Friday, July 31, 2009
The only problem was that the hotel wireless system was down most of the time I was there so my clunky old computer did not work at all. Their business office had two computers and only one worked and did not get the Internet except on a sporadic basis. I have decided that I really need to buy a new laptop that is portable (that is, weighs less than the 20 pounds mine seems to weigh when carrying it through the airport!) and is capable of picking up wireless signals in areas where the hotel is not cooperating. It was comical to see many businessmen at the hotel sitting out in the grass with their computers turned on, or in the lobby or front sidewalk of the hotel in the heat, trying to pick up signals. Of course, my battery does not hold a charge anymore so I would need a LONG orange cord to go outside with my computer to see if I could pick up a signal.
Being a frugal person, I have been considering my purchase of a new laptop for quite some time. I only plan to use it when I travel, so I want it to be truly portable, but adequate for acquiring e-mail and adding to my blog while I am gone from home. I would also like to look at pictures I have taken while traveling. Any suggestions would be mighty welcome!
Pictures will come later--I promise!
Friday, July 24, 2009
1) I read that apples give off a gas that speeds ripening so I don’t store them in my fruit bowl or in the refrigerator with other fruits and vegetables.
2) I keep tomatoes in a bowl on the counter because cold temperatures can actually damage them and they really do taste better than they used to when I kept them in the refrigerator.
3) I put meat in a plastic freezer bag with the air squeezed out to protect it from freezer burn because packaging from the grocery store is not strong enough to protect the meat.
4) I store flour, cornmeal, rice and other grains in the freezer where they will be safe from bugs that can contaminate them. I learned that after a couple of episodes of weevils in everything in my pantry.
5) We recently started chilling our bananas to keep them from ripening too fast. My husband sets one or two out each day to eat and the rest stay nice and firm in the refrigerator.
6) Fortunately, my husband does not mind leftovers, so I try to serve the leftovers within at least a couple of days.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
We keep all lights off unless we just have to have them on--this also eliminates another heat source in the house. In the evening we often go outside to water by hand and work in the yard (what's left of it!), so we turn all lights off. When we come in we only turn on lights in the rooms we are using. As I mentioned several weeks ago, I hang my clothes outside to dry (faster than my dryer in 105 degree temperature!). I wash dishes by hand unless we have company, I have unplugged all unnecessary appliances around the house, and I have turned the a/c thermostat up a couple of degrees.
Hopefully our electricity bill will reflect my more frugal habits and help balance the a/c usage. We are praying for a few cooler days and some blessed rain!!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I went to Flickr and looked at their website and then I went to Snapfish and looked at what they had to offer. Both seem similar but different. Today my nephew was here and I mentioned it to him and he suggested another online company--I have already forgotten the name (overload, maybe??).
Choices, choices. Do any of you have suggestions for downloading photographs to sites where family and friends can view them?? I think I am about ready to tackle another new technological task--gulp! :)
Friday, July 10, 2009
All in all we had a wonderful trip and came home with lovely pictures and, best of all, lasting memories!
Monday, July 6, 2009
I had to stop and think how long I had been blogging and finally realized that I have been doing this for almost a year and a half. Although I am involved in memoir writing, my blog has not been specifically designed to help writers. On my blog I tend to write about the things that are important to me and that I want to share with family and friends. I love the new dimension that blogging has brought into my life with the ability to share pictures, stories, and advice with those who read my blog! I also love the new friends across the country that I have "met" through blogging. My newest "blogging acquaintance" (also named Pat) has just about succeeded in nudging me back into the quilting I have neglected for several years.
Here are a couple of Terri's questions that I will pose to you:
1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I left out the following question that Terri poses because my blogging is not specifically about writing. (3. How do you give back to other writers on your blog?)
Sunday, July 5, 2009
And today I added a few finishing touches to a still life of some pots that my brother has in his kitchen. See the picture below.
Recently I have been working on a desert cactus that I saw blooming in New Mexico. I guess that is appropriate since we are hot and dry as a desert here now. The temperature was 105 today and temperatures have broken a record every day of July--so far. The weatherman promised it might be cooler tomorrow--only 96! I can only hope!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Recently I have found that appetizers are quite filling and are much less expensive than entrees, so I often order the appetizer for my meal with, perhaps, a small dinner salad. This works especially well when we go to an expensive restaurant. After the meal I don't leave the restaurant feeling stuffed either.
Perhaps you might want to share some Frugal Hints for eating out.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Coincidentally my daughter-in-law, Kara, published a delicious-sounding recipe for peach cobbler on her blog today. In addition, she is giving away a copy of Jan Karon's Hardcover Mitford Cookbook where she found the recipe. You can go on over to http://eskimokissesandairhugs.blogspot.com and enter your name for her excellent give-away this week.