Thursday, December 1, 2022

Thursday, Eating an Elephant

 That is exactly what I am doing.  Then again, I love elephants and the idea of eating one is just too sad.  We call Braunwyn our baby elephant, as she is the youngest.  The youngest elephant in the herd does not even have to feed himself.  He or she remains the baby of the herd.  Just like many youngest children.

My throat is a little better today, but I am still taking meds every 4 hours to make life livable. I did get all the sewing done for yesterday. It took me three hours and I kept making mistakes, and I seldom have to rip anything out.  It was aggravating.

 I still have an easy wedding dress and bridesmaid dress alteration that I can probably get done in an hour and then one other dress that will probably take an hour, but I don't know if I will get to them today.  I might wait until tomorrow. I am just too tired and a little weak.  So much for taking Friday off, but I will play it by ear.  An elephant ear that is.

I wore a mask and picked up my meds from the doctor, and also the pharmacy so we have enough to get us on the other side of the trip, at last.  I also put a check from Hub's mom in the bank for our Christmas present.  We plan on replacing the kitchen sink and we put the money toward that. I paid the power bill and mailed the checks that I could not pay locally.  Also, put cash in the bank to pay for my ticket to Sissie's, so no interest. 

A bride picked up her dress today and I have another pick up at 5:30 today.  Just a few more things to be picked up and I will be done for the year.  I can hardly wait.  I am really tired of sewing, almost to the point of burn out.  I think this is the worst it has ever been, but not feeling well probably has something to do with it. 

Tomorrow, I will cash in my penny can and my change jar, also my $5.00 bill accumulation.  We will use this money on our trip.  It will be fun to see just how much I saved. 

Thrifty Thursday:

1. saved all my change

2. saved all my 5's $265.00 so 55.00 in the last 2 weeks

3. put another 96.12 in penny can for the month of December

4. tried to cook all Thanksgiving from scratch

5. used up Turkey leftovers and froze.

6. used $100 in points at Talbots for Hub's mom's gift

7. cashed in Fetch rewards for gift cards for holiday

8. checked around for cheapest gas to fill vehicles

9. using up as much as we can in fridge so we can go and not waste

10. found out our house taxes were lowered over $400.00 as I complained to city about the city drainage covering the lower part of our lot when we have heavy rain.  We actually have a drainage pipe.  We cannot build or use it for garden.  They claimed there was not pipe there and nothing showed on their plats.  But they came out and looked and had to admit it was a city over water drainage. I was pleased.  I was nice but firm.  If they are going to drain on our land I should not be taxed as n heavily.

Hubs and I still have to go cash a check and get cat and chicken food, so we have enough while we are gone.  That is really the last of my errands.  I also need to pick up some gift boxes to wrap Christmas gifts.

I am very tired and need a nap.  I think I will take one when we get home and I will wear a mask.

Also, Sluggy is really sick with a sinus and double ear infection and is now on an antibiotic.  We have to get well, or our husbands will be cruising without us.

Tomorrow, I have a nail and pedicure appointment, plus I get to see how much I saved.  I am so excited.

Do any of you save for Christmas?  If you do, how do you do it?  I am always looking for ways to make saving fun. Because for me it is never easy.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.



  1. All year i add bits of money to a walmar t and Kroger card. Then near gift buying time use those cards for groceries thus freeing up my budgeted money for groceries- to be used for buying gifts

  2. Also I empty cans of chicken broth by making two small slits in either side of the lid. Rinse well. When dry use a knife to pull up the lid a bit where the slits are. That allows you to tightly fold $bills and stuff then in the can -- that helps that you can't shake them out 😊 or you could make slits so you can fill cans with dimes a can of change would be a good sticking stuffer gift And you can ask the bank of they have a Christmas savings plan we did that for years..ended up with 800$

    1. Wow, that is a great way to save. I would have very cut up fingers.

  3. Glad to see you online! Happy healing, Sluggy as well. Yikes, it is a bad time for getting ill, mere minutes from a cruise ;(. Neighbor got Covid, my DH saw him briefly yesterday. My husband needs a tooth pulled so we have no time for Covid. Won’t test, nor go out, until the time passes. By Monday we should be all clear and hopefully he will have one less tooth. This tooth needed to go, he just didn’t want to get it done. Hope you feel better today and tomorrow. On the bright side, better you get sick and recover now versus on a cruise ship. Hilogene in Az

  4. I rarely had to pick out sewing I had done. That would upset me if I were ill. I suppose the built in day off can serve as catchup time. At least, you do not have more scheduled on Friday.

  5. Not feeling well but having stuff to do is a recipe for burnout. I've been there a lot in the last three years! Your very organized, now hopefully you can rest and get that cold kicked.

  6. Oh I feel for you. I'm getting over a bad cold, and still coughing, and I've been in several meetings where I have to talk.

    1. Wonderful, at least people are not as afraid as they were a couple of years ago. You have a Merry Christmas Rhitter, and you get to do it with the grandbaby's, you will have so much fun!