Friday, April 19, 2024

Thrifty Things Lately ~ April 19, 2024


A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage
We lived in this little house that God provided for us during some extra lean times for nearly ten years. I have fond memories of using it up, wearing it out, making it do, or doing without. It's a lifestyle that works well today, too.
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Dear Reader,

     It's been a busy week. I've had a great blend of work and visiting with friends. I did some repurposing, some knitting, some sewing, some mending, and opened our home in simple  hospitality twice. It's all left me rather tired and glad I took Friday off this week!
A Verse for You
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
~ Paul
2 Timothy 1:7
NKJV Bible
Here's my thrifty week!
  • I mended my husband's shirt pocket. That means at least another year or two of service. He loves that shirt; so, it was a win all around.
  • I mended a small cloth that I use as a wipe.
  • We had company for dinner Saturday night. We had meatloaf, garlic mashed potatoes, and a small green salad. Pecan pie for dessert. It was thrifty, because we used things we already had on hand. Our friends brought some vanilla ice cream to go with the pie. It was low key relaxing hospitality for all of us.
  • I mended my navy blue dress. Just a missing button kept me from wearing it for months. Why did I let a five minute mend keep me from wearing it so long?
  • I removed the elastic from a worn out undergarment. It will save at least a couple of dollars next time I sew a skirt.
  • I made simple napkins from an old buffalo plaid flannel sheet.
  • I borrowed a book from Libby, a free app, through my library.
  • I made four cleaning cloths from the old flannel sheet. I tore it into the right sizes, then I zigzagged around the edges with yellow thread that I got who knows where. I haven't sewn anything yellow for many years. 
  • I borrowed a book from my library. 
  • We ate leftovers.
  • I ordered some items at a deep discount for Christmas gifts.
  • I'm knitting a pair of gift socks using yarn I received for Christmas. 
I also added to our income by substituting three days.

Well, that's my thrifty week. 
What are you doing in your home this week?
...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!


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  1. Your dinner sounds delicious! I like evenings like that. Cozy and relaxed with friends. Thanks for sharing all your tips, my friend. Hugs!

  2. Flannel napkins are my favorite. They are luxurious! Yay you for having friends for supper. There is far too little fellowship going on in homes these days. Our favorite is inviting friends for breakfast.

    1. Hi Lana,
      You're so right about fellowship in our homes. It was a given when I was younger. When I was young, it wasn't uncommon for folks to just stop by for a visit. If we were still visiting near a mealtime, we'd invite them to stay for supper. We'd call it pot luck and add a bean to the pot, open another can of something, make a few extra potatoes, or add a loaf of bread to the table. It was a wonderful way to get extra time together without the pressure of "entertaining".

      I truly miss those days when welcome wasn't just a sign by the door or a on the wall.

      Thank you for giving me something to ponder.


  3. We also had friends over for dinner tonight Homemade noodles and chicken stew. Yeast dinner rolls, green beans with bacon and cranberry sauce. A chocolate cake for dessert. Nice, easy dinner and great conversation afterwards.
    I also borrowed a book from the Libby app. I also made a boy baby blanket to donate with yarn given to me by someone minimizing their stash. Win/Win :-)

  4. It seems mending can be the simplest thing, and the one thing we all put off! Yep, we all do it. Have a great weekend.

  5. Well, as for thrifty, I would have been out picking dandelions and wild violets, but my foot fracture is preventing that. I however, have been crocheting some unfinished projects to donate to a cause soon. I will be harvesting some home grown green onions soon, and started to harvest our asparagus. I'm also borrowing from the library, but limited as I have to have my husband do the drop off and pick up for now. Also, I'm about to start doing chair exercises to keep it cost friendly at home (vs physical therapy by a professional).Oh, I am getting a new laundry basket so I can continue to hand laundry on the line saving us on the cost of electric. I hope to have a post on my blog soon. I'm still crocheting a scrap yarn lap afghan too.

  6. It sounds like you've built a wealth of cherished memories in your humble abode. Sometimes, it's during those lean times that we discover the true value of simplicity and resourcefulness. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your journey with us! Hello and best wishes to you as you continue to embrace life's adventures, whether big or small. Feel free to stop by anytime! Read my new blog post.

  7. Thanks, as ever, for the inspiration. I used rocket that was in the fridge, even though it's not my favourite vegetable. I found a thrifty recipe for rocket and chicken pasta and it was quick, tasty and used ingredients I already had in the house. And I have leftovers for lunch as well.


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Laura Lane
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