Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday: February Grocery Shopping Week 1

The doctor's office called in the morning to verify if I had my chest x-ray; I said yes, and they said they will contact the radiology center for the results and will inform the surgeon's office. 

Today, I went to the office and had a fairly productive day.  In the afternoon, I went for my walk and went to the library to return my book.  The library is behind the former St. Vibiana's cathedral.

The bell tower and cupola of the former cathedral
The archdiocese, which had wanted a larger cathedral, had started to demolish the bell tower, removing the cupola on the top, without a permit, after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, claiming it had the right to demolish their own building.  But, the City and conservationists filed a lawsuit to stop the demolition.  Eventually, the archdiocese reached an agreement with the City and the former cathedral was given to the City in exchange for a larger piece of City-owned property, where the new cathedral has been built.  The building was sold, renovated, and the cupola was returned to the top of the bell tower.  The building is currently being used as an event space.

On the way home, I put gas to the car and did the grocery shopping.
2/5 Groceries
I bought:
1/2 gal. milk = $1.99
1 coffee creamer = $2.49
bananas @$.49/lb = $.56
1 box crackers = $1.99
Total =  $7.03

I had wanted to buy the smoked sausage that had been advertised at $1.99, but the sale price of $1.99 was valid only during the weekend!  I chose not to buy it at $2.50, which was today's price.  Oh, well, I'll buy it when it goes on sale, next.

2/5 Grocery Receipt
Yes, I bought another bag of cat food!  I am spending more on cat food than my own groceries!  

February grocery budget = $75 +  $17.23 carried over from January =  $92.23
Spent to date = $7.03
Balance left in the budget = $85.20
Came home a little after 7:00 p.m.  It was too dark to put water to the front garden, and I was tired, too.  But I put a load of laundry to wash before I photographed the groceries, made a cup of coffee and called daughter.  Later, I hung up the laundry to dry and applied the flea medications to Dancer (doing it as a preventive measure).
Lunch had been the rest of the chicken salad in a sandwich and some of the pineapple.  For dinner, I made chicken fried rice with some of the leftover roast chicken, leftover rice, onions, frozen green peas, an egg, and a handful of mixed nuts (more leftovers from the prayer gathering):
Chicken Fried Rice
There's enough leftover for tomorrow's lunch.  Dessert was a banana...and a chocolate!
Today, I was grateful for:
- A call from the doctor's office (shows they are on top of it, this time)
- A productive day at the office
- A pleasant walk
- Libraries
- A safe commute to the office and back

Monday's To Do List:
- Go to the office - DONE
- Go to the library to return book (during lunch break) - DONE
- Go to the grocery store - DONE
- Put gas to the car - DONE
- Water the front garden
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- Do a load of laundry - DONE
- Vacuum (maybe)

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Go to the office
- Bring the trash cans in
- Water the front garden
- Put away the laundry
- Vacuum 

How was your Monday?  How did you do with your grocery shopping, this week?


  1. The cathedral is very pretty and it sounds like the city and the archdiocese came up with a good compromise.

    1. Yes, it is very pretty, isn't it? Much prettier, in my opinion, than the new cathedral they built.

  2. I loved the explanation of the old cathedral. It would have been a shame to lose such a beautiful old structure. I think the city was very wise in negotiating a solution to the problem. You did really well with your first week's grocery shopping. You must have lots to use up because that wouldn't begin to fill my pantry for a week.

    1. Thanks, Susan. I am still eating from the freezer, although I am coming to an end to my stock of meat. I am trying to buy minimally because I am still tossing food that I didn't get around to cooking and I really want to stop that!

  3. Bless, I'll be happy to set aside and mail you any Kitten Caboodle coupons I come across, if it would help.

    It sounds like you had a great day! I'm glad the doctor's office seems to be on the ball, for a change.

    1. Aw, thank you, Nathalie. As if you don't have enough to do with your own coupon clippings! I should probably buy the Sunday newspaper and look for the coupons, myself, but, haven't done so, yet.


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