Monday, November 9, 2015

Weekly Savings

This week flew by in a rush.  It was so damp and dreary that little was actually accomplished  Cleaning the house seemed futile, and working in the yard was impossible except for one day.

The rain did revive the garden.  The pepper plants that barely perked up with water from the sprinkler have new life after rain water fell on them.  I managed to pick a big basket of assorted peppers as well as two cucumbers.  The onion sets are sprouting well, and I have high hopes for a good red onion harvest in the spring.

Once again we filled the regular trash can up with construction trash.  All of it did not fit, but I held the excess over in hopes of catching up this week.

I discovered a variety of new crochet patterns for free on Pinterest.  I did purchase a skein of yarn and started making myself a cowl and a pair of fingerless gloves.  I have yet to find a good button for the cowl.  I did find enough buttons for the gloves though.  (Pictures will follow when then are completed.)

My mom planted a bunch of zinnia seeds in her fall garden.  They have done really well.  I picked some for myself this past week.  I added in some fern fronds to finish off the arrangement.  I definitely want to plant more cutting flowers in the garden this spring.

I took advantage of some sales to stock up on some grocery items this week.  I also focused on using up some things from the freezer/pantry/garden.  We had salads for one meal using lettuce (purchased), popcorn shrimp (freezer), tomato (gifted), peppers, and cucumbers (last two from the garden).  Homemade salad dressings finished it off.

I made sure to freeze any leftovers into single serving meals for myself.  I like to have quick meals on hand for dinners when W is at work.

W fixed the clothesline which was sagging a bit too much.  He used some pieces of pipe we had on hand to anchor it a little better.

I packed W's lunches and put everything into reusable containers.  It takes a bit more time afterward since the containers must be washed.  I do not mind as it keeps me from buying disposable bags.

Those are the main items from the past week.  How did your week go?


Terri Cheney said...

I'm trying to do the same with John's lunches. I'm down to one ziplock per shift right now and that is because I can't fit 3-4 sandwiches (two meals worth) in anything else. Love the flowers. I discovered woodland ferns growing in the woods this morning on my walk. And a lovely golden moss.

Sarah L said...

Beautiful flowers and once again....great savings.

Rhonda said...

I don't have to pack work lunches anymore, I've been doing it since I was in Jr. High, first for my dad and then for Jeff.
I am trying to cut down on bag use at home and use containers whenever possible.

The zinnia are beautiful. Their seeds are easy to dry and plant next year. There are 100s of seeds in each mature flower.