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My number two son called about a month ago to inform me
that he had just gotten laid off. As he works in the lumber business in
Oregon, this was expected. That phone call didn’t bother me that much,
but the one a few weeks later gave me pause.
He was on his way home from grocery shopping and when I
answered the phone he said (and I quote), “Mother, do you know what two
tomatoes cost?” I said, “No,” because I had no idea. He said “$2.49.” I
said, “Wow, did you buy them?" He said that he hadn’t and that he was
going to plant tomato plants in his yard next spring. “Good idea,” I
said, but I thought, we’ll see.
Frank and I have a guardian angel who gives us our
tomato and pepper plants every year, and we use some of last year’s
potatoes in planting. I never realized how much money we saved by
planting our small garden. I wouldn’t pay $2.49 either for two tomatoes.
I started thinking how much I actually save by re-using
bread bags for storing, freezing or wrapping, or plastic containers for
storing or freezing. I wash and rinse my foil and plastic bags. I’m
really, really saving.
My thought for the month is: It’s January and cold, so
don’t forget to check on your neighbors and take care of your outside
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