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Started by Spell Chick, December 19, 2017, 11:24:55 AM

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Mastafrank

Meanwhile I had pasta with creme de celery sauce...

These absurd grocery prices are insane...

Local grocery store put out chicken thighs priced at $30 for four pieces..then they complain about thefts

Gyppo

It's logical ;-)  Why would you steal the cheaper offerings in other stores?

Laura

Inflation is hitting everyone's budget. Over here, egg prices are shocking.
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

Spell Chick

I think it is making more aware of food waste. I've been making sure we are fed, but also making sure we aren't wasting a bunch of food. And shopping sale prices which are barely above what the prices were a year ago.

Frank, I got boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.79/pound. Six pieces of chicken breast for under $10.
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Gyppo

#7549
I must be getting old.  Or smart(er).  Maybe both, they're not mutually exclusive.

I have some more space in my kitchen today because I took an old oven - being kept for another project when the weather warms up - down to my shed at the bottom of the garden.

Two or three years ago I would have just heaved it off the floor and 'lugged' it down there, maybe with one pause on the way.  Both of my girls would lift it with no real problem.  (Mind you, they would both be starting a foot closer to the ground than I do.)

Today I wheeled it down there on my sack-truck, and even managed to heave it up over the tall step, still on the wheels.  That last bit was surprisingly easy in fact.  But there was no room to swivel the oven to it's resting place.

Had to 'wriggle a bit' to get myself and the sack truck back out though the too small gap so I could slide the oven the rest of the way.  Didn't fancy being trapped in there until my daughter's next visit.  (Grandaughter would have found it hilarious, assuming I didn't die from hypothermia in the next few days.)

Good to see that my spatial awareness is still accurate.  Without measuring I knew it would fit through the back door and the shed door.  With about an eighth of an inch to spare in both cases. (Approx 4mm if you must use those heathen units.)

Part way down the path I also knew that if it didn't fit through the shed door it could damn well stay at the end of the garden, project abandoned, until the next time the local council offer a 'large waste amnesty' and spend a week making free collections of dead appliances, old bedframes, soggy mattresses, etc.

The prices they normally charge for stuff like this is ridiculous.  (They seem to believe that everyone has a car and can take stuff like this to the free tip themselves.  That's not what I pay my rates for.

All I need to do now is sell my surplus small freezer on Gumtree, and my kitchen will, temporarily, seem huge.

I shall probably trip over the empty space.  (Trip as in stumble, not an explosion of psychedelic ecstasy and flashing colours.)

For the last 'year plus' the temporarily stacked freezer and oven have provided a useful extra work surface in the kitchen for trays etc when I've been baking ;-)  I have a small folding table ready to replace them, which will tuck away when not in use into a handy little slot at the end of the sink unit.

Like a Shrew with its 'route memory' I will probably still step around the empty space for a few weeks.

Some old sayings are true.  'All things come to those who wait.'  Although they do come a lot more quickly to the impatient sods who just heave stuff out of the door and let it rust until the overdue 'waste amnesty'.  Covid is still casting its shadow of disruption.

Gyppo

Spell Chick

The penalty for not remembering you have a new something in the way is stubbing your toe. The penalty for not remembering you have less crap in your way is nothing. So it takes longer to remember there is nothing there. At least that's the way I see it. Or don't see it.
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Gyppo

Patti, that makes perfect sense.   Do you think wearing ear-plugs would make the strange noises emanating from my microwave go away? Or am I likely to need a more expensive solution?

Spell Chick

I'm thinking a strange noise from the microwave might be actually dangerous. Or else just warning of impending doom. Hopefully, not an explosive impending doom.
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Gyppo

#7553
I 'sort of know' what is causing one of them.  But the other is a mystery.  I doubt if there'll be an explosion.  Maybe just a flash and then darkness ;-)

Interestingly enough, like the way your own ailments seem to vanish once you've made an appointment to see the doctor, the mystery noises have stopped.

I've contacted two local firms.  One told me straight up that they don't deal with combination ovens.  That's fair enough.  Decent of them to let me know so quickly.

The other firm has yet to answer.  They may no longer be in business.  That is the trouble with web adverts.  A firm can be long dead but the advert stays there.

They have until midday tomorrow, after which I'll spread my net a bit wider.

In the meantime I'll proceed with caution.  There's bread to make tomorrow, although I have a frozen loaf if the worst happens.  (As a baker I really don't want to have to 'learn' a new oven.)

Gyppo

Spell Chick

As a crappy cook, my ovens just work until they don't and then I replace them, usually grumbling about it.
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Gyppo

#7555
I haven't had my money's worth out of this one yet ;-)  Unless it turns out to be really buggered.

If it lasts four years it will have cost me a pound a week.  Anything after that I consider a bonus.  I couldn't hire one for that price.

Spell Chick

I learned a neat trick for generating ideas for a memoire type of story telling. Make a line with five spaces and then pick a word (one of the examples was CAR) and then in two minutes or less, generate five memories you have concerning the car. Not the whole story, just key words

Hole in the floorboard
Station wagon going over 120 MPH
Spinning out on the ice
T bird to SUV for boat
Surprise sports car

Then do it again with a different keyword
Or use a time line

Then, pick one (or not) and write out the story connected with it. If you make five to ten lists, you generate lots of possible topics, some can weave together and make a complete story. Some are complete in themselves, and some can be a story inside another larger story.

Make lists when you have a short time of just waiting and then you can have a treasure trove of ideas to write up and save for your family or friends or even maybe, write an entire book.
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Mastafrank

Quote from: Spell Chick on January 16, 2023, 01:45:52 PMI think it is making more aware of food waste. I've been making sure we are fed, but also making sure we aren't wasting a bunch of food. And shopping sale prices which are barely above what the prices were a year ago.

Frank, I got boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.79/pound. Six pieces of chicken breast for under $10.

Since I've started Shopping at the Asian market I've saved a bundle on chicken.I usually pay $12 for 4-5 large chicken legs with back attached.

Spell Chick

Tomorrow we go to Costco. I have a list. There is only so much room in the freezer, so I must stick to the list.
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Laura

Even with a list I don't think I have enough pantry or freezer space to shop at Costco. My space isn't bulk-buy friendly.
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe