All Good Things...Do Persist If You Stay Focused On Them
Welcome back to the blog!!
While the world turns...the Demo-2 mission concludes, the Mars Perseverance sets to launch, and then next four man crew gets ready to reach the ISS...I'm pretty sure we too have a lot going on in our lives. For the life of my millennial existence, I haven't had much peace for the past two...mornings. Construction workers have been at the house, and if you're the type of person who likes to just wake up and own the day...sometimes you feel like you have to play hostess when people are on your property. Hopefully they finished because I really want the Wednesday to myself to do things without disturbance.
In any case...for the end of July...I've managed to get a few things done both at the house...and on my person...so let's delve into what these things are...and hopefully you can find the time to create order in your own life.
Over the weekend, the cleaning bug bit me. As someone who was raised in an industrial environment...one of the things about industry is how regimented it is. An industrial site, is pretty much like a more liberal version of the army. There are ranks, there are tasks and there are procedures for everything. Eventually for me, that discipline actually spilled over into my home maintenance activities. Tenets I learned in industry included: autonomous maintenance which I transferred to my car cleaning activities and 5S (similar to Marie Kondo's cleaning methods) which involve putting items in their place and maintaining order. Since I have the flexibility to do so, I run the household cleaning operations in a very fluid, yet organized way.
While there are those baseline areas that are cleaned every week, I noticed that one of the peripheral rooms in our house, was one that we kept on missing, yet we traversed this space practically every day. This area of the house is tucked away behind the kitchen. It could be a back verandah, but since there's already one in use by the living room, the space became more of a utility area housing things like the barbeque grill, the indoor clothing line, the ladder, and other tools.
With time, and the recent rains, the area actually became dusty and cluttered. With my critical cleaning essentials, I actually took the time to empty the space, and pretty much wipe down all the critical surfaces such as the doors, the barbeque grill, and the utility table. In a large garbage bag, I was able to actually pick up and discard all the items that didn't belong in the space, that had pretty much found their way there enroute to their final destination which could either be inside the house, or in the external storeroom.
A rewarding two hours, and a gardening break later, I was able to have the place spotless and beautiful again. I've been on a monthly declutter, and quite enjoying the process of refreshing and revamping the existing space around me. With the current quarantine, the one thing that we all must do, is to learn to look at our homes in a new light. At the rate the world is going...they'll be our everything for another few months. Your home will be:
1) Your gym - so ensure your workout room is ready
2) Your hotel - so ensure that it's inviting to you every day
3) Your farm - plant your vegetables and enjoy the fruits of your labour
4) Your park - plant and nurture your flowering plants so that you'll be surrounded by beauty
5) Your office - so ensure that you're enjoying an organized productive area
With time, you'll learn how to optimize your living space. What's key is to actually take action every week on something important to you, so that you can feel like you're making progress on a weekly basis.
For self care...I've really been enjoying utilizing the items in my recent Allure Beauty Box. This is my monthly splurge on myself...and at $15.00...it's the least I can do to ensure that I'm taking care of number one. As adults, it's amazing how we often wish that there was someone to take care of us. Someone to do our hair for us, someone to do our nails for us etc. With the quarantine however, I think we've all learned the value of having to take care of ourselves. Our bodies...are technically the only place where our lifeforce lives. When you wake up in the morning...you should tell yourself that you're beautiful, you should tell yourself that you're worth it...and you should be able to take care of your own self.
With the recent beauty box, I'd mentioned that I'd received the nail kit from Dashing Diva. It actually works like a charm. I took the time to actually create a pamper kit, and was able to sit outside in the garden, and do my manicure after a weekend of cleaning and decluttering. My pamper kit...was a basket that included:
1) Rubbing Alcohol
2) Cotton Pads
3) Small scissors (the type that you get in the manicure kits)
4) Cuticle Oil
6) Epsom Salts
7) A large cup (the size of a supersize soda)
9) Small towel
Start your pamper session by softening your hands. Take about a tablespoon of Epsom salts and place in the large cup. Add water to the half way mark and soak your hands in the water for about ten minutes. Dry them with the small towel.
With the rubbing alcohol and cotton pads, gently clean the nails. The alcohol has an astringent property, so it will actually create a dry surface for the nails to adhere to. Opening the kit, you'll find an assortment of gel strips that will be able to fit on either your fingers or toes. Choose your design, and peel and stick.
With the peel and stick nails, the trick is to ensure that they match your own nails. With the small scissors, take the time to cut away the excess nails, and then use the nail file to buff away the remainder. What resulted was the above. While they are not flawless, they actually look good for an at home manicure. This definitely beats not having a manicure. Definitely try this for your own needs. The kit I used comes with a 34 strip set, so I'll have about a month's worth of nails for use.
THE RUM BOTTLE TRIPLETS
As the supermarket adventures persist, I found yet another use for the rum bottle triplets. Originally twins...with the increased rum consumption that took place at the beginning of the quarantine, the family grew to triplet. As my subscribers know...the twins (red and white) in this image...are now being housed in the fridge with my weekly Tang and Work out food drink. I change the flavors every week for fun...but the purpose remains the same. It's so much fun!!
The triplet...new to the family...sat in my closet waiting to be used. While at the supermarket...I was actually on a mission to buy fabric softener. I somehow...couldn't find the softener that I wanted, and my mind was able to find some fabric softener that came in...pouches. As I stood there...a light went off in my head. The voice of reason said..."T...I do believe that you can use the triplet rum bottle to house your fabric softener." And that was exactly what I did.
Soaking the bottle overnight...the next morning...I was actually able to remove the label. and with the entire bottle clean, I was able to fill my bottle with the fabric softener from the pouch. What you can do...to save your coint...is to dilute your fabric softener. In this bottle above...I have a 1:1 ratio of water to fabric softener. With fabric softener, a little goes a long way. With the extra dollar or two you save from doing this...it will actually add up over time. You can invest the money into other ventures...such as your make up collection.
MANGO CHUTNEY RECIPE:
The mango overflow in the household was real this summer. Real to the point where we had to be giving away boxes of the wonderful fruit to friends and coworkers, and yet still had to be blending smoothies every day...and freezing the puree. I did everything mango...that I could possibly do. In the scheme of the mango operations...we actually took the time to make...mango chutney. If you like jam...you'll love chutney. Here's a recipe...sourced online...that came to the mango rescue.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: Makes 6 (8-ounce) jars
2 cups sugar
1 cup distilled white vinegar
6 cups mangoes (4 to 5), peeled and cut in 3/4-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon mustard seeds, whole
1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (hot)
6 8-ounce canning jars
METHODHIDE PHOTOS 1 Make sugar vinegar syrup: Combine sugar and vinegar in a 6 quart pot; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. 2 Add remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, until syrupy and slightly thickened, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir occasionally during cooking. 3 Pour into jars: Pour into clean, hot jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace; close jars. (Do not over-tighten the jars.) 4 For shelf stable storage, process in a water bath: Put a rack on the bottom of tall, large pot. Place the sealed jars on the rack. Fill the pot with water, covering the jars by 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 15 minutes. Remove the jars from the pot and let sit at room temperature to cool.
As you can see from my picture above...the process actually turned out well! With mango chutney, you can utilize this sweet condiment with a variety of things from bread, to meats to add a nice pop of flavor!!
What are the spaces in your home still left to be decluttered? I feel like by the time the quarantine ends, every home on the Earth should be spotless! It's not like...you didn't have time to clean. The only place that the entire planet has been in 2020...is home.
What self care have you done in July? You are important, not only to yourself but to the people who love you. Give your best self to the people who love you.
What new recipe have you tried this month? Variety is the spice of life...and as you keep growing and evolving...you'll discover the joy of cooking!
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