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Costco Executive Membership Reward Check

Jan
26

Costco's executive members receive 2% on most Costco purchases.

I received $55.48, so it paid for my executive membership plus 48 Cents.

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Pictures for my mother - Costco Tulips

Jan
24

I bought this jar of tulips two weeks ago for my mother.  It was $11.99 at Costco.  I normally see my parents every weekend.  But, my parents have been busy last 2 weekends.  Tulips are now in full blooms.  So, I decided to take pictures of them and email to my mother.

I set it on the chair by the window so it will get some Sunlight.  I bought that chair last week for $5 at a garage sale.  I should talk about garage sales, really...

Photography: I am still enjoying my Canon PowerShot S120. It takes near professional quality photographs that I stopped carrying my SLR camera.  I popped the flash at low setting.  Without the flash, pictures will be too contrasty and background will be much darker.

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Costco Shopping - January 20, 2015

Jan
21

That garden watering kit seemed a bit pricy ($21.49).  But, I wanted to treat myself with some fancy gardening tool.  I water my plants every day.  So, $21, 49 is a small price for convenience and fun I may have.

So far, as Spring approaches, I planted 1 lemon tree and about 80 flower bulbs.  I shall plant more.

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Costco Kitchen Faucet - WaterRidge

Jan
18

I replaced the kitchen faucet.  Not only that, I finally installed the water filtration system I bought 2 years ago (from Costco).

After Costco shopping yesterday I had a phone conversation with a friend.  I told her I bought a nice kitchen faucet at costco.  And, get this, she asked me how much it would cost me to install it.  I was a little offended.  She completely dismissed my mechanical common sense.  I am not clueless.  I build my computers from scratch.  So, I told her that there should be no problem for me to install the faucet.  I have never replace a kitchen faucent before, but how hard can it be?

So, today, I installed the kitchen faucent. While I was at it, I remembered I still had a water filtration system I bought 2 years ago.  So, I installed the water filtration system as well.

When the same friend came over both the faucet and the filter was installed.  She saw my new sink setup, but she didn't say anything.  She didn't say "Wow" or "Hm.."   Nothing...

I almost asked her to leave.  What do I have to do to impress her?  (don't tell me, this is a family show).

 

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Costco Shopping - January 16, 2015

Jan
17

I've been checking out this kitchen faucet for a while.  Kitchen faucets have wide range of price.  At Home Depot, I saw kitchen faucets ranging $40 to $200+.  I bought this faucet with a blind faith.  This has to be a good deal.  It looks pretty good, solid, and fancy. The difficult part is that I have to motivate myself to install it.  This WaterRidge faucet was $78.99.

I like Kashi granola bar.  It's tasty.  I bought 2 more boxes.  Everyone should keep granola bars, especially at work.  I often get hungry at work.  I didn't research, but my guess is that granola bars are better than Sneaker bars. 

Six Calla lily bulbs were $11.99.  This is a great price.  Costco will have flower bulbs that will perform in your climate (zone).  And they will be available for you at the right time to plant them.  This is a great benefit of shopping at Costco.  It takes away the guessing game.

A glass pot of live tulips are for my mother.

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Costco Tulip Bulbs

Jan
16

I bought a bag of 50 tulip bulbs from Costco about 3 months ago.  A bag of 50 bulbs were about $8.  yes, eight bucks.  It was a very good price.  Tulip bulbs usually go for $4 - $7 each at retail stores.

I bought them 3 months ago.  then I stored them in a mini refrigerator for 2 months.  It's called "forcing it" or "chill it". I just learn that technique.  I also made sure I didn't have any apples in my mini refrigerator.  They say apples will kill the bulbs.

I planted them on Christmas Eve.  I water them every morning.  I am now starting to see them sprouting out.  I am looking forward to see some progress.  I have a lot of small pots to give away to my friends and family.

More pictures coming...

Check out my cute, rustic pot setup.  I bought them at a garage sale for $1.00
Oh yeah, I should talk about garage sales sometimes... :)

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Costco Shopping - January 5, 2015

Jan
06

I found these LED lights.  I have two sets of florecent lights in my garage.  So, I'm going to replace one as a test.  If this works out well, I shall buy one more set.  I'll have to motivate myself to install this one first.

Kashi granola bars were $3.30 off ($9.49 after discount).  One box contains 35 bars, so each bar is about 27 Cents.  I think these granola bars are must items for working people like me. I should buy some more.

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Calvin Klein Pants - Too Long

Dec
31

I bought 4 pairs of Calvin Klein jeans ($24.99 each).  3 of them were dark blue that I could wear them at work and look decent.

But, these pants are longer than what they should be, so, I have to take them back.  This is irritating.  I know that jeans shrink when washed, but they are way off.  Look at the picture below.  Both pairs of pants are Calvin Klein, 30x30.  The longer pair is the one I just bought.  This will not work for me.

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My Christmas Story 2014 - A New Friend

Dec
29

It began 4-5 years ago.  I went to Smart and Final one late evening.  A lady in front of me left her wallet/datebook at the counter and walked away, so I grabbed her wallet and ran after her.  We had a very quick conversation, for about 10 seconds(?), not enough time to introduce each other.  She thanked me and told I was an angel.  I gave her a smile, spreaded my arms like an angel, and ran back to the cashier who was waiting to check me out.

Several months later I met her again at the same Smart and Final. We greeted each other and finally introduced each other.

Then I met her again at the same Smart and Final.  This time she was with her husband.  She introduced me to her husband. Then I met her a few more times here and there.

More than a year passed without seeing her.

On Christmas Eve (2014), I went to Smart and Final for spinach and kale, and I saw her there.  We were happy to see each other.  We had a long conversation at the parking lot.  She realized I would be home alone for Christmas, and invited me to her house for Christmas dinner.

I will let the pictures do the talking. There was plenty of food.  I wanted to have second... but I felt embarrassed to go for second when everyone was finishing up eating.

Oh, she bought the prime rib from Costco.

I wrote her a Christmas card.  It said "I feel like I'm in a movie"

After dinner, she told me she would find me a girl (I'm pretty sure she meant a wife). :)

I have a new friend.  Life is good.

Merry Christmas.

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