Weekly Project and Purchase Roundup, 4/28/17

This week was extra productive due to having some extra time off of work.

A while back, I received a mailer from the Arbor Day Foundation offering me 10 Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings and 2 Lilac seedlings for a $10 donation. I am a big fan of lilacs, and so I sent them a check for $10. This week the seedlings arrived, so I spent a day digging and turning 12 3-foot diameter holes and planting my seedlings.

When we moved in last fall, there was a pile of plant debris in the back yard which I assumed was the burn pile. I added to it, then burnt it to the ground. I mentioned to the neighbor how badly located it was, and he told me it was the former owners’ garden–not burn pile. Who ever heard of an 8-foot diameter round garden? I moved the burn pile, but still had bare ground in this area until this week. I wheelbarrowed all the sod from the tree-planting here, and had almost enough to cover the bare patch.

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Major Purchase: Kitchen-Aid Mixer

What: Kitchen-Aid Pro 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer.

Cost: $330

Purchased From: Costco

This purchase was made a while back, and is essentially a luxury purchase for us. Courtney loves to bake, and often sends bread, bagels, English muffins, and other baked goods with me to work to give away and “sell” for donations. Our main goal here has been to cover the cost of flour and other baking supplies, so that the bread we eat is at no cost to us. While we haven’t made much by selling bread/baked goods, we make more than enough to make our own bread free.

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To the best of my knowledge, I have never heard anyone refer to me in real life as “traditional” or a “traditionalist.” However, I and my family have often been called “old-fashioned” and occasionally, “Amish.” Here are some of the reasons I and my family have been called “old-fashioned:”

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