I am not a resolutions kind of gal — too much unnecessary pressure upon one’s self. Life is getting back to normal. The fashionista is back in Pennsylvania. The pug and I are getting used to life without her again after a great couple of weeks.
Last week was new carpet week. A nice brown and tan berber to replace the blue carpet that had been on the floors forever. Still trying to get everything put away. I keep finding little things in odd places. And I have put a trash bag in every room to keep my resolve to pitch things that I have not used in several years. Part of my downsizing plan — I have never been a packrat, so to speak, and yet I find myself overrun with “stuff.” Remember George Carlin’s monologue on “stuff” —
“Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That’s all, a little place for my stuff. That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody’s got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that’s your stuff, that’ll be his stuff over there. That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.”
And my favorite line from that monologue — “A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it.”
So over the weekend I did a little organizing, a little knitting, a little reading, a little cleaning, a little cooking — one of those nice puttering weekends. Those are some of my favorite weekends. It was nice to stay in — Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were extremely cold — down to the minus degrees which is unusual here.
I finished my olive green Hedgerow socks and wore them to church on Sunday. They turned out great and fit great. I hope to get some pictures up soon. My laptop has been giving me fits lately.
At least 3 or 4 years ago I knit some red and white dishcloths for my aunt from a little booklet called Dishcloths by the Dozens — Pattern No. 7 Basketweave (Knit). I noticed when I was at her house during the holidays that she is still using at least one of them and it is pretty ratty looking. So I spent 2 hours searching and finally found the booklet (I wasn’t even sure I still had it) and rummaged around for a skein of red and a skein of white dishcloth cotton and cast on a cloth. I will make at least 2 to put in her Valentine gift bag.
I have two infant sweaters that are unfinished — one is a striped organic cotton sweater in khaki, cream and light green. The other is a Harvard Stripes cardigan using Wildflower DK in light blue, royal blue, cranberry, light yellow and dark purple. I got the organic cotton sweater and supplies out so that I can finish it. I only have the sleeves, and edging around the neck and front bands left — it is just a matter of making myself do it. The Harvard Stripes cardigan will take more effort and I will just hope to get it done before summer — give myself plenty of time.
I found a fun sounding book at the library that is my current read. It is called GodMother The secret Cinderella story and authored by Carolyn Turgeon. The back cover reads:
“Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment. But Lil has an intriguing secret. Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings–the only key to who she once was: the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming.
But on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong. Lil allowed herself the unthinkable: to feel the emotions of human beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in place of Cinderella in her exquisitely gorgeous human guise. For her unforgivable mistake, she was banished to live among humans, far from her fairy sisters and their magical underwater world. But then one day she meets Veronica–a young, fair-skinned, flame-haired East Village beauty with a love of all things vintage and a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men–and suddenly it becomes clear to Lil that she’s been given a chance at redemption. If she can find a soul mate for Veronica, she may right her wrong and return to the fairy world she so deeply longs for . . .”
I’ve just begun to read it, but I think it will hold my interest. A bit of a fun read, I think. A book that has a completely new spin on the Cinderella story deserves to be read.
Among my Christmas gifts was a Calphalon dutch oven, which I dearly love, and Ina Garten’s Back to Basics cookbook, which I have been savoring. The baked shrimp scampi that I taught the fashionista to make is from this book.
I am toying with the idea of doing the Vegan Kickstart 21 Day plan. I have been eating WAY too much dairy — particularly CHEESE (cheese on everything and NOT in moderation!) — and pasta and I need to scale back. I found a website that has all the info, and while I like a few of the recipes I found in its meal plan, I will use the plan more or less as a guide and use my own recipes. If I decide to do it, I think I will put all the cheese in the back of the freezer and my start date will be Saturday. A friend of mine went on a vegan eating plan during Lent last year and said it will be fine if I can make it past the third day. It should not be such a stretch to go from vegetarian to vegan.
This evening I am going to the new arena which just opened this past Saturday night in our fair city. The event is a free local music night. Local bands and musicians will be performing on the arena floor and in the corridors. I think it will be great fun. There are many local bands that I have wanted to hear — but I would like to hear them in a non-bar setting. And tonight’s the night!!