Showing posts from July, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

July 29, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Today was fifth Sunday at church, and that means the whole service is singing to praise and worship God--it's an awesome time. We came home after, stopping by the little farmer's market in Bowie, and bought a watermelon. It's really neat, the market has an 'honor box', and you just drop the money in to pay for your melons. It's chilling in the fridge now for a feast tonight!

Last week's adventures were many in number, so let's get going.

I harvested and cooked lambs quarter. This is a wild edible (translate--weed) that is a good source of many vitamins and minerals. It tastes a lot like spinach. We have a patch of it over by the horse corral, and I gather it whenever I have a hankering for it. It can be cooked and frozen for later use. Go on YouTube, type in lambs quarter, and you will find a plethora of videos on this delicious wild staple. I'm going to try transplanting some of the patch to a better local…

Update On My Physical Transformation

July 26, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Okay, tomorrow will be the end of my sixth week of training to get back to where I used to be in my weight, strength, stamina, etc. Thought I would give a quick update.

So far, it's all going well. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings I wake up at 5:30 am, and my body screams, "Get dressed, grab your headband, water bottle and don't forget the sweat towel honey--YOU'RE GONNA NEED IT!" I take the little CD player from the kitchen, go into the little home gym we've created, and put on music to work out to (Do NOT make fun of me, I'm currently playing Ladies of the 80s songs. The 80s had lousy icons, like shoulder pads, big hair and parachute pants, but the workout music STILL works for me!). I get on the Total Gym, and after an hour of sweating, grunting and effort, I have made it through three sets of 15 repetitions. I high five God, then grab my dog Angel, and we start walking/running laps around the pasture. I …

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

July 22, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Mine has been a little busy, but good. Church was phenomenal this morning. I love the folks who attend, and it's obvious they love our family right back. I once read that people need at least 8 hugs a day to maintain a healthy body and mind. I get a lot of hugs from my family, but I get a 'booster shot' every Sunday morning!

Okay, on to the money saving adventures.

I had a rectangular container that originally held scrubbing cloths for a long handled mop someone gave me. I used us the cloths, and decided the container was perfect to hold my Swiffer duster covers. It will keep them cleaner than the box they come in, takes up  less room under my kitchen sink, and makes it less likely that they might get wet is water is spilled.

I am still washing the duster covers when they get dirty, and it's still working. The one on the left is a new cover, the one on the right has been washed by han…

Prayer Request For A Local Teen

July 20, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me.

Yesterday I learned that 14 year old Austin Cox, a teen here in Bowie,, has been diagnosed with leukemia. He is involved in football and basketball, along with other activities.

I'm requesting prayer for Austin and his family, plus I am posting this to let those of you on Facebook know that a Go Fund Me page has been created to raise money to help with travel expenses to and from the hospital and other needs that may arise.

The Go Fund Me page is titled Team Cox. Please take a moment to visit this page, make a donation, and leave a comment of encouragement for this young man.

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

Changes In The Food Portion Of My Fitness Program

July 17, 2018

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My family moved into our home a little over two years ago, and with all the getting settled in and adapting to life here in beautiful Bowie, I let a lot of  my fitness and eating routines go down the drain. I never got as big as I used to be yet I was bigger and a lot less fit than I had been.

After two years I finally got my home gym put together, and I have been working out steadily ever since. I have been reworking my food intake also, and it was going well. While I was eating a lot more often, the food I was eating was high quality and mostly healthy (give or take a cookie or slice of pie occasionally--I'm health conscious, not fanatical). I felt great, had lots of energy, and my moods were even, no ups and downs.

Then we had 'Grub Sunday' at church.

I was careful as I worked the setup. I did nibble a bit of the veggies that were being served with dip, and I made a simple cheeseburger with a few vegetable dishes, and I had a b…

Money Saving Aventures For Last Week

July 15, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Just woke up from a nap, and now I'm sitting here browsing a bit and composing my weekly blog offering on saving money.  I' kind of in a fog, because I seldom lay down during the day, so I'm a bit thrown off my game.

Tomorrow starts my fifth week on my new workout plan. I'm enjoying it a lot, even on the days when my body says what the heck, I just did this two days ago! I'm now doing three sets of fifteen repetitions three morning a week. I have found on the days that I workout, I have a lot more energy the rest of the day.

Have I lost any weight? Nope, gained 8 pounds, but I'm getting smaller, so it's all good. I didn't take a 'before' photo, but I'll get the Redneck to help me take one at this stage, and we'll see what the difference is in a few weeks.

Well, let's look at my adventures for last week.

I made $27.00 selling scrap metal. This source of income will be a bit more efficient af…

Obie And I Try Overight Oatmeal

July 10, 2018

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I have heard about overnight oatmeal for several years, but I had never tried them. I just couldn't get past the mental taste of old, gummy cold oatmeal. {{SHUDDER}}

I finally decided that I was going to give them a shot last night, so I found a recipe I could adapt with ingredients I had in my kitchen.

I had done a lot of research on how to make a good tasting product, so I knew I should only use old fashioned oats, because they are supposed to soften just right and don't become soggy overnight. I remembered to use more flavoring than I would in a warm dish--cold foods need a bit more 'oomph'.

I put the oats in two pint mason jars, added the dark chocolate almond milk, Greek yogurt, a scoop of chocolate super food powder, a bit of stevia, and a couple of sliced strawberries. I stirred it up well, popped the lids on and put them into the fridge.

This morning after chores I pulled them out, and the jars were now filed to the to…

Finally Got Something Planted!

July 9, 2018

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It's been a great Monday so far, very productive.

I am now up to two sets of 15 reps on the Total Gym. I like to push myself a little bit more as I work toward my goal. I had made it to two set of 12 reps with the starter routine last week, so now I added 3 reps to my routines. I will stay at this level until next week, then try for three sets of 15. I'm also making a 'track' out in the back of the property, and once it's set up, I can do laps of either walking or running each morning. I can't walk down our road anymore since the cats are outside--they think they have to follow me!

Okay, on to today's project. I wanted a garden this year, but with one thing or another, it's not going to happen--yet. It WILL happen, I just have to keep working toward it.

I at least wanted to get some herbs planted in the big feed tubs a friend gave me. Saturday I bought two small pots of chocolate mint. I knew if I got the plants,…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

July 8, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July. Ours was awesome. We were invited to a party by a friend from church, and it was a pot luck. I didn't cook anything to take, instead we opted to buy hummus, chips, sodas, etc. when on sale, to allow me to relax and enjoy the day. It was fun, lots of fellowship.

Well, let's see where I saved money this last week.

I brought home all the aluminum cans from the party to add to my recycling bin. I also received a big jar of my friend's homemade salsa to bring home. This stuff is terrific.

I made pancakes from scratch on Saturday, and there were leftovers. I put them in a container in the fridge, and Obie enjoyed them a few times for breakfast during the week.

I found some Sewing With Nancy episodes on You Tube, I'll download them this week, and watch them at home to renew my sewing skills. I was sad to learn she had passed away, she was so sweet and I actually understood her when…

Mouth Problems, And No, It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking Too Much!

July 5, 2018

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Sometimes it seems the more we work towards a more natural lifestyle, the worse we react to the unnatural. Like many years ago when I learned about essential oils. The more we used them, the more sensitive the Redneck became to regular perfumes and scented candles. We once walked into a Crabtree and Evelyn store, and he was barely in the door, when he suddenly grabbed his head and reeled back out into the mall. He was leaning over the railing and gasping, his eyes watering. Turns out the scents in the store hit him with a blinding headache, and he couldn't breathe. Since then we don't go into any specialty scent stores--even walking past a Bath and Body Works makes him ill. We seldom go into a mall anymore, so we are able to avoid the worst of it.

Fast forward to a few days ago. when my mouth broke out with painful canker sores. I was miserable, but we just couldn't figure out what had caused them. Whenever I used my mouthwash, it …

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

July 1, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I'm thrilled to have photos to share with y'all this week. The new camera seems to be doing the job. Now all I have to do is get my Kodak repaired.

I had some good adventures in money saving, so let's get started.

I had a nice area rug given to me in one of my decluttering hauls, but it was D-U-S-T-Y. It had been stored for a long time. I could see that it had a nice design under all that dirt. I grabbed my quarters and headed to the car wash, where $3.00  allowed me to wash and rinse the rug, revealing a lovely pattern with colors that go with my living room. I still need to actually shampoo it with my carpet cleaning machine, then I will put it down in front of my couch.

A browsing through Brookshires clearance aisle revealed a glass jar of pasta sauce for 50 cents.

While in Brookshires I noticed an older lady buying a large tub of Greek yogurt. I told her to look in the dairy clearance section, because I had seen the exact same …