Friday, June 26, 2020


Hello, friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful Friday.  Another week in the books.  And almost another month.  Time is just getting away from me.  It seems I never have time for my blog anymore.  I am so sorry about that.

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor to see about my floaters.  The doctor I had been seeing left the practice so I saw another doctor who just happened to be the surgeon who operated on Joe's cataracts.  My eyes are in great shape except for the floaters.  I found out that they will never go away, but my brain will just learn to cancel them out so that I don't see them anymore.  How awesome are these brains of ours!  But until that time they sure do bother me.

I was able to get out into the yard one day this week and pull up some of the weeds.  Hopefully today I will be able to work a little more and then I will take a picture for you.  The marigolds are not doing so well, but the tomato plants are growing great.  I know I got them in late, but I am hoping to see some flowers soon, and then some little fruit.  It would be great to be able to eat some tomatoes from my back yard.  They always taste so much better than what you can buy in the store.  I have been trying to grow sunflowers, but no luck.  I think I will buy a new package of seeds and try again.  What I had in the house was from last year.

Do any of you do the Fly Lady system for cleaning and decluttering your house?  I have tried it twice in the past.  I do it for a short period of time and then it goes by the wayside.  But this week I started again with a different attitude.  I joined a Fly Lady support group sponsored by Steph, "The Secret Slob", whose YouTube vlog I watch.  I am having more success this time.  Hopefully this is a changing point for me and I will finally get my house straightened up and clean.  Having a support group really does make a difference.

On Wednesday I got another ball of the yarn I am using to make my knitted shawl.  I was almost finished when I ran out.  I know I have enough to finish it now and can't wait until it is finished and I can show it to you.  It is probably the prettiest thing I have ever made.

So that is what has been going on with me.  Now I will show you the grocery haul I got on Friday the 12th.  I can't believe I haven't shown it to you before.  Here goes.  It's a big one.

Frozen French fries, lactose free cheese and confetti sugar cookie dough.  I already baked and ate those cookies.  They were good!

Chicken thighs.  I divided the package and am getting four meals out of it.  Sausage for breakfast, and a ham steak.  The ham made a dinner for us, and then the next day I made ham fried rice for dinner with the left overs.

A pork roast and some ground beef.

I desperately needed paper towels.  This was the only two pack on the shelf.  I don't need 12 rolls of paper towels at one time.  I have no place to store them.  I found a cannister of disposable wipes.  It was the same as I had the last time.  I really wanted Clorox or Lysol, but when there is nothing else, I will take what I can get.  We needed hand soap too.

I tried this new food for Jack.  He likes it, then he doesn't the next day.  He's a picky little thing.  But it's things like chicken and carrots.  Salmon with brown rice and peas.  Sounds good to me.

We haven't had Texas Toast in a long time, so I got a package of that.  I also got some meatballs, pizza crust, and pie crust.  I made an apple pie last week.  It was good, but I used the wrong type of apple and it was juicy.  Very, very, very juicy.  But it was good and the apples didn't go to waste.

I needed all kinds of plastic bags.

I didn't need the strawberries, but I wanted them.  They were dessert for two dinners.  I was completely out of potatoes.  It was one of the things I ordered from the "shop from home" the week before but never got.

I got a package of bagels, a small package of Hawaiian rolls (I love them!) and 18 eggs.

I got flounder, potato salad and macaroni salad for dinner.  I also got some lunchmeat ham for sandwiches.

Joe has been on a milk craze.  Chocolate milk to be exact.  I got both chocolate and white for him and lactose free for me.

And then the snacks: lightly salted chips and Little Debbie donuts.  We needed paper plates too.

Produce:  broccoli, zucchini, bananas, tomatoes and pear and gorgonzola salad.

I treated myself to cashews and candied ginger.  We needed peanut butter and the store brand was $2 cheaper than the name brand.  I tried it and it is just as good.  I also got a pound of lower sodium bacon.  Since I have been using it, the regular bacon tastes so salty now!

Corn on the cob was 6 ears for $2.  So that's what I got.

And finally, I treated myself to an African violet.  I love the way it's bi-colored.  I put it into my African violet pot and so far it's doing really well.

Before I forget, I want to thank you all for your prayers for my friend, Rusty.  He is home from the hospital and doing really well.  Of course he has a way to go, but I am so happy to hear that the doctors are giving him good reports.  Keep those prayers coming.  I will keep you updated on him.

And finally some good news.  My god-daughter, Emi, had a little boy four days ago.  I haven't seen any pictures, but I'm sure he is adorable.

Hope you all have a great day.  I'll be talking to you soon.



  1. That's quite a grocery haul!
    I tried the Fly Lady and the Slob Sisters (back in the 80's) Neither was right for me, but I learned to write my own script. Now, I do things automatically and every morning while I blog read and have my coffee, I write down my 3 chores for the day. I have my daily chores, my routine, but those are three extra things I want to get done. Another thing that works for me is to set a timer.
    Good luck!

  2. Good haul! Some of the possibilities...The African violets always look so delicate. Glad to hear it's doing well.Have a gorgeous day!

  3. That is quite the grocery should be able to eat quite sometime with all that. Hope your flowers bloom and your veggies grow in your garden and I love the violet. Happy Friday!

  4. It's funny that you mentioned The Fly Lady. I've been thinking about her recently and even (mistakenly) thought I saw her book on a shelf at Goodwill. It must be a hint from above to give her another go. Well, for today, so far I have my shoes on which is rule #1 as I recall. LOL Have a blessed day and weekend!

  5. Never heard of the Fly Lady. Could have been useful for me before we moved 6 years ago! Oh my, I had accumulated way too much that need dealt with. Now I don't have storage room so I must be careful what I bring home =)
    You really did have a big grocery order that week! Feels good to be restocked.
    Have a wonderful Friday!

  6. Hi Kathy. I totally know what you mean about time getting away. Wow, seems to go very quickly for me too. So glad your friend Rusty si doing better.
    Great grocery haul. Lots of yummy things. So glad you tomato plants are doing well. I am growing some tomatoes in containers out on my patio, and I am starting to get some little red tomatoes and they are soooo delicious. I harvested and ate some last night. I have a few peas too. Nothing like fresh from the garden. I am going to check out Fly Lady and her cleaning methods. I can always use some good cleaning tips. Have a good weekend and I hope to see you again soon!

  7. I never heard of the Fly Lady, but I'll look it up. You did well at grocery shopping. I did not get to plant any tomatoes this year. Hopefully, yours will produce a lot of them for you. Enjoy your day, hugs, Edna B.

  8. Kathy, Glad your friend is better. God is good. You certainly got a variety of foods. Hope you and Joe have a beautiful weekend. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  9. New babies are always good news!

    Yes, I do follow FlyLady's plan and whatever success I have with housekeeping is a result of her teaching. I love the "you're not behind; just jump in where we are." And, yes, I still get the multiple emails daily.

    It's always fun to see your grocery haul.

    Glad that your friend is doing so much better. Praise the Lord.

  10. I've been cleaning out cupboards and today I went through all my cookbooks and will donate a lot of them. I hope to have more time to really clean out stuff when I retire in August. Your grocery shopping looks good with many delish meals I'm sure. I'm glad your friend is better and congrats on the new baby!


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