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Frugal Accomplishments for the Third Week in June

Roses in Blue Vase The Prudent Homemaker

I cut flowers from the garden for the house and put them in some garage sale vases.

I picked the last of the blackberries from the garden.

Apples and Flags The Prudent Homemaker

I picked apples, lettuce, basil, tomatoes , and three zucchini from the garden. 

I cut and dried parsley from the garden. 

I sowed seeds in the garden for zinnias and Bells of Ireland. 

I collected spinach seeds from the garden.

I collected warm-up water from the shower and used it to water pots in the garden.

My mom picked up a bag of top soil on clearance for $0.65 for me. I used it to top off the pots in the backyard that were needing a bit of dirt.

I opened the garage door in the early morning just a few inches and let the heat out of the garage. I also opened the windows for a couple of hours early each morning to freshen the house, during which time I was able to turn off the air conditioning (with lows at 83º next week and highs above 110º, I won't be able to do that then, though I will let in at least a bit of fresh air still each morning to freshen the house, and then close the house back up.) Monday and Tuesday we had unseasonably cool weather, and I was able to turn off the air conditioners! That changed quickly as temperatures were 110º F /43ºC by Thursday, which are normal temperatures for here this time of year.

I ordered some homeschool books while they were on sale and also used a free shipping code, which saved me a total of $48.63.

I listened to swing music on Pandora.

I studied French using free sources. One of my children studied French using free sources as well.

My husband gave one son a haircut.

My son and my husband mended the wheelbarrow.

We had an online video call with friends in France.

Gladiolus and Grape Vines The Prudent Homemaker

What did you do to save money this past week?

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  • Jeannie Morris June 19, 2017

    Whew! That about sums it up. I haven't posted because life has been so busy. My job is seasonal and this past month has been the busiest time of the year. To share my “odd” job, I carried my camera with me a few days and took pictures. On my blog I am sharing a series of everything that happened over a few days time.
    This is the first of seven posts in the series.

    https://getmetothecountry.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-job-introduction-part-1.html

    As for saving money, I turned on auto-pilot. Everything was automatic or reactive. My goal was to try and not whip out the credit card to survive. My brother owns a video production company and so we are traveling from one event to another to video. I try to fix lunches for the crew to help them avoid constantly flying through expensive fast food places eating junk. My one main menu item is bean burritos wrapped in wax paper so they can eat one handed while they continue to work. I vary the ingredients to change up the menu, but the crew is so thrilled to get a “REAL HOME COOKED MEAL” when they are starved and exhausted. I can feed a crew of six for much less than the cost of one fast food meal.

    There was one night I was so rushed I could not fix anything because I was out of food at home. While they were working, I slipped out to go to the grocery store down the street then rushed back before the event began. The crew knew I did not have time to fix anything so they came out to me to offer to buy my dinner. Which fast food joint did I want? I could pick! (YUCK). I confessed to running to the grocery while they were working hard and had a trunk full of food. I humbly offered them the keys to my car and said, “If you don't mind fixing it yourself, have a tailgate party.” THEY JUMPED FOR JOY GRABBED MY KEYS AND FLEW OUT THE DOOR! Wish I had a picture. I was busy and could not leave but heard tales of all these men rummaging through my trunk fixing their dinner, no silverware but plenty of toilet paper and laundry detergent.

    Life has calmed down now and work is slowing. It is time to get back to important things like gardening and reading blogs.
    Jeannie
    GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

  • J June 20, 2017

    The crew must love you!! I'm sure they have learned a few things about food and frugalness from you as well.

  • Jeannie June 21, 2017

    They do love me! How could they not?
    They are always so hungry and many times we are not close to a place where they could buy food even if they wanted. What I fix is so simple, frugal, but nourishing. I cook a pot of beans and rice, then add whatever is in the refrigerator, sprinkle liberally with cheese, then wrap up the burrito with wax paper. It does take time to do when I am tired but when I see their faces, it is all worth it. They thank me over and over again. I am a sucker for praise every time. In return they buy me coffee and treats. When someone buys bagels for the early shows, no one gets one out of the bag until I pick first.
    Jeannie
    GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

  • Jessica June 19, 2017

    My frugal accomplishments for the week:
    - continued to be diligent about light and electricity usage. Our temperatures got above 90 degrees last week so we finally turned on the AC. However, temperatures dropped a bit from some storms we got this week, so I've only been running it in the very hottest part of the day.
    - I collected shower water, but we got over 3 inches of rain in a four day span, so I haven't really needed to use it. The rain also saved me from having to water my garden - I missed two regular waterings and probably will not water tonight either.
    -I exercised at school when I worked this week. I have also been trying to do workouts that don't require electricity for the treadmill.
    -I also charged some electronics while at work this week. For several of my electronics, one charge lasts all week. I charged my phone in the car whenever I had to drive somewhere.
    - Continued to eat leftovers and from our pantry/freezer.
    - only did completely full loads of laundry.
    - I used some coupons to get some good deals on popcorn, shredded cheese, brownie mixes, and gatorade. I don't usually buy gatorade, as it is so expensive. But I do pick it up when it is on sale as a nice treat for my husband when he's working in the hot sun.
    - Got chicken breasts for 98 cents a pound. I bought 12 pounds.
    - fixed our broom again. Hopefully this will work better than last time
    - paid a bill online - saving a stamp, envelope, and check
    - did not wear my contacts when I wasn't leaving the house. This saved me on contact solution. I also did not wear makeup or perfume on those days.
    - checked out the second season of Downton Abbey from the library. Surprisingly, my husband really likes the show, too!
    - Used coffee grounds to make the soil more acidic for my blueberries.
    - combined errands as much as possible
    - attempting to propagate some strawberry plants. I already had everything I needed to do it. The runners were coming out the sides of my raised bed.
    - picked strawberries, radishes, and two tomatoes from the garden
    - bought some junebearing strawberry plants for 50 cents. Bought 4 cauliflower plants for a total of 30 cents.
    - skipped fencing for my bushes, which is what my husband wanted to do to keep the deer out. But I just thought it was way too much money. I am trying a ribbon and pinwheel trick I heard about from a veteran gardener. If it works, the cost will be significantly cheaper, about $6 instead of $300.
    - bought 2 gallons of milk at 87 cents a gallon
    - started saving some ice for blanching vegetables later this summer. This will keep me from buying ice when the time comes. I put one ice cream bucket of ice from our ice maker in the freezer.
    - accepted some leftover pork steaks from my parents. These will be at least two meals for us.
    -skipped eating lunch out when running some errands. Instead we came home and ate some leftovers.

    My husband did have to visit prompt care this week for an allergic reaction. With our insurance, it only cost $25. Thank goodness for insurance.

    I am doing pretty well with the grocery budget this month. I think I'll have about $20 left at the end of the month. But I also stocked up on several items. And we bought groceries to prepare the sides for a Father's Day meal with my parents and grandparents. Overall, I am pleased so far.

  • Jessica June 19, 2017

    I also forgot to add that I bought a bow. It wasn't exactly a frugal purchase, but I had been wanting one for awhile and had saved up the money for it. I actually came in UNDER budget on the purchase. I am hoping that the bow will last me many hunting seasons, allowing me to harvest deer and turkeys to eat. I already shotgun hunt for deer, which makes up the majority of our meat. However, the shotgun season is only 2 weekends. By bow hunting too, I greatly increase the time I can hunt. Hopefully, that will allow me to add more meat to our freezer until we can get enough to last the year. Not to mention, I really enjoy hunting and being in nature. I have also been practicing regularly, which gives me some exercise as well as a fun hobby!

  • Cat in NC June 20, 2017

    Jessica, please share the ribbon and pinwheel trick--sounds intriguing!

  • Jessica June 21, 2017

    Hi! The gardener told me to put pin wheels - bright, shiny ones work best in my garden. I put one on each corner and two in the middle. Then he said to tie gift wrap ribbon (curly ribbon) around tomato cages or sticks throughout the garden. The idea is that these items will move around with very little wind movement. The movement scares deer more than smells. As a deer hunter for the last 18 years, I can tell you that deer are very skittish at movement. So I thought I'd try the trick - so far, so good.

    I also heard that if you "fence in" your garden with fishing line abou a foot off the ground and again about 3 feet off the ground, it will keep them out. The idea is that they won't seen the fishing line and will walk into it. Not being able to see what is touching them should scare them away. I plan on trying that trick as well. I live in the deer Capitol of the Midwest so I battle deer every year.

  • Marybeth June 21, 2017

    I hang ribbon with old/used CDs on them to keep the birds out of my garden. I had read it somewhere. It works really well. Might work for deer too. They spin very easily and during the day the sun hits them and the light jumps all around.

  • Wyoming Gal June 19, 2017

    This week I worked every day due to a big annual event on Saturday and Sunday. I am an exempt employees, so I don't receive any extra pay, but I will be able to take a day off next Friday for a three day road trip. My lunch was provided for five of those days by my employer and dinner was provided two of those days. Also I took home about 3 lbs of pulled pork and some grilled hamburgers (I freeze to add to vegetable soup or chili). My husband worked Saturday and Sunday, too, so he didn't have much of a Father's Day celebration.

    We did go to the rodeo early in the week, since we had some out of town company. There is rodeo every day for 3 months here. We buy $20 season passes (only available to some locals) since a ticket for one night is $20. We'll probably go 5 or 6 times during the season.

    We are working hard to pay off our mortgage by September first. Only $10,000 to go!! I think we will make it.

  • Cindy in the South June 19, 2017

    Congrats on your mortage payments....that is wonderful!!!

  • Rhonda A. June 21, 2017

    My husband is a cook in a restaurant. Nearly every holiday or celebration throughout the year are affected...not to mention they are always busier on those days. He often comes home exhausted as a result, putting even more of a damper on our celebrations. It's has just become a part of our everyday lives.

  • Laurie in AZ June 19, 2017

    I had a good frugal week.

    * I found large containers of vanilla Greek yogurt on sale for $2.00 each. I bought 4 and froze them in ice cube trays to use in my morning smoothies.
    * Got strawberries for 98c per pound. Froze those also for my smoothies.
    * Used a gift card my husband had received from work for all of my grocery shopping this week. Avoided buying items on clearance that I didn't need. Still have some money left on it too.
    * Bought eggs on sale and coated them in mineral oil so they would last longer.
    * Used up some leftovers from my freezer including pulled pork that I used to make carnitas tacos on Monday night, BBQ pork on hamburger buns on Tuesday night. Tuesday's meal was especially satisfying frugally, as we usually eat out on Tuesday nights as we play in a Trivia league and it is held in a bar and grill. Hubby made a point of getting home in time to eat at home first. Had leftover turkey & gravy from the freezer on Wednesday night with boiled potatoes and peas. Thursday I wasn't sure if I was going to be home to make dinner, so I made a batch of cornbread using my toaster oven instead of the big oven to go with the jar of home canned pintos and jalapenos hubby would be eating. Since I ended up at home after all, I had a can of baked beans and cut up a hot dog in it (both bought on clearance.) I ate half and saved the rest for lunch the next day. Another time we normally would have eaten out, so I feel good about that. We also won a $20 gift certificate for coming in 2nd that night.
    * Ate some leftover cornbread for breakfast with home canned strawberry jam. Froze the rest by putting 2 pieces in each sandwich bag then the 3 sandwich bags in another plastic bag. That way I can easily just take out 2 pieces at a time.
    * Refilled our foaming pump soap dispenser. I use liquid hand soap, diluted 5 to 1. Makes the liquid hand soap go so much farther! Plus I used liquid soap I had gotten free from Staples rewards. Doubly frugal!
    * Our 35th anniversary is next weekend, but hubby will be out of the country, so we went out to dinner on Friday night. We used a gift card to Ruth's Chris that his employer had given him last year when he was also out of the country for our anniversary. Hopefully we will receive another gift card this year! LOL!
    * Used free hotel toiletries.
    * Drank free coffee and tea I had gotten from work.
    * Had toast with free jelly that I had gotten work.
    * For Father's Day, my daughter brought over bratwurst to grill. I made a pasta salad with pasta I had gotten on clearance for 50c/lb. I did have to buy cucumber, tomatoes, onions and Italian dressing. I will add a can of tuna to the leftover pasta salad and have that for dinner prior to going to our Trivia league.
    * Got chips on sale. Fritos and Cheetos for $1.77 per bag if you bought 3, and Ruffles, $1.99 if you bought 3. There was a coupon on one of the Ruffles bags for free nacho sauce ($3.99 value) if you bought 2 bags. I got 6 bags of chips. We used 2 for Father's Day and I will save the others for other events that will pop up.
    * Went to Costco with my husband to buy a car battery. While there, I only bought exactly what I needed: Butter, antihistamine tablets and cottage cheese. I was proud of us for not making any impulse purchases.
    * Had a $10 off of a $10 purchase coupon for JC Penney. Bought an adorable 4-piece pajama set for my grandson that I ended up paying $3.43 for. I bought them in the size he will be on his birthday in November and will give them as a gift.

    Have a wonderful frugal week everyone!

  • Rhonda A. June 19, 2017

    I really love the basket that you have your apples in, Brandy. It's so pretty!

    Well, I've had a really busy week this week topped with an even busier weekend. I'm just finally getting time to post my frugal accomplishments. Still haven't even read any of the other comments yet, either, but I will over the next few days. Still exhausted after the Smoke and Steam Father's day event at work on Sunday...looking forward to a good night's sleep! Anyways, this week our frugal accomplishments included:
    *Meals made at home this week included homemade chicken souvlaki with white rice and corn, BBQ hamburgers & hotdogs with salad, chicken low mein stir fry with veggie spring rolls, chicken fingers with tater tots and corn, and pasta with sausage and tomato sauce (DD had past mixed with a bit of oil, parmesan cheese and mozarella cheese, since she doesn't like tomato sauce).
    *Bought take out pizza one night for dinner. I used the leftovers for lunch nearly every single day this week.
    *Took DH out for dinner to Chinese buffet on Father's day, after both of us came home from extremely busy days at work.
    *Instead of baking treats last weekend, we opted to use some of our home canned raspberry applesauce (literally apples and some raspberries added , then cooked down into a sauce - delicious!) as her lunch treat this week. This weekend I baked up a brownie mix from the pantry for the lunch treat for this coming week, as well as a father's day treat.
    *I've been cooking several hard boiled eggs at the beginning of each week, then putting the extras in the fridge to use during the week. I often eat one egg, warmed slightly in the microwave, in the morning for breakfast. My mom will sometimes use one to make an egg salad sandwich for lunch. Sometimes my daughter will eat one as devilled eggs or egg salad as her breafast, depending on her mood. By cooking several at once, I save on energy and it is definitely a time saver too!
    *Popped into Costco, after filling up my car with cheap gas, to pick up a few items on my list. Lucked out and found some of the items on sale that I needed (I have a list of items to buy if on sale). Also found 2kg jars of peanut butter (the BIG jars) for $3.49 each! Whoohoo!!!! Bought 12 jars, even though I just restocked our supply. Can't beat that price!!!
    *Bought 12 cans of spagetti sauce, 12 cans of mushrooms, 6 cans of baked beans, and 4 packages of pasta (900g size) for $0.75 each can/package (plus 2 containers of margarine @ non-sale price of $1.50 each). Total cost $28.50 and our pantry is now well stocked for the next few months!!!
    *As a grade 8 grad gift for my daughter, we bought her a new double mattress set (she currently has a worn out twin bed). Since she needed a new set anyway, it was the perfect, practical gift. We watched for a sale before buying, of course. We already have a double bed frame and old head board that belonged to my grandparents that will work just fine, saving us on those costs.

    That's all I remember for now. Looking forward to reading everyone's comments as I get time. Have a wonderful week everyone!

  • mable June 19, 2017

    Harvested my first cucumbers, pak choi, carrots and scallions this week. It snowed slightly/went below freezing/hailed on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, but I had everything covered so nothing was ruined. The growing season for interior Alaska is about 90 days, 100 days in a good year, so I start things indoors, transplant as soon as I can (my raised beds mean the soil warms up faster) and cover things at night. It is hailing as I write this and I don't have everything covered but it isn't supposed to last long so I am probably okay. I grow my carrots in 5 gallon buckets and start five buckets really early, and then on June 1 I put more seeds into the ground, so I have a fresh crop much earlier than usual and then the regular carrots in late July.

    Harvested my early season honeyberries and froze them for smoothies; I sneak the carrot tops and pak choi into the smoothies and no one notices if I use blueberries or honeyberries. Honeyberries perform really well in cold climates, one of the few fruits I can count on making it through the winter.

    Ate from the freezer and pantry, since I have some stuff that is getting old.

    Traded homemade jam for fresh salmon a friend caught this last weekend.

    Salvaged a pair of pants. I was going to get rid of them but my husband, who is the seamster in the family, went over every seam with a close zigzag pattern and put in new elastic so they should be good for another five years! They are so worn they are like wearing pajamas and a neutral color so I can wear them with any shirt. I love them and wish I'd have bought five pair when I bought the one!

    Made bread and pie crusts. I don't like making pie crusts but I didn't want to go to the grocery store...

    Used a British recipe to make breakfast scones, with ham chunks and cheese. Great to grab and run. Can't believe I am still eating down the NY ham...

    Cashed in $25 with Swagbucks, to get an Amazon card. Used it to order more canning lids (not the screw on parts, just the lids you cannot reuse) and some Nips, my husband's favorite candy. His birthday is coming up so I am looking for little treats, since neither one of us really needs anything.

    Discovered Allivet, where I could get my ancient dog's arthritis and pain drugs for a third of what the vet clinic changes and half of what the other pet med online place charges. It saved me over $300 for a 6 month supply. My rule is I will pay up to 10% more to buy locally instead of online, when dealing with local small businesses like the vet, but I could not ignore this kind of savings. IT pains me not to buy local, when I see these small places struggling but I have to balance it with what we can afford. My old boy will likely die within the year and I want him comfortable to the end because he has been such a faithful companion and once scared off a persistent man who knocked on the door, swaying and incoherently asking for directions. I was home alone and when he sense I was nervous, my faithful Dane reared up on his hind legs and barked in the guy's face. For that alone, I'd spend whatever it takes to make his life easier.

  • Momsav June 21, 2017

    Dogs are the best!! Bless his heart!

  • Holly June 24, 2017

    When I was a teenager, a former neighbor showed up, drunk, at the front door in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday when dad was not home. Mom was not at all happy to see him without his wife. He tried to show my mom a small injury on his hand and that's when our 6.5 pound poodle took action and earned his keep. He made the most ferocious low-throated growl we ever heard from him. The drunk sobered right up and left. I think the dog got roast beef that night for dinner. Or steak.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. June 19, 2017

    Your flowers are just lovely! How do you keep them from burning in the heat? Our temps were in the 90s by the last part of of the week--and we're supposed to top 100 this week--and our poor flowers do NOT like it. Well, actually, the black-eyed-Susans and coreopsis don't seem to mind a bit, but the roses, hydrangeas, and gardenias are pretty crispy. :(

    Frugal Efforts:

    * Ate mostly home-prepared meals.

    * Hubs and son rode bikes to work/school 4 times (by Friday it was too hot).

    * Harvested lettuce, purple pole beans, the first zucchini of the season, broccoli, 1 (!) blackberry and 1 (!) strawberry, grapes, green onions, beets, and yellow squash.

    * Collected eggs from our hens.

    * Checked out books, DVDs, and CDs from the library.

    * Walked for exercise.

    * Either composted or fed the hens produce scraps.

    * Used warm-up/rinse water on potted plants and our new rose bushes. The state has lifted the official water/drought restrictions, but I don't want an enormous water bill so we're continuing to conserve.

    * We, too, have been able to open up the windows/doors in the mornings and at nighttime. The AC is set for 80. So far, I've been able to hold off on the AC until about 4 p.m. Then we can usually open up again around 9 p.m. This week, with temps in the mid 90s to low 100s, we will probably have to run it more, but I'll hold out as long as possible. We use ceiling fans and keep the blinds closed as well when it's hot like this.

    * Thirteen years ago we added blown-in insulation to our walls (our house is over 60 yrs. old and had virtually no insulation when we bought it), and then we also added additional roof vents and turbines. These measures, in addition to a giant magnolia tree (which came with the house) and a bougainvillea vine (which we planted years ago), help to keep our house fairly cool most of the time. They have more than paid for themselves. We've looked into solar, but the pay-back time would be much too long for us (our electric bill averages about $70 per month--higher in the summer, of course, but lower most of the year).

    * I'm rooting cuttings from one of our pothos plants. These are plants we used in our wedding 30 years ago! We just keep taking cuttings from them.

    * Son is working on his Cooking merit badge for Scouts, so we're teaching him to "shop" the garden, fridge, freezer and pantry as he plans meals.

    * Cooked up a big crockpot of pinto beans, ran them through the food processor, and froze them in 2C portions to be used in burritos.

    * Paid bills on line.

    * Son hand-delivered some thank-you notes.

    Frugal "Fail" (sort of)

    * Our washing machine sprang a leak, and we paid someone to fix it. Normally, Hubs would have done the repair himself (it turned out to be just a split hose), but he just didn't have the time this past week. We used money from our "new fridge" fund, so hopefully our fridge will keep going for several more years (it's about 14 years old). I'm just thankful that we had the necessary funds to get the job done.

    Have a great week, everyone!

  • Becky June 19, 2017

    This past week, I gave 2 birthday parties for the girls. (Of my 8 children, 3 birthdays are within 8 days of each other) The party for the one that turned 17 was a BBQ and sugar donut party. She rallied the aunties and her dad and I, and we were able to cook it all, including my sister and aunt frying raised donuts on the spot. The girls played SPOONS, and took a walk to a nearby park and took pictures. Simple and fun.

    The other party was a tea party for the daughter that turned 13. I let her invite a few friends in after school Wednesday and served them little sandwiches, chocolate-dipped strawberries, tea, etc. My niece and older daughter helped make some of the food. It was very elegant and nice. They then played croquet on the lawn. Also, simple and fun.

    We bought a zoo pass, with summer fun for our kids and the kids we work with in mind. As of today, we've already used it twice. Last week, I took the 2 homeschooled girls (niece and daughter) to the zoo to celebrate a little friend's birthday. So, 3 ladies, 2 teens and a newly-turned 3 year old enjoyed a rainy, windy day at the zoo. We had a lot of fun, but no picnic for us that day.

    Today, my husband and I took 1 daughter, and my niece and nephew. Today was super hot, sunny, and we did enjoy a picnic. My husband had his last day of school/work on Friday, and is now off until September. His summer job is working as a PSW (personal support worker) for my special needs niece and nephew, same as mine. We will take turns working when there is only one of them that needs support, and we can both work if they both need care at the same time. There are goals they are working on and we take them places, and do activities with them to help them work on those goals. Sometimes we take them places and do activities, such as today, and sometimes we help them with learning to do chores, and other more mundane, but useful, activities. We were both needed today as both their mom and dad needed to work.

    The garden has started to produce. I'm hoping that my husband can till a bit tomorrow and I can plant another succession planting of green beans and lettuce.

    https://beckyathome.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/saving-money-june-18-2017/

  • Melissa V June 20, 2017

    We have pretty much stayed out of the grocery store for 3 weeks now other than for milk (hubby needs to learn to walk by sale items though....he brought more than just milk home!) and have started going to the big farmers market for our produce (cheaper and better quality too). We also get "double up bucks" there. So for $20 in food stamps they will double it and give us another $20 in double up coins to use for food at the market. I was able to actually get some duck eggs for myself there as well and they only cost us 2.50 for a 1/2 dozen.
    * Mended a pair of my "trash" jeans that I use for doing messy outdoor or painting projects. I also put elastic in another pair of capris and a pair of shorts. I also made myself a new headband from a scrap of vintage material.
    * I painted an old antique apple crate with paint I had on hand that matches the colors in my sewing room. I will use it to store my mending pile in.
    * A friend gave me a new pair of tennis shoes she couldn't wear.
    * I am back at work so I am bringing home odds and ends for my poultry again which cuts down on the feed they eat. I am getting 2 eggs a day from my 2 chicken hens but the duck hens are still too young to lay.
    * I accepted leftovers from my in-laws after a dinner - she makes a small portion of her beans and potato salad w/o onions for me.
    * We bought cat litter using coupons I received from complaining to the company about the change in their product (had to take a drywall mud paddle to the wet spots because they stuck that hard to the bottom of even my new boxes!)
    * "Dog sat" my brother in law's Pyrenees and he paid us. She is a total diva and is not good with cats AT ALL so we have to keep her leashed in the house. Our cats see her and they just all head to the safe spots now - my son's room and the basement. No amount of correction is working so we are just making sure to keep our cats safe.
    * Started getting a few berries - enough for hubby to put on his cereal. My raspberries are loaded in blossoms so it won't be long now for them either. My beans finally made it thru the ground since we finally got a couple days with decent rainfalls. My cukes are blossoming already as is my summer squash. My sweet and hot peppers are still struggling - i am not sure I will get anything from them if we get an early frost this year. My volunteer tomato plants are looking better than the ones I started early in the house so I'm going to just let those go and see what we get. My potatoes are huge and already blossoming as well and the ones I pretty much just thew in the ground along our fence line cause I was out of room in the garden are just now coming up as well :)
    * I started the process of sorting thru ALL of our tools and hardware including all of the various bolts, screws and nails. We can never find a tool when we need it cause they are in 3 different places in the house! The amount of tape measures and screwdrivers I've found is impressive! I emptied some my son's Legos into a rubbermaid tub and then took the plastic drawer towers to use for the tools so we can organize them into 3 sets for each area that needs them. I still have 2 more huge drawers to empty of his Legos - he's 21 so no longer playing with them but I refuse to sell them as they are the old type with less molded pieces and more just plain bricks so you can build anything - not just the original set. I also have saved almost all of the instructions that came with the sets. Someday I may have grand kids who'll appreciate them.
    * I finally got to the bottom of the brush pile. I spent alot of time during my six weeks of recovery outside cutting down the smaller branches. They are now all piled into 5 gallon buckets and feed bags and we will use them in the wood stove in the winter. The amount is taking up ALOT of space in my shed right now. I cleaned up the leftover mess and put it around my raised boxes. I also emptied the ash from the old burn pit into my raised beds.
    * We had 90 degree temps for almost a week but our A/C was running but not cooling. I am very glad I hung onto as many fans as I did! It took 5 days to get someone to come out and "fix" it - they put new refrigerant in it but said there is probably a leak but they our home appliance warranty thru the gas company doesn't cover leak diagnostics, just minor leak repair.....which makes no sense but for now, it is again cooling. Of course now the heat wave is over and we don't need it running LOL. For the problems that we had getting someone out here we were given 2 months of warranty service for free and after the mix-up over leak repair and whether they diagnosis it, they gave us a $100 credit - which pays next months gas bill. This the 2nd time we've had problems with their service but we couldn't afford to have the appliances repaired otherwise.

    Brandy - the flowers are beautiful! I wish my glads would have come up.....I think something may have eaten them since not a single bulb has made a showing and I planted them at the beginning of June!
    Have a great week everyone!

  • Laura June 20, 2017

    We are celebrating my husband's 50th bday in a few weeks and having a big party. He didn't want me to cook, but after I got the quote for brisket and sausage from a local restaurant ($1500.00) I decided to cook the meat myself on the grill. My best friend is helping me cool the rice, potato salad and beans, which means that overall, including the drinks, the party good for 75 folks will be less than $300. I also tried to get some paving done on our backyard but couldn't believe a cheap quote was 1600.00. We decided to mow the lawn very short and do with what we have. Even though I tried to start digging myself for a nicer dining area, Its very hard work and given I have so many neck and health issues, I will just have to be grateful we have a large yard and that people are celebrating my husband and not the yard. It's so hot here in TX and I've taken my kid's to the pool since its free for entertainment. We are pet sitting for a week and that was a nice surprise to bring in extra income.

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