Sunday, August 05, 2012
This and That. Something For Everyone. :)
My buddy, Susan, asked what sorts of things would I suggest stocking-up on for next year's grocery increase and my immediate answer would be anything involving vegetables and fruit since they're most affected by drought. Learning which foods can be safely frozen is a great project. Start here.
Also, anything involving corn--which is nearly everything-- will go up. Here's a list of those items. (If you've never seen a 'corn list' like that before, you'll be shocked. And yes, there's the GMO thing which I try not to worry about.)
Oh, and I highly recommend signing-up online with your local supermarket(s) if that's available. Mine has both mailed and emailed me extra coupons and they also have click-to-card ecoupons. Also, sign-up with at least one local coupon blogger who will alert you to unadvertised deals (and more) available only at your town's store(s).
And here's a spiffy thing about always shopping sales with coupons in your hot little hand : staying stocked-up, well--it just happens. You keep buying items for incredibly low prices and it naturally keeps you prepared to care for a whole village year-around.
In fact, this autumn my annual stock-up-for-winter project will be made easier because, through combining coupons and sales, I already, without really trying, have enough of these for months:
And I have nearly enough:
Liquid coffee creamer (in the freezer)
Butter (also frozen)
Hope this helps a little. Again, I highly recommend Internet coupons--it feels like printing your own dollar bills!
Yay! Debra's World upstairs now has air-conditioning. Now I can dare climb up here past 2 p.m. and actually spend some time in my favorite room. We bought a new window air-conditioner yesterday and moved our old one upstairs. Whew.
Over the past two days, Buffalo broke two heat records and this summer is, well, getting ridiculous. In fact, this early morning is the hottest, muggiest one I ever remember in all my 19 Buffalo years, so I'm doubly grateful that Debra's World is now air-conditioned!
In other news.... Three weeks ago I remember thinking, "Gee, it would be nice to read a new issue of Mary Jane's Farm magazine. I still have a stack of old ones, but I'd like to catch up with good ol' Mary Jane after these past two years of buying no new issues."
Well. The following week, guess what arrived in the mail? One of those cards which says you can receive a free issue if you'd like. Wow. So my new Mary Jane's Farm magazine arrived yesterday, free to me, and what a lovely reunion we shared.
And what came to mind? The verse which says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Now, I realize that also means He'll give you the desires He wishes you to have, but I also believe it to mean that He responds to those desires you don't even tell anyone about. Those little wishes that only He and you know about.
And along those lines... for weeks I'd wondered what color to paint our kitchen arch and our short dining room wall. And well, when I visited my friend, Donna, last Friday, I loved the paint color on the walls of her living and dining rooms--I felt so happy just sitting within their pale buttery glow and I realized that color is very close to the one in our kitchen.
So. I asked her the name of the color shade, went home and considered it some more and then made plans to buy that shade at our local Sherwin Williams (the high cost be darned. heh). But oh! After I emailed Donna about my choice, she emailed back that she had a whole gallon of her paint leftover and I could have it.
Wow. Does God take great care of His kids, or what? (And thanks again so much, Donna!)
"You have not because you ask not..." ... James 4:2