|Dancer Enjoys an Afternoon Nap!|
Sunday lived up to its name and was sunny! The house was cold when I woke up and I put the heater on until it warmed up the house to 65F. Then, I turned the heater off. By the time I started to feel cold, again, it had warmed up outside, so I was able to open the front door and some of the windows at the back to create some air flow and draw in the warmer air. It was a three layer day, today - two sweatshirts and a fleece jacket! I wore my knitted neck warmer instead of a scarf.
I folded and put away the laundry I did yesterday, replied to blog comments, chatted with my daughter, continued to repair the quilt, and watched videos. One was a video about the spending habits of retirees and how to reduce that spending. According to the video, which cited figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the five biggest expenses, which added up to 80% of the funds spent by the average retired household, were housing (included mortgage, insurance, maintenance, utilities, etc.), medical (included copays, medications, supplemental medical insurance, etc.), food, transportation (included car payments, insurance, maintenance, fuel, etc.), and entertainment. The premise of the video was, if you can reduce spending in any of these five areas, it would have the biggest impact. I took notes while I watched that video! Another video was a sort of documentary done by one of the public television stations about various retirement funds, but, it was a program that had originally aired in 2013 and it is now nearly 10 years later, so, I don't know how applicable it is now.
Later, I watched news, called friend R and left her a message, video chatted with my daughter, and baked some banana nut muffins with the last two bananas that I didn't eat:
|Banana Nut Muffins|
While they baked, I stayed in the warm kitchen and did the dishes and wiped down the counters, etc.
Brunch had been French toast. Dinner was pasta with the last of the spaghetti sauce I had kept in the fridge (there's more in the freezer). Afterwards, I ate two of the muffins.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A sunny and mild day (high was 67F)
- Working appliances
- Passive solar heating in the afternoons
- Internet access
- Freshly baked muffins warm from the oven
Today's joyful activity was baking. There is something almost magical about taking two riper than I like bananas and mixing them with some flour, sugar, baking powder, oil, milk, and an egg, putting it in the oven, and coming up with some delicious muffins!
Tomorrow (Monday) is Presidents Day and a holiday. It is supposed to be another warmer day with a high of 71F. I don't have any specific plans other than doing a meal plan and maybe some cooking. Soup will be on the menu this week as it is supposed to be cold and rainy mid week.
How was your Sunday? What are your plans for Monday?