My blog has morphed over the years into different things. It is a place to learn about saving money, product reviews, cooking, gardening, and homesteading. It can take you to whatever has my attention at the moment and then back to the day to day. I hope you will learn something here and come back often.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
When the warmth of Spring begins, I long for time in the garden. I plot and plan. I scour the seed catalogs that have filled my mailbox for weeks. I dream of what I will can and dehydrate as my lush Summer Garden provides all of the food we will need for the winter. And then, it RAINS.
When I say rain, I don't mean a nice spring shower. No, I mean it rains 3 inches and just about the time I think it's safe to walk outside without boots, it rains another 3 inches. It teases me like this for weeks. Finally, I come to the conclusion that it's never going to dry out. The sun will never shine long enough to put a garden in. I guess we will have to rely on store-bought food. :(
Just as all hope seems to be gone....the sun shines! And the days heat up! Before I know it, the plants are in the ground and I'm fighting 100 degree temps with 110 heat indexes! What happened to SPRING?? I'm even wishing for a little rain to give my sprinkler system a break.
The lush garden from my dreams looks like a dry, parched wasteland. The tomato plants droop and the squash bugs are feasting on the squash buffet I have provided them. The only thing that seems to thrive are the weeds.
I managed to collect enough green beans for a meal or two. There will be no beautiful quart jars full of green beans awaiting us this winter. The zucchini that I stole from the squash bugs was rationed between the four of us.
The tomatoes? Oh, the tomatoes. I had a lovely tomato sandwich courtesy of my husband's co-worker. Maybe the most delicious I have ever eaten. You are wondering about my tomatoes? Well, so am I. There were a few that survived the desert conditions but not many. There will be no fresh-tasting salsa, no tomato soup. There will be no pasta sauce (although my basil THRIVED!) and no canned tomatoes.
Today, I have tilled under the last of my summer disappointment and I begin dreaming once again. This time, dreaming of greens and broccoli, spinach and kale. I pray the heat weakens and winter takes it's time arriving. There is still hope......in the Fall Garden.
Monday, July 6, 2015
I am excited to have placed my first order with My Patriot Supply.
I'm not much on the Zombie Apocalypse theory but....
I do believe in being prepared for emergencies!
If the BIG ONE ever hits the New Madrid fault line, I want to have some emergency supplies.
If another tornado rips through and we are out of power....I want some supplies!
Do you remember the ICE STORM in 1994? How long were we without power? I want to be able to feed my family.
Check out My Patriot Supply. You don't have to spend a lot of money. You can get a 72-hour kit for about $20!
Friday, May 29, 2015
Step in. The aroma is the first thing to touch your senses. Subconsciously it takes you to other places, it relaxes your body and mind. It is amazing what just a scent can do.
With names like Serenity, Tranquil, and Sparkling Rain, Renuzit understands this and has created an oasis for the senses with its Pearl Scents.
Interested in knowing more? Check out their facebook page here and email me at email@example.com. A drawing will be held for coupons for free Renuzit Pearl Scents.
Also, I have to tell you, I received these products free in exchange for my honest feedback. Everything you read here is my honest opinion.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
“Hey, I need you” were the words that made my heart race. I knew something was wrong when I heard the phone ring. Call it a Mother’s instinct or whatever, but I knew.
Josh and his best friend, Josh R., had left for work about 15 minutes earlier. It was really raining and I had received a text from Josh R.’s Mom telling me that water was standing on the roads. The boys were driving separate vehicles so I called my Josh to tell him about the road conditions and tell him to be careful. Five minutes later he called me.
“Hey, I need you”.
“Why?” I asked but I was already running to get my shoes.
“I’m in a ditch on the side of the interstate.”
“Are you hurt?” I’m frantically looking for my keys.
“No, I’m ok”
“Don’t move. I’m on my way.”
The lights and tv were on. The cat was in the house. My hair unbrushed and still wearing glasses instead of contacts, I ran to the car. It was still pouring down rain and I had to remind myself that I would be of no help to my son if I wrecked on the way to him.
By the time I arrived, I had talked to him two more times. I knew that he either hydroplaned or had a front-tire blowout. I knew that he was not hurt and the car seemed to be ok. I knew that no other vehicles were involved but mainly, I knew that he was ok.
Pulling to a stop, I jumped out of the car and hugged my son in the pouring rain. Nothing else mattered. He was in one piece. He was ok.
I must have been a sight because the police that showed up on the scene asked if it was my car. I said no, it’s my son’s. After hearing the story, the young black police officer put his arm around my shoulder and squeezed. Even now, that small gesture brings tears to my eyes. It was a sincere act of compassion on his part and it touched me deeply.
Mom and Dad arrived a few minutes after I did. We decided to leave the car until the rain slowed. Josh and I headed to their house to calm down a little and honestly, we just needed the strength and comfort that their home offers.
It was then that I began to get the details of what happened and understand how the hand of God had been on my son. As I said, it was raining heavily. Josh hit a water pocket and began hydroplaning. He did a 360 in the middle of the highway, by God’s grace there was no traffic close to him. He slid off the right side of the interstate, opposite the side of the road lined with metal posts and fencing. He skidded sideways up a 30 foot embankment and landed nose first into the ditch, facing the road.
There was no impact, so the airbags did not deploy. There were no obstructions so there was no damage to the car except a flat tire. There was nothing to cause injury to my son.
As the Joshes walked out of my house that morning I prayed, “God, watch over my boys” (the second Josh is technically not mine but he's one of the many boys that have a special place in our family, so I consider him mine.)
This was a vivid reminder that I do not control the things that happen in my life. Neither do I control the things that happen in my kids’ lives. While I try to do what’s best for them and I try to “control” the things I can, ultimately there is not ONE thing that I can do on my own. Now, this is not a new concept but something that I obviously needed a refresher on. I am a Christian. I have given my life to Christ. He alone has control over all and I trust Him with that. I told Josh on the way home from church today how very thankful I am that God watched over him and kept him safe (I’ve told him this at least a dozen times in the last 24 hours) but I also explained that even if things had turned out differently…if he had been injured….if the car was totaled….if…if…if…God would still have been in control and I still put my complete faith and trust in Him. That’s a hard thing but if I trust Him, I must trust Him completely.
I do. I falter, but I do. I am human, but I do. It is a choice. I do.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
I wrestled with the idea of raising rabbits for several years. We already have chickens and we are not quite ready to move up to large animals yet. So, rabbits seem to be a perfect fit for us.
We purchased our first trio of rabbits almost 2 years ago. The trio consisted of 2 New Zealand White does and 1 New Zealand White buck. A few weeks later, we added 2 additional New Zealand White does. My husband built a beautiful rabbit hutch to house them in and I had a favorite new hobby.
|The tarps are rolled up in nice weather and down to block wind or rain|
I fell in love with the rabbits and started learning all I could about them. I learned about various breeds and which were best for different things. I learned which ones were rare or almost endangered. I quickly began making a mental list of the different breeds I would like to have. I didn't share my list with my husband though! :)
|Notice the use of feed bags to help block the wind and cold. Recycle, Reuse!|
The beautiful hutch that my husband built turned into a double hutch!
I decided that I would like to add some Silver Fox rabbits to our growing rabbitry. They are beautifully colored and multi-purpose rabbits. They are also considered "threatened" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. I found a local breeder that had a Silver Fox buck for sale and made arrangements to purchase a couple of Silver Fox does from Ohio and have them transported here. I will make a very long story short and just say that we now have one purebred Silver Fox buck and one purebred Silver Fox doe. I have found that everything I read about them is true. They are big, beautiful, and have very sweet dispositions.
|Cozy Baby Bunnies|
In my continuing research I began running across pictures and stories about Rex rabbits. At first they did not interest me but the more I read and the more pictures I saw, I became intrigued. I began actively looking locally for a Standard Rex but was having trouble finding one. I joined Rex Rabbits for Sale on Facebook and found a breeder that it is about 30 minutes from me. I contacted him and we arranged to meet the very next day and I came home with this beautiful Chocolate Rex doe.
Her fur is thick and feels like velvet. She is super sweet and doesn't mind being cradled like a big baby. My next goal is to add a Rex buck so we will have Rex babies.
|Coco is my Chocolate Rex|
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I know that it is already February but it's still a new year, right? I think about my blog often and wish I had time to sit down and write. I have a lot that I would like to share with you but I do not have a lot of time.
I thought that maybe I should change the name of the blog because my focus is no longer coupons and such but as I pondered it, I realized that almost everything I do is to save money. Yes, the way I go about it has changed, but the goal has not. I think now it has become more of a way of life than just a hobby.
So, the blog will go on as Saving My 2 Cents but the content will change some. I want to share more about how we live. Things like.... canning.... our animals... our garden.
There will still be some grocery hints and coupons thrown in. In fact, I have a great product that I am trying now that I will be sharing with you later so keep an eye out.