One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, November 4, 2011


Although wood splitting took a halt, until we repair the chainsaw blade, I have been busy preparing crafts for winter projects.

 I have started cutting circles from leftover scrap material.  These are mostly from old sheets and pillow cases.  These will be later sewn into yo-yo's for other gifts or for my home.

I also volunteered to help crochet and knit scarves for this winter's homeless.  I am getting a box ready, but need to fill it with a few more.  I may need help from the girls to fill the box.

Our garden is finished.  The Swiss chard is being consumed by something.  I have no idea, but whatever it is, it sure likes my Swiss chard.  I have failed to bring in my rosemary.  I may try to even though we've had a few frosts here already.

The wood burning stove has been cleaned and we have brought wood in.  Today is a good day to start it up, as the temperature in my house is very cold.

I haven't felt like doing much baking lately.  I've been sick for over 3 weeks now.  I finally booked myself a dreaded doctor appointment today.  I sure hope it's worth the time and money spent.  I'm just tired of not getting better.  Last night my ear hurt.  I haven't had an ear infection in years,  and it sure felt like it.  


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

So sorry you're still not feeling better.
Our house gets chilly too-- we've had over night low's in the 30's a couple of times and have already burned our stove. Actually have a small fire burning keep the chill off. Great thing to knit scarves for the homeless. What a blessing.

we are still gardening (our Fall is so short here) but I've got the plants I hope they will continue to thrive.

take care and get well!


Candy C. said...

I sure hope you get to feeling better and that the doctor visit helps some.
It's probably not too late to bring in your rosemary, at least it's worth a try! :)

bluestockingredneck said...

I've been feeling the change in the weather myself lately. Although I love autumn with the beautiful leaves falling off the trees and colder weather, my sinuses don't! Hope you feel a lot better soon!

nancypo said...

I hope you feel better! And try some vit. d, helps the immune system....

nancypo said...

And try getting some extra rest, hard to do, but probably what you need~~~

Homeschool Mom said...

I realize this is an old post, but I have a question about these suffolk puffs. My daughter has been asked to do a craft for pioneer days at the public library, and she loves making these. Would you know if this would have been done in pioneer times? Sorry to ask such a dumb quesition, but they insist on it being a pioneer craft. Thanks for any help you might be able to give. Blessings to you.


Kristina said...

The yo yo quilts were more popular in the early 1900's . Pioneer time period was more early 1800's. Handiwork during that time period could have been corn husk dolls, corncob doll, button strings, braided rugs (which I have one on my blog somewhere), clothespin dolls, and more. I suggest google a search for pioneer timelines. Some timelines go up to 1905. I may be incorrect, but I believe that yo yo making was more in the 1920's.