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Monday, September 4, 2017

The Ways of My Household 9/3/2017

Update 9/5/2017 ... we are preparing for the possiblity of Hurricane Irma coming to our area. Because of this I will suspend any further blogging until we know what impact, if any, we will get from this hurricane.  If you are of a mind, please pray  for the safety of all in the path of this massive storm. Thank you, I hope to be able to be back to blogging in a few days.

After traveling and being on the road for a good part of the month of August, now that I’m home, I’m trying to get my homemaking up and going again.

I need to revive Prudence and GG … my sourdough starters!

I need to assess what our grocery needs are now that we’re home and go grocery shopping.

I need to harvest peppers and mow the yard … the list just goes on and on … you know how it is when you’ve been away from home for awhile!

While we were away though, my pantry mindedness didn't go on break , it was still going strong  … remember my pantry is more than just food!  Here’s what I added to it …

From thrift stores, I found …

this HUGE jar.  I have always wanted one of these but they have been cost prohibitive.  Guess what I paid for this brand new never even opened HUGE jar that I’ve always wanted …. $4.99!  Yes ma’am … $4.99, not the $30+ that they are in retail stores.  SCORE!

this colander … look how deep it is!  I was pleased as punch to find this for $1.99!

this vintage sheet … pink is one of my favorite colors and I knew when I came across this jewel that it just had to come home with me.  There is enough good fabric in it to make sleepwear for myself so that is what I will use it for.  The best thing though was the price … it is twin size and 100% cotton (it even had button closures at one end), the tag said $5.99 but the tag color meant it was half off so, I got it for $2.98!  And yes, I cut those buttons off and added them to my button jar after washing and taking the sheet apart.  Another SCORE! 

(I have several more thrift store finds to share but this post would be too long so I’ll just keep sharing a few along throughout the days ahead.)

Do you know what a bean breaking party is?  It’s when several people gather to break/snap beans.  We had one while we were on our trip.  We were staying at a dear friend’s house and had made a trip to my favorite menneonite settlement earlier in the day where we purchased 2 bushels of Roma green beans.  (We were scheduled to drive home the next day and the plan was that I would snap/break the beans while riding down the road.)  That afternoon and after supper that night though, we all gathered around and broke/snapped every one of those beans.  We laughed, acted silly and had such fun!   We are so very blessed to have the kind of friends who make you feel like their home is your home and will help you break 2 bushels of beans at a moment’s notice.  Thank you Ms. B and Ms. J. … we love you dearly!


(We also had a yarn winding party one night at their house but that’s another story for another time later in the week!)

We brought those 2 bushels of snapped/broke beans home and I started canning beans … I canned and canned and canned. As soon as one canner full came off I had another ready to go in ... 66 quarts in all!  That will be enough green beans to last us a couple of years!

I restocked my spices from the same Mennonite settlement where we got the green beans.  They have the best little non-electric store to shop at and I love getting to go there!  Now, I’m all set to start making some spice mixes!

Remember this sewing projectThose pillows were for 2 of my grandchildren. When we arrived at their house and gave them to them they acted like they really liked them.  Later that evening when it was time to tuck them into bed, my daughter-in-law called me into their bedroom.  My little grandson (the new owner of the spider man pillow) had thrown his regular pillow off his bed, put the spider man pillow in its place and was in bed all snuggled up with his little head on it.  His mama said he had done it all by himself!   You know this grandmommie's heart just soared!!!

While visiting our grandchildren, their mommie gave me several magazines that she had read.  They were all ones I will enjoy reading and am thankful that she thought to save them for me.  She and I had quite a good time talking about and sharing our frugal ways … she is turning into quite the frugalist!  I am so proud of her!

I'm sure you're all aware of the Mrs Meyers soap and cleaning products.  They are a bit more than my budget can afford but I've always been curious to know if they were as good as a lot of people say they are.  While visiting my youngest daughter on this trip, she gave me a bottle of Mrs Meyer's lavender hand foaming soap ... the scent didn't work for her.  She is quite the frugalist as well and has my same waste not, want not, get the best for less mentality, hence, the reason she gave the foaming soap to me instead of disposing of it. 

This mama's heart just does a flippty flop of joy when I see my children being careful stewards of what they've been blessed with ... and especially when they share the results of their efforts with me!

One more thing ...

While on this trip, I became ill with fever, chills, etc.  We were at my mama's house and I had laid down on her couch.  I mentioned that I was freezing and she went and got me a fleece jacket which I promptly put on.  I was still chilling so mama went and got me a blanket and asked if I was still cold.  I told her that I was so she went and got a big heavy blanket, spred it out over me and tucked it in all around ... time stood still for me ... I was transported back to when I was a little girl and would get sick. My mama would put me to bed and tuck me in.  Here I was many years later, a whole lot older, and my mama (who celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday) was tucking me in again.  I reveled and reveled and reveled in this most comforting act as I hid the lump in my throat and the tear that slid down my face.  It is a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

That’s it for me this week, what did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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23 comments:

  1. We never get too old for a mother's love and care do we? I just bet it meant so much to her to be able to tuck you in under the blanket.

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    1. Sherri, it is a memory I will cherish and hold dear the rest of my life. One never gets too old to be tucked in by their mama.

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  2. Patsi
    I am glad your grandkids loved their presents I thought they would when you posted them on your blog the beans look yummy I haven't preserved for a while but am thinking of trying it again. I am glad you had a lovely memory of your mother. Mine has past away and she was not a very nice person so no happy memories but I make them for my children and grandkids.
    Have a lovely day
    Jenny from Tasmania Australia

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    1. Jenny, I'm sorry that you do not have happy memories from your mother ... I applaud you for making sure it will not be that way for your children and grandchildren.

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  3. What a sweet post. Made me cry when I read how your Mom took care of you. I do miss those little pampering things that only a Mom can do. Linda is 41 but she still wants my homemade chicken soup when she's sick.
    Love that your grandkids enjoyed the beautiful new pillows. I made a few for Connor when he was small and he still loves them even tho they are a bit faded. He actually asked for a new xmas pillowcase...surprising since he's a teenager..lol
    I love the treasures you found. I don't think I've ever seen a colander that deep and that was a great price on the jar...those things are expensive. Can't wait to hear more.

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    1. Janet, no one can take the place of mama ... no matter what. I cherish this memory and continue to get that lump in my throat and tear in my eye whenever I think of it. It is my own personal little gift from God and I am so thankful. Aren't grandkids just the best!!!

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  4. Patsy, Your memory brought tears to my eyes. It's so wonderful when someone truly loves you.

    I love your thrift store finds and looking forward to hearing about the rest of them!

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    1. Yes,LaurieS,it is wonderful to be loved. I've got several more thrift store finds to share so stay tuned ...

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  5. What great thrift store finds! I have one of those large jars and absolutely love it and you will too! And, WOW, on those beans and all the happy helpers! Two years ago when I was home for Christmas my Mom was the sick one. We sat side by side on the love seat and watched movies all day so she would rest and she held my hand all day. I felt like a child again. It is a wonderful memory. We are blessed to still have our Moms here on earth with us.



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    1. Lana, what a special memory! I'm getting teary just reading about it.

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  6. The vintage sheet had buttons on it?

    I'm so glad you had good visits with your daughter and mother and family.

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    1. Rhonda, yes! I've only come across this one other time ... but the label says 'twin sheet!'

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  7. What a wonderful set of memories from a journey that meant such a scary trip home. You can tick beans off your pantry list and add to your sewing list for new pj's. I knew those little people would love their new pillows. Snuggling up to them is going to be like a cuddle from their Granny every night. Having your Mum to tuck you in when not well is very special. A beautiful thing to share Miss Patsy.

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    1. Jane, it was indeed a stressful trip home, don't care to repeat that experience again for sure!!!

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  8. You certainly got some wonderful thrift store treasures, but the most treasured will be that time with your dear mother and her caring for you like she did in times past. Truly priceless!

    Take care and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. How Mama Saves, that's the way I look at it, the best treasure was the time with my mom ... even though I was sick.

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  9. Such love in this post, Patsy. Love for and from your kids, your grands, your friends, your mama. Though you are frugal, you are rich indeed!

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  10. Praying for you and everyone in the path of of the Hurricane.

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  11. Well, your experience with your mother touched me the most... a couple years ago when I went into the hospital for a colonoscopy, the nurse place little foot warmers on me and tucked a pre-warmed blanket around me. I was overwhelmed with those expressions of care and I told them I hadn't been the one taken care of for I don't know how long. We adult mothers have taken care of our children for so long, and we rarely find ourselves on the receiving end of that tender care we so lovingly gave... I don't think I had been taken care of in such as special way since my own mother would tuck me in! (at least 50 years ago!)

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    1. Joy, you're right, we adult mothers don't often get the comforting care that our mothers gave us and that we give to those we love and care for ... but it is really nice when we do. We really, really, really appreciate it don't we?

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