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My blog has morphed over the years into different things. It is a place to learn about saving money, product reviews, cooking, gardening, and homesteading. It can take you to whatever has my attention at the moment and then back to the day to day. I hope you will learn something here and come back often.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kid in a Candy Shop

It's 8:30 a.m. and I have just completed my garden work for the day.  I came into the house looking as if I had just walked out of the shower.  This heat and humidity makes life hard!

I will admit though, that I am much like a kid in a candy shop.  I get so excited to see what is growing and what is ready to pick.  I am amazed that I can pick cucumbers one day and go out the next day and pick more.  There seems to be no end in sight.

I am a little disappointed in my squash this year.  It is not producing as well as it has in the past but my tomatoes are making up for it.  They are completely loaded and the largest plant I have is one that came up on it's own in the compost bed.  The "critters" are out now too.  I found my first horn worm yesterday and I have collected 2 caterpillars eating tomatoes.  They all became snacks for the chickens!

My biggest garden concern is that my green beans and tomatoes will all start coming in the week that I am gone to camp with the boys.  You know, I put so much tears and sweat into that garden that I hate to miss any of it!

I guess there is no point worrying about the future.  I will be gone that week and that's that.  For today - it's pickle making time!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

$79.21 FREE...thanks CVS

I finally had a few minutes yesterday to sit down and look at Sunday's ads and organize my coupons again.  The coupons have been pretty neglected lately!  I knew that I did not really need anything from Kroger this week so I just looked at Walgreens and CVS.

I started by looking for items that I know we need and checking for coupons on those items.  I then circled the picture in the ad so I would not forget when I got to the store.  I also wrote x2 or x3, etc if I planned on buying multiples of an item.  I pulled all of my coupons and paper clipped them to the front of the ad.

Today I made it to CVS and I think this was my best purchase to date!  I began in the pharmacy.  I had a coupon that offered a $25 gift card for any new or transferred prescription.  I transfered one of mine that only costs $2 to fill and I got the gift card.

I  purchased the following:
6 Dove Deoderant 2/$5 - I used 4 coupons for $2 off.  I recd $5 ECB for spending $15 - final cost $2
2 Old Spice Deoderant $3.99 each but had BOGO plus I used 2 $1 off coupons and rec'd $2 ECB - final cost $FREE
2 Tampax @ $2.97 each minus 2 coupons for $2 off - final cost $.97 each
Dawn Dish detergent on sale for $1 minus $1 coupon = FREE

You get the idea... I used my ECB's from my previous purchases and by the time I was finished the total due was $11.35.  I paid using my FREE $25 gift card and I rec'd $12 back in ECB's for next time.

I do believe CVS has surpassed Walgreens as my favorite place to shop.  Today has certainly renewed my enthusiasm for coupons!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Oh, To Blog Again

Roma Tomatoes

It has been a while since I have sat down to blog.  In fact, I feel like I rarely have time to sit down and do anything!  I will take a few minutes to tell you what has been going on.

A lot of my mornings are spent in the garden.  It looks like I will have a bumper crop this year!  Everything looks really healthy and is growing well.  You can see a picture of my Roma tomatoes at the top.  I have already begun picking yellow squash, blueberries and blackberries.  I have a few tomatoes that are starting to turn pink too.  It is so exciting to watch things grow!  If I could, I would post pictures of all of my baby vegetables for you to see but I am sure you would not be as excited over them as I am.

My husband and oldest son have kept me busy the last two weeks sewing "period correct" costumes for them.  They are both members of FCF (Frontiersman Camping Fellowship).  This is where grown men dress up in garb from the 1800's.  Personally, I don't understand why anyone would want to do this but they enjoy it.  I finally finished all of their requests and sent them packing on an FCF camping trip.

We added a new member of the family last Sunday.  A friend brought over a half chihuahua/ half poodle puppy.  He is all of 1.06 lbs (note - not 1.6 but 1.06).  I know his exact weight because of our emergency run to the vet Tuesday morning.  But let me back up a little.  I had decided not to get another dog yet because I am still struggling with the death of Prancer.  Cissy brought this little pup over with the understanding they would take him home if we didn't want him.  Well, I didn't particulary want him, even though he's a doll, but Doug and the boys were already in love so he stayed.  Monday morning I took him outside and he immediately went to sniff of our downspout.  As soon as he reached his nose up, a wasp flew out and stung him on the back.  The poor baby cried and rolled on the ground.  He didn't know what had happened to him.  Tuesday morning he decided to wake up at 4 a.m. and not go back to sleep.  Josh finally got up around 6 and I handed the dog over to him so I could take a shower.  As soon as I headed to my room I heard the puppy cry and Josh yelling for his Dad!  The pup had jumped out of Josh's arms and landed on the concrete porch. Doug checked him out and decided he probably had a broken leg.  So, off the the vet we go!  He stayed at the vet all day.  They originally told me he had a broken humorous and would be in a splint and bed rest for 6 weeks!  By the end of the day they had decided he was not broken at all but had a dislocated shoulder and would not need a splint.  He would have to be kept in a kennel for 2 weeks and only allowed out to go potty.

Now, it's Thursday and "Scrappy (Doo)" is getting along well.  He is such a well-behaved little dog considering he is locked away in his kennel.  He whines to tell me he needs to go out and he quickly does his business.  He loves to chew on my hair every chance he gets and wags when spoken to.  He cries for a few minutes when I put him back in his kennel but then he settles down and is quiet for hours.  It's amazing!

Last night Blake had a friend over to spend the night.  He went home around 2.  Now, all is quiet in the house....just the clicking of the keyboard.  I am trying to decide what to do next.  Do I take advantage of the quiet house and take a nap, sit down to all of the paperwork that I need to do, or go back and work in the garden again.... I guess I will have to decide soon.