Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens are (for people who don’t know why I call them this) about three things.

  1. Being Cheap (cheep, cheep).
  2. Being thoughtful about how choices affect our community and our earth.
  3. I just like chickens. I don’t know any personally, but I respect how small, weak, and tasty they are – yet they live each day persistently, doing the best they can under their circumstances.  They are not embarrassed by their odd figures or floppy head parts or splayed feet.  They are generally but not totally sociable. They like to sleep in a cozy place with their friends.  Most of them seem to regard a sunny day as a good day.  Works for me.

ONE – We spent a plethora of money on food and we ate it all.

TWO – When I was buying the groceries, the expiration dates on the $8 gallons of Organic Valley milk was the date on which I was shopping. I stuck my head into the backroom of the store, yelled out a Wisconsin Yoo-Hoo and politely complained to the guy working there. He went digging and found a gallon that had 10 days until the expiration date. I think when products cost more – because we are paying what it actually costs to produce a product without exploiting people, animals, or environment - we treat the potential purchase with more respect. If this happens next time I go shopping, I will send an email to Organic Valley; let them deal with it.

THREE – Read about this, this week:  http://www.sciencecare.com/

This is about how to donate one’s body to science. Free (eventual) cremation is part of the deal.  Not at all sure if I want this but will talk about it with my family. It’s an interesting thought for those of us who would rather our kids get our last bits of $ instead of a funeral home.

FOUR – Aging is an adventure in things going awry with one’s mortal body. Right? The big symptoms and diseases are for medical care givers, absolutely. But I have been checking this website (thanks for recommending it, Jayne!) every week or two for months. Two pharmacists talk about the latest chatter in medical research and rumors. They explain what’s medically understood and promoted - then they open the conversation to ordinary folks. I love the “folk remedies” that are offered and discussed. Milk of Magnesia for rosacea?  https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/

FIVE – Twice this week I hit a McD’s drive-through for an ice cream cone. First of all, the price has gone up- they used to be $.50, then $.69 - yesterday the price was $1.36! Still cheap, but a doubled price in less than a year? This week I relearned that just because they call it fast food doesn’t mean it is fast. Both purchases took nearly 15 minutes. Life on earth is precious and I’m not getting any younger… I do not have time to be inching along in a line of cars so I am giving up “creeping-along food” for the foreseeable future. My plan is that every time I think I want an ice cream cone, I am going to invent for what to do with my “extra” 15 minutes of mortality.  Probably eat a snack at home….

SIX - I didn't pay off any illicit former paramours or "fixers" this week, thus saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I like this quote: “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” –George Lorimer (Editor of The Saturday Evening Post – which I remember.)

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Now when I want a McDonald’s Ice cream cone. I park and walk in. Burning a few calories before I eat it. Ha

Small wins...

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Mindful Chickens – The “It’s been a while...” edition 1/18/2019

Other people call them “frugal things I did lately”.

I call them Mindful Chickens because they are about:

1. Being Cheap (cheap, cheep).

2. Being thoughtful about how choices affect our community and our earth.

3. Paying attention to the constant tumble of dollars and choices.

The Choosing Season

“Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can’t make decision after decision without paying a biological price.”  (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-...)

The Arrows of Yore

I have a weird dark closet in the back of my soul. In it are critical things people have said to me in my life. I rarely consciously think about those old cuts and criticisms, but they are tucked in back there and sometimes I remember them uneasily.

Here are some of my particular arrows of yore:

“Can’t you do anything with her hair, Dorothy?” Dorothy was my mom. My dad liked his daughters’ hair to be curly and orderly, mine was straight and flyaway. I think I was in my 40’s before I realized OMG I do not have “problem hair”… whatever the hell that is.

Make Persimmon Cookies; Don’t make a Persimmon Life.

We are new subscribers to “Imperfect Produce” which is a service that delivers imperfect (duh) but safe and flavorful veggies and fruit to your house. This helps to keep “imperfect” produce from being wasted. (https://www.imperfectproduce.com/  I don’t get kickbacks from them.)

We are open-minded about trying new things to eat so when they included a pomegranate – cool. I enjoyed pomegranate, raisin, and walnut oatmeal I invented for myself.

Buy Angry

Frugality is a tool and a weapon. You can use it to be powerful.

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Frugality and Privacy

 “If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product.”

When one of our kids was 8-years old, Len thought it would be fun to let that kid drive his car. I swear - though I doubt you will believe me - no drinking was involved. Len just really believes in our kids and sometimes this turns into bigger adventures than one would expect.

Did I mention the car was in the garage so it needed to be backed out? Also, the child in question was too short to adequately reach the pedals.

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