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Trying to keep up

October 16th, 2022 at 07:19 pm

It's been another busy week around here. Week before we pulled up the garden. I dried herbs, picked tomatoes and peppers and all that. I'm still waiting on the herbs to dry more fully before I can process them. Instead I decided to do my usual fall thing which includes cleaning and polishing.

Twice a year I put orange oil on my kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities and woodwork. They aren't painted -- they are wood. I think canning really seems to suck the moisture out of the kitchen cabinets and then during the winter, the dry air seems to also do the same. I'm always amazed at how much nicer the cabinets look when I'm finished.  I figure it is a way to keep them nicer. A friend of mine commented that if I ever wanted to paint them, putting the orange oil on them would be a problem. He is probably right, but since I'm not planning on painting them, it isn't an issue.

I have a list of other things to do, like polish my shoes. I have 3 pairs and two pairs of boots that are at least 5 years old. I clean and polish them every year and they seem to be faring well. I just means keeping up with this. I decided a long time ago to buy quality shoes so that they last. A couple of pairs I wore very frequently when I worked and they are holding up well and polishing them seems to help as far as how they look. 

I also want to wash and wax the exterior of our charcoal grill. We don't grill a lot, but it is nice to do so when we want and since it sits outside, I think waxing it keeps it from fading so much. Kind of like with cars. We normally wax the cars before the winter and that's been done so that's another thing to check off the list. 

Each year my church has a Christmas Bazaar and sells cookies by the pound. Of course when the Pandemic closed things down, we didn't do that, but hope to again to it again this year. However, eggs went up from $2.31 on Wednesday, to $3.39 on Thursday at Aldi. I know butter has gone up and I see sugar and flour have increased, just not as much. I'm not sure how many cookies and baked goods we will be able to have due to increased costs. Plus, and this is a sad commentary, but many of us are getting older and some can't bake and do things like we used to. 

I constantly look for ways to tighten our belts, so to speak. We work on not wasting food, not buying things we don't need, but honestly it is getting tougher and tougher as prices continue to rise. We had to spend money on getting our sun room fixed because it was starting to leak. We were fortunate that the people working on it could find the materials and I figure it is a way to keep value of our investment of our house. 

However, I will admit, when I hear the market having another bad day, our investments losing money yet again, it scares me. I think, what else can we do to cut back without taking all the joy out of our lives? We eat less meat than we did 3 years ago. I can and preserve as much as I can. I look for sales and use coupons and continue to put money into savings that doesn't pay squat. We don't eat out as much and if we do, we go to lunch or breakfast which is cheaper. We don't go and party or go to movies. The bulk of my wardrobe comes from a thrift store. I maintain what I have. I cook from scratch. And honestly, I'm just getting weary worrying. 

5 Responses to “Trying to keep up”

  1. Wink Says:

    I wish I could find decent clothes that fit me well at the thrift stores. I always look when I need something but rarely have any luck. That is a big increase in the price of eggs in just 1 day. I've been really feeling the strain and worry too.

  2. mumof2 Says:

    My daughter buys all her clothes from thrift stores as well...she loves it and saves so much money....the price of everything food wise is going up here and we have had so many floods that it is costing more for food, gas for the trucks to get from a-b...the prices of feeding the animals or the crops being destroyed by the all contributes..and I don't see it improving at all anytime soon

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I know how you feel, these days every time I want to buy something more than $10 I am shopping around for the best price and it’s gotten pretty exhausting! And it’s very hard to be around people who just continue to spend while watching every cent that we spend. It doesn’t feel like everyone is struggling, maybe 1 in 2 of every person is. I have given up a lot lately and it’s getting annoying.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I think you are doing very well and probably shouldn't worry. But I know it's hard not to worry. I am certainly worried. I did not expect my retirement to be so stringent.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    You could try this simple peanut butter cookie recipe that does not include flour and is 1 egg, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of creamy peanut butter per batch. Mix by hand or a blender until it holds together well. Roll into one inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Wet a fork and push down in a criss cross pattern. You will probably need to wet the fork every three or four cookies. This is because it does not have flour in it and otherwise the fork will stick to the cookies. If you do not press them down they will not spread. Bake in a 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or longer depending on your oven or if you like your cookies soft or more solid. I recommend a less sugary peanut butter. Jif and Skippy will make very sweet cookies, so if you can find a less sweet one to use, there will still be plenty of sweetness from the sugar. Either way they are good. Maybe your bazaar can sell the cookies by the dozen instead of by the pound. You may just have to change with the cost of ingredients. It's better than nothing.

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