Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Ramblings


It has rained off and on most of the day. Not deluges, but at times it has been fairly steady. Now the temperature is dropping and what will be falling will no longer be rain, but snow instead.

Yesterday I got my vaccine injection. Number one down, and now I just have to wait a bit in order to get my second injection. I got the Moderna vaccine so when I book for my second dose I will need to make sure that is the one I get.

Yesterday my arm was a tiny bit sore, but as today has progressed the soreness has increased, I have a slight headache and a slightly high temperature. It may be that I will have to rebook my dental appointment tomorrow. We shall see what the thermometer reads in the morning.

I have also lost one of those absorbable stitches. Only 12 more to go in various positions on my mid section. 

I haven't really felt like sewing clothing this past week, so today I went into my four inch squares and pulled some to make another quilt. This one hopefully just for me to snuggle under.

This is what I pulled.

Notice that most are flowery type fabrics with a few solids and a blotchy print thrown in. Doubt very much if Harvey or the sons will want this one.

Off to set the table and then back to visit you all.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Frugal Friday


Kurt left on Wednesday and so I spent yesterday catching up on the few things I am allowed to do around the house. Once again the house seems awfully quiet once again.

To tell you all the truth, I have been extremely lazy the last few days. Not much done on the craft front, no decluttering, no baking. I just do not feel like my normal self. Truth to tell I am just tired right out with the weather and the pandemic. I shouldn't be because here in Canada we don't go through the type of lockdowns that other areas of the world do. At times I almost wish we would as case numbers are rising in my country, in my province and in my zone of the province. I get my first shot of the vaccine tomorrow (probably Moderna) and am really excited. 

On to what was frugal around the old homestead this week.

1.  Used up some more of the fabric I had bought to make masks. I made 5 more for Kris and 5 more for Kurt. Still working with elastic I have had for years. It seems that buying things on sale and stashing them does have benefits.

2.  Saved $13.67 on groceries this week. Yet considering how fast prices are rising I would love to save even more.

3.  Found a dime and added it to the change jars.

4.  Had windows open on the two  beautiful days we had this week to air out the house.

5.  Hubby hung out the bedding to dry. 

6.  Reading free or re-reading books from either Kobo or off my shelves.

7.  Using up bits and bobs of hand lotion, bath gel and body butter.

So how were you frugal this week?

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday

 Kurt will be leaving tomorrow, but as I want to spend as much time visiting as possible with him, I may not get to visit with all of you until tomorrow. Though I will try my best.

I was asked what kind of stew I made. Usually a beef stew with onions, potatoes, carrots and peas. I find that the easiest to make, though one time Harvey made an oven stew that was wonderful, it incorporated canned tomatoes as well as veggies. 

So what thrifty moves have taken place over the last week.

All meat was sliced off the ham and what wasn't eaten was packaged up and frozen. Kris took some ham home with him and I will be sending some back with Kurt as well.

The bone from the ham was packaged up and frozen. I see split pea soup in our future.

I have used up another few balls of yarn on the sleeved wrap I am making. Don't plan on wasting a bit of my yarn stash.

Kris washed clothes while he was home and hung both of the loads on the line outside to dry. Awesome. I think I should be able to do the same next week as that will be 6 weeks from my surgery. 

I made Kurt and Kris each two more masks from fabric in my stash. 

Did some more mending. Well darning. What is it with toes and socks???

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Menu Monday


A new week begins and I have company. This means that more than likely I will be having lots of leftovers to get through once Kurt leaves.

Here are this weeks menus.


Stew and dumplings. Making a big pot so of course there will be another meal.


A ham casserole (though quiche sounds pretty good). Served with the remains of the tossed salad.


Leftover stew served over freshly baked bread.


Leftover quiche (if there is any) and I may try a red cabbage side dish.


Soup and sandwiches. Got to use up those frozen containers of premade soup.


Hamburgers, fries (or tinfoil potatoes and mushrooms). Perhaps a coleslaw with the remaining red cabbage. This is also the day I get my first inoculation so hopefully no big reactions.


Roast pork, brussels sprouts, and carrots. 

So there you have this weeks menus.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday


He is risen. Alleluia, Alleluia.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Saturday Roundup and Frugal Friday


So I will start off with what I was going to post yesterday, but got involved with visiting and exchanging texts with various (well one son Kurt). 

Kris is here, but will probably be the only visitor this week. Kurt has come in contact with Covid again and will be tested at some point today. I believe the early afternoon, he will then need to wait to get the results. Seems 4 students tested positive yesterday and they were letting the contacts know. If it is negative and he finds out soon enough he will come home. Not soon enough and he is stuck there until at least the summer.

So what was frugal about the last week?

1.  Waited for full loads before washing dishes and clothing (our water bill has gone down $15.00 in the last two months). Now to find another smart and simple way to save on water spending.

2.  Kris has an indoor greenhouse to start plants and brought us home 6 lovely pepper plants. 2 jalapeno, 2 ghost pepper, and 2 other really hot pepper plants. Now we don't have to purchase those at all. Saves us around $24.00 at gardening time.

3.  Used up all leftovers this week once again.

4.  Added $20.00 to my envelope of savings and $6.55 to the change jars. 

5. Found a dime outside on my walks (another frugal happening here) and added it to the change jars.

So that is my frugal 5 for this week. I know there are a few more but I am sticking to 5.

So what did I accomplish this week?

Really nothing earth shattering. I did the monthly meal planning, planned out what few extra cleaning jobs I can handle (or will be allowed to handle), made the bunting, made a kitty toy for Eiko from one left over pink beep (she loves it), took my daily walks, did some baking, and well knit. I also managed to enter the last months expenditures and am very happy to report that we were under budget once again this month. In fact for once we were pretty much under budget in all areas. Strange.

See nothing earth shattering or ground breaking. Pretty much the usual around the old homestead during a pandemic.

I do hope that this coming week is a bit more exciting.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday Tidbits


Another quiet day other than entering budget figures and shopping. Have I ever mentioned that I really don't like not being able to shop by myself? If it was just me I would have been out and back by 9 am. Instead it wasn't until almost 10 am that we made it back to the house. Also some strange things seemed to enter my shopping cart today. 

Other than that excursion and the budget entries I have had a couple of walks, baked some cookies and am considering making some blueberry muffins... Perhaps tomorrow morning early. 

Had a pleasant surprise when doing the budget. We were under total budget, and even the groceries were a bit under budget (the grocery thing hasn't happened for a very long time). Hopefully this shows me getting a handle on spending, or at least managing to hit the sales and use food items a bit better. 

Harvey got the floor vacuumed and I managed to do a bit of sweeping (more to happen after our supper). 

I read my new pattern over and transferred markings. Tomorrow while waiting for the boys to get home I will do some sewing.

So that was today under the rather loose restrictions we have in my zone of the province.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.