Saturday, 9 September 2017

Hotel Living


About eight years ago I went on a holiday and spent a week in a high rise apartment in Queensland. It was very minimalist and tastefully decorated in lovely, natural nature tones.

At that point I was not a minimalist and vastly over packed and overbought everything.

But on my return home I pondered some important observations I'd made and things began to change.

The first thing I noticed is that I wore very little of what I brought with me, or that I bought. I loved how I had very little in terms of stuff around me and that made me focus on my time more sensibly. I didn't have many of the distractions I would have had, had I have been at home. I wasn't interested in turning the TV on in the apartment, so I spent a lot of time reading, exercising (and even though I over ate, I didn't put any weight on as a result). I spent time looking at the view from the high rise and generally felt calmer. 

Thereafter on returning home I began to try to manufacture my own home into more of a holiday apartment style home. Everything that I needed, to live simply. Nothing that I didn't need. And ever since, that's how I've preferred to be. It wasn't always easy as you know I've had some slip ups, but right now, my own condo feels like a holiday apartment in the simplicity and lack of debris I have accumulated.

Being in a hotel for the last three days has made me hone in on how much I love to live with only the bare essentials. I've read two books, whilst I've been away. I've had earlier nights, drunk more green smoothies, walked so much and loved it. It's good to have reminders about what you truly love, it's so easy to go off course.

When I get home, I can feel another purge coming on. Oh I have little to get rid of, but I know I'll do it somehow.

Thank you for reading.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Travelling Light

This last trip my son and I are undertaking has been the lightest packed trip I've ever been on. And I've done plenty of travelling over time. Travelling whilst in the minimalist mindset is so freeing and if the truth be told, I could easily have packed lighter. Since there were no glittering theatre trips nor three course posh meals on our agenda, I knew I didn't have to pack anything floaty and girlish (oh I don't tend towards that style anyway) so two pairs of jeans and four t-shirts were heaps. I wore some black boots and put my sneakers in my back pack, a bit of underwear, toothbrush, paste and face cream and there I was, sorted. I wore a jumper and jacket and whilst it is very cold where we are, I could have foregone the jumper and extra pair of jeans.

The thing that made me decide I need to narrow it down to a back pack is that our small carry on case had a disaster. The wheel decided to break and then made the most annoying noise when I tried to drag it. The case itself was half empty, as was my backpack. So theoretically, I could have got everything in my back pack. Right now I am contemplating leaving the broken case behind when we leave.

I haven't bought anything except food, tickets to an aquarium, the movies and bus tickets. We've had this trip planned for a year and budgeted for. We did a similar trip last year at the same time and it's just a couple of days away, with my kid. We don't do long holidays or overseas trips, so this suits us well.

It reminds me that saving where I can, means we can spend (appropriately) where we like.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Brawling Over Cheap Crap!

Our hotel has free wi-fi so I can write a short post each day. This is just as well as I thought I might give you a laugh, or is it actually an article to reduce you to tears? Not sure, but if you want to be horrified on the steps people will go to, to obtain cheap crap, miss the point and look stupid...then click HERE .

I shook my head in disbelief...all for some wicker furniture, of which the store had oodles, lurking out the back of the shop.

Happy days!


Hi dear readers, I will be away until next Monday. Depending on free wi-fi access I may or may not post. So just in case, stay safe and see you soon.
Miss Nine and a Half.

Blogs That Rocks My Socks (5)

It's that time of the week again when I recommend an amazing link, blog or site. There's no monetary gain, it's not about that, but I know how much I love finding new sites to read, so when I find them I love to share. This week's top suggestion is NO SIDE BAR which is a veritable feast of simple living posts and clever writing. Please let me know if you visit. Enjoy your reading.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

$500 and the $10 darling

At work recently one of my clients was telling me how a (not so close) relation of hers had given her $500 for her birthday. And it wasn't even the exorbitant amount of money this child received that got to me. But what got to me what the continuous (metre long) list of other items she had received, along with the things she was moaning about NOT receiving. It got to the point where one of my other clients said "Miss, you don't want to hear anymore about what she got for her birthday do you?"

And he was right, I really didn't.

Along with this, it's eight months into the school year and she is on her third international holiday. She refuses to share with others and when asked to be part of the classroom clean up crew, usually wrinkles her nose and refuses. She often tries to keep other kids from getting my attention and hates it when she isn't picked for something.

Now I really do like this kid and I don't blame her for her peccadilloes, after all, she wasn't born jealous, spoilt and greedy was she?

Compare this with another male client who told me about the $10 he got for his birthday. He was so excited and grateful and went on to share how he's managed to get himself a football from K-Mart and how cool and exciting this was.

I could have wept.

It reminds me of the saying ~ The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous.

Orison Swett Marden

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Without Blogging Am I Able...?

A good friend of mine asked me why it has always been such a challenge to keep to my good non-spending behaviour when I don't blog. It's a great question CW and worth pondering. I think it all boils down to the fact that I need to keep myself accountable.

When I write things down and especially when I publically write about my quandary or challenges I feel like I have a lot more to live up to. The moment I give up, or lie to myself and not write down my thoughts and feelings, is the minute I fall down the slippery slope of stupidity and begin spending without thought.

When I document everything I spend in my spending book, I know I can't miss anything out and lie. After all I'm only lying to myself. If I bought clothes, but didn't tell readers then I'd be lying. So writing everything down means I am more inclined to stick to my good intentions. And as a result, no clothes bought, no overspending and me feeling pretty darn pleased about life.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Chicken & Sweet Corn Slurpy Soup

This soup is souper (ha) easy! Super quick and super delicious. I added extra ginger and soy sauce to the recipe below, but that was just to my taste. We got  five full bowls out of this recipe. Plus the chicken I used was a BBQ  chook so I had tons of meat left over for other things. I squish the chicken between my fingers and plop it into the liquid. Even Master Fussy at home ate it and my man, popped round and remarked on the fab smell! Yay.


  • 1 litre chicken stock (I used powdered)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger (Iused bottled ginger)
  • Can of corn kernels (home brand)
  • Can of creamed corn (home brand)
  • 3 small chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced or a little  bit of a cooked chook. This is very fluid depending on how much chicken you need/want in it.
  • 3 green onions, chopped ( I randomly snipped the green off the end and kept the whites for tomorrow night's tea)


  • Step 1
    Place the chicken stock in a large saucepan with the soy sauce, ginger, corn kernels and creamed corn.
  • Step 2
    Cook over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Step 3
    Add the chicken and green onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Step 4
    Serve sprinkled with extra chopped green onion.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

One Month Down ~ Eleven Months To Go

I began my Clothes Shopping Ban one month and two days ago. At the time I thought it didn't seem like any hassle at all. And one month and two days later, it is still no hassle. I haven't even noticed that I haven't bought anything. In fact I couldn't be less interested in clothing. I got excited that I chucked out my favourite pair of stockings yesterday.

What I have noticed is that it is three days before payday and I still have money left in my day to day account. A number around $300...that's ace.

What I have also noticed is that now I've discovered I can sell on Facebook, that's where I'm heading. eBay Priced itself out of the market and local Facebook buying groups seem like an excellent choice. I've also noticed that I've worn my most favourite cotton cream jumper lots and I've loved wearing it. I've started wearing my newer best and favourite black booties. I had been saving these...not sure what for, but I had been saving them. What I notice is that I am spending so much less time on the internet, bloody brilliant. I'd call that success. I'd call that positive. Clothes buying...I will devour you!