Hello! I missed blogging last week about my frugal week. I'll add in the few things I can remember before I start this week's daily record.
I can remember little of the previous weekend. I know that we stopped by the grocery but we picked up very little, as we knew we'd be leaving during the next day.
On Monday, we turned the AC up to 80F before we left home. We unplugged many of the more easily reached plugs, all of which were not on surge protectors. We went to John's workplace to pick up the paycheck and make our deposit and pay bills. Then we were off on our vacation trip at last. We chose a new to us route that was meant to be shorter. I can tell you honestly that it just takes a certain amount of time to reach our destination and it takes that amount of time no matter which way we go.
We stopped at a grocery near our destination and picked up a few items. We spent about $50 overall, mostly on things like fresh local fruits and adult beverages and deli meats. We packed a lot of our food here at home, bought mostly at Aldi and frozen. We used the frozen food to serve as ice packs for the cold stuff.
We didn't stop for supper though it got very late. We waited until we were in our room and then we prepared a simple meal for ourselves.
Tuesday we visited one planned site and then ate our midday meal out of the room at a new to us restaurant near the hotel. The prices were reasonable and the food was quite good. Since it was meant to rain we decided to spend the rest of the day indoors at the condo.
Wednesday we never left our condo and we ate only what we brought with us, though we did order a pizza for our evening meal. It rained all day long. We read all day. I'd brought along my books, John found one that interested him there in the room.
Thursday we went into the old town and did the activities we'd planned. We did not do anything that wasn't planned. We did not buy lunch out though we were in town all day long. We stopped only to purchase an appetizer and drinks (I opted for unsweetened iced tea). We went back to the hotel to cook a meal that evening.
Friday I was much impressed with my husband on this morning. It was our morning to go home. We had but two eggs but he stretched them with a hotdog and some potatoes. It was a creative use of what we had to make it quite enough.
We traveled five hours north and stopped at our son's home where we had supper and spent the night before heading home on Saturday. When we arrived home Saturday, I used frozen leftovers to make up our evening meal.
Sunday: We went to church this morning. Stopped at the grocery on our way home. I knew I needed bread and milk to get through the week ahead and I'd scanned ads last night so I knew just what was on sale that was too good to pass up. All told, last week and this we spent about half what we typically spend in a two week period so there has been a savings to us. This offsets the overspending two weeks ago nicely.
I picked up mail yesterday afternoon. I found I had more than enough to pay the house insurance premium in full, saving us a little extra over the next four months. Wrote out the check for that and the phone bill today and mailed those bills on our way to church.
The petunia Jenny gave me had put out a myriad of new blooms over this past week, despite my pinching off a good four inches of stem from each plant. They had gotten terribly dry despite being deeply watered before we left last week. I set them in a bucket of water to soak overnight. This should perk them right up once more.
Monday: Just a quiet day at home and no harm in that. I made good on my promise to use what we have for breakfast and dinner and will do the same for supper here in a little while. There is no need to rush to the grocery to purchase additional items in order to make it through this week.
John mowed the grass. He went to town for gasoline and took off trash on his way.
I boiled eggs for egg salad and took some sliced turkey breast from the freezer for sandwiches this week.
Sorted the fridge a little better and now know what leftovers we have that need to be used.
Noted this morning that the petunia stems I'd put in water last week have developed strong and healthy roots. I'll be able to plant several new plants in a fresh pot for the flower bed at back where I have nothing at present.
Used leftover water from our bottle of water last night to water violets.
Went about this morning outdoors and deadheaded plants and noted which needed water. I dipped water from the overflowing water buckets rather than running fresh. We had a brief shower of rain this evening that watered the plants a little more.
Tuesday: Made pancakes for breakfast. I have been using up packets of things I'd set up for vacation, so this week's breakfasts have been easy enough so far.
Pulled spaghetti sauce from the freezer and thawed atop the stove. Nope, not on the menu but it was one of those "Ooohh! That would be good!" moments when I saw it in the basket. And it was good.
Found all the bread end pieces I've stashed in the freezer since Passover and made a big sheet pan of croutons.
Peeled the eggs I boiled yesterday. Poured the saved water into the fern. I'll put the egg shells about the orchids.
Spent far, far too long on Pinterest today looking for fresh cooler ideas for meals. I apparently plan to live on pasta salads all summer long...
My happy moment today was when I noted that the jar I'd put all my strawberries in on Sunday has a strawberry red lid....Funny little things make me happy.
Wednesday: We woke to another cloudy day. John hung most things to dry indoors.
Gave myself a pedicure.
I made breakfast for us...It's easy enough to set out a box of cold cereal but cooking breakfast takes little time and costs a good deal less. If I seem to be harping on making breakfast this week, that's why.
We made arrangements to get the oil in the car changed and to visit Katie.
Cure for an ill mood: apparently getting out of the house and away from oneself for a little bit.
John and I went to the next town to the hardware store. The attempt to buy a bolt missing from his lawnmower deck assembly the reason for our trip out. While there we got blades, some plant fertilizer (hoping to keep my flowers going all through summer this year) and a big bag of the moisture control potting soil since I've used all I had on hand and reused that in every pot. No bolt. The money for these purchases was in our house maintenance fund. I also was able to buy the paint I needed to finish painting the café set.
I went by the dollar store to get 81mg aspirin and a couple of other items which were not available. Picked up some cookies I know John likes especially. They are store brand and quite good. Hoping this proves to be final mood buster.
John stopped by a local place to pick up sandwiches. He'd promised me lunch out. No, not quite what I'd thought we'd do but it was fine. We headed back home just as rain showers started up.
I was able to wipe my new white flip flop sandals off with a damp cloth and greatly improve their appearance.
We picked up mail on our way out.
When John announced we were going to get oil changed this week I planned a crockpot meal to leave cooking while we were out. That will save purchasing dinner out a second day this week.
Scanned sales ads at the groceries. I have a number of these ads sent directly to my email account.
John entertained himself with a youtube of The Porter Wagoner Show. I'd complain about the data usage but I'm so over policing that part of our lives so closely. If it keeps the news and crime shows off the television for a bit it's worth it to me!
John ordered again from ereplacementparts.com. This time he got the bolt for his mower with a spare for future replacement. Cost of the two with shipping was a bit over $15. Mind we could have gotten them with free shipping on the manufacturer's website but said site insisted the cost per bolt was $1009. We thought that excessive for the perk of free shipping.
Thursday: We had to leave home early this morning to get to our appointment for the oil change. I'd told John I'd make dinner in the crockpot today. I decided that had to be my priority. It's so easy to put off doing something like that and then find there's no time to do tend to it. So my first task this morning was to set up the crockpot. I thawed my meat yesterday afternoon.
I am always amused by my husband. I said we'd have cereal and peanut butter toast this morning for breakfast. He looked and said "There's not much cereal..." Well there was enough for this meal and another one besides. I'm not sure how exactly he can look at these big jars and determine that if it's 1/4 full it's 'not enough'.
While siting in the tire place where we get our oil changed (and tires rotated and balanced free of charge), I read Martha Stewart Living magazines. In one I found a recipe for a strawberry jelly that does not require pectin. It involves cooking three overnights in the fridge and two cooking processes.
I asked John to take me by a store. I knew they'd had some jewelry on clearance and I wanted to pick out a few pieces. I also found a new piece for myself. No the purpose was not to shop for myself. I also found a t-shirt for myself which just happens to have been the perfect mate for the new necklace I got for myself. No shame.
Felt very nice today when I dressed. I wore my super skinny jeans which are a dark wash, and the orange shirt with a peplum that Katie gave me two summers ago. I had brown leather sandals and a brown faux leather bag. My necklace was a pretty gold chain with tiny little glass beads and gold seals hanging from it. I made sure to write this outfit down on my list of choices. Whenever I feel particularly nicely put together and comfortable in an outfit I write it down so I will remember it.
We came home and had our dinner. There are enough leftovers for dinner tomorrow, combined with sides from Monday that were leftover. I won't have to cook at all for the main meal tomorrow.
Rain this afternoon eliminated the need to water plants again. Rain water is so much more beneficial than well water even. Thunder actually generates a nitrogen bust that fertilizes plants.
Friday: This week has been mostly relaxed and easy. I've enjoyed it a great deal but as I've been working about the house, doing just light jobs, I've noted several areas that could use a deeper clean. Not as I did for Spring or Fall but just a little deeper cleaning. I look forward to getting started on my routine work once more.
John and I are very aware that we are leaving a season of time once more, this time with his schedule. We know it's going to be a change and possibly a harder one. But we're truly looking on the bright side. We are anticipating he will continue to have a job. One of the positive changes we've discussed is the possibility of not having a short pay period each month. Of course we'll know more come end of July than we know now but we'll take the positives where we can find them at present.
I used up the last hot dog making eggs and toast this morning.
Reheated lunch leftovers while I made a blueberry cobbler to share with Katie.
I didn't have as many frozen blueberries as I'd anticipated. I knew I had a can of blueberries in light syrup I'd purchased at Aldi. I opened those and drained the syrup. I cooked the syrup with a little extra sugar and made blueberry syrup. This will be tasty over French toast or waffles next week.
Prepared John's lunch for Sunday morning. Set up oatmeal for breakfast.
Went into town this morning to the Women's Club yard sale. I took along a package to mail. I also went by the dollar store to pick up Father's Day cards. I paid $1 each for cards there and saved $11.
At the Women's Club yard sale I spent $3.25. I donated the rest of the $5 as it is all going towards their renovation fund.
Went through the freezer looking for blueberries and found more packages of chicken breast that apparently would not fit in the basket before. I moved them to the chicken basket.
John bought me a bottle of Peach Tea which I love but it was too sweet to suit me. I made tea today and poured just 1/4 cup into my glass of unsweetened tea. Now I had a glass of very lightly sweetened peach tea which suited me far better.
Got the first packages of magazines today. I now have two new June issues to peruse. I paid less than the cost of one new magazine for these two and will read them over and over again for years to come.
I am shocked at how quickly the ginger root is growing. I'll bet that it has grown 4 inches in three days alone. I didn't quite get it all in my close up photo but you can see the new leaf on the stem. I hope this grows really well and makes a big new root to harvest. The flowers are meant to smell good as well.
Living well: I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday time off. St. Augustine is never old to me. There's so much that we still haven't seen or done that I can see us traveling there for many more years and still finding something new to look forward to exploring. But it's also the constancy of the place that makes me happy as well. History that lives and breathes in the streets and along the harbor and coastline. Each step I take, another took nearly 600 years ago. His or her view was surely different than mine, but the pathways are the same. That is why I love history so well. The past always overlaps with the present. It's a continuing story.