Sunday, April 25, 2021

Weekly Wrap Up 4/25

 Good day everyone!  Hope this finds you well and safe.  It seems we are running through this month full speed - goodness it is almost over.  
I think this week we had all four seasons in one - actually had that in just a couple days!!    My what a week it was.  S N O W - ick!!!  I sure hope that has all gotten out of the earth's system till next winter!
We had the most snow and coldest temps for this late in the year that we have had in like 120 years.
The blue jays and cardinals are many and frequent the feeders often.  Bright yellow finches are abundant (they are so pretty).  I think I will finally put the hummingbird feeders out this week, now that I feel safe from future freezes.
Even with all that crazy weather I still had a couple days that the heat was off and the windows were open a bit.

My week:
  • 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.
Found these wet tp wipes on clearance.  Figured it couldn't hurt to have on hand just in case. (I would never flush however).
Found these bagels and they are huge!

Cookies on clearance at Big Lots for .63 pack!!!!  I got 3 of each and shared with a neighbor and his son.  The cooking morsels will be fun to use in cookies. (strawberry, graham pcs. and white chocolate chips)
  • Got a .20 gallon discount on gas while out
  • Made a small pot of lentil soup
Used a mix I got in Christmas basket - of course I didn't follow instructions!  I used bits of ham, added kidney beans and used tomato base instead of water.  It hit the spot on a chilly day!
  • 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
Meals this past week:
Poor man Swiss steak and mashed potatoes
Slice of pizza from freezer and salad
Tuna patty, mac n cheese and small salad
Lentil soup
Leftover soup and salad
Skillet pizza pasta
Ate at my nieces for birthday celebration

It has been an emotional week as well.  My nephew has been in hospital with a couple serious health issues.  A niece hospitalized for health issues in her last month of pregnancy.  It was 2 year anniversary of G's passing.    So it was nice to have the diversion of sis's birthday celebration.  It is nice to have a family get together that is a happy occasion and not a sad one.

How was your week?  Are getting getting decent weather?  Get any deals?
I hope you are all healthy and safe and staying on the frugal band wagon!
Blessings from my humble little home to yours.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Let the day's own troubles be sufficient  for the day.
Matthew 6:34

Please Lord help us live in the moment and not to borrow trouble.


  1. An anniversary of a death is always bittersweet. It's wonderful to remember and honor a loved one even tho there is still a huge hole in our hearts. Hope your family members are mending.

    Happy belated Birthday to your sister!

    Excellent Scripture! Very comforting.

    Hopefully the coming week's weather will be nice so we can do some gardening.

    1. Yes, the holes never heal. I really try to focus on the fun, happy and positive times - it makes it all feel better somehow.
      Thanks, I thought the scripture was fitting with today's trends to worry so much.
      Looking forward to a great and warmer week!

  2. Wow, what a great deal on the cookies at Big Lots.

    I hope your nephew is improving and your niece ends up with a very healthy baby. My heat goes out to you on the 2 year anniversary of G's passing.

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Cheryl.

    1. Thank you - so far so good on everyone. I just keep praying.
      It doesn't seem that long - yet it seems forever!

      Couldn't pass those cookies up - I bought what they had left. Sure wish I had gotten there a bit earlier!

      Thanks you have a good week as well.

  3. The pain of remembrance is tempered by your sweet memories.
    Wishing your nephew and niece a return to good health, and a very happy birthday to your sister. 90 is quite the milestone.

    1. Yes memories - so many sett and wonderful one!
      Thank you.
      That is what I told sis, that is really something - hope we get to celebrate 100 together too!!

  4. My heart goes out to you. It is always difficult and lots of memories surface. Hugs and prayers for your comfort and for your family that is hospitalized. Great deals, especially on those wipes! My grocery shopping was list-only this week. Checked the clearance racks and nothing that warranted a purchase. The only deal I got was a small loaf of Italian bread for $1.00 to use for making garlic bread to go with dinner tonite and with sausage and peppers planned for Weds.) my grocery WAS carrying the Lewis's brand of 1/2 loaf breads and 4-packs of hamburger and hot dog buns, but they've discontinued the buns. It looks like they are also discontinuing the small cans of biscuits and crescent rolls, as well. BUT, they've added store-brand 4-packs of hot dog buns; I'm guessing they'll add hamburger buns, as well. Going to give the hot dog buns a try and we'll see hot they taste.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.
      some weeks there is nothing so see on the clearance racks. 4 pack of buns - I have never seen any that small. Cool. Sorry your products aren't going to be carried any longer. Maybe the replacements will be great and cheaper!

  5. ❤️❤️❤️ hugs to you. I think you are pretty amazing!

    1. Aaaahhh thank you dear. Your kindness is appreciated.

  6. Sorry about your emotional week...all understandable. Great that you got an uplifting event such as your sister's birthday. I am feeling somewhat emotionally detached from family (except for our own kids) as we are not included in celebrations, even before Covid. It was said some time ago that we are just becoming too large a group for everyone to be invited to birthdays and so on. It is what it is, but it does harden the heart somewhat, which is not good...

    1. Thank you and I am so sorry your family is that way. Was just talking this morning with someone about my hubbies family is about gone - except aunts and uncles. He has one brother and one nephew left.
      Mine is just crazy prolific!!! Other than my bro/sil and myself everyone else there Sat. was sis's immediate family and there must have been 45-50! Just her family!!!
      We are spread near and far - but all LOVE getting together whenever it is possible.
      I hate your family feels that way. You can come a be part of my family - the more the merrier we always say!!!

  7. Even the cooler days here were actually warm. I found a five-pound bag of bananas for $1 and shared with my neighbor who has two toddlers.

    1. Glad you are getting good weather.
      WOW - that is a great deal. Haven't seen bananas that cheap for a long while