Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have filled a 18-gallon tote with papers to burn. It's amazing how much "stuff" is around here that can go. I gave my husband a job last night and, it too, involved paper. And a bunch of magazines. We should have a big bonfire to celebrate getting all of the cleaning done too.
I just washed up 2 more rugs for storage (next winter), and did some more deep cleaning on some shelves. It feels so much better to walk into our bedroom now. I'm not finished, but with one area at a time, it will be soon.
It's a good thing that the weather is too chilly to be working in the yard today. I am finding little areas that I can spot clean and toss items from. I emptied another 18-gallon tote from the garage, and cleaned two more book shelves. I donated 4 more items to the library also. I also gave some items away free. Phew!
Monday, April 26, 2010
My husband bought me this sign last fall in clearance. I think we got it at a Cracker Barrel store. I had it hanging in the house until after winter and finally have it hanging by my front door.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I located some wild growing catnip on the property. It was growing along the side of one of the barns. I brought some in to wash and dry, but Jasper and Tiger had located it and took off with it. It looks almost like spearmint.
Monday, April 19, 2010
There is still a chill in the air, but it's perfect for weeding flower beds. I got yelled at last night for having "too much" green onion. I am trying to locate a food pantry to donate some too, but not many have refrigerators. It sells pretty cheap in the stores this week (2 for $1.00) so not many people mess with growing it. Either way, I pulled a bunch to cook with this week. We've added it to eggs, potatoes, potato salad, and even mixed it with cooked black beans and cheese for a dip. I was lucky to have cooked up a batch of dry beans and had them all ready in the freezer. I will have a bean baking and freezing day soon.
Today's spring cleaning updates:
-washing 3 bed quilts
-scrubbing out a few kitchen cupboards and decluttering and organizing them
After that was finished I had a sinus headache that needed tending. I still have not purchased my masks, but plan to on the next trip into town. I cooled my forehead with a wash cloth and recovered.
I relaxed by finishing a book, Tall Cedars Homestead by Carrie Bender, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. It's fiction, but sounds so realistic. It's about an Amish couple who just married, and are renting a cabin in Montana. The book is written in journal form, but I loved reading every bit of it. I may have to write a review for this series.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Band-aids are sorted by size and all of the tubes of medications are in one container. Phew! One more thing cleaned, decluttered and organized.
We found another 31 new spiral notebooks and several packages of loose notebook paper. I'm not even done decluttering the clothes and a few other shelves in my closet. It's about the size of a mini-bedroom with poor shelving in it. Anyway, I must start writing by hand with all of these notebooks around here.
I also found several handmade Christmas cards that got buried in a box. They are now where I can view them and use them for next seasons gift giving.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I also had a basket that held misc. baskets for gift giving. One basket I had purchased from a SCRAP store, before the move, must have been wet on the bottom from a plant. As I went through each basket, this particular one had a layer of mildew on it! Gross! Just one more reminder that cleaning is always a good thing.
Now that I know where my flour sack towels and hankies are, I must add that craft project to my "boredom" list also. They are hope chest projects, which are all stowed into one tote and labeled for each child.
I believe the kids will be set for those school supplies for next year anyway. Ha ha ha!
I washed 2 more floor rugs also.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I came across this herb gardening newsletter. I'm not sure if I will learn anything more, but here is the Web site in case you want to start a home grown herb garden, Herb Gardening
Spring Clean Update:
-Utility room is finished (took an entire day including washing rugs).
-Washed 2 door curtains
-Cleaned 2 more areas of carpet
-Started another van load of items for Goodwill or where ever
-Cleaned off the tops, and organized, night stands (my husband's too).
-Washed up old ripped blankets and rugs, stored in totes for the barn cats next winter (and labeled it)
-Emptied another tote of crafts, condensed them etc.
-Sorted all my extra (and there were a bunch) handmade Christmas ornaments and labeled boxes for each kid for their hope chests.
-Donated jewelry displays, for craft sales, to a dear friend.
-Gave my Mom the last pair of flip flops I had made.
I should have started earlier in the year with my spring cleaning. With gardening and flower beds to start working in, I have to choose between cleaning inside or out most days.
Pollen is high and I have a major sinus headache, my body aches in places I didn't think was possible and I feel like I need a nap already.
I took frequent breaks to enjoy some iced tea, but still felt I have aged over the winter. I better get more weight off or I won't survive the heat this summer either.
During one of my trips to the kitchen, our 16 year-old daughter opened the fridge and was standing there. They do this often, as if something will jump out at them and say "eat me." I was just about to yell "don't stand there with the door open" our cat Tiger jumped into the fridge and nosed around a shelf. HA HA! He better be careful because she could have looked away while shutting the door and shut him in there.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Just the other day she wrote me a note telling me to "rest" and that she would do the cleaning when she got home. Ha ha ha! So I did! I lounged in the lawn chair and read a book outside. I wrote. I made iced tea and enjoyed myself. However, the cleaning never did get done that day.
Maybe it takes a kid to say something like that to keep the guilt from zapping me. I still have the other kids asking for to be "notered" too. It's a good thing I am cleaning and really decluttering because I found a plastic container with a lot of writing paper, cards, and envelopes. I am all stocked up for the rest of the school year.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Today, my goal is to locate a pharmacy who participates in proper disposal of unused or expired prescriptions and vitamins. With all the allergies in our house you'd think there wouldn't be anything leftover to dispose of. However, I filled a paper bag with items that need to leave this house. I've read so many ideas on the Internet on how to "properly" dispose of them, but the all mention to contact your pharmacy first. I wonder how they really dispose of them anyway. Either way, its more things out of our home that is not needed.
Next on the list, is crocheting a few more cat bed blankets of the Humane Society. I found 2 skeins of yarn that would make nice blankets. My husband would love to know that the yarn is leaving the bedroom closet.
Also, in my closet are craft sale items that never made it to the sale. So far, I have been able to donate many items, but still have decoupaged flower vases made from recycled glass bottles. Maybe the kids could give them to their teachers with flowers in them. Too bad I don't have my tulips yet. Those would have been a nice gift for Earth Day this year.
A few pairs of decorated flip flops made a new home at the local library for small reading prizes. A few were simply given away. Again, leaving more space in my closet.
Who knows what I will find next.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Then after the kids got home, Tiger caught the second mouse. When the kids tried to take the mouse it evidently was still 100% alive, and barreled down the hallway. Now you would think that after a few years of mice and getting used to hairy spiders and slithery snakes, we would not have acted the way we did. My throat still hurts for screaming. Yup. We all did the one-step dance and screamed as the very tiny mouse scampered around our feet.
Sha-bam! Tiger caught it anyway and out the door it went. Phew!
Just a few minutes ago our 8 year-old caught her first frog this season. And if you have read my blog, you know how I feel about frogs! They have me on tape. I'm waiting to see if they will attempt to bring it inside.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
While decluttering my closet, which is my craft storage area also, I came across some 11 x 13 inch basket liners I bought. They were $4.99, marked down to $.99 and marked down again to $.40 each. I guess I had intended to buy baskets and use them to give Christmas gifts in. Anyway, who would have known that this $.40 basket liner would make the most perfect double toaster cover?!
I was going to sew one with the craft material I have, but now I don't even need to sew. Sorry for the poor photo. I meant to edit it, but I was so excited with the frugal idea that I had to blog it. I sure hope this tip helps anyone considering sprucing up their kitchen.
Friday, April 9, 2010
The kids want to start a compost this year. We should have started it last year. I think it is a great idea.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Even the kids are going through their clothes too. It's been a great feeling to live with less and help someone else.
Rain and cooler weather has given me more reason to go through items. One shelf or drawer at a time, and sometimes an entire area. The garage will be last. I am sure there will be a trip to the dump following that cleaning job.
I have not even given myself a deadline for my cleaning, but I am hoping for the end of May. Then I can rest easy over the summer in caring for the vegetable/fruit garden. And of course, what would be life be without several flower gardens?!