Lopisheep gets me thinking about books!
You can't sell what you don't have! :) I never got, or let my kids get into the stuffed animal habit. I even had a rule for relatives' gift giving: no guns, legos, or stuffed animals. (We did get legos, but after the kids were older, and in a controlled fashion: just what was really longed for. Mostly we did Playmobil, and I was NOT having two sets of things with incredibly little pieces swirling through the house. Eldest got to do legos once he was old enough, and had the motivation, to keep them contained.) Eldest never wanted an animal, and the girls had two or three carefully selected, longed for, and loved ones. And I can't imagine selling those! Middlest still has her special friend sleep on the end of her bed!
And while I appreciate your reasoning, I am now at the point in my understanding of knowing I can't hold onto everything, that space and (paying the mortgage) have their own value. If I had the space and money, I would love to keep ALL THE BOOKS, EVER! But I don't, so no sense for me to not make the choices.
Whew. That got me articulating a few things, didn't it? I love books. I can tell that you do, too. We have always had way too many books than we have space for. There's a decluttering mantra that I was introduced to about a year and a half ago. "Inventory must conform to storage.' When I realized that that applied to books too (much as I didn't want it to!) it was a real breakthrough for me. Just another living within your means moment. You really can't have it all, but there is a value in deciding what IS important enough for you to have, and to really enjoy that. It is not necessary for me to keep every Gordon Gecko mystery we've read. It IS vital to have our Narnia books.
I guess, in a way, it is just like realizing it is not necessary to have a sandwich for lunch every day, but it is worth it to have that fantastic bread pudding when you go out for your birthday.
Oh, but how I wish I were rich enough to have a massive library. Oh, wait! I am! It is just a ten minute walk away! Yay for civilization and the tax-dollars that support it!
Back to my regularly scheduled post
Well, one day of eating right, and my nose is almost back to normal. The weather (lots of rain) may have played a part, but I am still appreciating the difference. And I slept better last night, too!
Laid back in the bath again this morning. I need to see if I can find one of those bathtub overflow control things, that you stick over your outflow, so that it drains from the top, rather than the bottom. It would give me three more inches to lower myself into, and I might be able to go shoulders under. I'm actually looking forward to the dunks, which I never would have expected.
No more coffee! I didn't have it yesterday, either, in case it was playing a part in my heartburny symptoms. So, I only did 6 days, but that's enough to decide I DID NOT LIKE IT. If I want to do the caffeine aspect of cold water-caffeine-exercise, I'll spring for some caffeine pills when we're flush again. But I really do not like that jittery feeling. It may not be worth any weight-loss help it gives. And since it didn't magically 'drop three sizes in just eight days'(use your funny announcer voice for that), out it goes! For now.
But not the cold baths. Those are fantastic. (Did I just say that?)
Small upset with the devilled eggs yesterday. I have one of those marvelous tupperware contraptions that you can transport 24 devilled eggs in. (It also doubles as a cake holder, but I got it years ago especially for devilled eggs.) It has a cover, but a cover cannot protect it from being dropped sideways. The beautifully piped eggs ended up being slightly squashed and reassembled eggs. :( They still tasted good, though.
Oh, and the custard I made! Heaven.
I love custard.
Back at you- so fun to come to your jouranl and see bunches of comments!
Ecks- I gave it a try, but one of the screws is too old, and just wouldn't come out. :( But it gave me the idea that I COULD just cover the gap with some duct tape for my cold bath. I know the overflow is there for when you forget what you are doing, but I think I could risk it if I promised myself that I would stay by the tub until it fills. (Extra reading time!) Might try that tomorrow.
Tomi- I am definitely in a minimalist stage of my life. There have been a few things I regret tossing, but the key words there: 'few' versus the hundreds, and perhaps thousands of things I got rid of and never missed, and 'regrets' because if you've made it through life without regrets you aren't putting yourself out there, and of course, 'things'. When all is said and done these are things. I'll be leaving them behind at one point or another, and they don't mean a flip next to people and good emotion. They are here to help me through life, and if they are not helping, well, then!
I'm glad it seems like my attitude is admirable in any way. It doesn't feel like that to me, but I haven't snapped at my kids or Honey, or run away from home, so I guess I am doing okay. Sometimes I feel like I get on here and do nothing but whine how hard my life is. When it is still leaps and bounds ahead of most everyone on earth. Oh well, at least you guys can skip the boring parts! I'll have to do a big alert in bold letters when it is safe to come back. :)
Siobhan- I've told myself and others many times, that I would know when I was rich, because I would be able to buy ALL the books I wanted. In hardback, even! Reading is one of my favorite things, and there just isn't enough time to read everything I would like. And then there's repeat reading! Some things are just too good to experience only once.
Judg- I never thought I would be LOOKING FORWARD to cold baths. At best, I thought I would revel in how tough I was being. :) We'll see if I still feel this way as it gets colder!
I'm making up my enchilada sauce. It is a recipe from John McDougall's book, from when I was doing the vegan thing. Yes, you heard that right. It is still the best enchilada sauce recipe I have ever tried. Just the right amount of spice and texture for me. I HAVE tweaked it over the years. I didn't use the cornstarch even before I went primal. And I had to further tweak today, because we are out of soy sauce. I used some fish sauce instead, and garlic powder instead of fresh, and it worked fine. Now I am about to use my immersion blender that Eldest gave me for Christmas(!), and start layering.
Then I am going to sit back down in front of the tv with my knitting. Had to pay part of a bill today, and it stressed me out. I self-medicated with custard and knitting, and it seems to be working.