Today we got our first snow. It was a few flurries, and it did not accumulate, of course, but the weather forecast predicts snow flurries until Wednesday, with accumulations possible. I find that hard to believe, but it is cold, gray, windy so who knows.
We went back up on the hill to the Amish produce stand to buy more apples. Tim saw 50 lb bags of red potatoes and he does love red potatoes. At $16.00 per bag, that worked out to $3.20 per 10 pound weight. In the grocery store, white potatoes are $5.99 per 10 lb bag. (We didn't see any red potatoes, which are usually more expensive.)
I made a meatloaf and made mashed potatoes from the red potatoes, just to give them a try. Tim was so pleased with them that he is headed back up tomorrow to buy another 50 lb bag. They will last, stored in the old coal room in the basement and a hundred pounds of them will get us nicely through the winter and probably provide nice seed potatoes for this spring.
I did half of my apples today, and will do the other half of them tomorrow.
William opened his first bank account tonight and he feels very much like a man. He earns money working for his grandfather, and his tendency has been to spend it all as soon as it crosses his palm, a dangerous habit.
This has been quite a sticking point with him. He feels that he earns the money and it is his. We argue that it is never a smart thing to spend all your money. We have begun to insist that he has to wait one week before spending his money, a 'cooling off' period. We also are insisting he save a portion of his pay.
He waited a week and he was quite irritated about it, but interestingly, he decided that we were right. He did not buy what he thought he wanted for some carefully thought out reasons. He did spend $6 leaving him with $8 left over from his two weeks pay. He decided to bank half of it, leaving his $4 to add to next week's pay, when, once again, he'll have some decisions to make. The deal is, whatever he banks, we will match, which is a very attractive incentive to him. It cost us $25 to open the account and we are hopeful that it will lead to more better money handling skills.
Tim gets caught up in Netflix series. Breaking Bad was the first. He got caught up in The Last Kingdom. Better Call Saul, and then Valhalla. Now he's watching some Turkish thing called Resurrection. I'm kind of amazed. It's all in Turkish, with subtitles, but he is fascinated. The other day, he said, "This has five seasons. I've watched over 30 episodes. How many episodes does it have?"
I wandered off to Google to find out.
458 episodes. Totally not kidding. 458 episodes.
"Holy cow!" he said.
"You'll be watching this when you're 70," I said.
And that's today.