After a flurry of month-end activity yesterday and today I'm going to aim at another no-spend November. It's the time to use up what's here and do a few small repairs on things I don't want to replace.
With nice weather predicted over the weekend I think it's time to mow the back, do a thorough policing the grounds (droppings) and at least one dog is going to get a bath. and all of them will get a good brushing.
The pantry got a good clear out today and after organizing canning jars quite a few "good jars" (from pasta sauce) and lids went into the recycle bin. I keep a few for things that go in the freezer, but lately I've just used canning jars for freezing and don't need to keep the old sauce jars. Lots of canned peaches that were in there too long are now in the compost, and I have some on-the-cusp of too old tomatoes I'll use up quickly in the next few weeks. They'd been buried and out of sight or they'd have been used long ago. All of this was to clear space where previously frozen things like rice, beans, flour, and pasta were stored for a while to kill any weevils before they hatch. In a warm climate, this is necessary. The kitchen is still cluttered with stuff that needs to be put away, but it's getting better.