Frugal Friday

I think overall it was a frugal week. Costco was a bigger shop at $600, but $120 of that was non food, and $20 was wine. So, that meant food was $460. Plus, the coffee, bread, flour sugar, etc will last to the end of July.

My food budget is still $600 . but with Costco at $460. I think I will end up slightly over. But that’s still $140 left. I spent another $30 at Safeway so the balance is $110. We don’t need anything immediately so I can see what veggies we might need next week.

At Costco I bought a box of large tomatoes and one night we had stuffed tomatoes and they were delicious. I made Julia Child’s Sole Meuniere with Dover Sole I got at Costco too and man, it was delicious.

I’ve been decluttering odds and ends from the barn( again) and have decided to sell the Robin Egg Blue mallow ware Melmac.

It’s really a lovely set but I just don’t have any use for it. It would make a great picnic set or a dinner set for someone with a vintage trailer. I’m going to list on Ebay first. I also have a Star Trek console that lights up and I’m going to list that too as it’s just been kicking around the barn.

We decided to hold off selling the tent trailer this summer as one of us may want to sleep out there and we thought that on occasion there might be some campgrounds we’d take that too. We’ll see, nothing is set yet , and we’re flexible. If we don’t use it all in the next 6 months then next spring we’d sell it.

I submitted my LLS reimbursement for May so that should help next month. It covers our health insurance so that’s a big deal. We wouldn’t be making it on just SS without that LLS grant money. I am grateful to all those that donate to LLS so they can help so many people with blood cancers. It is a gift for sure.

Overall, I think it was a frugal week. No unnecessary spending, just essentials.

No gym day:(

I’m still stuffy in the nose and coughing so no gym for me today.

I did walk my 30 minutes this morning but I was huffing and puffing on the last round. ( A sure sign my lungs aren’t working optimally with this cold thing.)

So I will just accept that I can putter around and see what else might need attending to.  It is hard to accept such things at times. Even now 13 years out from my diagnosis I clearly remember as if it were yesterday, how limited I was.  Absolutely no energy at all. I was lucky if I got one thing done.  So, it’s good to be motivated as I am to go the gym and it’s good to know that it’s okay when I can’t.

Acceptance is necessary in such cases or otherwise the guilt or whatever creeps in.

I’ve tidied up, started laundry, have pintos in the crock pot for dinner.  I’m kinda going in spurts of energy and then sitting. A sure sign my body just isn’t up to something more strenuous. Although I tried to convince myself I could just go do weights:)…

It is amazingly beautiful outside. This is the time of year our yard looks amazing thanks to my daughter gardener and husband extraordinaire.

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These are Cecil Brunner planted the first year we were here so 23 years ago. I’ll post a few more yard pictures. We own almost 3 acres here but much of it is sloped with oaks and pines.

My daughter has done an amazing job transforming the back area that is fenced. There’s many native plants and grasses. We have so many varieties of birds coming and migrating thru that it’s quite reassuring.

She’s working on the side area now and we’ve put in at least 3 new Iceland roses which are one of my favorites as the continuously bloom.

I decided to move some Fiesta ware and put the Melmac on the shelf for spring and summer. We used it the other night.  I realized that it’s pretty scratched up( the large plates) so now I’m thinking maybe I’ll sell it in our local sell group.  I’ll use it a few more times and then decide. This Mallo ware in robin egg blue and is somewhat collectible.

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Well, time to do another round of something.