Friday, March 16, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 11...

1.  I've requested a second card on a major gasoline credit account we've had...forever.  We've always made due with one card, but it's not very handy.  They usually have the lowest fuel prices around, plus discount it further if you use their company card, so it was time to take better advantage.  We pay account in full monthly, so no interest charges or fees.

2.  I used up the last of the ham.  

3.  Some grapes had been lingering in the fridge without getting eaten.  They were still perfectly firm and good tasting, so I removed them all from the stems and put them in the freezer to use in smoothies. 

4.  Use-by date on milk had passed.  It didn't smell sour, but like it might go off soon, if you know what I mean.  I used some to bake cornbread.  I was going to use the rest to make a buttermilk pie (by adding a little lemon or vinegar to the milk), but Jared came by for dinner and drank it.  He said it was fine.  LOL  

5.  Batched errands, added 9 individual meals to freezer for Carey to take to work, paid all bills on time as well as returning library books (no fees, no fines).

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday family supper at Kasey's
Monday:  Mixed greens with turnips and ham, cornbread
Tuesday:  *burger
Wednesday:  *baked potato
Thursday:  quiche
Friday:  ???

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ides? What Ides?...

I think this is the day that the slippery slope begins.  We are well into the year, and it will be over before we know it if we aren't careful!

We have become accepting of the everyday, instead of accepting every day as the gift it is.  I've been letting my year's goals slide...doing really well on some, but doing abominably sucky on others.

Beware!  Beware!!!  And then start over.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak

I am enjoying this novel so much.  Wonderful characters.  

In 1950s Louisiana, Ginny lived in the shadow of the prison.  When she was eight, her prison-guard father was murdered by an inmate, and her mother insisted that Ginny witness his killer's execution.   As an adult, Ginny goes back to the prison as the cook, and discovers a special calling to prepare the last meals for the condemned, even taking care to reach out to their family members for favorite family recipes. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 10...

1.  Rudy:
     bathed 🗹
     pedicured 🗹
     ears cleaned 🗹
     bedding washed and sunned 🗹
     kennel cleaned 🗹
     treats given to Rudy AND Mama 🗹 
This was a battle of wills, but I AM the pack leader!  He hasn't had a bath since cold weather set in, so he was out of the routine and NOT happy.  I earned every bit of that $20 to $35 saved!

2.  Rudy's 'spa day' somehow resulted in an incredibly painful strained knee and a literal pain in the neck.  I really wanted to go to the chiropractor, but there just wasn't time this week.  And after a day or so, the knee feels better, so maybe I can save the doctor's fee and the gasoline for the 90 mile round trip.

3.  The knee must have been really painful, because I resorted to grabbing a cane from my collection and used it.  Yes, I have a collection of canes.  It started with our antique hall tree having a receptacle for umbrellas and walking sticks.  After my great aunt died, I asked for her cane, and it has had a home in the hall tree ever since and has been joined by a handmade cane my father-in-law made me, a beautiful cane bought from a fair trade shop, and others.  When you have sprained as many ankles and broken as many bones in your  feet as I have, not to mention that shingles outbreak on the sole of my foot, it has proven to be a very practical and frugal collection to have on hand over the years.

4.  For last night's dinner I baked a ham that was bought on sale during the holidays and has been in the freezer since.  It, along with homemade mac & cheese and broccoli, fed us and made Carey three work meals for the freezer.  Still lots of ham.  Will make quiche tonight; ham, turnips, and greens, with cornbread over the weekend; sandwiches for lunches; etc.

Next I should thaw that turkey that's in there.  :)

5.  Beautiful cool but sunny days here.  Another week with no need for heat or A/C.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  *pizza & salad
Sunday:  Sunday family supper at Kasey's
Monday:  *burger
Tuesday:  leftovers
Wednesday:  *Tex-Mex
Thursday:  ham, mac & cheese, broccoli
Friday:  *pizza

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Year One by Nora Roberts
I was on the library reserve list for this one for ages.  I took it to bed with me about midnight Sunday night/Monday morning, thinking I'd read myself to sleep.  I had to be up and at quilting at the library by 10:00 a.m.  I never got to sleep.  About 9:20 a friend from the group texted me to make sure I was going to be at the group.  I texted back that I had ten more pages, and then I'd be there.  :)

Before I started reading, I had it confused with another book about prehistory, but it was actually about a virus that wiped out eighty percent of the world population.  

Even though I couldn't put it down, I'm not sure how I feel about it.  

Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
I'm working my way through this author's titles.  I've been on the reserve list for this library ebook, and my turn just came up, so I've only just started it.  

It is set during the Civil War in Missouri (a particularly divided state during this period which  experienced an extremely dangerous neighbor-against-neighbor atmosphere).  The main character is an 18-year-old girl whose family has been struggling to remain neutral.  She is arrested as an 'enemy woman' and sent to a women's prison filled with the criminal and the deranged.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday snail mail...

I spent a day at the craft table this week.  I had letters I wanted to get in the mail, and I wanted to play with stamps and papers.  

This one is for a teenage girl.  

I used washi tape to mask off the stripe on this one so I could sponge it with two colors of ink.  I was happy with how it turned out...until I removed the top strip of tape and ripped the paper.  :)  Enter the 'thank you' banner.  There's almost always a way to save the project.  :)

I made several along these lines, changing up the colors and layers.   

A handful of letters are winging their way around the world.  That makes me happy.  I hope they brighten their recipients' days as well.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 9...

1.  Carey's paycheck and annual bonus has been deposited in the bank account.  The bonus will be promptly transferred to our interest bearing savings account to earn a little while it patiently awaits its turn to cover the property taxes at the end of the year.

2.  While it has been extremely humid recently, it was bearable (just) without turning on the AC to dry out the indoor air.  The temperatures have been pretty moderate, without need of heat or cooling, so I am anticipating a steep drop in our electric bill.

3.  I booked an afternoon of work for next week.  I usually don't accept partial days, but this is a local branch, so no commute (gasoline and other vehicle expenses) to eat into the profit.  I had to turn down several other days that they also inquired about due to having a full month of work booked coming up soon.

4.  I am in the process of going through my closet...mainly the work wardrobe side.  I need to make sure I have work clothes lined up and in good repair for the full-time month (see item 3 above).  Since my usual work schedule is only a few days in a row, I have really pared down my working wardrobe.  It may take some imagination, and being willing to repeat and mix-and-match the basic pieces, but I refuse to buy more items for just one month of need.

5.  Since Carey had errands out, one of which to the grocery to pick up some foodstuffs for his weekend hiking trip, I had him pick up some ground beef for tonight's meatloaf.  (I took twice-baked potatoes and corn out of the freezer for the side dishes.)  No need to use the gasoline in my car if he was bound there anyway.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  grazed the fridge
Sunday:  Sunday family supper at Kasey's
Monday:  Dublin Coddle
Tuesday:  French toast and fruit
Wednesday:  *burger out
Thursday:  Enchilada Casserole and Spanish Rice
Friday:  meatloaf, twice-baked potatoes, corn

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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