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Not quite sure what to make of this but saw it as I went to apply my lip balm this afternoon.

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Your thoughts?

FoodWasteFriday We have no waste to report this week after last week’s slaughter.  And frankly, I’m OK with that 🙂

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

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As stated in my previous post, we endured a 43-44hr’ish blackout. In the middle of the summer. With high humidity levels. Needless to say, the contents of our main fridge was wasted as it spoiled from being unrefrigerated and dad opening and closing it to grab food to cook.  Our secondary small fridge was spoiled as well. I think we lost about $700 worth of food between the two fridges. Sounds like a lot but the majority of the money was in the upper freezer portion of our main fridge however our big upright freezer held strong and was truly efficient. Things were still frozen solid when we checked on it. That’s where the big money was stored.   So instead of showing you a pic of all the food thrown out, envision an empty fridge/freezer.  Just be glad there’s no smell option via the internet. Blech. 😦

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

Hooray! We survived the longest blackout ever. Well it felt like it but it was only 43-44 hrs long.  It wasn’t as bad as the big blackout back in 2003 that took out the Northeast.  However I do disagree with the Wikipedia post – we went 6 days without power back then, not two. We made the best of the situation at hand by staying indoors with the windows/doors closed to retain what bit of dry cooler air that we had as it was oppressively humid out.  And in the evenings, we’d sit out back for as long as possible to maximize the light exposure.  We’re very fortunate that we have a gas stove, running water and a pantry full of options that did not need refrigeration.

We chose to endure the abundance of idiotic people who thought they were important enough to have to go through the intersections first or better yet, not needing to stop at major cross streets at all that had no working traffic lights just to get to an area that did  have power for take out food, drink & basics, relief from the black out, change of scenery, air conditioning and the ability to charge our cell phone’s.  Also, if you use cable/VoIP for telephone service, you’d have no access to a phone. If you had a cell phone, you’d be lucky enough to get connected to any cell tower as the local ones were out as well, thus draining your cell battery quicker as it continually had to look for that signal.  Luckily for us, we still have an old school land line that always works. We were able to make and receive calls as needed updating family members of our situation and receiving updates as well since we had no other means of what was going on around us.  My sister (not affected) was kind enough to call us a few times daily especially since the hydro outage hotline was constantly busy.

I’m still in the middle of trying to get the house organized and set up as ‘our’ home and donating/purging things that aren’t needed. In doing so, I have come across things that I had forgotten or didn’t realize I had.  There were even some things where I wondered why I even had it in the first place etc. Point being, it makes for a great chance to take a mental inventory of what is currently on hand and where they’ve been placed.   I remembered where the box of tea lights and tea light holders were! Those definitely came in handy. The blackout wasn’t so bad when you weren’t submerged 100% in the dark.   Thank you Ikea 😉

Getting through this blackout has made me re-think what we should have on hand at all times ‘just in case’. Some things we already have on hand but I think I’d feel more comfortable supplementing our stock.  While I let this thought float about in my head, I’ll leave you with these – a Basic Emergncy Kit Check List and Additional Emergency Supplies Checklist and Emergency Car Kit Checklist

How do you get through emergencies like this? Do you have everything you  want/need on hand? How prepared are you?

The hubster and I have decided to expand our family!  It’s been something we have been discussing and planning for a while now and after all the chaos of dealing with dad during my uncle’s death and the effects of the Super Moon, we felt it was the right time to focus on ‘us’.    Don’t get me wrong, we’re still here for dad, caring for him as needed, taking him out shopping and errand running as desired but we need to start focusing on something other then ‘just dad’.

Enter… the super pup. 😀

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Isn’t he just adorable?!

Everybody say it with me now: Awwww!

FoodWasteFriday The chaos continues at our house….but this post is about food waste right?

I had to throw out two whole beautiful cupcakes and a square piece of cake that the hubster bought from the bakery. I’m guessing his eyes were bigger then his stomach. I know it cost a pretty penny but I’d rather throw them out because they sat too long in the fridge untouched vs him trying to force himself to eat them so we don’t waste food.  The implications of overeating could prove to be more costly in the long run.  I guess I could’ve taken a pic before I tossed them but I was in the cleaning mood and was super focused on the task at hand.  Just imagine two super beautifully decorated large cupcakes 😉

How’d you do?

On Friday’s, I share what food items that I have ‘wasted’ by letting spoil during the week from forgetfulness and/or neglect. Kristen over at The Frugal Girl has inspired me to publicly post in hopes of reducing waste. (Food Waste Friday is now being co-hosted every other week with Simply Being Mum – pop on over to take a peek!)

Wishing my fellow Canadian’s a wonderful Canada Day! 🙂

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