• General

    Still Cleaning

    I’m still finding tons of stuff to clean up around the house. I’m finally almost done throwing away my old dresser that fell apart once piece at a time each week into the trash barrel – there’s just one side and the paperboard back left – and then I can start breaking down the tons of cardboard boxes I keep unearthing and throwing them away. I wish I could just throw them all out at once, but we only get one trash barrel so it’s not possible.

    I keep finding technology-related stuff too. External DVD drives, multiple hard drives too small to be of much use in the current world (I’ve found like 6 of them), a hard drive enclosure that needs a power cord… And there’s a printer new in box that I think mom bought when she had Windows 8 that was incompatible with the computer then. I need to find cables for the hard drive enclosure and see if it and the drive currently inside it works, and if not, drop it off at the elections recycling place. The same goes for the external DVD drives – I will likely test those on my mom’s computer tonight.

    Today my mom brought up if I wanted half ownership of the house and property when she dies. I said yes. I don’t want to stay here unless I built a place in the back, and honestly I would still rather sell my half and find a spot of land somewhere a bit closer to town… But either way, hopefully that’s not for a long time. A really, really long time.

    For Thanksgiving, I did the shopping today, and picked up a 14-pound turkey for $9. I also bought stuff to make a blackberry cheesecake Wednesday night, and I’ll make the rolls from scratch the day of. Mom still wants to get a ham, but its just going to be me and her, and we don’t need all the food… Lol. Or maybe we do. I dunno.

  • General

    Gah! This Week!

    This morning I was up super early (it was still dark out- blergh!) and had to take FIL to two Dr’s appointments. That was easy enough though I really wanted to stay home and snuggle with Sashi, and then he asked that we drive over to Palmdale for Tommy’s… Home of the Cat Food Pate’ Chili everything. I ordered my burger “no chili,” thanks. He gave me a few bucks for gas and I dropped him off and went home.

    Dinner tonight was a big pot of chili. My second time making edible chili, and I made a few changes to the recipe. I added a shredded bell pepper and a bunch of Tapatio. It was better, but I think next time I will add some fresh chopped tomatoes, more cumin, and maybe some different kinds of beans to mix it up a bit more. It was good though, better than last time, and we’ll be eating the leftovers tomorrow over Fritos.

    I was supposed to have a violin lesson today too but she cancelled last minute and rescheduled for Friday. My bass lesson is Friday too, so apparently it will be a day for music. Last night I went to uke club and took my concert uke, which I played some but mostly I just sang. It was just what I wanted to do. 🙂

    Very little knitting got done today.

  • General

    Woohoo! I Have My Own TLD!

    Well, if you’re here, you’ve probably followed me over from my WordPress.com hosted site and now you’re here. And as of about fifteen minutes ago, I have a shiny new top level domain name for this blog. Its not a fancy one, but for $0.99 I’m pretty happy with it. Seriously, no reason to spend $15 a year to indulge my ego, ya know?

    Tonight the super nice lady I met in Winco came by to pick up her pussy hat, and asked if we might try to be friends. She introduced me to her husband and said most of the people they’ve met here were religious types and that wasn’t working for them. I’m not sure if it was the pussy hat or the stuff amigurumi penises on my shop website that clued her in that I’m definitely not into the big G or super conservative. But either way, maybe we will click and we will all win with new friends. 🙂 I’m hopeful.

    I’ve been trying to add new things to my shop but its kind of hit or miss. Mostly its just new items I’ve just made going up, and not the scads of things I made before and never put up. Maybe I will get a handful of them photographed and listed tomorrow.

    I still have no idea what’s going on with my disability appeal. And of course the website doesn’t offer me any help in finding out either. Waiting… it sucks.

    My Instant Pot is still awesome and makes all the things. I did a beef roast tonight with gravy and a green salad, and tomorrow I’m sure I will use it again- I’ve used it almost every night since it arrived! Love it!

    Lucy is continuing her downhill trudge and has been crapping in the house, mostly on the couch, and almost every day. I know she’s old and doesn’t have control any more but ugh. I’m tired of picking up poop all the time. Sashi on the other hand… she’s her normal, boisterous, and outgoingly happy self.

  • General

    A Typical Month of Groceries

    A friend asked me what kind of shopping I do in a typical month and how I can easily feed the two of us on $300 a month. I keep saying its super easy but apparently seeing my receipts is a must for getting it through their head. So, here’s a typical month’s shopping. I typically make 2 big shopping trips at the start of the month and then two weeks later as we don’t have much storage space, and one small one at the end of the month for about $35 worth of things. This list totals up to just under $300 at $298.81. As you can see, we get a lot of good stuff and if I wanted I could get more for less if I cut out the convenience foods like Mattie’s lunches and most of the frozen foods. I generally have about $10 wiggle room in my spending.

    Frozen Foods $63.62

    • 22 Marie Calender’s Dinners (Mattie’s work lunches) $43.34
    • 2 Cornish Game Hens $6.62
    • Mama Rosa’s Pizzas (8 pack) $4.98
    • 2 packages Tater Tots $2.68
    • 1 package of 2 Hot Pockets $2.00
    • 1 half gallon Ice Cream $4.00

    Dairy & Ova $44.02

    • Cottage Cheese $1.84
    • 10 Dozen Eggs $22.80
    • 1 lb butter $3.75
    • Block cheese $4.73
    • Sliced Cheese $2.47
    • Sour Cream $1.35
    • 10 Individual Yogurts $4.10
    • Coffee Creamer $2.98

    Dry Goods $15.11

    • 3 Deluxe Mac n Cheese $4.29
    • 6 Blocks Ramen Noodles  $1.08
    • 2 pounds dry pasta $1.76
    • 1 loaf wheat bread $0.98
    • 20 pack of Tortillas $3.00
    • 3 pounds white rice $4.00

    Meat $72.00

    • 5 12 oz Packages of Bacon $13.90
    • 3 Ham Steaks $ 10.50
    • 4 Cans Tuna $2.72
    • Lunch meat $10.00
    • 6 cans sardines $4.68
    • 3 polish sausages $8.94
    • 2 48 oz bags Chicken Breasts $12.00
    • 2 packages of 5 bratwursts $7.76
    • 1 package Hot Dogs $1.50

    Sauces & Condiments $20.01

    • 2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce $3.14
    • 3 Food Seasoning Packets $1.32
    • Peppercorns $0.80
    • 2 Jars Alfredo Sauce $3.25
    • 1 Bottle Ketchup $2.25
    • 2 bottles Salad Dressing $3.25
    • 1 Jar Mayonnaise $3.00
    • Garlic Powder $2.00
    • 1 Bottle BBQ Sauce $1.00

    Canned Goods $40.38

    • 2 cans Stagg Chili $3.48
    • 8 cans Campbell’s Chunky soup $12.64
    • 1 can nacho cheese $1.58
    • 6 packages of 4 Fruit Cups $15.48
    • 10 Cans Veggies $7.20

    Fresh Fruits and Vegetables $33.78

    • 2 heads lettuce $2.56
    • 2 bunches green onions $0.78
    • 3 yams $2.82
    • 2 zucchini $0.81
    • 1 pineapple $2.98
    • 2 cantaloupe $3.50
    • 1 spaghetti squash $4.10
    • 2 cucumbers $1.36
    • 1 bell pepper $0.89
    • 10 apples $5.00
    • 1 package fresh mushrooms $2.00
    • 1 head of Broccoli $1.00
    • 1 pound carrots $0.98
    • 1 Red Onion $0.50
    • 1 package 8 Roma Tomatoes $3.00
    • 5 Bananas $1.50

    Drinks $8.89

    • Coffee $4.89
    • 24 bottle of Water $4.00

    We don’t go through the bottle water very quickly because I have a water filtration jug and we refill our bottles from that most of the time, as well as use the filtered water for making coffee or tea. That alone is a big money saver and was absolutely worth the money I spent on the filter jug. Previously I was buying a flat of water almost every week, sometimes two at a time in hot weather.

    I’ve also drastically but back my coffee consumption so one package of coffee is lasting me well over a month as I’m only drinking about two cups a week now.

    Anyway, I know this could be made healthier, or with more ways to save money, but this is just my basic shopping list. Sometimes there is salmon or shrimp in it. Sometimes there are pork chops. I bought a spaghetti squash this time but next time I might buy a green cabbage. But its pretty much the same each month.

  • General,  Health & Beauty,  Hobby

    An Experiment

    I saw my psych doctor yesterday and discussed with him my issues with sleeping at night, staying asleep sometimes, and that I experienced a 6 week long hypo-manic episode which is completely unusual for me. My bipolar, when unmedicated, was very rapid cycling, so even this weird mixed episode lasting 6 weeks is very odd and out of the ordinary. He suggested for my issues getting to sleep I try Klonopin and see if it helps. I don’t expect to take it every night but on nights when I’d otherwise be up until 4am, hopefully it will help. They are 2mg tablets, and I took one last night. I fell asleep within 30 minutes and slept for 14 hours straight through. I bought a pill splitter today so will try a half of one tonight instead. 14 hours sleep is a bit excessive.

    I also returned a few skeins of yarn I overbought for my current blanket project and got a few dollars store credit. Its not a lot but I couldn’t see any need to keep that particular excess in yarn. The blanket, after I did the math on paper, has 24 more rounds before its finished, if I stop at only one round of off white on the outside edge. It will definitely be big enough for the intended person’s bed when its done.

    Monday night while we were at pool league, I took some yarn and a hook and in about two hours between games and the following afternoon, I put together this hat.

    beret1

    It looks better on an actual person then it does on my foam head.

    beret2

    I used super bulky Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn and the majority of the hat is HDC, but the opening edge/rim is SC. Some of the stitches were done granny square style as well. I’m really happy with it especially since it only took 2 hours to make!

    Food today has been pretty good. I did some snacking, but dinner was healthy and I still have room in my day to cut up and split that cantaloupe with Mattie later when he gets home from pool tonight.

    scramble

    Dinner looks kind of gross but it was so good. I thin sliced 2 zucchinis, about a half a pound of carrots, two bunches od green onions, chopped, 1 cup dry white rice, 2 eggs, and a 12 ounce package of bacon, chopped. I also added garlic powder. It all went into the wok and was periodically stirred until everything was cooked and the loose moisture had been cooked off. It tasted so much better than I expected! Mattie felt the need to add soy sauce but he said he would eat it again, so that’s good.

    Not a lot else to share right now. Mattie’s got pool again tonight so will probably just watch some TV in the bedroom and work on the never ending blanket for a while!