|The View from Daughter's Hotel Room
My daughter sent me this photo this morning, saying it's the view she woke up to this morning. Today is the day of her friend's wedding.
|Empty Pallet - No Pea Gravel
M sent me this photo from the garden supply store showing an empty pallet where the $5.99 bags of pea gravel used to be! Apparently, they are all out of it, although they are expecting a new shipment to arrive next week. I guess we will have to wait until they get some more. Maybe he can pick some up next Friday.
|Fried Rice for Brunch
Leftover cooked rice, one hot dog from the freezer, sliced up, a handful of green peas and snow pea pods (also from the freezer), an egg, and a handful of roasted peanuts to top it off. The snow peas are what I grew last year and harvested towards the end of the growing season - they were a little stringy, but, they were OK. Next time, I'll string them before I freeze them (or pick them when they are a little more tender). I couldn't eat all of the fried rice that I made, so, I have leftovers for tomorrow. This was a fairly frugal meal, using leftovers and items I had on hand. I didn't cost out everything, but, the hot dog was from a packet of 10 for $2.50, so, $.25 for one hot dog, the green peas were from 12 oz. packet bought for $1.25, the peanuts were from a 1 lb. jar bought for $2.79 (although the same jar is now selling for $3.29); the egg at $.37 ($4.49 for 12) is probably the most expensive ingredient! I used the drippings from yesterday's hamburger patty (I had saved it in a container in the fridge) for making the fried rice. Oh, but the gas used to cook it would have doubled the cost of the ingredients put together!
Have I mentioned my bill for natural gas, for this month? It covers the period of December 19, 2022 to January 20, 2023. It's nearly $700 ($693.34 to be exact). I used slightly less gas/fewer therms (160 therms) during this billing period than I did during the same billing period last year (December 2021-January 2022; 165 therms), but, the cost of gas went up from $1.05/therm in December 2022 to $3.45/therm in January 2023. The gas company says the cost of gas increased due to the increase in demand for natural gas as a result of the colder weather in other parts of the country.
I like to think that I am fairly frugal in many ways, but, I need to be warm in the winter! That's my one luxury! I'll happily go without air conditioning in the summer, but, I want to be warm in the winter. I do bundle up in layers (I'm wearing four layers on the top, right now, plus a scarf and wool socks), but I feel cold easily. I keep the thermostat, located on a wall adjacent to the heater, at 70F, which means the family room and the bedrooms are about 68F. I keep the door to the spare room closed and when my daughter is not here, her bedroom and bathroom doors are also closed. But, the house is mostly open plan so you can't close off any rooms other than the bedrooms and bathrooms.
I am not complaining about the high gas bill; I'm grateful that I have a way to stay warm! However, it is three times what I've budgeted for, so, I will need to pay from savings. I am thankful that I am able to do so! But, maybe I should start using electricity to cook my "frugal" meals! LOL.
I also did a load of laundry and video chatted with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The pharmacy was able to fill this prescription without any problems
- Medical insurance to help pay for the cost of the prescription
- A safe drive to the pharmacy and back
- The availability of natural gas and electricity
- Having savings in place to meet an unexpectedly high gas bill!
Today's joyful activity was playing with fabric. I didn't actually sew anything, but, I sorted through the fabric stash and did a little bit of cutting and trimming. In other words, playing. Eventually, I want to piece out a backing for a quilt top I have already sewn. Not quite sure how that's going to work out, but, we shall see.
Plans for Sunday include more playing with fabric.
How was your Saturday? What are your plans for Sunday?