Frugal Friday

All the bills are done for the month so that’s frugal or at least budget conscious.

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I have most of next month budget done except for a few things like planning the deck for the studio. That may end up going in 2 parts as it will be pricey.

Yesterday at Costco did add up but I won’t need some of the things I bought for at least 6 months( a 2 pack of Grey Poupon mustard), Cholula ( large size 2 bottles, a case of black olives, and a case of bar soap. The bar soap will last a few years actually.  When I was on Revlimid I  had terrible cramping in my calves and Irish Spring under my bed sheet was a miracle worker. These cramps were extremely painful and would freeze up my entire calf muscle. The other remedy is pickle juice.

I was tempted to buy the Vitamix Costco has on sale and it is a great price. but I decided to wait on it. I’d like a Vitamix down the road for drinks, soups, nut butter etc, but I have to weigh out how much I will use it. Right now I use my new Cuisinart processor and my stand mixer.  So I guess I saved $300 on that for now.

I’m going to do a few errands after the gym today including dropping off a box at the Cancer Thrift store. I have some Fiesta ware that I just don’t use( a butter holder) and a pitcher and I don’t want to drop that off at Goodwill. ( More Stuff gone)

Then I have a big stack of towels to drop off at the SPCA and maybe if someones there I can check on the barn cats.(more stuff out of my car)

It’s a much cooler morning and nice. We’ll see how later is.

It’s Friday night pizza but I’m not sure I’m making one. We decided to change it to Pizza or Pasta night so I may go with pasta and some of that leftover pesto. We’ll see …I just may order out.

 

zoodles and other food stuff

I stopped at our local fruit stand and picked up some corn. I like to keep a few bags of corn kernals frozen so I can add to soup or whatever in the fall or winter.

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Then we went to another local market that sells farmers produce, I picked up Kirby cucumbers for some refrigerator dill pickles.  I’d like to can then but that cooks the cucumbers and supposedly isn’t as good, so I’m just doing the quick pickles.

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Then another zoodle dinner. This recipe is from one of my absolutely favorite You tubers, Downshiftology.

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The recipe alls for homemade pesto and those cute little fresh mozarella balls. Also cherry tomatoes but I dint have any. It was delish!!

Go check out her site, she is Celiac so it’s all gluten free.  I’m not but I have to say all the recipes I’ve tried are excellent. Plus she eats like we do, simple and not alot of ingredients.

I also cut up 4 of our cabbages from the garden and started some sauerkraut. It squished down to 1/2 quart Ball jar size for 2 batches. The second batch I went and bought caraway seed so that will make it tasty!

Today was a Costco day and it was a whopper. Mostly because we bought pool shock in a big box and that’s $70, a special champagne to celebrate my daughters promotion, $40, T shirt, socks, they had wild sockeye salmon so I got some to freeze. ( I should have bought 2). Plus beer for B, cheese and who knows what else. But I won’t need to go down for a while except the dog medicine wasnt ready so I know I will need to make another trip.

Dinner is homegrown potatoes in a potato salad and burgers. I need to use up some organic beef from the other day. If it’s not too hot I’ll grill outside.

 

 

 

Five on Friday

Let’s see, my labs came in but I had to call the nurse to get the results. My doctor is on call for other doctors this week so he is slammed. My CBC is all the same and normal, Kappa light chains went up to 15.0, Lambda was the same at 11.1, the ratio went up just slightly to 1.30 ( from 1.27).  So not bad but I’d rather the ratio be a little lower. But still all in the normal range.  June marks 2 years of being off all chemo.  What a lovely time it has been and I am grateful every day.

We zipped down to Costco at 9am to get a few things. Mostly coffee. Last week I had to go buy a pound at Starbucks and that was a rude awakening. So off we went. We filled up the Santa Fe, and then got thru Costco fairly quickly. I didn’t need a whole lot so it went quick. We also paid our membership which was due June 1st.

Tonight is a pizza night and I gave my son cash to get a Round Table. I had a coupon for a speciality pizza for $19.99 and we love their gourmet veggie. So a good deal.

We were going to go to the nursery and get some pots for me to re-pot some of my house plant friends but it’s raining so we nixed that. I guess we saved money by not going but I’ll still need to get some at Home Depot in the next week or so.

Yesterday I went out to the barn and declutter more magazines, some kitchen things I had put in a box for my son when he was going to live at SFSU( which he didn’t do), and other misc. It’s the start of a small thrift store run.

I worked on the budget and June looks okay. Still working on finishing the CC that we put Z’s tuition on. I’m okay with that. I’d like to target end of July to have it done.

I think that’s all I can think of.

We did feel bad for all the campers heading up to Tahoe for Memorial day weekend. It was pouring down rain and I’m sure it’s worse up there.

 

 

 

Is it finally spring​??

The weather is finally getting warmer and the week ahead looks great. Mid ’70’s. Finally.

I am so ready for nicer weather. I haven’t looked to see what might have opened up at New Brighton but I doubt much. This is their busy time and it’s generally booked. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to go but this week was such a lousy weather week, I don’t think it would have been much fun out in 55-degree weather and raining.

Last night I made a mac and cheese using the Banza chickpea pasta.

If you need to eat gluten-free or just want to reduce your wheat intake, these are mighty tasty. I’m pretty particular about how pasta tastes and these really are good. Try them.

So today, B and I are going to Costco to return an item and them to pick a few things. Then we’re going on a date to the Antique Treasure Trove. It’s a big building where many vendors have booths. We haven’t been in years and i thought it might be a fun date. Then we’ll have lunch a local market, Newcastle Produce.  It’s a wonderful place that really has created a farm to table deli and plus they sell local produce.

I found this great vintage coffee maker at Goodwill yesterday. I’ve been looking for this particular percolator for a while. Score!!!!

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I guess there’s a learning curve as i had a lot of coffee grounds in the coffee. I think I had it percolating too high.  It was delicious though.

 

Midweek stuff and a blood moon!

We went to Costco for our February shop. It was weirdly quiet in there. We were able to move about without threat of bodily harm. Nice!!

I spent $300 on food stuff which did include stocking up stuff like canned black beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, coffee, butter, bread, cheese, some frozen salmon, and cereal and more. Then we spent $150 on non-food such as beer, underwear, face cream, dishwasher stuff and more.

So, I’ll put the $300 towards my $500 food budget and $150 toward non-food. I haven’t put a number on this yet since I will need cat food and a few misc.

Our weather is getting beautiful and the next 2 weeks our highs will be @ 70. Yes!!

We were up early enough to catch the lunar eclipse and it was earrily red. Then we watched it come out of the eclipse as we walked. Very cool.  Stuff like this makes me realize that even a hundred years ago these things were like strange.  Can you imagine a thousand years ago seeing this . Okay , here’s the snarky me coming out. Gee, imagine 2,000 years ago and the phenomena of water into wine?? walking on water???? rising from the dead??? Gee, how to explain it??? Jesus who???  Okay enough.

I refused to listen to the misogynist in the White house last night. It’s all BS anyway. But I CANNOT stand his voice. I’m not sure what’s up with that but I have a theroy that he’s really an alien ( look at those hooded eyes) and that he’s programmed milllions by his voice except atheists like me.

wow, this has gone from Costco to atheism, I ‘d better quit now.

Just a reminder, this my blog, if you don’t like it, don’t read it!!!

Saturday stuff

I went and had my annual flu shot and updated pneumonia shot this week.  I thought the insurance company was paying but since I went to Walgreens, I had to pay OOP.  I figured okay, I’m here, let’s get this done. $289 later ouch!! The pneumonia shot was $229. I should have just backed off and scheduled an appt with my PCP but I guess I just wanted it done.  That’ll take a bit of recouping this next paycheck.

We also went to Costco this week and it was very expensive. $100 was Christmas and the rest stocking up on things like laundry soap, TP, etc. What I figure I’ll do is minimize shopping the rest of the month and try and keep the grocery/non- food/ cat food/ wine budget around $700.  That should even things out.

We had a nice Mexican lunch out too so that’s almost our dining out budget. I figure maybe a taco night or takeout pizza. We’ve really cut out eating out for the most part so that shouldn’t be too difficult.  Since I love cooking and creating wonderful food it gets easier not to eat out.  Today I’m making another batch of Tartine bread. I’ll freeze one and we can enjoy the other over the next couple of days.

Last night we had Friday night pizza and I made a ricotta arugula pine nut pizza. Wow, it was good.

I started another round of decluttering with just little things like extra pens etc. Plus some misc Fiesta ware that I don’t want anymore. So far about 150 things ready to go to the thrift store or thrown out.

Well, tonight I’m cooking some organic grass fed burgers( I think). I might wait till closer to dinner and see how I feel about that for dinner.

 

Friday Stuff

The sauerkraut seems to be bubbling fine. I tasted it this morning and it’s sour. Tomorrow I’ll taste again and then put in the fridge.  So far it is an easy thing to do. In the fridge it’ll last for a few months the recipe said. I also got out the Zojirushi to make some sourdough bread. It’s a small loaf and came out good. I haven’t been making bread as it’s been too hot and we just haven’t been eating much.

This morning I had to go down to Costco to pick up Bonnie’s anti-seizure pills. ( Bonnie is one of the border collies my daughter adopted a year ago. Shortly after bringing her to her forever home she had some seizures so this is a monthly expense for my daughter.

So I picked up laundry soap, toothpaste, TP and a few other nonfood items.  So now I won’t need to go next week.

Then I went to the gym for a short workout and then home to feed the dogs and do some of the chores my husband usually does. ( goat, chickens, pool, etc)

I’ve been decluttering and moving some things around. I decluttered dishes. and I’ll box them up to go the pet thrift store.  Then I moved my Melmac set into the cabinet so it’s not on the pantry shelf. Also, washed most of my mason jars and will move them into my closet pantry. Once again, trying to reduce the visual stuff and just reduce.

I find minimalism and decluttering such an interesting process of releasing layers of things. I’m sure it’s related to inner things and how at times we hold on to things and then poof, one day they just don’t matter anymore.  Tomorrow I’m not going out except maybe to drop off this load so I’m heading out to the barn to tidy and do some organizing. I’m hoping my son gets this flea market thing he’s doing organized as I’d like to move that stuff out.

I know one thing is that it’s not a one-shot deal but really an ongoing process.  Even with the Kon Mari method, which I have done, 6 months later there is still decluttering going on.

It’s been another lovely day. A little warm 93 or so, but not too bad.

Tonight is pizza night.