Wow – I guess I have been back for a while, but have been so busy I’ve hardly had time to read much less write.
After returning from my vacation of wonderful food, I decided that I really needed to learn to fix myself proper meals. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but microwave popcorn and breakfast cereal are about the extent of my cooking ability. “Nothing with more than three ingredients” has been my mantra. Well, I decided that since my garden was producing so many wonderful foods that now would be a great time to create some good meals for myself.
I picked up mini-loaves of bread from the bakery across the street and added brie, fresh tomatoes, and pesto to create a full meal. I have discovered hummus and add that to my grilled tomato and swiss sandwiches – and have purchased all but the Tahini to make my own hummus (my store doesn’t carry Tahini, so I’ll have to purchase some next time I’m in the city). OK, I think there are five ingredients, but making it looks simple enough. I’ve had meals of green beans (uncooked), zucchini (uncooked) and cucumbers and been happy.
I have even cooked French Onion Soup from scratch. Yes, three ingredients: Butter, onions and beef broth. I served it with swiss cheese over the top – wow!
Yes, there is a bit of a benefit from all of this… I’ve lost 10 pounds since returning from vacation.
I finally got caught up on my laundry on Monday from before vacation and did six loads in one day. Unfortunately, these did not get hung outside to dry. I’ll admit to be lazy about it right now.
I received my quarterly water bill and found that my usage was down 3,000 gallons from the same quarter last year. My usage was at 46.54% of the average American’s – not too shabby.
My electric bill was a bit higher since I had the air conditioning on for clients and for the house sitters. Still, at 396 kwhs, I am still down 56.81% from the average American household when figured on a monthly basis.
My gas bill showed a usage of 6 – the lowest since I started recording. This puts me down 92.8% of the AAH for the month. On average over the last 14 months, I am down 63.03% from the Average American Household.
Consumer purchases were high this month – a battery charger cable for my computer ($26) and a battery for my cordless phone ($30).