Shopping? Me?

I am somewhat spoiled. In the thirty-five years I’ve known my husband, I have cooked possibly a dozen meals. That’s because hubby does almost ALL the cooking. He always got home from work almost three hours before I did, and went to bed quite early in order to get to his job at 3 AM. So instead of waiting for me to get home, he’d cook. He continued even after we both retired from our full-time jobs. So I don’t do the grocery shopping – since he plans the menu, he knows what he needs. I just buy the stuff he forgets, or extras like treats for us or one of the groups I belong to.

The things I buy (after I pay my share of the bills, of course) are things I use for my various hobbies: sewing, scrapbooking, greeting card crafting, and music (my oboe and clarinet both need reeds and other incidental supplies). I also take care of the technical stuff (computers, smart phones, ipads), office supplies, and gifts from the two of us. And I love to buy things for the grandkids – toys and clothes, their favorite treats, and diapers for the baby.

Spending, of course, depends on the time of the month. We both get retirement checks, plus I get royalty checks and a small stipend from the university. But this is not the week for any of those, so my list is quite short. Here’s what I plan to buy:

  1. A treat for my quilting group. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month, and everyone brings a snack for our mid-morning break. I am on my fifth week of Weight Watchers, so I’ll probably bring some raw veggies and hummus. I’ve spent too many Tuesdays chowing down on the sweets everyone brings.
  2. A box of clarinet reeds. Last week during band rehearsal I started to squeak a lot – that means my reeds are getting worn and need replacing. Yes, just like brakes. I could use some new oboe reeds too, but those cost more so they’ll have to wait for the next payday.
  3. Some quilt batting. A friend asked me to make a baby quilt for her soon-to-be-born grandson, and provided the John Deere printed fabric, but had no idea what else was needed. I bartered and agreed to make the quilt in exchange for scrapbooking supplies (she sells them). The baby is due any day, so I’ve got to get to work. I’ll probably buy some pillow forms and make a couple of pillows to match and give those as my gift.
  4. Prints of pictures I’ve taken in the last three months. My scrapbook group meets tomorrow night, and I’m signed up for a full day of scrapbooking on Saturday. I’m hoping to get caught up sometime in the next century.
  5. Flowers for Daughter #2. She invited hubby and me to her apartment for lunch this Saturday, so I’ll probably pick up something little for a hostess gift.
  6. Flowers for Daughter #1. Because you can’t do something for one child that you don’t do for the other…

That’s it for this week! There are no birthdays, anniversaries, or other events requiring gifts – not that I know of. I might have to buy gas for the car, but since the Volt has only a 10-gallon tank and I haven’t bought gas since June, I won’t complain. Much.

How does your week look?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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15 Responses to Shopping? Me?

  1. jeff7salter says:

    post a pix of that quilt when you’re finished!
    My wife & daughter both used to enjoy “cropping” … and sometimes even went to a distant city where there is a huge store devoted to the supplies. [That store even had child-care for the kiddies]. Plus, my daughter has gone to what I think of as scrapbook “meets” where she’d bring her own table and all her stuff and “compete” in some way with the other scores of croppers. [not sure exactly how that worked.]


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’ll try to remember to take a picture of the quilt, Jeff! I tend to finish projects at the last minute. We have several stores dedicated to scrapbooking (I remember we used to call it cropping, but lately I haven’t heard that term used). I go to weekend-long “meets” twice a year, and day-long ones even more often. We don’t really compete, but often the hostess will offer a prize for the person who completes the most pages, or else we get a ticket for every five pages we get done and she has a drawing at the end.


  2. I haven’t worked since 10/17/05. I don’t worry about the bills, Steve takes care of them. His job has automatic deposit and he has $100 a week go into my checking account (we are on each other accounts but use different banks) and I am allowed to do whatever I want with the money, and he never questions me about it. Like tomorrow is my nail appointment. I get my nails done every other week and have been doing that for nearly 13 years now. I go shopping and buy things for me, the house, the kids or grandkids. When I grocery shop, I have a Kroger credit card and he pays that bill too. I do take care of the house, all the cooking (except if I want him to make something like his recipe for sloppy joes or to season a pork butt for pulled pork) and I even do all the grilling. We have a garden, he tills and plants and I pick and can. I like our arrangement and see no need for change. Today is my BIG laundry day and I have stripped the bed to the mattress and cleaning everything and going to even change out bedspread/quilt today.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I wouldn’t see any reason for changing, either, Kathy! We each have routines that are comfortable to us, and for me, it was going to work (hubby paid child support for the first 12 years of our marriage, so he couldn’t have supported us) in exchange for him doing the cooking – which was fine with me! Thanks for visiting.


  3. Oh, wow, well that is certainly a few things I have found that we DON’T have in common! I am Foodie with a capital F and I can’t play anything but the maracas…triangle, cowbell,(I have good rhythm). I can manage a Kazoo and CAN play my nose,but don’t!( You will never, ever see this!)
    The topic only said , “Shopping List”,I don’t believe ift specified WHERE you had to do the shopping.
    Seems like a lot to me! I agree with Jeff; let us see the quilt!


  4. That is certainly the list of someone who is crafty, in the artistic way not the cunning way. 😉
    I enjoyed reading your post.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Angie! I guess I’ve always been drawn to creative activities. My list was a lot different when I had kids in the house! Can’t wait to read yours on Wednesday.


  5. I used to quilt, but i got carpal tunnel and had to quit and just never took it up again. I have one almost finished, and it’s stuffed into the closet.


  6. pjharjo says:

    You are a Lucky Woman, Patricia! I wish I had a personal chef at home! By the needs you listed, it sounds like you have a busy and varied life. Never a boring moment, eh? I got my cookies bought, now I need to shop for some Chocolate Greens Bars I learned from a visiting sister that I need to get for my momma. 🙂

    Enjoy Life!



    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Oh, I do enjoy life, Janette! I tend to be optimistic anyway, but I REALLY enjoy having the freedom that retirement affords me. And I’m fortunate that I don’t have to worry about a lot of things and many people do. Chocolate Green Bars, eh? That sounds interesting…how do they fit into the Weight Watchers menu?


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