Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday Roundup

I have promised you all a picture of some finished projects for awhile now. Here are the 4 tops that I managed to finish over the last week or so.

All very simple patterns, and they turned out not too badly adding a bit of colour to my wardrobe.

I even managed to cut out another skirt and a top today before I headed to the birthday tea. I hope to get another top or perhaps even three cut out tomorrow.

Other then that I have no other finished projects to show you. I do hope to have the quilt done on Tuesday (well at least sandwiched and ready to quilt) and will post a picture of the finished product as soon as it is ready.

It has been raining so much over the last few days that staying in and working on projects is not a problem at all.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Frugal Friday

The stock market here is taking a beating after the announcement of the UK voting to leave the EU. Hopefully it will not last long and things will come up once again. Until that time, however we are going to do a bit of belt tightening.

My frugal wins for this week are.

1.  Used some coupons when I was shopping. I don't think I will ever become an extreme couponer, but every little bit does help.

2.  Washing was done in the usual frugal manner.

3.  Made my own cloths for putting on the mop to wash the walls. Used leftover fabric from my stash. They will need to be tweaked a bit, but did work.

4.  Used up leftovers to make 4 meals this week. Twice I pulled out leftover packages of meat from the fridge freezer (I always package up the remains of roast meats) and made two suppers. The leftovers from each of those meals made us supper for another two nights.

5.  We managed without air conditioning for two days.

6.  No watering of garden as we got another 9/10ths of an inch of rain earlier this week. It also washed the dust off the car. If the weather forecast is correct we will be getting more rain tonight.

7.  Printed off two Birthday cards for a Come and Go Tea tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday Tid Bits

The sun shone all day today, however it really didn't get too warm.

I ended up not going to the school to help the children with their sewing. The teacher got a bit confused on the day (I guess yesterday was the day she really wanted's the end of the year so it is understandable). I may get there on the last day of school, we will see.

Not going did enable me to get more work and more of my errands done though, which is a very good thing.

Grocery shopping for a week of fresh fruits and vegetables, paying those nasty bills, and getting pet supplies were all accomplished very early. I then did a small amount of sewing. Still not finished the last top however. Tomorrow should see it done, except for the embroidery or fancy work on the yoke.

I have a feeling that next month is going to be tight. We don't have any big bills coming due, but we do need to build up the bank account once again. I will be doing most of my shopping from the freezers, cupboard, fridge and hopefully the garden for the first couple of weeks. I also hope to cut our water and power bills by a little. Those are at least bills I can control, the rest are set and a bit harder to cut down. I may see about removing a few channels from the dish however that could add up to a big savings over the next while. We have the android box and can watch most movies on that.

I hope to have some pictures of my finished projects on Saturday. I may even manage to get the quilt sandwiched on the weekend.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Randomly On A Wednesday

It has been quiet here on the old homestead this past week. Just keeping on keeping on, if you know what I mean.

I tried out my mini doughnut maker.

This machine made us a great many mini doughnuts. Smothered in cinnamon sugar they hit the spot. Best yet I didn't heat up the house using the stove or using the oven.

The silly Woodpecker that either hops around our front lawn or travels to the back yard and pecks at the power poles..... Wouldn't trees yield more of what they are looking for????

I attended the Parish Council meeting this month, and I am not looking forward to the fallout that will happen. I am just glad that my position does not take a center stage position. Things could be very hot for awhile.

We got our property tax bill today. While it is under what we budgeted for I wonder what will happen a few years down the road. It seems as if all the city bills just keep getting higher and higher. Not that our services are getting any better however, and since our library levy has gone up by about 15%, I think I better start using the library a bit more often. I have finished all my hard copy books so a trip is in order.

All my spring cleaning is done now. I am sure glad that I have caught up. Pretty sure that next year I will not be subbing as much so things should be done much sooner in the fall when I start all over.

I have not completed all my goals for the month as of yet, so a great deal of time doing so over the next few days..... I hope to have my sewing and the cutting out of new patterns finished and since Harvey has cleaned up the basement perhaps I will find the room to finish the quilt (next weeks project).
Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thrifty Tuesday

Before Kris came home last weekend he mentioned a mop that he had bought to wash his walls with. Later on he sent a picture of said mop to me telling me that this made it so easy to wash his apartment walls and that he had done all but his bedroom walls in less than 2 hours.

I looked, and looked at the picture, thinking to myself "Boy does that look familiar." Here it is the same as the mop I already own, just has a different cloth on the end. Hmmm, my brain started clicking, I pulled some flannel out of my stash and made myself three cloths to fit on the end of the mop rather than the dust catcher I have. I am going to give it a try on the living room walls tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed, cause if it works I have just saved myself over $20.00, for the tiny cost of some time and leftover fabric.

I was planning to take the vehicle to the car wash tomorrow, but guess what it is pouring rain. That should get all the nasty dust off my car and not cost me a penny. It is also filling my rain barrel, and watering the plants and grass.

The past two nights have seen me using leftover packaged meats from roasts we had in previous meals. Yesterday I made Ham Pasties (4) we ate two for our meal. Tonight I made Zucchini Pork Bake and have two slices left of the 4 the recipe made. That gives me two more suppers this week, saving me electrical costs, and time (also saves me menu wise as I can use what I had planned to make at a later date...since Kurt will be home this is a good thing).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Menu Monday

Kurt phoned home last night to wish his dad a Happy Father's Day and just happened to inform us that he will probably be home on the 25th of this month. It seems that if the teachers have completed everything they need to do for the end of the year, they can head out on their various holidays. This could necessitate a bit of a change to my menu plans, but hopefully not to big a change.


Leftover ham and as I have some leftover puff pastry (as well as regular pastry) I think I might have a go at making some pasties. There should be enough for a couple of meals once I am done.


Leftover pork made into a casserole.


Clean out the fridge night.


I will be using up the container of chili I have frozen. Served over pasta.


Trout, rice and a nice tossed salad.


BBQ hot dogs, tin foil potatoes and carrots, and perhaps any leftover salad.


Hopefully ham (I need to find one on sale), rice, and green beans.

There we go another week of menus, and I can see by my calendar I am going to have to do a bit more menu planning before the end of the month.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Ramblings

We had a storm last night which made Mass almost unbearably hot. Hard to concentrate when you are busy wiping sweat from your brow, or making sure you don't stick to the pew!!

However the question Christ asked of the disciples still resonates today. "Who do you think I am?"

To me Christ is the Son of God, Lord of Light and in following him I have no need to be afraid. He will always be with me no matter what crosses this life gives me to bear. He will be there to help me carry them.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.