Sunday, April 14, 2024

Weekly Wrap Up 4/14

 Happy Sunday to all.  I hope this finds you all well and safe!
It has turned into a beautiful weekend here.  Yesterday was lovely - once it dried out.  Today we may hit our first 80* day of the year, even though it is pretty windy.  We had an especially wet and chilly week - so this is much appreciated.  We have had 6" of rain so far this month - that is a normal month's worth!  More coming this week!
Things are growing all over the place!  It is getting green and very pretty.  Just a week or two ago - you could look at the horizon and still see a lot of brown - now you see green.  The grass has grown tremendously after all the rain.
The kitties are enjoying the open windows and the fresh air.  Funny I can open 2 windows side by side and most often they both try to be in the same one!  Buddies!

This past week was a week of little things - that kept life frugal.
  • I washed down the bathroom walls - not something I do often
  • Gave myself a nice pedicure to start off spring!
  • Root touch-up
  • Aired house when possible - early week and later week (before & after rain)
  • I did go out to lunch with friends from high school.  We went to Jockamo Pizza - got a HUGE slice of 4 meat pizza, salad and a drink for less than $9.
  • I put out a different cheery yard flag and a pretty in the front flower bed.  Slowly getting ready for summer
  • Refilled the kitchen dish soap bottle - emptied the big container - drained upside down and finally rinsed with water to get it all. 
  • I also saved the squirty top from the bottle to use for other things - those are handy
  • Did some trimming and a little yardwork early in week
  • Mowed entire yard yesterday & pulled weeds
  • Found an outfit for a wedding I will be attending next weekend from things I have here.  I truly thought I would need to buy something new - but went through clothes and found something perfect! Huge savings, plus I never see anything on the racks for mature women!
  • Going through clothes - found a lot more to donate - slowly decluttering clothes
  • Went about 90% of the week with no heat 
  • Using what I have and trying to get inventive with food
  • No grocery shopping
  • Just doing all the normal stuff
Meals last week:
Mexican skillet casserole
Grilled burritos (using some of the casserole)
Out to lunch - pizza/salad
Stoup (from freezer) and a grilled cheese
Poor man Swiss steak with potato cakes (from freezer)
Fried rice & milkshake (milk, ice, pc. of frozen banana and squirt of honey)
Big burger and a side of fresh, cut up veggies

How was your week?  Are you able to get out and do any yardwork yet?  Any deals?  Crafting or sewing?  Love hearing what is going on with everyone.
This coming week will be more yardwork - so much to do.  Hoping to get a few cool weather things planted.

I hope this finds you all well, safe and healthy.  I often think of those who seem to have left here.  Know that you are still being held in prayer.
Blessings to you and yours from my humble little home.

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but every one who is hasty comes only to want.
Proverbs 21:5

Dear Lord, we thank you for another week.  Helps us to plan and produce needed goods during the warm months.  Guide us in the ways to provide for our homes and to help those in need of goods and information.  Thank you for letting us all be so unique with so many different skills and ideas.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

On to Stocking the Pantry

 Happy Thursday all.  It is a wet, wet day here - lots of flooding going on around the city streets and in mine and the neighbors back yards!!!!!  The lake is back.  Oh boy!

Today we continue on with the pantry posts.  Now that we have got you thinking "where" to put your pantry and "why" you need to stock - today we give ideas on actually packing your pantry!
Get yourself in the mindset that you need to store EXTRA food supplies and even non-food items.  Get your mindset on what you NEED not what you necessarily WANT.  BIG difference!

Get with your family or your friends or even here or other sites to gain simple yet yummy recipes.  That is important.  Now that you are starting your pantry - you need to cook at home and stay away from fast food (it really is important).  What you spend on a fast-food meal - will add a lot of supplies to your pantry which will provide MANY meals, not just one.  SERIOUSLY!
First and foremost - buy what you will eat and eat what you buy!!!!
Second - store lots of basics!  Keep items for baking and keep simple foods (that you like) like pastas, rice, beans, veggies, canned fruit, peanut butter, proteins like canned tuna or other meats - also fresh potatoes!  A baked potato with toppings can be a meal!

Start out with adding $5 a week in goods to your pantry - above your normal purchases.  I know in these days of inflation, $5 isn't a lot - but it can buy more than you think.  Watch the sales and use your $5 wisely.  I can still from time to time find store brand peanut butter for $1 a jar (great protein).  I can still find pasta for $1 or less a pack.  You can get a good size bag of rice for $5.  Watch, watch, watch sales!!!
If you know someone that has a Sam's or Costco membership - think about looking for bigger packs of pasta, rice, dry beans, baking supplies there. (split with someone if you need to, to stay on budget)

I watch the ads, and I never enter the store without going to the clearance sections!  You can sometimes find some great deals there.
Think about stores that aren't totally grocery stores - Big Lots, Ollies, ethnic stores, discount stores of all kinds.
Once you get things rolling along - IF you can add a little bit more to that $5 budget - do it!
Now I realize that $5 can be a lot to some folks who are having financial difficulties.  Do what you need to provide food for your family or yourself.  If you have neighborhood food pantries you can use - do it.  If you have SNAP or EBT - use it!  You can use these options for your basic needs and then add in an extra $5 of your own - for extras.  There is a way!!!!  You just have to be wise and think and plan.

As mentioned yesterday - Ruffle's aren't needed - they are wants.  Stay away from snack foods - make popcorn or make cookies or cake or brownies at home if you need treats!  Don't be buying pop/soda - drink water or Kool-Aid or tea.  Soda is super expensive now and if you are having troubles with money - that is not the place to spend!
Now many of us make our cookies and cakes and such from scratch - but IF you can find super cheap (less than a $1) mixes that is ok too.  It can provide a few days worth of snacks and that is for a cheap price.
Popcorn can be a great evening snack and you can add all kinds of toppings to make it fun. Now I am talking about bags of popcorn you pop in a pot - not microwave popcorn (that is still too expensive if starting out). 

Seriously know that the dates on packaged goods does NOT mean EXPIRED!  Those are 'best if used by dates' that manufacturers must post.  (they never used to, and we survived!!)  It means best quality - not bad.  Many canned goods are good for many years past the date.  Ask me how I know!!!
If not dented, rusted or swelling canned goods are good for a long time. Best advice - always use the older items first - put your recently purchased items to the back of the older stuff.

If you buy freezer items (especially meats) - repackage in smaller portions.  A vacuum sealer is wonderful if you can find one at a thrift store or maybe as a gift - BUT if not - just make sure you squeeze or all the air you can from those meat packages!!!!  Air is not your friend in this case.

One thing I do, which keeps my freezer and frig in good shape is buying even if I have plenty - when I see a great sale!  IF I find ground beef on sale for a great deal or markdown I buy it!  ALWAYS.  I use it a lot and it is very versatile.  Also eggs!  If I find a great deal - I buy them.  They can be frozen (cracked and in muffin tins and packaged) for cooking.
So think about things you like and use a lot of - and IF you see a deal - get it.

I know this is a lot of information to process.  Get yourself a notepad and write down things you have read.  Use these notes to help you make a plan on stocking.
It CAN be done a little at a time for a little money at a time.  It isn't going to happen overnight.
Slow and steady and planning and thinking WINS the race!

Keep watching for very simple and basic recipes.  Ask family and friends for recipes.  If you have leftovers - USE THEM!  They can be lunch at work the next day or fancied up a little for a new meal.  You can also freeze leftovers for later.
Don't waste at all.

Hope this helps someone - we have all started at the beginning at some point.  We understand.  Ask questions if you need to.  Keep watching and reading and learning.  
Next pantry post (next week) will be about growing a little and freezing or preserving things for the future.

Have a splendid day to each of you!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Before the Pantry Stock

 Happy Wednesday.  Hope you are all well.

I was asked to give some guidelines to those just starting out with the pantry/freezer thing.  There is much to be thought about, but today, let us talk about the WHY and WHERE!  We all have to start somewhere.

WHY should you have a nice pantry and freezer of supplies?  Well, anything can happen.  You could lose your job and have less or no income for a while.  You could get sick and not feel like going out.  Other expenses could escalate and you need to cut back on grocery budget.  You could have a loss of life in the family and things change.  There are many, many things that could cause you not to be able to shop for a while.  You truly NEED to have extra supplies on hand.  BASIC items on hand that are ingredients that you can cook with and make all sorts of things.

                                                                    Not my picture
You need to figure out WHERE you are going to store items.  If your home has a dedicated pantry - you are very lucky.  You can store in all kinds of places and in all kinds of things!
Cabinets, closets, under stairs, basements (if dry), under the bed, on closet floors, extra rooms, just about anywhere you can think of.
You may need to get creative.  I have seen people store cases of goods behind couches and I have seen 'side tables' made from cases of food and then covered with a pretty tablecloth.  Whether you home is big or small - you need to have a plan.

Think about saving lots of nice jars and tins.  The larger the better.  Glass protects from most any kind of pest.  Plastic is good too - but remember rodents can chew through those. (If you have a problem).
Totes and plastic milk crates are great for storing can goods and jars and boxes of things.
You don't have to go out and spend a fortune on storage stuff.  Look around the house and garage - I bet you find many unused items that you can use.
Scraps of wood - will make extra shelves.  Baskets can hold mixes and packets.  Totes or boxes for under the bed (even old drawers from broken /old dressers).
Big totes and even those old popcorn tins.  Those are metal and safeguard lots of dry goods.  Think pasta or rice or baking supplies!  I keep extra bags of sugar in mine.
Think about making or adding storge behind closet doors.  It can be shallow and it is dead space if not in use.  Lots of people add those plastic/material shoe bags behind doors - they will hold a lot of small items.  Behind your doors is wasted real estate!!!!!!
         See these shoe bags work well for small items. Behind a door and not out in sight.

Don't forget a freezer.  Whether you have an upright, a chest or just the refrigerator freezer - plan ahead.  Small totes or ice cream containers (gallon size) can make great dividers.  Place like items together - and stack neatly as possible.  Stacking things FLAT is very wise.  Packages of ground meats freeze flat.  Smoosh out a package of ground meat.  It sure saves space and makes the freezer neat.  Soups or casseroles - in containers (I like square ones - no wasted space).  Mark your packages as well - so you know what is in it and the date you froze!!!

After you have decided WHERE you can store things - start thinking about what you use a lot of.
Make a sort of makeshift list of those things.   TP, beauty items, oats, baking supplies, dry beans, rice, sauces, pasta, certain meats, crackers, etc.  How much you go through a week or month.
You don't have to do all this before packing the pantry - it will just make things easier. 
Look around your dwelling for spaces and things to use.  Get a smallish plan in order. 
Just a few things to think about before really doing a good pantry stock.  Use what you have for storage.  Ask around for free items (totes, boxes, tins, baskets, etc.).

Now that you have a sort of plan - it is time to shop/grow!
Tomorrow, we will go over some basics on ways to pack your pantry for the least amount of funds possible.  Not everyone can go out and spend tons of dollars at once.  Slow and steady can win this race as well.  It DOES take time and effort - but is sure worth it!
See you tomorrow for shopping ideas!

Anyone have any other ideas on areas to store goods?  Places you use that aren't conventional?
We are here to help those who are just starting out - let's all pitch-in!

Have a good day to all!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Just a Howdy

 Happy Tuesday to all.  Well, we survived the 'great eclipse' event!!  LOL  
No apocalypse, so onward and forward!  I just heard so much doom and gloom - it was amazing.  I think that is what made me not a fan!  It got fairly dark for about 3 1/2 minutes (in totality) here, the streetlights came on and so did my dusk to dawn lights.  Much against what scientists said, my birds never missed a beat - they continued to chirp and eat!  Of course, I hear birds at 5AM and at 9PM in the dark every single day.
They predicted hours of being stuck in traffic afterwards - and the news said the traffic was lighter than any day in recent memory! 
We did have 10's of thousands extra people come into town - and William Shatner was here and gave a speech right before!  I mean nobody else had Captain Kirk!  LOL
Oh well, I guess lots of people had a grand time and that is all good.

Anyhow, I have a busy day ahead, so today I am keeping things short and sweet today.

I love the above meme - it just says it all.
Don't let people get to you.  Stop worrying about what people think or say.  You are you - and you are great.  Don't let others try to sway your thoughts.
Staying grounded and true to yourself is the best gift you can give yourself and truthfully to others.
When people disagree with you - graciously smile and go on.  When you disagree with others, well again, smile and go on.  No scene is necessary.
Guard your space - don't let others tread on it and choke out your joy.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.
Be you and be beautiful!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Weekly Wrap Up 4/7

 Happy Sunday to all.  What a glorious morning it is here.  Yesterday was so beautiful.  There was not a single cloud in the sky all day - just beautiful blue.  No wind, lots of sun and in the 60's.  The coming week looks to be near normal temps, but a bit soggy. 
Looking out over the horizon it is so neat to see all the colors of the budding trees.  They are just all starting to bud - so lots of greens, gold, bronze, red, purple, etc.  Just lovely.  I have Vinca vine up out front and it is starting to bloom with purple little flowers.
The grass is vivid green and everything seems to have just burst alive this week.

Tomorrow is the eclipse.  I am in totality area - and could NOT care less!  So over all the talk of this.  I saw an appropriate sign on FB - "this is an eclipse, not the apocalypse".  I can't believe the conspiracy garbage I keep hearing.  Hotels and B & B's are booked solid here, there will be fireworks, festivals, parties, schools closed, businesses closing early, etc.  You would think people have never seen darkness before!  There have been many eclipses in my life (maybe not total) - so I am not impressed.  LOL
I do realize it is a learning thing for kiddos and better they be home than school - kind of hard for teachers to keep a bunch of kids from not looking w/o protection, plus the roads will be crowded, and they may spend too long on buses.

Not a basketball fan - but bigger news in my opinion is Purdue (IN school) is in the NCAA playoffs!  (it's been 55 years).  Go Boilers.

My week:
  • Paid the couple bills that came in
  • Got the taxes completed & sent. Good news from Feds - nice refund.  The state had the audacity to want $29!!  LOL  - MAILED
  • Made a batch of biscuit mix to have on hand in the pantry
  • Made 12 drop biscuits
  • Picked tulips
  • Froze one of the sides of the turkey breast I cooked last weekend
  • Got to air the house on Sunday, Monday and again Saturday
  • Cut hair
  • Sliced up a pound of ground sausage, fried some and froze the remainder of slices for another time
  • Froze cake that was left from last weekend - (have had NO sugar this week)!!
  • Mowed the entire yard and trimmed
  • Saved 2 grocery store jars and a bottle from spices
  • Lots of laundry
  • Meals from what I have on hand and from scratch
  • Did get gas while out - only a 1/4 tank and saved .50/gal.  I did not get gas in March at all.
  • Did run in to get milk - and also got 3 lbs. of ground beef (not the roll) marked down to 1.99 lb.!!  Repackaged and in the freezer
  • Just continuing on cleaning and declutter of spring
Meals this past week:
Turkey breast, cheesy potatoes (freezer), gravy and carrot sticks
Turkey and gravy over biscuits & strawberry milkshake (no sugar added)
Broccoli/cheese rice and cube steak, biscuit
Patty sausage, eggs and biscuit
Leftover broc./cheese rice and smoked sausage, carrots sticks and sliced radish
Chili w/crackers
Chili topped with cheese, sour cream and chopped jalapenos
(Homemade chili - was just in the mood!)
SNACKS - ate fruit, cheese & crackers, veggies

So, there you have it.  Nothing exciting.  I am trying to lose a little winter weight - so I have cut sugar from my diet.  I splurged too much over the winter!
Oh the one exciting and nice thing was my sis had her 93rd birthday this week!  She has a lot of aches and pains, but otherwise is in pretty good health.  She is pretty darn special.

How was your week?  Anything exciting or any special deals? 
Always look forward to hearing from you all.

Wishing you all a lovely and joyful week.  Prayers for safety and health this week for you and your families.
Blessings to you and yours from me and my humble little home.

Make me know thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.  Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long.
Psalms 25:4-5

Dear Lord, help us to each one stay on the straight and narrow road, and not be swayed by all the naysayers and those spreading ill and vice around the world.  Guide us all to know right from wrong, and to hold tight to Your goodness and love.  Amen

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Simple and Beautiful

 Happy Thursday to all.  It is a very chilly and wet morning here.  Guess it is a stay indoors kind of day!  Hope you are all doing well today.

Simple and beautiful.  This is the kind of life I love.  But this can describe life, people, things, yards, clothes, recipes, etc.  It is kind of making the easiest and simplest things in your life the best ever.  Attitude is everything.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  This picture is a perfect example - beauty can be found in anything and you can grow and flourish, even in extreme conditions.  When there is a will - there is a way.

A simple life doesn't have to fancy or perfect.  It just needs to be you and what you like/want.  It can be small and selective and be wonderful.
I like the idea of a very basic pantry/freezer - filled with all kinds of BASIC INGREDIENTS to make your food. Ingredients - yes.  Things that can make good and basic meals and recipes.  It allows you to make MAGIC!  
Keep the basic tools to do your job of home keeping.  Basics can be used in many ways.  You do NOT need a special piece of equipment for everything.   Sometimes it just takes a little thought.  A good saucepan can boil and cook, it can be a tea kettle, it can be a steamer, etc.  Get creative.

Keep things that are beautiful and purposeful to you.  Things you really love - the rest isn't necessary.  This makes cleaning easier and less stuff is less visual stimulation - so peace of mind.
Declutter and purge things that bring no joy.  Bless another.

Your home is yours - so you do what makes you happy.  Don't listen to other people.  If you like something that "they" say is outdated or out of fashion - then you use it.  You don't have to please everyone or agree with everyone.  You can't walk into your neighbors' homes or your friends' homes and tell them what to do - don't let others do that to you.  
This works the same with your thoughts, your ideas, your words - they are yours.  Don't let people step into YOUR playground and try to judge you or tell you what to say or how to behave.  Don't do that to others either.

Take time to learn new things.  We are never too old to learn.  I learn something new most every day - is it useful?  Maybe not - but it is now in my head!
Have a use it up attitude, not a wasteful attitude.  Use all things - whether in the same old way or new ways.  Create!
Be economical.  Look for the best deals and offers.  You can still find things cheaply if you search.  Whether it be clearance, coupons, thrift, gifted items, sales, barter, gleaning, etc. - be wise.
Buy what you will use and use what you buy!  This is a huge pantry principle.  It isn't a deal unless you will use it - period!

Simple can be beautiful.  Yes, it can.  It can be beautiful for everything and everyone.  Sometimes we just have to adjust the way we look at things.  Our lives change each and every day - for good and bad.  There are things that happen that just suck - no other way to put it - but that doesn't mean you can't adjust and see beauty again and again in the simple things.
Attitude affects absolutely every aspect of life.

It isn't always about having the most or the best or about money - it is about loving what you DO have and making it the best you can.
Grow where you are planted - it IS possible.
That is simple and beautiful.

Make today wonderful!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Some Days You Just Chuckle

 Happy Wednesday - boy midweek happens quickly.  I sure hope everyone is OK - after all the nasty storms that crossed the country yesterday and overnight.  Nothing much here.  Today off and on rain and then flurries - oh my.  Much cooler this morning and today.

Today I am just going to chat - haven't done that in a while.  There are things that make me chuckle and laugh each day - some good and some - well......  There is nothing real exciting in my little world, so the little things are what get my attention.

This PINK house sits exactly one block due south of me!  I cannot see it from my front door but can see it from the dining room window (the back of house) and from my drive.  Now let me tell you - the picture does not do the pink justice!  It is BRIGHT HOT pink.  Much better than it was, and everything on the house was pink - everything.  Also, the privacy fence 'was' painted pink, the foundation and the sidewalks!  YEP
Well, they toned it down a bit as it is FOR SALE!  LOL
It sits on a very busy and noisy main thoroughfare.  I have to say it does have a huge, fenced back yard - although messy.  A notable realtor has it listed (amazingly), and I can't believe the pictures from inside that they are showing on the computer.  Usually they are nice and neat - not these. Oh my!  Walls covered with marker swirls, dirty clothes everywhere, a partially tiled kitchen floor, a broken window - but it does have a cute vintage bathroom and the basement looks dry!!! LOL
This was the original home for this area, before the subdivision was built.  It is much older than our homes.  I am sure it was a farmhouse back in the day. 
My neighbor and I have bets how long it stays this color once it is purchased!!  LOL
I will say that IF someone buys it, they will put a lot of money in it - but it does have potential!
I chuckle every time I look up and see this!  And shake my head.

I thought the chickens were gone.  I had not seen them at all for over two weeks.  YAY!  Looked out the window yesterday and there was one coming my way.  Seriously?  I walked out on the porch and it immediately turned around and went back the way it came! As if to say "well crap - busted".  
I had to laugh.

My kitties always make me laugh.  By morning, they have usually left the bedroom and are in the living room.  So, when I sit up in bed to get up - here comes Bitsy running full bore into the bedroom and jumps on the bed yelling at me!!  What a way to wake up - how could I possibly be in a bad mood in the morning?  Blackie saunters in and sits there waiting for me to head for the kitchen.  They know the routine.
They sure do love each other and me!  Bitsy loves me and rubs and plays and talks to me a lot - but no one else.  He does not like other people and hides - under my covers!  Yep, he runs in the bedroom and sneaks under the comforter and hides!
                                  See that lump in the circle?  Yes, that is a kitty hiding!!!!  LOL

They do love being together too.  They are just too sweet.  I am so glad they are in here with me.
Pure joy is all I feel with them.
Bitsy propping his feet up on Blackie while they nap!  They both lay with bellies up a lot!  I have read they do that not so much for petting, but it means they are trusting and comfortable in that space.  I sure hope so.
I think they are enjoying their best life!

I have a squirrel out in the yard (one of many) that runs up to me every time I go out back.  It sits up on its bum begging for a peanut!  It is the cutest thing.  It sees me and comes running.  I guess they really do know who feeds them!
They make me chuckle.

What makes you chuckle or laugh each day?  A child, a pet, nature, a neighbor, a song or sound?
Life is more than just serious stuff.  We have to have little joys that just make us stop and smile or laugh.  Those are the moments that bring us joy.
Tell us what makes you chuckle???

Have a wonderful day all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The Many Uses of ........... Part 2

 Happy April to all.   April showers............bring May flowers!  Goodness, are we starting out with a bang!  Rain and more rain overnight and today - oh my.  Lots of thunder boomers and fireworks in the sky.  Flooded back 40 in the yard!  After today, the temps get pretty chilly for a few days again.  They have mentioned snow!!  Say it aint so.   Such is life in Spring!  I hope you are all well and safe.

More of the many uses of different items today.  It is just nice to know of many ways to use what you may have, or ways to get the most bang for your buck.
Maybe some new ideas for some and same old for others.

I think tomatoes has to be the most versatile item we can have in our pantries.  So many uses.
Soups, stews and casseroles - always good as a base
Salsa, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, chili sauce, tomato bits, sauce, juice - so many things to make from your garden
Salsa chicken or chops - yum
Make a Spanish style rice with salsa
Cold soups in summer
Top pizza with thin slices
Roast tomatoes
Salads, diced or sliced
Salsa eggs
Add bits to mac n cheese (yum) or to Cole slaw (super yum)
Anything Italian or Mexican
Sauces and pastes can be made into juice with addition of water
Dips - salsa and cheese is yummy

I love tomatoes so much - in just about any way.  Of course, my favorites come summer are BLT's and tomato sandwiches!!!!  My mouth is watering!

First a disclaimer:  I know baking soda is salty!  The ideas listed may not be for everyone.  They are great uses to save a cooking blunder or to add a bit of fluff or color to food.  As always check with your physician before using a lot of it.  If blood pressure is a problem for you, check with your doctor.
* 1 tsp. to a pot of cooking rice, makes the rice a bit fluffier
* 1/2 tsp. to every 3 eggs, helps makes omelets fluffy
* Rub some to the fat on pork chops before frying - to get crispy fried fat
* Soak fresh fish in 2 Tbsp. of soda and a quart of water for a while - rinse and cook.  Takes away that "fishy" smell and flavor
* Test the acidity of tomatoes!  Dip a damp spoon in baking soda and the stir some tomatoes.  If it bubbles they are very high in acid.
* If you have a boil water alert in your area - that does change the taste of water some.  1 Tbsp. of baking soda to a gallon of water - softens the taste
* Helps cut the acid in tomato sauce or chili - just add a pinch
* A pinch in a cup of coffee takes away bitterness
* 1/4 tsp. to 8 oz. of OJ or grapefruit juice reduces the acidic levels
* I use a bit with vinegar and water to clean store-bought fruit and veggies - that waxy film!
* If you cook cauliflower in water - add a tsp. to the water - it keeps the cauliflower white and reduces odors
* Helps to eliminate gas formed by baked beans - add a dash while cooking
* Softens the taste of wild game.  Soak in a little baking soda and water overnight.  Rinse and cook
* I always add a pinch to waffles, pancakes and biscuits to make them fluffy
* If using tart berries - add a 1/2 tsp. to the berries and stir in.  You will use less sugar in your pie or cobbler!
* Tenderizes tough cuts of meat.  Rub a bit on the meat - let it stand a few hours - rinse and cook

It tenderizes, it sweetens, it fluffs, it takes out acidity - just so many uses.

It is also very, very useful in cleaning.  Like I stated above I use in a fruit wash.  I also use as a natural cleaning scrub.  I use in laundry from time to time with a little peroxide to whiten clothes.
I use the ineffective stuff in the frig for a deodorizer.  I can sprinkle on rugs and let it sit for a while - then vacuum - it removes odors.
I also use with peroxide from time to time as a natural toothpaste that whitens (my dentist suggested this).
I have also many times used it to settle an upset tummy!  1/2 tsp. to 4 oz. of water and drink - helps neutralize acid in the belly.  Been doing this since I was a child - mom taught me this one.

The list goes on and on.  So many uses!!!!!
**Again, if you have blood pressure problems - check with your doctor before using a lot - just as you do with salt use.

So there you have some ways to stretch those pantry items a bit and maybe save a little along the way.
So many items have many uses - we just get stuck in a rut and don't experiment.
Have fun all.

Have a great day and be safe - those storms have been traveling across the country!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Weekly Wrap Up 3/31

Here we are on Sunday again, the last of the month.  It is Resurrection Day!  A very meaningful day for many.  I hope this day finds you well and safe.

As I sit here this morning looking out the window - all is greening so much!  The grass is vibrant.  Things are growing and trees are getting that glow of new growth.  The birds are singing.  It is starting out wet here - gray and gloomy looking - but it is a wonderful day that we have been given.

This week was kind of quiet and nice.  We had some pretty chilly days until the end of the week.  We look to have some cool days this next week as well - but they are shorter in duration and fewer!
Daylight hours last much later in the evenings, and the days are just getting nicer overall.

My week:
  • Did lots of laundry and totally changed out bedding to lighter weight bed linens
  • Been doing lots of cleaning and spring cleaning
  • I received a pretty homemade card from Cookie - THANK YOU!
  • I received a gift of a homemade bookmark from a neighbor
  • I went out on Wednesday with a friend.  We went to the conservatory and enjoyed all the beautiful tropical plants & they were also having a little 'gnome' show.  It is spring break week - and lots of kiddos.  We then went to lunch at a small diner and then on to a couple antique shops.  It was a fun day.
  • Mowed all the yard
  • Have done some yard work for spring - so much to do
  • Picked another bouquet - daffies, wild hyacinth, and tulips
  • I received a $1 bill in a survey sent to me.  Didn't do the survey, but I have a $1!!
  • Been using up.  I had a bit of pimento cheese and nacho cheese in frig - added to mac n cheese.  Eating leftovers
  • Got a b/s turkey breast out of freezer (came across it when I cleaned freezer) - baked yesterday for today (an other) meals
  • Made a diced cherry cake - un-iced.  I like it this way and less calories
  • Made a gallon of lemon water - so refreshing
  • Just doing all the normal stuff
  • Aired house yesterday - oh, it was wonderful!  Yesterday was about 100% perfect!
Meals this past week:
Spicey rice - w/added leftover meat/mushrooms, fresh veggies, and garlic toast
Leftover rice, asparagus, sauteed mushrooms
Baked spaghetti (freezer) and fresh veggies
Out to lunch at diner - meat loaf, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans
Smoked sausage, mac n cheese and asparagus
Pan seared fish, leftover mac, fresh veggies
Breaded burger w/cheese and oven fries

Yes, quiet but nice week.  I like those kind!  How was your week?  Did you do anything exciting this week?  Any great deals?  Having a special day for Easter?
I am having a quiet and reflective day here today.
I look forward to hearing from you all.  May you all have a wonderful day and if you are getting with family - please enjoy each moment.

I hope your upcoming week will be lovely, safe and healthy.  Wishing you and yours many blessings from my humble little home.

Dear Lord, thank you is not enough, but is all we can say.  Thank you for Your Son and our Savior and for the love that is spread over us each and every one.  We are not deserving, but we can try to live the life we should.  Thank you for forgiving us and for loving us and for this life we enjoy each day.
May the Glory of our Savior be spread to all, as we pray for this world.  AMEN

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Nature Can Always Provide

 Happy Thursday all.  Hope you are all well and safe.
Cold frosty morning here - with thoughts of getting warmer today!  At least the sun is shining this morning.

We all have so many options on this earth we can use for food or in foodstuffs.  Nature provides us with most all we NEED!  Notice I said need - not want.
Plants of all sorts - many of which most of us call weeds are good for food and medicinal needs.  Foraging is a great way to find these items.  I look towards my own yard often - as I know I use no chemicals on anything.  That is important to know.  If you live near a woods - you have a huge 'grow'cery store at your fingertips.

Today I will talk about things that are springing forth as we speak!  It is spring and certain things show up then.  Dandelions, wild violets, and soon clover - then peonies will be blossoming in a couple months!
There are so many things we can use - I will add posts about different items in coming weeks.
Flower to root - these are very nourishing and valuable. Not just for us but also for the first bees of spring hunting for food.

Click on recipe to enlarge for easy reading.
I have made this and it is sort of a honey taste.  Very good.  It doesn't look pretty at first (as you are preparing water) - the lemon juice makes all the difference in appearance!

Click on recipe to enlarge
Wild violet jelly is also quite tasty and it is pretty too once it is completed.
These specialty springtime jellies are very expensive if purchased at a specialty shop!  You can have it for the price of sugar, basically!

Click on recipe to enlarge
I have also made peony petal jelly.  It is sweet and a bit tart and a little flowery tasting.  Makes a great appetizer type jelly.  
As you start getting the liquid made to make it - it looks ugly and doesn't smell nice either!  Just fair warning.  That all changes - trust me.  Tasty, tasty!

You can use clover as well for a honey tasting jelly.  I need to look up my recipe for that one.

Many weeds (what we call them), flowers, seeds, fungi and roots can be used for all kinds of things.  There are some people that basically live off nature.  Animals are provided on the earth, fish, fruit, veggies, roots, herbs, you name it.  It is all here for us to use.  Sure, you do need to do a little research when it comes to plants and such - that it is safe for YOU - but there is so much to naturally choose from.
Hopefully I can add some ideas to all in the future posts.

I hope you have a lovely day and a reflective holiday week.

And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of the all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them as food.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has breath of life, I have given every green plant as food." And it is so.
Genesis 1:29-30

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

There Will Always be One of Those Days!

 Morning to all.  Hope you are well and safe.  Kind of gloomy out here today - supposedly we may see peeks of sun.  We will see!

We have all had ONE of those days!!  You know those days, where things go wrong, or people disappoint, or you just feel blah!  Yep.

Yesterday - the guy came about 4:40 to fasten the wires.  I watched from inside and just kept shaking my head.  He was having one of those days for sure.  I don't know if he had a new battery drill he wasn't used to or if he was new or what - but that young man could not get that drill to work right.  From in the house, I could tell what he was doing wrong - it took him 45 minutes to figure it out.
He obviously forgot "righty tighty - lefty loosey"!  It was like he didn't realize his drill had a button to reverse his drill direction.  I just kept shaking my head.  Goodness.
Well, he finally got the simple connector in (with all kinds of tools and 1 hr. wasted) and fastened the wire.  Then I saw him take down the ladder and was leaving the other wire laying on the garage.  I went out to question.  His comment "that wire does nothing - it isn't active".  Me - WELL - why leave it???? I said you realize that will damage my shingles after a while of wind blowing it.  So, after sighing - he removed that wire completely.
All is good - but I wonder about workmanship these days.  I hope for his sake - it was JUST one of those days!!

This made me chuckle.  I guess sometimes we have to be very specific as to what we say, so people don't misunderstand.

It seems so often, no matter how we try it is 'damned if we do and damned if we don't'.  I know we have all felt that way.  Those are the things that make me sigh.  
We try to do our best daily, that is all we can do.  We all have failures. 
When you have a day that things don't work out, or you fall of the frugal wagon, or you get that unexpected bill, etc. - don't give up!!!
Sigh all you want, feel sorry for yourself for a moment - then put on those big girl panties and get up and try again.  ALWAYS TRY AGAIN!
Like we were taught with a classic childhood book - "I think I can, I think I can".

YES, you can.  It isn't always easy.  It isn't always a good day.  It isn't always going to work.  It isn't always going to be a simple thing.  Nothing in this world worth having is really easy!  It takes work and the "I CAN" attitude.

So, whatever you do today - do it with joy and with happiness and with a good attitude.
Today is a gift - it truly is.
Wishing you all a great day.


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

LET US PLAY - The Many Uses of........

 Good morning this Tuesday.  It is a windy day here and feels very damp.  We had some storms go through overnight and lots and lots of STRONG wind!  I have phone and internet lines down off the pole this morning!  There is one hanging about 5' above ground and one laying on the garage.  Everything works - so I just need someone out to place back on pole.

Hope everyone is safe - there are a lot of storms going through the country.  Hoping everyone's families are safe and not involved in the Baltimore bridge disaster.  That is just awful.

Today I am going to pick 2 different items that can be used in many, many ways.  Not just the conventional.  I think I may do this once a week for a bit - just as a reminder to all and a push to newbies that things aren't always what they seem!!!

Lots of us make both of these.  I always have several jars on hand - mainly for gifting.  I don't eat that often, and when I open a jar - it often gets sugary before I use it all.  I bet everyone has some of those baby jars on hand - those little jars that come in food gift boxes!  Here are some ideas to use it up.
Make thumbprint cookies
Jelly rolls
Blend with other ingredients to make sauces and BBQ and glazes
Cupcake centers
Melt and use over ice cream
Use with cream cheese on crackers for great snacks
Add to vinegar for specialty dressings
Granola bars
Use in oatmeal, over pancakes and waffles
In yogurt
OH, and maybe a PBJ!

Whether this is homemade, or store bought - it isn't just bread at my house.  Many uses.
I can buy this every day, sliced or whole, for a $1 or less at a couple different stores in my area. 
Garlic bread
Garlic toast
Cheesy bread
Individual slices for mini pizza bites
Party sandwich
Individual sub sandwiches
French toast
Croutons, breadcrumbs
Bread pudding
Bread pizza
Roasted open face sandwiches of any type
Grilled sandwiches
Dipping bread

What different ideas do you have for these items?  Do you use these things in different ways?
I love being creative and using things in a way that many would not.  It sure does stretch the food (no waste) and it helps stretch the budget.  And as a bonus - you get some tasty food and goodies, by playing with your food a little!!

What items would you like to see other uses for in upcoming weeks?  Doesn't have to be just food to eat - many food items can be used for other things.
Look forward to your ideas.

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Weekly Wrap Up 3/24

 Happy Sunday to all.  It is Palm Sunday and the beginning of holy week for many people.  I hope you are all well and safe on this lovely day we have been given.

It is a sunny day here so far.  Chilly, but sunny. 
The birds were out singing their many songs this morning.  Everything is budding, blooming and sprouting.  It seems the below freezing temps we had, did not really harm too many things.  Maybe it wasn't freezing for long enough.  I just see so much life springing forth outside.
I had the first groundhog sighting of the year!!  UGH.  It was a couple yards down - but that bugger was out and exploring (a bit early to stay out).  I have dandelions starting to pop up - yes, I am one of those that does not kill them.  They are about the first thing the bees can find, and I don't want chemicals on my yard.
It has been a sort of quiet week here.  It was pretty chilly for most of the week - so inside I stayed a lot.
My week:
  • Made hard boiled eggs
  • Did a root touch up
  • Used the remainder of the compote and made a fruity shake/smoothie, and made a chocolate milk shake one day (milk, ice and choc. syrup)
  • Had a neighborhood meeting with a lawyer to see if there is anything we can do about getting speed bumps on our street - to slow speeders.  Not looking good.
  • Used leftover mashed potatoes to make a batch of potato cakes - had some for dinner and froze several
  • Made more OJ from concentrate
  • LOTS of laundry
  • Mowed the entire yard for the first time!  It looks so pretty and boy, did it smell good
  • Made a batch of brownies
  • Did a walk about the neighborhood and picked up trash (it has been so windy) and just admired all the spring beauty
  • Picked more daffodils and wild hyacinths
  • Did a lot of mending, small repairs and re-arranging of pictures and small items
  • Trying to use many items I have in freezer that really need used.  No sense having things if we don't use them!
Meals this past week:
Rueban sandwich and oven fries
Corned beef hash
Asparagus fries and potato cakes (no meat day)
Small pizza w/lots of veggies
Broccoli cheese soup
Leftover soup and grilled cheese sandwich
Hand pies (gr. beef, mushrooms, peppers, cheese) and a side salad

What are you up to?  Did you get to work outside any this week?  Get any great deals?  
Spring cleaning or holiday crafting?
Love hearing what everyone is up to.  Give us a shout out.

I surely hope and pray that you and your families are doing well.  That those with sickness get relief and wellness.  I hope you enjoy each and every gift that is put before you, and that they may give you some joy and smiles.
Blessings to you and yours from my humble little home.

From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised!
Psalms 113:3

Lord may we each and every one, know that no matter what happens in our life, You are still our future and our hope.  Help us through the bad that happens and help us to embrace and enjoy the good.  May we all live our best life and may we all forgive any transgressions that we have felt.  They do not serve us well.  Thank You for our many blessings.  Amen

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Mixes and Spices Mash Up - Make Your Own

 Morning to all.  Hope this finds you well on this chilly morn!  
Today is going to be a reminder of some things we can make ourselves and feel better about our food.  I keep seeing articles posted about how people are all panicking about the 'things' in their food.  It has truly gotten to the point that most everything has some item in it that isn't deemed good.
We can make from scratch, and we can make our own mixes and spice combos up and we will know what is in our food product.
It takes a little bit of time - but the feeling of 'knowing' is worth it!

Here is a couple of fun seasoning salts recipes.  Click on recipe to enlarge for easy reading.
I love this stuff.  It is a great mix of seasonings and perfect for salads and veggies. I can make it and there are no preservatives or odd stuff in it!

This is one that I made up - I use my dehydrated tomato skins in it as well as different spices/herbs.  It adds great flavor to any dish.  I have no specific measurements - just use what you want and what you like and what you have!  This is super in soups!

You can make your own 'cream of' soups as well.  It is so easy to make and wonderful to have on hand.  You can make soup, or you can use in recipes that call for cream of soup.  It lasts for ages, and you know exactly what is in it!!!!
I love adding this to any soup I am making to make it creamy.  You can different spices if desired.  It is all about what you like.

Keep all mixes in airtight containers and in a cool and dry space. 
It is just so nice to know that YOU can make your own mixes.  You don't have to buy the stuff at the store with all those yucky added ingredients.
You can use home grown herbs in many mixes - and that saves money.

Have fun and get creative and MAKE YOUR OWN!!!!!!!
More to come in upcoming days! 

****AGAIN - reminder to click on recipes to enlarge for reading ease!!!!****

Have a wonderful and productive day!!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Some Wednesday Words

 Happy first full day of spring.  May your spring and summer be joyful and full of gifts of all sorts.  Life is such a gift and should be enjoyed every day.  We need to reach out and grab life and hold on for a fun ride.  Granted, some days it is not fun or even happy - but it is another day.  When bad things happen - we may never really recover - but we do transform!  Transformation is a part of life - everything does it.  A seed, a sprout, a plant, a flower, a fruit or veggie - beauty and/or nourishment!  Transformation!

We are all so different and so are our lives.  Don't expect everyone to agree with you - it will never happen.  That doesn't mean they don't care or love you - it just means that they have a different opinion.  We all do.
If we were all given a basket of material that was exactly the same and told to make a patchwork - each one would be different.  Yep.  If we each were told to make a gift basket with the same items - they would all look different.  We can be given the same opportunities and the same lessons - and each life will be different.  We see things and hear things differently.  THAT is what makes the world go round!
We each try our best.  All we can do is try our best - do you.
Stop following the crowd - be an individual.

If you are working on having a simple life - remember it doesn't have to be fancy or perfect.  Odds are it won't be.  It can be small and calm.  It can be very selective - whatever you choose.
If you have needs or questions, just ask.  All someone can do is say no!  They may say yes and offer help.  You never know until you try.

It seems everyone in life is in a hurry today.  Why?  They aren't getting anyplace any quicker - they just fill their lives with stress!
Life is beautiful - it really is.  Old fashioned ways and things can be joyful.  I'd rather have them than all the new-fangled ideas and things.
Like Rita encouraged yesterday - get outside.  Walk, stroll, work, breath - just get out in the fresh air and sunshine every single day - regardless of the weather.  Fresh air and sunshine can't be substituted - don't care how you try.
Enjoy each day.  Make each day the best.  Get things done and have a little fun as well.

REMEMBER - for all the things you don't have - you sure do have a lot!

Happy spring - may all things in your life renew and grow as the spring does.
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Streeeeetch It!!!

 Happy Tuesday to all.  Yesterday was the last full day of winter - and we had the coldest temps in 30 days and snow flurries!  Geesh.  Today is supposed to get a little warmer but be windy.  Our nights are pretty darn cold for a few days. 
So, today (at some point) it will be officially Spring!!!!! Happy spring to all.  I know everyone is not feeling it yet, still lots of cold and snow to be had in some areas.  IT IS COMING!!!!!

Today I want to talk a little bit about stretching out our shopping visits.  Many of us here, don't shop every week or even every other week at times.  Some go all month without shopping.  But you gals (or guys) that are new to this - need to try a few things to stretch the shop times out and try new ways of using it up - and you can shop less often as well!  Seriously!  A bonus is that it saves money too.

I talk a lot about using all your leftovers.  You can use them as lunch the day after (instead of going out), you can even use little bits of food as a snack.  Re-invent the food into new things.  Leftover veggies and meat can go in soup or stir fry or fried rice, etc.  Getting creative really helps the budget.
Remember the old saying - Waste not, want not!!!!   VERY TRUE

Now here is another idea.
I know some people go to the store every day - STOP THAT!  If you do that, you have to stop - you are so very much overspending.  Buy enough for a week - use it all, before you go back.

Many shop every week.  For the sake of keeping things easy - let's say every 7 days.  If this is how you shop - you go to the store basically 52 times a year.  Now here is the challenge.  Stretch that to every 10 days!  Doesn't sound like much - but that is only 36 1/2 trips a year!  Saving you 16 visits!!!!!
For the sake of ease again, let us say you spend $100 each visit - that is $1,600 saved.

Now once you get the hang of that - stretch it to every 14 days.  That is only 26 visits.  That is saving $2,600 a year.
You see where this is going?  Learning ways to shop less often and to use every bit of food cooked and being creative - can save you not only time - but money!

This money can be used to pay off other debt - pay ahead - save.  You could also use some of this to add to your stockpile of food, which allows you to stay out of stores even more.  Add an extra $10 or $20 a week for the extra to stockpile.  Buy the clearance, the sales, the digital coupons, all the DEALS and BARGAINS you can find.  This is food SECURITY!  That is a huge thing as inflation continues and life in general can change at a moment's notice.

Learn to freeze things or dehydrate or can if necessary.  If your fresh goods are coming close to time they need to be used - find an alternate way to keep them.  Ask - people here can help and you can Google these things and learn.  Watch videos and learn from blogs that have been around for a long time.  Ask your older family, neighbors and friends.
REMEMBER - Buy what you like/use and use what you buy.

If you make something and overdo an ingredient and it doesn't taste right - there are ways to fix it!  Don't throw it away and waste good ingredients.  This chart really does help and they are ways to SAVE a recipe!
Keep it in your mind - waste is NOT an option!

Cook from home, shop less, use everything you have, use it ALL up!  These are huge for all of us, especially beginners of the frugal journey.
Read, watch and learn.  There is always something new to learn - always!
Get creative and learn new recipes or try new things.  You may make the best meal you ever had - by just getting a little creative.

I hope this helps someone shop a little less, use up a little more, and save a little money.
We are here to help.  You have a question - just ask!

Have a wonderful first day of SPRING!

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Weekly Wrap Up 3/17

 Happy Sunday.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Hope this finds you well and safe.  It is a chilly but clear morning here.  We had some wonderful weather this week, and now we are going into a little cool down again.  Nights will be well below freezing - so here's hoping that it doesn't hurt any plants. 😥  
Normal weather for March/April - always changing.
I am still trying to get my body to adjust to the time change.  It just doesn't seem that I have gotten there yet!  Who would think an hour could make a difference?

Shamrocks and 4 leaf clovers are 2 different things!  Many think they are the same.  A shamrock is 3 leaves and to many represents the holy trinity.  A 4-leaf clover is just that - 4 leaves and supposedly brings good luck!

This week was just a lot of smaller things that saved a $ here and there.
My week:
  • Made OJ from concentrate
  • Clipped 'most' of Blackies nails!  He isn't fond of this at all - so I do a couple every chance I get.
  • Got some more yard work done and picked up blowing trash from walks and alley
  • Started packing up a lot of clothes for donation - things that haven't been touched in ages
  • Used the Rainbow vacuum this week on area rugs and bedroom.  It is a water filter system - boy does it pick-up!!!!  I think I vacuumed another cat!  I vacuum all the time - but this does a fantastic job.
  • Cut up a cuke that needed used and added to a pickle jar for flavor (used in salads)
  • Cooked a pound of ground beef - used half for a meal and froze the other half for a quick meal add-in.
  • Picked more flowers from the yard.
  • I keep bird/squirrel food in metal trash cans outside - one lid developed a rusted hole (these are years old).  FOR NOW - I repaired.  I covered the hole with foil and then used duct tape and topped with waterproof tape.  Did this inside and out - worked like a charm.  East fix for now.
  • Got to visit with 3 different neighbors this week
  • Made a gallon of tea
  • Made a 'compote' with fruit.  I used some older apples that I peeled and cored, strawberries and a packet of rhubarb I found in the freezer.  Cooked in a tiny bit of OJ and sweetened with a little sweetener.  Super tasty and a nice, sweet bite instead of something bad!
  • Froze the peels and cores to use w/more later to make jelly or to add to other fruit when making jelly as a natural pectin.
  • I did run to Kroger for a couple things.  Fresh asparagus for .99/lb.  Cabbage for .49/lb.  Found Edy's ice cream on a markdown - 1.5 qt. for 1.56.  Also, combo pork/angus beef - 1 lb. packs for 2.79/lb.

This size and brand regularly sells for 7.99 - that is just crazy!  I would never buy at that price. This was  the only one left.
A deal for sure.  Divided up packs and vacuum sealed and froze for several meals.
  • All meals from home and using leftovers where I could
  • Got to air the house a lot this week - no heat or AC for several days
  • Paid what bills I had
Meals this past week:
Loaded nachos (used leftovers)
French bread pizza (prev. made from freezer) and salad
Unstuffed cabbage roll skillet (used the older pc. of cabbage I had)
Above skillet - day 2
Pork/beef into breaded fritter, asparagus fries (breaded) and salad
Tamales over rice, fresh veggies
Tuna patty, mashed potatoes and asparagus (steamed)

There you have it.  Just doing things to save a little and use up what I have.  I keep thinking about going out shopping for some things, and I keep talking myself out of it!!  LOL
How was your week?  What have you done to use things up or to save a little?  Any great deals this week?  Are you thawing out yet?
Hope no one had damage from the storms this week.  Check in!!!!!

Hope to hear from you all.  We all enjoy hearing what the others are doing.  Gives us great ideas.
May you all have a great week and stay safe and healthy.
Blessings to you and yours from my humble little home.

A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

Lord, help us to enjoy our days as they happen, instead of always being so regimented.  Let us enjoy according to Your plans.  Let us learn to relax a little.  Help us lighten our spirits and laugh more.  When faced with serious situations may we look to You, as You will protect us.
Thank You for all our many blessings.  AMEN