Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Coupon Challenge

In keeping with our "budget" (and I use that term loosely because we have yet to sit down to do a family budget.  Rather, I do my own individual budget) according to Dave Ramsey I use cash at the grocery store.  By using cash I am not tempted to make impulse purchases.  

I'm sure everyone has heard of "extreme couponing."  I watching an extreme couponing marathon on TV one night in a random hotel room.  It was like a train wreck that I couldn't avert my eyes from.  I don't really get that behavior.  To me it borders on an obsessive compulsive disorder.  I mean, really, how many tubes of toothpaste does one person need?  The best episode I watched that night was of a pastor buying item for his churches food bank.  He bought some ridiculous amount of stuff to the tune of about $2000 and paid basically nothing for it- I don't remember the actual amounts.  It was amazing, but he donated all of it and didn't stock it in his garage.

Anyhoo, I like to use coupons but I find that most coupons are for food that I would never in a gazillion years buy let alone consume.  I've started using the Kroger app on my phone.  I can download digital coupons right to the loyalty card on my phone so there is no forgetting the paper versions on the kitchen counter...yep did that last week.

My budget for food last week was $65.00, it doesn't seem like a lot, but it's summer and we've got a garden full of goodness.  Armed with my shopping list (including a printed coupon list) and my calculator I set off to the market by myself (that is huge because when I shop with a certain little person it takes twice as long and I spend twice as much).  I ended up spending $115.00 but with my loyalty card and the few coupons I did manage to bring, I only spent $64.64.  That is my new personal best when it comes to grocery shopping.

I'm always looking for ideas too, when it comes to shopping, so if you have any let me know!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yarn Along

It's time once again to share yarn and book.  This week was fairly productive...I finished the Aviatrix. Twice.  Well, actually I was almost finished with the hat part when I decided it was too big and ripped it out.  It was looking a tad large, so I put it on C's head, where it fit making it much to big for a newborn.  I started over going down one size and I think it will be perfect for this fall.

I bought this yarn at a crafting thrift store in Portland, OR.  My plan is to make a sweater for C since it's got pink in the yarn.
The three skeins of yarn equal to 6oz.  Using the conversion I found on google, I figure I have approximately 300 yards of yarn.  I'm thinking it might have to be a vest or I'll have to find some yarn that will kind of highlight or go with this yarn.  I'm not sure what brand it is as it had no wrapper.  I'm open to all suggestions on how to proceed.

On the book front, I finished The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  I highly recommend the book.  Fabulous.  Read it.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

The 52 Project- July

Another month of The 52 Project has come and gone (it just means this summer has FLOWN by). 
The 52 Project is a portrait a week for a year.   For the month of July we have:
27/52 (7/6)- Pretty in pink...Ballet class this summer.
 28/52 (7/13)- napping in the laundry basket with her stuffies.
 29/52 (7/20)- I love her devilish grin- she's going to the water park with daddy.
 30/52 (7/27)- On the climbing wall at the Mt. Carmel Bazaar.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

* Yesterdays high was 57 degrees.  It rained all day.  We opened the windows and turned off the AC.  I actually put another light blanket on my side of the bed.  Craziness for July 30!

* Corrine and I splashed in puddles.  It was great fun.  I considered getting my frog umbrella (you know, to match my rain boots!) and re-enacting the scene fro Singing in the Rain.

* Tomorrow is the 1st of August!  What?

* We ride with the Highland Cruisers.  I know that makes it sounds like we belong to a gang, but it's a group of people who ride their cruiser bikes through the "hood.  We are co-hosting the pre ride party tomorrow night.  I'd like to say that it will kick of the weekend, however I am working all weekend.

Happy Thursday my friends!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I'm joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  It's been slow go on my two at a time toe up socks, but only because I put them aside for a moment to crank out an Aviatrix for the mom of one of C's school friends.  She had a baby on Saturday and really liked the Aviatrix I made for the school fundraiser.  I'm making this one in Paton's Silk Bamboo in the Sapphire colorway. (I should have taken a picture during the day in the sunlight to get a better color picture).  I like the silk bamboo yarn because it is a little on the stretchy side so the baby will be able to wear it a little longer.  C can still wear hers!
I had to order some more royal purple Cascade 220 for the woven scarf I'm working on so for the moment that project is put aside as well.

I am still reading Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings.  Fabulous book.  The book starts in the early 1800's in Charleston and follows Hetty "Handful" and Sarah through the years.  The chapters go back and forth on the two girls lives starting when Sarah is given Hetty for her 11th birthday.  I had a hard time putting it down yesterday and had hoped to get it finished.  Read it if you get the chance!  
Also, a friend from high school has written a book!  Las Hechizadas is available for the kindle on Amazon for $.99!  I haven't read it yet but have purchased and downloaded it and am excited to read it as soon as I finish my library ebook!  

This is the synopsis from Amazon...
When Juan Romero decides to visit his Abuela in Aguas Puras he doesn't realize the magical healing powers that exist in the high mountain valley. His journey to reconnect with his family's past transforms his life and the lives of generations to follow. He becomes involved in a battle to save the valley from a multinational mining company and the struggle threatens to destroy "Las Hechizadas," or healing women, and their way of life. Twenty years later his sister, Silvia, makes her way from the U.S. to again discover the secrets of her family's past, but in contrast to her brother what she learns finally sets the universe straight and the women of the valley are once again in balance. Anne Garcia weaves her own experiences of living in South America into this magical novel that connects us all to the extraordinary women of the valley of Aguas Puras.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  Holy Hot Tamales Batman!  Summer is here.  It's been in the upper 90's since last weekend.  I missed the 70 degree day last week while I was at work.  Although that day it was very humid so I'd rather have the 90's.  It's a dry heat.
Even the little dog decided to get in on the sprinkler action to cool down!  (which is saying something, Buffett doesn't like the water...)

*  A friend I went to high school with has written a book!  The Kindle edition of Las Hechizadas is currently available for a limited time for $.99!  I've not read it yet, but it's been on my "too read" list since I found out Anne wrote a book.  I'm really excited for her and will purchase the book tonight when we get home from playing in the mountains.  If you do buy the book, please review it on Amazon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly yarn along.  I joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and book.  I finished C's sweater vest and have moved on to other projects.  I still randomly work on my Sylvi sweater and will show it to you someday.  

I started my two at a time toe up socks using the magic loop.  I actually started them about 12 times.  The directions call for Judy Beckers cast on.  So while watching YouTube I sat down to cast on.  I seriously started these socks multiple times.  My tension was off,  I wrapped the wrong needle a couple of times, and once I pulled the wrong needles when I started to knit and had to start over.  After uttering many a bad word, I succeeded and am working away on these socks.  I've had to dig out my reading glasses to work with this tiny needles and yarn!  
 Another project I started was this woven scarf from VOGUE knitting in an issue that I stashed from eight years ago.  I'm using leftover royal purple Cascade 220 superwash.  There are two garter stitch bands on either end and five 90" strips that are woven together in between.  
 I just started reading The Invention of Wings.  I'm only about eight pages in, so no opinion yet.  I finished reading The Racketeer by John Grisham.  That was certainly a page turner.
Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!