Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fruits, Veggies, and Frugality

Today's Bountiful Baskets Haul. And this was a HAUL! 

Check out what I paid for all of this. It astounds me every time I buy in. (twice a month). $62.25! I mean, that's amazing. Just the first list of fruit/veggies would cost over $60 at the local grocery store.

If you've ever thought of trying out bountiful baskets let me encourage you to do so. Or, rather, let my photo, list of fruit/veggies and the dollar amount I paid for it, do so! 

2 Living Butter Lettuce
8 HUGE carrots
4 acorn squash
10 bananas
10 little pears
8 green bell peppers
14 roma tomatoes
10 huge Fuji apples
16 Moro or Blood Oranges
2 bunches of asparagus
= $30 (This was 2 basket orders at $15 each)

2 zucchini
6 small limes, 1 lemon
1 tomatillo
2 yellow onion
1 bunch of onion
3 bunches of garlic
1 small bit of ginger root
1 bunch cilantro
2 avocado
2 ancho or poblanopepper
5 jalapeƱo pepper
= $8.50 (Mexican Theme Add on Pack)

3 beets
1 bunch of celery
2 bunches of chard
1 bag spinach
1 bunch parsley
= $8.00 (Juicing Pack)

12, 6 oz boxes of blackberries (Fruit Box Add On)

Total bill for all of the above = $62.65

(I may have put some of the items in the wrong list as I didn't really pay attention to what was where when I unloaded it all. Just FYI.)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Technology and What We Leave Behind.

I have to admit that I’ve gotten a bit lazy lately as far as Bibles go. I have this giant, hardback, Study Bible that I used to tote everywhere; to Sunday School, Church, Bible Study. It was the one I’d read during the day for my devotionals or if I needed to looks something up. It’s full of margin scribbles, highlights, and church bulletins from about 5 years ago. That was about the time I stopped carrying it.

Now there are IPhone and IPad Aps and Google. I get a daily devotional delivered right to my email inbox and my Facebook feed.  So why carry a giant Bible around when the thing I always carry in my pocket has the whole Bible in it? And anyway, they put the scripture up on the screen at church, so why bother with the big, clunky thing?

When my father in law, a lifelong bible translator, died last May, my mother in law gave my oldest son (his namesake, first grandson) his Bible. It is a large, black, worn, leather bible.  It’s full of highlights, underlined scriptures, notes in the margin, and random things stuck in the pages.

 It is like FarFar is still talking to his grandson, still pointing him to scripture, still explaining it, and still showing how it all fits together, even after his death.

That Bible is a gift and a treasure. It made me think about what I’m going to leave behind for my kids as far as my thoughts and what I’ve learned about scripture throughout my life. My IPhone? Are they one day going to pass my IPad around between the four of them and say “Wow, look what mom said about this scripture. How cool.” Yeah, I don’t think so.

So I went to my closet and pulled down that big, old, clunky, hardback, Study Bible. Because I want to have something to leave behind too.  Something tangible. Something they can hold on too.