Friday, December 31, 2021

Frugal Friday


Wow, even colder out than yesterday.... It seems the warm up has been changed to the weekend. Now do I even want to go out into the cold, or should I wait for warmer temperatures..... I do so badly need to get out of the house, even if it is just a trip to get gas and to the bank for our biweekly allowances. I could also use a container of milk as well and could actually get that at the gas station.

Now what frugal habits did we continue to use while Kurt and Kris were home.

1.  Leftovers were always used in other meals or for another meal.

2.  I finished the mitts and since the wool yarn was gifted to me well, other than time spent making them, they were totally free to fashion.

3.  I downloaded some free reading material onto my ereader. I also got some books that were 80-90% off.

4.  Kris also helped me to find a USB compatible DVD drive for our laptops at 60% off. We have needed one for awhile now. 

5.  Even though it has been really cold here in Saskatchewan, I have opened my drapes and blinds on the sunny days. This helps keep heating costs down as our big front window radiates lots of heat into a room.

6.  Drapes and blinds are closed at night to keep the heat in.

7.  Line dried three loads downstairs.

I hope you all had a frugal ending to the year. It is very hard to believe that this is the last day of 2021.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Thursday Tidbits


We are still more or less in the deep freeze here, and while it will warm up a little, it is still going to be pretty darn cold for the start of the new year.

Because it is going to be so cold I plan on going out shopping tomorrow while it is a bit warmer. Also it is the end of the month so I may as well get what I need so I don't have to face all the people hitting the after holiday sales. All this to say I will be making my lists up, heading to the bank, and getting things done early. We don't need much so I should be in and out very quickly. I also want to drop off a cheque at the church to top off our giving this year (must pick up the new envelopes as well). 

I finished the mitts today and sewn up and will share a picture with you all soon. I have enough left that I can even make a toque. Just need to find a pattern that I like and will add that to the list of projects that need doing next month.

Speaking of projects and goals let's see how well I did with this months.

1.  Finish Kris's gift.  Done

2.  Finish baking and candy making.  Done

3.  Decorate the house.  Done, just not as much as usual.

4.  Sew Harvey's pj's.  Done

5.  Make donation in Harvey's name to the Salvation Army.  Kind of sort of did. I went and bought 4 packages that our Co-op grocery store does up and put them in the food bank box. It was just too crowded for me to feel comfortable in the Salvation Army store any time I went there.

So I actually managed to get everything done, and before Christmas too.

Now on to January's Goals (all project ones for right now, still thinking of financial and personal goals).

1.  Work on t-shirt rug maybe with luck even get it finished.

2.  Work on my quilt. I would like to get the hand quilting completed.

3.  Sew draft dodgers for the front and side door.

4.  Restock knitted dishcloths (make at least 6).

5.  Knit 3 pairs of socks using the sock loom I bought awhile back.

6.  Knit three scarves.

7.  Knit one toque to use up the remains of the free wool yarn I got.

Lots of knitting to be done, but that will help work the yarn stash down this month.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Baby It's Cold Out There

 We had our coldest night so far this winter, and things do not seem to be warming up very much either. I am a bit worried about Kris being on the road today heading home. He did fill his tank last night, he will have food and extra blankets in his vehicle, and I am making sure he has a toque and scarf as well. I will also give him strict orders to call or text when he arrives at his apartment. 

Me, well I am staying close to home and celebrating my birthday by doing as little as possible. I plan on some knitting, taking in some seams on a top, and enjoying the sun that is beating in our front picture window. I will also be getting rid of some of the sweets I made for our Christmas feasting. 

I thought I would share some of my gifts with all of you.

For Christmas I got

This pottery tea pot from Kurt.

These are just the small tubes of hand lotion from the 4 (yes 4) gift sets that Kris bought me from The Body Shop. I have the shower gel, body lotions, puffs, and scrubs put away in the cabinet already.

Harvey got me lots of gift cards. Kris helped me get the Google Play on on the TV computer so Harv and I can rent and watch some movies.

Now since today is my birthday, and Kurt would be gone I got to open my gifts early.

Kurt got me two hand painted silk scarves. Now I just have to learn how to wear/tie them.

Harvey made me this to store my vinyl rolls on which gives me more storage on the bookshelf in the sewing/craft room.

Kris gave me two large three wick candles, and many more wax melts than I wanted to pull out. I grabbed the lavender one to photograph.

I even managed to have an early birthday supper as Harvey sprang for pizza last night.

Everybody have a wonderful day. 

God bless.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday


Good morning everyone. I am going to try something a bit differently, something I first did when I started my blogging journey. I used to post before I headed out to work in the morning and that is what I am going to try and start once again. Well, at least while the weather is frost bite inducing and I plan on walking inside. Then visit all of you a bit later in the day.

So what thriftiness have I been up to this week???? With the boys being home I did a bit of mending for them, sewed on some buttons, fixed a hem that kind of thing.

I did a bit of darning for myself and have marked some seams to take in a top (if it works I have another exactly like it in a different colour that I will do as well).

I am using up bits and bobs from the fridge and fridge freezer.

Rather than buying or making an appetizer for our get together, I took loads of my homemade candy and squares. They were a big hit.

I asked Harvey to make me something to put my vinyl rolls on for storage (they were scattered all over the sewing/craft room) for my birthday. So he got to use up bits and bobs of lumber in his workroom as well. I got my gift a bit early and now it is hanging up and covered with said vinyl.

I downloaded some free and inexpensive reading material. That should keep me happily bedtime reading for awhile.

Still saving twist ties and plastic produce bags. 

Hopefully this posts as blogger seems to be acting very strangely.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Menu Monday


Christmas is over, and Kurt left this afternoon so he could stop on his way home and visit a friend. He took a rapid test before he left to make sure he was healthy and since he does not have Omicron, we more than likely don't either. He did leave three tests here at home for us to use if we need to. I may pick up another set of 5 just in case. 

Kris is still here, and probably will not be leaving until later tomorrow or even Wednesday.

This means that fairly soon I will only be cooking for two once again.

However here are the menus for the upcoming week. Subject to change (usually just shift between days).


Leftover ham made into a casserole. I think we will finish up the salad as well.


Leftover turkey. If Kris is still here I think I will be making turkey tetrazzini and serving it with either peas or perhaps some cut up raw veggies and dip.


Clean out the fridge. Lots of leftovers to use up I am sure.


Leftover stew with homemade bread slices.


A small lazy perogy casserole.


Soup and sandwiches. A lighter meal and one that won't see me standing over a hot stove or oven for hours.


I was going to make a beef roast, but I have lots of sliced frozen beef in the fridge freezer so I will warm that up, make mashed potatoes, boil some carrots and call the meal done. I may even make gravy.

It is very hard to believe that this year is quickly drawing to an end. We were under mandates for much of the year, but really the year went by very quickly. Let's hope the upcoming year marches by as quickly.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Early Morning, A Wish For All of You


God bless all of you. Enjoy the holidays, reach out to family and friends.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Safe And Snug In Their Beds

 Just a quick early morning post (hope to get to visit you all during the rest of the day) while all are sleeping.

Kurt and Kris have made it home. Kris in the late afternoon, and Kurt in the early evening. 

I was worried about Kurt driving a truck, borrowed from a friend, that he didn't know that well. He did say that about an hour into Saskatchewan he hit sheer ice on the highway for awhile, and then by Moosejaw it started to snow, and snow, and snow. It quit snowing here about the time he arrived. 

In case anyone is wondering why he wasn't driving his own vehicle well there was a problem with it. Kurt had thought at one point a couple of weeks ago that the problem had been fixed....turned out what they fixed (not at the dealers) was not the whole problem. The car started to act up again almost immediately. So this time he took it to the dealers. On Monday, the day he was going to come home, of course. Now the mechanics at the dealership couldn't do anything that day $ it went up on the hoist on Tuesday. By mid afternoon, a diagnosis had finally been made. Turns out his turbo charger needed replacement and it is not an inexpensive replacement, it will cost him close to $3K to get it fixed. The second bit of news Kurt got was that it couldn't be worked on this week, or even next week. It seems he will be without a vehicle for a little while.

Hearing of his problem and him not being able to come home, good friends of his (the wife works with him and the husband met him in the gym way before the two were married) offered the use of their truck so he could come home. The two 

are in Hawaii right now, though are planning to come back a bit early due to Omicron. I am thinking of making them a knitted blanket or a quilt as a thank you.

We had offered to drive up to Kurt's place, but he did not want us on the road at this time of year. 

Well I am off to get a bit more work done so I can perhaps finish off the third pair of mitts today. If not well I will work on them tomorrow as well. Using up lots (well not lots really, but enough) yarn on these. 

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Menu Monday


Another week of menus coming right up. As Kurt now will not be home today (hopefully later in the week), I am doing a few switches on the menu plan. Just to use up a few things in the fridge and freezer. Clearing more out for all those lovely Christmas dinner leftovers.


I brought up a container of soup to use up last week, well needless to say I had so many meals of leftovers, this did not get used. It will today. I will also make grilled cheese sandwiches to go along. That will get rid of some cheese that has been in the fridge for awhile.


Leftover chicken from Sunday's roast meal. I also have some frozen pasta so will probably combine the two into a casserole of some sort.


I know that Kris will be home today, and hopefully Kurt as well. I plan on making chili and probably toast for our supper.


This will be smoked sausage, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies (or perhaps peas).


Lasagna, garlic bread and a salad. I started to do this about 5 years ago and it has become a tradition. I cheat a little and buy a frozen lasagna cause tomorrow I do nothing but cook.


Christmas Dinner which is the usual turkey, mashed potatoes, some kind of cooked veggie, salad, gravy, stuffing, an assortment of pickles, and a dessert that none of us will eat until later cause we are just too full.


I will probably boil the carcass down and make a huge pot of turkey soup. I have a feeling both the sons will be leaving today or tomorrow, and if I start this early enough I can send some back with them... or at least one of them, as Kurt could be stopping at a friends for a day or two.

So there you have it. The meal plan leading up to Christmas and even a day after. 

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Sunday Ramblings


Nothing much really happening today. As usual we took part in Mass via the television. The uptick in Covid cases in our province is a bit concerning, especially to Harvey as he has a heart condition. He wonders how many parishioners are vaccinated, and does not like being around too many other people. Until he feels safe we will probably continue with online Mass. 

I am not so concerned about Omicron (did I spell that correctly...) at this point in time as the Delta variant is still number one here in my province. The thing I am worried about is large gatherings where one or two people might not be vaccinated and are carriers being asymptomatic. I am thankful that our provincial government still has the mask mandates and social distancing (though there are a few that seem to think social distancing means going the wrong way down grocery aisles). I am hoping that those in the family that are not vaccinated stay away from the family get together. I will be taking some masks with us just in case.

The weather warmed up considerably today, but will be more like normal tomorrow when I head out shopping. Since it was so nice I did a short walk outside and a bit longer one inside. It takes me awhile now to work out the aches and pains of a morning. It was very nice to get some fresh air after days of being cooped up inside.

After my walk and Mass I started the chocolate chip cookies. I think if there is time tomorrow between shopping and regular household chores I will try and get a batch of shortbread cookies made. That should be enough baking for us.

Kurt gave me a text this morning saying some close friends of his are holidaying right now and have offered him the use of their truck to come home if the repairs are extensive on his vehicle. He has awesome friends!!! If he ends up taking them up on the usage, I will find some way to say thank you. Perhaps a knitted blanket or a quilt is in order.

Off to finish off the second mitt to the pair I have been working on the last couple of days. I hope to cast on the first of the next pair tonight as well.

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Saturday Roundup


I promised you all some pictures of the Christmas gifts I have made this year. 

There will be some repeats, so I hope you don't mind. 

The oven mitts and gardening apron.

Kurt's superhero quilt.

Kris's knitted blanket. Use up quite a bit of my stash here.

Pajama bottoms for Harvey, made from a flannel sheet (the bottom one is put aside for backing for quilts).

Kurt and Kris will each get 4 of these ornaments.

As well as 4 of these silver ones.

These are the mitts I am now working on. 

I should be finished the first pair by tomorrow afternoon, and can start the second pair made from a slightly lighter shade of grey. 

Baking is moving along as well. The cinnamon buns were made today, and tomorrow I will hopefully finish up.

We are a bit worried that Kurt will not make it home for Christmas this year. It seems he is having trouble with his car. In looking things up on Google there could be a fault in his engine. This could mean an engine replacement, which will not be an easy to do fix. He will be taking his vehicle in on Monday and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that it is a simple fix. At least if it is an engine problem it is still on warranty and as he says he won't have to take out a loan to get his car fixed. 

We have told him that we would pay part of his having to rent a car if he needs to in order to make it home. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening. 

God bless.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Frugal Friday


Wow this week is speeding by. I promise to share pictures of the gifts I have managed to get finished this past few weeks, and what I am working on right now. Just a couple more items and I will be done.

So what frugal things have I been up to this week.

1.  I am using up as much of the food in the fridge as is possible. This past week has seen us get a second meal out of leftovers. This means a meal plan change for the week.

2.  Even though the last three days have been really cold out, I have managed a short walk outside each of those days. I have done a longer walk on the treadmill downstairs on those days. Frugal exercise for sure.

3.  Since my woolen dryer balls did not work (used the wrong type of wool) I salvaged the yarn and I am using it to knit nice warm mitts for Kurt and Kris. I may even manage a pair for Harvey (if he does not mind creamy accents).

4.  Hung three loads of laundry on the lines downstairs on Monday. 

5.  Put $20.00 in the savings envelope and $3.65 in the change jars. 

6.  Using up the potions and lotions the sons and school students bought me over the years as well as those half used bottles from various hotels.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday


We had a lovely sun shine day here, there might not be many more of them in the lead up to Christmas. I am keeping my fingers crossed that there are though.

So thrifty happenings this week. Pretty much the usual happening.

I have used up all leftovers in making meals over the past week.

Used up most of the yarn I pulled from my stash making the knitted blanket for Kris. Which I hope to finish tomorrow at some point.

I only went shopping the once, and paid bills today (now I am clear until probably Christmas week). 

Only shopping once means I only drove the car once, thus saving on gas and wear/tear on the vehicle.

Drapes were open on all the sunny days. This kept the furnace off during the day and once the drapes were pulled as the sun sank the furnace still did not run for a few hours.

Harvey made me a new pullout cutting board from bits and pieces of lumber in his workroom. 

Walking every morning for my frugal and fun exercise.

There is probably more, but those are the ones that stick out in my mind today.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Menu Monday


Good evening everyone. The clock is ticking ever forward to Christmas and things are getting a bit hectic here on the old homestead. 

Simple is best this week as I work doubly hard to get my baking, knitting and sewing done.


Hotdogs, macaroni and leftover salad.


Leftover pork roast, more than likely made into Pork Supreme. Served with the remaining asparagus (potatoes are in the Pork Supreme).


Clean out the fridge. Lots of bits and bobs of leftovers in there that need to be gone.


Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole. I will probable have brussels sprouts with this.


Glace and eggs.


Soup and sandwiches. Not sure what kind of soup. I have brought Veggie Beef upstairs, but if Kurt is home it will not be enough for all of us. May have to open up some canned soup that I have on hand for just this purpose.


Roast chicken, roasted potatoes, roasted carrots and I will probably throw the remaining brussels in as well. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Saturday Roundup


Another beautiful and sunny day here. I managed to get in two walks, cleaning the house (not much to do), baking, and even knitting. Got to love those days when things roll along without any major blimps along the way. 

Most, if not all of this week has been getting a bit of extra cleaning done, readying the house and cooking for the upcoming holidays.

I did my biweekly shopping trip, and I even managed to find a turkey for our Christmas supper. It isn't as big as usual, but as long as it feeds the four of us for one big meal and have a few leftovers to send home with Kris and Kurt, I will be happy and so will they.

We got our boosters and while mine caused me a few problems those side effects seem to have disappeared for the most part. Another thing that makes me very happy. 

Mornings see me putting on my ice cleats and taking a bit of a walk. I might not be walking as far, but I am enjoying my time outside. Fresh air does wonders for a persons outlook, and everybody I see gets a good morning, a wave or a Merry Christmas. 

My trees are decorated, though the small one upstairs could use a few more decorations and once all my other tasks are completed for the holidays, I might make a few more. Just not sure what they will be. Perhaps some more counted cross stitch ones or a few smaller knitted things.

Off to get supper ready. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Frugal Friday


A quiet, stay at home week has passed by once again. I drove the car twice this week (or rather took the car out twice this week). Once to get our booster shots. Yes, my arm is feeling much better today, still a bit sore to the touch, but at least I can move it a bit more freely.

What were my frugal five for this week.

1.  I saved $49.89 buying groceries this week.

2.  Had a walk outside for exercise 5 times this week. The other days I walked on the treadmill.

3.  Hung three loads on the lines downstairs on Monday to dry.

4.  Used up all leftovers and those that weren't used I made into TV dinner type meals for our youngest.

5.  Drapes were opened up to take advantage of the sunshine this week, kept the furnace from turning on all afternoon and a great length of time in the evenings.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Thursday Tidbits


I have had a rough couple of days. While I am very glad that I got my booster shot, I am not happy at the reactions I get. I have been ready for a slightly sore arm and a bit of stiffness, instead I get an arm that is really stiff and very sore to the touch. At least this time around I don't have a great big lump at the injection site, it isn't bright red and only slightly hot to the touch (that is when I can stand to touch it). I hope that this disappears faster than it did the last time.

I talked to Kris to find out what they are giving their Dad for Christmas and it is a new laptop.... I said I would go in with them for it. Even though he got a really good deal on it, it is a bit high for them to spend on. Harvey is going to be very surprised.

The bedrooms that Kris and Kurt use are clean and tidy. I straightened up in both of them and did a good dusting. They are ready for when the boys arrive. 

Omicron has reached my province. Only 4 cases so far (at least as of yesterday) and those involved all belong to one family. Their close contacts have been notified and are isolating as well. Hopefully our health association can keep tight control over this. Also another reason why I am happy that we have our booster. Kurt has his as well, now I just hope Kris can get his as well. I believe they are lowering the age once again very soon. Right now it is 50 and older, I am hoping to see 40 and older by next week.

The days go on here much the same as always. I have started the first white strip for Kris's knitted blanket. I hope to be half way done it tonight and be finished both strips by early next week. Blocking and sewing it together should be a breeze. 

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Thrifty Tuesday


We have had some cold and snowy days lately. Today was the first day the sun was shining and there was no real wind. It was also the day we got to go for our booster shots. 

Good thing I made appointments as many people thought they could just walk right in. Turns out they were told that if any vaccines were leftover after all the appointments were done they would be called. Names and numbers were taken and those people went away. 

So what thrifty habits took place since last Tuesday took place here on the old homestead?

I keep using up bits and bobs from the fridge. There were a few produce items that were getting a bit wilted, so Harvey decided they would be perfect to feed to the jackrabbits that keep hopping through our front yard. Win/win as far as I am concerned.

I have been using my make it yourself Kcup a bit more the past few weeks.

I fixed the neckline on one of my nightgowns and fixed a seam in another pair of pj bottoms for Harvey.

I have also been making sure the lights are off in rooms not in use, something we have become lax about.

Pulled out fabric to make some new draught dodgers as I get my other sewing done this month.

The black strips are done for the knitted blanket so I will pull the white yarn out of my stash. Love being able to use some more yarn up.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Menu Monday


A new week has arrived and while I am waiting for my syrup to reach the hard crack stage, I thought I would get my blog post up.


Leftover ham from the fridge freezer made into a pasta bake. I should be able to use up some grated cheese, and most of the remaining broccoli. I may make a salad to go along with it.


Leftover roast beef that I packaged up from Sundays supper. I will probably make hot beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.


There will probably be lots of pasta bake left so that will be our supper tonight.


Soup (probably vegetable) along with grilled cheese sandwiches.


Salmon patties, and a package of Knorr noodles that need to be cleared out of the pantry. I will more than likely make green beans.


Chicken breasts made into Honey Siracha stir fry, served over rice.


Pork roast, roasted potatoes and roasted carrots.

So there are my main courses for the upcoming week. Except for Sunday they are pretty much interchangeable which I like.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sunday Ramblings


It is Sunday and depending on how you look at it the end of a week, or the beginning of the new week.

Today I just plan on sharing a few pictures with you all.

Our first significant snowfall of the winter season. It has been snowing off and on most of the day and last night.

My new little tree upstairs. I plan on making a few more decorations as it is pretty darn sparse.

The tree downstairs, I should have put the icicles on, but my back was really starting to hurt. So there are a few empty spaces. Perhaps next year I will be able to do a much better job at filling areas in.

I did some baking and managed a few photos.

Two trays of almond bark,
The inside of my chocolate snowballs, some of which got a might large. I will be rolling them in icing sugar (confectioners sugar) before putting them out.

I thought I got a picture of the butter tart bars and the Oh Henry Bars as well as the Peanut Butter Cups, but for some reason they are not on my camera.

Took a day off from baking today, but tomorrow I will be right back at it. I think Peanut Brittle and Gingersnaps are going to be fashioned.

Instead I knit and pondered on the meaning of the Second Sunday of Advent.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Frugal Friday


The end of what used to be our work week. Where on earth did we find time to get anything else done. Retirement is busy!!!!

So what frugal things have been happening here on the old homestead.

1.  Broke my rule about only shopping every two weeks. Hamburger was on sale this week and so I combined my daily walk with a trip to the store. Since I walked all I bought was hamburger. It would be too hard to carry lots of bags home.

2.  Walked as much as possible this week. We are supposed to get very cold and get lots of snow over the weekend. I will be walking in the house on the treadmill for sure.

3.  Used leftovers for two meals and any extra was frozen into meals for our youngest son. 

4.  Did some baking for Christmas which because the oven was on some days kept the furnace from running.

5.  Scanned all the groceries for points.

6.  Listed Harvey's curling shoes online. Hopefully they sell now that things have opened up a little bit.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Update On November Goals and Goals For This Month


Well time to update you all on my November goals and list my December goals. My that month went by very quickly. Sure glad my list was not long.

1.  Finish knitted blanket for Kurt's friend. Done.

2.  Start and finish Kris's Christmas gift.  Working on it.

3.  Make some Christmas ornaments.  Done.

4.  Work on t-shirt/knit fabric rug.  Got more strips ready to use.

5.  Make a work apron for Harvey for Christmas.  Turned the work apron into a gardening apron.

6.  Make potholders and oven mitts for the sons.  Oven mitts made. I even got a pair made for Harvey. I all of a sudden realized I made them pot holders last year.

7.  Start Christmas baking and candy making.  Started on the last day of the month, so there is a long way to go.

8.  Christmas cards done and make the phone call list for Christmas messages.  Done

So not too bad, I just wish that the baking and candy making was completed or at least close to being done.

Now on to December goals.

1.  Finish Kris's gift.

2.  Finish baking and candy making.

3.  Decorate the house.

4.  Sew Harvey's pj bottoms.

5.  Make donation in Harvey's name to the Salvation Army.

That's it for this month at least so far. Who knows what I could add as the month goes by.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.