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Random Thoughts While Saturday Morning Grocery Shopping

Every Saturday morning I take my oldest to ballet class.  While she dances I’ve got two hours and fifteen minutes to look at all the grocery ads, make a meal plan for the week, and shop for what we need.

Since I have the time, I shop two different grocery stores getting the best deals at each.  This morning while shopping I had lots of random thoughts pop into my head.  I figured I’d share a few with you.

Random Thoughts While Saturday Morning Grocery Shopping

  • The high temp is 52 degrees.  52! In December… in Iowa.  If you chose today to ring a Salvation Army bell you got lucky!
  • If I ever need adult diapers I’m ordering them online.  They’re not going in my cart at the grocery store.  Besides, the grocery store is probably the most expensive place to buy them.
  • $2.99 for a 6 pack of Sidecar Orange Pale Ale.  Never had it but I’ll try it.  How bad can it be?  To be honest, I’m not expecting much since they have a huge stack and knocked six bucks off the original price.
  • Seriously, lady.  It’s a pack of bacon.  It’s already been inspected.  Grab one and get out of the way.  You’re causing a traffic jam.
  • You’re writing a check? Who writes checks anymore?
  • I’m not seeing the Cranberry 7Up.  Did they not make any this holiday season?
  • Buying all this food for our Christmas picnic makes me wish Christmas was tomorrow.
  • No, I don’t wish Christmas was tomorrow.  There’s still a lot of planning, preparing, and shopping to do.
  • Glad we bought our Rolos early this year. They seem to be running low.
  • When was the last time I wrote a check? It’s been awhile.
  • Yeah.  That’s right, old couple who remembered me from last week.  We’re on the same shopping schedule.  Let’s meet again in the bread aisle next week.
  • I love how Hy-Vee is getting into the Christmas Spirit with their red and green colored checkout lights. 
  • Every time I hear Feliz Navidad I don’t think of Christmas. I think of tacos.
  • This weather is crazy! The sun is shining.  There’s no snow.  People are wearing shorts and I’m a tad warm in this hoodie.
  • I’ve always wanted to cook a prime rib roast but have been scared away by the cost.  I’d hate to mess up a $50 cut of meat that I’ve never made before.
  • Fareway always has the nicest people to bag your groceries and take them to your car.  I think I would’ve liked that for a job in high school.
  • I don’t even know where our checkbook is.
  • Do we need almond bark? I bet we do.  I’m only getting one package to make dipped pretzels this year.  I remember how I’m always excited to make them but realize on the 5th pretzel how boring and tedious of a job it is.
  • Anyone that’s wearing a Santa hat today is cool in my book.  Unless it’s a Santa hat with your NFL team’s colors.  Then it’s not Christmasy.  It’s just a silly looking hat.
  • Wow! If you get that dressed up to grocery shop on a Saturday morning I wonder what you wear to church on Sunday.
  • How can eggs be 99 cents one week and 2.39 the next?
  • Wait. I think our checkbook is in my wife’s purse.

What random thoughts have you had while grocery shopping?

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4th Blogiversary & A Few Of My Favorite Posts

When  I started this blog I really didn’t think about how long I’d stay at it.  I was just having fun writing and learning.   Fast forward four years and I’m still at it.

That’s right! This week I celebrated my 4th blogiversary and I’m still writing and learning.

I celebrated by re-upping my web hosting for another year and looking back at everything I’ve written over the past year.  It was fun re-reading my own thoughts… and I’ll admit… a few posts I didn’t remember writing.

After reviewing the past year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite posts.  I think they’re a good representation of the types of things I like to write about.

Click on the title below if you’d like to re-read them… or read them for the first time. Hopefully, they’re some of your favorites too.

4th Blogiversary & A Few Of My Favorite Posts

 

27 LOW OR NO COST THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BE NICE

EASY TATOR TOT CASSEROLE

AN INTERESTING QUESTION

WHISKEY STONES: DO THEY WORK?

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – LITTLE STACK OF ROCKS

EASY GRILLED CAULIFLOWER

TONY TRIES IT: WATERMELON WITH TACO SEASONING

WEEKLY VERSE – SUMMER INTERNS

MEMORY MONDAY – GRANDPA’S REFRIGERATOR

RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM THE 2017 IOWA STATE FAIR

A DAD’S ALBUM REVIEW: TAYLOR SWIFT’S REPUTATION

EASY CHICKEN & BISCUITS

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Memory Monday – Big Fish

One of the things I love most about putting up our Christmas tree each year is the memories it brings back.  Pretty much every decoration or ornament has a memory associated with it.

One of the ornaments that makes me smile is one that my Aunt and Uncle gave me 5 years ago.  It’s a blue, glass fish ornament to commemorate the biggest fish I ever caught.

It was a walleye that was a quarter inch shy of 24 inches.  I caught it at Lake Rathbun during our annual family reunion camping trip.My Uncle had the boat, poles, and bait and took me and a cousin out to try our luck.  The sun was setting and we were trolling near the shoreline when the fish struck.

I grabbed the pole and started reeling it in while trying to listen to all the coaching from my Uncle.  “Relax… keep the tip… reel it in a little.” Not exactly the easiest thing for a novice fisherman like me to do in the heat of the moment.

To be honest, I don’t know how long it took to get that walleye in the boat… but I’m betting it was several minutes.  I do know this. I was winded when it was all over.

My family got two good meals out of that fish! And it was delicious!

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?

 

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