Ahhh, no frugal Friday:(

No, we could call it spend money Friday.

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First at 8 am I ordered propane and that was $197.00. Actually at $1.57 a gallon that is a bargain. I can remember when we paid over $4.00 a gallon maybe 5 years ago.

On to Costco: gas for B $30. still a great bargain at $2.94 a gallon here in California. Inside Costco $375. for tons of food, nonfood, a case of Sierra Pale Ale for B and a rose bottle for me.  We got enough stuff to really last almost the whole month ( except maybe fruit, and a few minor things.) So I’m okay with it.

Onward to Trader Joes and another $125 . Yes, wine, pizza stuff, an orchid, crackers( I love their rice crackers, sesame oil( the whole reason I was going there)!!

Then we came home and had to separate it all out and put away. I was exhausted!

But it’s done for the month. They’re starting to put out Christmas stuff and had some really beautiful North Face jackets that I was eyeing, so I may take a trip at the end of the month after another payday and check it out.

B is getting the window coolers out of the windows and the yard is definitely looking like fall.  We’re also not watering as much which is a relief.

Soon the pool will be put to bed for the winter. Again, we need to order a pool cover for winter as they only last one season.

Tonight is homemade pizza, I’m thinking a pesto one.

 

Picture perfect weather

It is so idyllic out this week. Mid-eighties to low and just beautiful. We even had our first little fire outside in the firepit last night. You know the season has changed when we do that. Plus I made the first Lodge dinner too. I made a vegetarian chili with the Jiffy cornbread on top. Quite yummy.

Today was a gym day and it was so-so. I didn’t feel too inspired to try too hard. We are also walking 4 xs a week now. But yesterday in the garden my foot went wrong and I felt the stress fracture tweak. I sure hope it’s nothing and only a pull on the area. I’m sick of this foot thing.

My son is back at Sac State this week. It’s a long commute in heavy traffic but he’s sticking it out. I’m proud of him. His internship is hoping to bring him on permanent at some point. What a thrill for me. I just want him to have a secure job.

Not much happening this week although my highlight will be meeting my friend Sara for a coffee. We go way back and she is just a wonderful person.:)

We had a bobcat come into the yard and get one of our chickens yesterday. I was sad. But the fact is they are around and we do let the girls out during the day to roam. But this was right below one of our gardens so close. Then on the community facebook, I read, there were 3 other bobcat/chicken encounters. Quite unusual.

Other than that, Friday will be a Costco trip as I think there are only a few more days of this sale catalog and I was hoping to get a new electric toothbrush. If not they do go on sale regularly. Plus I need organic flour and some other things.

This coming weekend we (meaning my husband) are going to be pulling off the deck on the studio (where Z lives) and replacing the whole thing. It’s falling apart so needs to get done. With a 3 day weekend that sounds good.

Dinner is something taco or Mexican like. I don’t have it figured out yet.

 

 

 

Frugal Friday

It has been a mixed bag this week of frugal things.  I’m not spending any money except a few dollars here and there on groceries. I made myself a challenge to only spend $50.  I still have $30 left but I need some sliced cheese and something, can’t remember.

Yesterday at Tahoe was not frugal. The tickets for thunderbird lodge are expensive but it goes to the upkeep of this amazing place.

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Then the tour took much longer than I expected so we were late for our lunch at Gar Woods. We had a reservation for 1pm and got there at 1:47.  I had called to let them know but I don’t think it made any difference. The place was a madhouse of people. Plus there were no vegetarian options. I mean WTF, we’re not back in 1975. So B had a salad and I had a burger. Okay, nothing special. $60 later plus tip we left.

It was a lovely day though and Tahoe was picture perfect.

Also, with my daughter’s Honda, we put the bill on our credit card so that was pretty hefty.  She will pay us back as this was not a freebie.

Overall, not a frugal week but fun and necessary!!!

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Happy Anniversary!

It’s our wedding anniversary. Wow, we’re we young!!!

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The dress was my great grandmothers from Poland.  It wasn’t a wedding dress but an afternoon tea dress, whatever that was back in those days. But the lace was all handmade. We just got a simple bouquet of blue and white flowers and I just put some in my hair.

A very simple wedding and the reception was a potluck of sorts.  It was supposed to be outside at B’s house but it was drizzling and so it was moved inside.

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A Quaker wedding is no officiated by anyone as in Quaker meetings there is no ‘minister’ as such. About 30 minutes into the silent meeting, you stand and say your vows. Then others may speak if they are inclined.

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This scroll is the official document of the wedding and all sign. We did get a license’ from the town clerk but actually, I can’t quite remember when we did that.

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The meeting house is a historical building and we had to petition to use it for the wedding. Quite lovely.

It has been a journey  and a gift to have traveled with someone from the time we really were just kids, to now older:)….old?? heck not yet…:)

Today we are going to Tahoe to tour the Thunderbird lodge which is on my bucket list to do. The Thunderbird was an estate by some millionaire right on the lake. . The only way to see it is to take the tour. I’ll write more about soon.

Then I made reservations for lunch at a fancy place that also looks out at the lake. Should be a fun day!!

Love you B, now and forever!

 

Back to normal??

Well, the car situation is at least done and my daughter’s car is back on the road. She got off work early and we were over at the Honda dealer by 5pm. We waited about 30 minutes but it wasn’t too bad. I’m glad it’s fixed.

I think the best thing is to plan on her selling this car down the road if she wants. I think other things are probably going to keep happening but at least it’s up an running. No A/C but since we’re kinda near the end of summer I think that’s ok.

The mechanic said the car has a lot of rust due to driving in the snow. That did affect the rotors and brake stuff. So again, I think a newer car is in the future.

My son’s Subaru has been in the shop too and he should be getting that back this afternoon.

Today I made homemade ravioli with my new little ravioli cutter. It worked pretty well.  I made 3 dozen and there in the freezer right now. I’ll bag them up later or tomorrow.

Our weather is quite lovely and somewhat fall like. Cool at night, warm during the day.

Tomorrow B and I head up to Tahoe. I’ll write more about that tomorrow. 🙂

Maintaining Minimalism

This morning as I was doing the Flylady zone( the bedroom) I looked around and was pleased that this room is calm and clutter-free.

In Quaker or Amish homes things are sparsely furnished. I was always, in my youth anyway, partial to the Amish look. And of course, as I’ve written we were Quakers for many years and married in a Quaker ceremony. (more on that later this week) 🙂

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UK /ˈspɑːs.li/ US /ˈspɑːrs.li/

 

with only a small number or amount of people or things:

. Function rules and there is little excess.

In Japanese homes, things are very minimal and ascetically lovely. For the longest time, I wanted to create a Japanese home with tatamis and low furniture.

For years we slept on a futon in our other house. But when we moved to this house we slept on the futon for a while only to discover (with disgust) that mold was under the futon due to it being on the floor with no circulation. In our other home( the one we built) the bedroom was on the second floor and carpeted.

As time went on, I just fell into stuff.

Then as I rediscovered my love of simplicity, minimalism fell into place.  I still would love a traditional type Japanese home effect but that’s not going to happen here.

But, I also love the Scandinavian look, which is really quite similar in some respects to a Japanese look except perhaps the lines are clean and simple and generally white or a teak wood. I do love white furniture and teak as well.

So my point, in a round- about way is, now having embraced minimalism for a number of years now, maintaining a clean room with little clutter is fairly easy and doesn’t require a lot of time.

I finished the bedroom zone including windows in 10 minutes.

I moved another plant in there in a corner and I’m not sure it will like it there. But I’ll keep it there for a few weeks and see how it is.

Dinner is roast chicken, a veggie burger for B and potatoes from the garden!

Car drama:(

I wonder why things happen all at once sometimes. Is it the stars aligning or just WTF?

 

My daughter has a nice CRV Honda 2007.  When she drove in the other evening I thought I heard something from her engine. Then the next morning when she started it I said Whoaaaa….you can’t drive that.

So she took the Santa FE.  B and I drove into the Honda dealer and the news was grim.

Back a month ago when she took it to see what was up with the A/C, they said the whole system was shot. $5000 to fix. So she said no thank you. The guy said she could still drive the car no problem.

Well, Big problem as the pulley and belt are ready to come off and that would ruin the engine. So we were at a stand still because she still owes $5000.  So now this fix was what???

So when I went in this morning, he explained that the pulley and the air compressor ( not a Honda part) will be @ 1000. And then they would disconnect the electrical to the A/C.  I’m actually not sure why they didn’t do that before. Hummmm , maybe a mistake on their part. Anyway…..

We thought to bring it to another garage and have them do the whole AC for $3000, but now that he’s offered this, I think that’s the best way to go so I said go ahead.

At least this way she can still use the car , pay it off, and then next year trade in for something newer.   GEEez what an ordeal and so stressful.

I went to Grocery Outlet for some vitamins and a few items and now home. I think I can finally relax.

Well, she will still have to figure out driving Tuesday as B needs his car to go to San Francisco for work.

Yikes, what we do for our ADULT children…..