Sunday, May 31, 2009

It has been such a busy time

I have been working extra hours for my job. I love having my work from home job for such a great company, and it is wonderful where beloved is about to get laid off that I can make a little extra money. But of course even working from home is working, and it does take time away from my home chores that still must get done. So busy busy it makes me. But being a busy bee helps me not to dwell on the fact that beloved is losing his job. The garden is growing wonderfully, and also takes some work of course, however it is work that I enjoy doing. I always have loved being able to be outside. We did have some storms last night, that watered for me so I don't have to water today! The free water that God gives is always better than the kind I have to buy from the city. My study of proverbs seems to fit into these busy days still. Today I am taking a look at Verses 17-19.

She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.

She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.

To me, these verses talk about how we as women can serve our families by always working hard, and doing what it takes to keep or families running not only spiritually but financially as well. I guess that is part of the reason I love Proverbs 31 so much, is because it helps bring all the hard work into focus so that even when we feel worked to the bone, we know that it is all for the good of our family. It is easy sometimes to allow ourselves to feel unappreciated, or feel like our beloved it not noticing our efforts, but we have to remember that he is working hard as well. And, he may feel the same way.

So, off to the garden now for some much needed weeding. Hope you have a blessed day!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I had to cut all the broccoli

I had to cut it all and share with a neighbor since it was starting to bloom. I suppose it wouldn't hurt us to eat blooming broccoli, but it sure didn't look very tasty. The neighbor was glad to have some. I have some more starting to put heads on and I have started some more seed that are barely poking out of the dirt. I am hoping to keep us in broccoli all summer. But I am afraid it may get to hot to keep growing it we shall see. I have heard differing opinions on if the broccoli will regrow or not after being cut, so I am leaving what is cut in the ground to watch for now until my starts are ready to plant. Having never grown it before, I am not sure what to expect at all really. We are also trying some other colors of bell peppers this year, colors such as purple that I have never heard of. I expect them to taste the same, but they will sure look different in a salad. The eggplant is blooming! I am so thrilled the one plant I planted last year never did bloom, I don't think it liked where it was planted. I planted three plants this year and am so happy to see the pretty blooms coming on. They are pretty purple flowers, I almost want to pick them but then I would never get eggplant now would I?

I think that my study of Proverbs 31 fits right into my garden. Verse 16 says:

She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.

I thinks this speaks of the money we can save by growing our own food. That way we not only have healthy food for our families, but we have saved some money for other things that we can't so easily do for ourselves.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Continuing with Proverbs 31 today

So today I thought I would go on into verses 13 and 14.

13 She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.

14 She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

I guess to me, verse 13 is saying that I should look for quality things to work with for my family. And that I should try to enjoy that work rather than dread it. Verse 14 is saying to me that I should be willing to go as far as is needed for my family. That I should look high and low for the things they need, and be sure they have them, or I should make them myself.

So I had to remind myself of this today when I really just did not want to start making the bread to go with dinner. It is hot and humid and I really did not want to make bread today! As I decided that it was my duty and it had to be done my heart felt somewhat heavy about it. But as always, breadmaking time is a little time with God. And through these verses I was reminded that only I care that I feed my family correctly. With less chemicals, and fresher ingredients and just healthier in general. As I chewed on those thoughts I remembered that making the bread was not so much a chore, but more a labor of love I do because I love my family. My heart suddenly felt lighter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I want to be a Provebs 31 wife

So I am devoting part of my blog to my study of Proverbs 31. I would love my readers to go along in my study with me and add any thoughts they may have. As I add my own. I am using the site Proverbs 31 woman as my guide.

Verse 12 is speaking to me today. It reads:

She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

Thinking of this verse, I have come to realize that there have been times when I have vented about my beloved to other people. That is not doing him good. If I have an issue with something he has said or done, I should be discussing it with him and only him. I for sure should not be inviting others into my marriage issues. That could cause evil to grow. Many times when I have vented about him, I haven't been angry really, just frustrated or trying to understand him. But others can take those vents and use them to change the views of my beloved and then see him for something other than what he is. And what he is has never changed. He is a wonderful hard working man who loves his family and would do anything for us. Honestly there are not enough "old fashioned" men around these days, and I am very lucky to have one of them. So for now, it is my duty in my marriage to let him see how very lucky I feel.

Beloved is struggling right now with the upcoming loss of his job. He knows it is his job to support his family, and he does it well. But the loss of this job is weighing on him heavily. He will find another job, and he will take care of us as his family. If we have one regret right now, it is that we are renting this little house and not a farm somewhere. We did look for a farm when we moved here, but it is hard to find one to rent. When we move for his job (we will have to there is no work around here for him and that is part of the reason we rent), we hope to find a farm to rent. Our garden here is small, and we would love to have a bigger one. So, I am looking for ways to support my beloved through this tough time for him. I really want to help keep his spirits up. I think that being a Proverbs 31 wife includes helping keep his spirits up.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Random thoughts on a lazy day

Not very often do I really get a chance to be lazy. But today I took some time and did just that. I did have a couple loads of laundry to wash and hang, and I still have dinner to make, but it has been a fairly lazy day. I also did a little bit of gardening, but it wasn't work exactly more some enjoyment. I also had to run to town to pick up my new glasses today. I never like new glasses. They always feel funny, and I can see the frames, they are just a hassle it seems. Hopefully, I will get used to them quickly and be able to enjoy them. I can see better, as this pair is not all scratched up.

As it has been such a lazy day, I have had time to reflect on some things. One of those things is how in the world I am going to become a better housekeeper. I am just not very good at it really, and I want to become better at it. It is one of the things that pains me as a wife, because I feel like not being a good housekeeper makes me less of a wife than I should be. But, I guess that is the next thing I have to work on. Our house is not filthy by any means, but not nearly as clean as I would like either. I think that as I homeschool my daughter this summer, her and I are going to also work on learning to be better housekeepers we can learn those lessons together! As I reflect on these things, I am reflecting on my desire to simplify my living more and more. I think as I simplify life, housekeeping might become simplier. I can hope so anyway.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

How wonderful to enjoy the bounty of the garden

Tonight, I am cutting the first broccoli from the garden! This is the first time I have grown it and it is growing so well. I went and got some more seed today and peat pots to start some more so I can replace it as I use it. I wish I had thought of that sooner. Hopefully the fact I started in two stages with it will keep me in broccoli all summer. That would be so wonderful. We will do it again for sure! Every year we try at least one new thing in the garden if it doesn't work out for us or we don't care for it, we just don't grow it again and use that space for something else. Beloved and I were just talking yesterday about how enjoyable our gardening is, and it gives us something that we enjoy doing and taking care of together. Everyday before beloved goes to work, we go walk through and look at the garden together and it is a few minutes each day, that we have a little "us" time.

I took a tip from my message board today, and since I needed some more potting soil I went to lowes and asked for the bags with holes in them. The employee will put them in a "recovery bag" and they sale them for half price. Most of them are still pretty near full! Such a great tip and a huge money saver. They also do it with top soil and mulch probably any lawn and garden items with holes in the bag. I am not sure if Home Depot does any such thing of not, but if you are at one looking for garden things, you might want to ask. I should have enough to get me through the summer now. We have a couple of holes in the yard that need filled, I may ask beloved if he wants to go get some topsoil to fill them. The price is right!

I would love for the readers to share their frugal tips with the rest of us. In these tough financial times, we all need to be as frugal as we can, and two or three or four heads are always better than one! Go ahead and chime in, no idea is to big or small. I would love to hear from all of you!

I have added music to my blog! Sometimes it takes me a little time to figure out how to do these things, but I figured this one out. If you have any song suggestions, go ahead and leave me a message and I will see if I can find it. I truly do love music I feel it really helps a person's mood.

Friday, May 22, 2009

It has been so wonderful having beloved home

He took some vacation days for our son's graduation. He goes back to work tomorrow and I am so going to miss him. He has been such a help to me the last few days. He has helped with housework and gardening and laundry. And above and beyond the help, we have had some extra time together. It has been so wonderful. I think I am really going to miss him when he goes back to work. Of course I have been working some while he has been home, because with him losing his job in July, we really need the money. I have been so blessed with a job I can work from home with a very wonderful company online. The hours are somewhat flexible, so I can take off when I need to (without pay of course but it is nice to have the time when I really need it) and I am at home when my family needs me. It works out great. Of course it is part time and it will be hard when beloved is unemployed, but God is good and what he does he does well. So I know it will all work out. I feel so lucky to have a small garden and a few canning skills. And to be able to live so frugal. I look at so many people today, and it seems that people just don't know how to do many things for themselves anymore such as grow a garden. I don't know, maybe they just don't want to. I know that I get so much enjoyment out of it and save money as well. Sometimes I plant something that doesn't do so well, but in that case I just plant something else later! It would be my wish that everyone would plant at least one veggie plant this year, even if in a container. I think when people do it once, they learn it really isn't all that hard.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

God works in strange ways some days

Yesterday, I think God spoke to me. He told me that my eldery neighbor who is on a very tight budget needed some of her own veggie plants. So we did it. We got her some tomatoes and some different peppers and herbs. A few we planted in a small spot in her yard and the rest we put on her patio in the spot that first screamed at me for needing an herb garden. She was so surprised, and it made me feel good to see her so happy. She will be able to take care of it and my daughter and I will go over and check for weeds and such this summer.

My in the house project coming up this week is going to be purging my closet. It is just to full. And most if it is my clothing since I made the move to more modest dressing a year ago and started wearing only dresses. I have purchased several at the thrift store and made a few. I never wear pants and Tshirts anymore and need to purge them out. I much prefer my more modest way of dressing, and feel God has called me to it. Secretly, my beloved likes it as well he has told me that he prefers the dresses, but that I don't have to wear them because he says so. I know that. But I do put alot on his opinion. I am working my daughter into more modest dressing as well. She is taking to it, but I am moving her in slowly. I do fear that as long as she is in public school she will have an issue with it at such a tender age. She will be 11 in July, and kids can be so cruel. We are considering homeschooling, but have not made a clear choice there yet.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Well another day another frugal activity

Today yet again we are doing one of our frugal spring activities. We are shucking, blanching, cutting and freezing cheap corn. We always do it this time of year, and hopefully enough to last through the winter. Beloved hubby always helps me with this activity. It is dry today, so I am getting laundry done while it can be hung outside, hard telling when the rain will hit again. Tonight, beloved and I our going out to our favorite dinner to celebrate our sons graduation. We go to happy hour at the steak house where all the appetizers are half price and have appetizers for dinner. Oh so good and did I mention cheap? That is true frugal living. And going out twice in one week, I don't even know what to think of it other than to expensive! But it will be quite a long time before we go out again. If you are out there reading, I would love for you to introduce yourself. Go head post a comment!

What a bittersweet day

My oldest child graduated today. God only blessed me with two children, and the oldest of them graduated tonight. It was really bittersweet. So hard to see him grown up and my work done. On the other hand, so wonderful to be able to go from being just his mother to being his mother and his friend. He graduated from his high school/tech school with some college credits, and two scholorships. He also has his A+ certification in computers. My dear hubsband who became a step-father to my son when he was 8, and an adoptive father to my son when he was 16 has been a huge part in my son's success. God really did bring a wonderful man into our lives! So to my son today, I have to say I love you, I am proud of you, and I wish you all the best in the years to come.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wow, I am stuffed

We don't go out to eat much, because that just wouldn't be very frugal would it? But when we do we really enjoy it. We went to a nice Mexican place, and had the best waitress. She took really good care of us, and kept our drinks full constantly and brought DS a free dessert since it was his graduation dinner! Then since we had driven to town, we checked out a couple of shops that we like to go to. On the way home, we stopped and had Dairy Queen for dessert. Let me tell you, it was a real treat kind of night. Totally out of my normal frugal form.

Speaking of my frugal form, have you heard of Grocery Game? I love it. It matches up my coupons from the Sunday papers to the store sales, and I get alot of my groceries very cheap. And once you really learn it, it becomes a way of life. I don't pay full price for much of anything now. Anything that I buy that does not come from the local thrift store, I usually get a discount on. And, they have message boards that are completely open to the public. They are the friendliest messageboards ever. If you are looking for some good reading about ways to save money sometimes, check out my links to the message boards! One of them is all about saving money, the other is about everything else in life. And they don't allow any rude posting or bad language there either. It is a fine place full of good folks!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Boy I really dropped off the radar didn't I

But I am back now and promise to keep blogging more! It has been a busy time here, as Zach is graduating this coming Monday, May 18. We have been working harder and harder on our more and more frugal and simple living lifestyle since finding out that my dear wonderfull hubby is loosing his job in July. We have managed to cut our electric use by alot, by using the clothesline mostly (easy change we have done that for years) and using kerosene lamps in the evening for light. Also, by watching less TV and listening to more radio. I strongly suggest checking out your local talk radio stations, you may find you really enjoy them. The garden is planted. We are looking forward to the wonderful bounty that God blesses us with. We have already been enjoying lettuce, green onions, basil, parsley and radishes. Our tomatoes are growing well, and a few have blooms on them. We also have two little baby bell peppers on a couple of our plants, and several baby banana peppers on one of the banana pepper plants. I hope to have even more to can this year than last, as we ran out of canned tomatoes over the winter. We can never seem to have enough of those.