This week has been a bit strange. I would have thought most creatures would either be sleeping or well dead. I have had a lady bug land on me while I was doing yoga one morning. I felt something on my back and brushed it off onto my yoga pants. At first I thought I had killed it by accident but, it decided to crawl up my yoga top and at that point I stopped doing my yoga to take the lady bug outside (it was still warm when I did this). I realize that we have had warmer weather than usual lately but, still you would think that having bugs in your house would no longer be an issue.
Today my beloved Sin (Shin) was staring at something in the bathroom. I admit I had no idea what she was staring at and hunting. I later discovered a very fat fly in our house. I admit I am a bit reluctant to shoo it outside since it is very cold out but, since he/she will only live for about 3 days to a week. Sorry not sure of the life span of a fly. I guess for now it can stay unless it decides to dive bomb me while I sleep then it will have to leave. I value my sleep.
I did want to mention something my husband who is the computer master/geek told me and it explains a lot. If you use yahoo for anything like say mail which I do. He told me that only 20% of all the people who work, test, program, etc. for yahoo actually use yahoo mail and other things that yahoo might offer like news etc. I was shocked, so in case you are currently unhappy with yahoo mail and all the “updates” to make the site “better” now you know why so many people who actually use it are upset and disappointed with the service. My use of yahoo for my mail might be changing in 2014 not sure yet who I would use instead but, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I would appreciate it.
Not much new is going on at this end. I have been stuck at home for awhile due to the weather and my husband taking our one and only car to work with him. I really hate this time of year just for being stuck inside most of the time.
Today we got A LOT of rain so much that when I took our trash and recyclables to the curb I ended up with very wet boots and feet, ah well. Now I am in the process of trying to dry out my boots without feeling the need/urge to put them in the dryer.
I also wanted to share this web post for folks who are trying to either decide what to do with their clutter, are just beginning with their clutter, or just dreading the holidays because they know they will be getting more stuff even though they have told family, and friends to give them gift cards, or even money.
http://manvsdebt.com/clutter-disaster-plan/. I have thought about this a lot while I was getting rid of my stuff earlier this year and helping my mom with her stuff. I have basically decided that I would probably save the following items in no particular order.
1. The companion animals and their supplies like food, litter etc.
2. My daughter, some clothes of hers, a few toys and one of her purses.
3. My husband, his clothes and computer.
4. My clothes.
5. My backpack.
6. My computer and Kindle.
7. My purse.
8. My pictures and camera.
What would you save if you had little time to evacuate your apartment, or house?
I just thought I would share what I want for the holidays in no particular order and feel free to share yours as well.
1. Peace on Earth toward all creatures human and nonhuman alike.
2. To travel to the places I have longed to see and take my daughter with me.
3. No more prejudice in the world.
4. No more factory farms where animals are used and abused.
5. Freedom for everyone.
6. To be debt free.
7. To reconnect with my friends who are far away and see them again.
8. More precious moments with my daughter with hugs, kisses, and tickle fights galore.
It is not a long list of things that I want. I feel that in some small way I am helping with the Peace, freedom, and no factory farms by being a Vegan it is a small step but, it is a step in the right direction. I also think I am helping with numbers 3 and 5 by my small but, important donation to V-day.org and I am doing it for my daughter as well as every woman.
What is on your holiday wish list?
Today is the official day of being done with shopping for the holidays whew! So glad that is over with. I even got one student loan paid off as well today and sent it certified return receipt so that way I have proof that they did actually get my money. It is the rush of the holidays to get presents mailed, UPS’d or Fedex’d to folks. So I wanted to make sure it gets there.
Tuesday joy of joys is giving to various worthy organizations and yet again my inbox was filled and a lot promptly deleted. Not saying any of these organizations are not worthy but, after giving myself my early holiday gift I have very little money to burn, donate, or even rub together for now.
Does anyone have any great holiday recipes they would love to share or even just one? I personally have declared the chai spice cookies to be our holiday go to for cookies. You can decorate, cut out or basically do what you normally do with your holiday cookies. If you love chai tea then these are just like drinking it except, you get to eat it and without the caffeine. You can find the recipe in 1000 Vegan Recipes on pg. 433. Although this year I might try something different will have to get the input of my daughter to see what she wants.
Monday was frustrating for me because my inbox was literally filled with sales and other useless bits. I am very happy to say that I was a bit tempted but, then decided not to go for any of the sales. I am nearly done with my holiday shopping I just need to pick up a gift certificate for my moms massage. I did find something for my mother in law a few items to help with her dry skin a fragrance free and gluten free shower gel/body wash along with fragrance free shea butter for her hands etc also gluten free.
If all goes well and I actually get to use the car well I will be first off giving myself an early holiday present by paying off at least one student loan. WAHOO! I am so excited that I will be knocking down my dreaded debt and will only have one monthly bill to pay for another student loan but, this one I can add more money to it and hopefully get it paid off as quickly as possible as well.
I do have a recommendation for folks and no it is not exactly holiday themed or even holiday festive but, I do encourage folks to watch and either rent, beg, or borrow from friends or the library the series or HBO special called “Band of Brothers”. It is really awesome. Granted it is not for the small ones in your life to see. It is very realistic. As a younger person I was obsessed or at least trying to understand how and why the holocaust of WWII happened along with the hows and whys of slavery. I still do not understand how another person could treat another fellow human being so horribly and cruelly. We all bleed the same color, we all are human, we all for the most part share some of the same dreams and hopes. The trip into Germany for the 101st Airborne and their first encounter with one of the camps was really tough for me to watch. I guess I can handle blood and gore a bit better although not by much. Ok enough of this here is something beautiful to hopefully brighten your day.
This was my view Monday morning. It turned the rest of the outside a lovely shade of orange/pink.
Well I get to have 4 days of sleeping in. It has been nice so far. I actually feel rather lazy doing it but, it is awfully nice.
My poor daughter was ill the day before Thanksgiving so it was an interesting time for me taking care of her and cleaning. Turkey free day she was not very hungry but, by Friday she was back to her old self and eating like crazy. I am just glad she is doing better and now has color in her cheeks instead of being very pale. She was running a fever Wednesday night and was about to burn me out of bed she was so hot. I also “adopted” a turkey from farm sanctuary named “Tulip” it was $30 and I have been wanting to do this for awhile now but, have usually been too broke to do it so now that my insurance has been paid and most of my holiday shopping is done I have a bit more money to do things with.
Turkey free day we went to the in laws for most of the day and even had a few guests stop by. My husbands uncle and cousins stopped by for a few hours so that was nice. It was a day to spend with family.
Friday we did go to our favorite book store simply because my daughter had gotten $3 from her grandmother for Halloween in lieu of candy so, she was really wanting to get something and settled on a DVD movie with Scooby Do. She seems happy and still has money left over since it was on sale. My husband got a book and a game system and I got my holiday gift early.
Have a great weekend!
Being a vegan or a new vegan or vegetarian you or your family and friends might be wondering what you can/should eat for this holiday and how you are going to survive it. DO NOT PANIC! There are many options out there from getting a Field Roast (my personal fav.) to a Tofurkey. If you get either one of these just make sure you pull it out of the freezer 24-48 hrs. before the big day. You can almost always stick to most of the sides just make sure there are no animal products in the stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie or pecan pie. You could bake a squash and stuff it with something yummy and vegan or bring your own pie. The options are endless you might even consider making some vegetarian/vegan fried rice and just go a completely different direction. Just eat what you want and make sure it is animal friendly. On that note you could consider adopting a Turkey from Farm Sanctuary no matter what you choose to eat. Just be kind to yourself and the animals this holiday season and avoid sacrificing a turkey.
Here are a couple of worthy links to help you with your clutter and hopefully not part with so much money on the dreaded day of shopping that begins the holiday season Black Friday not to be confused with Black Lassie (Cheech and Chong reference couldnt resist) so without further ado and in no particular order….http://www.theminimalists.com/black-friday/, http://www.slowyourhome.com/2013/11/26/pre-holiday-declutter-2/. Hope they help you to stay sane and avoid the crowds.
Happy UNturkey Day! Happy Thanksgiving!