Saturday, March 21, 2020

Waste Not, Want Not

I won't post pictures of the empty store shelves as we all have experiencced them first hand.  When all of this started Chuck ran into the store to pick up a few things on my list.  As he was in the store he sent me pictures of what he called "mass hysteria."

Fast forward to Friday night.  I was sure I had a back up of an item, but it turned out I didn't.  It's a essential item so we headed to the store.  Chuck had not been into the stores since all of this had started.  He had seen it on the news and I had been telling him, but seeing it for himself was sobering.  Actually, it was for me also.  Isles, and isles of empty shelves.  It's only been a little over a week since that first shopping trip, yet it feels like months ago.

Seeing as how food is now scarce it's time be extra diligent about food waste.  The fridge was fairly full and a container of leftover roast beef was pushed to the back.  Sadly, it had to be tossed.  That was the moment that I knew I had to take better charge of the kitchen.

I went through the refrigerator and put away things that I thought might go bad before they would be eaten.  Chuck had picked up some lunch meat.  I divided it down into more manageable portion sizes and put them into the freezer.
A container of blueberries were close to passing their prime, so into the freezer they went.  They will be used in baking or for Megan snacks.  She loves frozen blueberries! The browning bananas became banana bread.
I had used some beef broth in a recipe earlier this week.  I took the leftover broth and poured it into ice cube trays for later use.  I saved just enough broth to use in the roast I intend to prepare on Sunday.
We had take out recently and there was a small container of dressing left.  That was added to my current bottle.

I know I've mentioned this before, but you can write on plastic/glass containers with a dry erase marker.  I am now making sure to mark the date on all leftover.  I want to ensure that things are used in a timely manner.

Beside the fact that finding food is scarce we also need to be diligent due to cost.  For those without a stocked pantry it's currently hard to shop on a budget.  No ground beef or chicken means you may have to buy the more expensive cut of meat.  The $1 loaves of bread out stock means you may have to buy the premium loaf.  All of those subsitutes can add up to budget crushers. 

I still find it unreal to think about all of the events that have unfolded in such a short amount of time.  If you let it, you could become anxious and paralyzed with fear.  I find that besides prayer, the best thing I can do is "look well to ways of my household."

Please let me know how you are doing.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Semi Quarantine: Weekend #1

I same semi quarantine because we will go out as needed. Although the goal is to stay home as much as possible. I feel better,but I know that I am one that is the risk catagory.   I still have no voice. It has now been three months with a hoarse/raspy voice. Nuts!

Speaking of nuts....
I imagine it has been the same everywhere.  The paper goods and cleaning products were already selling out.  Then Wednesday it was announced that the schools were closing.  That lead to what Chuck refered to as "mass hysteria."

After all of the crazy it was nice to enjoy this snowy scene.  There is something about falling snow that says peace. 
With the schedule cleared and time at home it means that things can be marked off of the to do list.  That is exactly what happened this weekend.  

Our window blinds are almost 19 years old.  Several of them no longer worked properly.  The blinds had arrived last week and the week before, so it was time for their installation.  
I love them!  We have two large windows like this one and previously there were three blinds in place.  It has always been a wish of mine to have a blind that fit the window correctly.  I'm a happy girl!

For the last month I been working on a little kitchen update.  I did some painting and hope to have it completed soon. 
Of course there were  every day things like laundry and dinner. 
As unsettling as things have been this week the best thing we can do is use caution and carry on as normal as possible.  The Bible tells us to fear not 365 times, so most important thing we can do is pray. 

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

I am feeling much better.  I still have to be careful to not over do it as I still become tired easily.  I'm so thankful!

After being sick for such a long time this is what the refrigerator was looking like.  
 Time to make a grocery run!
 The above is from stop number one.  Over a few days I hit four stores.  Have to make my grocery budget stretch!

I received happy mail.  These towels are super cute.
Thanks Kathy!  Your kindness certainly perked me up. 

An afternoon snack of warm cookies and cold milk.  Someone couldn't wait for me to take a picture before she dug in. *smile*
 I felt like I was always wearing my hair up in a bun and wanted a change.  I chopped it off into an angled bob. 
 So far our winter has been mild.  Old Man Winter let us know he isn't done with some ice.  It's not fun yet it is beautiful.  Especially when the sun is reflecting off of the ice. 
 Watching the impeachment vote because U.S. Government in action is so much better than a book. 
 The organization of my kitchen cabinets continues.  It's slow going, but I'm getting it done
There's something about clean dishes on the counter that is appealing to me.  It seems cozy and homey. 
 Megan spends much of her time in the garage.  It's her creative outlet.  I'll show you next week what is busy creating. 
Wishing you all a great week!

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

A Little Organizing

Part of my plan for this year is do some organizing in the kitchen. The jars I was using before had an attached lid and I had issues with the jar being off balance and tipping over when they were open.  I knew this was an area I wanted to improve.  I found some jars I loved in the Target Dollar Spot before Christmas. I ended up picking up one or two each week until I had a nice variety.

I emptied this area and gave it a good purge.  I then added things to the new jars and gave them a label.
I love how crisp and clean this area looks. 

To prepare for this project I have been buying all of the organizing items a little at a time.  I picked up some air tight containers to hold snacks. 
I love these!  I might purchase a couple more to hold crackers.  
I also purchased this organizer.  It comes with a lid that didn't work, so I put it under the container in case I want to use it in the future.  
The finished drawer.  
It's been really slow going with this project.  As I have been gaining energy I have been able to tackle a drawer or cabinet shelf each day.  

It's better to go slow in the right direction than go fast in the wrong direction."  ~ Simon Sinek

Thursday, January 23, 2020


It's been quiet on the blog and will continue to be that way for a while longer. The picture might give you an idea as to why.

I started to not feel well the first week of January. I put it down to a cold. On January 12th, my birthday of all days, I woke up with no voice and felt terrible. I tried to fight it as we had dinner plans. By noon, I knew the plans had to be cancelled. Bummer!

 The next day I felt even worse. I had to go lie down while helping Megan with math. I decided I needed to be seen. I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. I took all of my meds and my voice still didn't come back and I was very tired.

Fast forward until today. I had my regularly scheduled 6 month check up. I ended with getting a chest x-ray, 2 shots, and a prescription for a very powerful antibiotic plus another item. . It seems I have pneumonia.

It explains a ton.  Like how I have been sleeping in until 9 ish, taking a two hour nap, and still going to bed and sleeping most of the night.  (sometimes coughing wakes me)

I am under strict orders to STAY HOME and rest.  As my sister reminded me the goal is to not only get better, but to avoid a hospital stay.

So rest and home is the plan.  I'll return when I'm feeling better.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Living Room Update

Come on in and take a peek at my living room update.  It's not quite finished, yet finished enough invite you in.  I have been feeling under the weather the last week, so the progress really slowed.   Anyway, here is a peek coming from the hall into the living room.  
For comparison this is the same view of the before.  

When you walk in the front door this the area that you first see.  I have plans to paint the hutch white and I need to decorate the tiered tray for everyday.  
During Christmas I mentioned that I was on the hunt for doilies.  My mom came through with a couple that my grandmother had made.  Swoon!
Chuck made the ladder for this wall and I painted the letter B.  

I love how the ladder turned out!  I like that I will able to change out the decor here seasonably.  

I'm not sure how I feel about the new side tables.  Well, let me rephrase that.  I like the tables, but I'm not sure about the black.  I may end of painting them white.  

The basket I use to have would no longer fit.  I picked up these rope containers from the Target Dollar Spot for $5.I love that I can pick up the entire basket with my Bible items and move it easily. 
For now we are still using one of our old end tables.  I would love to fill this space with something round.  I'm thinking a wooden wire spool.  We are still discussing what to do in this little corner.  More to come on that later. 
This was an impulse buy.  I tried a couple other things in this space, but felt that it needed simple.  I also like that I can change out the wreath easily. 

I've had the table lamps for years and plan to eventually change them out.  It's all about finding what I like that doesn't cost a fortune.  Lamps are expensive!
New blinds were added.  I actually feel like I am in this decade with out the dated vertical blinds.  I always disliked them.  The curtain panels were made out of a $10 Christmas table cloth.  I actually have enough left to make throw pillow or two.  
The big entertainment stand was changed out.  It makes the room looks tons larger with this smaller unit.  

My absolute favorite thing in the room is this shelf.  When my grandfather passed away several years ago we were able to go to what was referred to as the old home place.  It is where my mom grew up.  Chuck pulled this wood from a cattle barn that Pop had made.  I love not only the rustic, farm look, but also the history.  

The windmill was a Christmas tree topper.  It was purchased on clearance and Chuck cut off the bottom and put it into a piece of reclaimed wood.  The coffee mill was my Grandmothers.  The horse shoe was found at the original family homestead that dates back to the 1700's.  The mini butter churn was made by great, great Uncle Lee.  I love the history this shelf represents.  

I can almost mark this as accomplished on my list.  A few minor things to do, as I feeling better, and then I can move on to the next item. I'm super happy with how it turned out.  I feel like it is lighter, feels bigger and less cluttered.  

Besides rest I hope to pull out the Valentine decor this weekend.  

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Well, Hello 2020

I have neglected my little space on the web.  To be honest, it's because I've been living life.  I am in such a good place emotionally.  For those that have followed me for a while you know that I had a rough patch. This year I actually found my Christmas spirit!  I had such fun decorating for Christmas and enjoying all of the festivities that go along with it.  So much so that I only took one picture on Christmas. 

As I was thinking over 2019 I thought of all the time spent away from home and the projects that were never completed.  We were busy loving Grandma in her last days and helping other with projects.  I don't say that to complain.  The choice was made to do all of those things.  

Pondering a word for 2020 I couldn't come up with one.  I was back and forth on home and accomplish.  I believe I will stick with both!  Spending time at home is a huge goal.  I want to fall in love with my home again.  One way to achieve that is to stay home and fluff my nest.  That is where accomplish comes in.  Chuck and I have a list of things we would like to accomplish on the home front.  

The first item is already in the works and it just happens to involve both fluffing my home and accomplishing something on the list.  What might that be?
Oh yes, taking down wallpaper.  A messy job! Once complete it was time to wash walls, patch holes, and wash the walls again and again.  Not fun, but certainly necessary.  

Then the painting began. The pictures doesn't show it well.  It's a light gray with just a hint of blue. 
 Finally that was done and it's on to the fun stuff.  Here is sneak peek of one area that is complete.  

I am waiting on new window blinds, painting a piece of furniture, and will be building a few things.  With that said it will be closer to the end of month before I am ready to mark it complete and show it off.