Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday Tid Bits

Once again it has been a quiet day. Well, mostly quiet, if a person ignored the banging downstairs.

Harvey decided it was time to remove more of the ceiling in the old part of the basement. He came upstairs once, and showed me how dirty he was!! The ceiling down there is (or should I say was) lath and plaster. It was a mess to get down and by the time he was finished he was black with dust and dirt that seemed to collect on top of that.

The basement no longer has a ceiling, the floors are swept, the walls torn down, and all the debris (well most of it) is in the back of the truck and ready to be hauled to the dump tomorrow.

Now we (Harvey, not me) plans on getting rid of some of the old wiring down there. That, as well as hauling out some of the larger pieces of removed wall, will take place next week.

After watching Harvey limping around after his hot soak in the tub, I made the decision to call off our date night until next week. The poor guy would not have enjoyed the movies at all tonight.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Infestation

We are having an infestation (outside thank heavens) of maple bugs, or as they are known around here as Halloween bugs (because they are black and orange in colour.

I say that they are God's joke insect because they don't seem to do anything. They don't bite, don't sting, and don't seem to cause any problems except cause a person the heebie jeebies.

Harvey has been spraying, but it seems like no matter how many we kill, twice as many take their place.

They follow us into the house and every morning I walk around with a fly swatter and kill them all.

Sure hope they disappear as quickly as they showed up.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Oh yeah, they are also called boxelder bugs so if any of you have a good way of getting rid of them please let me know.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Thrify Tuesday

I have been racking my brain to figure out anything that I did that was thrifty this week. Really, the week past has been fairly normal as far as thrift goes.

I have been using up food items, making them into new and interesting meals, using produce from the garden, dehydrating herbs, and laying out patterns to use up the smallest amount of fabric that I can.

I have also been using up bits and bobs of yarn making gifts for Christmas, repairing rather than replacing clothing and other items.

Every bit I can save makes it that much easier to pay off those pesky bills from the basement redo. A very costly endeavor all told.

I have also been setting side spare cash and coin to help with our stock up shop on Saturday. That will be an expensive outing, but one that will be thrifty in the long run as I won't have to shop as often (or at least the total costs of the following shops will be lower).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Menu Monday

The end of another month is here. I am kind of looking forward to a long and colourful fall season. Well at least I hope to see a long and colourful season, but here one never knows what will happen weather wise.

Monday

Chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, and leftover salad.

Tuesday

Stir fry made with some steak that has been in the freezer for awhile. Serving it over rice.

Wednesday

Scalloped potatoes and ham served with carrots from the garden.

Thursday

Clean out the fridge night.

Friday

Perogies.

Saturday

We will be doing a big shop in the city so will be eating out.

Sunday

Baked ham, egg noodles, peas and carrots.

Hopefully I can clear out a bit of the fridge this week as I will need the room to store what we pick up on our big shop.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Ramblings

It was a nice sunny day today, however the wind howled something terrible!! Because of the wind my fibromyalgia gave me a few problems and I have had a headache for most of the day.

I did manage to cut out the jacket and dress, hopefully at least one will be sewn before the end of the month (think I will do the dress first as that seems to be the easiest to sew. I am making a pretty hot pink sheath. Just hope it turns out well.

Today Father Brian talked about how we have to see our brother/sister in everyone we meet. We need to treat all with respect. Considering my Facebook page is full of people cutting others down, making fun of still others and just plain not respecting their fellow men/women, I think we may have a long way to go in that area.

I have tried to see the good in others, even if I do not care for that person personally. Everybody is deserving of respect and love no matter what. I do however have to learn to block all the negativity that seems to crop up every so often on Facebook. The bad thing is a great deal of the name calling seems to come from my relatives.... So true that you can pick your friends but not your relatives.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Roundup

This week has seen the end of a few projects and jobs around the house.

Hubby is removing some walls in the basement for the furnace install when it happens. I hope to take photos once it is all completed.

I made the cabbage rolls for the winter. I only got 8 trays and once I give Kurt and Kris a tray each that only leaves us 6. I may be making a few more....

I baked bread.


Dehydrated more green peppers, along with some herbs.


I managed to clean out a few more pots of flowers, and hopefully will get more cleaned out when the rain stops (perhaps on Monday).

I decluttered the cold room and Harvey decluttered the storage room in the basement. There are quite a few items we need to take to recycling and a few that can be donated.

I even managed to finish another Christmas gift (that makes two now, pictures to follow very soon).

Spent some time in the sewing/craft room and managed to finish the two tops I had cut out.

They need to be pressed, but for all intents and purposes they are done.

I even got the fabric ready for the next two projects that I want to at least cut out this month. With any luck at all I may even get one sewn (pattern is a very simple dress).

All in all a very productive week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Frugal Friday


It is the start of another weekend and the time when I try and find at least five frugal things I have done this week.

1.  Managed to save almost $40.00 when grocery shopping today. This was with coupon use, and BOGO free offers. I even stuck to my list once again and even managed to stock up on a few items.

2.  Once again laundry was hung on the line to dry.

3.  Using leftovers to make new meals or using them up at lunch. I have even made a couple of TV style dinners for Kris to take back with him.

4.  Harvesting herbs for dehydrating still, onions picked, as well as potatoes and carrots harvested and put aside for the winter.

5.  I have finished another Christmas gift using yarn left from other projects and started another gift with still more leftover project yarn.

6.  The furnace is not turned on as of yet and the air conditioners are not running either.

After adding up the expenses incurred on the basement, I think we may have to tighten our belts a bit over the next few months. Nothing drastic, but I would really like to cut spending by a bit especially since we have two reunions to attend next summer.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.