Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #144

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Hello dear reader,

 I'm here at the library making use of a free hour of internet. My computer seems to be losing its will to live. ~smile~ We received it as a gift way back in 2011, and it was a few years old then. My thrifty side, as well as my budget, has required that I use it as long as possible. Now the time has come to part with it. It will not remain functioning long enough for my daughter to do her college math on-line or for me to write a blog post. I tell you this for two reasons. First, there's nothing wrong with using something up. You know I am a believer in use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without as a way to save money. It's good for the environment, too. Second, it is my rather flimsy reason for my sporadic writing. The good news is that I am trying to sell things to save up the money to buy a used laptop. It's not in our regular budget with my daughter's dual enrollment bill due in a couple of months at the college. I'm considering putting a donation button on my blog to help cover costs. I'd be interested in your opinion in the comments if you'd be so kind.

 We had a lovely cool night last night. It was a joy to keep the windows open and save a bit on the air conditioning. It's just a teaser though. We are to have temperatures in the high eighties and nineties next week. Fall will come though. Let's get ready. Let's grasp the last few days of summer for all the fun they have as well. I still have a few things on my Summer Bucket List that I haven't done yet. ~smile~

  • Bought iced tea when I went out to Starbucks with my friend, Deborah. It's much less expensive in money and in calories than a fancy coffee or chai tea latte.
  • Free refill of iced tea at Starbucks for signing into Starbucks app and showing my phone to the barista
  • $.61 eggs. Yep, bought a couple more dozen. I've eaten more eggs lately than a black snake!
  • Shopped at Aldi. 'Nuf said.
  • Well, maybe a bit more on Aldi. Although the eggs went up to $.87 over the last few days, the manager pointed out that they have reduced their prices on hundreds of items for the foreseeable future. It made up for the extra I paid for eggs.
  • I signed up for Dollar General app on my phone and clipped a coupon for laundry soap. I saved $1.50. I need to spend a little more time looking into how to use the app. 

  • We enjoyed a tea party with friends at home. I offered a choice of six teas and tea cups. My favorite tea is Constant Comment by Bigelow.

  • I made a half batch of Joy Filled Eats' recipe Bacon Chicken Ranch casserole. Since only three of us were eating last night, I decided that it would be wasteful to make a 13x9. Some things I will make extra of, but I don't have freezer space, and I knew they wouldn't want it two days in a row.  I was able to save enough bacon to flavor a second meal. The recipe was Trim Healthy Mama, KETO, and low-carb friendly.
  • I made banana cake for a party with frozen bananas my son bought for $.19 a pound! It was Trim Healthy Mama friendly, too!
  • I sold my Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2 for $50.
  • I sold my Teaching Textbooks Geometry for $50.

  • I sold Notgrass Government books for $25.
  • I used some of the money for a birthday gift.
  • A couple weeks ago, I finally delivered some charity baby blankets that I made with squares that Cheryl Smith sent to me a few years ago. I think I made four or five. Thank you Cheryl. 

  • My Lowell found ground turkey for $1.19 a pound. I mixed a couple pounds of turkey with a pound of ground beef bought on sale for taco salad.
  • I'm still making charity hats with leftover yarn.
So tell me, what have done lately to save money, prep for colder months, and such?
Also, what do you think of me adding a donation button to help cover expenses such as a computer?

Thank you, I value your comments and opinions. I've made lots of friends here that have been so encouraging and kind. God bless you all!

Redefining Laura

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

I Forgot! September is National Sewing Month! A Challenge!

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month? I enjoy sewing, but I haven't sewn for many months.  I was bit by the knitting bug during chemo, and it was just easier to pull out the needles. I joined a knitting group.  I began to knit more and learned new techniques. It's been good for me. Tuesday Knit Night is now a priority.

I put an affiliate link to purchase the yarn bowl from Amazon at the bottom of this post.
Strangely enough, the day I took this photo, one of my children knocked it over and broke it.
At least I have the memory!
Fast forward, it's September again. I don't know how it slipped my mind, but September is National Sewing Month! So, I intend to pull out my sewing machine and organize my sewing things. As I did last year, I'll probably begin with mending. ~smile~ It just makes sense.

If all goes well, and I sew enough, I'll be able to do some creative sewing, too. When we moved, I actually found a whole drawer of things that need to be mended. I'm going to make sure they're still wanted first!

 When I sew, I feel like I am doing something that God created me to do. My mother and a very good high school sewing teacher taught me most of what I know. I am very thankful that they did. I used the money I received at high school graduation to buy myself a sewing machine. I couldn't imagine going off to college without one! 

 I am challenging myself to sew every day remaining in September. Even a few minutes will count. I hope to get back in the habit.  So, first I mend! 

I'm going to try to post some photos and write about what I'm up to. I may share projects, ideas, tools, or great websites that I've found.

How about you? Do you sew? Are you up for the challenge of sewing just a bit or maybe a lot each remaining day of September? I'm going to try.
Join me?

Time to Make Do and Mend!

*We had out-of-town company, so I didn't get started right away. So Friday the 13th will be my day one. ~smile~

Friday, September 6, 2019

Tea Time with Friends

Hey y'all!

 I've got something a little different for you today. One of my dearest friends is Joyce Morris from Morris Patch of Heaven Homestead. She's been making lots of videos about her homesteading life here in Southern Missouri. Joyce, her daughters Caitlynn and Avonlea, and her son Jedediah came to my house for a little tea party yesterday. While we were enjoying ourselves she and her son took some video. So if you've ever wondered what I sound like, here's your chance!
The photo below on the beginning is my buffet and our teacup and tea choices.
Enjoy! Be sure to check out Joyce's YouTube channel.

If you cannot see and play the video above, here's the direct link to the video. It opens with my friend, Joyce, talking.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

On My Needles and What I'm Reading... September 5, 2019

 On my knitting needles... on my Scribd app... on my book pile! Knitting and reading in my free time and little bits of snatched time are two of my favorite ways to enrich my life.

  How are you all this fine September day? I am enjoying the warmth of the last days of summer. I can enjoy it, because I have central air in our new home. Praise the LORD! Our cucumbers are finished, we're eating the last few tomatoes. My friend brought me gourds this morning. All good signs that fall is on its way! 

  I have finished my socks. I only need to sew in the loose ends. I think that I will do that and share them with you next week. I am so pleased that they fit me well. I used the Fish Lips Kiss pattern and find that it worked well for me. 

Dotty Beanie

  My poor Dotty Beanie has actually shrunk. I pulled out nearly half of it last night. I found that I'd made some errors and my dots weren't falling into place like they should. So, I rip rip ripped. Oh well, I like the Malabrigo yarn, and I don't mind knitting it again.

 I've finished a toddler beanie in the brown yarn that was left over from Penny's sweater. I used a knit 2 purl 2 ribbing followed by stockinette stitch. I've started another since I still have more yarn left. This one has a knit 1 purl 1 rib band and will be finished in stockinette. I cast on 72 for each beanie. I think I enjoy the knit 1 purl one repeat much better. My hands just get into a better rhythm, and I don't have to think about it so much. These are charity toddler hats. They will either go in the Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes at church, or they will go to the infant clothing shop that my step-mom's church runs.

 I finished listening to Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado with Scribd.  I also just finished reading Thimble Summer. It's was the 1939 Newbery Medal book by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart).

 I recently began listening to The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. It's our book club selection this month. It's a bit hard to follow, but I'm hoping as I get further in I will enjoy it more.

Well, it's time to think about supper. There. I thought about it. Tee hee! Have a homemade, handmade, heartmade thrifty week! 

P.S  If you use my link, you'll get a 2 month free trial of Scribd, and I will get a free month as well. I'm not an affiliate, it's just a neat perk that they have for their subscribers who tell their friends.

on Goodreads

57 Finished Books
Goal 50 60

on Ravelry

Joining with Yarn Along and Crafting On

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

What Do YOU Want?

I'm bumping this post up to give others a chance to respond!

Hello blog friends!

Over the years, I've written about a lot of things. I've written about homeschooling, homemaking, my love for Jesus Christ, God, Holy Spirit, recipes, A Day in the Life type posts, reviews, my cancer fight, and I'm sure any number of other things.

Since I've been at the new house, I have not had internet for my computer. That's made it hard to write, and it has also put blogging the back burner. I'm learning to write on my phone and my husband's laptop now.

It seems like a good time to think about what I'd like to do with the blog. Please help me.

What types of posts do you like to read best? Please answer in the comments and tell me all you're interested in. Think of something else? Add it. I'm trying to determine where I want to go from here.

How to
Household Tips
My journey back to health
Trim Healthy Mama
My Daybook
Happy Homemaker Mondays
What's on my needles and what I'm reading Wednesdays
A Thrifty Week
Laura Lately
A day in the life...
anything else you'd like me to write about.

Please, I really want to know what you like.

Thanks so much!

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