I've been cooking a lot lately. Made TVP sausage and baked it instead of frying it. It turned out better I think. Also bought some jicama and we'll be trying that today. Yesterday I made the 'Amazing Mac and Cheeze Sauce" from the Uncheese cookbook. It was okay, but didn't taste quite right. Did go over the pasta nicely though.
The other day here in Portland I saw something I haven't seen in a long time. I was waiting at a corner, to make a turn. I was turning onto Powell, which there is 5 lanes across. I saw a younger woman (late teens early 20s) helping an elderly lady who was unsteady on her feet, to cross the street. I assumed it was a grandmother/daughter. But it wasn't. The older lady thanked the younger and they went their separate ways. That is one of the (many) things I love about Portland. People here are truly nice. You wouldn't think that you are in a large metro area.
Here, people avoid blocking crosswalks so pedestrians and bikes can cross. As you leave a Trimet bus, people will thank the driver. There are jerks and idiots as in any city. But you don't notice them much here, at least I don't.
Money is getting really tight for us now, so all of what I've learned about frugality I will have to use to an even greater extent. Luckily, I have stocked up over the past months, so I have all the basics I need. We will manage pretty well, I think.