Friday, June 9, 2023

A Journal of My Days: 6/9/2023

My week got started off on a happy note when I received this gift in the mail from Annabel over at The Bluebirds are Nesting on the FarmAren't these cards just lovely!  I love practical and pretty gifts, and these cards are both!  Thank you again, Annabel!

Let's see what the rest of my week looked like ...

Those cool to moderate days we were enjoying turned into hot and humid days overnight it seemed.  This meant that we had to change over into our summer 'outdoor' working routine.  This looked like us getting up and out early in the mornings to get our gardening and other chores done, then heading inside for the hottest part of the day.

THEN ... about Tuesday, the smoke from the wildfires in Canada hit our area and by Thursday, being an asthmatic, I was in need of medical intervention.  Everything came to a screeching halt as I can't go outside until this is over, and hubby has his hands full taking care of the animals and me.  We were on a roll though, take a peek at what we were able to get done before the smoke arrived ....

In the garden:  we harvested squash, more potatoes, broccoli and some of our storage onions (most of these storage onions are baseball size or close to it, we are very pleased.). 

I divided and repotted some aloe plants I was given earlier in the year after losing all of what I had.  Yes, despite our best efforts, we sometimes have to start over!

I also dug up some rosemary starts and started a couple of small pots for enjoying inside once they're established and growing.  One more thing I did ... I started some basil stems for sprouting with the goal of being able to replant them in the near future.

In the kitchen:  

I used strawberries from our freezer to make strawberry bread.  It was quite delicious!   We ate the 'end pieces' and shared the rest with a family at church.

I also made banana bread!

In the pantry:  my plans were to start preserving potatoes and squash, but it didn't happen! 

In my sewing nook: My plan was to finish my apron, but that didn't happen!

I also planned to finish the binding on the Santa Hat Christmas cuddle quilt I mentioned in last week's post, but that didn't happen either.  

Fitness:  last weekend and the first part of the week went off without a hitch.  I was able to maintain my fitness goals with little problem.  When I got sick, I switched to giving my body some extra TLC and what it needs to heal.  For the person who is serious about maintaining their fitness, he/she must have a plan for when sickness or injuries happen.  That's the mode I'm in right now.

I read this quote and it really resonated with me, not only for fitness purposes but for life in general .... "Ask yourself what you want, then start changing your lifestyle to reflect it." ~ author unknown.

Bargain Hunting:  hubby had to go bargain shopping without me this week and found ground round beef, regular $5.69/lb, on sale for $2.99/lb.  He did good!

Bible Study: I wrote a quote in my Bible while taking notes during a sermon based on Matthew 26:39, And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying.  "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will."  The quote from the minister was, "Jesus resolved in His heart to do the will of God regardless of what He was feeling."  The takeaway was, do I resolve in my heart to do the will of God regardless of my feelings?  Jesus clearly didn't want to go through the agony of the cross if there was another way.  It was a thought-provoking sermon.

Reading:  I started reading the Little House on the Prairie series through Libby.  I've never read them all in chronological order, I hope to do that this summer.  I started with the first book, Little House in the Big Woods, this week.

Around the House:  I was in a mood to 'fluff' up my home, using what I have on hand, before I got sick ... I was really enjoying it!

I spray painted this wire basket that I also mentioned in last week's post.  I'm very pleased with the way it turned out!

I hung it on the side of our refrigerator that just happens to be right beside my sewing nook.  I'm using it to hold my fabric scissors and such.  HERE are the magnetic hooks that I used to attach it to the side of the refrigerator.  These are heavy duty hooks!  (I have several pairs of scissors because I needed them when I taught a recent sewing class for tween girls.  I wrote 'fabric' on each pair and explained to the girls why it was important to do so ... to remind whoever picks them up that these scissors are for fabric cutting ONLY! They got a kick out of it and joke and laugh about it to this day!)  The three yardsticks hanging beside the basket were among the stuff we salvaged from our shell of a house when we were emptying if of the junk inside, once we got it moved onto our property.  I use them for lots of 'sewing' related projects as well as other things too!

That's it for this week, how has your week gone? 

Until next time,

patsi @ A Working Pantry

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

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  1. Patsy I didnt realise the smoke was as far as NC! I am really sorry this hit you so hard. Please be very careful. We have lived through bushfires and long lasting smoke in the hair, heavy smoke too. It is really a danger. I am so glad you like the cards. I know I am always needing a card of some sort, a thank you note, a note in the mail, a birthday card. I think blank cards can be any of these. I hope you feel much better soon. With love

    1. Annabel, thank you, I am beginning to turn the corner in the right direction. I like blank cards for the same reasons you mentioned, and these are so pretty!

  2. Sorry to read that you're under the weather and pray that you are feeling much better soon. The smoke hit really bad here last weekend and continues. So bad you can smell the smokiness and we're in Pa. Schools are having online classes. I have been staying in as well due to respiratory issues due to having had polio as a young child, contracting it 3 weeks before the vaccine was available. Hubby has been taking care of everything during this time too. We have begun harvesting arugula for salads and our first planting of zucchini has born fruit but not ready to harvest yet. In the craft area I have been making notepads that are stamped with a little rose and "Stop and smell the roses", saved cardboard for the backing. Pennies to make and can easily be put in an envelope to send a small gift. Making Father's Day cards as well and birthday cards. We've been decluttering and daughter and niece will be here next week to see if they want anything we are passing on for others to benefit from. Stay safe. Blessings, Cookie

    1. Cookie, thank you, you can smell the smoke in the air here too. I don't know what's in the smoke but it has really irritated my eyes as well!

      I would love to see a picture of your 'stop and smell the roses' notepads, you are so creative!

      Enjoy your visit with your daughter!

    2. It irritated my eyes too. I will send you some pics after the glue dries. All that's used are stamps, printer paper, cardboard and glue. Cookie

    3. Cookie, thank you, I will be anxiously awaiting!

  3. I'm sorry you have been affected by the smoke. Hope it clears quickly and you get to feeling better. This week we finally got our garden completely planted (I'm in Alabama so I hope it has time to grow) and I've been concentrating on using up an abundance of eggs we have right now. As the weather heats up even more this summer I now the hens will slow down, so I am trying to be as resourceful as possible with the eggs). I made quiche, blueberry muffins, and today hope to make breakfast burritos. Most will/has been frozen for a later time. I would love any "egg" ideas from readers.

  4. So sorry you were sick from the smoke, Patsi! We've had several hazy days here in VA, but I think we only ever got to a red alert, so not too bad. It is definitely clearing up today. What a lovely gift from Annabel! I love your basket, too :)

    I finished up canning my pork this week and also some baked beans. Lots of garden work, too. Not much else. lol. Waiting on some champagne yeast to make root beer.

    Hope you are feeling right as rain soon!

    1. Jennilee, thank you! I've never made root beer but I'm assuming champagne yeast is required?

    2. I've not made root beer before, either, but I was inspired by a youtube channel to try :) You can use regular yeast, but everything I've seen says that champagne yeast will give a better result. Mine came yesterday! I'll be making root beer Monday!

  5. Patsy, I sure hope the smoke clears fast and you can get beck to feeling well. Now is the perfect time to read the Little House books! I have the set and read them occasionally, usually during cold winter days or too hot summer days. They are my comfort books for sure! Enjoy!

    1. Kathy, thank you! I'm falling in love with this first book, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to want to add this series to my collection.

  6. My third grade teacher read The Little House Books to us and that is when I fell in love with them. I read them to our children more than once. Good memories! This is the perfect time to stay tucked up inside with a good book! I have a row of magnetic hooks on the side of my microwave with all my scoops in order and it is a huge help to choosing the right size when I need one instead of looking through a drawer. We scored a lot of deals this week. Decaf tea bags for .99 a box, butter for 1.64 a pound, boneless skinless chicken breasts for 1.99 a pound and many more. We saw that eggs are down to 1.07 here but did not need any this week. Hopefully they are down for good! We hired our neighbor boy for two hours this week and he helped Hubby with a lot of small chores that needed two pairs of strong arms. That was a blessing to get those things checked off our list.

    1. Lana, I don't know why I've never read the whole Little House series before! I am enjoying this first book so very much! You did find some good deals; I hope those egg prices stay down too! So glad you have the neighbor boy that you can hire to help. Finding someone trustworthy to help with small chores is almost impossible anymore. What a blessing!

  7. I read the Little House series to my twins when they were 7. They always loved the Christmas chapters, and I always loved how resourceful Ma was. We moved when the kids were 8, and Laura’s tales of moving to new places gave us ways to talk about that major change in our lives. Enjoy the entire series, including the last ones finished by her daughter and a family friend.