Documenting an excuse --  11/20/05

I frequently seem to be offering excuses for wide gaps between entries here, with the typical excuse simply being that I was "busy." Here are some of the reasons why I have been recently busy...

Painting the kitchen:
Okay, so those are pictures of Nancy above, cleaning the walls and then painting the walls -- but I worked too -- I painted the edges... all around the ceiling and the floor and windows and cabinets and electric outlets, etc. The picture of me at the right is faked. -- Nancy did all of the roller work but she complained that I kept taking pictures of her and there should be a picture of me, so I grabbed a roller and stood by the wall -- it was the only time I held a roller that day, all of the painting I did was with a small trim brush. There was no change in color -- used the same shade of white (it's amazing how many different shades of white there are) -- but it had been several years since it was last painted so it now looks much fresher and newer.

Reorganizing our pantry:
Another thing that has been keeping me busy was reorganizing our food storage areas. They tend to become rather messy and disorganized over time and have to be emptied out and reorganized once the chaos reaches a certain level.

As you can see, I believe in stocking up on food when it is on sale.

Many years ago I attended a presentation on efficient home organization and saving money. The speaker suggested that we study the cycle of sales at our local markets and when something that we use goes on sale, we should purchase a sufficient quantity to meet our needs until the next time that it goes on sale. He went on to say that he knew that people would protest that they couldn't do this because they didn't have room to store these items. His response was suggest that you imagine that he drove up to your house and said that he had a pickup truck filled with groceries that he had planned to give to you for free... but since you don't have room to store them, he might as well give them to somebody else. "Don't you think you would tell me that you would find the space to store them?"

So I tend to buy a sufficient quantity of items on sale to last me until the next time they go on sale.

Cereal, pasta, etc. in our pantry just off the kitchen (it's really just a closet)
I have additional storage in the basement for canned goods, etc.
I like buying 24 or 28 bottle cases of bottled water for $2.99 or $3.99 much better than paying six or seven dollars per case. (And if you've ever been ripped off by airports selling water for three bucks for one bottle, it tastes all the sweeter.)

Must go now... we're going to see the new Harry Potter movie.

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