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    Raining here thank goodness. My okra is beginning to bear. Got everything weeded yesterday and going to clean my car today. Steamed cauliflower, roasted green beans, boiled shrimp over brown rice for lunch.

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    Those bags of mulch and dirt never go as far as you think, for all that they weigh. I need to pick up a few bags of dirt for our raised bed, and the grocery store has started marking it down.

    GB, shrimp and brown rice sound good. We're going to have BLT sandwiches, quick and easy. Wish I could say it was home grown tomatoes, but we're not getting the big ones yet. I had 3 on the vine that should have ripened, but they started to rot. It's been a wet summer. Fortunately I'm getting lots of cherry sized red and orange ones for salads. And two cucumbers today.

    Did some weeding and watering, and planted broccoli and cabbage seedlings. Forgot to mulch, will put some straw on them later.

    Still need to grocery shop, milk, cat food, vegetables. DH has done the laundry, love him!
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    2019 Frugal Challenge-muffins.jpgMade blueberry muffins this morning - berries were free, they grow outside the Post Office. Used the Jordan Marsh recipe.
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    Josantoro, those look delicious.

    I’m going to deep clean my house today and then rehearsal tonight. I have chicken breasts thawed to put in the oven to bake, but don’t know what I’m going to fix to go with them.

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    Those do look very yummy, Jo.

    Quiet day at home, waiting to hear that DH's car is ready to pick up. Supposed to be "seasonably hot and humid" so I planned a big salad for dinner. Have a bowl of tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden to eat up. Waiting on a call from a local handyman a friend recommends, to see about getting yardwork done. Grapevine and trash trees are taking over the fence and DH and I can't keep up with it.

    The usual housework and stuff. Got to find some pillow cases. They go missing in the laundry. I bought 4 to go with the newest set of sheets and DH could only find one yesterday.
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    I'm going to try and work extra hours in the evenings this week. I don't know how all this work will get done and it's not totally my job but I might as well get the money. Bread is in the bread machine since it is too hot to use the oven. Leftovers tonight, potato & cheese soup tomorrow. I have some sewing projects in mind but they are not urgent.

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    Not doing much today. It’s very hot and I spent my energy yesterday.

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    I have the usual: housework, laundry, cats... and a number of projects after that. DH took his car back to the shop this morning. They had it for 4 days and forgot to do the state inspection I had scheduled it for before the battery went out.

    Have some minor errands to run this morning. Want to get it done before it gets too hot. May get rain this evening. We don't need it, but it would be a nice break.

    Hamburgers for dinner, I put some extra patties away last time so I just need to warm these up for a quick dinner. Cucumber and tomato salad from the garden.
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    We're building the extension on the cabin porch using all salvaged lumber so far. We will need to buy decking for the steps and their risers, so overall the cost should be minimal.

    Been eating lots of leftovers lately to use up stuff before it goes bad, and trying to make a dent in the excess in the freezer, too.

    We have several projects in progress ATM. The plan this week is to get as far as we can on each one, make a list of supplies we're lacking, and then make the 50 mile drive to
    the big box on Saturday to avoid having to make multiple trips. Less gas and time.

    I picked beans from our garden. I plan to cook them for supper with some of the cheap ham we got recently, onion, water chestnuts, and rice. Cheap meal with leftovers.

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    Hubby and I connected an old salvaged scanner to my home laptop and got it working - so free scanner for me. I got tired of asking him to scan stuff for me. Leftover chicken for supper. We are getting thunder but no rain. Supposed to get bad storms Wednesday, we'll see.

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    Good going on the free scanner.

    Here's the salvaged porch extension on our cabin. The front board is a new scrap left over from the recent boardwalk project. This is pretty simple so I hope we can wrap it up fairly quickly. The reason for the extension is so Husby can rake the snow off the greenhouse roof in winter. The extension should allow him to reach all of that side of the roof safely. The old porch wasn't quite big enough for him to reach.
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    The recent boardwalk project, specifically the section on the right. We also decided to do the full rail even though we weren't going to add any. It's not frugal since it's all new materials which we still have to buy more of to finish it, but it's cheaper than a trip to the ER if we slipped off the dang thing some icy winter day. Safety won out over aesthetics. I liked it better with no rail, but decided to be practical.
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    Beans and peas gone wild. They seem to love the runoff from the cabin roof every time it rains. The bean hash was so good for supper with ham, potato, water chestnuts, onions, and mushrooms, and a sauce made from the water I soaked the dried mushrooms in. We ate that over brown rice with sesame oil, red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds, and soy sauce as condiments. There's plenty left for supper tomorrow and maybe the next night, frugal and convenient.
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    Those muffins look scrumptious. I couldn't keep staring any longer, so I looked up the recipe and looked around the house for any kind of berry. I had cranberries and made them. The texture and vanilla butter flavor is really good. Since cranberries are tart, I'll add OJ or zest next time and it will be the best!! Thanks for the photo and chef's name, Jo!

    SD- That's a great idea to build the porch next to the greenhouse. The bean hash sounds good.

    We bought a tiny jalapeno pepper plant months ago and it has 3 peppers so far. The meyer lemon tree has 2, the peach tree has 2 and the apple tree is barren. The strawberries had a few tiny berries this year. I think the rain has been a factor in all of this. Too much humidity and rain as it's been a grouping of extreme weather.

    College sent an email stating the bill for Fall can be paid. But they didn't put in any scholarships that were won, so I'll wait until it gets closer to the due date. They do this every semester and it's quite irritating. I don't want to over pay them and then have to wait for a refund.


    I was able to get DS2 a early Christmas gift using a GC, so it was free. DH said I had pkgs and what was in them? I didn't answer because DS2 was standing there and DH was a bit miffed. I'll have to tell him why I didn't respond!

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    LOL, easy to see you are not from New England, where everyone knows Jordan Marsh (famous, now defunct,department store) blueberry muffins recipe!! Kind of like Mrs. Fields cookies.

    https://newengland.com/today/food/jo...istory-recipe/
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    Taking a couple of days to decompress. My prop mistress and I are headed to the casino to spend a couple of nights and sit by the pool. She is going to teach me to crochet. We don’t plan to do much gambling. We both need time away before the tough rehearsals begin. DH is on his own.

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    GB, hope the weather stays nice for the pool. It is raining here, and my garden is happy for it.

    I remember Jordan Marsh. I used to shop at the one in downtown Boston. In the basement, of course. I think they gave rise to the phrase "bargain basement".

    Busy day today. Yoga and then hair appt. Probably won't be home until nearly dinner.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

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