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August 25th, 2009 at 09:12 pm

Tuesday
Saving log - $1 tip box
Spending log - $22 2 baseball tickets
Found money - $0

Monday
Saving log - $0 tip box
Spending log - $20 chiropractor
Found money - $0.01 (Safeway floor)

Yesterday we got the sister's cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, carrots, hot banana peppers, string cheese. Apparently she packed it so tight (her strategy is to stuff the 10$ box) that the original box broke up - the postal service collected everything in a garbage bag, put it in a box, and taped the address from the old box.

Except for one destroyed, squishy cucumber, once everything got a quick rinse it was all right. Carrots (6 inchers - no doubt the ones we planted in June) got sliced lengthwise, laid out in a single layer, doused with a bit of olive oil and salt and roasted at 350F for 20 minutes.

The pickling cucumbers were a challenge - DH doesn't like pickles, and while I like them, I don't love them. I treated the pickling cukes like regular cukes - chopped them into 1/4 in pieces, added salt and let sit 1-2 hours to sweat them, then drain, combine with chopped red onion, chopped banana pepper, two cans of drained garbanzo beans, then dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley.

Its sister's birthday next week, so DH helped me mail off her gift. We tried to pack it properly - no need to add to the USPS's troubles.

Speaking of mail - the one side benefit of the recession is far less mail. No credit offers, few catalogs, only or two neighborhood flyers. For a week or two early this month, it was old times with tons of glossy campaign mail. Now? Nothing yesterday, 2 pieces for DH. I still get most of my stock receipts by mail - while I'm green, I must be light green. I like the idea of not having to remember my password to get my monthly or quarterly info.

5 Responses to “mail tales”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    wow, here we have LOADS more mail, trying to get us to spend more more more. and SO many more telemarketers calling as well.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    We've had a few days with no mail. IT's been odd. There was a wasp nest by the communal mail box, so we thought maybe the mail carrier opted out for a few days.

    But that got cleared up, and we still go 2-3 days without mail here and there. IT's certainly ODD. But GREAT!

    Historically, extremely rare to not get mail for one day.

    Most the mail we ever get is junk - we do everything online. Companies are certainly cutting back on advertising - NO DOUBT.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Hey, come to think of it, I guess there has been less mail to put in the recycling bin. Oh, happy day!

  4. SMB Says:

    For some reason, I find myself wanting to use the word "larder" lately. Here's my chance: How nice of your sister to send you things for your larder! Smile

  5. baselle Says:

    $1.48 found so far

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