I got a big bag of very ripe bananas for $2 at the store and had my most excellent helpers cut and bag them for the freezer. We will make smoothies from them. Each day that Jake stays with me I have him do one “helpful” chore and one “fun” chore. This was definitely the fun one–he loved cutting with the knife! Because it was a table knife, it was low-stress for me, as well. After all, there is no wrong way to cut a banana chunk as long as it’s safe!!
I worked a lot this week. Most of my family was gone until Thursday so I had the time to devote. I also tried to do a few fun things with Patsy alone after Jake went home, so one evening I looked on the internet and found a blueberry patch that wasn’t far away and we went blueberry picking. We got 4 lbs., and they were only $1/lb. Sadly, the crop was almost gone, or we would have picked more. I did freeze a few of them, and several baggies from our bush. I harvested and froze a few more raspberries and some more Marion berries from our bushes.
I kept my niece and nephew all night last Sunday, and took them and Patsy to the zoo Monday, using my zoo pass. I took food for us to eat at lunch, and clearly announced ahead of time what I was planning to buy for them (a shaved ice or a soda) and declared that if anyone wanted more, they should bring their own money. It worked well.
They knew they were getting a treat, and could choose which they wanted, and it took away the anxiety for them.
As part of the summer reading program, we attended a Lego party at the library. Jake was given a baggie of Legos to build with. There were also tables where wheels, baseplates or specialty pieces could be procured. After the kids finished building their creation, there was a librarian with a microphone and the child could describe what they built, and place their item in a place of honor on a table.
He enjoyed himself.
Another day, I took a stale loaf of cheap white bread, and let them feed the ducks at a park. Imagine our surprise when some nutria showed up for their share!
There was 1 mama and 5 or 6 babies.
There was also a trip to a park one day. You can’t beat the swings! I noticed a splash pad there. We might do that another day, when we are prepared with bathing suits.
I bought several items of clothing and shoes for the girls. I don’t buy a ton of things at the beginning of the school year. Instead, I buy them things all year long when they need them. It had been a long, long time since I had purchased shoes for them, so I was delighted to get the shoes they needed off of the clearance rack, which worked out to at least 1/2 price. Patsy got 3 tops for 1/2 off the lowest marked clearance price (gotta love Fred Meyers), and Ja’Ana got shorts and capris for around $12 each. I was also able to get them each a p.j. set. We are heading out for a mission trip before too long, and I wanted them to have something that was decent, matched, no holes, fit well, etc. for the trip. We will be sleeping in churches part of the time and at the mission compound, the restrooms are across a courtyard, so they may be seen in these p.j.’s if they have to take a “walk” during the night. The sale was excellent, so that helped. I got them each a $2 pair of flip flops for showers, etc. Rob got J a couple of skirts for the trip at Goodwill. I still have a few things to get Patsy before school starts, but I think I’m about ready for the upcoming trip.
The garden is full of produce. Early this morning, I slipped outside to pick a few beans for our family Sunday dinner, which I hosted today. Well, one “bean” let to another, and I ended up with 2-1/2 gallon ziplock bags of yellow and green beans. I gave 1 to my sister, we ate the 1/2, and my aunt and I quickly snapped, blanched and froze the other bag for her freezer. Rob and I got 14 pints and 2 quarts frozen Thursday, so I didn’t need them. She ended up with several one-cup portions. It was great to find a use for them! I also cut lettuce and picked a few cucumbers and snow peas.
It was a very busy week, but we got a lot done, which is awesome!