Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Ways of My Household/The Vicky Challenge: 4/22/2018


We worked on our shed a combined 30 hours this week.  At an average of $23 per hour we saved $690 by doing the work ourselves.  The floor that was damage when the tree fell on the building was replaced this week.  This is the subfloor, next is the actual floor and then we'll be ready to start using it.  There are still a few cosmetic things to do on the outside but for all practical purposes when we get the floor down, it will be ready for use!!!

I, along with the help of my husband to get the corner posts out of the ground, took down the fence that went around our garden area.  It was getting in bad shape and in need of repairs so we decided to just take it down and be done with it.  It will make mowing around the garden easier as well as maneuvering the tractor in and around it when the garden needs working.  I spent a total of 10 working on it at $15/hour manual labor pay saving us $150.  (Pictures of garden are with and without fence)
I downloaded The Homemade Housewife by Katie Singh for free (e-book) this week.  Regular price $7.99 … savings $7.99

I got my herbs, tinctures and salves organized and inventoried.  I've been working on this off and on for a couple of weeks, it feels good to have it done.  I now know what I have, how much and what I need to replace.
We’re eating mostly out of our pantry right now and only spent approximately $25 at the grocery store this week.  That’s where most of the savings we are funding our emergency fund with are coming from, our grocery budget.  Having a well-stocked pantry allows us to do that!
I had some onions that were just before going bad so I sliced and dehydrated them.  I will leave them in slices until I get ready to use them, then I’ll either break or chop them up into small pieces or grind them into powder for onion powder.
I organized the fabric that I’ve pulled from my stash for current sewing projects.  I love having them so handy where I can think and plan out patterns and design.  The fabrics are wrapped on these comic book boards that I ordered from Amazon.
I am trying to learn all I can about herbs, essential oils and homeopathic remedies so I watched this youtube video on making and using comfrey compresses.  I knew comfrey was good for bone injuries, sprains, bruises and such but it’s always nice to see how others use it.   

I received a question this week wanting to know what soap nuts were.  I'm just now getting around to answering the question ... soap nuts are grown on a tree/bush and act as laundry detergent when doing laundry.

My husband is having some hip problems so I had him use a castor oil pack on the affected area and within 1 hour he could tell the difference in his pain level.  He and I both are firm believers in how much castor oil packs help when inflammation is involved.  (I am not a doctor, I'm just sharing what we've tried and have found to work for us.  Always seek medical attention when pain or sickness occur.)
Our chickens gave us 6 dozen eggs this week and at $3/dozen that's a savings of $18.
I added this travel pillow pillowcase to my shop ... Pillowcases by Patsi.
My Vicky Challenge savings this week come to ... $865.99.  Add that amount to the total of $2548.30 since March 21st, 2018 and our savings thus far are ... $3414.29.
We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.
That's it for me this week, how have you built up your pantry or saved money this week?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gardening Update: 4/18/2018

Things are happening in our garden and greenhouse!  


I made these plant markers out of ....


... these old discarded window blinds that I saved for this purpose.


In the greenhouse the Aramian cucumbers are doing really well.  The bottom 2 right containers have cayenne pepper seeds in them and Jalapeno seeds.  You can't see them but they are beginning to push through the ground.  On the left side, all 6 containers have heirloom tomato seeds that my mom gave me a start for many years ago.  I grow them every year and save the seeds for the following year.  The seeds I planted in these 6 containers are from 2012 and they are coming up!!!!  I wasn't sure they would, but they are!!!


I snipped some honey suckle starts and set them to root ...


My lemon trees are doing well.  One more has come up and another has just broken through the soil.


Our raspberries are blooming ...


Here's what I used the above mentioned plant markers for.  In this tray are soap nuts on the right, Roma tomatoes, baby Roma tomatoes and cocks cone flowers.  


The potatoes are really growing well!  I think they like their raised tire beds!

I also planted some pickling cucumbers; I was in a hurry when I planted them and didn't snap a picture.

This is a portion of what's going on in our greenhouse and around our home!  What about you, what do you have growing?

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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Branching Out!

Branching out, that's what I feel like I'm doing!  As you know one of my goals for 2018 is to develop secondary sources of income using what I can do and what is at my disposal. This has entailed several new things for me!

Thus far ...

I've set some financial goals ...

I've started my little cottage industry:  Pillowcases by Patsi ...

I'm in the process of writing an e-book that will be available for purchase soon ...

I've branched out into Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and now Twitter.

As of today, with encouragement and help from Vickie over at Vickie's Kitchen and Garden, A Working Pantry now has a presence on Twitter.  Thank you Vickie!

All of these things are tools that will help me reach my goal of developing secondary sources of income.

I'd like it if you'd consider following me over on Twitter and if you'd share with others about it too!

patsi
A Working Pantry
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



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 Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked! 
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 4/15/2018


We worked on our shed a combined 20 hours this week.  At an average of $23 per hour we saved $460 by doing the work ourselves.   (We got the doors made and installed!)
I made a trip to JoAnn’s Fabric this week and by shopping sales and using coupons saved $107.85.
My husband has been saving his allowance for a tool he has been wanting, he found it this week … and it was on clearance!  He saved $125.00!!!
I saved $81.32 off two dresses I purchased. Yes, I shop sales and use coupons when shopping for clothing too!   I’ve really gotten to the place where I desperately need some new dresses so it was time to bite the bullet and just do it.   
I did a lot of weeding this week and gave the weeds to the chickens.  They loved them!
I gave everything growing a fertilizer feeding this week.  It should give everything a jump start and put the plants, trees, herbs, bushes, etc on their way to a good growing season. 
By far the most important thing that happened this week is that we became grandparents again!!!  Our little one was premature and we had some anxious moments off and on all week, but all seems to be going well now.
My Vicky Challenge savings this week come to ... $774.17.  Add that amount to the total of $1774.13 since March 21st, 2018 and our savings thus far are ... $2548.30.
We continue to cook from scratch, feed the compost bin and do all our normal money saving things that are second nature to us.
That's it for me this week, how have you built up your pantry or saved money this week?
FYI:  Tuesday, March 17th, 2018 is sale day at Pillowcases by Patsi!  That means that every pillow case will be $8 each from midnight Monday night until Tuesday night at midnight.  If you’ve been waiting for a sale, this is it and it only happens once a month!
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patsi


She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27



If you are blessed by what you read here and would like to help financially support my writing, you can do that by making a small contribution by clicking on the donate button. I would be very grateful! 
 
 Thank you for using my Amazon affiliate link when placing your Amazon orders.  I earn a small percentage that doesn't increase what you pay and it helps me keep my pantry well-stocked! 
Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means.
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