|We have the most wonderful bulletin boards at church! Had to take a photo!|
I took this week off from work and spent quite a bit of time cleaning and resting and just enjoying a break. Back to work in force next week with a series of meeting and prep for spring classes, though, so I'm very grateful for the break!
I'm so grateful that my treatments for my chronic shingles (or post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN) have been really helping and I have more energy than I have probably had for three or more years. I do have to be careful - taking care to eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep (the last one is the most important!). I overdid it a couple of days so I spent the others reading and napping and doing "light" things that I could do without much physical stress on my body.
So, here's the run-down of all the thing we've done this first week of 2016 in the "frugal" realm:
* I baked four loaves of French Bread, granola, and cinnamon roll ring (in place of a King Cake for Epiphany). We also made homemade pizza and breadsticks, homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade corn chowder, and garlic bread.
* I mended three pairs of pants for my son, a pair of pajama pants for my daughter, and a dress for myself.
* I made two birthday gifts for my husband.
* I started three birthday gifts for a brother-in-law and two sister-in-laws.
* I completely cleaned out and reorganized my sewing/craft area. It desperately needed it (it was basically an unusable space for quite a while) and now I have a nice work space and have a much better idea of what I have and what I need. I made a list of partially done projects and things that I have all the materials to make.
* I washed my kitchen cabinets, my dining table and chairs, and our piano with Murphy's Oil Soap.
* I scrubbed the all the hard-surface non-wood floors in our house.
* I scrubbed my entire refrigerator. I really need to do this more often!
* I cleaned out and inventoried both freezers and the pantry and put together a menu for the month of January using what we have in the house. I do need to buy a few things and will try to stock up but I'm planning to keep within our pantry challenge budget this month for certain!
* My husband and I went through our goals for the year together. We printed out some things to keep us on track with a couple of goals and we put a few things in place to make this work!
* We spent $12 and change on groceries this last week - apples, shortening, onions and eggs. We have approximately $67 left for the month for groceries and toiletries to meet our $80 goal or $37 if I'm shooting for the $50 goal.
* I read a couple of books that we already owned.
* We returned several books to the library and checked out several more.
* We watched several shows online for free.
* My husband ordered several books online for his Ministry Collection. He has a budget for books from his current Residency and will be reimbursed for all of them. These books will a good foundation of his library when he has his first congregation.
What did you do this week?