Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Frugalities

Ahhh, that time of the week when I list some (not all because I have listed them before) of my frugal hits this week.

I have been using up the frozen packages of cooked meat from the fridge freezer to great effect. I almost have one basket in the freezer empty!!! The meals have gone over with Harvey very well and any extra has gone into the fridge (meat wise, cause sometimes I put extra into the bag) to be used for sandwiches at lunch.

I spent sometime cleaning and decluttering the sewing/craft room. I found lots of black 2" strips which means that when I made Kris's purple/black/silver quilt I really did not need to cut more black strips. Now that I know what I have there should be no waste.

Went for my frugal exercise every day this week even though my knee was touchy and the weather had gotten quite chilly.

I am sitting at 20 no spend days for the month, which while not quite at my target yet I am getting pretty darn close.

I will manage to put $40.00 in my savings envelope this month, which is a good thing. I use this to buy gifts for Harvey and sometimes supplies for sewing or knitting.

I found 35 cents on my walks this week and that money went directly into the change jar.

Harvey is remembering to turn down the heat in our bedroom after making the bed most days. A really great thing as he used to forget all the time.

Best yet gas has fallen well below the $1.00 a liter here and I am loving the fact that it will cost even less to fill the vehicles.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Slowly But Surely

Thanks everyone for your wishes for my knee to get better soon. While it is not as painful as yesterday, it still sends shots of pain up my leg when I move it wrong. Did not get much sleep last night either so I will be hitting the bed fairly early today.

To all my American readers Happy Thanksgiving. We all have much to be thankful for.

Since my knee was still causing problems I decided that household chores would be done slowly. Thank heavens today was an easy chore list, however I did not think my knee would take kneeling on the kitchen floor to scrub out the oven. That delightful task was left till early next week.

Instead I decided to tackle a couple of easier tasks that needed to be done.

First off I tackled the closet pantry shelf. Half empty boxes were emptied and the contents placed nicely on the shelf. The boxes themselves were placed in my recycling basket.

Then on to my on going project, the decluttering of the sewing/craft room.

This is one of two boxes of 2" strips that I rolled up and placed neatly into their containers. I can now see what I have to make strip quilts or use for binding. I still have a couple of boxes of strips thrown willy nilly into them that I will be going through and rolling. Much better organized now, and I am hoping to be able to remove a few containers from the room, or repurpose them to hold something else.

Tomorrow I plan on working on some baskets of yarn. I think I will be donating a few partial skeins and balls just so they are out of my house. I am fairly sure some crafty person will be able to use them. I also hope to be able to cut out a few patterns, but we will see how quickly I can get my chores done in the morning.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I Hurt!!

I don't know what I did in my sleep last night, but this morning (say middle of the night) I woke up with extreme pain in my right knee.

I have spent most of the day with my knee wrapped in a tensor bandage and elevated when possible. Still if I move it the wrong way I get sharp pains..... Not enjoying this at all. I am hoping that by having a nice hot bath things improve. That is if I can get in and out of the tub. If not I guess I will need to take a shower (Boo).

This caused me not to get any extra cleaning or work done today. Oh well I am sure that I can manage a bit more tomorrow. At least I hope so. 

I woke up to things being covered with a fresh white coat.

The snow has been coming down for most of the day and is supposed to continue tomorrow morning. As the song goes, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." I am slowly getting my Christmas spirit.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thrifty Tuesday

I have been using up items in the fridge freezer, making them into tasty meals. Saved lots of cash by using them up.

I have also been making Christmas gifts using fabric and yarn from my stashes... Harvey figures I have enough of both to open my own shop!! And I kind of do seem to collect on sale fabric and yarn. One never knows when it will come in handy. Like right now getting gifts ready for Christmas at a fraction of the price of buying gifts.

Like these three simple slouch hats (or beanies) I made for my nieces. This project used up four small balls of fluffy pink yarn that I could not figure out what to do with. The hats along with 3 pairs of mitts each make up their Christmas gifts this year. The mitts were made with yarn left from other projects. Total cost was $5.00 each gift compared to $15.00 each.

Kept me out of trouble working on them as well.

Got one of my hats back at church. So I am off to Parish Council tonight. I guess I need to learn how to say no to a priest.............

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Menu Monday

Ahhh, another week of using things up from the fridge freezer and the fridge itself. Need to clean out some space for that Christmas baking.


Leftover Turkey Pot Pie from Saturday.


Leftover roast beef made into either a casserole or the old beef strips, onions, mushrooms and gravy served over something like rice or mashed potato.


Leftover ham warmed up and served with rice and a salad.


Pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans and the remains of the salad.


Glace and eggs


We are heading to the big city so supper out.


Cabbage rolls from the big freezer.

Lunches will be leftovers or perhaps a sandwich if the leftovers run out.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

Today was fairly warm as far as a winter's day in Saskatchewan can be. I went for a walk after Mass to think about how today's homily perhaps changed my way of thinking.

I always thought that Christ ruled from the right hand of God in heaven. Not necessarily in a castle, but in a house with many rooms. You, know rooms for us all.

Today Father Brian said that thinking like that was not the way Christ ruled. Instead He ruled from the cross.

I think it may take awhile to understand what that means and how it will affect the way I understand my faith.

Still working on making the computer work properly and not getting anywhere fast. I really do believe that we will end up taking it to the computer gurus to work on. Much to Harvey's dismay as he thinks we should be able to fix it in no time at all.

Everybody have a wonderful night.

God bless.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Roundup

The weather is getting colder and this morning brought a skiff (as Harvey would call it) of snow on the ground. Since there was no wind I went for my morning walk and really enjoyed it after a day of blustery winds when there was no way I could walk and stay warm.

My computer is acting up and I think we may have to take it to the computer doctor next week. I can't upload pictures from our cameras and that is pretty bad considering Christmas is around the corner! I have been taking them with my tablet and then emailing them to myself. Seems to be working, but it is a great deal of extra steps and slightly time consuming. Even so I am glad that I can still find a bit of a work around.

Harvey spent this week working on a surprise project for what he calls my "woman cave" (I call it my sewing/craft room).

He made a frame for my University diploma. He found it lying on a counter in the basement and figured I worked hard to receive it and should hang it up and show my pride. He even used things he had lying around his work room.

The small plaque beside it was presented to me in 2000. I was working as the Youth Coordinator for our parish and one of the youth decided I needed to be recognized for the "above and beyond" that I went through. One of the television stations here in Saskatchewan had a segment called "Hero of the Week" so she nominated me. I actually won and the station came down and filmed a segment of our Youth Group meeting. I think I am most proud of the fact that I planted seeds which are still growing today.

I have been using up leftovers from the fridge freezer from various packaged up leftovers. Today I made this....

A Turkey pot pie. In making this I used up some pie crust, turkey, and the last of a bag of frozen corn. I added some frozen peas and frozen carrots. Popped it in the oven. And it came out like this.

A lovely and filling supper for the two of us with 2 slices leftover for another meal next week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.