about the everyday path :: a simple, balanced, frugal, happy life through food, books, the knitting needles, love, Montessori education, and breath.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Here I am again, popping in as promised.
I'm taking this entire Sunday to myself and my dog, who is very happy to have me here all day, all to himself.
slow cooking dry pinto beans for a lentil-bean-veg stew I'm making for dinner tonight
finishing my current novel (Sarah's Key) and starting my new one (The Help - finally)
updating my blog (read all of yours last night)
already - walked my dog, got a coffee and cheese-filled croissant from the local bakery. pastry is rare these days as I've been focusing a lot on my health. It was delicious.
folded laundry, tidied the kitchen and bedroom
i will - knit on my socks, go five minutes' drive down the road to work out at the Y and lift weights (in two months I've lost 5.5 inches from my waist! dropped almost four pant sizes).
Yesterday, I tried a new farmer's market. I only wish I had my camera with me. What a warm, joy-filled place, and our weather here has been fantastic, sunny and just the right balance of warm/cool. Next week, I'll try to remember photos.
Between today and tomorrow, I'm also hoping to make a pumpkin-sage lasagna and I've had lot of requests via Facebook for the recipe, so I'll try and post that, as well.
The ex-dbf got on a plane yesterday. I have one more wall to paint and have decided to let both rooms on the second floor and move my little old self into the attic where there is plenty of room for both my bed and a place to use the sewing machine.
The word "simplify" has been a lot in my thoughts again lately. It's worked its way into my thoughts about this large space I rent, the meals I cook, and the things I do outside my home that cost money. I'm glad it's come back. I have not been extravagant, but I have not been consciously saying yes to some things and no to others, either. I think sometimes we get so caught up in life that we forget about the importance of frugality, slowing down, and saving money. Perhaps this reflection and conscious slowing is what makes autumn time so special to me.
I'd like to engage more in: less online time, more handmades (knitting AND sewing), simple meals (have been already doing this for a couple of weeks), making daily time for a workout, more reading, and reaching out to friends, inviting them over to enjoy a big pot of stew together or just coffee and dessert. Also want to start making earlier bedtimes a priority again. I got out of a good routine when I was completing my master's thesis and let my night owl take over.
Here's to my October mantra, which I hope will carry me comfortably through the winter months to come: Simplify. What are you doing to simplify your days? your life?