My dear friend and I went out for breakfast. I printed a certificate from restaurant.com to reduce the cost. It was really fun to get together, visit and catch up a bit! When we got back to her home, she shared some beautiful roses with me. They looks so cheerful this week in our dining room.
I completed a couple of surveys for Pinecone Research.
Daughter had some standardized testing this week. Since she is enrolled in a virtual school, we had to travel into town to the testing site, so we did some errands on the way home from testing. We packed food from home to save money (and have healthier choices). We used a coupon for a free Jr. Frosty on Monday (for her) and we did stop for lunch on Tuesday, but it was Taco Tuesday (like in the Lego Movie!) and I had a coupon for a free bean/cheese burrito (for her), so the out of pocket cost for that meal was less than $1.25. (I had packed food that day, but she had eaten it all during testing.)
I discovered 'infused water'. This was a side-effect of waiting for Daughter at the testing site, which was a nice hotel. They had stations set up for guests and visitors and had infused water available. The first day was strawberry-blueberry, and the second day was cucumber-orange. I struggle to drink enough water, but I really like the infused water. They had 6-8 blueberries and 3-4 sliced strawberries in a 2 gallon container of water, and the flavor really came through. So...now...I am making it at home, drinking more water,and enjoying it very much. I can also toss the 'used' fruit into a smoothie.
|I made 11 half pints and one quarter pint (plus a little extra that we are eating). |
It is lower in sugar, but still plenty sweet.
|Homemade jam on homemade bread with homemade yogurt...topped with|
blueberries and homemade granola.
We used a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables this week, and the chickens and rabbits benefited from the peels, cores, etc. They enjoy these treats, especially in the cold months when there is not any fresh grass or bugs (bugs for the chickens, not the rabbits).
I'm working a little bit these days. The library has contracted me for some chicken programs for kids, and I had my first chicken program today. They are really fun, and I think the children and families had a nice time. I learned this past week that I will be doing some bunny programs during Summer Reading, and I'm looking forward to those as well.
|Daughter has a rainbow of soft, flowy pants for summertime.|
|This (second) order also had a yellow v-neck shirt, |
which is in the laundry right now.
|This owl shirt turned out to be a freebie, and it's |
cute with her freebie pants!
I also bought a piano lamp this week. I am very happy to have this and I've been looking for one for a long time. It is the House of Troy brand, which I had never heard of (I don't get out much when it comes to shopping), but it has a long cord and a heavy base, and it serves its purpose quite well. It was $5. When I went online to find out about the light bulbs, I learned that the ones like this one sell new for...$234 on Amazon. YIKES. I can't say that I saved that much, because I don't think I would spend that much for a lamp under any circumstance, but I'm hopeful that it means the lamp is high quality and will last a long time.
I washed our clothing with homemade laundry soap and dried everything on drying racks or outdoors. It sure was nice to hang the sheets in the sunshine! We also used our wood stove as needed to help keep the house warm.
Did you have a good, frugal week? Share your victories in the comments, if you please. We can all learn from one another.