Once again, my Free Week has been anything but ‘free’.
The laundry was just getting caught up from awaiting the new washer, when the cold-water spigot for it decided to leak. So backed-up it got again while we waited for the plumber, and then onward to clean sheets!
We have new doctor’s appointments now that The Husband’s back problems have finally decided to make themselves felt, along with other his on-going health concerns, so we have both been going together to his and my doctors’ appointments.(Also on-going.)
Son #1 came back into town after being out west all summer and his pickup got into an altercation with a semi. It could have been so much worse than it was since he was barely hurt, but his truck has $10grand worth of damage. A fellow motorist saw the rig pull out in front of my son and followed the semi until the driver stopped on a ramp to survey the damage to his own truck. The ‘Good Samaritan’ detained the trucker until the police arrived. Then I was on chauffeur duty for several days.
Expecting a cold winter and with it pain, (plus the possibility of neck surgery), I decided to check on our supplies. I had The Grandson take his limited time here to pull everything out of most of the lower cabinets. I found myself stocked with enough canned green beans and beets to last a very long time, not to mention canned pumpkin, along with a number of cans of black olives.
It’s a good thing that people like the recipe I use to make Greek custard pastry, because it calls for lots of cream of wheat and man, I am set up with it for a year, if we also make bots of it for breakfast. I can’t resist the price on the bags at my favorite Indian grocery.
We have quite a number of cans of pineapple, (crushed, tidbits and sliced), plus an abundance of coconut, in forms of dried and squeeze bottles of cream of coconut. (Looks like there will be a number of Island-inspired recipes going on in my kitchen.)
Some of it may be savory, because I also ran across several bottles of rice vinegar. (Asian chicken, here we come!)
I also found several bags of sesame seeds, jars of prepared horseradish, bags of dried cranberries and bottles of raspberry-hazelnut salad dressing. I can see sesame beef with horseradish, or sesame chicken in salads with the dressing and cranberries, but not all of them together.
Hey, maybe I can do a home version of “Chopped”! Anyone game?
At least I’m ready for the Boy Scouts to come by “Scouting for Food” as they do every November for local food banks. (They better send big Eagle Scout candidates and not little Tiger Cubs to pick my bags up.)
I’m low on tomato paste and sauce, but if you need any canned whole tomatoes, please come and take some! It seems that I kept thinking I needed sugar, and I guess I purchased flour instead; (even if I bake all winter, I won’t need to buy any.) Speaking of sugar, I wasn’t sure if I had picked up powdered sugar and apparently did so, ‘just in case’, more than once, as well.
I am overloaded with more items and now I can see where I need to stock up on others. (Please, if you see me at the store, don’t let me pick up any more aluminum foil, either!)
And I discovered that I purchased a lot of ‘potty paper’, when I meant to be stocking up a bit on paper towels.
I had a full head of stream for reading and writing, but as you can see, I’ve had my time cut way back. I have been doing interviews in advance and one in a few months is anxious to get her questions, but my research on her is not finished. I also better get at least one more ready, since the authors have already been asked.
I’m writing in my head, so I can’t say I am exactly spinning my wheels. I promised The Grandson’s about-to-be-15-yr-old GF that I would critique and edit more of her writings and I really want to encourage the kids, (even if The Grandson has not let me see his lately!)
I am not the only one, though, who had this feast-or-famine buying attitude the family.
The Husband has purchase many-too-many light bulbs of one wattage, thinking those were the ones we needed, (they were not). I have found incredible amounts of motor oil in our garage, and we have much ‘ice melt’ that we have not used. He buys some every year, “just in case’, but I bet this year he doesn’t, just because I am sure all of it is now in solid lumps in their bags and we are over-due for ice storms.
I have found paper, folders, notebooks and assorted stationery supplies here and there throughout the house. Gathering them all together, we could run a small school!
I am set up to write a lot if I decide to go for it in longhand.
So, tell me, is there anything that you found yourself buying and re-buying without realizing it?