Sunday, May 16, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up 5/16

 Good day to all.  I hope this finds you all well and safe and healthy.
It has been another sort of cool week for this time of the year.  It is raining this AM and we have rain forecast for several days this week.  The temperature, however, are supposed to warm up.  YAY!

I have a few pretties blooming.  Poppies, columbine, spiderwort are blooming.  The poppies open and then the stinking groundhog eats them!!!  He HAS to go and soon!!!!!!! (working on it)

Click on this picture to enlarge.  I hope you can see the hundreds of buds on the peonies.  It is amazing.  If HALF of them open it will be a wonderland!!!!!  I so love the smell of them.

Well, the street light is now active.  LOL - I guess you can call it that.  What a waste of money.  It lights a small circle of road out front and that is it.  My yard and porch are still fairly dark - at least I am not blasted with light.  Maybe it will be a deterrent - who knows.

There have been several good things that happened this week and a sad one as well.  A long time  friend (one of our camping buddies) passed this week - after a lengthy illness.  I am so thankful his suffering and pain ore over -- but a lot of people will surely miss him.

My week:
  • I HAD to make a WM run - as much as I didn't want to.  Needed to get my little nephew a birthday gift and his new sister a present as well.  I did find more cat food while there (I always get when I find it) and I bought myself a new dish drainer.  My old one was well over 20 years old and repaired many times.  I think I deserved a new one!!!! LOL 
  • Went to a cookout for nephews birthday.  It was a chilly evening - but dry - and all had fun outdoors  (I got to cuddle my newest niece as well!  YAY)
  • Colored my hair at home
  • Pulled and pulled weeds!  It is truly over whelming.  I can't keep up.  I pulled so much from flower beds and I trimmed lots of stuff.  (I ended up with poison ivy on my forehead as well - UGH)
  • I am all set up and ready for humming birds now - although I haven't seen any yet.  Usually around June 1
  • Finally got days where I could open windows for fresh air again.
  • I went to a Memorial service for my friend (it was small and by invitation)
  • Refilled all the spice and baking jars in the kitchen from stock
  • I got to go have a luncheon with my sister and several nieces.  We met a tea room and it was so nice.  There were 4 generations of girls there.  This was the last of the celebrations scheduled for sis's birthday (we stretched it out for about a month)!
  • No grocery store - using what I have.
  • Cooking from scratch, using all leftovers, no lights, no heat and AC, all the regular stuff
Meals this past week:
Added Mex. pasta to macaroni and cheese
Burgers and hot dogs & other goodies at cookout
Chicken sandwich and slaw
Open face 3 cheese patty melt and slaw
Beans and rice and a side of fresh veggies
Bean/rice/cheese and tomato quesadilla
Broc./cheddar soup and chicken club sandwich at tea room

Snacks have been fruit, juice, leftovers, and a lunchmeat sandwich

I think I will start working on garden by the end of the week.  Rain will impede part of the week - at least temps are getting normal (thankfully).  I will be happy to get it in by Memorial Day - that is usual time for many here.  I am in no big hurry - the ground needs to be warm for plants to grow well, and groundhog needs to be gone.

How has your week been?  I hope you are all well and staying on the frugal and stocking path!  We all need to be vigilant - steadily adding - NOT panicking!

Blessings from my humble little home to you and yours.

So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13


  1. Good luck on the ground hog. We had one last year and it ate all of my jalapenos and bell peppers. I haven't seen him yet this year.

    1. I have caught several over the years - but this bugger is being elusive. They are cute but very destructive.
      Thanks, I need all the help I can get.

  2. Good Sunday morning. The week went by really fast. We had good temps the whole week. As you know our son was here on vacation. We did do a couple of day trips and then He and I went shopping in town, he's a tourist here! He loves thrift stores like I do too. So he found 3 pairs of slacks and a couple of duffle bags. We just hung out and had a good visit. Now to get back to normal stuff. I have lots of fruit and veggies to take care of today and laundry. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. He's keeping Glen company.

    Have a blessed week.

    1. I am so glad you had such a good week. Love that your son was the 'tourist' there! Neat that you both like thrift stores.

      Thanks - yep he was the third of the camping buddies to pass and I told his daughter that he got "promoted to the campground in heaven" with his buddies. She said that was her thoughts too.
      Hope your week is good. Blessings my friend.

  3. Wow! Please post a picture when all those buds open!

    1. I will - there are just so many. Last year was kind of bust because of the freeze.

  4. Sounds lie a good week for you other than your friend passing. You have my sympathies. I hope you can get rid of your groundhog. They can be such a nuisance. The peony bush is loaded. I want to see it when it blooms.

    1. It was nice with that exception. As sad as it is - he is better now. That is comforting.
      I will post as the flowers open.

  5. My sympathies on the passing of your friend. It sounds like it hasn't been an easy time for him for awhile.

    Oh my, look at all those peonies! They are one of my favorite flowers but I haven't a spot in the yard where one would grow. As Belinda has said, I do want to see it in full bloom.

    You can send some of that rain our way. It is dry as can be here, with no relief until at least next weekend.

    1. Thank you - yes the poor fellow had a long hard time of illness. He is well now.
      I can't wait for them to open - I love the smell. I have a whole row of them.
      I wish we could send you some rain. Sorry.

  6. Good that you got to mix with people you like. I have had a great week, eating from my fridge and stocking up my pantry with specials. Due to retirement and divorce at the same time I have come late to the frugal party and blogs like yours have inspired me.

    1. It was nice and got to be with family and friends.
      I am glad your week was good - good job on eating from what you have and continuing the stocking. We all learn about frugality at different stages in our life. It is never too late.
      Sometimes a big change is what it takes to motivate us.
      So glad you are here and hope you continue enjoy and learn.

  7. It was a rough week, and I am grateful for the emotions and growth I experienced. Last weekend, friends from high school lost their daughter (mid-30s), this was followed by the passing of a friend and mentor. She'd battled and beat breast cancer several times, only to have it come back with a vengeance. This was also the 7th anniversary of my husband's passing, and I learned that my friend had succumbed to cancer during my visit to the cemetery. I missed her visitation and service, when everything hit the fan at work -- I only work part time, but had an early AM message to call ASAP. When I finally took time to breathe, it was 10:30 AM, and visitation began at 9:30 and the service at 11:00 -- and I hadn't even showered or changed. So I stopped an offered a prayer for her repose. Hoping this week improves! I spent much of today planting pots of vegetables, herbs, and my deck-rain planters. Patio furniture is out, but needs to be sanded and have the stain touched up. Tomorrow's project, along with getting the cushions out.

    1. By "emotions and growth I experienced", it's being able to "feel" again -- to know and feel the pain of my classmates, to mourn the loss of my friend, and to be able to discuss the loss of my husband without completely falling apart. This is the first time I can remember being at the cemetery and not leaving in tears. Still feeling, but not falling apart. The healing is visible to me. And for that, I'm grateful.

    2. I am so sorry for your losses. We sure do not know what the plan is in life for any of us - I guess that is probably a good thing.
      She knew your sorrow and heard the prayer. She wasn't physically at that service - her soul heard you.

      It sure does take time (a lot of time) to get to a good place in life after loss. It is a slow and methodical process. Baby steps.
      Glad you are feeling you are doing a little better. Hugs to you.

    3. I forgot to mention - glad you are getting your plantings done and outdoors all set up - that is always a time for smiles. It sure can be a mood enhancer. Enjoy those pretties.

  8. Aren’t weeds fun? No! Sometimes I want to just cover everything up with weed cloth and gravel but we like the flowers so much
    I always enjoy your weekly wrap-up posts.

    1. NO! I wish we could cross the genes of weeds to garden plants to help them grow so well! Wouldn't that be something? I know it is so over whelming sometimes it would be nice to just cover it all!
      I make progress - then comes the rain and I can't get out and there they are again! UGH

  9. So sorry for your loss. Longtime friends are golden.

    You will have tons of peonies! The fragrance is so lovely. The lilacs in the backyard gardens are blooming and we can smell them from the backporch.

    Does that poppy-eating groundhog mean that he is stoned? ha!

    Miss Rhonda mentioned weed cloth. I did a packing and organizing job for a lady several years ago and she gave us a bunch of gardening things she wouldn't need at her new house. She had some professional landscape barrier and we put down it and the weeds still come up. It is a bear to remove later. We made a huge dent in the thistles in the backyard gardens yesterday. Was going to work on the rest of the front gardens but it is pouring rain today.

    Wonder why the city put up such a small streetlight? At least it isn't going to keep you awake.

    Did you go to the Rustic Root for tea? My neighbor and I went to a tea shop in Beech Grove a few years ago. We also went to Victory Rolls bakery when it was open.

    1. Thank you - yes friends are golden.
      LOL - never thought about that - maybe that is why he trots so happily through the yard!!!!

      Yep, rain and more rain. I don't know about the light - it is amber - so maybe that is why it doesn't seem bright. Yeah, I am glad I don't see it indoors!!!

      Yes, Rustic Root - my first time there. It was such a charming place. I need to take an afternoon and go down Main Street - so much has changed.

  10. Sassafras Tea Room is on Madison Avenue. We have been by it and not tried it yet. Years ago, when LS Ayres was open, the tea room was a favorite place to have lunch.

    1. Thanks - never been to that one either. Oh Ayres was always a destination - tea room or not!!!!!

  11. They put in a new street light here that covers six houses ..glad it does but I'm also glad we are the last one it covers. So bright!
    Your poppies and flowers are going to be beautiful.

    1. I think I would feel the same way if this one was real bright!
      Thank you - can't wait to see the peonies bloom.

  12. Oh, lucky you with all those peonies! They will be glorious. The girls' tea sounds like a good time.
    Stay well~

    1. I know! It won't be long and they will be beautiful.
      It was just lovely.
      Take care