Friday, September 18, 2020

Frugal Friday

Good Friday to all my readers! 

Blog News

Last week I received an email from someone that couldn't comment on the blog, so I have switched the comments section now to where any email can post a comment. You don't have to have a Gmail account to make a  comment now. All comments will continue to be moderated however. 


This weekend I was feeling sick with fever, chills, and dizziness, so I went to the doctor's office twice. The first doctor thought it might be something viral and told me to call back in 7 to 10 days if I was not better. 

The second time I went to the doctor's office, the receptionist looked at my symptoms and told me I would have to wait outside, so I went and sat in my car. They took my temperature and blood pressure while I was in my car. The doctor even came out and talked with me in my car. 

They ended up testing me for Covid outside in the parking lot, and I called today and my test was negative. (Woo Hoo!) 

The second doctor's only concern was if I had Covid right now. 
They were suited up like people wearing hazmat suits. It made me feel like I had the plague. If I were in their shoes, I would be dressed out the the same way though. They must be scared just going to work everyday. My heart goes out to them.

I'm not surprised I tested negative, I have not been around another person except the ones I live with and we've been self-quarantined for months. I'm feeling better though in case you were wondering. :)

This week I won another giveaway. This time it was  Facebook giveaway from Om Mushrooms. 

To continue celebrating #MushroomMonth, we are giving away this awesome mushroom kit, which includes Om Mighty Veggie Miso Broth, Om Mushroom Hot Chocolate Blend, Om Immune Defense Capsules, an insulated tumbler cup, milk frother, pair of socks and mushroom beanie.

In My Frugal Kitchen:

Miss Bailey stepped up to the plate and made dinner for us several nights in a row this week. This is not her forte as we consider the kitchen to be my domain, but she did a great job and I am so grateful. 

One evening she made us baked potatoes including sweet potatoes. The next morning I made us some home fries using them. The sweet potato ones were so good and healthy to boot. 

Later in the week I made a potato soup using the last of our two baking potatoes, some leftover cooked carrots, onions, and broccoli. I used my last envelope of Instant potatoes to thicken the soup and added two ounces of cream cheese to make it creamy. It was good to use up some things and it fed us dinner for two nights as well. 

The only grocery item we received this week was a twelve pack of Hormel ham we ordered last week from Amazon. This has been out of stock on a regular basis, so it's nice to be stocked up on this item again. 

Other Frugal Things:

 The weather has been much cooler in the mornings here and is a welcome sign of things to come. Then this morning as I sat outside feeding the cats I enjoyed the cool breeze, which came from Hurricane Sally. We've had cloudy days this week because of her and rain yesterday. 

Other frugal things I've done this week include air drying my hair, using an empty cat food bag for garbage, and wearing the same clothing items, unless dirty, since we've been staying home  helps to save on washing and drying. 

How was your week?

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Anonymous said...

Hope you are feeling better! Sorry to hear that you have been under the weather! I think it would be scary to do the COVID testing! Enjoy this fall weather.

Belinda said...

Thank you, I am feeling much better. I am loving this fall weather and hope you are too. :)

Nichole said...

Hi Belinda,

I too was feeling under the weather the week before last. No fever/chills, but dizziness and nausea as well as being quite tired. I did a covid test just to be safe, since I work with the public, it was negative. The following week my daughter had similar symptoms. The doctor felt it was gastrointestinal and gave an anti-nausea Rx and recommended probiotics. We're feeling better now, and glad you are too.
The last couple of weeks we have been trying to eat out of our pantry, though I do swing by the store on my way home from work to check the clearance aisle still. I managed to find a flat of progresso soup for .40¢/can,spaghetti and penne for .50¢/lb and large cans of green beans for $1 each. I have also been baking Fab Fit Mom's (youtube) no-knead bread. Soo delicious!

Belinda said...

I'm sorry you and your daughter were sick, Nichole. I'm glad you're both feeling better now. My dr also gave me something for nausea.

Oh, great deals in the clearance aisle! I miss doing that so much. I'll have to check out Fab Fit Mom's bread video. I like the no knead aspect as I have right hand issues. It sounds good.

I hope you have a great weekend. :)

Practical Parsimony said...

You have probably read of my nausea, fever, and dizziness. It seems the older I get, the more I get this way and recover on my own. But, I did have a covid test come back negative.

Anonymous said...

Dear Belinda,
I too have been a long time reader, but have not been able to post either because I didn't have a Google Account. So this is wonderful! I do hope you start to feel better soon. Don't you just love a bowl of potato soup!! We had it for our supper on Thursday night along with cheesy biscuits.
Have a great week,

Jackie said...

Glad that you did not have Covid and are now feeling better.

God bless.

Belinda said...

Oh wow, Kathy...I wished I had realized sooner that I did that. I’m so glad to have realized it and am now able to hear from you.

Yes, we love potato soup as it’s so simple to make and tastes so good. Cheesy biscuits sound good too, ❤️

Moss Family TV had a cheddar biscuit topped chicken pot pie on her Youtube channel today. It looked so good.

Thank you for the tell well wishes, I am feeling much better.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Belinda said...

Oh wow, I’m glad your COVID test came back negative too!

Anne in the kitchen said...

So glad for your negative test results.
I has still been to warm here for soup but this morning when I went out on the porch to drink my coffee, the day was crisp and overcast. Maybe tonight? I do love soup!

Nil @ The Little House by the Lake said...

I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better now, and the test was negative.

Hope you and Bailey have a wonderful weekend.

Belinda said...

Thank you so much, Jackie.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I'm glad your feeling better Belinda. I know that had to be worrisome.
I'm going to get back to entering's so fun to win!

Belinda said...

Thank you, Anne.

I'll send cold weather and warm soup vibes your way. :)

Belinda said...

Thank you, Nil. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. :)

Belinda said...

Thank you, Vickie. It was worrisome. Oh yes, winning is so much fun! :)

SAM said...

I'm sorry you haven't felt well. Glad to hear you're on the mend. I've had some acid regluc, which causes a sore throat. It started just a few hours ago. Now I question doing outside church, even though we're masked and more than 6 feet apart.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Sam. I'm sorry you've had acid reflux. The sore throat from that feels awful. I hope you can get some relief soon.

SafyneAnais said...

I am so glad you tested negative, Belinda. I know it's scary to see our medical angels dressed that way. They are such heroes.

Belinda said...

Thank you so much, Safyne. Yes, they are definitely heros. :)

Julia2343 said...

I've not been able to comment before either, so this is great. Thank you for always being so upbeat and for being kind to your commenters.

Belinda said...

Oh, thank you, Julia. That was so kind of you to say. I'm so happy to have you here and able to comment now. I wish I had realized this sooner. :)

R's Rue said...

Yay for feeling better.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Renee.

Tammy Foley said...

So glad you're feeling better!

Hawaii Planner said...

So sorry you were sick, and glad you are feeling better!

We keep doing the basics: listing/selling things, making meals at home, making extra mortgage payments with the money I earn on eBay (it's not much, but the slow trickles add up), and used up a lot of garden produce.

Kathy said...

I'm sorry that you haven't been feeling well. Glad you are on the mend now. How sweet of Bailey to cook.
Glad your test was negative. That is a relief. It would be so strange to see your Dr suited up, but I'm glad they are trying to protect everyone.
Hope you have a good week.

Belinda said...

Thank you so much, Tammy.

Belinda said...

Thank you, I am definitely feeling better. Sounds like you've had a good nd frugal week, you can't beat that.

Belinda said...

THank you, Kathy. It was so odd to see my dr suited up like that, but you're right it's for everyone's protection and I too had my own mask on, so I'm glad they were suited up. I hope you have a good week too. :)

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