Now you know why birthday freebies were included in this week's 'Stuff' post. After the money kicked out for peaches, plus a $500+ repair bill on the truck, I've been researching discounts and free stuff for your natal day. And there's a bunch of it on the Internet, including this post from allyou magazine.
There's even a website, Birthday Freebies, dedicated to just this.
Nonetheless, we'll benefit some in the next week from Panera (free birthday pastry) and our favorite, Red Robin (a birthday burger). Both places have reward clubs you need to sign up for in advance; just click on the links.
Here's how my day went --
I woke up this morning to my sweet Brick bringing breakfast in bed. He also gave me a bouquet of red roses -- and a Bigfoot birthday card. What a romantic.
|Maybe I needed a cake like this...|
This afternoon was an adventure to see what I could scoop up for free during the errand run. I grabbed a loaf of garlic bread, a package of cupcakes and a bag of french bread loaves from the thrift shop's 'free bread' shelf. One bank threw a couple of dog bones in with the cash. (They saw Charley sitting in the back.) But the nicest 'present' by far was a pretty clear blue plastic piggybank from the local credit union, when the clerk heard it was my birthday. What a kind thing to do.
I also redeemed a $10 rewards card from Lowes (expiring today) to buy an ornamental kale plant and two pansies. The pansies will brighten up the planter until frost, then hopefully will reappear in the spring. The kale plant looks interesting in a planter -- but even better, I'll be able to trim leaves from it for a few months. They make great additions to soup.
A final stop at Chipotle for burritos (a BOGO earned from the library's summer reading program), plus the garlic bread heated, made for an easy supper. Of course, we had cupcakes for dessert!
|Got some lovely flowers from the Mama, too|
No visits from the girlies -- Son #1 and Daughter #2 are in North Carolina, rockhounding right now. Daughter #1 had her own responsibilities elsewhere. I'd seen them the week before, though, for a birthday supper.
A quiet, peaceful day was had...with rain falling on our parched yard by nightfall.
Funny -- I don't feel any older.