On our recent trip to Ft. Stevens, Patsy and I enjoyed climbing a watchtower in Astoria, and enjoying the view of the big bridge that spans the Columbia River. Beautiful, and free:) The girls rode bikes, clammed, fished, read, and I continued to work on school with Ja’Ana. We are not quite finished, having lost some time with the move. We had to go over to the valley for a family event, and brought one of the cousins back with us.
We enjoyed roasting marshmallows and hot dogs one night with her.
I sewed Patsy a dress. I used 50% off patriotic fabric from JoAnn’s, but chose one that was summery enough to go past the 4th of July.
We got the garden in shape before taking off for the beach again. We were able to harvest veggies to take with us. We used lettuce in many meals the past few days. I was able to take a huge salad with us to my sister’s house for our family Sunday meal.
I had not grocery shopped since we moved, except for a few dollars here and there. This past week, I spent $58 on groceries. I am finding it do-able with the new $50/week budget I am sticking with. I “shopped” from my food storage in our storage bins and freezer and used as much garden produce as I could. I also made another meal from the fish we caught and froze.
We are at Newport, Oregon this week. We took our bikes. We took our first family bike ride in years. Rob wisely bought me a helmet, as bike riding is not my strong suite. I am happy to report that neither I, nor anyone else, fell off. We had a great time.
Since we have a foster/adopt park pass, we save around $30/night, every time we camp. Of course, there are rules about how often you can use it, etc., but they are very generous. We are really loving having this option during this summer of change.
We are also saving money by not having internet, but I must admit it is frustrating to have to drive somewhere to catch wi-fi. We also have been able to use Rob’s Mom’s garbage can each week, as she does not fill it, so we have no bill for that. Of course, at campgrounds, you can throw your trash and recycling away there in the proper area. We don’t have our phone land line anymore. We have no house payment. We are still spending money for gas, food, cell phones, the camper, and a few other things. Overall, though, we have reduced the bills tremendously, and that is helping us get through the summer without feeling any pain at all! What a blessing!