Friday, July 20, 2018

Frugal Friday

My frugal five for this week:

1.  Stuck to the menu plan for the whole week.

2.  Used up all leftovers in the fridge making other meals.

3.  Kept back a slice of roast beef and am using it for the cats evening treats. She doesn't like it as much as chicken or turkey, but will eat the bits I pretend to drop on the floor eventually.

4.  Using the bit of leftover sparkly, sequined yarn from the wrap I knit to make a belt. Now just to find the proper buckle. I think a trip to the second hand store is in order.

5.  Back to baking bread once again. Kurt and Kris are gone and I can finally keep up.

I am adding one more.

6.  The garden is producing lots of cucumbers and we are using them as fast as possible. I think next week I will pick some onions and green peppers to make my relish. Should use up lots of cukes and green tomatoes that day.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mid Month Stock Taking

I'm a bit behind on this. The month has been roaring by. Company and appointments have taken there toll on the budget so far.

One great thing that happened was that even though our property tax assessment went down there was a mil increase. I was hoping for lower taxes but I am not to sad to report they were only a dollar and change higher. Really not that bad when others saw hundreds of dollars in increases.

We had our eyes checked this month nd both Harvey and I need new lenses. We saved a bit by keeping our old frames. Harvey has his new ones already. Me, well I am still waiting. Harvey had to have some extra tests done on his eyes. They were really worried about glaucoma, but his test today went well and the optometrist is very happy. I have some sun damage to my eyes and the beginnings of a cataract, which I have been told not to lose any sleep over.

Gas for the vehicles got really high at the end of last month and the beginning of this month. I nursed what was left after Harvey and Kurt went to the football game and filled up today. Hopefully this will be enough to see us through the month. Highly doubtful however, we have another football game to attend the last Friday of this month. That takes just over half a tank of gas, and then there is the meal cause there is no way I am eating at the stadium...That is just way to expensive.

I finished my last visit for physical therapy this past week. Jenna, my therapist says she is really happy with my progress. I still need to do my exercises though (boy those things take up a great deal of my day).

It has been so hot and dry the last few weeks that our poor window air conditioners are working overtime. Harvey says he is going to look into getting central air conditioning next year. We plan on being in this house for awhile and so we may as well be comfortable.

I have been knitting like a mad woman. We have an outside wedding reception to attend this week and on the off chance the weather cools off I wanted a new wrap. Finished it tonight with enough yarn left over to make a belt to wear at the same function. I just have to finish the ball of yarn I am using to knit the prayer shawl first. I really am not good at getting multiple projects completed quickly.

Money was spent on hair cuts for Harvey and I. Then today I ordered tickets to our live theater here. We always try to go to at least one of the three shows they produce. It is a wonderful night out. Usually we laugh so hard we cry.

Then to round out the appointments I have a dentist visit early next week. Just a cleaning and check up. I hope they don't find anything wrong.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Menu Monday

My goodness, I think I might be back on track with the menus I have planned this month. There may be one this week that needs to be changed, but compared to all the switches I made the last two weeks that will be easy.


Sweet and sour spareribs served over rice. Lots of extra veggies in the sweet and sour sauce so I think I might not do a veggie side.


Leftover Beef Roast made into a stroganoff type meal. Serving it over pasta. Coleslaw for a side.


Leftover ribs and rice or leftover stroganoff/pasta, salad.


This is the one that might change it all depends on the amount of leftovers we have. Not enough leftovers I will make soup as I have lots of stock available to use up.


Lazy perogies, sour cream, fried onions and raw veggies with dip.


Grilled chicken breasts, tinfoil potatoes and carrots.


Baked ham, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots.

Lunches will be catch as catch can. We will use up leftovers or have sandwiches.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Roundup

Thought I would give you another walk around the garden. Things are blooming and growing so quickly.

More lilies.

I do love lilies and just wish I had more.

One of the larger watermelons. There are lots of babies and probably bigger ones hiding in the patch.

One of the many cucumbers hidden under the leaves.

Lots of green tomatoes on the plants. Along with all the cucumbers I should be able to make relish this year. It seems adding bone meal and blood meal mix really helped these along.

My Moon Flower is blooming constantly and tonight we actually have two blooms opened and perhaps a third by the end of the evening.

Last night Harvey, Kris and I watched this bloom open.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Frugal Friday

1.  The guys went fishing yesterday and caught there lunch. Cooked it on the BBQ so the house did not get overly warm and no power was used.

2.  Slowly getting back into the planned menus. Hopefully by next week we will be totally back to normal and my menu/recipes will be followed.

3.  Still using up yarn from my stash.

4.  The air conditioners were actually turned off two nights this week. I think with this hot spell we are going to see and upturn in our electrical usage.

5.  Kris washed clothes twice this week that he has been home (the washing machine for his apartment building is broken, so he has to go to the other building to wash). But both times he took his clothes outside and pinned them on the line to dry.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thrifty Tuesday

Today I decided that I had better get started on the dehydrating of some herbs. I started doing this many years ago and just love knowing where and what is in my herb jars. I usually just do the more common herbs like basil, parsley, sage, oregano and mint. But I have bought garlic on sale and after dehydrating ground that as well. We tried growing garlic once and it was a complete and utter failure. Perhaps it is time to give it another try.

Surprisingly this does become very thrifty as the prices of herbs and other spices skyrocket.

Seams and hems have been repaired, a pocket resewn, and some fabric chosen from my quilt squares to start on Kurt's  Christmas gift. Most if not all the squares chosen are from scraps of leftover fabric from other projects or old clothing that I took apart and cut into project squares. An almost free Christmas gift!

So what thrifty things did you do around your home this past week.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Menu Monday

Menu planning has gone by way of the Dodo the past week and will more than likely continue as such until the company is gone and the weather cools down. I refuse to buy anything however and so leftovers and what we have in the freezer is being used up.

The BBQ is running pretty much every night and the fresh produce is running low. Thank heavens the garden is beginning to produce. Those fresh cucumbers are tasting mighty good and helping stretch out the produce.

Hopefully by next week I will be back to following the monthly menu, with perhaps a few exchanges.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.