Taking advantage of my good nature…
Boy I think to myself every time I leave the grocery store when are the prices going to stop going up? Seems every week they are costing more and more. The sale prices this week are the same if not higher than the regular prices were the beginning of Dec. (my price book tells me this) For example in Dec. a loaf of wheat bread was $3.79 regular price, this week on sale that same loaf of bread was $3.69…
For our budget it’s getting harder and harder to keep within the budget even though I expected the increases and increased our budget by 10%. It’s now up to $150. every two weeks. So far I have managed to stick to it but we have less extras lately.
Our garden is going to be more important to us than ever this year. I figured our garden budget to come from the grogery budget to purchase the seeds, soil and what ever else we might need. This is going to be tough very soon.
When I figured for our garden I knew we are going to build raised beds and knew we had most of the lumber needed to do this project. Well low and behold I went out to the back side of the barn yesterday, just looking around and discovered our lumber pile has been picked over! Any board we had there that was longer than 2′ is gone! When I first discovered this I thought…no it must be under the snow…after digging around it’s not under the snow it’s gone.
After telling my husband about the discovery, he made a phone call to a friend of ours who he told could go back there and pick up the SHORT BOARDS for her wood stove. She didn’t really need them, just part of a barter, return for her feeding our horses one weekend while we were gone.
The call confirmed she had been back there and helped herself. She even commented on the nice job she did stacking the lumber back up for us. Yes indeed it is a nice pile with the piece of metal roofing back on the top to cover it.
Her reasoning was she too is building new garden beds this spring and since the boards were behind the barn, not in our main board pile, they all must be scrap and she helped herself to them, both the short ones and all the long ones. She even commented that they will be just “right” for her garden….NO KIDDING?!….He just said “ya’ that’s why they were back there, Karyn stacked them there last fall so they would be close by the garden area in the spring”… He didn’t have the heart to our right ask for them back.
I told him he should, we were counting on them in the spring and now we were the ones who need to spend $ to replace them, (about $180. worth and not a fair trade for feeding 2 horses for 2 days). This particular woman has plenty of $ to buy her own. I don’t think it was a misunderstanding at all, but my husband does and is not going to tell her any different. Even though I reminded him that’s 2 weeks of our groceries. Because that’s where the garden money is coming from this year.
This is not the first time something like this has happened in dealing with her, but she is a friend and does help us out a lot when we need the help. Especially in watching the older gentleman who lives with us when we want to go some where. He can’t be left alone and she is always happy to take him. I don’t want to do or say something to create hard feelings.
Now I’m not looking to win or loose this dispute with her or my husband I simply am wondering how I am going to replace the boards for the garden & save my budget… Perhaps I could pile up rocks or use felled trees. Goodness knows we have plenty of rocks, I just had my heart set on the clean neat look of the board edging for the raised beds.
Any one have something to add or an idea?