Seasonal minimalist wardrobes

I’ve heard about having 33 items of clothing but that doesn’t really appeal to me. For one thing, we have four different seasons when we’re in different moods about what to wear. Spring may be as cold as fall, but it seems warmer after the long winter.

So I’m trying this: seasonal minimal wardrobes. Pick out clothes for summer, fall, winter, and spring. I have four large tote boxes into which the off-season clothes go. Fall is reds and browns; winter is dark clothes, long sleeves and pants lined for warmth; summer is lightweight and light coloured; spring is cheerful colours. Some clothing, like blue jeans, carries over to all seasons.

What this does is immediately make more room in my dresser, since I’m not trying to fit in clothes for contrasting seasons. There’s not a complete separation between the clothes; nor do I count them. But there’s something sweet in putting away a season and not getting it out again for nine months. It also helps to keep me from feeling I have too many of something, because the extras are for other seasons.

My seasons are June – August, September – November, December – February, and March – May. I’ll want to keep the totes on the premises: I’m still sorting out which clothes belong to which season.


Happy baby

This is our new grandchild.

Cleaning the bettas

It has been hot and bright. the blue betta’s tank was afrond with algae and Java moss. I put the fish and his plants aside, then took everything apart and cleaned it, washed the gravel, scrubbed the tank, and so on. I put it back together with half the old water and half new, conditioned water. For the red betta, I cleaned with a siphon and replaced half the water. They both look good. The red betta’s tank was cleaner, perhaps because he has a large snail as a companion to clean up uneaten food.

Here they are all shiny and clean.

a red betta and a blue betta swim in small rectangular aquaria

Two bettas in their tanks


Our garden

I’ve doubled the size of our garden by putting in a row of heritage tomato plants. It was small to start with: the ground is very hard. I think it was run over by bulldozers 45 years ago and hasn’t been turned over since.

A small garden with rhubarb, irises, and tomato plants, is surrounded by small, decorative stones

New glasses

I picked up new glasses and, on the recommendation of my eye doctor, prescription sunglasses as well.

A woman in a red jacket and sunglasses smiles at the camera


The SO was home for the weekend, so we went out to Finatics aquarium store in Mississauga, Ontario, and bought community fishes, mostly guppies, and released them into the aquaria.

Here’s the small one with a female guppy and a red betta.

aquarium with a red betta, a female guppy,and plants

5-gallon tank with fish and plants


And here’s the large one with male guppies, cardinal tetras, and a blue betta.

28-gallon tank with fish and plants

29-gallon tank with fish and plants

I couldn’t choose between a red betta or a blue one, but we have two tanks so I was able to get both.

Plants for the large aquarium

The large aquarium, with a large Amazon spear plant as its centrepiece, is impressive.


29-gallon tank with plants

29-gallon tank with plants

Now to let them sit for a few days.