Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens?

We are frugal so that our retirement savings will last as long as we do! At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures. 

Mindful Chickens! Cheep, Cheap!

1. We bought our more-or-less weekly dozen eggs at church from a friend who raises chickens  on her farm. We happily pay $4 for them. The yolks are super yellow because the chickens walk around and eat bugs.

This is from Joel Salatin regarding egg quality: “In any given dozen, we’ll have several extremely dark orange yolks (indicating high Omega 3 fatty acids–that’s good).  But we’ll also have lighter shades and even a pale egg occasionally.  What’s the difference?  The pale eggs are coming from lazy birds that just hang around the feeders and lounge inside.  …  In the world of nutrition yolk color is the gold standard for everything regarding nutrition.  From folic acid to riboflavin, taste and nutrient density all find their nexus in yolk color.” http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/2013/09/16/the-perfect-chicken-by-joel-salatin/

Sometime soon I will write about why Len and I are grateful to pay four times more for Heidi’s chickens’ eggs than on-sale-at-the grocery-store eggs cost.

2. Met friends for coffee this morning. I actually had coffee and not a pricier drink.  I like Wilson's; it’s independently owned and if ever there was a place to get an excellent cup of coffee in Racine – it’s there!  Two hours with old friends cost $2.50 (it was a BIG cup…)

3. Met a different friend for lunch. It’s an hour to drive to my old town from my new one – 4 gallons of gas - so I try to put together two “play dates” on the same day. Today Pat and I had lunch at a place where a guy I used to work with is still manager. This generous guy comped BOTH our lunches!

4. Pat and I are thrifters from way back. After our delicious and unexpectedly free lunch we walked to a Salvation Army store where we found a few things for my grandbaby. The “Awww…” sighs from the aisles we checked out? Pricelesss.

5. When I drive off for a long day I take a filled water bottle with a tea bag in it.  I’m usually thirsty and tired on the way home (all that talking!).  The steeped cool tea saves a drive-thru.  My water bottle should have an odometer on it. It’s been to Duluth, Lake Superior towns in Wisconsin, to Arizona, and to Chicago and Madison many times.

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This is not complicated stuff – but it’s real, isn’t it? 

Are you watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam documentary?  Sometime this week I will write about how that war started my frugal life.

What did you do to be frugal lately? Was it exciting or boring?

Comments

I think your water bottle needs to take a trip to Judy's house, and bring you along!

I think so, too!

You are one of the most frugal people I know - I try to learn from you. (Smiling)

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Mindful Chickens on an Icy Night

My church has been working for months to organize their fund-raising auction that was supposed to be TONIGHT. But instead we are in the middle of the massive spring storm that is scrubbing the nation from Oklahoma to I don’t know where next. The wind is howling; rain is sleeting into snow over a glaze of ice.

So the auction is postponed until next Saturday evening. I have put in so many hours (as have many other) working towards this event in the past weeks - that being quietly at home not working on it makes me feel as if I won a lottery. 

Two Chickens and a 3-Legged Lamb

Mindful Chickens? We are frugal so that our retirement savings will last as long as we do. At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures.  Cheep, Cheap!

Did you have a nice weekend? Did you get to share a meal or a chocolate egg or a PEEP with a friend or a child or a childish friend?

Other Peoples' Mindful Chickens

I regularly read blogs about being frugal.  I like them because they are about people taking as much control of the quality of their life as they can within the many different circumstances in which people live.  I especially love the letters people write listing what they did in the past few days to be careful and thoughtful about what they spend and how they save.

Retired Chicken Observations 3/22-2018

Two things I have been thinking about lately. Both are related to retirement income and retirement adventure.

1. Last week Len and I went to our Social Security office to sign me up for Spousal Benefits.  It took me several run-throughs to understand what “spousal benefits” are. Since then I have talked to several other people who were also unclear on the concept.

My confusion was this. I was already getting Social Security based on my earnings when I worked (as opposed to what I did when I stayed home and raised kids. But let’s not go there now. Grrrr.)

Franc’s Wildly Successful Life

This is a long piece of writing and I am proud of it. If you don’t want to read it all – here are my take-way points about how my friend Franc lives well on a surprisingly small income:

Mindful Chickens 2/24/2018

1.  We did it!  We called, explained what we thought we needed to do, made appts, were home for the appts, rec’d the estimates about - fixing the gutters and getting the house painted.  I think one of the reasons we usually do it ourselves is because this process is so daunting and time consuming.

The gutter guy is coming next week; we are looking forward to no rivulets when it pours. 100-year old houses built on non-waterproofed rubble foundations, like George Washington, cannot lie about what’s happening outside your basement walls.

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