Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine

I have been wanting to read this for a long time.  I was hoping to find it at the library, but no such luck.  I finally bought a used copy.  

Aging parents and middle-aged offspring cramp each others' style...they may not mean to, but they do.  :)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Making it Monday...

Another couple of things I worked on over the weekend.  
Another card finished.  I will mail it from work today.

And I'm back to cross-stitching tags.  I was so happy to find a pattern for a matryoshka (nesting doll) that would fit on one, and it worked up much quicker than I expected.  It's one square off center...and I could have adjusted the pattern, I suppose...but done is better than perfect!  It will end up on a card front, hopefully this week.  

I ordered some more tags.  I had previously ordered a die to cut my own, but it is hiding somewhere in this mess.

I really need to start getting ready for the quilt retreat.  It is only a couple of weeks away, and LOTS to do to get ready.  As soon as I finish working the three days this week that I have scheduled, I will get right on retreat preparations.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday snail mail...

I have been meaning to sit down and make cards for ages.  I have quite a list of people who are in need of letters, and yet no cards or letters go out.

I have a splitting headache today, so creative mojo is at a minimum.  I managed a not-so-fab card out of whatever was lying about on my dining room stamping table.  Chloe is spending the night, and I wanted her to write a letter to her great-grandmother while she is here, so I whipped out the card while she and Carey went through his old vinyl LPs.

If you squint, it's not too awful.  I wonder if great-grandmother has had her cataract surgery yet?  Oh, I am terrible!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, weeks 36 and 37...

Can't believe I forgot to post the 'file' last week!  Oh well, here's a double dose.

Successes week 36:
1.  Worked three days when I really didn't want to.  Done with commuting...yea!  (Unless I have another weak moment.  If that happens, I promise I will try not to whine further.)

2.  Breakfast at home every day.  

3.  Since I was in neighboring town anyway for work, I ran an errand for a friend.  Saved her gasoline and time.  Doing nice things for friends is frugal when they are the reciprocating kind.  :)

4.  Library ebooks! No gasoline to pick up or return them.  Love that!

5.  Umm...I saved water by not doing laundry until I was out of clean clothes?  :)

Successes week 37:
1.  Worked three days right here in my own community.  Saved gasoline, time, and sanity.

2.  Meal planning and trying to cook what's on hand.  Packing individual meals for freezer for Carey to take to work.

3.  I picked up one and one-half dozen free fresh eggs from my favorite POA-unsanctioned chicken wrangler.

4.  Gave up Cokes cold turkey.  It's been 2 weeks now.

5.  We had planned a day trip today to see my mother-in-law.  I woke at 5:49, showered, dressed, did face and hair, got in car and drove 30 miles of the 200 mile trip in the dark and which point my husband decided he didn't want to drive in the rain all day (tropical disturbance coming inland on the Texas coast) and called his mother to say we couldn't make it.  (I was game, but not really keen on it either, but didn't want to be the one to say let's not go.)  Delayed the gasoline and lunch out cost (because he will probably go while I'm at work next week), but what was really frugal was avoiding any mishaps that can happen on slick know...accidents, car repairs, funerals.

Frugal From the Kitchen Week 36:
Saturday:  Dublin Coddle
Sunday:  Sunday supper at Kasey & Beau's
Monday:  grilled chicken, seasoned rice, pan fried squash, 
Tuesday: *Tex-Mex 
Wednesday:  *barbecue
Thursday:  tacos w/ leftover chicken and grilled peppers/onions
Friday:  egg on toast

Frugal From the Kitchen Week 37:
Saturday: Salmon, seasoned rice, green beans
Sunday: Sunday supper at Kasey & Beau's
Monday: Chicken Salad Wrap
Tuesday:  chicken breast, salad
Wednesday:  *Schlotzky sandwiches
Thursday:  spaghetti (pasta for C, squash for me) & meatballs
Friday:  breakfast for supper: bacon, eggs, pancakes

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

I think I saw this recommended on popular blog.  I'm a little less than halfway through.  It's okay.  Parents raising teenagers in the digital social media age struggle with a crisis of character and introspection.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

I think a commenter here recommended this one awhile back.  I thought it was Peggy, but I looked on her blog and can't find it.  

I haven't had much time for reading lately.  Not sure how I feel about this one yet.  

I wish I could stay home and read tomorrow, but it's my last day of my three weeks working in the neighboring town.  For the next couple of weeks I'll be working here in town, then I will be off for awhile.  SO looking forward to a bit of a break.  Our quilt retreat is coming up in October, so I have some planning and cutting to do to get ready for that.

After that we have vacation time, so I will need more books to read!  Have you read any books lately that you would recommend?

Friday, August 31, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 35...

1.  I filled up with gasoline at a station that is 20¢ less per gallon than others in the area, plus 10¢ less still if you use their brand loyalty card, which I did.  An easy $6 savings since I was working near this particular station this week.

2.  I went into JoAnn's today.  I succumbed to some impulse purchases as soon as I walked in the door.  Not part of the frugal plan, but they were on clearance.  I needed some new cutting blades for my paper cutter, and they were buy 2 get 1 free.  Thanks to using the store app coupons, I received 40% off one regular priced item, and 20% my entire order.  Total savings $18.67.

This is what Rudy left in my path the other night.  He was either trying to (a) keep me contained or (b) cause my death by tripping.  If you can't tell, it is a long row of his toys lain end to end, plus one of my Birkenstocks to top it off.  He has never chewed shoes previously, so he got in trouble.  The strap shows definite damage, and may rub uncomfortably from here on out, time will tell.

I need shoes with a lot of support, and I wear Birks morning to night, from the time my feet hit the floor in the morning till I slip into bed at night.  The tile floors and cement slab the house is built on (not to mention every other building and store I frequent) are not kind to my high arches and dodgy knees.  It has been a long time since I have purchased a new pair of Birks, and some of my favorites are looking pretty tired.  So I used the chewing as an excuse to look at new ones, at least new to me.  

I went to Ebay and searched Birkenstocks in my size.  I found a black, closed-toe pair, lightly worn, very inexpensive with low shipping cost, and they can be worn to work.  I found a pair of sandals like new and in my favorite style, less than half the cost of new, and free shipping.  Then I found a new pair in a style I've never seen before...I fell in love...and I paid full price.  Doy!  But at least the shipping was also free on that pair.

Really, it was all Rudy's fault!  
We've made up now.  No hard feelings.  In fact, he is sleeping across my legs as I type.

4.  I worked three full days even though it was not what I wanted to be doing this week.  Ah, well, it will pay for those shoes.  ...sigh...

5.  The electric bill has arrived and actually went down a little.  Usually this is our highest billing period of the year, and this year it has been SO hot.  We are still hovering around 100°F, though today was only 96°.  That the bill went down a little, rather than up a lot, was a pleasant surprise.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  *pizza
Sunday:  Sunday family supper at Kasey & Beau's
Monday:  late lunch, skipped supper 
Tuesday:  pancake and a smoothie
Wednesday:  *Chinese
Thursday:  *Schlotzky sandwiches
Friday:  Dublin Coddle

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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