|mini egg with chicken gifts from a friend|
After work in town, I picked up library books. At Walgreens, I used a $1.25 coupon for Kleenex, got leggings marked down to $2.99 and half gallons of 100% juice 2/$5, found wrapping paper I could use all year at 70% off, used a $5 reward, and received another $7 in rewards. Gathering eggs one day, I found the smallest chicken egg I've ever seen. It was 1 1/8" long, and the cutest thing. I suppose it was one of our youngest chickens first egg, but not sure. Two more items were listed on ebay. I did all the preliminary stuff... cleaning, photos, research, then figured shipping for a third item, but it came up as $50 shipping (!), so I'll need to see if I can figure out if any smaller box will work. Otherwise, it will be donated. Most of these items are glass, and either vintage or antique, so I pack them really well for shipping, which adds to the bulk. Trying to come up with boxes that are in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes is sometimes challenging. Update: I did find a smaller box, which also weighed less, and shipping now comes in at about $20. Still may be too high to sell, but it's worth a try.
With J's initial dietary changes, yeast bread is off the list. I found a recipe for naan without yeast, which was decent. We enjoyed it with vegetable soup, which used jars of our tomatoes, vegetable broth, summer squash, and frozen okra, along with other pantry items. With temps going into the low 20's, I harvested some carrots, kale, three rutabagas, collards and parsley. I also dug up two parsley, potted them and brought them in the house to see if I could continue to harvest them indoors these next few months. I recently came up with an idea that is working well for me. There are a few kitchen chores, like bringing eggs to a boil, and heating milk to temp for yogurt that require me to not stray far. I've decided during these times, I'd pick a small cleaning/reorganizing/decluttering chore to do. So far, I've cleaned a kitchen drawer, which now opens easily again... imagine that, and the drawer at the bottom of my stove. While it was out, I vacuumed underneath the stove, which is an area that doesn't get near enough attention. It feels good to be accomplishing these little bits.