We have continued to have great weather, which is really unusual for this time of the year. The next couple of days will be in the 80's and then the temps drop again to the upper 50's at the end of the week. No frost in our area yet.
The fact that we have had no frost, means that our trees have not really started to turn color yet. There are a few changing (sugar maples), but for the most part there is a lot of green out there.
I was leaving to visit my brother this week, and got just up the road when my brake pedal went all the way to floor! I guided myself slowly back home. I had a brake line go, therefore no brakes to speak of!! I was lucky to be so close to home. I had to then clean out the Blazer (I store all kinds of stuff in it), and called a tow truck to come take it to the repair shop.
I have had a couple other issues with windows as well, so we are having them fix everything.
The GOOD NEWS is, we received $2,500 about 3 years ago for hail damage to Blazer (could hardly see it), and that money is still in the account just for the Blazer. So it will not cost us any out of budget money!!!!!! YAY!!
*I am just happy this happened now and not on ice in the winter. God definitely had me in His hands.
My frugal week;
- Laundry in cold and line dried
- No AC. Love having the windows open
- I dug out blue jars and a couple old square jars I found in the canning jars I was gifted this summer. I will use them for dry storage.
- Have picked cherry tomatoes, 2 kinds of peppers, lettuce and green onions this week. Have some small zucchini growing in the garden still
- Aldi had squash on sale this week. I got 2 spaghetti squash, 2 acorn, and 2 butternut for .99 EACH! They are all firm and great size. Great deal and they will last us through the end of the year.
- I did a thorough scouring of the stove with vinegar and baking soda as cleaners. I figured most of the canning is done - so get it ready for the holiday season!
- Did a lot of yard work. Bundled up a lot of refuse for yard waste pick-up. I used strips of an old t-shirt to tie stuff up. Much stronger and versatile than twine!
- I went to the first craft bazaar of the season on Saturday. Did a lot of looking and got a lot of cute ideas. I did spend $5 (basically a donation to church) for a pineapple upside down cake! My favorite. My mom always made me one for my birthday - that is coming up at the end of the month - so I treated myself. (sweet memories).
- Harvested some dried bean pods I found in garden to use for planting next spring.
Meals of the week:
All leftovers and some fried green tomatoes (yum)
Stuffed pepper skillet dinner
Flavored rice, sausage patties and salad
Soup and grilled sandwiches
Mexican baked potatoes (topped w/nacho cheese, jalapenos and sour cream)
Cajon rice with chicken chunks and brussel sprouts
Leftovers for lunches
Snacks: cake, jerky, and Chex Mix
We have been enjoying watching all the nature in our backyard. Seems they are all getting ready for winter. We normally have 10-12 squirrels at any given time, birds of all sorts, "Chuck" the ground hog and "Opie" the little possum, and of course the 3 kitties are out there. We have some very young squirrels, which I find unusual this time of the year. One little guy has what appears to be a damaged tail (it's about 2" long), so it's name is "Bobbi". I am crazy I know!!!!!! I name everything.
I pray you all have a safe and healthy week. Many your frugal finds and adventures be many!
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