I’m tired this week. I’m certain you all are as well, so I’ll be keeping this short. Things are definitely in turmoil right now, but I do have some hope that we may see real, lasting change for it. If that’s true, then it will be all worth it.
It’s been a rough time as of late, so I’m sending lots of love to you all. I would say and peace, but we aren’t in a peaceful time. But hopefully an impactful time.
Friday’s Frugal Five
1. My giving this week has been entirely to black organizations. There are so many good ones to choose from, and there is a long list of ideas in the Women’s Personal Finance group for who to support. I’ve been blown away by the generosity of the members.
Financial independence is great, but once you’re financially stable I believe it is our responsibility to share that wealth. Not only do I vote with my dollars to which companies I buy from, the same is true for the organizations I donate to.
2. I finally figured out how to listen to a library copy of an audiobook. Apparently, I needed to download OneDrive and listen to it from there, but it sure is a heck of a lot cheaper than a regular Audible membership or purchasing each audiobook I listen to (which is quite a few these days).
3. We picked and ate the first couple strawberries out of the garden this week! I am so ready. We also harvested the first round of rhubarb, but prior to the ripe strawberries, so I ended up making a vegan rhubarb crisp, which was awesome.
We’re still also harvesting spring garlic, asparagus a few young onions, broccoli leaves, celery, and herbs. This is the time of the year that things start to take off in the garden and almost every dinner includes something from the yard. This year, there will be even more of that with a yet again expanded garden.
4. Another month has ticked by of my clothes buying ban, which has now lasted for three years and three months. Thanks to a mostly quarantined lifestyle these days (which means very few days of work pants and shoes), I’ve had absolutely no need for more clothing.
5. I baked bread for the very first time this past week. I’ve been baking often for years now, but I’d never ventured into making a regular loaf of bread (naan, fry bread, and garlic breadsticks don’t count in my opinion).
I did just a simple french bread loaf, but it was awesome. I will be experimenting more now, but I’ve gotten past the initial nervousness of actually baking bread. Really, it’s easier than doughnuts.
Ps – I’m on The Stacking Benjamins Show podcast today.
I actually ran an entire 5k distance on Tuesday for the first time since I hurt my heel back in January. I might have overdone it a tiny bit, but it was so worth it to actually run for longer than twenty minutes.
Daily yoga is definitely helping with my heel, and my mental state in general. Other than that, I did a leg workout in the front yard one day while the kiddo played and did a decent amount of walking.
How are you hanging in this week?
5k run Tuesday. Keeping up w yoga.