Pimp My Kennel
In anticipation of our camping trip I got back Abby’s old kennel from a friend who had borrowed it so that Smokey would have her own little place to hang out while away. Most of the stuff in it had belonged to Monsoon. I attached the hammock with paper clips so that it would be low enough for her to climb into. On the bottom is a polar fleece blankie and a polar fleece lined sleep sack. I’ve also grabbed a blanket to throw over the cage at night for extra warmth. This little desert dweller is just not used to the cold.
Both Abby and Smokey couldn’t keep away from the kennel this morning. Everytime I walked out into the livingroom the two of them were in close proximity of it. Smokey was in it exploring when she thought it would be a good idea to stand up on her hind legs while clinging to the door with her front paws. The weight of her little body pushed the door open with her still holding on and she flew forward before falling flat on her tummy. She seem to be in a state of surprise. Wish I had gotten it on camera. It was very funny.
The animals seem to sense that something is going on. Abby especially can sense it. I’m not sure how it is they pick this up but they do. Smokey ran around with an air of excitement, too. I swear sometimes they are part human.
According to hubby, there is snow on the ground where we are going. He works in construction and had been talking to a trucker that had just come from there. I’m not sure if there will be much on the ground when we get there but I wouldn’t mind at all if there were.
My MIL is not coming with us now because our nephew’s (her grandson) wife is having a baby shower this Saturday. As this is their 4th child MIL had planned on still coming with us. I think she was feeling some pressure from the rest of the family so she felt she needed to attend. I felt very bad for her. She called last night and I could just hear the disappointment in her voice. My goodness, she is in her mid-70s now, has 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Is it really necessary for her to attend one more shower at this point? Hubby was going to talk to her again today to see if he could persuade her to still come.
Adventures in Couponing
So last night after looking over the weekly circulars to see what was on sale I headed on over to Walgreens with my coupons to get some Halloween candy. I thought I was getting quite the bargain by combining sale prices with a few coupons I had. Fail. Once I got home I still had the CVS circular sitting on the counter and saw that I would’ve gotten the same amount of candy for almost half of what I paid at Walgreens. Live and learn. This is really my first time messing with this stuff so I won’t beat myself up too badly.
After this I headed over to the grocery store to pick up some things we needed for camping. I had a list of things I needed and I also was working within a budget. What was really neat was that I was actually able to get some brand name items for cheaper than the store brand items that I usually buy. That is a treat. We’ve gotten used to the store brands, which is fine. It’s sort of like getting used to drinking skim milk because its better for you than whole milk.
All in all I was pretty happy with the result of this. Between Halloween candy and groceries for the weekend I saved $13. While not a huge chunk of change that’s still $13 more than I would have had if I hadn’t have planned ahead. It really took a minimal amount of time to go through the circulars. Most stores even have them online now. Cutting coupons has been something I’ve done for years so I keep them in an envelope in my purse. It also helps that I live in close proximity to three separate grocery chains and two drug store chains that also carry groceries, so I’m not defeating the purpose by driving all over town. I’m looking forward to the next trip. My goal is to save more than $13 next time. We’ll see what the Sunday paper brings.