It's easy--don't buy things! Yesterday alone I passed on a Havanese puppy, a Portuguese Water Dog puppy, yarn to make Inishmore from Virtual Yarns, and a espresso/cappuchino maker. Voila, over $4k in savings! It's a good thing I was being frugal since I went here to buy dessert for my S 'n B group on Wednesday:
For those you not from the Philly area, this is a high end grocery store that sells prepared foods, gourmet items and other yummy, overpriced stuff. Sad to say, this store is about two minutes from my house, and, despite the fact that Martin jokes that we need a second mortgage every time we shop there, we go anytime we are in a hurry and want something tasty.
(I felt a bit like a spy shooting photos in the parking lot)
I was going to go to Costco to pick up Wednesday's dessert, which, theoretically, would have been more frugal, but theory and practice diverge when my retail proclivities are added to the equation. You see, to get to the bakery section at Costco you need to pass by the discount book table. You've seen my bookcases, you know what would happen don't you? It would have been more expensive than blowing a wad at the expensive grocery store.
It's a good thing Costco doesn't sell yarn! I avoid Target now that I've read that they have knitting kits. I know my limits in life.
To give you some idea of the temptations on hand at Foodsource, here's a view of the candy aisle. What you don't see is that this is just a fraction of the gourmet sweets on offer. There was a display case behind me, and more, fully stocked, shelving to the left. There's more, but you'd be in a diabetic coma just reading about it.
Here's the cake display I made a beeline for:
(My inner James Bond was really grooving at this point, I was ready to take pictures of the whole store, but I spied an old Art History prof of mine and it would have been too embarrassing to say "Hi, I'm taking photos for my blog. What have you been up to for the last 20+ years." I want him to have the illusion that he is educating people for credible roles in society. If he realizes what his former students are really doing he might just give up on the current generation and where would we be in a world without Art Historians?)
Back to the dessert conundrum. The selection was totally overwhelming. What to choose? I wanted one of everything, but I didn't think that was a good idea. I nixed a bunch of options by remembering my audience's preferences (corporate training pays off again). One group member doesn't like cheesecake and one can't eat chocolate at night without getting insomnia, so those were out.
The nice girl behind the counter tried to sell me a lemon cake, but I resisted. Why? It's simple, I don't love cake. I love frosting. Cake is just a carrier for frosting, so, no cake for my friends! In the end, I opted for a fruit tart, which unfortunately had a tiny bit of chocolate in it. Oops.
I won't tell you what the bill was for the tart, sorbet and package of cute napkins. I don't want to embarrass myself. But, as of Thursday, I postponed my retirement plans for another five years.
Once everyone arrived, I whipped out my camera, much to their chagrin. Over protests I got at least one shot of everyone. Here are June, Cheryl and Hattie working on their current projects:
(The notes on the window are Liz's puppy countdown calender. More on that later.)
Hattie's got a pair of socks on two circs, Cheryl (the link is to her quilt design site) is appliqueing (?) a quilt block and June is working on a t-shirt in Rowan Cotton Braid. I wrote up a quick pattern for her for this, god help me if it doesn't turn out!
I didn't get the best shots of Anne and Norma, but I think they're still cute so, don't worry guys!
I'll make it up to you, somehow, someday.
And here's Hattie's latest amazing quilt. Makes me wish I knew how to sew.
I worked on the Vittadini cardigan, and I'm almost done with the back:
(Wow, a close up shot that isn't blurry. Stitches are crooked, but you can't have everything!)
And, I didn't forget Laurie, we ate. Everyone was sent home with a satisfactory sugar high:
Tonight we celebrate Martin's birthday with a big family gathering at our house. Both girls, Martin's parents, his aunt from England will be there. Liz's new puppy will even make a brief guest appearance. I've got some minou pitou togs that are too cute to be believed to welcome the new guy to town.
Speaking of Minou, a big Happy 2nd Birthday to you too! Hope your mommy gets enough time off of work to make you a cake.