Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thrifty Tuesday

Not too sure if we are being thrifty this past week, but we are trying.

Some sheets have been torn up into rags, and some blankets put away to be used as the core of quilt sandwiches later on.

We are planning a shopping trip for insurance when we come back from our holidays. Harvey plans on taking the property insurance from SGI and searching for options that will save us a bit of cash. Better in our pockets than in the governments/insurance companies pockets. I have been asking neighbours and such who their insurer is and getting quotes from them, Harvey has been going on line and using those companies calculators.

I have been rinsing out dish soap containers to get a couple of more dish washings out of them.

Did some sock darning one evening, and I have a pillow to mend.

We took a break today after hauling two loads to the storage place and went to watch the air show at our airport. It was nice just to sit back and relax for a bit. The Snowbirds did an awesome job as usual.

Then since it was late we grabbed a bite to eat on the way home, the slow cooker with stew was cooled down and placed in the fridge. We will be having that for supper tomorrow. We took our own water, and chairs but it did cost us a bit to get onto the airport grounds. Still it was less money than going out for a dinner in one of our eating establishments.

Tomorrow we have the gentleman from PDAP coming in the afternoon, and the construction company to see if they can fix the cement walls in the basement. I will continue to drop off books at the two second hand stores and I plan on taking some to the library.... There are a few that needed to be put in the recycle bin.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Menu Monday

It is a bit late, but since we just started supper prep thought I would get this posted.

A bit of a switch up already as I had forgotten to take stew meat out of the freezer to thaw last night.


BBQ Hamburgers, cucumber spears, and some pasta (Harvey always likes some carbs when he eats).


Beef Stew made in the slow cooker.


Pulling out another bag of leftover ham to be made into something.


Clean out the fridge night. Since Kris is coming home to help move thing out of the basement, and to do some basement demolition this will work out perfectly. (Must get his room cleared out before he gets home).


Tuna Pasta Salad. Not Kris's favorite meal, but hopefully he will enjoy it.


Pork Ribs in the slow cooker, rice and a big salad.


Roast Chicken (must remember to pick one up this week while shopping), salad, potatoes and probably green or yellow beans.

The PDAP  (Provincial Disaster Assistance Program) people are coming Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully we can get a little bit from this. If not we are on our own.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Ramblings

It is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary time and this phrase stuck in my mind when Father Brian was reading the Gospel.

While Father Brian spent most of his homily speaking about prayer and having a prayer life I couldn't help but ponder these three words over and over again. Mostly in response to my own prayer life, which lately has been hit or miss.

During prayer we seek to be closer to our Lord, to knock on His door so to speak. We ask him to enter our hearts and so become more like Jesus. While the Lord doesn't always answer our questions and our wishes right away, I believe that if we look at our life for the long haul God has always answered us. Just perhaps not in the way we wanted, but in the way He feels is best for us.

I hope I always Ask. Seek. Knock.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Around The Old Homestead

Today has been a relatively quiet day. I have gathered up some of the old board games.

We kept these in the camper for those days or nights that it was too rainy to sit around the campfire. Well the Twister game was one the youth group used. I have listed them on a couple of my cities garage sale sites in the hopes of selling a few. Those that don't sell will be donated to one of the two second hand stores in town.

I started going through my rather large book collection. Harvey said I could only have 4 totes of books put into storage. Today after I spent a couple of hours weeding through he said I could have 7 (bet I can get him a bit higher yet). Mainly because he saw how hard it is for me to part with some of them and he said I was working really hard.

These are the three totes I have filled. Tomorrow I get at it once again.

I went out to the garden and did a bit of picking as well.

I managed to get 4 small green peppers and three rather beaten up cucumbers.

I did get the yellow beans blanched and bagged for freezing.

Then I ran out of freezer bags so I guess the green beans will be blanched and frozen tomorrow along with a bit of dehydrating. I will need to run out after Mass and pick up freezer bags so a little bit of spending in order to save money in the long run.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Frugal Friday

Ahhh, what can I list for this Friday's Frugal Five.

1. Spent some time harvesting herbs and drying them for this winter.

2. Picked green and yellow beans as well as peas. The peas are just enough for our meal on Sunday, but the beans will be blanched and frozen tomorrow.

3. Got a "voucher" from Costco for a bit of money.

4. Dried all loads on the line, even the towels. I told Harvey he could stand crunchy towels for the length of time I can use the clothes line.

5.  I only bought the necessities when I went shopping.

6. Got my Visa bill today (it will be paid in full) and I noticed that my cash back is the highest it has ever been and it has only been 6 1/2 months. Should have enough cash back to buy a couple of Christmas gifts this year.

Tomorrow I will blanch the beans, go through some of my books and list them on a few of the garage sale sites. Hopefully I can make a bit of extra cash.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday Tid Bits

Well most of the plywood is off the walls and things are as bad as we thought.

Here are some pictures of what we found.

Big voids where cement is supposed to be. This is going to be a pricey renovation. We have a construction company coming to take a look to see if it is even fixable.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It Never Rains But It Pours

No, it isn't raining here again. Thank you Lord.

We knew after the flooded basement that the cost of repairs was going to be high. We have the money so that is not a problem.

The problem is in how the previous owner and his builder took short cuts. Nothing like shoddy workmanship to get Harvey riled up!!

We removed 2' of drywall in the library/office/bedroom and Harvey noticed something strange. The wood underneath seemed to be rotting in the closet. When he managed to pull the wood off the wall he found an area where the wall cement did not come all the way down to the floor. Hmmm, after researching on the internet he figured he could fix that small space.

The next day we removed the wall board in the man cave and Harvey noticed something very strange. The plywood under the wall board was rotting....

All of a sudden I heard some slamming downstairs (I was up doing a bit of decluttering, nothing like a flooded basement to get a person cleaning things out).

"Jackie, come down here right now." Harvey called. I could tell from his voice he was getting frustrated and very angry.

I went down and Harvey told me to watch. He stuck his pry bar in the bottom portion near the floor where some rotting was occurring. Well that pry bar slid right in like a knife through butter, and what came out was dirt. Seems like there are many places where the floors and walls don't meet or at least don't seal.

Since we have never had water in the portion of basement that flooded before, the rotting must have started when the previous owner had the house.

Now all the bottom plywood has had the nails removed (there were nails pounded in every 4") and tomorrow we remove it, clean the dirt and mud away. Both of us fear that there will be major construction to get the floors and walls to meet and seal. We even wonder if any of the concrete places in town will be able to fix this mess.

The one good thing is we found the problem before it got worse or we tried to sell the place.

I will post pictures of what we find tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for us.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.