Saturday, April 25, 2015

Playing the Waiting Game

Kurt had a call a couple of days ago, as many of you already know, to be in Calgary by 7 am this morning for surgery on his ruptured bicep.

He phoned at around 3:30 today and still had not made it into the operating room!!! We haven't heard anything since, so both Harvey and I are hoping the surgery is done.

The phone just rang. Back in a moment or two.

Just got off the phone and the surgery is over. They are keeping him overnight so he sent his friend home and the friend will come back and get Kurt tomorrow. Nice to finally hear his voice even though it was hoarse and he was a bit out of it. He is also realizing that perhaps he should in fact take some time off of work. Seems he can't really move his arm well so getting dressed could present a problem.

Since the day has been spent waiting for phone calls I decided to play with our newest purchase.

Yep, we bought a Food Saver. Right now I am not too sure if this was a good buy or not, it is going to take some playing around with before I manage to get it working to my satisfaction.

I did package up the chicken breasts though.

Four packages residing in the freezer.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Frugalities

It has been a fairly frugal week.

I thought that perhaps this week I would try just listing the frugal things I managed to do this week.

1.   Used Neilson Home Scan to gain a few more points for items bought. Also took part in one of their surveys this week.

2.   Used leftovers as much a possible to fashion new and interesting meals. Then any leftovers were stored and eaten for another meal.

3.   Did the usual frugal laundry method again this week.

4.   Went for a walk every day. This is good exercise and since it is free was a very frugal way of getting exercise each day.

5.   Using up craft supplies from my rather very large stock of said supplies.

6.   Phoning long distance when my phone package makes it free to do so. When not free I text messaged according to my mobility plan.

7.   Used up one of the samples of dental floss from the dentist.

8.   Packed my lunch when I worked one day this week.

I am sure there are many more, but this is what I can remember.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday Tid Bits

We had a few nice days this week and Harvey completed the extended fire pit/BBQ area.

The patio blocks were laid and the BBQ returned to its place. I am told that this will be much better for standing on. Kind of like the Princess and the Pea, Harvey did not enjoy standing on the gravel.

The cement base of the fire pit was lifted and moved about three feet further away from the house. That was a half days work. Harvey had made the cement pad himself and I swear it was 4" thick and weighed a goodly bit. We ended up prying it up and then rolling it over. The blocks were replaced and we now have a lovely area around it for sitting.

However the chair we had needs some work and Harvey wants to add some lighting as it is pretty dark back here at night.

The weather has changed to dull and rainy so the rest of the work will be put off for a few days. This is normal for living on the prairies. Spring is seemingly here and then the next day takes flight.

Me? Well I have been busy with the usual tasks and a visit to the dentist. That visit took place today and while the freezing is no more, where the needles were inserted is still very tender. Hope I am back to normal tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Everybody have a wonderful day

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thrifty Tuesday

I was subbing in one of our schools today and talk around the lunch table seemed to center on how everyone was saving money in what is turning out to be a difficult economic turn in our city. Really nothing new to me, but everyone was so excited about the ideas traveling around the table.

I glanced at everyone's lunches and smiled to myself. It was amazing to me that not one person had a lunch that wasn't homemade. Most in fact had brought leftovers from other meals. Finally, I looked up from my own packed lunch and said, "The best way to save money is to pack a lunch everyday, to bring your own coffee instead of stopping to buy, and to use all your leftover food to it's best advantage." One of the teachers (who always used to buy a lunch) asked me what made me say such a thing. I told her to roughly add up what she would have spent in a week buying lunches and stopping for coffee. When she did the shock on her face was something to see. Then I told her to roughly figure out what it cost to pack her lunch today (mostly leftovers). Right away she saw a big difference.

I went on to say that repairing clothing right away was another great way to save. By doing so a person negates the need to run out and replace something that is ripped or torn. Thus saving the cash to buy something more necessary perhaps.

Thrifty is once again becoming cool. People are becoming more aware of how hard it is to make that dollar and are wanting to make that dollar last as long as possible. I am beginning to think that perhaps I am not quite as alone as I thought.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Menu Monday


Sausage Casserole, salad.


Leftover Chicken made into a casserole, salad. (Cold this week so we all need some comfort food and something very quick to make).


BBQ Pulled Pork from the freezer served on homemade buns. More than likely we will be having salad with this as well.


Clean out the fridge night with sliced raw veggies as the side.


German noodles, potatoes, onions and eggs.


Soup and Sandwiches.


Beef roast, roast potatoes, roasted carrots, and salad.

Small amounts of leftovers will be eaten for lunches, if there is nothing of note in the fridge we will be eating sandwiches.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter

Today has been relatively quiet. I attended Mass today by myself as Harvey was not feeling very well first thing this morning. He started feeling better in the afternoon and managed between rain showers to get the BBQ area of the extended patio finished. Looks pretty darn good too. Hoping that we can move things around over the next few days and get it totally completed.

Father Brian talked about peace today. True peace, not the peace of people, but the peace of Christ which is totally different. True peace can not be brought about by wars, or diplomacy, rather it is a conversion. We need to forgive and be forgiven in order to find that peace. Yes, Father Brian stressed that even our enemies must be forgiven because they could very well be our room mates in our next life. That has stuck with me throughout the day, makes me wonder if I have truly forgiven my enemies.

The rest of the day has been spent doing a bit of straightening in the sewing/craft room, scanning pictures, reading and working on the cowl I am making for the family reunion.

Harvey has spent the time working on his wine, the patio and watching hockey.

Just another quiet Sunday on the old homestead.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Yard Work

I thought sharing some pictures of the yard work Harvey is doing was in order.

First the extended fire pit area.

The BBQ area. Leveled and ready for the concrete patio blocks.

The patio blocks which will be placed on the leveled area.

Harvey said this would be completed today, but as you can see we did not get that far. Perhaps tomorrow if it does not rain.

What did I occupy myself with while he was busy with this project? I made baked beans....

Lots of yummy goodness to eat during the summer months.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.