Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I've been up since 3:30 a.m. yet again. Yawn!!!! I hate getting up this early and not being able to get back to sleep. I'm going to try to get exercise in today and see if that helps at all. I've neglected it although I've been stuck at home because of all the snow/ice on the roads but have been working on getting my freezer and other things organized, preparing for the 4 church consignment sales I have coming up in March/April and cooking, cleaning, etc.
My husband has taken over the living room (where my Wii is located) so I haven't been able to get any time in there since although he has been at home he has to make phone calls to customers, etc. in there and our living room is very small so no room to move around with him taking up camp.
My husband has been stuck at home because of the roads and it looks like we may finally get some of the snow/ice melting later this afternoon as it is supposed to finally get over freezing temperaturesthen, but we'll wait and see how that goes. We've got plenty of the snow/ice still everywhere here and normally it is melting big time about a day or two after it falls, but not this time due to the lower temperatures.
One great thing about being stuck at home and worrying about losing power (which thankfully didn't happen) is that I have been organizing my very full freezer and finding recipes online to use up a lot of the surplus items I have in there. It will take quite a while to make a larger dent in my freezer, but this was overdue anyway and I'm relieved that I'm finally doing something about it. it was getting to the point that no one wanted to look for anything in there since it was so full and so things tended to not get used.
I love trying new recipes and finding ways to use up some of the items I already have stocked up, but sometimes I get very busy (although I am a stay at home mom and home school) because we have so many other things going on.
I actually found things that I didn't even know were in there, so each layer was a big surprise, LOL. I don't have a regular stand alone freezer, it is just the other part of my refrigerator and trust me, with all the great deals I found before the snow/ice storm it really filled it up over time.
With my husband being home from work and all 4 of us eating 3 meals a day at home, it is slowly making a dent. I've already got several meals I plan to make in the next few days lined up and that feels good. I'm organized in a lot of ways, but sometimes I am not so organized when it comes to meals as I have some picky people in my home although names will not be mentioned, LOL.
I really want to make sure that I don't let lack of time keep me from organizing my freezer/fridge again as we could easily have another snow/ice storm in our area and I'd hate to lose all that food because I avoided making things because it was too difficult to find them. Big lesson learned and while I didn't pay a lot for the items in there, if I had to replace everything at full price, it would be a shocking amount of money laid out.
It doesn't affect us, but public schools are closed again today in our area and I really feel for those kids since I know that's going to be hard to make up. The kids who live in the mountains have it worse since they have been out a lot due to the road conditions and higher snow counts and wind.
The malls all around the area closed at 5:00 p.m. which is really strange to hear and restaurants have closed as well due to lack of customers.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
We have survived a very big storm that passed over my area and with power still intact, thank goodness. Potentially losing power has really affected my sleep and stress levels and I'm hoping that the threat of that has passed.
We got tons of snow in my particular county, more than anyone else except for the mountain counties and then on top of that we got freezing rain on all the snow we received. I worried that the ice would cause the tree limbs to break and fall on our power lines, but so far, knock on wood we still have power.
We are experiencing very low temperatures in my area for this time of year, only in the 20's and a high later in the afternoon of the 30's, so normally our snow melts the next day or 2 days after we receive it, but the weatherman is saying the temperatures won't get above 34 degrees until Wednesday/Thursday and it may be the weekend before this snow/ice melts some. At least that is what I heard last night on the news so it may have changed since then.
Don't get me wrong, being from the south (originally from South Carolina, where we got much less snow than what I get in North Carolina) I love the snow and it's a joy to see it, but I am NOT a fan of ice, LOL. I'm even less of a fan of losing power. :-)
The skies are very cloudy this morning and I don't know if that means more snow or ice or not. I've prepared as much as I possibly can since I'm not able to get on the roads yet. My house is super clean and I think I've cooked more lately (trying to use up expensive meats or items in my fridge/freezer) than I did at Thanksgiving, LOL.
My husband had to stay home from work yesterday and I'm not sure what he will do today as the roads are very icy and dangerous and don't expect them to melt since the temperatures are so low. I'm secretly hoping that the roads are fine so I can go to the last day of Harris Teeter's super doubles, but don't think I will be able to as we live on a hill and I'd have to back out backwards on the driveway and I'm afraid I'd hit the light pole or mailbox, LOL.
I haven't taken pictures of our snow/ice today, but I'm posting a picture of early Monday morning's view. It snowed much more later than what the pictures shows since that was in the morning and it snowed much more throughout the day at my house.
I know that's nothing big like those from the northern states get, but it is for the south, and again, it was taken before we got even more inches of snow throughout the day. My driveway was completely covered to the point you couldn't see it, as were the roads in front of my house.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I'm getting a little bit anxious about this snow/ice issue they are predicting to start tonight.
I'm not worried about the snow, even if it stops me from being able to go to Harris Teeter for more deals, but I am worried about the ice they are predicting to fall after the snow because they are saying we could have lots of power outages.
In my experience with power outages during winter ice storms, we (meaning my area) seems to get power restored long after the bigger towns get theirs so I am more worried about all of us freezing to death and also all my stockpile of recently bought food going bad. We don't have a generator and while we do have a kerosene heater (not sure about the kerosene, will have to check with my husband on that) and camp stove, it's so cold outside and you can't leave the kerosense heater burning all night.
Of course I worry about things like trees falling on our house, etc. as well but I'm not sure what to do about that since I can't prevent that from happening. I think I will make the most expensive things in the freezer/fridge today to at least have those gone in case we lose power for days and hope/pray for the best.
We've had power outages of around 3-4 days here while neighboring towns lost theirs for 1-2 days so there is a reason for me panicking a little bit. :-)
I did great at Harris Teeter again yesterday (broken record I know) and am kinda bummed that I probably won't get to go Monday or Tuesday (last days) but I am thankful for the days I have been able to go. I'm also hoping that we don't have to cancel my daughter's piano lessons this up coming week as well because she hates for things she is looking forward to being cancelled (well, I can't blame her, I do too).
I wish all this area and surrounding areas who are expected to get this nasty snow/ice are okay and survive it without losing power or getting damage on their property. Stay safe everyone!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
I wanted to post a quick post before I get ready for my next trip to Harris Teeter for super doubles. I am still so excited about all the fabulous deals I've been getting there.
Sometimes it seems like most of the free deals there are things like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, hot sauce, mustard, pasta, etc. It's great getting all those items free or close to it, but I am VERY stocked up on those things so I'm thrilled to pieces that other things are on sale for dirt cheap and I also have the corresponding coupons to get them free or close to it.
I had a great trip yesterday and ended up getting something free which wasn't supposed to be free. The reason for that is that I bought some Horizon Organic milk because we were out of milk and I had coupons (which were doubled to $2 off each carton of milk) and the milk was on sale so I figured $1.79 was pretty good for organic milk.
Unfortunately the milk didn't ring up on the receipt as being on sale although the tag underneath it in the dairy case said it was. The service desk told me it was NOT on sale but I told her the tag said it was, so the service desk manager and I went back and looked and sure enough it WAS on sale according to the tag.
She was going to give me back 80 cents (40 cents difference between the sale price and what I was charged for 2 milks) but I mentioned to her that I thought I was supposed to get it free if it rang up incorrectly. (Hint, it's good to know the store rules so you can remind them of them, since they don't always automatically give you those bonuses unless you ask for them).
So I got back $4.19 plus 40 cents from the other milk (they only give you one item free) so I got back almost $5 just for mentioning that and after my coupons and getting the other milk free, I got both cartons of milk for free!!!!!
I plan to go back again today (because they only let you use 20 coupons a day for super doubles or regular doubles, otherwise the coupons are at face value) and can't wait to get more dishwasher tabs for around 45 cents a box, something we really needed!
I also got tons of juice for cheap for my husband and son that are made with Splenda (my husband has either diabetes or pre-diabetes and my son is overweight and will drink his weight in juice, LOL) that I got after coupons and after the buy 2 get 3 free deal for around 75 cents a bottle.
I have been doing great with my exercise this week despite all the crazy Harris Teeter super doubles I've been doing every day and also it being the first week back after Christmas holidays with our home schooling, so I'm very proud of myself for being able to get it all done. Exercise is something I really neglected a lot last year, so I hope I keep up with it and get at least 3 days done a week if nothing else.
They are predicting snow and a snow/sleet mixture starting around Sunday so I'm trying to make sure I get all my shopping done before then. Hopefully we don't lose power this time because I have got some major stockpiling done in my freezer and fridge! LOL Hopefully my daughter will get to go to her first piano lessons next week and the weather won't cancel that as she is really looking forward to it.
Another great thing I wanted to mention is that I actually slept well last night! Now I have plenty of energy to get my shopping done and feel like I'm a human being again!
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