I never thought I would…thanks Amazon!

Those of you who know me know that I love to go grocery shopping.  Yes, I’m weird, and it comes from experiences in childhood, but it is what it is.  The family is lucky because I’ll run down to the market if they need anything and they don’t have to bother with it.

I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for a while, and we use most of the services (free shipping, streaming movies, music, etc), but I was balking a bit when they raised the yearly fee from $79 to $99.  I was weighing the features we use versus price to see if we were really coming out ahead in the end.  Then came Amazon Prime Now.

What is Amazon Prime Now?  Basically the advertisement for it reads “Skip the trip and shop for tens of thousands of daily essentials and gift items through the Amazon Prime Now app. Two-hour delivery is FREE and one-hour delivery is available in most areas for just $7.99. Prime Now is available from early morning to late night, seven days a week.

The only odd thing is you have to place the order on your mobile device (no laptop).  Hence for the longest time I ignored this feature–I just don’t do orders on my smartphone.  The other day, however, I needed to go pick up a couple of 24-packs of bottled water and some Gatorade.  I was doing a bunch of other stuff and didn’t really feel like going to the grocery store, so on a whim I opened up the Amazon Prime Now app.  I figured the grocery items would probably be double the price of the grocery store, and was shocked to find that the prices were exactly the same, sometimes lower, and a few items were a few cents more.  (I also have my grocery store app on my phone so I could check the prices real time at my local store).  Same prices, no delivery fee, AND they would bring it to my doorstep in two hours???  Hello, I am there!  A few swipes of the phone and voila, order placed.  Two hours later I had three packs of water and two multipacks of Gatorade sitting on my front porch.

That is AWESOME.  Granted, they don’t carry all the items my grocery store has, but they have a decent selection.  And it’s not only dry goods, but frozen foods, refrigerated items, fresh produce, bakery items, medicine, etc.  Not to mention gift stuff, household supplies, decor, the list goes on and on.

Today once again was a jam packed day of activity, and this morning hubby informed me we were out of honey.  Looking through the pantry and refrigerator I made a list of items–honey, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, etc, with every intention of going to the store after picking the munchkin up from school.  By the time that rolled around traffic was horrible, so while I was parked in line waiting to pick her up, I pulled up the Amazon Prime Now app, searched for all the items I needed and less than ten minutes later had them ordered.  Since I wasn’t in a rush I still opted for the two hour free delivery, but it’s nice to know I could pony up $7.99 and have whatever I ordered delivered within the hour.

I never thought I would use a service for grocery delivery, but now that I have, I have to say it’s pretty sweet.  Thanks Amazon!

I won!

Okay, it was only $4, but I did win a prize in the powerball lottery drawing Saturday.  Spent $2 for the quick pick, got $4 back, so I’m ahead $2.  You can bet I’ll definitely buy a $2 quick pick for Wednesday since the jackpot will be $1.3 BILLION dollars (maybe more, depending on how frenzied people get buying tickets).

We’re still daydreaming about moving in four years.  After some investigating we’ve discovered the property taxes are MUCH lower in the prospective areas than they are here.  Heck, the property tax on a half million dollar home is less than what we are paying for our $266,000 property.  The half million dollar home is on my radar if I win enough in the lottery.  Here it is: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/725-Depot-St_Jonesborough_TN_37659_M85085-41774
(Winning the lottery is key, since we are actually looking at downsizing when we move to stretch our retirement income further, be able to travel, etc).

I don’t know why homes like this feel “familiar” to me, but they do.  It is truly a gut reaction.  There’s one in town here…every time I drive by it there is a ‘tug’.  I can’t describe it more than that, but it’s there.  When I saw the pictures for the listing above, that same gut reaction happened.  It’s not like when I see a southern style farmhouse with a wide wraparound porch–that feels like home.  The 1800 time-frame buildings evoke a different feeling, but it’s on par to that.  I’d snatch up that listing in a heartbeat, maybe make it a bed and breakfast kind of deal.

The downside to daydreaming about moving is that it causes you to cast a critical eye on your current abode.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my house.  In fact, if I could just pick the house up and move it to a different state I’d be ecstatic.  But, when you look at it from a buyer’s point of view, you start to see the little things/big things that need addressing–paint, removal of less than pleasing wallpaper, changing out light fixtures, switching out carpet for tile in the master bathroom (I’ve never understood why people put carpet in bathrooms of all places), updating faucets, etc.  I guess I should be happy that if we do take the plunge, it’s four years out.  That’ll give us time to address the things we can change to make a better sale in the end.

Well, fire’s going in the fireplace, and I’m getting ready to roast a chicken for dinner.  Oh, and I found a recipe for a killer berry cobbler that is as simple as can be.  Take one cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and mix together.  In a separate bowl mix one egg with 1/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons oil.  Add to flour mixture and stir until combined.  Press out the resulting dough/batter mixture into the bottom of a SLOW COOKER.  Yes, you are going to cook this in a crock pot.  In a large bowl combine 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour.  Stir in one pint container of fresh blueberries and one container of fresh raspberries until they are completely coated with the sugar/flour mixture.  Spread the berries over the dough/batter.  Cover and cook on low for about 2 1/2 hours.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.

It doesn’t get any easier than that.