I didn't go very far in my search for shoes this morning. An anonymous commenter suggested I go to Walmart and buy a pair of Dr. Scholls. Got to Walmart, tried them on, bought them. Oh, I'm not done with my search for the perfect pair of shoes, but these are much more comfortable than the New Balance shoes I've been suffering with for months. I figured for thirty bucks, I'd give them a try. I'm keeping my list of shoe recommendations for future reference.
There's something else I've been looking for: flannel pajamas. Not that there aren't plenty of them around, but good grief! Since when do people pay twenty to thirty dollars for flannel pajamas?
J. C. Penny has a lot of stuff on clearance today, so we went there; the cheapest marked-down flannels they had were $16. I refuse to pay more than $10, so I may very well end up sleeping in sweats before this winter is over.
I did get a coat worth the money, though. Cliff said he's tired of looking at that long, red coat I've worn for three years, so he helped me pick out a new one. If you need a coat, this is definitely the time to buy one.
On to the subject of tomatoes: My garden really let me down last summer, most of the tomatoes rotting on the vines before they got up to any decent size. I didn't have enough to can, but I was able to try something new with the few extra tomatoes I managed to save. I washed them, cut out the stems, put them in gallon bags, and froze them. To use them I just immerse them in water for a little while and the skins come right off; they are then ready to be used in soups and stews. The only drawback is that until you get them thawed, you don't really know how much you have. I'm getting to be a pretty good judge of how many it takes to make two cups full, though.
My tomato patch also redeemed itself by providing me with fresh tomatoes clear through November. All my efforts weren't in vain.