Mudcat Café message #4081370 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4081370
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
29-Nov-20 - 09:24 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Absolutely fill up at half a tank down. Not only do you avoid "running on fumes," you actually get better mileage because there is less space in the tank for fumes. That seems to make a difference (I listened to Car Talk on National Public Radio for years. When to fill up and when to get an oil change were pieces of advice frequently discussed.)

I have one meal left from the Thanksgiving leftovers; I'm trying to not have so many things going at once in the fridge so I can avoid throwing out food. Especially since I've started participating in stocking the Community Fridge. That spot is drawn down quickly. Peppers I put in this morning were gone this evening when I stopped by to add a few more. I have some that I need to cut up and freeze that I won't leave there (they aren't perfect, but they're perfectly good to slice and freeze, cutting off the spots something nibbled on in the garden).

In this time of COVID - having a modest steady income is good as long as something doesn't rock the boat. Illness. A large repair. Accident of some sort. So many people are in such a difficult position, not just trying to stay afloat, and as good as the rice and lentils are in that community food exchange point, having protein, having extra ingredients also helps. Spices. Salsa. Flour for baking. I'm thinking that next trip up I'll leave a few printed recipes in the dry goods side also. To help those who don't know how to cook but who can follow simple instructions; maybe even put a QR code to the videos I made for my kids, teaching them cooking basics while they were away at college. Whatever can help. Coming up isn't a Winter of Discontent. It is a Winter of Desolation. I suspect we haven't seen anything yet.

Because of that, self-care is all the more important. I have bread rising, almost ready to put in the oven, not only fresh bread but the smell of fresh bread will help lift spirits here. Put up those xmas lights and decorations if they make you feel good because we need every ounce of inspiration we can find right now.

Take care.