Friday, April 28, 2017

Looking for a Thrifty Week?


If you're looking for A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage, please come back next week. I had some difficult circumstances this week that kept me from doing much of anything around the house. Hopefully, I'll be back to normal next week.

It's been a week of blessing though. If one pays attention, there's always a blessing hidden even in the hard times. I may share about it later, I'm just not ready to talk yet.

I did get to do some neat things this week.

Monday night my husband and I went to my current favorite restaurant— Chik-Fil-A courtesy of one of my dear readers. Thanks so much Sandi. It was a treat! I got #1—a Chik-Fil-A Sandwich, cottage fries, and a lemonade. Yummy!

Tuesday a good friend invited me to go along with her to take our daughters and another of their friends to... drumroll please... Pioneer Woman's Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It was a long drive, a bit over two hours, but it went as quickly as our tongues. It had been awhile since we'd had a visit. ~smile~ The countryside is gorgeous in Northeast Oklahoma. We arrived just in time to stand in a long line outside. Fortunately, there was shade—at least at first—and a nice breeze. I wouldn't like to be there in the summer heat. We waited in line a couple hours, then enjoyed a nice lunch in the Mercantile. It is definitely a destination. Don't go unless you have plenty of time. We had a great time. Thanks JuLinda!

Wednesday I had some tests done. Not fun, but it's a blessing that I now have insurance so I could do it. Thank you God!

Thursday night I enjoyed a banquet with my daughter's Koinonia Christian club at a local college. Emily was one of the students selected to speak about her experience this year with the club. Thank you Emily!

Well, it was a busy week filled with activity and new experiences—and as long as I am here, I guess a new experience would be exciting. ~grin~

It's been a week filled to the brim with prayer, praise, worship, Bible, and sharing the love of Christ with others.

Blessings to you all, I should be back next week with thrifty week 100!

Enjoy now!

Trusting in God,

"LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on YOU, and in Your name we go against this multitude.
O LORD​, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!" 
2 Chronicles 14:11

​"...and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the LORD God of their fathers." 
2 Chronicles 3:18b

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ April 24, 2017

As I write... Monday Morning

The weather.... The sky is bright and sunny. "Blue skies shining on me nothing but blue skies do I see." It's chilly outside, but I haven't looked at the temperature. The trees are sporting bigger leaves, some are even full grown leaves by now. It's nice to look out in the yard and see shade again.

Right now I am... writing a little post to you before I head to town to return some videos and go to a doctor appointment. Thank you Jesus that I can get medical care!

Thinking... I trust God, no matter what my eyes see, what my ears hear, or what my body feels.

A quote to share...
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” 
Bil Keane

On my reading pile...  

Favorite blog post last week... Making Money Last from Mrs. White
Something fun to share... Shoes to Swoon Over

Blog hopping... 
On the menu for this week.... You're just gonna have to come back if you want to know!
  • Monday night...  
  • Tuesday night...  
  • Wednesday lunch...  
  • Thursday night...  
  • Friday night...   Date night
  • Saturday night... Emily will cook. I'm not sure what yet.
On my to do list... Y'all know I've got to pay bills, buy groceries and face Mount Washmore (laundry).
  • Doctor appointment Monday.
  • Visit the Pioneer Woman's store in Oklahoma
  • Get a basket of flowers to enjoy outside the door
In the workbasket... I am not sure what I'll work on this week. I finished most of my mending last week. I have a pair of jeans to hem and my daughter's skirt to mend.

Looking forward to this week... A good report from the doctor by the power of the Blood of Jesus.

Looking around the house... I want to do some more decluttering this week.
From the camera...

Devotional...  6 Keys to Defeat Despair
On my prayer list...
  • Peace of Jerusalem and Israel
  • Calmness in my spirit 
  • Healing in my body
  • Peace for my children and husband
  • Wisdom for President Trump
Father God, I pray that each reader will recognize Holy Spirit speaking to her or him today. Help each find peace and joy in your holy word and in trusting in You, your son Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I pray that you will bring them and their unsaved loved ones to salvation in Jesus. I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #99

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am 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!
Dear Reader,

     It's still raining here in Southwest Missouri. We have flash flood warnings and a little bit of water in our basement. I'm praying that God will regulate the rain to give us "only what is sufficient" for us. ~smile~ The more I listen to and read the Bible, the more the phrases are in my head. (Prov. 25:16)



A Verse for You
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."  

Here's my thrifty week!
Strawberry Pecan Salad from Longhorn Restaurant

  • My husband and I went out for dinner at Longhorn Restaurant. We ordered each ordered a big strawberry pecan dinner salad and an onion blossom to share. With tip, our total came to $25—just the amount of my gift certificate from Swagbucks (referral link)
  • Amy found a jacket she needed for her costume for the co-op program for just $3!
  • We looked through the supplies on hand and found that we had everything we needed to make Amy's long skirt for her costume. Yay God!
  • I sewed Amy's skirt for her costume.
  • I repaired a pair of jeans and a pair of capris while I was waiting for Amy to iron her fabric.
  • I tried a new to me survey company called Opinion Outpost. My friend told me that she's made about $100 in the last several weeks. I decided to try it. The company's surveys pay from $.50 to $1.50. I've made $5.50 in the last couple days. I get kicked out of many of their surveys just like with Swagbucks. I am nobody's target market, and I know it. ~smile~ I just keep trying until I run out of time. Here's my referral link if you want to try it out. You get $.50 just for filling out the info about yourself. I'm going to cash my points in for PayPal money. They also have some gift cards.
  • We attended the kids' homeschool co-op program. We bid on some things in the silent auction. We didn't win anything, because we didn't get carried away. So we saved money.
  • I got a beautiful card in the mail from a reader. There was a gift card for my favorite place to meet up with friends for lemonade. Chik-Fil-A! Thank you so much Sandi! What a blessing! Sandi also sent me a bag of beautiful cotton yarn to make dishcloths with. Thank you!
Well, that's my thrifty week. 
What are you doing in your home this week?

"True Christianity finds all of its doctrines in the Bible;
true Christianity does not deny any part of the Bible;
true Christianity does not add anything ot the Bible.
For many centuries the Bible has been the most available
book on the earth.  It has no hidden purpose. 
It cannot be destroyed."

p 58


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


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