Sunday, April 29, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

April 29, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Well, the Pounce and Fang problem is calming down just a bit. I have been putting her outside for the day with the other cats, and when she comes back in it takes her longer than 10 seconds to lose her mind and attack him. I have been telling the big dope to stop acting like a victim, but he can't seem to stop hiding under my chair.

Monday we went to our family chiropractor for adjustments. His prices are reasonable, and Obie loves going to see him. We use chiropractic as a health maintenance measure. We've been going to see 'Doc' for almost 20 years, and he has helped us to stay healthy and sane throughout.

I bought four cat collars at Dollartree, so the girls can wear their new rabies tags. They all went a tad nuts when they first had them put on, because there is a small bell on each one, so with the bell and the tag there was a lot of noise and wrestling, but then they calmed down. The collars are the stretch type, in case they get caught on something. The girls can just pull out of them.

I got two inter library loan books for less than $5.00 postage. I downloaded Cutting Hunger One Coupon At A Time by Tina M. Klein for free on Amazon. I got a Nora Roberts novel from a declutter haul. A friend loaned me three audio series of sermons this week, so I had lots to listen to while working.

Was given a lot of stuff from a friend who is moving. I went through it and found a few things I could wear. The rest of the clothes went to the homeless shelter--so far we have donated almost 15 bags of clothing.



I now have a beautiful farmhouse style table. It has two extra leaves to extend it. I love it! The old dining table was nice, yet it didn't fit with my rustic style. I took it to the consignment store--any money from the sale will go to fund getting Obie's pool up and running. I didn't keep the chairs that came with the table. Instead I kept the chairs you see in the photo--they are really comfortable, and once I paint them and recover the seats, they will be perfect (and in spite of what the Redneck thinks...I am painting them in bright colors!).


We had plenty of hot links and leftover ham in the fridge, so I made my version of Poor Man's Meal, a recipe I found on YouTube years ago. It's from the channel Depression Era Cooking, https://youtu.be/3OPQqH3YlHA. The lady who made the videos was absolutely delightful and inspiring.


Started a new lemon peel jar. I put the peels leftover from juicing into a jar in the fridge.  When the jar is full I add white vinegar and let it set for a couple of weeks (or longer--sometimes I forget it's in the cabinet), then strain it and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. I add a little lemon essential oil, and it makes a great counter cleaner in the kitchen (don't use on granite counter tops--vinegar will etch granite). The peels then go into the compost pile.



I desperately needed to organize my hardware drawers, but I didn't want to spend money on dividers. Occasionally we buy lunch meat in the little plastic containers at the grocery store. I wash and use the empty containers to store things. I had several of them laying around the work room, so I took them and sorted all the little things that I use. It worked great, and no money spent. I will use the lids for templates for crafts, and the Redneck suggested we take them to the gun range to use for target practice--smart idea!


I wrote about my Awesome Toes several months ago, and how much they helped to fix a problem with my right foot. One of them ripped when I took it off, so I sent a photo in an email explaining what happened, and asked about a replacement set, since I understood they are supposed to last longer than a few months. I hope to hear from them this week. We will see what happens.

I bought a batch of homemade horse treats for my mare Fancy. A lady at our church makes them, and it only cost me $10.00 for around 45 treats. I will give them to her when I brush her down each morning. The treats are made with natural ingredients, and Fancy loved the sample I gave her. Yes my horse is spoiled.


As I posted yesterday, we went to the International Ordnance Museum, and it's free, although they accept donations to help keep it running. I forgot to post this photo of the flag that hangs in the museum. If you count the stars, you will see it only has 48. It was made before the United States added in Alaska and Hawaii. 

So that was my savings for last week. What did y'all do to save money? Let me know in the comments below.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018



 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

International Ordnance Museum In Saint Jo, Texas--Worth The Trip!

April 28, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

The Redneck woke up this morning and said he wanted to go back to the International Ordnance Museum in Saint Jo, Texas. What else could I do but grab my camera and hop in the truck? Trust me, a trip there beats the heck out of yard work! Besides, I promised y'all photos the next time we went, and I couldn't let you down...(wink).




The museum is located at 201 South Main, in Saint Jo, Texas, about 25 miles north of Bowie. The building alone is awesome. The walls inside are exposed brick, very cool, and it sets off the ordnance displayed against it perfectly.


Just inside the door you see this, which is impressive, even before you learn it's history. It was mounted on the USS OLYMPIA, and used during the Spanish-American War. It was built in 1894. 

And that is just a tiny fraction of the historical information you will learn at the museum.


This gentleman is Danny Steadham, one of the people who operate the museum. He's very knowledgeable about all the displays, and is happy to answer any questions.


This sign explains that yes, all the displayed ordnance is real, and yes, it has all been altered to prevent it from being fired, nor can it be made to at any time in the future, All the shells are harmless also, made at the factory without any explosives. The museum is about teaching the history of ordnance, the technology used, and to honor the military who have used it.



Each display has identification, detailing the country of origin, era of use, year of production, and 
even some anecdotes about incidents that occurred during its use.



I confess, I have ALWAYS wanted a bazooka. All the war movies when I was growing up had a scene where the soldiers would fire one into the midst of the enemy, and it was so cool (yeah I was a weird little girl. I preferred GI Joe to Ken. Face it, Barbie could have done better.). I like how the one has BAZOOKA Bubble Gum on it. 


While I like all the different displays, the Japanese Mountain Guns are my favorite. There is almost a delicate beauty to the design, and when you realize what they had to work with, it makes them even more amazing. 


The Redneck looking at a self propelled field artillery piece. Actually I was looking at HIM! *AHEM*.



Obie liked the artillery shell, and no, he didn't convince me to buy it for his room! 



They also have several things for sale. I like to get the ammo boxes for storage. They're sort of like Tupperware for men. I want to get several of the spent artillery shells for decoration of the Redneck's man cave once I get it set up for him. I wonder if he would balk at flowers coming out of the tops....?


The Redneck and Danny talk about one of the displays.

Honestly, if I posted even a third of the photos I took, this blog entry would be six miles long. Danny told us there was even more ordnance coming for display, plus there will be static displays near the city park later. I will post more info on events at the museum as it comes available.

I recommend the International Ordnance Museum for everyone. If you have a homeschooling group studying history and manufacturing, mechanics and technology, it would be a fascinating trip. Interested in an older relative's military service? You can probably see the technology that was used.
And if you have any sense of patriotism at all--you GOTTA go see this place. 

They are in the process of putting up a website, and I will post that info when it's available. In the meantime you can contact the museum at 940-995-2084 for hours of operation and other information.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018





 


Friday, April 27, 2018

I Have Had To Rethink My Position On Youtube

April 27, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

(Fang pouting after his bath)

A while back I posted that due to YouTube becoming hostile towards gun channels, conservative channels, etc, I had deleted my two channels. I honestly didn't think I should be contributing to a site that was being so negative to channels that were about many of the things I feel are important. I told the Redneck this, and he seemed to be okay with my decision.

However, he came home this week and told me that he honestly felt I had been too hasty in my decision. He pointed out that if all the folks YouTube seems to be trying to force out actually do leave, then the voice of our viewpoint, our faith, and so forth, will disappear from the site. Most people only know of YouTube as a place to see videos on different subjects. So until another site that is just as user friendly is created, there isn't a better place to post videos to be seen by many people.

I don't do videos to make money (although I probably wouldn't turn it down if offered!), so I was never concerned about monetization of my channels. I do it for fun and to maybe help folks learn new ways of looking at how to do things. It gives me a venue to be creative outside of  my blog.

So after much consideration, I have decided to create a new channel. I call it Blessed In Bowie, so it will be easy to find and connect to this blog. It is up and running, and I hope you will check it out and comment on what you think.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cats Are Crazy, And I'm About To Join Them...

April 26, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I had my four female cats spayed last week, and not that they are healed up I am slowly introducing them to the outside. This is not going as easy as I had hoped.

Stripe has no problem with this idea, she goes out and spends a lot of time exploring. When she's ready she comes back in. She's gonna be pretty easy to transition I think.

Stormy, my youngest, only goes out if I put her out. Ever try to carry a weed whacker close to your chest--as it's running? She then sits and glares up at me through the glass door at the front, or the window in the laundry room door. The second the door opens, she shoots inside. She doesn't care if her food is out there, she wants in.

When I put Fraidy outside, she's not happy, but she allows it. She will search for a way inside, but she is pretty patient. I think she will be better about it as the summer progresses.

Then we come to Pounce. She's about 3 or 4 years old. She is the cat that I WANT in the house. But something happened to her brain after being spayed.

Before she was fixed, she was an okay cat. Not affectionate, unless she was in heat, then of course she wanted holding and cuddling. Since she came back from surgery however, she has become clingy, meowing as she follows me everywhere. She sits on or next to me every chance she gets, purring and cuddling. She never got under a blanket before, but now I wake up to find her under the covers with me. It's sweet, in an annoying sort of way. But that's not the bad thing.

I have two large husky mix dogs, brother and sister. They take turns being 'house dogs'. Pounce has known them since she was a kitten. She never paid them much attention before, unless they got too near her food bowl. Now however...

...she ATTACKS them.

I'm serious. This ball of fur will go after Fang and Angel with a ferocity I never knew she had. She sees Fang all the way at the other end of the kitchen, and she will jump from the couch and run at him, yowling and spitting, claws out. Poor Fang just runs away, only stopping to bark at her, trying to get her to leave him alone. It would be funny if it wasn't so dangerous for anyone in the way of this furry fiasco. I yell at Pounce to stop, trying to grab her and get her away to another room. Ever yell at a kid, trying to get them to stop picking on another? And the kid you yell at stops and yells back at you, saying how it's the other kid's fault? Yeah, imagine that in this scenario. Pounce will stop and meow loudly at me, almost as if she's trying to justify her assault on a big dumb dog who only want to snooze in the corner. Then she goes right back to attacking him. I have taken to putting her in a kennel or another room while one of the big ones are in the house, letting her out when they go outside for the afternoon. At night the dogs will sleep under my bed while Pounce is in the living room. This morning Fang needed to go out to potty, and went to the bedroom door. By the time I got to the door to take him out he had heard Pounce on the other side of the door, decided he could hold it a bit longer, and shot back under the bed. I have to escort the dogs to the door to out and potty.

Anybody got any ideas how to handle this before I go nuts?

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

To Zoodle Or Not To Zoodle?

April 25, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I have been hearing about zoodles, or zucchini noodles. for years. I have been curious as to whether they were any good, something I would like to add to my diet, or possibly just another fad to sell overpriced gadgets on TV. I wanted to try them, but didn't want to spend money just to find out they weren't something my family would eat. So I waited for years for someone to either loan or even just give me a spiralizer in a decluttering haul.

Well, that didn't happen, so I was zoodleless (Is that a word? I think it should be.) until today, when I realized that I had the means to at least try making them. All it took was looking to see what God had put in my hands.


Meet the Safety-Peel Potato Peeler. I had one of these years ago, and it worked pretty well on peeling potatoes. I would also pass the blade over the potato after peeling it, over and over, making little strips of the vegetable. These I would wad up into little loose balls and drop into hot oil, making a fried treat. My friend gave me one not too long ago, and I got to thinking about the strips of potato, wondering if it would do the same with a zucchini. 


I cut the ends off of a medium zucchini.


Popped it in between the whosit and the whatsit that holds the vegetable, and raised the blade arm to the top and began turning the handle.


The first pass worked okay, but I had to clear the blade a couple of times.


Once the skin was removed the blade did a better job of turning out little strips.


After several passes the zucchini got a bit wonky and floppy. I cut it in half and worked on the smaller pieces, but it was too much trouble.



I simply chopped up the little bits that were left over and added them to the zoodles. 


Just one vegetable turned out enough for one serving. I had researched how to cook them, and decided on my maiden voyage to forgo sautéing them in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Instead I popped them and a bit of water into a microwave safe bowl with a lid and zapped them for two minutes.


I warmed up a little pasta sauce, poured it over and sprinkled parmesan cheese on top. Obie and I tasted them, and we both liked the result. The zoodles weren't too soft, with an almost al dente texture. They would probably taste great with a meat sauce or meatballs. 

So, I have reached the conclusion that zoodles will become a staple for Obie and I for our suppers. I honestly don't think the Redneck would eat it--zucchini is not his favorite veggie. I will be on the lookout for a spiralizer at a good price. I have seen several in the stores. All I want is a simple hand operated one, around $20.00. 

I hope this post inspired you not only to try zoodles, but also to look around and see what you already have to accomplish a task with. The peeler gave me a good attempt, but would be too much work for regular use. It's going to the thrift store to bless someone else.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018














Sunday, April 22, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

April 22, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Looks like I survived not having a weekend alone. In fact I had a pretty nice time. Saturday we went to get new tires, had a quick lunch at Long John Silver's, and did a bit of price comparison on a new saddle for the Redneck. It rained all day, so we didn't get a lot done at the house, but we did get some badly needed rest. Sunday was beautiful, and we had a great time at church. I even got a gig set up to go pick up furniture that a friend is getting rid of on Monday afternoon. After church the Redneck bought fence panels, t posts and fasteners, and together we built an enclosed yard for Obie and his dogs to enjoy. When Obie got home I took him out there, and finally had to MAKE him come back in the house, he liked it so much! He came in and told the Redneck "Thank you!" It made our hard work (and the usual arguments we have) worth it.

Well, on to money saving for last week.

I got my four female cats spayed at a low cost clinic, and once their little tummies are healed, three of them will resume life outside. Pounce is my oldest, so she will stay inside. I still need to buy cat collars so they can display their rabies tags.

In order to get the girls fixed, I had to have a kennel for each one. I priced kennels at the store, and it was over $70.00. I stopped at a local thrift store to check on something else, and there they were--four pet kennels, perfect size, in great shape--$5.00 each. God really knows how to surprise me!

I used my senior discount on Tuesday at Brookshires to get a few needed groceries--saved 5%.

I needed a rip saw for some projects, but didn't have the funds to buy one. Walked out to the well house to get something from it, and found a rip saw that had been left by the former owners, and it works! I just need to buy a new blade for it, and I am in business!

Downloaded a couple of free e books, one on using leftovers.

I found a big bottle of V-8 veggie mix juice on clearance aisle for $1.50.


I found this touch lamp in a box of stuff I had packed away, and wanted to use it on my writing desk. The piece that went in the center of the shade was broken, and it wobbled when screwed on. 


I looked through my hardware bins, and found some hose washers. I used them to stabilize the shade.


It worked great, and now I have a light where I do my writing.


While driving home the other morning, I saw two of these classroom projectors by a dumpster. I tossed them in the truck, and later I took them apart for metal to scrap.


I saved every little screw, nut and bolt--it all adds up!


I also keep the cords, because they can be used on other appliances.


I took out the mirrors, glass and lenses. The glass I threw away, because I honestly had no way to use it. The mirrors will go to a friend who crafts, and the lenses will be used in a window decoration. The plastic pieces that made the image reverse....I dunno, but it's cool to look through!


One of the cases was metal, so it was scrapped, but this one is plastic, and I am actually considering spray painting it and gluing on some shiny stuff, then making it into a planter on my patio, It has vents on the bottom, so it has drainage. If I do this, I will let you see the process and the end result, no matter how tacky!



I make my own potting soil for my raised beds, and I mix it up in this barrel with a locking lid. Obie's job is to roll it back and forth across the yard. Every so often we flip it end over end a few times, then back to rolling it. It gives him a task so he can contribute to the family food supply, he gets exercise, and I get to brag on him for his hard work. Win win!

Not a lot for this week, but Thriftology wisdom is that every little drop in the bucket helps to fill it! 


Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018






Friday, April 20, 2018

Weekend Plans Cancelled, But It's All Good!

April 20, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Have you ever had something planned, something that you really want to happen, just to have it yanked out from under you? Of course you have--that's just a part of life, and no one is immune from it happening. After the initial disappointment that shoots through your mind, you take a deep breath, smile, and say okay Lord, I am not thrilled with this, but I'm willing to see what You have planned.

Yep, I had that happen this week. You see, the Redneck was going on the church's spring trail ride, and I saw an opportunity to have some alone time over the weekend. I arranged for Obie to go to his father's, and then I set out to make sure I had a lovely time.

I bought some food I had been wanting--ingredients for a veggie omelet, a steak, ice cream, etc. I had all the goodies for a 'spa'--Epsom salts, essential oils, my mani/pedi tools. I had audio books to listen to while I worked on a couple of projects, and I had planned a binge of the first season of Sons Of Anarchy. Seriously, my pajamas were going to be my best friend all weekend.

Thursday afternoon the guys took the truck over to the Redneck's parent's house so he could get the shocks changed out. I stayed home and finished cleaning the house. All was right with the world.

Then the Redneck got THE TEXT.

It was from a friend at church, letting him know that the ride and camp out was being postponed due to bad weather coming in this weekend.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

It has been over four years since I have had any real time alone, and I am in need of some solitude, people. I love my family dearly, I just need a small break.

And yet, even though I was disappointed, I couldn't seem to work up a good self pity party over it. I shrugged and said "Well, the Lord's got a plan, we just gotta let Him do what He knows is best." when the Redneck told me. 

Jeremiah 29:11 says,

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Yeah, I know, most folks see that verse as pertaining to big stuff, and it does, but He also has good plans for all the little things in our lives. Come on, He knows how many hairs you have on your head, so He's got an interest in every area of your life.

I was making supper a while later, and the Redneck came up and said, "Well, we can go ahead and put up the yard for Obie and the dogs this weekend, since we will have the time."

I was thrilled. We have been wanting to put up a yard off the patio for months. Once it's up, Obie will have an area where he can go out any time he wants to, and I won't have to be with him constantly. His dogs, Junior and Ufi, can be with him. My oldest dog Punky can be outside, which will cut down on potty accidents. I will finally be able to set out my raised garden bed frames on the outside of the fence, since I had to wait until then so I would know exactly where they go.

As much as I wanted the time off, the yard project will yield greater benefits in the long run for the whole family.

Obie is still going to his father's, and the Redneck loaded up my mare to go for a day ride with some folks from church this morning, so I am getting a little bit of time. I can have alone time later, and it will be even better, because yet one more thing has been completed, and not weighing on my mind. The Redneck and I will have some couple time without Obie here, and my son will have some time with his father. However, the Redneck can buy his OWN steak--I ain't sharing!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018





Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Verdict Is In On Aldi's Seedtastic Bread

April 17, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I finally got to try the Aldi Seedtastic Bread, and I am saying that it is a winner. It has good flavor, lots of seeds to give it a nice crunch without feeling like gravel in your mouth, and it toasts up great.

👍👍

I give it two thumbs up!

Well, I got bedtime. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

April 16, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

{{{YAWN}}}

Excuse me, but I am a bit pooped today. The weekend was a bit of a whirlwind. Saturday we got up and got dressed for a wedding later that afternoon, and then ran errands. Since the guys wore nice jeans and t-shirts, and I wore jeans and a nice top, it made it easier. I seldom wear anything really fancy anymore, I am more of a biker/cowgirl/goth kinda gal.

The wedding was lovely, set outside, and then the reception was a pot luck dinner with delicious food from the kitchens of the guests. It was great, and then there was dancing out on a big enclosed patio, and I can't forget the margarita machine!

Sunday was our church grub Sunday, and I was busy from the moment I got there, making the tea, working with others making sure the food was put on the right counters, etc. I love that even if the person in charge of an event can't get there, we have folks who will jump right in and work to make things go smoothly. After lunch, we ran to a lady's house to pick up some furniture she was getting rid of. I kept a small end table to paint for the living room, then dropped the rest off at the local consignment shop to sell.

Ah well, on to the money saving!


Several years ago we bought a counter top ice maker. It gave us a lot of faithful service, but now it has worn out. I put it into my scrap metal, because there was a nice heavy compressor, and it will add to the money I make. 


I kept the little wire basket from the ice machine. I saw that it is the perfect size to hold various envelopes of mixes in the pantry.


I buy stevia in large bags, but I prefer the powder in a clean used creamer container. I do keep the bag the stevia came in. Washed and dried, I can use the zipper closed bag to store other foods in the freezer--just put a label on it, and it can be re washed and used again.

I already mentioned it in another post, but I made hamburger buns from a recipe on the Raising Olives Blog (http://raisingolives.com/2009/02/homemade-hamburger-buns/).

We watched Thor, Ragnarok from the library--it was great! Waiting now for The Avengers Infinity War. Yes, we are big comic geeks at my house.


I got my dehydrator set back up in the kitchen, ready to go. I will be making dried fruit chips, veggies for soups, dog treats from sweet potatoes, and crackers from various ingredients--my favorite cracker is made from the pulp left from juicing, adding spices, etc. Word of advice--NEVER use fenugreek seeds that tea has been made from. I once added some to a batch of pulp crackers. They were so bitter my head turned inside out (true story!). I tossed them out to the dogs, but they just peed on them. Everybody's a food critic these days...

I found a few goodies on the clearance aisle, including a large bottle of fruit juice, non GMO, in a nice carafe, and three pounds of unsalted butter at half price.

Of course, we did the usual--used the clothesline on nice days, ate leftovers, scoured the Internet for ideas, etc. What did y'all do to save money last week?

Well, I got chores. later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018





Friday, April 13, 2018

Though April Showers May Come Your Way, They Bring The HAMBURGER BUNS!

April 13, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

We are definitely getting a few April showers the past few days, but they are needed--refreshing and cleansing the air. Very different from the heavy winter and fall rains that make the atmosphere feel heavy and claustrophobic.

Wednesday morning I planned to serve leftover pulled pork sandwiches for lunch, but I had no buns to put it on. I didn't want to drive to the store and spend money for just one item, so instead I pulled out my favorite hamburger bun recipe from the Raising Olives Blog http://raisingolives.com/2009/02/homemade-hamburger-buns/. I forgot to take photos of the actual process, so if y'all want to see them, just let me know in the comments below and I'll do another post with photos.





The recipe makes a good amount, and I ended up with about 15 or so regular buns. I had some dough that I tried cutting out with a bowl, and that gave me three big buns.



Thursday I used the three larger buns to make pizzas. I split them in half, added pasta sauce, cooked hamburger with Italian Seasoning and Mozzarella cheese, and baked them for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I added in a salad, and it was delicious. Even had leftovers for supper.

Today I am making hamburgers for lunch, and if there are any leftover buns, I will freeze them to use for garlic bread the next time I make lasagna or spaghetti. For a little time and effort I ended up with plenty of buns for several meals, and it was NOT hard to do. Let me know if y'all want to see a post on how to make them.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018