Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

The few sunny days we have had over the past week helped us save a bit on our gas costs. The front window faces south and really attracts the suns warming rays. The longer the furnace doesn't run the better it is for our bill. I also have thermal drapes to keep the heat in once I close them in the evening. Still every once in awhile especially in the early evenings, I seem to get a bit of a chill. At those times I wrap up in a shawl with a blanket on my lap and knitting in hand.

I am happy to say there has been little to no waste this week. Anything left over meal wise I have packaged up and frozen to be used in another meal later on, or put in a tinfoil meal for Kris. I am also trying a few new recipes (one was tonight) to use up leftovers. Some are keepers, some are complete failures. Still this enables me to expand our menu a little bit and to use up odds and ends that could (and did) stick around the cupboards for too long.

I did my mending this week. Just a couple of seams on a pillow case or two, but this extends some perfectly good linens for a bit longer.

I also found a pair of I believe Kris's pj bottoms that will be washed next week and cut up into rags. I always need more cleaning rags.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Menu Monday

That time of the week again (soon I will need to do my menu planning for next month), and I am ready for another week of cooking. I do hope to make extra a couple of times this week, just to freeze for future meals (in case of an emergency, or one of us ends up needing extra TLC).


Pork chops, mashed potatoes, peas and some raw veggies.


Leftover chicken, I have an idea of what I will make, but need to go through recipes to see if there is anything different.


Pulling out a bag of leftover ham. Think I will make pasties with this. I should have some extra to freeze for later as well.


Clean out the fridge night. I will serve a salad with whatever we eat.


Salmon patties, rice and the remains of the salad.


Soup and sandwiches. I think I might make lentil soup tonight and freeze the leftovers.


I will make the roast chicken we should have had last week. Served with peas/carrots, mashed potatoes, and I may even make gravy.

Lunches will be sandwiches or other leftovers.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Ramblings

Once again it has been a quiet day on the old homestead, Sundays usually are and we thoroughly enjoy them.

I worked on the sewing/craft room and almost have it back to normal. Once I get some sewing projects done all will definitely be back to normal. However I think I just may have to stop buying fabric and yarn for awhile, things could be slightly out of control on those fronts.

Harvey has been busy watching NFL football games, it is getting close to the Superbowl and he has a couple of teams he is cheering for. This week he also got the Cabernet bottled and I made labels for him. He says they are good, but I can't really place the look on his face when I handed them to him.

He has also been working on a jigsaw. I did manage to fit in three pieces before my eyes went slightly cross-eyed. 

This afternoon I took part in the Prayer for Christian Unity here in our city. It is bitterly cold and some snow fell so it wasn't well attended...… I was the only Catholic present which was surprising to say the least.

Supper tonight is a hodge podge of leftovers. It was supposed to be roast chicken, but since I still had a bag of frozen chicken from our previous meal I decided to pull it out, warm the slices up and use up the brown rice and salad. I am also making some corn to go along. Sort of what was planned but I get to clear a bit out of the fridge freezers.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Frugal Friday

While this previous week has not been the most frugal time I did manage to get a few frugal items under my belt.

1.  Took snacks and drinks with us on our trip.

2.  Joined the hotel rewards club. If we have a couple more stays this year we will get a free one.

3.  Saved $22.00 when I shopped this week.

4.  Baked bread when I got home.

5.  No waste this week.

6.  Harvey bought a pair of pants for 60% off. He really needed some new ones.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

First off I think I should let all of you know how my goals are going for this month..

1.  Knit a temperature blanket. (This is a year long project so will be number one every month). Been doing my row every day.

2.  Sew some winter clothing that is already cut out.

3.  Finish our quilt. (This project has been three years in the making) Started the hand quilting.

4.  Make some soup bowl cozies for our own use.

5.  Knit 4 pairs of mittens for myself using the lovely yarn Kris got me for Christmas. I have two pairs of mittens completed and the third pair is begun.

6.  Knit a couple of headbands to match the mittens. One headband is completed.

7.  Knit one prayer shawl this month. Finished,

8.  Make more meatless meals this year (another ongoing goal). I have managed three meatless (or mostly meatless meals this month so far.

9.  Finish the embroidery project started in October.

10.  Clean up pictures on the computer. Done.

11.  Declutter. (Once again an ongoing monthly goal). A few items have left my home this month (29 to be exact).

12.  Up walking speed on treadmill. Done

13.  Fill out paperwork for my upcoming tests. Done

14.  Plant rooted vines. Done

15.  Get all the decorations away and condense them into fewer totes. Done

Not doing too badly at all. Hopefully a few more will be completed before the end of the month.

Now on to other happenings. 

I went to Regina for all my tests and had a lovely supper with Kris while we were there. The bone scan was done, the mammogram completed as well. What wasn't done was the cervical test. I met with the doctor that will be doing the test, he went over my medical history, asking lots of questions. I filled in yet more paperwork and was told that they would phone with a date, time and place for the examination to be done. This will be another waiting period for me. It could be up to two months before it is done. I guess it is just a waiting game now, but my general practitioner is going to have a heart attack when she finds out what is going on. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Menu Monday

My calendar states that this is the third week of the month already.... Wow January is disappearing quickly. I hope this means that spring will be here before we know it.


Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup along with salmon sandwiches.


dinner out as we will be staying over in the city for the second round of tests on Wednesday.


Home so something very simple. More than likely hotdogs and a couple of sides.


I plan on making something with a package of the delicious, tender roast beef we had on Sunday. Whatever it is, it will be served with potatoes and veggies.


Maple glazed trout fillets, homemade fries and some coleslaw.


Depends on the contents of the fridge. Could be a clean out the fridge night or I may try my hand at a meatless meal.


I plan on heating up a package of the leftover chicken in the freezer. I think brown rice and a salad would pair nicely (and get some items out of the crisper and freezer).

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Roundup

Well this has been a pretty good week for getting things completed on the old goals list.

First I finished the cowl from the bulky yarn that Kris gave me for Christmas.

Next was this. 

The prayer shawl and there is enough yarn (bought on sale) to make another one.

Then it was moving on to work with the finer alpaca that Kris got me for Christmas.

Mittens that are pretty much done just need to be sewn up. Which I will do as soon as 
this matching headband is completed.

This is the first 12 days of the temperature blanket I am making. It's going to be a year long project as I only get to do a row a day. Still I really like how it is coming together.

Today I pulled out the quilt and managed to hand quilt around 5 butterflies. Lots more to go  on that before I am done. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get it done this month.

I plan on taking yarn with me when I go for my appointments next week so hopefully I will not fall too far behind on my goals.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.