Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ January 15, 2018

As I write ...  late Sunday night

The weather.... snowy and cold! Hurrah! Y'all know I love snow. We haven't had a good snow in a few years.

Right now I am... eating orange sherbet ice cream. Yum!

Thinking... I'm thinking about my upcoming radiation therapy. I'll begin Tuesday afternoon. It will be five days a week for seven weeks. The treatments are short, but it's about thirty miles round trip. 

A quote to share... 
"Hope is a strange invention—
A Patent of the Heart—
In unremitting action
Yet never wearing out."
Emily Dickinson 
On my reading pile...   

  • Shepherds Abiding... A Mitford book by Jan Karon
  • The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

Favorite blog posts last week...  

Something fun to share... 

On the menu for this week...
  • Monday...   Taco Soup
  • Tuesday...   Pizza or leftover soup
  • Wednesday...  Baked Chicken
  • Thursday...   Chicken and Dumplings with mashed potatoes
  • Friday...   Date night I hope

On my to do list... 
  • Help my girls practice hospitality.
  • Buy some bag balm.
  • Do some things on my bucket list.
  • Radiation
  • Crafty afternoon with friends on Thursday

In the workbasket...  
  • I'm nearing the end of a little brown hat that I'm knitting.  I love having a knitting project on the needles.
  • I usually keep a dishcloth on my crochet hook. I like knitted cloths, too, but they take much longer to knit. I use dishcloths for small gifts. I don't have one going right now.
  • The little bereavement blanket top is pieced. I need to get some soft flannel for the backing.

Looking forward to this week...
  •  Monday - Princess movie marathon with Emily and her friends
  • Tuesday - my first radiation treatment. Maybe I'll go knit, too.
  • Wednesday - radiation, and maybe visiting a church in town
  • Thursday - radiation and a crafting day with friends
  • Friday - I hope to have a date night with my husband.
  • Saturday - I'm still thinking about this. I'd like to plan something fun.

Looking around the house...  I see so much that I want done before radiation, but I'll just have to accept that I haven't regained my strength, stamina, and energy yet. My motto has become, "I can only do what I can do." 

From the camera... 

Last spring before I found the lump.

On my prayer list...
  • Radiation will not harm my heart or lungs, and that I will be brave.
  • 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, spleen, 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...

Jesus, I thank you that you hear our prayers. Father, I thank you for sending Jesus. Holy Spirit, I thank you for being our comforter and our teacher. Lord God, three in one, I thank you that you personally know each one of my readers. You know each one's needs, fears, hopes, problems, pains, and illnesses. I ask you God to speak directly to each one, to meet each person's needs, and heal each physical problem. Bless each spiritually, physically, socially, and financially. I ask it all by the power of the Blood of Jesus, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.
Trusting in God's timing, provision, and healing power

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #118

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!


Happy New Year everyone!

  Yes, I know my greeting is late; but hey, it's still a new year, is it not? It's been quite a new year for us. We've visited family in Kansas City. We've already had to replace our washer, and we've already taken a trip. I've had a CT scan, and have been set up for radiation which begins next week on the 16th. I've had a nurse practitioner visit, blood work, an afternoon at the hospital for a test, and a round of mini-chemo (one drug) this week. I've also taken my son to get books for his first semester as a dual enrolled student with a nearby junior college. Life doesn't slow down, does it? Well, maybe a little, the surgeon cancelled my appointment this morning because of weather conditions. I'm glad to get a couple days without medical treatments/appointments before radiation starts its relentless schedule. ~smile~

  Well, enough for now—on to my blessings and a bit of our thrifty life.

Remembering a snowier winter
"He maketh the barren woman to keep house, 
and to be a joyful mother of children. 
Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 113:9

I was a barren woman.
Read more.
Here's my thrifty list!
    • My daughters and I cleared about six cubic feet of real estate.
    • We ate things we had on hand this week.
    • We saved money by reusing our Christmas tree this year again. Original purchase price $25 sight unseen from a friend moving to Michigan. It was big and beautiful. I love our tree!
    • We kept gifts simple this year. We gave family photos to our family. 
    • My friend, Sarah of Classical Homemaking, invited me to a sew-in at a quilt shop in a small town between us. I didn't have a project going, so I took some fabric squares that Cheryl of Homespun Devotions sent to me last year. I prayed as I sorted the squares and found myself drawn to the camo and orange squares. I ended up using them together to make a small pieced top for a bereavement quilt. There's a man in our church who runs a cemetery. Sometimes parents don't have anything to wrap their babies in. It's a small way to show the love of Jesus to those who are mourning. 
    I'm using a free photo from Pixabay for my desktop.
    • My chemo port hasn't been working for blood draws well.  My favorite chemo nurse, also Laura, questioned the order for port replacement surgery. I had a test done first, now it looks like I will avoid the surgery. That saved untold thousands of dollars!

    That's my thrifty update. 
    What are you doing in your home this week?


    I hope your weekend and week are thrifty and frugal!

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



    Sunday, January 7, 2018

    God Blessed Us at Just the Right Time!

    My washer finally died a couple days before Christmas. We have had this washer repaired twice in the last seven months, and it was not worth putting any more money into it. I asked my husband to look for a second hand machine. We were unable to locate one Christmas week. This week we had a new Maytag delivered using our emergency fund. We received a sale price of nearly $250 off the suggested retail price. On New year's day, a dear man shook my hand with a $100 Walmart gift card. On New year's day, someone gave me a check for $300 just to bless us (distant family members).
    That was $400 of the sale price of $530 that we paid for the washer! God is so good! We will put the $300 in our emergency fund and keep the Walmart card for minor emergencies or to pay for the extra gas it will take to go to Joplin (about 40 miles round trip) every day for radiation. Thank you Jesus!

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