Sunday, November 29, 2009

Being a pack rat pays off

My sample-collecting brought me a small pile of stationary notions -- like sticky notes and divider tabs.

The sticky notes do get used (if I don't write a note .... it doesn't get remembered, LOL!). But the tabs sat in the bottom of the desk drawer.

Until now, that is.

With both of us taking classes, we suddenly have lessons -- and printouts -- to organize. And when DH suggested we buy some divider tabs, it was great fun to pull out the samples and say: Presto! Here they are!

Now if I could just figure out how to reduce the amount of printer ink we use!

Friday, November 27, 2009

A semi-homemade Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner was going to be a low-key affair this year: just DH and myself. And since we both were working, dinner had to be on the table pretty quickly.

So, this was our lineup:

  • Turkey roast (yeah, a bit processed, but it was turkey, and had gravy.)
  • Stuffing mix
  • Cranberry sauce (canned)
  • Fresh sweet potatoes (cooked in the microwave)
  • Green beans (from our garden)

I would have preferred a regular bird (or a turkey breast), but I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Actually, it tasted pretty darn good! And since everything was bought on sale (except the beans), we came in well under $10.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

I'm thankful for all of my friends in blogland! Have a wonderful holiday with friends and family!

Friday, November 20, 2009

That sick feeling

Ah yes, it's November. Time for the annual weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth -- otherwise known as re-enrolling in a health insurance plan.

Sigh. Once again, the number of available plans have decreased. Last year it was four, this year it's two.

So, this year's choice is very simple: A) Keep the plan similar to what we currently have. Only one problem -- our premiums would cost an additional $1,000 for the year. B) Choose a high deductible plan. Our premium costs would remain the same, but should there be a serious illness or injury, we could possibly pay out that $1,000 and more.

There are other considerations, of course. But given the debate in this country over health-care reform, I can't help but see a certain irony in all this ...

Update: Apparently, the company that handles prescription drugs for one of the plans has decided that its formulary is a state secret. Since we've been burned in the past by an insurer that kept denying prescription claims, (and what kind of company doesn't cover an antibiotic?) we always check. Took 4 phone calls to find a rep who would stop the robot-speak and was actually "allowed" to tell us what they cover.

Update 2: Apparently I screwed up and ran afoul of the rules regarding health savings accounts and flex accounts ... so I have to change my plan ( which fortunately, I can do.) Gaack!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No go on Eggos

From CNN Money ...

Better hoard your Eggos!
Grocery stores will be experiencing a shortage of the waffles until mid-2010 due to problems at two bakeries, a Kellogg's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Flooding at an Atlanta bakery during heavy rains in October forced Kellogg, which makes Eggo products, to shut down production temporarily, said company spokesman Kris Charles. Plus, equipment at Kellogg's largest waffle facility, based in Rossville, Tenn., needs extensive repairs.

And if you like canned pumpkin on your waffles, you're really in trouble, LOL!
Not that I like to see a business having problems, but ... unless there's something magical about this brand ... hasn't it occured to anyone to just make their own? Or try another brand?

Monday, November 16, 2009


One advantage to keeping a pantry is that you can use the "goodies" for other purposes.

We had oatmeal for breakfast the other day ... it's healthy, but let's face it, it's bland. So, I was going to put chocolate chips in it ... except that I used them for trail mix. (oops!) But, we had cinnamon chips, so I used those instead. Yummy!

I would have used raisins, too, but the last of those went in the apple bread, LOL!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

No turkeys here

Well, so much for the word that 40-cent-a-pound turkeys would be available again today. At least not at the store I went to. Sorry, haven't gotten a new shipment, I was told, and they weren't sure when one would arrive.

I'm not going to stress about it. I have a nice coupon for another company's turkey products, so I'll see who has the best price on turkey breast in the next week. Besides, there may be some good after-holiday sales!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

You learn something every day

I stopped in at the big-box store (yeah, that one) earlier in the week to see if they had any their special 40-cent-a-pound turkeys left. No luck, so I decided to ask for a rain check. The answer: "We don't do rain checks." Guess when they're out, you're out of luck.

Maybe I'm a bit daft, but I never realized that they didn't offer rain checks. On the other hand, I can't remember ever being in a situation where I wanted a rain check from them.

But it's all good ... I'm reading that the cheap turkeys will be back on Saturday. Perhaps I can snag one then. If not, well, I won't be asking for a rain check, LOL!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Catching up

We used the wonderful weather over the weekend to catch up on yard work and a few other get-ready-for-winter chores.

Ever notice how one job leads to another? Some of the insulated window glass had to be replaced. (yep, let's watch the $$$ fly out the window) The new glass had to be cleaned, of course. And that's when I began to notice things, like:
  • Oh yeah, the curtains really need to be washed; and

  • Oh, crud, I really need to caulk around this window; and

  • Oh %@@!!, I'll need to do some touch-up painting by the caulk.

See what I mean?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sometimes it all works out

Today's shopping included a stop at CVS for a couple of things, and a good deal on allergy meds to help me roll my ECBs. To make this work, I needed the $5 off $20 coupon I'd printed out last week (in addition to my coupons for the meds and my ECBs)

When I got there, I realized I'd left the $5/$20 coupon at home! *!!@#

But I still needed the other items, so I decided to go in. Inside, I waved my loyalty card at the price scanner to see what coupons would pop out. Well, darned if the first coupon out wasn't a $5 off a $15 purchase! Yee haw!

So I did the deal. And when I got home, I checked the forgotten coupon: It's good for several weeks yet, so I'm ready for the next trip.

Friday, November 6, 2009

One down!

I'm doing the happy dance!

Finished my 1st course .. and aced the exam! (Though that took a bit of studying, I tell you.)

Now, on to the next course. And the next ....

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

October freebies

Not a high volume month, but some of these were very nice:

1 Starbucks Via Italian roast packet
2 Green Giant Steamers (FAC)
2 Bumble Bee tuna pouches (FAC)
Nature valley nut clusters
Nature Valley trail mix bar
2 EmergenC
2 Kashi Go Lean Crunch (FAC)
1 Secret Clinical
Fructis shampoo, conditioner
Olay Pro X face cream
Betty Crocker au gratin potatoes
Macaroni Grill picatta chicken kit
Wanchi Ferry orange chicken kit

Monday, November 2, 2009


Back in March, (gee whiz, where has the time gone?) I wrote that we were haunting the thrift stores, looking for a part for our breadmaker.

Finally, success! For $10, we got a breadmaker with a blade and pan that are exact fits for the current machine.

I don't know if the new machine works ... might want to check on that, since I'm beginning to wonder how much longer the current machine is going to hold up..