Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Week Life List

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW It's still dark. Right now as I write this, it is 39 degrees with a promise to rise to 55 today and partly cloudy. It can rain for all I care as I will be indoors pushing paper.

AS I PONDER The news from the weekend locally was not good. A local woman was kidnapped for ransom and they found her body yesterday. She was a 69 year old grandmother. Disturbing. 

WHAT I AM LEARNING To try to incorporate some happy news into my life so the bad news doesn't take over.

WHAT I AM CREATING I started a new project this week called a Bullet Journal. I bought a brand new journal for it. It's an obsessive compulsive person's dream journal. When I get a little further along with it, I'll share a photo. There is no limit to what can go in it. Google it!

WHAT I'M READING I am waiting for a new book to arrive tomorrow. In the meantime, I am reading the stacks of magazines I've saved up on my home office desk. America's Best State Parks Backpacker right now. I'm not a backpacker but there are some pretty photos in this rag and an article titled "Take Photos Like a Pro: 16 Tips on Light, Composition & More".

WHAT I'M WATCHING I didn't watch anything over the weekend. We were busy at a toddler's birthday party and then we took a long Sunday drive yesterday to Ellensburg and Yakima. No time for tv. I'm okay with that. 

WHAT I'M HEARING This morning, I'm hearing the whiz of the heater fans blowing in warm air. And, my border collie shifting places on the floor. She likes to position herself just outside my office door so she can guard me. I love hearing her move positions so that she can watch me and watch for any trouble. Comforting.

This is what's left of a frittata I made for my hubby this weekend.
It was inspired by the many photos my son and daughter-in-law put up
on FB of the gourmet dishes they ate in New Orleans last week.
I love making frittatas on the weekend with the leftovers in my fridge.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MY KITCHEN I made a trial run of a dessert I'm taking to work tomorrow for the Slow Cooker Contest. The best slow cooker will win $15 and bragging rights. Other than that, I'm going to stuff us with salads this week as we go into the holiday season. I've got pre-cooked items in the freezer I'll pull out and warm up. I love to prepare soups and freeze leftovers for later. 

When elephants fight,
it is the grass that suffers.
Ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: work. 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: play, eat, rest, walk the dogs, watch a movie, take some photos, have fun.
A FINAL THOUGHT My Aunt E died last week. She was 96 plus 2 months old. I will always remember her best as the person who was sitting at the tiny library in a little one-horse town in Oregon. She loved that library and was quite invested in it. She was a very busy person who never smoked or drank. She lived a farmer's life and I think volunteering all those years kept her healthy. She always had a smile on her face and was outspoken but never rude (to me). There is much to be learned from our elders.

love, susan


  1. Dear Susan,
    I enjoyed reading what's going on with you as your were writing your post. I checked out Bullet Journal. I've been doing something similar for nearly 2 years. It sure is useful when I need to figure something from previous weeks. Big hugs to you. My mom passed away in April. She was 94. Strong until the moment she left. It was all that daily gardening.

    1. Thanks for dropping in! I hope to do some real gardening when I retire. I have big plans for all the things I want to do before I die.

  2. I had never heard of Bullet Journaling, so I spent some time looking into the website. Interesting method! I already have a system that works for me (I am a huge fan of using disc-bound notebooks which allow me to move pages around) but I like the bullet format, too, so now some of my pages will incorporate that. Thanks!

    Awesome post! (How did your slow cooker dessert turn out?)


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