Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 13, Issue 5 – November 22, 2020

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! The last time I wrote, it was the week of Halloween, and here it is, the week of Thanksgiving. I apparently have a theme going on!

I am happy to report that I have successfully frozen, canned, and preserved the last of the CSA and garden goodies that have been residing in my fridge and counters. While it is incredibly sad to know that I am going to have to wait until 2021 for new CSA and garden produce, it is deeply satisfying knowing that we will have garden goodness throughout the winter months. I also brought in several pots of herbs. My rosemary, oregano, mint, sage and basil are doing well! I was able to harvest some beautiful basil and freeze up some more pesto.

Last year I had shared a recipe for pumpkin puree, and this year I was able to use this recipe. It is such an easy way to preserve that adorable little pie pumpkin, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, who knows if it will be come a pie or muffins, or bread, but it is just waiting for me to make something incredible with it. Basically, its roasted pumpkin (that’s it! Salt is optional if you are watching your sodium), and I pureed it in my food processor, but you can mash it anyway you want. Here’s a link to make your own pumpkin puree: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/35527/easy-pumpkin-puree-recipe/

As we all know, 2020 has been full of curve balls, required creative thinking and throwing rules right out the window. It has shown some of the ugliest parts of people, and the most broken parts of people, but it has also shown some beautiful, resilient, and kind aspects of people. My hubby and I were talking about how this will be a defining moment for many generations. He joked that when future children must clean out their grandparents’ or parents’ homes, they are going to wonder why they have hordes of toilet paper stacked in their attics or basements. While it is something to giggle about, there is truth to this statement.

Recently, a story has gone viral on social media. You may have read it, but it really struck home for me. And I think it will resonate with each of you differently. It is like those stories that get shared from the pulpit, or from inspiring seminars. Many of these stories have remained with me, and the points were never forgotten. For those of you who like to fact check, I did find a link to give some credit to the story, and credit where credit is due. https://www.upworthy.com/woman-shares-therapists-mental-health-tip-for-doing-dishes

“Run the dishwasher twice.”

When I was at one of my lowest (mental) points in life, I couldn’t get out of bed some days. I had no energy or motivation and was barely getting by. I had therapy once per week, and on this particular week I didn’t have much to ‘bring’ to the session. He asked how my week was and I really had nothing to say.

“What are you struggling with?” he asked.

I gestured around me and said “I dunno man. Life.”

Not satisfied with my answer, he said “No, what exactly are you worried about right now? What feels overwhelming? When you go home after this session, what issue will be staring at you?”

I knew the answer, but it was so ridiculous that I didn’t want to say it. I wanted to have something more substantial. Something more profound. But I didn’t.

So I told him, “Honestly? The dishes. It’s stupid, I know, but the more I look at them the more I CAN’T do them because I’ll have to scrub them before I put them in the dishwasher, because the dishwasher sucks, and I just can’t stand and scrub the dishes.”

I felt like an idiot even saying it.

What kind of grown ass woman is undone by a stack of dishes? There are people out there with *actual* problems, and I’m whining to my therapist about dishes?

But he nodded in understanding and then said: “Run the dishwasher twice.”

I began to tell him that you’re not supposed to, but he stopped me.

“Why the hell aren’t you supposed to? If you don’t want to scrub the dishes and your dishwasher sucks, run it twice. Run it three times, who cares?! Rules do not exist.”

It blew my mind in a way that I don’t think I can properly express.

That day, I went home and tossed my smelly dishes haphazardly into the dishwasher and ran it three times. I felt like I had conquered a dragon. The next day, I took a shower lying down. A few days later. I folded my laundry and put them wherever the f*** they fit. There were no longer arbitrary rules I had to follow, and it gave me the freedom to make accomplishments again.

Now that I’m in a healthier place, I rinse off my dishes and put them in the dishwasher properly. I shower standing up. I sort my laundry. But at a time when living was a struggle instead of a blessing, I learned an incredibly important lesson:

There are no rules.

Run the dishwasher twice.

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you enjoy the benefits of your fall harvests. May you be granted peace and love and forgiveness in this wild 2020 holiday season (no matter what it looks like this year – Zoom Turkey Meetings anyone?!). May each of you get through the rest of 2020. And if you need too, run that damn dishwasher as many times as you need. Until next time, keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun. Continue to be good to yourself and others, please.

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