Sunday and Monday Roundup

Sunday I woke up around 6:30 Sunday morning and did some meditation before having coffee. MrB woke up a little later, and we decided to go to his parent’s house for a visit. We ate some biscuits and gravy while we visited. MrB’s cousin had her little boy up there, and he was very cute. We stayed for a few hours, and then headed home. We made pasta for dinner, and had a quiet evening watching football.


Monday morning I woke up about 7:00 and did meditation then had some coffee. MrB woke up about 8, and slowly got ready for work. Later after he left for work, my dad came to stay for a few days to visit. I took a nap in the afternoon, and we watched television in the evening. I haven’t been feeling my best, so I’m resting a good bit. I finished another hat, and started a camouflage dyed yarn hat. My dad got me Subway for dinner, and later ran to the grocery store. While he was gone I listened to part of a webinar on herbalism. I went to bed pretty early.

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Friday-Saturday Happenings

Friday morning I woke up around 6:30 and decided to make pancakes for my dad and I. I had some left over for later that I popped into the freezer. I ate leftovers from the day before for lunch. My dad and I spent time watching tv in the afternoon. I made pasta for all of us for dinner, and my dad left not too long afterwards. BJ and I spent the evening hanging out and while he watched tv I surfed the internet and slowly worked on another hat. I went to bed around 9.


Saturday morning I woke up about 7, meditated, and made some coffee. I had cheesy grits for breakfast, and watched some TV. MrB went to fish a tournament with his friend. I watched some football coverage on television while working on a hat. I talked on the phone with my dad, and watched some a couple football games, before taking a nap. MrB had a long day of fishing, and he got home after our team’s football game started. He came in second place in his tournament, but they only paid the first place winners. He came home and brought Gameday pizza. Our team won, so we were happy. I continued to slowly work on my loom knitting. I’m almost done with another hat. Then I’ll start on another one. I went to bed around 9:30


Frugal Things Done

This is a short list because, unfortunately I wasn’t very frugal. We’re going to try harder next week.

  • Breakfasts from home
  • Coffee from home
  • Windows still open so no A/C or heat
  • Turned off entertainment center appliances when not in use
  • Worked on Christmas presents from yarn that I’ve had a long time

Sorry for the short post, but I’ll write more soon.

Mid-Week

Wednesday morning I woke up about 5, and went to get some coffee. MrB had gone to work early, so there was already some made. My dad came into the living room right after I did. We watched some TV and then decided to get out of the house. Joey did not approve.

sleepy

First we went to Subway to have some lunch. Then we went to Costco, and bought a few things. Including our family favorite block of sharp cheddar. I browsed thru the grocery section and got an idea of some things I might need soon.

I then went to Kroger for some almond milk, and that was a quick in and out trip. Then we headed home which made Joey happy.

I made black eyed peas, corn muffins, and sweet potatoes for dinner. Then we went to Cabela’s to see the store that just opened up. It is very similar to the Bass Pro Shops I’ve been to. MrB has been a bit under the weather, so he didn’t even try to buy fishing tackle.

We came home, and I worked some on my loom knitting. Then I went to bed around 10.


Thursday morning I woke up about 6:30 and drank some coffee. My dad and I both got ready and left the house for some appointments. We stopped to get some gas for my car, and headed to my first appointment. It took longer than I expected, especially since there was hardly anyone in the waiting room.

After my appointment we went to a local diner to eat a late breakfast. It is always so yummy. I had a three cheese omelette, cheesy grits, and toast. I had to get a box, because there was so much food.

We went to my dad’s appointment, and while I was waiting on him I decided to go next door to Starbucks to get a plain coffee. I would’ve loved a yummy flavored coffee, but I figured my waistline and wallet would prefer a plain coffee.

After his appointment was over we went to the pharmacy for me to drop off a prescription.

We then headed to my last appointment of the day. I was able to get in early, because the person ahead of me moved their appointment.

After I finished my appointment my dad and I went home. Not too long after we got home MrB arrived. We decided to go eat dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. It’s in a small building, and it’s very yummy. I got a plate dinner with a tamale, cheese enchilada, rice, and beans. I wasn’t able to eat all of it, so it went into the fridge when we got home.

After dinner we went home. We sat and visited a while, and watched some football. I ended up going to bed around 10.


Frugal Things Done

I have to be honest that frugality hasn’t been on the forefront this week. However here is what I’ve done.

  • Windows open, so no heat or A/C.
  • Always turning the power strip for the entertainment center off whenever I leave the room.
  • Attempted to work on a hat for a Christmas gift, but I keep messing up and having to start over. I will get it right eventually.
  • Ate some meals from home.

Fun on a Tuesday

I woke up this morning around 6:30, and when I went into the living room and my dad was just walking into the living room. A short time later MrB decided it was he was going to go fishing. He thought since it wasn’t as cold as it had been the last few mornings, he would not get too cold. Honestly he has fished before when the water droplets on the fishing rod were freezing to the rod. He almost got frostbite that day. I could’ve whipped him. Before he left, my dad bought us an egg white and cheese Subway breakfast sandwich.

Sweet
This sweet goat waiting for some attention

MrB had ordered a discounted Groupon for the Belle Chèvre goat creamery. We got there before our scheduled tour time, but since we were the only ones there at the time the tour guide took us to see the goats. The creamery doesn’t actually have any milk goats. They source their milk from North Carolina mainly because of the volume they need to run the business . The goats were so cute, and those little girls enjoyed the attention. I learned from the tour guide more about goats in general including the fact that these were Nubian goats, and that they could be identified by their floppy ears. These were not milk goats, they seemed to be more like ambassadors for the creamery. We petted all three goats, and I found out they like having their chins scratched, and on top of their head right between their horns. A black goat would get jealous and push the other goats out of the way so he could get attention.

Jealous goat
Jealous goat

After petting the goats we went into a big building with benches that were actually church pews. The tour guide started a documentary on the current CEO of the creamery, and how she decided to get into this business. She had taken a sabbatical from her technology based job, and she registered at a culinary school in New York City. One day in the city she stopped in a shop, and had this amazing cheese. She looked closer at the package and learned that the creamery was close to where she grew up. She decided she wanted a part of that business. She quit school and moved back to Alabama after securing a job with Belle Chèvre. This cheese has won awards both locally and nationally.

The creamery is in a 150 year old building.
The creamery is in a 150 year old building.

After the documentary, we met up with the tour guide and two ladies who joined our tour. We went to some windows where we could watch some of the employees work on the cheese. At this time they were taking logs of goat cheese and putting the in their wrappers. After they finished a tray of cheese they took 6 logs at a time, and put them into a vacuum sealer to get all the air out of it. Then they do something interesting. The workers then put the vacuum sealed cheese down into a brine solution. The amazing thing was that after they put the cheese in the brine solution it made the cheese package look perfect. The tour guide went in to get one that hadn’t been put in the brine solution. That cheese log had lots of wrinkles in the wrapper, and after the brine solution the wrapper was smooth. I’m not really sure how that works.

After that we all went to the lobby of the creamery and started the cheese tasting. I can’t recall ever having goat cheese before so I wasn’t sure how I’d like it. We first tasted the original cheese, and it was a little tangy, but not bad. Then we went thru flavors like cinnamon, fig, pimento cheese, coffee, olive leaf brined cheese, one that was called Southern Belle that had bourbon soaked pecans and dusted with sugar and mint. They were all awesome, and with our Groupon deal we got two free containers of cheese. We picked cinnamon and fig. We also tasted an amazing goat cheese cheesecake with a hint of lemon flavor. It was so amazing!

We went to a little restaurant owned by the creamery. I decided to get a five cheese grilled cheese sandwich. It had fig, gruyere, smoked gouda, regular gouda, cheddar, and onions added. It came with a side of pickled okra. I’ve never really eaten any pickled okra, but I liked it. MrB got a slice of the amazing cheesecake we had sampled. He bought me some pimento cheese, and some of the Southern Belle cheese before we left the restaurant.

Part of my sandwich. Yum!
Part of my sandwich. Yum!

After eating we visited the goats again briefly, and then we headed to an apple orchard. It is a yearly tradition for us, and it’s always fun. When you get to the orchard you see a lot of pumpkins out in the front lawn. Inside you will find on one side of the building there are people working on sorting thru the apples to pick the best ones for selling. It is interesting to see the process of the apples going down a conveyer belt, and the people working there picking over the apples while inspecting them. There are huge bins with different apples. You can get bags of all the same type apples, and then there is a table with apples you can pick thru and make a mixed bag. MrB worked on getting a bag full of various apples. I went along the parameter of the building where they had everything from jellies, cider, candy apples, honey, molasses, frozen cider, and sweet potatoes. We purchased the bag of mixed apples, I picked up a reduced sugar apple butter, a half peck of sweet potatoes, and MrB couldn’t pass up getting a gallon of the cider.

Orchard

When we finished we went home. I ate one of the apples, and it was delicious. I think it was a red delicious apple. My dad had watched the doggies for us, so I was thankful. I had a microwave meal for dinner instead of leftovers. I have not been doing as well on my diet lately as I should be, but I’m determined to get better. Also we have done a lot more eating out this month, and I’m going to nip that in the bud immediately.

I worked on my loom knitting while MrB and my dad watched TV. I had gotten sleepy the night before, and was trying to do the knitting, and I messed it up so bad that I had to unravel the whole blasted hat. I was part of the way thru it, but I learned my lesson to not knit when I’m about to fall asleep. I had a bit of insomnia, and didn’t go to bed until about 12:30am. Unusual for me lately, but I finally got to bed.


Today’s Frugal Activities

Ok, so I admit that today was not the most frugal of days, but we did have a few good things.

  • Windows open letting in the cool air. (MrB left them open when it got down in the 30’s outside! Thank goodness for lots of blankets.) So no heat running.
  • Ate supper at home.
  • Continuing to work on Christmas presents to drastically lower the amount of money we spend this year.

While MrB was on vacation from work last week we discussed what our goals are for the future. We plan on trying to get all our bills paid off as soon as possible, perhaps moving to the country and building a small house, and doing some homesteading activities. I’m currently trying to build up a couple months in our emergency fund. We are on the same page when it comes to pretty much all of our goals.

Sunday and Monday Happenings

Sunday morning I woke up about 7 and had some coffee. I did some meditation and ate some cheesy grits. We hung around the house being lazy, and then got ready to go grocery shopping.

We went to the local produce market and got about $11 in food. Then we headed to Kroger where we got about $37 dollars worth of groceries. We came home, and unloaded everything and sat down for a while.

I started a meatless lasagna dish in the late afternoon. It takes an hour to cook, and is well worth the wait. My dad came up to our house around the time it came out of the oven.

After dinner I started two loaves of bread. I got them into the oven after two rises, and they baked for about 25 minutes. I let them cool on racks, but I did get MrB to cut off a little piece for me to taste test.

We spent the evening talking and watching football. I spent time working on my loom knitting. So far I’ve made 6 hats. I’m definitely making progress on our Christmas gift stash. I went to bed fairly early in the evening.

So far our grocery budget is hanging in there. We have about $55.11 left over. I’m really hoping we can make it until the end of the month.


I woke up around 6:15 on Monday morning. My dad woke up not long after I did. MrB got up not too long afterwards, and decided it wasn’t too cold to go fishing. He will fish in freezing temperatures, but I’m not up for that. I had a peanut butter sandwich.

My dad had an appointment at 9:15, and we left early to take some back roads to get there. The state is doing some major construction on the main highway that we usually take to get to town. There is a back route to avoid the major backup. We were at his appointment for a couple hours, and then we headed home. We stopped at Subway on the way back, and ate a little lunch. I eat a veggie patty sandwich, which to me is oh so yummy.

MrB came home from fishing, and we sat around for a little while. Later in the afternoon MrB bought a Groupon for a deal to Donato’s Pizza. We all love it, so we headed out. We took a backroads route to get there to avoid rush hour traffic. We went to Home Depot after eating for MrB to get some supplies to wash his truck and to get us some garbage bags. We had gotten some bags from them a few weeks ago, but they are terrible. They fall down into the can whenever you throw something in there.

After we got home we mostly watched football. I read a few things online and worked on loom knitting. We went to bed around 10:30.

Friday morning I woke up before MrB and started some coffee. We left the house around 9:30 headed to my family’s property south of where we live. My paternal grandmother’s parents purchased the property in the 1940’s, and it’s been in the family ever since.

Our purpose for going to the property was to plant two memorial trees there. For very personal health reasons, MrB and I have made the difficult decision to not have any children. We got pear trees to symbolize the lives we won’t be bringing into this world. It was very important for us to get these trees planted.

When we arrived, we met my dad and went to get some food to eat. After eating we returned to the family property where my dad had digging tools available. MrB dug two holes, mixed the soil with some tree fertilizer, and planted the trees. He also brought some mulch to put around them.

Tree 1

Tree2

As MrB was digging the holes, my dad found out that my grandmother was under the weather, and needed to go to the doctor. We went with him and took my grandmother to the doctor. We decided to take her to the ER near my home for evaluation. The ER waiting room was totally packed, but thankfully they got her right back. I had to leave to go home before she was released, but thankfully she wasn’t as ill as we thought she might be. It was a long trip for them, but considering the circumstances, we felt it was something that needed to be done.

MrB came and picked me up from the hospital and we were both hungry. We didn’t have anything fixed at home to quickly fix so we stopped at Waffle House for a late night dinner.

We ended up going to bed after midnight.

 


 

Saturday morning I woke up about 7 and had some coffee and had some cheesy grits.

We spent most of the morning watching television. MrB is superstitious when it comes to his football team. Since we’ve eaten pizza before every game that we’ve won, he’s decided that we’ll have to eat take out pizza the same way every Saturday.

I wasn’t feeling too well so I took a couple of long naps, totally missing most of our team’s game. The good news was that we won.

We spent the rest of the evening watching football, and I went to bed early. Hopefully more productive work will get done this coming week.

10 Years of Marriage

Thursday was a very special day for me and MrB. On October 15, 2005 we said our wedding vows in front of a small group of friends and family in front of a beautiful waterfall in a gorgeous park. 10 years ago I married my best friend, and in our years as husband and wife we’ve seen for better, and for worse. We’re a stronger couple for it all.

Hands

We started our day eating pancakes that I had frozen the other day. Around 10 am we started on our mini road trip for the day.

We started our day out at a restaurant about an hour from our house. I had looked up where to eat in the little town, and found a place we had never eaten. It was in a little rock house. We enjoyed a veggie pizza, with an amazing crust. The ambiance was wonderful.

Waiting for our food
Waiting for our food

Our second stop was Noccalula Falls in Gasden, Alabama. The falls were rather dry, almost slowed to a trickle. Noccalula Falls drops 90 feet into a ravine. There is a bronze statue of a Cherokee woman. The local legend says that Noccolula was a Cherokee woman who jumped off the falls to her death after her father arranged her marriage to a white man. I’m not sure if it is just a legend or if it really happened. We first visited this park several years ago. We didn’t go into the state park, but instead walked in a public park that takes you directly to the falls.

MrB at Noccolula Falls.
MrB at Noccolula Falls.

After leaving Gasden we took a meandering route north toward Desoto Falls in Mentone, Alabama. Desoto is up on a mountain, and to get to the falls we drove down some winding roads lined with beautiful mountain cabins. Many of the cabins have names, and can be rented out. Most of the cabins have views off Lookout Mountain. When we arrived at Desoto we walked down to the spot where you can view the falls. In contrast to Noccolula Falls, Desoto Falls was roaring. Desoto falls 104 feet down into a valley. There were quiet a few people milling around and taking in the scenery.

The top part of Desoto Falls
The top part of Desoto Falls

We left there, and took another meandering path north toward Chattanooga, Tennessee. We were riding in a valley between the mountains. We had originally planned to take the Lookout Mountain Parkway across the top of the mountain to get toward Chattanooga, but we sort of got turned around. We tend to get lost when we go places, but that’s ok.

We arrived in Chattanooga around rush hour, and it took us a little longer to get to our destination than we had anticipated. The destination was a vegan/vegetarian restaurant called Sluggo’s. It’s a little restaurant in downtown Chattanooga in a very small building. We first went there in 2013 when were eating a totally vegan diet at the time. Not having a lot of dining choices for being a vegan, we were thrilled to find this place. This visit we ate the same thing we did when we came the first time. It was a burrito filled with black beans and rice. Covering the burrito was melted vegan cheese topping. On the side we had vegan chili filled with meat alternative crumbles. The meal was great.

Our dining location in Chattanooga
Our dining location in Chattanooga

After eating, we decided it was time to go home, especially since Joey had been locked up in the kitchen for quiet a while. MrB swears he saw a spotted wild pig standing on the side of the interstate. I didn’t catch it in time to see it. We had seen a line of deer up on Lookout Mountain earlier in the day.

After we arrived home we watched some football on TV, and I went to bed before MrB. It was a wonderful anniversary, and I’m looking forward to the rest of our lives together.

Midweek Activities

Tuesday was a quiet day at home. I woke up about 7 and drank some coffee. I watched TV and visited with MrB until it was time for him to go to work. I wasn’t feeling my best so I took a long nap in the afternoon. I watched some recorded shows on my DVR, and went to bed before MrB got home from work.

Frugal Activities of the Day

  • All meals eaten from home.
  • I didn’t leave home so I didn’t use any gas. MrB only used gas to get to and from work.

Wednesday morning I woke up around 6:30 to a very chilly morning. We’ve continued to have the windows up, and it had gotten rather cold overnight. I did some meditation and started the coffee. MrB woke up a little later, and I made us from scratch pancakes. I made enough to freeze some extras for another day.

Curled Up

We watched some TV and in the early afternoon I had an appointment to go to. After my appointment we loaded up the boat, and headed out for an afternoon fishing trip.

On a Boat

While MrB fished, I spent my time looking at the scenery and reading herbal magazines. We stayed out until just after sunset, and headed home. The trip home was beautiful. The mountains seemed to jut right out of the river and reach toward a faintly orange hued sky. The little sliver of moon hung low in the sky, and the stars were coming out to greet the evening.

We got home and ate a little late dinner, and watched some TV. I went to bed a little after 9.

Frugal Activities of the Day

  • All meals eaten from home.
  • Took water with us to drink while we were out on the water.

Monday Knitting

I woke up Monday morning around 7, and started the coffee. I watched a little news until MrB woke up about 8. He ate oatmeal and I had cheesy grits. We watched TV for part of the morning, and I cooked pasta for lunch.

MrB had to be at work at 12, so I sent him with a bowl of leftover soup and cornbread for his dinner. I took a nap in the afternoon.

I had started a new hat on the loom, and I got to the point of making the brim. I started a different stitch, and it turned out all wrong. I tried unraveling the thread to the point I wanted to fix it, but it didn’t turn out right. I ended up totally starting over.

While I was knitting I listened to the Slow Your Home podcast. I am trying to live a more simple and mindful life. I may not ever become a minimalist, but the whole idea of simple living isn’t totally about minimalism. I think slowing down, and more intentionally enjoying life is what I am striving for. I’m learning so many important things from this podcast. I’m listening to them in order starting from the first episode. I’m almost caught up, and I plan on listening to some different podcasts on slow living and frugality.

I spent most of the evening knitting and listening to podcasts. It really works well to listen to them while knitting, because I can multitask listening to something. It’s not as easy for me to try to watch TV and knit. I have to be able to watch what I’m doing on the work in front of me. I made got back to finishing the brim, and quiet a few rows of the main body of the hat. I hope to finish it on Tuesday.

I enjoyed some leftover soup for dinner, and knitted until I decided to go to bed around 9:30.


Frugal Activities of the Day

  • All meals eaten at home, and leftovers for MrB’s dinner at work.
  • No heat or A/C on. Loving the fall temps!
  • Making Christmas presents from yarn I already had here at home.
  • Using my power strip on my entertainment center I kept the power off to most of entertainment appliances most of the day.
  • I personally stayed at home all day, so I didn’t use any gas. MrB made his usual trip to and from work.

Sunday Happenings

I woke up around 6:30 Sunday morning and did some meditation. Then I drank my coffee and later in the morning I had scrambled eggs and toast from homemade bread out of the freezer. MrB went to work, and took some of the quinoa enchilada casserole with him for his lunch.

I spent part of the morning loom knitting a hat, which I finally finished. The yarn was not cooperating with me, but I was able to get it finished. The yarn was made up of two fuzzy layers and a strand of thread in the middle. It kept bunching up, and at one time before MrB left, the yarn partially broke. MrB tied a fishing knot to fix the break. It won’t be the best hat I’ve made, but I love how soft the yarn is. I have several skeins of the exact same yarn, and I’m hoping that it isn’t all the same.

I went to feed Denver at about 9:30, and visited with him for a little while. He is such a happy boy, and it’s always a joy to visit with him.

SeriousDenver

I watched some TV in the early afternoon, ate some leftover pasta, and then I started dinner. I threw some things together including three potatoes chopped up, a few stalks of broccoli, chopped carrots, leftover corn and black beans, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, green beans, and a steamed bag of carrots, peas, and green beans. I brought it to a boil, and then let it simmer for two hours. It was yummy!

VeggieSoup

During the day MrB sent me this picture from work. He said the little tree frog stayed on his arm for about 30 minutes while he worked. It stayed there until someone came up and tried to pet it, and then it jumped off.

MrB's little froggy friend
MrB’s little froggy friend

After dinner MrB took me to Kroger so I could get a few things. I bought some of the basics at the grocery store including a big bag of flour and cornmeal. I have plans to make a few things from scratch this week. We’ll see how it goes! I spent $67.63, and I’m hoping that will take care of most of our needs for the coming days. I do hope to get a few fresh fruits and veggies from the local produce market. I’ll probably get those on Wednesday. I’m not super optimistic that we’ll make our budget this month, but I’m going to try. We’ve spent $223.98 so far on groceries, and we’re not even halfway thru the month. I’m going to try to be as creative as possible.

We spent the evening watching football, and I started a new hat on the loom.


Frugal Things For Today

  • Ate all meals from home
  • Used leftover foods and produce to make vegetable soup
  • Finished another hat for a Christmas present
  • Bought staples necessary to make more things from scratch
  • No heat or A/C on today