June 26 Groceries

Chances are good that this is my last shop of the month. Today spent $50.95.

June 26

organic yogurts

Grocery totals so far: $254.43, eat out totals so far: $106.66.

Total food costs: $361.09, well below our estimated food stamp allotment of $420.

2011 Share With the Kids Count

Total 179 Items

Living Room (13)                                                                                                    Couches (2)
Decorative pillows (2)                                                                                                   Throw
Coffee table
Fireplace tools
Silk flowers
Candle sticks (2)                                                                                                              Bowl                                                                                                                             Dining Room (11)
Table and 6 chairs
Artwork (4)
Basement (7)
Washer                                                                                                                             Dryer
Suitcase                                                                                                                               Bin of cleaning supplies
Bathroom (3)
Shower curtain
Trash can
Rug                                                                                                                                    Back hall (3)
Outside/Garage (15)
Lawn mower
Rake (3)
Snow shovel                                                                                                                   Spade
Yard tools (4)
Ladders (2)
Bird houses (2)
Misc (9)
Cloth bags for groceries (5)
Sewing kit
Notebook                                                                                                                   Kitchen (116)
9×13 aluminum pan w/ lid
Sauté pan
Pizza pan
Mixing bowls (4)
Saucepan w/ lid
Pie plate
9×13 pan w/o lid
Plates (14)
Bowls (5)
Serving pieces (2)
Glasses (7)
Mugs (5)
Measuring cups and spoons (4)
Flatware (24)
Juice container
Cutting board
Kitchen towels (3)
Kitchen washcloths (3)
Stove                                                                                                                               Fridge
Grilling pan
Cookie sheets (2)
Stock pot
Cooking utensil (10)
Food storage containers (15)
Trash can
Fire extinguisher                                                                                                           Back Porch (5)                                                                                                       Table                                                                                                                               Chairs (3)                                                                                                                       Plastic tub

2011 Summer Count (88 Things)

coffee pot

glasses and sunglasses

purse and wallet

laundry basket



cell phone and charger




iron and ironing board



bed (includes sheets, 2 pillows, 2 blankets)

baskets for clothes (3)

Misc Items (19)

ring and earings


shoes: 5 pair

exercise clothes: 2 sets

exercise clothes: 2 more sets

work outfit 1

work outfit 2

Work outfit 3 (I swear it looks better on)

work outfit 4

Work outfit 5 (has flouncy skirt)

weekend outfit 1

weekend outfit 2

fleece shirt and 2 sweaters



ear warmer/headband



all occasion black dress

set of yard work/painting clothes

Not pictured individually: one pair tights, 5 pair socks, 4 bras, 6 panties, 10 hangers.

Clothes (55 items)

Personal care items

Personal care items: conditioner, razor, soap, comb, nail clippers, hair accessory (not pictured), toothpaste/toothbrush/floss, grooming scissors, make up (mascara, face powder, eye liner, lip balm), lotion, deodorant.

Personal care items (14)

The astute reader may notice missing my winter coat and jeans. I retired both this spring, but will have to purchase new at the end of the summer.

June 20 Grocery Shop

Please forgive my absent status for the past week. I was just flat out exhausted and have been resting up.

Most or all of my kids are gone for the last 2 weeks in June, so my shops have been small. Also, I still don’t have a kitchen sink (it is being installed as I type this) so we have eaten out more than normal…..


Total groceries for June 20th $19.10, which included organic cream and yogurt.

Grocery total so far: $203.48. Eat out total so far: $103.42

June 12 Groceries

Groceries today were $57.21. Grocery total so far for June $180.05. Eat out total so far for June $22.05.

Organics include coffee, milk, 2 yogurt, eggs. Non-organic dairy include butter, sliced cheese, ice cream sandwiches and 5 yogurt. No meat purchased.


Monday: Cheese ravioli, steamed green beans.

Tuesday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, orange sunshine (a vegan salad)

Wednesday: just me, leftovers.

Thursday: Chili-lime shrimp w/ pasta, peaches.

Friday: Homemade pepperoni pizza

Saturday: we will be at a cookout.

Sunday: kids are taking their dad out for Father’s day. I will eat leftovers.

Look for a much more exciting menu in the near future. I get my kitchen sink back on June 21st, a full 8 weeks after the old one was torn out. I can’t wait to really get cooking again. And my back will be very happy to not have to do dishes in the bathtub.

Appropriate Correction

Part of our jobs as parents is to correct our children when they make mistakes. I envision myself as the guardian/border collie nipping at their heels when my beloved flock strays in the direction of the steep cliffs. I’m not normally prone to romantic flights of fancy, but this part of the parenting job is hard for me. I need all the motivation I can get.

Part of the difficulty is deciding what the correct corrective action for this particular situation and this particular child is. When my daughter was younger, if she had done something she knew she wasn’t to do, merely saying her name in a scolding tone would bring her to full-remorse-posture: eyes downcast, chin drooping on chest, sagging shoulders. My youngest son, however, did not respond to verbal correction, time outs, (I would have to stand over him with my hand on his head to keep him from getting up) spanking, (as in one or two swats to the bottom) but I learned a hold that mental health professionals use on troubled children that restrains without injury that youngest son so disliked, that the mere mention of it usually got him to change the offending behavior.

Tailoring the correction to the child is probably the most challenging part. They respond so differently to the same situations. Another story:

The boys were trying to stab each other with sharpened pencils. It started out as a friendly “sword fight,” but quickly turned dark and angry. I told them to stop. They ignored me. I told them to stop in my commanding mother tone. They ignored me. I stood up, got between them and they still were trying to stab each other around me. I brought my open hand down on the top of each of their heads simultaneously. Stunned, they stopped. Then youngest son said, “That didn’t hurt.” I replied, ” I wasn’t trying to hurt you. If I was, you would be laying bloody in the corner.” Middle son said, “Great! You teach us to not be violent by hitting us.” I replied, “You teach me that you don’t listen to me until I do.”

Not our finest moment.

I’m still not sure I did the right thing.

Sunday 3:23pm

I am caught up! Every item on the To-Do list is marked off. The laundry is washed and ironed. The dishes clean. The sewing project completed. The forms filled out for the music camps. I plop on the couch for a well-deserved rest and close my eyes.

Wait! I still need to weed the driveway. And I could post a picture for you of the sewing project….. And……


June 4 Grocery Shop

Went shopping yesterday at Aldi only: $27.73

Non-organic shrimp and sliced cheese.

Total groceries so far: $114.02, total eat out $5.57.


Menus: (including revised Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday: lunch-grilled cheese sandwiches and sliced watermelon

dinner-tacos made w/ lentils as meat, sliced watermelon

Sunday: lunch- Cheese Quesadillas, orange slices, store-bought cookies

dinner-Quiche and sliced mango

(summer lunches-kids are out of school, but I am at work. They have to fend for themselves. [Poor dears] I have bought canned spaghetti and ravioli. They can have leftovers or whatever they can find. My hard and fast rule about summer meals is that they MUST clean up after themselves. I am not to come home from working all day to a sinkful of dirty dishes. This will be interesting in the next two weeks, as I still don’t have a kitchen sink, and am washing dishes in the tub.)

Monday: Pancakes (to use up the last of the Bisquik-type baking mix I bought–blech) and organic pork sausages

Tuesday: Cheese Ravioli and the rest of the watermelon

Wednesday: just me, leftovers

Thursday: Beef stroganoff made w/ organic ground beef and non-organic beef stock, steamed green beans

June 1st Shop

A new month…a chance to start fresh.

Shopping June 1st: grocery total $86.29

Organics: Milk, cream, eggs, ground beef and pork sausage. Non-organics: pepperoni, yogurt, frozen salmon.


Monday: Kids at dad’s house

Tuesday:  Organic Chicken and noodles, steamed broccoli

Wednesday: just me, leftover chicken and noodles and glass of red wine

Thursday: Baked salmon w/ chile and pepper, steamed green beans, sliced fresh mangos, biscuits w/ preserves

Friday: Tacos (pink lentils as the meat, flour tortillas as the shell–family preference) fresh sliced cantaloupe

Saturday: Quiche made w/ prepared crust and organic eggs, non-organic cheese & frozen (thawed) mango

Sunday: homemade pepperoni pizza. Leftovers of any kind.