Friday, May 18, 2018

Frugal Friday

It is the end (well kind of) of another week here at the old homestead. Now what did I do that was frugal this week.

1. The furnace was turned way down for quite a few days. It was so hot that it almost felt like mid summer.

2.  All leftovers are being used up. Amazing to me is that nothing has been tossed this week.

3.  Followed my grocery list exactly. Used a couple of coupons to get the price down even more.

4.  Hung clothes on the line (Monday was one of our very warm days).

5.  Cleaned house using items on hand, and I am actually using some cleaning supplies up. I eventually want to make a few of my own.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday Tidbits

Today has been cloudy, cool and windy. Not the best day to do any planting, but it needed to be done. I just hope we don't freeze over night or I will be replacing all my plants.

I promised you all a few pictures of the pole bean teepee that Harvey made and I even managed to get a few pictures of the flowers and herbs I planted.

Harvey was getting tired of making something for the pole beans to climb up every year. So this year, using leftover lumber he built this fold up teepee. We can store it every year and use it time after time. He did have to buy some hinges though.

Parsley, sage, thyme, and basil in the long planter. I am a bit concerned that I may end up replanting the basil because it is such a tender plant.

Oregano in the planter by itself, and two mint plants.

Now a few of the flowers.

My long planter with coleus. Another tender plant that I am worried about. 

My corner filled with impatiens. I have a double hanging above this. This stand looks like a carpet once the summer is well underway.

Begonias by the door. You can just make out the English Ivy sitting on the wrought iron cart beside them. The upside down vacuum needs to be cleared off the deck. Not too sure why on earth Harvey has it out there.

More pictures tomorrow after I get the deck cleared off and hopefully get the last two tender vines out. Though that could end up waiting for another day or two.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Thrifty Tuesdays

It has been a busy day on the old homestead. The weather has been beautiful and after a phone call from Harvey's brother we have been busy trying to get the garden and my flowers all completed. While the veggie garden in done, my flowers are not. I can only do so many each day and I still have quite a few to go. Wish me luck tomorrow as I want to get most done. Rain should be heading our way Wednesday night, Thursday and on Friday. My plants will get a great start.

Thrifty moves this week include Harvey building me a folding frame for my pole beans out of leftover lumber from the basement. I will take a picture of it, as well as the veggie garden tomorrow. I hope to have my flowers planted and some pictures of those as well to share with you.

I did some mending on a couple of clothing items and a pillow case. We will get a few more years usage out of those items.

Over the past week I have been using up what I can from the crisper and freezer for our meals. I am hoping that my wrist is well enough next week that I can start to bake bread once again. This buying of bread is getting on my nerves, it is so expensive compared to homemade breads.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Menu Monday

Good morning all. It is going to be a lovely day today and I am up early so as to enjoy it by getting my chores done early for a change. I want to get a few plants potted up today, and then go to town again tomorrow.

Any how here are my menus for this week.


Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and asparagus. I plan on making a fairly large meatloaf so I have leftovers for later in the week.


Leftover pork roast made into a stir fry and served over rice.


Time to pull out that leftover meatloaf and use it up. Could be leftover rice to use up as well. I think broccoli would taste pretty good today.


Out to the BBQ and Hubby cooking. It will be hamburgers, with all the fixings and a lovely tossed salad (usually there is enough salad leftover for a couple of days).


Kris could/might be home again as it is the long weekend so since I made a batch of soup last Friday, today will be those Lazy Perogies.


Hopefully out to the BBQ once again. I have chicken breasts and tin foil packets of veggies on the menu. Salad will round everything out.


Since Kris will still be here if he comes home, I will make a stuffed chicken meal. This usually entails the roast chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and salad. Really only the stuffing is something I don't make when it is just Harvey and I.

Off to get things accomplished.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Ramblings

Just a few pictures today.

Flowers from Kris for Mother's Day.

My pear tree from Harvey for Mother's Day.

Plants that need potting, I have a good start on the garden but more to come.

And lastly my misshapen and swollen hand.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Saturday Round up

It has been a busy week here on the old homestead.

I had three meetings this week, two at the Anglican church and one at my own. Prayer Shawl Ministry has started at my church and our first knit meeting was yesterday. I really need to improve on a couple of things before the next one as the Anglican church has been invited to attend.

The first meeting was to take a blurb to the Anglican church for their bulletin inviting them to attend our next meeting in two weeks. The second meeting was to introduce myself to the Anglican priest, I figured it was past time I did so. And the third meeting was the Prayer Shawl meeting. Managed to get them all in by Thursday.

Yesterday I bought some large pots for my planting this year. Today after Harvey and Kris got the deck cleared off I set them out. I think I have them all in their final resting places, but I have been known to change my mind.

I managed to get my quilt sandwiched, pinned and trimmed yesterday. Now the fun part begins. This is going to take awhile as the quilt could be considered King sized (I wanted it big enough to hang nicely on the bed). This means pulling out a different machine to do my regular sewing. Thank goodness Kurt bought me another machine for Christmas, though I could have used my mothers old one.

Harvey worked up the garden and then today both of them (Kris is home thank heavens) planted my pear tree, brought in the treadmill, and put in the window air conditioner. 

Slowly but surely things are being completed.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thursday Tidbits

I got a big surprise today. Harvey bought a pear tree for me for Mother's Day. Now along with cherries (those will probably be gone and replaced next spring) I will soon be able to pick pears!!! I am very happy.

Harvey worked up the garden three times today, it was so hard. Hopefully we get more rain very soon. I will have to drench the perennial garden in order to get the weeds out. Planning on doing that sometime tomorrow while the guys are either fishing or working on planting my pear tree.

I got another surprise, Kris came home tonight instead of tomorrow. I really think he is looking forward to a fishing adventure with his Dad. Eiko is downstairs visiting with Harvey. Shania on the other hand is upstairs here with me.

I sandwiched and finished pinning the quilt. It is now upstairs in my sewing room. I just have to get working on the quilting next. I think that might take a very long time. It's a pretty large quilt.

I am going to try and post a picture of the yarn winder that Blogger would not let me post yesterday.

So far I am loving the way it works. I have done up some of the leftover sock yarn and some orphan balls of baby yarn. It really makes a difference on how much room they take up. Slowly but surely I plan on getting all my yarn eventually done.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.