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    Yesterday we had a crawfish boil with friends and family over.

    Today we peeled the rest of the crawfish and shrimp and buried the rest of their little bodies in the garden. Dehydrating the uneaten onions, mushrooms and garlic. The uneaten potatoes will be mashed for tomorrows supper and the cauliflower will be warmed up and eaten.

    Planted 75 strawberry plants and a bunch of seeds; watermelon, asian melon, honeydew, muskmelon, bok choy, tomatoes, 5 kinds of peppers, 2 types of celery and I can't remember what else. Tiled up a strip in the garden and tomorrow the fence posts will be put in and we'll be planting the climbers along it; green beans, peas, snow peas, yard long beans, gherkin cucumbers, and I'm not sure what else.

    Couple weeks ago we hit the salvage grocery store and scored! bought 2 big pieces of boneless beef for $1.99/# and the other was $2.49/#. Cut it into steaks, cubes for crockpot meals, scraps to make hamburger, made beef jerky and saved the fat to render. Out of 53# we only had 1# of waste. We also got 7 pineapples for $5 - ate some fresh and canned the rest, 1# packs of bacon for $2, string cheese 12 packs for $8....the list goes on. We figure we saved about $350 compared to regular grocery store prices.

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    Livinlarge, I’m jealous. Not getting my warm crops out for a few more weeks.

    Today I work at the soup kitchen and then cleaning more flower beds. Going to do a bit everyday. Potato soup for dinner. I am planting blue butterfly delphiniums today.

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    We can't generally plant anything till Memorial Day. I'm looking forward to getting some work done on our greenhouse this year so we can extend the growing season. We gain a couple months in the fall and should gain at least a month in the spring, if I can get things arranged the way I want. I've been saving plastic gallon jugs to fill with water and put in the GH to absorb heat during the day and help keep the GH warmer at night. Passive solar heating, all for free. I also want to install a window we salvaged, so I can open that on hot days and get crosswise air flow between the front doors and the window in the back wall. And a box fan for when there's not enough breeze. So many plans, so little time and energy.

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    Came home with tomatoes, apples, bananas, and a load of Hawaiian bread from the soup kitchen today.

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    Another nice day to work in my flower beds. Got the porch area done. Going to start on my big native bed today. It will take me several days to get it done. Dinner is going to be grilled salmon, roasted asparagus, and corn on the cob. Probably brownies for dessert.

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    LivinLarge- Those are great deals!
    GrammarBug- Looks like you got some great finds as well from the soup kitchen!
    SpiritDeer- Would the window take the place of something?

    Our home faces the North and in the winter, we get a ton of drifting and icy winds. In the Summer, that part of the house is cooler than the rest but do not get any breezes. So, we installed ceiling fans at first. But it was still too hot and guests would complain and tell us they're never staying at our house again ( these are family members). We finally installed AC but was told that the ductwork is not able to cool the home sufficiently and to add more ducts would be impossible. So, our Summers here are pretty warm.... The only cool part is the basement and that's now a man cave.

    We will be looking at used cars today. We saw some at dealerships that seemed like good ones. I don't know if he'll purchase anything today. I doubt it.

    I don't plan on spending any money today. I do plan on purging my bedroom, however. I have some bags of items ready to be donated but will add more.

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    haha well that is a blessing in disguise rujerro. we don't get as hot as most of you but summers are getting worse and we get the sun in the morning for hours in the front and then back. no shade. worked yesterday, dh took kids and himself for haircuts. saw discounted chips at store I was at really cheap. .56 or 60 cents each down from 3 to 4 $. boxed twin packs. so called hubby and he came and got some. with teens & their friends, cheap chips is where it is at. out of milk again too. dh is off this week but would have had to take a day off work for his mom. doc appt. no applause from others in it so sister doesn't want to do it and can't pull the usual don't tell us and get her friends to do it to pretend she is a martyr. because it is the skin cancer doctor so she would look bad asking her friends to take mil when she won't take off work for it. not like eye doctors mil has growths on her forehead for years that get cut off but they always check for cancer. she never gets details right so like when we were in vegas..the serious specialists appts were just reg doc appts. dh and ds did gardenwork yesterday. so kids will be happy to veg out. broke records for sunny weather here in the 70s for time of year. nice today too.

    so the day is shot for projects so may go to look at vinyl flooring for the basement. took up the carpet so just bare concrete. worked yesterday sore so skipping exercise since my friend has to take her mil for her hearing aids. work paperwork to do. said parents can come tonight for more cookies if they want. no idea what is for dinner yet. of course housework and laundry.

    should work on dd blanket later. kids still need to change their bed sheets. need a costco run for some iron pills.

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    What a day today. I had to buy some black shoes for work and found slip resistant sneaker looking ones for $30 on ebay. My job gets my shoes very dirty and black is the best color. So, a good deal on new shoes. JC Penney had these for $50 with shipping.

    We evicted tenants in our apartment and they caused thousands of dollars in damage. We have a good team of people to repair stuff and we need to replace stuff (appliances) and carpet/kitchen cabinets, etc....The good news is that our homeowners policy should cover the damages after our deductible. I will speak to the insurance agent tomorrow and will file various reports and other law permissible things. NOT a frugal situation at all.

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    The window for the greenhouse will require cutting a hole in the back wall. It will be an interesting project because the window is not an exact fit and the gh is not normal construction.

    I made panels out of shade cloth for the west side of our cabin. The AC had to go in a window on that side. It ran constantly and could not keep the cabin cool. I attached the shade cloth using hooks installed under the eaves and guy lines on the outside edge which anchored to fence posts and other available points. With the shade that provided, the AC runs in normal cycles and has no trouble keeping the cabin cool. I also made a shade curtain for outside our 12' of living room windows which are on the south side. The LR is about 20 degrees cooler with the shade curtain in place. We can see through it, though not like glass. It's a trade off.

    We hit 4 GWs yesterday, shopping in the big town. We got some half price bargains, plus 20% senior discount. I found 2 gowns and a long satin skirt to use in making baby gowns. The 2 gowns were half price minus the discount, so very reasonable. I had planned to spend up to $30 on a wedding gown and ended up paying $20 for it and a baby blue gown, so it was a good day for me.

    I also got 2 flat totes at Savers, one marked $3 and the other $4. They had a 30% discount. I found one of them on WM's site for $22, which seems too high because I bought 2 identical ones 3 years ago for under $10 each. Still a good savings. The totes were on our list of things to get at WM, so I was happy to get them nice and cheap.

    The lockset on the bathroom door broke last week, so that was on the list of things to replace. By accident I found one NIP at GW, the color and style we needed, and it's a bed and bath lockset, too. It was marked $4 but had a 20% discount. The original price tag on it said $8.50, so we saved about $5. Nice! I love when we find a great deal on something we have to have.

    Used a 40% off coupon at JA for a spool of thread. The 2 half yd pieces of fabric I got were also 40% off.

    Took snacks from home to avoid eating out.

    Bought yeast in bulk at a whole foods place, much cheaper than in the brown jars.

    Bought some close outs at the grocery store.

    Got some other bargains at the thrifts too, so am able to cross some things off the list of things we're looking for.

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    Spirit Deer—Sounds like a good shopping Day. I didn’t get your address to send the gowns. My email is [email protected]. I would love to help you in this project.

    My body hurts from all the flower bed work. Still working this afternoon if it warms up. Did get the birdbath cleaned and refilled. DH hooked up the water hose so I could wash down the front porch. We do a lot of porch sitting here in the South. Lol Doing laundry and maybe hit Kroger later.

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    I sent another e just now, GB. I hope this one arrives. Thanks so much for thinking of the angel babies. Your offer is so kind and generous and very much appriciated.

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    Dh's surgery is tomorrow so I spent the better part of the day on the phone with ins, doctor and physical therapist. Why can't anything be easy! I think I got everything all straightened out. Got a call that our taxes are done and we get a refund. Woohoo!
    I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rujerro View Post
    What a day today. I had to buy some black shoes for work and found slip resistant sneaker looking ones for $30 on ebay. My job gets my shoes very dirty and black is the best color. So, a good deal on new shoes. JC Penney had these for $50 with shipping.

    We evicted tenants in our apartment and they caused thousands of dollars in damage. We have a good team of people to repair stuff and we need to replace stuff (appliances) and carpet/kitchen cabinets, etc....The good news is that our homeowners policy should cover the damages after our deductible. I will speak to the insurance agent tomorrow and will file various reports and other law permissible things. NOT a frugal situation at all.
    wow! that is horrible! hopefully you aren't out that much money.

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    dh is off getting dd with ds. we got the vinyl plank flooring at a good deal yesterday and they put it in today. ds is mad because I won't give up the laundry sink. like really. ended up with when you have your house you can do what you want. 14yr olds. dh could have just said no and drop it so he isn't looking good either. he isn't big on how a house look or what state it is in. said future dil is not going to blame me for him

    ran errands w my mom, got groceries, got the free $10 gift card, library , had breakfast with friends. one needed to vent because her mil had a huge childish fit because her son told her that she had to put in her own hearing aids and put them on the charger herself at night. that she shouldn't have to do anything for herself at all. how can she raise a son like that that....and on and on. she can do it just doesn't want too.

    super full moon so maybe that is it. someone posted in fb group about being able to vent online in the group. didn't say anything personal very vague. that it should be private and not come back at you as a leader. basically why people are quitting guides. so I said yep why I am quitting. and nothing is private because your higher ups can be on this group. and bingo my higher up was commenting on my post proving my point. then saying basically it was my fault for posting when all I said was tired of things and they are always the same. no names, events etc very vague. so I will be wrong like usual when I didn't do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Deer View Post
    The window for the greenhouse will require cutting a hole in the back wall. It will be an interesting project because the window is not an exact fit and the gh is not normal construction.

    I made panels out of shade cloth for the west side of our cabin. The AC had to go in a window on that side. It ran constantly and could not keep the cabin cool. I attached the shade cloth using hooks installed under the eaves and guy lines on the outside edge which anchored to fence posts and other available points. With the shade that provided, the AC runs in normal cycles and has no trouble keeping the cabin cool. I also made a shade curtain for outside our 12' of living room windows which are on the south side. The LR is about 20 degrees cooler with the shade curtain in place. We can see through it, though not like glass. It's a trade off.

    We hit 4 GWs yesterday, shopping in the big town. We got some half price bargains, plus 20% senior discount. I found 2 gowns and a long satin skirt to use in making baby gowns. The 2 gowns were half price minus the discount, so very reasonable. I had planned to spend up to $30 on a wedding gown and ended up paying $20 for it and a baby blue gown, so it was a good day for me.

    I also got 2 flat totes at Savers, one marked $3 and the other $4. They had a 30% discount. I found one of them on WM's site for $22, which seems too high because I bought 2 identical ones 3 years ago for under $10 each. Still a good savings. The totes were on our list of things to get at WM, so I was happy to get them nice and cheap.

    The lockset on the bathroom door broke last week, so that was on the list of things to replace. By accident I found one NIP at GW, the color and style we needed, and it's a bed and bath lockset, too. It was marked $4 but had a 20% discount. The original price tag on it said $8.50, so we saved about $5. Nice! I love when we find a great deal on something we have to have.

    Used a 40% off coupon at JA for a spool of thread. The 2 half yd pieces of fabric I got were also 40% off.

    Took snacks from home to avoid eating out.

    Bought yeast in bulk at a whole foods place, much cheaper than in the brown jars.

    Bought some close outs at the grocery store.

    Got some other bargains at the thrifts too, so am able to cross some things off the list of things we're looking for.
    good deals! a tip if you see roller blinds like they use to for projectors really cheap get them for the sun. dh got some from work white on one side and very light grey on the other. use it in the front window to keep the sun out. we have used other things in the past like bamboo blinds but the threads rot after a while. we have lined curtains too but we just gets lots of sun though it.

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