Sunday, August 17, 2014

Decisions to make

Sorry I've been AWOL.

Massive  upheaval at my place of employment, with more to come.  (For starters, the department I work in is being eliminated.) 
In the next day or so, I must decide if I want to apply for a new job within the company or ask for a buyout.
Lots of ifs and no guarantees ..  I could use some good thoughts right now  ...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Today's tips

   If you are in need of a stick to stir paint, a bamboo skewer (the large ones used for kabobs) works very nicely.

    And if your paint can is a bit rusty around the edges, a layer of plastic wrap placed on top of the  paint will keep out most of the rust particles.

  Actually, it's a good idea to do that when you finish  the original job, should you want to save some paint for touch-ups.  (I'm a slow learner ... ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sometimes it's good to have older things

  The locks on one of the cars stopped working ... or so we thought.   Turned out the key, which had been in use for more than a decade now, had worn out.

    Fortunately, it is a basic key ... so a trip to the dealer and less than $10 later, we were back in business.  Much better than the 3-figure price tag for newer car keys that contain electronic gizmos.

   (True story:  A friend's hubby was mugged.  The mugger demanded the car keys.  Now friend's hubby drove a beater  that was old enough to vote.  He handed over the basic key ... the mugger took one look, uttered a curse and threw it back at him.)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Small frugalities

    A few tiny frugal things around the Casa de Chaos:

     DH was fed at  work the other day, and brought home a box of  bread sticks.  Made a nice snack, and a nice batch of homemade croutons for salad and soup.

    Was thinking I was needed to buy another bottle of hand lotion, when I realized that I had a nice collection of lotion samples on hand.  And I found a few more when I was digging through the bathroom vanity.   I have more than enough to take me into late fall, when I buy a bottle of the "good stuff"  to battle winter dryness.  (Anybody else get really dry skin come winter?)

   We took a short car trip over the weekend. (More on that later).  Car trips for me are a good time to do my mending.  Returned another half-dozen of DH's socks to the rotation. And sent a couple to the rag bin -- some things just can't be mended.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


          I did a double-take when I saw the grocery ads last week.   One of the supermarkets had sugar on sale:  4 pounds for 99 cents!    This was two weeks after another brand was on sale for $1.25.

      I wondered what was up, and did a bit of research.  Seems Domino, one of the biggest sugar refiners in the U.S., cut prices by 5% earlier this month, due to a large supply of raw sugar on the market.

    Well, the timing is certainly good, especially for those folks who make jellies and preserves.  And let's face it, the holiday baking season is fast approaching ...

   I bought 3 bags, to go with the 2 I got in the previous sale.  So I should be in good shape for a while.    

    How about you?  Are sugar prices any lower in your area?


Monday, July 28, 2014

Inglorious vegetables!

 Here's a neat little video about a French supermarket's campaign against food waste.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How's that again?

   Got the homeowners' insurance bill, which carried a notice:  instead of a flat rate, the deductible would now be a half-percent of the "dwelling" coverage.   If I wanted to go back to the flat rate, it would be an extra $15.
    A bit worried, I take a look at the deductible ... it's a whole $4 higher.

    I think I'll keep the $15, thanks ...

    However, the real price hike hasn't escaped me ... every time the cost of replacing my house (God forbid) goes up, my deductible will go up, too ...  which means more out of pocket should a hailstorm take out the siding and roof ... again.