1. I mowed my grass and used the leaf blower
My house sits on about 2/3 acre, and luckily, my dear neighbor lets me borrow her riding mower when I need to mow.
Still, it is not a job that I love, and every time I mow, I consider just hiring someone to do it for me.
I may crack at some point this semester and hire someone to do my leaf removal this fall. We shall see.
For the moment, though, I have resisted, and every time I do the yard work, I give myself a pat on the back.
All was fine during the mowing, but as I was leaf blowing, things took a turn for the worse because I inadvertently disturbed a yellow jacket nest.
2. I used wisdom tooth ice packs on my ankle
I got stung on my hand, but the worst were the stings I got on my ankle.
My foot, ankle, and lower calf swelled up something terrible; I looked like I had some kind of one-sided edema going on.
Luckily, I had saved the gel packs and stretch band that the oral surgeon gave Zoe last summer after her wisdom teeth removal, and I was able to make those work to go around my ankle and foot.
So, yay for a free ice pack!
I did end up going to Patient First because the swelling got so bad, I could barely walk. The doctor gave me some Prednisone and my foot has improved a lot!
Still, I’m needing to elevate it and ice it, and so I am thankful that my past self saved these ice packs.
I’m not delighted with my sting situation, but Chiquita has been very pleased about my increased couch time, because now she can snuggle with me more easily.
3. I got my rusty knife sharpened
When I was at the beach with Sonia in June, I came across a rusty knife in the sand during one of my morning walks.
I noticed it, walked past, and then a few steps down the beach, I thought, “Hmm, maybe I will grab it and see if I can fix it up.”
It was extremely rusty and sandy, but when I got back to our rental, I looked the knife up and discovered that it’s sort of an expensive little pocket knife.
I let the knife sit here for a while, but eventually I used my rust-removing jelly (the same stuff I used on my old rusty Christmas tree stand), and that did a pretty bang-up job of getting the rust off.
Of course, the blade was very dull after the salt and sand bath, so I popped up to the knife sharpening truck here, and he got it restored pretty well.
(He took one look at the knife blade and was like, “What happened to this thing??” Ha.)
I thought he’d charge me a few dollars, but he said he sharpens pocket knives for free all the time. So this ended up being even more frugal than I’d anticipated.
4. I bought a “cooking for two” cookbook on eBay
I saw that America’s Test Kitchen had published a cooking-for-two cookbook at some point, and I hopped over to my library website to see if I could put a hold on it.
Sadly, my library did not buy this one. So, I went to eBay (always my second stop when I’m hunting for a book) and found a copy for just a few dollars.
I spent my teen years doing most of the cooking for my family of six, and I spent most of my adult years cooking for my own family of six.
So, I have spent most of my life cooking for way more than two people and I thought I could perhaps clean some good ideas from a cookbook on the topic.
5. I did not buy the Snoopy hoodie at Sam’s
I saw a black hoodie with a Snoopy on the front for $14, and I said to myself, “Hmm, I don’t have any oversize hoodies in my closet.”
I went so far as to pick up the size Large and try it on, and while it was very comfy and cozy, I reminded myself that I have eleventy billion hoodies already.
I will be fine without that hoodie. 😉