Frugal Friday

It’s almost the end of January and the pantry challenge is going great. I will continue into February. I’ve come in @ $400 in groceries for the month. For the four of us, that’s really good. The pantry and the freezer are decreasing so that’s a good thing. I still have quite a bit to use up.

Last night I made Sole Milanese.(Ina Garten recipe) I made way too much but that’s what was in the freezer bag. Note to self: (portion out the fish better). Tonight is usually pizza night but no one feels like that so I think I’ll just do a simple pasta dish. Here’s the pizza from last week. I’m looking forward to using the Ooni outside when the weather changes.

I have February’s budget done and in place. I plan on looking at starting taxes this next week. It should be quite simple. I think we have all the things I need. We did get a 1099 for the California relief something. I guess that was a taxable amount. Not sure why they’d give you a refund and then expect it to be taxed. Oh well, who knows how anything in the government works.

We had our Date Thursday yesterday at Chipolte. It was ok. It seemed like an awful lot of people getting take out. I guess we don’t go out to eat very often so it’s always a surprise the amount of people doing it. But I am trying to get us to do one thing a week like this.

This was a sunset but my phone didn’t really capture the colors well. It was orangey and pink. this is looking west out our bedroom window.

Well, that’s it for today.

Simple Sunday

A sunny Sunday but cold again. Still at 32 degrees and frosty on our walk this morning. The park was all frosty but it was a nice walk. It seems Great White Duck is now missing so we’re assuming it got taken by a predator. She/he has been around for maybe 4-5 years so that’s sad.

I worked on the bedroom zone and I plan on shampooing the carpet this week. I probably will also add in the LR zone too as there’s not a lot to do in that either. I do need to dust everything though.

I popped into the Auburn gym and felt the same about it as last week. The assisted weights are old and really dated compared to Roseville. The treadmills are also ‘dated’ to some degree. I was the only one using wipes on the equipment and it seemed most of the people there were ignoring wiping anything. I saw one old guy sneezing and snotting into his tissue and then go use a machine. Ewwww:(

Tomorrow I have my labs and then I might go down to the Roseville gym. I’m not committing yet because I may want to just come straight home and do some house tidying. The thing about being more minimal is it takes way less time to clean, tidy, or organize with a decluttered house. Still, things need to get done. Yesterday I washed the sunroom windows and washed the barkcloth cover I use on the couch out there. So everything in that room is done.

I also think having routines and daily to-do lists helps keep things organized. I almost always have my menu in place for dinner and I always keep my kitchen counters clear. If I had more storage space I definitely would keep my Kitchen Aid in a cabinet. Also, I think when our small microwave gives up the ghost I won’t replace it. I also keep the tea kettle on the counter. I really can’t change that as we use it a bazillion times a day.

The pantry challenge is going well and we are definitely using up things. This week I have some Dover sole to use up and from the big freezer, I’m planning on using the last ground turkey to make chili. I’m slowly bringing in all the pantry things from the prepper pantry and putting them in rotation. I’m pretty sure I won’t do a huge prepper pantry again. But I do want to keep doing pressure canned shelf stable foods. I don’t think I’ll do tons but I do enjoy the process and it is very convenient. So far the big winners are the BBQ sauce, enchilada sauce, chicken pot pie filling, and vegetable soup.

The pantry challenge also helped with my budget and I’m coming in way under what I planned. Our next month’s budget starts next week with our SS checks and then I’ll do a final tally. Let’s hope this debt ceiling shit doesn’t affect SS as that is all we’ve got!

Simple Sunday

The rain keeps coming but it looks like the sun will come out by Tuesday. Yeah!!! Fortunately, right now it’s raining but not a lot of wind. Almost no wind.

I went out to Auburn to get my Target order which was only Swiffer dusters( because I forgot them at Costco and now I had to pay Target prices for a few to get thru), and 2 Oxo that was on sale. Then I headed to the gym, used the treadmill, and did some weights. Their weight machines seem dated and old compared to the Roseville Rec center. Plus there weren’t a lot of choices. That’s ok, my primary reason to use this gym is the treadmill and a few weights to fill in between when I go down to Roseville.

B started the laundry and sheets so that’s done and he vacuumed.!!! Thank you!! He’s a keeper:) This week is the bathroom zone so I’ll get that done later or tomorrow. B gets his port out on Tuesday so my daughter is going to take the Santa Fe and drive him to UCD med center. It’s under anesthesia so he needs a driver. But that means I won’t go down to the pool Tuesday. I thought of going tomorrow but it’s MLK Jr day and I don’t want to be in traffic.

Last night I used up the last of the double-stuffed baked potatoes and tonight I plan on opening a jar of shelf-stable chicken pot filling. I made a pie crust so all I need to do is put it in the pan with the crust on top. I’m not sure what I’ll make for B maybe a different soup.

We’re watching a Britbox show, “Why didn’t they ask Evan?”It’s quite good and Hugh Laurie is in and I think he produced it.

All the Holiday stuff away and a photo of the dining area.

Here’s a photo of our ‘new ‘cat’ Chester that showed up out of nowhere. We don’t know where he came from but he’s very sweet and all the cats get along with him.

He does look like Gus so maybe the same father??? We’re pretty sure he’s fixed as he has the notch in his ear. But here he is laying on my lap. NONE of the other cats do this so it’s very sweet.