Tonight me and hubby might go check out a skip apartment. Skip means that the person just left and didn't pay their rent. Not sure what all is in there but hubby says the person didn't take their clothes or they left a bunch of them behind. How do you not take your clothes with you? Hoping for a little sun today but with the rain and all not too sure about that. This apartment has no power so will make it hard to see in the dark with the only light coming in from the outside. 9:15pm Went for a walk tonight at Hoover expecting to see some storms. Just some light rain. It was a nice walk though. Got some cool cloud pictures tonight. Stopped by hubby's work and went through the one skip apartment. I got a bunch of bags & boxes loaded in the truck. Not really sure what all I got because it was getting dark and there was no power in the apartment. So I guess it will be a surprise to me tomorrow when I go through it all LOL.
but hey it was free money. Time to look for some more stuff to sell. Hubby is back to work after a week's vacation. So it's kinda quiet around here this morning after a week of running around. I got some ham thawing out. I'm making ham and potato soup for supper. I found some veggies in the fridge that needed used up like carrots and celery to throw in there as well. Soups and casseroles are good ways to use up any leftovers. Later on this afternoon I might work on getting some chocolate ready for the freezer. My friend gave me a large box full of chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, marshmallow candies, egg die kits and some toys. I'll save some bunnies in the freezer for next Easter and the rest I think I'll shred up and store in vacuum sealed bags in the freezer for baking and cookies.
Yesterday we had to go to Kroger to get some bread and some after school snacks for the boys this week. I found a pound of fresh broccoli florets for $1.29. (serve them with ranch dressing dip) and a large bag of 20 snack chips marked down to $4.49. I usually don't buy bags like these and prefer to get regular bags of chips on sale and put them in zip baggies myself to save money.
I might ask mom to go to Kohl's this week with me. In the mail I got not one but TWO $10 off purchase of $10 or more coupons. 3:30pm Sitting here chilling til hubby gets home from work. Got supper in the crock pot already done. I just got done washing down the tub and shower walls in the bathroom. Little wet from that. I usually like to do that when I'm in there taking a shower and are already wet, lol. Now I need to run downstairs and do some more laundry. I found a bunch of towels at hubby's work this past weekend and need to get them washed up and finish washing our weekly laundry. We very rarely use paper towels for messes or cleaning. Instead I have a laundry basket under my kitchen sink full of rags and towels of all different sizes.
this Saturday morning with a guest spending the night.
I figured this child spending the night hasn't
seen a good home cooked meal in awhile
so went out of my way to make it.
I peeled and shredded potatoes and fried them
in the skillet with some maple flavored ground sausage
I served this hash on a plate, topped with
shredded cheddar cheese, a fried egg and
more cheddar cheese. Then had a side of toast.
7:30pm Not liking this cold and rainy weather. It makes for boring days inside. For the past couple of hours I've been laying in bed watching tv or napping with the heating pad. I've been having a headache most of the day starting at my neck and shoulders traveling up the backside of my head to the top of my head. I just took a really hot shower with the massage on and a couple of ibuprofen. To take hot showers I turn the faucet on in the kitchen on hot for a couple of minutes then turn it off and go do whatever for about 5-10 minutes. This fires up the hot water tank and makes for some really hot water. The hotter the better for me with my aches and pains, especially my hips and lower back which also have been bothering me. I'm ready for some warmer weather. They say we have a frost warning or whatever for tonight as we're supposed to drop down into the 30's for a low. I gotta remember to bring in the tomato and aloe vera plants I took outside. I hadn't planted the tomato plants yet because I have been trying to round things up for when I plant them like epsom salt, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, aspirin, fish and so on. All this will go into the holes I dig. Keeping them inside until I see some heat or sun because that's what tomato plants like. Plus I'll fertilize them once every two weeks. Remember there's a contest to see who can grow the biggest tomato at hubby's work. ---
from the truck and a couple of scrap metal checks.
Slowly building the account back up.
Made about $500 profit on the truck and now
have a couple people interested in the hood for sale.
Lastly we stopped by Kroger to pick up
a couple of things. If you know me I scope out
any and all mark downs.
This is how I supply the family with meats
for meals at a reasonable cost.
Cannot afford full meat prices that's for sure.
And meat keeps going up and up.
Even if I'm in the grocery store picking
up a few things on my grocery list
I'll still check out any and all mark downs
to stock my cupboards and freezers with.
You never know what you'll find and when
so better buy it when you find it.
These are all the mark downs I found today.
2 fajita seasoned pork steaks (looks like a tenderloin) $3.49 each
4 packs corned beef .39 cents each
Cheese nut ball $1.79
Purdue seasoned, ground & cooked turkey .99 cents each
Cheddar brats $1.99
2 can Campbell's beef consume .79 cents each
2 cans Swanson chicken broth .69 cents each.
Here are other mark down meats I've found within
the last week or so.
Large pack of cubed ham $2.59
Large pack of pork chops $4.79
2 Large packs of pork ribs (1 not shown and is in crock)
Turkey sausage links $1.69
Pork cube steaks $1.38
Johnsonville garlic sausage $2.49
Bob Evans 6 pack beer brats $2.79
Here is the last mark down along with
some freebies my mother-in-law gave
me when we were at the lake.
24 pack Kroger citrus drop $2.49
The rest was FREE!
Large package of spaghetti
2 packages of wheat spaghetti
Whole wheat rotini pasta
2 boxes macaroni & cheese
Bag of pancake mix
large boxes of corn flakes and rice krispies cereal
2 cartons of milk
2 cartons cream of chicken soup
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans vegetable soup
The kids stayed home from school today.
They both had a field trip to the skating rink
and neither one wanted to go.
Also the neighbor kid I take to and from the bus stop
did not attend the field trip or go to school today.
Tomorrow's agenda looks like this...
South end flea market
and South end junk yard
to find parts for hubby's car.
Made bbq ribs yesterday in the crock.
Today I have them warming, shredded them
and removed any bones.
Got a pot of potatoes boiling to serve
them over mashed potatoes.
Yesterday evening we turned on the air conditioner
and have it on today as well.
After the storms the humidity just became
unbearable for us. It got to 84+ degrees in our home.
I need to sit down and redo some of my meal menus
I had for 3 weeks plus make up more meal menus for after that
with what I just bought. I am now on week two
of the three week menu I made.
I had a problem with a couple of chicken meals I had planned.
I think I'm going to quit buying the Kroger FMV
chicken leg quarters for $6.89.
They tend to go bad very quickly!!
I just threw out 10 pounds of chicken yesterday!!
That hurt to do that but what else can ya do.
This is the second bag that's gone bad
in the last couple months!
Sure it's cheap but it's not worth buying
unless you are making it the same day if that. 9:10pm So with hubby being off for the week we decide to start taking tires off his car to find where the creaks, squeaks and groans are coming from after this Winter. I find this rear driver's tire is bald with high and low spots throughout with steel belts coming through. The tire on the opposite side isn't doing the same thing and still has good tread on it.
I spin the rotor on the car and it's squeaking. Hubby comes over and realizes the driver's side rear brake pads are gone. Doesn't make sense because they are fine on the other side.
Hmmm, wonder what could be causing all this? So after a little further investigation here is the culprit... a stabilizer bar link is broke, AHHH!
All this along with 2 tires and a front end alignment. It figures once we get a little money in our pocket. $20 brakes $20 Stabilizer bar link don't know how much for 2 used tires installed will cost or how much an alignment is. I'm figuring we're looking at $100 to $200 for everything if we're lucky. Well I'm heading to bed soon. My back/ hip has been hurting me pretty good since Saturday night. I slept out in a tent with my son on the cold, hard ground Saturday night. I made my way back into my in-laws home at 2am to sleep because my back hurt so bad. I have been eating Tylenol and ibuprofen ever since, rotating them every 4 hours.
to get some things for our cooler for the weekend.
We needed gas so hubby goes to Speedway
on Morse Rd. He pumps the gas and I go into the store with
my one son. When we came back out I say,
"do you smell something burning" My son says, "yes".
Didn't think much about it til we got in the truck
at the gas pump and my son points to a
telephone pole at the BP gas station beside Speedway.
The cross bar at the top of the pole was smoking
pretty good. We drove around to check it out.
We weren't sitting very far away from it to see
that it started having flames coming from it.
I'm looking around like, doesn't anyone else but us
see this going on??!!
I call 911. I tell them that the telephone pole is on fire,
making weird noises and has three transformers on it.
It started to make a buzzing and electrical noise
and I ask hubby if we should back up away from it.
The fire department says, "ma'am, you should
get away from it and back up!" Didn't even
get backed up but a couple of feet and this VERY LOUD
ZZZ-zzzz-zzzzz electric zapping sound emitted
from that pole and KABOOOM!
The sky filled with nothing but a whitish blue flash.
We couldn't see anything in front of our faces
at that moment it was so bright.
I'm pretty sure the fire department on the phone
didn't need me to explain any further after
hearing that and said, "we'll be right out!"
5 minutes later they showed up and by that
time the fire had put itself out from the explosion.
It took out the power to the gas stations and
That...was a little too close for comfort
to see something exploding right in front of us!!!
Photo from the scene.
We were sitting on the left side of the 4 concrete squares leading out of the BP gas station.
The telephone pole that was on fire
and blew transformers is located
to the right of the white house behind the bush.
You can see the charred wood on top
the telephone pole.
I video taped the fire truck showing up
and me talking to them.
I didn't think to video tape the fire before the explosion
at the time because I was on the phone to 911.
That would have been one heck of a video if I did!!
It was so intense my son in the back seat said,
"I almost said a cuss word!" LOL.
If you ever saw Storm Chasers on Tv I kept
referring to the show where Reed Timmer
kept telling the crew to put the car in reverse
and "BACK UP!!!!"
I kept telling hubby to BACK UP when I heard
loud electrical buzzes coming from the pole.
I didn't feel as though he was backing up fast enough! He had only backed up a couple of feet and BOOM!
After all that we finally headed out to the lake.
It was pouring down rain til we got out
of Columbus. It didn't rain at the lake
at all Saturday and turned out pretty nice.
Sunday morning was foggy but no rain til
about 4:30pm. We had left around 5:00pm
after the rain had cleared up. No rain all the way home
but I guess it started down pouring at the lake again
for about an hour or so after that. Hubby is on vacation this week so we're trying to get caught up with doing things around the house and going to a couple of places to enjoy our quiet time together before Summer break begins. We are on the hunt for a couple different tomato plants. I guess hubby and a couple of guys at work are having a competition to see who can grow the biggest tomato. I'm looking for 4 pack flats not the individual ones of Beef Steak Tomato plants. I would also like to find Sweet Cherry 100's and put them in hanging baskets. Not having much luck at nearby stores so are hoping for some at the flea market in the near future. I checked back to last year on my blog and saw that I purchased flats of veggies at Meijer April 30th. Well I am here to tell ya that we stopped by Meijer yesterday and they didn't have any flats of veggie plants like previous years. What is up with that. I can't find them anywhere. I do not want the single pots of plants and that seems like what everyone is selling.