This weekend…

Plans are shaping up!

You don’t think about all the food that you have in the refrigerator and freezer! But with only 3 weeks to go before we leave, I started thinking about that! So, now we are down to trying to eat everything that we have, and buying minimally, so we’ll have as little food as possible to give away or throw out! We are trying to eat as much from the freezer as we can. Fish? All made up last night in a fish stew. Freezer jams? Some will be given away to good friends. So the menu each night depends on what we have on the shelf, in the freezer or refrigerator. AND I put all my scrapbooking supplies into one spot, with my jewelry making supplies. And I’m thinking, WHEN will I ever do this again? In reality? So, a friend has offered to take them all off my hands! YIPPEE! In addition to all this, we are beginning to get the house refinishing things done as well… quartz counter tops lined up? Check. Kitchen and master bath faucets purchased? Check. Hot tub winterized? Check. Interior painter lined up? Check. Carpet replacement picked out (for 3 rooms)? Check. Wood floor refinishing lined up? Check. As we continue to bubble wrap and pack storage boxes with what we will be keeping. I have one more batch of wine to be bottled before we leave, then I can check that off as well.

Oh and I added a “Links” link at the bottom of the page! I’ve added the link to my website “LN Wellness”, and will be adding additional links in the future!

Purging…

It continues! We had a fantastic Thanksgiving with all the family, I hosted, which I LOVE doing and will miss this part of having this HUGE house! But my sis and her husband, my mom, my daughter and family and Gregs son and his girlfriend all came for Thanksgiving! It was great to all be together! Didn’t have much of that 14 lb turkey left!

We knew that after Thanksgiving, the real purging should begin. And Friday it did…we have a charitable organization here in our local town, for used clothing. So a great opportunity to get rid of clothes we haven’t worn for a while, as well as what we know we won’t be needing in the future! It was interesting…7 robes, really? Why do I need 7 robes? Oh, yea, so 2 are going to the boat, 3 stay and I got rid of 2. And really, 30 t-shirts? By the way, I don’t WEAR t-shirts! OH MY! So, yea, I did keep 9 “just in case”, and all the others went to charity. And do I really need all these winter coats? So off some went (yes, I kept a few, might need them). AND what to do with all my scrapbooking, quilting and jewelry making supplies? Well, I guess they will go to the spring sale. But I’m NOT getting rid of my yarn!

Another thing  you don’t think about much is FOOD! Yea, food! Stuff in the freezer and refrigerator and being gone for 3 months! So, for the next 3-4 weeks, we have to try to eat everything that we have! No more buying groceries before looking in the freezer and refrigerator and trying to figure out what to eat in there FIRST.

Our first priority should be to clean out the rooms enough that the painter can come in when we are gone to paint the entire interior while we are gone: so furniture moved away from the walls, everything taken OFF the walls, etc. The rest we really can do in the spring when we return.

Took Saturday off and met my mom in Lanesboro to go to the play The Christmas Carol at the Commonweal Theatre. If you have never gone there, I HIGHLY recommend it! Amazing place, exceptional talent! I’m tempted to go again with Greg before we leave, if we have time.

And took Sunday off to drive over to Nelson, WI cheese factory where we felt we were already in France! Music playing, salad, bread and a bottle of wine! A beautiful relaxing end to a hectic weekend.

Being a “mommy” again…

I’ve been babysitting the grandkids at their home, while my daughter, Sheena, and her husband are traveling for his work. I am a “mommy” again, and am loving it! Tessa is 9 years old and Kendra is 6. It has been a lot of fun. Tessa has been such a good helper, and Kendra, well, she can be a little stinker. But we have a good routine each morning before school. Then I get (paid) work done during the day. After school, I pick them up at after school care. They come home, go out to play if its nice out, then I get dinner ready, we eat, then homework time. Last night, we tried doing some Yoga, but Kendra was just too crazy. I think it was the Reese’s cup she had as a treat after dinner!!! But Tessa is really interested in this and after Kendra went to bed, we did a 15 minute meditation to Deva Premal and Miten. She loved it! She’s my girl! I have 2 more days with them. It’s the weekend, so I’m not sure what we will be doing. I’m sure we’ll think of something.

A BUSY week it has been!

Well, it has started! Last week I took 5 grocery bags of books to a friends “little library” in her front yard. And you know what? We STILL have a bunch of books…TOO MANY! Man, this purging thing can be stressful! And we went through our 2 corner cabinets in the living room over the weekend that were FULL. Went through all the pictures, photo albums, picture frames, etc. Both cabinets are now empty, and we have 3 large black bins full of what we will be keeping. Threw out a lot though…like what the heck do you do with negatives from years ago? Why are we keeping these? So we threw out a lot and sorted. Those cabinets look pretty good cleaned out! We also started bubble wrapping all of our Thai and Chinese gifts from our friends in those countries, and put them in bins. So much to do! It’s kind of overwhelming at times. We have 2 places in our local town giving us bids for a quartz counter top to replace our kitchen countertops, between Thanksgiving and the time we leave, and have a bid in for resealing our maple floor on the main floor next spring when we return.

I’ve started a new knitting project!

Only time will tell..will this project get completed?

Well, I’ve been away from knitting projects for quite a while. Only knitting mindless projects like bracelets and washcloths. But this past weekend, I started a wrap called “Watercolor Wrap”. I had to tear it out (frog it) once, then had to cast on 3-4 times before it was the right number of stitches (192). So, I am hoping to complete this wrap, it’s made with 100% silk yarn so should drape rather nicely. I’ll add photos as I go (I hope).

As I take this journey called “Life”…

Ok, so I’m new at blogs and have no idea what I am doing, but I’m going to try to make this work. We are recently retired (well, my husband flunked that and is back working FT for a while…”to gain experience” in a new career…hoping for Indep Consultant status some day), and I am a Yoga Instructor, Health Coach and Independent Consultant. We are planning to down size from a 6 BR, 3800 SqFt home on 2 acres. It is just too much for us and we’ve gotten to the point where we don’t want all this “stuff” and the work that comes along with it.

So, that being said, we are looking at our life without a house: planning on putting it on the market in 2017…but then what? We have lots of options, and some more serious than others.  Getting rid of all our “stuff” is a whole different ballgame and one for a different post!

One serious consideration is living aboard a sailboat, at least part time to start (with aging parents, children and grandchildren to see).