Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Daybook ~ May 31, 2016

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Dear Ladies, 

Hello! 
  It's been quite some time since I've written a daybook. I thought it would be nice to jot a few things down again. 
May God grant you the desires of your heart as you delight in Him.
God bless you!
Laura
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For Today... May 31 , 2016

Outside my window... It's been a rainy afternoon, but the sun is now peeking out.

I am thinking... about ways to make a little money.

I am thankful... that I received an unexpected check in the mail.

I am wearing... a black blouse, my denim skirt, and my black flip flops with rhinestones

I am creating... hmmm... not really anything except the ongoing dishcloth crocheting. They are so helpful for wedding showers. I like to pair them with a bottle of dish soap for a nice practical gift. 

I am going... nowhere. We decided not to go to my daughter's archery meeting because of the rain.

I am wondering... what time my husband will get home. ~smile~ He had a meeting after work.  His commute is an hour and a half each way.

I am reading... I just posted my reviews of The Sleep Revolution, Murder Comes by Mail, and Mother and Son.

I am hoping... to finish everything up for this school year in the next week or so. Then I can think about next year. ~smile~

I am learning... ummmmm... how to respect my husband and sons better.

In the homeschool room... School's out for now. We took a 4-H Photography field trip to a nearby nature center.
A peek into one of my days... Memorial Day to be exact.

One of my favorite things...

From the Board Room... Follow Laura's board 4th of July! on Pinterest.
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Have a wonderful week!
Laura
Happy at Home

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #65

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
I have enjoyed meeting so many ladies over the past few weeks. 
I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.

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Here's my thrifty week:

~ My husband and my daughter, Amy, finished planting the garden—except pumpkins. We've just gotta have pumpkins! We'd better get them in this weekend!

~ We had Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday with church friends! Yes. In May. We were talking last week about what to bring for a potluck. My daughter offered to bring pumpkin pie. Then one of the men said he'd bring turkey. So my other daughter offered sweet potato casserole. On it went until we had a whole dinner! It was fun. What I didn't realize was how much more expensive the items we usually eat for Thanksgiving are this time of year. I'm really thankful for the sales in November that make feasting possible for nearly everyone. It was thrifty, because it was pot-luck.

~ After that dinner, we had popcorn and leftover pumpkin pie for supper!

~ My Lowell and my daughters fixed the mirror on the new dresser they bought at a yard sale for $60. It makes their room look so big!

~ I received an extra book, Dawn at Emberwilde, to give away. Enter here.

~ My Amy is taking my Emily's senior photos. Amy is the photographer for Emily's Pretty Thrifty posts.

~ My husband flattened boxes I brought home food in and used them between rows in the garden to keep weeds down. He didn't have to buy row cover!

~ He tried to fix our car when it broke down. Go Honey!

~ My Emily will be a bridesmaid tonight and will be able to wear a dress she already owns.

~ I gave a gift from my gift box. I fill my box with items I've made, reviewed, thrifted, or found on sale. Then, when the need arises, I shop my gift box first! I do this for birthdays and Christmas, too. I fill it all year long. 

~ I crocheted several dishcloths from cotton I received several weeks ago as a gift. Yep... for the gift box!

~ We got corndogs for $.50 on Tuesday at Sonic. We ordered water with flavorings instead of pop. It's a cheap way to get a yummy drink.

~ I made pulled pork with meat my dad brought to us while Lowell was unemployed.  There was enough left over for my hubby to take for lunch.

~ Lowell carried lunches with him every day.

~ I explained to my daughter how my Grandma Bern used to reuse milk cartons to store food in. 
Amy demonstrated how to do it in her 4 H Foods class. This is not a recommended method for long-term storage these days, but I know Grandma used to have lots of food stored in the fridge and freezer stored in reused milk cartons.
  1. Rinse a waxed cardboard milk carton. Amy used an almond milk carton.
  2. Cut the top of the carton off so that one end is open. 
  3. Cut down each corner a few inches. 
  4. Fold and crimp the edges over toward the center so that they close like a box. 
  5. Fill with food of choice.
  6. Fold opposite corners in twice.
  7. Secure with tape. Grandma used masking tape. Anything that will hold up to fridge or freezer will do.
  8. Using a pen or Sharpie, label with contents and date.
We had some unexpected car repairs this week. We haven't been able to rebuild our emergency fund yet, but we're working on it. We paid the bill with grocery money, so this next week will be extremely tight. It's a good thing I've had lots of experience making do! Next week's post should be interesting. Make sure you don't miss it. ~smile~


Enjoy your long weekend if you're so blessed!


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What are you doing in your home this week?
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ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Don't Sink Under That Burden!


“It has been well said that 
no man ever sank under the burden of the day. 
It is when to-morrow's burden 
is added to the burden of to-day
 that the weight is more than a man can bear.” 

George Macdonald, poet (1824-1905)


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Friday, May 20, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #64

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
I have enjoyed meeting so many ladies over the past few weeks. 
I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.

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Here's my thrifty week:

~ Real Estate Investment - Decluttered for our garage sale... more to come. I cleared about 6 cubic feet.

~ My daughter is reusing the math program her two siblings used.

~ My Amy borrowed a camera to shoot senior photos for my Emily.

~ My son got an awesome deal on a gun he'd been wanting for a long time. $90 saved. Wow! He should take me to dinner! 

~ Actually he just fried venison from the deer he shot last fall. He cooked. How great is that?

~ My elder son, Matthew, gave us lots of macaroni and cheese and pasta. It should last a long time.

~ We used some of my homemade soap for showers.

~ I gave simple wedding gifts to two families that I made from yarn given to me this spring. 

~ Cool temperatures meant no air conditioner!

~ I received some items for review. 

~ I received an extra book, Dawn at Emberwilde, to give away.


Have a beautiful week!


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What are you doing in your home this week?
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ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!
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You might enjoy reading...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Thrifty Woman's Real Estate Investment Strategy

Without question, our home purchase is the biggest, most expensive investment we will ever make. According to B4UBuild.com, homes can cost an average of $112 across the country, but range from $55 -$328 a square foot. Many things factor into the cost of a home, but whether you live in 1000 square feet or 3000 square feet, that's a lot of money. 

I've found a really inexpensive way to add space to your home.  
I call it real estate investment. 
Free Oak Hill House Desktop from DebbieMumm.com
The Thrifty Woman's Real Estate Investment Strategy

It's really quite simple. It's a do-it-yourself DIY that is Pinterest worthy.

Every Walmart size bag that goes to a thrift store, giveaway, or trash "buys" you another cubic foot of space in your home. Don't believe me? Try cleaning out your closet! You'll have more space. 

So, if the cost of your house per square foot is $100, every plastic bag of clutter is worth $100 of real estate! Now, that's real estate investment! 

Ladies, let's grab our bags and invest!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #63

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 


I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
I have enjoyed meeting so many ladies over the past few weeks. 
I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.

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Here's my thrifty week:

~ I grocery shopped at Aldi first.

~ We enjoyed two meals of leftovers from the kids' spring banquet Saturday evening.

~ We celebrated Mother's Day and my birthday at home.

~ I carried my water bottle.

~ I Made Super Quick Super Cheap Laundry Detergent

~ I refilled my liquid foaming soap dispensers. I am now using one in the kitchen as well as one in the bathroom. I used dish soap for the kitchen dispenser so that I can put a little on a wet cloth to wash dishes or just wash my hands with it. I used some body wash that I got for Christmas in the bathroom. Put about a half an inch of liquid soap in the bottom, fill the bottle with water until you're about half an inch below the pump, and shake. 

~ We used some of the homemade soap I made a few months ago.

Birthday blessings abounded including my first pedicure, gel manicure, facial and haircut, lunch out, dinner out, books, clothes, candles, flowers. I even had a surprise party with friends. 

Thank you everyone!

Have a terrific week!


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What are you doing in your home this week?
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ஐღLauraღஐ 
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!
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You might enjoy reading...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rehearse the Right Lines! Speak God's Truth!


Recently, a dear reader wrote to me about wanting to feel like it's going to be okay. I get that. I have been through times in my life when I wanted anyone and everyone to say, "It's gonna be okay." After awhile I realized that I really wanted someone to tell me that we were going to be okay, because most likely "it" wasn't. I think that speaking  God's truth about myself and my situation aloud has helped me. 

I can rehearse in my mind the bad things about myself or my situation with fretting, worry, and self-condemnation. You know, I'm really good at that. When I do, I feel worse.

Or, I can saturate myself with God's Word and truth. I can rehearse in my mind His goodness, His mercy, the things that He's brought me through before. When I do, I feel better.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. You can speak life to yourself by speaking God's truth. 

I think I've got my preach on, and I'm preaching to myself. ~smile~

Oh it sounds so simple when I'm typing it. I know it's not. I know that it's usually not instant either. It is worth pursuing Him relentlessly. Jesus Christ died so that we can have direct access to God. God promises that we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole heart.* 

*Jeremiah 29:13
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Go for it!
You're gonna be okay—with Jesus.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring Days Quote from Mrs. Sharon White of The Legacy of Home


I love this quote.

"We will continue with our Bible times and our prayers. This is the most joyful thing we do in our lives. Our trust and faith in our Heavenly Father is what will guide us peacefully through the years."

The post was the May 11th post, 

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Anxious? Depressed? Stressed? Fear the Future? Fall Deeply in Love!



Dear Reader,

Are you anxious or depressed? Stressed? Fear the future? Some time ago, I wrote a short post about my experience with depression, anxiety, and my runaway feelings.

Recently, I read some of the comments on that blog post, and I realized something. Since January 2012, I have been reading and listening to the Bible a lot. By reading, I can take notes and read previous notes that I've written right in my Bible. By listening*, I can saturate myself with God's Word even while I am doing things around the house.  Saturation has made me aware of many things.  I believe that has been part of my healing. 

God's Word is indeed the answer.

I am more aware of how my sin separated me from God.

I am more aware of how the love of Jesus, the Son of God, kept Him on the cross in punishment for my sins.

I am more aware of how His resurrection cancelled my debt of sin and washed me clean simply because I accepted and received God's forgiveness.

I am more aware of my need to give my life completely to God, and seek Him.

I am more aware that it's all grace not perfection.

I am more aware that it's all about Jesus, about God, about the Holy Spirit.

Draw close to God, dear reader, He will draw close to you. His love for you is everlasting. Jesus is deeply in love with you. Will you fall more deeply in love with Jesus?

Goodness, I've got my preach on this morning. ~smile~
But, you know, when it comes down to it, only one thing is important. 
What will our relationship be with Jesus Christ?

Blessings to you!

Laura



*I use YouVersion and Bible Gateway.