Wednesday, January 23, 2019

More Grocery Shopping on Tuesday

Today was sunny, a bit windy, but not too cold, during the day.

In the morning, after I responded to blog comments, etc., I sorted through a couple of my dresser drawers.  There are four larger drawers and three smaller drawers.  I sorted three of the larger drawers and one smaller one, decluttering them as I went.  Then, I sorted through and bagged up all the donations - I have 4 bags of clothes (10 items of clothing per bag), 1 bag of books and magazines (9 books and 3 magazines) and 1 bag of shoes and miscellaneous household items.  Then, I called and scheduled a donations pick up - the earliest they can come is next Tuesday, but that is OK.  I just have to leave the bags outside my front door and they will pick them up and leave me a receipt.  I am glad that that is done.

One of the books I decluttered, today

Speaking of books, I finished reading my two library books:

Library Book 1

Of the two books, I enjoyed reading the second book, more:
Library Book 2
I will return them to the library sometime this week.

Lunch was a salad:

Lunch Salad
Lettuce, one grated carrot (the last carrot I had in the fridge), some grated apple, part of a cucumber, salad dressing, and a few cashews.

In the afternoon, I went to the Armenian grocery store:

1/22 Groceries

I went mostly to buy the salmon steaks that were on sale for $4.99/lb., as that sale ends today.  In comparison, salmon fillets are selling at the regular grocery store for $9.99/lb.  I bought six steaks, which came to little over 3 lbs.  I plan to share them with my daughter, when she comes down in March.

I also wanted some vegetables, such as more carrots, some broccoli, and zucchini.  Unfortunately, they were out of broccoli crowns and the broccoli with stems were $1.19/lb.; the zucchini was $1.39/lb.  Those prices are high!  I can get better prices at the dollar store!  They had green beans for only $.79/lb, but they didn't look so fresh and I have some green beans in the fridge.  Their prices change, tomorrow, so I am hoping that they have better prices, then.  I usually get the grocery ads in the mail on Tuesdays, but, because yesterday was a holiday, they weren't in the mail, today.  Hopefully, they will arrive, tomorrow.  I am planning to go for more vegetables, later, this week.

In the meantime, I bought:

1 lb. carrots = $.39
snow peas @ $2.99/lb = $.27 (I just bought a handful, paying full price, but they rarely go on sale for less than that)
2+ lb. onions @ $.20/lb = $.47
1 lb. peaches @$.99/lb = $.98
3+ lb. salmon steaks (6 steaks) @$4.99/lb = $15.92
Total = $18.03

(The three lemons in the photo are what I picked from the garden.)

1/22 Receipt
I plan to cook the salmon with onions and tomato and freeze them.

For dinner, I pulled out the last cooked salmon steak I had in the freezer (I wanted to finish what I had in the freezer before I added the new salmon) and had half of that, with one carrot, cut up and boiled, and the last of the green beans, I cooked yesterday:

Dinner: Salmon, Green Beans, Carrots
Afterwards, I had one of the peaches - even though they look nice and ripe, they weren't very ripe, but that's fine, as that's how I prefer them.

Today, I am grateful for:
- Getting the donations sorted and scheduling the pick up
- A sunny day
- Chatting on the phone with friends and family, plus daughter, of course
- A safe drive to the grocery store and back
- Emails from friends

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Bring the trash cans in - DONE
- Grocery shop - DONE
- Sew the sweater - STARTED
- Clean my bathroom (sorted donations and decluttered dresser drawers, instead!)

Wednesday's To Do List
- Sew the sweater
- Clean my bathroom
- Do a load of laundry
- Water the peach tree
- Cook the salmon

How was your Tuesday?  What are your plans for Wednesday?


  1. Well done on the decluttering. Little by little and you'll get there, or at least that's the approach I'm taking. It did occur to me recently that decluttering is all very well but I also need to restrict my impulse buying if I want the house to remain uncluttered. That's going to be even harder to sort out!!

    1. Thank you, Eileen. Yes, little by little is the approach I am taking, too. Ha, ha, yes, after you work so hard to declutter, you have to make an effort to keep the house uncluttered! Some people have a "1 in 1 out" rule - every time you bring in something new, you have to get rid of 1 item to make room for it. Makes one think twice about buying something new, but, it is one way of keeping the clutter to a minimum.

  2. That salad looks really good. I thought about having salad but it's so cold outside and the guys work out in the cold that I feel bad about serving them a salad when they could do with something really warm.

    It's rainy/icy/snow today and then a plunge back down into the cold temps. I might go out and run a couple of errands. I don't think I shall get in a walk as it doesn't look to be dry all day! Hope your Wednesday goes well. Good job on the decluttering!

    1. Thank you, Sharon. Could you have a salad for lunch, when you are home by yourself, and then, serve a hot meal to your husband and son when they come home?

      Your weather sounds pretty bad. I'd want to just stay home, cuddled under a blanket! Be safe if you do venture out - those roads might be treacherous!

      Thank you. I am pleased with what I have been able to declutter, so far.

  3. Prices on fresh vegetables are very high right now (save for root veggies, which I shouldn't have too many of). So I stick mainly with frozen veggies like green beans, broccoli and cauliflower or Oriental mix) I usually add sliced zucchini to my omelets, but because it is just under $2 a pound, I will use a bit of frozen spinach or canned mushrooms instead. I also add a bit of cheese or crumbled bacon instead of veggies.
    This summer and fall I will buy a lot more fresh produce for the freezer, so I can last into the next growing season.

    I hope with the new week's sales ads, you will be able to find better prices on your fresh vegetables.

    1. Yes, frozen veggies might be an option for me, too. Especially, the blends, because then, I'd get a mixture of vegetables. Otherwise, I will shop for the fresh vegetables at the dollar store.

      Usually, the Armenian store has the best prices on fresh produce, so I was rather disappointed to see their prices were so high, yesterday. I checked their grocery ad, online, this morning, as I haven't received the paper ads, yet, but, other than romaine lettuce (2/$1), red onions ($.39/lb), radishes (4 bunches/$1), and beets ($.39/lb), they haven't shown any other vegetables to be on special, this week. I'll still go in person and check the prices; if they are still high, I shall go to the dollar store.

      Your omelets sound good! I can't eat too many eggs because of the cholesterol, as I am on medication for that, too, and I don't want to toss the yolks and "waste" them. I usually eat 1-2 eggs per week. But, you've reminded me that I have a bag of spinach languishing in my fridge! I don't like spinach, all that much, but, I should use it up!

  4. You've done well with your clearing out. I always think it feels immensely satisfying to see a job like that through to the end and even better to be able to donate all those items to charity. X

    1. Thank you, Jules. I am making progress! And, often, it is better for me to get the donations out of the house, as soon as possible; otherwise, I am likely to have second thoughts and take things back! LOL!

  5. Good for you getting more decluttering done. I did take a small box of things to the charity shop yesterday but I still have more to do. I have discarded a lot of recipe clippings and cards, but I still have plenty including a binder of photocopied or handwritten recipes. Of course they don't take up a lot of space but I always feel good if I weed some out. Also I found a recipe and was inspired to make some raisin oatmeal scones and I think they will be a regular as we had some for breakfast and they were delicious. They are probably more nutritious than toast.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. Yes, I, too, have a lot more to do, but, I have made a bit of a dent, I think. Sounds like you found a good recipe! The scones sound delicious!


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