Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What On Earth

This is a bit of a vent.

Everyone knows I live in Canada, and we have an idiot/megalomaniac in power in the country below us.

Now I quite understand how a country would want to buy their own products first (heck, I want the same in my country), but what I don't understand is being nicey, nicey, to a visiting leader and then a few weeks later starting to slam the country said leader comes from.

Or.....

In a news conference saying "Everyone thinks Canada is so good, but they are nasty. They have fooled our politicians for years. I really like Canada." What is this guy? Bipolar? A child throwing a temper tantrum because he isn't going to get to build his wall?

Canada and the United States have the longest undefended border in the world. We have been friends since, well forever (if one forgets that in retaliation for the burning of York, we burned down the White House). Goods and services cross the border countless times in a day, we sell our excess power to various states, our oil is transported down there cheaper than what we sell it to ourselves, and Canadians spend millions of dollars a year on tourism and some even live down in the southern states for the winter.

We run a trade deficit with them, bringing in much more than we send down.

Now that being said, we are a quiet, laid back country. We try and keep our cool and work through diplomatic means, however, right now I feel disrespected as a country and so do many of the people I talk to and read about in the news.

We will fight for our rights, we will not roll over and let this idiot feel he has the right to do or say anything he wants. If diplomatic measures do not work, there are enough people here to pressure our government into shutting down our oil transfers, our water ways, and energy transfers. Perhaps it's time to buy more from Mexico and South America. We may pay a bit more, but what we would show Trump more than makes up for the extra costs.

There, now I feel much better.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Today has been quiet and one where both Harvey and I (mostly Harvey) got a few necessary projects done around the house.

First up the hot water tap in the bathroom was leaking so Harvey got out the tools and some parts he had purchased awhile back and fixed it. Instead of paying a plumber to fix it, or buying a whole new set of taps Harvey did it for a total cost of around $5.00.

Next he decided to replace the screens in our front window. We had bought new screen years ago when we had the old windows. When we replaced them the screening was put aside. Now it was pulled out and Harvey spent about an hour fixing the two screens. The old screen was folded up and the good parts will be used up in the yard. Part will go to make a screen for the top of the water barrel, and the rest will be used when necessary for other projects we have been thinking about doing this summer.

Me, well I decluttered pictures and emails off the computer, pictures were removed from the camera, and some mending of seams, patches sewn on jeans, and using up various bits and bobs from the fridge.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Menu Monday

The last week in April, this month has passed in a blur.

We are back to winter like conditions as I woke up to snow and blowing snow this morning.

Monday

There has been a change to this day as it was supposed to be a clean out the fridge meal. Amazingly I have no real leftovers in the fridge, so I am changing this to a clean out the freezer meal. I am going to pull out a package of the Cabbage Bread (Kraut Birokes) I made in the fall and that will be our supper.

Tuesday

I am going to take a bag of the leftover roast beef I froze on Sunday and make a beef stew.


Wednesday

Smoked sausage, pasta, green beans and salad.

Thursday

Leftover turkey made into Tetrazzini. Served with the leftover salad.

Friday

Salmon patties, rice, roasted mixed veggies.

Saturday

Clean out the fridge (there are sure to be leftovers this week).

Sunday

Ham steak, mashed potatoes, brown beans.

Dessert will be a mixed berry crumble and some rice pudding.

Lunches will be toast and peanut butter, or sandwiches.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Roundup

Not a great deal happening on the old homestead, just the usual household chores, cooking, babysitting the neighbours cat, moving my spring/summer wardrobe over to the closet and drawers (plus storing away the fall/winter clothes) and of course working on my knitting, and cross stitch. Throw in some reading and the days slipped right on by.

The weather was beautiful for a few days, but now the skies have turned leaden and there is a threat of some heavy wet snow arriving. As we always say in Saskatchewan, winter really does not end until we have one big dump of heavy wet snow in the spring. I just hope we don't get too much and that problems driving the highways will not be the norm tomorrow.

Here is a picture of my Moonflower seedlings.

They are growing by leaps and bounds. The only thing s that some pots only have two plants and I wanted 4 seedlings in each. I may be planting a few more, perhaps early next week.

I went to the library early last week and came home with these.


I am reading the Philippa Gregory book right now and am almost half way through. I hope to finish it tomorrow and move on to the next.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Frugal Friday


1. Went to the library for free reading material.

2.  Used up all leftovers from previous meals for lunches.

3.  Moved my spring/summer wardrobe over to my closet and drawers. I decluttered a few items, and set aside some items to be refashioned.

4.  Managing to stay within budget for groceries and still get the free items when checking out at our Coop grocery store.

5.  Combined errands so as to save on gas and wear/tear on the vehicle.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

We had a bit of rain overnight, not enough to thoroughly clean everything, but enough to make the air smell nice and fresh when I went for my walk this morning.

I sent a text to Kris letting him know I got the android box we ordered from Amazon. Boy did it come quickly, just three days (four if you count the day I ordered it). He will set it up when he comes home once again next month.

I started moving my spring/summer wardrobe into the closet and drawers. Managing to find a few items that I can declutter as well. Makes room in the drawers and closet.

When Kris was home he bought some netting to put on his balcony to keep the pigeons off it. He managed to get it all set up the day he went home. However, he came home from work on Tuesday and found a pigeon had made its way through the net and was frantically trying to escape. He said it was pretty strange to have a pigeon dive bombing his head while he was trying to open up a space for it to escape. Kris does hope that particular pigeon will not be visiting his balcony again.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday


The house is quiet. Kris left yesterday morning for home, taking a few items with him and helping me declutter the house a bit. There are still a few items I need to send with him, but gradually his items are disappearing. Along with the tin foil meals I made him, and a loaf of home made bread. He should be set for awhile.

Thrifty happenings around here today were:

Drying the ends and small pieces of bread to make bread crumbs.

Using up leftovers for our lunch today (will probably use more tomorrow as well).

Hemmed Harvey's dress pants from Christmas.

Using up those balls of sock yarn making myself some new socks.

Lights turned off in rooms not in use.

Reading a free downloaded book on my ereader.

Found a couple of new knitting patterns that will enable me to use up more of my yarn stash.

The days are getting longer, and once they warm up I hope to get out and do some more cleaning up in the yard. Planting our garden, harvesting rhubarb, and enjoying hanging laundry out to dry are things I am really looking forward to.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Menu Monday


Only two weeks left this month!! The time is just whizzing by.

Monday

After eating way too much this past weekend today we will have soup and sandwiches (something we were going to have last week and never got around to).

Tuesday

Cabbage rolls, and the potatoes from our Easter meal reheated and used up.

Wednesday

Pork chops, rice and asparagus.

Thursday

Leftover ham and roasted veggies.

Friday

Baked salmon, rice and peas and carrots.

Saturday

Chicken Breasts, roasted veggies and the leftover rice.

Sunday

Beef Roast, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots, and probably gravy.

Dessert will be the Carrot cake, until it is gone and then I will make a crisp.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter.

Regular posts will commence again on Monday.

God bless.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Getting Ready For Easter

The past few days have seen me busily baking for the holiday.

First off was muffin making (needed to use up those over ripe bananas).

Lovely banana muffins,

 
Yummy raspberry muffins. It was the first time I ever made these and the recipe is definitely a keeper as both Harvey and I love them.
 
Then I made a carrot cake with cream cheese icing.
 
It might not be the prettiest one I have ever made, but I am sure the men will enjoy it.

Kris finally made it home at about 8 this evening. He brought the grandcat with him. Ray has been on a diet (Kris finally got a bit worried about the weight the cat was carrying) and has probably lost almost half his weight. I will post a picture of Ray's new svelte figure tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

The weather has been strange the last week. One day is almost summer like, the next we are back to below freezing or just above. It is very hard to know how to dress, but at least I have not transferred my fall winter wardrobe out of the closet. That will be a job for later this month.

The usual thrifty happenings around the homestead once again.

Harvey bottled the Shiraz, which came in at about the $4.50 a bottle much lower than buying it at the store and the thirty bottles we got from the kit will last us awhile. Right now he is cooking (don't know what else to call it) a white wine that will come in at around the same price.

The BBQ lighter (the sparker) broke over the winter. Harvey managed to find a new one on sale and he fixed the old BBQ right up. He then spent some time cleaning it all up. My do those things get dirty over the winter months.

This morning I noticed that the hood on my zip up fleece was coming undone by the zipper. I spent a few minutes with a needle and thread early this morning. Now the jacket will last a bit longer.

Meals have been made out of what I have on hand, and I have even managed to use a few items up in the crisper. Much less in the way of food waste happening on the old homestead, this makes me very happy. Leftovers are recycled into another meal, or fashioned into a whole new one.

Walking in the mornings lately has taken a back seat. I am no longer having as many dizzy spells so hopefully will get back to enjoying the early mornings with my walk. I really miss the chance to get out and see what is growing.

I had a wonderful piece of news today. Kris sent me a text saying he actually had Monday of next week off as well. He will be home Thursday after work and actually be staying with us for a real long weekend. Must remember to text him that perhaps he should bring Ray (the grand cat) with him since he will be home for a longer time.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Menu Monday

There were a couple of changes to last weeks menu so I have changed things around a little this week so I can use those meals up.

Monday

Chicken breasts. I think I will try my had at making fajitas today. I love them when we occasionally eat out, so hopefully I can make my own taste as good if not better. Also it is something I have never made before and I really want to try my hand at new and exciting (well to me) recipes.

Tuesday

I will make Harvey's favorite small link sausage casserole. It should clear a few items out of the fridge to make room for Easter cooking.

Wednesday

Soup and sandwiches, another try at getting some stock out of my freezer. Once again to make room for Easter leftovers, and probably even more stock.

Thursday

This will either be a clean out the fridge meal or perhaps a BBQ meal. Kris should be home sometime after 6 so supper could be a bit late tonight, and he will be hungry!

Friday

It is Good Friday, so no meat (nothing new as we very rarely have meat on Friday, a hold over from Harvey growing up in a fairly strict Catholic home). I will make perogies, but thinking more of making lazy perogies as Harvey likes them better than regular.

Saturday

Today will be our Easter meal as Kris will be heading back home tomorrow. This means turkey, stuffing, salad, potatoes, gravy, a veggie and pickles. Oh yes, must not forget the cranberries!!

Sunday

Leftovers from Saturday. I will leave enough turkey out for us to warm up and the rest will be packaged and frozen for other meals. Some, of course, will go into Kris's box or bags of goodies we always send home with him.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

Cooler day today, and from the looks of the weather forecast things will be cool for the next little while.

The church was packed today, probably because it was Palm Sunday. Lots of unfamiliar faces, but lots of familiar ones as well. So nice to see the faces of some of my old youth group attending Mass.

Quiet day as I am still not too steady on my feet at times. In fact today was a bit worse than yesterday. I am hoping that this bout of whatever (I have a feeling that all you who said vertigo are correct) is over very soon. Only moving my head small increments, and walking very slowly is getting to me.

I was at our library early last week and came home with these.

My fiction fix for the week. I just have one Anne Perry left to read, and the Stephen King. Probably heading back to the library again early next week.

I pulled these out of my bookcase. One belonged to my father and the other two I picked up at various garage and rummage sales.

I am hoping to get started making my own cleaners and some homemade body care items. I am loving my body scrubs from The Body Shop, but think I could make my own at a fraction of the cost. The same goes for bath salts, and hand lotion (a friend makes lotion bars and swears by them).  The other one, well, I am going to see if I can glean any new savings tips. Prices are continuing to rise, and we are on a set income (we could take more out of savings, but I really don't want to).

Lastly, here are the Moonflowers I planted at the beginning of the month.

They popped up very quickly. I do have more seed left and I think I may just direct sow them into one of my longer flower boxes and make a trellis for them to climb.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Round Up

The end of the first full week of the month of April, no April showers as of yet, but there is still plenty of time.

Between bouts of dizziness I have been busy reading, knitting, cleaning, and getting a few things done in the yard. The ground is still frozen so it will be awhile before things start to grow in earnest. However, the trees are budding out, and my tulips are breaking through to sunshine. I just hope this weather is here to stay.

Friday, I joined the protest in front of our MLA's office. We all had library books and were protesting the 58 and in some cased 60 % cut in funding that our provincial government was enacting. This could mean libraries shutting down and other libraries cutting back on programming. It definitely means the end of One Library, One Card (we could get a book from any library in the province at no charge for postage or courier). We will still be able to get a book from the regional libraries, but sometimes our regional libraries did not carry what we wanted. The cut in funding also means there will be no new books or materials purchased.


Here we are outside the office.

This was taken across the street. Young and old, mom's reading to their little ones, and the clients from the group homes in the city were there as well. All told there was probably close to 200 people. Cars would honk their horns as they went by, just wish they would have joined us.

I also managed to finish these.

Eight new dishcloths!! These were made from some cotton yarn that I bought at the church rummage sale a few years ago. I always try to pick up yarn, cotton and other types whenever I can.

Now I have started my new knitted socks. I was lucky enough to be gifted a few balls of sock yarn, and bought some when they were on sale. I hope to get 4 new pairs done this month.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits

What the heck has happened to our weather. One day we are well above the freezing mark through the night, and then the next we are back to freezing. Makes it a bit difficult to know how to dress, and whether or not to get those spring and summer clothes out of storage!!

I am still suffering from the occasional dizzy spell, usually when I stoop down to get something on the bottom shelf of any cupboard. Also the room swirls around when I try and turn over when sleeping, just in one direction however. Kind of wondering if I am in the midst of a sinus infection.

Kris started his new job on Monday, and since I have not had a text from him stating that he hates it, I think everything is going well. I will probably text him tomorrow to see how his week went. It's probably too early to know if he is going to enjoy the job or not, but I do hope he likes what he is doing and who he is working with.

Kurt says that the trip to the US is still on as far as he knows. I really hope things are not difficult for the group in getting across the border. He also said the weather has been wonderful there, and I told him he could send some this way.

Harvey bottled the second batch of wine, and started his third batch. Our wine cellar will once again be full for the summer.

Me, well other than the dizzy spells I am doing very well. Knitting up a storm, I almost have all the dishcloths finished and I hope to do a bit of sewing over the weekend. Need to get those unfinished tops and Harvey's pj bottoms done.

Tomorrow I plan on joining whoever shows up to read in front of our MLA's office to protest the cuts to public library funding. The idiots cut funding to our libraries by 58%. Time to get rid of this government, the only problem is we are stuck with them for another 3 years.

Then perhaps a visit to the second hand store is in order. Time to buy myself a treat (it will be one of the items listed on my "to buy" list).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What Is Poor?

Lately I have been reading a few (okay more than a few) articles on Facebook, MSN, and various money sites that talk about how not to be poor. As if anyone really wants to struggle from one day to the next, never knowing if they will be able to pay a bill, or eat.

Many of the ideas they come up with are, well good if in fact a person can afford to do some of them. If you are one of the working poor, there is no money left over to move to a less expensive city and hey paying under $600.00 US a month for an apartment, including utilities seems a bit far fetched (that cost would work out to be around $1,440.00 Canadian...Kris has a one bedroom apartment that costs $200.00 more a month with utilities). I suppose I could be wrong, after all I really don't know rental prices in the States.

Most of the articles go through the regular frugal things we did when we first started out. You know coupon clipping, only buying groceries on sale, buying from second hand stores, using public transport or buying a used bike to get back and forth to work, mending your clothing. Just the usual stretching your money as far as possible.

What these articles don't take into account is having medical problems, riding a bike in winter is not advisable, living on ramen (yes one article said ramen had enough nutritional value that you needed nothing else), and if you are raising a family, living in a one bedroom apartment might just not work.

Working at a job that only pays minimum wage does not give you much leeway in how much money you have to work with. Government cut backs and cost of living going up and up are just two of the ways a persons money is eaten up. Then of course add in taxes and what someone brings home could end up being negligible.

My family has been lucky, sure there were times we lived pay cheque to pay cheque when we first started out. Living near family sure helped when Harvey was laid off from the job he had when we first married. His parents farmed, raised chickens and cattle so we were lucky enough to get meat, eggs, and poultry during this time for very little. We had a garden that supplied our veggies and his mom had fruit trees that she allowed us to plunder to our hearts content. While we had very little at that time, we had enough to get by until something opened up.

However, there are lots of people who aren't that lucky, who have no one to rely on, and who live lives of "quiet desperation".  This is why I always take food to the food bank, donations to the Salvation Army, and spend money at our church rummage sale. It is my way of saying "I am here, I will help."

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

I have not really been feeling very well today. I did manage to go for my walk this morning, but upon arriving back at home I have suffered from numerous dizzy spells. If I get up too fast I am dizzy, if I lay down I am dizzy, if I turn my head to quickly I am dizzy, if I stoop to pick up the cat's dish I am dizzy. Not sure what is happening, but if I have managed to catch what ever Harvey had a few weeks back, this dizzy thing could last a couple more days.

All this means is that I am moving slowly, and being very careful when doing anything at all.

I have spent some time in my chair today doing some mending. Mostly making use of this...
I sewed a button on a cardigan that I made a couple of months ago, and fixed the button on my winter dress coat.

Supper was going to be a casserole to use up the leftover pork, however, I noticed a few veggies that were getting very close to end of life. I decided to make a stir fry, I cut the bad part of the cabbage off and used what was left, found a couple of stalks of limp celery, and a handful of carrots. I added a pepper and some onion. Served over rice it made a wonderful dinner, and there is enough leftover for another meal.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Menu Monday


Monday

Leftover roast beef made into stroganoff and served over egg noodles. Lots of veggies in the stroganoff (onions, mushrooms and peas).

Tuesday

Leftover pork roast made into a pasta bake (perhaps something using up any leftover egg noodles), served with a salad.

Wednesday

Clean out the fridge.

Thursday

Chicken breasts made into fajita's.

Friday

Tuna casserole

Saturday

BBQ ribs, tin foil veggies (hope it is nice so Harvey can have the pleasure of the first BBQ of the season). If the weather is not nice I will do the ribs in the slow cooker and oven roast the veggies.

Sunday

Cabbage rolls.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

It has been quiet around the old homestead today. I spent some time on the phone this evening talking to both Kurt and Kris. It was wonderful to hear their voices.

Kurt has been busy getting his yard cleaned up and ready for the great weather that they always have in Drumheller. To tell the truth, I wish I could decorate my back yard the way he has managed to. It is an oasis.

Kris seems very relaxed and ready to start his new job tomorrow. He has orientation at City Hall first thing in the morning, and then will head to the Facilities department. Kris did say that on his last day at Finning he could feel the stress and tension leaving his body. I wish him all the best in this new venture (well not really new as he has worked for the city in a similar position at Transit).

Harvey started another batch of wine after Mass today. This one is a white which is my preferred tipple when I drink wine. However the Raspberry wine he made does taste lovely.

Me, well, I went for my walk after Mass, did some thinking on what I want to do once I get the letters typed with my resignation from various committees, read, and started knitting. I even managed to bake some bread this afternoon and get my to do lists completed for next week.

See I told you all it was a quiet day!

Father Brian sounds almost back to normal, the poor man was ill for so long we all thought that we would be getting a substitute, but he held in there. His homily today was all about how resurrection is a gift that can not be taken from us.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

New Month, New Goals


Here are my new goals for this month.

1.  Continue to declutter.

2. Knit 8 new dish cloths and recycle any of the old ones that are still decent.

3. Knit 3 pairs of socks.

4. Try to complete 2 more simple cross stitch kits.

5.  Have 21 no spend days.

6.  Sew 1 top.

7.  Cut out Harvey's pajama bottoms.

8.  Sew pajama bottoms.

9. Cut out a summer dress.

A few more than last month but hopefully very doable.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, March 31, 2017

March Monthly Update




1. Start planning my herbs and flower baskets.  Planned the types of flowers and herbs but not the amounts or colour scheme I wish to go with this year.
 
2.  Knitting. I hope to get two blankets done plus a shawl.  Blankets and shawl completed.
 
3.  Get two of the simpler cross stitch kits completed.  Cross stitch kits completed
 
4.  Continue with project Declutter.  Decluttering was done this month, just not to the extent that I had hoped.
 
5.  Start some seedlings.  Started my Moonflowers to be used in my baskets.
 
6.  Plant orange and lemon seeds. I would love to get a lemon and/or and orange tree growing this year.  Planted, but nothing coming up as of yet. Keeping my fingers crossed.
 
7.  Have 22 no spend days this month.  I had 25 no spend days this month. We were well under budget overall, groceries, power, natural gas, fuel for the vehicles, clothing, and a few other budget lines helped us in this matter. A bit of an overspend on household items, but that is okay for now.


Project declutter continues monthly. This month I managed to rid the house of 25 more items. This brings my yearly total so far to 350 items. Don't know if I will reach another 1000 items, but I will keep on trying.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Tid Bits


I promised you all pictures of my finished projects for this month.

First off my cross stitch projects.

 
 

The evenings were spent knitting, and I finished two more blankets for the nursing home. I will be donating 4 blankets in total.

I finished the striped one yesterday.

The bottom blanket was finished earlier this month.

I hope to deliver these blankets to the Nursing Home in the next day or two.

I forgot to get a picture of the shawl I finished, and will do so sometime over the next couple of days.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

God bless.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Thrifty Tuesday

Is it something to do with aging? Why do the weeks and months seem to pass by in a blur?

The Collins Gage Canadian dictionary defines thrift as economical management, the habit of saving.

In thinking of this definition perhaps my greatest thrifty endeavor has been knitting 4 afghans/blankets out of orphan balls of yarn and the little bits and bobs of skeins that remained from other projects. That's a great deal of knitting for very little cost. It also enabled me to enjoy a hobby and donate the finished projects to a place where they will have a good home.

I am not quite finished the fourth blanket (just a bit more to do) but give me one more day and it will be completed. Pictures will be posted ASAP.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Menu Monday

Ahhh, the last week in March and hopefully BBQ season will be able to start (not every day but once in awhile would be just lovely).

Monday

Time to use up that leftover spaghetti and meat sauce from Saturday. I will be making baked spaghetti and serving it with coleslaw once again.

Tuesday

Leftover pork roast, not too sure what I will do with this. Perhaps a pork hash.

Wednesday

Clean out the fridge, pretty sure there will be enough leftover Baked Spaghetti to have for supper tonight. Plan on using up some of the asparagus as well.

Thursday

Finish off the last of the stuffed chicken breasts. Serving this with rice and if there is any asparagus left it is going with this meal.

Friday

Perogies.

Saturday

Chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots.

Sunday

The pork roast I should have made last Sunday (decided it was better to clean out the fridge) along with roasted veggies.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Has Sprung, or Has It

Here in southern Saskatchewan it seems that after a long and snowy winter spring has finally arrived. The snow piles are sinking and turning that ugly black colour, water from melting snow and ice is making it's way into the many ditches and the sewer systems throughout the city.

Today I got to see even more of the garden emerging from its winter blanket of white. Makes me realize how much I want to be out puttering in the yard, planting flowers, veggies and herbs. Not much longer.

However in the north of the province the story is much different. Today various areas were hit with freezing rain, heavy wet snow and cold temperatures. They will be waiting a bit longer for spring weather.

One thing I have learned about living in this province, spring is never for sure and Harvey still expects a heavy wet snowfall to arrive before he will say spring is here.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Frugal Friday

1. I have pulled out the seeds that I saved from some of my plants this year. Seedlings will be started at the end of this month.

2.  Harvey bottled 30 bottles of raspberry merlot wine this week.

3.  Trying to use a bit less meat in recipes. So far no complaints from Harvey so I will continue to do this.

4.  Using coupons more as well as our Coop stores app. This week the app got me $2.00 off 4 liters of milk.

5.  Did a bit of replacement shopping for my winter wardrobe. Winter items were marked down to $2.00 or $3.00. For $11.00 I got 3 tops, 6 pairs of socks, and a nice long sweater vest (probably could have knit this, but not for the price I got it for).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Federal and Provincial Budget Time

For the first time in many years both the Federal budget and my provinces budget were handed down on the same day.

There were really no surprises in the Federal budget, no real tax increases except on cigs and alcohol (always seems to hit that) and a few credits removed (the transit credit,  which wasn't really working anyway....most people still drove to work).

However the Provincial budget is not good. It stops just before it could be said to be cruel.

Our provincial bus system will be no more, so that means another 300 people out of a job and perhaps some of our older citizens unable to get from smaller centers to larger centers for appointments.

Then the provincial sales tax is rising. It will be moving up from 5% to 6% and things that have not been taxed for a very long time (children's clothing, insurance premiums, construction) will now be taxed. This means everything will be going up.

Along with the Federal budget hitting tobacco and alcohol, so too does the Provincial budget.

Schools and the health sector will not be getting as much funding, which could mean a loss of jobs in both those areas. I have a feeling this will mean more children knocking on our doors trying to raise money for school upkeep and necessary upgrades to computers and such. I am worried that we will loose nurses and doctors and wait times could once again lengthen.

The light at the end of the tunnel is that Federal income tax was not raised, and neither was Provincial income tax, in fact we could see a slight decrease in provincial income tax next year.

It just seems that our children and those that follow could be inheriting a big fat zero in terms of work and getting ahead.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Finally

As Harvey would say.....Finally!!

The last three years, Harvey has had his name on a waiting list for his favorite football team and season tickets.

This morning (thank heavens I am nosey and have his email delivered to a program I can look at) I noticed an email from the team headquarters. This year he finally got to buy season tickets. Got him upstairs, told him this would be his Father's Day, Birthday and Christmas gift and he got his tickets (Kris and he go to as many games as they can in a season). In reality buying the season tickets were actually cheaper than the two of them going to 4 games this season, and these will be his tickets for as long as Harvey wants them (and continues to pay for them).

Harvey is happy, Kris is happy and me, well I am happy as well. Kris and Harvey get to bond and if Kurt happens to be home there is a ticket for him as well. All is good here even after spending a chunk of money.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Menu Monday

Supposedly this is the first week of spring, and while the snow is disappearing slowly but surely, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is no longer going to snow.

Monday

Clean out the fridge.... I have leftover meatloaf from a few days ago that we will use for supper tonight. Add in a salad and the leftover mashed potatoes and the meal is done.

Tuesday

Leftover beef roast. Think I will do strips of beef up with onions and gravy. Then serve them over freshly baked biscuits.

Wednesday

Honey Garlic Sausage, baked beans, and salad.

Thursday

Leftover Ham made into scalloped potatoes and ham, served with a salad.

Friday

German noodles (my family have always called it Glace), sauted onions and fried eggs.

Saturday

Spaghetti and meat sauce along with a salad.

Sunday

Pork Roast, roasted potatoes, sprout/cauliflower mixture roasted as well.

So there is my menu for the week, but depending on what needs to be used up there might be a few changes.... There always is.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

Two of the readings today talk about "thirst". The first reading from the Old Testament is during Moses leading the people of Israel through the desert. The people are angry and complain to Moses about being thirsty. Moses speaks to God and is told to go and strike a rock in front of all the people of Israel.

I keep thinking about Christ and living water. To me these Old Testament verses are a foreshadowing/foretelling of Our Saviour and the Last Supper. Also of the wine and water that flowed from his side after one of the Roman soldiers pierced it.

It has been a quiet day, one of reflection and waiting. A different kind of waiting from Advent, but waiting none the less.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Round Up

Once again it has been a relatively quiet week on the old homestead. The best thing being, slowly the snow is disappearing and I sure hope that by the end of the month there will be more grass showing than dirty snow.

I have been working on my various projects and it almost looks as if I will meet my goal of finishing two cross stitch kits and the knitted blankets. I am loving using up all the bits and pieces of yarn in my stash.

I hope to have some pictures soon of my finished projects. Perhaps by the end of next week.

So far no forward movement on the furnace venting front. We keep hoping to hear from them very soon. I am so looking forward to getting things back to normal in the basement, and I am sure Harvey is as well.

The wine making is moving along and keeps Harvey busy some days, other days, well I try and search out little projects for him to do.

Kris called us this week. It seems he applied and interviewed for a position back with the city of Regina almost two months ago. Since he hadn't heard anything he figured he hadn't gotten the position and never told us about it. The city called him on Tuesday evening and he will be starting back there on April 3. I got a sense of relief from Kris when we were talking, I guess doing the work of 6 people (all the marketing department left or had been laid off), worrying about having a job every time a layoff wave came, and wondering if anyone really knew or understood who he was working for and what he did, became very stressful for him. Now he will be back to doing his first love Business System Analyst and only reporting to one boss instead of 3. I sure hope this works out for him. Another reason he decided to go back was because the city has a defined pension plan and between renting, fuel and plain living expenses the job he was in did not pay enough to really fund a RRSP. He has managed to put a few thousand into one, but he really decided it would be best to be somewhere where the company matched his payments.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Frugal Friday

Time for my Frugal Five for the week.

1.  Got a free McCain Marche when shopping this week.

2.  Did a small stock up using BOGO free on items I was shopping for anyway.

3.  Using up leftovers to make new meals.

4.  Opening drapes and blinds to take advantage of the sunlight.

5.  Darning and mending clothing where possible.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Better Late, Than Never, Mid Month Update



1. Start planning my herbs and flower baskets. Now that the weather has changed for the better I feel more like starting to plan.
 
2.  Knitting. I hope to get two blankets done plus a shawl.  Shawl and one blanket are finished. Hope to finish the second one shortly.
 
3.  Get two of the simpler cross stitch kits completed.  First kit finished and second is coming along nicely.
 
4.  Continue with project Declutter.  Project declutter has slowed down this month. Still I am removing a few items from the house.
 
5.  Start some seedlings.  Not started as of yet, but will before the end of the month.
 
6.  Plant orange and lemon seeds. I would love to get a lemon and/or and orange tree growing this year.  Seeds are planted, now just keeping my fingers crossed that something pokes its head out of the soil.
 
7.  Have 22 no spend days this month.  Up to 12 no spend days so far. I am very hopeful that I will meet and perhaps even exceed this goal.
 
Everybody have a wonderful evening.
 
God bless.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nope, Not Yet

Well this is the week the furnace guys are supposed to finish up the venting and cutting a hole through the cement wall in the basement. Has it happened yet? Have we gotten a phone call? The answer to both questions is a resounding NO.

Jackie is getting a mite testy here. I am tired of having things in storage, I am tired of trying to get my washing done in an over stuffed room, and I am definitely sure Harvey is tired of not having his man cave. I think this situation might call for drastic measures. What those measures are I have no idea of at this time, but I am sure I will think of something.

Other than that sore point things are just fine here. The sun shone today, the temperature went up to just below freezing and I even see a bit of melting on the roads. I will not say spring is here cause things change very quickly and we are likely to get another storm before winter is through. I will however take what we are given and enjoy the weather while I can.

Harvey is slowly getting over whatever it was that was bothering him, but is still not eating like he used to. I think he may have put himself on a diet (something I should do as well, but it seems like the less I eat the more I gain).

Thrifty Tuesday has been so so.

What did I manage to be thrifty with today???? Well I darned some socks (might be time to break down and buy some new ones), sewed a couple of buttons on a shirt of Harvey's, used up some bits and bobs making our supper, and got another no spend day under my belt. Not to badly done.

I also went through fliers and made up a small shopping list for tomorrow. I try and combine errands and since I need to pay mid month bills, get fuel for the car and our biweekly spending money I may as well get the few groceries we need. Saves me time as well as wear and tear on the car.

So how were you thrifty this week?

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Menu Monday

There have been many switches of menu plans over the last week. Harvey was ill, could not eat much, and there were a few things I needed to rid us of. Here is hoping we are back on track for this week.

Monday

Some leftover frozen pork roast made into a hearty and filling casserole.

Tuesday

Ham and scalloped potato casserole using up some leftover ham, served with a salad.

Wednesday

Clean out the fridge night. There will some of both casseroles left so I will clear them out of the fridge.

Thursday

Sweet and Sour ribs along with rice and peas. Perhaps there will be some salad left over.

Friday

Fish Fillets, more than likely trout served with leftover rice, and green beans.

Saturday

Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, mixed peas and carrots.

Sunday

Beef roast, roast potatoes (or leftover mashed), gravy, salad, and corn.

Hope I can stick to this for the week, but of course it all depends on how Harvey is feeling and if the furnace people come or not.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Ramblings

Today the Gospel asks us to put our trust in God. This could be something that people find difficult to do.

Father Brian spoke in his Homily about how following horoscopes, mediums, and fortune tellers is not putting our trust in God. Rather it is putting ones trust in things that are not trust worthy or false. How having trust in Christ and God lead us ever closer to the perfection that we were made to have.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Simple Saturday Living

It has been very quiet around here today.

Harvey did some last minute clean up and moving of wires in the basement so the furnace guys can get right to work.

I did the few household chores that needed to be done (mainly cooking and cleaning up after the cat which some days is a never ending job), and spent the rest of the day watching old CSI episodes, working on my cross stitch or reading.

I also spent some time reading blogs. My goodness, some people seem to live a much more exciting life than I do!! However if Harvey has to stay up here with me much longer and I do not get any alone time I am afraid my life could get a bit exciting. Meaning I might just have to tie him up and throw him in a corner or perhaps dig a rather large hole in the backyard to put him in. Both of us need our time alone and get slightly grumpy if we don't get said time alone. I foresee lots of walks for me providing the weather holds.

I decided to take a look at the budget so far and we seem to be right on track for being below many budget lines again this month. This is a good thing as with two family reunions this summer there will be a bit more holiday spending than planned. Hopefully not too much more as we have a bit of a holiday planned for September.

The only part of the budget that I am really worried about is the renovations to the basement. It seems as if everything doubles in price by the time we are done. One good thing is that Harvey can do most of the work himself, just leaving the electrical and furnace stuff to be done by those trained to do that kind of work. Still, things do add up and hopefully I will have a total cost that is not too far over the estimate to show you all when everything is completed.

Off to get a movie set up on the android box. Guess we can call this a date night, just not the type of movie I really like watching, but I will try to enjoy it.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Frugal Friday

Just a regular frugal week here on the old homestead.

1.  I managed 5 no spend days since last Friday. Of course blizzards and cold do keep a person rather homebound.

2.  Got a free large loaf of rye bread for spending $75.00 on groceries this week.

3.  Found some brand new sheets at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Since these are for a single bed, I will use them to make Harvey a pair of sleep pants. The pillow cases will be used to fashion a new apron for  myself.

4.  Found a cross stitch kit that I will be using as a gift come June. Decided that this is the second kit I will work on this month.

5.  Darned some socks, fixed a seam or two, and planted some lemon and orange seeds.

Everybody  have a wonderful evening.

Gdo bless.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Whew, We Are Free

We spent most of the morning, digging our way out of the driveway. Nice to know that we can get in and out for a few days. Well at least until the next predicted series of snowfalls.

We are supposed to be getting more snow starting Saturday and going into Monday, because of that I am going to take advantage of our nice weather tomorrow and get a very few groceries, Harvey's meds, some cat supplies, take a look and see if flannel sheets are on sale (plan on using them to make Harvey a couple of pj bottoms), see if there is some fabric that is suitable for cushions, and buy fuel for the car. I will also pay a couple of bills on line. Then it will be time to sit back and relax until, well, the snow hits the fan.

March is always unpredictable here on the Canadian prairies, but I am really hoping that this will be our last month of winter.

One really good thing about getting storm stayed is that I manage to get extra cleaning done as well as a few projects. I finished the roses cross stitch and have started the next kit. Did not get much done as of yet, but I am hopeful that it will be finished before the end of the month. This one is going to be a gift for a friend on their birthday.

Another really good thing about 2 or 3 day blizzards is that I do not spend any money. Love collecting all those no spend days, means I am saving money for holidays come the summer and fall. Sure makes keeping budget lines down very easy.

Just thought I would share some pictures from around the city during and after the storm.

 
 
This is the road in front of the school I used to work at. By the end of the storm the banks of snow were over 8 feet tall.
 
Cars stuck on the highway overnight about 20 miles from the city.

Truck meets snowbank. Snowbank 1----Truck 0.

Highways are opened once again, and things are opening up in the city as well. Crews will be working around the clock to get us up and moving before the next storm hits.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Day Two

Remember when I said I didn't know if March came in like a lion or a lamb??? Well this week it is definitely lion.

We are on day two of a blizzard.

This is a picture of the main street in my small city as the storm began yesterday morning. Believe me it got much worse with zero visibility and lots of very large snow drifts.

This is a picture out my front door during one small lifting of the storm this afternoon.
At times today we could not see across the street. Really not much snowfall, but the wind whipped everything up causing large drifts and wind scoured ice. Highways have been closed and people are stranded on those highways.

So for the last two days Harvey and I have stayed in the house, watching the snow pile up and hoping the power does not go out (it has in some areas of the city). This has done wonders for not spending, but both of us are getting a bit of cabin fever. After much discussion neither of us could remember the last 2 day blizzard, we just figure as far as we can remember it was when the boys were young.

I did a bit of mending today. Harvey had a pair of pajamas that needed some seam repairs done. Used up the leftovers from previous meals for lunch and supper as well. Those are my thrifty's for today.

Then I spent the afternoon working on my cross stitch.

One leaf and the backstitching left. I am hoping to be done this little project by Thursday and can then pull out another.

When the lighting gets too bad in the evenings I pull out my knitting. Right now I am using some Baby Cake yarn from Caron and knitting this bright wrap. Slowly but surely I am making my way through the skein, or should I say "cake".

I don't think I ever posted a picture of my last blanket. This one is also made from leftover bulky yarn.


Well off to visit you all.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.