Eve. I’m contemplating switching that to a different time. I’ve been reading a lot of Celtic things and it seems to me that the burning of my journals might be worked into the devotional world of the Celts. I still have lots of reading and thinking to do before I make a final decision.

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

What I’m listening to: Arthur

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

What I’m learning in Welsh:

  • Yn well
  • Yn waeth
  • Gwych
  • wedi blino
  • Pwy dych chi

What I’m thinking about:  How much wood will be need this winter? Measuring wood in ricks, cords, trees, and by pacing off the stack. Wondering why the dog always throws up on the duvet when it is so damp outside that it will take 2 days at least for it to dry (and that’s if I remember to bring it inside at night).

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!