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October 18th, 2015 at 09:13 pm

Lots of things going on at our house.

We had a projected killing frost this weekend, so a lot of time was spent getting tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and onions picked. DH pulled up a lot of the plants Friday night and the rest yesterday, including his flowers and the herbs. I spent a big part of Friday night cleaning vegetables and yesterday I did some canning. The pantry is looking pretty nice. We had bought some apples on sale too, so I canned some apple juice, apple jelly, and apple sauce, and I made some bell pepper soup. We will have some of the soup tonight and I canned 3 quarts and a pint of it for the pantry. A fellow who does landscaping stopped by to talk to us and he was saying his wife has gotten caught up in the blood moon conspiracy theory and has gone crazy canning since she is afraid there won't be food available. Funny, there was something on a program saying if Martial Law would go into effect, we would be hard pressed to find food. I don't subscribe to all this, but it could be scary if you thought about it and believed it. I just like to save money and know where our food is coming from.

My school district has this wellness program where they encourage you to get a screening during certain days they have set up. The screening can be as simple as a blood test for the basics, or you can pay for extra stuff, and they included a free flu shot. I had already gotten my flu shot, but I did the basic screening. Supposedly if you signed up by a certain time, at the end of the year you will get a $75 "refund" since we pay a portion of our health insurance. I like to keep track of my vitals, so the blood test wasn't a problem and the refund this spring will be a nice bonus.

This was my payday so I finished paying bills and then figured out what goes into savings. This is the last month to put money in Christmas club since they send us the check the first of November. We have a decent amount in it. So, in November I will start over for the next Christmas. We are also saving up for a new roof. We have a few years, but figure we should have the money so we can negotiate when the time comes. I truly believe "cash is king" when it comes to these matters. When we met with our financial adviser last summer, I was afraid he would get upset over our different savings accounts. He actually applauded us for saving up for things. We have a vacation account as well and then we have regular savings. It isn't like we are actually losing a lot of interest since interest rates aren't paying squat anywhere. I like having the different accounts because it makes it easier for us to keep track. We also don't have all of our bank accounts at the same bank.

We received our water bill and there is a flyer with it. On the back of it was a photo of a rain looks like our rain barrel! The flyer said there could be a credit if you use something like this for storm water run off. So, I need to call the city to find out if we can get that credit at some point. Every little bit helps.

DH has been fighting some squirrels. They like to dig up his front yard because they are burying nuts for the winter. DH loves his front yard and doesn't want a bunch of holes. So, I am being entertained by him running out the front door to chase the squirrels and it gives him some exercise too.

5 Responses to “Frost ”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I have several savings accounts also. In one of them, I have several sub accounts for things like christmas, health (us and the dogs), property tax and car insurances, propane, (a once a year bill) home repair, etc.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Funny to imagine your husband chasing squirrels.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Would you mind sharing your recipe for bell pepper soup?

  4. rob62521 Says:

    CB, here is the recipe. I found the original somewhere and I can't locate it again. I changed it some.

    2-3 bell peppers, chopped
    1 stalk of celery, chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped

    Saute in olive oil (about a tablespoon). When soft, add some thyme, garlic, and tumeric. Then add about a quart of chicken broth and a quart of tomato juice. I let it simmer about an hour. To make it a little heartier for the fall, I've been adding some elbow macaroni.

    CCF, he is pretty funny chasing those squirrels. I don't think the squirrels give up, though.

    Ima, smart lady you be!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I wish the city would do incentives like that - I'd be doing any and all of them! Smile I made that suggestion on our last health survey.

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