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Snowing again...

February 14th, 2015 at 02:35 pm

It's snowing pretty seriously now and the wind is due to pick up tonight.

I think I mentioned that I redeemed $125 in wellness incentive dollars from my employer, so today I treated myself to a Whole Foods shopping trip. They're way too expensive to make a regular habit of it, but I did find a variety of organic apples I don't think I usually see, as well as some nifty bottles of lemon and lime juice, both organic, with NOTHING but the lemon/lime juice. I used to buy bottled lemon juice for years because of the convenience factor until I realized there were other unhealthy ingredients in them. So I switched to fresh lemons/limes, but of course I never seem to have them on hand when a recipe calls for them. So the organic bottled lemon/lime juice was a "score" for me.

Somehow I didn't realize that I had NOT charged up $500 on my new AARP card. I THOUGHT I had but when I checked my account online, I saw I only charged $318 and I need to charge more to earn the $100 cash back.

So I used that card today to get gas at BJs, a few groceries there, and Petco. The statement closing is next week, I think, and it would be nice to finish up that card this week so I don't have to wait another month for the credit.

Talking about statement credits and card rewards, I cashed out my rewards from my BOA Susan Komen card and got the check in the mail today for about $25. Then I promptly closed the card as they seem to pile up in my wallet.

Since getting Amazon Prime, I've been enjoying watching Downton Abbey, starting at Season 1. I thought I had never watched it, but in truth I remembered most of the 1st season, so that must have been around the time I cancelled my cable in 2010 or so. Since I didn't remember all the details, I decided to start at the beginning, and I'm already starting season 3.

I read a story in the New York Times about how historically accurate that series is and they go into lots of detail in all the seasons; I debated whether or not I should read it and spoil for myself what will happen. I did, and I am very sad to know that Matthew, my favorite character, will die in a car accident, and that in fact was very common in those days (circa 1920) because they had yet to institute any speed limits. Also, the youngest daughter is going to die in childbirth.

After I finish Downton Abbey, which won't be for a month or so, I will also be watching the White Queen (highly recommended by a coworker) and The Great Buck Howard, also Joe, with Nick Cage. If anyone has any other recommendations for good movies, let me know. I sometimes look to see the NYT Best Movies for any given year and then look to see if they're free on Amazon Prime. A very small number are, but it's worth it to me to find them that way. Less interested in having to pay since I already am paying for Netflix and Prime.

The month of February has been extremely snowy and very, very cold. We'll have lows of -7 for the next few nights and a high tomorrow of just 17. I hate this weather, but the thought of soon seeing my colorful tulips come up right in front of my house warms my heart.

During my errands today I picked up some wild sockeye salmon (breaking my veganism) and I shared it with my cat Waldo, who was in heaven. Luther isn't really interested in "real" food.

11 Responses to “Snowing again...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    We love Downton Abbey! It's a PBS show so the current season is currently being aired on Sunday nights.

  2. Kaycee Fisher Says:


    Our HIGH tomorrow is going to be 4. However, you can have the snow. I will take the cold as I don't have to shovel it.


  3. Kiki Says:

    I enjoy DA, too. There is a masterpiece theater mystery series i enjoy called Grantchester and i also enjoyed mr. Selfridge on masterpiece as well.

    I also greatly enjoyed The Imitation Game at the theater. Looking dorward to seeing the theory of everything soon right now i am lost in unpacking baces in the new house.

  4. snafu Says:

    I'm currently in Cambodia and see DA Seasons 1-5 prominently advertised. The young sales clerk was trying to get browsers to look at the series 'Call The Midwives.' which are an accurate presentation of London, 1950s. That series is available om Canadian libraries...possibly yours too

  5. TD Says:

    I've been meaning to watch DA, and just finished up watching all of "Friends" on Netflix... I think that just may have to be my next series!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I remember when Matthew died. I couldn't believe they did that to Mary, just as they were finally finding happiness together ..

    You *might* like Mr. Selfridge - a british show about the man who changed how department stores were run in the early 1900s. (Amazon Prime) It's not nearly as good as DA, but it is still good.

  7. Dido Says:

    Ah, synchronicity! A co-worker at work lent me Downton Abby a couple of weeks ago; with being sick plus the weather, I expect to finish up season 2 tonight as well. (I'm like you--I read ahead in the plot line to find out what happens, otherwise I might have been irked to read the "spoilers").

    Inspector Lewis is another British Masterpiece Theatre series available on Prime; I might watch it after running through my current list.

    I also enjoyed watching the one season of "Transparent" on Amazon Prime, if you are up for something completely different.

    Also very different and another series I am currently watching on Prime is "Eureka," which has 5 seasons available. It ran 2006-2010 on the Sci-Fi channel. Science Fiction is not "my" genre, but I am taken more by the quirky humor akin to that in Northern Exposure, one of my favorite series. It's science fiction but set in a small town in Oregon in this day and age; the science fiction aspect centers on the fact that the town has the world's largest collection of genius scientists who are secretly there working on new technology that is far in advance of what is currently available to the public. Although there's a crisis of some sort to be solved in each episode, usually caused by some scientist's experiment gone haywire, it rarely gets too dark. The central character is the town's sheriff, who is a "norm," not a genius, and there's some good romantic tension between him and some of the female characters, plus day-to-day drama with his 15-year old daughter, so the episodes are not just centered on the science fiction.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Looks like you are keeping tabs on things and doing a great job at it.

    It's cold here and we might get a bit of snow, but a bit is OK compared to what others have received in recent weeks. I'm not a snow fan and after last winter with bone chilling temps and tons of snow, a bit seems like a blessing.

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks for all your movie suggestions! I've made a note of them all and will check availability on Amazon Prime. I'm already into season 3 of DA.

    Funny, I also loved watching Northern Exposure when it was on. The reason being that shortly before that series began, I had vacationed in Alaska and loved it. And there was just enough resemblance to the real thing in that series to make me hooked. Like seeing the moose walking down Main Street! What a success the DJ/John Corbett turned out to be, along with Dr. Fleischman/Rob Morrow who I've seen on some cops shows somewhere. Also loved the chemistry between him and Maggie.

  10. PatientSaver Says:

    Speaking of Oregon cinema, did you ever see Portlandia? Talk about quirky humor. It can be pretty funny. The woman in that show is actually in an all-female rock band that i guess is fairly successful. She was just taking a break from that to do Portlandia.

  11. CB in the City Says:

    So sorry you stumbled onto the spoilers about Downtown Abbey. Both of those incidents came as a surprise to me and really got me hooked even more. You have to respect a series that doesn't follow the "formula."

    Count me in as another fan of Northern Exposure. I'd love to watch a marathon, but I never see it airing anywhere.

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