Friday, November 2, 2018

Still Recovering from Vacation and Some Frugal Doings

   It's a very blustery day here with gusting winds and I am so thankful to be inside where it is warm.  Even the fur babies are wanting to be inside for the most part.  I'm hoping things calm down earlier than when our high winds warning is set to expire because we need to go shopping this afternoon and high winds blowing my car around gives me anxiety.

   The high winds actually remind me of our lives lately.  I feel like we have been in a whirlwind of activity (good stuff really) and the wind has been knocking me around. ;)  I'm thankful for the cooler weather, the rain and even the wind because it is refreshing after all the heat, dust and even smoke from this Summer.  At the same time though, I want calm weather (physically and metaphorically) so that I can recover from all the wonderful activity and special times we shared with family recently.  Yes, I get worn out easily but it was so worth it! :)

   I spent the first part of this week on the couch for the most part napping on and off during the day.  Then came the insomnia once again.  Such is life with Fibromyalgia.  This used to frustrate me to no end, but I have come to accept that this is my "normal" and I just try to be flexible and not beat myself up over it.  I was starting to go a bit stir crazy though and so was Rachel, so she and I took a short trip into town the other day with Steven so that she could pick up some new jeans and get some "comfort food" from the Co-op.  I really enjoyed my time with both her and Steven and it was really good to get out for awhile.  I love having them still living here in town.

   Once again, I forgot to keep daily track of my frugal doings so I am going to do my best to try and remember some of what I did this week...wish me luck!

~made a pasta dish with free sausages, tomatoes and squash from the garden, some homemade tomato powder (from last year's abundant tomato crop) and some sale priced pasta from the pantry that ended up making 3 meals for Jeff and I
~divided up a packaged of reduced price thin cut pork chops into 2 meal sized portions and cooked up one of those portions and froze the other for a future meal
~made homemade pancakes and added huckleberries to them that needed to be used up from the freezer
~my parents did "Christmas" gifts from them when they were here on Saturday...Mom made Jeff a really nice and cozy bowling themed quilt, Dad gave us all wreaths and Mom gave me a Christmas wall hanging that she made along with some cozy pig socks and her old smart phone (she got a newer one and this is an upgrade for me too)
~my parents also treated us to dinner and lunch
~I received a coupon for $10 off at Staples which I will be using today to stock up on more toilet paper (I am a very practical person) ;)
~I found packages of new underwear in my size at Goodwill and bought 2 of them to replace some of mine that have seen better days and needed to be replaced
~Goodwill was also the recipient of 2 bags of donations from us and I gave my 20% off coupon that I received to Rachel to help offset the cost of something she was buying there
~I picked up some free produce from the "sharing" table here in town
~we have been enjoying watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" (we bought several seasons of it on dvd at Goodwill when they were half priced) at night when I can't sleep
~I uploaded some digital coupons onto my Safeway card and to my Winco account
~more syrup was made because we were running out
~I used some leftover mashed potatoes to make potato cheese soup with
~Jeff and I gave all the grandboys the superhero capes we bought them in Las Vegas and they had a wonderful time running around the park in them with their capes flying out behind them...some of the best entertainment for them and us ever :)
~I finally got my cold weather clothing all organized and into my dresser and sorted through things purging like mad along the way.  It made me realize just how many items of clothing that I have that I no longer wear and that could "go away" and that I really did not need much of anything more other than the new underwear I just bought
~Jeff stocked us up on the batteries that we use most often in our flashlights and remote controls while they were on sale
~Rachel and Jaysn's refrigerator and freezer is much smaller than the one they had at their old rental so they are storing some of their freezer items in our big freezer out in the garage
~I have been doing my best to try and use what we have on hand to make meals with...we did however order a chicken strip basket from the tavern to share on night for dinner earlier in the week when I was really struggling with my energy levels

   I know there has got to be more but at the moment I am drawing a complete blank.  I really do need to get back into the habit of writing things down daily.  Praying for a relaxing weekend for you all!


  1. Your frugal doings are marvelous. I'm pretty much recovered from my last surgery, so I expect I'm going to start keeping track again. We have actually done some super frugal things over the last month or so. I wish I'd kept track!
    Be blessed,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    1. Hi Laura! I am so happy to hear how well you are doing. Much love to you my friend.:)

  2. Thankful that you're well enough to post. I know how much mental energy that 'costs'. So happy for you that you had your visit with your parents.
    I made a great dish in my instant pot last night - cubed pork, black beans, some veggies and the sauce for baked beans. Won't have to cook for a few days! The sale on pork inspired the dish.
    Cheers, SJ

    1. SJ that sounds delicious! I found a good sale on pork loins for about half the normal price today and bought 2 of them. That should give us at least 4 meals. :)

  3. Love the picture of the kids. They are so cute.
    It is amazing , as we age, how our normal change. Such is life.
    It sounds like you have been doing really well and enjoying life!
    Take care.

    1. Thanks Cheryl. :) I'm trying to soak in all the precious moments with our family.

  4. Hope you can find something for the can make life much better when we can sleep. I suffer from insomnia as well. Love the photo of the kids. My son told me that he remembers with fondness this time of the year. He loved it!You take care dear friend!

    1. Thank you Angela and I hope you find something to help with your insomnia too. I'll let you know if anything works consistently with me. Fall really is a wonderful time of the year!

  5. Hi Debbie, your header photo of your grandsons with their pumpkins is adorable!
    I like vacations too, but it is ironic they make us so tired, is it?

    1. Thanks Rhonda and yes, it is. As much as I loved going on vacation, it was so nice to come home again also.

  6. I love that photo of your grandsons, so cute!!!

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