Nichole’s Slices of Life, 20

10 02 2010

 

We’re digging out of our second big snow storm of the winter.  We haven’t had this kind of snow in Western Kentucky in quite a few years.  I always enjoy the first day of a good snow storm.  Provided that is—I have everything I need to survive.  I’m well stocked on food thanks to the great deals I get at the Country Cupboard in Croften, Kentucky.  We discoverd this wonderful store last July.  They buy a truckload of all kinds of goods that are slightly outdated.  Some of their goods are not outdated but are sold cheaply because they are seasonal items or have dents. 

We always take our friend, Mary, with us when we drive to Croften.  What a blast we all have.  Mary loves the coffee deals.  The past two months there have been plenty of name brand bags of coffee for about a third of the price.

My eye is always looking for the organic goods.  I have found organic  items like organic canned beans, organic cereal and toaster pastries–and some treat items like Neuman’s organic cookies.  I have also found many Kashi products like cereal and already prepared 7 grain dinner pouches. 

Many times we get good items for a dime or a nickel apiece.  Lasst week they had boxes of PowerBar brand energy bars for a nickel apiece.  They were not outdated.  I bought 120 of them and shared them with my grown children. 

There is always a great deal of variety in the foods they carry.  Jim, Mary and I look forward to our adventures at the Croften store each month.  Last week I paid only $58.00 for 4 huge boxes of groceries.

So I’m well prepared for the snow this winter.  Our pocketbook is not depleted either.  I don’t know how folks pay such high prices for the types of food we buy at the Amish store.  It is fun to get a box of cereal with the orginal price of almost $5.00 marked on it–and I pay on .50 cents. 

We’ve also saved money this winter by keeping our thermostat at 61 degrees.  We’ve gotten used to a cooler house.  We compenstate by drinking plenty of hot coffee, tea or chocolate and dressing in layers.  In fact, when I’m in a place where the heat is 72 degrees–I get too hot.  Our bodies have  adapted quite well. 

I’ve been healthier this winter.  Last winter I made about 4 trips to the doctor and stayed on antibiotics.  My nose was constantly bleeding and I always had a cold.  So far—I’ve been very healthy!

Well, this is enough excitement for a while.  Hope to write again next Week.

God bless each of you!





Nichole’s Slices Of Life, 19

1 02 2010

My new beginnings never got off the ground.  I think that I just have goals that are too lofty and then fail.  Blogging was fun and easy in the beginning of my journey.  Plus, I had a passion about my path with breast cancer.  I will try once again…..

I’ve snuggled the fall and the winter away thus far –with plenty of reading.  When I have free time that is where my heart always leads.  We’ve also been very busy with our parish.  Having a full time priest has put demands on us that we were not used too.  We attend Vespers each Saturday evening.  During the Nativity fast before Christmas we were busy with many extra services.  Now we are getting ready to enter Great Lent in a couple of weeks.  We will be busier than ever with special services.

When we traveled 100 miles to St. Elizabeththe New Martyr Orthodox Christian Church in Murfreesboro, TN. –we only attended services on Sunday.  Having our own parish within 30 miles of home with a our own priest is an answer to prayer.  However, it is also a call to a deeper understanding of our Orthodox Christian life. 

We really don’t have much of a weekend anymore.  We leave our home  at 3:00 p.m. each Saturday afternoon and don’t return until 9:00 p.m. most of the time.  We attend the catechumin class because we never had the opportunity to do that when we were catechumins living so far from a parish. 

On Sunday mornings we arrive very early to help set up coffee hour.  Mary, our friend who also lives in Hopkinsville–sets up the bookstore.  Jim, my husband helps set up the alter for Divine Liturgy.  Of our own choice–we often stay until 3:00 p.m. most Sundays enjoying a very long coffee hour and then helping to clean up.  We wouldn’t trade the opportunites we have now for anything.

On a more domestic note– Patrick, our 3rd grandson is 4 months old now.  He has gone through a long bout with RSV and had to be in the hospital a couple of days.  My children all were sick at times with RSV but we didn’t have a name for the condition in those days.

John, our oldest grandson, has worked with me to rearrange all of my rooms.  He came up with a plan and I just helped shove furniture around.  I think it is the prettiest our home has ever looked in the 24 years that we have lived here.  John has a real gift for what looks good.  He no longer likes to be around small children that much.  Often, he will spend the day with me on holidays but Alex still wants to play with the children at his neighbor’s home. 

I told John that we can’t move any more furniture for awhile.  I will have to teach him to cook now.  He is very excited about that propect.

I’m going to try to write short blogs and try once again to stay online.  I was extremely tempted to close down my blog but just thought I’d give it one more try.

Thanks for still browsing my blog site!

God bless each of you!