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#WeekendCoffeeShare Shift Change

September 24, 2017 3 Comments

When You Are Engulfed In Flames

When You Are Engulfed In Flames

If we were having coffee in Tucson this weekend I would invite you to sit down in the living room with a cold iced tea. It is lovely weather now, with a little bit of chill at night. You probably think of this as summer weather, but for us it is a big deal to have highs below 100. We get all excited when “sweater weather” arrives, sometime in October. I have switched my hours at work in order to be there early to harvest outside.  This is a fun change of pace.  I am, however, having an issue with lack of ambition when I arrive home.  I was finishing all my fitness activity and writing before going to work in the morning.  That way I can relax when I get home.  Now I am all about relaxing when I get home, but have not finished my own daily tasks.  I must apply some discipline to make this shift change work.  I am slacking on everything but my job.

The clearing out of the barn across the street is going very well, with only a few more personal items to move and review.  I have thrown away loads more useless, outdated paper files.  Just this morning, I found something I really wanted to find.  I bought some amazing double sided cashmere fabric in Paris about 15 years ago.  It has been in a plastic box for the last 10 years, with a couple of little pieces of cedar wood to repel moths.  Lo and behold, the cedar works and the fabric is much more than I thought it was.  I am lucky it is all still in perfect condition.  Now that I have kept it so long I must find the perfect use for it, but not so perfect that it takes another 10 years to decide. I am thinking of a long reversible wrap skirt.  I have one in silk, and think it is classy.  My new motto is use it or ditch it for a clutter free life. It is time for this heavily hoarded fabric to get to work clothing me.

If we were having tea I would tell you I am behind on all my office work, which includes blogging. I excuse myself during this time because closing my real estate deal and finding space for all the stuff I want to keep is the most important task I will complete all year.  I think once this job is done I will gratefully return to by diligent practice of writing.  My financial load will be lighter, and my office will be better organized. The one task I have completed ahead of schedule is the payment of my real estate taxes.  I am delighted to be paying about half of the tax bill I have had for the last 10 years.  This makes me feel super happy and free.  In 3 weeks my erstwhile tax burden will be another family’s future home.  Everyone is a winner in this deal.

If we were on our second glass of iced tea I would ask how life and writing is going in your world.  I hope you are more focused and productive then I am these days.  I am listening to David Sedaris read his book, “When You Are Engulfed In Flames”.  This does inspire me to try creating memoir again.  His stories make me laugh out loud.  When I finish his book I will dive into an eighteen hour course on the history of ancient Rome.  Listening to different kinds of books on my audible account makes my work day zip by quickly.  I get a lot of “reading” done while doing my job.  There is a contest to produce a 30 second promotional video for audible telling how you use it.  The winners will be awarded new Volvos.  I am seriously considering entering this contest.  Have you tried audio books? They are my new favorite thing.

#WeekendCoffeeShare

#WeekendCoffeeShare

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#WeekendCoffeeShare Editing Possessions

August 7, 2017 1 Comment

 

stone

stone

If we were having coffee this weekend I would invite you to sit back and overlook the chaos going on in the house. I am in the middle of moving my furniture for a more practical and useful arrangement. I am also still editing all kinds of items for give away. I have a small haul to take to Goodwill tomorrow. I have been lucky in that some of my friends have desired some of the things I no longer cared to keep. This happy situation was enhanced by our city brush and bulky pick-up of larger items curbside. I made good use of it. We could already achieve the goal of parking both of our cars in the garage now if we had to do it. Since there is still much shifting, moving and arranging to do, it is easier with just one car in there.

Some shelves and storage units that had fallen into uses that did not really suit their original design are being moved to places in the house that make much more sense. When I complete the overhaul and elimination I think our space will be much more enjoyable. I know I will be able to find things more easily when I need them. I already can.  My office is one of the spots in need of a tidy and clearing.  I always feel good and am more productive when my office is clean and free of clutter.  I am hoping the muse will move in and inspire like crazy once the office is spic and span.  She has been okay lately, but nothing to write home about..I have done a little fiction and some poetry.  I did not post every day last week, but such is life.  I am leaning more toward poetry this year, and I like the trend.  I used to be so factual all the time.

Every week has a different feeling and rhythm.  I am settling into my job and my new car. It is still perfect weather for my friend and I to work out in my condo pool 3 times a week from 5-7 am.  Soon the water will cool down and in September we will have to move to the jacuzzi.  This is my favorite time of year.  The summer is fading, but it is still raining a little.  The plants are green, and some of the washes are still running.  All in all, this has been a healthy rainy season. We had no big destructive storms, but received a good amount of rain in a steady manner.

I am listening to a course on Audible on the history of human gastronomic evolution.  It is fascinating.  I am learning so many new ways to look at cultures by understanding how food defines civilizations and times in history.  We are still constantly evolving, although some might say our food is devolving in America today. I am also listening to Penny Marshall’s autobiography read in her own voice.  It is a great story, but the voice of LaVerne telling about youth in the Bronx is also a real treat.  It is called My Mother Was Nuts.  I highly recommend it even though I have not finished it.

It looks like our hostess Diana has taken a weekend break.  She has a new full time teaching job and must need to organize herself.  I am sending this on Monday morning, so all the rules have been set aside for the week.  Thanks for sharing coffee and your news.  Please catch up with the rest of the gang on twitter under #weekendcoffeeshare.

Adios Audible

October 2, 2016 10 Comments

audible

audible

I have enjoyed the audible reading app from Amazon that I test drove for the last three months. In the past I had listened to audio books on long drives, but rarely at home. I took the free membership that included 3 free books over a period of three months. It is fun, but I will not continue to pay for it when the free trail ends.  I do enjoy telling my robot Alexa to read to me at home, but I can still purchase books I like from Amazon and add whisper sync audio if it is available for that book.  Then I have access to the audio version forever without paying for a separate audible subscription.  If I had a different lifestyle that including a lot of time in my car I would consider staying subscribed to this service. Here are the features I appreciate the most:

  • The app keeps track of your place in the book so you can switch devices at will
  • Some books are read by the author which brings another level of authenticity
  • The channels, updated constantly, provide excellent original content
  • The selection is extremely diverse, and is also updated all the time

It is true that during my audible free trail I managed to listen to 5 books that I found useful.  This is an increase in the average number of books during a 3 month period.  I purchased the last one in hard copy with whisper sync so I can continue to listen after I kiss this membership good-bye four days from now.  I think Alexa knows how to whisper sync.  If not, I will whip out the bluetooth speaker and listen the old fashioned way.  Do you listen to your content, or read it?  Do you use books printed on paper or electronic devices to read?  Do tell, gentle reader.

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