There’s nothing like a good library visit! I don’t know if your family has discovered the Elephant and Piggie books, but Jake sure loves them. They are pretty funny, and very easy for him to read himself.
None of the kids, or Rob, had school on Friday, due to Veteran’s Day. We did some errands, got some groceries, and stopped by to feed the nutria and ducks at a pond. As we were picking Jake up, his mom handed us a big bag of old hot dog buns, since I had to confess I had forgotten my old bread at home. The kids loved throwing them to the animals. 4 other kids showed up, armed with their own bags of stale bread bits and they all had a blast. They even shared with Jake when he used ours up. I though that was really nice of them.
We saw mallards, 2 different kinds of wood ducks, a pair of domesticated ducks and 1 lonely sea gull that travelled far from the ocean, along with the nutria.
It is time to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. They need to be filled and back to the church by November 19. I went out to the shop, dug around in my fabric and patterns, and made 2 little skirts, using the same piece of fabric, and the same pattern–just 2 different sizes. I hoped to use the piece up, but there’s probably enough for 1 more skirt left….but I only need 2. The girls have been selecting items at various stores for the boxes and we will pack them this week. Although I certainly plan to spend money when I fill the boxes each year, I love being able to put in skirts that will be nice for the recipient that cost me nothing out of pocket.
I have a busy week ahead, full of fun things like a field trip to the state capitol building, and some other things. I’ve been doing some extra cleaning and getting ready for Thanksgiving, as that’s suddenly right around the corner. Rob cleaned in the shop for a few hours today, as well as grabbed some of the buy 10, get $5 off items at Fred Meyers. I bought 10 items earlier in the week, but milk was on the deal, and it made them 99c for each 1/2 gallon, so I wanted 4 more since we used up a lot of what was purchased earlier. Butter was $2.50 with the deal, so he got 2. There was gluten-free clam chowder for 99c/can, and I grabbed a couple of cans of broth. I take the little cans camping with me because it’s more convenient than large frozen cartons. I also occasionally drink a can when my tummy is upset–and I don’t want to thaw anything then. They ended up 49c/can.
We did 2 exercise classes at the YMCA. We’ve been in that class for over 2 months now. We are taking Pilates twice a week for the girls’ PE. I seriously stink at Pilates. I have very little coordination or flexibility. The girls are better at it. BUT, it’s exercise, I can already tell I’m less stiff than I was, and I can do more of the things each time. The teacher is patient and kind, and I haven’t fallen off my exercise ball lately, which is always a bonus! Things are looking up:) Lovana works out a few times a week there, and it’s all included on our membership.
I cooked several items today for tomorrow’s Family Sunday Dinner. I didn’t need to cook anything for today’s meals except eggs for breakfast, there were plenty of leftovers from the week. I continue thawing and using items from the freezer. Our 1/4 beef is at the butcher, so that will be ready in a couple of weeks–so I need to keep emptying to make space. So, I pulled out meatballs and sauce for tomorrow evening, meat, broth, bread, berries, etc. this week to keep using it up. Rob dug around a bit in the chest freezer and unearthed a few things that I should make a plan for soon. He found both the turkey and the ham that I knew were in there, so Thanksgiving is set. I targeted some apples today, as the box we got has a few that are starting to get soft.
How about you? Do you have any foods you need to specifically, purposefully use up before they get too old, or go bad? Are you filling a shoebox and putting something interesting in?