|Holiday Table Runner 1
On Sunday, I went out to lunch with friend R. It was a belated birthday celebration and R treated me. We went to one of our favorite family restaurants. R had fish and chips with coleslaw; I had pot roast with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, and we both chose the side salad instead of the soup of the day. Neither of us could finish our lunch, so we took the rest of it home! I had some of my leftovers for dinner, that night, and the rest of it for dinner on Monday night!
On Monday, I relaxed a bit, did a load of laundry, did some paperwork, played with fabric, finished reading one of my library books, and took the trash cans to the curb.
|Holiday Table Runner 2
I tried to make it a reversible one for a cat-loving cousin:
|Reversible Table Runner
On Tuesday, I ran a few errands:
First, I went to the library to return the book I had finished reading and to check out another; I also updated my email information, etc., since the previous email they had on file was my work email.
Then, I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription refill ($30 copay) and another bottle of calcium supplements ($12.49). They were having a buy one, get the second at 50% off on the vitamins and supplements, plus I had a $2.00 off coupon, so I bought two bottles of calcium with Vitamin D, at once (came to $18.32 with tax).
Next, I went to the dollar store where I bought a white plastic table cover (for the almsgiving), a box of cake mix (to make a dessert to take to the December prayer gathering), a bag of fresh cranberries, and three tubes of toothpaste to stock up, as I opened the last tube, that morning. My total came to $6.38, of which, $2 were for grocery items.
Finally, I went to the nearby grocery store where I bought half a gallon of milk ($1.99), a loaf of bread ($1.25) and some black grapes (@$.99/lb = $1.28)). I didn't take a photo of what I bought, however. My total came to $4.52. With the $2 spent at the dollar store for grocery items, my December grocery spending amounts to $6.52, for the 1st week.
I should probably do a separate post for the December groceries, but, for now, I will just give a recap of the November grocery spending. In November, my grocery budget was supposed to be $100 because my daughter was coming home for almost half the month (12 days), but I actually spent $150.87! ($20 + $6.47 + 19.86 + $1.50 + $40.61 + $52.17 + $10.26 = $150.87). Part of it was because I bought some groceries for her to take back with her, except, she left some of it behind, as she hadn't enough room in her suitcase (she had bought all those clothes to take back with her and they took up most of the room!). I have the option of using the funds leftover from the October prayer gathering budget to cover the amount by which I went over budget or trying to make it up from the December grocery budget. I have decided to make it easy for myself and use the surplus from the prayer gathering budget! So, I will start December with a fresh, new budget of $100 for groceries (daughter will be home for the last week in December and first week in January).
I am glad I did all my errands on Tuesday, because the rain started Tuesday night and it has been raining fairly steadily since then.
Wednesday morning, I woke up early enough to watch the latter part of the funeral coverage for President Bush. Also in the morning, I received an email notification from Sears, the store where I purchased the new washer and dryer, reminding me that the delivery was scheduled for this Friday, December 7. But, later in the afternoon, I received a phone call (and several texts) from them, saying the delivery has to be rescheduled, and please call them back! I called them back and apparently, they are unable to make the delivery until December 27! I was not pleased, but, what can I do? I don't want to cancel the order and go shopping again! So, I agreed to the new date. As my daughter says, as long as they don't try to deliver on the date of the almsgiving, I should be fine! I also made a batch of strawberry jam, in the afternoon:
I had bought the strawberries in the summer, for $.99/lb., cut them up and froze them. I reused canning jars and bands I had on hand, but used new lids I had bought, earlier. I decided to dress up the jars a bit with fabric from the stash! I used 2 1/2 lbs. strawberries to make this batch and I was able to fill eight 8-oz. canning jars and there was enough leftover jam to half fill another jar. That half jar is for me! I had a slice of bread with butter and freshly made strawberry jam with a cup of tea in the evening!
I have another package of strawberries thawing - will make another batch of jam as soon as I finish this post! It has stopped raining now and the late afternoon sun is shining.
I took this photo when I went out to collect the mail, a few minutes ago - maybe a candidate for the WPSH, #2 Pool of light:
2. Pool of light
|Pool of Light - Sunshine on the wet road
And maybe this one for #17 Orange?
Today, I am grateful for:
- All the rain we've received
- The sun shining through the clouds after the rain
- My new medical insurance card arrived and all the information seems correct!
- A warm and dry house when it is rainy and cold
- Strawberry jam!
How is your week coming along?