Today is Saturday; it’s 12:36 p.m. and I feel like I’ve already accomplished a great deal. My husband is considering retirement and we just returned from a visit with our local banker to start setting up our finances for the future. It was a pleasant experience and we both felt confident that this will be a good thing. As the banker told us, it’s a good thing we are doing this now, as there are lots of people our age who have just coasted by, spending and spending and never looking to that day when the monies are not rolling in. Then they are faced with bills they can’t pay and money that isn’t there, to cover the monthly expenses. As I said, it was an interesting time spent as we learn the ‘Ins & Outs’ of retirement investing and saving.
I’m also happy at this moment because I’m sitting here sipping my very favorite beverage: Tim Horton’s coffee AND partaking of an absolutely excellent slice of my very favorite pizza from Shield’s in Southfield (MI). Last night my dear husband treated the family to dinner from Shields: a large deep dish “Meat Lovers” pizza (for the guys) and a large deep dish “Veggie” pizza (mostly for me), plus a large Greek salad! I can easily see where we will have to ‘factor in’ an occasional trip to Shields in the retirement budget and, of course, those trips to “Tim Horton’s” for coffee! (I’ve taught my husband to love Tim’s, now he’s a bigger fan than I am!)
Today is one of those “Face it…you’ve stalled long enough!” days. I absolutely HAVE to take the time to count and photograph the three large bags of donated knit squares I received last week. I’ve put it off long enough! (I have a cartoon on my cupboard that says: “Do it tomorrow-you’ve already screwed up enough today!”) I’m guessing there are, easily, over 100 squares (think I blogged on that last week). It’s not that I’m not grateful, I AM! It’s just the effort taken in getting them all out of the bags, arranging them in piles on my dining room table, then standing on a chair to photograph them, then spending the time to count them and enter them on my “Ghana Project” blog. Yes, I know . . . I don’t HAVE to do this, but it’s my way of acknowledging the donors who have spent the time to make them. (I also thank them, either in person or by note).
Today is also “Crochet the border on the baby afghan” day. Finally located the peach colored yarn I wanted to use (I’d buried it in a large container of pink yarns). Now that I look at it, I’m double-thinking using that particular shade and might change to a more subtle shade of peach. (Don’t know why, but I seem to have LOTS of peach colored yarns!). On the afghan project subject, am now working on #229.
Tomorrow is the Super Bowl; no, I probably won’t be watching (even the commercials). After the Janet Jackson fiasco, I have NO interest in any of that. Middle son is working today at Gordon Foods; we swung into their parking lot on our travels today, in hopes of grabbing some chips. The parking lot was JAMMED; husband asked “Why?” I reminded him that the Super Bowl is tomorrow and today is one of their busiest days. Gordon Foods, for those of you who aren’t familiar with this company, is a store which sells lots of ‘large-sized grocery’ items. Sort of like a Sam’s Club or Costco, but you don’t need to pay a membership fee to shop there. They have excellent products and great prices but if you’re only shopping for a few people, their products might be a bit too large for you. I buy their hot dogs (40 to a package) and re-package them into smaller amounts and freeze them. Their already made pizza crusts are very good (2 large for $3.??); saves me trying to make my own. Anyway, lots of people shop there, especially before big events like graduation parties, holidays AND the Super Bowl parties, hence the full parking lot. We decided to wait for another day for our chips. (See? Wasn’t that informative? Didn’t you just feel that sigh of relief knowing that we could manage to wait another day for our chips? Isn’t BlogLand a great place to learn USELESS information?!) . . . grin!
Anyway, on that note we move on to recipes. I don’t really have any great party recipes today. (are you glad?). In the past I learned about the standard “Meatballs in the crockpot recipe” but that’s almost too simple to even post about. (Frozen meatballs, a jar of grape jelly and a can of chili sauce.) Dinner tonight is Enchiladas, a family favorite. The thing I like about enchiladas is: the batch I make feeds us for two days. Oh! Don’t know if I’ve blogged about this before or not: in our beginning exploration into the “Wonderful World of Retirement” I felt it was necessary to make a complete log of all of the monthly expenses. One of those expenses is Groceries. I believe I actually surprised my husband when I told him that our average cost, per month, to feed four people is $500. At first he seemed a bit alarmed at the number until I showed him on a calculator that it averages out to $4.16 per person PER DAY! That’s the benefit of frugal grocery shopping!
On the subject of frugality, yesterday I went to J.C. Penney’s store in our area simply because that particular store is going out of business and is having a 60% off sale on fine jewelry. I have a cross pendant necklace that I wear constantly. It is suspended from a rather old chain and said chain has developed some kinks which I fear will eventually lead to the chain breaking and my losing the pendant. At the “Fine Jewelry” counter I picked out a chain which I thought would be to my liking and asked the price (they were behind a counter and prices were hidden). After the clerk figured out the 60% Sale (plus an additional 10% that particular day – figuring out to a 70% mark DOWN) she pleasantly replied: “$129.00; you could have knocked me down with a toothpick! Can you imagine the ORIGINAL price, if 70% OFF came to that? I nicely told her that was out of my budget and sauntered off to another part of the store. In my sauntering I discovered a “Less than Fine Jewelry” (my name for it) department that had very nice chains for MUCH less! I located (and bought) a 22″ gold overlay chain for (with a 30% mark down) $21.50 (tax included). I’m happy, my pocketbook is very happy and my frugal Scots heritage is pleasantly beaming! THAT’S what I’m talking about . . . frugality!!!
The sun is shining, it’s around 20-something degrees outside; the snow accumulation here is mostly gone . . . it’s a great day! Hope you enjoy your day YOUR way!
ps: Got it all done! The afghan border took me 2 hours (wasn’t expecting that!) The total of all knitted squares photo’d today (all knit by the same person) was 224! Took me 2 photos to be able to include them all! Thought I’d include a photo of the completed afghan, 2 hats, 2 sets of booties (1 newborn/1 4-6 mo. size); there is also a large baby information book to go with the present.
Closeup of the Cluster Rib pattern with scalloped border
(I forgot to ‘edit’ the photo to make it lighter…sorry)
Tonight’s dinner: Enchiladas! (Made 11 of them; enough for tonight and tomorrow also)