Friday, January 19, 2018

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #119

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!

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Hello!

  Another week has passed. Where did it go? I spent a fair bit of it going back and forth to radiation treatments. I'm settling into a routine that I will follow over the next six weeks. I'll be leaving the house a bit before 9:00 each morning. It seems like the whole process will take about an hour and a half to two hours to go and return home again. Ah well. Time invested with the hope of years of happy return.

  Well, enough for now—on to my blessings and a bit of our thrifty life.

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"Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established."
Proverbs 16:3
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Here's my thrifty week!

Lots of Real Estate Investment this week!
    • My husband bought tickets to see The Greatest Showman with our AAA membership. He saved $4 per ticket for five of us. $20 savings.  It was a terrific movie!
    • I took a box of books to give away at the homeschool co-op. Half were taken.  
    • Someone anonymously gave me $100! That's $500 of the $535 we paid for our washer. God is so amazing! I feel so blessed. The $100 will go into our emergency fund. Thank you anonymous! What a blessing!
    • My son slid off the road on the first icy/snowy day Sunday morning. He had to be pulled out of the ditch. No harm to son or truck thank you LORD! Our AAA membership has really paid off!
    • Real Estate Investment ~ My Lowell and I worked in our basement Monday night (trash carryout night) and filled two 30 gallon trash bags and a white 13 gallon trash bag with old papers and miscellaneous junk to toss. Praise God! Forward progress! That will have to keep me satisfied for awhile, because I'm going to be slowing down now that radiation is begun.
    • We are heating primarily with our wood stove. My husband was able to purchase seasoned wood early in the Fall. Occasionally, I will turn the radiators up to 70 degrees for a half an hour to warm the house and take the chill off. The radiators keep radiating heat even after I turn the heat back down to 65. I'm just a bit of a wimp this year with the cold. I don't know if it's my treatments or what, but I am bothered more by it this year. I'm still too cheap to keep it truly warm in the house though!
    • My daughter, Amy, asked me if I had any fabric I don't want. She's making a rag rug. We went through two small totes of fabric and some fabric squares I was given. We found several pieces for Amy, and two lengths of fabric that I've held onto for awhile, but have decided not to use. Amy decided that the yards should be given away since they were enough to make a dress or something big. I was energized by making these decisions to give, and so we continued on through the bottom of my hall closet and found other things to give away and a few things to toss. So, I took a small box of fabric, an organizer box, a book, and some embroidery floss to the homeschool co-op. Sure enough, other moms took it home. I now have some space in the bottom of the closet as my reward, and Amy has some fabric for projects, too. It helped so much having her there to help me let go of things. It's empowering to give things away!


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    That's my thrifty week.

    What are you doing in your home this week?


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    May you find peace and joy this week 
    regardless of  your situation.

    ღLauraღ
    ...doing what I can with what I've got
    where I am on a short shoestring budget!

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    16 comments:

    1. We were snowed in most of this week!

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    2. Sounds like you have been doing a great job this week.
      My BIL had the trouble with being cold while taking his chemo and radiation treatments.. I think , it goes with it..
      SO happy your son and truck were ok.
      Praying for you each day.. May God continue to bless.

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    3. Hi -- my husband went thru chemo and radiation last year for his cancer. He was absolutely freezing during the winter. Freezing is not even the word for it. This was a man who was never cold. He could not tolerate the cold at all - to the point of shaking from being so cold. He slept at night with sweatpants, sweatshirt, knitted hat, two pairs of socks and about four blankets, quilts, comforter on him. We had to turn the heat up higher for him....Last winter was such a struggle with the heating bill. But - he is cancer free this year! And still very cold this winter and usually wears a knitted hat in the house along with heavier clothes....

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    4. I'm glad your son was ok! Sounds like you got a lot done this week. Are you sore or anything from the radiation treatments? Continuing to think of you!

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    5. Laura that's so scary about your son! I'm so glad it wasn't worse. I've been sick this week so not much to tell for a thrifty week. I did however have some fabric that I got free to make some teacup coasters. I'm hoping to make a teapot cosy today.

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    6. Yes radiation will wipe you out for a while, but when it is done. You are finished and you will be well and we will all be so happy. I love getting rid of things that take up room it is so freeing.

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    7. Laura, I'm glad your treatments are underway, and I hope you will soon have it all behind you. Sounds like you've had a very productive week. We did a bit of organizing in the garage and found some things to give away, which always makes me happy.

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    8. So many wonderful savings. My mom and stepfather buy us a AAA membership for Christmas every year - and it has been a blessing. I just love how God works - the story about your washing machine! We have so many just like that. Keeping you in my prayers.

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    9. Hola mi querida Laura, me regocijo que a tu hijito no le pasó nada ,muchas gracias a Dios. Es bueno que hayas estado ocupada en esta semana, entre unas cosas y otras. Tienes una linda family. Muchos besitos preciosa hermanita, Dios te continúe bendiciendo junto a tus seres queridos 😘😘🙏🙏

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      1. Translation:

        Hello my dear Laura, I rejoice that nothing happened to your little boy, thank God. It's good that you've been busy this week, between some things and others. You have a nice family. Many beautiful little sister kisses, God continue to bless you with your loved ones

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    10. I love that you are so positive as always and you know these treatments will give you more years! You have many received many blessings and got to give a few too. You can't beat that! Your in my prayers!

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    11. You've inspired me with your urge to give more away once you got started. I like to do projects which is counter productive when trying to downsize and create more real estate. I may need to pray on it!

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    12. I would like to see that movie! How wonderful to clear out more real estate. It is good to have two to do it and make decisions together.

      We found a new grocery outlet store in our town and checked it out. There are so many great deals but they are in large quantities so we are considering our options there. We did have a great time looking everything over and finding some bargains to bring home. It is no bargain though if we waste things.

      Have a great week!

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    13. Your 'thrifty week' posts are so inspiring and you do such a good job of keeping track of stuff. I've had my latest thrifty post drafted for ages, but have been terrible about keeping track of my thrifty things and it's gotten away from me. I've got to get back on it! Thanks for the inspiration, my friend! Have a great week! Love you! <3

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    14. Great savings Laura! I have seen the Greatest Showman twice. Loved it so much! wishing you a great upcoming weekend and best of luck with your radiation treatments! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
      hugs
      Jann

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    15. You have such a joyful outlook despite the trial you are facing with your treatments. I'm sure you are such a blessing to so many. I found your blog through the Friday at the Fire Station link-up and followed you on Pinterest and would love for you to follow me!
      Pinterest… https://www.pinterest.com/mintsandacherry/boards/
      Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/mintsandacherry/

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    Thank you for praying for me! Thank you for encouraging me so much through this cancer treatment. I have the best blog friends in the world! Yes! You!

    I read all your comments and respond as I can right now.
    Please make sure I have your email if you want me to respond or pray for you. For some reason Blogger isn't notifying me of comments right now, so I may be a bit slower.

    God bless you all! This life only works with Jesus. The next life is a continuation of this one—make sure you spend it with Jesus. Jesus is the only way to God the Father!

    Your blog friend,
    Laura Lane
    Cancer Survivor