Thriving In My Thrifty Week–October 7, 2019

I can’t believe I found MORE veggies out in that garden! Every time I say, “This is the last zucchini, or whatever,” I find more. Still, I think I picked the last zucchini today. The beans were on a row covered with weeds, but these were down there. The tomato bushes are pulled now, so they really are gone, but there are a couple of cherry tomato plants that are still alive. We have been hit with a couple of light frosts and so things have been scorched slightly, and will die before long, I’m sure. We’ve been having the veggies daily, and when there are none, we’ve been eating canned and frozen. I had a 1/2 head of lettuce and a little spinach we ate as salads.

I roasted one of the 2 –79c/lb chickens I bought on sale this past week. I froze the other one. I made bone broth from the carcass and froze most of it. I made potato soup with the rest. The spots in the broth are herbs that I sprinkled on the chicken before I roasted it.

I went on part of a quilt shop hop. We will not choose to travel the entire route this time. Some of the shops are very far from my house, and I just don’t have enough time to do that. Still, I had a great time visiting the ones nearer to my house, getting some more free quilt block kits and buying some matching fabrics so I can make another quilt. It’s very fun to visit several quilt stores in one day:).

I worked on the quilt I’m currently making. I sewed up 2 of the new blocks I got, just for fun.

Also, Patsy chose some additional fabric for the project she is working on. She’s very new at quilting, so it’s taking her a while, but she’s making slow, but steady progress. Jake chose a Star Wars print, and I will glue a spaceship onto his blankie, using some of that double-sided iron-on interfacing and a zigzag stitch. I’m sure those circus animals will enjoy having a spaceship flying above their circus:)

I read library books. Jake listened to a Boxcar Children book on c.d., watched a Boxcar Children movie, and had me read aloud from … guessed it, A Boxcar Children book.

I was able to use up quite a few odds and ends from both my refrigerator and my sister’s, preventing food waste. I will finish cleaning mine out in the morning, I think. If I get time, I’d love to wash it out. It’s a good time to do that when it’s not very full.

I had my mom and niece over for lunch on Wednesday. I made an Asian chicken salad from some cabbage my sister gave me, and potato soup. Then, on the same day, we had friends over for dinner. I made ham, a refried bean and cheese nacho, guacamole and chips, salad and coleslaw. Patsy made double chocolate cookies. I have to admit, it was a bit of a strange mixture for dinner, but it all went down the hatches! Good thing I love to cook:).

My friend brought her 7 children and they moved Rob’s wood pile from where he and Patsy had thrown it out of the van into the woodshed. That was so nice of them to gift us their time to do something Rob simply cannot do right now. The wood was a gift from my sister and her husband as he took down some trees. It adds to the woodpile we have. We are always gathering wood and will be warm all winter with the large stack we have. (If we had room, we would store 3 years’ worth like we did at our other place, so we would always have plenty and we would always have very dry wood. Because this place is small, we only have a little over 1 year’s supply, but feel grateful for that.)

We received several other gifts during the past few weeks. We are extremely grateful for each and every one of them and feel very blessed. Thank you to each of you who blessed us with either a gift of time, or another kind of gift.

10 thoughts on “Thriving In My Thrifty Week–October 7, 2019”

  1. Wow! You still got quite a lot out of your garden and I’m glad you received gifts as you seem to always be giving to others.

    I have been wondering how Rob has been faring while waiting for surgery. I’m sorry he is in so much pain and l hope he can receive the surgery soon.

    Have a great week.

    1. Thank you. Rob is having a very hard time and his mobility is getting more and more limited. His weight is plateaued again☹️ But, he still gimps along and does all that he can. He is an amazing laundryfolder!!

  2. Your meal of ham and various sides sounds great….especially the chocolate cookies… I am amazed at the temp differences in the different parts of the U.S. As of Sunday, we were having heat indexes of 110. However, it actually dropped down to 89 today. I am so happy! I am tired of running my air conditioner. Obviously with temps in the upper 90’s and heat index records, lots of folks have still been swimming a lot. I look forward to temps in the upper 80’s this week.

    1. We are getting plenty warm today?. We are not used to humidity or heat, but are certainly enjoying ourselves under fans, in the pool, and today we are driving to see sights! But, it is different to be basking in the sun while getting freeze warnings on our phones for back home!

  3. Thanks for the update! I hope that you didn’t catch the family cold, and I hope everyone is on the mend. I hope that Rob will soon be able to have the surgery. Will you be going to Hawaii to celebrate once he recovers? Definitely something to look forward to on the days when he isn’t feeling so good.
    Hope you have a good week.

    1. We are actually in Hawaii right now?. It’s difficult for him to get around but he’s managing. We are doing some sightseeing today after resting all day yesterday. Our daughter has the day off and has things to show us!

      It was so great to leave our house, dog, car, and all else in Alissas capable hands and just take off for a few days.

      1. Oh I am so happy for you!! So exciting!! Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures to share with us later.

  4. It has only cooled a few degrees here in Texas but the thought of a nice fire in the fireplace is so comfy sounding. Glad you were able to get the woodpile stacking help. A couple of younguns’ can handle it pretty swiftly. Us old folks, not so fast.

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