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.)

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

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  1. You really did have a busy week. Sorry to hear you burned your arm, if you don't have an aloe plant you can spray a burn with a window cleaner( such as windex) takes the sting right out fast.

    1. tealady, I did not know that! Thank you for that tip!

  2. Patsy, I hope you didn't burn your arm too badly. Lavender essential oil is good for burns. I have used it myself. On burns from steam or a splatter type burn. I have heard it's good also on sunburn.
    Thank you for the link about the dishcloths I'm going to check it out. I have many dishcloths I have made in the past but can always use more. Currently I'm working on a bed size crochet afghan made from my leftover yarn.

    1. LaurieS, a bed size crochet afghan, oh my, you are industrious and obviously very talented! Thank you for the tip on lavender essential oil. The burn didn't blister, but it is about 2 inches long. I'm just glad it wasn't any worse!

  3. A contribution to the essential oils education--lavender hydrosol which is the water left after the oil distillation process is fantastic for burns or anything skin related like insect bites. I keep it in a roller bottle upstairs and down because it is so useful to grab for burns and bites. One application on a burn and that is the end of the pain and it heals very quickly. Hopewell Oils carries it and it is relatively inexpensive to keep on hand. They sell the roller bottles, too.

    We now have an updated will that is signed and in the safe along with all important papers and passwords for all the online accounts. This is a huge accomplishment and needed to be done.

    Friday night I cut a large lemon and squeezed just a small amount on my salmon at supper. After supper I squeezed all the juice and added sugar and water to make a pint of lemonade which we enjoyed the next day. Lemons often end up shoved to the back of the refrigerator and forgotten and I plan to prevent this in the future by making lemonade.

    I love to receive crocheted dishcloths so that is a wonderful addition to your gift closet! I make very ugly ones that are still useful but certainly not gift worthy!

    1. Lana, I don't know anything about lavender hydrosol but will check it out. Thank you for the tip! Lemons have a way of ending up in the back of our fridge too so now that I have the clyinder ice cube trays I make a point to deal with them asap when we get home from grocery shopping. I love the convience of popping one into a bottle of water along with a donk of stevia and enjoying. I like to keep 2 or 3 bottles in my fridge ready to reach and grab.

  4. Dear Patsy,
    I am sorry about your arm. We may be living in parallel universes as I have a very bad left arm. I had a spider bite and it became infected and things went down hill real fast. A fright really. I am on the mend thanks to antibiotics.
    I love your treat bags! They are so sweet and a lovely idea. And I love the dish cloths. One a week is a great way to get ahead done.
    Your savings were wonderful. You got a lot done. Your year is off to a great start!
    I am noticing there are quite a few following your preparedness class and also Jes' series and mine. I think this is awesome. I am so glad to be in class with a fair few ladies I know and meeting new ones. I love it!
    I hope this week is going well and your arm is better, burns are so painful. With love

    1. Annabel, my arm is healing up nicely, I will be more careful in the future for sure! Spider bites can be very dangerous, I am glad that you got some antibiotics and are feeling better. I am pleased with the way the class is going and yes, we do have several new ladies in class. I am enjoying Jes's series and yours as well. No matter how prepared we think we are there is always something more to learn and then there is the task of staying prepared!


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