Life has been nutty around here. Wednesday alone I had three different interviews for Forever Mom. By the end of the day both of my phones had dead batteries and I felt certain I had lost all ability to construct a complete sentence. Whew! What’s really cool is that people are interested in Forever Mom–here’s a review on adoption.com. (By the way, if you go read it, will you also share it on facebook so more people can see it? Thank you so much!) I am so humbled and so grateful that folks are appreciating the message of the book. And also relieved. Because, honestly, my heart went right out there in every page. I’ve never felt so trembly-kneed when sending something out there. So thanks for all your support.
I don’t have many frugal thoughts this week– it was kind of a fish sticks and corn dogs and cereal kind of week around here with all busyness. I did bookmark this great-looking blog post sharing 52 Meatless Meals so that I can intersperse all the rich holiday food with some frugal and good-tasting meatless dinners. I also earned a free turkey at Winco. (They have a promo where if you spend $100, you get a free turkey– yeehaw!) The man in line behind me looked in my heaping cart and told me I should have gone through the line twice and gotten two turkeys. He was right. I actually ended up spending $300 on groceries yesterday– apparently I’ve skipped shopping lately too, because we were out of so many things. So I could have gotten THREE free turkeys, but ah well. Now we are stocked up and I hope that I remembered most of what I’ll need for the next couple weeks. Potatoes were on a screaming good sale 99 cents for 10 pounds– so we currently have about 4o pounds in the pantry, and I am signed up to bring mashed potatoes to every Thanksgiving gathering we’re attending. (That reminds me– I still need to buy sour cream. Because in my opinion, mashed potatoes reach greatness through butter and sour cream. And maybe garlic. But I’m aware that not everyone agrees about the garlic.)
For those of you who asked, I am in the process of getting an email subscribe feature added to my blog. I should have done it a long, long time ago but somehow never got around to it. I will let you know when it is up and running, since I know a lot of people prefer to read blogs in email form. Thanks to those of you who emailed me lately and encouraged me to get it together.
Finally, I have meaning for awhile to tell you about a REALLY neat pencil sharpener. Let me tell you, as a homeschooling mom of many, I have bought SO many pencil sharpeners over the years– from the old fashioned manual kind that you mount on the wall to the really nice electric kind. I don’t know if it is just a function of having a lot of kids, but every sharpener I’ve ever owned til now has always ended up disappointing me. So when I heard about this one from Classroom Friendly Supplies, I was all attention. This sharpener is different in that it holds the pencil for you, which I think makes it much more likely that the pencil will enter the machine straight and be sharpened properly. (Watch the video to see what I mean– it’s a little different.) I also need to disclose that I was given a sharpener for free in exchange for a review. The bottom line is we’ve been using this sharpener for several months, and we really like it a lot. It makes pencils SO sharp! The only thing I don’t love is that the clamp that is supposed to hook it to a counter is a little chintzy– we can’t make it stay. But since the sharpener holds the pencil for you, it’s not a big deal to just hold the sharpener steady with one hand while turning the handle with the other. I am working on getting a freebie to give away here on my blog, but I don’t have it yet. I will keep you posted.
Anyway, we are off to homeschool craft day and then we are celebrating my BABY’s tenth birthday– oh be still my heart!! There she is above several years ago with a PENCIL in her hand, which is my very best attempt at making this post actually hang together. Pencils. Birthday girl. Books. You get it? OK, that’s all I have for you today. But as usual, I’d love to hear about your frugal successes for the week! So comment away!