Sunday, April 15, 2018

My Spring Reading List 2018

     I made quite a bucket list this spring. I don't expect to do everything on the list, and I don't expect to finish all of these books, but they give me some goals. 

     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

I borrowed this from the coffee shop.

I listened to this one on my Kindle Fire
using the text to voice feature. I like it because
I can knit while I listen. Finished 4/15.

I'm reading this now.

I started this awhile back,
but I forgot about it after my diagnosis.

I picked this up and borrowed it from the coffee shop.

I've finished this one already.

I've been reading this slowly, marking up the book
and studying as I go. It's been very helpful in
this cancer fight.

New Testament 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #125

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!


 I had my Herceptin chemo treatment this week. That, with a doctor appointment slowed me down quite a bit. I'm feeling better now. I'm looking forward to the time when I recover enough from all these treatments to truly be thrifty again. For now, I am doing what I can, with what I've got, where I am, and with the energy I have.

Here's my thrifty blessed week!
    • I cast on a new hat using some sock yarn that a new friend gave to me. Thank you Shelly!
    • Resurrection Day leftovers for meals on Monday and Tuesday.
    • I bought some nice healthy veggies on sale including avocados.
    • I bought a family pack of chicken breasts which my husband cooked for me. He cut each one in half lengthwise since they were so thick. Half a breast was a plentiful serving. 
    • My elder daughter made a chicken pot pie (she made up the recipe) from the leftover chicken, a few potatoes we didn't use on Easter, a few veggies from the fridge, and the leftover cooked carrots from our chicken dinner the night before.
    • A friend gave me two really nice knitting bags. Thank you Laura!
    • I bought two half gallons of fresh raw milk for just $2 each from a friend. Thanks Sarah!
    • My son took two trash bags full of his clothes to the giveaway box.
    • My younger daughter and I filled a small box with books, knitting needles, a nice little hat, a sweater, and some extra school supplies. We took it the homeschool co-op. Most of it found new homes. The rest we dropped off at the thrift store.
    • Our health insurance paid most of my medical bills. Thank you Jesus!
    That's my week.
    What are you doing in your home this week?


    May you find peace and joy this week 
    regardless of  your situation.

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


    Thank you all for writing to me. I read every comment. I truly appreciate the support you've all given me during my treatments. If you'd like a response to your comment, please make sure that I have your email. I'm not taking time right now to copy responses onto the blog. I am having trouble keeping up. Please understand. Thanks! Laura


    Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Why a Bucket List?

    Why a bucket list? 
    Because it can change boring and rusty 

    to beautiful and fun!

      Last summer, after my diagnosis, I made a summer bucket list to give myself some things to look forward to so that it wouldn't just be the summer of chemo. It was a short list. It was still the summer of chemo, but I did some fun things, too.

      I then made one for fall so that it wouldn't just be the fall of mastectomy surgery. I was able to do some fun things, then, too. Same with Christmas and the winter of radiation. It was all to give myself something to look forward to and to keep my mind off my treatments.

      Nearly everything on each list was for enjoyment. My lists helped me make it through a very tough year. I can hardly believe that it's been almost a year since I found the lump. Believe me, I'll never forget the moment nor the date—April 22nd, 2017. It was one of the scariest moments of my life. I knew I would never be the same. But God was there for me even in the moment and in all the moments that followed.

      God has been so good to me. I've still got months of treatments to go—IV Herceptin chemo treatments, lots of tests, at least two more surgeries, and long-term pills. But God will be with me every moment. My bucket lists will help me enjoy life along the way.

      Thank you all for being part of my prayer and encouragement team. God bless you richly!

     Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

    Who cares whether you can finish it. You're sure to have fun! Don't forget to put blowing bubbles in your list!