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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Late Autumn Days& Frugal Accomplishments
Hello, friends. Though it seems winter came early here this year, we have the last few days of autumn to enjoy, before the winter solstice. We received another couple of inches of snow on Monday. Lots of rain since then has cleared it all away. Unsafe roads changed my massage schedule during the week. Most times we have wintry precip in this area, there is black ice to deal with. After work, errands were done, including a thrift store run, where I found an outfit for our GD, a canister I'll turn into a compost crock, and a planter that I'll use for an amaryllis I'm gifting. I picked up some wine for gifts, and as I was half way there, I went to the co-op I belong to, for produce, organic jam sweetened with fruit juice (on sale for $2.99), and a couple of vegan things to try. I tried a plant-based cream cheese, which as a first impression with jam on an english muffin, didn't seem much like cream cheese. The real test will be on a bagel. I did recently find a creamer that works for me in my morning Chai rooibos tea. I'm navigating the suggested diet changes (caffeine and sugar free, and modified vegan), trying to find products and recipes that work for me. It's a little tough to be doing it this time of year. If you have recipe or product suggestions to share, I'm all ears.
I placed several online orders, after checking with ebates and swagbucks for the best cash back. I managed to hang two loads of laundry on the line during the week, but it's been so damp, both had to be finished off in the dryer, but at least it saved more than half the usual drying time. It's been a real challenge to paint our online shop orders. On Monday, J's shop was closed due to the storm, so I primed four stands in his shop. Another day, I was able to get a coat of finish paint on outdoors, which is where I usually paint them. Things should be drying up by Sunday, and I hope to finish painting then. The orders keep coming in, of which I'm so grateful. The lettuce, chard and celery were covered with row cover before nights in the 20's. All looked good when uncovered, except the chard was sitting under water from all the snow and rain. I created some spots for the water to run with my boot heel, but I need to go out there with a shovel and work on it some more.
We headed to town on Saturday, for our Christmas tree and a couple of other quick stops. While stopping at Lowe's for a plant saucer for the olive tree I bought recently, I noticed all bulbs were 75% off. I found two types of alliums, one a fragrant one, and bought those as well, at 35 bulbs for $7.47. When we went to get our tree, we noticed a significant increase in price. I've bought a tree from these folks for many years, but they priced themselves out of our range, with almost all at $55 to $60. There was also a "+$5" on every tag, which we could only figure meant they now charged extra to trim and put in a mesh bag. We headed back to Lowe's, just a couple blocks away, and between the trees being marked 25% off, and J's military discount, we got one for $30 and change. As much as I try to support the little guy, this was more doable this year.
Our evening meals were eaten by candlelight all week. There are also three sets of twinkly lights in our main room, which add to the cozy feeling. The amaryllis I purchased for gifts were all potted up. I hoed a little ditch near the chard, to let the water run off. We are going to try to catch the comet that should be visible tonight. I'm off to plant bulbs, get Christmas down from the attic, pack up gifts to ship, and paint Berkey stands. I see that The Prudent Homemaker has posted her week of Frugal Accomplishments, so I'll end here, and do the same. She has redone her website, and it's looking beautiful. Wishing you a week of seasonal joys, friends.