Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Bags - July 2018

It is a weird month. Hell didn't freeze over, the opposite. The good place turned the heat up and burned. The wait was over and now there is nothing left to hope for. All is well though.

I'm fine and I am keeping control over the controllables.

Collecting all bags in one place at the same time enabled me to concretely see how many bags and purses and wallets and shopping bags and travel bags and sports bags I currently own.
It is a lot. I have a lot and my needs are filled - almost.

I have 15 bags and purses of which 3 are large travelling duffel bags.
There are also three computer cases/covers which I store in the same place although only technically bags. 
I also have seven wallets ranging from the first one I got when I was five to the silk one from China that used to hold British pounds and now doesn't so it is now back to being a wallet instead of being used as storage. This also doesn't include the wallet I use everyday.
I have 7 shopping bags and three blue Ikea bags (Fun fact: Yellow Ikea bags outside of the shop are always stolen.)
I also have 2 pairs of bicycle bags (and still need to get another more suitable pair to fit the new bicycle) and my hiking back pack.  

Beyond the new set of bicycle bags needed (or are they just wanted?), I do not need any new bags.
I do not even need any more bags if they are given for free or provided by the trash gods. There are even three or seven of all the bags that I could live without.
In the inventory I did place a few bags in the bag for the charity shop but I think the rest can just stay there for pleasure and temporary use - even if I strictly do not neeeeeeeed them.

I have them, I do not need any more but I keep what I have that fills me with pleasure. 
So, in all: 38 bags.
(And an old waste paper basket filled with plastic bags we try to reuse until they actually are destroyed and can be placed in the plastic recycling).

Last year I had 34 bags. Not all bags in that list still lives with me. I am however sure I did not count the same way then as I did now. It doesn't really matter. What matters is that I gathered all of them, looked through them all, counted my surplus and appreciated what I have without creating fake needs for something someone wants to sell me.
I do not need bags.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Patterns 2018

I did it.

I closed my heart, clicked on my rutheless brain and sorted through my sewing patterns.

I went through all patterns in 2013 when I cleared out of and sold my house. I only kept patterns from my mother or grandmother for clothes that I liked and patterns that I myself has bought that I could imagine wearing again. All eighties jackets and nineties trouser patterns went out ruthlessly.

Now I had another go at what ever what left.
All copied patterns from pattern magazines that are now in the wrong size - paper collection.
All pattern magazines that doesn't contain anything I could imagine wearing again, much less sewing - to the second hand shop.
All original patterns that I could not imagine wearing again or that is for clothes worn at very specific events in my past that I do not care to remember - or want to be reminded of - out the same way.

I was left with five pattern magazines and eight original patterns.

It was a relief.

It was such a relief I immediately started sewing again.
And immediately went out to buy another pattern that I wanted - but really really didn't need.
But I am sewing them too. (I will show the finished results.)

The World Cup takes a month and Tour de France has also started and although I am not a fan of tennis - Wimbledon is also on.
Thank heavens the weather is nice and it is too warm to sit inside and watch telly every day.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

July 2018 - Bags

The task for July is bags.

  Find all bags in the house, include suitcases, rug sacks, reusable shopping bags and all handbags. 
  Don’t forget your exclusive new year’s clutch and your grand mothers handbag. 
  Clean each one of them. Open all compartments, empty the content and brush the lining of each
  pocket. How many bags do you have? Note the number.

This is a very important task for me. I am overflowing with bags. Last year I had 34 bags. I know there are more and not less bags in the house this year. I have been given bags as presents, by the trash gods and found in free donation piles. I have unused bags, new bags, old bags, found bags, replaced bags. There are no broken bags that easily can be thrown out. 

Not only are there too many bags in the total. I also have too many bags that do only one thing or is used only for specific activities. One for weekends, one for week-trips, one to transport oatmeal between countries, one for going to work with a computer, one for going to work without a computer, several for doing large grocery shopping, one for doing small grocery shopping, shoe bags, sports bags, shoulder bags, hand bags, clutches. 
I really want to aim to have few bags that cover a multitude of functions.

At the same time I also need new bags, other bags. 
I need different bicycle bags. The old bags does not fit the new bicycle and can not be altered. I bought cheap temporary bags and they are too small for trips longer than two nights (also not water proof which bicycle bags must be). 

I also constantly carry a complete survival kit with me (shopping bag, medication, passport, knife, keys to my second apartment etc. other essentials). Currently I have no bag that can come with me at all times and I keep shuffling things from one to another. Sometimes I do not know where things are.

What I do know, is that I do not know if I already have a bag that can be the every day bag for every function. 
That is why I will collect and go through all available bags first - before I even start thinking about looking for anything new. 
Except bicycle bags. 
That I would like to have bought before next bicycling weekend -
which will not be this weekend as Sweden is playing England on Saturday in the quarter-final of the World Cup. Last eight and the dad team is in it with its solid 4-4-2 system. Unbelievable!
I am still in chock.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Winter - June 2018 - not

The task for June was to go through all winter clothes and bedding.

Yes, no, so, I didn't do that.
Bite me.

I will, I promise myself that I will. But with the football world cup, sewing, the new bicycle, fantastic weather, three day weekends every week, four days work and running two days a week, there was just no energy left over for projects like that.
Diving into the deep wardrobe when it is 27 degrees C outside is exactly what I had planned to do -
but no, didn't. Didn't want to.

Some of it I did do. I did take out some of the winter and rain coats and cleaned the inside of the pockets with a brush to get any crumbs out. I felt very proud of myself.

I also did make a list of clothes that need to be impregnated and/or waxed before the rainy season starts again. That list includes shoes that need to be sprayed with water proofing.

Plans are wonderful. Life is better.

Remind me to complete this task again later.

Monday, 2 July 2018



It is time to show restraint and focus on the long term goals.
The markets are in full summer fluctuation, my investments are dropping in value with every move that shakes the financial markets (solid investments, there is no such thing) and my monthly savings doesn't seem to make a difference. It feels as if there is a black hole I put my poor savings into.

I need to be cool. Tell me to be cool. Cool, hunny-bunny, just be cool. It's going to be all right, hunny-bunny. We are all going to get out of here alive, hunny-bunny.
But yeah, I need to pee too.

Enough with the film references (Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer and if you don't know which film it is, your life is excellent without that knowledge.)
I calculate the total value of my assets on the first of each month. Adding up everything I own and have access to (so excluding value of any pension assets that I don't have access to yet). I also exclude the value of my small apartment as I always will have to live somewhere.
Then I deduct any debt I have, currently it is only taxes but still. It must be deducted.

The remaining assets are divided with my current annual budget, the one I live within since years.

Currently, the financial independence number stands at 37,03 year. It means that with my assets, I could live within the current budget for thirty-seven years as long as the interests, dividends or value increases covers the price increases.

Currently the assets are not growing as they should and the budget is tight with the price increases for food and energy.
Continuing to invest into what I believe to be future companies on future markets at times like this takes cool. So I will try to stay cool.
Cool, hunny-bunny, cool!