|We already had the ribbon and the red poinsettias, and the wreath itself is about 10 years old.|
|Our little 'front porch' tree graces the flowerpot.|
|Most years, I hang this sign indoors, but this year is is a front porch greeting.|
I made some greeting cards - half are stamped "Thinking of You" and half are stamped "Thank You". I used supplies I had on hand. I finished the gift tags for the gifts for our neighbors, too!
All three of us went to the dentist for our six-month check and cleaning. There is no charge for this visit, though we do pay some for the dental coverage.
I made Christmas gifts to give to friends and neighbors. Since some of them read here, that's all I will say for now. Perhaps I can share more later. :)
I am fond of brewing chocolate - it is much like coffee, except instead of coffee beans, you brew ground cacao beans...or nibs, or whatever that is. The leftover grounds are fully edible, and I mixed a cup of them into muffins this week. It tastes chocolatey, and the texture is similar to having nuts in the baked goods. We have also successfully used them in brownies. I hear the grounds are good in smoothies, so I'll have to try that some time too.
We took our 20 year old truck in for a repair and new brakes. And by new brakes, I mean new pads, a new caliper, new drums and shoes....and then re-packed wheel-bearings....and then a few days later, replaced the bearings on one wheel. Mew. We paid with a credit card that offers cash back and also had a reward offer, saving us over $150. Also, in the long run, keeping our sweet little truck running is much cheaper than replacing it. It has been really reliable and I hope we get to drive it for another 20 years!
|I am just over halfway through this novel, and I can hardly put it down.|
Illuminations: a Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen by Mary Sharratt.
I did a fair amount of scratch cooking and we utilized leftovers.
There were a couple of good deals at the supermarket. My favorite - navel oranges 10/$1 - I bought 20 and might buy more! We got Mexican squash (calabacita) for .79 a pound, broccoli for .98 a pound and butter for $1.99/lb. I paid .29 per half-pound of cream cheese too. This was with a coupon, and I was able to get four of them. Milk was 1.99 a gallon and we bought a pound of cottage cheese for .99 as well.
I re-visited an old hobby of mine - quilling. Daughter is really interested in it as well, and we have been spending time together making things. She is not usually interested in my 'crafty stuff', so I am happy that we have found one we both enjoy. I purchased a starter kit when I was out with my friend on Black Friday. I think I can make a quilling needle myself so that we each have our own, since we often want it at the same time. I will share some of our work soon.
I purchased a couple of Christmas gifts second-hand, but in like-new condition. They are for a member of the immediate family, and this is something we do regularly.
|Free lotions - two lemon, one coconut lime, one peach mango.|
Husband used his earned points on Swagbucks to get a $5 Domino's e-gift card.
How was your week? Did you find some ways to spend less, save more and make do? Are you busy with holiday preparations? Leave a comment and tell me what you're busy with these days!