Monday, November 19, 2018

Fun on Monday

Daughter and I both woke up around 9:30 a.m., this morning.  We sat around having our coffee and talking for awhile. 

I took some photos of the sweater I repaired:

Before mending
After mending

Can you spot the mending?

The mended spot is on the upper part of the 3rd full cable from the bottom.  Daughter says it is noticeable only if you know where to look.  She is fine with wearing it, so that's good!

Later in the morning, we got dressed and went shopping.

First, to the fabric store to pick up the quilt batting my daughter ordered online for me (she had to do it for me because I am clueless when it comes to online ordering).  The queen sized packaged batting was on sale for $11.99 each and there was a 20% off coupon for ordering online; I bought two.  We had a bit of a wait at the store before they brought the two packages up to the front; but, I was very careful not to go looking at anything else in the store!  They had Fall-themed fabric and Christmas fabric on sale for 50% off, but I didn't want to be tempted by them!

Then, we went to the grocery store to buy a few treats - 1 package garlic naan ($3.69), roasted cashews (1 package of plain roasted and 1 package of chili & lime flavored, $7.99 @), frozen shrimp gyoza ($4.99), a bag of salad greens ($1.99), a package of shredded carrots ($.99), a package of fresh cranberries ($1.99), pistachio pomegranate crisps ($3.99), and a chocolate pecan pie ($6.99)!  My daughter put away the groceries before I could take a photo, but the total came to $40.61.  Not my usual grocery shopping, as you can see, but, we were in the mood for a few treats!

11/19 Grocery Receipt

November grocery budget = $100
Spent to date = $20 + $6.47 + $19.86 + $1.50 + $40.61 = $98.03
Balance left in the budget =  $1.97

Oops!  Maybe I shouldn't have gone grocery shopping for treats, today!  The only way I can stay under budget will be if I don't grocery shop for the rest of this month!  In which case, I won't be able to take advantage of the $.99/lb deal on boneless/skinless chicken breasts, tomorrow.  Do I keep to the budget and avoid shopping the rest of this month?  Do I go over the budget to stock up and make it up in December?  Or use some of what is left of the October prayer gathering budget?  I know I had said I could use some of that for stocking up.

After we came home, daughter put away the groceries for me.  Then, we went to a nearby Japanese restaurant to have a belated birthday lunch!

Daughter chose a sunomono salad (a marinated cucumber salad; I forgot to take a photo) and a sushi roll with baked scallops, shimeiji mushrooms, avocado, and cucumber:

Daughter's Lunch

I chose my usual favorite, which was the teriyaki beef lunch special, which came with miso soup (not pictured), salad, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and rice:

My Lunch
The waitress brought us extra plates and bowls, so we were able to share - I shared some of my miso soup and tempura with daughter and she shared some of her sunomono salad and sushi roll with me.  Neither of us could finish our entrees, so we brought the leftovers home!  Lunch came to $42 with the tip.  But, since we had the leftovers for dinner, it provided us with two meals, each.

We had originally planned to do a little more shopping in the afternoon, but I was feeling tired.  The air quality wasn't so good, today, and we had walked the few blocks to the restaurant and back, which was probably not such a good idea, after all.  So, we decided to stay home and relax.

I did a load of laundry in the afternoon, and, afterwards, we played "hair salon"!  I gave daughter's hair a hot oil treatment using coconut oil; she trimmed my hair for me.  It was the first time my hair has been trimmed after it grew out (I lost most of my hair during chemo and we shaved off what was left).  I will trim my daughter's hair, tomorrow.

Later, I made us tea and we had a piece of the chocolate pecan pie.  I think we both found our new favorite pie!

For dinner, we had the leftovers from our lunch and daughter made us side salads, too, using some of the salad mix we bought, the last of the bag of rainbow carrots she brought with her (a mix of white, purple, and orange carrots), tangerines, bell peppers, and onion.  Since I don't like raw onions and bell peppers make me burp, she left them out of my salad:

My Salad
We spent the rest of the evening relaxing, watching some TV, and snacking on some of the treats we bought at the grocery store.  Those pistachio pomegranate chips are addictive!

Today, I am grateful for:
- Spending the day with my daughter
- Birthday lunches
- Rescue inhalers!
- Yummy treats
- Being able to splurge on occasion

Monday's To Do List:
- Go shopping - DONE
- Belated birthday lunch out - DONE
- Take the trash cans to the curb - DONE
- Do another load of laundry - DONE

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Trim daughter's hair
- More shopping!
- Bring the trash cans in
- Water the garden

How was your Monday?  What have you planned for Tuesday?


  1. I'm impressed that you were so well controlled around all that lovely new fabric! It sounds like you had a lovely day with your daughter. How long is she home for?

    1. I was tempted to buy some fabric that was 50% off, but I need to use up more of my stash before I buy more fabric! However, I might buy some solid colored fabric if they have a 75% off sale.

      My daughter will be home until next Tuesday. So, she'll be home for another week. She'll come back the Thursday before Christmas and be here until just after the New Year. :)

  2. You did a great job mending the sweater. I don't see it at all.

    Hmmm pistachio pomegranate chips sound delicious. It's nice to have a treat once in a while.
    I'd buy $0.99/lb chicken now, and make it up in December.

    1. Thank you, Nil. I think the sweater mending went well, myself. :)

      Yes, most probably, I will buy the chicken now and either make it up in December, or use some of the leftovers from the prayer gathering budget.

  3. You live so well on your budget, that these little indulgences are so worth the wait. These treats are so special because the money is there to provide them. It isn't often your daughter comes home, so enjoy.

    1. Thank you, Susan. I feel a bit of a fraud whenever I set a budget and exceed it, because that defeats the purpose of having a budget, doesn't it? But, I don't spend money I don't have, so, it's OK, I think. And, maybe, the next time my daughter comes home, I'll increase the budget by $50, instead of by $25. :)

  4. Good buys and your food looks delicious....a nice restaurant meal with your daughter. I was just thinking of making pecan is good! Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea. It was a nice meal and we both enjoyed it. Yum! Homemade pecan pie! Please have a slice for me! :D


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