First Weekend in October!

As I sat down today to review my October list, I realized I hadn’t posted this month so this is my first October post!  Today, Saturday, is a beautiful day here in Northern California.  It is just past noon now but I’ve been up for hours, took a little trip with my husband this morning in his convertible with the top down … that is how nice it is here on this October Saturday!  I don’t take the weather for granted that is for sure and appreciate just how good I’ve got it!

I’m headed in to the office this afternoon, but before I go I wanted to post a progress report for my October list.  It has been a productive and energizing morning already and I’ve done a ton of things that aren’t even on my list!  I made croutons with leftover Boudin sour dough bread (I just can’t waste food)  … I brushed a little olive oil on the bread before I cut it into cubes and sprinkled some Italian Seasoning and sautéed them for about 15 minutes and viola … croutons!  They are really good too!  I also cooked up a Trader Joe Butternut Squash risotto mix and I have to say that was yummy too.  Lastly, I finally finished the final steps in making the chocolate truffles, got them rolled into balls and coated with chocolate powder.  I’ll take them to the office on Monday!

I have made a lot of progress on my list and actually crossed off two items!  #14 turned out to be really fun and I learned how to make a relatively easy scarf.  Marylou and Gina have made several and they were willing to take me on as a novice (I don’t crochet or knit).  I think I finally have the hang of it and have finished about 1/3 of the scarf.  I have to admit the whole process intimidates me a little and I found myself searching Pinterest for the Red Heart Sashay yarn to see what others had done and found a couple of YouTube videos I’ve watched to bolster my confidence on technique!  Regardless of how it turns out, I enjoyed my time with Marylou and Gina and look forward to more get-togethers to work on quilts and other projects.  The picture below is one I found that shows the yarn I selected and what the scarf will look like finished.


A super easy item was #27 and I gave both Ronin and Humphrey their flea treatment early in the week.  I put it on the list because it keeps me on track to be sure they are getting the flea treatment each month!

I have several items that I’m working on and cannot be done in one sitting.  Cleaning up my personal email account (#8) will probably take me all month.  It is really in bad shape.  It is a reminder to me that I hate letting things go and have a hard time deleting emails.  For some reason I think I’m going to need it at some point.  It is something I’m working on!  I also am on Day 3 of a 14 day cleanse and that is going well.  I’ve been surprised so far this month on what a difference #17 (eating breakfast every morning) and #19 (aiming to eat 9 veggie/fruit servings each day) have made for me.  It has really focused me on the importance of breakfast to my feeling of well-being throughout the day, and the increase in fruits and veggies and been incredible.  Just having #19 on my list and sticking with it is a step in the right direction from a health standpoint.  I’ve been eating a lot of raw veggies at lunch and with the farmer’s markets we have in our area, eating fresh, locally grown vegetables is easy!

Lastly I’ve been working on #20 (genealogy) which the aim of cleaning up some mistakes in my trees.  I have done that as I find them, but the really exciting thing is I had a breakthrough on my dad’s mother’s side of the family and found a whole line of Boockholdts in Alabama I wasn’t aware of.  The line stopped with my great great grandmother Sophie Johanna Boockholdt and now I have discovered her parents and siblings!  I am enthused and happy about this discovery and have shared the information with my parents.  I also discovered some photos of family members on the website which I had never seen and decided to post some of my pictures to share with others as well.

Okay … enough for now.  I need to put in a couple of hours at the office.   Au revoir.