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Worth the Effort

July 28th, 2019 at 03:55 pm

Do you know how you sit sometimes and ponder things. Something I've pondered is if it worth it to do all the cooking I do from scratch and all the trouble and expense of eating lots of fresh foods.

I sort of feel guilty sometimes that I don't volunteer more. But a big part of my time is working on fixing stuff. I was thinking maybe I was spending way too much time on food.

Then we were invited to eat at some friends. Granted, we don't go for the menu, but the companionship. The last time we went both DH and I had a stomach upset and we wondered if it is was the food that was bought prepackaged from a warehouse store. I mean, they didn't poorly prepare it or anything or buy it out of date. Perhaps it was just a fluke.

Except it happened again this time. We both had some stomach upset for that night and the next day and we are wondering if it was due to the processed food.

Funny how we don't have that issue with what I cook at home. Neither time (this has happened twice in the last two years) was either meal real spicy. The only thing we can think is all the processing and preservatives don't sit well in our digestion.

So, I guess it is worth the effort I make to make things from scratch and buy fresh food. I hope so. I spent the afternoon canning spaghetti sauce and tomato juice!

Garden, Groceries, and Spending

July 21st, 2019 at 01:59 pm

DH's tomatoes have been going along pretty well. He brought in quite a few this week and I cooked them with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, and garlic and made spaghetti sauce. I canned 10 pints yesterday. DH grew the tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, and the herbs.

Every week I make a fruit salad and often there is more fruit that what we will use. I freeze the extra. Yesterday I pulled all the small containers out of the freezer and made mixed berry jam and canned it as well. I realized about 6 half pints of it.

I've been using both the Ibotta app and the Fetch app and have been collecting points or whatever we collect. I don't buy a lot of the stuff that owe get a lot of credit for, but I figure it is basically free money.

I've been doing some embroidery and I really wanted a new lamp to sit by chair that would bring more direct light. i was looking at our local sewing shop and they had one which was plastic and it was on clearance for $40. I just couldn't see paying that. We were doing our thrift store run on Friday and there was a nice metal one exactly what I wanted for $5. We bought it and I tried it out and it works great. I'm hoping this better light will help with eye strain. As far as the embroidery, I did have to purchase a skein of embroidery floss since the pattern calls for three colors of yellow. I had two of the three. I bet the clerk was shocked I spent exactly 62 cents. I am trying not to buy any more craft items for myself until I finish the stuff I have.

I did buy some graph paper because I have some counted cross stitch I want to graph out. I also bought some school supplies to put in the box at church for a local school. We buy pencils, hand sanitizer, and facial tissue because those are things that go quickly and are used up and teachers often have to buy them out of their own money.

We have our dental checkups this week. I think this one is going to be pricey because I need a new retainer. I wear retainers every night to keep my teeth from moving. After spending thousands of dollars to get teeth pulled and braces in my 40s, I don't want things to go back to disarray.

The Heat Is On!

July 13th, 2019 at 02:35 pm

This spring was cool and wet. Well, July is more than making up for it! It is 90, high humidity and after all the rain we received this spring, you wouldn't know it because there are cracks in the yard. DH is out watering his garden and I know it will be another round of very sweaty clothes to deal with.

One advantage of the sun and heat is we are getting tomatoes. DH brought in quite a few today. We will be enjoying them. Not enough to can or anything at this point, but there is nothing like a fresh sliced tomato with a little salt and pepper.

We have had issues with Dutch Elm Disease in our town and many trees are succumbing to it. Our neighbor has a huge tree in the front yard. He's out there today trying to cut down big limbs by himself. One limb he cut was probably the size of a small tree. It's a good thing he's handy -- he put on the roof a few years ago -- they have the biggest house in the court and it took him three years to do the whole roof by himself.

I have a chuck roast in the Crockpot with potatoes and carrots. Kroger had a sale on them this week, buy one, get one the same size or less for free. So, we are going to enjoy one and the other is wrapped up in the freezer. I think we are going to have two or three meals from this one. Better to use the Crockpot than to heat up the house and oven.

I have been reading a series called "Needlecraft Mysteries" and it is by Monica Ferris. The main character is Betsy who inherits a craft shop from her sister called "Crewel World." Betsy is an amateur sleuth and helps solve murders while running her craft shop. I've learned a lot about different things reading this since she uses information on cross stitch and embroidery as well as knitting and needlepoint. I am currently embroidering a dresser scarf and I am thinking I'm going to go crazy before I finish it -- the flowers have three different colors of yellow! But, I bet it will turn out nice if I get it done.

Last year my knitting group at church made 1202 hats total. As of Thursday, our total is 1214 hats and here it is the first of July. We have 41 scarves and 60 baby hats too. It won't be long when we will be looking at places to donate the hats and scarves. Last year I looked up the poverty rates at our local schools and we did the schools that had the highest rates. I imagine I will do that this year. We also, as a church, adopted a local school and we made sure they had hats and gloves for every child as well as some scarves and we are donating to the food pantry for the school too. We feel it is a good way to help others around us in our town.

This and That

July 7th, 2019 at 05:32 pm

I've sort of been out of it this past week. I'm trying to catch up on reading the blogs, but my mind and heart were not into earlier. Two people I worked with at a school died from cancer. On the same day. Then my sister -in-law passed as well, so it has been sort of a sad yet reflective week. Although none were a shock, it is still hard on one.

We've had extreme heat and humidity and it really takes it out of me. I struggle with asthma and it makes it difficult for me to breathe so I've also been feeling a bit tired.

But enough with the morose. We've been eating lighter due to the heat. DH is starting to get a few more tomatoes so we are enjoying them. He has lots of Basil and other herbs as well as onions. I made a Tomato Basil salad that is chopped red onion, chopped Basil, sliced cherry tomatoes, red wine vinegar, some olive oil, and then added Feta cheese after it was all mixed. We've also been enjoying some lettuce that DH planted. He has planted radishes twice and the first time we had so much rain, they didn't do well and this time, it got really hot right when they started coming up so we figure they won't do well. Oh, well.

On the money front we haven't been going crazy spending. I'm happiest at home reading or making scarves and hats for my church group so I don't have to get out in the heat. DH used to work on a bookmobile and there is a new mystery series about a lady who drives a bookmobile so we both read it and then had fun discussing it. Staying home certainly saves money!