Friday, August 8, 2014

Funky tomatoes and other thoughts

 I took pictures of these the other day...not all my tomatoes look like these
but a big portion of them do.  At least these bottom two.
Have you ever seen anything quite like them?  The bottom two are from my Brandywines....and all my plants are Brandywine except four. 

I still have a lot of decluttering to do.  Just have not been doing much of it.  However, the other day I got in the mood to spend some time at it.  When I start, I always end up getting a bag for things I want to donate and one for things I want to throw away.  I got rid of old VCR tapes, some college textbooks, other books, boxes...I cannot even think of all I got rid of.

Well, some of it has actually been picked up when the trash service ran yesterday morn.  And I have a big bag just full of stuff to be donated.  And have another bag started of things for donation.  And you know with all we have donated, and all that has found its way to the trash, you cannot tell that anything is gone.  I tell Roger all the time that we are rich....we have to be to be able to get rid of so much and not even miss it.

Granted, some of it is things that have been given to me.  And I got rid of a pair of my jeans that were threadbare almost.  One of my pairs for mowing the yard in.  A pair that most women would not be seen dead in.   And I got rid of things that I have not worn in ages.

anyway, the point of this is I got in this one tote that had some of the girls school work...notes, etc.  And then there was a spiral notebook and I opened it and there was a 'journal' I had started when we lived in Tennessee.  I sat down to read a little bit in it and came across where I had been to the grocery store.

This was back in 1978.  I spent $28 plus some change and here is what I got for that amount:

3 chuck blade steaks
10 pk chops
2-3 lbs of hamburger
gallon of milk
16 slices of cheese
lunchmeat ( I didn't say how much--probably one of those variety packages they used to have)
toilet paper (I am sure that was back when we always got a 4-roll package)
and some canned goods.

That is just how I wrote it back then, except for the part in the parenthesis.  I wonder what that would cost now?



Anonymous said...

Those are some unusual-looking tomatoes! One of Mike's co-workers sent a bag of home-grown tomatoes home with him today. There's an odd one that is actually two grown together with a tiny third one in between the two!

I've been working in my home office all afternoon, trying to declutter/get rid of old bills, etc., from my files. We just gave a bunch of clothes and unused household goods to donatestuff dot com. They will come pick up at your house.

You sure got a lot of food for your $28! :)

Have a good weekend!


Leave It To Davis said...

60 bucks is what I would guess, estimating what it costs me here....oh well that was just the meat. I forgot about the canned goods. Maybe 100?

Deb said...

Those tomatoes sure look strange. Do you suppose they have some sort of fungus?

Sandra said...

I totaled it and came up with 111.00 and how cool to find that. i think your tomatoes have black mold disease. here is a link i found that list all the diseases with pictures.

Roan said... least triple and maybe more!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi, I read that people need to move --in order to declutter... That was true when George and I moved here in 2003... We had his and her stuff to combine --but we both got rid of a lot of stuff then... BUT--now that it's 11 years later, we need to move again.. ha

Glad you found the journal. That is a KEEPER.. Can you believe how much more food costs now???? Even from a year or two ago, it's unbelievable the difference.... Gads...


Montanagirl said...

I need to do some de-cluttering too - and I think what you bought back then would no doubt cost more than 4 times that much now!

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see Sandra's comment to this. I'd say over $100 worth of groceries too.
Too bad about the tomatoes.

CDH said...

Cool tomatoes! I bet they taste just the same! :)
Cameron's dad has a receipt for fuel from the 30's, it's like 1 cent a gallon! Sheesh!

Ginny Hartzler said...

Attack of the tomatoes from outer space!! Will you cut them open, maybe eat them? Back in 1969, our grocery budget was $15.00 a week, and we ate well! Hamburger was fifteen cents a pound.

Small City Scenes said...

Brandwines seem--to me--to all look like that. Bob's son Jim grows all Heirloom tomatoes and to me they are just funny looking---but taste good.
When I moved in with Bob I really got rid of a lot of my stuff and he didn't cuz he wasn't going anywhere. Too funny.
I remember back then that my girlfriend and I would go grocery shopping together and we each had 25 dollars and we would see who could by the most and who had any change. We had families too. We ate good too.
It is fun to look back. MB

Quiltedtime said...

I love misshaped tomatoes, especially the ones that grow a "nose".

Have a great week!

EG CameraGirl said...

The price of groceries sure has gone up since the seventies. Anyone saving money since then would be disappointed to see how little it would buy now.

Hmmm. I wonder if you need to plant a different variety of tomatoes next year...or at least plant your Brandywines in a different spot next time. Dunno! I bet they still taste good though. Nothing like a fresh tomato straight from the garden!

A Colorful World said...

Do the tomatoes taste OK?

Boy do I need to do the kind of sorting out you are talking about. Just don't have any energy right now. need to try, though!

DeniseinVA said...

Unusual looking but I bet they taste great. I wish I had some of my own tomatoes but I've found some good ones at the local market. I am into slices of tomato and mozzarella right now, can't get enough of it. I guess there are worse things :) It's fun coming across old things when tidying things up. I'm about to follow suit. I wonder what I will find. Have a great week Rose.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

those tomatoes do look as if each one has its own personality but as long as they taste good! :)