Sunday, September 1, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up 9/1

Well, well, well here is September.  Happy Spring to those in the southern hemisphere, and happy -'unofficial' fall to my northern friends.  It seems that Labor Day here in the U.S. is kind of considered the last hoorah for summer.  Fall will be here in a few short weeks.

Weather has been all over the place this week.  Hot, cool, chilly, rain, storms, dry and sun, humid and wonderful!
The mosquitos are horrid.  I look like I am bundled for winter when I go out back in the evening.  They just attack like crazy!  UGH
All the birds (every type) are going crazy eating up everything in sight.  I have had a racoon in the yard this week (not happy about that - it was big), opossums and the ground hog was seen the first of the week.   Squirrels and birds of course and butterflies every where.  Hummies are still drinking away too.  Spiders and spider webs are every where you step!!!  My goodness you have to really be aware of the webs.   It is a regular Eden out there!

Kind of a quiet week.
  • I went to my sisters last Sunday for a sibling dinner.  That was super nice
  • She sent leftovers home with me!
  • I got around to cutting the 2nd cantaloupe I bought last week.  Yum, just as good as the first
  • Cleaned under the frig!!!!    Aaaaackkk - what a furry, dusty mess!  Me, the vacuum hose and a yardstick and rag.  Nothing like laying on your belly and trying to see under it!  At least I had a good flashlight!
  • Had enough rain, that I didn't have to water anything.
  • Used all leftovers I had in new ways.
  • Mowed and managed to get a ton of yardwork done on decent days!  So much more to do
  • Ran to Kroger  and got the weekend special of American cheese for 1.49 pack.  I got 3 as that will last me ages.  I also bought 3 packs of Eckrich thick cut bologna for $1 each.  I know - but I like it.  That is all I got there.
  • Went to Aldi - haven't been in ages.  Found that the few things I wanted actually went down in price.  YAY!  
  • Picked a few tomatoes and a couple peppers
  • Doing all the normal stuff
  • Got all the grapes picked and in freezer till this week (for jelly)
  • Have managed to have AC off for a few days this week and windows open
Meals this week:
Dinner at sisters
Fried chicken breast, 2 biscuits and gravy, and sliced tomato (most from sis)
Steak burger and sliced tomato and cucumber and hard boiled eggs (eggs from sis)
Refried bean/salsa/cheese quesadilla
Fresh veggie chunks with ranch dressing and cheese slices
Small homemade meaty-spicy pizza 
Tostadas (mixed pizza topping and leftover refried beans) over cheese w/salsa (birds & squirrels got the crust from extra pizza)

Have eaten a lot of cantaloupe this week!  SO fresh and juicy.
*If you can't tell - I like anything that is in some way Mexican!!!  I could eat Mexican food everyday!

So as you can tell - it has been quiet here.  I just plod away day by day - doing what needs to be done.  I need to get back to doing more than JUST enough.  The holidays are coming up and I need to get busy doing some canning (for my baskets), making up jar mixes and possibly some crafts and sewing.  I hope I get the oomph I need to get it done.  It may even bring me some joy - just getting back to it!!!!  I will think about the smiles the goodies I make will bring!

How was your week?  Did you take advantage of any good deals?  How are the gardens doing?
I hope you all have a great Labor Day and time with family and friends.

May you all stay safe and healthy and frugal this coming week.  Enjoy each and every day the Lord puts in front of you.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours!


  1. You had a really good week, Cheryl! I need to run to Aldi's today, if I can ind the time I have two grands here this morning and 2 more kids for the rest of the day along with them. So much for MY rest on Labor Day.

    Have a great Sunday- xo Diana

    1. Oh you know you would rather have grandkids to love on than REST! Hope you get to Aldi. Enjoy your kid fix!

  2. I could eat Mexican every day, too. Have a wonderful week!

    1. I just love the flavor combos!
      You have a good one as well.

  3. You have been productive. The weather here has been cool and wet, making yard work hard. School has started back up, so the GD's are busy with that. This is the first year that they both drive themselves and I am not running them all over. My quilt group has been busy and we had a booth at a couple of fairs. One more of those to go, but that will be in Oct. Now is time to buckle down and wash woodwork and cabinets. Haven't seen much in the way of specials at our grocery stores, but my pantry will be fine. We love Mexican food here as well, but the girls want to learn to make Chinese as well. Found a new to me recipe book on Chinese food, so need to find some recipes to try.

    1. We have had a lot of rain - but that makes pulling weeds easier. How nice that the girls are more independent and it saves you some time.
      That sounds neat on the fairs. Are you displaying wares or are you teaching?
      Yep, it is time for fall cleaning. LOL - it never ends so I don't know why I call it fall or spring cleaning.

      Chinese was my husbands favorite - he could have eaten that every day. I never was too fond. I do like egg drop soup and lomein and fried rice - but that is about it.
      That will be fun to do with them.

  4. Sounds like a good week! Glad you enjoyed time with your relatives. I love leftovers. Cook once and eat twice works well for me. I had my son grill lots of burgers and dogs last night, and we will have the leftovers today.
    You do have a lot of critters. I have some not so good ones. While
    working outside yesterday, I looked up and there were 3 vultures perched on my roof. Do hope that wasn't an omen. And I had just cleaned my porch off a couple weeks ago, and it is covered in spiders and webs. My husband snaps his fingers to the Addams family theme, so I guess it is time to clean it again. ;)
    Have a blessed week.

    1. I like leftovers too.
      I have never had a vulture show up! YIKES. I do get hawks now and then. That would be a bit un-nerving! Oh, the spiders - every year the same thing. That is funny -the Addams family is about right!!

  5. Proud of you for dusting under the fridge.... we've been here three years, pulled the fridge out twice for various reasons. That's the only cleaning mine has seen. lol The gnats are horrible at my house. I bought a little pool for the grandkids this summer and the gnats are drowning by the thousands every day. What a mess.

    1. I sure haven't done the under frig much. Usually I spill something and need to get under there.
      I had gnats earlier but they are about gone. Oh my, that is creepy!

  6. Sounds like a great week. Cantaloupe is so good this time of year! I love how you keep busy and you will get your oomph back soon enough. Have a great week.

    1. This is the good time of the year for melons!
      I try and keep busy - could do better.
      Have a good one!

  7. Fall is well on its way here, with some leaves turning color. I had no idea that grapes can be frozen. You'll have to share your recipe when you start making jam/jelly.

    Have a great week!

    1. It is getting a bit cooler here as well.
      I just pluck off the stem and freeze in bags. Then I add a bit of water and 'cook' them until soft and put through sieve for the juice. I just use the recipe in the Sure Jell packet.
      It is pretty easy.

      Have a good one.

  8. Very productive week. Me not so much so. I have made an effort in the sewing room, some of the old broken down furniture is gone, and garden produce has been processed for the freezer.

    God bless.

    1. Sounds like you did good to me! I still haven't gotten in the sewing area.
      Have a good week.