We had some really nasty storms this week - 2nd worse I have seen here in the 31 years we have been here. We had 4.5 inches of rain in our area in 6 hours. The back yard/garden area flooded really badly. Thankfully it went down within 24 hours - but it sure was something. There was tremendous flooding around our state. I pray for the farmers, as many fields are totally under water. I also worry about the home gardeners, as many people depend on those gardens for winter food. It is so sad.
I took advantage of a couple cooler days to get some necessary yard work done. Whacked them weeds for the first time in a few weeks! NOW, through sweat and flying debris I have poison on my face. Not too bad except around my left eye. It's on the eye lid and underneath. Boy, does it itch! I am doctoring it, and it is doing better today.
Here is a TIP that reader LAURIES told me about. Until I get the recipe file thing figured out - there is a quicker way to find things. At the top of the blog page on the left you will see a white box with what looks like a magnifying glass in it. Type a key word in - and every post with that word reference will pop up! I tried it and typed in the other word for zuke, a flower name, and the proper word for Xmas (I hate this abbreviation). I didn't type those words here, as then this post would show up. CHECK IT OUT - it does make it easier, and you can just scroll past posts you aren't interested in!! THANK YOU LAURIE
- Mowed and trimmed everything 2X - while cooler
- Got to open windows a couple 1/2 days to air out the house.
- Took my brother some zuke (his aren't producing yet) and he gave me a beautiful big bunch of fresh pulled carrots!
- I cut the lacy green tops of carrots and chopped and put in ice trays with water. Bagged - now I can add extra nutrition to soup this winter
- Dehumidifier has worked over time this week in basement (we got dampness). Used the water in the washer
- Line dried laundry
- Stopped at Kroger when I went to brothers (he lives 2 blocks from it!) I got several boxes of elbow pasta marked to .39/box. I also got 11 - 4 packs of organics beans (different varieties) for 1.29/4 pack. That's .32 a can! I don't need now - but they went into long term storage. ALL are dated 2020!!!
- Ran to the orchard and got fresh peaches, a lovely cantaloupe, and some berries
- Picking zuke, bell peppers, jalapenos from the garden. Getting a lot! Picked 4 cherry toms so far!
- I got COUPONS from Aldi - 6 - $10 off coupons! Spend $40 and get $10 off. These are good through the end of August. They came in the mail. WOOHOO! These will be used to stock-up for the winter months. Watch you mailboxes - hopefully other areas get them too.
- I ran to a 'yard' sale at the park up the street yesterday. Proceeds went to an animal shelter for ill animals. I got a lovely table runner (6') for $1, 4 packages of smaller Hallmark gift bags (each indiv. bag marked .99) 4 packs of 6/$1, and 3 big packs of all occasion tissue paper (each pack contained 12 packs of paper) for $1 each. That was 24 gift bags for $1 - and 36 packs of tissue paper for $3 (Hallmark too - marked 1.79 each). WHAT A SAVINGS!!!!!
Meals this week:
Cold cut sandwiches and zucc. salad
Made a big pasta/veggie salad
Veg. & faux crab lo-mein (homemade)
Chicken strips and pasta salad
Leftover chicken and lo-mein
Stuffed pepper skillet
Grilled ham & cheese and chips and dip
Made raspberry cobbler that was truly enjoyed, and had fruit.
All in all, I think it was a pretty eventful week here at my little homestead! I know I should have stayed out of the grocery store (per my plan), but with the savings I got, it is like money in the bank in the future. We added to long term storage so cheaply.
I am giving myself a break on this one!!!!!!!
Are you getting any goodies from your gardens yet??
What did you do to stay frugal this week?
Just remember - slow and steady wins the race. You aren't competing with anyone - do what you need to do!
God bless my friends. May your week be safe and healthy.
Prayers for all the farmers and gardeners.