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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21 comments:

  1. Praise the Lord. YAY, YAY, YAY!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am so gad your treatments are done. God be with you and keep you well!

    Rest up.

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  2. Yay you! You are such an inspiration- spreading your sunshine even in the midst of adversity.Well done!

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  3. Glad you had a great week and are closer to the end of your treatment.

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  4. I am so happy for you that the treatments are now finished. Hope the cream is soothing the burns don't sound good. Giving and receiving, sowing and reaping a wonderful combination.

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  5. I am so happy for you Laura :) I pray all your strength will return and your skin will heal from the burn, in Jesus name ! You never fail to amaze me, that even though you've been busy with treatments/recovery, you still found many ways to bless others. Have an awesome week - you deserve it :) !

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  6. Praise the good Lord, sweet friend. I am so behind in catching up, so please forgive me, this semester has been rough...no more on that subject, sigh.

    Keeping you in prayer. smiles

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  7. So glad that the radiation is over for you! Yeah and you had such a great week. Joy!

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  8. You are awesome! You can find so much good during the difficult times and I am sure you were spreading sunshine all around for everyone else. I am celebrating with you that your radiation is over! Praise God!!

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  9. Amen!!!!
    You are amazing, dear friend.
    Blessings to you, and prayers continue!

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  10. Hola mi querida hermanita Laura , me regocijo que ya terminaste con la quimio. Ahora a recibir nuevas fuerzas del amado preciosa mía. Te sigo llevando en mis oraciones. Por favor, te pido oración por una hermanita en Cristo, Sofía, le quitaron un pecho y ahora está recibiendo quimio ,muchas gracias. Muchos besitos mi preciosa hermanita, Dios te bendiga a ti y tu linda family 😘😘🙏🙏💝💖💝💖

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  11. So happy to hear your radiation treatments are D.O.N.E. I went through radiation also, and I must say you did 100 times better than me. I didn't accomplish anything during those weeks I was so tired. You are amazing. Praise God. Teddie

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  12. I am happy to hear that you have had your last radiation treatment!! May God bless you and strengthen you in your new season of life!! Blessings to you, Gla

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  13. I am happy to hear that you have had your last radiation treatment! ! May God bless you and strengthen you as you continue in your new season of life. Blessings, Gla

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  14. Praise the LORD! I am so happy to hear you have completed your radiation treatments. Throughout this difficult season you have been such an inspiration of faith and joy. It is a blessing to see how God has brought you through.

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  15. Thank God for His wonderful love and care.. I am shouting in Ms. So happy the radiation is over, so happy that the burning is at a minimal. He is GOOD!!!
    Laura, you have amazed me with your uplifted spirit. And your trust in God..
    Praying now that the recovery time from all these treatments , will be easy and you will soon return to your best health of all. Hugs.

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  16. I am so happy for you. God is good. You are good. He loves you. I am over the moon with joy for you.

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  17. So glad you are finished with treatments. Praying that you will continue to heal and recover fully. I am being thrifty by digging into my freezer and using its contents for meals this week. It's fun to be creative with what one has on hand and coming up with new combinations. I also found some treats down there....chocolate cake, a strawberry-pretzel salad, and popsicles. :)

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  18. The cream really helps when dad had chemo he burned. Been away awhile but have kept you in prayer. I talk to strangers too sometimes when out I even buy them a meal or something anonymously it's so true what you sow is what you reap in life. Warm Blesings!~Amy

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  19. Yay for the end of your radiation treatments!

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  20. So thankful you have reached the end of your radiation treatments Laura! I think of you as I walk each day and pray for the Lord to protect you and help you to heal. How wonderful that the Lord blessed you in so many small but precious ways in the last week! You are such an encouragement Laura, how wonderful to trust and give the Lord praise throughout such a difficult season of your life! He is a faithful rewarder! Hugs to you today :)

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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