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  1. General Chat
    Well, it has been getting into the 30's and even the 20's at night here so I have turned the heat on offically this year. Yuck!!! My heat is turned down very low so it has only been running at night and early morning. Guess that is ok since winter is officially here in 4 days. Just keeping...
  2. General Chat
    Just tuned the heat on. Set it at 64 degrees. Cat is on my lap also keeping warm. Personally I think it is to early to have it on but atleast I know it is working. Anyone else out there dreading winter this year?
  3. Utilities
    ~We're still holding out here. I usually wait until the temperature in the house drops below 60* for more than 3 hours in the morning. It's been rather mild here this October and sunny which heats up my small house pretty well.~
  4. Frugal Living
    in almost 6 months. WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  5. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    The "Little" amount of leftover refried beans that no one was eating for lunches in the fridge became 6 bean burritos for the freezer. I'm betting the 6 frozen burritos that they can just pop in the microwave will go fast.
  6. Family
    DD started Middle school yesterday and she is already acting like a teen! She doesn't want breakfast! She needs to eat to keep her blood sugar level or she gets REALLY MOODY more than than a teen - lol I need some Quick on the go Breakfast Ideas she can eat in the car on the way to school. I...
  7. Utilities
    I turned the heat off in our house last night. It's been hovering around zero in the mornings and at night time for a few weeks now. We've even found it hot at night in the house for the last week and had windows open during the day. Figured it was safe to turn it off up here in the Great...
  8. General Chat
    I cannot believe that I have let 5 yrs worth of pictures sit in my computer! So...this weekend, I mostly worked on the chore of thinning out my albums ...keeping only the ones that I really want to print (when I can afford the ink). I'm not finished either!GGrr..I could just kick myself b/c I...
  9. General Chat
    I already told you about how my awesome husband took me to the wine country for wine and the day at the spa AND sent me to Rapid City, SD to spend a week with my bff!! Which by the way was AWESOME~~ we even went to Sturgis...during Sturgis!! WELL... last Thursday he came home from work after...
  10. OAMC, Homecanning, Freezing, and Preserving
    I canned 10 quarts of tart cherries this year and my rack for the waterbath canner turned black! It didn't get that much lighter in color when I washed it with warm soapy water when I did the canner also. Anyone know how to get the color turned back from black? Will the black color ruin anything...
  11. General Chat
    .....my husband did the most amazing thing (s) for me!!! First off, this weekend we took the kids to his parents and we took off to a mystery location. San Francisco? San Luis Obispo? Pismo Beach? Nope.... NAPA VALLEY!! Ok, Calistoga to be exact. Calistoga is known for it's mineral springs...
  12. Health and beauty
    TMJ. I've been experiencing on and off pain in my ears for the last two years. It was impeding my hearing, sore, tender to the touch and gives me headaches that I can't stomach sometimes. I went to the doctor today and he looked in my ears. Of course, no infections or anything but when he...
  13. General Chat
    ALL of my smoke detectors went off:eek: Its a BRAND new unit so I don't know what happened. The smell was horrible like something besides dust burning. I am still shaking after 30 minutes!
  14. Utilities
    I couldn't take it anymore. It's been raining now for 10 straight years (that could be a slight exaggeration), it's cold and damp, I've been wrapped in a wool blanket all day, and I can't digest anymore tea. It was actually only down to 19C in here, which is what the thermostat is set at in...
  15. Family
    I can't believe it, but Paige is now 4, and in a month or so she won't be the "baby" of the family anymore she will be the first born. Her b-day was Tuesday. I left work early and took her shopping and then we went to see her daddy since he had to work. She wanted to eat with him and since he...
  16. General Chat
    I was really trying to hold off till Nov. But dang! It was 28 here this morning and the house was 60. I just need to get the chill off..... Dh and I both have decided we will not suffer without proper heat. Some people can do it, we won't. We've both lived in situations where heat was scarce and...
  17. General Chat
    My son just finished his first year at UCI as a Biology major. His goal is to be a Vet. He did really well academically got a 3.9 but one of the things he needs to do was get some experience around pets. Last year he couldn't get anything cause he wasn't 18 and no one would let him because the...
  18. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    So I made the Chicken Enchiladas. I couldn't find a recipe online that I liked so I improvised. Enchilada sauce is kind of expensive, but I found a powdered mix with the taco mixes and stuff which was cheaper so I did that. I took some shredded chicken, black olives, and some onions I cut up...
  19. General Chat
    My daughter has several pair of tights that don't fit her anymore with the feet on. With all the short shorts and skirts these days I wanted to get her leggings but then I thought if I just go buy some lace trim I could maybe cut off the feet of the tights and turn them into leggings. Has anyone...
  20. Frugal Living
    Here in NY is been pretty warm the last few days, so I decided to shut down the heat, I usually wait till April 15th, but I figure every bit helps, and who knows what fuel oil will be in August when I usually fill the tank for the year. We did pretty good this winter, I guess those 10 new...
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