Monday, February 27, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 2/27/2017

Drum roll … we finished the chicken coop this week!!!!  Savings to us this week by doing the work ourselves: $234.  Take a look at the before and after pictures.  Being able to walk into the run opens up so many possibilities that will make caring for them easier and the watering system … that alone is worth doing the whole 
project!  Hats off to my husband, we put our heads together and designed what we wanted and he found a way to make it happen!  (We still need to give it  a new paint job but that will have to wait a bit longer.)  Our unseasonably warm weather this month has made it possible for us to get this project done earlier than we had anticipated.  We’ve got some
other outside construction type jobs we hope to get completed before the hot and humid days of summer arrive in our area, I surely hope we are able to beat the heat and humidity!

I downloaded for free the book, An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott after reading Jes’review over on Strangers and Pilgrims.  It sounds like my kind of book.  Saved: $7.99     

We saved $242.04 using coupons and shopping sales for pantry and non-pantry items.

I made 2 jars of kefir this week.  Savings $16

My husband needed a tool for a tool party gift for a young man in our congregation who is getting married; we found a good quality one on clearance for a third of the original price.  I’m so glad that my husband enjoys frugalness as much as I do!

I transplanted 2 raspberry starts.  Savings to us:  $10  The savings are reflected in total saved for pantry and non-pantry items total above.

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I started pruning my rose bushes.  I also gave them a drink of nettles tea and fertilizer.
Our asparagus bed is coming to life and we’ll be eating asparagus this week.  This means that a walk to the asparagus bed will become a part of my daily routine!

I trimmed up the crape myrtle bush and another rose bush.

I added wood ash from our wood stove to one of my raised beds and worked it in.  If this weather holds up I’ll be planting in it before long!  I have decided to plant this raised bed in the square foot gardening format.

I did a ‘check-up’ on my lemon trees and gave them a drink of nettles tea as well.  I can hardly believe that they are still alive since this has been a ‘learn as you go’ experiment!

I crocheted 2 more dishcloths this week for the dishcloth challenge I’m participating in.  Savings:  $8

I’m on day 5 of my 100 Day Essential Oil Challenge.  I’ve been slow getting started but now I’m up and running.  I found someone who is willing to answer my questions and provide or point me in the direction of finding the information I seek.   I highly recommend her.    Right now my focus is on learning about what essential oils can do for arthritis and respiratory issues.  When I feel comfortable with these, I’ll move on to other things.  I do better if I focus on one or two things at a time so that’s the approach I’m going to take in this challenge.

Not working outside my home … Saved $100

Thus far this year my Vicky Challenge Savings  savings/earnings have been $4973.71, add this week’s amount ($642.88) and the total for 2017 thus far comes to $5616.59.
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. Great job on your chicken coop! I decided to go ahead this year and get a couple of chickens. The grandkids would love them. It's a little early yet for chick days but it's coming soon. I like the challenges you give yourself. That sounds like a great motivator.

    1. Vicki, our grands like our chickens too! Giving myself challenges helps me accomplish the things I want to get done!

  2. Nice job on the coop. Chickens are something I wish our town would allow. Have a great week Patsy. Paula

    1. Paula, it is one of the perks of living in the country! Hope you have a great week too!

  3. A great and inspiring post. I love the chicken house. Thank you for sharing your frugal ways. You do inspire.
    I hope you'll come over to the new Fabulous Party. We are celebrating Spring and Easter. Your post is perfect to share! The party is over here:
    Enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you Grantham, I'll try to get over there asap!

  4. I am loving the chicken coop! It is fantastic! All your savings are really adding up. Also your crochet work is really adding up!
    I need to learn more about essential oils so I am going to follow your link.... thank you.
    Have another great week Patsy! With love

    1. Annabel, having the newly renovated and improved chicken coop has made all the difference in the world in caring for our flock. We've had chickens for several years and I guess it took us this long to figure out what would work for us and then put that knowledge into a real life chicken coop. As for my crocheting, I love it and I am forever grateful to you for inspiring me to give it a try! There is so much to learn about essential oils that it can be overwhelming that's why I decided to just break it down to immediate needs in our family to start with. So good to hear from you, I hope you are continuing to improve and are enjoying that new grandbaby!

  5. Patsi, I think you'll really like An Old Fashioned Girl. I've been reading it over since my childhood. I think honestly that I love it even more than I love Little Women.
    The chicken coop looks great!


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