Monday, January 16, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 1/16/2017

I received these gifts from a reader this week.  Signnnnnnn!   I simply loved it!  Look at that pretty tea cup and saucer and it had a beautiful scripture on the saucer too.  I have a weakness for pretty tea cups and saucers!  Now, look at those fat quarters … aren’t they just to die for … I absolutely love the colors and patterns … you do know that I am an avid quilter, don’t you!   And the teas, I can’t wait to try them.  Thank you Paula, I am honored that you would send me such sweet gifts!
Well, we’ve done another series of days without running water in the house.  Our well pump went out again and we’ve had the opportunity to get more practice in the area of living without running water.  Hopefully, this time we’ve gotten to the bottom of what the real problem is and are in the process of getting it fixed.   Although, we’ve made it fine other than the inconvenience, I really am ready to be done with this!   Also, let me just say, it takes more water than you think just to take care of the minimum basics.  I know the recommended amount to store for each person is 2 gallons per day … I disagree.  It took a whole lot more than 2 gallons per day for us … cooking, washing dishes, drinking, flushing the toilet … 2 gallons a day per person just does not meet our needs so I’ll be upping the amount we have available for emergency situations.  I might add that we were ultra sparing in using our water … dishwashing water went in the toilet tank as did the water from washing our hair, etc.  Very little of our precious water actually got poured down the drain!
My husband and I attended seven hours of classes on biblical counseling this week in a nearby town.   I went to these classes thinking I would learn how to help others in a better way, but instead found that it was the very balm that I needed!  Now, isn’t that just like God!!!!   I stand in awe of Him!
We saved $305.21 using coupons and shopping sales for food and non-food pantry items.  
I made ginger cubes this week for bottled water using these ice trays.  These ice cubes fit right down into a bottle of water.  I’ll use these ginger cubes in this GGMS drink.  I also made lemon cubes which I’ll use to make lemonade sweetened with stevia.  I call these 'beverages on the go!'
I am working towards earning enough Amazon gift cards to purchase the T-Tapp Basic DVD set.  If you’ve read my Goals for 2017: Season by Season, you’ll know that this is one of my goals for the winter season.  I’m trying to earn the gift cards through Swagbucks, MyCokePoints and Amazon affiliate links.  Thank you to those who are using my affiliate links, you are helping me reach this goal. 
I did it!  I finished my 100 Day Crochet Challenge.  I did three more dishcloths this week while riding to class each day. That’s one of the many things I like about crocheting, I can do it while riding down the road and some weeks we do a lot of that!  I continue to work on the blanket I started last week and will do a complete reveal of my journey from my first project on day 1 of the challenge, to the big project I’m working on now … as soon as possible.   While I still have lots to learn, I have also learned a lot … I am so pleased!  This style of learning actually suits my personality quite well.  Savings on dishcloths: $11
My next 100 day challenge is going to be about essential oils.  I want to explore this world and as I have no preconceived notions or preferred brands I will be starting with a clean slate.   I’m excited about getting started on this 100 Day Challenge but before I do, I want to do a mini 10 day challenge on machine quilting.   I’ll be using this book as my guide and instruction manual … Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt.  The rules:  work at least 15 minutes a day on the challenge for 10 days!  The days do not have to be consecutive.  Let the new challenge begin!!!!

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $302.96, add this week’s amount ($416.21) and the final total for 2017 comes to $719.17.  

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




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14 comments:

  1. Quit going on Ebay! lol Seriously, that place can be an addiction. :)
    We're focusing on savings this year, paying off a cc (almost halfway done in one month), and acquiring a second vehicle (used, of course).
    So far, so good. Little by little, we'll get there!

    Love your gifts, what a great friend!

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    1. Tammy, what an inspiration you are!!!! Way to go ... kill that cc debt!

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  2. Way to go Patsy on your 100 day challenge. I have enjoyed reading about your progress. You have inspired me to give it a try. However, I was unable to decide which challenge to do, 100 days of knitting or 100 days of working on unfinished quilt projects. So I decided to do both. Fifteen minutes in the morning knitting while I drink my cup of hot tea and fifteen minutes in the evening working on a quilt project while supper is cooking. It should be doable so I am giving it a try. I hope your water problems are fixed soon. We didn't get the ice they predicted we would get, just rain and more rain. It did feel good going into this storm Jupiter knowing that I was prepared as much as I could be. Everyone kept telling me that it wasn't going to last long because it was going to warm up on Sunday and I kept telling them that I wasn't preparing for the couple days we would have ice but preparing for the power to be out for who knows how long if we received an inch of ice and the power lines and poles would be down. Have a great week Patsy. Paula in Kansas

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    1. Paula, you are so right about preparing for the 'after the storm.' Many times that is far worse than the actual storm! I thought about doing two 100 Day Challenges at the same time but with gardening season right around the corner for us, I decided not to. I can knit a little but that is another skill that will be in my future as a 100 Day Challenge!

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  3. I can imagine that lack of water was a big issue! We had our well pump go out at our previous property and fixing it certainly moved to the top of the list quickly. We had to have a whole new pump. Another time it had something to do with the pressure tank. We have city water here, which does not taste the same, but at least it's water. I continue to remind myself what a blessing that is. There are many in this world who don't have running water....

    You did great on your crochet challenge. I am looking forward to seeing how you machine quilt. I've only dabbled with that and usually have the bottom crinkle up and not lay smooth. (I've pinned and basted and still have issues) I have managed to turn out a very few baby blankets over the years that worked out. But, not many. Mostly, I've turned out frustration:) So, can't wait to hear tips from someone who made it work.

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    1. Becky, it's our pressure tank this time! Hubby is working on it today! I've always been a hand quilter but as I'm getting older and the joints getting stiffer I decided rather than give it up I would learn how to machine quilt! Where there's a will, there's a way!

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  4. I do not sell essential oils and the brand I prefer does not have any sales other than from the family who runs the company so they are best quality for so much less than others. They are Hopewell Oils .com. There is tons of information on their site and testimonials under every oil and blend to help with the use of them. I have used them for several years and can also make recommendations to you as to which ones are best to start with. Oils never go bad so we consider tham to be worth the investment for keeping ourselves healthy. It is also wonderful to know that all the bugs that are going around in the winter are easily treatable and we do not have to be sick for weeks every year. I build up my home by placing a large order for more oils over the weekend. We budget for this and are constantly adding to our collection.

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    1. Thank you Lana, I will check them out!

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  5. One thing you might want to consider for that water usage is keeping a big sack of cat litter and some trash bags. No the prettiest solution, but you can simply tie up the sack and toss them into the trash. (no different than diapers)

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  6. We are working on building a kitchen ourselves after buying used cabinets. They were custom made for someone elses house haha so it is a challenge. The last three days we worked super hard so we are taking MLK day off today as if we still worked. I am organizing my antiques and planning to sell off a bunch as our house is smaller. I am keeping my favorites and gave my daughters what they wanted. I have been a collector for 42 years. I sold many before I moved but need to sell more and am thinking of getting a booth at a mall. I just want to live an uncluttered life and have more time for other things. I figured up our expenditures for budgeting purposes and our house costs including mortgage,taxes, insurance, utilities etc were $1421 a month in our last house and $361 in this house (no mortgage). Downsizing was a good idea and I am now at peace with my decision to retire. I also spent 2 weeks with each daughter which was not something I could do when working and caused me a lot of anxiety. Sometimes it is stressful making big changes, but if you are at peace afterwards it was all worth it. I didn't say I told you so to my husband, but he said You were right haha.

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    1. Gloria, I'm so glad that you feel good about retirement. That will go a long way to helping you adjust to your new normal. Keep working on those kitchen cabinets, you'll find a way to overcome the challenges. We are antique loving people too!

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  7. Granny never took her running water for granted. I take it that she was careful because it was HER job to haul water into the house for her mom. When she'd have us grandkids to visit, we drank from a dipper and pail. She'd run a scant 2 inches at best of water into the sink and we were all expected (7 of us!) to wash our hands in that. She didn't skimp on our baths/showers but she did send us to the outhouse rather than have us endlessly flushing the toilet. She washed and rinsed dishes in dishpans and then dumped that on the flowers outside the door.

    You inspire me to learn to crochet once again. I'd only barely learned but I'm ready to add to my skills. Got a post about this coming up next week.

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    1. Terri, it sure makes you more aware of how you're using it when you have to haul it!!! I remember drinking from a dipper and bucket when we would go to my grandma's house as a child too. I can still see that bucket and dipper in my memory! I love crocheting ... I don't know why I waited so long to learn!!!

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