Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Monthly prearranged menu plans are scrapped, some easy to fix substitute plan ingredients purchased. I don't recall what we did Fri night, the day of the fall, but here's what we have served:
Sat-homemade Italian meatballs in homemade marinara over spaghetti
Sun-braised pork chops in cream mush/homemade beef stock with chopped onion sauce ocer egg noodles, french green beans
Mon-oven baked Cod fillets with lemon juice and tarragon, oven roasted rosemary garlic fingerling potatoes, fzn peas
tonight; garlic n herb seasoned chicken drums (extra planned overs), "baked" potatoes, fzn broccoli florettes. we are planning ahead such as coooking extra tonight for tomorrow, surgery day, and relying more heavily than usual on the crock pots. Sound nutrition, along with the dudget are kept in mind.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Unbelievably, a slip and fall in the shower yesterday resulted in an ambulance call, ride to ER, Xrays, visit with my orthopedist for a shoulder that is broken in 3 places. Sigh.Cat scans Mon, surgery Wed. Luckily (?) having had bi lateral rotator cuff surgeries, means thart we can weather this well, having been thrugh similar recoveries. Luckily, it's my left side.
Kids are stepping up to the plate, DD helps with personal care, DD and DS are lined up for errands/shopping/appointments. DD and DSs helping with laudry, DD helped get supper in the CP before leaving for workk this morning. I know that there will be added expenses so anywhere we can pinch back, we will continue to do so,
I couldn't make this up if I tried.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
House smells awesome!
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I am currently getting more resourceful, and raising some cash. While I am able to live below my means, and live quite frugally, sometimes I need to kick things up a knotch to more readily meet my goals.
I am in the process of getting designer quality drapes installed on the bow window of the eating area of the kitchen, where the glass is cold at night, and the Southern sunlight can be an issue. The drapes I bought are high end, fully lined, and easily cost at least $1000 when made, custom order. I paid $100 cash for 4 panels, which can easily be used at my next home, as they are so neutral. A classic pattern, they aren't something that I feel I'd ever grow tired of or which would become dated.
I have worked with an Interior Designer to figure out the best way to get these hung securely, yet as cost effectively as possible. Window coverings are an expensive undertaking. She is cutting me a 50% off deal for her services. $50.
I have selected the style of wooden rod and rings in a classic black with a not overly ornate finial. They are my style, and again, nothing I would tire of, they can easily be used again. I don't yet know the price, I had a range given to me, they are to be ordered tomorrow, and a discount applied.
Meanwhile, I am trying to raise some additonal funds to cover this luxury. I do allocate monies every month to "house hold expenses" for things like bedding, towels, replacement cookery, or in this case, drapes. I bought little when I moved here. I have guestimated that I will need $300 more to cover these costs, so as not to impact my budget. So far:
Cashed in credit card rewards: $238.24
sold a plant stand I no longer use: $8
sold my umbrella clothes line I no longer use: $30
$276.21 in one afternoon, not bad.
I have listed multiple things on local FB tag sale pages, hoping to gather yet more cash. I will earmark it first towards this project, then to buying my expensive $$$ Dansko clogs and Birkenstock sandals. Again, I do set aside monies monthly for clothing, but that is $1200/year for 3 of us and each of these shoes can run well into the $100's each. I will be using a discount coupon when I do. : )
As a fall back, I did get a nice refund from my taxes, but some of that is already earmarked for replacing the windshield on my car, thanks to a stone from a pot hole.
What do you do when you need to raise some cash?
I defrosted one of the eye of the round roasts that I was able to get on sale recently for $3.49/lb. I use the simple recipe that was shared years ago by an AOL board member:
Sides will be oven baked potatoes with sour cream; canned corn, sauteed organic Swiss Chard seasoned with butter, salt, pepper, salt free garlic seasoning.
Naturally, after cleaning up the dishes, I made this:
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I've bagged some of this for donation, and some has been listed on 3 local Facebook tag sale sites, hoping to get some $ out of them, if possible.
My one pair of shorts, kept on the left "casual " side of the closet
I decided to still keep 2 knit dresses and 3 skirts. If not worn by August, they will go.
Here are my work tops, mostly dressier blouses. I have some tanks, some short sleeved, mostly 3/4 quarter sleeved and a few long sleeved.
Bottom line is that I needed cropped pants for both work/home, and I ordered them this afternoon, selecting an off white, a taupe, grey, a dark blue. These are such basic colors, which will carry over into Fall. I was able to use a 20% off code in addition to them being on sale and they will be delivered for free to my home. Perfect.
I still need a good, sturdy pair of sandals. All of my Birkenstocks have been trashed. I do have some sandals but they predate my foot issues. I'll use them unless my feet bother me as a result. A few pairs, I can see will only get me thru the Summer and will most likely be trashed come Fall. A replacement pair of Dansko sandals are also on the list.
I need to get a few pairs of yoga pants and that's all folks. I realized that I still have more on hand than I had thought. I do plan on culling down more as time goes on.