Successes: 1. Finished menu plan and shopping list for next two weeks. Made the supreme effort of the grocery shop. Spent $117...which I thought was pretty good...at least considering that we would have been eating out daily on the road if not for this effort and it also included some ground beef and stew meat that I precooked and vacuum sealed for the freezer for later. 2. Carey changed the oil in the car, and gave it a thorough once over in preparation for its road time ahead. I SO appreciate his skill in this area and the fortune it has saved us over the years. 3. Payday...yippee! Paying bills...meh. But getting it done on time means no late fees. 4. Had an appointment with my primary care physician this week. I needed to have the dosage adjusted on one prescription, and I asked her to renew a prescription for a muscle relaxer. She prescribes it for me annually. I almost never take them, but I once had to make a VERY expensive trip to the ER, in an ambulance no less, due to a muscle spasm in my back. Since then she agrees that keeping a few on hand would help me be able to avoid the expense of a repeat ER visit. 5. I didn't give in to snack temptations while at the store. Big Fat Frugal Fail: You may remember me mentioning that I ordered state maps from state tourist bureau websites for free. Yes. Well. Only two arrived within the two or three weeks stated mailing time frame. In fact only two arrived period...and it has now been almost seven weeks. I had to order them from Amazon after all...they were crazy expensive ($5 and up each, and I needed SEVEN different states. Ouch. Frugal From the Kitchen This Week: Saturday: sandwich Sunday: Sunday family dinner at Kasey's Monday: Creamy Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Tortellini Soup Tuesday: Sloppy Joes Wednesday: *Schlotzky sandwiches Thursday: Spanish Rice Friday: ??? (*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
I have snuck in a few books this week. For the 2017 reading challenge category of 'a book you loved as a child' I chose:
Dolly Madison: Quaker Girl by Helen A. Monsell
This is a set of books called Childhood of Famous Americans that were on our bookshelves when I was growing up. I could have picked any one of the set for this category, as I probably read each of them half a dozen times or more, but I chose Dolly Madison: Quaker Girl by Helen A. Monsell. Pamela at The Lady of the House Speaking posted recently about visiting James Madison's Montpelier, and it made me think of this book, and reminded me how much I loved the whole series when I was little.
Then I was notified that my turn had come up for the library's ebook that I had had on reserve for quite awhile:
Faithful by Alice Hoffman
It doesn't fit any of the last remaining challenge categories, but that's okay, it was worth the reading...although until about a quarter of the way through I wasn't so sure.
And then, yet again, I was notified of another reserve at the library being ready for me. This time a hard copy of:
The Child by Fiona Barton
I had put a reserve on the library's hard copy and ebook of The Child, figuring that I would take whichever came available first and cancel the other. It's very tempting to just sit and read, but I have a TON on my to-do list right now, so I'm reading what I can, and then will return the hard copy and wait till I get the ebook to finish it. It doesn't fit anywhere on the challenge list either, so it's an 'over and above' book for the year.
Successes: 1. Two stay-home, no-spend days since returning home on Tuesday from the retreat. 2. We ate the last of the twice-baked potatoes from the freezer this week. It will be time to make another big batch for the freezer very soon. Having a well-stocked freezer makes it easier to withstand the temptation of takeout. 3. I worked a full day today, and it was local. Not having to commute saves time and gasoline. 4. Batched errands near the office today. The office I worked at was just blocks from the library, so I picked up some reserved items at lunch, then dropped by the bank next door to the library to deposit a check. 5. I dropped by the kids' house on my way home from work. Chloe had just finished the first Harry Potter book, and she asked me to take her to the library to pick up the second. I brought her home with me instead and gave her the first three of the series, which I have had forever. I told her to donate all of them to the library when she was through reading numbers two and three. Saved me gasoline (and I didn't want to make another trip since I had just been there at lunch today), and got stuff out of my house. Frugal From the Kitchen This Week: Saturday: @ quilt retreat Sunday: @ quilt retreat Monday: @ quilt retreat Tuesday: pot pies Wednesday: meatloaf, twice-baked potatoes, corn Thursday: leftovers Friday: *burger (*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
Slow Dancing With a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's
by Meryl Comer
Heartbreaking and frightening memoir. Meryl Comer was a television journalist married to a successful doctor at the National Institute of Health. Then she was forced to become a caregiver when her husband began suffering terrifying symptoms of dementia in his 50s.
This one fulfills the 'book by or about a person who has a disability' category of the 2017 reading challenge.
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