It's been another busy week that has just flown by!
~ I started my week by burning the ham and beans I planned to serve for Sunday supper. Not thrifty. I was so upset with myself. I wanted to order pizza. Not an option these days. Instead, I opened a few cans of different kinds of beans, a can of Rotel style tomatoes, and used a little taco seasoning to make a bean soup. It was good enough that the boys ate seconds.
~ I received some wool dryer balls, two books, two shopping bags, and a lemon squeezer for review for free.
~ I used the wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
~ My dog's eye has been bothering her. I cannot afford a vet right now. It doesn't look serious. I am praying and pleading the blood of Jesus over her. She is my property, and God cares about what I care about. I am praying for her healing. I am giving her a half dose of generic Benedryl that I had on hand to help treat the irritation.
~ We enjoyed a lovely dinner out in one of the area's finest restaurants for $10. I'd been holding on to a gift card for a couple of years with a balance that just almost covered one appetizer and one dinner. We shared both and drank water with lemon. We left the waitress a very nice tip. Being a saver has its advantages!
~My son's birthday was this week. We made an old family recipe of pork tenderloins and chips. The pork was on sale at a bargain price, the remaining ingredients were bought at Aldi. The dessert was homemade brownies using a recipe I've had ever since I was a young wife.
~ I gave Matthew an old wine bottle that I've had for over ten years. My husband brought it to me filled with Bittersweet one Autumn. I also gave him 3 taper candles. He likes the look of the wax dripping down the bottle. I didn't spend anything on this. It was special because it was proof that I listen to him, and I remembered.
~ Matthew also needed some work boots. The kids wanted to help. We all pitched in and came up with $108 to help him get boots. That's family working together.
~ We went to Wal-mart the evening of his birthday, and I got him a kitchen strainer for his rice and a big bath sheet. It wasn't a lot, but once again it showed that I'd been listening when he mentioned things he'd like to have.
Listening goes a long way to show someone you love them. I love it when I get a gift that shows someone has been listening or knows me so well, they know what I like. It's so much better than asking for a gift. If you're a person who gives a gift for Valentine's Day, keep your ears open. You may get an idea for something your loved one will like. It may not be romantic, it may just be practical. Practical is good, too!
What have you been doing in your home this week?
...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
on a short shoestring budget!~~~~~
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