Erasmus said, “When I get a little money, I buy books; if any is left, I buy food and clothing.”

Erasmus was a man after my own heart. Still, buying food is one of my main jobs around the house, so I looked at the ideas on food shopping as I was checking out the frugality blogs. There are some surprises there — buy cookies that you don’t like very well, so they will last longer? Always use coupons when you buy name-brand salad dressing?

No, no. Buy basic ingredients and make your food yourself. Buy nutritious foods and don’t waste them. Plan ahead so that everything will be used. Become familiar with prices so that you know whether things are economically priced or not, and stock up on them when they are.

Well, that’s dull, though, isn’t it? You can’t keep a blog going with stuff like that, can you? It is more interesting to point out that pancakes can be made with leftover cake batter. This gives your readers the chance to speculate on the circumstances that could have given rise to the leftover cake batter in the first place (a sudden emercency that distracted the baker? an unaccountable shrinkage of the cake pan? I’m trying), and to imagine German chocolate pancakes.

There was in the 1970s or 1980s a book by someone called JoAnn Lord or something like that, with a title like I Feed my Family on $10 a Week. I can’t recall the details, but it was quite famous at the time. This woman fed her family peanut butter sandwiches on day-old white bread every day, with water. This, to me, was like the “Magic Loop technique” — trying to make something sound intentional. Of course, it is sad if you have only $10 a week for a food budget, and must live almost entirely on peanut butter, but it is hardly something to brag about.

Here is a sensible article on the subject. And this is a sensible source of specific information, if perhaps you are new to grocery shopping or something.

Other than grocery shopping (do not worry, Pokey, the Thanksgiving feast has not been replaced by peanut butter and water), cleaning the garage, and reading the frugality blogs, I have been mostly knitting this weekend.

For one thing, I am beginning to feel time’s winged chariot at my back, as they say, when it comes to Christmas gifts. For another, I feel as though I am coming down with a cold, and staving it off only with willpower.

So this is bawk #6, with a meandering cable pattern of my own devising. This luscious color is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes “Violet.”

I am debating whether or not to go to church. On the one hand, if I am indeed coming down with something, then I don’t need to go share it. This is the last day of rest I will have in some time, and I should move as little as possible and drink lots of tea in order to nip the illness in the bud.

On the other hand, we are singing Franck.