I've been thinking on:
"If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no indifferent place." - Rainer Maria Rilke
Some financial efforts for the week:
* bought a clearance costume and a few clearance masks this week when I went to bring my Mom a meal after her surgery. The princess costume was $5.00 and will be an Adele' birthday present later this month. The masks were $3.00 each (I got two) and will be used for our homemade Renaissance Faire and as another gift.
* set aside four sandwich baggies full of Halloween candy to be used for stocking-stuffers at Christmas. (the children were none-the-wiser.)
* set aside all the trick or treat M&M bags of Halloween Candy to be used in trail mix when we don't have big bowls of candy at our disposal (though I don't anticipate THAT anytime soon)! ;-) (The children were none the wiser. I am sneaky that way.)
Can you tell I am trying to get this candy out of my reach before I gain all the weight I lost back?!? I am kind of freaking out. Candy, Candy! I want more candy! (I am such a kid...I know.)
* went to a free knitting class at the library and borrowed over a dozen books for school.
* hung jeans, sweaters and other "thick" things on the clothesline and by the woodstove. ( I am no longer hanging ALL my clothes on the line because it is too...brrrr..cold.)
* Matt called a man interested in buying old barn beams in hopes to make a few bucks AND clean up a bit more from the middle barn collapse.
* used a free Redbox code for a movie rental
* returned part of an order made last week for a refund because I ordered the wrong (more expensive thing!) I replaced it with what I actually *needed* and got A $40+ REFUND. Yay. That excess money will go toward replacing our printer whenever I can get enough cash around to do so.
* I used another free shipping code for above transaction. (This saved $6.00)
* Judah took a pair of scissors and completely massacred a library book during rest time, unbeknownst to me. The fee was almost $30.00 to replace through the library system but my kind, wonderful, understanding librarian said I could replace the book myself since it was one of theirs~ I was able to buy a copy for $4.00 on Amazon.
* roasted pumpkin seeds from our jack-o-lanterns
* roasted jack-o-lanterns after Halloween and made pumpkin puree (over 20 cups)
* harvested last four cabbages from garden
* canned last of our apple tree apples. Wound up canning 20 quarts of applesauce this go-round, making a total of 58 quarts of applesauce for the year. I also canned up 29 pints of apple butter.
* gratefully received a beautiful box of yarn and fabric from a blog reader who was cleaning out her craft room (Thanks Ulli!!)
* went to a .25 rummage sale (everything was a quarter) and got five or six things to resell at the consignment shop (including a full length wool coat), along with a set of queensize sheets for our bed and a pair of church pants for Andrew.
* picked up our bulk food order and paid for it in cash
* downloaded a free scripture song entitled "We Trust" by SeedsFamilyWorship.