Friday, Dec 1, 2017

Wow! December is here. Get ready for time to fly….

Quote of the day: “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” – Jack Johnson

So much more fun to play than work! Doris the Sassy Cat is always around me when I am working.

Time to get serious. Ready, Set Go…

34 days of Goals

  1. Follow FlyLady: if you need help getting your life together, FlyLady is a great place to start. I am a continual flying baby. I need to get back into a system of keeping up with EVERYTHING and FlyLady is my first step. So for December 1st, this is the mission:   Zone 1: Mission #1 Friday

Dear Friends,

Today, let’s sparkle up the Dining Room Table and Chairs. If you don’t have a Dining Room set, no problem, do this mission on the kitchen table.

Set your timer for 15 minutes. Wipe down the tops, the edges, and the legs on your Dining Room Table. Give the chairs a wipe too. Don’t ask us about cleaning chemicals, use whatever cleaning and polishing supplies you normally use for your furniture.

I will work on this mission today and start getting a handle on my housework…

2. Get serious about losing weight. My husband and I just booked a beach vacation trip for January. Need to lose some fluff! We are going to do Power90. We successfully completed this 11 years ago and are going to try again.

3. Get rid of extras in my house. Continue to declutter…

4. Clean out the spaces behind closed doors. Oh the closets that no one sees. Or the basement lurking down the steps. I need to get a plan together today.

5. Create a meal plan. Always a struggle for me….

I’ll start with these five and see about adding more….


Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017

Oh to be able to sleep like a cat… I think Gary is missing Baby Cakes daughter who is back at college.

Quote of the day: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Thanks to the wind again today, I was able to hang clothes on the line outside. Yeah for free clothes drying!


Day 3 on Bright Line Eating. I am hungry and thinking about food. I hope I can get this plan down so I don’t have to think about it so much. I need a few easy and tasty recipes/meals handy to make without thinking…

Also, I need to figure out the weight tracking on my Fitbit. I want it to start with this dieting time, instead of back in May. Oh Google, tell me the answer…


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

  My dear little Doris. She loves being in boxes! I think we have a box in almost every room so she has her safe space. 

Quote of the day: “There is no secret to success except hard work.” – Countee Cullen


Back to work day…. after a long weekend, five days for me, it is nice to get back into the routine. 

Day 2 on the Bright Line Eating plan. I weighed myself this morning. Ugh, I have work to do. So far so good… one day at a time.

I am doing laundry again today. Remember yesterday I had the picture of my sheets blowing in the breeze. Well, I went to town to run some errands and when I came home, the yard was full of smoke. It seem the farmer to our south thought it was a good idea to burn the trees he ripped down 2 or 3 years ago. All my clean, fresh laundry was outside. It was too late to rewash everything yesterday, so I am washing again today. At least the wind today is helping to remove the smoke smell!

Bright Line Eating – 28 days test

So on my quest to regain my body, I am trying the Bright Line Eating system for 28 days. It is 4 weeks until Christmas, when I know it will be impossible to follow any plan perfectly. I am desperate to get some pounds off. I could not weigh myself this morning, as I have to get a new battery for my scale. This system is fairly simple:

  1. No Sugar
  2. No Flour
  3. No snacking, eat 3 meals a day
  4. Weigh/measure your food

No weird food to purchase or recipes to follow. Just those guidelines. I checked out the book at the library, so I am trying this for free. Here’s the book:

Here are my reminder cards I made up, so I can eat the correct amounts at the right time:

Here is my menu plan, which I am supposed to create the day before:

I’ll keep you posted…

Monday, November 27, 2017

Oh, sweet Gary the cat. He is big, but he can balance!

Quote of the day: “Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again.” – Samuel Beckett

Ah, the last week of the month and we have four weeks or 28 days until Christmas. We did not hit the stores for the sales, just a few online purchases. We don’t only give gifts to our immediate family and our parents, so it is not too stressful.

I am getting the house in order after having everyone home over the Thanksgiving break. I forget how full the house feels when we are all home… 

I am being prudent today. Always looking for ways to save. My sheets are on the clothes line today and the clothes are on racks on the front patio. Being without a dryer to almost 5 years now makes me aware of the times when the laundry can dry outside. 

 Look at the sheets blowing in the breeze. It will be sweet dreams tonight! Nothing smells as good as line dried sheets. 

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, October 10

Happy Fall! We finally had a killing frost last night, so I have no excuses to not clean up my garden.

Doris, the sassy cat, loves boxes. She was being a rascal this morning, so I set the box on the counter and she jumped right in. She is in her happy place!



Quote of the day: “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” – Jim Bishop


How about prudence?

When thinking about the name of my blog and what I wanted the name to convey, I became very interested in the the words prudent and prudence. Yes, there can be negative connotations around these words, so I looked in my dictionary, again.

I really like what Merriam Webster has to say: the habit of acting with deliberation and discretion, wisdom applied to practice. Love it! Also, careful management, economy.

That is exactly what I want in my life. This blog will be my testimony of moving in that direction.

Thank you very much!


goopwellness High School Genes

I have been steadily gaining weight, especially this summer. I am experiencing hormone swings and am sure some the gain is due to peri-menopause.

In searching for solutions, I came across ‘goop’,, Gweneth Paltrow’s blog/store. I was intrigued by her supplements. The packets have been put together by Dr. Sara Gottfried. I decided to try it. I paid $90.00 for a 30 day pack. Seems like a lot of money, but I am very frustrated.

I started the packet today. 

I did not weigh myself, because my scale needs a new battery, which I don’t have. Ugh. I will judge my experience instead by measurements and by how my clothes fit. 

I will keep you updated.



Monday, October 2, 2017

Hello October! I can’t believe you have arrived.

Quote of the day: ” There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.” Louis L’Amour

Here is Gary, the mighty mouse hunter, resting. He caught and ate a mouse sometime during the night. How do I know this? Well, Gary vomited mouse parts on the rug this morning. Gross!

Thursday, Sept 28

Thought of the day:

“One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning”

– James Russel Lowell


Doris the sassy cat is in love with boxes! Good thing she is small.


Jobs to do in the fall

I get a feeling of being overwhelmed in the spring and the fall of the year. It is either the beginning of gardening and yard work or putting it to bed for the winter. I learned this year that my not cleaning up the garden last fall, set me up for failure this year. (More about that in another post.) 

I look outside and see the plants that need spent flowers trimmed off and overgrown ground cover pulled out. I also see unfinished projects I need to complete. The house needs staining, fallen branches cleaned up, vegetable garden cleaned up and cover crop planted. And, and, and… Ugh. Who doesn’t get anxious? 

So I make lists and get nervous just looking at them. I love FlyLady. If anyone needs help in where to get started, that is a good place. One of the best things I have taken away from the FlyLady is to tackle tasks in 15 minute increments. Don’t take out what you can’t complete in 15 minutes. With that mentality I can quickly sweep my patio and porch and clean the window on the front door. Or dust and vacuum one floor of my house. In a short window of time, I can get a lot accomplished.

So, I am off to clean one flower bed that may take a bit more than fifteen minutes, but I will work until I fill my wheelbarrow. Than I will be done. 

Try it. It may help you too!

What does Being Prudent mean?

As I went about searching for a name for my blog, I thought of many ideas that are important to me. Fun, safe, creative, wise, thrifty, comfortable. I decided on the word Prudent.

Now, the word prudent has some bad connotations. There are some confusion with the word prude. It may conjure up the image of the spinster older woman with no style or life! Who is cheap and judgmental. Wow, that is not my idea of a good word for a blog!

But, while I was looking up the definition in my dictionary, (Yes, I do have a very thick dictionary on my shelf, in fact I have two!) I found I really liked what Marriam Webster had to say ;


I love the first definition: capable of exercising sound judgement in practical matters. Yeah! That is what I want. I love the part from the second meaning which says, “sensible, not rash.” Isn’t that how we want to live?

I love living in a peaceful home. I do not thrive in chaos.

So, there is what I want my blog to be about: the pursuit of peace by using sound judgement and being sensible, and not rash.