Monday, August 1, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 8/1/2016

Before we get started on this week’s entry, if you were one of those who had questions about my reference to chalking in the last pantry challenge, I did a post titled “What is Chalking?” that should answer your questions.  It can be found HERE.   

I’ve had a week of changes …

I’m making a few changes in my weekly posts.  The first change is the title … The Ways of My Household (replacing Pantry Challenge) which more accurately reflects what I write about each week.  The other changes are very minor and have to do with formatting.  It’s the same type of sharing I’ve always done; I’m just changing up a bit how I present it.

Another change is that I have closed and disbanded the A Working Pantry Facebook group. I highly recommend the group … Pantry Ladies, if you want to be a part of a pantry related group.  

As a result of shutting down the A Working Pantry Facebook group I will be able to share and post more here.  

So, let’s get started ….

Here are some ways I ‘looked well to the ways of my household’ this past week …

Note:  My Vicky Challenge Savings are added in at the appropriate places.  

Canned tomato juice.    I added 5 quarts to my pantry!

Harvested okra from our garden.  We ate some and I froze some.  We also harvested squash, cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden.  Saved $20

Saved seeds from Roma tomatoes grown in our garden.  (I was able to save a lot of seeds this week.)  Saved $10


Was given this watermelon and raised the tomatoes from heirloom seeds we planted in our garden.  Saved $10  

Saved seeds from heirloom tomatoes mentioned above.  Saved $8

Chickens laid 2 dozen eggs this week:  Saved $6


And we have roots!  In an earlier post I shared that I was starting some cuttings for rooting purposes.  As you can see the basil has lots of roots and is ready for planting. The peppermint is rooting really well and the rosemary isn’t far behind, but we’re still waiting on the sage to start putting out its little ‘fingers of roots.’  These will make some really nice herb pots for gift giving purposes.

Made more kefir Saved: $4.08 ($2.04 per batch)

Saved $36.48 using coupons, shopping sales and loss leaders for pantry and non-pantry related items.  

Purchased all natural chicken legs on clearance from Sam’s Club for $.79/lb; was able to add 9 meals to the freezer part of our pantry as a result.

I broke my little toe on my right foot this weekend.  I mean, it was almost laying flat forming the lower part of an “L.”  I knew it would do no good to go to the ER as they don’t do anything for broken toes, even those that are pointing in the wrong direction … and hurting very badly.  My husband taped it and I called a friend who is a nurse to make sure I was correct in assuming that there was nothing a medical doctor could do for it besides tape it.  I was right.  I know that comfrey is a good bone healer so I am diligently searching for home remedies that I can use to help my toe heal quickly.  Help me out, what herbs and or essential oils do you know about that help bones heal?

Added compost material to the compost bin.  We are going to have some good composting soil for next year’s garden!

We thought our hot water heater had gone out and were preparing to purchase another when my husband took a closer look and determined that there was nothing wrong with the hot water heater but instead a galvanized metal pipe had developed a small crack in the section that threaded on to another part.  After looking it over closely, my husband and I determined that it had to have been a defect in the pipe as there was no rust or anything anywhere near the small crack.  At any rate my husband was able to fix it for much less than it would have cost to have a repair man come and do it.  Saved $100

Yard work/gardening/landscaping (does not include mowing) (1 hour x $10 per hour for labor):  Saved $10 (It’s too hot to do any more outside than has to be done.  The weather man stated last week that we had had over 30 straight days of temperatures that felt like they were well over 100 degrees. It feels like it’s been much longer.)

Not working a job outside my home savings $100

Books I’ve read this week …… I pulled my Tasha Tudor books off the shelf this week and went back through them again.  I get so inspired by the simple life she lived and her beautiful gardens.  Here are the ones I have … Tasha Tudor’s Garden and The  Private World of Tasha Tudor.

The USDA’s ‘moderate’ Food Budget for a family the size of ours is $589.70 monthly.  In July we spent approximately $300.00, (I say approximately because I don’t have all my grocery receipts.) that’s a savings of$289.70 

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $9,415.43, add this week’s amount ($594.26) and I/we have saved $10,009.69.  

Now it’s your turn ... 

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

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35 comments:

  1. Patsy, remember way back when you were telling us how you bought and started renovating your present home? Will you finish that series? You got to the point where you were ready to move it on the property and dropped the series. I really enjoyed that.

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    1. Toni, we are now living in that home, it's not finished but is very livable! Hmm, maybe now is the time to bring that series back and finish it! Thanks for the suggestion!

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    2. I would love to hear the rest of the story!!

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  2. Sounds like you had another great week on the home front.
    So sorry about your toe - OUCH! I have broken the same little toe about 6 times in my life. It will never look right again!!! LOL

    I had a pretty good week as well. I am loving picking so much produce from the garden. Nothing like eating fresh veggies every day.

    Check my week out at http://cherylsfrugalcorner.blogspot.com

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Cheryl, the heat has just about taken care of our garden for us so we are enjoying a little respite before things pick back up with the fall harvesting.

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  3. Oh, I'm sorry to hear you disbanded the A Working Pantry Facebook group. I have you on my blogroll though, so I will be able to keep in contact with you from there.

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  4. Ouch, sorry about your toe. Comfrey is a good choice, but not internally. Make a poultice and wrap it around your foot. Good for helping the swelling. I "smash it" with the back of a spoon and then wrap in muslin, then on your foot. I have found that sometimes is is itchy, so be warned. Hope this helps.
    Kathi

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    1. Thank you Kathi, I knew not to take it internally but I do have a large comfrey plant in my back yard that will do just fine for smashing and wrapping.

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  5. Hi Patsy, by not having to replace your hot water heater, you probably saved at least $600.
    I have a handy husband and a handy husband, aren't they wonderful?

    I'm sorry about the list closing. But I'll be following you here 😍

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    1. Thank you for your support Rhonda. Handy husbands are a blessing aren't they. I'm so thankful for mine!

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  6. That tomatoes juice looks really good have you ever tried adding spices and a little but of jalapeno to it . It's very good not too hot either. Thanks for all you do .

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    1. Dee,I have added garlic before but had never thought of adding spices and jalapeno... DUH! Thank you for that inspiration!

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  7. I was sad to see the FB group closed, but I understand why. :) I have been busy putting up tomato juice. Between my mom and myself we are picking a 5 gallon bucket of tomatoes about every day. Glad to hear you were able to repair and not replace the water heater. My hubby is handy like that and it is such a blessing! Sorry to hear about the toe. Hope it heals quickly!

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  8. Wendi, thank you for your support. That's a lot of tomatoes and a lot of juice! You go girl!

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  9. I'm so sorry about your toe. I hope it heals quickly and that you can find a comfortable shoe in the meantime.

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  10. Patsy, that is no good about your toe. Comfrey is great for it as has been mentioned. We used to drink comfrey tea and are still alive to tell the tale. LOL!

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  11. Hi Patsy,
    I just came over to read your blog for the first time. You've gotten so much accomplished this week. Sorry about the broken toe and pray that it will heal faster than you could have ever imagined. I've always been a fan of Tasha Tudor's and was privileged years ago to see an exhibit of her belongs in Williamsburg, Va. at the FolkArt Museum. I also have a DVD where she walks through her garden and speaks about the things she does, and of course, her cookbook. I often wished I had an indoor spit to roast a turkey in the fireplace like she did. An amazing woman for sure.

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    1. I didn't know there was a Tasha Tudor DVD ... I must put that on my wish list! Welcome to A Working Pantry! Thank you for posting!

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    2. You can order it on Amazon. It's called "Take Joy," the Magical World of Tasha Tudor. She allowed a film crew access to her to document her daily life. I hope you love watching it as much as I do.

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    3. I just found it on Youtube! Just put in "Take Joy" Tasha Tudor and it showed up. I think it is the same. I read her books years ago and they were so wonderful. I dreamed of a garden like hers but alas, I have so many rocks.
      Jeannie

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    4. After watching the videos, I am not sure this is the whole video. I did, however, enjoy everything I saw, a least everything is English.
      Jeannie

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  12. I, too am sad to see the FB closed, but will follow you here as usual for me. When I broke my toe I knew to just tape it to the next one as well. After 3 months I still was having problems so went to a Ortho doc and the xray is what started the diagnosis of RA for me. So, it was both a blessing and a start of a new journey for me. You have been a busy lady. Hubby and I are on vacation to Colorado so my garden is being watch by my daughter. But I was up until 1 AM Monday morning canning the last of the cukes before leaving at 9AM. Daughter called last night and said she put a bushel basket in fridge already. This is from 3 feed pots I use for container gardening.

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    1. Judy, Oh my, what a way to prepare for a vacation ... canning cucumbers until 1 a.m. the night before you leave. But then, we pull up our bootstraps and do what needs to be done don't we when pantry building is a priority for us. Enjoy your vacation!

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  13. I'm excited that you will be blogging more. I love reading about what you are up to. My friend recently had a toe 're' broken and had a pin put in, because it there was so much pain after it healed on its own. I hope you get quick and complete healing. I thought about the Vickie challenge this evening when hubby and I decided to trim our dogs toenails ourselves. Saves at least $10 a dog (we have 2 that we trim). Plus (this is gross) I know how to express their anal glands when needed.... Saves me $20 a dog every couple of months. 😜😜😜

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  14. Patsy
    I thank you for all your tips as usual you have inspired me !!!!! I am so sorry you broke your toe. I know the pain I broke the same toe 3 times. I hope you are feeling better. I can't wait to make my pickles I got 3 cucumbers from my garden. You saved so much and I will keep coming back , you help me every time. Thank you Patsy
    Sincerely Sharon ��

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    1. Sharon, thank you for commenting. Good luck with the pickles. We are enjoying refrigerator pickles that I made several weeks ago. They are so good!

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    2. Sharon, thank you for commenting. Good luck with the pickles. We are enjoying refrigerator pickles that I made several weeks ago. They are so good!

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  15. Patsy I hope that toe heals quickly. There may not be anything the Dr can do but boy oh boy when we hurt them we realise how much we use them.
    So sorry you had to shut down the FB account. I was in the road for a few days, out of signal range. When I looked up the oage to see what scenario we were working on I couldn't find the oage. I asked Annable what had happened and she filled me in. Hopefully we can do some scenarios with you here. I found the. Very thought provoking as they took me out of my comfort zone.
    We are currently on the road in cold(for us) country. I am wearing a coat I made five years ago and have worn four times in total. It's getting a real workout this time around.

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    1. Jane, look for a new scenario here on the blog on Monday! Stay safe and warm!

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  16. Hi Patsy!

    I am reading your noble work via Annabel's "The Bluebirds Are Nesting" site, and appreciating it!

    Regarding your poor toe, I encourage you to look into the research on comfrey. It is the ingestion of the root of comfrey which is so highly valued for the mending of bones, and I have it on good authority that the writings which discourage its use are flawed. Nevertheless, as each person is responsible for their own health, I encourage you to investigate this as only you can!

    Recently, on 'Bluebirds', hot water systems were mentioned. Just in case this can be of help to you or someone else, ...... Unless one has a copper hot water system, the instructions will likely reveal that a protective (anti-corrosion) sacrificial anode in the core of the system will deteriorate within five or six years (one or two years if solar), at which time the tank itself begins to corrode. Replacement is fairly simple. There are different types of anodes (compatible with a region's water supply), and flexible, sausage-like ones make replacement in confined spaces easier.

    Take care!

    Regards,
    Rachel Holt

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    1. Rachel, thank you for your informative comment. I will definitely be doing some additional research on comfrey. Hmmm, that's interesting information about the hot water system, thank you for sharing your knowledge!

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