Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #105

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I'm so glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, 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!
Do say hello!
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Dear Reader,

  Hello ladies! Summer is in full swing now. Our little garden that my husband planted in five gallon buckets is growing beautifully! It's so much easier for him than weeding, too. Can't wait for my first summery bite of fresh homegrown tomato! 

  I want to remind you that summertime is the perfect time to watch sales to prepare for gift giving. You can purchase fruit to make jams and jellies, take advantage of the Fourth of July clearance sales, watch for new and next to new items at garage sales—all with thoughts toward Christmas and other gift giving occasions. Think ahead mama! Even with the tiniest of budgets, you can make things nice for your family if you start early.

This week's miracle:   I received the explanation of benefits from our medical insurer for the first chemo treatment. One treatment was $45,000! Thank you God, the bill was paid with write-offs and by the insurance company, because our co-insurance and deductible were already met. Thank you Jesus! If you remember, we didn't have medical insurance until March 1st, I found the lump on April 22nd, and began the chemotherapy on May 23rd. 

God's ways are higher than our ways!

I didn't feel well, so I really didn't do much for the last week or so. I thank you all so much for praying for me. I've had an easier time after chemo this time. 

  There are going to be times in our lives when we are not able to do as much, but if we do our best when we are able, we will have habits that will carry us through hard times. 
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A Verse for You

"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19
 
I think Philippians 4 is one of my absolute favorite chapters. 
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Here's my thrifty week!

  • Gifts and surprises! Thank you Judy and Susan!
  • I'm reading a free Kindle book by Grace Livingston Hill. It is called The Enchanted BarnSo far I love it!
  • I was notified that I've been accepted to receive a free review copy of The Legacy. It's the final book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. I loved the first two books. 
  • A whole box of books from my friend Sarah! Thank you!
  • Yard sale score. My husband took me saling and asked what I was looking for. I told him only taper candles. I just love tapers! Guess what? That's the one thing that we found! So I can enjoy a flickering flame anytime!
  • My friend brought us a delicious meatloaf dinner. Thank you Kathy!
  • I stayed home a lot, therefore I used less gas. 
  • I watched Is Genesis History? on DVD. It was awesome. Watch for a review soon. It was free for review. 
That's my thrifty week.

What are you doing in your home this week?
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ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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HEY GIRLS!
I am totally serious about saving your change for Christmas.
You will be amazed at how much you can save up if you start now.
Just do it!

It's time to start saving your pennies
and your nickles and your rocks for Christmas!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

My Summer Reading List 2017 Harvest Lane Cottage


Summertime and the living is easy... or not. Is it not strange how we look forward to summer when things slow down, then we look forward to fall when things slow down, then we look forward to winter when things slow down?

Well whether you find yourself in a slow season or a busy season, it's always the season to enjoy a good book. Read to learn, to relax, to visit a far off land, to enjoy with a book club, or to read aloud with your family to go on an adventure.

I've a bit of time to read this summer, but I find that I'm wanting something light. I've got some faith builders on the list, but I'll be looking for some fiction to round out the list. Now don't judge me! I love Christmas books all year round, and I found the one on my list on my library's sale shelf. I start looking forward to Christmas in July. You should, too!

I'm looking forward to adding to my list from a box of books I hear is coming my way from a dear friend. How exciting is that? So I'll be back here to add a few new books soon.


Happy reading!
Laura
Happy with my nose
in a book or a Kindle!

Believing Prayer 
by Andrew Murray
I am reading this in my Kindle.
Engaging Father Christmas
by Robin Jones Gunn
So good I finished before I published!
Hey, I love Christmas books.
Why wait? 

I Saw the Angel in the Marble
by Chris & Ellyn Davis
Finished!
Bible Faith Study Course
by Kenneth E. Hagin
I am reading this.

Lessons at Blackberry Inn 
by Karen Andreola

Where Willows Grow
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Finished!
The Enchanted Barn
by Grace Livingston Hill
in my Kindle
The Widow of Larkspur Inn
by Lawana Blackwell
in my Kindle

OH! A dear reader reminded me...

I'm reading the Book of Proverbs right now,
then I'll most likely start the whole Bible again.

The Legacy should arrive sometime in July.


Don't forget to take a child to sign up for a summer reading program at your local library. They can win fun prizes. 

Do you find it hard to make time to read? Don't fret. Snatch those small moments sprinkled here and there during the week. Snatch reading is key for ladies who have young children or work outside the home. Don't be without a book! For years my children would hear me tell them, as we were leaving the house, "Bring a book!" Still need suggestions? Try 5 Ways to Find Time to Read.

I hope this list inspires you to make a list of your own. Peruse your own shelves or stacks, the library, or read some of my book reviews.

Enjoy!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
Relaxing with a Good Book This Summer


Here's the link to Baker Publishing's Ebook Deals. 
Some of the books are free for your Kindle or Nook.



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Friday, June 16, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #104

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I'm so glad you've found me! Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, 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!
Do say hello!
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Dear Reader

Life's changed a lot around here in the last few weeks. We're all trying to adjust to the new lifestyle we're temporarily living. I'm learning that I cannot do as much as I could, and the family is learning to pitch in a bit more. It's a process. 

This week's miracle:  We had money in our emergency fund to cover my daughter's car repairs. Thank you God. It may not seem like a miracle, but when you've lived most of your life paycheck to paycheck, having the money to fix something when it's broken is a miracle!

God bless you all, thank you for your patience with me. I know I've not been answering your comments like I used to. I do read every one, and I appreciate your kindness, and the time you take to write to me and encourage me. I value all of your friendships even though miles separate us. There is no distance in Jesus. 

If you have something that I can pray for you about, please write to me. I will be very happy to pray for you. God hears our prayers and loves us all.

I also thank you for all the love you've shown and the prayers you've prayed. God will make a way where there seems to be no way. God bless you all!
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A Verse for You

"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things,
and be in health, just as your soul prospers."
3 John 2

I don't know about you, but I think we'd better be looking to the state of our souls!!! 
~ Laura
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Here's my thrifty week!

  • We bought a couple of pizzas at Pizza Hut on their carryout special for $10 each. Not truly frugal, but if you need to feed a family of five and need something fast, $20 plus tax is pretty good.
  • I attended a Look Good Feel Better class and received a lovely bag of skin care items and make-up from upscale companies valued at over $200 to help me feel pretty going through chemo. Thank you!
  • My friend Rebecca took me to chemo and bought me breakfast. Thank you!
  • Gifts and surprises! Thank you Judy, Billie Jo, and Barbara!
  • I took several bags of stuff to the donation bin. Some of it was last week's real estate investment and some from this week. Praise God! Things are starting to clear out.
  • Donated a couple of bags of books to a homeschooling friend. More real estate investment! Wonder what I mean? Read this, then go make an investment today! 
  • Flowers! Thank you Caity and Kathleen!
  • My Lowell created a make do supper salad of odds and ends from the fridge.
  • I made salmon patties from a couple cans of Aldi salmon, some oats, and an egg. Delicious! I fried them in a little canola oil. I rounded out the meal by putting a bit of cinnamon sugar in some applesauce. Aldi can save you big money. Try them if you have one nearby. Most of the items they sell are their store brand, but nowadays, most of the items are as good as name brand items. 
  • I bought some dollar frozen burritos for my son and daughter to take to work. Gotta figure out how to prep meals that can be taken or eaten at home at odd times. We are rarely all at the table at once now because of their work and school schedules.
  • A gift box of Burt's Bees creams and a new scarf came in the mail from charities that bless breast cancer patients. Thank you!
  • Here's an un-thrifty: I took the gift card I received last year and went to Hobby Lobby to buy yarn for a new cap. I forgot my 40% off coupon. Who shops without it? But I was there. The yarn I wanted was $3.99. Fiddle faddle foo! I was fretting over the 40% and ended up pulling out my debit card instead of the gift card! I don't think I even realized it until I got home! Oh well. 
What are you doing in your home this week?
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ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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HEY GIRLS!
I am totally serious about saving your change for Christmas.
You will be amazed at how much you can save up if you start now.
Just do it!

It's time to start saving your pennies
and your nickles and your rocks for Christmas!

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