Thursday, September 11, 2014

Joy in the Ordinary

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

The weather has started to change.  I am not quite ready for summer to slip away and have been enjoying my blooms before they are gone. 

The cooler temperature have made it nice to have a cup of tea and some quiet time on the back porch.  

The trees are just starting to change.  I am hopeful for a wonderful display of color due to an abundance of rainfall this summer.  

A few autumn decorations have been put out and cooler weather items are starting to appear on the menu.  

A Sunday afternoon ice cream treat. 

Megan has been hunting like "Pa."  (with an old toy gun) Hum, are we reading too many Little House books?!  

"Look Mama, I am homeschooling my ducks!"  *smile*  

Life seems to be flying by at the moment.  I am trying to slow it down  (ha!) and savor the moments.  

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Frugal Five

All the above items were FREE.  I received a packet of coupons for a grocery store and two of the coupons were for a free bag of frozen vegetables and a free bag of mini carrots.  Chuck's aunt gave us the watermelon and corn which are both from her garden.  
We had a daytime event to attend.  It included a pitch in lunch but the bad thing was that it was an hour and half from home.  I knew that since the event wouldn't end until around 5 that we would be hungry on the way home.  I packed a cooler for us to eat dinner on the drive home. 
Chuck took a load of steel/aluminum to the recycle center.  The items in the trash cans are steel and aluminum cans.  We rinse them and throw them into the cans until we have enough to take in.  We find that people are more then happy to give us their steel junk.  This load wasn't very heavy and Chuck still came home with around $80. 

This is the top piece of the back of the van that covers the brake light.  Chuck opened the back hatch and it fell off.  He wasn't able to get it back on and after looking at it discovered that one of the brackets that clip it into place had been broken and then hot glued back on.  We assume the previous owner may have broken the piece while trying to change the light bulb for the brake light.  Chuck priced a replacement and it was $280. Ouch!  Anyway, Chuck was able to use a heat gun and mold the broken piece back together.  A couple of the plastic bolts also broke.  They aren't a normal part that the dealership sells, but we know the guy at the parts desk at the dealership.  He thought it was nuts that we would have to buy a replacement part when we only need a couple of bolts so he tracked down some for us for a total cost of $5.  Whew... grateful for friends! 

Uploaded a receipt to Checkout51 and added $0.50 to my account.  

So there you go.  I hope this encourages you to do things to save money.  The old adage that every penny counts seems to apply more and more as I see prices of just about everything increase.  I am not sure I will have five things to post about every week as many times my frugal accomplishment is simply staying home and making do with what I have.  I find it encouraging to hear about others frugal adventures.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

When I arrived home from the grocery store I had to run back out the door. I quickly put some things in the refrigerator and freezer and I was off. When I returned home I went to put the things away correctly and found this.

Apparently there was a leak in the new milk jug.  The strange things is that I never noticed it while at the store.  In the time I was gone a good chunk of milk drained.  I started clearing things out and and had to keep going further down in the frig.  

All the way to the bottom.  Sigh. Thankfully Chuck had arrived home from work by this time and pulled out all the shelves and drawers so I could wash them.  

Deep cleaning the frig was on my list I just hadn't planned to do it at that moment.  It is now clean, organized and full of yummy food for the month.  I am thankful for that!

While cleaning this out Chuck thought he was funny and keep telling me not to cry over spilled milk.  Saturday when we got into the van and there was a horrible odor I think we both wanted to cry over spilled milk!  Neither one of us thought about the milk jug leaking while in the back of the van.  

We sprinkled baking soda in the back as we were leaving.  It soaked up more liquid then we were able to feel.  We vacuumed it out, used the carpet shampooer to clean the carpet, have put down straight vinegar and it still smells.  More baking soda has been sprinkled in the back and now we will wait and see.  If you have any tips for getting rid of the sour milk smell please share!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Off the Beaten Path

Before we left for the family reunion we received a call that the route we normally take had a road closed due to construction. Chuck looked up a different route and off we went. While on the road our alternative route had a detour and again we were on an alternative route. The route took us off the beaten path and it was such a pleasant drive.

We drove by field after field of corn, soybeans and even tobacco.  Seeing tobacco in Indiana is not a usual sight.

Of course all of those fields meant that we drove by many farms.  Can you see the Mail Pouch painted on the barn?  

We also passed many small towns.  Some were larger then others and many were just a sign with no town in sight.  The one little place that really caught our eye is Vernon, IN.  We drove though this railroad tunnel to get into town.  I looked it up and found out that this is called the Vernon Tunnel and was built in 1838 for the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad (M&I RR).  

We could tell from the homes and downtown buildings that this town was old and had been cared for though the years.  

It was the county seat.  I love the clock tower on the county courthouse.  We were able to tell how rural this county was by the small population of around 700 in the country seat. 

This building is the old blacksmith!  It isn't often that you find that building still standing in town.  

We thoroughly enjoyed our drive off the beaten path!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Clifty Falls

There was a family reunion for Chuck's family over the weekend. Their family is spread out between Indiana and Kentucky so the reunion is held in a state park close to the Indiana/Kentucky state line.  Its claim to fame is two falls.  Usually they are dry or just a trickle of water is going over the falls.  Due to adequate rainfall this summer the falls were beautiful!

After a wonderful meal we set off for a hike.  

Along the way we bumped into some cousins and it made it fun for Megan to have someone to splash around with in the water. 

With the running water this was the most beautiful hike we have taken through this park.  I always enjoy visiting with his family and am already looking forward to next year.  

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Behind the Cabinet Door

I don't know what has gotten into me but I have been this cleaning and organizing crazy woman! Everything had to be taken out of the pantry so we could wipe something up.

 Since everything was out I decided to work on a project that has been on my mind for years.  I have wanted to paint the inside of the cabinets white since I painted the outside several years ago.  The white inside made such a huge difference!

From experience I knew that all of those canned goods sliding around would be hard on the painted shelves.  I added some shelf paper to help the shelves wear better.

I love how bright and clean this makes the cabinet look!  I am looking forward to painting the inside of the rest of the cabinets.

I also wiped down and rearranged the cabinet above the dryer.  There was tons of wasted, unused space in here.

I threw out a few things and then moved some things from the cabinet above the washer and the over flow pantry in the spare room closet.  A much better use of this space.  

I have a corner cabinet in the kitchen that has some storage space on the bottom.  This place had become a pit!  

I wiped it out and then put a few items in the give away box.  All of the plastic ware that Megan takes in her lunch (we tried sending real silverware but a few pieces never made it home) was placed in a small cardboard container and then everything I choose to keep was put back in orderly.   

Ahhhh, much better!  Now I have caught the organizing bug and hope to continue cleaning and organizing behind the cabinet doors.  

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!