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An $8 pair of curtains

August 25th, 2012 at 04:16 pm

Actually, it was $8 for TWO pairs of kitchen curtains with the valances. Got them at Christmas Tree Shops; I'd forgotten they have a curtain section. I had time to kill before an eye exam at Pearle Vision, and I ended up getting two pairs, 100% cotton, simple vertical stripes of varying widths. i have three windows in the kitchen, all of different sizes: a smaller casement window over the sink, the window in the door and a full size double-hung window next to the table.

I spent over $300 on a new pair of glasses with frames (roughly $85 for the frames, the cheapest in the place, and the rest was for the progressive lenses), and that was WITH vision insurance. The exam itself was just a $20 co-pay.

I have to go see a specialist about something. Let's hope it's nothing.

I met the author yesterday for lunch (her treat) at a very good Italian restaurant. She also gave me an autographed copy of her first book, which I edited. It even includes my name and email address as editor.

She also gave me an advance partial payment to start editing her second book, which I'm already about 6 pages into. When I told her I'd already begun, she begged me to send her just the first few pages so she could see what I was doing.

Her response; OMG, I love it! I have read it so many times and changed things that your eye finds it all.

So that was nice. At lunch, I had a delicious parmesan tilapia with green pea risotto and garlicky spinach. It was really good.

Today I pulled up the rest of my soybeans, boiled them for a few minutes and then shelled them for another delicious salad featuring my cherry tomatoes as well as corn, black beans, chopped onion and a little Trader Joe's Goddess dressing. So good.

It was hot, but not crazy humid, so I rescued a small perennial bed from stilt grass and pachysandra gone wild. I'm debating what to do with it now that it's mostly cleared. If I do nothing, the invasives will take it over again within a month's time. I'm generally trying to reduce the outdoor maintenance around here, so I'm thinking I should just move the two peonies and two astilbes elsewhere and then just plant grass.

I spent several hours decluttering around the house this morning and put a bunch of things in my spare bedroom as tag sale items. I'm thinking of having one in September. Probably don't have enough for it yet, but so far, I have old record albums from the 60s, some nice plastic glassware, books, a space heater, a charcoal grill and grill utensils, and all sorts of knick-knacks.

5 Responses to “An $8 pair of curtains”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    A tag sale is a great idea. I hope you can find enough for a sale, or can find a friend or neighbor interested in joining you to make a bigger sale.

  2. littlegopher Says:

    I got the same "bargain" when I got my new glasses last month - with insurance too. Those progressives are not cheap, but they are wonderful if you have the need Smile
    Great price on those curtains - sounds cheaper than it would have been to buy the fabric, and you didn't have to make them yourself!

    And I too am looking for a way to eradicate the weeds from a long perennial border along my driveway. I love the border when it starts to flower in the spring, but then the weeds go crazy over the summer, and I can never keep up with them. A friend told me to take all the good stuff out and start the bed over, but that really seems like a such huge job, that keeps getting put off year after year.... Smile

  3. Homebody Says:

    I have been weeding and using newspapers to put down around things. It doesn't look great, but it is in the back yard that is surrounded by a fence so who cares. Nothing worse than weeding the same area over and over again!

  4. patientsaver Says:

    I should probably use newspaper as a temporary stopgap measure to keep weeds from regrowing until i can plant grass seed. It just seems like a losing battle.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I heard somewhere that mint is a great way to keep weeds down -- but you do have to watch the mint, because it will take over your garden.

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