Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday, When it rains.....Saving Madness!

     We are still fighting with the weather man and it seems that we cannot get more than 24 hours without some kind of downpour or flurry.  It is the first day of spring and I have never seen a spring like this in the 30 years I have lived here.

Friday mom and I made up our cake.  I use the second tier of a wedding pan set I have.  It is nice because it has petals and holds the pineapple so well.  It makes a beautiful huge upside down cake. I used two white cake mixes and I always take at least 2 cups of batter out, or it over flows. I went to help a bride, mom put all in and slipped it into the oven.  What a mess.  Batter every where.  I kept opening the oven and scraping out the mess so the burning would not affect the flavor of the cake.  When it was done I just left the oven open and went out to work in the yard.  I had to let the oven cool.

The cake was beautiful and well received at the auction. We attended with mom and had fun trying to outbid each other for goodies.  Saturday morning we went to the Annual Sons of Norway spring breakfast, in the pouring rain by the way. I had still not cleaned up the kitchen.

I was able to get about 5 hours of work done outside. (Friday)  It was beautiful and I was sure sore.  I over did it can you believe that?  Thank goodness it was very crappy Saturday or I might just have ended up in traction.  I finally cleaned the kitchen really well late Saturday night it took over two hours.

Spent several hours outside working on the drain after church.  I would normally never do this on the Sabbath but I just wanted to be outside. I had a Corned beef and veggies cooking in the crock pot so I spent my time soaking up the sun and washing rock. It is back breaking work and we were not sure of the new design so we went with our gut which was the wrong gut and the 20 feet I have done has to be redone.  Very discouraging, but at least the rock is clean.  So I will start at the other end and do it right.  I have to take some pictures for you and post then tomorrow, the back yard is such a mess and I don't know if it will ever be back to normal.

Had dinner and it was delicious with plenty of leftovers.  Then laid down with mom and took a nice nap.

I have plenty to do today, as 4 prom dresses came in and two more wedding dresses.  Now I am too busy.  It seems nothing is ever just right.  I believe that is human nature or at least my nature.

I plan on attacking a major men's suit alteration and one prom dress and work two wedding dresses.  It is supposed to be a little rainy so I will only work outside in the later afternoon if possible and I have my sewing done. I just cannot afford to get behind now as my busy season is upon me.

Money saving madness!

These are things I did this week to save money.

1. Cooked all meals but one at home from scratch.  Had one free meal at church.
2. Made a scratch cake instead of buying one for an auction.
3. Used all of our leftovers for lunches
4. Used coupons and stickers for major savings on meat and groceries.
5. played Albertsons Monopoly game and won free, waffles, free donuts, free chick pea spread,
6. fed all scraps to chickens.
7. used coupons to 1/2 off sewing items needed
8.Picked up two pairs of capri work out pants at Penney's, $3.96, $4.96 added a package of work out socks $1.99 to bring total to over to 10.00.  Free ten dollar coupon, so I paid .96 and have a stocking stuffer and new pants

Well I am off to set the world on fire.

Have a great and productive day.



  1. Despite the weather, you still had a very productive weekend. I always enjoy reading how you saved money this week. Fantastic score at Penney's! When we used to live near one, I'd do the very same thing with those $10 coupons. Can't beat free!

  2. I know and I normally don't shop there but free is free.

  3. Three things:
    The dishes never go away, but the sun does.
    So sitting inside, or doing dishes, or a guy sitting indoors watching tv with a beer is preferable to working in the yard, in nature?
    I love free things!