Yep, I'm back with
this post again! I'm finding it hard to
believe that four months have already gone by.
I didn't do a lot of
Christmas prep. I did use a couple
coupons to score a super inexpensive gift for my youngest at JC Penney. They had sent me another one of those $10 OFF
coupons. They have since sent me yet
I also used a Free
Item coupon at Bath & Body Works to score another free small bottle of
shower gel for a stocking stuffer. They
too have also sent me another coupon!
I do think I've
managed to figure out what the girl's big Christmas gift will be this
year. I hope they will like it. It isn't very exciting, but rather more of a
practical gift. I, myself, would love
it, but I'm not sure how much they will.
We shall see.
That is pretty much
the sum of what I've accomplished in the Christmas arena. How about you? Any shopping or projects going?
We enjoyed a
wonderful, quiet and laid back Easter Sunday. I hope all of you had a wonderful day as well.
We all slept in and
then lazed about for a while. My oldest
made a beautiful apple pie, I made stuffed shells with shrimp for our midday
meal and my youngest made a lovely green salad to go with it. It was truly perfect.
Sunday evening I
took my two old bed pillows and gave them new life rather than add them to the
landfill. I was in need of a simple
project to do and this one fit the bill.
You can read about how I did that here if you'd like.
The day before
Easter we had looked at a motorhome listed on Craigslist. It was the
one. But since I have a policy to
sleep on all of my big decisions and really think it through it was Monday
before I told the seller I was interested in a purchase. So off she went to the mechanic for an
inspection. She passed!
Tuesday, not so
thrifty. In addition to paying for her I
also went to the DMV where I had to pay sales tax, a transfer title fees,
registration and buy new license plates.
I decided to put those expenses on my credit card. For one thing I wanted the purchase points on
my card and for another I was still trying to get used to the new balance in
Wednesday I got home
and was able to get inside my new rig and clean and deodorize the refrigerator
after it had been closed up all winter.
I fixed a hinge that had some stripped out screw holes and the loose
screen on the furnace cover. I also
removed the big monster microwave. My
Thursday I didn't
get to play in my motorhome at all! Too
many other things like stupid laundry and vacuuming required my attention. Sheesh!
Friday was a
different story. We ran errands and
picked up odds and ends of things to make little minor repairs. I also fired off and Amazon order for
supplies for my first big motorhome project.
We won FREE
cheese! The girls like to play Monopoly
at Albertsons and they got a winning game piece. We stopped in to pick it up and it was the
big 2# bag of shredded cheese. Score!
Saturday I spent the
morning cleaning off the layer of winter that had settled over the interior of
the motorhome and making a few little repairs to various things. But by that afternoon I had taken some measurements
and made a new list before heading off to Home Depot. Once I got back I was in full project mode.
Along with motorhome
distractions I did manage to cook and keep house. Oh, I also went to work. Ha, ha!
We fed some kitchen
scraps to our chickens and they laid plenty of eggs last week. The package of markdown sourdough English
muffins I bought the week before, a package of sliced Colby Jack cheese I took
out of the freezer and those eggs became our breakfast mainstay all week. I made egg sandwiches at a cost of 18¢ each!
For the first time
in nearly 20 years I decided to order pizza delivery Saturday since we were all
in project mode. I never do this and
I'll probably never do it again. They delivered
everything we ordered but the pizza. When
I called to let them know they offered to make a pizza and told me there would
be an additional delivery charge. I told
the gal I didn't think the extra delivery charge was right and then she told me
too that the pizza was going to be more money as well. What?!
"No, I think you need to make the pizza at the original price I
ordered it at and bring it here with no delivery fee." She hung up on me! Yeah, real great customer service. Time to pen a letter to corporate I
suppose. But I doubt I'll ever buy
anything from them ever again.
I stuck a soap
sliver to a new bar of soap in the shower and used up every last bit of a tube
I did not do any
grocery shopping last week.
So not much of a
thrifty week really, once all was said and done. But a pretty great week nonetheless.
This is my new, to
me, 1987 Chevy Winnebago. She is a
Minnie Winnie! And she couldn't be more
perfect for us.
I've never been one
to name their vehicles. Unless you count
"Little Truck" and "Little Car" as names. But this one just popped out and for some reason
She is 20 feet long
so she is considered a micro minnie which is fine by me. I love that she drives more like a full sized
truck, turns on a dime and fits perfectly inside a standard parking spot. Not to mention my driveway. She also has everything I was looking for.
The layout is
great. A large bed over the cab, a nice
convertible sofa and a dinette to seat four.
Indoor potty with a shower, very important. A/C and heat.
Stove. microwave and refrigerator.
The cab even has a newer stereo system. And the interior isn't loud or gaudy as some
RVs can be. In fact the upholstery is
quite tame by 80's standards. Nothing
has been modified or monkeyed with (meaning I don't have a bunch of stuff to
fix). I'm just amazed.
I am the third
owner. The first owner kept her well
maintained and in pristine condition for 25 years. The second owner, a self professed clean
freak with a touch of OCD, went through her from bumper to bumper, top to
bottom, expecting to keep her and use her for many years to come. He presented me with all of the maintenance
records which I poured through before taking her in for a mechanical
inspection. She passed with flying
She is in amazing
condition. For the most part, all
original with little to no signs of wear.
The refrigerator was replaced by the original owners when they got it
ready to sell. Everything works. Professionally checked over and winterized
every fall. Routine maintenance done
each spring. She had two owners that
really cared about her. And now she has
So what do I plan to
do with her? Lots!
For now we pretty
much plan to enjoy her as she is. We'll
be outfitting her for some weekend excursions so we can get to know her better
and become familiar with how she operates.
Then as time goes on I imagine I'll be doing a few things to continue to
keep her in such fine shape so I can have her for many years to come. The bathroom needs a little bit of work and
I'd like to spruce up the kitchen area a bit, but nothing over the top to
detract from her original style. I
really love her as she is.
I recently bought
some pretty deluxe pillows to replace a set I've had for years on my bed. They are really nice and I love them. But what to do with the old ones? I decided to rehab them and use them for
First I washed them
with detergent and bleach so they were nice and clean. Then I cut open the end of the ticking and
removed the insides.
After looking them
over I filled in the gaps and low spots with Polyfil I had leftover from prior
Once I did that I
used quilt batting I had leftover also from a previous pillow project and
wrapped each pillow form. I pinned all
the edges together . I had just enough batting
for this project which made me quite happy.
I used white thread
and a needle to whip stitch the edges closed all the way around each form.
Then I placed each of the
forms back inside their ticking and pinned the ends closed.
Finally I stitched
them closed on my machine and after a bit of fluffing they were finished. Huge difference too. The look great and smell really nice and
I re-used the
plastic the new pillows had come in to put these into for storage. I'll keep them now to use for company or the
I'm really happy
with how this project turned out. And
nothing ended up in the landfill except for that little bit I trimmed off on
the ends to open up each pillow.
We happen to really
enjoy cottage cheese. I know not
everyone does, must be a texture thing, but we happen to be a family that
really does. Plain with a good bit of
cracked black pepper on top or as a key ingredient in a pasta dish it manages
to make its way into many of our meals.
Whenever it goes on
sale or markdown I like to stock up. I
didn't used to, because I'd over buy and end up having it go bad before we'd
eat it. I even tried freezing it, but
didn't really care for how that altered the texture. Then I stumbled across this tip.
Store unopened tubs upside down in the refrigerator and it
will literally last for months.
I was skeptical, but
thought what the heck. I'll try it. And guess what?
It really works!
I've done it for
years now and actually kept a 16oz. tub of cottage cheese in the refrigerator
for 6 months. It was perfectly
fine. I was amazed.
I don't know how it
works, just know that it does. Anyone
else know about this trick?
happens. Even for the most diligent of
us it creeps up and before you know it there it is. A pile of crap!
How, what, when and
why did that even happen?
Paper clutter is my
biggest issue. With kids bringing home
stuff from school and a plethora of junk mail arriving every day it doesn't
take long for it to pile up on my desk or the side table next to my
recliner. It drives me nuts!
I try my best to
keep it at bay by going through my mail as soon as I bring it in. Most of it ends up in the recycle bin and the
bag I keep in the garage to collect "shreddables". The rest is then placed on my desk to be
dealt with. Usually bills or important
things that need to be filed. On Sunday mornings
I go through it all and deal with it.
I've gone paperless with most of my bills but I still seem to get a lot in
the mail anyway.
When we get busy and
our schedule is overloaded it is much easier to have clutter accumulate. Lately we have been really good at staying on
top of it so Mama doesn't lose her mind.
Every night each of us does a walk through the entire house to collect
and put away our items that have been left out.
It really makes a huge difference.
started going through all of our stuff and culling out the items we no longer
need or want, bagging them up and hauling them over to the thrift store near
our house and dropping them off. Since
are big purge and downsize I really don't want to fill this house back up again
so we are doing our best not to accumulate a bunch of junk.
A lot of you have
shared with me how you are clearing out and purging your houses of items and I
love to hear about that. To those of you
still working on it I encourage you to keep at it. And for those of you looking around your
homes and thinking about it, just DO IT!
It will feel so incredibly good, you won't believe it.
For those of us that
have completed the journey, the real work begins.
Now we have to keep
it that way. Every day, walk through
your house and simply put things away.
Collect items that need to go in the trash or recycle bin. Then every so often purge an area of your
house and take a bag in to donate so you stay on top of it. Good habits to develop that will keep you
sane and make your home a sanctuary.