Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I haven't been very thrifty over the past week, but I suppose as thrift goes it wasn't too bad for this time of the year.

Planting time is never very inexpensive for us. Our growing season is so short that we buy mostly bedding plants rather then buying seed. I suppose if we had a place to actually start plants in greater number things would be different.

I did however use every single plant I bought, unusual for me as I usually over buy. We did cut down on container plantings this year (well I did and kind of regret it right now) but when watering with the rain barrel and watering can could and did take an hour, perhaps things were getting a bit out of hand. Mind you next year could see another movement back to the number of baskets and pots I do plant (people already say they are missing the riot of colour out front).

Now that everything is set up properly I will be posting some pictures of how things look and one of the benches Harvey made me to set my pots of herbs on.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Menu Monday

The final full week of May is here and almost time for me to plan next months menus.


BBQ hotdogs, the leftover roasted veggies reheated, and a salad.


Leftover Sweet and Sour ribs, plus any other leftovers still in the fridge.


Leftover Beef Roast made into meat pies. Served with a salad.


Leftover pork made into a stir fry.


Soup and sandwiches.


Clean out the fridge once again.


Roast beef, roasted potatoes, carrots and a salad.

I might actually be able to get back on and do a bit of reading of my favorite blogs today. Harvey and Kris will be heading out to their fishing hole sometime and that means house to myself and a bit more computer time. Yea me!!!

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Shhh, Sneaking In A Post

Kris made it home around 3 today and since that time has been busy working on our computer. He is in the shower right now so I am making this a quick one.

I think our cat Shania has the right idea about how to spend the summer.

Relaxing on the lounger.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Frugal Friday

Not a totally frugal week, but one that spending was kept to a minimum.

1.  I am afraid when I buy flowers for the spring planting I go a bit overboard most years. This year I made a list and kept to the list. I bought more inexpensive plants, fewer plants that cost a great deal so I hope to be under budget for a change. Will let you know at the end of the month when I tally everything.

2.  Baked bread again this week. Only twice, but only used a loaf I bought once.

3.  Made a grocery list that took advantage of items that were on sale.

4.  All laundry dried on the lines outside.

5.  Air conditioning off as much as possible and when on turned a bit lower.

No pictures of the garden tonight. Hopefully some tomorrow. We have been busy tidying areas of the yard up today. Making things look pretty.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday Tidbits

I did my bill paying and grocery shopping early today, came home and started trying to catch up on all the work I didn't do in the house while potting up plants.

I did manage to clean the bathroom, wash walls in the sewing/craft room, wash the curtains from this room, do a bit of a pick up on the deck, and patio. Plus clean out the second kitty litter box and I even made a loaf of bread!!

Then I started in on the rug project. Slowly, but surely, step by step I will get it done.

Just a few more pictures.

These are some of the herbs I planted. Just have to find a place to put them, we are trying to group things together to make it easier to water everything.

That's enough for tonight. I don't want to bore you all.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


The past two days I have been busy getting my bedding plants in so I haven't been blogging.

Just a few pictures (well a great many) of how the back looks in the beginning.

This is pretty much the deck finished. Tomorrow it will be the final clean up, and setting of the herb boxes as well as the clean up around the fire pit area. 

Post some more pictures tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Goal Update and Project Declutter

Promised you all an update for my goals this month.

1.  Finish my quilt. No progress on this as of yet. I need a rather large area to lay everything out and have not really discovered one as of yet.

2.  Work on rug (finish it if possible).  It is out of hiding and sitting by my chair, kind of glares at me every now and then. Hoping to start work on it this week.

3.  Finish off some knitting projects (knitted hoods need sewing up and one needs the hood knitted).  Done.

4.  Knit two pairs of socks for myself.  Done.

5.  Cut out three skirt patterns.  Done.

6.  Cut out 4 top patterns.  Done

7.  Try for 18 no spend days this month (could be tricky as it is plant buying time). I am up to 12 so far this month.

 Well this ongoing project isn't seeing much happening this month. Right now I am only at 13 items gone from my house. I do have a feeling though that once I get working on planting there are many old broken pots and hanging baskets that will be adding to my total.