Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #97

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,
 Some weeks I do so well at being thrifty. Other weeks just slide by without much conscious effort at saving money or resources. This was a slip by week. There's not much to it, but I hope joy this week's entry.

"Finally, brethren, 
whatsoever things are true, 
whatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, 
whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, 
whatsoever things are of good report; 
if there be any virtue, 
and if there be any praise, 
think on these things." 
Philippians 4:8
King James Version 

Here's my thrifty week!
  • I brought home a bagful of yarn from our homeschool co-op. I was needing some acrylic yarn, but I just didn't want to buy it since I know so many ladies have it lying around unused. Here's what I'm making with it.

  • We enjoyed leftover cake from a party my mister had at work.
  • We had a potluck with a family from our church. They brought food to enjoy with our pot of refried beans and fixin's. We had some awesome soft tacos and burritos. Gotta love Tex Mex food!
  • This past two weeks had some big expenses, front tires for the van, car maintenance for my husband's car, and a trip to St. Louis to see my friend Laura. Hubby also had a number of expenses while I was gone. These things were big hits on the paycheck. Consequently, we ate primarily from the freezer with just a few fresh veggies and milk.
  • While visiting Laura in St. Louis, we went to the history museum and the art museum—both free! We also walked through the biting cold in order to use the free parking. Score!
  • We enjoyed a wonderful vacation with our friends at very little cost over the gas we used because of their generosity. Thank you friends! 
  • I don't know if redecorating projects are ever actually thrifty. We are trying to repaint our bathroom, and have run into trouble with the popcorn ceiling. It began to fall down in places as hubby was painting it. He's going to look at it again tomorrow and decide if it must come down or be patched. It's thrifty only because he is doing the work himself. 

  • I finished reading Grow in Grace, an e-book I received free for review. I'll share the review with you as soon as I finish writing it. 

Well, that's my thrifty week. 


“Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. 
To be happy, one must choose to be happy, 
not respond to a circumstance 
that now controls your happiness.” 
― Joyce Meyer

~♥ ~
I'm working on this one!

Update on Ellen March 21, 2017 7:26 p.m.
God is so good! Ellen was able to send me a text today. Whether she typed it or not, I don't know. I feel like she is coming back from the dead—again. She has been transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. Thank you for your prayers for her. She is learning to swallow, and speaking slowly in sentences. She has a long way to go, but she is improving. Bless God!


What are you doing in your home this week?

...doing what I can with what I've got

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This Earthly Life is a Battle ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

"This earthly life is a battle," said Ma. 
"If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another. 
It always has been so, and it always will be. 
The sooner you make up your mind to that,  
the better off you are, 
and the more thankful for your pleasures."

~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie

Thank you God that we do not need to fight the battles alone. Thank you for being our hope, our provider, our savior, our healer, our everything we need.

If you don't know Jesus and his love for you, I'll be happy to talk with you about Him. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs—Review by Laura Lane of Harvest Lane Cottage
When I read a Liz Curtis Higgs book, I feel like I'm reading a letter from a dear friend. I've read many of Liz's books through the years including her children's books, The Pumpkin Patch Parable, The Pine Tree Parable, and The Sunflower Parable. Whether fiction, nonfiction, she always keeps my attention with her compassion, her wit, and her masterful use of the English language. Through it all her love for Jesus and for women shines through.

Liz has a way of just reading my mail. She understands the struggles we women have, and her books reflect it. 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart is no exception. These verses were collected from readers, and Liz has dissected them using multiple Bible versions and translations. She breaks down each verse word by word and brings out the full, rich meaning of each verse. She also offers background information and suggestions for memorizing each scripture beginning with short ones that mean the most to us individually.

This is warm, witty, and a book that I enjoyed.

Thank you Liz!

Liz Curtis Higgs
    "Our smartphones and tablets may run out of juice," admits best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs, “and even a small travel Bible can be out of reach when we need it most. God has a better plan: ‘These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts’ (Deuteronomy 6:6)."

    With 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart , Higgs has crafted an engaging and insightful book that helps women:
    · renew their joy when they read the Bible discover the richness of Scripture
    · learn creative ways to memorize their favorite verses 
    · apply God’s Word to their daily lives, and 
    · be equipped to encourage others with God’s truth 
    Beautifully packaged in hardcover, this book provides deep biblical insights into verses that were chosen by more than 1,000 women as their favorites. Readers will find verses they know and love: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13) as well as ones that may be less familiar but are no less powerful: “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” (Proverbs 29:25) 

    Alongside the truths that Higgs highlights, she provides 31 practical ideas for helping women store verses in their hearts forever. For instance, she encourages women to record the Bible verse on their phones for easy review or to draw a picture to illustrate the verse they’re memorizing.  

    31 Verses to Write on Your Heart includes discussion questions and a Bible study guide for individuals or small groups. As Liz writes, “God meets with us when we gather around His Word, and He often surprises us with fresh discoveries about our relationship with Him.”

    Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny, helping sisters and seekers experience the depth of God’s love. Higgs is the author of more than 30 books with 4.6 million copies in print, including her million-selling series, Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It and It’s Good to Be Queen. She has spoken at 1,700 women’s conferences in all 50 states and 14 countries. A former radio personality, Higgs has appeared on more than 700 media outlets including NPR, “Focus on the Family,” “Life Today,” PBS and A&E. She and her husband, Bill Higgs, just celebrated 30 years of marriage and share their life together in a 19th century farmhouse in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Visit Liz online:

    ISBN 9781601428912 ● Hardcover ● 224 Pages ● $14.99 U.S./$19.99 Canada
    eBook ISBN 9781601428929 ● $11.99 U.S./$13.99 Canada

    Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Read my other Liz Curtis Higgs reviews.

    The Girl's Still Got It

    Here Burns my Candle

    Mine is the Night

    The Women of Christmas

    A Wreath of Snow

    It's Good to Be Queen

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    My Spring Bucket List 2017

    Getting things done is often one part work and two parts focus. 
    My Bucket Lists help me to focus on the things that I want to do that aren't part of my daily routine. They also remind me to have a little fun and enjoy the season! I will change the listings to italics as I cross them off the list.

    Here's my Spring Bucket List 2017.
    • Write my Spring Bucket List
    • Write my Spring Reading List
    • Decorate for the season
    • Enjoy fresh strawberries
    • Start working on school plans for next year
    • Spring clean
    • Real Estate Investing (Decluttering)
    • Go to yard sales ~smile~
    • Enjoy lilacs throughout the house
    • Go to the drive-in with the kids
    • Get a basket of flowers to enjoy outside the door
    • Plant some spring flowers in my window box
    • Get the vegetable garden planted
    • Picnic in the park
    • Ice cream run with the kids
    • Wash windows
    • Make cookies for the kids on a rainy day
    • Make strawberry jam
    • Touch up the ceiling paint in the girls' room.
    • Have Michael and his friends put up new light in the hallway
    • Double Feature Movie Night
    • Sew a new apron
    • Sew a new skirt
    • Place wildflowers throughout the house
    • Spray paint old metal cart
    • Help Emily, Michael, and Amy practice hospitality
    • Invite friends for soup and bread
    • Last Supper with homemade bread and grape juice
    • Make these Easter eggs
    • Dye Easter eggs
    • Make Resurrection Cookies
    • Celebrate Resurrection Day
    • Invite friends for dessert
    • Pedicure ~ A Christmas gift from my hubby.
    • Knit and crochet a big pile of dishcloths for gifts.
    • Finish Emily's quilt
    • Visit my friend, Laura, in St. Louis
    • Talk to strangers
    • Paint the bathroom ~ getting it prepped!
    • Make soap
    • Make Kombucha
    • Take a rug weaving class
    • Blow bubbles
    • Sonic happy hour run for frozen lemonade
    • Destination unknown picnic
    • Bake Ladybird Johnson's Lemon Cake
    • Try a new pie recipe—maybe an old-fashioned pie or hand pies
    • Plant Petunias

    I may add or subtract as I go, but it's a start! My bucket lists inspire me and help me to enjoy life and get things done. I hope this list will inspire you to make your own list! I know some items will be passed on to my summer bucket list, but it is motivating!

    What will you put on your bucket list?

    Be blessed!

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