Friday, January 15, 2021

Frugal Friday


I am finding out that restrictions do safe cash and can make a frugal person a bit more frugal, if that can be done.

1.  Only drove once this week and combined errands in order to save gas and wear/tear on our vehicle.

2.  Drapes are open on the sunny days, and days with minimal cloud cover. This really helps with keeping furnace usage down.

3.  Very rarely using the data component of our phones. However I don't want to give it up as when power goes out (as happened a  day ago) we would have no way to check emails or messages. Or contact our power company.

4.  I am really enjoying BritBox and by paying for 10 months in advance I am getting two months free. Hope they continue with that.

5.  Laundry done in the usual frugal manner using cold for washing whenever I can and always rinsing in cold.

6.  When our power was out for just over 6 hours all those quilts and knit blankets came in handy keeping us warm. 

7.  I am buying what could be classified as winter veggies. They seem to last longer than others in the fridge.

8.  I got a free liquid hand soap when I was shopping on Thursday. Free is always frugal in my books.

On Wednesday night and into Thursday and even part of this morning. We had a bad wind storm here in Saskatchewan. Power was down in many regions of the province and in fact there are still some places here without power. 

Many of the farms in our area have sustained major damage. Grain bins and shops destroyed. Trees down and any children's play equipment in the yards are gone.

Here in my city we had trees down, shingles and fences destroyed, a garage blown down and the roof off a building. 

I think we were lucky in that we only had a few branches (well quite a few smaller twigs and small branches) off our trees, my swing chair and stand were blown over and the cover is only God knows where (could be in the small town to the west of us for all I know). Still we got off very easy in comparison to many.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Clutter Begone

 I spent most of the morning decluttering my cupboards in the kitchen. Not saying I am done yet, but as there is an extension of Covid-19 rules (some would say the lockdown) I still have time to do the final two. Plus of course a few other rooms as well I think.

The storm is slowly arriving. We ended up getting rain in the early afternoon and now the wind has picked up. I expect the snow to arrive soon enough. I don't think I will be going shopping tomorrow as I hate driving on icy roads. Good thing for a well stocked pantry and lots of leftovers to get through.

I spent the afternoon knitting while watching McDonald and Dodds. I quite enjoyed that show and am looking forward to the next episode.

Harvey is busy watching hockey and is in seventh heaven. He does love his sports.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday


I have been carrying on with the usual thrifty things around the house.

Mending, cooking once and eating twice, as well as trying my best not to waste anything. Our Covid-19 restrictions have been extended for another two weeks which means there have been more cases popping up. Not so much in my little area, but in the area beside us and in the rest of the province. 

To me this means I need to be a bit more careful going out and about, so grocery shopping will be in and out quickly with a list, making sure I have everything I need in the way of produce, dairy and fruit. I will also only be going into one store so I must make sure to shop with thrifty in mind. I have been buying more produce that will last longer. Things like rutabaga, cabbage, celery, carrots, and such. 

We are also under a weather watch right now and into Friday. This could mean that I might need to make things last a bit longer. Five inches of snow, plus high winds make going out a bit hazardous in the city. I do not want to get stuck anywhere, nor do I want to be on the road with some of the drivers we have here. Not at all safe.

Slowly getting through the Christmas baking. Tonight I will be putting things into smaller containers and then washing the bigger ones tomorrow morning. 

I have been gathering together my bits and bobs of yarn. Once I get some other knitting completed I will use up those bits and bobs in a knitted blanket. Not only will I be using up what other people I know would be throwing out, I will be making something very useful. That makes me feel good.

I emptied a few plastic containers this week and have washed them out and put them with the collection that I have. I use these to put various meals in to freeze. It works wonderfully. I also use some to store beads, shoe laces that I use in sewing, and some of my glitter tubes in. Keeping everything together in a labeled container of some sort helps me find things a bit quicker. Believe me in my sewing/craft room mess that is a necessity. I have paid for those containers so I want to use them.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Menu Monday

A new week, and new menus.


Meatloaf, mashed rutabaga, and the last of the tossed salad I have made. I have pudding for dessert.


Leftover roast beef made into a casserole. I found one that will use up some of the cherry tomatoes I bought.


Leftover meatloaf made into sandwiches. I will whip up a coleslaw to go along with them.


Clean out the fridge as there will more than likely be beef casserole leftover. Using up the coleslaw as well tonight.


Tuna casserole (or perhaps tuna croquettes). Peas and carrots on the side.


Smoked sausage, homemade baked beans, and of course cause Harvey needs more carbs I will make some pasta.


Pork roast, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots.

As is usual any leftovers not designated for another meal will be used for lunches.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Ramblings


After my online attendance at Mass this morning, it was time to get a bit of work done around the house. Nothing really difficult (though one small task turned out to be harder than I thought), I made my list, decluttered the drawers in the kitchen (my goodness those were dusty), decluttered the smaller of my two pantries, and worked on some knitting.

Now what turned out to be harder than I thought was the making of Harvey's cell phone case. I got him to measure his phone a few days ago, made my pattern and made it a bit bigger to take into account the seams. Well, it was still too narrow. So I had to start a new one. Because I was frustrated with my first efforts I have only gotten as far as sewing the denim squares together and enlarging my pattern. I will work on sewing it tomorrow.  Harvey said that perhaps the other can be used for another purpose, which is quite true not going to waste the work that went into making it. Pretty sure it will fit his phone charger and cord.

I was asked about my Sausage Casserole recipe so here it is. Much of it is by look so I would say you could adapt this for any size casserole you choose.

I start off with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes, then add a layer of thinly sliced onion. Sprinkle those with salt and pepper. My next layer is thinly sliced carrots to cover everything, then it is topped with a layer of frozen peas. I place my sausages on top of this in a single layer (for the two of us, one of whom is a major meat eater I usually use 12 sausages). The the whole casserole is covered with a can of tomato soup mixed with 3/4 of a can of water. Put it in the oven at 350*F and bake until potatoes and carrots are tender. This usually makes enough for the two of us to have two meals each, and enough veggies for me to have them for lunch when we have eaten our meals.

Today was our 45th wedding anniversary. I really can't believe we were ever this young. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday Roundup


Wow here we are at another Saturday for the month. Even in these days of heightened restriction the days seem to be slipping by. I suppose that keeping busy helps.

I promised myself that I would declutter and simplify my life and so far have made a darn good start. 

I have decided to start project declutter again this year. So far I have decluttered the living room, dining room/office, and the bathroom. My house is now minus 122 items either through recycling, or tossing (mostly papers and out of date items from our first aid kit). I found a few things that needed to be moved to their proper homes as well. 

Tomorrow I work on the kitchen. I might only get the drawers done, but it will be a start.

I made a new to us recipe to use up a bag of ham from the freezer. 

This is known as Breakfast Bake and Harvey really enjoyed it. I would almost say it is like a crustless quiche. Served us two nights and I had some for lunch.

Then I made one of Harvey's favourites, Sausage Casserole. This uses small pork sausages and lots of veggies. Once again there was enough for two meals for each of us and some of the veggies will make my lunch tomorrow.

It really is a waste not world we are living in now. The more I can stretch things the better I like it. Makes it so much easier to save the cash to replace things in our home and remove one rather large Maple tree that is at the end of it's life this spring or summer. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Frugal Friday


For now I will carry on with my posts in the usual fashion. Not too sure how I want to change things up. 

So what were the frugal happenings here this week.

Using the treadmill for my daily walk while it was icy out.

Opening the drapes on those sunny days to take advantage of the solar heat from the sun.

Running around and turning off lights that Harvey left on.

Having a couple of cook once eat twice meals. As well as using things up from the fridge freezer.

Baking bread once again.

I did not save as much on my groceries this week but at least I did save $4.80. I also saved a bit at Walmart. I picked up some red beads to use on next years tree for a 75% savings (cost was $1.00 a package instead of $4.00) and Harvey's nicotine gum was on sale at $5.00 of a package. 

I have been using up scraps of fabric and making new items to be used around the house. 

Downloaded some more free books, and got a code for my "birthday" for 20% off the purchase of an ebook (better use that before I lose it). 

I was asked if I time my walks or count steps. I actually do both when I walk. My doctor said in order to build bone I need to walk at least 25 minutes a day. Then my watch also counts how many steps I take each day. It actually gives me a goal that I must reach each day for steps. Kind of like that, except when it reaches like 15k steps each day. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.