Friday, July 19, 2019

Frugal Friday

After reading a few blogs where the bloggers have long list of their frugal accomplishments, I almost feel like a slacker. Oh well, there has been a few frugal happenings around here this week.

1.  Saved $23.59 grocery shopping this week.

2.  Darned socks.

3.  Opened windows in the evenings instead of running the air conditioner. In fact today the beast did not come on until just as I was cooking supper.

4.  Picked some kale from the garden for a salad.

5.  Picked and processed rhubarb for the freezer.

6.  Used up all the leftovers the last few days.

7.  Decluttered and organized the sewing room a bit more.

8.  Used up another 5 bits and bobs of yarn making those 4" squares.

9.  Reading a library book for entertainment each night.

10. Watching "Heartbeat" on my android box. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

Slowly the week is drawing to a close. 

I took a few more pictures of the garden to share with you all.

This is our native hydrangea. Seems to be growing quite well.

Here the natural colour is white and the flowers are a bit smaller. Still it is lovely to look at and it seems like more blossoms appear each day.

We did manage to keep a few of the older lilies that we had planted years ago.

The first of the new lilies have appeared. The picture does not show how large these white lilies are. I love them!!

Notice the purple columbine located to the left. Strangely enough this happened.

Half of the plant seems to be yellow. I think this fall I am going to try and separate the two plants.

The remainder of the week that I haven't been weeding, harvesting, dehydrating, cleaning or cooking have been spent knitting and reading. I even managed to get a bit of decluttering in and hope to continue with that until the weeks end. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

Overall this has not really been a thrifty week. I have tried my hardest, but I guess that every so often thrift slides out the window on the old homestead. I think I just might have to close and lock that window.

Harvey has been working on making an easy access to the main electrical boxes. He has been using bits and pieces from his work room in order to do this.

He has also been spray painting various hangers and my birdcage with paint he has had on hand in that same work room.

The air conditioning was off for a few days, but it is heating up once again and the system has been getting a work out over the last couple of days.

Me, well I have been dehydrating herbs, picking bits and bobs from the garden (no strawberries as of yet the birds are snacking before the berries are even ripe). I have managed to pick a few onions, and today I cut some kale for a salad. 

I did darn a couple of pairs of socks and knit many more 4" squares from bits and bobs of yarn. I have been working steadily on the temperature blanket in order to use up even more bits and bobs of yarn. Must say it is very colourful.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Menu Monday

A new week has arrived!! Hard to believe we are halfway through July already.


Roast beef, roast potatoes, and roasted carrots. If I get my rear in gear I will make a salad to go along with this. All will be cooked in the Instant Pot so I don't heat the house up.


Chili and toast.


Leftover roast beef either made into a main dish salad, or perhaps hot beef sandwiches with fries and the remains of the salad (providing I get it made).


Pretty sure there will be leftover chili. If not I will make Harvey BBQ some hamburgers. Served with coleslaw.


Salmon patties served with rice, home made tartar sauce, and mixed veggies (or leftover coleslaw).


I will be all alone as Harvey will be picking up Kris to attend the football game in Regina. I think I will have soup and perhaps a sandwich (made from leftover salmon patties).


Roast Chicken, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and corn. That should round out our week and give me leftovers to use next week.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday Ramblings

We actually have air conditioning in the church now, so it came as a surprise that the Mass did not take very long. I thought it might be longer as we no longer have to contend with people fainting, or to put it bluntly sweating so much they stick to the pews. Instead we were just over an hour, more what we are used to.

While the church started off cool, by the end of the Mass it was starting to get a bit humid. Probably from all the bodies attending. I just hope we can afford to keep the air conditioning running.

Todays homily (and the gospel) was about the "Good Samaritan" and Father brought up some points that I had missed over my lifetime. I never thought of the Good Samaritan as being Christ himself, or that the denarii could in fact represent our talents and treasures. It is making me rethink the whole parable.

Once home I made my mint jelly.

Six lovely jars. I will clean them up tomorrow and store them away in the pantry. We love this on ham.

These next two photos are from yesterday and my dehydrating. The dehydrating will be going on for the next few weeks, if not longer.

Three more trays of curly leaf parsley.

One tray of oregano, there will be more.

Tomorrow I hope to dry some thyme and some mint for winter tea. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Saturday Roundup

Today has been very hot with little to no breeze. Thank heavens for air conditioning!!!!

I managed to get more 4" squares knit today, slowly but surely making my way through all my saved leftover yarn. I even managed to dehydrate more parsley, some oregano, and I got my mint infusion ready to make mint jelly tomorrow.

I spent time this week getting my sewing/craft room a bit more organized and cleaned up. It will more than likely need doing once again after what I hope will be a sewing marathon next week.

Harvey and I got our eye exam over with. Neither of us need new lenses, and my cataract has not gotten any larger. Harvey, on the other hand, needs to have more tests to see how his glaucoma is progressing.

Weeding was accomplished in all the gardens and I am keeping a close eye on the veggies.

So as a busy week draws to an end, I will be able to put my feet up and relax for a bit.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Frugal Friday

A few frugal happenings here this week.

1.  Dehydrated parsley.

2.  Saved $16.57 when grocery shopping, not the best I have managed to save, but still a savings.

3.  Got a free bottle of hot sauce.

4.  Combined errands to save wear and tear on the vehicle.

5.  Shopped a sale and managed to get a great deal on a laptop.

6.  Used up a great many bits and bobs making meals this week and hope to do the same next week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.