- I did do a little weed pulling - in between rains. It makes weeds a lot easier to pull for sure.
- Using all leftovers
- Paid everything for the month (that I have). Also paid home property taxes and taxes on another piece of property for the whole year. Got it out of the way and I won't forget come fall!
- Lots of laundry
- Got a chance to mow and trim the entire yard on one of the rare no rain days
- Cooked up a pack of pork chops from the freezer. Ate a couple and froze the others (cooked) for quick meals
- Turned heat on for a cycle a couple mornings to take the chill off - otherwise no heat or AC
- NO grocery store or leaving the house this week
- Use no lights to speak of - it gets light so early and stays light so late now
- Just doing all the normal stuff around the house. Nothing exciting here!!
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Today just a quick post to share a few things that make me smile. There are so many every day. Take time to smile and be happy. These are random and in no certain order and sure don't encompass everything.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
- My neighbor changed out the idler pulley bearing and belt on the Blazer - the whining noise is all gone!! I didn't ask - he volunteered to do it. He gets bored a lot and looks for things to do. Nice for me! He plans on doing a couple other things on the list
- I went to a small wedding. Glen's only nephew got married on Sunday. He lost his Mom (G's sis) 3 months to the day of Glen's passing - so he and I have kind of bonded. It was a very small and simple affair - but it was so them!!!!! It was lovely. It was held at a barn type facility at a horse farm - such a lovely place. I wasn't sure what reception would be like - so I didn't eat. It was cake - and a wonderful cake!! (OOPS I did stop and got fast food on the way home - yes I did!!)
- I went to the cemetery after leaving the wedding. Glen, Mom & Dad, Brother & SIL are all there. I had flowers with me to decorate.
- Mowed and trimmed entire yard
- Worked on cleaning out fence/drive space (it's about 4" - length of drive). Cut back ornamental grass, trimmed bushes - there is sooooo much to do
- My neighbor kitty corner across the street called to see if I wanted a red metal chair - she was going to give to goodwill and thought maybe I would like it - because she knows me and colors! Yep, I took it. Right now it is on the deck, outside the greenhouse (so I can sit and visit kitties) - but it may change.
- I went to Kroger and did a good stock-up. I replenished and added to canned meats, instant potatoes (just in case), cat food (they had on the shelves this week), fresh veggies and fruit and some frozen veggies. The store stock was great - all shelves were pretty full. I keep hearing on places with no milk - the dairy section at Kroger was full!
- I filled all the feed bins with stock on hand.
- Vacuum, dust, general cleaning. Laundry, using what I have, scratch cooking, just all the normal stuff.
- Watched some You Tube that was different. Watched a few vlogs of Frugal Queen in France . Love the accent - she is working at it just like us. Saw videos on very expensive and terribly small living spaces in NYC. They call them apartments - nope - they are boarding rooms IMO. Share all bathroom facilities with many others and have 100 sq. ft. space. NOPE that isn't an apartment. Also watched about Monster buildings in Hong Kong. Oh my - they just made me shiver. Tiny spaces in huge buildings. I kept thinking what happens if the elevator stops or there is a fire. Oh shiver!!! It sure is interesting how other people live.
- Made a list for Aldi and Dollar Tree - hope to go to these places soon. Been a while on both
- No heat or AC this week and much fresh air
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
- Avoid debt and charge cards if at all possible. IF you have debt - get it paid down quickly. We all have had debt at some point - but it is important to pay extra and pay down quickly if there is any possible way. The Amish loathe debt - and try to avoid it all. If they need a business loan - their first priority to pay it off quickly. When you owe others - your money is never yours!
- Grow, barter, glean whatever you possibly can. If there is any way to preserve it in some way - do it! Not everyone can have a garden - but perhaps look for ways to get fresh goods cheaply and use those. End of day at farm markets, road side stands, friends/family, glean, food banks, etc.
- Be as self sufficient as possible (I am not talking off the grid). Know how to do stuff!!!!! Take care of your own. The Amish can MAKE about anything - cleaning products, baking goods, cooking from scratch, gifts, making clothes, quilts, gardening, compost, great craftsmen, etc.
- They enjoy enjoy EXPERIENCES instead of stuff. Have a picnic, play games, go to the swimming hole, take walks, enjoy nature, etc.
- DON'T waste - and fix everything! Find new uses for stuff instead of putting it in the trash. Food, peels, etc.. can be compost or animal feed. Use leftovers in new ways. If something breaks, figure out how to fix it. We have become such a throw away society - it is pitiful. Either fix something or figure out something else that will do the job!!!! Heck if the tea pot sprouts a hole - you can heat water in a pot. No need for a microwave - use the stove. You get the idea!
- Don't pay retail - and shop at second hand shops. Look for sales and clearance whenever you can find it. Thrift stores and yards sales can be your friend!! Let someone else pay the high price and you get it for pennies!
- Buy in bulk when possible. The Amish do this a lot and they split the deals amongst family or neighbors when they can't use it all in a reasonable timeframe. This way you get a great price and you are also helping others
- KNOW the difference between wants and needs!!!!! HUGE You need basic food to live, but you want the expensive deli items. You need shelter for your family - but you may want a home that is too large. You need food - but you want fast food. See - we all have weak moments. Yes, sometimes it does the body good to get a WANT - once in a while it is fine - but don't over do it. If we always do without those wants - it is a chore and we feel discouraged - so splurge once in a great while
- Buy quality. Quality will last and last. It is better to spend extra to get a nice item than to replace it over and over.
- Stay healthy!!! Do all that you can manage to stay healthy. Use natural and herbal remedies if you can. Learn about these things. It may not be something that is realistic in your case - but knowledge is golden and can help someone you know. I have been very fortunate as I still take no medications and only take herbs and vitamins. I work on staying healthy - that is huge for me. Diets, lifestyle, herbs and vitamins are big factors to staying healthy.
- Make gifts and novelty items for others. I love getting something homemade - many do. It can be food, canning items, crafts, candles, you name it.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
- I mowed grass on Monday and snow started on Tuesday evening!
- A neighbor helped me cover the grape arbor to protect from the freeze. I also covered all the peonies and the poppies. The arbor is a good 12' high if not more and it was so cold and windy while trying to cover it. What a job! (talk about using muscles not used!!)
- Got everything uncovered by myself - another big job. I am not sure how much good it did to cover the arbor - a lot still froze. Hopefully it saved enough new growth to have some grapes this year. I know the arbor didn't die - but it may lack grapes again this year.
- I did a few little small repairs around the house
- I fixed the drier heat knob again. Last I fixed it was a good 2+ years ago and it finally gave out. Now it is fixed again!
- Did a lot of laundry - plant coverings (old sheets)
- Ran out one day - stopped at Big Lots and Kroger. I am anticipating what might be short in stock this summer and got plenty of freezer bags! Bought some fruit and veggies I also found 2 boxes of lids/bands canning lids. Pound of ground turkey for 1.19.
- Got a .20 gallon discount on gas while out
- Made a small pot of lentil soup
- Cooking from scratch and using what I have on hand
- Went to a celebration for my sister's 90th birthday!!!!! She is sure amazing. It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman.
- Pulled up tons of poison ivy from flower bed - futile effort I know. It thrives in this community and is so hard to get rid of, since it is all around flowers.
- Just doing all the normal stuff
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
- I mowed and trimmed the entire yard. Trimming sure made a difference in the look
- I did more yard work - (it never ends)
- I fixed 2 finch feeders that had broken perches. Crazy thing - I have always bought the same type and have had several that had a broken port or perch. I kept them in a box in garage. Came across them the other day and it just dawned on me that the parts are all the same. I repaired the 2 hanging with new posts from old ones. Saved me about $30 from buying 2 new ones (which was on my list)
- I worked in the garage while my friend/neighbor worked on car. I got a huge bunch of stuff for recycle and trash. Did some straightening. So much left to do!
- I ran to super WM with neighbor. I only go to WM grocery/market once in a while - hadn't been in super WM in many years. I checked for cat food and they bunches!!!! I got a bunch of canned food - stocking my shelves. I will check again in a week or two for different flavors. I looked for canning lids - none - but they had tons of jars
- I used leftovers in new dishes
- I received $6 in coupons for dry cat food from a friend
- Inventoried and straightened the upright freezer. Found a few things I forgot about! I have it very nicely arranged for the moment! (we all know how quickly that can change). LOL. Now I know what I need to add to stock
- I inventoried my canning lids. I have bought many in past years on discount. I have bunches of wide mouth and many regular. I will get regular when I see them. Everything all together now (they were scattered every where). Still need to work on organizing jars (don't need any of those for sure). Also have pectin out the wazoo!
- Using what I have and cooking from scratch
- Did NOT go to the grocery this week as planned - didn't bother me a bit
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Clothes can be very expensive. Even if you buy from a thrift store - you want to them to last as long as possible. You want to be conscious of your funds. You can keep your look fresh and nice and still be financially responsible.
- Dress for the occasion - meaning only wear old worn clothes for working in the yard, nice clothes for dress up. Play clothes for play. Aprons when cooking - so as to keep grease splatters off your clothes. Grease can ruin more items.
- Wash in cold as much as possible. Cold water is not nearly as color fading as hot and it is more energy efficient
- Don't launder as often. Wear clothes more than once unless they are terribly dirty. When working in the yard I have old jeans to wear and I may wear two or three times while working out in the dirt before washing. Now, I wouldn't wear them any where else - but I plan. I know if I will be out 2 or 3 days in a row and sure don't want to get every pair dirty. Some people change clothes often and wash after every wearing - even if it was just an evening out. That seems wasteful of energy and you are wearing your clothes out faster
- Zip up all your zippers before laundering items. It keeps them from catching on other things. Fasten your bras as well - so hooks don't snag other clothes
- Be gentle with your undies - don't ever put them in a dryer. It wears them out and discolors & ruins elastic.
- Mend, patch, fix buttons, hems and zippers when possible. The more you you mend the longer you have your items in good repair.
- Dye faded jeans or dark colors. I have dyed jeans many times and they look great afterwards. You can buy denim 'color' dye.
- Wash your clothes inside out. Less color loss, less fraying and pilling, less cracking on T-shirt emblems, less lint.........
- Use deodorant/anti-perspirant to prevent sweat stains in under arm area. Some materials are hard to remove smells from - so keep the body odors at bay!
- Hang laundry as often as possible - whether outside or inside. The drier really does break down clothes (as does fabric softener). Hang in garages, on patios, on racks inside, out on a line - where ever you can
- Wash by colors. Whites, darks, light colors, etc. Keeps color from fading into others
- Make sure you buy easy care clothes. I do NOT ever buy dry clean only clothes. IF I did I would wash on gentle at home and hang to dry (I have done that in the past). I tried those home dry cleaning kits years ago and never again - the smell was horrible!!!!! Simple care means just that - easy is better!!
- Keep Tide pens or blue Dawn on hand for stains. Stains can ruin an item you love. Make sure you treat quickly. If that doesn't work - get creative with a patch or embroidery!
- Keep all those extra buttons you get with tops/sweaters. Keep them in a jar or box separate from all other buttons - that way you can find them easily if you lose one
- Place super delicate items in a pillow case to launder if you do not have a laundry bag. You can easily make laundry bags from soft nylon net or from an old lace curtain panel or tablecloth.
- Wash stuffed animals on gentle cycle
- Wear jeans until you can't - patch as long as possible. Once you can't patch - make shorts or a skirt or an apron!
- Use vinegar for softening clothes - in rinse. It is all natural!!!! (No smell once dry)
- Use baking soda and or peroxide to brighten and whiten - again all natural.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Good morning to all my friends! Hope you are each well and safe.
It has been a lovely week here. Warmer temps all week and we had rain - lots of rain! It is still raining. The grass is so brilliant green and the trees are greening - it is very pretty! This coming week is supposed to be more 'normal' for this time of the year. 50's and low 60's for highs and nights in the 40's. Spring is here - just not the permanent heat of summer! That is OK, I do enjoy the different seasons.
- Picked a bouquet of tulips
- Cut my hair (it so needed it) and did a root touch-up
- Moving a few things around in the yard (yard art). Cleaned out the front flower bed - oh it it so full of ivy and Vinca vine it's crazy. None of it was planted by me - and most of it is a pain! I removed a huge trash barrel full of stuff. (can we say sore???!!!!!!)
- Mowed the yard 2X - yes I did. The rain is sure making things grow like crazy
- No heat or AC at all this week. Windows open and fresh air every day. I even slept with the window open a bit at night and ceiling fan on!
- I got the rain barrels out of garage and pretty much set up (spout isn't open yet)
- Changed out my handbag to a spring looking one
- Making a list of items I need to get at Menard's. Lots of little things. Also making a list of things that I need to accomplish outside this spring - work is never done
- I did go out to the grocery this week. Got fresh veggies and some fruit and milk and juice concentrate. I did get a couple bargains. 4 large cans of salmon for 2.19 each, and 2 bags of specialty chips for .79 each.
- Made up a jug of orange juice
- Doing all the normal things - eating from home, using what I have, normal cleaning and laundry, seldom turn on a light, using up leftovers