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Sharing my World 10/5/2020

It’s Monday, y’all, and that means it’s time for Melanie’s Share Your World. Head over to her blog to see the questions without answers and links to other people’s responses. I don’t have a lot to say right now, so I’ll just move on to answering the questions. 🙂

When was the last time you tried something new? How did that go for you? So I guess the newest thing I’ve tried was the Tovala oven. I spoke about it in an earlier post, and I was going to write a “review” post about it, but I’ll talk about it here. So the Tovala oven is kind of like a toaster oven but… more. It’s a “smart” oven. And at first I was skeptical of it because I’m so not into hooking everything in the world up to my phone, but it has a meal plan connected to it that’s for one person and that, dear reader, is what I’m looking for. Most meal plans are for families or two people. There are very few out there for on person. Tovala is one of the the few. I put off getting one for a long time because I was all, “I totally don’t want to spend that much money on a so-called smart oven.” But I did some research and a good toaster oven isn’t much cheaper. Plus this one has a steam feature to keep the food from drying out. And I got a discount if I signed up for their meal plan, which I wanted anyway. So I tried it.

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And I like it. I mean, so far so good. Plus the smart feature cooks more than just the food they offer. I can scan food from the store in too — not everything, but some things. They say that most everything from Trader Joe’s can be scanned. I haven’t tried that yet since Doug doesn’t seem to like Trader Joe’s. I’m not sure why. I love Trader Joe’s. But we’ve been able to scan some frozen foods from the local Smith’s, so that’s good. And the food from their plan isn’t half bad. It’s not anything I would write home about, and most of it isn’t stuff I could cook myself, but it’s okay. There are recipes on the app, and those aren’t too complicated — not that I’m afraid of complicated recipes. I’ve been cooking a long time, dear reader. But I haven’t used a toaster oven for cooking, so that’s something I’m not used to. Simple is better to start with. I’ve come a long way, dear reader, from the young kid who cooked everything from scratch and didn’t make anything that was processed at all. A long way. I guess age and disability changes a person.

image from sample of tovala meals.

Anyway, that’s something I tried and it’s worked out well so far. Doug even uses it, so there’s that. He’s tried a couple of the meals and he likes them. I do have to say that the meals are on the expensive side for a meal plan, but they are way convenient, which is probably why Doug likes them. And I’m not crazy about all of the packaging. I think once I’ve fulfilled my obligation I’ll cut back on how many meals I order each week. I don’t even know what to do with the gel packs that come with each week’s meals. Like I can only give away so many, you know? The rest just go in the garbage I guess. Not my first choice, but what can you do? These aren’t the flush-able kind, and only the packaging is recyclable. That’s the only con about getting their meal packs.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

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Or, in other words:

Don’t know where I got this from.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? I often tell people that my mind thinks I’m in my twenties, my body thinks I’m in my late eighties, but I’m chronologically in my mid fifties. The only thing that changes about that statement is the chronological age. My mind hasn’t left my twenties, and my body has acted like it’s eighty since I was in my mid thirties. Just ask my lungs. Ha!

Fun CREEPY Halloween Question:

Have you ever seen a ‘fresh’ corpse (aka dead body)? I haven’t, actually. Unless you count animal corpses. I’ve seen a few of those. We used to live on a Navy base that had a lot of open areas where animals ran free and some assholes would let pets loose there whenever they were transferred. Of course, the pets had no way of fending for themselves and would often get run over or taken out by the wildlife. I’ve also had a couple of dogs die on my over time, as dogs do, so I’ve dealt with their remains. But a human corpse? I’ve not seen one of those, as they’re generally dealt with more readily than animal corpses are.

Gratitude Section

Do you enjoy any seasonal traditions around this time of year? I used to, when I was Pagan. This time of year meant a lot more to me than it does now. In my tradition, this time of year marked the death of the old year. So any tasks that needed to be done should be finished before the year ended — like harvest only modern. So it was a busy time of tying up loose ends before the end of the year. Then came the end of the old year, basically Halloween and celebrating the Day of the Dead, and then waiting for the new year (Yule, or winter solstice). So between the end of the harvest and the beginning of the new year, no new tasks should be started. It was the ‘dead’ time of the year. It was an interesting tradition, and I practiced it for many years. Not easily, but I did my best. It’s been a long time so my details could be a bit fuzzy but I think I’ve got it basically right.

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6 thoughts on “Sharing my World 10/5/2020

  1. Thanks for Sharing Your Very Interesting World this week! That oven sounds great, but the price tag is my personal stumbling block. And the cost of the meals probably. But a meal for ONE? Someone finally got a clue and is getting rich off it, so good for them! I think it sound fabulous and hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it! I remember you were the one who ‘introduced’ me to the “Not my circus, not my monkeys” saying and I really do find I use it A LOT… The end of year ritual sounds like a really good idea. Why not wind down psychically and spiritually, as the earth rests and gets ready for another new year? You do have the Winter Solstice combined with Yuletide (Christmas etc) right. Be grateful you’ve never had to deal with a dead body (I haven’t either, not directly anyway). The closest I’ve come was hubby. They let me go see the body after he died. It creeped me out badly and he was truly very very cold to touch. Never knew that part (well I’d HEARD it, but I never personally knew it previously). Have a fabulous week and now I’m off to do your prompts. I really am enjoying that challenge…I think that sort of thing is so much fun!

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    1. Yeah, the price was initially way too high for me too, but they had something of a promotion and I basically got half off if I subscribed to their meal plan — which I was planning to do anyway, plus $50 for an online coupon. So it didn’t cost nearly as much as I initially thought it was going to.

      It was kind of nice to unwind for about two months. But it was kind of hard to not start anything new for two months too. Maybe now that I’m disabled, I’ll try that again. ^_^


  2. I never heard of the Tovala oven. It sounds like a great idea as my spouse and I eat many different things. Making things just for myself means I often eat the same thing multiple days in a row. That’s probably why I typically go for the things we both like. LOL


    1. That’s the problem my husband and I have — we eat different things so I’m often cooking for myself. It’s hard, cooking for one person. The Tovala oven seems to be working well for that so far.

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