HAPPENINGS AROUND HERE TODAY:
- Back to School Day for all my kids today! NPR posted an article today about a book that details how, in the author's view, our schools are neglecting the brightest students and failing to motivate them. I completely agree and have for years. I think it's very telling that both my brightest students are less than enthused about going back to school this morning. I remember being sooooo excited about starting school again, each year. New teachers, new things to learn, seeing my friends again, getting older... I loved it all. I'm guessing French school (back then) did a much better job. Although, I do admit that part of my enthusiasm was also for getting to spend time away from home where I was bored to tears. Nowadays kids have the internet so they can be more challenged and entertained at home than they were when we were kids. Still, neither of my kids is particularly excited about any classes on their schedule (well, my daughter is happy to have AP Art) and that makes me sad.
- There still wasn't any information about the water problem on my son's school's website this morning but one of the local newspapers reported that the School District had posted on their website that they were looking into alternative ways of providing food service at the school. So I'm guessing that means there will be school. The school district's PR blog has NO information whatsoever. Our city's website only says there's a water boiling alert for our area but nothing about the school. So I subscribed to their RSS feed and hopefully in the future I will get the alerts for such things!
- In the meantime, I decided to wait until tomorrow to do my laundry since I wash everything in cold water.
- I did run the dishwasher since it gets very hot. I'm thinking it'll be OK.
- Thankfully I had a case of water bottles stashed somewhere (note to self: buy more for the next emergency!) so we were able to avoid drinking tap water. Once again I was happy to have the electric kettle that I got for $5 from the thrift store last month. Since Greg drinks tea in the morning I boiled twice the amount of water for his tea and I used instant coffee instead of the coffee maker.
- After spending a very indulgent weekend of not doing much of anything save watching TV and reading a book, I have a lot of chores that have piled up so I need to get going this morning! I made a list on a scrap piece of paper, that's a start, right?
- For the first time in ... EVER, I completely forgot to take pictures of my kids as they headed to school on their first day of the year. Arrgh.
- My daughter had spent a long time making sure her high school schedule was correct before school even started... when she came home this afternoon, she was very frustrated because when she showed up in her last period class, she was told that she wasn't on the class roster and that the class was only Horticulture 2 not Horticulture 2+3 like she had been told (she needs to take Horticulture 3). That meant she had to change her whole schedule around. She filled out the form, had me sign it, and I told her we should go back to the high school right away to see the Guidance Counselor and explain what had happened. So we did, and the Guidance Counselor told us the teacher had been wrong (new teacher) so my daughter didn't need to change anything. Phew. Hopefully someone will set the teacher straight tomorrow morning.
- Update: just checked the news website at 11:15 p.m. tonight and a report filed at 6:30 p.m. indicates that the sinkhole has doubled in size to 80 ft wide and could be as deep as 130 ft! And apparently our boil-water order has been extended to 48 hours. Do you think anyone actually contacted us this time? NO! And nothing has changed on the city's website either, which is just a short statement stating that our area is under boil-water notice. No explanations, no end date or time, nothing. Arrgh.
- I packed leftovers for Greg's lunch today.
- Both my daughter and my son packed their lunches for school.
- I spent 45 minutes in the garden before it got too sunny. I planted 7 or 8 more pineapples in ground (I lost track!), pulled weeds, and replanted a guest tomato plant and 3 tomato seedlings in a bin that used to contain lettuce since theirs was really falling apart. I also moved another, sturdier, tomato bin into a new location to consolidate my bin area. All of this exertion will count as my exercise today (I was sweating buckets despite being in the shade!).
- I also was able to reclaim 7 or 8 pots that I will use for future pineapple tops and other plants.
- I collected the "Nathalie's Mix" from the bin that was falling apart into the wheelbarrow, as well as the drain pipe lengths and the plumbing pipe that I had used to make the self-watering bin. I will reuse them in a future bin.
- I reused a decorative "lattice" thingie to provide additional support for my guest squash plant that has started growing in another direction. I really hope all those squashes will turn into something delicious that we can actually eat! I'm thinking they might be acorn squashes?
- While I was weeding one of the bins, I found a small stray sweet potato that had grown in there :)
- I defrosted a gallon of whole milk since we're running low and I wasn't sure we'd have enough through Wednesday morning.
- I'm going to lay off baking bread for a while as both my daughter and Greg are counting their calories and I reckon I should do the same as I have regained a lot of weight. Bleh.
- I took a Driscoll's survey and made sure that I used the correct email address this time, so I could earn 2 more $1.00/1 berries coupons for my Wednesday shopping trip.
- My lunch was leftover mac'n cheese, an "egg salad sandwich", and the rest of the grapes.
- I collected water from the shower as it as warming up and used it to flush the toilet.
- Our property tax projected bill came in and if there is any increase, it will be tiny (less than $10). Our property tax is about $1,330/yr.
- My daughter and I drove to Ace Hardware where I picked up a large bag of peat moss since I was almost out of it and needed it to plant more pineapples tomorrow morning. I was relieved that they carried it and I didn't need to drive 15 minutes to Home Depot in Clermont!
- We stopped by the library so I could donate the pile of horse magazines from her room and return the books and DVDs that were due this week, and I picked up free coupon inserts from the donation pile.
- After going to the high school, we stopped by Publix and got the SavingStar chocolate bar freebie which I gave to my son for his snack.
- I worked on my dinner menu for this week, using mostly what we already have on hand. It should mean that I won't be grocery shopping this week but let's not get too crazy, shall we?
- I earned 100 KFR points by entering bonus code KFRMOMSLUVPOINTS in my Kellogg's Family Rewards account. (thanks, Slickdeals!)
- For dinner I used a box of penne pasta (abt $0.60 @ Target a few weeks ago), the rest of a jar of marinara sauce that was in my fridge, a bag and a quarter of meatballs and some Parmesan and mozzarella cheese to make Penne Pasta and Meatballs Bake. I made a side salad too. It was a nice way of serving pasta and meatballs that got my family much more excited than I thought they would be!
- Greg got gas at Racetrac today so I took the survey on his receipt and earned a code for a free roller grill item.
WE SPLURGED ON:
- Gas: My daughter to drive to school and back. Then when she got home, she and I drove to Ace Hardware, the library, and her high school.
HOWEVER, WE FAILED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS, BUT LEARNED SOME LESSONS:
- I had to throw away one of my self-watering bins (the bin only) that had shattered, as well as the last veggie tent since it also was all torn and looked horrible.
|I had bought both the low and taller sizes and they all|
felt prey to the Florida sun :(
Did you have any frugal successes or failures today? Please do tell!