Monday, February 17, 2020

Hubby's thoughts and death in the community

I whined about being behind due to health and what ever. Yes whined about being sick... sick and tired of being sick and tired.Thing we planned to do over the winter not getting finished ...whine whine whine. I need a glass of wine, with cheese and bread sticks... running joke with Son 2 who is our #1 whiner.

Hubby listened or tuned out, can't ever tell with him 😀

And then quietly said.... Have you been in the hospital?  NO

                                        Are you laying in the hospital? NO

then you are doing what you set out to do ... not be in hospital for 1 yr so they will lower your biologic to once a month... nothing else is as important as that... staying out of the hospital, not having Crohn's attack which triggers hiatal hernia attack. Then he hugged me...Hubby is not affectionate.

I told him I was sorry for the whine and he was right... he understood as when he was 16 and had to lay in bed 6 months due to rheumatic fever, he learned the lesson himself. He figured I needed to get the whine out before I went to stay with #1 whiner. 😛

This morning he let me know that the Amish community had lost a child... really just a baby that he had taken more than once to the hospital in Columbus for testing and treatment for the seizures.  Community in mourning , funeral tomorrow.  My heart aches for them.

Hubby suggested I figure out what our outdoor priorities are and what our inside priorities are so depending on the weather we can get things done for March.

I am taking all the garden stuff to plan what is going where and when to Son 2's.
My laptop,kindle and some reading books. 



Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb 16th... In 2 days I will be at

Son 2's home... normally I call this my vacation as it's usually babysitting the cats and doing sewing or what ever I want to do that I can't get done at home...

Well Son 2 promised me he would deal with his snoring... and for my birthday last month he made the appt with his doctor. I guess our 25th anniversary present is me babysitting HIM while he goes in for surgery for his septum surgery. I won't be back home until late Friday... Was suppose to be late Saturday afternoon but a friend of his doesn't have to work Friday night so they are going to stay with him Friday to Saturday so I can come home after taking him to get the stents removed. He is mean when he is in pain... SIGH.

I know I won't get anything done Monday and Tuesday and will pretty crash when I get home on Friday. SO where does that land me with getting things done for Feb.

First I moved finances around and we now have the 2 months of bills saved. So that's marked off.

Second since I was moving finances around I moved a bit over to the medical and we are now over half way to that goal for the end of the year.

Third while with our tax preparer Hubby brought up switching from his hobby to a LLC business. She worked everything both ways and he has decided to do the LLC. So he started that process.

SINCE our preparer is very familiar with Social Security stuff, we asked about that. Her advice was wait until 63 and 8 months for Hubby at least as long as we can pay for our medical. Too easy for the business to go over the earnings amount in a month and mess up the social security and cause us headaches of pay back etc.

Fourth. We went over the punch list. We have 2 things completed that we had only done over the entire of winter... Can tell we were worn out and I was down sick.

We are going to focus on the basement ramp and kitchen porch due to losing ground there. Widening the driveway because I don't like the ruts or that Hubby drags the mud from the ruts up the driveway where we actually walk. Putting railing on the deck I decided on two designs based on what we have already on hand. The gate to the fence at the deck ramp and the fence to replace the gate is already here so that's a to do. The tower and the antenna is already here so that is a to do. Painting the ceiling of the kitchen porch and putting the 2 outside ceiling fans up there are here so that is a to do.  Getting the square foot gardens (2 ft by 8 ft by 11 inches deep) each bed size to equal 1200 sq ft total. Most of the seeds are bought and the plants ordered. I just need to deal with getting the soil in and painting, sealing and putting them together after Hubby cuts them.  Basic warmer weather than what we are getting to do stuff.

I got 9 things done off the declutter 365 list so only have 5 things left for the month.

I am taking my garden list, Sq Foot garden books, etc with me to Son 2's .... I have read everything else that was on my reading challenge list this month.

We found we owed a bit more on the life ins loans than what we thought... more like HUBBY owed more than he told me. SO that is going to be paid on and hopefully off as I am not willing to go pay interest on a personal loan to pay them off even though it's less interest but a higher payment then the truck payment.

March is going to be interesting





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

What can I do that is frugal?

Besides all the regular stuff...

laundry cold water, homemade laundry soap, vinegar for softener, line or rack drying.

Always checking for best prices for anything we have to buy.  Any service that isn't required by warranty aka Truck and tractor is priced out.

Hubby thought me spending several hours yesterday figuring out medical mileage was a waste of time since it's a deduction of 20 cents a mile. Until I showed him proof we had over 4500 miles. That is well worth the time I spent.

I cleaned the frigs and made note of what produce needed used up first or froze so nothing wasted. Made a note of what I don't need to stock this spring. Pickled asparagus is a biggie need.

I hung my head upside down and cut my own hair. It's past my waist so I am able to cut it in a U or V shape in that position.

I topped off everything in the dry goods bookcase  and checked the pantry making note that there was a few things that was going to be on the stock up list but there is enough to wait for a sale. I am down 60 lbs of sugar and by next week will be down 60 lbs of flour and 9 lbs of almond flour. That has been since last fall and I still have 90 lbs of sugar and 140 lbs of flours not counting specialty flours like cake flour, semolina etc

Hubby is with friends and they did a pit stop at an Amish bulk store. He found 1 LB yeast and called to find out what was a good price. A 2 lb package is about $2 cheaper than what I find it around here. I told him to get one for M also as I know she will be happy to have it. That will bring my yeast back up to a year supply and hers up to one month supply. Woman bakes 36 loaves of bread a week not counting sweet rolls.

Laundry is on the drying racks. Dishwasher is running on hi temp (only use it when cleaning it, never use the dry cycle) with a cup of vinegar in it. Clothes washer with Afresh will be done after the dishwasher is done.

Hubby asked how I was feeling... Mother Nature has ran over me with a Mac truck with this weather. He asked what I would do if I was growing up, single and widowed widowed... I had to laugh because when he makes comments about me doing something he had planned to do I always respond I did it when I was growing up, single and widowed. I would probably take a nap and other than laundry and meals not worry about getting anything else done.SO I guess I won't go out in the cold drizzle to the extra lumber pile and see how many 4 x 4 x 8 posts we have so I know how many to buy for the deck railing that I have part way figured out. The rest is what to put on the top of the fencing we are using between the railings so then I will know what style of growing pots to get or make. Trying to use up what we have and save money.

While talking to Son 2 last night about what we were going to eat while he is down with nose surgery and I am down there since he isn't allowed to be alone of drive for 2 days, he mentioned he had a pork tenderloin for us that he had shoved in the freezer as he got one free. I might take it out while down there (don't need meat here but will use it since he bought it) and make him pork tapas cut in very small sizes. I just need to take my spices with me.He made the comment about eating steak  or something and I cracked up ... he didn't think about not being able to breath while he chewed since he will have stints and packing in his nose for 2 days.I I thought I was going to have to stay until Sat but he has a friend that can come stay with him on Friday so it's Tuesday night (our 25th anniversary) to Friday afternoon after I drive him over to Columbus to get his stents removed. He does have a friend whose son just had this very surgery so he is getting a hold of her and seeing what he could eat.

I had a friend suggest some reading material about inflammation and eating . Her hubby had bought it for her and she first thought was what a waste of money. But she said with just doing 1/4th of it has helped her. So she was now going to focus on doing 1/3rd... small steps is better than no steps and I don't see her giving up her coke a cola or coffee or butter any more than I will. The suggestion of using coconut oil in coffee instead of cream just doesn't sound good. I might try it but HUM.

I finished Family Feasts for $75 a week by Mary Ostyn. I should probably look at going to the store every 2 weeks for fresh produce and not try to get it to last 3-4 wks with just a milk run at 2 wks.

 I need to serve soup or casseroles more to use up leftovers of 1 servings. Though Hubby can eat those from this week while I baby sit Son 2 LOL. As I have shoved 2 meals in the freezer and might put a 3rd one in if he eats dinner with his friends... if they are going to be getting in after dinner they always stop for sandwiches.

What are you doing to save money ?







Monday, February 10, 2020

I think Feb is going to be a no save

Month instead of a no spend month.

Hubby blew a tire on the trailer while fully loaded. When he took it in to get it replaced he was grateful he didn't ruin the rim but was told he actually needed 2 tires.

Daughter 4 bought a car (paid cash, so proud) and then cleaned my car (smells great and looks better) AND filled the tank up AND gave me the money for an oil change (surprised). Our mechanic went over it completely and told me it needs brakes and rotors.. He is good about making sure our vehicles can drive out of state. He is going to check belts when I bring it in for the brakes and oil change.

I thought we had filters for everything (furnace, kitchen cold air vent, 2 frigs, sweeper, whole house water) until June... NOPE, need them NOW . Now have that ordered except for furnace as we get that one cheapest at Menards on Thursday when we have tons of errands in that area.

I went to change the ink in the printer and couldn't find the extra ink.... Hubby got to thinking about it when I asked if he knew were it was and then realized he had gave it to his parents last month when they were printing tax stuff and he forgot to go get some (I didn't ask why he didn't just go get some for them since he drives past the store on the way to their house instead of taking ours) ... I ordered that since I was already ordering office stuff with a discount and coupons combo.  Got free shipping and 35% of when all said and done.

While checking the water filter I realized we needed salt for the softener... should have clicked when we just got propane as they have been matching all winter. Ordered that to be delivered, they will do a check to make sure everything is working as it should while here.

I finally got everything around that we need for taxes...then our tax lady reminded me of medical mileage, she said usually it's not enough to add but she knew I was going a long distance for mine so told me to bring it.... over 4500 miles for last year (which was why I needed ink for the printer) when I finished that.

I finished the book Daily Rituals. It included several types of artists and how they did their work or days. Was interesting as a lot of them had trouble sleeping.

Compared to Jan of 2019 we reduced our electric bill by 302 KW for the month. That was nice to see.

I paid the bills, got a couple due this weekend that I will pay on Friday.  I am waiting to see where the money is in all the accts after we deal with the all the bills on Thursday.

We ate leftovers yesterday with some fruit. Tonight I fixed taco meat for quesadillas. I will have refried beans, guac and tomatoes along with canned mango for the fruit.

Definitely on the tired side, but got enough done to feel good about what is left to do.


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Saturday ER visit

24 hr bug.... Not influenza A or B just run of the mill (run the key word there) stomach bug.

No visits to Daddy... so glad I was just there.


Friday, February 7, 2020

1/4th of Feb gone, goals for next week.

What do I have done?

Taxes are gathered and appt is for the 13th along with our chiro appt... at which time we will also have our Valentine's Day and Anniversary (18th) meal out. I am thinking Lock 16 steak house in Lima. Bills are paid until the 10th. I am focusing on doing the finances on the 2nd of the money and then the 2nd Wed (as that is when Hubby will get his SS) and then the 3rd Wed (when I would get mine). This is the routine Hubby's parents use. I got a hold of Social Security (heavens what that a pain) and asked about the income test for those that file before full retirement age. She acknowledged it is written and is very confusing but the 45 hrs was suppose to be for professionals that work part time like doctors... and Hubby would fall under the part that is monthly earnings of NET income. She was polite enough to send it to me in writing also. Hubby doesn't have a net income with his hobby.

Propane is delivered. We have enough credit to get 3 more tank fulls.... that should actually put us in to next spring.

We have not saved any money on the chart :( unless you want to count the ZERO block

I ordered what we were out of on spices and condiments. I can sub on Mexican food but not Asian and we do eat it a lot.

We went to store and I bought a lot of fresh produce as I am trying to work that back into my diet. I can eat 1/2 cup total a day without problems. Goals by end of March is 2 cups a day.

Hubby paid for his oil change for the truck and maintenance.

Daughter 4 is getting a car this weekend so I can go get mine back from her (4 hr trip to get it)... It will need an oil change (she is paying me for the oil change), and brakes. So more money not saved.

Hubby was in getting a new converter (used with lawn mower battery for nebulizers for Amish as the one he had bought the fuses blew and he found he could not replace the fuses,will not buy that style again) and saw dog food was on sale for $1 off. He had a coupon for 10% off total amount. So he saved $3 on each 52 lb bag. They go through 2-3 bags a month. That should take us to end of March unless they become horses, as they already eat like piggies.

For Modern Mrs Darcy challenge I have read The Year of Yes By Shonda Rhimes. The Family Garden by Melissa K. Norris, Starting over by Jackie Clay, A Day In An Amish Kitchen by Bob Ottum, and We Had Everything But Money  by Reimen Publications.

 I am reading Daily Rituals by Mason Currey , Original Square Foot garden by Mel Bartholomew and Family Feast for $75 a week by Mary Ostyn  right now. I float through 4-5 books a day. Read a chapter or two and then do another book. My "sleep" book is always a reread book which is Nora Roberts trilogy of The Sign of Seven.

Grocery pantry challenge...We are eating from the pantry of course. Just adding dairy and fresh produce. I did buy some cans of fire roasted tomatoes since I didn't get any roma/paste tomatoes last year. I got 1 can per month until tomatoes should be in to make my own. I lent 1 lb of yeast to M as when E went to the bulk store they boxed the groceries up while he was loading something else and he didn't think to check the boxes and the yeast that was on the list was forgotten. I told her to just replace it when she gets hers but that should last her 2 wks according to her. E now knows to double check before leaving the bulk store. I keep 2-4 lbs of yeast in the freezer as it lasts a good year after date that way. I need to work on being more efficient in the kitchen which is the challenge for Feb.

I am slowly changing from buy stuff premade like Creme Fraiche, Kimchi and sour cream, things we don't eat a lot of but use enough to make it but not to buy it and then it go to waste.

I decided against winter sowing since the weather is bouncing from teens to 60s on a regular bases. I haven't planned out the spring planting yet. I do have the list for my grow cart plants to start.

On Declutter 365 I have 15 left to do of 29 days. One of them is from Jan and that's the decluttering on the spice cabinet which is in the dining room. I will do that when I spring clean the kitchen in which I add the dry goods book case, china cupboard and spice cabinet.

I spring cleaned my bedroom... took 3 days. Probably would have only taken two (I am showing my age by not having it done in 6 hrs) I did move some furniture around and boxes out from under the bed. The only thing under the bed now is my shoe boxes... two take up half the area under the bed. Shoes I am wearing now are in the shoe rack hanging on the back of the door and boots are behind the door or beside the bookcase. Easier to dust mop now.

Goals for this weekend and next week

Change dentist appts for us to a Thursday from Tuesday as Hubby wants to make errands and such all one day a week when it is both of us so he doesn't have to check the calendar if someone calls and asks if he can help... he knows not on Thursdays.

fill out Kroger survey for 50 bonus points.

Scan and send verification for health ins

Scan medical bills and send to RRA for reimbursement. We decided to use the RRA for copays,deductibles and just pay the health ins out of our pocket like it will come out of the SS when we go on medicare .

finish printing stuff for taxes

Appts... taxes and chiro, Valentine and anniversary dinner on Thursday, I guess we can add celebrating getting the taxes done???

Start seeds in grow cart.

straighten the pantry, make note of what is out/low and what needs used more.

spring clean the kitchen, set up to be efficient.

Design deck railing... figure out costs.
















Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday ...worn out dealing with Brother and Daddy.

kind of....
Yesterday I woke up to my brother , who is 10 yrs older than me blowing my phone up with texts (he was at work,he has retired 3 times already and is back to work) because Daddy had to be moved from the nursing home he is in because he roams. Brother darling told me he had to find a place that took non violent Alzheimer with medicaid...

Okay, research mode with friends that work or did work in the nursing homes... A place for Mom web site their phone calls back to me... I found some in the area. Now it was Brother who had to call them and find and opening...

MEANTIME

Hubby and I go to the nursing home... BROTHER either has dementia himself (wouldn't be surprised as his wife and daughter crack jokes all the time about it) and he freaked out, not the first time as he did more than once when Mother was dying, and had a melt down. BUT they were glad we were there and caught us up to what was really going on. Daddy is roaming and going in other peoples rooms, taking crocs(he thought they were mine), and tried to crawl in a lady's bed as she was crying because he wanted to hold her why she cried BUT STILL... A couple other residents threatened him and they are being moved to a violent Alzheimer's ward. But Daddy needed a different set up that would allow him to roam (at night) and keep him and everyone else safe. They also took him off most of his meds except his insulin and he is doing better.

First Hospice had found a place for him and Brother was told the day before they had found him a place 7 different times and he was being moved RIGHT THEN. Glad we went because we got to help move him, he felt better with us being with him until he settled in the new place which had a dog and was going to have singing .... waved me off and told me to go take a nap... most he has spoke in weeks.  He now has a room mate and shares a bathroom... Daddy has been a widower for 30 yrs , not sure if him sharing is going to work but the other guy plays guitar and Daddy loves music so it might be very good .. PRAYERS FOR BOTH OF THEM

Second he is NOT on Medicaid... and since my brother pays the bills he should know that???? SO now I have his wife taking him to the doctor for dementia check up.

The Hospice lady told me she called Brother at work...told him it was fine, Daddy was moving to the new nursing home, I was there... he actually took a breathe and then  asked her if Hubby was there, since she didn't know Hubby she told him a man by this name is dealing with Daddy (he didn't want anyone to push his wheelchair but Hubby). She said there was a silence... and then a sigh of relief and said Ok, sis has this.  She thought it was weird for him to ask about Hubby... first my own health is worse than my older brother's and second , no matter how bad Daddy is , he won't buck Hubby. She was like... okay that make sense.

The new nursing home gave us a couple tips... if we get dentures make sure they are engraved with our name (daddy's is) so if we are in the nursing home and lose them they will come back to us where a lot of them without names end up being tossed... they can't just stick them in your mouth to see if they are yours.

ALSO if we buy a wheelchair to make sure we can remove the feet rests in case we are a scooter like Daddy (he uses his feet not hands to move the chair) as they can't take off the feet rest like the old nursing home did.  You can take your own cane, walker and wheelchair to the nursing home. I have a cane and a walker so I just need to start checking for used wheelchairs that feet can be removed.

So since we were in town and my coupons were expiring that day, we went to the store that was close by instead of driving 40 min to the store we usually go to. I saved 25% with sales and coupons. Got everything that was on the list with a couple substitutions as I wasn't up to another stop. AND we ate AT HOME. There are no leftovers of any kind in the frig as Hubby found out today when he was home for lunch and had to eat summer sausage instead of leftovers. 

I think I will start going to the store when we go see parents and then to Aldi's when we have doc appts . That would make no extra trips unless for milk and Hubby can stop at Save A Lot for milk when he get fuel.

Since I am now worn out to the point I don't even want to change out of the long sleeve tee shirt and sweat pants I slept in I decided pot stickers and egg rolls for dinner with fruit and pickles. I am not sure if a nap isn't on the schedule.

I did call in and order propane.... we are having a fill every 7 weeks instead of the 6 weeks we did that year. So we have "saved" 21 days of fuel. So what we have done so far to help with the energy audit has helped already.

I sat down and researched social security. Might be to worn to physically work so will do mental work.

The first thing several of told me to do was ask for the estimate of what our medicare would cost and deduct that from what our lower benefit would be since we are looking at not waiting until full retirement age. and it would come out when we turned 65. Same price of what we are paying now pretty much and I matched it to be the same coverage.

Second... look at earned income test that will change the amt of benefit when below the full retirement age.... We are okay there  EXCEPT there is one clause of 45 hrs worked PER MONTH... even though Hubby is doing a paying hobby ( no he is not making too much to lower his benefit) we have never tracked his hours... Which is not a problem to do.

We do know rules and amounts change all the time. A paying hobby might be considered as self employed or might not be... no one could really answer this at social security without an appt so we are figuring it as the worse and is considered self employed to see where that set us.

Most don't realize that social security can be taxable when added to your other income. We did because Daddy paid taxes on his and so does Hubby's parents.

I figured out and our financial guy did also.... we would have enough SS to cover the medical now and when we turned 65 and the mortgage. Which is what we had always planned it to pay. Meaning Hubby's hobby which is paying his truck and that ins would be the same and the only money pulled from IRA would be utilities/ house and my car ins and things like that which cuts what we pull by half.  So Hubby it going to think about it. My SS is based on his as I couldn't come anywhere near to what he was earning while I worked odd jobs as a Widow and raised the kids. That makes our IRA last twice as long if not longer.

At least that is a concern off our shoulders.

I scheduled our appt with our tax preparer. She feels after this year I should be able to handle doing the form myself (I used to work for H&R Block). I am just a little iffy about the hobby work... self employed no problem , been self employed most of my life...hobby never done before.When you are making money and getting 1099s from it hobby or no, you claim it and deal with the taxes.

I am tracking what we are spending money on each day to see if there are holes we can plug

Blessed Be










Sunday, February 2, 2020

Check marked off in Jan with Plans for Feb.


Completed one saving chart thanks to doing frugalwoods uber challenge. I printed a one month calendar to keep track of how much we spend on what. To close the holes where $$ is going through.

Paid all of Jan bills and 1st 10 days of Feb. AND still have $$ in bank.

Gathered everything for taxes...waiting for the 1099s from the bank and from one of Hubby's hobby jobs.

Made the menu for the month and then realized I won't be home for a week since I will be staying with Son 2 when he has surgery. SO need to put in freezer meals Hubby can warm in microwave. Which fruit we are to eat is listed every day. I will base the second part of the month which will actually only be 8 days due to me being gone, to using up what is in the house . So far that means I get milk and maybe kale or fresh salad the second part of the month.

I ordered from Amazon (no where around here to get this) my special condiments and spices. I was completely out and was putting off some of the meals because of it. I kept putting the ingredients on the wish list and then ordered it today after we talked over about the menu AFTER I remembered I would be gone.

Figured out when I need to start my seeds as a couple years ago I started too soon and ended up transplanting my tomato plants 3 times before it was time to put them out.

Declutter 365... everything on the Jan calendar except the spice and herbs cabinet. Printed off the Feb calendar of decluttering.

Modern Day Mrs. Darcy read Nora Roberts The Guardians Trilogy: Stars of Fortune,Bay of Sighs and Island of Glass. Also read Nora Roberts  Chronicles of The One :Year One, Of Blood and Bone, and The Rise of Magicks.

Picked out part of the books I will read for Feb. The Year of Yes By Shonda Rhimes, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler, The Family Garden by Melissa K Norris (about growing a garden to fill the pantry for 1 yr includes how many plants to grow do that), More Than Enough by Miranda Anderson, Starting Over by Jackie Clay , The Journey Without You by Tersa Carter Kissie , The Children Who Stayed Alone (original title Sod House Adventure) by Bonnie Bess Worline.Family Feasts for $75 a Week by Mary Ostyn,Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half by Steve and Annette Economides ,All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew , Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, A Day in An Amish Kitchen by Bob Ottum Editor 1995 Reiman Publications  and last but not least We Had Everything But Money Published by 1991 Reiman Plublications

I still need to do the final choice of the winter sowing and how many of that I will do...

I will finish planning the sq foot garden layouts along with what containers and how I will do the railing on the deck to include plantings.

Do you have any plans?
Blessed Be






Friday, January 31, 2020

Planning the garden.

Step 1 .... what do we eat. Easy to figure out since I have a pantry  inventory. I also noted what we have finished eating that I do not need to replace AKA Great Northern canned beans for one.

Step 2 ... how much do we eat of each thing, I based it on WHAT amounts we should be eating.Since we haven't been eating as good as we should be.Cheaper than paying medical bills and such according to our doctor.PLUS I can pretty much eat everything since starting my biologic.

Step 3... What can I buy for stock up that is regularly sold from the Amish and Farmers market. I can buy acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pie pumpkins, jack be little pumpkins, Jade green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, fall beets and tomatoes for juice and whole tomatoes and green tomatoes for the freezer. Banana peppers, red bell peppers, sweet *white or bicolor*corn for fresh eating, and canning corn for freezer (sweet but yellow). I can get horseradish also along with onions to store, dry and pickle.

Step 4 So what do we want in the pantry that isn't grown in the area or I should say sold due to they grow enough for themselves and what do we want for fresh eating during the summer.

Salad... different lettuces leaf and head,spinach, kale, mustard, Swiss chard.  Carrots... short and sweet or Little finger, radishes, white, red and black for fall/early winter. Scallions. Cherry tomatoes. Goal is to have salad at least 6 months and Hubby asked for 9 months,  this year with future to work to year around. I will do repeats of plantings to keep it going through until fall. I have a shady spot that I can roll carts into to keep the heat off them. Nasturtiums also.

Other with the goal to eat from the garden and not the pantry during the growing season.Will get the older stuff used up and less work canning something I don't need to can.

peas...for fresh eating and freezer. This can be a spring and fall crop. We use 24 lbs of peas a year, half of it has carrots added to it.

snow peas for fresh and freezer. No one grows these that we can find. Another spring and fall crop.

beets for spring... beets for sale are in the late summer as everyone is eating and canning their spring beets. It's served at Church so they need more than just their family needs. They only grow red beets. I would like some for fresh eating but of different colors like spiral red and white or golden. Plus beet greens

turnips more for fresh eating but willing to put some in freezer plus turnip greens.

pepperoncini peppers for fresh eating and canning.

cucumbers... salad, fresh eating and if I have more than that I can always pickle them. Armenian cucumber so if I don't pick it, it becomes a melon.

Yellow wax beans. I used them to make my own 3 bean salad but also as a side that a different color. I will can 3 bean salad this year as a pint is enough for us instead of opening 2 separate pints of canned beans and a pint of kidney or black beans.

Eggplant, fresh eating, canned as caponata or frozen breaded.

Tomatoes... paste tomatoes (not much available around here) I like fire roasted, red sauce and pasta sauce, along with pizza sauce and enchilada sauce. We usually grow over 100 tomato plants. But since I can get tomatoes for juice and whole tomatoes from N I dropped that down to around 25. I am trying a couple different varieties this year that are new hybrids.

Red noodle beans and purple beans for stir fries.

Scarlet runner and sunset runner for the humming birds. I will keep the beans picked to keep it blooming.

zucchini and crookneck... I always only get  4 to 6 off them before I kill them. Have never figured out what I do but I struggle to grow them. I bought a spiralizer so noodles also.

Garlic. I didn't plant any this fall so we will be out and I will have to buy them else where or at store. I grow hardneck. Might try growing some soft neck as the one Amish said they will be small but she can get them to grow. She doesn't get enough to sell.

Dried beans, black, small red, navy, lazy wife (planted with popcorn) cannelino, kidney, and pinto.

Sweet potatoes. Mine didn't grow at all last year. I have my sweet potato in water that I will cut slips from

Broccoli.. last time I am trying to grow it. We use 36 lbs a year between broccoli, broccoli and cauliflower and California blend of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

Gave up cauliflower last year I will just have to buy it to can hot pickled cauliflower.

Cabbage ... hard to find for sale around here because they make it into kraut. IF I grow too much I have several willing to take it off my hands.

At Hubby's request Ancho chile, Guajillo chile,cayenne chile and Pasilla chile.

I have 2 apple trees but they are not good producers so I can order apples from the Amish or get some from the Amish store. BUT if I pick these E our neighbor said he would take them to the cider press for us. Hubby likes apple cider.

Pears... I will tell the neighbor as they also look for these and usually find someone that has extra.

Peaches that is the Amish store because I want cling free.

Assorted berries. I have blackberry bushes... I really hope they produce and I have blueberry bushes I hope they produce. We lost most of our rhubarb and strawberries plus all of the raspberry bushes. Grape vines didn't do well either. I didn't get anything off the grape vine when the year before I got 14 qrts of grape juice. IF I get grapes this year I would like to try to make grape butter instead of jelly.

Then comes the herbs and spices. Some of these won't get planted this year. My goal is to have all of them planted by next year.

I use ancho chile powder so when Hubby asked for it to be grown I was okay with it.

Basil. ON average I use a gal. of dried basil, not touching what I use fresh during the season.

Borage. Flowers in salad and leaves for herbs

cayenne about 1 qrt.

chervil about  1 pt

Chile powder, I make my own combination of what chiles I grow. Been using cayenne and red bell pepper with store bought paprika.

Crushed red pepper ...cayenne or red jalapenos (get from friend) with red bell peppers

garlic chives and regular chives tons fresh and 1/2 gal each in cabinet

dried cilantro leaves... we don't use much fresh but like the flavor when I dry it about 1 pt BUT cilantro is the leaves of coriander and we like coriander seeds ground 1 pt

Dill weed... I use the weed and the seeds I never grow enough to use in the pickling of asparagus and pickles.

garlic... fresh and powdered

lavender especially with teas

lemon balm ...teas

marjoram leaves and ground

onion powder I grind up my own dried onions but very seldom use onion powder so it's grounded as needed I have 3 qrts of dried onions one being dried red onion.

oregano ... I can use a gal in a year

parsley flat and curly.. a gal each

rosemary a gal

sage 1 qrt

savory... I would like to grow winter and summer

shallots. I already ran out this year.

Thai basil

Thyme  1 gal

We have some mint still growing around the back stoop and I need more rhubarb crowns but it's a start .. With the planning.


























Monday, January 27, 2020

Eating from the pantry .... planning garden

From the pantry

sweet potato hash, fried eggs , hominy, spinach and mandarin oranges

one pot Italian green beans, potatoes and ham, corn bread and pears

meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, leftover green beans and peaches

beef enchilada casserole, Spanish rice, beets and mango

turkey noodles over mashed potatoes, freezer slaw, tropical fruit

Hungarian cabbage rolls, acorn squash, pineapple

Loaded calzones, veggie platter with Ranch dip

Cuban black beans with rice, sunshine salad and custard.

Leftovers will be wrapped and frozen for next month.

In the garden.

After much debate and figuring up what we had at the old place which I took care of that we would do the same here. I did insist on 90 % being either in pots or in above ground square foot gardens. I do need to figure out the cost of building the beds (we have a few left) and dirt.

I did a 5 day class of growing food for the year and was able to figure out how much to plant of what I NEED to grow myself. The rest I will buy either from Amish or farmer markets.

This week since I am still recovering from the high cortisol and have now slide in to the chronic fatigue part I am just doing the planning of the garden and ordering seeds. I also ordered some plants I can't get around here and haven't done well trying to raise myself.

How is things going with you?
Blessed Be

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Errands, family emergencies

We stopped to see Daddy and found him asleep in his wheelchair in his door way. Hubby woke him up and Daddy told us he had threw up in the neighbor's drawers. He was really upset he had threw up (I can remember my dad ever throwing up). I asked the nurse about it. He spit up at lunch in the lunchroom. He talked more than he had since Christmas eve. Could answer questions correctly except where he threw up. He mentioned he needed changed as his diaper was wet ... so they changed his pants also as he had some spit up on them that they had missed before due to being in his crotch. I tucked him in for a nap. I got a good hug and a kiss and a I love you Sis. Good visits are becoming very rare.

We stopped and visited Hubby's parents. His dad had been sick with the flu a week ago and was mostly recovered. They were staying close to home.

We went to Kroger's that was around the corner from them. Had a decent selection but check out was a nightmare. They are pushing the scan and go and click list. 

I got mascara , granddaughter gave me money to get blue mascara for my birthday. I had a coupon so was able to black also for $1 more. Then got a $5 coupon at check out off of ANYTHING because I bought 2. I also got nail file boards. Paid out of gift $ and personal money budget.

I got 3 boxes of dog biscuits. I get the small ones otherwise I break them in half. A box lasts a month usually as they only get 1 each night. ON SALE

I got 2 boxes of large dog dental styx. I break these in 3rd each night. ON SALE

Dogs don't get tartar and Wilbur doesn't have the gum issues as much that is common with boxers. Paid out of dog budget.

I got a package of 4 baking potatoes COUPON and a bag of red potatoes. Since our own potatoes went bad. I have some dried so didn't need much

I got 1 gal of milk since I still have 1/2 gal. I figured that would get me to Feb.

I got 5 lb chub of hamburger to cook up for taco meat and sloppy joe meat with COUPON and ON SALE.

I got 3 lbs of bacon for the price of 1 1/2 lbs with COUPON and on SALE.

$33.24 out of food budget.

It also made enough with the survey for Hubby to get 10 cents/gal of his fuel for the truck.

We got home, I made biscuits for the sausage gravy and ran the dishwasher.

THEN 

Daughter 4 texts she has fluid coming out of her ear and it reminds her of the liquid off raw chicken. Tell her to go to Urgent care immediately. They sent her to ER. She had cerebral fluid draining due to pressure from her sinus infection (she thought allergies) and is on meds, after they cleaned her ear they couldn't find any more leakage but told her to see her primary immediately (see her after work and yes she went to work as she doesn't have medical leave at the new job yet.) She checked in at lunch and said she was doing better and had no more leakage.

THEN

Son 2 calls, he cut his finger while slicing potatoes and it wouldn't stop bleeding. Sent him to urgent care. He cut the pad off (will have to get new finger prints done at work after it heals) and they had to use silver nitrate to burn it shut. Can't use his finger for 10 days, can't get it wet either. He is single so dishes is an issue and he works in a office at a computer all day. He checked in at lunch and said it was throbbing but manageable and he put it in a freezer bag and sealed it to wash his dishes and shower. Like we did his leg when he had a cast up to his hip with a trash bag.

THEN 

Hubby's parents let us know his older brother who was on vacation out of the country had flown in to NY. He was on his way to the hospital in OH due to having to have a catheter because he couldn't pee. He had prostrate problems before he left but thought he would be okay until he got home from vacation. NOPE.  They ran tests, changed the catheter and sent him at 3 am. He sees urologist at 1 pm today.

 I baked gingerbread cake. Frozen some of it.

I baked brownie cookie (Aldi mix that comes out at Christmas). Frozen some of it.

I baked cranberry orange muffins (King Arthur Flour mix) Froze some of it.

I baked eggnog custard pie. Hubby ate 2/3rds of it in one day. Must have hit the spot.

I am canning the last of the bean soup and freezing the last of the corn bread muffins.

I am canning ham broth and freezing the little bit of ham left.

I have laundry on the drying rack, dishwasher running, humidifier filled and spent an hour on the phone to get my biologic refilled in 3 month fills but was warned the computer might flip it back to monthly. My ins doesn't pay more than for 3 fills on long term meds so I will have to CALL to make sure it's done in 3 month fills not monthly each refill.

WHILE waiting for the pharmacy to pick up (on hold for 20 min) I down loaded paper work for taxes for our tax lady. 

How has your week gone?

Blessed Be 
 






Tuesday, January 21, 2020

take a breath... eating from pantry, what I am doing and store 1st time

Sit down with your favorite beverage and just rest for a moment or so.

Yesterday and today was days of rest. We really didn't do anything.Kind of a stay-cation???

Jan 19th
Hubby had leftovers and I had popcorn. I haven't been able to eat popcorn in over a year. It was wonderful. I dropped a couple popcorn and Charlotte and Wilbur thought it was great. Rascal spit it out and looked at me like where is the butter? He definitely remembered that part. I gave them all a handful (Rascal's with butter). I noticed that Wilbur and Charlotte both sniffed Rascal's but didn't want it. Now if it had bacon grease Wilbur and Charlotte would have ate it but Rascal wouldn't.

I sorted seeds and organized them by the temperature of the soil. Realized I had forgot to order crookneck squash, zucchini, yellow wax beans, turnips, a couple kales, a couple mustards and a couple nasturtiums. So I did that , between the sale, discount, coupon and rebate I saved 45%. I am definitely growing in square foot gardens and pots/grow bags but figuring that out is later this week.

I dug out of the box in the east loft the cds I used to play while cleaning and driving back and forth to Georgia.

I have missed my music, missed my candles and missed serving dinner on different plates. I've missed giving myself a mini spa at home. Miss walking the perimeter with the dogs. All that went away when we started working on this house March of 2019. I am working at putting it all back in.

The projects we had planned for this year got shoved back due to the kitchen porch dropping 2 inches, wall starting to give on the basement ramp . Which is at the end of the kitchen porch, Hubby thinks it is a drain that broke and is washing the soil away. The lane needing to be widened due to the truck actually being wider than the lane. Hubby now has some nasty ruts beside it.

I was talking to a homesteader that gave me this advice.

What you plan to do in 1 yr will take 5  and the 5 yr might never happen. Just remember each small step you take is more than you had yesterday and that is all that really matters. Keeping ahead, not going backwards.

Jan 20th
Laundry on the drying rack and walkers I have over heat vents. My morning routine is done.

I have beans with water on simmering and when that's been an hour I will drain and rinse it and then put it back on with ham broth to simmer another hour. That's how Daddy always cooked his beans and I always liked them over Mother's. She only used water and no broth. I haven't had bean soup in 3 yrs. All food restrictions are off and that is  wonderful thing. I still have some issues with eating a lot of fresh fruit and veggies but I am sure as work increasing it those issues will go away.

Jan 21st  I limited myself to 1/2 cup of fried potatoes, 1 cup of bean soup and 1 tablespoon of diced onions and a corn bread muffin with a slice of gingerbread cake with 1/2 cup applesauce on top of it last night. I had 2 cranberry orange muffins and a small bar of brownie cookie for a snack.
Felt proud on myself for turning off the light at 9:45 to go to sleep....my phone beeped due to my fit bit and Charlotte was up and running...then she had Rascal up also. Wilbur was to the point of growling at them because he was sleeping and they kept getting up and down off the bed. They went to the door, nope didn't want out. Went back to bed and back up and down. Finally at 12:30 I got them out and then had to go out at 1 and get Rascal to come back in as Charlotte had already been in. He laid down and went to sleep and I pinned her down in my arms until she went to sleep. GEEZE.

2 AM UP and in the bathroom until 4 when I let all the dogs out and made Hubby's coffee. I would say for the 1st time of eating beans in 3 yrs... it was like eating 2 large bowls of fiber cereal and the onions gave me heart burn. BUT didn't trigger my Crohn's and I don't have any lingering affects so beans is going to be in the diet regularly... I can eat refried beans with no issues at all. I will soak my onions in ice water for now on when I am eating them and take my meds a little closer to meal time if I am having onions. If I had chewed Mento's I would have not woke up with heart burn. Just bathroom time LOL.

Hubby and I are going to the store for the 1st time this month. I need milk, dog biscuits and dog dental. Wilbur has teeth issues as common for boxers but the dental seems to keeping it down quite a bit according to the vet that checks him.

I am tired, but I told Hubby I want to see Daddy and his parents, go to the store and then come home for dinner. Sausage gravy and biscuits... he said something about needing biscuits and I told him he could wait the 30 min it takes me to make them from scratch and bake them... he looked like he had a duh moment.

Take care , stay well
Blessed Be




Saturday, January 18, 2020

menu change Jan 12

Jan 12 was supposed to be leftovers but we ate it for lunch so had crackers and cheese and olives for dinner

Jan 13 We had corned beef hash and eggs instead of freezer to plate chicken meal

Jan 14 We had ham, baked potato and baked acorn squash

Jan 15 We had porcupine meatballs with diced tomatoes, mushrooms and onions, rice and leftover acorn squash and pineapple chunks.

Jan 16th. due to errands followed by getting groceries at Aldi's for neighbors (they really should build one here).The neighbors paid for our lunch  which we ate late and then didn't feel like eating any dinner. Both of us grabbed apples and peanut butter to smear on them and was done with it.

Jan 17th... ham wraps for lunch. Homemade pizza for dinner

Jan 18th Chinese takeout as it is my 61st birthday but I don't want to go out due to the crappy cold wet weather so Hubby suggested he go get Chinese since I didn't want to go out and he didn't want me to cook on my birthday.

I plan bean soup(first time for eating it in over a year.) tomorrow with fried potatoes and white corn bread.


creating routines

I am good at flying by the seat of my pants...it's not healthy for me though as it triggers the fight or flight syndrome

 In 2001 Daughter 4 gave me Flylady.net  web site since the last  4 kids were leaving home within a couple months and I was going to be cleaning alone and I became a flybaby. LOL I admit I have been off and on that bandwagon a lot.

I sat down yesterday and started working out a routine that I can handle and get done the work I want without triggering my flight or flight... I hope .

I started with my bedtime routine as I do it pretty much all the time

Then I went to the morning routine which is most the time, lunch time routine, after 3 routine then I added  a home blessing and zone work. I decided to work on the punch list when I am working in that zone.

I will start this Feb 2. Seems like a good day Groundhogs day along with Imbolic and St. Bridget day.

Just and FYI
Imbolc is traditionally the great festival and honouring of Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit), so loved as a pagan Goddess that her worship was woven into the Christian church as St Bridget. She is a Goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. She is a Goddess of Fire, of the Sun and of the Hearth. She brings fertility to the land and its people and is closely connected to midwives and new-born babies. She is the Triple Goddess, but at Imbolc she is in her Maiden aspect.


MORNING ROUTINE
RISE AND SHINE!
SHERM/COFFEE
DOGS OUT
BATHROOM/ GET DRESSED
START LAUNDRY
DOGS IN
CHECK CALENDAR
MAKE BED/LAYOUT PJS
CURTAINS/WINDOWS OPEN
DOGS FRESH WATER AND FOOD
DISHWASHER UNLOADED
FIRST LOAD DRYING
START SECOND LOAD OF LAUNDRY
PERIMETER

 AFTER LUNCH ROUTINE

LUNCH

LAUNDRY

DOGS

ZONE

DOGS

GARDEN

BATH/SHOWER 2:30/3 pm

AFTER 3:00 P.M. ROUTINE
3:00 TEA TIME

COMPUTER TIME

3:30 DUST MOP

START DINNER

CLEAN 1-2 SHELVES IN REFRIGERATOR

4:30 DINNER

5 -6:30 NEWS

RUN DISHWASHER


 BEDTIME ROUTINE
8:00 PM POTTY PARTY

8:15 PM: CHECK DOGS WATER AND FOOD, GIVE TREATS

8:20 PM: CHECK CALENDAR/ CHECK TOMORROW’S WORK

8:25 PM WATER BY BED/LAYOUT CLOTHES/PJS ON

8:30 PM JOURNAL, DEVOTIONAL, SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, READ

10:00 PM LIGHTS OUT


SUNDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
DAY OF REST
SNAIL MAIL
MENU
GARDEN
LUNCH ROUTINE
ME 
MYSELF
AND I
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES

MONDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
LAUNDRY:
CLOTHES
KITCHEN TOWELS
DUST N SHINE
GARDEN
ZONE WORK
LUNCH ROUTINE
CLEAN FRIGS
NEED LIST
TRASH OUT
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES
TUSEDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
LAUNDRY:
CLOTHES
KITCHEN TOWELS
SWISH AND SWIPE
GARDEN
ZONE WORK
LUNCH ROUTINE
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES

WEDNESDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
LAUNDRY:
CLOTHES
KITCHEN TOWELS
MOP AND VACUUM
GARDEN
ZONE WORK
LUNCH ROUTINE
COUPONS/SALES
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES


THURSDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
LAUNDRY:
CLOTHES
BATH TOWELS
KITCHEN TOWELS
ERRANDS
GARDEN
ZONE WORK
LUNCH ROUTINE
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES

FRIDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
LAUNDRY:
CLOTHES
KITCHEN TOWELS
BAKE AND SEW
GARDEN
ZONE WORK
LUNCH ROUTINE
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES

SATURDAY
MORNING ROUTINE
LAUNDRY:
CLOTHES
KITCHEN TOWELS
BEDDING
BAKE AND SEW
GARDEN
ZONE WORK
LUNCH ROUTINE
AFTER 3 PM ROUTINE
BEDTIME ROUTINES

Zones will be done each week with the figuring of 5 wks a month. Since a lot of months only have a few days the 5th week I put the least needed area to be cleaned/worked on during the 5th week. It is also I can do something in that area on weeks I have the other zones done.

ZONE 1 ZONE 2
KITCHEN  WC BATH
DINING ROOM  FRT RM AND PORCH
DECK AND PORCH MUDROOM AND STOOP
PANTRY
ZONE 3 ZONE 4
BEDROOM WEST LOFT
LAUNDRY ROOM EAST LOFT
BATH AND HALL  STAIRS 
MECHANICS ROOM BARN 
FREEZER ROOM

ZONE 5
SOUTH LOFT
NORTH LOFT
STAIRS
BARN 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

we completed one chart

Mediumsizedfamily.com had this. It is the chart Kim at Outmywindowtoday.blogspot.com has used this chart.

Hubby and I was both surprised to complete the chart before the end of the month.Most the bills are paid and the potting soil for the winter sowing was bought.

Hubby figured up where he stood with his paying hobby. He broke even until we added the 2 trailers he bought. He had bought 3 but sold the one and bought a larger one. I did remind him that for a hobby it was decent for the 1st year. He did talk to another hauler that does it to make his living and he said he was just barely breaking even and was going to have to start hauling longer distances. He doesn't take out of state trips.

We figured up our net worth and were okay with that. Not where we thought we would be but the stock market has been down since Hubby retired.

I shared our goals for this year with our IRA guy and he reminded us that we have an account with money for 1 yrs worth of health ins with him... yes we had forgot. IT's okay we forgot Hubby had a pension on top of his 401k. YES REALLY.

SO we can take the medical off the save for. Put that over on to the saving for the 3rd month of the "bills" and the new to us dog truck because I am not willing to add another car loan to the debt and everything I am seeing that would work is over $12000

Going to call it a night.. The cold wet from today has made me achy.

Blessed Be everyone


Sunday, January 12, 2020

From the pantry Jan 7th to Jan 13th

Jan 7th
Leftovers from the frig with fried eggs

Jan 8th Cheeseburgers with onions (garden) and mushrooms and garlic(garden)

Jan 9th Wingers... Hubby paid with his hobby money as an early bday present to me. And here I thought it was because I didn't have any cavities.... Pushing 61 and have never had a cavity.

Jan 10th. leftover wings and hot pickled cauliflower and crackers

Jan 11th spaghetti, meatballs (finished bag in freezer) homemade pasta sauce, sub buns (from freezer) as garlic bread.

NOTE made 6 batches of noodles, shared 2 batches with daughter 4 and dried the rest for our pantry. One batch is thin noodles to add to soups at the last minute, the other 3 for us is our sturdy , thicker wider noodle for main dish like beef and noodles over mashed potatoes.

Jan 12, took stuff to daughter 4 including the 2 batches of noodles and 4 1/2 dozen eggs.  ATE the last of the spag and meatballs adding the half of the left over mushrooms and onions I cooked the other day. FOR LUNCH as we both were starving when we got home.

 Had summer sausage, cheese, crackers and apples for supper.

Tomorrow I will have Freezer to plate meal Daughter 2 talked me into buying a while back. It's for frozen chicken so you don't have to thaw the chicken and it's rice and peas and carrots. I have a doc appt early afternoon so figured this would work plus get a box out of the cabinet.

Hubby brought a ham in from the barn freezer for Tuesday's meal. I already have planned to bake some acorn squash along with it. He mentioned there was a nice size hole in the freezer. LOL




Friday, January 10, 2020

fight or flight stuck in overdrive...frugal days

After testing , doc confirmed my cortisol was high and staying there... Once again my fight or flight has stuck in overdrive.

SINCE he does NOT feel that MORE medication is the answer he  gave suggestions on how to lower it. I have had this problem more than so some it is just going back to an old routine. Like no tv,computer, phone an hour before bed so I  am back to reading for an hour before bed. AND that triggers me to go to sleep. I keep water cup that has a lid and straw by the bed instead of the coke... Yeah I know but I am down to less than 2 20 oz bottles of coke or sprite... I try to do one of both otherwise I am definitely a coke a cola classic gal.I've went from sleeping maybe 4 hrs to sleeping 11 every other day. Doc said to average it out and see what I am averaging. As of today I am averaging around 7, he wants me at 9... so at least it's getting better. Even though I feel like a walking zombie.

The fatigue is as haunting as the feeling of needing to push through is. Neither are good.

Hubby is making my daily to do list and it in my view is next to nothing but he knows how this goes since it's not the first rodeo for us.

I did put hamburger for Salisbury steak and country fried steak in the freezer from the hamburger log I bought. We had cheeseburgers for dinner. I also cooked the rest of it and got 5-1 cup bags of meat for the freezer for either taco pizza, sloppy joes or hamburger pie or just some quick casserole.

I made laundry soap for both us and Daughter 4.

I've hung laundry out on porch line and drying rack daily.

While seeing Daddy we went over and visited with Hubby's parents as they are only a few miles apart.

Went to get dental check up( we scheduled together to lower fuel costs) stopped and got car tags, then went to bank , then to the post office then to Menards to use rebate to get distilled water for the humidifier in the bedroom.

Averaged out what the electric bill ran 2019. We lowered it by the average of $14.50 a month even with the increase per kilowatt.

Ordered seeds/plants for the garden this year using rakuten,codes and coupons. We are raising mostly fresh or what we can't find at the Amish farms. We really missed eggplant and Roma tomatoes. I will raise plants from the seeds I already have. We use chiles that are not grown in this area.

Meantime I need to walk some to not stiffen up.
Blessed Be








Monday, January 6, 2020

frugal choices

We used gas buddy to find the cheapest fuel for the trucks.

I turned off the furnace 3 times and opened the doors to air out the house when it got up to 50 degrees. We now turn the furnace down 2 degrees when going to bed.

We went back over the budget to see if we could find any other place to cut back or cut out completely. We have $500 in medical going out above the cost of our health ins this month. Also I have truck and car tags to get. 

I washed clothes in cold water using homemade laundry soap and hung either on drying rack or porch clothes line.

All Christmas lights was turned off Dec 31 at 11 pm. That is the day when our electric bill is read at 11:59 pm by computer. So the holiday lights are only on 1 bill instead of 3 like last year.

We changed 3 nightlights...still LED but light up the rooms better with 1 bulb instead of a dozen.

Hubby installed more air barrier. Still more to go. But we can really tell the difference in the house.

We ate from the pantry and didn't order anything on line or go shopping.

We spent time just resting over the holidays and talking about goals and plans and taking care of our health.

We wrote out what our 2020 goals were and I posted them on the wall at the calendar so we would see them daily.

We batted around thoughts on how to have fresh produce, produce for stocking and the costs of it all. We both understand we need some garden and Hubby now acknowledges he didn't think it would be that much work by putting it in ground where I wanted to stay with square foot gardening for the majority of it.

We also know we have to find a better place to store potatoes and winter squash as the area we used is still too warm (thanks to warmer winter) and we are starting to lose it 3 months before usually. I Will be canning a lot this week.

I washed out 3 plastic bags and the insert to a box of cold cereal that we bought at the discount store for 99 cents.

How did your first week of the new year go?

Blessed Be




From the pantry Dec 30th to Jan 6th

Week 2 of eating from the pantry. Not being a problem since I have meals listed that can be fixed fast.

Dec 30th pork chops green beans, sweet potatoes and pears

Dec 31st sausage patty, canned potatoes fried, canned spinach, canned 3 bean salad and canned mandarin oranges

Jan 1st BBQ *Mother's recipe for sauce* ribs, canned kraut, instant mashed potatoes and canned black eye peas. Christmas pudding( steamed UK pudding) that I didn't like but Hubby thought was good in milk. Made me think of a very dry fruit cake.

Jan 2nd Left overs

Jan 3rd  Sara Moulton White chicken chili ... I used ground turkey as ground chicken in not available in this area. I used my own canned broth and 2 cans of Great Northern beans (now out of those canned beans) We are odds and ends of veggies and fruit from lunch

Jan 4th  Leftover chili and chunk pineapple

Jan 5th 177 Milkstreet Pork tapas, hot pickled cauliflower, green olives, ripe olives, cheese and crackers.

Jan 6th egg sandwiches, apples.


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Jan 4th 4:20 pm this week's to do

I am sitting here at the dining table by candle light watching the snow starting to fall. Grass is brown and not covered as the last few days have been warm and we've had rain.  I have 2 towels still out of the porch line, the drying rack is full, both sock racks are full of kitchen hot pads and towels, and 2 walkers are over vents holding aprons and towels to dry. BUT except for the Christmas tree skirt the Christmas stuff is washed. When it is dry I will box it up. Monday I will run the vacuum and get all the throw rugs done and boxed up also. That will be the last of Christmas.

I flipped out the thick bath towels for the thinner ones for winter. Since we seem to have damp weather where I can't hang clothes on the line weekly the thick ones dry too slow on the drying rack.

This week I am going to be canning winter squash. The basement is staying too warm and we will be losing it if I don't get it done as I found one today that was bad. I still have 3 spag sq... or 4 I can't remember that we will need to get in the frig and eat them as they can't be canned.

My 5 gallon bucket that holds homemade noodles is empty so I need to get noodles made. By making them now I can make a quick meal later of them.

I have some veggies getting old so I need to make some veggie stock so they don't go to waste.

I have hamburger to make Salisbury steak, country fried steak, taco meat and sloppy joe. I might cook some plain to help with making casseroles.

I have to make some sour dough starter. I need sour dough bread for garlic soup and I need bread dough for pigs in the blanket. Might as well make that with the sour dough also.

I need to cook some bulk sausage for pizza, calzones and casseroles.

Finances are caught up until the 8th.We started following the money chart from Mediumsizedfamily.com

  http://outmywindowtoday.blogspot.com/ also uses this chart. It helped her get her house paid off so I am hoping we can use it to pay for the newer to us truck when we find one.

I will also can the leftover  of Sara Moulton white chicken chili (I used turkey and great northern beans). Won't be a biggie since I will be canning squash also.

This week I will also move the chair( and clean it) I always sat in at Daddy's into the front room where the Christmas tree was. He had bought a chair for me so I could touch the floor when I sat to visit with him. My brother made sure I got it  when we cleared the house. I will have figure out a different place for the Christmas tree next year. I have Mother's in my bedroom as she was a good 2-3 inches shorter than me.

We are doing well on the pantry challenge as we are in our second week. We are also focusing on eating at least 80% real food aka from scratch.

Doing well in the no spend and looking forward to marking off squares on the money chart.

I am also trying to do stretches on my yoga mat every day this month. That is on top of my daily 10,000 steps and 4 trips on the staircases since I decided to not spend the money on an elliptical or gym membership.

I also am doing a reading challenge from https://modernmrsdarcy.com/

This month I am reading the trilogy of The One from Nora Roberts.Hubby bought the last book for me for Christmas.

I will also read Starting Over by Jackie Clay *Backwoods Home magazine*

I am also checking my seeds and deciding what to plant for fresh eating. We really missed having eggplant and fresh salads. I will be buying my "stock up" goods from the Amish and the auction.

Best get doing the evening routine.














Wednesday, January 1, 2020

I lost a friend today

We met in 2001 through local groups of Flylady.net. Used to meet as a group and then her and I would meet just us when the groups fell apart as time passed.

She was a speech therapist and preacher. She married Daughter 4 and her ex.

She was vibrant , earthy , had great tastes in food and wine. Could curse like a sailor when flipping mad. I could get her to laugh when in a mad rant by asking who urinated her off.

Nov 16, 2009 she sat beside me in a coffee house in Springfield OH to help me write the first blog here. She followed my blog ever since.

 Dec 22nd,she was hanging Christmas decorations standing on an 8 ft ladder and fell to a tile floor. She not only cracked her skull on the floor but caused the metal rod in her spine to come loose. She died today to traumatic brain injury.

Heartbroken you are gone Libs.  I love you.