Every evening I write down ten things that defined my day. I try to capture the good and the bad, things that I am grateful for, things that I am looking forward to, and what I do that day just for me, I really just write the little details that made that day different from others. I enjoy it and it works for me. Here’s some things pulled from various days over the past week:

  1. My Father in Law had a tough week- this is hard on my Husband and I hope I’m helping him
  2. Two of my writing friends have moved to various time zones, which means we meet biweekly at 7am NYC time- while I’m awake and ready…7am zoom calls are tough!
  3. I tackled an organizing dilemma in my kitchen!! I feel much better now
  4. I made a really delicious and easy cream of asparagus soup – it contains butter and cream but I’m still saying it’s healthy because its a veggie…
  5. My love for Container Store is real and true. I believe CS is my true soul mate
  6. I’m liking my new phone- I admit the small updates they made are really helpful to me-
  7. I was annoyed when I went to the Botanic Garden the other day- they have a members line, but they made up go online to order tickets before we could go in- I felt this was unnecessary as we get in free and there’s already two lines in place
  8. We went to my sister in laws house the other day- what should have been a 20 minute ride took 90 minutes…
  9. I started writing my outfits down in a notebook- makes getting dressed easier
  10. So much easier to get up for the gym when the temps are in the 50s instead of the 20s

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

50 thoughts on “Ten Things- April 8, 2023

  1. Container Store….Yep…I’m often recruited to accompany one SNZ to said establishment and act as her sherpa…here it’s easier to get up and go when it’s 20 degrees as opposed to minus 20. We Chi-Town denizens can always one-up when the subject is weather. Peace.

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  2. I did some reinvention in the kitchen as well. The bathroom may be next. I love asparagus- I think this is a good weekend for risotto because asparagus and parm = YUM!

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  3. So many irritants and concerns, but just as many good things this week. It balances out. Isn’t it amazing how solving one organizational problem can smooth the way in other areas?

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  4. Sounds like you had a busy week. I hope your father in law is doing better. It’s always stressful on the family when parents get sick or start to age.

    I envy your organization. That is a skill I was clearly born without. I can’t imagine writing down outfits. I always have an idea in my head of what I’m going to wear, but the day I need it, I generally change my mind. So, No matter how much I plan or try to prepare ahead, The creative me suddenly has a burst of inspiration and I start switching tops, bottoms, scarfs, earrings or bracelets etc. I usually pick an accessory and design around that. But, I’ve learned when it comes to wardrobe it’s about mood to me. How I’m feeling or how I want to feel is usually how I dress for that day. You are lucky you look good in dresses. I rarely wear dresses anymore. They don’t seem to work for me unless they are midi length to be worn with boots. Knee length (which I loved for decades) require too much effort now, so pants of some sort makes me feel more comfy. Which is crazy because up until my 60’s I always had a few great stand by dresses or outfits, several denim skirts, and denim dresses which were perfect to teach in. (In that they were Professional looking when paired with a jacket, held up to wear and tear etc). But somehow in my late 60’s I didn’t care much for how I looked in skirts. No doubt it’s due to age, surgery, and me being overly critical of myself. (Somehow if I cover up my flaws I’m convinced they no longer exist. Lol )

    What kind of new phone? I am a loyal Apple girl. Plus, I always get the largest version of the phone. I need to see. Haha.
    And Containers? So much fun.
    Oh, now I want some asparagus soup. I love asparagus! Yum!

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    1. It’s a Google pixel 7. It has some updated organization features that are just really easy and practical, and ways to shut off certain notifications and keep others in that is just updated better from my last phone which was a google 4. Also, the camera has this nifty feature where you can erase things that get in the way of a shot…like a person who walks in front of the camera…


  5. Sorry to be a ‘ditto’ kind of girl…but the asparagus soup? It’s a green veggie…I’m gonna overlook the butter and cream…the soup will forever be “healthy” in my book and let’s leave it that way! 🤣

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  6. That is a great quote! I went swimming this morning Aerobic class and met a woman my age from New York-a retired social worker. Whenever two people who have lived in NY get together, they never run out of things to talk about. Then I did a little shopping for groceries and came home and had a cup of coffee. Perfect start.

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  7. What a wonderful way to remember the highlights of your week. I’ve recently started doing the same kind of thing in my paper & pen planner and will then use some of them as blog posts in my general blog. I’m curious about why the trip to your sister-in-law’s house took so much longer than 20 minutes.

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  8. Love the quote! It kind of goes to how I feel about what to wear from your previous post.

    Since I have not bought (or at least kept after buying) a new scale since I moved, I am sort of forced to try on whatever I am thinking about wearing. I have a lot of new clothes that I bought as part of my retail therapy when I was living with Mom. I tried the new stuff on a while ago to see if it still fit. Most of it did so I kept all of it but aside the pieces I hope to shrink into.

    Back in the days, so many, first thing I would do in the morning was to step on the scale and the number that came up would unfortunately determine what I would wear for the day, or even if I would change from my nightgown. Nowadays, as I am emerging from the bud to the flower, I pick out mainly some of the new (tags still attached in most cases) pieces that will fit the weather and try them on when I’m getting ready to leave the house. Those occasions are coming more frequently. So far, the results have been better than anticipated!

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  9. #9 – say what? Do you mind explaining about the writing the outfits down thing?

    #10 – I know what you mean. Whenever we go back to the Midwest in the winter, I’m always thinking I probably wouldn’t work out nearly as much if we lived there due to having to layer just to go out and then taking off all of the things once you get to the gym.

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    1. Sorry premature send…I read this book…they said to look at your clothes and make outfit formulas….like, my favorite look is a black dress, some sort of jackets/cardigan layer, and boots or flats. Another is loose pants with slim fitting top and short jacket….so when I got in an outfit I love (or one I hate) I jot it down, along with weather that day and what I was doing. My goal is to really get rid of things I don’t love and make dressing simpler…it’s like fitting my style to the occasion without overthinking. My goal is to see if 80% of my clothes can be worn three seasons, and figure out what pieces always work for me

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