Thursday, December 12, 2013
Do come in and have coffee with me this morning, won't you? I've been wanting to visit with you for the longest time now. The tree, as you can see, is lit but undecorated. There's not a wrapped gift to go under it, not a bit of baking done, not a bit of decorating in the house ... Oh never mind that, have some cookies, have a seat. The cookies aren't homemade but they are good, crisp, buttery, spicy cookies. Really good, actually, so good, that I bought more when I went back to Aldi this week.
I feel days have just flown past. If the year behind us went fast, my heaven this month has slipped past as though on a greased rail. I am more or less prepared for the New Year, which might sound odd, given my lack of preparation for Christmas. Well it hardly matters. The gifts are mostly the sort that will be or have been sent, we're not hosting or visiting that day. John and I will spend Christmas at home alone as we did Thanksgiving and let me assure you I'm okay with it. We've spent precious few holidays together over the past 20 years. Just to get to have him home is pretty awesome. I'm not holding my breath. If an extra shift came open, I'm fairly certain he'd take it and I'd be alone, and that's okay, too. I do have a tendency to enjoy myself on these special days alone, what with movies to watch, games to play and books to read. I don't spend a holiday working.
So as I said, I'm far more prepared for the New Year, but I don't mean that holiday either because John is working that one; I mean the year itself. I spent a full two days after Thanksgiving working on my Home Keeping Notebook, doing a food inventory of most of the pantry and one of the freezers. Still need to finish that job up...I'm hindered in my back pantry by a fidgety lightbulb that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. It's one of those you pull a string but you must pull it twice. We got smart and put a motion detector fixture in the receptacle...Only to discover that I had to be ten feet tall to activate it. Sometimes I can get it to come on and then it will go off after it's self prescribed ten minutes and not come back on no matter how much I work at it. That's what happened the other day when I was working on the pantry inventory. Sunlight helped but then the sun disappeared behind clouds and we had a week of rain, so no more pantry/freezer work.
John and I had a nice Thanksgiving, with the whole meal from turkey to cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, homemade and it was delicious. I made the table look really pretty though we ended up using the day to day plates. I couldn't find any flowers that suited the china I'd meant to use. All the flowers, and I do mean ALL were bright red, orange,yellow. I was just longing to see buff colored mums or dull rusty gold ones, or even deep bronze, but no such luck. Even the greens in the arrangements were more brilliant a green than typical it seemed. So yes, it was the day to day plates and the same old silk autumn leaves, but the table was set prettily and nicely even if it was just for the two of us.
Speaking of plates, I bought our day to day stuff this past January. John was in on the choosing, it was his idea to buy the Corelle plates as he'd tired of the Ironstone I was using. So we're shopping, looking in vain for waxed paper and garbage bags, in a big grocery (which we never found by the way despite two trips up and down every.single.aisle.), and John came across the housewares section. This particular store chain has a proper kitchen section. John came to a dead halt in front of a beautiful display of dishes which were red, golden yellow, olive green and cobalt with a pretty striped band of various colors (including those used in the dishes in a serape sort of stripe). They were pretty, no denying that. I liked them myself, but no I'm not really in the mood to buy all new dinnerware again this year. And the plates were all squares. I don't know why the square plates are so popular. It does nothing for me at all, and that's truth. I was amused however that he went straight for all that beautiful color when he'd assured me every patterned piece of dinnerware I'd looked at last year was 'too busy'.
Well I drifted away from my notebook didn't I? I worked on our budget for the coming year. I refuse to panic, I refuse to panic, I refuse to panic. Seriously. I did a preliminary budget and need to go over my figures once more. I learned a few years ago that usually when I hurry through the initial budget I make a gross error. So I'm not worrying. If my figures are correct, I'll be trimming our grocery budget a LOT more but I expect we'll end up about where we are at present once I go over the budget again, with my calculator.
I cleared out all of this year's paperwork and put in fresh clean sheets, did some initial planning for projects for the first of the year, made sure calendars were ready, etc. Nothing to it, but it made me feel I was really prepared for another year and I mean that.
We went out one day last week and gathered up the few gifts we're giving this year. The majority of them were gift cards and since we were mailing the majority of the presents, gift cards it was. Not fun to buy in my opinion, nor fun to give, but I do hope it translates into nice things in the end. We did very well, staying right on our budget for gifting.
We had a little extra money that we spent on a very inexpensive tree. John had suggested a real tree, but we were convinced we'd have to buy a big one and have it trimmed. Of course, while at that same big chain grocery where we admired plates, we saw small cut trees of about 3 ft. height in stands. We've never had a real tree but we both considered it this year. We have our 4ft. artificial tree and it's set up here in the living room, all lit up and not an ornament upon it, yet. I am, honestly, still contemplating what I want it to look like. I'm thinking I'm going to buy some cream colored ornaments. They should be inexpensive enough and will certainly make a big impact without costing so very much.
We visited a church we've been to in the past, about four years. It was a nice change from synagogue. The young pastor preached a message geared towards this season of the year, talking of Mary's pregnancy with the Christ child. He made some wonderful points about the state of expecting, how it's uncomfortable and brings major changes and can be painful...John and I felt he'd preached a sermon on our last two years! It was reassuring to hear his sermon and we told him so when he was done. We really enjoyed that visit. It was misting rain and we came home, picking up take out on the way. It freed my time to work on baking that afternoon and clearing up the kitchen, a lovely way to spend a rainy autumn afternoon.
John had an extra bit of time off this past week. We went down to his work place to pick up his paycheck and he stayed for an inservice. I carried along a book to finish reading and did, just before it got too dark to see the print. It was The Lovely Day by Dorothy Evelyn Smith. This is another of my favorite old friends and it was nice to get lost in the story of a small town award winning choir on their annual outing. I was much reminded of Maeve Binchy's style of writing in her last few books where character sketches are drawn and woven into an interconnecting story.
After I finished the book, I'd meant to start another but I didn't. It was too dark. I'd chosen to stay in the car while John was indoors. It was messy misty rain, the sort that is fitful and comes in long spells of raining then stops and about the time you think it's quit for good starts up heavily once more. Not conducive to getting out of the car and walking about in, as you'd soon be soaked. So I sat in the dark car, which some might think was not a fun thing to do, and I don't suppose it was fun, but you know, I spend so much of my time being busy that just sitting doing nothing was not a bad thing for me. It gave me time to think without interruption and I thought about the book and how long it had taken me to read the thing through when it wasn't a large book at all. I made up my mind as I sat there that this coming year, I mean to read one full book every single week of the year ahead. A few years ago I read two books a week without a bit of struggle at all.
I've examined why I'm not reading so much and it really comes down to two things: I am spending more of my reading time working on tasks that save us money. That's it. I won't be cutting down my work time, but I will try to put my computer aside earlier each evening and spend the last hour or two of every day reading.
What else am I thinking of doing in the coming year? Not so much and lots all at once. I'll obviously continue working here at home, trying to trim grocery costs and save money. I want to learn to make more items we purchase from scratch, mostly bakery items, since those are the most commonly purchased: English muffins, bagels, dough nuts. I also have a load of home projects that have been on my list at least all of this year and some longer than that. So there's that and reading. What I'd also like to do is devote a full day to thrifting every other week, traveling a little further from home than I can do in a half hour's time as I've been doing, perhaps even expand my booth if sales continue to increase. My little autumn garden started off great guns and has now dwindled to a single pot of pea vines that seem to be doing nothing much at all. Bugs ate up a lot of my produce. I'm not disheartened. I'll be planting peas again in January and spinach and lettuces a little later, looking towards that Spring harvest.
So there you have my year's plans in a nutshell...And for once that's about as much planning as I mean to do. I just have this feeling that this coming year I will have plenty to do with all I'm already doing, so why put on any more pressure? Reading a book a week is about the height of all I'm willing to add to my current circumstances.
I'm disappointed this year in my pecan crop. The past two years I've sold them. We used them to pay for a visit to our Kingsland family and stock up on beef. Not this year. I doubt I could get 2 1/2 gallons from my back yard this year which is absolutely abysmal compared to what I got last year. I sold over 200 pounds last year. Well that's the way it goes when you're harvesting something like pecans. Next year perhaps will be better.
Now I've just been outside sitting in the sun with my eyes closed and a cool fresh, slightly smokey north wind blowing in my face. It felt good and chilly all at the same time. Maddie simply will not eat if I'm not right there beside her, so I sit. I've found the sun far too bright to read in lately, tending to be a brilliant almost white sunlight these days. So eyes closed. I listened to the sounds of the breeze and the rather loquacious crows who were shouting to one another in the bottom. I've no idea what they were shouting over because all of the trees are bare and have no nuts whatsoever, but that didn't stop them discussing things. One old fellow seemed to be laughing at the conversation.
I thought about how much I love history and historical accounts. I thought about how once upon a time I dreamed of living in an old English cottage with snow packed around the house and then I realized that the things I find most comforting now would be missing. The majority of the house would be cold, I'd have to be frugal in my use of wood to heat with, and I'd need to heat water to bathe with so we'd be skipping that daily bath and having what Granny called a polka dot bath from a wash basin instead. I thought of how most likely the 'facilities' would be outdoors and that would be a chilly trek and all...No I like my comforts, the pleasure of hot water right out of the faucet and warm bathrooms in which to tend to necessary things and all. So I'll lay that dream aside and find contentment in my modern day amenities.
When I came indoors I read a post on facebook that made me cringe and I mean that. It was not someone I know who commented. Her statement reminds me that I too often focus too hard on what I can't afford and how necessary it is to save money until my mind begins to see the lacks and not the blessings. Here was this photo of a lovely little tree and I'd never have known how cheap it was had she not said and then suggested that others should 'give' her something to make her life better...Now that's not exactly how she put it, but it was the gist of the comment and as I said it made me cringe. I was reading to John the other day a blogger's frugal doings and said, "I just can't see why she'd make herself so very uncomfortable when she has the ability to alter that situation." This blogger was going without a necessity, compromising her health even, for the sake of saving a few pennies. I mean it, PENNIES.
My Granny lived on a small pension and even smaller social security check. If we had to manage on a check as small as hers we'd be in some deep trouble let me tell you and we're frugal! Yet she managed to pay for cars and insurances, buy groceries, heat her home, give to others and SAVE money, too. She told me often and often that she would have a warm house and food to eat and we needn't ever fear she'd go without. Granny never talked about how little she had to manage upon, nor what she went without in order to have the necessities. She seldom talked about money at all, and I often think how much I do talk about it.
Now honestly, it's hard to have a blog that is basically a teaching tool for frugality and NOT talk about money, but it's the other areas of my life where I tend to prattle about finances that I am referring to at the moment. As I said, it does tend to color my viewpoint from rose to bleak. John and I periodically sit down together and tell one another all the ways we've seen God providing for us and we start back at the beginning days of our relationship. Just this week we were laughing about how we both worked at the hospital once upon a time and the annual Christmas gift was a turkey. We looked forward to taking home those turkeys. We were struggling so hard and that provided our Christmas feast. But we only kept one turkey. As poor as we were at that time, we packed the other turkey up in a box with the fixings of the feast (stuffing mix and potatoes, coffee, and cranberry sauce, flour and sugar and shortening, and pumpkin pie filling) and sent it off to the local Family and Children Services to be given to someone who was without any means to have a meal.
Do you know what that did for us each year? My children used to get plum excited to see that box fill up each year and it was they would remind me that perhaps this year, the family would like a box of tea or gelatin or pudding. For all that they knew we had less than some folks, they saw this box full of food being given for those who didn't have any and they thought we were well off!
I need to remind myself more often that I have PLENTY. Yes, money is tight, sometimes awfully tight, and we sometimes wait for necessities and almost always wait for wants. There are things we cannot do no matter how much we might want to do them. We have to choose between this thing and that all of the time. But we are blessed. We have a sound roof over our heads, food in the cupboard and I have been granted the ability to extend and stretch to unreal proportions at times. We are healthy and warm and clothed. There's always coffee in the pot and something sweet to go along with it. There's friends like you, stopping by to have coffee and share a bit in the conversation or on your own blogs about all you do to extend your income and inspire me further. I have to remember that what I do have is the better part and not the lacking part.
Now, I should get myself back to work. I've a house to straighten, a meal to prepare, a tree to decorate...Stop by again soon, please?
Monday, December 9, 2013
Haven't decked the halls with holly....haven't finished shopping oh by golly... Fa la lala la la la la la la
That would be my Christmas carol at present. The tree is up but not decorated, there are a few gifts sent some of which have arrived and some haven't, but not all of them are bought and none of them are wrapped. The Christmas cards are still tucked in the desk drawer. There are no wreaths yet upon the doors or any decorating of any sort. My goal is to get these tasks accomplished this week.
Lest you think I've done nothing but laze about, my husband has been off. We've been very goal oriented, hence some of the shopping got done, but mostly it's been around the house projects we've tackled. We've been busy just not with the holiday things. With just two weeks ahead before the holiday obviously I need to change my tactics. Hence this week's meals require less prep than usual. When we came in from church yesterday, I tackled baking for this week, to free up my time for a batch of cookies or two.
I'll start with yesterday's menu, which was take out. I bought that to save myself a bit of time, and it came from my allowance. Now here's the "Ack!" moment of that. We stopped for a paper after we'd bought takeout. Later that afternoon, I found two coupons from KFC that were far far better buys than the snacks with sides deal we bought. Oh well.
2-piece KFC Snacks, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, Angel Food Cake
I made the angel food cake from an Aldi mix, $1.19. It's quite good and I think a very ecnomical dessert/snack food for the week. We had eaten pie for 10 days and were ready to have a lighter option. This worked beautifully.
Roast Beef Hash, Fried Okra, Tossed Salad, French Dressing
The roast and gravy meant for hot sandwiches last week was carried over for today's meal. Adding just two medium sized potatoes and half an onion netted me enough roast beef hash for four. I put half away for John to have for dinner Wednesday while I'm out with Mama and her cousin.
Smoked Sausage, Squash Casserole, Green Beans, Corn Muffins
I've got a few odd pieces of beef sausage in the freezer. John is fond of it, but I try to keep portions smaller simply because we usually eat it for breakfast. I think I can piece entree sized portions from what I have on hand.
Dinner out with Mama, John has leftovers
Red Beans and Rice, Coleslaw, Leftover Corn Muffins
I froze the leftover beans and rice last time we ate them, so I'll just reheat in a slow oven with the corn muffins right alongside.
Chicken Parmigiana, Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
I have two lonely boneless skinless breasts in the freezer, so this will be a single meal off them. It's the last bought boneless skinless breasts I'll be buying, not because they aren't good but because I need to trim the grocery budget this coming year and I can buy whole chickens or bone in breasts for under $1a pound. I learned how to cut up whole chickens when I was a pre-teen. The savings iw more than worthwhile.
Sliders, Chips, Pickles
I found slider buns last grocery day for $1. I plan to make up ground beef into patties, use the 'marinade' (butter, onion, mustard) to dress them. We'll eat about 2-3 each depending on how hungry we are this day and I'll put the rest in the freezer for quick suppers. This will be an easy meal following Synagogue.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Nov 30: We skipped eating out on the way home from synagogue today. Instead we came home and had leftover Turkey in sandwiches. Savings $16.
Filled up my car for the first time since our trip down to Kingsland two weeks ago. I'd been especially careful and used only 1/2 tank. Savings $32.
Dec 1: Made breakfast sandwiches at home for our breakfast. Our homemade version of fast food saves $4.
We were gone all day long today. I stopped to buy my favorite apples on the way home. Not cheap but goodness, two of those pretty babies could make a pie!
We could have stopped for supper but didn't. Came home and made sandwiches instead, cut one of those fresh apples. Lovely. Savings $5 (for NOT buying the Subway).
Dec 2: It was a catch up day of work today. I worked steadily all morning long. John encouraged me to nap that afternoon. I must have been far more tired than I realized. I woke about an hour and a half later and I was still sleepy!
I hadn't planned meals...always a failure. I did a freezer inventory this morning and happened to know just exactly what was in my big freezer. I came up with a quick to fix meal idea that used frozen beef sausage. I didn't use the whole package of sausage. I set aside a portion for breakfast one morning. Small savings $1.25.
I tossed several items from the freezer. Things I know full well have been on my inventory list for upwards of 18 months, odd bits and pieces of things I could no longer identify. It wasn't too great an amount thankfully.
I added two pans of dressing and added sliced turkey to one of those for an easy freezer entree on a busy forgetful day. Frozen entrees can be bought fairly reasonably if you look for sales and coupon combos, but my homemade? Tastes much much better and saves at least $4 for every entree.
Inventory done of the big pantry shelves. I was worried I would find a lot of expired items. Didn't. I am pretty safe overall, most of the foods in our stock don't expire until 2015 or 2016. I made sure to put this list in a notebook where it will not get lost!
Washed a full load of clothes. Most were hung to dry.
John offered me a year long gift subscription to a genealogy site. We researched and determined that Archives.com was the best choice for me as far as what I'd get and what was affordable. I ordered the subscription this evening.
Dec 3: We had a full day out planned today. We planned our routes and carried along a list. Stop one was credit union for Christmas cash. John said he'd been saving this all year long. Yea John! I was worried about how we'd manage but I shouldn't have worried. He'd covered it. I won't count as savings as we used it on Christmas gifts right away but it was like having 'free' money and I mean that sincerely!
Stop three: oil change and maintenance check for my car. Again, money we'd been saving a bit along. Stop four: Christmas shopping. I bought all but three gifts today. We came in under budget. We had enough extra in the house fund to purchase a new shredder, some storage boxes for John's shed and a new Christmas tree. All were purchased using funds already saved for just these purchases.
Stop five: I bought dinner for us from a portion of my allowance. Stops six, seven, eight and nine: making deposit to bank account to cover the Christmas spending, mailing off birthday gifts, dropping off bills. It was a long day. John said he'd love to buy a cup of coffee. I told him all we had to do when we got home was push the button the coffee maker, it was set up and ready to brew. Savings $2.
My Archives confirmation email never showed up in my inbox. I called my credit card company to see if charge was processed and they had a phone number for Archives. I called the group and soon had my confirmation email. They even adjusted my start date so I didn't lose a day. I am really impressed with their customer service!
Failure: didn't really plan for supper, nor thaw anything. Bomb bomb bomb. We ate a bagel but were hungry again in an hour, snacked again an hour after that. Noted. I will PLAN to have my menu plan handy and make sure we have foods ready to prepare!
Dec 4: Made a household executive decision this morning to not eat all of a can of corned beef hash. I decided to divide into two portions. Savings $1.35.
Shopped at home: milk, bread, tomatoes, shelf stable tortellini, canned mushrooms, and 1 gallon of milk. Oh yes, and one pound bag of coffee. I love these little 'shopping trips' right in my own home that save in so many areas at once!
Divided our dinner entree and put half in the freezer. I'd already reduced costs of this meal by halving the pasta, beef, and cheese called for in the recipe. I added the can of mushrooms to extend the meat. I realized looking at my halved recipe that it was still far too much for two. I put half of the unbaked item into a freezer pan and froze for a future meal. Savings: $2.
We ran out of Chanukah candles early in the season. I thought I had an extra box and I didn't. We substituted tea lights on a pretty tray to make our own Menorah and it's worked just fine. Tonight is the last night of Chanukah. Katie gave us eight star or David tealights a couple of years ago and we used those for our eighth night lights. It was lovely. And there's proof positive that you can 'make do' and still have something lovely!
Brought in some of my Christmas things from the shed. Also snooped around a bit and pulled together a few new items to introduce to the booth. I don't expect I'll get out to go thrifting but one more time this year and it won't be this week! Savings $12 using what I have to restock the booth.
I bought a bag of Christmas 'things' that appeared to be mostly greenery at a yard sale for about $.50. Today I finally opened the bag and discovered there were easily 12 or more floral picks. Some of the beaded fruit I love to use for dining table centerpiece, some jingle bells that will be fun on a wreath (can't you hear it jingling each time the door opens?), and just all sorts of others. I spent $.50 but I feel safe saying I bought at least $12 worth of floral picks (based on after Christmas sales prices). Savings $11.50.
Dec 5: Mouse in the house. Fortunately we had mouse traps and poison from last year's invasion. Now to just catch the sorry thing.
Slow cooked a roast on the stove top. I set half aside along with some gravy for another meal. I had extra gravy that I put in the freezer. With a little sour cream added it will be perfect over my second batch of Swedish Meatballs. Small savings add up to bigger savings and when I can't always calculate what those savings are, I remind myself of this.
Dec 6: Warm weather the latter part of this week. The AC has been running the past two days. I decided we needed to see savings in other areas if the AC must run. I made sure to cut out the lights, open the curtains to let in sunlight, combined errands when I ran into town, and even left off all unnecessary lights this evening.
I went into town to work on the booth. On my way, I dropped off trash, carried along a package to mail off, planned to go by Mama's and the grocery.
At the grocery, I noted 15 ounce cans of brand tomato sauce were on sale for $.99. I noted the store brand on the shelf was just $.59/ a can. I took the additional savings: $1.20.
I picked up a few extra items. Yes, I splurged a little. I made good profit at the flea market this month and decided nachos cooked in the microwave would make a quick, economical dish. I had all on hand except chips.
I was given a check for a Christmas gift. I went right to the bank and put in my savings account. I knew if I cashed the check, I'd spend on unnecessary things. I will plan my spending and not fritter the money away.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I'm running a tad behind this week. We had a full day Shabat at synagogue and then traveling. It was so cold that we came in and put on our jammies for the afternoon/evening. Personally I like this sort of weather. I think I napped, I'm pretty sure John napped. I didn't do menus...
Yesterday we visited with Katie and Sam. Katie's boyfriend had a birthday yesterday and we had planned early in the past month to be there on his day. It was a nice visit, and despite the overcast skies, it was a lovely drive. What made it even lovelier was seeing all the cars with Christmas trees tied to the roof of the car. I hazard a guess that nearly every other car had a tree on our way into Athens, and quite a few on the way out, when we headed home. And by the time we were headed home I could peek in windows at all the trees that were already up and decorated. John and I couldn't help but laugh as we got near home. One house outside of Roberta had a 10foot tall Santa inflatable. The yard was just filled with all sorts of lighted lawn ornaments and such.
What made us laugh wasn't the display, though I did laugh in delight over that Santa. What made us laugh was remembering a late friend. Katie and I attended a Christmas function with him and his wife one year and all the way home, Mr. E.J. shook his head sadly over every yard that lacked lights and trees and wreaths and such. "They just ain't got no Christmas Spirit!" he'd announce at each bare home. Katie and I got so we'd start giggling each time a house with no lights came into view. We told John about it when he came in that evening. We knew Mr. E. J. would approve of this particular home and it was in his memory that we laughed out loud.
After our lovely holiday at home, working hard on Friday and two busy days, I feel a bit undone. I'm tired and feel that post holiday let down. I know there are many tasks ahead of me: food inventory, shopping for groceries, shopping for gifts, car maintenance, decorating, flea market booth work, thrifting somewhere in the midst of housework and the necessary things. I feel a little overwhelmed at it all to be honest, but I am sure I can lay that at the feet of being worn out today.
I didn't let being tired stop me from clearing out and inventorying the big freezer. I am letting it temporarily stop me from continuing as I try to plan meals out for the week. John is home and I need to have breakfast, dinner and supper plans for this week. I'll start with today's meals.
French Toast, Turkey Turkey Sausage Patties
Smoked Beef Sausage, Steamed Cabbage, Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, Apple Pie
Turkey Sandwiches, Orange Segments
And that is the last of the turkey!
Butterscotch Oatmeal, Peanut Butter Toast
Beefy Tortellini Bake, Green Salad, Toasted Challah Bread
Crustless Quiche, Hash browns
Scrambled Eggs, Grits, Cinnamon Toast
Chicken Piccata, Rice, Steamed Broccoli
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Apple Waffles, Turkey Bacon
Black Bean Burritos, Green Salad, Baked Apples
Peanut Butter and Jelly, Chips
Cold Cereal, Bagels with Cream Cheese
Tuna Casserole, Green Salad, Creole Green Beans
Southwestern Omelet, Toast
Roast Beef, Baked Potato, Garden Peas, Salad
Roast Beef Sandwiches
Chicken Pot Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Asparagus
7 Layer Dip, Corn Chips
Saturday, November 30, 2013
We had a visitor the other day. He's gruff and bristly at times and he's hurt our feelings on more than one occasion. He makes my introverted ways look positively social butterfly-ish. He's refused many an invitation to stop by and made it plain he prefers to have no visitors. He's also shown up to take care of an emergency repair or three and refused a penny or so much as a soda for his time. I know him to be tender-hearted with animals and he's had quite an assortment of strays who were loved and cared for. He is often harsh in his assessment of humans. He plays well with children but anyone over 7 is likely to discover he's stern almost to the extreme. He's incredibly skilled with his hands and believes that his work reveals his integrity. He often does kindnesses for others simply because he has the skills or the tools and materials to do them and he gets almost angry if you thank him. He never tells what he's done for others but word gets around. He has struggles. Don't we all? He is my brother and I love him.
Forgot to mention last Wednesday(?) I got an email from MyCokeRewards that the special of the week was a FREE 12 pack of soda coupon for 30 MyCoke points. I grabbed the deal. That is a savings of $4.99.
Earned $10 gift card with a survey group, earned 2 $5 cards from Swagbucks. All are being added to my Amazon account for help in purchasing Christmas gifts.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Well here it is Thanksgiving Week! Have you been as busy as I've been? I didn't get nearly as much accomplished last week as I'd have liked, since I missed my Monday Kitchen day. I mean to remedy that this week and do a little extra in the kitchen on Sunday and Monday both. Then come Thursday all I shall do is routine meal prep. We've already got our traditional canned danish and cinnamon rolls in the fridge. I just need to make sausage balls (note to self: thaw the turkey sausage).
We'll have a very small gathering of two at our table, but no regrets on my part. As I shared in the thrift store on Friday with the chatty owner, holidays only come around a few times each year. I'm not going to spoil anyone's by demanding they show up at my home EVER. I'd LOVE to have them here, but when there are two of you and multiple family gatherings to go to it gets to be a struggle. I daresay I've only had about two Thanksgiving or Christmas that weren't a pain in the rear for all the grief given me to come here and go there and why can't you be where I want you! Nope, I hope every one of my children enjoys there holiday meal wherever they are having it and know full well that I love them regardless of where they eat their turkey.