Friday, July 20, 2018

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage #131

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage!

I don't know about you, but I need to save money, be thrifty and frugal, get projects done, and be thankful for my blessings from God. Perhaps things that my family has done lately give you a few ideas; then you can share your thrifty ways with me!

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Dear Readers,

I'm celebrating! I finished my last chemo treatment this week. On to healing! I'm pretty tired after treatment, but I know I'll feel better each day. That's how the cycle goes. I'm thrilled I get to go off the cycle after over a year! My first treatment was two days May 23rd and May 24th. What a way to spend our anniversary!

I hope as the days and weeks go by that I will get some extra energy and do some more thrifty things. I'm beginning to think about birthday season (late August through mid-September at hour place). I am also thinking ahead to Fall and Christmas. I made nothing last year. I love making Christmas with lots of handmade things for family and friends. Maybe this year I'll be able to do a bit.

I want to do so many things that I haven't done for the last fifteen months. I must be careful not to wear myself out. I need to use much of my energy in getting healthy again. Still... my favorite season is next! Fall! Gotta love it!

What have you been up to at your place?

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Here's how my family has been thrifty lately.
  • My Lowell stopped at a yard sale and bought a box and a bin of gift wrapping supplies for just $3.00!
  • Tomato sandwiches for lunch Sunday. We went to the farmer's market and bought three big slicing tomatoes for our BLTs yesterday. I paid $4.50. Yikes! But they each made enough slices to feed three to four people! We got three meals from three tomatoes!
  • I made a make do taco salad supper for three Sunday night. I cut up one cooked chicken breast, added three ladles of pinto beans that I'd cooked with garlic, a little of the bean broth, and taco seasoning. Beans are a great way to stretch meat in a salad. I served it with leftover sliced tomatoes, lettuce bought at the farmer's market, a small chunk of cheese shredded finely, some salsa my Emily made, and some tortilla chips. It was a great way to use up leftovers from our other meals this weekend. 
  • Amy is using up extra yarn and scraps of yarn to make a blanket. Bye bye little balls of yarn. 
  • I decided at the last minute to take a look at some of the deals on Prime Day. I bought a KitchenAid 6 Qt Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer for about $220 with tax. Regular price is $390.99! I've had my current KitchenAid for 18-20 years. It's been moaning and groaning terribly when I use it for the last couple of years. I won it by kissing a dog. That's a story for another day!  Anyhow, I know that this is a good investment in a tool that will last a long time—and it's red for my hoped for red and white kitchen! It matches the blender my husband gave me for Christmas and the ice cream maker my son gave me for my birthday. Thank you to the dear ladies who have sent me gifts of money this past year. That's how I paid for this. Y'all have blessed me so much! 

  • We're still eating out of the deep freeze. We'll be able to defrost it in a few weeks and begin filling it for winter. 
  • My son brought us a few dozen farm fresh eggs.
  • A friend brought BBQ pulled chicken and slider rolls for lunch. We ate the leftovers for dinner. Yum! Thanks Joyce!
  • We invested in real estate. My daughters helped fill a few bags to give away.
  • My Tuesday night knitting group is one of the fun things I do just for me. We are currently meeting at a mall, so we usually walk over to get something at Chick-fil-A. It's a splurge, but it's my fun night. There was an error in making my sandwich. The manager not only made me a fresh sandwich, she brought me a coupon for a free sandwich for my trouble. Is that customer service or what? Just one more reason I use my dollars to vote for Chick-fil-A.

What have you done in your home this week?
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May you make the best of what you've got however much or little! 
 When we are faithful in little, God sees it.

ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a shoestring budget!
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God bless you all!
 Laura
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage #130

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage!

I don't know about you, but I need to save money, be thrifty and frugal, get projects done, and be thankful for my blessings from God. Perhaps things that my family has done lately give you a few ideas; then you can share your thrifty ways with me!

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Dear Readers,
Wow! July is speeding by like a bottle rocket! My girls have been super busy, and I've been driving a lot. That makes days go fast. 

Yesterday I puppy sat, because the heat index was well over a hundred. Not my kind of summer! Having a puppy in the house is much different than having my four year old Penny in the house. Little Nala waited until I turned my back, then she started investigating our kitchen trash can. I picked up the trash and gave her a little food. She gobbled it! 

She and Penny then spent at least fifteen minutes barking non-stop at each other. They've only met a couple times before. Each was leashed in opposite sides of the house, but they could see and hear each other. I went to answer the phone. Nala found the oatmeal container on a low shelf. She decorated the kitchen and dining room floors before I returned a few minutes later! Let's just say it was a busy day. I worked on training Nala not to bark in the house, and Penny not to bark at Nala!  I began to understand why grandparents like to be able to send the children home. I was tired!

Well, that's just a bit of what's been going on around here. It's been fair week and art camp week. Next week will be the second art camp week and my last treatment week. Praise God I am here to write about it!

I'd love it if you'd tell me what you've been doing in your home. I need some new ideas as summer goes into it's hottest weeks.

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Here's how my family has been thrifty lately.
  • My daughter, Amy of Hands Made to Love, made some delicious homemade chicken noodle soup with a chicken a friend gave us. 
  • We're still using up what we have on hand for meals. We're buying a few things to fill in the gaps. The deep freeze is probably only half full now. We'll be able to defrost it in a few weeks. 
  • My Amy and I had queso, chips, and salsa for lunch one day. Total $8 with tip. Not bad for a mini date.
  • I've made a bit of progress on my first shawl, Reyna. I am still having a bit of trouble with it. My stitch counts are off again. I've tinked a bit. That's knitting backward to take out the stitches.
  • I've been filling out surveys with Survey Junkie. I make far more than I did with Swagbucks. I've been using the Amazon credit to purchase knitting needles and supplies. I'm saving up Amazon gift card credit for this set of knitting needles. I know $110 is a lot of money, but these are excellent needles with flexible no memory cables. It will keep me from having to buy a new set of needles every time I begin a new project. I'll just keep saving up credit. I can be very patient!

  • We use mismatched white plates that I've collected from yard sales and from gifts of odd leftover plates from a friend. I started this, because kids tend to break dishes. I couldn't keep a set. It works fine even if we have guests.
  • My husband repurposed an old desk. He put it in the living room and set up his mini-office there. That gets him out of the dining room and away from distractions. Our dining room is in the middle of our house, and everyone passes through all day. It beats $300 for a small office downtown. 

  • My Amy volunteered to be an intern at art camp. She received a bag with some nice little gifts including a $5 gift card. She was happy. Here she is ready to go to work. 

  • Amy will get to participate in some of the activities with the students at no charge. Happier still!
  • You can see in the photos that we live in a humble home, but I am thankful for it. It's a gift from the LORD. We're all good at showing our best on Facebook, Instagram, and blogs. Keeping it real here. ~smile~
  • My daughter, Emily, put gel nails on for me using a Revlon Gel Nail kit that her father and I gave her for Christmas. They lasted two weeks! I had trouble removing them, so I may not do this at home again. I enjoyed them while they lasted though.
  • I am still knitting my Fiddly Bits infinity scarf. I like the way the colors are combining. I'm not sure yet what I'll wear it with, but it will be a fun accessory. I'll share a photo soon.
  • I've been using a broken phone for a couple of weeks. It is a slide phone. The hinges broke, so it's been held together with a hair elastic. The phone stopped working, and it now only texts. Tap tap tap for every letter style texting!  I made do cheerfully. My daughter just got a deal on a new phone. My husband set her old slide phone up for me! I'm happy! It was my son's before it was hers. It should last me awhile. It's pretty beat up looking, but hey, no extra charge! 
  • My health deductible is met, and insurance is paying my medical bills. Major blessing! 
  • My daughter, Amy also of Tea with Miss Poetry, crocheted a hat for a new baby that is due in August. That is, if it is a girl! Her friend won't tell!
  • I made some ant poison. My desk and my kitchen counter have been invaded. I don't have $70 extra to call the pest control man, so I'm doing it myself. Hopefully, the little buggers will share with their nest mates. I made 1/6 of a recipe since it makes so much. Here are my measurements for 1/6 of the ant poison recipe. Just mix it all together and put it on cotton balls. See the pin below for more details.  1/6 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 t Borax, 1/2 cup warm water. Keep it away from pets and children. Borax is toxic!



My husband made this video.
There are still ants coming the next morning!

What have you done in your home this week?
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May you make the best of what you've got however much or little! 
 When we are faithful in little, God sees it.

ღLauraღ
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a shoestring budget!
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Thank you all for writing to me. I read every comment.

Blogger is currently having issues with notifying bloggers of comments by email.  It is therefore difficult to respond.  

I will respond on the blog as I have time. You may subscribe to comments to see when I or others respond.
  
God bless you all!
 Laura
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