Simple January Fun
- The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
"The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be
Simple Living Quotes
Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark
upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. ~~John Boswell
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The
way you cope with it is what makes the difference."~~ Thomas Aquinas
"It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence
that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us,
as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts."~~K.T. Jong
Simple January Fun
Here we are. January. You can't look out the window on a
snowy morning without loving the way the snow looks clinging to
everything creating a winter-wonderland. Especially this morning, when
the pink early sky reflects across the sky. There was a mist that gave
the view a spooky look, as well. Nice and warm with the wood stove at
my back, but starkly white out the window. The green plants in my bay
window seem not to suspect that only a pane of glass separates them from
all that cold. Fortunately I don't work today, so traveling in the
new coat of eight or so inches of white isn't a necessity.
With several days at home ahead of me, I wonder what will occupy my
time. A bit of housecleaning goes with the territory. There's
always that. But not more than a few dishes, and making a few easy
meals maybe some chili, or soothing warm potato soup. So, what
will I do for a couple days?
I am reading a good book, but that will take care of only another
hour or so. Hmmm, let's see. I have a bedroom to paint. I already
spent time in the paint store deciding what colors. For a while I was
"shabby chic" white, but now I am going for bolder color. I
like the effect of one bold wall of color, but not too much or it can
make a room too dark. What the heck, if I don't like it, I can
always just color over with another coat of paint. That will be a good
job to get done. And I've been going through our "stuff"
(c'mon everybody has stuff!) deciding what to keep, what to
put in the yard sale pile, and what to junk. Time to clear out.
There's a great chance for exercise with all that snow, and
bringing in some wood. Hubby likes to take care of that department, but
I try to sneak in a few armfuls just for the workout. I've got
exercise tapes, and a stationary bike, and I think I will head out with
the cross country skis and the dog. She loves running along, and
sniffing out a rabbit every now and then.
A few days ago, I had a hankering to do a puzzle. I pick up one at
a yard sale now and then. We like to fit the pieces together on an
evening by the fire.
How about brushing up on a few Bible verses? A man I talked to
recently really impressed me with his memory of the Bible. Keeping a
few flashcards in your pocket each day is a great way to refresh your
memory in just a few moments a day. You can even look up the verses on
line and copy them to your computer file, and print them out in a card
size you choose. Printing them on card stock makes them great for
pocket size memory cards. I keep a recipe box of favorite verses, filed
by categories. I started it way back in college, and keep adding to it.
This is a great time of year to pull out a project you have been
working on. My friend Betty gets a lot of quilting done this time of
year. I do quick quilts, not wanting to take the time to hand quilt.
In fact, I mostly do duvet covers, so that when I throw them in the
wash, I just wash the outside , not the filling.
Baking is another thing that is fun in winter. There are a lot
of healthy things to bake, not just sweets. How about a whole-wheat
biscuit for breakfast, with a teaspoon full of homemade jam?
I might also take those berries from the freezer I didn't have
time to make into jam last summer. A pot of low-sugar jam to pour into
hot jars will replenish the jam shelf in the pantry. A perfect afternoon
winter project! There are some gardening projects to get started. Seeds
to plant, idea books and websites to visit.
It may be January here in Michigan, but it's a great time to
get some things done. Just think of all those feelings of
accomplishment! I'd rather spend a winter day doing these things and
save my warm summer days for collecting shells on the beach!
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Simple, Healthy Mixed-Fruit Smoothies
2 bananas, chilled
2/3 cup strawberries or mango slices
1 (12 ounce) can grape juice or mango, apricot, strawberry, or other
1 (8 ounce) carton yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
In a blender combine bananas, strawberries or mango slices, grape juice
or fruit nectar, yogurt, and, if desired, honey. Cover and blend until
smooth. Pour into six tall, chilled glasses.
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