Sunday, May 30, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up 5/30

Happy Sunday!  Happy last Sunday of May!  
Happy Memorial Day to all of my U.S.  readers this weekend.  Saying that, I really see it as a somber day, not a day for celebrations, as it has become.  Today is a special day set aside to remember all our fallen men & women who have died for our freedoms.  It doesn't matter your country - we all have these precious people (and their families).  They should be remembered and honored as the heroes they all are.
You can like or dislike what is going on in the world - but always think of the fallen with reverence.

I can hardly believe it is already the end of May.  I still don't have all the garden in.  Last Sunday I mentioned how we went from March to July in a week - well this week we went from July to March in 2 days!!  It has gotten down in the low 40's the last couple nights!  We also had rain and super windy conditions.  Holy cow!  Crazy stuff.
I am finishing up the garden today!!  We had a day or two that close to 90* - then boom!  AC and heat both got used this week!!  
Went from tank tops and barefoot to sweatshirts and socks again - GEESH!

I saw my first hummingbird of the season yesterday!  It was actually just sitting on the fence last evening.  I bet it was wondering why the heck it came back.
The air smelled so good this week - clover is every where and the air has just been sweet beyond sweet.

Today is the 500 Mile Race here in my city - and it has seemed kind of neat and old fashioned this AM.  I can't begin to tell you how many times this morning already, I have seen bi-planes flying over the house with advertising banners being pulled behind them!  It just made me giggle - as it reminds me of the days gone by.  I am not sure if they plan the air force fly over or not this year - I always get a flutter in my heart seeing them.  They fly right over my house when leaving.
It is a sunny day, the wind of the past couple days has died down, and temps should be lovely - so praying they have a safe race.

My week:
  • I freshened up the bark in 2 longer beds - with stuff I had in the garage left from last year
  • Ran to my brothers and picked up my tiller while out
  • I did stop and get a few plants for the garden
  • I got gas with a .30/gal. discount - it was so nice to be able to easily fill my tank AGAIN after the fix
  • Got the garden all tilled - tilled in 2 - 5 gal. buckets of ash my neighbor saved for me
  • Made up 10 pots of flowers so far - have a few more to do today
  • Got rid of some broken and split containers - but reused the dirt in others.
  • As stated earlier this week - got the Blazer fixed.  Cost $35 - saved over $500 if I had gone to the shop
  • Laundry, cleaning, scratch cooking
  • Mowed and trimmed the entire yard (on a dry and warm day)
  • Picked several more bouquets
  • Cut my hair
  • Salvaged another 'store' jar to use for my soup mixes this holiday season
  • Paid all the bills I had on hand
Meals this past week:
Leftover broc./cheese/chicken rice and salad
Summer sausage, cheese, Triscuits & fruit smoothie
Tuna salad sandwich and chips
Beef/bean/potato skillet
Burrito made from leftover bean/beef mix & fresh veggies
Pasta & veggie salad (heavy on veggies)
Loaded cheese burger and baked beans & chips

How was your week?  Did you get much done?  Stay frugal?  Deals?

                      When you run out of bud vases and your bouquet is big - go Solo cup!!!!!!

I hope and pray you are are healthy and safe.  If you do get to be with family this weekend, please stay safe but enjoy your time together.
Blessings from my humble little home to you and yours.

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13
Amen - and to lay down your life for strangers - what a humbling act.  God bless all that have sacrificed all and bless their families.  We are eternally grateful and humbled.

                                                   Crown Hill Cemetery


  1. We've had the same weather and it is crazy. A bad storm Thursday evening brought in the cold. I had never heard thunder like that before. Instead of loud cracks of thunder it was a rumbling sound that lasted at least 15 minutes. It was spooky. Have a wonderful weekend!!

    1. The storms brought the cold in here as well. Getting much better today with beautiful blue sunny skies.
      Some storms are just downright scary for sure.
      Thanks - you have a good one as well.

  2. I know - I always feel weird saying "Happy Memorial Day"....How neat they have bi-planes flying overhead with the Race. My dad used to fly the old planes and it makes me nostalgic whenever they fly over us.
    Your peonies are huge and gorgeous! Is this later than normal for your garden to go in?
    We have a great-niece serving as a Medic in the Armed Forces and I pray she never has to go into harm's way. My dad came back from WWII relatively unscathed; not all do. A neighbor friend is suffering from effects of Agent Orange as a result of jungle warfare in Viet Nam. And my hairdresser/friend's husband has neuropathy/is disabled as a result of Agent Orange. The men and women of more recent wars come back mentally scarred forever. War takes it toll...that's why we have a Memorial Day.
    Didn't know I was gonna preach a sermon...sorry ;)
    You stay safe and have a good weekend~

    1. The bi-planes were flying advertisements. The fighter jets for the Speedway fly over went directly over my house - they are so awesome to see and hear.

      It is a bit later this year - just so much cold weather. But Daddy always said the ground isn't warm enough till end of May - so it will be OK.

      So many that came back - will suffer forever. I can't even begin to imagine the horror that was seen. My old bosses moved to CO. after selling the business and got the news while there that their son was killed in Middle East (by a roadside bomb). It was horrible. He was a firefighter and a soldier and new policies had to be made here in the city for his funeral here to cover both fire and military. It was something for sure.
      My heart goes out to all families who have vets.
      Be safe and have a nice weekend

  3. Our weather has been crazy as well. We had bad storms Thursday night like Lori and now it is cold here in SC. Your flowers are lovely. Everything is planted here but it seems to grow and stop depending on the weather. My basil seeds have been really slow to sprout.

    We have a son in the AF and I have three nephews in the Army. Our family has been fortunate that all have been safe even though some have gone into very dangerous places. There are those close to us who have suffered loss in their families and we do grieve for them and some children who never knew their Dad.

    My husband mulched the bed all across the front of our house because mulch is on sale this weekend. We hired our neighbor boy to replace rotten siding on the back of our house. My husband cannot work on a ladder because of his brain injury so we were thankful for help and he did a fantastic job. Saving money by protecting our investment.

    We picked up a few deals at the grocery store. Bacon was 2.29 a pound and grass fed organic ground round was 2#/5.69. Watermelons were on sale at Aldi for 3.49. I hope it's a good one!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Crazy weather seems to be every where for May. Temps up and down.
      I had a nephew in Dessert Storm in the 90's - and thankfully he came back. I am glad your family has been spared as well. It is just heartbreaking for our friends.

      Glad you got some help and that they did a good job. I need to get help with rebuilding basically the front of my shed. All the trim needs to be replaced on it do to rot. It faces west. - so gets a lot of weather.

      What a deal on bacon! Hope you got a juicy sweet watermelon!!
      Have a good one.

  4. You've had the weather we've been having - warm one or two days, cool and rainy the next few. Today is a sunshine day but not particularly warm yet - later this week.

    My best buy of the week was watermelon, $4.99 for an average 11 pound melon. I'll be eating it morning, noon and night to finish it. :)

    The flowers are gorgeous, enjoy!

    1. It seems none of us have caught a weather break so far this spring. It will be summer before we know it!
      Mmmm - watermelon sounds so good. Can't wait to find some ripe ones later one. I will eat till I get sick!
      Thanks - have a good one!

  5. Our preacher used that verse in his service this morning. This holiday should truly humble us. 🇺🇸 Looks like you’ve had a busy week. I would have enjoyed the planes flying over, too.

    1. I know it is a common verse for the day - but it was sure fitting. Yes mam, we should all be humbled by these heroes.
      They were sure something to see.

  6. At Memorial Day, I remember my gr-gr-grandfather who killed himself after serving in the Civil War and spending many years in a military insane asylum. The horrors he must have experienced.

    A very busy week last week, then took it easy indoors during three days of rain at the end of the week. Today I spent the morning digging spiderwort out of my front flower bed. It had taken over and was too much of a good thing. In two hours work I am only about 1/3 done.

    My frugal finds last week were at the mail station where someone had left a brand new, tags on, pair of black denim jeans capris from JC Penneys. My size, and retailed for $44! They had also left two vintage Cannon acrylic thermal blankets (twin), new in packages. I took one. Found one just like it on Ebay for $50! Went down today to pick up the weekend's junk mail and take a walk and got a package of macaroni, can of Campbell's Chunky Clam Chowder, and a can of chunk chicken. I had left a couple of jars of salsa there last week and they went quickly. Sure beats throwing things away!

    Lots of yard work on the schedule for this week. Shouldn't have to go anywhere until at least Friday. Hope everyone has a good and frugal week.

    1. How awful for your gr gr grandfather. So terribly sad - we are so fortunate to not know what the horror was like. God rest his soul.
      What fantast6ic finds you got. Wow that is so neat that people leave such good stuff for others.
      Yard work never ends. You are right about spiderwort - I have tons of it!!!!

  7. I visited the cemeteries holding our ancestors with my mother on Friday. We have many military veterans on my Dad's side and it was a blessing to see the cemetery maintenance crew doing clean up and placing flags while we were there.

    Weather here has been similar. Thankful for the rain we had, but the cold has impacted my herbs -- especially my basil. Today, I picked up a couple of replacement / supplemental plants -- an additional parsley and basil, and the oregano I forgot to get last time. They are planted and will (hopefully) take root and flourish, because my current basil and parsley are looking sickly.

    1. Glad you got a visit in for Memorial Day. I love that maintenance crews really seem to do such a good job for Memorial Day.

      I am sure new plants will take right off. The chilly nights haven't helped plants - but they will thrive!

  8. You just sound so busy and happy my friend.

  9. We have had roller coaster weather! Today (Monday) was nice and I worked outside some. I talked to my oldest daughter in Texas and she said it was pouring down rain. We went to Rural King and Menards Sunday and missed the flyover, if it took place. I always enjoyed seeing the big planes in formation. Lindy Thaxton worked the race. Amazing when you consider what she has been through.

    We have tiny peppers and several green tomatoes. Black raspberries should be ready in about a week. I have already frozen bags of strawberries with more coming on. Have you ever frozen greens? We have a lot of kale and mustard greens. The Urban Farmer decided he wanted collards but they are not ready yet. I may freeze some of the rhubarb since it is doing very well this year.

    Glad you got your garden in. Nothing like "shopping" in your backyard.

    1. Oh, the flyover happened and they went directly over my house on the way to Speedway. It was amazing.
      Wow, that is amazing you have so much stuff on vine or ready. Just got mine planted. I have never planted greens - but my brother cans and freezes his.
      Sounds like you garden is giving you much!