I was feeling a bit discouraged yesterday, so I popped over to Laine's Letters for some inspiration from the archives.
Wow! Her happiness in adversity always stops my pity party cold! I like the way her letters reveal a slice of daily life, so I thought I'd borrow her style for today's update.
1. Ran all my errands in a row yesterday to save gas, including dropping off flowers at school. We ate our lemon poppyseed whole wheat muffins in the car so we could get an early start. I am still baking from the supplies I bought at the Mennonite store. Who knew $25 in flour and seasonings could stretch so far? I have had a hard time converting my recipes to whole grain flours, but the Internet is full of new ideas to test.
2. Used a Target prescription transfer coupon to earn $10 gift card. When Target prints one of these coupons, I hit the newspaper recycling bin to search for extras. One year I earned $80 over the course of a year's transfers. (I have checked my price book, and Target prices are as low as nearby pharmacies, so we are not paying extra to fill them there.)
The following month I will switch the prescriptions to Kroger, so that when Target runs another promotion later in the year, I can use the coupon to transfer them back again. Transferring a prescription only requires a phone call.
3. Searched the mega pottery store for finishing touches for husband's office. I refuse to pay $20 for a fake plant!
Instead I broke off some leaf clusters from our magnolia tree and put them in a basket with a dish of water. I will replenish the cuttings weekly until I find a silk plant at a yard sale. I did discover a beautiful handblown crystal pitcher (store price tag $58) for only $10. My mom and I will use this as a wedding gift next week.
4. Began a new novel about a real-life homesteading woman.
The author wrote her first two books while her children were in school during which she completed her college degree over 7 years time.
Take note: pioneer women made use of the hot stove by doing all the day's baking in the morning after breakfast, so why am I doing mine in the afternoon? Also, they covered the outdoor laundry area with a brush roof for shade. I might start hanging my darker clothes under the carport to prevent fading.
5. Summoned enough energy to give the house a quick pick-up before my husband walked in the door.
I polished the coffee table and turned on some lights and music. The stormy gray weather made the living room look like a haven. I could tell he was pleased when he stepped inside.
The same procrastination had spilled over to dinner preparation. At the last minute I sliced some herbed turkey sausages (frozen after a grill day), sauteed them with onions, garlic, and chopped fresh tomatoes from the garden. I poured the whole pan over some frozen goat cheese ravioli from the salvage store and steamed some green beans on the side.
6. At the end of the day I felt so much more satisfied than the way I began.