I'm afraid this week's post is a bit short...Vacation last week and not much time at home this week. That is due to change, however. I'll be back on my savings trend.
Friday: Last day of vacation. I did nothing today except prepare a simple meal for our lunch and that was leftovers from yesterday. We spent the entire day enjoying our last day of vacation.
Boiled eggs earlier in the day and made egg salad for John's work lunches. I added the water I used to boil the egg to my saved water and poured over the rose bushes I need to plant.
at May 31, 2012
Thrift store treasures and new purchases co-mingle
A while back reading Cranford, I came across a few paragraphs in which Mary noted the strange economy of various households in Cranford. It explained the scene in the series where Miss Mattie notes to her sister Deborah that the candle had burned down below the unlit one on the mantel. Apparently the two sisters preferred to have their neighbors think that they burned two candles each night. In fact they did...but only one at a time, lol. They burned one at time and kept them as nearly even as possible by putting out the other when it was below the level of the second candle, at which point they used the flame to light the second candle, and put out the first.
Vacation is over...Insert extremely sad face...It was grand, truly it was and I had the best time all around. Now Shabat is over and it is the start of a new week. I thought I'd like to tackle menu plans right away from now on. After all this is my 'first day' and the day when I really need my plans for the week to start afresh.
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Our picnic lunch.
Friday: Up earlier than usual this morning. I'd promised John a big breakfast since we had nothing to do until late afternoon. While breakfast was started, I also started dinner for today and tomorrow. I noted that a friend of mine had lined her crock pot with aluminum foil one day...I took her idea a step further. I wanted to cook two entrees but I didn't want to mess up both of my crock pots. Instead I used foil to shape two dishes inside the largest crock pot. I put chuck roast and onions in one dish and two chicken breast in the other. Both meats cooked on low for the same amount of time. The juices remained in each dish...I was very pleased with how this worked.
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I've spent the afternoon and evening yesterday reading through the blogs on my bookmarked list. I have a mix of blogs. Some cooking, some decorating, some simple living, some faith based, but almost all have one common theme: every one of them has a frugal slant.
I'd just finished reading a blog in which the author stated what she felt was excess, taking a slap at anyone who didn't subscribe to the same viewpoint, when I felt the need to stop and think. Truth is while this author accomplishes a lot in a small space, her 'style' of frugality is not mine...and I resent being told that it should be. I've been frugal for 33 years or more...I don't believe I've been doing it wrong all these years simply because I don't subscribe to all her methods and ways. And I think this is one area where we who blog must be very careful. We can encourage or we can discourage. It's all in our approach.
Much amused by the hoohaw surrounding stay at home wife/mom not working a day in their life, I decided to track a day in my life. Just one day. And this wasn't a FULL day, doesn't include blogging, writing, phone calls, creating shopping lists, etc.
Here's my day as it transpired on Tuesday:
Here's my day as it transpired on Tuesday:
Friday: It was meant to be a fun Friday, though I do confess I was feeling spendy. I wanted to go to Walmart to find the items on my growing list. Nothing pricey but altogether bound to get expensive. Well I had a spendy day all right! Four new tires and an alignment later...However, as my husband pointed out, we save for rainy days and we were certainly in a rainstorm yesterday.
I was just over on Pinterest which is sort of addictive really. All those great ideas floating around. Being the 'saver' sort I love it. I used to save all these sorts of photos to my computer or rip pages from magazines. Now I save them to Pinterest instead. It's only been in the last couple of months or so that I've really started accumulating followers. Some are people I know. Some come via people I know. And some? I'm just not sure.
at May 02, 2012
Finished the Pantry Freezer Challenge for April with more having gone back into the freezer and pantry than we took from it. I spent about the same as usual so no savings there, but everything we ate, except for dairy, bread and produce was from our pantry and freezer. That we ended the month with more stock pleased me. Some of that excess was self produced right here in the house as I made meals and fashioned leftovers into makeover meals, or set aside half recipes of entrees etc.
We bought no luncheon meat at all this month, using what we had on hand to make sandwiches for suppers and work lunches.
at May 01, 2012
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