Autumn 2014 Minimalist Lifestyle Update
It blows hot, it blows cold, it makes a mess and rains a lot. Why do I keep thinking that I love October? Is this one of those things like when little kids get all excited about snow but grownups mutter curses? Where are those golden, romantic days I could have sworn once were, full of bonfires and hikes in woods, Oktoberfests that were actually fun, looking good in chunky sweaters, and howling at big, fat harvest moons?
I like them better when they stay on the trees.
Because October is so changeable and exhausting, I’ve spent more time immersed in my office than I have savoring the last few weeks before another endless winter. Of course, I’m on a mission, getting a novel finished somewhat close to the time I said I would, but even if that weren’t the case, I think I would already be hibernating. I do not like to be cold or wet or distracted by my various joints with every bobble of the barometer.
Anyway, here’s the Minimalist Woman Autumn 2014 Update:
It’s been an unusually interesting few weeks, with a sudden re-appearance, both virtual and real-time, of several blasts from the past, friends I haven’t seen in five and twenty-five years, of normally regular friends I haven’t seen in months, and of making a new friend or two. My granddaughter is seven months old, going from cute blob-baby to crawling, babbling person-baby. I’ve been eating pizza and ice cream (and dieting in between), going to t’ai chi class every week–and, horrors, have even arranged to go to a writer’s conference! A local conference, admittedly, but I normally don’t join anything. I just don’t, y’know? (I plan to lurk in the back of the room, though.)
The biggest change is adding some meat and dairy back into a mostly vegetable and fish diet. The reason wasn’t convenience, nor was it cost–I just plain feel better. I have fingernails again, my hair loss has slowed down, my digestion has stabilized. We keep the animal protein down to a fraction of what we used to consume and keep the veggie portions large. It means I cook from my own cookbooks again, too. The pizza thing I mentioned above is my new-until-further-notice dinner party policy, which is to order pizzas. With online deals, it costs the same or less as cooking from scratch, and frankly they taste better than my cooking does after I’ve been immersed in a fictional world all day. I save my energy for enjoying my friends and family, and everyone can get the kind of pizzas they like. Win-win.
Still knitting on a regular basis. Have discovered an inexpensive yarn, Woolike super fine by Loops & Threads. $3 will buy one skein of 678 yards, enough to complete the entire front of this tall person’s long tunic sweater. I’m using US3 needles, a size larger than the label recommends, in order to make a drapeable fabric rather than a dense one. It’s delicate cycle wash and dry, too. Can’t believe I’m going to have a hand-made long-sleeved tunic sweater for all of around $10. But before I finish it I will break off to knit something goofy for my granddaughter.
Also still fighting the occasional urge to shop. But a joint-decision purchase came up, a set of chairs for the dining table. We’ve been wanting since forever to replace the large, hard-as-hell chairs we had with upholstered Parsons-style ones. Found an offer that was cheaper for four such chairs than the price of one discounted refurbished Kindle Fire. Everyone who has sat on them are so appreciative, and we actually use the table on a daily basis now instead of avoiding it between gatherings. We gave the old ones away. Whoever took them probably hate us by now, as not even chair pads made those things comfortable for longer than fifteen minutes.
Still haven’t gotten rid of those boxes of files or tidied up the basement, but both jobs are on the list for after the novel in progress goes out to my reader team. I can’t afford to get distracted for a large chunk of time right now, and those jobs are big ones.
So, still keeping on with simple things, still cutting my own hair even as I’m growing it out for a change, still writing like mad. The sun has finally come out. I think I’ll put on a warmer sweater and go for a walk.
What are you up to? Any changes since last year?