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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #14

Before we get started with today's post I want to thank Ana H. for her generous donation. You made my day Ana!  Thank you again!


(You can read previous entries in this series HERE.)

Let's see, in our last entry I left you with us working on the big room and I showed you the almost finished half-bath  ... now, it's time to step to the left of the half-bath and look at our 'official pantry room.'  Now, you know I had to have a pantry room even if it it is kind of on the small size!  (The room is approximately 4 foot x 4 foot.)





This is what it currently looks like, there are a few more things that need to be done to finish it out completely, but it is in full use ...









... our front door!!!!
Little by little, we were getting the job done ... as money allowed!

Stay tuned, there's more to come!  



Patsi
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!

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!  

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Preparedness: Power Outage Action Plan

In her post titled Preparedness and Pantries, Your Emergency Action Plan, Annabel talks about having an emergency action plan to impliment in the event that you have warning of a possible power outage due to storms, etc.

After reading her post I decided that I needed to get my plan on paper and post it where it would be easily accessable.  In an emergency situaiton, we don't always think of everything that needs to be done.  By have a written plan and knowing where to look for it, it will be easier not to forget something that needs to be done.

Here's my written plan ...



Power Outage Plan

At the First Warning or as soon as you realize there is a threat …

Make a list and grocery shop

Do laundry 

Turn the temperature of fridge down a bit lower

Fill every gap in the freezer with bottles of water. (This will help keep frozen items froze longer and can also be placed in fridge to help keep items in it cool longer as well.)

Fill vehicles with gas

Check propane tanks and refill if necessary

Fill prescriptions if needed

Secure things outside

Fully charge everything... phones, iPad, Kindle, computer, etc.

Fill gas cans  

Fill water cans/bottles

Fill up every available empty milk jug, soda bottle, juice jug, etc with water

Check and restock bottled water


Hours Before

Get out flashlights, candles, etc.

Set up generator so it's ready for use

Cook next meal and as much non perishable/non refrigerated foods as possible

Get bath, wash and dry hair if time permits

* * * * * * * * * * * *  * * * * *  * * * * * *  

Do you have an emergency action plan? What does yours look like?

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


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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 1/30/2017

 I’ve had a busy week, see what I mean …


Our main chicken coop has needed some work done on it for a while and we finally got around to starting it this week.  We are doing the work ourselves and in so doing, thus far, have saved $70

We saved $339.41 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  

Since we were working on the chicken coop run I also cleaned out the coop part and added the aged chicken poop to one of our raised beds.   Saved on fertilizer: $25

I finished stitching up the valentine treat bags I started week before last.  Now, they’re all ready to fill and make pretty. (Finished size is 4.5 inches x 6 inches.)

I earned $40.33 from Amazon affiliate links.  Thank you to everyone who goes through my affiliate link when shopping with Amazon.

I earned a $10 Amazon gift card from My Coke Points.  Sadly, My Coke Points is changing and I’m not sure what will replace it.  We shall just have to wait and see … I hope it changes to something that will be as beneficial as the current rewards program.

I started a crochet dishcloth challenge this week after reading about one on the Down to Earth Forum.  The dishcloths I crocheted last fall were very popular as gifts at Christmas so I decided to get a head start and join the challenge and crochet one each week.  This week I crocheted 2 and added them to my gift trunk, I’m one ahead!!! Savings $8 

I burned my arm this week, not bad, but then again it was bad enough.  I walked over to the aloe plant I keep on a window shelf, snipped off a piece, opened it up and applied it to the burned area.  It felt so good! 

I started gathering resources for my 100 Day Challenge on learning about essential oils.  I’ve decided to go ahead and start it as there is so much time involved in prep work before machine quilting can be done.  For a while I’ll have 2 challenges going … okay, make that 3 if you count the dishcloth challenge!  What can I say, I have high ambitions!

I stitched up 1 more block on this quilt-a-long by Pat Sloan. 

After reading Annabel’s Christmas Challenge post over at the Bluebirds are Nesting I knew I wanted to make some book marks for my personal use and for gift giving (along with a book).   I also really liked the Christmas coasters made out of Christmas cards shared in the same post.  I’ll be sure to share the bookmarks and coasters when I get them made.

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $1373.28, add this week’s amount ($592.74) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $1966.02

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

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!  

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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.


Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are 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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Preparedness: First Aid Supplies

In our disaster preparedness class we're preparing first aid supplies and this is what we've come up with so far ...

Band aides
Bandages
Feminine pads for bandaging wounds
Antibiotic cream
Vetwrap for those who are allergic to adhesive tape or paper tape
Adhesive/surgical tape
Paper tape
Gauzes
Cortisone cream
Benadryl cream
Peroxide
Alcohol
Matches to disinfect any instrument you may have to use such as tweezers
Tums/Rolaids
Liquid benadryl
Benadryl tablets or pills
pepto bismol
Ibuprofen,
Tylenol
Aspirin
Medicinal salves
Medicinal oils 
Latex gloves (non-latex gloves for those who are allergic to latex)
Raw honey or manuka honey
Garlic
Aloe vera plant for burns, sunburn, and general skin care
Witch hazel
Magnesium oil
Elderberry and clove syrup 
Antihistamines 
Camomile tea for calming frazzled nerves
Mint tea for upset stomachs and ginger for nausea


What can you add?

Patsi
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!

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!  

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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.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are 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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home # 13

(You can read previous entries in this series HERE.)

In the last post I showed you some of the work that was going on in the big room, but that's not the only room there was work going on in ... there was a half-bath right off the big room that we were working on as well.



The tile has been laid and the plumbing done ... and then it stayed that way for a looooooooooooooong time ... just being honest!  In fact, it became a 'catch-all' place where we put building supplies and stuff until they were needed!  My husband laid the tile and I grouted it.  I can still remember how badly my knees ached!



Here's what it looks like today.  There are still several small things to finish up but nothing that keeps it from being usable!  The shelf on the wall was made by my husband and usually is where I hang a hand towel.  There are two sections, one for handtowels and I'm going to make something 'quilty' to hang on the other section.  It really is quite the cozy little nook for taking care of 'business!'  ... and yes, I love to read!

 (The walls are an off white, muslin color which doesn't show up too well in the picture.)
(The raggady ann and andy were made by my husband's mother many years ago.)
(The q-tip jar and cotton ball jar are recycled candle jars.)
(The lamp is sitting on a stack of 3 books)
(The 'skirt' is made of burlap.)
(The trash can liner ... yep, its a plastic grocery store bag.)

Stay tuned ... there's more to come!


Patsi
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!

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!  

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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.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are 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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Daybook Entry: January 23rd, 2017

Outside my window ...  it's raining!

I am thinking ... that this has been the warmest winter I have experienced since we've been living in this area!

I am hoping ... to turn two feather pillows into two couch pillows.

I am thankful ...  to have a frugal mindset.  It has really come in handy over the last 2 years!

I am sewing ...  another quilt block!

I am reading ... this new series by Mimi on taking care of yourself.  I am thoroughly enjoying it!  

I am seeing … the daffodils that have come up in my yard (they are about 6 inches high).

I am hearing … the Andy  Griffith show playing on TV.

I am learning ... more about the Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle.

In the garden ... the garlic is growing well. I planted a new to me variety this year and so far it is growing well.

On the dinner table …  we had home-made chef salads for dinner!  Yum!

A picture to share ...  a bit of spring pushing up through the ground.



Patsi
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!

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!  

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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.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are 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.


To read Day Book entries of others go HERE.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 1/23/2017

Winter is my time to work on projects that allow me to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy, although, this week our outside temperatures have been in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s!  This is way too warm for the later part of January!  Anyway, I’m really concentrating on my sewing, crocheting and off season canning before gardening season gets here so you’re going to see a lot of those kinds of things in my post for a few more weeks.

So how did last week shape up?


Our well pump is fixed and my husband was able to fix it himself.  It works better than it has in a long time!  ‘Hats off’ to my husband, he did a great job!  Savings to us $300

We saved $239.11 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  

We purchased a bulk bag of shredded cheddar cheese around Christmas to make sausage balls with and needed to do something with what was left.  This week I divided it up into 1 cup increments, put the 1 cup increments in snack bags and then put the snack bags in quart size freezer bags and froze them.  I added 30 cups of cheese to the freezer part of my pantry.

Our chickens are laying really well right now so we have plenty of eggs.  I boiled several this week to use in salads.  I’m on a salad kick and boiled eggs (along with cheese) give it a bit of protein.  Yum!

 I took the t-bones from steak we’ve eaten  (we’ve been saving them in the freezer until I had enough to do something with)  and made beef stock with them.  I added 5 quarts and 2 pints to my pantry.  I also added them to my Food Preservation/Log Journal.   (At the end of January I plan to show you how I filled out January’s page.)   Savings:  $12

I found lemons on sale at Kroger a couple of weeks ago and purchased 5 bags (there were 6 in each bag).  The lemons were part of a 10/$10 sale which made them$1/bag instead of $3.49/bag which was their non-sale price.  I have slowly been juicing them and freezing the juice using these ice trays.  I have a whole quart bag full in the freezer.  I love the fact that I can reach in, get a lemon cube cylinder and pop it into a bottle of water (I also add a donk of stevia), give it a good shake and have instant lemon water.  This helps me with my goal of drinking more water!

I crocheted another dishcloth and added it to my gift trunk.   Savings $3

I continue to work on the afghan/blanket I started earlier.  It is getting to the size that it takes some space to work on it.  In other words, it is no longer portable!!!

Speaking of crocheting, I found the Lily and Cream 100% cotton yarn that I use to make the dish cloths out of on sale at Michael’s for $1.00/roll. I added 10 rolls to the sewing part of my pantry.  The regular price is $1.99/roll.   These savings are reflected in my total savings for food and non-food pantry items above.  This amount of yarn should keep me busy crocheting dish cloths for a while.

While I was at Michaels, I checked the scrapbook paper isle. I won’t buy it unless it is on clearance.  So, I looked carefully for those little yellow tags that mean ‘sale.’  I found several different sheets on sale for $.19 each that I liked.  I purchased a few and added them to the crafting part of my pantry.  I use scrapbook paper for dressing up gifts, tags and making gifts.  These savings are reflected in my total savings for food and non-food pantry items above.

I am on day 2 of my mini 10 Day Challenge to learn how to machine quilt.  I quilted a doll quilt which I’ll share a picture of when I get the binding done.   I plan to stick with small projects until I feel comfortable enough to go onto something bigger.  My goal for this mini challenge is to just learn the basics!

I’m working on my winter goals and am making good progress. I’ve been able to mark off several things already and am working on several more as well.  I find I do so much better if I set goals to work towards!

The de-cluttering and spring cleaning are continuing and it sure does feel good to be getting it done!  Slow and steady, a few minutes each day 2 -3 days a week is moving me toward the goal of having it done by gardening season. (I would love to be able to just take a week and get it done but health issues prohibit me from doing that so I developed plan B … slow and steady!)


One of the things on my goals list is to complete this quilt-a-long Pat Sloan is doing.  I have 3 blocks completed and the 4th one cut out.  I’m one block behind, but I’ll get caught up shortly.  I’m using fabrics I have on hand.

Jes, over at Strangers and Pilgrims, has started a preparedness series that is really good.  I’m following along with it and if you’re interested in preparedness without the dooms day/end of the world mindset, I recommend this series to you.  

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $719.17, add this week’s amount ($654.11) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $1373.28.  

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


Patsi
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!

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!  

 https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif

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.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are 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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