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Monday, December 18, 2017
Just Goes To Show & Frugal Accomplishments
Hello, friends. Last week, a friend gifted me a lovely clump of running cedar. We planted it against the north side of the house. It may need more dappled light, but we'll see how it fares there. I prepared a quiche using our eggs, red pepper, garlic and parsley. We harvested lettuce for a salad to go along. As we didn't really need anything, I skipped the grocery store after working in town. There are a few things on my list, but nothing that couldn't wait. I figure staying out of the store is the best plan if nothing is really necessary now. I went through swagbucks to make a purchase and used my store credit card, for 3% and 5% savings respectively. Warm up water was used to water plants and in the humidifier. J harvested rutabagas. Now that they've had several good freezes, they taste sweeter and a bit closer to rutabagas than turnips. I may be able to enjoy eating them now. He prepared them with bacon drippings for himself, and I fixed a pack of our frozen limas to go with them.
Once we finish dinner, we often sit at our computers. All the regular lights are turned off, and twinkly lights provide a soft glow in the room. We weren't expecting a Fedex delivery one day, but some paperwork was delivered by Fedex, so I ran out and sent an order with them, saving me a 30 minute drive each way. I had 2 orders needing to go by USPS (I always send by the cheapest way, which varies). A nearby town, Star, has a special Christmas cancellation, so I took my Christmas cards to that P.O., along with my orders. Just up the road is an incubator for several artistic endeavors, and a gallery housing the work, including glass, pottery and fiber arts. I'd seen a gift perfect for a family member offered there, so stopped in to purchase it while there.
For a dinner, I prepared bean burritos using our tomatoes, and Brandy's Spanish rice, using items on hand. Laundry was done with homemade soap and soap gel, and hung on the line. Swagbucks daily goals were met. After writing holiday cards, I realized I needed to order address labels. I found a 15% promo code before placing my order. In searching for something, I realized how junky some of the drawers in my home had gotten. I pulled some things out as I went, and added them to a donation box, but definitely need to do some more decluttering. We've been doing a good job eating all our leftovers. I'm always open to winter activities that J & I can do during the times of long nights. I suggested reading before, but we tend to have different tastes there, so never got very far with that suggestion. This year, I suggested a jigsaw puzzle, and J surprised me with one. There's a table in my studio that will be perfect for it, after I've done my Christmas wrapping. I'm thinking it will be fun while drinking hot cocoa or cider, on winter evenings.
We've done the usual composting, recycling and collecting rainwater. I borrowed season 6 of Call The Midwife from the library, and have really been enjoying watching it in the evenings. Batches of yogurt and kefir were made. Needing a few things, I shopped at Walgreens during their 20% friends and family sale. I bought greeting cards for the next several birthdays, and nuts on sale, and with a coupon and bonus points, was credited with the equivalent of $9 cash back. I had a $5 off $15 coupon from Big Lots, and picked up a few needed things, taking advantage of it. On my walks, I typically stay on the path and service road. In the warmer months, there are ticks, chiggers and poison ivy to contend with. With those not being much of an issue in December, I decided to wander off the road down at the creek. Just a few feet from the road, I found some beautiful usnea on one side of the creek one day, and another lovely clump on the other side a different day. Just goes to show the rewards of veering off the usual path. I hope you have a week of fun and festivity. Cookie baking, tree decorating and gift wrapping are at the top of my list. The mailbox needs the fall bow changed to a winter one, with the start of winter beginning Thursday. Here's to lengthening days!