Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I'm so happy with Mr. Dogwood. About 10 years ago my son gave him to me for Mother's Day and I promptly planted him out in the yard, thinking that I would get a couple more to act as a screen so I wouldn't have to look at the renters next door. He proceeded to dwindle down to a twig and never bloomed, so I moved him into the corner of the front flowerbed about five years ago.
As you can see he is deliriously happy there. This dogwood is called Cherokee Chief and his flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummers. I know this because a hummer was buzzing around when I took this shot. I'm hoping to keep him from getting too big by pruning him down. I understand that this is done in winter.
Here is a closeup of the blooms:
The QFC ad is such a yawn this week I almost skipped it but there are a couple things to pick up. The good news is that Copper River salmon is coming soon and that means the fresh salmon season is on its way!!
Starbucks Coffee - $6.99/12oz
Chobani Greek Yogurt - $1/6oz
QFC Butter - $2.29/lb
QFC Large Eggs - $1/doz
Pork Shoulder Roast - $1.49/lb
Fresh Rockfish Fillets - $5.99/lb
Colored Bell Peppers - $1.25/ea
English Cucumbers - $1.25/ea
Tomatoes on the Vine - $1.50/lb
I want to mention that ebates is having their birthday celebration and several stores are at 14%, including Nordstrom, so if you need something, now is the time. Did you know that Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns?? Me, either, but it makes me happy.
I picked my first lettuce and was again surprised at how much better it is than store bought. This is lettuce that overwintered after I threw some leftover seeds in the garden last fall. I transplanted the little plants into the salad garden and they really took off. I was worried that they would be tough and bitter. Not the case.
This little piece is all that is left from three nice pieces of fresh halibut that Mr. CutiePie sent my way. He gets how much I love fresh fish and remembers me. He didn't earn the MoneyPenny Seal of Approval for nothin'.
I breaded and baked all three pieces and proceeded to wolf down the first two in one sitting. Yesterday I made fish tacos out of half of the last piece. The other half is going on top of my salad tonight. What more could a person ask for??
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day everybody!! and just in time for our "normal" May weather. I don't mind it though. Some overcast, some sun, some rain, and high 60s. Perfect gardening weather, in my opinion. This week I'm going to fill up the deck pots because we should be free of frost by now. And speaking of deck pots, check out this beautiful petunia pot from my daughter-in-law, Miss PeggyRae. That girl never disappoints!!
So, moving on to the Costco coupons for this month. I didn't see any real standouts this time but in keeping with my method of keeping my house stocked for the least money, there are always some decent coupons that I can use. Remember that the coupon is for money off, not the actual price of the product.
Here are my suggestions this month:
Reynolds Wrap - $3.25
Shout - $2.50
Crest White Strips - $10
Brita Pitcher/Filters - $8
Refresh Eye Drops - $3
Kirkland Signature Fish Oil - $2.50
Tide - $2.50
Dove Bar Soap - $3.50
Cascade Action Pacs - $3
There is also a $10 rebate at 3dwhite.com under the "coupon" tab making the White Strips $19.99 - a very good price for a Costco size pack of strips.
Also, don't forget - if you need a new smartphone or tires, there are always coupons for them. The people at the Verizon booth and Tire Shop are the best - and, no waiting in lines.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Before I went outside I talked to my sister on the phone, and when I hung up I had the absolute worst vertigo attack that I've ever had and I'm a dizzy broad, so I'm used to a little room spinning. I was literally hanging on for dear life and felt like I was going to pass out, so I put my head between my knees and immediately got bad heartburn. Then I burst out into crazy sweating.
I just felt terrible so asked Miss KnowItAll to take me to Urgent Care to see if they could give me something to make me feel better. They immediately freaked out and said I need the aid car because I was having a heart attack. I assured them that I wasn't but headed for the ER anyway.
I walked into the ER and proceeded to do some really impressive throwing up. That did get their attention. They were also sure I was having a heart event because my symptoms were classic for a "post-menopausal woman" - ewww!! Who knew?? After an EKG (that was fine) and a lack of high blood pressure and any other markers, they decided I needed to stay overnight and be monitored.
So, after a day and night of EKGs and several blood draws, they turned me loose. I was exhausted after not getting any sleep but they now know that a heart attack shows up as an enzyme in the blood, hence all the needle sticks, and some of those guys were better than others at finding a vein.
This might seem like too much information but I want to make sure that everybody knows what a heart attack can look like, especially in women. There doesn't have to be chest pain or pain running down the arm like in men. My symptoms were what they called "classic" and even though I didn't have a heart attack and did racked up some pretty impressive medical bills, I really enjoyed all the time I had visiting with my son, the plumber, although I felt a little guilty that he left the job site to hang out with me.
Now that I have that out of the way, let's go shopping. They are still running the Buy 4, Save 4 promotion at QFC, so check your May P&G insert for Proctor & Gamble products that you might need.
Here are my suggestions this week:
Franz Bread - $2.50/loaf
Del Monte Vegetables - $1/can
Chobani/Oikos Greek Yogurt - $1/6oz
Darigold Butter - $2/lb
QFC Cottage Cheese - $1/16oz
Nature Made Vitamins - BOGO
USDA Choice Ribeye Steaks - $5.99/lb
Driscoll's Strawberries - $6.99/4lb (think jam or shortcake)
Asparagus - $1.99/lb
Broccoli Crowns/Cauli - $1.49/lb
Organic Fujis - $1.99/lb
On Monday, Shane, the world's cutest handyman, came by and pounded in the posts for my raspberry beds. This is a closeup of the plastic coated wire that I bought. It is easier on the plants and won't cut them like wire can.
I've been trying out lawn clippings as free mulch this year. So far it seems to be working great. You just have to be careful to leave the crown of the plants free. The idea is that I won't have to water so much and the mulch should help to keep the weeds down. One can hope.
Monday, May 6, 2013
We have been having just stellar weather around here and I have been smelling steak on the barbie almost every night from the neighbors. I am surrounded by young people in my neighborhood who like to party and make noise. I'm okay with that. I was young once and I would have passed out if you had told me then that I would be the old lady of the neighborhood some day.
Since it is barbecue month you should be able to find good deals on everything related to it - from foods to equipment. Look for sales on hot dogs, ketchup, mustard, relish, briquettes, grills, and so on.
Good sales on mattresses should start heating up around Memorial Day to make room for the new models coming in over the summer, especially in Mattress Stores.
Here is the list of what you should see on sale this month:
BBQ Condiments & Products
Sweet Vidalia Onions
I planted out the potatoes this weekend and set up the "tomato station" for later. So far I've planted three kinds of onions, chard, lettuces, mustard greens, beets, and broccoli. When it cools off this evening, I'm going to plant my first row of bush beans. I have very good luck with Territorial's "Jade" for taste and continued harvest, but you gotta keep picking to keep them coming on.
I also potted up the begonia bulbs which had already sprouted in their bags. This is my first year with the bulbs. I usually just buy the little plants but Costco had a good deal on the bulbs and a good selection. They are next to the house, under the eaves, so they should be fine if a little cold snap snaps.
Food Waste Update:
Nasty tomato!! and a cup of really old coconut milk. These two just got away from me. I don't have a good excuse.
Cha Ching: $2
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Taking in a film at The Rose in Port Townsend just ruins it for all the other movie houses. The films are carefully handpicked by Rocky, a real movie connoisseur if there ever was one. We get all the big blockbusters, of course, but we also get to see a lot of the winners from the film festivals from around the world - movies that we would normally only see in big cities. And - get this, someone comes down and stands in the front and tells us about the movie we are going to see.
On Saturday afternoon Miss MaggieMay and I set out to spend her gift certificate from The Rose by catching the latest by Robert Redford, The Company We Keep. This movie is both directed and starred in by him, and includes a five star supporting cast, such as Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, and Chris Cooper. Shia LaBeouf, whom I've never seen before was brilliant as the young newspaper reporter.
The Company We Keep, based on the novel by Neil Gordon, is about a group of radicals (Weather Underground) from the 60s who were against the Viet Nam war. There was a bank robbery and a bank guard was killed. The group split up and went separate ways with new identities, always looking over their shoulders. After 30 years one of the members (Susan Sarandon) decides to turn herself in but is arrested before she can do so. This sets the rest of the group in motion.
A young newspaper reporter played by Shia LaBeouf sniffs a story and starts digging. In the process of beating the bushes he uncovers one of the group (Robert Redford) who takes off, leaving his law practice and young daughter - with the FBI hot on his trail. I'll leave it there because I have a bad habit of giving away punchlines but you can see that things are gonna get intense.
This film deals with questions of loyalty, redemption, guilt, love, family, and principles. All good questions when we look back at that unsettling time in our nation's history. I remember it well.
Both MMM and I are big Robert Redford fans and really enjoyed this film. Robert used to be beautiful back in the day but so were we. Here is a look back:
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Welcome to my favorite month!! I love May even if it was only 28 degrees this morning when I got up, but that is what happens when the skies are clear around here. The weatherman is calling for splendid weather for the next several days and it couldn't have come too soon. I am done with wintery type weather. I even put the sun tea jar out for the first time this year and the darn thing leaks. Usually it is the nozzle but that is not the case and the jar is glass. Hmmm.
I went up to Hadlock Building to get my dahlia bulbs today but they don't have any, so a trip to town is in order. I did find some tall, sturdy, green supports for them, though, and got them stuck in the ground. While I was there I picked up a Coreopsis for a bald spot in the front of my flowerbed. This is what it will hopefully look like when it blooms:
According to my research, this plant doesn't mind dry, lean soil after it is established, so it should be thrilled to pieces to be in my flowerbed where it will get regular water and the soil is healthy.
Okay, let's go shopping. The ad is pretty ho-hum this week with very little in the way of produce on sale. They are running the Buy 4/Save 4 promo, which is a lot like the Buy 5, Save 5 promo, don't ya think??
Here are my suggestions:
Franz Bread - $2.50/loaf
Simple Truth Cage Free Eggs - $2.50/doz
Draper Valley Whole Chicken - $ .89/lb
Fresh Wild Dover Sole - $5.99/lb
Barilla Pasta - $1/ea
Medium Hass Avocados - $ .99/ea
Red Tomatoes on the Vine - $ .99/lb
Vidalia Onions - $1/lb
Buy4/Save 4 Promo:
Tide - $4.99 50oz or powder
Duracell Batteries - $2.49/pk
Crest Whitening Toothpaste - $1.69/6-6.2oz
Pantene - $2.79/12.6oz
Don't worry about the frozen pansies in the top picture. They popped right back. They don't mind freezing temps - unlike petunias, geraniums, begonias, etc. I'm still gonna hold off planting my deck pots until after the 15th, but it will be hard to resist with all this warm sunshine during the day.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is my shot of the full Pink Moon. It looked so huge!! but not according to my camera. Must be some kind of visual hocus pocus going on there. And it actually was a little pink.
Five pound devil dog looking sweet and innocent in sleep.
Baked chicken fajita mix. Just onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, and chicken breast. I tossed the whole works with 2 T olive oil, 2 t cumin and chili power, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, or until done.
Fajitas looking good, except for the strange piece of yellow pepper. Kind of sluggy looking but very tasty.
Can you see it?? That little reddish start?? I was tying the clematis to the trellis when I spotted it. Last year the Debbie Dodd rose (I've been told it is actually the Debbie Saxon rose) turned up its toenails and died, right in the middle of summer, after about 18 years of blooming its head off. So I planted a clump of Lucifer and a purple clematis in its place. This is gonna be crazy gorgeous with the pink rose and the purple clematis spilling all over the red Lucifer. Now, that is exciting!!
My flowering currant is through blooming so I gave it a gentle prune to keep it from taking over my property. It blooms on old wood so you have to do any pruning right after blooming. This is what he looks like now:
One of the hostas coming up. I hit him with lots of Sluggo. This guy is huge!! and snails love him.
Astilbes coming up everywhere. I've got white, pink, and burgundy. There are five of them and when they are up and blooming, I'm happy. They like dry shade and get along well with the hostas.
I told my sister that I was "chitting" the seed potatoes this morning when she called. After I explained what I was doing she informed me that she called it "taking a paring knife to them". I brought the spuds out from the very back of my closet and cut off any bad pieces. Then I cut them into chunks, making sure to have an eye on each piece. Then they went into the cool guest bedroom on newspaper and plastic to "chit" for a day or two before they make their way out to the garden.
This little batch of spuds is gonna grow an incredible amount of wonderful tasting potatoes. I'm not usually a potato eater but home grown potatoes are totally different from store bought. It is so much fun to dig around underneath the plants and find the little guys. They don't need peeling - just a good bath.