On my way…

October 28th, 2010

Just a quick note- I’m on my way to San Miguel de Allende, again. If all goes as planned, I’ll be there about 6 months, until just before Easter.

This time, I know a little more what to expect. But I hope to do more exploring- Mexico is a fabulous country. And definitely need to work more on my Spanish. (Claro que si!)

I do have a Skype number now, so my peeps in the US can reach me via a US phone number. That will make things much easier on all of us, I hope.

I’m going in late Oct to see how Dia de los Muertos is celebrated (let me guess, lots of fireworks.) Here’s an article that I enjoyed about what all happens.

And I want to find out what fruits & veggies there are that I missed last time (more on that later, I’m sure!)

I have to specially thank Forest & Forest of Stuff Away in Port Townsend for moving all my STUFF (yes, there’s still a lot of it, despite all my decluttering) back into storage. They are both fun & efficient, and the bad jokes are free. But I do think I qualify for a frequent flee-er rate @ this point.

Hasta luego!

TGIF #37

September 24th, 2010

One of my biggest finds this summer has been POUTINE! Pronounced poo-TSIN in Quebec. I’ve been trying it all over, from Seattle to New Hampshire. My favorite so far has been at Boomer’s Cafe in Stratford, ON. Basically, it’s french fries with gravy & cheese curds. Sounds simple, but done right, it can be divine.

I’ve seen a lot of variations on the theme, including Italian poutine (with red sauce) and sweet potato poutine (not sure what they use for gravy.) I’ve been experimenting myself, and so far my favorite is Mexican poutine. I make oven baked fries, top it with chorizo & cheddar cheese. Yummm…

Sorry I’ve been AWOL for a couple weeks. A certain seƱor has been visiting, and I’ve been showing him all the sights in beautiful PT & Seattle. I think he liked it, although the ferry waits were a bit frustrating. Part of life on the peninsula, though. It’s great hanging out with someone who likes good food as much as I do!

Here are some links to kick off your weekend!

Simplicity Links

September 7th, 2010

Whidbey Cattle

I’ve been in decluttering mode again for the last couple weeks. I’m suddenly able to let things go that I’d been hanging on to for many years. Not that I used them. Somehow I thought I “needed” to have them. Or not just have them, but not let them go. And suddenly, it’s ok.

One thing I found was that releasing the things with the most emotional attachment also had the biggest freedom effect. After one particularly dramatic trip to the thrift store, I returned to find my apartment felt so much more peaceful- it was almost a different place. As if a particularly annoying low-level hum had stopped.

I’m finding that language can help me break through my attachments. I’ve started thinking in terms of “releasing” and “letting things go.” And I’m less concerned with finding them the perfect home. That’s their job, not mine. (Although I was particularly pleased to pass on some special books to someone who was thrilled to receive them.)

I’m also starting to think of things as being nomadic. They lived with me for a while, and now they’re on to new adventures.

No, I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist. As SED reminded me, the idea isn’t to get rid of everything. The idea is to keep the things that bring you joy, and release the ones that don’t.

I’ve been working on some links to share, in case you’re interested. Here’s the new Simplicity Links page.

This is a work in progress, so I’d love to know if you have favorites that I’ve missed.

TGIF #36

September 3rd, 2010

Sorry

That’s for all of you who are stuck working on Labor Day weekend. It does make me wonder what went wrong. Wasn’t Labor Day meant to honor workers? Here’s hoping that you & yours actually spend time together, enjoying a beautiful long summer weekend.

Here are some goodies for you: