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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today's freebies, and a bargainn


More medical or rather, dental, appointments: today had me getting my 6 month cleaning. No charge, as this dentist is in plan. Great. Scheduled my 12 month follow up, I already have my 6 month.

 Someone posted a freebie on the town Facebook tagsale site, so I grabbed these clothes horses. One of mine is busted, held together a bit precariously with duct tape, and a second one needs some screws and washers (I can't use it at the moment). These all fold flat and are made of a very heavy duty, steel. I envision towels on this one.
 This one adjusts in many ways and has a flat area for sweaters
A narrow version of my typical one. A pair of boxers would probably fit on each rung.

All for FREE! nice,

Another local town, Facebook tag sale site sent a seller to me, with this cream based, porceline lamp with white shade. She even gave me a working CFL. $10. She originally paid $45 at HomeGoods for this. DS now has a lamp, too.

Summer routine, of sorts

 After yestserday's running around, I hung out late in my pj's today, which is why the colored clothes were dried on the sunporch (didn't want to shock the neighbors!) Once I showered, I was able to machine dry the towels for 25 minutes
 and then line dry them the rest of the way.

The garage entrance rug remains outside, in the elements. It has gotten much, much cleaner, even after I took a soapy brush and scrubbed it. I am letting Mother Nature finish the job. More rain in the forecast, too. I will probably reposition it by the garage to house door, come August.
 Since I was home this morning, I made French toast using the marked down, Challah bread I had, and served scrambled eggs with this.
 Enough leftover for another bfst this week.
 DD took leftovers to work, boys and I had tuna sandwiches.

 Mine was on the last 2 slices of the "emergency" white bread I bought during the outage
the boys had theirs on toasted, Kaiser rolls. One chose Provolone, the other Swiss and I made these patty melts by placing them under the tabletop, convection oven broiler.

A box of on sale Farfalle is being cooked tonight
I made enough sauce the other day, that this becomes a planned over for tonight. A pint of organic, CSA sugar snap peas are being steamed, served as the vegetable. Green salad with choice of dressing.

I also made some garlic-rosemary-Parmesan toast out of the remaining Kaiser rolls that needed to be used up.

Fish on Monday

Baked in the tabletop/convection oven fzn Cod fillets topped with fresh lemon and some Penzey's seasoning, steamed squash and green beans, a quick coleslaw using the rest of last week's Nappa cabbage and some bottled, Aldi's coleslaw dressing.There was a lb of fish but it seemed to really shrink!  A very busy day running around, so I really appreciated a quick to the table meal.

CSA 2015

 Yesterday's CSA pickup: PYO pint raspberries, PYO 1/2 pint red or black currents, pint sugar snap peas, HUGE bunch of radishes or bunch of Kale (we much prefer spinach or chard so radishes were selected)
HUGE head of Black seeded Simpson lettuce (my favorite), red scallions, 3 Kirby cukes, and a bonus bunch of Cilantro which I passed on, trading someone her bunch og basil instead. She noted that she has a basil plant (I do, too), but I guess doesn't think of drying hers. So it's now drying in MY kitchen, and will be jarred for Winter use.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Recent freebies

I saw my allergist today, and my RX's were refilled.

I asked if I couldn't switch to a new RX, which is a formulation that combines the 2 sprays that I currently use. One of these aforementioned sprays is now OTC, which means I have to pay for it even though I have met my deductible. By switching to this 2 in one formula, it is a covered expense and currently free under my medical plan. So, no cost for the RX, no cost for OTC meds either. I also refilled my asthma inhaler, again at no cost.

He threw in some samples for me:

A new nasal lavage kit and a sample of this 2 step allergy spray formulation. Nice. I still have some of the single (2 separate RX's/sprays) to use up before moving to this all in one, combo spray. Hoping to leave my allergy costs to bare minimum.

Besides the visit to the allergist, a second medical appointment was also covered in full by insurance. No cost is nice.

DS #1 left this pineapple rum  behind (too sweet, he doesn't want it) so I plan on baking a pineapple rum cake with it. He also gifted a nip bottle of peach liquor. Not sure yet what I'll do with that, DD may simply drink it.

Freebies all the same.

A running around kind of a day

but I got several things off of my list:

-annual visit with allergist
-annual gyno visit
-bought 2 work T's for DS in the desired color @ under $5 each, but I have resources that cover this. Still best to get these items as cheaply as possible, my OOP remains $0
-grabbed a few grocery items: huge lb canister of grated Parmesan (I forsee lots of pasta this Summer), a loaf of junky store brand bread @ $1.18, a tube of store brand "Neosporin", 2 jugs milk. Total spent: $16.78

-found a bedside lamp for DS #2 Total spent: $14.18 (my budget was $20 or less)
-found a pair of flip flop sandals for DS #3 who earlier (say late Spring) told me he didn't need/want any @@, so selection was limited: $10.62

TV recommendations?


My main tv in the Den is officially dying and will be replaced with a new one, obviously, we are moving to a flat screen model to replace this "big butt" one. I do not want a huge one, am thinking 32 inch. Recommendations? I am not that much into TV, so this doesn't have to be the latest/greatest either. I see brands I don't recognize, on sale at Best buy this week-suggestions welcomed! Thanks

Update: I ended up getting a 32 inch Samsung 1080 p for $265 and change, with free delivery. The TV it's replacing cost on sale, $500 or so back in the day when we bought it. It's OLD, owes me nothing.