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Frugal Friday-August 21, 2015
August 21, 2015, 9:38 PM
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I’ve just finished my third week of working full time, and just as I expected, I feel like I’ve been ‘too busy’ to write blog posts. But I did want you to know I’m surviving and have a renewed appreciation for all the folks that are able to hold down jobs, take care of families, and yet still somehow find time to volunteer, attend church and other meetings, exercise and sleep each night! Hats off to you!

One interesting result of my working has been that I find I’m not spending ANY money, other than the gas it costs me to go to work. My new office offers free coffee, tea and soft drinks, and because I take my lunch each day and wear the same casual wardrobe that I’ve collected piece by piece from thrift stores over the years, I go to work, come home, have supper and collapse relax. I don’t want to go anywhere else once I get home, and since Michael is doing our grocery shopping and most of the cooking, as well as running all the errands that I used to do, I’ve had the same three dollar bills in my purse for these three weeks.

We continue to be thrifty here at home by hanging our laundry on the line to dry, using our fans rather than the AC, cooking our meals from scratch and eating as much as possible from the garden. We walk and ride our bikes daily for exercise, and sleep really really well at night.

I haven’t had much time or energy for much else though, until this week; I guess I’m beginning to get ‘into a groove’ with this whole job business! I’ve been reapplying fresh pine mulch (that I get delivered free from my local power company) to my blueberry beds, and yesterday evening enjoyed picking organic Concord grapes  from a friend’s back yard-she was giving them away because she had so many! Remember how I wrote last fall about finding a brand new steamer/juicer at a thrift store for $3.49? I used it to transform this huge batch of grapes, from this…

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…to this…in about an hour!

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And so I am ‘hooked’ on the ease of steam juicing and will probably be arrested at some point for stealing fruits and berries from backyards all over town in order to feed my new addiction! But never fear, tomorrow is Saturday,  I’m OFF! and I have enough tomatoes on hand to make V8 Juice!

You know what I always say: “When the stock market drops 553 points in one day, make juice!”. Enjoy your weekend folks.

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If anybody can pull it all together, it would be you! Enjoy your weekend too!

Comment by sarasinart

I laughed when I saw the collapse strike through in your post. I can relate!

Comment by stillsearching2

Yep, working folks ‘get it’ for sure!

Comment by simpleintn

Ohhh!!! Are you going to make wine!?!? I love fresh juice (even if it’s not fermented 😉 lol)

Comment by amberandtanuki

no time for wine but I did make some great juice that I can use to make jelly this winter.

Comment by simpleintn

That looks like a wonderful old juicer, a real workhorse! I make hard cider with my steamer, it is a very forgiving and civilized adult drink. Easy to make too. If you get a chance, check out this post on hard cider making at my blog. Thanks – Daniel
http://bit.ly/1ONNfCT

Comment by dheila62




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