Thursday, October 22, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Happy Sunday to all. Hope you had a good week.
- Got the hose out back all drained and put away for winter.
- Got more of the garden and pots cleaned out. Doing a bit each week
- Did a color touch up on my hair
- Used dehumidifier water in laundry
- Kept a parmesan shaker lid and a shaker lid from a cheap spice bottle
- I am on the budget plan for my lights and gas (you pay the same every month - 12 mos. a yr.) and this time I had a $88.05 CREDIT on electric and a $14.15 CREDIT on gas. WOOHOO
- Ran to the library. It is in the park and boy was it pretty!!!!!
- Ran up the street from park to Aldi (haven't been in ages). Happy to report they were FULLY stocked and NO limits - except paper products and scented candles!!!! Yep, scented candles! The prices were fantastic. I went for chips/snacks (always so cheap), eggs, and yogurt - got a lot more goodies for deep pantry - will post this week.
- I also ran into WM Family Market to get some birdseed until I get back to feed store. I looked around and was so pleasantly surprised how well stocked it was. Saw items I haven't seen in ages and many new items as well.
- I came across some mixes I received in a gift basket at Christmas, that I had put back. I figured I better get busy and use some of them up - (pretty sure I will more in a couple months - fingers crossed). I used a potato soup mix and added cauliflower, peas and bacon to it. YUM. I also used a mug cake mix I had, and it was a very tasty treat.
- I have become so frustrated with my glasses I got a year ago. They just never seemed right - but I kept thinking I just needed to give them time - then everything shut down. I figured I was going to bite the bullet and spend more money for a new exam somewhere different. Nothing seemed to line up right for clear viewing. I always moving the glasses around, turning my head, etc. In desperation (I figured what did I have to lose) I just messed with them a bunch this week and realigned and bent frames and ear 'thingies' a bunch and OH MY GOODNESS - so much better. Geesh what a nimrod I have been. I will continue to tweak, but I am much happier.
- I got to go to my brother/SIL's for a cookout yesterday. Saw all of their kids and grands that I haven't seen since the end of Feb. I even got to meet my newest gr. gr. niece (born during shut down). Golly, I love hugging babies! It was a fun time.
- Brother sent me home with a bunch more bell peppers! I brought home some cookie cake as well!
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
- Chunked the bottom of a wonderful candle to use as melts. The candle is pretty done as far as burning, but the smell is wonderful - so I am not wasting the remainder
- Got to air the house a lot!
- Made 12 pints and 2 - 1/2 pints of enchilada sauce and canned. Most will be used for holiday gift baskets.
- Renewed library books online
- Kroger had Fugi and Gala apples on sale 5 lbs. for 2.99 - that is .60 a pound!!!! Super cheap here. I got some of both - sooooooo yummy I also got more cat litter while at Kroger (for stock)
- Stopped at CVS and got a battery I needed on the way home
- I fixed my key fob for the Blazer!!!! It quit working a few weeks back. I got to wondering about a battery - yes it has one. I mean the silly thing is 18 years old, and I have never changed the battery! Replaced it and it still didn't work. Well at this point the fob is useless - so I took the little computer board out and saw that the little gold colored strips (connections) were black. I took a soft cloth and rubbed them clean - put it all back together - and WAHLA it works!!!! Yep that saved me about $85 for a replacement
- I did a big financial overview this week - spent a day just going over everything. Need to do that once in a while
- Did more cleaning and de-cluttering - never ending battle!
- Cleaned all the wood floors
- Doing all the normal stuff - cooking at home, getting resourceful and experimental with food, lights out most of the time, drinking water and juice, taking my vitamins and herbs (got to stay healthy), reading, porch sitting, etc.
- Did a little more yard clean-up
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Some days I wish we could go back a little. Back when life was not so modern and so complicated. Back when there was less technology. Back to a time of happiness and joy in even the smallest things. Back to childhood and friends and family. Back to a safer world.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Sunday, October 4, 2020
- Cleaned out some storage cabinets in the laundry area - a mess!
- Found some way past "best" date cinnamon rolls (roll) in the frig and baked them. Tasty
- Picked 2 bouquets of New England asters and the last rose of the season
- Cut hair
- Picked ALL the tomatoes left on the vines (just in case of frost)
- Worked and worked in the basement - decluttering and straightening. OH MY! I made a lot of trash and have 2 boxes of donations ready to go again - still much more to go through. I also have some larger items for donation as well. If not needed - out it goes.
- Did some more dead heading of flowers and bit more yard work
- Inventoried all my DRY goods - pasta, beans, rice, bulk goods, etc.
- Chopped and sliced peppers for freezer (gifted peppers)
- Received the FREE book many have been receiving - Great Controversy. Haven't read any of it yet. It is a full book of 473 pages. Many in our area have received it. (I believe it is about religion over the years in this country)
- Found some recipes I have been hunting for for canning and making for gifts
- I ran to Kroger simply to check clearance. I got 2 different items
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Happy OCTOBER! My goodness, time flies. It sure feels like October here this week. Breezy, cool, cloudy - refreshing!!!
- If you have a rain barrel - of course it needs to be emptied before freezing weather - but don't just dump it. Fill some old jugs or bottles with it. It is great for your houseplants, it can be useful reserve water for flushing, etc. that is free. My favorite hint - is I keep several gallons to use during the winter months on my hair. I rinse my hair with it and it makes my hair so soft. Make sure you keep your rain water!
- Conditioner that you don't like or don't use - use it for shaving your legs and under arms. It helps the razor glide easily and it also softens the skin. Don't waste it! SOAP can also be used for shaving - cheap and easy. Foam it up and shave! For MEN - Glen had a beard and once a month or so he would put conditioner in and leave it for an hour or two and then rinse out. It made his skin under the beard soft and not flakey.
- I use my ice cream scoop when measuring out batter for muffin tins. Perfect amount. It also works when making BIG drop cookies. I use it a lot it for super big sugar cookies at the holidays. I also use the ice cream scoop when scooping watermelon. Makes a bigger ball than a little melon baller.
- Now that it is pumpkin and winter squash season - don't forget to save the seeds! Wash well, salt and roast for a free and yummy snack. IF you don't like them for a treat - clean and put them out for the birds and squirrels. NOTE: Check your ads - Our Kroger has pie pumpkins on sale this week 10/$10. My goodness you can't buy canned pumpkin that cheap - and this is pure and healthy pumpkin. Look for deals and make your own puree.
- It is baking season again. If you need to measure honey or molasses or anything very sticky - first measure oil in your cup. It prevents the sticking - honey rolls right out. If you don't need to measure oil - spray cup with Pam to prevent sticking
- Leaves will be falling upon us very soon. Rake those babies and place them on the garden. You can till this fall or leave till spring. Snow will help break down leaves. Great mulch and additive to garden for free (don't use walnut leaves where you might plant tomatoes)
- If you get bananas and they get too brown for your eating pleasure - make sure you freeze them. I just keep a bag going with bananas in peels. I pull out what I need for bread or muffins and they thaw in no time. Cut off the tip and squeeze out banana goo! Super easy and no mess
- Apple season is here. That means homemade applesauce and apple butter - pies and cobblers - caramel apples, baked apples, fried apples - YUM. I have always kept peels to make apple peel jelly - no waste. I have been reading a lot lately about people dehydrating the peels till crisp - then they grind up into a powder and use it as a natural sweetener on oatmeal, cereal and on /in all kinds of things. What a great idea!!!
- ALWAYS keep some bar soap in your house. I like Ivory or any other sort of plain soap. You can not only use it to bathe - but also in a pinch use to wash your hair, your dishes, and your clothes. Many uses and it sure may come in handy some day. A cheap and easy alternative.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Good morning. It is a blustery cool and cloudy day here. Sure fills like fall.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
- Still picking tomatoes. I think this week I may pull out the regular plants and harvest everything to ripen inside.
- Did more yard work - here and there. Just deadheading lots of plants.
- Froze the balance of the chili for another day
- Chopped up some tiny colored peppers I had and froze for future use
- Cleaned out the bedroom closet (again). I had an added shelf that was moving - so I screwed that in for safety - and just got rid of a lot of stuff
- Dropped 4 boxes and a big bag of stuff at the church thrift store
- Picked up a FREE loaf of thick cut bread at thrift store
- AC off 95% of the week. I turned on for one cycle on 2 different late afternoons
- I ran to Kroger when out. They had ground beef on sale for 1.77/lb. I needed a few refrigerator items. GOOD NEWS - ALL shelves were well stocked and full. There was canned goods galore and lots of tomato products, pumpkin in cans, paper goods and cleaning supplies, soda pop of all kinds (had hardly nothing for well over 2 months - can problem?), lots of variety of meat and no limits on anything, There were also assorted sizes of canning jars!! It looked like the good old days!!!!! (I understand not all areas are so blessed yet). Just trying to give some encouragement.
- Did a decent clean up of the main part of garage. Looks so much better. Need to work on de-cluttering out there at some point and work on the shelves. AT least the floor area is clear!
- Brought in all items that might be freezable - paint and such
- Started working in basement - OH MY GOODNESS! I did get the craft table cleaned off. I went through a huge tote and sorted saved jars (not canning). I cleaned the little hall between laundry room and living area. I brought up a lot of things to just trash. (at least I started this project)
- I went through what items I have purchased for Christmas baskets. Not as much as I thought. I need to get busy with that.
- Used rain barrels to water plants
- Doing all the basics - cooking from home, laundry in cold, line drying, airing house, drinking water - porch sitting!