Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Stocking Up For Winter Projects

When we do a stock up shop, not only do we stock up on food we also stock up on hobby and craft items.

This trip was no different than the many we did before.

First we hit the wine making shop and picked up a few kits for Harvey. Wine making (along with wood work) is his hobby. So right now he has two different wines cooking in the basement. A red wine from Chili, and an ice wine (peach flavoured so I am not too sure about that one). Once those are bottled he will make the white wine.

Me, well I stuck to my usual haunts, Michael's and Fabricland.

In Michael's I picked up some embroidery floss, yarn, some items for my Cricut (other items will need to be ordered online next month) and a glove to help support my wrist and fingers when knitting. I almost bought a swift, but put it back (kicking myself for doing so as they are really hard to find.

All the yarn (except for the sock yarn in front) was on deep discount and the Cricut items were 25% off. The glove and floss were regular price, but I had a 45% off coupon printed out and used it on the glove.

Fabricland, my haul was a bit larger and much more expensive even though I bought on sale fabric and got 20% off any accessories I purchased. To make matters worse I forgot a few things.

This portion of the haul shows the batting I purchased, the embroidery thread, some flat lingerie elastic (I am going to try making some underwear that hopefully holds up much better than the stuff I purchase), and some heavy fabric to make Hubby a BBQ apron for Christmas and a skirt for me. The two fabric remnants are upholstery or d├ęcor fabric that I plan on fashioning into a couple of purses or bags.

This portion of the stock up is mostly knits with some black lining fabric. The lining fabric will hopefully be used in the making of a heavier fall coat for me (something between winter and
summer), the knits are mostly going to be fashioned into dresses, and one selection (the grey) will be made into pants for this winter.

What did I forget? Well regular thread, serger thread, and soft flannel to make Hubby a couple of pairs of pj bottoms. Hmm, perhaps I can find some flannel sheets at one of the second hand stores for those pj bottoms.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

While this past week (from Wednesday to today) has not been the thriftiest of my life there has been a few thrifty things happening here at the old homestead.

Harvey removed the old air conditioner from the wall in the hall and was able to fix the hole left behind with items we already had. Good thing we saved (should say he saved) the leftover siding. It sure has come in useful for things like this and the door replacement.

I sewed two buttons on Harvey's work shorts and did a bit of darning on a pair of socks.

Visited the library and picked up some reading material for free. 

We used a coupon when shopping at Costco on Saturday.

I never can seem to get the cucumbers picked when they are the right size for making dill pickles so some of the larger ones were sliced and made into what I am calling dill pickle chips. I have only made 4 pints of these, but they are perfect for hamburgers and if we like them this year, next year I will make more.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Menu Monday

Sorry for being gone for a couple of days, but things kind of piled up here at home and they needed clearing up after being gone for an entire day.

Things are cooling down here on the Canadian prairies, We are keeping our fingers crossed that nicer weather returns soon, or at least warmer weather.

Monday

Soup and sandwiches. Pulling a container of stock out of the fridge and making some soup today (extra will be frozen for use later). Sandwiches will more than likely be egg salad as I have onion, eggs and celery to use up.

Tuesday

BBQ pork chops, tin foil potatoes, stuffed banana peppers,asparagus and coleslaw.

Wednesday

Frozen chili and toast.

Thursday

Either a clean out the fridge day or I will make something with a bag of leftover cooked chicken and the cauliflower.

Friday

Tuna casserole, probably with a serving of asparagus on the side.

Saturday

BBQ chicken breasts or legs (whichever has more packages in the freezer), tinfoil packets of veggies.

Sunday

I have it down to make a roast ham, but I think this would be a good day to use up some homemade hamburger patties. It isn't that I forgot about them, more the I want Hubby to do some more cooking. Along with the all dressed hamburgers I think I will serve the remaining cabbage made into coleslaw, and whatever other veggies raw along with dip.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.



Friday, August 16, 2019

Frugal Friday

It is the middle of the month already and things are coming to fruition in the garden. I have been busy grating, freezing, dehydrating (when the weather has been appropriate) and picking in the garden. I have even had to get Harvey involved in the picking.

1.  Eating veggies from the garden. No need to buy potatoes any more for awhile. Onions as well.

2. Saved $5.69 on my grocery bill. It was a very small shop, so I am happy with that savings.

3.  Made a sympathy card for a funeral I attended this morning, for a savings of around $3.00.

4.  Usual frugal exercise of walking every day, and I have added some stretches through the day.

5.  Ate all the leftovers in the fridge.

6.  Printed off some coupons to use in our stock up shop tomorrow.

7.  Taking some of our produce to Kris in order not to waste anything we manage to pick.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

The harvesting of the garden is in full swing. Yet more beans were processed for the freezer today, zucchini picked washed and ready to be shredded first thing tomorrow morning, and cukes picked ready to be pickled tomorrow.

I plan on sending a text to Kris tomorrow to see if he would like some cukes, potatoes and banana peppers (the bell peppers aren't big enough to take him any as of yet). I know he will enjoy the fresh produce.

On top of the produce picked I managed to cut out two more patterns, pull fabric for another project, and am busy sewing the 4" squares together.

Mornings are cool with lots of dew, and some of the trees are already changing colour. I wonder if this is an indication of an early fall. An early fall means an early winter usually in these parts and that is something that I am not really looking forward to in the least. However this type of weather really isn't a surprise here.

I have our stock up lists done (might be a few additions tomorrow) and will be hunting for coupons tomorrow for various places. Harvey does have a discount coming to him at the shop where he picks up his wine kits. I may just have to wait until the morning we leave for Regina to print out coupons for Michael's and The Body Shop.

I am still having problems typing posts on this laptop, but hopefully I will get better at it and not drag my arm over the mousepad thingy, or hit the wrong sequence of keys and delete everything I have typed.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.





Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

This past week I have been busy in the garden harvesting and processing what is harvested. Well at least processing what we don't eat, and using up leftovers. Seems to be helping me keep busy, so busy in fact that yesterday and today have been the only afternoons that other than doing the usual household chores, I have been able to finish some Christmas gifts and make some dishcloths for myself.

I used up some leftover fat quarters and backing fabric to cut out the hanging pin holders. I am using leftover batting for them as well.

Used up some leftover cotton yarn on the dishcloths as well. So Christmas gifts have cost pennies so far this year.

I also did some mending, there was a hem that needed fixing, a sock that needed darning, a seam that had come lose in one of Harvey' shirts as well as a button or two that needed replacing.

Some old towels have been turned into rags, and some very nasty rags gotten rid of.

Windows have been open over the last three days to take advantage of the cooler weather. No air conditioning at all.

 Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Menu Monday

Monday

Mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, frozen mixed veggies and the remains of the coleslaw.

Tuesday

Leftover beef roast (changed menu around a bit) made into beef rolls with mushroom sauce, sauted mushrooms, and coleslaw (making a new batch today).

Wednesday

Clean out the fridge night. I will add some hard boiled eggs if there is not enough leftover protein.

Thursday

Pork chops, creamed potatoes, peas and leftover coleslaw (might get tired of coleslaw, but I need to use up the cabbage and shredded carrots).

Friday

Baked Trout fillets, braised cabbage, and corn.

Saturday

Eating out as we will be doing a stock up shop.

Sunday

The roast chicken that was supposed to be made last Sunday, mashed potatoes, green beans and a salad.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Ramblings

The past couple of days have flown by, probably because I have been busy with garden produce. Once again things seem to be coming all at once, but I am not going to complain. Every little bit we eat, freeze or can from our garden helps lower the grocery bill.

Finished the knitted Christmas gifts for Kurt and Kris. I am still trying to figure out how to bring my vision to reality for the hanging bands for their various pins. I plan on cutting them out and sewing them on Tuesday. I had thought about doing them tomorrow, but a visit to the garden late this afternoon yielded more produce to be processed.

Mass actually ended almost on time. It seems that Father is getting a bit better about cutting his homilies and not repeating the same thing over and over. My thoughts on todays homily are slightly strange. Trying to match what Father said with what I have heard before. I do think that as long as we use the talents God gave us to further his kingdom we are doing what we are asked. The problem being that not everyone knows their talents and that talents change as we get older and hopefully wiser. I know that what I felt called to do 20 years ago is not feeling like a good fit right now. I want a more hands on approach and so I have been contemplating in which direction to move.

I am sure once I have it figured out things will be full steam ahead, no holds allowed.

There is one other thing I noticed on my short walks today (between pickle making and dehydrating), lots of the poplars here in the city have started to change colour. It looks as if we could have a very early fall.



Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday Roundup

Today it has been cold and rainy, so because of this I did not get all the dehydrating or garden harvesting done. I did however manage to process more of the previously picked produce from the garden.

Since I could not go for my walk, I blanched and froze beans, made pickles in a bucket (though in my case I use a large glass jar with lid), and grated zucchini to freeze. Still have to make dill pickles, but I plan on getting those done tomorrow.

Today I finished up the dish cloths I want to give to Kurt and Kris for Christmas, next it will be trying to come up with a pattern for a hanging pin holder. I want to get all their hockey, baseball, and scouting picture pins on to something they can hang up on the wall. I have an idea and hopefully I can make it come true.

Pictures of all the gifts will be posted at some point next week.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Frugal Friday

It seems as if Fridays are coming up faster and faster. The beginning of a weekend for those that work, a continuation of the week for those of us who have retired.

1.  Booked a few days away at a cabin about 6 hours from us. Since it is the off season we saved approximately $100.00 a night and did not have to book for the full week.

2.  Laundry all hung on the outside lines.

3.  Using water from the rain barrel for watering my plants.

4.  Eating more and more produce from the garden, and now I am beginning to freeze and probably can things for the winter. I am also using up my leftovers from the fridge regularly thus saving money and not wasting anything.

5.  My savings grocery shopping weren't that great this week, but at least I managed to save $9.62.

6.  More decluttering done, and I spoke to my sister and asked if her granddaughter would like my Nancy Drew books (I do have most of the hard cover series). I had been saving them in case I had a granddaughter, but that does not look like it will happen. This way they stay in the family and I empty a couple of shelves on the bookcase.

7.  Still using up leftover yarn to knit a few Christmas gifts.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

Quiet days, harvesting, working on projects, even close to finishing one or two. Things are moving right along here on the old homestead.

We are trying to book a couple of days away in order to have a bit of time to ourselves. I found out my operation is way down the road so still under a bit of stress and angst. Really sometimes our health system in Canada fails miserably, or perhaps it is the fact that many of our doctors go south for bigger pay cheques. Whichever it is, it is the patient that suffers. I suppose I can be thankful that I don't have cervical cancer (though I would have gotten operated on much sooner). I also live in one of the least populated provinces in Canada with only a few hospitals and doctors that do the type of surgery I need. Enough whining, and on to more interesting things.

Today Harvey did some cleaning in the two sheds outside. More recycling and decluttering took place. Meaning that things are being cleared out around here nicely. He is also more on board than ever with using things up, wearing things out, and recycling old into new. Got to love it, it only took 43 years of marriage and watching me do that each and every day. Still better late than never I say.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A New Set Up

The desk is up, sewing machines placed, and a bit of organizing accomplished.

I promised to share some pictures of what I am calling the new improved sewing/craft room when I was finished, but decided to share a few with you all now.

My two sergers finally up and both almost ready to use. There is one that is scaring me a little bit as it is a 5 spool. I had forgotten that until I took it out of the case. I may be rethinking how I am going to thread it, plus I need a bit of practice threading it.

My embroidery machine and the machine I usually use for quilting and regular sewing.  Notice the white desk top. Harvey made me a new extention, he plans on adding a bit of trim to make it look a bit more put together. He used MDF that he had in his basement work room.

The old desktop computer. Now I can download embroidery patterns right onto my machine. 

My Cricut machine just tucks right in and will be moved out when in use. It is also attached to the computer. Thank heavens for USB hubs.

You probably noticed the boxes and storage drawers under the desks. Those contain some of my yarn stash and fabric stash.

Now on to the areas that I am still working slowly on.

More storage, The fabric on top is ready to be cut and packaged into cut out projects so things will get much neater as time goes on.

The sewing machine is my mother's old one. It is solid metal and is just wonderful for fixing hems on denim jeans and heavier sewing. The machine Kurt gave me as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago is tucked under the computer. That is staying as a portable machine, cause I know I will want to sew in the living room once in awhile.

Now on to an even more disorganised area.

I have been working on this area today and managed to clean it up a bit. Still more work is needed and once done I will take a photo to show the improvement. 

I did my first sewing in the room yesterday. Just a bit of mending, but it was nice to have room to move around.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.








Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

Ahhh, it is that time of the week again.

My thrifty moves for the week are as follows.

Made my own lavender oil, though I think it leaves much to be desired. Perhaps I did not use enough lavender blossoms in concocting it. Still I will give it a try with some of my headaches.

Been harvesting from the garden. This should continue and start saving us some cash very soon.

Dehydrating lots of herbs. I don't know how much basil I will get but will dry what I can before the plant gives up the ghost.

Mended a pair of Harvey's pajama bottoms.

Reused the old desk set up for my sewing/craft room.

Sold the old sewing machine cabinet on our online garage sale group. Making a bit of money to buy some crafting supplies or fabric later on.

All in all a pretty thrifty week

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Menu Monday

The weather is still very warm, with little to no rain happening. Harvey said that we had a storm last night that quite lit up the sky, however no rain fell to speak of. We could use a lovely gentle rain that lasts the entire day.

Monday

Warmed up leftover chicken, creamed potatoes and cucumber/tomato and sliced onion salad.

Tuesday

Meatballs in mushroom soup, noodles, green beans and the leftover cucumber/tomato sliced onion salad.

Wednesday

Chicken burgers, homemade fries and a salad.

Thursday

Clean out the fridge.

Friday

Salmon patties, rice, and mixed veggies. Perhaps some coleslaw.

Saturday

Hot dogs, baked beans, and the leftover coleslaw.

Sunday

Roast chicken, creamed potatoes, and peas/carrots.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday Ramblings

A day of getting small projects finished, and larger projects almost completed.

We have a new computer desk in the office area of the dining room (our dining room is much too large).

A large manly desk, which is what Harvey wanted. I had wanted something a bit different. This set up actually gives us much more room in the eating area.

I also did a bit more harvesting from the garden.

Beans were picked. Topped and tailed. Sliced ready for cooking. There is enough for us to have two meals as one of the sides.

A very few strawberries, but since we transplanted them and added a few plants this is to be expected. Next year should be much better we hope.

Two fairly large zucchini, cleaned, and shredded. These now reside in the freezer. It is much too hot to bake, even with air conditioning.

A few cucumbers, many of which were made into a salad. There are more, but by the time I picked these I was tired of fighting off all the blood sucking mosquitoes. They seem to love me, and I still have a few scars from our family reunion trip.

I have started to move items back into my sewing/craft room and organize a few things. I hope to have some pictures to share with you in a day or two (more likely three).

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.



Friday, August 2, 2019

Frugal Friday

My frugal Friday happenings are few, but they have managed to save us some cash and time.

1.  I saved $39.44 at the grocery store this week.

2.  Using up yarn I have had in my stash to make Christmas gifts for the boys.

3.  Decluttering is simplifying my life.

4.  Went to the library to get more reading material.

5.  Harvesting is coming along in the garden and herb beds. I have been dehydrating and picking a little most days.

Today we picked up the new desk so more decluttering is taking place. Lots to move so we can get everything set up in both the office space and in the sewing/craft room. 

Hopefully I will remember to take pictures once everything is set up the way I want/need.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

I just can not believe that summer is coming to an end. Where have the days flown to?

We got some rain today which helped the lawns a little bit. Almost 1/2 inch which will make the garden a bit easier to weed. Those weeds seem to like dry ground and don't let go of their hold very easily, except when the ground is a bit damp. 

Working on Christmas gifts. Kurt and Kris will be getting baskets (or rather fabric bags) of knitted goodies. Most of them are quickly knit so I should be done in record time. Harvey's gift could take a bit longer as I want to knit him another sweater. It will also take some shopping to be done at a later date as I don't have any suitable yarn. 

Still using things up here and trying to keep the fridge as cleaned out as is possible. Sometimes that seems to be a project all on its own. I wonder how some things just seem to linger in there. Still I am keeping up and not wasting much of anything.

Lots of little projects to accomplish this month, with a couple of larger ones from last month. Still everything is doable as long as the garden does not start producing too quickly.

We had our first pick of the pole beans this week. Just a little taste teaser as there were only enough ready to be picked to give us one meal. Lots of flowers though, and lots of small beans forming. We should get many more meals and lots frozen for the winter. 

I have put off baking bread for the rest of the summer. We have really cut back on the consumption of that product and it is just too hot to make my own. Come fall though, bread making will begin once again. I do miss the taste of homemade bread and the knowing of what is exactly in each and every loaf I make. Still weighing the cost of the air conditioner running more, it just might be less expensive to buy for the next while.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Month End

It is so hard to believe that summer is almost over. The fact is we are just starting to get summer-like weather. Today we reached a temperature of 32 C but it felt like 37 C outside. This is more what we are used to in the month of July.

The monthly budget was entered and even with the buying of the laptop we are still under budget for the month. I am especially happy that we were under budget for groceries. However, a stock up is in order during August (don't know when I will be having surgery...still, and I have no idea how long recovery will be, I want to be prepared for any and all eventualities). This usually means a very high grocery spend for the month.

While I did get all the extra cleaning done, I am afraid there are lots of little things left on my goal list. I moved them to the upcoming month, and only added a couple of small items. Small items added are mostly those Christmas projects that I want done and dusted well before that holiday arrives. There is one big project that will have to wait until I manage to get the supplies (during the stock up trip).

I managed to knit up all that leftover fingering weight yarn into 4" squares. Those will be sewn together in the evenings once I get some Christmas knitting done. Still not too sure what they will become though.

Decluttering is moving right along. As of today 333 items are no longer in the house. I am hoping to reach 500 again this year. Each year it seems to get a bit harder to part with things, but I will get it done. Downsizing and simplifying are my mantra for the next few years (probably much longer).

Harvesting of the garden is slow. I have been harvesting herbs and dehydrating them. This will be ongoing until the herbs no longer seem to be growing. We have also eaten onions, kale and the occasional strawberry that the birds have missed in their gluttony (wouldn't mind so much if they didn't peck a bit and leave). Harvey ate a few of the cherries off our new trees before the birds got all of them. Think some netting might work next year while the trees are still fairly small.

Kurt and Kris were home and it was wonderful having some time with the two of them. We get to see Kris quite often as he is only a couple of hours away and we do our stock up shop in that city. Kurt on the other hand lives 9 hours away so our visits are few and far between. The next time we will be lucky enough to have the two of them home at the same time will be Thanksgiving. Only a few months away, but still will miss having them around before then.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Thrifty Tuesday

I am afraid that for about a week, thrift kind of took a back seat. We did have a few thrifty moves however.

Kurt trimmed the small branches off the trees (could not convince him to climb on the roof to cut the bigger ones down). The branches have been added to the wood pile to use in starting the fire pit come time they have seasoned.

Kris helped with the moving over of files and such to the new computer. He even taught me a few things that will enable me to continue the movement of files. Harvey had bought a blue tooth speaker awhile back and when it didn't work on his TV downstairs put it away. The speaker was hauled out and Kris got it to work on the laptop!! I can now listen to music that I have downloaded.

Supper on Sunday was a package of ham from the fridge freezer, diced and added to rice, peas, mushrooms and cheese. A can of creamed soup was added for moisture (along with a bit of water). Baked in the oven it made a lovely casserole. Best thing, we had leftovers of this the next night and it was made with only 3 thickly cut 1/2 slices of ham (I grabbed the wrong package out of the freezer).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Menu Monday

Monday

Soup and sandwiches. Something easy of course.

Tuesday

Spaghetti and meat sauce. I will make a salad to go along with this.

Wednesday

Baked spaghetti to use up the leftovers. Salad as well. The leftovers will be frozen and used later in the week.

Thursday

A new month!! Leftover chicken from the fridge freezer. Not sure if this will be a casserole, creamed chicken on toast, or a chef's salad. Everything depends on the temperature outside.

Friday

Breakfast for supper. Most likely pancakes as we both love them and there is maple syrup to use up.

Saturday

Leftover Baked spaghetti and garlic bread. Veggies and dip as well.

Sunday

Back to a roast meal. This time it will be Roast Pork along with roasted in the same pan veggies. I could use the Instant Pot for this meal though and then it will be mashed potatoes and mixed veggies done on the stove top.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Ramblings

All is quiet in the house, bit of clean up though after Kris and Kurt disappeared home or to visit friends over the last couple of days.

Yesterday Harvey and Kris traveled to Walmart to look at futons. Came home with one as well (why Kris could not buy one in Regina is beyond my understanding) and Kris now has it set up in his apartment livingroom. No thanks to the directions however as they were in French and Spanish. Thank heavens for pictures. I will have to text him later this week and find out how comfortable it really is. I am just happy that he finally has more than a recliner to sit on. Next I told him he needs to get end tables, and perhaps a coffee table.

I managed a bit of harvesting over the past few days. Still the garden is not really producing like it has other years. I am keeping my fingers crossed that things start coming very soon. I may be spending some money at the Farmer's Market this year.

Yesterday evening we traveled out to the small village that was Harvey's home for his growing up years and my home once Mom and Dad bought the bar/hotel and I married.

Four of the six brothers managed to get together. Here they are all enjoying the Saskatchewan Roughrider game. 

Us ladies were upstairs talking and having a glass of wine.

I looked at my goals list for this month and I am flabbergasted. While I have managed to complete most if not all the extra cleaning chores, I am afraid my goal list is relatively untouched. I do have a few more days so I am hoping to be able to stroke off a few of those as well. Otherwise they will be added to next months goals.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Frugal Friday

Quick post as to what has been happening on the old homestead of a frugal nature.

1.  Leftovers are being used up quickly. Kurt and Kris quite often have anything left for their lunches.

2.  Decluttered more of the desk, getting ready for the transfer to the sewing room once the new one arrives.

3.  Supper out, but we had a coupon (thank heavens as the cost of meals was higher than I was used to).

4.  Harvested banana peppers, kale and rhubarb from the garden.

5.  Baked buns, and a pie (the pie was made with items from the freezer and fridge).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Full House

Just like the old T.V. series our house will be full come tomorrow night.

Both of our sons will be home together for a day or two. Then Kurt will be leaving to go to a friends place for a bit, Kris will leave the next day for his apartment in Regina and the house will be empty once again.

I love having both of them home at the same time. The interplay between them is something to see. Kurt still treats Kris like his little brother, and Kris still tries to get Kurt riled up (even succeeds sometimes).

So because of the family time I will be sneaking a bit of computer time, and you might not see a post from me (then again you never know) for a day or two.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Menu Monday

A new week and new menus.

Monday

BBQ smokies, tinfoil potatoes/onions, and some sliced raw veggies. I don't know when our oldest will be driving up so will hold off on making this as long as I can.

Tuesday

Hot beef sandwiches, homemade fries, and more sliced raw veggies or a kale salad.

Wednesday

We will be going out for supper for Harvey's birthday. I am classing this as our monthly dinner out as well.

Thursday

Clean out the fridge if there is anything left (oldest son can eat). If not I plan on making a chef's salad and using up some of the roast chicken and ham from the fridge freezer.

Friday

Tuna pasta salad and homemade biscuits or perhaps buns (depends on the temperature of the day).

Saturday

Chicken burgers, cabbage slaw, and perhaps some baked beans.

Sunday

Leftover pasta salad or some ham taken out of the fridge freezer and warmed up. If it is the ham I will serve it with the remaining slaw and scalloped potatoes (made in the microwave).

I hope to get a few things baked today so we have some desserts while Kurt is home. Since Kris is hopefully coming home this weekend desserts will be a good thing.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday Ramblings



I am going to keep this in mind when the political posts and comments get to me.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

A Visit to My Province

Today I though I would share my home province with all of you.

Saskatchewan is the rectangular province in the middle of Canada.

Our capital city is Regina (where Harvey is today).

Our legislature is located in this city and is on Wascana Creek. The province has made the area very into a very beautiful park where people walk, cycle, jog and picnic. I so wish it was closer to us as we live in the southeast corner of the province.

It is also the home to the RCMP training depot and Heritage Center.

Not too far away from Regina is the Quapelle Valley. Lots of small towns and farms dot the floor of the valley. 

Our provincial flower is the Tiger Lily or wild lily (the wild ones are slowly going extinct).

Saskatoon is the largest of our cities and is situated on the Saskatchewan River.

Moosejaw, just a few kilometers down the road to the west of Regina is home to our Snowbirds aerial team. These jets travel the country and the United States taking part in various air shows.

Farther to the west (almost to the next province) are the Great Sandhills. 

These abandoned grain elevators are all that is left of something that was in every Saskatchewan town, city, and village. It is hard to see them slowly but surely disappearing and larger inland grain terminals taking their place.

There is a standard joke about Saskatchewan that you can watch your dog run away for weeks the land is so flat. Not quite true as we have lots of dips and water filled coulees.

This is what we are really known for though.


Our skies are ever changing and we are known as The Land of Living Skies.

Hope you enjoyed the trip through my province.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.







Friday, July 19, 2019

Frugal Friday

After reading a few blogs where the bloggers have long list of their frugal accomplishments, I almost feel like a slacker. Oh well, there has been a few frugal happenings around here this week.

1.  Saved $23.59 grocery shopping this week.

2.  Darned socks.

3.  Opened windows in the evenings instead of running the air conditioner. In fact today the beast did not come on until just as I was cooking supper.

4.  Picked some kale from the garden for a salad.

5.  Picked and processed rhubarb for the freezer.

6.  Used up all the leftovers the last few days.

7.  Decluttered and organized the sewing room a bit more.

8.  Used up another 5 bits and bobs of yarn making those 4" squares.

9.  Reading a library book for entertainment each night.

10. Watching "Heartbeat" on my android box. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday Tidbits

Slowly the week is drawing to a close. 

I took a few more pictures of the garden to share with you all.

This is our native hydrangea. Seems to be growing quite well.

Here the natural colour is white and the flowers are a bit smaller. Still it is lovely to look at and it seems like more blossoms appear each day.

We did manage to keep a few of the older lilies that we had planted years ago.

The first of the new lilies have appeared. The picture does not show how large these white lilies are. I love them!!

Notice the purple columbine located to the left. Strangely enough this happened.

Half of the plant seems to be yellow. I think this fall I am going to try and separate the two plants.

The remainder of the week that I haven't been weeding, harvesting, dehydrating, cleaning or cooking have been spent knitting and reading. I even managed to get a bit of decluttering in and hope to continue with that until the weeks end. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.