Showing posts with label Five simple things. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Five simple things. Show all posts

Five Simple Things (June 18)


This week as been a mix of rain, gray, and chilly. Oddly enough I mentioned to Jeff that it's weird to wear a jacket still in June here. We were hoping to be able to head over to the coast to do some surfing, but we got caught up in other things this week. Our life is pretty simple, but sometimes everything seems to come at once. But, that's okay. It gives us some excitement from time to time. Last weekend though, we took some time to go over to Seaside. We haven't been there in awhile and it was a nice day trip to get out and about for the day. We rode a prom bike around the city and as many times as we've been to Seaside it was the first for all of us. It was fun, and there were other people on them, too. They were either riding with us, or would pass us going the other way. It was an interesting view of Seaside and we are definitely going to do it again. Here are five things this week.

1. These Strawberries.

Since the wildfires last year our strawberries have been struggling. But, this week we saw a little bit of red. We like to refer to the first fruit on our plants as the first gift of summer. It was nice to see a bit of life still left in our plants. Hopefully we can keep them going through all of the heat we are about to experience.

2. These Nachos.

We've been eating nachos this week every night. They are not only filling, but also a quick go-to meal for dinner. We have added random things each time and this night we had tomatoes and black olives. The night before it was avocado and onion. There's so many different varieties that you can make to mix it up.

3. These Ducks.

Just a few weeks ago we saw these same Canadian geese and their babies were smaller. It's nice to see them making it all in one piece. People like to harass the animals around the city and especially in this park, so it's nice to see them all together still.

4. This Cleaner.

This is the best cleaner for shower and bathtub cleaning. It smells great, environmentally friendly, and actually gets the job done. Meliora products are some of my favorite cleaning agents. You can pick this cleaner up here.

5. These Selfies.

I updated my about section here on the blog and decided to update it with some pictures of myself. You can read the updated version here. 

On June 17 did you catch the Summer Triangle: Vega, Deneb, and Altair? 

Positive affirmations this week:

Have a nice weekend.

Five Simple Things (June 11)


This week we saw the sun all of about five minutes on two days. It's been cloudy here and raining off and on for the past five days. I was hoping to get out and get some sunshine throughout this week, but no dice. Also, on Wednesday, I pulled something on the left side of my back. I've had a long recovery from my surgery and the back issues are normal during the "transition" phase, or so I was told. It's been a year since my surgery and I have come a long way since, but I wish it would go a bit faster, so I don't have issues like I do right now. We were hoping to go to the coast this weekend and get some surfing in, camp in the car, and just enjoy the moment, but with my back as bad as it is right now, I don't think that's going to happen. It's okay, I have things to do here that will be just fine. I would much rather heal correctly than aggravate it more surfing. Knowing my luck, I'd get up on a good wave and crash wrong and completely throw my back out and I would be miserable even longer. So, this weekend, we are homebodies. Here are five things this week.

1. This Redo.

Even though we rent, we like to keep things at least looking semi decent. We decided this week to repaint the front vestibule. It needed a coat of white pain on the walls and the ceiling (which hasn't been painted previously), and a nice coat of gray concrete paint on the floor. We think it looks a lot better.

2. This "Fix."

I love these Stasher bags from last month's Might Fix. We love taking these on day hikes, road trips, and even when flying. This month's "Fix" was a Baggu reusable shopping bag. Which, going along with our efforts to be more sustainable, this was a perfect one for us. You can get on the list for next month's Fix here.

3.  This Surfboard.

We finally were able to get our own surfboard. Renting was starting to get annoying. We went with the Wavestorm foam longboard to try it out and then plan on upgrading soon. This foam board is awesome for beginners.

4. These Boxes.

We have been getting the Mully golf box and the Cairn outdoor box for a year now and canceled this past May. We have fully enjoyed them, but we always try out of new subscription box for a year and find new ones to try out for another year. I do encourage these boxes to anyone that's into golf, or adding to their camping, hiking, or day trip stash. 

5. This Sky.

The two days of sun that we saw this week. It was cloudy skies mostly with a bit of rain. Which, given there's already wildfires burning here, we aren't complaining. But, hopefully more sunshine will come and we can at least soak in some Vitamin D this season. Vitamin D helps with depression and mental health, so it's always necessary, especially for me.

•Did you get a chance to see the Ring of Fire eclipse on June 10, or the Spring Triangle on June 6? Here on the west coast we didn't get a chance, but seeing pictures online of it reminded me of the total solar eclipse we got to see here in Oregon.


Positive affirmations this week: 

Have a nice weekend.

Five Simple Things (June 4)


We had some sunshine this week, but a couple of days were still chilly. We did get one day of rain, so that's a good thing, especially after last year's wildfires. Hopefully, we stay calmer this year than last. We redid a lot of things in the backyard this week, but still have a ways to go. We don't want to put too much work, or effort into it since we're moving soon. But, what we did so far looks great! Looking forward to showing some of the things we've changed around and sort of "document" it on the blog. Hopefully more sun will grace us with its presence in the following week. Here are five things this week.

1. This Box.

When Yogi Surprise stopped their monthly box shipments, I went on a mad dash to find a replacement. I do miss Yogi Surprise a great deal, but KIWI Eco Box is a great replacement so far. I am loving the fact that everything in their box is sustainable and better for us and the planet. You can sign up here, for the July box shipment, or do a one-time purchase of one of their starter kits. 

2. These Geese.

Skylar and I have been getting out more and walking, or running a few blocks at a time. One of our routes takes us past Ralston Park here in the city and this was the first time we've seen Canadian Geese in the canal, especially ones with babies. I hope we see more of them around the park, it's a nice addition to the backdrop.

3. This View.

On May 28 we got a tiny view of Venus and Mercury meeting in the sky. It's a tiny view, but we enjoyed looking for it through the telescope.

4. This Episode.

This week we put out a new episode of Diabolic Evil with the story of Johann Otto Hoch. His story is similar to most of the ones we covered so far. A killer with no remorse and a selfish moral overall. You can check out this story on our Anchor page here.

5. This THC/CBD.

Trying new things this month with some CBD/THC for pain management. My anxiety has been okay for the most part and I think it has a lot to do with a good blend I've found. I'm still going to try different things until I find the right one that works for me and my issues.

We also got a glimpse of Jupiter and Saturn near the moon on May 31. It wasn't a great view through the telescope, because the moon was bright and overshadowed Jupiter and Saturn. I am eager to see what else the night sky shows before the end of summer.

Positive affirmations this week: "What has caused you joy this week?"
I don't think it's really just one thing, but a lot of little things. Nothing big really excites me anymore, but the small things I'm starting to appreciate more as I get older. I enjoyed the time I spent with Skylar running and walking this week, also the moment of looking at the night sky with my own Sky-lar. He is really a lot of fun to be around. I also enjoyed the time I spent with him recording our new episode for our podcast. He and I are really close and he does bring me a lot of joy.

Have a nice weekend.

Five Simple Things (May 28)


This week was another slow week for us. I love how there's weeks where there isn't much to stress about. Stress and I don't get along. I don't think it gets along with many people. On Tuesday was the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. It is named the Day of Enlightenment for remembrance of his death. Even though we have these memorials, remembrances, and celebrations of life, it still doesn't address the issue of what's happening. I can't believe it's already been a year since his life was snuffed out in less than 10 minutes. He didn't die in vain and I hope his family has found some peace with it since then. More and more issues of racism are slowly coming out. Discrimination and racism are a huge issue around the world. I've been personally discriminated against. It makes you feel helpless and unwanted. I just don't understand. And, during this week we suffered another moment of crisis with yet another mass shooting. Anger and bitterness will creep in and take over if you let it. And, evil really does walk among us. On a more positive note, on May 26 was the Total Lunar Eclipse. It was early in the morning here, but we were up and ready for it. We had an amazing view of the Total Solar Eclipse here in 2017. It was something I was so happy to be part of and even more so for Skylar to be part of. For all you sky watchers, the Herbal Academy also did a blog post on foods you can make to celebrate the moon. Here are five things this week.

1. This Tour.

One of our planned trips is to camp out for a weekend at Yosemite (originally Ahwahneechee land). But, in the meantime we have been enjoying these virtual tours of the park. You can virtually view the areas of Diving Board, Tuolumne Meadows, Nevada Falls, Ahwahnee Hotel, Swinging Bridge, and Hetch Hetchy. We al pretty excited to plan something soon. You can take the virtual tour of these areas here.

2. This Reminder.

We've been trying to do out part more in keeping to a slower, more simple lifestyle in our own home. We have been buying more things that last, over just convivence. It's still a long road and a work in progress, but so far we are pleased with how far we've come. One of the biggest ones is our vehicles. Unfortunately, right now we can't make any chances other than not using them as much. There's still more to do, but we will keep on pushing towards that direction and stay the course. 

3. This Eclipse.

As mentioned above we watched the Total Lunar Eclipse this week on May 23. Although, we didn't get the best view here on the west coast of the United States, the Blood Moon was still beautiful. One of my favorite things is the moon and stars at night. Skylar and I got up early to be able to view it and got good views from our own yard, but ended up heading to a shopping center parking lot to get a better view without any trees obstructing our view. It was well worth it! We also were able to see Arcturus star bright in the sky, too, on May 23. Lots of things to see in the sky at night if you just look up.

4. This Doggy.

Because sometimes he needs his sweater on and comfort from me. He turns is getting older and deserves all the love. Hardy has been such a great doggy. He has a lot of Baz's traits in him, too from all the years they spent time together. I just love that about him the most.

5. This Sign.

If this sign doesn't sum up the majority in this town, I don't know what does. 

Positive affirmations this week:

Have a nice weekend.