Sat. 9/6:
What did I pay?
     Total retail? $493.17 (priced pears out at $2.99/lb and peaches at $1.99/lb)
     Total out of pocket that I paid? $45.35 – LOVE IT! That’s 9% of retail (or 91% savings)
             I had gift cards or reward certificates of $75 at Pottery Barn, and $10 each at Build-a-Bear and Eddie Bauer.
             The plates were $2.97 each and bowls were $1.99, while the boxes of peaches and pears were $15 and $13 respectively; Eddie Bauer shirt was on sale for $9.99.
What do you think I paid?
What do you think I paid?

Motivated by my friend Rene’, I am sharing my recent purchases and taking guesses on what you think I spent. (I’ll post the total in a few days.)

Here’s what I bought and the original prices:

10 Salad plates – Pottery Barn – $12 ea

10 Dinner plates – Pottery Barn – $14 ea

10 metal party bowls – Pottery Barn – $6.50 ea

Eddie Bauer t-shirt – $16.50

Build-a-Bear outfit – $12.50

I also got a 20+lb box of Elberta peaches and 25+lbs of Bartlett pears.

I hit both sales and had savings certificates, so my total out of pocket was really minimal, but the % of savings is pretty sweet even before the certificates. So, what do you think I spent?


Blueberry pickin’

Our/my crop - 11 lbs

Our/my crop - 11 lbs

I have heard for years of women heading out into the NW blueberry fields and coming home with loads of berries. My kids were finally at the ages that would allow for us to do the same – except for the complication of strep. Throw into the mix our very strange weather – snow in mid-April – and trying to find a time to hit the fields became much more difficult than I’d anticipated! Last Saturday, though, the sun shone and I found one field that, despite being ‘sparse’, was open. Ashley, Bekah, our neighbor Kristina, and I headed north to Snohomish and Blueberry Blossom Farm for a couple hours of fun and then some.

Yes, it was sparse, and many of the berries were down low but staying low also protected us from the hot sun. Proved to be too much work, too many bugs, too close to the ground or something for Ashley so she gave it up and ended up going on a hunt for her ‘lost in the field’ sunglasses. I found some fuller bushes and picked away. Bekah and Kristina picked for a while before moving to other rows and striking up conversations with fellow pickers.  (I was later very disheartened to learn that our additional kiddo had been taking berries from other people! UGH!)

Bekah in the bushes

Bekah in the bushes


Ashley works down low

Ashley works down low

Once they were bored with blueberries, the girls headed over to the blackberries bushes. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blackberries (great memories picking them with my mom in Bellingham), but why would you leave stickerless bushes for thorny ones?!

The girls

The girls

Our total for 9 pounds of berries was $11.00! Love it! This entry wouldn’t be complete without some mention of Kristina’s trip to the ‘outdoor bathroom’ – a.k.a. woods. She headed off and came back with the whole left side of her pants soaked. The simple question: “What happened?” Kristina’s simple answer: “I missed.”

Have a great day!

Midwest trip: June 30, day 12

Kids kickin' it at the Showboat Landing

Kids kickin

What a special treat! We attended the Showboat Branson Belle  with Gammy and Pa today. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary! Congratulations!

The Belle on a very high Tablerock Lake

The Belle on a very high Tablerock Lake

We went down and got our tickets for the 4:00 boat and then headed into town for lunch and some mini-golf. Lunch was much friendlier this time compared to the Little House Buffet! The waitress reminded us of my Aunt Kathy D’Amico. We golfed at Prof. Hacker’s Dinosaur Canyon Golf in Branson with 86 degree weather, but I just love the creative and fun golf places of warm climates!

Mini-golfing at the Dinosaur place

Mini-golfing at the Dinosaur place

Onboard the Belle we had a yummy dinner of Cordon Bleu, veggies, beef tips, and mashed potatoes before the evening’s entertainment started. On tap for the evening? Showstoppers dancing, music, acrobats, and Todd Oliver and Friends. The evening was fantastic and we were doubly blessed in that they didn’t charge at all for Jordan to attend since he wouldn’t be eating! (You know never what is possible unless you ask…) PTL!

Reflecting on our favorites:

Bekah: “I loved all of it.”

Jordan: “The best part I loved was the talking dogs.”

Ashley: “The entire show. I thought the dogs were funny and I like the singing.”

Broadway show tunes that were performed by the band, and sung and danced by the Showstoppers included: Grease, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, CATS, Little Mermaid, Mama Mia, Hairspray, Risky Business and so many others. Prior to the show starting, we had some time to wander the boat during which we went up into the pilot house. Fun stuff! The wheel was gigantic!

I want to be a…

It's Bekah...

I am Bekah

I want to be:

1) A movie star

2) A horse-rider

3) A diver

4) A gymnastic person

5) A marine biologist

– Bekah, age 6.5

Strep again?!

Amoxicillin this time...

Amoxicillin this time...

After finishing his last dose of Clindamycin antibiotics on Thursday, Jordan enjoyed a couple of good days before his voice started sounding funny and the spots returned to the back of his throat. A trip to the evening-weekend clinic at Children’s and a rapid strep test brought back the diagnosis of strep throat. Ten more days of antibiotics – but at least there is no 4 AM dose!

Feeling better!

Having fun
Having fun
Nice follow-through!
Nice follow-through!

Made it out for basketball today!

Strep Infection

Not feeling good

Not feeling good

Jordan came home from Camp Casey (Kiwanis) apparently well, but following a good day viewing the Blue Angels on Sunday, Monday warranted a trip to the doctor for a rash around his g-tube site. He was tired, but able to walk in to the doc’s office with me. They cultured the site, considered it suspicious for MRSA, gave us a prescription for 7 days of round the clock (every 6 hours) Clindamycin, and told us to head to the ER if he got a fever.

By Tuesday morning he was miserable and had a decent fever so I started making arrangements so we could head down to Children’s. Jordan fell asleep in the car (he never does that), fell asleep in the ER waiting room, and almost in the triage room. They did a complete work-up on him: shunt series (x-rays), CT, strep throat culture, blood cultures, CBC, and physical exam. After 5 hours, we went home with a diagnosis of strep throat.

Wednesday morning the g-tube site cultures came back: strep. So, not MRSA – good thing – but he basically had strep throughout his system. Throat, g-tube, and a rash and oozing ‘down below’ (groin).

He is finally starting to perk up, even went out and did some swinging yesterday, but isn’t rolling out of bed until after 10:30 because “I’m just ti-red” (he whines it).

Our crazy week last week: Monday: pediatrician; Tues: ER; Wed: previously scheduled appts at Children’s; Thurs: no visit – just phone with docs; Friday: pediatrician.

We went back in to the ped. yesterday since his g-tube site started bleeding last Thursday and his energy is still so low after being on antibiotics for 10 days. We’re continuing with the course we started: silver nitrate of granulation tissue as needed and mupirocin ointment and a 2×2 three times/day.

Can’t wait til he’s up and playing basketball again!

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