Hello to all you thrifty Not Spenders!
Let me share my Creative Not Spending with you!
I have forced myself to go outside and get fresh air. As well, I live in an old house with plenty of air circulation and we have not been sick all winter. Our children grew up in old, drafty houses and they were rarely sick. I believe this is key (not THE key) to a healthy family.
According to goodrelaxation.com:
I am experimenting with getting more efficient in the food department. I have a system of cooking one big chicken or roast on Saturday or Sunday and using it for meals all week, culminating with soup. I will be sharing my system soon, including cost and recipes, time and hints on great ways to repurpose food, (use leftovers).
There were many years that I waited for spring to come and then realized that I pretty much missed it when I finally got out to the garden in June! I have planted seeds indoors this week and am looking forward to planting outside 'as soon as the soil is workable' as it says on the package of cabbage seeds.
Last fall we had a late frost and I got to see which plants just loved the cool weather: cabbage, kale, swiss chard, radishes, beets, lettuce (oh the lettuce was beautiful!) carrots, and some of the flowers: pansies, calendula, and California poppies and more that I can't remember.
This was a good lesson for me. Some plants just can't take the heat and some plants just can't take the cold. I must respect their personalities. (Which one are you?)
Also, I am propagating coleus, Geranium, Dusty Miller, and other annuals with cuttings. I had kept these plants over winter and want to have a lot more. I'm excited to have free plants for my landscaping projects and can have these for mass plantings with no cost! Want to know more? Go to Mother Earth News Easy Plant Propagation:
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/plant-propagation-zmaz08amzmcc. I love Mother Earth News...one of my favorite magazines!
Lastly: even if it's cold out, I can hang my clothes on the line outside with our dry weather. I love the smell of the fresh clothes, especially the sheets and towels. I like to dry the heavy jeans and towels.. no cost using the dryer and it gets me out in the fresh air - once to hang the and once to take them down. I hear spring birds, have seen a robin, noticed the flocks of blackbirds and I breathe deeply while at the clothes line. Did you know that 'in the olden days' before dryers, women would hang their clothes out in freezing weather? The clothes 'freeze dried' and they would bring the clothes in and iron them to complete the drying process. Aren't we blessed to have a choice?!
Have you tried my Honey Granola? It's crunchy and lightly sweet, easy to make!
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