May: started new company; various house guests three out of four weekends; other weekend spent as part of a week-long working trip to Florida.
June: four day camping trip; ten day trip to Martha's Vineyard; flea infestation begins; various house guests two weekends and one week.
July: house guests two weeks and another set one weekend; flea infestation worsens, mostly while The Frugal Husband is out of town.
August: four-day trip to WPB; house guests one weekend.
September, so far: five day trip to Mexico Beach and PCB. Party and partying planned for next weekend.
This calendar excludes the various concerts and special events that The Frugal Hostess has attended and/or hosted. Whew! How exhausting.
All of this to say: The Frugal Hostess had the BEST weekend! With literally nothing scheduled and no pending deadlines, TFH spent Friday night trying (and failing) to make grit cakes. For whatever reason (and TFH blames milk) the m*-ing grits (ooh, sorry, still a little rage about that) would not set up, so she was making grit cakes out of quicksand. Not effective, FYI. But, no matter, The Frugals still had shrimp and grits with some crazy sausage-gravy-esque sauce a la The Frugal Husband. Delicious!
On Saturday, The Frugal Hostess went on a search for pinking shears, a task that sounds easier to accomplish than it actually was. She was buying those for a forthcoming project, so stay tuned. [Incidentally, did you know that you could sharpen scissors by cutting up a folded piece of aluminum foil? TFH can't remember where she read that, but good advice, no?] As she drove around on her quixotic mission, she encountered a number of yard sales and dropped a little cash here and there. In her humble opinion, church yard sales are the very best, as long as you can shake off their recruiting tactics. All of the goods are donated for the benefit of a higher power, so the prices are low-low-low, and you can usually find some incredible hand-crafted foolishness with which to entertain yourself for 10-75 cents. Saturday evening, she prepared the only dish she makes better than her husband, meatloaf, and started on the above-mentioned Pinking Shears Project.
Sunday was Episode One of the mini-series known as Football Feast. The Frugal Husband and his BFF prepare an extravagant feast every Sunday during football season, and they drag all of the TVs into one room so they can watch NFL games all day long. TFH is invited to drop in occasionally for a snack, but it is mostly a Big Giant Sausage Festival. For The Frugal Hostess, that resulted in her reading and reading and reading all day long. She can't remember the last time she spent an entire day reading (although her physique is perfectly designed for it).
So, this Make-It-Yourself-Monday, The Frugal Hostess has only made a mess of her house. She started a couple of projects, read a bunch, and ate some snacks. And that, Dear Reader(s?), is all she's got. The lesson here: stay home at least sometimes, and don't feel bad if you really just need one weekend to wallow around in your own fat pants. Like how TFH turned her filthy home into a life lesson? Ha! That's why she's The Frugal Hostess and you're not.
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