I have a big pot of split pea soup in the crockpot today. I love this soup. It ended up costing about $3 to make. I used half the ham slab that I picked up for $2.99. (The other half I will use with my eggs to make a nice breakfast scramble the next couple of days). I added the usual veggies - onion, carrot, celery, garlic and some spices. This will make 8-10 servings. I finished the last of the pinto beans last night. I didnt need to freeze any, as they were yummy right up until the last bite.
Tomorrow is Veterans day - a huge shout out and thank you to all Veterans for their services!
My job is closed tomorrow, so I have the day off. It is also the first of a 14 day step-back period for our county, and several counties in our state. They are hoping to slow the Covid cases as we have had a significant increase in the last several weeks. I wont really need to change anything for this period, since I stay home unless I need groceries or visit one of the kids homes. I need to go by the dollar store to get a gift bag for a baby shower gift. The shower is this Saturday, I will likely drop the gift off and, if I cant social distance adequately, wont linger long. I don't want to risk exposure to someone who may not know they have the virus. I am high-risk and risking getting it is just not worth it to me.
I have been using our wood stove exclusively for heat. The hub has had a wood yard for years and our wood is primarily free. He works on log trucks in exchange for free wood. Being home FT, I have learned the settings to heat the house without overheating our upstairs.
I have also successfully trained my brain to turn off all lights when I am not in a space that needs lighting. Overall, I am making the mental shift to living frugally and it feels great!
I am also finding our home much less chaotic with the decluttering efforts. I still have a long ways to go, but the spaces I have finished are staying very clean and organized - and are actually calming to be in.
All in all, super happy with progress - the hub rotates back home for a month starting on Saturday. We shall see how well I can maintain everything while he is home. Stay tuned!