It sure seems we have ridden the weather roller coaster this spring. We get a beautiful warm day or two then it gets cold and nasty. I just wish it would level out - I am ready to plant!
Planting before Mother's Day is pretty futile in this area. I usually wait till about the middle of the month. My brother has my tiller, and he will be returning it in the next couple weeks - so I can then get things ready. Ready to smell the earth!
It is getting so very green - the grass is just vivid green (and growing) and the trees are now green with leaves.
- Made myself another new belt from one of Glen's old ones. It was basically brand new - he preferred sweats the last many years. It is a nice thick leather and should last me years.
- I washed many quilts and covers to freshen and got to hang them out on the line early in the week.
- I laundered up some old linens as well. Table runners. They needed ironed - I hardly ever iron. After dried I though about spritzing with water to iron and then I remembered I had some spray starch tucked away. LOL - oh my goodness - I have had it for years and it STILL worked! Look at the price on that can. Waste not - want not!!!
- Cut chives 2 X
- Aired out the house on several days - heat off and windows opened
- Mowed the entire yard and trimmed
- Used all leftovers. Used some leftover lo-mein I made and made a soup with it, by adding diced tomatoes and broth
- Refilled many items in cabinets with over flow stock (deep pantry)
- I went out!!! After 42 days of staying out of stores I ventured out to the Walmart Family Market up the street. I don't usually ever shop WM, but it is the closest store. I was pleasantly surprised - they had absolutely everything. Fresh, frozen, canned, milk, eggs, meat, paper goods, pet products, cleaning, and lots of baking products. They had aisles marked one way and most everyone had masks one. The staff was friendly, and there wasn't any over crowding. Prices were really good - really saw no significant increases (I kept watching the pricing on things I didn't need too). I have heard so many stories and seen so much on TV - that I almost dreaded the visit. I just needed to get out!!!!! PLUS there were a few things I wanted to get. It made me feel a bit reassured that 'perhaps' things are getting a tad bit better. The only limits they had was on paper products - one package per customer.
I spent a chunk of change ($140) - but considering how long it had been since I was out that wasn't too bad. Most people spend more than that a week. I got a lot. Many items were costly single item things - 2 - 16 lb. bags of dry cat food ($13 ea.), 2 - 20 lb. bags of cat litter ($5 ea.), 2 boxes of my OTC restless leg meds ($9 ea.), gallon of ice cream ($4.49), and about 40 more cans of cat food (around $20). I got lots of fresh veggies, some fresh ground beef and canned meats (building up my stock), frozen food and snacks. Oh I did get eggs, milk and flour too. Oh yes, I did get another 12 pack of TP and an 8 pack of paper towels too (to build stock). The back end of the Blazer was full.
I was careful and had my mask on and sanitizing wipes used (many during the visit). The outing really did me good. I just needed to see people - even if you couldn't see their faces!!! You tell people were smiling by their eyes. Everyone was so polite. It really boosted my mindset and attitude - I needed that.
I know not everyone can say they have had this kind of experience. I just wanted to share mine as a bit of encouragement. Have hope!
My meals this past week:
Leftover Mexican casserole and salad
Loaded baked potato
Smoked sausage and kraut (home canned)
Cheesy tuna mac and fresh veggies
Homemade lo-mein. Using spaghetti, carrots, mushrooms, some shredded cabbage, peas and garbanzo beans (for crunch) as I had no water chestnuts - topped with chow mein noodles. Cooked pasta in chicken broth and then added soy sauce to mix while stir frying. MMmmmmmmm
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This has been a fun journey and has literally saved me many times. I love how we all share ideas from all over the world. I am looking forward to the future here! THANK YOU ALL
How was your week? What are some frugal things you are doing?
I hope you have a great week ahead and that you and your families stay safe and healthy.
Make sure you take time to say thank you for all your blessings - big and small.
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.