Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

This year I am making most if not all of the Christmas gifts from fabric and yarn already in my stash. Makes for some interesting projects that's for sure. However, it is nothing if not thrifty.

I have the quilt of many colours sandwiched and ready to quilt tomorrow as well as hopefully bind. The only item I needed to buy was the batting as I had none in my stash. I was a bit worried about the backing, but then remembered an old flat flannel sheet that I had saved for the purpose of one day backing a quilt. Not really colour coordinated, but it suits the purpose and worked very well. 

I just love it when projects work out to be inexpensive and so thrifty. I am sure some in the family would say I am "cheap", but those that receive the handmade gifts are always appreciative.

Now on to figuring out a lovely gift for the family gift exchange that uses up even more of one of my stashes.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Menu Monday

I haven't been feeling very well over the last couple of days, feeling a bit more like myself today. It is when I am ill that I really depend on my menu plans. They are a life saver.

Monday

Cream of Mushroom soup from the freezer along with egg salad sandwiches.

Tuesday

Leftover ham. I am leaning towards Scalloped potato and ham casserole. Served with broccoli, should hit the spot and leave leftovers for another night. Pie for dessert.

Wednesday

Stuffed Chicken Breasts, rice and peas. Pie for dessert.

Thursday

Clean out the fridge night, if there really isn't much available I just might make chili.

Friday

Glace, fried onions, and potatoes (fattening but hearty). Served with eggs.

Saturday

Sausage Casserole.

Sunday

Roast Pork, roasted potatoes and carrots. Perhaps a salad to round things out. Not sure but I hope to have a cake or something for dessert.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Frugal Friday

While I have had weeks that I have been much more in the frugal mind set, I don't think I did too badly this week.

1.  Baked bread two days this week.

2.  Pulled items out of the large chest freezer and the fridge freezer to use up in meals.

3.  Took at least two walks every day. Some were shorter than usual due to cold and icy conditions, but I did get out and moving.

4.  Stuck to my grocery list and used a few coupons to bring the cost down.

5.  Kept the doors closed to those rooms we don't use.

6.  Used all leftovers in the fridge either for a full meal or as a component of a new meal.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday Tidbits

Thank you for sharing your dental misadventures with me. I always thought I was alone in my terror of dentists and finding out others suffer the same takes a weight from my mind.

Most of today was cloudy and windy, it got pretty nice by 4 however so I took a short walk. I enjoyed the outing in the afternoon much more than my walk this morning.

Yesterday we got a letter from the city saying there was a water main break at the end of our road and our water would be shut off for most of the day. So, early this morning I spent time filling up water jugs, a large pot, and the bath tub. 

I had thought the water would be back on by now, but........
as you can see the city is still working on the problem. I sure hope they get it fixed very soon.

Tomorrow was supposed to be a no spend day, but as we can't use our city water for 7 days after the main is fixed we will need to buy some bottled water. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dentist Visit

While most people just do not like going to the dentist, yours truly is terrified each and every time I go.

I thoroughly dread my 4 times a year visit and figure this is part of the reason I can not sleep or eat before (and after) I go.

My body tenses up completely and I have trouble breathing the assistants are always telling me to breath as they work on my cleaning. By the time they are done my body aches as much as it does when I have a fibro flare.

So tonight I have a sore and achy body as well as a sore mouth.

It wasn't always this way. When I was a child I happily went with my Mom to the dentist. After all you always got a bouncy ball after your visit.

However, there came a time when the dentist (a new one as my original dentist retired) decided that one of my baby teeth needed to be pulled to make room for my permanent teeth. I have always disliked needles and this day was no exception.

Mom heard me screaming in the waiting room and decided that perhaps she should check out what was happening. When she entered the room where I was situated, what met her eyes shocked her. There was her little girl being held down by two assistants with the dentist's knee on my chest (yep he was right up on the chair with me) trying to stick the needle in my mouth. I was screaming and tossing my head from side to side. Mom says I kept saying that I couldn't breath and the dentist just kept saying "Hold her still."

Mom yelled, the dentist removed himself from my body, the assistants let go of my shoulders and arms. Mom grabbed me and left the office. After that if I needed any work done she would take me to a dentist that would knock me out with gas.

I think I still might have that small girl inside, terrified that what happened once could happen again.

I do want to say that the dentists I have had as an adult have all been kind and caring. They always apologize for hurting me whenever I need that stupid needle, and are always ready to give me more freezing if I even flinch. In fact my old dentist (he passed away from cancer about 6 years ago) would always sit with me and calm me down.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Today has been fairly quiet and laid back. Even though the weather was beautiful for the majority of the day by 4 pm the skies were overcast, the wind had picked up and the temperature was dropping.

Harvey did some overhaul on the snow blower. We haven't needed it as of yet, and he wanted to get it up and running. There seems to have been some water in the gas, or perhaps the carburetor was a bit dirty as when he finally got it to run steadily it ran very rough. Rather than take it to the small motor repair guy he decided to try a few additives first. It is running a bit better now and hopefully as the additives make their way through the machine will run even better. Costs were much lower than taking it in to be serviced.

I had a couple of small holes in the outer shell of my winter coat. Today I decided to try and mend them. Done, and since the small holes were in places not normally visible I am very pleased with the result. My winter coat should last another couple of years now.

I have found couple of old towels and I am going to roll them up as tightly as possible and use them as draft dodgers on some of the inside doors. We turn the heat off in two of the rooms that we don't use regularly and sometimes the cold air seeps underneath the doors. This will help with that draft of cold air that hits my feet as I walk by those doors.

My grocery list has been made using store flyers and I have gathered my coupons. Hopefully I won't be surprised by the grocery total this week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Menu Monday

Monday

Leftover pork roast made into a stir fry. Served with rice.

Tuesday

Leftover chicken made into a chicken casserole.

Wednesday

Cream of celery soup and ham salad sandwiches (using the smallest package of frozen leftover ham).

Thursday

Clean out the fridge night.

Friday

Trout fillets leftover rice and corn.

Saturday

If I don't attend a meeting in Regina this will be Hamburgers, homemade fries, and peas. If I do attend that meeting Harvey will have to fend for himself.

Sunday

Roast beef, roast potatoes and green beans.

Another week done for the month.