Friday, July 17, 2015

What I have learned.......

I thought I would sit and have some coffee and enjoy some blogs today and also post.....
Yesterday was a sad day for our Country....I hope America can become strong again....
It's another hot day today and it is suppose to be hot this weekend also..... So it is going to be a indoor kind of weekend.... I do like those kinds of weekends now and then....I also love to open up the house and let the fresh air in.... And my cats love the fresh air also.....
I have written about my husbands job in the past.... They have not interviewed one person to take over his job so he can move on to the one they are suppose to create.... I have told Russ I have a feeling they found out that you do fit in more than they thought and they want you right where you are... We are just blessed that he has a job......
 
When all this took place we were also in the middle of my Son David getting married.... and it was hard to concentrate on one thing.... What we had planned to do and are doing it now....We decided to live within the means if Russ were to retire right now we would live on the salary he would be getting in retirement.... It has blown my mind in how wasteful I am with just about everything and I thought I wasn't.... I thought I was frugal as can be.. Oh how wrong I was....
 
We are already over the budget in what he would bring home during retirement, because I am wasteful, from water to food to laundry and everything else....This is all a learning experience for Russ and I...
 
The food budget and pet budget is where we need to really watch it....The pet food is okay....
Food is where I have learned a lot....As I said I thought I was frugal...Ha... Goodness I have learned a lot....
1)Cutting back on serving sizes, not only is that going to help with the cost, but also with our health and waist line...
2) Freezing left over veggies and chicken, to use in soups come fall...
3) I am now making my own baked goods, rolls, breads, pizza..... So much healthier....
4) I know next spring I will be planting a veggie garden and I will be using our rain barrel like I am suppose to.... This fall we will be weeding the gardens and getting them ready for planting in the spring...I do miss gardening......More than I thought I would....
 
The other things is I am learning to cut back on water usage..........We don't have the drought that the west coast is having..... but by wasting it, it is costing us money....
1) one thing I do and it is a bad habit..... I change clothes during the day....depending on what I am doing.... I find when I change clothes I throw things in the hamper, even after a couple of hours  of wearing them... So I put a hook up in the bathroom for barely worn clothes.... I am talking about shorts and long pants.... First of all by doing this it will make my clothes last longer from way to many washings.....
2) it will save me money with the water bill.
3) it will save me on electricity from drying
4) it will save me money on laundry detergent and dryer sheets...
 
Fuel for the cars......
Last week they had a great sale on beef..... the week before they had a great sale on pork....I stocked up on both.... When the kids lived here when I fixed burgers for dinner I would make 2 burgers each for the family.... When you have 6 in the family it gets pricy.... Now that it is Russ and I, Russ and I eat one burger each.... Last week they had gourmet burgers on sale 5 for $10 and 25 cents off each gallon of gas you buy..... I bought 3 sets of 5....75 cents off a gallon of gas... for 15  burgers equals to 7 meals for us....We can't go to a fast food that many times... for the price we saved....I bought several other items that I had cents off each gallon and my grand total this week for saving on each gallon of gas is 91 cents....
 
I have learned to challenge myself into saving $$$'s so we can have fun.... I don't want to live life and not enjoy.... these are easy things for me to change...they aren't hard.... It takes a little of my time to plan menus.. It all equals out because I am not doing laundry everyday... it sure helps to wear clothes a little longer than I have been....If I work in the yard it goes right away in the laundry...
I am seeing the difference in our utility bills.... When I wash throw rugs I dry them over the deck rails in the sun.... I love how they smell...
 
Small things are making a difference and I will be well trained by the time Russ retires but still living life and enjoying and having fun...
 
Till next time may your weekend be filled with many blessings.....
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Not again.........

I wish all the whimps in Washington D.C. would get their acts together and make our Country strong again..... I won't say anything more...My prayers are with the families of 4 Marines that were killed on our homeland......Even tho I am not a big fan of Donald Trump but man we need someone whether democrat or republican to be outspoken like Trump....  just saying....UGH...... Lets Be Strong America!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

It is HOT......

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! It is HOT!!! We have been very lucky this summer as we have been unusually cool..... Then we went from cool to blazing hot...
 
I knew the heat was coming and we got all caught up with laundry and we did our yard work when it was cool last week.... It feels good to get that all done...
 
This past weekend was a no commitment weekend and we enjoyed it so much.... We went shopping to my favorite places and to Russ's favorite places... We didn't buy much because we have been getting rid of "stuff" and we didn't want to bring in more "stuff"... So we only bought things that would help us create things.... We did get ourselves some really nice large mugs.... Of course mine had sunflowers on it...but to sit down and drink a cold beverage in them is relaxing...or a cup of coffee.....
 
I am piddling around with a lot of different projects..... I have been working on embroidering stuff on tea towels..... I put my afghan up for right now... And I am also making beaded jewelry for me.... I am also working on some clothes of mine that are way to big.... Seeing if I can alter them so I can continue wearing them....
 
Have  you ever had all these ideas all at once and you want to do them all.... Maybe it is because I am not gardening this year and I  have all this time on my hand....I do miss the gardening real bad but then I feel I needed this break....
 
July 13th 2011 I discovered the lump in my breast and watched it for a couple of weeks and it grew really fast..... I can't believe it was 4 years ago.... I met so many through my blog who went through the same journey I went through.... Your encouragement you gave me.... I thank you all who have stuck with me through the journey....  Thank you.... It has been a journey and still  continue with side affects of the chemo (they don't tell you that part) .... but I have learned to deal with the side affects....Either I can let it bring me down or I can get up and live life to the fullest.... It brought me down for a while.... but I finally decided I needed to live life.... My husband has been my rock.... I have learned to let go of being in control of everything and let me tell you it was very hard to let go of the control of everything...... But it has taught me so much...It has taught me to lean on the Lord and knows HE knows best..... There were so many Blessings with my journey with breast cancer....Maybe for my 5th year I will write about what has happened since going through chemo....
 
The breast cancer I had was an aggressive triple negative deductible carcinoma.... it went from stage one to stage two in a few weeks.... I had to have chemo before having any surgery.... two different types of chemo... then I chose a double mastectomy..... The type of cancer can come back anytime.... I feel good for the first time in a very long time....
 
So Ladies please check your girls once a month and if you have any questions about anything get it checked out.... I am a breast cancer survivor....
Till next time!!!!
 
 

Monday, July 6, 2015

weekend recap....

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the 4th of July....

The kids are back from their honeymoon and they had a fantastic time.... They brought beach sand for me.... And some shells... I haven't seen the ocean for a very long time.... I put it in a mason jar along with shells.... My main bathroom in the house is a beachy theme....

They came home on Friday and spent the 4th with us....We grilled and had homemade mac and cheese and brownies and ice cream cones....

Saturday morning we went to the farmers market.... I bought some fresh veggies and I realized the reason why I always had a garden... I felt the prices were pretty pricy.... but knew the hard work that comes from growing the veggies and didn't mind spending the money on good home grown food...I may plant a fall garden later this summer.... Or just go on as planned and buy from farmers markets.... Just give my garden beds a rest for this year and start back next spring...I did buy some tomatoes and they are so good....

I did stock up on honey and maple syrup.... I want to get a stock pile for winter....

Russ and I have been drinking  Organic Apple cider vinegar and raw unprocessed honey with water...Russ suffers from heart burn and it does a wonderful job keeping it at bay.... I enjoy it... I also drink water and lemon squeezed in it... I just feel better...Would love to have a lemon tree but it just isn't good to grow in Iowa....

We didn't go to any fireworks this year.... Addie is scared of them.... And we saw our neighborhood fireworks....and a church a few blocks away had fire works....I am not a crowd person and loved being home drinking some ice cold tea.... Plus I was so tired from going to the farmers market....Our twice a month flea market has over 200 vendors of arts and crafts and wine and veggies.... And the weather was beautiful..... Can't wait to go in a couple of weeks again.... Will buy some more honey and maple syrup next time.......

Sunday we rested as we have been so busy.. It has been quite a while that we just slept on and off the whole day......I think our bodies wanted us to rest....

Have a wonderful week and may it be filled with many blessings....

Till next time................

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oh it is so nice to ger my lap top going again....

My lap top was out of commission for a week..... My charger up and died... I was using my husbands lap top and it has a real SLOW processor.... So I am tickled silly about posting once again...

July is upon us and so is fire works.... I love fire works when the city shoots them off.... But I jump out of my skin and so the dogs and cats when someone shoots off their firecrackers in the middle of the day.... especially when it is right next door.... Now every noise that comes along the dogs jump.... Not a good time for them...

Russ has Friday off and David and Stephanie fly in from their honeymoon on Friday....

Will be taking David's car in to get a new tire.... We have his car here while they were gone on their honeymoon... Well I moved the car and noticed the front drivers tire has a bubble on the outside wall of the tire and a crack up above it... So I texted David and told him about it.. He said he new about it...I told him it was very dangerous because it could blow while he was going 70.... He said he knows and he would get it fixed....I said how about if I take it in Friday morning since your flight arrives early in the morning... He said okay and also said to have the oil changed to....

As a surprise to them especially Stephanie I cleaned out their car.... OH it was mess... Trash everywhere because David did so much traveling before they got married... he was traveling back and forth to her home.... So his car is cleaned and scrubbed and vacuumed out... It will be a surprise for them...

The weather has been decent..... have had some real bad storms.....

I have been doing a lot of catching up on things since the wedding... One is our budget ..... Oh goodness money just seemed to fly out of our account.... We want to re-coop everything...And we have so much to do when it comes to our home before Russ retires...One baby step at a time when it comes to our home...We are seeing progress....

I am now wishing we had a small garden....We are going to the farmers market this weekend and have some much needed fun.... We aren't going to the fireworks.... it is going to be very quiet when it comes to the 4th..... We will just grill out and watch the fireworks on our TV that are city is putting on.... I really don't like crowds that much.... My daughter doesn't either....

Not much is happening right now just chilling out and relaxing and keeping up with the house.... Have projects lined up....

Till next time.........................................