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Making progress on life's minutae

July 14th, 2017 at 04:48 pm

The neighbor came by last night and in a jiffy helped me move in the day bed. It takes up a bit more space than just the twin bed. Can't wait to get the new slats delivered on Tuesday so I can put my family room (and the day bed) in order.

I did the banking focus group last night. Got a $125 Visa debt card which I'll use on groceries. It was a very interesting focus group where we learned about all sorts of initiatives this bank is considering to better reflect its brand of being community first.

I loved many of their novel ideas. I would love to talk about them here but we were all asked not to discuss.

It's a bank with the name of my hometown in it; the bank is doing quite well in my region but by most measures is quite small. I much prefer small banks like this one to the mega bands that got caught up i the credit crisis (Citi, Wells Fargo, BOA, etc).

I am with another CT bank that is not national. I have considered switching to the smaller bank but was always concerned their limited ATM locations could be a problem if I needed to access one. Plus it's a hassle to move a checking account.

Just finished up lunch: a huge green salad with my homemade (oil-free) tahini maple dressing and a bowl of antioxidant-rich cherries.

It's near impossible to find organic cherries around here, so I did soak them in a saltwater bath for 10 minutes, which is supposed to remove surface pesticides. I try to do the same thing with the blueberries I buy, which again I rarely find organic. But they're so cheap at Aldi's at $1.69 for a whole pint that I've been enjoying them weekly this summer.

Which reminds me, I should just buy more, soak, rinse, dry and then freeze them for winter. I do also buy frozen organic berries at BJs in bulk. But I have been unable to decide which is healthier: to buy organic frozen strawberries and raspberries, or non-organic wild blueberries, which are said to have a higher antioxidant content than regular blueberries but again, aren't organic.

Plans for the weekend: Dinner with dad tomorrow; my friend R. over for a beer in the shade on Sunday. Simple pleasures. Laundry. Washing all my downstairs exterior windows, which are quite dirty.

11 Responses to “Making progress on life's minutae”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I bank local, too. It does make a difference!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    If the berries are wild they shouldn't be sprayed or anything unless they are growing near a roadside. Personally, I'd plant blueberry bushes if I were you. We have two tall ones and they provide more than enough berries for us and we give away a lot, too. I still have a few gallons in the freezer from last year (that will get made into jelly and pie filling shortly) and the bushes are ripening now. They are almost completely care free except for pruning every other year or so.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    I've had 3 or 4 blueberry bushes for probably 15 years but they don't provide many berries.

  4. patientsaver Says:

    And the ones they get are eaten by birds before i can get to them

  5. rob62521 Says:

    We actually have more than one banking institution. One is a local credit union and one is a bigger bank. I prefer the local credit union to be honest.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, that's a shame. Maybe they aren't the right variety for your area. I've got 75 year old bushes that are taller than me and they give us loads most years. Also, netting will help save the berries for you that you do have.

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Glad that not only did you receive payment via a gift card that enabled you to buy groceries from the banking focus group but you also found they had some interesting ideas!

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Our main bank is a local credit union.

    What is the recipe for the dressing?

  9. patientsaver Says:

    Frugal Texan, here's the recipe for the dressing. Blend together the following:
    1 cup cooked cannelini beans
    2 Tablespoons tahini
    2 tablespoons Dion mustard
    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    1-2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
    1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup
    Zest and juice of 1 lemon
    1/4 cup water

    Add more water as needed to achieve your desired consistency.

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks! DH did NOT like the dressing I made last night - hopefully he'll go for this one. Smile

  11. patientsaver Says:

    Lucky Robin, well that's the thing. They say on the package "wild blueberries." This is Whyman's of Maine. I called them becus if they were truly growing wild, I doubt they could sell them commercially in the volumes they do.

    She said that while they are not organic, they only "spot spray" when needed. Who knows how often that is. But I have read that wild blueberries have a much higher antioxidant content than regular blueberries.



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