Aw man, we had a ROUGH weekend. All four of us came down with an AWFUL stomach bug. Gannon started on Saturday afternoon, then me on Saturday night, then Carver Sunday morning, then Craig on Monday.
We were all vomitting, Craig and I couldn’t even walk across the room without feeling like we were going to pass out, Gannon and I both had fevers up to 102, and then the boys both finished it off with a cough and runny nose. It was AWFUL – I felt so terrible in fact, I subjected myself to COVID testing (which was negative of course) but I felt WAY worse with this bug than I did with COIVD.
I cannot wait until the kids are grown and can make it to the toilet, our laundry pile still isn’t caught up yet, our poor washing machine is in overdrive trying to keep up, no surface was safe. Not to mention I was home alone with the boys on Sunday while Craig (still feeling well) was in the field and I could hardly walk around the house let alone clean up after them. At one point, the boys were only allowed to sleep with towels because we were out of clean blankets. I have so many pictures of Gannon because he wouldn’t let me put him down! He was so fussy.
Anyway, all that nastiness to say we are BETTER and everyone is back on track! It was extremely contagious and all the daycare families are sick too – I know several friends and family who have also been hit with the stomach bug in the past two weeks.
So I’ve been slacking on the blog posts which isn’t good considering I’m coming up on a four day work weekend stretch. Just wanted to let you know I’m here, I’m alive, and I missed yesterday’s grocery update so I thought I’d sneak it in this post!
My Mom (Jo from Jo’s Country Junction) and I were talking. Both of us agree that we really need to use up what is in our kitchens. Too often we buy groceries, then put them away putting everything in front of the stuff that was already there. Here is a link to my post about it: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/the-great-cupboard-clean-out/ and my mom’s post about it: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/a-challenge-straight-from-the-kitchen/
Week 2 Update: I stayed within my limits – I only spent $59.95 at my Walmart grocery pickup. I LOVE using grocery pickup when I’m on a budget because I can audit my cart before I order – I ask myself “do you really NEED this?” “are you going to use it THIS WEEK?” I eliminated about $30 worth of items by asking myself those questions.
My splurge was these 48 ounce containers of Starbucks Iced Coffee – for the total of ONE Starbucks drink, you can pre buy Starbucks iced coffee in a little jug and I get about 4 nights of work out of the one jug. I’ve only been able to find it at Walmart. If someone has a better way to make iced coffee at home (it just doesn’t taste right when you make it hot and chill it) please leave a comment and let me know!
And then I went overboard…Kayla and I went to what we call “Amish land” to the discount grocery store. Some days I go and I think to myself, “Why don’t I get all my groceries here?” and some times I go and I think “What a waste…” It totally depends on stock and seasons. Well, Kayla (my sister) and I went down (about a 30 minute jaunt) and it was a GREAT DAY! I wish I would’ve taken better pictures about what I got but I’ll give you a rundown.
I got these three huge boxes of food for $140. This includes a 10 lb bag of french fries, a 10 lb bag of chicken strips (really good chicken strips) two 5 lb bags of shredded cheese, 8 sticks of butter, 2 head of cauliflower, a bunch of bananas, an 8 pack of gatorade, several boxes of fruit snacks, breakfast bars, boxes of crackers, hamburger helper, mac and cheese, 5 lbs of corned beef, 2 big packages of string cheese, I could go on. Needless to say, it was an AWESOME day and I’m glad I went! We needed snacky foods for the boys when we are on the go.
When I told some people at work that I shop in “Amish land,” they thought it was unsanitary! I had no idea why and I had never heard of this stereotype! I’ve been shopping with the Amish for as long as I can remember and I’ve never questioned the sanitation or the cleanliness. Apparently this isn’t the case in some places. I’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences and I look forward to my trips down south.
Anywho, that’s my grocery update for the week! I added instead of subtracting to my stock of groceries. BUT my grocery budget is much tighter this month than it has ever been. Maybe mom should focus on her inventory problem and I should focus on my budget problem during this cleanout!
Check out mom’s week two update here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/kitchen-challenge/
I know some of my readers are doing their own form of a cleanout, how is that going? Leave a comment!