I ordered my hog so that's taken care of. She's going to give me the original price of $3.50 per pound even though she raised her prices last month to $4.00 per pound to account for higher feed costs. She just felt so sorry for me with the whole freezer saga. I've kept her updated as we went along. She said the hog's butchered weight should be around 170 pounds. A bit smaller than I've gotten before, usually around 200 pounds, but I don't care. Cut and wrap is .89/lb, plus extra if we want sausage which we do. They don't charge extra for bacon. We don't eat as much pork as we do chicken, beef, or even seafood usually, so a smaller amount is not as big a deal and it means I should have room in the freezer for a fall lamb.
DH's boss if cleaning out his freezer because he is going halibut fishing on Tuesday. We are getting lots of wild Pacific salmon and possibly some cod as well. DH didn't say how much, just that his boss said a cooler full. Depends on the size of the cooler, I guess. So we should get that on Monday. I will never turn down free wild Pacific salmon. I'd turn down farmed Atlantic salmon in a heartbeat, though. I am a salmon snob, but how can you not be living in the coastal Pacific Northwest?
I spent $49.40 on chicken thighs today at Safeway. They were .99/lb. I bought 8 packages with 10 thighs each. That is 80 pieces of chicken. That portions up to 10 meals for my family or $4.94 per meal or $1.23 and a 1/2 cents per person per meal. Can't beat that anymore. It was just nice to see a pre-late 2020 price on chicken again.
Speaking of prices from before then, I haven't made it to Fred Meyer to get the $3.97/lb chuck roast for canning yet. I will probably go on Monday. We've eaten almost all of the roasts from our beef that we bought last summer. There's still plenty of beef left, though. I have a lot of hamburger, quite a few steaks, and some ribs. I think there is some brisket, too. Oh, and soup bones. I still have soup bones.
I called Virginia Mason today and got an appointment for my daughter with ENT doctor who specializes in Rhinology. Her nosebleeds have gotten so bad that she is waking up every morning with blood running down her throat and causing so much stomach distress. Because of the high iron content of blood, if you swallow a lot of it, it can cause nausea, vomitting, and troubles with the other end of things as well. And the clots she's been passing lately have been frightening. The ENT here just seems to have no clue about anything, so seeing a specialist seems the right course of action.
We were able to make it on the same day she sees the endocrinologist and the day before she sees the internist who specializes in chronic diseases for the first time. We are staying in Lynnwood, which is pretty close to Seattle instead of at the Inn at Virginia Mason, because no one wants to sleep on those beds again. Especially me with my deviated discs.
Mom fell yesterday and then again today. I honestly don't know how this woman has not broken a hip, given herself a concussion, or died. I keep telling her to slow down and she just won't. If you looked up the word stubborn in the dictionary, my mother's face would be right next to it. One of these days it's going to happen when no one is here. DS is staying home while we go to Seattle because we don't feel she can be left alone for nearly two days. He doesn't mind. He's not much of one for car travel.
I am really hoping it doesn't rain tomorrow so we can get more work done on the garden. It's just been one thing after the other and I feel like we are never going to get it finished. I so wish I could just get down on the ground and weed. It is really hard depending on other people for things. I guess in that way I am like my mother.