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Washing the bedding

December 27th, 2015 at 08:05 am

Well, I'm washing all of bedding today, including the sheets I just put on. One of my cats threw up on the bed, and it soaked all the way through to the mattress pad. Luckily, it didn't get on the mattress. I had to wash the sheets, the pad and the comforter. I spot-cleaned the quilt that was serving as a counterpane.

Since I was washing all that, I decided to wash the dust ruffle (which hasn't been washed in a while!) And since I had to wrestle with the mattress to get it off and on, I turned the mattress. I'll try to remember to do this every New Year's. The laundering will cost at least $3 -- may be $4.50 if the comforter has to go another round, as it probably will.

My son has urged me to switch my cats to wet food. He said it solved some behavioral issues with his cat, and he thinks it will help Iggy. Heck, Iggy may be used to wet food already, for all I know! So I started yesterday, and they were both delighted. It sure is stinky, though! And at .60 a can, I'm going to have to figure out how to get it more cheaply.

So I went to the grocery store yesterday to get the cat food, and I also bought a box of wine, some sourdough bread, and some kitty litter. All were on sale. I even sent in a $3 rebate on the wine, which I will add to my snowflakes. The total cost was $34. Variables spending is at 99%! But I still think I may make it. I only have to go to the museum once, and I have enough gas for that.

Today I'm going to repurpose some leftovers from the Christmas dinner. I'm going to make corn chowder out of the corn casserole, and I'm going to add turkey to the rice dish to make it an entrée. Then I will freeze in portions, as there will be way too much for me to eat very quickly. I'm hoping that January will be a very low-cost month, grocery-wise.

I do have to get ready for the January 3 brunch, though. Plans that are swirling around in my head are: breakfast casserole (eggs, sausage, veggies), sweet potato muffins, pumpkin tarts, fruit bowl, creamed onions, cheddar bay biscuits, and -- I don't know the name for it -- crescent rolls baked as a square crust and topped with a Ranch/cream cheese spread and cut up veggies. Punch, coffee -- I think that's it. These items will use up a lot of things I have on hand, but I will have to do some shopping.

Today's menu:

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/cranberries & nuts
Lunch: Corn chowder
Dinner: Turkey rice dish

8 Responses to “Washing the bedding”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Oh yes, also crackers with cream cheese and jalapeno jelly.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh the dust ruffle. Why hasn't it ocurred to me to wash mine since I put it on--5, 6 years ago? Duh. Thanks for the extra laundry, CB! Wink

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The wet food I feed Kari costs $.97 each at the cheapest place I can find it - though I stock up on it when a coupon comes out, which makes it about $.85 each ... I only give her one or two a week though. (Purina Beyond One)

    I don't even have a dust ruffle on my bed. Smile

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Mmm...cream cheese and jalapeno jelly! I have the cream cheese and my husband thought he bought the right jelly...but instead he bought mint jelly! I don't think that will be the same.

    How much wet food should a cat get?

  5. My English Castle Says:

    That jalapeno jelly is one of my guilty pleasures--actually I think it's the cream cheese that's the guilty party. Our local pet food store has stock-up sales on cat and dog food. Those, coupled with the coupons, make it often half price.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I am changing out my dust ruffle too. What a pain in the patootie to change it out. The one I have on our bed my mom made a number of years ago. She's been gone 9 years and she made it for my birthday a number of years ago. She didn't have a lot of money, but she had lots of material, so I suggested she make a dust ruffle. We found one on sale before Christmas. I'm afraid mine will not take another washing.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    Cats throwing up on the bed and it soaking through right down to the mattress protector? Been there, done that! Just recently, in fact. Ha ha ha, it took me all day to get everything cleaned.

    Kudos to you for switching to wet food; even the cheapest canned food (Friskies at Walmart for .45 a can when they have their rollbacks; .50 a can normally) is better than the priciest dry food. Cats need moisture in their diet and they don't drink much. Dry food-fed cats are prone to urinary tract infections, especially the males, who have a narrower urethra.

  8. Banker Gurl Says:

    Laying in bed with neck pain and can't sleep. Wondered what this post was about when I saw the heading. So much I didn't know about cats and bedding!

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