Monday, October 25, 2021

Menu Monday


Time for me to post my weekly menu. Milk is getting lower than I thought it would, but we do have orange juice that can be drank for supper if need be. Guess I was out a tiny bit on the amount of milk I need to purchase for two weeks, keeping fingers crossed though.

Monday 

Turkey veg noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I used some stock from the freezer and a small bag of turkey meat from the fridge freezer.


Tuesday

Leftover roast chicken made into a casserole. Just have to find a recipe the peaks my interest.


Wednesday

Sweet and Sour Ribs, rice and broccoli. 


Thursday

This will either be the leftover chicken casserole, or hot dogs, fries, and coleslaw.


Friday

Tuna patties, mashed potatoes, and brown beans from the freezer downstairs.


Saturday

Leftover ribs and rice as well as peas.


Sunday

Pulling out some leftover ham and making a casserole. More than likely Harvey's favourite.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday Ramblings

 

Just a quick post today as I promised you all some pictures of finished projects.

Today has been more or less a day of playing catch up and working on a few things. Of course the weather has worked perfectly in allowing this to occur. Cold, rain one minute, snow the next, who would even want to be out in that type of weather. Certainly not me and I am so happy that most outside jobs have been completed for the winter. 

So what did I do today?

First off I decided to get at least 10 Christmas cards made this morning.


Just a simple horse, but in looking at these now I wish I would have used red card stock. Oh well the pearl/glittery white does look a bit like snow. I hope to get a few more of a different pattern done over the next week. Another 10 or 12 will give me enough for special people this Christmas.


Next I worked in the ends of yarn on the scarves. The grey ones are not showing up very well at all. I just used a simple moss stitch as we call this in Canada, I think it has another name in the United States.

Then it was time to clip threads on the quilt. Here it is finished and ready to bundle up in a Christmas bag.


One gift down and a number to go. Hope I manage to get everything completed.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Friday, October 22, 2021

Frugal Friday

 

I am finding it very hard to believe that another full week has gone by since my last Frugal Friday post. Where are the days going????

I must admit that I did not get the binding started on the quilt, but will do so tomorrow. I helped Harvey level the fridge which consisted of me removing items from the interior and on top, and standing on the pry bar so he could get the leveling wheels turning. Problem, those wheels would just not turn so now Hwe have small blocks of wood under it. Then I got to load his arms with all his tools (still trying to figure out why he needed so many, most of which he did not use) and finally restore the fridge items to the now level fridge. Used up a bit of my quilting time.

So what frugal things have been happening around here.

1.  Hung up as much as I possibly could on the lines downstairs.

2.  Used up all those leftover meals from the freezer in the fridge.

3.  Only drove once this week.

4.  Walked almost every day for exercise, and while I did not always reach 10K steps, did the best that I could.

5.  Happily with the drapes open during the day and then closed when the sun goes down the furnace has not cut in until 9 or 10 at night. It has been below freezing so we really need the furnace on right now.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday Tidbits

 

As winter gets closer and closer I am so thankful for my warm home. They had a news report on homelessness and how hard it is for those living in tents. One lady said that she finally got a place to move into and is so looking forward to it.

I don't think some of us really realize how lucky we are. Our frugal habits enable us to live wonderful lives. While we may not have the "best" we have everything we need. A roof over our heads, clothing for our bodies, food for the table and family that we love and love us in return. We are rich when compared to others.

My frugal habits enabled us to pay off our home 15 years before it would have been paid off if we just paid what was owed on the mortgage. At that time my husband still was not on board but has finally became more frugal as time has passed. Sometimes now I think he might almost verge on being cheap in certain areas. Still I feel that between us we have managed to keep a very lovely life during retirement. 

I did the leading of my lesson today at the Bible study. It went not too badly, however it ended early once again. I guess one can ask only a certain number of times if anyone has any questions or anything they wish to share that struck them. I was told I did a wonderful job though so that makes me very happy.

Once home I finished sandwiching the quilt. I look at the quilts that many of you make and wonder if I will ever be that proficient. Mine are very simple in comparison, though I have in mind something totally different for the next one I make. Picture of the finished quilt and those scarves will come hopefully on Saturday.

I started the knitted blanket last night, and had trouble keeping the number of stitches that were necessary (or at least the number they said I should have...could it be a pattern error?), so I pulled it back and started a pattern that I have used countless times. That one is going better and I will go back to work on it after this post.

I am loving how dark it gets so very early. I close the drapes, light some candles, and turn on the fake fireplace (no heat, just the light). Snuggle into my chair and knit for an hour or so. This is probably the thing I like the best about the colder months of the year.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday

 

The weather is definitely changing once again. This time getting colder, so the rush is on to finish cleaning up the yard, garden, and get the house ready for winter's visit. 


Thrifty happenings this week.

Harvey dug up my glad bulbs now I will go through them and keep the big ones.

We took advantage of the free weekend at the dump to remove items from the yard.

I hemmed a dress, a pair of pants, fixed a seam on another nightgown, darned a pair of socks, and cut up some socks that were beyond repair we can use them to tie up plants next spring.

Leftovers were used for a couple of meals.

The last of the grey yarn was used to fashion another scarf.

I even managed to save some more twist ties and elastics. 

I have a bagful of bread clips that I am going to drop off at one of our schools, they use them to help with counting in the younger grades. Even though I bake my own bread most times when the sons are home I purchase from our Co-op bakery. If I didn't I would be making bread every day.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Menu Monday

 

The beginning of a new week and I am still using up leftovers from when the boys were here. I really did cook way too much, and I have to kind of space them out a bit.

Here is the menu for the week with a few nights of leftovers snuck in.


Monday

Roasted Chicken Legs (Back attached), creamed potatoes (used up the last of the very small potatoes and more of the cream). We had leftover salads for our veggie.


Tuesday

Leftover smoked hamburgers, fries and broccoli.


Wednesday

Leftover Stir Fry and Rice.


Thursday

Leftover Baked Spaghetti, and coleslaw.


Friday

Salmon casserole and leftover coleslaw.


Saturday

Steak, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies.


Sunday

Roast Chicken, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots.

I think this will be an excellent week of clearing out the fridge freezer. There are still I few leftovers like roast beef, ham, and turkey but they are easily used in recipes that make a new meal.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sunday Ramblings

 I thought I would start off with how I am doing with my goals this month.



1.  Work on t-shirt rug.  I have worked a bit on this.

2.  Make Christmas cards.  Nope but hopefully this week.

3.  Cut out pieces for Kurt's Christmas quilt.  Done.

4.  Finish my quilt.  I don't think this will happen but I have worked on hand quilting this month.

5.  Finish Kurt's quilt.  Working on getting this done.

6.  Knit 2 Secret Santa Scarves.  Finished and actually have knit 4

and working on number 5.

7.  Finish off harvesting the garden and cleaning off the deck.  Pretty much done will finish tomorrow.

8.  Remove spring/summer clothes and put in the fall/winter clothes.  Done.

9.  Repot lemon trees.  Done.

10. Cut more strips from cut up old t-shirts and leftover scraps of knit fabric.  Nope.

And if there is time

11. Work on counted cross stitch.  Nope.

12. Make dryer balls.  Tried but used a pretreated wool yarn so things did not work. I will perhaps order the correct yarn online later this month.


Today has been quiet and I have managed to get a few things completed. I did my Bible study homework, which means I can work on my leadership session for this week. I really don't like speaking in front of adults so I will write everything down and practice like mad.

I did some work on Kurt's quilt and I discovered I will not be able to make it as long as I had hoped. Yet that means things will be easier to quilt and finish.

I filled the bird feeder late last night and those greedy sparrows have almost emptied it. I think I will look into getting a feeder for the front yard and perhaps some suet feeders. I do love seeing all the birds in the yard.

The bunny seems to have disappeared from our yard. I thought it could be hiding under our deck, but Harvey cleaned under it and nothing. At least she/he stayed healthy and happy in our yard until being able to look after it's self.

As the days go by I am beginning to realize that some people will never change. Our Covid Delta cases keep going up in our little section of Saskatchewan. Anti-whatever's keep posting weird things, and those of us that follow directions are still following directions. 

While we have had no shortages so far on things in the grocery store I will continue to stock up and look for bargains where I can. I will also keep on with using up all that I can, be it food, or craft supplies, clothing, or anything else that occupies a space in my life. 

I am saving points on my scanning, but it is going to take me a very long time to reach the point where I can use them to purchase a generator.... I still feel that will be an enormous help in running things around here if the power goes out.

I plan on stocking up on propane, candles, batteries, and various other camping items. I will also continue to make quilts so if the power goes out we can stay toasty warm.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Friday, October 15, 2021

Frugal Friday

 

After two days of rain, snow and wind today was sunny, decently warm, and no precipitation at all. 

So what frugal things have I been up to.


Well today I cooked up the remaining eggplants. More parma for the freezer and heck Harvey got so excited when he smelt it cooking supper plans changed from pancakes to eggplant. 

I did my 2 week shopping (getting much quicker at it as well) and managed to save $37.41. Still prices have risen quickly and sale prices are not as good as months and years past.

I bought the yarn to make Kurt's friend a knitted blanket. After I finish the scarf I am working on I will start that. 

I put $7.60 in the change jars. That includes a dime I found on my walk one day.

I put $30.00 in my savings envelope. I wish it could have been more.

I got a free desk calendar and one for my purse in the mail.

We both got free flu shots at the pharmacy.

I got a free salad dressing at the grocery store.

We used up all leftovers this week.

Paid all bills online.

I hope you all had a lovely frugal week.


The other great thing is that the head office of the bank fixed their error. Whew.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.





Thursday, October 14, 2021

Thursday Tidbits

 

The day has been overcast and rainy once again. Harvey said we got 18mm as of 6 pm tonight. However the temperature is dropping and pretty soon this lovely rain will more than likely change to the white stuff. Much too early (well probably 2 weeks too early for our first snow fall) and we usually see this closer to Halloween.

Bible study ended very early today, it didn't even last an hour. That meant I could help clean up before heading home to get Harvey for our appointment. Kind of nice, but very strange. I wonder how long my session will take. I kind of want to do the leading thing properly, but when someone cuts a 90 minute meeting down to 45 minutes that makes a person wonder if too much time is being allowed for the whole thing. Well I will do my best that is all that can be asked of me.

We are having a slight problem with our bank right now. It seems that they took out the cheques that we gave the boys twice. I called the bank about it and was told head office was working on it and if the money was not back in our account by the end of 2 weeks we should let them know again. I am actually hoping it is back by tomorrow. However I will transfer cash from savings so that bills can be paid and I can rest a bit easier. I was also told any fees would be given back to us. Sure hope that is true.

For the first time ever Harvey and I got our flu jabs. My arm is sore and I bled a bit, which in my case is perfectly normal. Harvey of course didn't bleed, and still does not have a sore arm. 

Other than those bits of excitement, this day has been pretty much a regular Thursday. I did some housework, worked on pinning the quilt blocks which will be sewn at some point tomorrow. 

I have made my grocery list, and am slowly but surely getting the hang of only shopping every two weeks. I believe I will be buying more frozen veggies though and the fresh produce will be used up the first week. Fruit wise I will be buying more canned as well. It isn't as healthy for you, but will make a nice change from apples and oranges over the next few months. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Has Winter Arrived?

 Well, what a change in the weather. We have gone from above average temperatures, in fact a few days of record breaking high, to what could be considered fall temperatures, to today. 

Today we are well below normal and are having a mix of rain and snow. The ground is still fairly warm so the snow is not sticking, but as most of my family says...We are not ready for this yet.

Harvey has been working on getting things winterized in the yard, but there is still plenty to do. The garden refuse that did not fit in the garbage bin needs to be taken to the dump, the lights need to be brought in and more of the ornaments put away. 

Raking need to take place under the deck and the garden should be worked up (it was so dry that it was as hard as rock). 

Inside, I need to make some new draft dodgers, get some curtains made for the hall (or bought), and heavier blankets need to be put on the beds. At least I managed to get our winter clothes out and the summer things put away.

I started work on Kurt's Christmas quilt.

It seems a bit bright to me, but I am pretty sure he will really like it. Now I need to look for a quilt or a knitted blanket for Kris that involves cats. He does love his cat Eiko so I will continue to search for ideas.

Got my hair cut today, took all of about 15 minutes and cost over $40.00. Ouch. Still it needs to be done or I look like a shaggy dog.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday

 

It has been a fairly thrifty week, even with Kurt and Kris being home for a number of days. I managed to send them back with decent care packages and hopefully bigger care packages when they come home at Christmas. Kris says he will come home for a bit next month. I should have a list of tech things for him to do.

So what thrifty things have I been up to.

1.  Picked what remained in the garden.

2.  Made tomato sauce using the slow cooker, which gave me time to make the birthday cake and pies for the weekend.

3.  Used up more orphan balls of yarn knitting scarves.

4.  Instead of setting up the sewing machine I worked on quilting by hand.

5.  Cut the fabric to make Kurt's Christmas quilt (could be enough left to make him some pot holders or some coasters).

6.  Used up some of the fabric stash to make slashing for Kurt's quilt.

7.  Packaged and froze leftovers from meals. I will be able to have a few no cook meals this week. Just pull and warm up. Love it and there is no waste.

8.  Changed out the spring/summer clothes for heavier winter clothing. Put aside a few items that need hemming, or repairs.

9.  Repaired the neckline on one night gown.

10. Saved elastics that were on veggie bundles.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Menu Monday

 

Kurt and Kris left this morning for their respective homes. We always celebrate their birthdays on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend. Kris is born on the 16th of this month and Kurt on the 17th. Cake is the dessert that night and this years was a big hit. Of course I didn't get a picture in the mad rush to set the table, have our meal and sing Happy Birthday. I might try to replicate it later this month.

Any how we are now back to eating more regular fare.


Monday

Stuffed peppers that I pulled out of the freezer.


Tuesday

Turkey Tetrazzini and the leftover salad.


Wednesday

Potato Leek Soup. I am pulling that out of the freezer as well.


Thursday

Leftover Turkey Tetrazzini and salad.


Friday

Pancakes.


Saturday

Leftover ham made into a casserole. Think I will make some coleslaw as a side.


Sunday

Roast beef, roasted turnip, roasted carrots. The remains of the coleslaw.


I am exhausted right now so I plan on crawling into the tub for a hot soak and then right to bed. Promise to catch up with you all tomorrow.


Everyone have a wonderful evening.

God bless.






Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Mid Week Thoughts

 

My mind has been racing today. Thoughts appearing and disappearing faster than I can grasp them. Every once in awhile this happens to me. Usually when I am excited, and overcome with things that need to be done.

Believe me this always happens before Kris and Kurt come home. I have lists galore and they both will be arriving on Friday night. Tomorrow is the Bible Study and so the afternoon will be almost a total loss of time that I could be baking, or getting the garden in. I will however go shopping right after the study and perhaps get a bit of baking done in the evening. 

However none of my various projects will be worked on unless I manage to get a great deal completed of the usual Thursday household tasks. I hope to get some unfinished things done as well. Since the day time temperatures will be dropping quite a bit, the garden needs to be harvested and perhaps some processing will be done as well. I made tomato sauce with my slow cooker a couple of days ago and if I manage it I should be able to get another batch started in the morning and finished once I get home. 

Supper will be quick as I can just heat the ham in the microwave and add a few sides (heck I can boil potatoes in the morning and whip up potato salad). 

Too many thoughts and probably not enough time to get them all completed.

Do any of you have this problem?


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday


 I have made it through the first week without shopping, that is a great thrifty move considering what I spent. I do know that I will need to go and get milk, and salad fixings just to make it through Kurt and Kris being home.

I got some free Christmas Cards in the mail. There was also a pair of socks, a pen, and a pad of paper with my name on it. Now this was sent by the Canadian Cancer Society and they are asking for a donation. I always donate anyway so getting a few items for relatively little cost is awesome.

I discovered that the wool yarn I was using to make the dryer balls is not suitable...Need to find some yarn that is suitable. However this yarn will not go to waste, I will unwind the balls and use them to knit mitts. We are always losing mitts around here.

I darned a pair of socks, fixed the neckline on a nightgown, and sewed a seam on Harvey's boxers. 

I have decided to hand quilt my quilt. It will take awhile but I will be saving electricity and a bit of earthy language on my part. 


I was asked how I was making my dryer balls and thought I should maybe let you all know.

I need to use yarn that is 100% wool and not treated so that it can be washed. I wound the yarn in balls of about 3 to 4 inches in size. Worked the loose end in with a yarn needle so it was hidden inside the balls (that is going to be fun to find to unwind said balls). Placed the balls in a stocking tying them off in between each ball with some twine I had saved. 

I then threw the stocking in the washer and using hot water put them through a wash cycle. Once they were finished in there I threw them in the dryer. 

Took them out hoping they were felted into lovely balls... That is when I discovered my mistaken thought that all wool is equal. They were not even close to be felted. 

My next stock up trip to the big city will be me looking for the right type of wool. 

To say I am disappointed is an understatement, but I learned something new.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Monday, October 4, 2021

Menu Monday

 

Ahh, the beginning of a new week and the start to getting ready for our Thanksgiving. As far as I know our sons will be home for at least a few days during the weekend. One will more than likely arrive late Friday night, the other probably early Saturday.

I have already did some changes to the weekly menu so that I can clear things out of the fridge and the crispers.

Monday

Roast Pork (supposed to have had this yesterday but needed to clear out the spaghetti and meat sauce). I roasted carrots and rutabaga (rather than potatoes) in the roaster. Leftover pork has been bagged and placed in the fridge freezer. I will be using this up later this week.


Tuesday

There is a container of stew in the fridge freezer. I am going to warm it up and serve it with either homemade bread or perhaps some biscuits.


Wednesday

Leftover pork roast made into a stir fry. That should clean out a bit of the crispers. Leftovers will be frozen to be eaten later.


Thursday

Leftover ham with scalloped potatoes. Any leftovers will very likely be eaten by one of the sons or Harvey for lunches. 


Friday

Soup and egg salad sandwiches.


Saturday

BBQ hamburgers, tinfoil potatoes, mushrooms and coleslaw. Though I could make creamed potatoes as the boys love them and I have quite a few small potatoes to use up.


Sunday

Roast Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, gravy, tossed salad, pickles, and likely pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. 

So that's the plan and I need to stick with it to get all used up and the fridge cleaned out for Thanksgiving.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunday Ramblings


 We are still having extremely beautiful weather and from the looks of the forecast this should continue well into next week and our Thanksgiving.

Mass is still sparsely attended. I went today, but Harvey stayed home, with his heart condition and the uptick in Covid cases here in our little corner, I would rather him stay home and feel safe. I picked a spot well away from others, and made sure my mask was firmly in place for the entire time. I also had my hand sanitizer at the ready. It was nice to wave at those I haven't seen in awhile. 

This is one of the months in the year that we say the Rosary before Mass. I have learned how to recite the prayer, but I find that when recited in this setting, it is said much too quickly with very little time for reflection. Much rather take my time and say it at home if I so choose. So because of that I try and time my arrival for close to the end. Perhaps that is wrong of me, but listening to people rush through something does not give me peace.

I spent a bit of time in my prayer corner saying prayers for those that I know are ill, or lonely, or just because I think they could use a prayer or two.

The rest of my day was spent enjoying the peace and quiet, working on the rug, doing some choosing of strips for the next time I work on the rug. Running out of colours, but hopefully will be adding to the selection very soon.

I hope you all had a wonderfully restful day and I wish you all a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Saturday Roundup and A Bit of Catching Up (Yet Again).

 

I did the budget entries yesterday and am quite happy with the results. While as usual I was over in the grocery department, we were under budget in all other areas. Under total budget by a great deal as well. Makes me very happy.

We had a meeting with our financial person at the bank and Harvey has moved his RRSP into a RIFF. We don't have to touch this until the new year and she put it in my name so the tax hit will be slightly lower. I then moved around some of the money in one of my GIC's and told her that very soon we will more than likely be moving cash into our Tax Free Savings Accounts. Better the money in our pockets than the governments.

Worked on a few of the monthly project goals and and a bit of extra cleaning was done. Garden harvested except for the peppers and eggplant, which I hope to get done in the upcoming week.

I had a meeting last night at the church about the Bible Study we are holding. Something very strange happened, when the time came for us to choose what sessions we wished to lead I gave my choice and one of the gentlemen (he is someone I have known for many years as he was a teacher in my husbands hometown) made a huge sigh, rolled his eyes and kind of threw his phone on the table. He also muttered something under his breath, but with a mask on it was hard to make it out. Say what... A man who is probably older than my husband making such a fuss. I was shocked.

So there is the roundup of the weeks highlights.

So now to catch up. Since we had that meeting last night I missed my Frugal Friday post.

1.  All washing on the outside lines.

2.  Turned up the air conditioner as there is no need to keep the house as cool as we do during the very hot summer months.

3.  Opened the windows at night, that cools the house off nicely for most of the morning.

4.  Started my biweekly shopping this week. It went not too badly. However spending such a long time in stores is kind of scary. I hope to cut the shopping time down bit by bit.

5.  Using up small balls of yarn, scraps of fabric, and all leftovers.

6.  Put $55.00 in my savings envelope.


Next on my catching up are the project and other goals I have for this month.

1.  Work on t-shirt rug.

2.  Make Christmas cards.

3.  Cut out pieces for Kurt's Christmas quilt.

4.  Finish my quilt.

5.  Finish Kurt's quilt.

6.  Knit 2 Secret Santa Scarves.

7.  Finish off harvesting the garden and cleaning off the deck.

8.  Remove spring/summer clothes and put in the fall/winter clothes.

9.  Repot lemon trees.

10. Cut more strips from cut up old t-shirts and leftover scraps of knit fabric. 

And if there is time

11. Work on counted cross stitch.

12. Make dryer balls.


So that brings me up to date with what is going on around the old homestead.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Thursday Tidbits

 

The end of another month has arrived. Time to fess up to how well or not well I managed to do with my project goals this month.


So onto the goals for this month.

1.  Cut the clothing my friend bought that belonged to her Dad to make a quilt for remembrance. Done.

2.  Start the quilt and finish it. Done.

3.  Work on T-shirt rug. Started yesterday and will continue until the end of this week.

4.  Watch the Bible Study Video's and chose which one/ones I would like to lead and pick which time I will attend. Done, I will be letting them know which I want to lead and the time I will be able to attend tomorrow at our meeting.

5.  Work on Cross Stitch. Nada

6.  Make Salsa. Done

7. Knit two scarves. Managed to knit 4.

8.  Finish little guys prayer shawl. Done.

9.  Sew labels on finished prayer shawls and drop them at the church. Done.

10.  Sandwich the quilt top that is in the sewing/craft room. Perhaps even get it quilted and bound (that could be pressing things though). Quilt is sandwiched and ready for the next steps.

11.  Make Eggplant Parma for the freezer. Done.

So all in all a good month for projects. I hope that next months projects go as nicely.

Here are a few pictures of the projects this month. Scarf wise I think this is two months worth as I am not sure if I posted my August scarves. And I forgot to ask my friend for a picture of the quilt I made for her.

Scarves to add to the collection.

The t-shirt rug as far as I have gotten.

And lastly while not a project I thought I would show you how big my lemon trees have gotten, and the two succulents I brought in to overwinter.

Oops forgot the picture of my sandwiched quilt.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.
God bless.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Mid Week and Almost Month End.... Wow

 My back feels better today, not that I ever manage to get through a day without an aching back and sore hips, but at least the pain level has dropped. However sleep is not something that is happening right now. At least not uninterrupted for many hours sleep. I do hope that improves very soon as it is not nice to feel exhausted all day and not have much interest in getting things completed. This is not me at all.

Then last night Harvey hurt his knee coming up the stairs and is still in considerable pain. He won't go to the emergency here in the city as the wait times are terrible, and is using heat, ice and gentle walking to keep the pain at bay. Seems to be working, but as he says he has a very low pain tolerance so things are rough right now. 

The day has been pretty overcast and I have stayed very close to home, talking to family on the phone, working on a couple of crafts, tidying the sewing/craft room, and of course cooking. I just can not concentrate on anything for any length of time.

I was asked how I made my coleslaw and my baked spaghetti. So I will try to answer.

For coleslaw I usually very thinly slice cabbage and then grate a couple of carrots into the thinly sliced cabbage. Stir to combine them. Then I make a vinegar dressing to pour over and put in the fridge to allow the dressing to meld (not the correct word but all I can think of right now) with the vegetables. Harvey likes a creamy dressing and so every once in awhile and when Kraft Coleslaw dressing goes on sale I purchase a few bottles to give him his fav.

Baked Spaghetti is super easy. I take leftover spaghetti (I always make more than we need) and leftover sauce, mix them together in a bowl. Then using waxed paper to press everything down put it in a 9X9 pan and make sure I have pressed it well so it holds. Then I use a sprinkle of parmesan over top, and a good layer of cheddar cheese grated over that. Stick it in the oven and cook until cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Usually about 30 or so minutes. Let sit for a few minutes and then cut in squares.

We had another 10 cases here in my corner of the southeast of my province. The whole of the southeast corner is getting bad and we have fewer and fewer people being vaccinated. I am really glad that I decided to try and stay out of stores as much as possible. Even shopping yesterday, while all were following masking rules, many were not following directional arrows. I was beginning to lose it and really felt like screaming.

The few things I could not find and a couple that I forgot to add to the list are down on the list for the next shopping trip. I am almost tempted to try for a month between but I do not think that is doable right now.

Tomorrow I hope to have pictures of finished projects to share with you. Though I did forget to take a picture of my friends quilt. Perhaps I can get one tomorrow.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday


 This is going to be a short post. I did something to my back while shopping today (and it was a massive spending spree mainly because prices have risen so very much even in the past week). I do believe that I did get enough for the two weeks, perhaps even a bit longer in some cases. I am also hopeful that with fewer shopping trips less "wants" will end up in the cart.

While there didn't seem to be any empty shelves there were a couple of items I could not seem to find. One was shelf stable milk and the other was green peppers.


Today I darned another sock (my socks seem to be wearing out with great regularity). 

Fixed some hooks on a bra.

Used up lots of leftovers for lunches. 

Moved the ripening tomatoes to a place that I can easily see them and use them up.

Got the gladiolus bulbs drying so I can store them downstairs for the winter. 

Sewed batting together to have a big enough piece for my friends quilt. Collected the bits to use in other projects.

Saved the plastic bags to use for recycling, and to clean the kitty litter when Kris brings Eiko, the grandcat to visit.

We had a meeting with our financial planner as Harvey has reached the age where he had to move retirement savings into another vehicle instead of an RRSP. We moved the one into my name as I would be paying the lower tax.


Hopefully my back will be feeling better tomorrow so I can continue on my quest to get a few more of this months projects completed.


Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Menu Monday

 

A new week, a new menu and one that starts off the next month as well. Seems as if time is just flying right by. 

Monday

Leftover sausage casserole. 


Tuesday

Butter chicken, rice (or maybe noodles), frozen mixed vegetables.


Wednesday

Spaghetti and meat sauce served with a salad.


Thursday

Leftover Butter Chicken, either leftover rice or leftover noodles, and the remains of the salad.


Friday (my goodness it is October and Thanksgiving is only 10 days away up here in Canada)

Fish Fillets, homemade fries, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers (yep still trying to use those cukes up).


Saturday

Baked Spaghetti, coleslaw. Some of the Baked Spaghetti will be put into a container and frozen to be eaten later.


Sunday

Roast pork, roasted potatoes and carrots. We will use up the coleslaw as well.


So there are my meals for the next week. At some point I will need to do some baking. I am very hopeful that both Kurt and Kris will be home for Thanksgiving. Close enough to their birthdays (16th, and 17th of October) that I can give them their birthday gifts as well. Usually just some money as they really are getting hard to buy for.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.



Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunday Ramblings

 

We are back to wearing masks and social distancing at Mass once again. Not that Harvey and I really ever took them off, but it was very nice that Father could speak without one. By the end of his sermon he is hard enough to understand due to his getting excited without a mask, little lone wearing one. 

We have a meeting on Friday as to how we are going to present the bible study. With cases rising and mandates being reinstated for some things, it might be that we end up having to cancel half way through this bible study. That has happened with some of the previous studies. It would be too bad if this happens yet again as people pay quite a bit to attend.

Cases keep rising and our little 31,000 population area is almost at 90 cases. However our neighbouring 21,000 population area is at 126 cases so there is that. The southeast corner of my province and where we live is, well, made up of a great many anti whatever's. In fact some are so anti-vaccine they are giving up their jobs. I wonder if they realize they will not be eligible for unemployment if they quit. As my Mom would have said some people are not the brightest crayons in the box.

I finished the quilt today and will be dropping it off at my friends some time tomorrow. Now I get to work on my own projects and hopefully make some headway on them. The t-shirt rug, my cross stitch and my own quilt are calling me. I also need to get started on my Christmas gift list. Things are moving quickly towards that holiday and the end of the year.


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday Roundup

 

This week has been busy, but after the marathon chopping session at the beginning of the week I have cut back on getting things done. There is always tomorrow (but I do want more of my monthly projects completed).

We had frost one night this week and right now my bell peppers and eggplant don't look too good. I am hoping we can nurse them along so I can get at least one more pick.

I am also happy to say that by tomorrow afternoon the quilt for my friend will be done. I am hopeful that by the end of the day I will have a little pillow made to accompany it. This will be leaving my home along with the small prayer shawl for the little fellow. It is D's nephew and I am sure she will see that he gets it.

I have pretty much made up my lists for the couple of stores I will be hitting next week and my lord they are long. Many of the items will last longer than the two weeks, but do need to be replaced in the pantry. If I had been planning on my usual shopping the list would be half as long, but since I am trying the two week thing between trips well this is what I will need to get used to. Rather large orders to begin with and then things getting a bit better as I get used to shopping this way once again. Both sides of my paper are pretty much filled. Scary at what this could cost this time.

All appointments for the remaining month are set up, and I am hopeful that we will be able to arrange next months visits with ease. Mind you that all depends on whether or not face to face appointments will be allowed. I have the feeling as the number of cases rise in my province we could be back to just phone appointments with doctors, no hair salon appointments, and definitely no dental appointments (I have a cleaning and check up next month).

Still working on using up as much as I can, wearing out and mending all that is possible. Stretching meals, and saving on electrical costs where I can. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.


Friday, September 24, 2021

Frugal Friday

 

It is cold today, in fact we had frost overnight and of course I did not cover my eggplant or peppers. They don't look too bad, but I am really hoping there is no frost tonight or we can say good bye to any more harvesting.


Harvey decided that tonight we are ordering in. I plan on ordering from our favourite pizza place as we will get free dry ribs with our order. I have even found a coupon that we can use as well. Still have salad from last night so we will be eating very well tonight.


Now for the very few frugal moves this week.

1.  Harvested all tomatoes and will be processing them as they ripen (though I did find a recipe for green salsa to use up some of them). 

2.  Windows open most days to keep the house cool.

3.  Made some bread crumbs from leftover bread.

4.  Used up all leftovers in the fridge for lunches or other meals this week.

5.  Working on getting all my projects done and made a list of groceries using the fliers to get this week. Since I will not be shopping the week before Thanksgiving I will be purchasing all necessary for that meal and trying to stock up on sale items for baking. I think this could be a fairly high bill.


Now to explain why I am trying so hard to only go shopping twice a month. This is something that I used to do when we lived 30 miles from the nearest grocery and there has been a big uptick in cases of Covid in my little area of southeast Saskatchewan. The more I can stay away from places where crazy anti-maskers and anti-vaccine people could be going is really in my best interest. Really my only trips out are to the grocery store, church and bank. The only one I worry about is the grocery store as people refuse to follow the arrows on the floor and really press against the social distancing thing. 

I am also trying to stock up on items in case the worst happens and the shelves start to empty. I know the harvests have not been as good as usual so flour, canola oil, and such will not be as easily available. Also ranchers are selling off their stock which could be making buying beef a treat rather than a usual shopping item. 

I will let you know how everything goes this week. Lots to purchase, lots to wonder if it is a need or a want. 


Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Thursday Tidbits


 Last night I ended up taking a couple of pain pills in the middle of the night. I think it was from standing chopping, mixing, and doing a bit too much sewing (not as much as I would have liked however).

So what interesting things have been happening around here since we have been home.

We finished off the small redo in the bathroom. The tub skirt, made of fiberglass, had a really large crack in it. So something needed to be done to make the bathroom look wonderful once again.


First a board was cut and fitted into the slot. 

Then Harvey glued ceramic tile (couldn't get the large tiles though) and grouted it to the board. We then hauled it back upstairs and he fitted it in the slot. Added some plastic waterproof baseboard and we were done. Much less expensive than having to buy a new tub that's for sure.

I got all the fabric cut out of the clothing my friend brought over and made small piles on the sewing/craft room on the floor.

Here is what I managed to get that was more or less suitable.


I have managed to get more than this completed now. I hope to be sandwiching it tomorrow afternoon and binding it on Sunday.

I think I might have gotten a bit carried away yesterday processing the garden produce.

First I made Salsa from the ripe tomatoes. 


Another 5 jars added to the five already made and in the canning area of my pantry.

Then I moved on to my next task...since I now had a working oven.


Four more tinfoil meals of Eggplant Parma are now residing in the freezer for use this winter.

Lastly it was time to use up those leeks.


A lovely creamy pot of Potato Leek Soup. We still have two portions that I put in a container and slipped in the freezer. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.