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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Hello, friends. Last week, I went by the natural co-op I'm a member of while in that town for an appointment. No earth shattering deals there, though I did buy some organic beans on sale. I did see a half gallon of heavy cream marked down to $5.99, about half price, due to expiring that date or the next, but I wasn't sure what I'd do with it, so left it. Part of one of our cabbages went into a cabbage and noodle dish, when I got in from work one night. In the chapel where I do massage work, I found three full taper candles in the trash, which I took home.
It's been another whirlwind of a week. There was a bit of snow and sleet Friday and Saturday. We spent a large part of the last two days driving, taking care of some business, attending a Christmas family dinner several hours east, and spending time with our granddaughter. She had her first sleepover with us, which went well. She and I baked cookies, wrapped a present for her great grandmother, read books, collected eggs, did her first bit of hand sewing, and we all visited a Christmas village, which included a train ride. We wish we had more influence in her life. I hope the time she spends with us will instill good values, memories and a few helpful skills.
A few steps into my walk Sunday morning, I found this bit of sweetness on the ground. A bird nest made primarily of lichens, a couple of my favorite things. The elements have taken their toll on it, but it felt like a gift even so. Asian slaw made from our cabbage was brought to the family dinner. Sunday breakfast of our scrambled eggs, tomatoes and garlic was enjoyed with toast. We're still eating up some small tomatoes picked green from the garden, a real pleasure in December. I hope you are well, and enjoying whatever seasonal pleasures bring you happiness.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Hello, friends. Last week, I went through swagbucks and used a $25 off $75 coupon for a Staples purchase. I'd been holding off buying toner cartridges for the printer, and was happy to find this deal to defray a large chunk of the cost of a 2 pack. I went through ebates to buy a present. After working in town, I picked up a bucket of grounds from the coffee shop. I learned that Walgreens is now a drop off point for Fedex packages, which was great timing, as I had an order to ship. While there, I took advantage of a buy 3, get $3 Hallmark offer, and received $5 in rewards at checkout. I'd read the lemonade Kool Aid can clean a dishwasher, and picked up 2 packets while getting a few groceries. Our dishwasher is horribly stained from our crazy well water, so I really hope it works. It's worth a try.
I got all the boxes of summer clothes and sheets put up in the attic. Our first Ameraucana hen has begun laying, earlier than I expected. Hooray for upping the egg count! I made broccoli fried rice with our eggs, garlic, and a little of our broccoli mixed in with store bought. I went through ebates to purchase a gift on etsy. I love how easy it is to support artists and makers around the world on etsy, this time in Serbia. For my honeymoon clothing, I made two purchases on Novica, which does the same. One purchase supported artists in Thailand, the other India. I did make smart choices, and there was a sale or coupon involved, but what's more important to me is supporting handmade, and knowing my purchase makes a difference in people's lives. I believe we have a lot of power, in the purchases we make. This is the world I choose to put my energy into bringing about, rather than just valuing cheap, and helping another Walmart to be built.
A few weeks ago, I bought a couple of organic pizzas at Aldi's for a crazy low price, something like $2.79 ea. On a busy day of soap wrapping, a soap delivery and more, I pulled one of them out of the freezer, and made a pear blue cheese salad with our lettuce and homemade dressing. I had a small frugal fail, and forgot to use a swag up to buy a gift card in time, so lost the equivalent of .50. Their site was having problems the last day I could have used it, so I gave up and forgot about it. Now that more eggs are coming in, I boiled some for breakfasts and the pups. Though it's December, I'm still enjoying the last few weeks of fall. Around mid-December, we will buy our tree and begin decorating. Holiday cards and wrapping presents will begin soon, with hopefully some cookie baking too.
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