|It's A Whole Bouquet!|
The newest sunflower is a bouquet of four individual sunflowers all flowering at the same time on one main stem!
How can it be Wednesday, already? The days are speeding by, I feel!
On Sunday, I relaxed, paid a couple of bills, watched a few videos, and ordered more groceries, which I picked up on Monday. I wasn't planning to get groceries this week, after going grocery shopping on July 5. But, there were some good deals being offered and I wanted to take advantage of them. In addition, I'm afraid I watched too many "stock up your pantry NOW" type videos and I admit they got to me! Plus, there is the ever increasing list of items the grocery store is specifying for delivery only. For example, I bought rice in 2 lb. packages for a higher price per pound because the 5 lb. or 10 lb. packages were available for delivery only. It costs between $9.99 and $11:99 per delivery, depending on your area, according to the store website; eventually, I might have to consider getting a delivery once a month and then, doing pick up in between.
Anyway, I picked up:
1 loaf French bread = $1.99
2 Mangos, $1@ = $2.00
2.35 lb. grapes, reg. price $3.49/lb., on sale @$1.99/lb. = $4.68
1 Frozen pizza, reg. price $5.49, on sale with coupon - $3.99
1 lb. Bacon, reg. price $8.99, on sale with coupon = $3.99
3 lb. ground turkey, reg. price $5.99, on sale for $2.99@ = $8.97
6 pk. canned chicken breast in water, 10 oz. @ = $14.99
(it was cheaper per 6 pk. than individually)
18 ct. large eggs, reg. price $5.99 on sale with coupon = $2.99
2 x 5lb. all purpose flour, $2.99@ = $5.98
1 cranberry juice, 64 fl. oz., reg. price $2.49, on sale with coupon = $1.69 + $0.10 bottle deposit
1 box cereal (corn flakes), reg. price $4.99, on sale with coupon = $1.69
(sale was on 19.2 oz. boxes, but, I received a 28.5 oz. box, instead; not complaining!)
2 boxed rice & wild rice mixes, 4 oz.@, reg. price $1.50, on sale for @$1 = $2.00
3 x 2lb. long grain white rice, $1.59@ = $4.77
(As mentioned earlier, the 2 lb. bags are more costly per lb., but, I bought it anyway as I don't want to run short of rice!)
2 containers, 26 oz@, iodized salt, $.99@ = $1.98
2 containers, 48 fl. oz. canola oil, reg. price $3.99 on sale for $3.49@ = $6.98
8 cans condensed milk, 14 fl. oz. @$2.39 = $19.12
4 x 4 lb. sugar, $2.49@ = $9.96
Total spent on groceries = $99.58
Which meant I went over budget by $23.50!
The grocery budget was $100 + $24.57 carried over from June = $124.57
Spent to date = $48.49 (on 7/5) + $99.58 = $148.07
Amount overspent = 124.57 - $148.07 = -$23.50
I will take this amount out of August's grocery budget. Stocking up is expensive! But, between rising prices and increasing unavailability of some items for curbside pick up, I felt it was better to stock up now.
In addition to groceries, I stocked up on some other items:
Cat food = $9.99
2 Toothpaste tubes, @3.3 oz., reg. price $4.79, on sale for $2.99, with coupon for $.99@ = $1.98
1 pkt. (8 bars) soap = $7.99
5 pkts. glue sticks (3 glue sticks per pack), reg. price $2.49@, on sale for $1@ = $5.00
(I had opened the last packet of glue sticks that I had on hand when I made the baby shower card; it was time to stock up and the price was right!)
I budget separately for pet supplies and toiletries. I no longer have a craft supplies line item in my budget, but, I do have a "miscellaneous" category which will cover the cost of the glue sticks!
My entire total, with groceries and other non-grocery items included, amounted to $124.54
So, on Monday, I picked up the groceries, put things away, did a load of laundry, took the trash cans to the curb for pick up on Tuesday, and watered the front garden.
|Passionfruit Ripening on the Vine|
On Tuesday, I took the car for a smog check, as it was required for renewing my vehicle registration. The smog check and certificate cost $65.00. Afterwards, I submitted the registration fee of $198.00, online; the Department of Motor Vehicles will mail me the renewed registration and the decal. Later, I put away the washed laundry, brought the trash cans in, cleaned the litter box, and watched TV news programs! There was a lot to watch! At one point, I messaged the daughter of one of my cousins who is in Sri Lanka to ask how things were and she replied, "Total chaos". Cousin V called and we chatted a little bit; apparently, she has Covid! But, she says it feels like the flu and her doctor has prescribed a medication that she is taking. I asked her if she needed anything and she said no.
|The Kent Mango Trio|
Lois Lane in the middle is growing well
Clark Kent on right; Conner Kent on the left
Today, Wednesday, M tended to the garden and I asked him to pick the remaining lemons from the two trees on either side of the garage side door. I think this could be another find for the SPSH prompt "Yellow and Blue Together":
|SPSH No. 11: Yellow and Blue Together|
80 lemons! There were several more, but, they had been scorched by the sun and were past their prime; M put them in the compost heap. I washed the rest of them and lay them out to dry, then, put them all in the fridge for now. They filled the bottom drawer and half of one of the other drawers! I offered some to my daughter's friend A, but, she said she still had some that I had given her earlier. I'll take some to friend R, tomorrow. We didn't pick the lemons from the third tree, yet.
Today, I cooked one of the packets of ground turkey I had bought on Monday. I added frozen zucchini, onion, tomato, bell pepper strips, grated carrot, some garlic, etc., and sauted the ground turkey. Then, I put half of the mixture aside to freeze for another day. I added a can of pasta sauce to the remaining ground turkey mixture and had some of it with spaghetti for a very late lunch (around 3:30 p.m.). Afterwards, I froze some of the remaining ground turkey pasta sauce mixture and kept the rest in the fridge. After such a late lunch, dinner was cheese toast!
I had a text this evening from my other cousin's daughter (the one who had the baby shower); she had not been able to stop by to see me before she went back to Florida and apologized, saying the trip had been hectic. I totally understood and said I feel bad about opting out of the baby shower. But, I have her address and will be mailing the blanket off to her, eventually.
So far this week, I am grateful for:
- Being able to order groceries online and pick up curbside
- Being able to go over the budget to stock up
- The car passed the smog check
- M helping with the garden
- Lemon harvest!
This week's joyful activities included communicating with various family members, enjoying the garden flowers and produce, and some card making.
How is your week coming along? What are your plans for the rest of the week?