Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ July 24, 2017

As I write ... Sunday Evening

The weather....  Hot and sunny 94° 

Right now I am... so happy that today is the half way point for my chemotherapy plan. Nine more weeks to go! It is a long journey to health. Chemotherapy is the first road of that journey. I thank God for making it possible to take this journey by providing insurance and money to get healthcare, and I thank God for the healing that is already manifesting in my body by the power of the blood of Jesus and in Jesus' name.

Thinking... I look forward to the beauty and coziness of Fall this year. Good soups and stews will be bubbling on the stove. Homemade bread and biscuits always taste yummy on the side with real butter, too. Autumn is absolutely the most wonderful time of the year! Hot tea, homemade cocoa, and a good book. Yes!

A quote to share... 
"The power to believe a promise depends entirely on our faith in the one who promises." 
Believing Prayer by Andrew Murray 
 On my reading pile...  

Lessons at Blackberry Inn
by my friend Karen Andreola
Check out her Moments with Mother Culture site.
The Legacy
by Michael Phillips

Favorite blog posts last week...  

Something fun to share...

On the menu for this week.... To be determined

On my to do list... 
  • Chemo Tuesday
  • Recovery
  • Work on school plans for school for coming year

In the workbasket...  
  • I still need to sew flowers on the hats I knit and weave in yarn ends. I will have new hats to take to the chemo center for other patients tomorrow. They are both made with a denim blue/purple variegated yarn. One skein made a hat for me and two extras. Do you knit or crochet or sew? You might like to make hats for your local center. I finished this project this morning. I have two hats I made, at least one other hat, and a scarf or two to donate. I'll probably take a book or two to add to their bookshelf as well.

Looking forward to this week... Spending time with my friend Rebecca.

Looking around the house... I am so thankful for the extra fans we bought. They are helping keep things comfortable.

From the camera...

Carthage, Missouri Courthouse

On my prayer list...

Bishop Lloyd Naten will be having open heart surgery tonight or Tuesday morning after a heart attack. His kidneys are also failing. 

Peace of Jerusalem and Israel 
    Wisdom, health, and protection for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and their families. 

    Healing for our country so that we may be ONE nation under God.
    Cancer will die the death in my body. My heart, brain, organs, and healthy cells will be protected. I will live and not die and declare the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 118:17
    My prayer for you, my reader...

    Father God, I ask that you bring life, peace, hope, and joy to everyone who reads this blog. I pray that you will meet every need. I pray that they will feel your love. I pray that they will trust you for salvation through Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen. 

    Thanks for dropping by!
    Please say hello.

    Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    God Proclaims His Love Everywhere!

    I see hearts everywhere! 
    Every time I see a heart in nature, I know it's God telling me, "I love you."

    Follow Laura's board Hearts Everywhere on Pinterest.

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #108

    Welcome to another 
    Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage!

    Each week I share ways I've saved money, my thrifty and frugal projects, and my blessings from God. 

    A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage

    I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
    Please say hello! I'm always looking for new blog friends!

    Hey y'all! I hope you're having a lovely week. This was a nice week for me. I got some things done, and I feel good about it. We picked our first ripe tomato this week. We haven't sliced it yet, but soon. I noticed a couple others are beginning to ripen as well. We have four jalapenos growing. My jalapeno jelly recipe takes 24. It's crazy hot, so I may look for a different recipe this year if we have a good crop. I pour it over cream cheese, and serve it with crackers. If you like things hot, give it a try. It's a great Christmas gift to make now!

    A Verse for You

    "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
    Philippians 4:8   


    Here's my thrifty week!
    • Instead of the very expensive window air conditioner purchase we were considering, we chose to invest in two more fans to move the air in the house. It's summer. We're just going to be hot sometimes. 
    • I shower nightly and rinse off with cold well water. It brings my body temperature down so that I can fall asleep easier.
    • Cream of wheat for breakfast — good and cheap! I like it with milk and a little brown sugar. It's a nostalgic taste. I raised my kids on it.
    • Nothing beats ice water for keeping hydrated!
    • I bought chicken breasts on sale at Aldi.
    • I just couldn't cool down one evening, so I went to Walmart, bought a few items on my grocery list and chilled on their dime—well, I'm sure I had to pay for it at the cash register!
    • I mended my daughter's skirt. I had to re-sew all the seams, because it was poorly made. She really likes the skirt, so it was worth the time it took. It felt so good to sew again—even if I was just mending. I listened to the Genesis accounts of Abraham and Isaac while I was sewing. I used my new Kindle Fire.
    • Lowell talked with the lady at JC Penny's and was able to get a big discount on dress shoes. He called ahead to check if they had anything on sale, they said yes. He went over and tried them, but they didn't fit. He found some others that fit, but they weren't on sale. He talked with the sales lady, and she gave him the discount price that isn't supposed to start until this weekend. Favor of God! He saved $16 just for asking! 
    • I made a grilled sandwich with sliced tomato, a bit of fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil from the garden. Oh yum!
    • $1 Coney Dogs at Sonic this week. Hubby and I ate for $4 including 2 large plain ice waters. Did you know that you can order ice water with flavors at Sonic for a fraction of the price of a soda? I especially like the sugar-free peach.
    • I had leftover yarn from my last hat. I was able to knit two extra caps for the chemo center.
    • I'm knitting a hat with white cotton yarn that my friend sent to me a few months ago. Thank you Karla!
    That's my thrifty week.

    What are you doing in your home this week?


    ...doing what I can with what I've got
    where I am on a short shoestring budget!


    Have you started thinking about Christmas yet?

    Don't let it happen to you!