Friday, November 26, 2021

Frugal Friday

I am taking a break from knitting as my thumb joint on my hand where I broke my wrist (twice in the same place) is giving me grief. I have put on my stretchy fingerless glove and hopefully that helps. I need to keep right on working in order to get all done for Christmas.

However this post is about my frugal week, so I better get started.

1.  Baked two loaves of bread this week.

2.  Drapes open to let in the sunlight during the day and use solar heat in the house. Closed in the early evening to keep heat in.

3.  Using an old flannel sheet that does not work on our bed any longer (why do things seem to shrink?) to make Hubby a pair of sleep pants. There could be enough left to fashion me a nightie.

4.  Lots of use it ups in the food department, and the items that were not used up have been bagged or put into containers for use later.

5.  I managed (or will manage) two meatless meals this week.

6.  Used up fabric from the stash and fashioned three Christmas gifts.

7.  Used up a small hand lotion and am working on the next one. My hands really dry out when knitting.

8.  Downloaded free reading material onto my ereader, and a couple that were on deep discount. I used my gift card from last Christmas to purchase those.

I told Harvey I probably spent a bit more on groceries this month, but still hopefully am under budget. That I will find out on Tuesday. However, Harvey says when he looks at the grocery fliers he is almost sick at how prices have risen. Still by only shopping every two weeks what I can't save on groceries I definitely save on fuel for the vehicle.

I have also taken to using the phone to check on contracts to see if there is any way that I can renew or cancel online. Seems to be working.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mid Week Check In

I missed my post yesterday, time just got away from me. Don't ask me how cause I have no earthly idea. However, some of the problem could be rooted in the fact that the last two nights I have been unable to get comfortable in bed. This would happen because of aching hips. I would find what I thought was a comfortable position, and then in 15 minutes need to shift as I would start to ache. Oh my, I do hope tonight is better.

I managed to get Harvey and I appointments for our booster shots. We get them Dec. 7th so will be great for Christmas visiting. Now if the anti-vaxxers in the family would get done, I would feel even safer.

We got snow overnight and colder temperatures (could that be why I was so achy????) and we had the appointment to get our regular tires taken off and the snow tires put on. Another get ready for the winter chore ticked off the list.

Been busy sewing this week. Three pairs of oven mitts for the men in my family, and Harvey now has a gardening apron.

Got some fabric used up and managed to use up some bought binding as well.

This is the first strip in Kris's knitted blanket.

You can barely make out the cat in the center. It does show up better in real life. I plan on doing three strips of black and two of white. I picked those colours because his cat Eiko is black and white. 

Then even though I probably will not get a chance to work on the t-shirt rug I did do some work. I got the larger strips cut up into 4 so I can get moving on that right away once a few more projects are completed.

Tomorrow since my day will be cut by the last Bible study, and Zoom dance in the evening I plan on getting my Christmas cards started. Perhaps even get a couple of letters done to go in at least two of them. I may even find a bit of time to cut out a pair of sleep pants for Harvey to replace the ones I cut into rags.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Menu Mondy


I can't believe it is the last full week of the month. It is crunch time around here. 


Beef stew served with slices of homemade bread.


A chicken casserole to use up a bag of the roast chicken from Sunday.


Leftover Beef Stew along with dumplings.


The leftover Chicken Casserole.


Pulling out a tray of the Eggplant Parma.


Using up some soup from the fridge freezer. I will probably make grilled cheese sandwiches to use up some of the cheese in the fridge.


Ham, rice and mixed veggies. (Could be a tossed salad instead of the mixed veggies).

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday Ramblings

 It has been another quiet day on the old homestead. 

I managed to get two short walks in today, but it is very cold out. This is the coldest day we have had so far this new winter season. I really need to get my heavier winter coat (good for -40 C temperatures) mended. It will probably get done on Tuesday when I do my usual mending. I am collecting quite a pile as well as a smaller pile of ironing.

Harvey goes to the hospital lab tomorrow for blood work and a check up on his heart. Since it is fasting blood work he was lucky enough to get in early and I will be waking him up very early for him as well.

I finished one pair of oven mitts and have got the second set pinned and ready to go tomorrow. I may make Harvey a pair for the BBQ but the padding will be slightly different. That along with the carpenters apron and a gift of money to our Salvation Army will be his gift this year. That is unless I can figure something to add to the pile.

I started Kris's blanket last night and I hope to work on it again tonight. I know it won't be finished this month, but I think I could at least get some of the smaller projects done in the afternoon. Playing catch up here once again.

My chicken is roasting along with the potatoes. Instead of carrots though, which are usually part of a roast meal in this house, we are going to have some new to us frozen mixed veggies. Hope Harvey likes them. 

I am finding it difficult to realize that because we are fully vaccinated (and can get our booster shot in a week and a bit) that we can go out to eat. I just don't feel safe as of yet. Yesterday we had 10 new cases in our small area of the province and I am sure when I look today we will have more. I think we might just turn out to be the epicenter of a new outbreak. Mostly because of those who don't believe in wearing a mask or getting the vaccination. I am so tired of the up and down.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Saturday Roundup


My goodness the end of my blogging week and getting closer and closer to the Christmas season.

Late last night I finished the knitted blanket for Kurt's friend.

It turned out fairly large and looks nice and lacy. Tomorrow when I mend my winter coat I will work the yarn ends in.

Oven mitts were cut out this morning and the early afternoon. Hopefully they will be well on their way to being finished tomorrow. Also got Kris's knitted blanket started. I will work on that in the evenings and during the day get other projects completed (keeping my fingers crossed).

It has been decided that we will have a get together for Bible study leaders on December 2 at 6 pm. A free meal will be brought in and a discussion held as to when the next study will be held and what it will feature.

Other than those things the days of this week were very normal here on the old homestead. Bread baking, cleaning, reading and walking took place with great regularity.

Life, while getting busy, has not been too exciting.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Frugal Friday


Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I was posting my frugal saves for the week.

I have pretty much the same frugal past times as last week. Perhaps a couple that are different.

1.  Drapes were kept closed for a couple of days due to the terrible winds. It kept the heat in the house where it belonged.

2.  Discovered a seam had let go in my favourite winter coat, so I haven't been wearing it to make sure the opening does not get bigger before I fix it.

3.  Combined my trip for Bible study with a deposit at the bank and the picking up of prescriptions.

4.  Baked a cake for dessert this week and while the oven was on baked bread as well.

5.  Used up all leftovers so far this week.

I am going back and finishing off the knitted blanket tonight. Only a few rows left to go so I will stay up until it is completed. Then perhaps I can get some other Christmas projects completed.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.