Busies and a new addition

It has shaped up to be a busy week around here, with my husband learning he had been awarded a new job, and the excitement and stress, and Him working still a few more weeks at his current job, we both were heavy with thoughts, ideas, aspirations and to-do’s that we never seem to get ahead of.

But I actually did get busy in doing some of those things that I really wanted to get busy with. Painting my kitchen for one. I first started taping up everything, that was a process of its own, then I had to sand off rough edges around the ceiling where drywall mud had missed the ceiling. When I first started pouring the green paint into the pan and wetting the roller, I began freaking out. This color was way bright. And I had my first episode of color shock. Color shock… before I had even began painting… usually a bad sign.

But having spent $40.00 to make a change happen, I did not wimp out, although I feared for the worst. Luckily paint is just that, you can paint it over anytime the urge hits. And you know what… I actually finished… four coats later and I love my kitchen!

Here it is with its last coat on, and final result. The kitchen is far from being done though. I want to actually do something with it now. I have ideas rolling around in my head. When I get to personalizing and de-cluttering it a bit I will show it in all of its glory. Just shows how special I think of you all, seeing my house in the state its in *wink*.

One of the ideas I have had is a definite change of the light fixture. I was thinking of going with one I  already have in Stefan’s home office , it came from IKEA… a stainless soft nickel fixture with adjustable lamps. But I have a couple of other ideas that I am considering as far as a light as well. Then there is no art at all in my kitchen. And for me that is a sad thing. I have forever on this blog shared my love for strawberries. I may start there, although I also have been thinking about a square frame, purely white, on the wall with a sphere of fabric in the center, I will paint you a visual picture later on this one. Then there is the lack of space and organization. I cook ALOT… so I really need to be able to function better in this space. I have super deep lower cabinets and with that come problems, I cannot see or reach far enough to see what I have. So I have literally lost spaghetti sauce right when I planned on making some.  I also have no home to put my produce  – things like – potatoes, onions, pineapple (whole), and herbs.
So I found this neat idea.

I seen a similar idea posted on Facebook. Using a magazine rack or basket on a wall hook to hold your potatoes and onions. This idea still does not solve the need for keeping fruits like bananas or pineapple, but it does at least provide an attractive storage solution.

Another thing happened this week…

We adopted our first fish!
I had been really thinking about getting one for over a year, but started getting serious right after I saw my sister-in-law adopt hers. I kept going to look at different fish ever since. I did not want to jump into another thing to take care of lightly, and I also wanted to know as much as I could about them.

So here is the download! My fish is native to asia, called the Beta. It is used to living in water with little oxygen available in the water among rice flats. Another words large expanses of water in very shallow pools. And they like their water warm. I also learned that while keeping one of these guys in a tiny teacup of water is doable, they are used to having loads of space. We only keep them in small spaces because they don’t need an aerator to survive. So although these are not the most active fish, they will become quite active if kept in warm water. So if you have one and all it ever does is float up top, chances are your water is way too cold! I was told that many beta owners find they are really active fish if kept in a larger tank with warmer water. My fish has not sat still much at all since bringing him home. He always seems to be pecking at the sand or  flitting from one side to the other until he sees me then he begs to be fed. So what is the name of our new addition? It did not take long, I gave him a name in punctuation I just learned heard, Ellipses…! Pronounced like “uh-LIP-sis”. My hubby and I picked out this home for him, just a large glass terrarium  with two live plants, sand, and duck weed. The duckweed is my favorite, it floats atop like moss and looks like three leaved clovers. It is the same stuff you see all over the backs of painted turtles in ponds.

 

The plants will hopefully provide extra oxygen to the water, and I hoped that it may even clean the water a little… not actually sure if plants have that effect though. So I still have tons here more to write. But I also want to do some other things today. Thanks so much for letting me share with you 🙂

Simple things

I have been thinking about food here a lot lately. And also thinking more about how out of control the food on our grocers shelves have become. GMO’s, corn syrup, wood pulp, pink slime, the ongoing question of food and its safety. As well as the big food dog corporations that are influencing us and coming up with this junk. It’s sad to say that education into the mysterious food world can leave you with less then warm fuzzies regarding what it is we are supporting and feeding our families. The guise we have placed over our eyes are of that we never knew what we were being dealt. And I believe that our food has touched a strangely more uncomfortable level. Trust, a small word with big meaning. I used to trust that every time I bought say Aunt Jemimas pancake mix that I was bringing home some soon to be warm, smelly good pancakes to our morning. But now those fuzzy feelings are gone. I guess we were fooled by our Aunt. Jemima looks so incredibly warm and loving, I could paint you an extreme picture by adding horns to Aunt Jemimas head and a cast iron pitchfork. But I don’t want to paint pictures. . . . And the picture would not be able to change your mind anyway. But I believe evidence will. But before I come off as a food addict, a health nut, a boycotting lost touch of reality scrub. I realize that I have very few options in terms of what is say ‘Natural’ or dare I say healthy. But I do have some options. And I guess I perhaps want to show somehow that you and I can learn to do better. And the word better, is the goal. I try not to get caught up in the bandwagon of politics and such. Because honestly I don’t completely agree with any said president, benefactor or otherwise. But I will speak to individual issues. And I do vote. I vote for the one I feel holds the most important issues to me in his favor. With that said and I am sure I said to much–I don’t want to launch to far ahead here…..

But what if like me you were just caught unawares in this mish-mosh of foods available. And that the effort to just eat was a time-consuming chore? I remember back when I was still working two jobs that eating was a last-ditch effort. I mean eating was  just a thing I did because of necessity. Stefan ( my boyfriend at the time now husband ) and I would launch out for the day together and many times in the same car. He would pick me up very early from my apartment and he and I would chat about the day we hoped to have all the while we’d eat a simple bagel or granola bar. Then he’d drop me off to my first job and he’d go to his, then if it were a Tuesday He would pick me up and we’d go to lunch. KFC, held our two dollars every week. Southern style steak with a rich white gravy over top. It came with two sides. And all at two dollars? My money finally went a whole lot farther. Then when it wasn’t a Tuesday we may hit Taco Bell. Mmm, healthy, healthy! Then occasionally we would venture to Mic’s, a little italian eatery. Then dinner was a stop at Krogers for a frozen pizza. So as you see, convenience and affordability. You might attest that these can be a driving force in our decisions. So to get to the title of this blog. I have been really trying to focus on the simple things. Coffee’s one, walnuts another. I have less food in my home then I used to. But I have better food. I have what I need to make bread, and cookies(the two being oh’ so good staples). And I have meat in my freezer. And organic coffee, did I mention coffee? So in a nutshell what is it that I think I am trying to get across?

Buy what you can. If you eat lots of any one thing try to buy that one thing without all the crud. Perhaps that means organic. And start thinking about basics. I buy organic milk, eggs, flour, butter, and vegetables. If say I bought processed organic foods. I would not have any money for any basics. But if you start off buying just basic items first you will find that you might actually be able to have a mostly organic lifestyle right off the bat. Okay so I beat the organic drum maybe a bit too much for you today. But just know that I still buy things that are say not organic, usually because there is no organic alternative. And many times I have fewer choices in my cupboards than I wish. But It isn’t hard buying organic anymore. I really felt the pinch for a while. But when something becomes natural for you, say buying that 24 pack of diet Coke. It is really hard in the beginning to do anything any different. But it does not mean you can never have item a, b, or c ever again. Remember the goal is to do better, not become a food nazi! So maybe some things to think about. And some, get this, “Food for thought”. Am I not just so amazingly whitty!!! 😉