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Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Ways of My Household ... 12/11/2016

A construction project we’ve been working on for a very looooooooooooooooooong time finally got almost finished this week.  To say that we are excited is an understatement.  We started this project about 4 years ago … I told you we had been working on it for a loooooooooooooooong time!

Read on to learn more …

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

My husband finished the hearth this week and got the woodstove installed … Yeah!  All he has left to do is hang the mantle!  Just in time too, because the weather has gotten really, really cold in our area.  The wood heat sure does warm up the house nicely and will save us lots on our power bill this winter.  Saved: $484

We saved $167.59 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.

My mom sent us money for Christmas this week and my husband used his portion to purchase a 2-ton jack and mine, well it’s being saved for a trip to JoAnn’s Fabrics!!!  I’m making a list of things I want to purchase in the hopes that Santa will add to my JoAnn Fabrics shopping fund!!!   Savings for us $100

We received $10 refund in the mail from one of our health care providers where they had over charged us!   We’ll take it!!!!

I earned a $10 Amazon gift card through Swagbucks!  Yeah!!!


We were given several large catfish and after my husband dressed them and cut them up into nuggets we added 40 lbs (minus what we shared with others) to the freezer part of our pantry.  Saved (catfish is $4.98 /lb in our area right now) $199.20


I’m on day 73 of my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.   I’m still learning new to me stitches and this week I’ve been concentrating on the Moss stitch.  I’m thinking this stitch would be a good choice for my first attempt at a bigger project such as a blanket or lap throw.  If you are a crocheter, what did you do for your first big project and what stitch did you use?

I have discovered Bobwilson123 Crochet Youtube channel and I am loving it!  Do you have a favorite crochet youtube channel?  I plan to join in with her Christmas Eve Crochet Party if possible!

We painted and did some work in the half-bath this week (We’ve had the paint on hand for a year) … Saved $90

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $16,776.17, add this week’s amount ($1160.79) and the new total comes to $17,936.96.

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry, care for your household or live frugally this week? 

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

Have you read this series, This is Why! and this free e-book, Yes, You Can Have a Well-Stocked Pantry?  And don’t forget to check out the ‘Free Downloads’ page.  You’ll find some helpful pantry building stuff available for free!

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A Working Pantry is more than just about food! It's about household items needed to keep my home running smoothly readily available when needed.  It's about keeping a gift trunk so that I'm ready for any gift giving occasion.  It's about a lifestyle.  It's about keeping my home and looking well to the ways of my household and it's about doing it all as frugally as possible.  I hope you enjoy what you read here.


  1. Honestly, it's taking a lot of my energy to get through this month! :-) I'm thankful that my gifts are purchased (from a year long savings deducted monthly for Christmas). I am under budget... thankfully! I've been purchasing baking products in advance for several months. Two Christmas parties ahead so I'm praying for God's grace!

    1. Living on Less Money, it sounds like you are going through a difficult season. I hope things improve. You have done really well planning ahead and staying under budget though. That's a huge accomplishment when things are not going well.

  2. Thank goodness you now have your wood heater installed. I remember how warm one of these heaters kept us in one home we lived in when I was growing up.
    The crochet crowd, is my favourite crochet YouTube channel. They have some great tutorials. My go to pattern that works up easily, using only treble and chain stitches, is the c2c, corner to corner, blanket. There are a number of great tutorials on this blanket on YouTube. Not only does a c2c work up quickly it looks great and quite a clever weave. I made my son a Queen size bed blanket using c2c this year.
    I was gifted 2 large garbage bags full of fabric this week. I imagine this will keep me going for a while. I've been developing my knowledge of knitting by making up face washcloths. I can knit using plain and pearl but I want to be able to make some nice patterns and understand what the knitting abbreviations mean. I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far.
    Stay nice a warm by that lovely fire.

    1. Jane, I will have to check out the crochet crowd, thank you! I have heard of the c2c blanket and now I'll have to give it more consideration. Two large bags of fabric ... how wonderful! My knowledge and skill of knitting is about like yours, this is an area that I need to learn more in as well. Maybe I'll do 100 day challenge on knitting next fall. We are enjoying our wood heater, the heat is just so much warmer than electric heat and we're looking forward to the savings on our power bill.

  3. Love your new completed project! You give me encouragement and hope for my loooooong time projects. Enjoy your warmth! God bless. Sharon

    1. Sharon, I'm becoming a pro on looooooooong term projects. As we're determined to pay as we go there really is no other way for us.

  4. Dear Patsy,
    My first crochet blanket was a granny square. However you can do this stick in a straight line instead of going around and around. It is easy, makes up fast... I still love it.
    I will check out that you babe channel thank you.
    I love your wood fire! That will be wonderful. While its cold there its really warming up here. We have a big fire danger tomorrow with a warm day and windy.
    You can have fun planning what to buy at Joannes. Maybe they will have a big sale after Christmas? Then you double your gift money! :)
    I hope you get a Christmas card for your collection from Australia soon!
    You have had a massive year. I feel quite reflective about my year. This is such a nice time to look back, celebrate, be grateful and start planning a new year! I really love it!
    Have a good week! With love Annabel.xxx

    1. Annabel, I am planning an after Christmas shopping trip to JoAnn's Fabrics. I love to shop the sales after Christmas!!! I am looking for something that is relatively easy for my first crochet blanket, I'll have to look into the straight line granny stitch idea. We've had a massive year as well and I am also relecting back on it as I think forward to 2017 and make plans accordingly. I'm looking forward to your Christmas card!!! I hope all goes well with your warm and windy days ... it is so scary what can happen so quickly if the conditions are right for fire.

  5. Patsy, the girl on the Bob Wilson YouTube channel is a real character. I used to get notifications of her new videos but haven't for a while. I will have to check that out. I must have unticked a box somewhere. That fire looks nice and warm. I wish we had one for winter.

    1. Nanna Chel, I signed up for her notifications too! She explains things in ways that I understand which is so helpful for me as a beginning crocheter!

  6. What a beautiful wood stove and hearth, Patsi! I know you will be enjoying its heat and savings! Your husband did a fantastic job!

    1. Thank you Jenn! We are already enjoying the warmth it puts out!

  7. Patsy, Oh, I love your new wood stove and hearth! I cannot wait to see the mantle your dear hubby builds.

    We had an Ashley wood stove in our previous home. That stove would put out so much heat! Middle of winter temperatures in the teens, and we'd be opening the front and back windows to do a rapid cool down! It would jump over 80* in no time. You really needed to moderate the qty and speed with which you load the firebox. Loved it!

    Hubby bought me a beautiful present this weekend. We enjoy going to estate sales as our Saturday (daytime) dates :~) He ran across a treadle sewing machine. It needed a little repair to the machine (which he did quite nicely), the frame was in great condition..here is an example of what it looks like..(this is not mine, just a representation) http://www.singeroriginalvintageproducts.com/Pages/SINGER66REDEYETREADLESEPT9TH1919SEWINGMACHINEFORSALE.aspx
    He paid just $75!!! Now that man really knows how to shop well, and is so talented at fixing things. I am so blessed by this man, and Thankful God gave him to me :~)

    1. Kathryn, Hehehehe ... we are known for opening the doors and having the wood heater going. Love it!!! Wood heat is so much warmer than electric heat! My husband is installing the mantle today and I must say it is perfect for a corner hearth/stove. I feel really blessed to have my husband as well, he is so good to me! I have a treadle sewing machine too, only I don't know how to operate it, I need to take the time to learn and get it in use again.

  8. Hi Patsy,
    I love your wood stove and heath. We had a beautiful jotul old fashioned looking woodstove in our previous home. I sure miss the warmth and security of having one.
    I recently started learning crochet also. I don't have a favorite you tube channel but I follow starting stitch on Facebook and get ideas off of that. For you tube I just search the stitch and pattern I want to learn and then go through a couple videos and settle with one that I can comprehend. My first blanket was a baby blanket done with baby yarn all done in a single crochet. The next blanket was a baby blanket done in single and double crochet. My third blanket was a full size blanket done in single and double with 3 different colors and edged with a shell edging. My fourth blanket was full size soft chevron done in 3 colors. It is my absolute favorite. All four blankets were and are gifts. I was going to make my next blanket a full straight granny square but I loved the chevron so I've decided to make myself one. I just learned on my own like you this year. I like to do stitches that are mindless and easy enough to do in the evenings while I watch tv or while sitting on the patio in the summer visiting with family. It is such a relaxing craft for me and I love it! Have fun with whatever you decide to do next!

    1. Melody, thank you for sharing your crocheting journey! It sounds alot like mine only I haven't done a blanket yet. That is January's project! I'm trying to decide on a stitch and get things ready so I'll be ready to hit the floor running after the holidays. I too like it that I can watch TV, etc while my hands are busy crocheting. I have fallen in love with crocheting as well!

  9. What a beautiful job your husband did on the wood stove installation! What a blessing to have heat and a place to keep the kettle on all winter.


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