Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Time sharing the computer

I meant to post last night but Zach is having trouble with his wifi card so I let him use my computer last night. Which meant I never got back online. I'm okay with that. It's really better if I limit my online time anyway so I'll just make sure I post in the morning when the computer is mine to use.

I got nothing done over the weekend. Didn't even go to Tom's family party because of...well, one of the in-laws who has been particularly nasty to me was going to be there so I was excused from going.

Monday I woke with intentions of much productivity, but having gotten only 3.5 hours of sleep I was dragging. After an afternoon snooze of half an hour I was energized enough to bake a loaf of bread in the toaster oven and do a load of clothes that I hung on racks and hangars all over the house. I was surprised to discover most of them dry this morning when I woke up. I guess the difference between 55 degrees and 60 degrees is significant.

But other than that I got nothing done in the way of housework. Half an hour of sleep didn't revitalize me that much.

I did get some knitting done on my cardigan though. I finished up the back, knit the pocket inserts and started on the right front. I've been debating what I want to knit up with the Caron Eco that I got on sale. It's a lovely light brown and I have 4 skeins of it but I also have 2 skeins of green and 2 skeins of blue that I could use with it if I find the right pattern. I'm not sure I want to crochet that shawl yet, but I might. It looks absolutely lovely but I'm not sure what I would do with it. I'm not sure it would work as a comfort/prayer shawl being round like that. And I don't have a table or place to use it as a throw. Maybe a gift for my mom; she has lots of tables and places for throws.

I'm making another loaf of bread. I use the bread machine to mix it up and the toaster oven to bake it. If I had use of my oven I would make more than one loaf at a time (especially as the boys seem to eat one loaf a day.) But for now I'll do it this way. Fixing the stove is low on priority right now as Tom has to fix the truck so the headlight points in the right direction so Zach can get a job so he can pay his upcoming Cobra next month. Plus it would be nice to have transportation while Tom is at work. Not that it is essential right now, but I have a doctor's appointment next month in Fond du Lac and it would be nice to not feel rushed getting back in time for Tom to go to work.

A little thing we started doing to save on energy/heat. It was a doh! moment for me because I know I had read this before but never implemented it. Even Tom is onboard with it because it makes just so much darned sense. Instead of letting the water from the shower run down the drain, we plug up the bathtub and let it sit in the tub until it cools off. Seriously I can tell a difference, since Tom showers every day. The air is moister and therefore warmer. We were just letting all that heat run down the pipes instead of using it to heat the house. Doh!

I've got all the Tightwad Gazette books and the Encyclopedia of Country Living but I've read them so many times, I don't think of them as sources when I want to look at frugality. I need to re-read them again because I'm sure there is so much more we can be doing.

There was a discussion on Ravelry about kitchen aid mixers recently and I swear it was like people were talking a different language. I don't even have an electric mixer because mine broke probably 10 years ago and I never replaced it. I have a blender that I rarely use and a food processor that I never use. I tend to do everything by hand. Wisks, mechanical mixers (we used to call them hurdy gurdy's,) chopping by hand. It's not that I'm anti-machine; it's just that I have no counter space or cabinet space to store them. Or use them. The bread machine lives on the floor in the back hallway because there isn't any space for it in the kitchen.

I do plan on organizing the kitchen so it's more user-friendly, but I don't plan on purchasing any appliances because I'm doing okay without them. Our meals tend to be simple anyway so I don't fix fancy restaurant-style meals that I would need any special equipment for it. That give me more storage for food and other necessary staples.

Today will be a day of attacking the pantry and trying to figure out a better way to organize the kitchen since I don't plan on going anywhere. I'm trying to limit my trips to town to twice a week: errands on one day and church on the other.

On a rather unpleasant note, I had some comments in some old posts from an obvious porn site. I deleted them and I don't anticipate having any problems from it but if I do I'll have to go to moderated comments again. I hope I don't have to do that but if I do, I don't anticipate it lasting long. Just long enough to discourage anymore of the spam.

It's sunny and I know I should hang a load of clothes out but they wouldn't have time to dry before the snow tomorrow so I'll just hang another load in the house since they dried so well yesterday. I have to refill the bird feeders and empty my many cans of compost into the bin so it should be a good day of productivity today.


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