Sunday, April 15, 2018

Two Week Frugal Friday Wrap Up 3/31-4/13 2018


   Jaysn and Rachel are finally totally moved, their old house is cleaned and they sign the final papers this Wednesday.  It has been a long process and they, along with Jeff and I, are all exhausted.   We have been trying to take care of Steven as much as we are able to have been having the kids up for meals also.  Today Heather, Bradley and Isaiah stopped by and Jaysn, Rachel and Steven came up so we could have some family time.  Chris was at home sleeping after a very long overnight shift at work.  This afternoon I went down to take care of Steven for a bit while Jaysn and Rachel got some things moved into storage.  Poor little guy was beyond exhausted and could not fall asleep until Mommy came back to hold him.  Hopefully, now that they are getting settled in, Steven can get back on a regular schedule and that will help everyone, but especially him. 😉 Yesterday Jeff and I rested and watched movies for the most part.  We did have Jaysn and Steven come up for dinner since Rachel was finishing up at the old house and I knew that Jaysn would not eat a good dinner without her since he was so busy with Steven.  Steven managed to escape the baby gate so keeping him corralled is getting harder and harder.  We sure are enjoying having them close and it was so good to have all the grandboys here earlier and watch them thoroughly enjoy each other. 💓  Now nto the two weeks of savings...

~Saturday I was not feeling well so I stayed home while Jeff went in and worked on Jaysn and Rachel's house getting some things done there that the home inspector said needed to be fixed.
~I sent a bunch of the pasta salad I made on Friday in for Jaysn and Rachel.
~We hot tubbed later that night.
~Easter Sunday we both stayed home and rested for the most part.
~I did make 2 loaves of bread that day and Jeff worked on some laundry.
~Monday Jeff and I headed into help Rachel with a few more items on the fix it list.  I watched Steven while they ran into town to get some supplies.
~Jeff picked up 2 discounted foot long sandwiches from Walmart's deli and I cut them up into 6 pieces.  Rachel and I only had 1 piece each so Jeff was able to have some for lunch and also took the rest for his "lunch" while he worked overnight.
~Rachel gave me a beautiful tortilla press.  She and I will be experimenting this Summer with making flatbreads with it and adding garden veggies to the dough.
~I found some marked down seeds at the big hardware store.  They were clearing out that line and going with a new vendor so I got 10 packs at .25 and 6 packs at .50 each.  These were all things that we love!
~Monday early evening, I finally got the taxes done and filed.  That is a huge relief. We are able to file for free since we are under the income guidelines.
~I froze the leftover taco meat for a future meal.
~Dinner Monday night was another sheet pan meal of sweet potatoes and Italian sausage served with crisp Fuji apple slices.  I put the leftovers away to have for my lunch tomorrow.  I have really been working on cutting down my portion sizes.
~More free magazines came in the mail  including the Lego magazine I get for Bradley.
~Tuesday I worked on my points programs.  Swagbucks had their I Spy extra points that day and I try to get as many of them as I can along with running some of the other point earning programs in the background.  I find the point earning programs work better for me in Microsoft Edge rather than Chrome, which is what I mainly use.
~A menu plan was finally done based on what we have here and needs to be used up ASAP.
~Leftovers were my lunch today and boy did they taste good.
~I managed to get 2 loads of clothing, sheets, towels and all the throws washed.  I am debating on putting away most of the Wintery themed throws away and breaking out the more Spring looking ones but the cats have been kneading on the Winter ones and making little pulls and I really don't want them doing that to the afghans that usually come out at this time of year.
~Jeff told me that I needed some more supplements so I again went through the link at Swagbucks to Vitacost, got in on a B1G1 half off for one of them and was able to use a code for 12% off and get free shipping.  I should get point for my purchase that will translate into more swagbucks.
~Dinner was Lemon Chicken Pasta made with one chicken breast (cut up into bite sized pieces), one bell pepper, half a zucchini, whole wheat linguine, garlic, butter, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, mushrooms, salt and pepper.  I thought I had made enough to have leftovers but Jeff was very hungry and had 2 large servings of it.
~Jeff built a kitchen drawer to replace the one at Jaysn and Rachel's that had fallen apart and Rachel threw out.  He thinks we have the right color paint to match the cabinets here on hand also.
~Wednesday I borrowed 3 movies from the library and bought 4 children's books @ .25 each from their book sale.
~Jaysn and Rachel fed us dinner since we went in to help them get the rest of the home buyers list of fixes done (well I played with the baby and Jeff did the work).
~I got some homemade smoked turkey soup out to thaw.
~Thursday was another "at home day".  Jeff did pick up some milk and bananas on his way home from work in the morning for me.
~I had some coleslaw mix that I needed to use up so I made a large Asian style salad for my dinner.  Jeff had bowling league so he had something to eat before he left for that and took and extra sandwich in his cooler bag to have before he reported for work later in the evening.
~Friday we celebrated Rachel's sister Michelle's birthday and while we were there got the official word that their house was now under contract!!!  Rachel's mom Joyce came up too and it was wonderful to visit with them both and to see Steven enjoying his Grandma and Auntie. He got really wound up and silly with all of us there and was going as fast as he could back and forth making sure that everyone got some snuggle time with him. 😊
~I raided my gift closet for a beautiful smelling candle and a nice birthday card for Michelle.
~Jeff and I went to Safeway and got a free roasted chicken from the deli, a free candy bar, a free yogurt, some Romaine lettuce, a can of cream of mushroom soup (marked down to .50), some dog food, cottage cheese (used a .50 off coupon) and 2 huge cantaloupes at $1.50 each.
~Dinner was homemade smoked turkey soup that I had previously made and frozen.
~I worked on my points programs.

~Saturday Jeff and I stayed home and rested after a busy week and to make sure we had the energy to help Jaysn and Rachel move the next day.
~I made meatloaf, brown rice and sliced apples for dinner.
~Sunday we helped Jaysn and Rachel move.  She made pulled BBQed chicken and a nice salad for everyone that was helping.  Baby Steven spent most of the day with me at his old house or up at our house.
~We had leftovers for dinner.
~Monday Jeff and I took Steven for a walk in his stroller that we have here.
~I kept Steven at his apartment for the afternoon while Jeff slept here.  I managed to get him to nap and I was able to get some rest too.  Poor baby has been a bit confused with the move.
~I started reading a book I got at the thrift store.
~Dinner was the free chicken I got at Safeway on Friday served with leftover rice.
~Tuesday I made a chicken salad and some homemade chicken and rice soup with the leftover chicken and rice.
~Rachel was at the old house taking care of a few things and Jaysn was at their apartment getting things unpacked there.  I invited Jaysn and Steven to come up for lunch because Jaysn got so busy and forgot to eat.
~Jeff picked up some pastrami at the Grocery Outlet when he headed up to get my car back fromt he dealership where it was being repaired.
~Dinner was the soup and/or chicken salad.
~I renewed some things that were due at the library the next day since I planned on just resting on Wednesday.
~Wednesday I did not have Steven here for the day so I was able to rest.
~I've been working my points programs on the few days that I have actually been online.
~I cleaned out the refrigerator and made a menu based on what I have on hand that needs to be used up ASAP.
~With University of Idaho's Mom's Weekend happening this coming weekend, Jeff and I decided to go ahead and get all of our running around and shopping done so that we could avoid the crowds and chaos Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
~We stocked up on .87 a pound chicken thighs and now have enough to feed our huge family at our family reunion next month.  My chest freezer is packed!
~We found more huge boxes of the Honey Nut Cheerios at the Dollar Tree along with Amope pedicure kits.  We also picked up large boxes of Scotties tissues, applesauce, a .25 bag of jelly beans, sausage, crackers, snack bars, and Q-tips.
~Walmart has the cheapest unscented kitty litter so we got some there along with a phone card for Jeff, and some baby food items for Steven.  I also found a 3 pack of chain extenders for necklaces on clearance and I had been needing some.
~Winco had some great deals on produce so I stocked up on apples, strawberries and bananas.
~Thursday I made scrapple.
~I watched Steven in the afternoon for a bit and we had a great time.  Rachel brought up the large baby fence with gate and we now have it across the opening to the kitchen so we can keep him out of the dog food and water, the cats can escape from a very curious little one and it keeps Steven safer.
~Jaysn used our hot tub to try and ease his sore muscles.
~Friday was a major crash/flare day for me so I put on a soothing video that I found on YouTube that helped me get to a more calm state.  Here it is if you want to check it out...Stunning Aquarium & the Best Relax Music.  It reminds me of the magic of the underwater world when I would go snorkeling as a child growing up in Hawaii.
~I managed to get 2 loaves of bread made.
~I pulled another bottle of creamer and some pork chops out of the freezer to thaw.  I love having a fully stocked freezer so that I don't have to make so many trips to the grocery store.
~I ordered Jeff and TENS unit from Amazon that had really good customer reviews to see if that will help with the pain he is having in his hands and back.  I want Jaysn to try it out too and see if it helps him.  If it does, I will buy him one also.  I got the unit for under $30 with free shipping included.  I'm going to see if it works for my fibro pain too.

   My plans for this week include making a Costco run with Rachel.  Her mother gave her a membership there so we are heading down to pick up a few things.  I was very blessed to see quite a few items that I was planning on buying going on sale the day we are shopping there.  She is driving so I will buy lunch for us.  I'm not sure if we are taking her car or mine yet.  It will be nice to spend the day with her and Steven.  Here's to a great week for everyone!

Friday, April 13, 2018

When Grammie is Running Low on Spoons

   This Grammie is running low on spoons.  No, not literal spoons, but metaphorical spoons, as in "spoon theory".  If you are not familiar with spoon theory, it is a term that a wonderful woman came up with to explain to her friend what it was like to have a debilitating illness that severely limits your energy and the choices that you have to make daily on how to use what little energy you have.   Here is a link to explain it: spoon theory .

   I knew I had been pushing myself beyond my limits and I knew that I was going to end up paying for it sooner or later.  I have been trying to help Jaysn and Rachel with baby Steven while they finish getting moved and still trying to keep my own home running smoothly.  Couple that with being in lots of pain that is not allowing me to sleep, my normal insomnia, and you have a recipe for disaster.

   The last time I looked at the clock last night after crawling into bed and trying to get to sleep for hours it was 4 a.m..  According to my Fitbit, I finally feel to sleep about 4:30 ish.  I got a total of 25 minutes of deep sleep and a little over 4 hours of light, deep and REM sleep combined, most of that was light sleep which is not the restorative sleep that all of us need.  This meant that I had less "spoons" then normal to work with for the day and choices had to be made on how to use those spoons.  In spoon theory, you need to try to always keep a "spare spoon" because you never know when you may need it.

   Most days I figure I have about 10 spoons to start with.  Today that number would be about 6 at the very most.  Taking a shower and washing my hair used up one of those spoons and was exhausting and painful.  I decided that blow drying it was NOT going to happen today because that would use up another spoon and I was not sure I could even do it.  Getting dressed took a spoon also so now we are down to 4 spoons left. My husband needed bread for sandwiches, so I made 2 loaves of bread...there went another spoon.  Steven and Rachel were coming up later so she could do laundry, so I needed to sweep the floors...yep, another spoon spent.  So we are sitting at 2 spoons left for the day and it is only 12:42 p.m..  Remember it is imperative that I keep 1 spoon in reserve, so that means I have only 1 spoon left for the rest of the day.  I need to choose wisely on how I use that spoon.  Do I use it cutting up a bunch of fruit or do I use it to play with my grandson later?  I'm sure you know which I will choose because family always comes first with me.  I just hope that I am able to play with him because right now I am hurting so badly and feeling like I have nothing left to give to anyone.  I foresee a weekend spent in my recliner or bed for the most part to rest and recharge a bit.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Helping our Kids Move, Watching my Youngest Grandson and Fibro Flare

   I know I missed posting my Frugal Friday Wrap Up for last week.  We have been busy helping our kids move, get settled and I have spent lots of time watching the baby.  I'm so glad to have them right down the street from us now and it has been great to see them every day and be able to help with Steven.  

   The moving and helping has been exhausting though.  Tomorrow they are going to have someone else watch Steven while Jaysn goes to work and Rachel does the last of the packing of miscellaneous items from their old home and then starts deep cleaning it for the new owners.  Steven is a total delight, but he is a very busy, curious and smart little boy and keeps me running.  Anyone who knows me know that I do not run well. 😜

   Today I worked on a few things here at home trying to get caught up including making some homemade chicken and rice soup.  Jaysn and Steven came up for lunch and Jaysn had some while Steven kept us hopping while he chased the cats down.  I was already in a crash/flare so about an hour was all I could handle.  Jaysn and Rachel totally understood.

   I don't think there is a part of my body that is not aching at the moment.  Everything hurts.  Tomorrow I am going to just take care of me and rest.  SJ, I did not get to reading your email (or any other email yet) so please forgive me.  I will try to get to all that that tomorrow.  My time on the computer has been severely curtailed this week.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It All Started with a Tiny Book


   I am blessed to be part of a family of very creative and talented people.  We have musicians, dress makers, gardeners, quilters, stone masons, blacksmiths, and writers.  Today I am going to focus on one writer in particular who inspired her some of her grandchildren to become writers about what they were passionate about also.

   Awhile back, while visiting with my Uncle Mo, I mentioned a book that I remembered that his mother, my Grambunny, wrote.  I told him about how the book she sent my mother had somehow gotten lost when my parents moved to Montana and that I had been looking online, but could not find a copy of it.  He told me that he had multiple copies of it and would love to send me a few.  Saturday, a package arrived in the mail with three copies of the tiny book. 😀  

   I went on facebook and thanked my uncle for sending them and told him that I was going to see if my mother wanted one of the copies.  My mother saw the post and said "YES, she does". Gotta love my mom.  I put one of the copies in the tote that I am taking to Montana next month so that I don't forget it.

   My Grambunny, always looking for a creative outlet, decided to write a small book and self publish it about pumpkin carving.  She wrote this little book in 1971 and it sold for .25 at various little stores and fruit and veggie stands in her area.

   The book itself was written and illustrated in Grambunny's wonderful and quirky style.  It's like having a conversation with her and how where others may see imperfections, she sees possibilities for creating something unique and fun.  Grambunny saw people in the same way, we are all flawed in one respect of another, but that is not a bad thing.  Everyone is unique and has something special to offer the world.

   Grambunny was a survivor and no matter what bad things were thrown her way, she handled them with grace, on her own terms and made the best of it.  She left a bad marriage with her 3 young sons and then got remarried to my Grandpop.  Always one for an adventure, they moved to Hawaii and pastored a church there.  My uncles grew up being some of the few "white kids" living there at the time and quickly fell in love with the people, the music, the food and the lifestyle Hawaii offered.  So did Grambunny!

   Later in life, when my Grandpop became an alcoholic, my Grambunny tried to help him overcome it and when things got too bad, she bravely made the decision to separate from him until he got his act together and stopped his self destructive behavior.  We were all very supportive of her for doing so.  They later reconciled when he finally stopped drinking.  After he passed away, Grambunny, in her own wonderful way, filled her home with music, friends, family and laughter once again.  I always made sure to have a layover and spend some time with her when I would fly back and forth to college from Hawaii.

   I will never forget a letter that I got in the mail from her that started with "Do you want to see my scar?".  In it she told me that she had lung cancer and that it has spread.  She knew that she had little time left and had opted not to have any chemo or radiation that would prolong her life but leave her too ill to enjoy what time she did had.  So, in typical Grambunny style, she decided to do a "farewell tour" while she still could and visit as many of her friends and family possible.  She came to see my husband and I and meet her great grandchildren.  She took such delight in playing with all 3 of them.  Jaysn was a toddler and the twins were just babies.  I watched her soak in all those moments and make great memories for herself and also for my husband and I.  As I hugged and kissed her goodbye, I knew it would be the last time that I saw her in person.  I told her how much her visit meant to all of us and how much she enriched my life, how much I loved her and how much I would miss her.  She told me that she had led a wonderful life, full of adventures and love and that this was just the start of a new one.  She wanted me to focus on all the good, soak in every beautiful moment that life had to offer and to create the kind of life that I wanted for my family.  She left me with a hug, kiss, lots of I love yous and told me she was so proud of me.  As she pulled out of our driveway she did so with a huge smile on her face as she was off to see my Uncle Mo and his family.  I will never forget that, her or the gift that she was to all of us.

   Her willing to take risks and pursue her passions were not lost on the rest of us.  She inspired two of my cousins to not only pursue their passion about food, but to write about it.  My cousin Andy opened Thai restaurants across the country, is a James Beard award winner and has published 2 cook books with another on the way.  He has also created a line of Thai foods and drinks that are now available to buy to use at home.  My cousin Marissa is a canning food expert and teacher who has also published 3 cookbooks and just finished another one.  She started out as a blogger and built a huge following and got book deals out of that.  She was someone who never let fear or shelf doubt hold her back, she just plowed on forward and did what she loved, found a way to make it happen and set a wonderful example for the rest of us.  As for the writers in our family, Grambunny paved the way with just a tiny self published book.  It was yet another gift that she left for us and for future generations.

   I think this last paragraph in her books sums up the way she lived her life so well...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 3/24-3/30 2018


My favorite snack of the week.

   I'm "plum tuckered out".  I have not been sleeping well at all and it has taken it's toll on me.  It's now Saturday and I found out last night that Jaysn and Rachel's move has been put on hold for another few weeks...this is after I made a huge pasta salad to feed the moving crew and did some cleaning of our home so it would be ready for everyone and I could concentrate on taking care of our grandson Steven.  Jeff is at their home today getting some things fixed that the home inspector found and I do not expect him home until much later.  I opted to stay home today to rest.  My legs are really hurting today and I'm just feeling "off".  I think we will hot tub later when Jeff gets home and see if that helps.  Just a note...I make my list out here throughout the week each day because well...fibro fog and all. ;)

~Saturday we went over to visit my cousin Jeremy and his dog Maggie and pick up the garden cart that he bought for us at the auction the previous weekend.  Heather and the boys met us there so we could return Bradley's glasses that he left here at our house.  We had a lovely visit and it was so good to be able to spend time with Jeremy (and Maggie) again. 😁
~We headed into town to stop at the Salvation Army to look for the 2 week pill boxes but they did not have any.  They were however having a great sale on certain colored tags.  I managed to find 8 beautiful older china plates that match one that I already have and 4 gorgeous Noritake "White Scapes" dinner plates that look that they were never used.  Jeff found a cd.  Our grand total for all of that came to just a little under $9.00!  The Noritake plates are selling for $43.99 each at

~Sunday we stayed home.  I marinated some skirt steaks in Yoshida's sauce and served those with brown rice and carrot sticks for dinner.  YUM!
~Monday Jeff finished the temporary steps that are sitting directly over the crumbling cement front steps.  We want to take the old ones out, but can't afford to do that right now and then build a new wooden porch and steps, so these will do for now and he was able to use wood we had around here.  They may not be the prettiest things, but they work.
~Jeff ran down to the library for me and picked up 2 more cookbooks that they had there on hold for me.

~I discovered that my computer has a talk to type program but I am finding the formatting strange so I have yet to work that one out.
~Two more loaves of bread and another batch of croutons were made.
~We had leftovers for dinner.
~Tuesday was a stay at home day for me as well.  I did not sleep well again and was still flaring.
~I took a long bath with lavender scented epsom salts  that I had bought previously at the Dollar Tree.  Each bag is enough for 2 baths, so that is .50 a bath.  Not bad.

~When Jeff got up, he made us grilled cheese sandwiches on my homemade yummy!
~I worked on my points programs.
~I was able to have a long chat online with one of my best friends and she shared some wonderful news with me. 😊
~Dinner was a pizza that Jeff pulled out of the freezer.  I stocked up when they were $3.49 each.

~Wednesday Rachel and Steven came out to hang out with me for awhile.  I made us lunch here and we took Steven to the park.  When Jeff got up, he played with Steven before we loaded Rachel's car up with boxes so she could get more packing done.
~I borrowed 3 more movies from the library
~Since I still had some energy but knew that I was going to need to take it easy for the next 2 days so I could help with the moving on Saturday, Jeff and I ran into town and did the grocery shopping.  I scored big time on center loin pork chops in large family packs.  I bought the 2 they had marked down and divided it into 5 meals with 4 pork chops per ziplock bag.  We did use 4 of the chops for dinner that night but froze the other 4 packages.

~I used the leftover brown rice to make a pork chop and skillet casserole for dinner.
~My strawberries needed to be used up so I sliced them and had some of them with dinner.
~I found marked down deli meat, crackers, and yogurt in addition to the pork chops.
~I caught a mistake that was made when we were checking out and that saved us a $4 overcharge.

~Walmart is clearancing a bunch of their winter wear.  I found 2 fleece shirts by Cuddle Duds for $1 each.  They are super soft and warm and are perfect for my flare days when I need the extra warmth.
~Several more shows were watched late into the night online since I was up with a sick dog.
~We earn rewards on our debit card and credit card through our credit union.  I cashed in my reward points for the cash option and had that added to my savings account.

~Thursday turned into a bad crash/flare day so I did the minimum possible.  I got 3 loads of laundry washed and dried, but Jeff had to fold them for me.
~I managed to get some ground venison made into taco seasoned meat for future meals.
~I worked a bit on my points programs.
~Since I was confined to my recliner for most of the day, I watched some more shows online.

~Thursday is Jeff's bowling night.  I needed something easy and that was "comfort food" for dinner since I was flaring.  I used the leftover tuna from Wednesday and made a grilled tuna and cheese sandwich.  It really hit the spot.
~Friday I was feeling a bit better so I made a large container of tortellini pasta and veggie salad to help feed the moving crew that is helping Jaysn and Rachel move on Saturday.
~Jeff picked up a bag of potatoes on his way home from work that were on sale.

    I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter!  Be blessed!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Nudgings and Keep On Keeping On

Doofy cat on his throne (the back on my recliner) after wreaking havoc all over the house.  You can see some of his handiwork on the floor there.

Do you feel it?  That nudging to stock up your pantry, medicine cabinet and everyday household needs like toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, etc?

I don't feel "safe" unless I have a good stock of things here in our home.  Maybe it is because of having so little in times of financial crisis in the past.  Maybe it is because of being raised on a small island where everything had to be shipped in and having lived through shortages.  Maybe it is because I know that my reality, living in a small town with no grocery stores and dealing with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome among other illnesses on a daily basis means that I may not be able to get to the stores to get what I want and need at any moment.  But maybe, it is God nudging me to have my storehouse in order for any and all possibilities.

My crazy fur babies depend on Jeff and I to keep them fed, groomed and taken care of.  We need to make sure that they have what they need.  Wouldn't it be nice not to have to worry about things like they do?  They trust that we will always take good care of them, that their food dish will be full, their water bowls will have fresh water and that the kitties will have a clean litter box.  Treats will be handed out on a regular basis...just because...  😁

Those nudgings also push me to keep on keeping on.  Living with the illnesses that I do means that my energy is limited and that at any moment, I may crash and/or have a flare up.  I do try to pace myself and I look at what I have coming up activity and commitment wise each week and plan accordingly.  

This week I had Rachel and Steven over yesterday and Praise God, I was having the best day with the lowest amount of pain I have had in ages.  I also had quite a bit of energy.  That both thrilled and scared me because it meant that I could get a lot done, but it also usually means I will be having a crash soon.  Yes, it is one of those weird Fibro things again.  I took advantage of that though and got my grocery shopping done in the afternoon, cooked a nice meal for dinner and then retreated to my recliner for the rest of the evening and early morning hours while dealing with dog with an upset stomach.

Today I am working on getting the laundry caught up, doing some more baking and working on a few little projects, making sure to take lots of rest breaks in between.  I am aching and my pain level is steadily getting worse.  Yes, I knew this was coming...I felt it.

Tomorrow will be a day of rest for me for the most part.  I will need to get a huge pasta salad made to help feed the moving crew that will be helping Rachel and Jaysn move on Saturday.  I will have Steven with me on Saturday while the chaos of moving is going on and I need to be well rested to keep up with that little munchkin.  We had planned on going to church with Jaysn and Rachel on Sunday, but I am thinking that I will be in crash mode at that point, so we are playing that one by ear.  I do not do well with big effort and energy output days back to back and usually need a few days in between to recover and get ready for the next one.

I am really trying to work on listening to both those nudgings from God and to my own body about what it is that both He is telling me and what my body needs.  I am admitting defeat at times (that is the hardest thing for me, admitting that I can't do it all and that I need help) and coming to terms with my new "normal" and that I am not the person that I once was.  My amazing family has been totally supportive of me and are willing to help me whenever needed, including knowing that if I can't make an event, that it is not because I don't want to, but that I just am in too much pain to do so.  That is a huge gift from them to me grace.

We just keep on keeping on around here, doing what we can to make life easier for both of us.  My hubby also has chronic pain in his back and hands (what a pair we make) and I worry about him.  He and I both try to do what we can to ease the burden on each other and we push through pain as much as we can until one of us tells they other to stop and rest or we come to our senses on our own.  One of us is better at doing that than the other...just saying. 😉  I'll let you guess which one that is.

Update:  Well I went into crash mode big time and the baking did not get done.  I managed to get the laundry washed and dried, but Jeff had to do the folding for me.  I did also get some ground venison made into taco meat, so that is ready for us to use but everything else has been put on hold for the moment.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Frugal Friday Wrap Up 3/17-3/23 2018


   I know, I am late again.   I am having trouble typing today and my hands are really hurting.  Yesterday and today have been bad flare days and today, I am really feeling it in my hands.  I've also popped a new Fibro symptom, so that takes me up to 169 out of 200.  😖  So please bear with me as I get thos post done and forgive me in advance if there are typos...the Fibro Fog is bad today also.

~Saturday we had our oldest 2 grandsons spend the night with us.  We worked on puzzles, hot tubbed, they each got to pick out a toy at Goodwill, we watched one of their favorite shows and spent lots of time cuddling.
~My father has his 80th birthday coming up and he and my mom are planning a big trip to Europe.  I was trying to come up with an idea for a gift for him.  I stumbled across a brand new in package luggage locking strap with a built in scale to weight your luggage.  It originally retailed for $30 and I got it for $5.99.  This is a useful gift for both my parents and one that will come in handy as they have fun shopping all over Europe and have to bring things home. 😉
~We stopped at 2 pet stores to pick up some things and the little boys were thrilled to see all the animals there.
~I had a coupon for a free bag of cat treats from Petco and got some.

~I also had a coupon for a free item at Bath and Body Works.  Isaiah helped me pick out a aromatherapy spray that is really calming.
~I did not sleep well Saturday night so Jeff got up early with the grandboys on Sunday morning and made them pancakes with bananas.  I was seriously impressed and the grandboys love it!
~Sunday Jeff and I did our big grocery shopping trip and were very careful to watch our budget.
~We stopped by to see my cousin Jeremy at an auction at the fairgrounds.  There was a garden cart there that Jeff wanted so we set a limit on what we would pay and Jeremy was able to get it for us for under our limit!  Yay! I need to go and pick it up and leave him a check for it now. Jeremy also surprised me by bidding on choice of sterling silver rings and had me pick out a ring.  I picked a beautiful turquoise ring.  I told him that had to be an early birthday present.  Jeremy spoils us all!

~Monday I trimmed my bangs.
~Our library had a book and and movie on hold for me.
~Jeff pruned our Summer apple tree and Caesar "helped" him with all the branches.
~I was really tired by the end of the day but still managed to make us a quick dinner of pan fried chicken and two side dishes.  Jeff had mashed potatoes and I had quinoa and kale.
~I loaned my neighbor my heat and vibrating hand held massager.  Her doctor told her that it should help break things up in her lungs (she has pneumonia).  I told her that she should come and use our hot tub too as the warmth of the water and the jets would help loosen things up also.

~I harvested some green onions from our garden to use in a salad for lunch.
~I got a letter in the mail from our old health insurance company saying that they denied the claim for my recent doctor's visit...well of course they did, we are no longer with them!  I called my doctor's office to tell them about the mix up in billing.  Our doctor's office does not do the billing themselves since they are part of a larger network but the sweet receptionist said that she had our newer insurance info on her computer and that she would call them and have them enter that right information and send the claim to the right insurance company for me.  Sometimes I seriously wonder about some of these billing departments.
~Tuesday was a beautiful sunny day and I enjoyed looking throughout my garden and see what all was coming up!

~I got a free magazine subscription from PinchMe and will be donating the magazine to the library.
~I'm trying to work my points programs as much as I can.  The goal is to go back to getting Walmart gift cards to help with expenses so that frees up more money to use for our two vacations this year.
~Wednesday was NOT a good day pain wise so I spent a lot of time getting caught up on shows online.  I was also going on about 4 hours of sleep, so that did not help.
~Despite the pain, I still managed to get 2 loads of laundry done, make 2 loaves of bread and made some homemade croutons with the leftover bread from last week.
~Jeff made me a sandwich for dinner because I was totally spent by the time that rolled around.

~I had Jeff stop and pick up some precooked BBQ ribs that we half price at the grocery store.
~Thursday Jeff and I watched "Survivor" online.  We love that show!
~I discovered that the Roku channel has some of my favorite old TV series on it!  I am excited to be able to watch "Grace Under Fire" and "I Dream of Jeanie" again.  Jeff is excited for the old westerns.
~Caesar has a problem with his ears so I cleaned them out and put some olive oil in them and massaged it in.  It made him feel better.
~I did manage to get a shower and get dressed in real clothes (not jammies) and even blow dry my hair.
~Lunch for me was some leftover quinoa and kale sauteed with some olive oil, garlic, lemon and some salad shrimp.  It was delicious!

~Jeff picked up another baby gate on sale at Shopko.  We needed one for in front of the pellet stove so that Steven could not get to it and get burned.
~Dinner was clam chowder.  I try to always keep my favorite brand of clam chowder in the is comfort food.
~Friday I had more energy and decided to run into town by myself to pick up my prescription.  Probably not the best idea I found out later.  I did not realize how bad my brain fog really was.  I decided to cut my trip short and just make 3 stops.

~At Walmart I picked up a reduced priced sandwich (since I forgot to eat), some reduced price cheese, my peach flavored vitamin drinks, milk and my prescriptions.  I was able to get a 3 month supply of one of them, but my health insurance will only help pay for a 1 month supply at a time of the other. 
~My next stop was the DMV to get an application for a handicap placard for my car.  I am going to ask my doctor at my next appointment about getting one for those days when I am flaring but still need to go somewhere.  Walking on those days is difficult enough without having to walk from the far end of a parking lot.

~My final stop was at the thrift store.  I knew I needed to look for something there but could not remember what that was (see, this is why I need to always write things down).  I figured that I would remember when I got in there...nope.  I did however find 3 movies and a really comfortable long casual dress that I can wear here and will also be taking to Las Vegas when we go in October.  It will be cool enough to wear in the heat and with a light jacket, can also be worn at night for going out.  The movies were $2.99 each and the dress was $4.48  When I got home I remembered that I was supposed to be looking for 2 week pill boxes for Jeff and I.  I frequently see them there and I wanted 2 of them for our trip since the ones we use at home are for 1 week.

~Jaysn and Rachel came out to look at an apartment and to meet with the owners.  They have it on hold for them and will know on Thursday if the sale of their house is definitely going through.  They have to be out of their home by April 18th if all goes well.  The apartment is across the street and 2 houses down from us!  We watched Steven (he is now walking at 10 months old just like his older cousin Bradley did) when they went down there and then we had them all stay for dinner. 
~Dinner was precooked BBQed ribs that we got earlier in the week at half price, baked sweet potato rounds with Chipotle salt and a Romaine lettuce salad with your choice of hard boiled eggs, avocado and dressings.
~I gave Rachel a bag full of transition cups that moves from bottles to soft nipple sippy cup to regular sippy cups for Steven.  He did pretty well with the soft nipple sippy cup I have here for him that he tried for the first time today. 😊  I also sent her home with a Money magazine (free subscription).
~I watched an episode of "Frontier House" on Youtube.