Why I’m trying to avoid pastries and baked goods

I love freshly baked bread, buns, quiches, brownies, if it has yeast and sugar, even some salt is acceptable- I stand in line. Or used to. I don’t actually need to stand in any line since I love spending time in the kitchen and baking is not rocket science. I beg all offended artisan bakers […]

Is being a clueless woman actually a virtue?? (Bridget Jones as a test case)

Yep, Bridget. Jones. Come on- don’t roll your eyes at me. It’s summer here, temperatures are around 98 Fahrenheit -(or should I say Farenhight) and I have a thing about using the air-condition – it is not environmental, not frugal- and I am trying to acclimate myself to natural occurring temperatures -be it  high temperatures […]

Dealing with my body issues (cup A personality type?)

Believe me when I tell you I hesitated a long time before writing this post. I mean a very long time. I started this blog more than a year ago- and this is my first exposure- so to speak. I will be turning 51 in September, and as I have told you in previous posts, the […]

13 days as a dhamma server in a vipassana course: what?? ( no preaching or missionary wisdom included)

Yep. I spent almost 2 weeks preparing food and cleaning the kitchen&dishes for more than 100 people. No payment. sure- it wasn’t easy- but I enjoyed myself immensely, and moreover- I shall share my tips on how to – just in case you decide this is an adventure you would like to experience. Mind you […]

My DIY almond milk v. my DIY rice milk: who cares?

Well- you should care. Because as it happens I have enough free time (yessssssss early retirement) to do you all the favor of checking out all kinds of very important things you were wanting to check but life etc. I, on the other hand, since being retired and an introvert -have nothing to hold me […]

My first month in early retirement: What do I do all day???

Freedom. Freedom. Yes.freedom. This is going to sound a bit like bragging.I am well aware of that. begging your pardon ahead. This first month has been like an ongoing vacation. every moment of it. Maybe a staycation – since I didn’t travel anywhere. I had a great time. enjoyed every moment. learned many things .important […]

My frugal farewell party at work

I think you already know I am an introvert. What does a frugal introvert have to do with parties? well nothing, but I had a feeling that retiring early after so many years without mentioning would be a bad idea -as it would not give me any sense of closure, and might let people at […]

Preparing for early retirement: last month at work

So,  early retirement is getting closer and closer. If nothing changes- my due date is at the end of this (short) month- February 28. Being a walking irony that I am, the minute I wrote a mail to everyone at work announcing my retirement and inviting them to a modest toast on the 28th, someone […]

How I cheer myself up every morning-11 useful tips!

I believe in depending on myself only. I do everything in my power not to ask for help- any kind of help- from anybody, and aside from stuff like electricity and plumbing -and of course car repairs -I can think of a few more but trying not to let you zzzzzz away- I believe you […]

12 running tips for beginners

  I have been running for many years, and for a  couple of years even participated in a few races (half marathons, 10k, nothing fancy) until I decided my introvert self overcomes my competitive self. I am by no way an expert on running, I am not a “running doctor” ( ok I am aware […]