Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blessings

Good morning.... I thought I would start Sundays with sharing Blessings that happened during the prior week..... There has been to many times that I don't take the time to be thankful for things that happened to us each week....When I stop and think about all the good things that happened to us, our moods are happier then hearing about all the doom and gloom.....

1) I am so thankful my husband who doesn't mind running to the store for me.... He doesn't find it a burden...I feel so loved by him...

2) I am thankful for my children....I saw all of them this week, even my precious grandchild.... Now that most of my kids are on their own and soaring I love when they take time to stop by and spend time with us...
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3) I feel so blessed we had the money to afford the vet bill.... The day before the vet visit I went through the freezers to see what I had...My plan was to see what I had so I can stock up on things that I was short on...But I wrote everything down so I could use the oldest stuff....Not realizing how much the vet bill would cost, it all worked out that I had a lot of food.. And needed very few things for my menu.... I am able to put money into the savings even with the vet bill....Not like I wanted but I was able to save....that is a blessing to me..

4) The last few weeks Russ has had Friday's off because he needed to  use up some vacation time or he loses it....It has been nice with the long weekends and we started wood working once again.... He has created some nice fall decos...

I hope you can find blessings in your life.... May your day be filled with many blessings....

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vet Bills.....

I hope your having a wonderful weekend.....

Friday was expensive...... ugh... When we decided to have pets we knew the expenses that can take place....We are committed to them... Crosby has been having some skin problems....At first I thought it was ring worm....but no other cat or dogs have them.... I would put neosporion on it....it would clear up in that spot....then it mutated in another spot....it was driving me nuts...this past week it spread and I knew he was in pain.... it was between the upper eye lash and went up his ear... it itched to.... So I called and took Addie with us to...she needed to get weighed and nails clipped.... And  I knew I needed heart worm and flea and tick stuff for both Addie and Remmy....

So I took Crosby in to see the Vet...He took one look and said food allergy...I  was shocked.... Sidney his sister has skin problems also..... I buy grain free for them because Sidney had the skin problems....I did purchase a cheaper brand than what I had been using...ugh.... I just bought food for them on Thursday.... The vet said grain free and no chicken and beef...Only duck and seafood...my cats will not eat seafood...not even fresh.. I have always had cats love seafood...not this group... Also Crosby had both ears infected with a bacteria infection caused by food allergies....so he got his ears cleaned and drops put In and a shot of antibiotics and ear drops to come home with.....

By the time I walked out of the vets office with the cost of Addie's nails clipped and her heart worm and flea and tick stuff and Remmy's heart worm and flea and ticket.. And everything they did to Crosby I was $452 poorer.... Russ had the day off and came with me....he about fell over with the cost....What cost most is the dog stuff...the flea and tick stuff was expensive....We will go a different route next spring....I only bought 3 months each of the flea and tick stuff....it was $86 for 3 months...ouch....

So I returned the unopened food and got the Blue Wilderness that is duck....I was buying chicken... Bought some canned duck and pea stuff by blue..... the cats looked at me with the new canned stuff...but they ate it....I will never go back to the cheaper stuff....it cost me big time and caused my Crosby a lot of pain....my cats are my children now.... I felt so bad....

Russ goes on the way home and said I guess food for us is boxed mac and cheese for a while....I laughed and said the odd thing is I went through the chest freezer and the refrigerator freezer and the pantry AKA hall closet that I made into a food pantry yesterday...I said we have enough food for 17 days for dinners, and breakfast..... lunches we have to buy stuff for....And I chuckled to him besides we have an abundance of waffles.... I bought a  new waffle maker and I made 3 batches.....So I told him we can have waffles and eggs for dinner to....He goes oh that sounds good....

After we exchange the cat food and bought more, we ran over to Aldi's and bought some fresh produce and milk and eggs and bread... some spaghetti sauce and alfredo sauce...  I had planned out a menu and needed some things for the 2 weeks..... Russ went to Targets for Sandwich meat....I don't like Aldi's sandwich meat...But I do love their cheeses.....At Targets if you buy a pound and a half of deli meat you get a half of a pound of cheese free... After coming home I divide the sandwich meat in half and freeze half of it....

I set aside $60 for groceries for next week if we need anything...We may need milk, bread and eggs.....but nothing more....Then I put everything into our savings except for $200 for gas for Russ to get back and forth to work.... it should be plenty for gas.... We decided for the next 2 weeks we will not spend on anything extra and see how much we have left of the $200 and $60.....We are up for the challenge....In the mean time we will be working on the yard and our home with what we have around our home.... We want to replace that $452 we just spent on vet bills....we know we can do it quickly if we just tighten our belt buckles....

May your day be filled with many blessings....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Projects and pictures....

Thought I would share some pictures with you.....
 
 
This is Addie being sweet... Quiet moments.... She is a very active 8 month old  German Shepherd.... She is done with training and it is up to us to keep up with the training....Our main goal right now is to have her gain confidence in her doing things by her self....She has to have Remmy by her side to go outside...It is a challenge...he is one stubborn pup...
This chair now is in my sewing room....It was a yukky black folding chair....Painted it a dove white and then covered the vinyl seat with pretty pink floral fabric....I had the paint and the fabric.... Didn't have to spend money on the project...
This past weekend Russ worked on the stained pumpkin.....Free.... It was all from scrap wood...and  the stem from a tree we had trimmed...The other pumpkins he had made last year from scrap wood.. The pumpkins in the bowl were from the Dollar Tree...
This is my precious grandson and my daughter in law....Jack and Jessica are celebrating Iowa States win over the University of Iowa's rival foot ball game...This game is like the superbowl NFL but it is the super game of the season for college in the State of Iowa... Great game....
Wooden candy corns I am working....Will be posting the finished project in a few days.... I uses scrap wood again.... FREE..... Had the paint and the wood....
 
Love free projects....We have a lot more we want to work on... Russ and I are back to wood working again...We go through phases... We are on a phase right now that we want new stuff in the house but it is not in the budget so we have to make things with what we have...
 
Yesterday I opened up some windows..... I changed the filter on the AC/ Furnace and then I ran the heat to make sure everything is in working condition for winter.... So all is good right now....
 
Today's agenda is working in the laundry/AC/water heater/sump pump area .... I would love to say laundry room but it houses a lot of major appliances... I want to clean all around the appliances and mop the floor and get rid of stuff such as recycling detergent bottles and ect....They gather there..... So it will be cleaned today....
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and may it be filled with many blessings....It is a beautiful morning in Iowa....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

chit chat...

Fall is in the air.....it has been quite chilly.... I haven't turned on the heat....I am trying not to.. I do love fall.... I have a feeling we will have a cold and bitter winter....

My sewing room is about done...,I need to bring up my candle and soap making supplies to my sewing room...Then it will be complete... yeah...

Russ and I worked on the front yard last weekend.... the front yard is done for this year.....Any thing I do will be decorating....

I have been doing some baking, I am having a hard time baking and not eating what I bake...

Tonight I will be making stew....Love this time of year for winter foods....

Russ and I have started exercising and eating right....We don't do without comfort foods.. We are cutting back in how much we eat...It is so hard to fixing dinner for 5 to going down to 2 or 3..... I have always cooked for a army.... So I have been searching for recipes for less people..... And dividing the meat when I buy...

I have a hard time getting off the floor because of my knees....My knees are in pretty sad shape..... UGH....so I decided to sit at the top of the stairs and do my sit ups and leg lifts.....so much better on the knees...All I have to do is stand up when finished..... Russ is now doing it my way....Russ is a copy cat because his knees are really bad now.....I told him why would he want to copy me with knees...it sucks!!! He wasn't amused... :)

I finally got my candy corns sanded and Today I will paint them....

It seems with the kids moving out I am seeing them more now...which I love.....Watched foot ball yesterday with my daughter and her friend Barbara ( who is like a daughter to me) had a blast....Loving this part of my life....

On our budget, well lets just say there are so many things we need to replace in our home that we are on a very strict budget and it seems with prices of food, I have to tweak the budget each week....it's going slower than I want....

Enjoy your week ahead.....

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beautiful day....

I love the Fall season.....Even tho it is a bit early to say it is Fall.... We went to the downtown farmers market this morning and some had pumpkins already.... It felt like a fall crisp morning....wore sweats to keep warm... I bought a lot of veggies.... Russ bought pumpkin cake and fudge and banana and lemon and pumpkin loaf breads... I just looked at him and said really??? I am not a fudge person.... and I love the breads but will not go near them right now.....I have been watching things I eat and my glucose levels are normal and I like how I feel....so not going back there...He forgot I am watching my foods... Besides we won't be going back till next year....so I froze the breads to eat this winter... he was okay with that.... He bought 3 chunks of fudge and they are not small chunks to me.....I wonder can you freeze fudge for later use??

We got to the farmers market for the ringing of bells signaling it was open for business at 7:30 am..... by 9am there were so many people that I felt like it was packed like sardines.....You couldn't look at the vendors anymore.....I am glad we got there when we did .....I don't like crowds like that and neither does my daughter.....So we left with our goodies.....

After coming home I got out all my fall decorations, and have them in my sewing room... We are going to watch the Iowa game this afternoon and relax...It's so nice to relax and enjoy the afternoon......

I am going to ask you to pray for a friend of mines daughter....Her name is Rachel, she is 28 weeks pregnant, she is in the hospital because she has placenta previa, She is being monitored all the time.... the baby is doing fine, she is having contractions and bleeding off and on....so if you could please pray for Rachel we all know the power of prayer....Her mom Janet is taking care of her 3 year old son, please pray for Janet to give her the energy to take care of him.... I thank you for your prayers....