I did something I hadn't done in quite a while: I slept in until 8:30 a.m.! And I only got up because my foot had rang to remind me to stretch my feet. My sleep quality was only so-so but it was so nice and felt so luxurious to wake up, tell myself I didn't have to get up, realize that the kittens were also quite comfortable around me on the bed, pet them to elucidate a quite purr, and then go back to sleep!
It's chilly again this morning (for Florida, of course) with a temp of 58F at 8:45 a.m., so I haven't opened the windows yet.
Our plan for today is to drive to Bushnell, about 30 minutes away, to attend the WWII Skirmish Reenactment at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park. This will be my and my son's 3rd time that we attend, Greg's second. I hope there are plenty of reenactors and exhibits as we like to explore those and ask questions of the reenactors about their collections. The battle is at 2 p.m so we will eat lunch at home and leave at about 12:30 p.m.
Pig on the Pond is this weekend. It's a big fair-type of event on the lakefront in Clermont with lots of fundraising booths for charity, fair rides, concerts, and a barbecue contest. We used to take the kids when they were little, although it was always very crowded, something that we don't like. In later years, the kids volunteered there with NHS or their band and JROTC units to raise funds for their activities. This year, my daughter is planning on attending with her BFF strictly to have fun. We're skipping it as it is not our son's cup of tea either.
I'm trying to decide whether to do some chores before we leave but right now, at 9:40 a.m., I'm comfy on the couch with my second mug of coffee and still in my PJs. I might even try to do some reading!
TO DO LIST
Roast the chicken for dinnerDONE
- Give a driving lesson to my son with the stick shift
- Clean bathroom ceiling
Make my bedDONE Earn Microsoft Rewards creditsDONE Input weight into WHBRHCDONE
- Set 15 minute timer and try to accomplish as many chores as possible in that time
- Do the dishes by hand, drain/dry in the dishwasher (AFTER DINNER)
- Vacuum Youngest Son's bedroom
- Make a dermatologist appointment for Youngest Son
- Back up external drive to its own external drive!
- Start a list of the electric outlets that I want to get replaced
- Do my foot exercises 1X
- Exercise at least 35 minutes on my bike (weekdays only)
- Read one of the library books in progress
Clean upstairs litter boxDONE
- Add Osmocote plant food to rose and hibiscus bushes
- Put away the clipped articles from Kiplinger's magazine
- Wash kitchen windows
- Inventory the pantry
- Inventory the freezers
- Purge the top drawer of the file cabinet
- Take RaceTrac surveys
- Take Driscoll's surveys
- Take my measurements
- Scrub patio pavers with bleach (wear old clothes and shoes, gloves and goggles)
- Finish decluttering exercise room shelves
Move coffee table back to living roomwe decided that we liked the living room without it
- Call my bank to consolidate my IRA accounts
- Schedule an outing to P.E.A.R. Park and ask them about the trees from my backyard or look at the Audubon site that Pixel shared.
- Write letter to my great aunt, with pictures
- Mail letter to my great aunt
- Go to airport to cash in my euros?!
- Mend sliding door window screen
- Finalize and mail letter to UPS CEO (add Amazon's comparison)
- Plant and water the tree
- Purge the coupon organizer I'll do it this weekend as I realized I have quite a few coupons expiring on 3/3 and I want to make sure I don't purge something that I might need between now and then.
- Make sure I get answer from the Educational Foundation director re: Daughter's scholarship after what paperwork to fill out she'll probably answer next week since they have a big event his weekend
- Track my and Greg's IRAs for the IRS
- Fix the brakes on my bike again
- Download all February pictures from phone, Canon camera, and Panasonic camera to external drive
- Trim cats' nails
- Get the hummingbird feeders out of storage
- Make hummingbird nectar
- Greg rid of cardboard boxes on the front porch
- Make sure all pictures from the Canon camera are saved to external drive and then wipe out the memory card, format it for the Panasonic camera and swap memory cards
- I received a flyer from the school district advertising "success seminars" for AP students later on this month. Those are free seminars designed to help the students study for their AP exams. I had just talked to my son about those on Thursday so I signed him up for the AP Human Geography seminar. It'll be on a Saturday morning in Howey in the Hills so Greg and I will drop him off, go fishing on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Tavares, and then swing back to pick him up three hours later.
- I ran a few videos for Swagbucks but I'm not planning on even trying to reach my 100 SB goal for the day. Freedom!
- I did, however, earn the daily credits for Microsoft Rewards. You earn gift cards at a much slower rate than on SB, but it's way easier and I don't need to babysit my laptop all day.
- And, as usual, I entered my weight into Walgreens' Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earned 20 BR points.
- I finally opened some windows at about 10 a.m. and the cats are enjoying that.
- I reused a bread bag to clean up the upstairs litter box.
- I puréed the second half of the pumpkin that I cooked yesterday and used 2 cups of it to bake 3 medium-size loaves of pumpkin bread. Oh I forgot to add the chocolate chips! Arrgh, I wonder if the kids will eat it, now! I still have about 2 more cups of purée so I'll have to dig and see if I still have pie crust patties in the freezer and make a pumpkin pie with it. If not, I'll freeze it.
- For lunch I had some pumpkin soup from last night, an egg salad sandwich on a Sandwich Thin, and the 2nd half of a papaya.
- I was invited to join K-Insiders, a research panel for Kellogg's, so I went ahead and joined. I hope I can earn stuff in exchange for my feedback!
- On our way back from our outing to Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, we stopped by McDonald's where I used my app to get Greg a free chocolate shamrock shake. I didn't want anything (I ate the Special K cereal bar that I was carrying in my fanny pack) so my son ordered a whole meal (Teenagers!), which is what qualified us to get Greg's shake for free.
- We also stopped by Silver Lake Recreation Area where we found out that it would cost us $2 per person to launch the kayaks on the Withlacoochee River and Silver Lake.
- Greg wanted to go to Ace Hardware to get catfish bait and had mentioned that one of his hiking boot was coming unglued at the sole. I remembered that the Non Consumer Advocate always talks about Shoe Goo so I looked for it at Ace... and they had it. It was $5 but if it works, it'll have saved us $100+.
- My son and I RSVP'd to the Dungeons and Dragons game for next Saturday night. I just noticed that there are member dues of $10 a year but we get 30 days of free trial.
- I've decided that the "splurges" section is pretty much redundant with the "Money Spent Today" section so I'm retiring it.
- For dinner, I baked a chicken that I had bought for $0.79/lb at Save A Lot several weeks ago, and made some frozen cheese ravioli to go with it. My daughter is out at Pig on the Pond and I told her she could buy dinner and charge it to my Discover card.
- I don't think we had any?
MONEY SPENT TODAY
- Amazon: $55 gift card for my oldest nephew's birthday
- McDonald's: $8.51 (snacks for Greg and our son)
- Ace Hardware: $16.01 (Shoe Goo and fishing supplies)
- Shamrock shake with app coupon
- Fed the kittens
- Signed up my son for the AP seminar
- Ordered a gc to be emailed to my nephew for his birthday
- Made my bed
- Cleaned the upstairs litter box
- Puréed the rest of the pumpkin
- Baked 3 loaves of pumpkin bread
- Replied to my brother's email
- Signed up for K-Insiders
- Went on an outing with Greg and our son
- Looked for a new boat launch
- Ran an errand
- Signed up for D&D Meet-Up next week
- Baked chicken
- For time spent with Greg and our son
- For Greg giving me the cherry from his shake!
- For delicious homemade pumpkin bread
- For WWII veterans
FIELD TRIP: WWII WEEKEND AT DADE BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC STATE PARK
There was one gentleman who had a tent with various food rations (K rations, etc.) displayed and who explained to us how the troops were fed during WWII and what rations they got. He was very nice.
I enjoyed being out on a beautiful day with my husband and my son but the event itself was meh. I wasn't all that interested so when an osprey flew over the trees in the distances, I tried taking pictures of that instead.
At the end, the guy who played the commander of the American forces said he wanted to quote "a certain president who won 2 terms but for whom I certainly didn't vote for AND I DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIS WIFE EITHER!" Whatever, dude, if you didn't want to quote Clinton, then don't quote him but keep your freaking politics to yourself on a day when people are out enjoying themselves. I was really ticked off. I would have felt the same if the situation had been reversed. It's one of the reasons why we don't watch the NFL anymore, we just want them to play football and not have to constantly be promoting causes or making political statements.
|Before the "battle"|
|Hey look! An osprey! I didn't zoom far enough.|
|This guy was my favorite. He played dead very well!|
|It's a little hard to pretend it's France during WWII with the saw palmettos in the background, the sun and nice lawn, etc!|
|I miss France!|