Cathy dropped off cranberry bread yesterday; it’s scrumptious. She’s had another hellish week with her mother. There has to be a better way.
We had stir fry for supper last night. Good, too.
This is day 3 of my being sick. Laryngitis but otherwise doing okay, with the Nyquil.
Damnable Stop & Shop gas still has a $100 hold on my bank account, even though the actual charge for gas cleared days ago. Cost me $5. I threw money in this morning to cover the Fallon premium check, which had been refused, and the $8 or so that the account was supposedly overdrawn.
Ron is in a tizzy about being sick for over a week. I’m just glad to have stayed healthy so I could make Christmas a little less grim for us.
I finally found a definition: wealth equals the difference between assets that can be liquidated and debts.
Median wealth for White families is somewhere around $116,000. That includes equity in properties. We may be close to that even with no investments other than two houses. It’s kind of a meaningless, dumb measure, though, since it doesn’t take into account income streams from retirement plans and Social Security. I think so anyway.
Speaking of which, I keep my fingers crossed that Ron’s retirement plans remain financially stable. He keeps an eye out for this.
Made chili for Christmas dinner with a pile of different vegetables – onion, garlic, green pepper, spinach, black beans, celery, carrot, tomatoes – and started a tofu stir fry.
Connie dropped off a beautiful plate of sweets yesterday, and I’ve devoured most of them by now. Feeling guilty.
I was able to talk C&C into coming here for our annual Christmas brunch, which takes place this year on Festivus.
We figured out a menu, and it sounds like it will work out well for all of us.
As hosts, we’ll provide drinks and the main course (bagels and cream cheese, quiche).
I realized today that I’d neglected to take account of two big bills, which has thrown my budget into shreds. So, it looks like we’ll be patrons of the Service Center Food Pantry for a while.
We stopped by the Pantry this morning, but it was chaos. We told them we’d be back and did a small shop at Shaw’s; a good idea since the Pantry didn’t have several items we needed. I saved a few dollars with Shaw’s iPhone app, first time use.
We did go back to the Pantry after Ron’s Fit and Strong, and it was much quieter than the morning. I sat with the director for a few minutes to re-register.
It’s been raining off and on most of the day, which is good for replenishing the aquifer and bad for our solar.
Did the transfer station and 3 loads of laundry, changed sheets.
Used up the box of Glutino gluten-free pizza mix that expired over two years ago. The yeast was still active, although the flour may have been “off” a little and was very messy to handle. Still, it made a beautiful pizza: olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, spinach. We ate 1/3, froze the rest.