Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My Spring Bucket List 2018

As I am beginning to feel better, my thoughts are filled with ways to enjoy life. A year ago, I didn't know if I'd see another spring. I want to seize the day and enjoy the life God has blessed me with.
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My Bucket Lists help me to focus on the things that I want to do that aren't part of my daily routine.  I know I won't do it all, but it gives me ideas when I have a bit of time. They also remind me to have a little fun and enjoy the season! 

Here's my Spring Bucket List 2018.


  • Write my Spring Bucket List
  • Take a meal to someone recovering from surgery
  • Enjoy a new Easter Lily - Thank you Lowell!
  • Knit with friends
  • Celebrate Resurrection Day
  • Spend a few hours with an audio book and my knitting
  • Food Truck Friday
  • Pedicure 
  • Finish Emily's quilt - I know, it's been on lists for ages.
  • Paint the Kitchen - with lots of help of course!
  • My son's high school graduation 
  • Knit a Sock Head hat 
  • Sew with friends 
  • Blow bubbles - great stress reliever
  • Sonic happy hour run for peach water
  • Destination unknown picnic
  • Start working on school plans for next year for (gasp) only one child!
  • Go to a few yard sales ~smile~ I'm looking for candles (love them) and a medium size glass mixing bowl. I used to give each child a dollar, and you'd be surprised how much they could get for a dollar. The youngest wanted hers in nickles! This is mostly something to do with the kids. I don't buy much
  • Go to the drive-in with the kids... I couldn't go last year because of being sick from chemo.
  • Flowers to enjoy outside the door 
  • Plant some spring flowers in my window box ~ My family did this for me for my birthday!
  • Picnic in the park
  • Ice cream run with the kids
  • Wash windows
  • Make cookies for the kids on a rainy day
  • Double Feature Movie Night
  • Sew a new apron
  • Sew a new skirt
  • Invite friends for dessert
  • Help Emily and Amy practice hospitality
  • Invite friends for dinner
  • Visit my friend, Laura, in St. Louis
  • Celebrate my 53rd birthday on May 12th! The last year has taught me to be thankful for each year I have to love God and love others.



I may add or subtract as I go, but it's a start! My bucket lists inspire me and help me to enjoy life and get things done. I hope this list will inspire you to make your own list! I know some items will be passed on to my summer bucket list, but it is motivating!


What will you put on your bucket list?

Be blessed!



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

Friday, March 23, 2018

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #124

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!
  I'm feeling a bit better each day. I am excited for spring and hope that I can be more thrifty and productive over the coming weeks. I have a daughter who would like to learn to make strawberry jam, so I'll be watching for a good deal. My husband and I have decided not to put in a garden this year. He will be having knee surgery sometime in the coming months, and I will continue my Herceptin chemo treatments until the end of summer with surgery in the fall again. I do think we may plant just a few things in pots. We shall see. There are seasons for everything. We simply must be practical.

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Here's my thrifty blessed week!
  • My daughter bought an 8 pack of wintergreen breath savers for me for $3.97. That's about fifty cents each. I've been buying them for around a buck and a half individually!  That's a huge savings. 
  • I sewed the binding back on my son's blanket. 
  • I met a friend at the coffee shop, and this time I got to pay. She's blessed me by buying my Chai Tea Latte in the past. It's just as much a blessing to give as to receive. Thanks for being my friend, Beth!
  • Aldi had spiral sliced hams on sale for $.95 a pound. I bought two. I expect we'll eat one on Easter.
  • Dear friends visited from out of town. Julia treated us to lunch at Panera to celebrate her birthday. Thank you Julia!
  • A "secret admirer" bought our Sunday lunch at the restaurant. Thank you "secret admirer"!
  • I received an email saying that I had been given a Walmart e-gift card. Thank you Michelle!
  • I knit on Tuesday evenings with a group of stitch sisters at a coffee shop. I save money by purchasing iced tea instead of a fancy coffee drink.
  • I donated a few hats to the chemo center last week that I made with yarn I'd been given. I'm learning new knitting skills and giving the hats away.
  • I met a friend for lunch at Subway. I used a coupon for our lunches, then she surprised me by paying. Thank you Kelly!
  • My husband took my daughter, Amy, to the catalog return store and bought a lot of clothes her and for him at 75% off.
That's my week.
What are you doing in your home this week?


Tiger is our dream kitty.
He's like butter in your hands and so sweet and affectionate.

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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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Thank you all for writing to me. I read every comment. I truly appreciate the support you've all given me during my treatments. If you'd like a response to your comment, please make sure that I have your email. I'm not taking time right now to copy responses onto the blog. I am having trouble keeping up. Please understand. Thanks! Laura


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How to Read a Blog from the Very First Post



Hello dear readers,

     Several months ago I decided to read my blog from the very first post back in December of 2007 up to the present.  I've been a bit hit or miss since I've felt poorly sometimes. I finally caught up this week. Have you ever read a blog from the beginning up to the present? If you have your own, I highly recommend it. It is also a great way to glean wisdom and get to know other bloggers. 

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How to Read a Blog from the Very First Post


     If you'd like to read (or skim) my blog, Harvest Lane Cottage, from the beginning, here's my very first post: A Cozy Christ Centered Christmas.

     After reading the post, just click on Newer Post. Read and repeat. After you've read as many posts as you'd like, simply bookmark the next page, and pick up from there next time you'd like to read. I put mine in the bookmarks at the top of my page. 

     I've read Mrs. White's blog, The Legacy of Home  and Aunt Ruthie's blog, Sugar Pie Farmhouse from the beginning. 

     I'm currently reading Karen Andreola's blog, Moments With Mother Culture from the first post to the present.  I am also reading Roxy Jones' blog, Living from Glory to Glory

      I highly recommend this practice though it takes time and patience. ~smile~

     Just a note, I'm feeling a bit better each day. I should be back to writing in another week or two. I don't want to put any pressure on myself. Thanks for being so patient with me!

     Be blessed in Jesus' Name!
     Laura
     Happy at Home
     Trusting for Complete Healing




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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why You've Not Heard From Me

My Amy and Me

Hi everyone,
 I wanted to tell you why I've not been writing. As you may know, I finished radiation on March 2nd. What I did not expect is that my skin would continue to burn and get worse for a week or more, and I would be hit with fatigue.
 I'm now two weeks past radiation, and I am now feeling a bit better each day. The intensity of pain and burning has lessened a lot. I thank you all who have been praying for me.
 I hope to get back to writing in another week or so. I just haven't had the energy to write. I've rested a lot between the must dos of life.
 God bless you all! Don't give up on my blog. I'll be back!
Laura
Resting and Recovering

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Mayflower Bride is Currently Free!

Good morning... or afternoon... or evening!
A few weeks ago, I reviewed Mayflower Bride. Vickie, of Vickie's Kitchen and Garden, announced this morning that The Mayflower Bride is currently a free book on Amazon. Now that's thrifty!

If you're a Kindle reader, take a look at my review, then go "buy" it while it's free. Double check the price, Amazon changes prices frequently. Here's Vickie's referral link to the book.

Thank you Vickie for sharing free books with us every day!
Y'all go and check out Vickie's blog. She's listed other free books that are available, too.

Have a terrific early Spring or Fall day!
Yes, I've got several Down Under readers, and they're entering my favorite time of year, Fall!

Laura
Trusting in the Lord

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ March 5, 2018


As I write ...  Monday night

The weather.... It was a sunny, breezy day. I just needed a light jacket when I threw the stick and walked with the dog in the yard.

Right now I am... writing to you before I relax and read. I just lit some candles.

Thinking... I hurt. The radiation burns are bothering me. I've got some burn cream and ibuprofen. 

A quote to share... 
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On my reading pile...   
Favorite blog posts last week...  
On the menu for this week...  I made Creamy White Chicken Chili from Northern Nester for supper tonight. Tomorrow and Wednesday I won't be home at dinner time. I haven't made plans yet for the rest of the week. 

On my to do list... 
  • Rest and recovery from radiation.
  • I just don't feel up to much else.
In the workbasket...  
  • I'm knitting a plain vanilla white hat for the chemo center.
  • I'm thinking about starting a Copy Cat C.C. Beanie with the new ChiaoGoo red circular 16" knitting needles that I purchased last week. I used Amazon credit that I earned from Opinion Outpost (referral link) for answering surveys. I earn credit there more quickly than at Swagbucks (referral link). I continue to use both, but Opinion Outpost is my favorite of the two.

Looking forward to this week...
  • Tuesday - Knitting group at The Brew coffee shop
  • Wednesday - Lunch with my friend Regina and church  
  • Thursday -  
  • Friday - Homeschool co-op 
  • Saturday -  

Looking around the house...  "I can only do what I can do." 


From the camera... 
I've been thinking of my mother-in-love who moved to Heaven 4 1/2 years ago.
She was an excellent mother-in-love.
Judy Benson Lane may her name be blessed forever!
Devotional...   
On my prayer list...
  • Peace - I asked two ladies today what I could pray for them. Both said peace. Personal and country peace.
  • Recovery from radiation. Burns will heal as will internal damage.
  • Cancer will die the death in my body. My heart and bones will be protected from the medical treatments I'm taking.
  • Protection and wisdom for our country's leaders.

My prayer for you, my reader...

Father God,
So many of us are lacking peace these days. Please help us to seek you and to be anxious for nothing as you tell us in Philippians 4:4-8. We want that peace that passes all understanding. I pray father that you will help us to find that peace in the midst of our circumstances. I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

Thanks for dropping by!
Please say hello.
Laura
Trusting in God's timing, provision, and healing power

Joining with Sandra at Happy Homemaker Monday.
Homemaking Party
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Friday, March 2, 2018

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #123

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!
  What a ride I've been on for the last couple of weeks! I know I've neglected y'all. I've neglected a lot of things around here for the last couple of weeks. I've been pretty tired from the radiation—not only the treatments but the travel to and from the city next door. I'm tired today, too, but I'm also energized because I know I am finished with radiation! Praise God! It's just in time. I was beginning to burn. I've got cream to put on it, but I would appreciate your prayers. The doctor and the techs said that my skin did very well, great in fact. That's surprising since I get sunburned very easily. I prayed every time that God would be a shield around me and shield my heart, lungs, and skin. Psalm 3:3. He's taken such good care of me through all of this. 


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Here's my thrifty week!
You'll find that I both sowed by giving away
and reaped by receiving gifts. 
God is so good!
  • My husband saved money by painting the window frame that we hired rebuilt and the door frame that we had rebuilt. He repainted the back door, too. This saved us quite a bit. Thank you Lowell!
  • I refilled my Bath and Body foam soap dispenser. I put in about an inch of my lavender bubble bath. Then I filled it with water to just under the little aerator dispenser pump.
  • I finished knitting one hat and started another using yarn that was donated. One hat will be for the chemo center. I'm still deciding about the other one.
  • A new friend from the knitting group that I've joined gave me two bags of yarn. She was one of the ladies who was amazed a couple of weeks ago to find out that I had knit and crocheted through all of my stash. It gave her a chance to de-stash a bit. I'm still finding room for it all. Thank you Shelly!
  • There were two balls of fingering weight coral yarn in one of the bags. I am not a coral person, so I took it to the homeschool co-op with me. The lady I sat with was happy to receive it to make something for a new baby in their family. It was the perfect color. 
  • My daughter and I gathered and gave away a box full of items.
  • I received a free cappuccino from Kum & Go as one of their rewards. Getting a cappuccino each morning put the treat in treatment for $1.67 a day. It gave me something to look forward to. The habit should be easy to break since we don't have a Kum & Go in our town.
  • I bought an unsweet iced tea at McDonalds. I brought it home and kept adding ice and water, so I had weak tea the second day. I don't mind weak tea. I never heard it called unsweet until I moved to southern Missouri (Missouruh).
  • Sarah, of Lilacs and Springtime, sent me a beautiful lavender apron, some stickers, and a handkerchief. I chose to save it until after my treatments to celebrate a new season of my life. Spring is coming with renewed life in many ways this year. You simply must look at Sarah's Etsy shop. Her stitching is excellent. Thank you Sarah!
  • I decided that I wanted two crosses for my wall in the bathroom to complete one wall and balance the large Faith Hope Love sign. Someone brought just what I had in mind to give away at our homeschool co-op. I try to bring something to give away on  a regular basis. Sowing and reaping. Thank you God! You knew just what I needed! Thank you Saline!
  • Karla sent me my favorite tea, Constant Comment, and a box of books and goodies. It added some happy to my day yesterday! Thank you Karla!
  • After my last radiation appointment this morning, I was speaking with the cashier—a sweet older lady named Alice—and told her it was my last treatment. She's been watching my progress. She was thrilled for me. The lady behind me, whom I'd spoken to while we were making our drinks (I talk to strangers a lot. Here's why.) spoke up and bought my cappuccino for me to celebrate! What a sweet thing. Turns out she's a homeschooler, too. Small world. Thank you ma'am!
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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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Thank you all for writing to me. I read every comment. I truly appreciate the support you've all given me during my treatments. If you'd like a response to your comment, please make sure that I have your email. I'm not taking time right now to copy responses onto the blog. I am having trouble keeping up. Please understand. Thanks! Laura


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