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Today we drove up to Fredericksburg to pick up some fresh peaches.  The freestone varieties are now starting to ripen.  While there we stopped by the Wildseed farm and, as luck would have it, we were able to go to Fredericksburg Trade Days (this is held one weekend a month).

One of the booths at Trade Days had an interesting assortment of old cookbooks for sale.  I'm not easily impressed when it comes to cookbooks, but I found three that I snatched up.  All were hard cover editions, and all were $4 each.

The first was Sunset Magazine Recipe Annual for 1988 (the year my daughter was born).  I flipped through it before commiting to buy it.  I was sold on the sections on fermenting pickles dozens of recipes that appealed to me (Bird Seed Cake, Lemon-Tarragon Sorbet, and a type of dried fruit Rumtof called Beggars in Rum to name a few).

The second was The Creative Cooking Course.  I might not have bothered (I have several "encyclopedia" style cooking books), but the editor of this was Charlotte Turgeon who also edited Larousse Gastronomique. She has serious Kitchen Cred,. The retro-ness of this one amuses me, and I think I'm going to enjoy thumbing through it for inspiration.

The third was the best find of all.  It's a Vegetarian cookbook printed in 1924!  It's called Unity Inn Vegetarian Cookbook It was published by the Unity School of Christianity.  Apparently the Unity Inn was a restaurant operated by the school.  I was intrigued, and I hit Google for more information.  As usual down the Rabbit Hole I went....... when I came up I learned the history of the Restaurant and found a new Religeous Sect I did not know existed before (AND - they have a church in my town!!).  I never bore of how the Universe finds ways to reach out to me.

It's after 3:30am, so I won't elaborate on my Unity research.  I do plan to read more and report back in my journal.  Fascinating stuff!
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I ran into an uncommon 75% off sale at CVS pharmacy today on my way home from work.  I stopped in to pick up some sunscreen, and there it was - a whole rack full of stuff.  Good stuff too - all 75% off.  Granted, CVS prices are rather inflated to begin with - but still....................


Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Mouthwash Regular Price $9.99  Sale $2.50
Johnson's Bedtime Washcloths Regular Price $4.29 
Sale $1.07
Colgate Toothbrush Regular Price $3.49 
Sale $0.87
Tom's of Maine Natural Toothpaste  Regular Price $4.89 Sale $1.22


Clinique Happy Regular Price $41.19  Sale $10.30
Lifesavers Candy & Icebreakers "Center Your Mind" Gum  Regular Price $1.99 each Sale $.50 each
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*  When spring began I found these awesome 4 1/2 foot high lamps at Hobby Lobby.  I thought - "Niceeeee" but they were $159.00 each, so that was out of the question.  One Saturday driving home from work I thought I'd just pop in to Hobby Lobby and get cooled off with their A/C.  They had those same lanterns on sale for $54.00 each!!! There were only a couple left, and I grabbed them without thinking.  I felt very accomplished that I made such a score!  I put them in my bedroom.



* I finally got to hang out with one of my LJ friends who lives near me.  She's as much like me as not, and she challenges my thinking.  I hope we will be good friends.  She's a pretty private (one of the unlike me things....), so I didn't take my camera with me on our outing.

* I've gotten in the habit of brewing sun tea twice a week.  Here is black tea w/lavender, black tea w/mint, Yerba Matte, and Green Tea.


* I never use my back bathroom, but I'm slowly working on fixing it up.  I went to clean the sink and saw this.  I laughed when I saw it and for some weird reason thought of the movie Jumangi.


* View from my kitchen window

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Today I'd planned to spend the day cleaning house and doing other random chores. 

Instead I ended up driving to North Austin to pick up an antique sewing machine my mother agreed to buy on Austin Craigslist (my mom lives in Hawaii..... I'm not sure why she cruises the Austin Craigslist).  I'm too tired to take a picture of it, I'll put it in another post.  It's a Singer from the 1940's built into a table.  Very nice - in great shape with all the original attachments and the manual. I'm sure it's worth over $80, but my mom wants it for sentimental reasons.

All was not lost as I stopped at a couple of my favorite places on the way there and back

First Stop Fiesta grocery store off I35 in Austin.  Shopping here is like going on a food safari.  There's random food from just about everywhere - including Africa.  It's very un-hip, so you don't see the yuppies here; however, it's as fun as shopping in Whole Foods.



The produce department is awesome


I also went to Hong Kong Super Market off Research Blvd.  I love that they have every asian ingredient you could possibly want (and several I can't believe anyone would want).  The only negative thing about this place is the smell.  Kind of like old fish blood.  I find it nauseating.  Also, they don't price a lot of the stuff - which I find annoyjng.  They have Lychee Jelly cups though which is a huge plus.  If you go, just rub some vicks inside your nostrils before entering.

Here is an aisle with all noodles and wrappers - on both sides!


Then, on the way home I stopped by Cabelas.  Believe it or not - this is a tourist destination.  It's really for hunters and fishermen.  I go to Cabelas for the hiking and camping gear.  I stopped in to price backpacking equipment - including a good internal frame backpack for long hikes.  They didn't have much of a selection sadly.  Their online store is better.  A scary Deliverance-looking guy talked me up in the shoe department - I think it was my camouflage print tank top that got his attention.....

I did pick up a "survival in a can" kit which is about the size of a tin of sardines and has a bunch of random essentials like waterproof matches, hook & line, razor blade, etc.  It's for the glove compartment of my truck. I also got a emergency whistle/compass/thermometer all on with a hook to go on my keychain

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* I had my eye on this rooster since it arrived at Walmart in the spring at $29.95.  I picked it us last week for $15 - it might go lower, but I didn't want to take the chance and lose out. It's metal - and it is really much cooler in real life. Yeah, it's tacky - but it's my kind of tacky :-)




* I grocered today.  Odds and ends because I'm pretty stocked up.  IDK why I'm posting pictures of my groceries [profile] ember999 's habits are rubbing off on me. 



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 I can't afford it, but.....

I just got a refurbished Ipod Nano 4GB from the Apple store for $99.00 (free shipping) - with tax it was $107.00.

I really wanted the Touch for the net access, but that's totally out of the question $$$ wise.

Yay - I can't wait to play with it.

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* Yesterday we had the monthly potluck at work.  I really should call in sick on this day since I have no self control at the buffet table.  I made a relish tray with homemade dips.  Everyone else brought things that were 5,000 calories per serving and up.



I went to visit my cousin Mellie in Austin today. 

* After a delicious lunch at an Indian restauratnt we went to Texas Natural Supply which turned out not to be an actual store but just a warehouse where you could pick up the order you placed online.  They had a PC in the lobby, and I placed my order online there - and we came back to pick it up.  I'll know better for next time :-)  I bought Lye, Coconut oil, Palm Oil, Almond Oil, Lavender flowers, Tomato powder, Epsom Salt, and a couple other things - mostly to make soap with (though the epsom salt is for the garden).

* We then stopped at a cactus & ecclectic art shop where I bought an awkward looking baby ponytail plant.


* Next we went to The Natural Gardener which should be off limits to people like me.  We walked arount the grounds and checked out the various gardens and farm animals. Since I'm pretty much broke I limited myself to 5 baby Lavender plants and a solar chinese lantern.  I could have spent soooooo much more. 

(you saw them here first - give them a year or two..... they'll be big beautiful lavender bushes)

*  In the early evening we went to Mellies Church where she was speaking that night.  This is a spiritual community I can very much relate too.  It's too bad it's so far away.  I might still find a way to attend services once a month.

* On the way home I couldn't resist stopping and figuring out what the "PLUS" was at HEB Plus in Kyle.  Turns out it's a bunch of extra stuff people who are grocery shopping don't need.  For instance................

This was a full display of well over 100 cans of Scorpian killer; what I caught in the camera was only the top of it.. When I saw this I wondered if there was some plague of scorpians happening in Kyle that the rest of Texas wasn't aware of.   My next thought was what do you need spray for - they don't fly..... they don't move very fast - can't you just squash them underfoot and leave the atmosphere with a few less chemicals?

* So I made it home safe - a few dollars poorer - - but well worth it.

Road Trip

Jun. 15th, 2008 10:24 pm
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Saturday I visited a chicken friend a friend who has chickens to pick up some old gates her husband was going to burn.  They will come in handy when I build the new coop this winter.  I'll have to replace some of the wood but that's okay - I can use the old wood as a template.

While there she showed me a cool way to weatherproof coop windows for the winter

Plexiglass and those turny thingies - so siimple!! Now I don't have to worry about making more venilation windows so the birds can stay cool in the summer heat.

Carla lives in the "hills" outside San Marcos.  You drive past Bobcat Stadium on the way.  This is where Sierra graduated. 


I stopped at Sam's on the way home.  I got eggs, bread (first time in a long time to get store bought bread0, a goat cheese log, and a printer.  Funny thing about the printer - I paid $49.99 for it.  The replacement ink is $58.60.......  I can't really afford a printer, but I am motivated to get to work on a business plan for my new venture!


They had Pluots there, but I didn't buy any.  They were $1.9something a pound.  Maybe next year my Pluot trees will fruit - maybe the year after that.  I'm looking forward to it!!

Sam's Club

Jun. 4th, 2008 06:25 pm
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My mom took herself off the family Sam's Club account so I could be added (thanks mom!).  I went today to get my card and check it out.

I now see why everyone is in such credit card debt.  I wanted everything.  I was beginning to get that weird feeling of deprivation (you know - woe is me, I don't have everything in the world I want), so I decided I'd choose $50 worth of what I really needed - and take pictures of the rest so I could own it virtually.
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I was at the dentist getting my teeth cleaned, and my hygenist and I were talking about asian food and places in the area where you can buy ingredients etc.  I mentioned how much I loved shopping at Tokyo Mart, and she said she lived just behind it as a kid.  So anyway, I left there and was making my way to Green Restaurant as a treat and got lost.  Ended up on Hildebrand - - which is where Tokyo Mart is located! hahaha  So, I had to follow the obvious lead (I read The Celestine Prophesy don't you know) and stopped in.


Tokyo Mart - 825 W Hildebrand Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212  (210) 736-2111




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For the first (and last)  time ever I participated in the 5am day after Thanksgiving sales.  I drug my friend with me and we hit Walmart (5am) and Target (6am).  I was amazed by how many people there were waiting in line at Target.

I hate that items get sold out within minutes of the sale starting.  That's BS.  They should offer rainchecks for at least 2 hours into the sale to make it fair. 

The only item I was interested in getting was one of the digital cameras that were on sale.  The Sony at Walmart was sold out by the time I got there (at 5:15am 15 minutes after the sale started).  I'm pretty sure they used that item as a come on - they probably just got in 10.  I did get the other deal offered by Target, and it's a great camera even though I'm not thrilled by the brand (Kodak M853 for $89.00).  I also got the 1gb card for $10.00 and a DVD of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory for $4.99.  These are all for my daughter. 

That's pretty much it. 

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I saw this at Petco the other day.  I like that the litter is out of sight and there is a filter system for smell - and it's kind of cool she can walk up into it - then down out of it.  Got kind of a futuristic renaissance feel to it.  It also would fit into the color scheme of the room she poops in.  

I am going to add it to the "things I want that are not in my budget" list.

 
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It turns out I end up with quite a bit of extra money in my flexible spending account for the year.  I didn't realize my insurance was as good as it is I guess - didn't have much out of pocket at all.  So, I currently have about $1,000 left I have so spend!!!  

Assuming I'm not going to end up with some rare disease that can only be cured with an experimental procedure not covered by my plan - I am working on spending some of it down.

At Drugstore.com.....
I bought a Polar heart rate monitor ($159)  in Chili Pepper Red! - to use when I do cardio (I tend to be an under-achiever, so this will force me to work harder....I hope).  



I also got foot exfoliating cream (hard to believe they allow that, but it's shown as authorized), cough drops, Tylonol PM's, and Tattoo & Hello Kitty Band-Aids..... :-)

I also bought a box of Contact lenses (will buy more in December if I still have money that needs to be spent).

I want to buy Bling Bling eyeglasses (the glasses with the Crystal encrusted magnetic clip on sunglasses) from Revolution Eyewear - if I have enough money left over I will.


I'll commit much less next year.  That's the year I'll probably have all kinds of out of pocket expenses.

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