Sunday, April 22, 2018

LUMP DAY 2018!

God has been so close and so faithful through this cancer battle. He has truly shown Himself to be Jehovah Sabaoth—Lord of Hosts. He has fought this battle for me. I've clung to Him in a way I never did before. I've prayed for others and for myself in a way I never did before. 

I am changed.
Thank you for praying. 

I am doing well with my treatments. This coming week is my medical week. I have treatments every three weeks. Doctor Monday. Knit night Tuesday. Chemo Wednesday. Recovery Thursday and Friday.

Just four more Herceptin chemo treatments! Surgery in the fall. Then I get to recover from that and be more "normal" whatever that means anymore. I can hardly believe that April 22nd is a year since I found the lump. Last spring I didn't know if I'd see this spring. 

Thank you Jesus I am still here!

You're all a part of that. Your faithful prayers, cards, letters, notes, gifts and encouragement have helped carry me through this year. 

My gratitude 
is from my heart.

I wish I could hug 
every one of you!

God bless you all!

Thankful to be alive

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #126

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!



  Last week I was ill and didn't get my post up, so I've combined it with this week's post. Good news! I'm getting a little energy back. I'm still taking it easy, but I'm getting things done in spits, spurts, and sputters. ~grin~

  I've decided that since Tuesday night is my knit night with friends, I am going to try to make Thursdays my sewing day. I'll try to take at least a couple of hours to do mending, make charity items, and maybe even make some gifts.   

Here's my thrifty blessed week!
  • Spaghetti with a jar of Aldi spaghetti sauce made a meatless meal
  • Borrowed DVDs from the library for free
  • I finished two small baby quilt tops made with fabric squares from my friend. Thanks Cheryl! I need to check flannel prices at Hobby Lobby and Walmart. I need about a yard and a half to back them.
  • I cleaned out the refrigerator's freezer and threw out expired spices. It was so nice and clean afterward, it was a joy to open it for ice. I have decided to limit the amount I keep inside and bring in meats and such from the outside freezer as needed.
  • I reattached my bag holder on the Walmart all by myself. I was so proud of myself. I'm not too handy with tools. 
  • I organized my jewelry box and gave away some costume jewelry that I don't use. I then polished the shelf it was on. That lead to cleaning the shelves below. 
  • While cleaning the shelves below, I gave away nearly half of the books on the bookshelf! It was hard since I hadn't finished them all, but I realized that some were just going to sit there like they had been for the last few years. Better to let someone else enjoy them.
  • On Thursday, I mended two bath towels and hemmed my husband's jeans. They were getting tattered at the hems. They should give him several more months of wear now.
  • I redeemed Opinion Outpost points for a $5 Amazon gift card. 
  • I bought a set of circular knitting needles for me and a book for my daughter from Amazon with credit I earned from Opinion Outpost. It's the quickest way I have found to earn credits by answering surveys. If you sign up through my link, I earn a dollar for the referral, and you can earn a lot more through filling out surveys. I've cashed in about $200 in points for PayPal and Amazon credit. It's allowed me to buy some things just because I want them.
  • I am making the Sockhead hat using Bohoknits free pattern. I'm using some sock yarn that one of my new knitting friends gave me. Thanks Shelly!

That's what I've done for the last week or two.
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


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 finished this one.

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 
I'm making progress. I'm in Romans.