Sunday, February 10, 2019

Slow Saturday

It was 4:00 a.m. when I last looked at the clock, last night/this morning, before I finally fell asleep.  I woke up at 10:00 a.m., which wasn't bad, I guess.  It had rained, earlier in the morning, but it had ceased by the time I woke up and the rest of the day was fine - partly cloudy, partly sunny.  Warm enough in the afternoon to open the windows to air out the house.  Cold enough in the evening for me to turn up the heater, even though I am wearing a blouse, two sweaters, a pair of sweatpants, and a pair of socks! 

I spent a relaxed morning, having a cup of tea, responding to emails, and writing the blog post about my crazy patchwork cushion cover.  Later, I chatted on the phone with my daughter as she outlined her day's plans with me (grocery shopping, going to an acrobatics class, then, cooking for the week and laundry).   

Daughter's grocery shopping (at the dollar store):

Daughter's Grocery Haul
She found 18 oz. packages of bacon ends and pieces for $2.00 each and bought one of each of three different flavors!  Plus a bag of 4 zucchini, a cauliflower, a 1 lb. bag of asparagus, 12 oz. containers of blueberries and blackberries, 2 bags of freeze dried peaches, a loaf of bread, 1 package of turkey sausage patties, 2 bottles of a cold brew coffee, a jar of ssan sauce (a type of Korean chili sauce) and a container of shampoo (not shown).  She said she spent $22.40 (does not include the shampoo).  She budgets $100-125/month for groceries.

Her cooking for the week:

Daughter's Weekly Meal Prep
Clockwise: extra cooked bacon (blue container), sauteed zucchini and onion, chickpea pasta with bacon, asparagus, roasted cauliflower.  She said she had some other leftovers from last week to finish, as well (sweet potato and lentil curry, sauteed greens, etc.).  She plans to cook some rice, tomorrow, and maybe bake a loaf of zucchini bread.

My own lunch was a salad:

Lunch Salad with Bacon
I had some cooked bacon in the freezer - I took out a piece and crisped it in the microwave, then, crumbled it on top of the salad.

In the afternoon, I went through my closet and re-organized it.  When my daughter helped me go through the clothes (when she was down here at Christmas), she grouped all the skirts together, all the blouses together, etc., which was fine, but she hung up the blouses according to sleeve length, with all the short sleeved blouses together and long sleeved blouses together.  I prefer to organize them by color, so, today, I grouped them by color, instead.

Then, I peeked in several of the dresser drawers to see if there was anything I could declutter.  I don't know.  I have 3 pairs of sweatpants and 5 sweatshirts, two of which are rather thin which I wear in spring or fall.  I don't think I can have any fewer than that.  I have 3 t-shirts, two of which are now too big for me, so I might be able to give those away, but my daughter wants me to wait until she comes home to see if she could wear them to sleep in, during the summer.  Two of the t-shirts were souvenir t-shirts from dance recitals, back when daughter and I were taking dance classes.  I have 3 tank tops and a pair of shorts for the summer, although the pair of shorts might be too big, now.  I have 3 flannel nightdresses and 1 pair of flannel pyjamas; several cotton nightdresses, but, in the summer, I need at least 5 or 6 so I can change to a new one each night, since it is so hot.  There really isn't much in the dresser drawers to declutter.

Then, I checked the chest of drawers where I keep my sweaters.  Well, now, I do admit to having at least a dozen or so sweaters!  And I am constantly knitting and adding to their number!  I pulled out one sleeveless knitted top that I made, to go to the donations pile (it is too big for me, now).  Once again, my daughter wants to see if there is anything she'd like before I actually donate any sweaters, so I left the rest of them in place.

Next, I moved on to the linen closet.  It wasn't that disorganized (I have designated different shelves for different things), but, things tend to get shoved in and things get a bit messy from time to time.  I pulled everything out, shelf by shelf, sorted it all, and put everything back!  By then, it was evening and I was getting hungry and tired.  It was too dark in the hallway, even with the light on, to take a photo, so, I'll do that, tomorrow.  But, I found another piece of eyelet fabric, which is a little longer than what I have in my bedroom window, when I was sorting in the linen closet.  I kept it out to sew into a curtain for my bedroom window.

Since I was hungry, I cut up the rest of a cucumber and had the pieces with a little salsa as a snack and then, had a cup of tea.

Evening Snack: Cucumber and Salsa
If nothing else, it was a healthy snack!  But, I got hungry for dinner, by 7:30 p.m.!

Dinner was part of a chicken breast I had baked and frozen, earlier, with vegetables:

Dinner:  Chicken Breast and Vegetables
I sliced up half of a zucchini and sauteed it, then, added the leftover vegetables from two nights ago.  I sliced up the chicken breast and sauteed it, too, to warm it up, but that dried it out.  Next time (there are more baked chicken breasts in the freezer), I shall make some sort of a sauce to go with the chicken.  Dinner was good and I had a glass of diluted orange juice with it (2/3 orange juice, 1/3 water).  Two hours later, I checked my sugar level (it should be under 180, 2 hours after a meal) and it was 102.  So, I ate a peach for dessert.   

Later, I video chatted with my daughter.  I did a little bit of paperwork, too, but not enough to make a noticeable dent!

Today, I am grateful for:
- The early morning rain
- The sunshine, later
- A nicely organized linen closet
- Chatting with my daughter
- Figuring out healthier meals

I will carry over my To Do List from yesterday into tomorrow.

How was your Saturday?  What are your plans for Sunday?


  1. Your crazy patchwork cushion (yesterday's post) is beautiful and too good to be packed away. I'd either use it or frame it and have in on display. How long did it take you to make - you are very talented. Has your daughter inherited your talent?

    You may be shocked to hear that I don't own any sweaters! Since the menopause I get too hot too quickly, so I wear cardigans as they are much easier to take on and off. I used to like wearing sweatshirts but they too are a thing of the past.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I can't remember how long it took me to do it - at least a couple of weeks, I would think. Quite possibly, longer. My daughter likes to crochet (she does amigurumi, which is a type of Japanese crocheted stuffed toys), cross stitch, paint, do polymer clay stuff, etc.

      No sweaters?! Well, cardigans are more versatile, aren't they? I tend to feel cold, all the time, so, I like sweaters. :)

  2. You are doing so well with your low carb diet. Lots of variety make your meals so interesting.

    Wow! You were on a roll today with all the decluttering. I cannot seem to get started with mine. I just don't seem to be in the mood, which is strange because the beginning of a new year is usually the impetus one needs to get going. I did manage to get rid of a lot of papers in January, but then I fizzled out. I think I am going to need a bit of spring weather to get fired up again.

    1. Well, I ended up eating a slice of bread, later in the night, Susan, but, it was just one slice all day, instead of several throughout the day. So, a small victory, there!

      I think, maybe, you have other things on your mind, with your husband's death anniversary, etc., and that is why it is hard to get going with the decluttering, etc. Don't worry about it. Just do your cards, scrapbooking, etc., and take it easy. (((HUGS)))

  3. You had a good productive day. I like the days when I stay home and clean out some things I've been meaning to get to. Looks like you are continuing to do well with your eating, also. Yea!

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I felt I wasn't all that productive, yesterday, but, sorting out the linen closet had been something I've been wanting to do.

      I had a slice of bread, last night, after I did my blog post, but, one slice of bread wasn't that bad, was it? It could have been worse - at least it wasn't a slice of cake or pie (which was what I was really wanting!) :D

  4. Your day sounds very productive. Your daughter's food looks delicious. I see that she is also organized, just like you.

    I group my clothes by type (tops, skirts, pants etc.) and then organize tops by color as well. One of these days I should go through each item and see if I need to declutter. I'm sure there are things in the closet that do not spark joy in me. :)

    I never thought of freezing cooked bacon. What a great idea!

    1. Thank you, Nil. Yes, she is very organized. She also doesn't like to cook every day after work, so, prefers to cook on the weekends for the week. I used to do that, myself, when I was working, and, even now, will cook up a few things and freeze in smaller portions to pull out as and when I feel like it.

      One other thing you can do with the bacon, if you don't want to cook it ahead and freeze, is to portion it out (uncooked), and then, freeze. Then, just pull out a packet with just 2 or 3 slices in it, thaw (can be done in the microwave), and cook it, as needed. I also save the bacon grease in a jar in the fridge - I know it is not the healthiest fat, but, a little bit of it added to other dishes can give it a nice flavor. :)

  5. Wow! I am so impressed with what you and your daughter spend on groceries.I budget twice that amount. I love seeing what people buy at the grocery store. There is something so intimate about it. I guess the reason that I spend more is that I also buy meat, milk, cheese, chocolate, and loads of fruit. I think I eat much more than you do, too.

    1. I, too, love to see what people buy in terms of groceries, and how much things cost in different places. I'm just nosy, that way! :D My daughter prefers to buy her milk and half & half at Trader Joe's, rather than the dollar store, so that's not shown in her grocery photo. I do buy meat and fish, from time to time, but not so much milk or cheese; I did buy some yogurt, the other day. I am planning to go grocery shopping this coming week - I want to get some ground beef, this time, and maybe shrimp. I have chicken, beef, and salmon in the freezer, so don't need any more of that.


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