Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Frugal flowers and bloggy business
Now is the time to go out among the merchants and find clearance flowers. My flowers on the deck were looking stressed (all that rain we've had since early spring and then the week of intense heat) but just the addition of two pots of clearance flowers added lots of depth and color.
This was a hanging planter on clearance for $5.00 at my grocery store. I clipped the "hanger" off and it is now on the deck.
The zinnias were on clearance at my local Ace Hardware. Since taking this picture, they are now sitting with the other flowers in the corner of the deck and the blue & yellow flowers above have taken this spot.
I'd love to add even more flowers but my food budget needs to be for... food. As it was, I figured these two were food for my soul. :)
As for blog business... I'm behind on answering e-mails since all my computer time over the weekend was spent "tweaking" the sidebar. There is a lot of information there, including the links to all the Pantry Talk, Stocking Up, and Recession Pondering posts from the past few years.
Actually, almost all the Pantry Talk and Stocking Up posts overlap each other (I went back and added Stocking Up to the later Pantry Talk posts). The Recession Pondering posts are mostly about living on a small income and the two separate years we lived with NO income... those lessons learned.
Although the link to the "Cozy books and films" recommendations is still on the sidebar (click picture), I also added it to the CTB&Me Favorites list (which, can you believe, had not been updated for two years and I'm still working on it). I've gotten lots of e-mails asking for another list so I think we'll do another in late summer. More specific info to follow. There were so many people (including myself) who printed the list off and are keeping it handy.
I'm reading through a book for a Thomas Nelson review right now and I'll try to answer some book questions asked in Comments soon.
Life is still happening around here. Lots to do inside, outside... and in town. Hubby's stress test at the cardiologist is today. The doctor doesn't think he has a problem but, of course, they want to check it out.