My trip to TRU B/M

Well since a few of my groups were talking of gifts for b-days ,Christmas – i thought i had better take inventory of what gifts i have in my gift box- especially since i am planning to quit work after the baby is born – and the kids seem to have a lot of b-day parties to go to in the spring – so i looked and noticed that i had no gifts for boys ages 6-10 or girls ages 8-10 (plenty of stuff for young girls though)

last week i had got a mail circular for TRU that was $10 off $50 in store purchase – couldn’t think of anything i needed but i cut it out and saved it and i am very glad i did – i went tonight and searched out some great clearance deals –

here is what i got for my 41$ˆ:

  • -3 – craft- jewelry making sets
  • -2 medium size sets of these things by LEGOs that are kind of like k’nex- each one is a nice gift in itself
  • -8 smaller sets of the above toy – i will combine 2 different ones as one gift = 4 gifts
  • -2 neat toys where you make a spinning top follow a track that you hold in your hand – a challenging type of game with 8 different levels – needs no batteries
  • -a new lunchbox for my 6 y ds 9 his first year of all day school – so he got a new lunchbox) a $1 pooh figurine for my 3 yo pooh lover
  • -5 rolls of Lisa Frank stickers (can combine with other smaller items for a gift basket type gift )
  • -3 candy bars ( for my chocolate cravings LOL! )

Anyway once ya subtract out the pooh toy – my candybars and ds’s lunchbox – I got all the above for gifts for any b-days the kids are invited to for only 32.00 thats 11 full gifts for only an average of $2.90 a gift and some are retailed at 19.99 !! I figured out they are worth almost $150.00- if I had paid full price for them !!

Poor fridge

I am so sorry to hear about your fridge. What a pain. I don’t know if I have much to add, but I was trying to think of resources for you…some of these are just shot-in-the-dark ideas, but you just never know what will work for you! ~Call a women’s shelter. (Has anyone noticed I am very big on women’s shelters? LOL) When I volunteered there we were always getting calls for people wanting to donate everything from handcrocheted blankets to old cars, so you just never know. They will/should also have a list of agencies in your area that might be able to help you.

~Call your local churches. All of them. If you could get the word out to just a couple of congregations or women’s groups in those churches, I bet you would have a working fridge in no time.

~Local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or any place like that might be able to help you or find another resource to refer you to.

~Wonder if the local electric company might be of help here? You just never know…might be worth a shot.

~Soup kitchen or food banks. These folks are wonderful to work with, and they, like the shelters, probably field calls for people wanting to donate items like this all the time.

Hmmm…that is all I can come up with at the moment. I think, like someone already said, the key is to get the word out there to everyone you possibly can! People are so willing to help when they find out there is a real and genuine need. 🙂 Good luck, and please keep us informed.

I hope we still like cherries for awhile too

Today we went back to moms. i didn’t want to leave all of them rotting on the ground. I expected to find mom and Cindy working on them and I was correct. Mom has a stint in her heart, had back (spine) surgery and breathing problems and she didn’t need to be doing all of it. Cindy is a disabled person who mom takes care of.

The 7 of us spent the day picking cherries, cutting and hauling branches and raking leaves and cherries. The lucky hens receives tons of cherries and were very happy and stuffed birds-LOL! We came home with 4 – 5 gallon square buckets of cherries and moom kept some.

I estimate about 80 quarts more for me to can. DH has decided to make maraschino cherries and is working on the brine now. He says he’ll pit them too! YES! I guess he’ll make a couple dz. pints. I will finish the others. I already have more than 27 qts of this variety and 32 of bing- we’ll be eating cherries for a couple years. I guess it would be good to find some recipes.

I’m glad that you got so many jars. I bet they sure will look pretty on the shelf. I always like looking at the jars of whatever I’ve gotten canned up. My daughter doesn’t like cherries, but she will eat the sweet cherries raw, doesn’t like anything with cherry flavouring in it. I made some small pies for a friend a few years back.

We had gone up to my oldest step-brother’s place in Post Falls, Id for a 4th of July get together, with my brother just younger than me. (My Mother’s oldest children lived with us until the summer of ’57, then they went to live with their dad and at Christmas time, my two younger brothers and I were put in foster homes. The last time my older brothers had seen John was when he was 7 1/2.) Anyway, Gordon has a sweet cherry tree. (Thought I’d never get there, huh?!) I took some of the sweet cherries and some of the pie cherries and baked up a bunch of these little pies. They were better than using just the pie cherries.

Time for bed.

Your bad day

First of all, s your husband?

Can he possibly take a look at the refrigerator and figure something out? Sometimes….just sometimes, men can take care of things lickety split. Also, for your finger, go grab some Aloe or if you have a Aloe plant, break or crack it open and rub the salve/juice on your burn. If you don’t have any of that available…go and get your CLEAR finger nail polish and apply it to your burn.

That will help to ease the burning sensation and keep it from blistering. Now…for your refrigerator needs, you can use a cooler/ice chest temporarily to keep your milk, etc cooled. Continue to refill with ice to prolong the time. Make sure the condiments and sour cream are enclosed in a zip loc bag or tupperware container, as the ice melts the water will leak into items like butter, fruits/vegies, etc. Could make for a soggy mess…or, on the good side, your celery, carrots, etc…could PERK up with the ice cold water! 🙂 Don’t forget to enlist the use of your friend or neighbors, for ICE! Most people don’t mind helping with such things.

I know in my neighborhood, this has happened a few times, and I have held my neighbor’s items in my refrigerator for a couple days, till they got it fixed or replaced. People are normally more than willing to help, if they know you’re in need. You could also call your local Goodwill Store. Not only do they have used refrigerators (in WORKING order) for very cheap….but sometimes, under dire circumstances, they provide you with a working refrigerator for free.

I have actually seen this happen, not once, but 3 different times. Remember, it won’t be the most modern or chic refrigerator, but it will work until you can replace it. I hope this helps…and that your week gets better. Take care of your finger, I know how miserable that can be. Best wishes to you and your little ones,

I always thought 100% rayon would have to be dry-cleaned

…Until recently. I just found out that I have developed a severe allergy to fragrances in products. After speaking with a friend of ours who’s worked as a dry cleaner for about 25 yrs. he told me to try hand-washing them. (The worst that could happen was I’d lose them but I couldn’t wear them anyway because of the fragrance in the dry cleaning fluids). So I purchased a mild dish detergent that stated it was good for dry-clean only clothing, hand-washed them in the sink in cool water, squished the water from them instead of wringing them, and hung them on the line to dry. I have yet to iron them but they made it through the washing okay. What I found out is that most dry-clean only fabrics can be hand-washed it’s just that the manufacturers can only list one method of cleaning and “dry clean only” is put on some labels because that’s the best care for those fabrics.

I just joined the blog a few days ago. Wow, are you ladies a busy group!! Not that I’m complaining. I’m a 37 yr old WAHM mom with one son, 12, whom we homeschool. I’ve run a daycare out of my home for 11 yrs. now but need to close – it’s just too much to try & homeschool a 7th grader and have six little ones to teach & take care of at the same time. I’ve got two families left but I think by next summer I’ll have none. That’s the way it needs to be; I have to devote my full attention now to my son’s schooling. I have no idea what God has in store for me that will help bring income into the household but I know that I need to do something; my income has always been the main one & it’s getting real scary thinking about how we’re going to manage this. Hubby has been able to work a lot more overtime which helps. I was also thankful to learn that my niece will be coming to live with us again for a while.

She’s come so far in the Lord. It’ll be wonderful to have some fellowship during the day, have someone to help with household tasks, and have a little bit of extra income! We’ve been slowly reforming our less-than-frugal lifestyle over the past two years. We still have some credit card debt we need to pay off because hubby insisted a few years back that I should finally have some nice, brand-new stuff for our new home – he went a little (said sarcastically) overboard. Most of our budget items have been cut back to the bare minimums but we still have a couple we can work on. We’d love to have another child but, unfortunately, state health insurance doesn’t cover infertility. So, unless we have a major windfall, I guess that may not happen. I’m hoping I can gleen some more ideas from other people on how to cut expenses back even further.