Poppycock and Sunshine

The adventures of a crazy girl trying to live a quiet, slower Provincial lifestyle in an hectic, fast paced, American society.

Music to My Ears November 21, 2009

Filed under: Old Style Living — May-May Golly @ 11:22 am
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“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This evening I put on my fancy pants and my best coat, grabbed my umbrella, and headed out into the blustery rain to the Bremerton Symphony for a “Night at the Opera”. I love going to the symphony for two main reasons. One, the cultural and inspiring bliss of it all. There was more than one occasion that I got chills this evening from what my ears were taking in. I am always humbled by the talent of these musicians.

And two, for the people watching. You have all these amazingly talented people up there on the stage, from all age groups and all walks of life, creating the most incredible sounds together. I find myself wondering about them as individuals, their lives, what brought them to music, whether or not they love it, etc, etc.

And then you have the interesting people that are the spectators. This evening we had quite an interesting family sitting in front of us. They were all rather oddly dressed, the father wearing small oval glasses and the mother with her tight little bun on the tippy top of her head. The young daughter who was probably in her late teens early twenties brought a book, probably Jane Austin or Bronte I imagine, and read throughout the entire 2 hours. The older son who, dressed like a soldier from the 1900s, sat there drawing; the younger daughter with a similar little bun on the tippy top of her head was also reading, and I do think I spied a sketchbook in the lap of the younger boy. They had a certain calm intelligence about them. I found myself wishing I could be a fly on their living room wall at home. Very interesting indeed.

And now I’m back at home, in the quiet security of my little house, in my pj’s, with my nightly cup of tea. I’m thankful for nights like these. I’m thankful that I am able to enjoy the sweet goodness of life, the joy of music, the comforting warmth of a hot cup of tea. I am truly blessed. And positively grateful for my life.


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A Golly Girl’s Guide to Frugality September 12, 2008

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”  

– Charles Dickens

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So, in a previous life (aka, life before Daniel), I was very much the later of the quote above. Always in the RED. Always living beyond my means. Always in a hole. I had no concept of fiscal responsibility. I blame my birth father, he’s exactly the same and passed on all his bad money genes to me, the bastard. No, really, it’s true. My adoptive parents are the most amazing people with money. They owe nothing, they own everything outright and always have my entire life. So where on earth did MY sense, or rather lack thereof, come from??? Nature won over nurture here, folks. Yes, you can inherit fiscal irresponsibility. I’m telling you, it’s true. Anyways, enough of the reason WHY I’m like this. I just am. I’m come to terms with it. Unfortunately, my previous two husbands were the exact same as me when it came to money, so you can imagine the state I’ve been in financially most of my adult life. Yeah. But now, life has changed for me. For the better. I met Daniel. I fell in mad crazy love with Daniel. I moved in with Daniel. I let Daniel take over the money. And now, I find that, even though I am making less than I was when I worked for Starbucks (Although not much less, mind you), I have more. I am almost completely out of debt. I come home from work, hold out my tips to him, and say “here you go, sweetie!” Never thought I would see the day I would do that. But I have come to except the ever so apparant fact that he is good with money. I am NOT. Although I do hear things like, “okay, we have to tighten the belt now for a little while.” That’s his favorite saying. And even though I grumble and moan a bit, (sometimes a girl has to put up a bit of a fuss, you know) I know he knows best. And so I cinch that belt to it’s last loop. And now I would like to share some of my “belt cinching” tricks of the trade. For your enjoyment and utter amusement, of course.

 

#1: How to eat healthy and deliciously for cheap.

Before Daniel, I might have gone out to breakfast at a local restaurant. (Eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns are my favorite.) Or I would have had a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich from Starbucks. Not any more. This is what I find myself craving every morning now.

 

A good ol’ bowl of oatmeal, complete with raisins and cinnamon. Saving money AND improving my cholesterol. What more could you want?? You can purchase a pound of this delicious and healthy stuff in bulk for $1.29, for the organic. Non organic is even cheaper. That’s a stagering amount of money I am now saving in just my breakfast alone. 

Breakfast at a restaurant or Starbucks: $6-$12

Breakfast at Cafe’ Faithypooh: 50 cents, roughly

Well done, me.

For lunch or a snack? Again, I used to frequent the occasional drive-thru. Or go out to eat. Again, spendy and NOT good for you. And now?

 

Good ol’ rice and beans. I have been watching Miss Rose Golly eat this for years. And only recently have I discovered why. Its cheap and its delicious. You have to cook the black beans with garlic, onion, cumin, and oregano to make them oober yummy. I add garlic and spices to my brown rice as well. The price of beans in bulk? $1.25 a pound. Rice? $1.30 a pound. Estimated price of one serving? Mere pennies. Tasty AND good for you!

 

In addition to shopping in bulk at Fred Meyers, I love to shop here.

True, it’s in Gig Harbor, which is a 20 minute drive from my house. But I have calculated what I save in the price and quality of produce and it’s a better deal in my mind. Not to mention they offer a vast array of local produce, which I am all about! Now previously, I found myself with a bit of a dilemma. I would buy groceries and produce for the week, but I would find that we could not eat it quickly enough and some of it would spoil and would have to be tossed out. Breaks my heart every time. Not to mention it’s such a waste of money! Never fear! I have found a solution. One that I would recommend to any and all. What would that be, you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya.

 

 

My new favorite discovery in the world of frugality and minimum waste! These green bags will save you spoiled produce and money. They really do work! I find that I can prolong my produce from lasting only 5 days or so to several weeks. Rarely do I have to throw things away. I cannot even begin to calculate how much money these little baggies have saved me. Curious about how they work? Check it out HERE. However, do not purchase them on-line They have them at Wal Mart for $9.95. You save the $6.95 shipping and handling. A box goes a long way. They are reusable. Go out tomorrow and purchase some. You’ll thank me later. 😉

 

#2: How to get good exercise on a budget…..

 

Can’t afford the $19.95 a month for the gym membership? Or perhaps you have a gym phobia like me? (I have panic attacks. Don’t ask. I couldn’t tell you.) Take that $19.95 and invest in one of these!

 

Thanks to the lovely and delightful Victorea, I was introduced to this means of exercise. The health benefits are staggering really. The rebounding motion stimulates all internal organs, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid, aqueous fluid within the eyes (many people claim improved eyesight), and does wonders for the intestines. Many immune cells such as T-lymphocytes and macrophages are self-propelled by amebic action. These cells contain molecules identical to those in muscle tissue. All cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased G force during rebounding, and this cellular exercise results in the self-propelled immune cells being up to 5 times more active. The job description of these cells includes eating viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells, so it is good that they be active. This exercise directly strengthens the immune system. Make sure you drink lots of water when doing this kind of exercise. I like to pair jumping on my re-bounder while watching this show, on loan from Miss Cindy.

 

Its a hilarious British show about a couple who quit their jobs and try to live off their own self sufficiency in urban London. I figure jumping on the trampoline and laughing my ass off at the same time has to be good for my “core”.

 

Have you perhaps seen this in your local grocery store?

It’s all the craze now. All these health-food-organic nuts purchase it. Being quite the health-food-organic-on-a-budget nut that I am, I bypass the commercialism and make my own! It’s more delicious, in my opinion. The process?

Take a pot and fill it with 4 quarts water. Boil.

 

Remove from heat after a nice rolling boil has been achieved and add 8 bags of tea.

 

I like to use green tea, as well as some ginger for yummyness and good-for-you properties. Make sure it’s organic! 

 

Add 1 cup sugar.

 

Let this tea concoction sit until it cools to room temperature. Once cool, take your Kombucha “mushroom” (which really isn’t a mushroom at all, its a lichen) and pour the tea mixture into the jar with the mushroom. Cover the top with a coffee filter, date, and place in a warm area for 7-10 days. 

Once the tea has fermented to your liking (I would recommend tasting it after 7 days and going from there), bottle it in bottles with attached corks preferably.  I like to use old Grolsch bottles. They work the best. The health benefits? Detoxification, boosting metabolism, assisting digestion and even curing cancer. Advocates believe that Kombucha works by assisting the liver’s ability to detoxify the body. Curious? Interested in learning more? Click HERE for more information. As a word of caution, however, if you are a person that is of a “toxic” nature, you can only drink 1/2 cup a day to start out. Otherwise it can detoxify you too quickly and make you sick. I will tell you though, since I have started drinking this, I have not gotten sick at all. Even when everyone around me is getting all the cold and flu bugs, my immune system is resilient. I’m telling you, it’s because of this beverage. I swear by it. 

 

So as you can see, I am a changed woman. With a new outlook on life. Am I happy? Am I healthy? Well, you be the judge.

 

“A picture speaks a thousand words.”

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of Me June 17, 2008

Filed under: Old Style Living,The Clan — May-May Golly @ 11:38 am
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“To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” 

-Jane Austen

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This was my day yesterday.

I woke up, made myself some coffee, stumbled out onto the patio, shielded my eyes from the glaring bright object in the sky that we haven’t been seeing much of lately, determined that it was in fact the sun, smiled at feeling the warmth on my face, and promptly sat down in my faux Adirondack chair to settle in for a lovely morning. 

Did some calendaring, worked on my knitting project, called my best friends, and breathed.

The puppies were very happy it was sunny out as well. Lucy insisted I fill her pretty pink pool for her enjoyment.

Apparently a lovely refreshing dip was just the ticket. And then of course there was some frolicking to be had as well.

The girls were quite content to be outside in the their new playpen, thanks to Daniel. 🙂

I continued to work on my knitting and made about 3 phone calls to Vic with questions. 

A girls knitting salvation:

As well as this lovely lady, available anytime via telephone:

 

All this knitting and playing with puppies and talking with friends and relaxing is bound to make a girl hungry. So I made myself some lunch.

A bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mung bean sprout sandwich paired with a nice glass of Kombucha tea. Yes, please!

 

 

Homemade wheat bread, uncured bacon (cause hello, it’s just better for you than the other stuff), juicy tomatoes, lettuce from the garden, and mung bean sprouts courtesy of Oma, a lovely lady I work with. Yum yum yummy to my tum tum tummy.

Oh my, how will I fit my mouth around it?

Oh dear.

Delicious! That, by the way, is MY happy face. 😉

Another thing you should know……..

….I am one who is of the opinion that one cannot have TOO much cookies and cream ice cream on hand. What can I say? They were two for one. I’m all about the bargain.

 

In conclusion of my summary of my delightful day yesterday, I have a question that I would like to pose to you. What do you think I should use this for?

Colette gave it to me over the fence the other day. I’m thinking patio water feature…. or perhaps patio herb garden. What do YOU think??

 

 

 

 

 

How Does My Garden Grow? June 2, 2008

………with lots and lots of weeds.

 

“Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration.”

-Lou Erickson

The feeling of accomplishment is an incredible thing. I started today with a headache and finished with many projects completed, thanks to a ache-free head and a boost of caffein from my Excedrin Migraine. I was able to harvest my spinach finally.

After which I became sidetracked with weeding that so desperately needed to be done. 

And above would be the finished product. A lovely garden bed, minus spinach and weeds. 

The fruits of my labor. Along with some straggler kale that decided to sprout in the pathways. It’s tasty in soups, so I had to pick it. My goal for planting this garden: freeze as much as I can for the winter enjoyment. So the rest of the evening was spent cleaning and blanching and freezing. What I learned from this experience? Next year, PLANT MORE SPINACH. Basically all those three baskets only produced 2 bags for the freezer and 1 for the fridge. Hmph. Well, this is all a new adventure for me, so I shall take notes and carry on. For tips on how to properly freeze fresh veggies, click HERE.

Also accomplished this evening: Yummy Chicken Veggie soup, with a lovely little addition of kale. Made with homemade chicken stock and leftover chicken, compliments of “Really Good Roast Chicken”, a recipe I got from one of my favorite cook books, Joie de Vivre. I made it for the first time this weekend and man oh man alive. It FABULOUS. He has you stuff a stale piece of bread in the cavity, which maintains the juice of the chicken from running out into the pan. The result: a succulent meal. For the recipe. click HERE.

I love my life.