Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sad News...

May 29, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me.

After such a wonderful weekend, I was met with a terrible situation a bit ago.

Obie and I ran to the store after lunch, while the Redneck slept in preparation for his night shift. When we got back home, we found Sue the tomcat on the front porch. He had been bitten by a snake, and before I could much more than get him in a kennel, he went into muscle spasms and died.

He was such a good cat, loving and gentle. He will be missed a lot.

Obie and I will bury him this afternoon in the big meadow. Then I am going on a snake hunt, and I hope to hang a few corpses on the fence.

Well, I have to go break the news to the Redneck. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

May 28, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

First, Happy Memorial Day, and Happy 2nd Homeaverssary to my family. It's been two years since we settled into our home here in Bowie.

I have had a wonderful weekend by myself, as Obie went to his father's, and the Redneck went on a church trail ride. I never turned on the radio or CD player, and it was lovely and quiet. I got a lot of projects done outside, and got the house caught up from my time of being sick. I watched some old episodes of Jonathan Creek, a BBC television show I had downloaded to a flash drive. I ate simply and slept well. As the time of my delicious solitude comes to an end, I will get this post done and await the return of my guys.

As I posted last week, I made Poor Man's Sausage from black eyed peas to save money on breakfast.

I used my Tuesday 5% Senior Discount at Brookshires, along with a clearance marked batch of 8 limes for only 25 cents, and a bag of green beans for $1.01. I also found a container of citric acid for less than $5.00 so I can make dish washer detergent.

Thursday night I wanted chocolate ice cream, but I didn't want to get out to the store, so I used Nutella, frozen bananas and some milk to make a version in the blender. It was great. I already had frozen bananas, milk in the fridge, and A jar of Nutella that a friend had passed on to me in the pantry. I will definitely be making it again.

I earned another $5.00 Amazon gift card, so I used part of my account to order a new Kindle book for the family, and then I did a search and found the movie Alien Nation on DVD for a good price and free shipping. I don't make a lot of money doing surveys and searches, but it pays for e books, music, and other little splurges. I hope to be earning enough to order the television series Alien Nation this month. I loved that show.

As you can see, there weren't a whole lot of impressive adventures in money saving last week, but as I always say, it all adds up.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Almost Blew My Special Weekend

May 24, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Starting tomorrow, I will get my 'alone time' weekend. In the morning the Redneck will load up my mare Fancy, and they will head out to a local ranch, where there will be camping, trail riding, and fellowship with members of our cowboy church. In the evening, Obie's father will pick him up for the weekend. I will have at least until Sunday night before Obie gets home, and most likely until Monday for the Redneck to return. It will just be me, my animals, and a couple of projects I have planned.

I have simple meals planned, and several little self indulgences. I want to putter around doing quiet work, without the constant sounds that usually permeate my home. I love my guys, but I want QUIET for a while.

I want to listen to God, and I feel that a little solitude will turn up the volume--fewer distractions to keep me focused on other things.

I am not intending to go anywhere at all. I won't have any vehicle, and I just want to stay home. I want to feel all 'virtuous' and 'homemakery' (Is that a word? It should be.). However...temptation tried to sneak up on me and ruin my plans...

There is a local church that is having a huge rummage sale on Saturday. It's only a couple of miles from my house, I could easily walk there. In fact, I came very close to telling one of the women who goes to the church that if she would pick me up that morning, I would be willing to help work the sale. I was getting all thrilled about it, when in my mind I heard,

"I thought you wanted to have a pleasant stay at home weekend with Me--what happened to that?"

Well, fuddle.

I almost allowed myself to get sidetracked from some badly needed solitary time. I was happy to have time away from my family, but then suddenly I wanted to jump in to a chaotic day with people I barely know?

I don't think so scooter pie.

I find it amazing that we often have good plans, ones that will refresh us, give us new perspective and appreciation for what we have in our lives. Yet we are all too often willing to jump the rails and head off in a direction that, while perhaps it's not evil, it still isn't the best for us.

Scripture says in Proverbs 14:12 that there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Now, I don't think that I would have died if I went to the sale, yet I would have missed out on a spiritual rest. I would not be where I honestly feel I need to be for a few days, and that ignoring my original plans would cause me more of the stress that I am hoping to ease by staying home alone.

I told the Redneck about my impulse, and he said that I was smart to ignore it. When we get back together after this time apart, we will all be rested and ready to resume our family life.

I won't be online this weekend, so my money saving adventures will be a little late. I hope you all have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend--which by the way, Memorial Day will be the two years 'homeaversary' of our moving into our home!

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Poor Mans Sausage

May 22, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I'm happy to report that I am over the sickness I had last week, but I'm still a bit weak. The old saying about the less you do the less you CAN do is way too true--after a week of being a lump on the couch or on my bed, I have less energy than normal. It's just going to take time, working my way back to being the adorable dynamo I usually am! The Redneck says, "Baby steps, woman, baby steps!"

In the meantime, I am able to cook, and I decided to whip up a batch of Poor Man's Sausage for Obie's and my breakfast this week. Real meat sausage and bacon are cheaper in the winter months, so I make this Depression era version for weekdays, and save the real stuff for the weekend, when the Redneck is home for breakfast. Plus, while the imitations don't taste exactly like the real thing, they are still pretty darn tasty.

There are several good recipes on the Internet. My favorite is Ken Rollins' video:

I use the following basic recipe when I just want to make a quick batch.

Poor Man's Sausage

2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon reed pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1 15 oz can black eyed peas, drained well
2 Tablespoons chopped yellow onion
1 egg
bacon grease, oil or butter (I have even used coconut oil in a pinch)

Combine the flour and spices in a bowl, set aside.

Mash the black eyed peas well, then mix in the egg and onion.

Add in the flour and spice mixture, combine well. It actually looks a bit like real sausage, and if chilled before frying, it feels like it too.

I used a 1/3 measuring cup to make the sized patties I wanted. I have GOT to get a new ice cream scoop--my cooking has suffered since the Redneck broke my old one! I fried them up in some coconut oil, but you can use bacon grease, butter, etc.

They look pretty good, right? I keep them in a container in the fridge, then take out a couple each morning for our breakfast. I either zap them in the microwave or lightly warm them up in a pan with a bit more oil or butter. Like I said earlier, they don't taste like meat, but they are good, AND a lot cheaper than real sausage at this time of year. Besides, make enough cream gravy to pour over something--EVERYTHING tastes good!

I like to play with the seasonings--make the mixture hotter, more sage, garlic instead of onion, etc. I wan to try a variation that tastes a bit 'mapley' (Is that a word? It should be.), using either brown sugar or syrup. 

If you give these a try, please let me know how yours turned out in the comments below--I love to hear from y'all.

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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

May 20, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me.

This week's adventures may not seem too impressive, since I have been sick with a bacterial infection most of the time, too tired to do much more than sleep and do the basics that have to be done each day. I got the right medications, and now except for feeling tired, I'm on my way back.

I'm still trying to find a home for the dog I posted about a few days ago, but it's slow going. Fortunately the folks feeding him now will continue to do so until we find a better situation, and I'm helping out when I can. Thanks again for praying about this, I'll keep you posted.

Mother's Day was nice last Sunday. Instead of going out to eat, I put on a Missouri Pot Roast before we left for church, then made buttermilk biscuits when we got home. I had a nice meal with minimal work, and we saved money. Now, don't think I got cheated out of a special day, because after a nice long Sunday nap, the Redneck took us all to the movies, where I got to see The Avengers Infinity War. With the GIANT tub of popcorn and drink! A fancy dinner is nice at times, but watching stuff blow up real good? That's totally awesome.

Plus, I had a money saving adventure because I realized I could use a senior discount and we saved money on my ticket. I have seldom used these discounts, simply because I forget I am technically a senior. I guess I will check into them more.

Tuesday, before I got sick, Obie and I ran some errands, and there was an estate sale across from the library. We walked through the house, which looks as if it were built in the 30s or 40s, and I enjoyed just looking at the way the house was built, with the old kitchen cabinets and how the place was laid out. I didn't see anything I needed, however I did buy two tank tops for 50 cents each for wearing out in the yard this summer.

Out in the old garage I found a St Francis statue that had a little damage, and a tea cup and saucer. The little statue will look nice on the wire shelf on my patio once I remove the last bits of what looks to be a deer, and put a little solar light in the empty space. I like St Francis. I'm not Catholic, however I do believe that he represents that we are to care for God' creation. Each was $1.00.

The tea cup is a piece of Consort fine bone china, from England. The saucer is from another company, and while they didn't originally come together, they are quite nice as a set. I drink my herbal tea from a sturdy mug most of the time, but this little jewel just called out to me, and for $1.00, I can lift my pinkie on occasion!

Coming home I spied two framed pictures curbside at a house we passed. I cleaned them up, and I will drop them off at the consignment shop later this week. I might make a few dollars on them.

On that same trip home we spotted a new beach ball blowing down the road, which Obie grabbed to add to our pool accessories.

I used stale tortilla chips instead of bread crumbs to make my Mexican meatloaf. I simply crush any leftover chips with a rolling pin, and store the excess in a bag in the freezer. It's a basic meatloaf recipe, I just use salsa and chili powder, and toss in a bit of cheese. 

I used my 'new' bread machine. It's great! It makes an actual loaf shape, and the slices fit perfectly in the toaster for breakfast. Can't wait to make French toast.

The Redneck was sweet enough to go pick up my inter library loan audio book for me while I was sick. It's the fifth book in the John Cleaver series, and it helped me while away a few hours of bed rest. For a small fee I an access almost any type of literature.

I just had to toss in a photo of my 'itty bitty' Angel puppy. She enjoys lounging on the front porch in the rocking bench--until the UPS guy shows up. Then she 'hides' from him by scrunching into the tiniest ball she can make, which you can see isn't too tiny! Yeah, she's vicious (eye roll).

That was it for the last week. As I said earlier, I am almost back to normal, and Lord willing I will be cleaning and cooking and blogging at full speed.

Well, I got medicine to take. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prayer Request For Wisdom

May 5, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me.

I'm asking for prayers for wisdom in handling a situation I just learned about.

There's a dog in our neighborhood who used to belong to someone who lived here. They moved away, and left the dog, but they kept coming back to feed him...until they didn't.

I told my neighbor today that I was afraid that her dog would be run over, since he stays out in the road at night. She said it wasn't her dog, it used to live at another place, and it just sort of 'adopted' their family, and they were trying to give it food just to keep it going, but they couldn't really keep the dog.

I was shocked when I learned where the dog came from, because it looks so different, I hadn't recognized it.

He is very thin, and I know he just feels lost without his people. I would gladly take him in, but I already have several animals, and no way to separate him from them to avoid fights. The woman said she tried to take him to several different shelters, but no one will take him due to having too many animals now. She really doesn't want him at all.

I need wisdom in this situation. I can probably call the county animal control, but they would only put him down, because they are overwhelmed with animals now. If I really talked with the Redneck I am certain he would find a way to take him in, at least until we can find another home for him.

Do I ask at church to see if anyone will take him? Do I take him? Do I call animal control? He is a very sweet dog, he always ran out to us when we walked past his old place, but as soon as I would call his name he would stop and allow us to pet him, and I even sneaked a dog treat or two to him.

Please pray for this sweet mutt, and for me to have the wisdom how to help him.

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

May 12, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I am doing my weekly savings post tonight, cause I don't wanna work on Mother's Day. Let's jump right in.

On Tuesday I used some coupons that Brookshires Grocery Store had sent me. I only bought two items that didn't have a coupon to go with them (mushroom soup and tater tots. What can I say? I was craving John Wayne casserole that day.). The two gallons of milk were in the clearance section of the dairy aisle at $1.00 each. They also had coupons attached that gave me 55 cents off each one, so I got two gallons of milk for the freezer for less than a dollar. Between the coupons, the clearance items, the thank you store card and the Tuesday 5% senior discount, I saved $9.70--54% of the total bill!

I got free coupons in the mail from Retail Me Not. I don't know yet if I will use them or pass them on to a lady I know who coupons.

A quick check of a clearance aisle revealed a big tube of Crest toothpaste of only $1.50.

I was craving chocolate cake, so I baked one from a mix I had on hand, using coconut oil instead of regular oil. It was so moist I almost didn't need to make a frosting. But I wanted more chocolate, so I made up a frosting based on a recipe from a Kate Singh book, using coconut oil, water and milk chocolate chips instead of the dark chocolate her recipe calls for. Oh. My. I poured it over the cake, and almost swooned from the goodness. I didn't want to eat the whole thing in one sitting, so I cut it into squares and flash froze them on a cookie sheet. I put the squares into baggies, then the baggie into a larger zip lock bag in the freezer. If I get another yen for cake, I just take out a square and allow it to thaw. No waste!

I stopped at Thrift Angels Thrift Store on Thursday while visiting the library, and I found three new tops for $4.00. It was a buy one, get two free sale again.

I checked the box of donations for the library book sale, and found The Detox Box for $1.00. It has cards, CDs, and workbooks to help guide you through the process of detoxing your life in different areas.

Friday morning, after Obie and I worked in the yard for a while, I decided to go to a garage sale down the road. I found a bread machine for $5.00, and a storage container for 50 cents. I had a bread machine already, but the mixing paddle disappeared several months ago (I suspect the cats stole it when it was drying on the counter--it's in this house SOMEWHERE!). I usually make bread by hand, but it's nice to have a machine for the days when I am swamped. I really like this one, because it actually makes a loaf shape, instead of the big block. If I ever find the other paddle, I will either sell it or give it to someone who can use it.

Downloaded a free e book novel from Book Bub.

The most exciting thing this week? Today I got NEW COUCHES! My friend from church was moving, and she didn't need the couch and love seat she had in her old living room. I LOVE them, they are well built (they have 'good bones' as my buddy Kate Singh says), and comfortable? Oh honey, they are wonderful. I like the colors, they go with what I am doing in my living room.

Look at the detail on one of the arms. There's also nice detailing around the bottom, and big chunky feet hold them up.

Obie likes the love seat with the big squishy cushions. I mean...

He REALLY likes it! I took this photo this afternoon, and he was zonked out.

I hope you all have a blessed Mother's Day.

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Redneck Gets A New Coffee Maker, And I Love My New Zoodle Maker

May 10, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Last Sunday the Redneck's beloved coffee maker died a tragic death, chugging and sputtering out its last pot of 'Redneck Plasma'.

Since the Redneck has been drinking coffee since he was a little kid, this was a full tilt disaster. So after church we had to go buy him a new one.

I don't drink coffee, because honestly, I am hyper enough, and I don't need additional 'oomph' to my day. But I don't mind making it for the guys. The Redneck knows this, so in order to make my brewing a more pleasant experience, he chose this cute red Mr. Coffee machine. It matches my microwave at the other end of the kitchen. I have been working on putting brighter colors in my work space, since the cabinets are dark stained wood. I love them, but I want a pop of color every so often. I enjoy setting up my newest 'employee' each night in preparation for the next day. The Redneck takes my preferences into consideration, and I love him for it.

Last week I got a new, in the box spiralizer free at the local thrift store sale. I tried it out a couple of nights later making supper for Obie and I.

 Here it is, all the parts fit together to store in a small space. Three different blades give slightly different types of zoodles. It's easy to use and easy to hand wash.

I used the mid sized blade, and two medium zucchini gave me a nice pile of zoodles, with a few leftover pieces, which I popped into a container to be chopped up and sautéed for another meal later.

I poured about a tablespoon of olive oil into a pan, and sautéed sliced onions and yellow bell peppers.

I added in the zoodles, and cooked them until they were done but with still a bit of crunch. Then I poured some oriental style salad dressing over it and mixed it up.

I steamed a big bunch of fresh spinach to go along with the meal.

And voila! I sprinkled raw hemp hearts over the dish, and it was delicious. We both ate a lot of the food, and were filled up enough that we didn't feel the need for a snack later while watching a movie. The oriental dressing gave it a good flavor. I will be trying more veggies in the spiralizer as we go along.

Anyone have any suggestions and recipes to share in the comments below?

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

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NRA National Convention--Awesome Day

May 8, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Saturday my family went to the National Rifle Association's National Convention in Dallas. We are card carrying members, and since it was right in our back yard we decided to risk Dallas traffic (thank you Lord it was a weekend--I can't imagine how bad it would have been on a weekday) and show our support for the Second Amendment.

It was at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and that place is HUGE. I think someone said it is 15 acres big. All I know is, we walked the whole thing--twice.

We got checked in, and went in search of our friends, Kenny and Barbara, who were working the Henry Rifle Company booth.

They had been working all weekend, and they still had to get through Sunday. Look how gorgeous Barbara is, looking fresh as a daisy, even after a full day of standing up and talking with folks from all over. Kenny's kind of cute too!

Of course we had to find the booth for the world's best coffee. People lined up for cups of Black Rifle Coffee. We got a couple of free 'Coffee or Die' mugs, and I even got a free bag of FN Scar blend for the Redneck.

There were people there from all around the world, and all walks of life (there were even a few 'man buns' walking around). Vendors carried all kinds of merchandise, and boy, did they give out free goodies!

My Beloved at the Thompson Center Arms booth, drooling over the new catalog.

I met Toby Bridges, who write books on muzzle loading. http://namlhunt.com/index.html. Western Powders is his sponsor. He is a very nice gentleman, and he knows his subject well.

Now this hunk o' hot is Andy Ross (http://andyross.com/). He's a great musician, entrepreneur, host of Maximum Archery on the Sportsman Channel, and owner of the Second Amendment Muscle Car, seen in the photos below. The front of the car photo is blurry. I guess I got flustered when I realized I wasn't just looking at the car--I was looking at ANDY! His tats are excellent. Yeah, he's nice looking, but he ain't the Redneck!

Isn't this thing beautiful? The detail work is amazing. It was designed by Danny 'The Count' Koker, of the television show Counting Cars. I can barely tell a Ford from a Chevy, but I would lose my mind if I got a chance to drive this just once! 

There were several service dogs in attendance, faithful companions to owners with special needs.

I loved the touching tribute to the late R. Lee Ermey 'The Gunny'

Two veterans saluting and smiling for the camera, and yes, I KNOW mine is backward--I was going for symmetry!

My greatest honor of the day was meeting Stephen Willeford. This brave man was the one who, along with Johnnie Langendorff, stopped the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooter. He is a sweet, humble man, who will quickly tell you he is no hero. 

I only regret that we didn't get there a lot earlier, because Rocker Ted Nugent (Cat Scratch Fever) was at one of the booths. Maybe it's just as well, because I would have gone full Fangirl on him, probably screaming "UNCLE TED!!!!!!!!!". Yeah...it's better I missed him...

After the convention shut down for the day, we all went to an open forum for YouTube gun channels that evening. I was so tired I hardly took any photos. The panel was excellent, with Q & A including the fans. Prizes were given away all evening. It was fun.

We rolled into the driveway around midnight, got the animals all wrangled, we got showers and passed out. It was tiring, but a great day.

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