Wednesday, June 10, 2009

How to get By

In all the how-to books that are out there they do not seem yet to have one on how to get by. At least I have not seen one. Lots of ideas on how to be frugal for people who have the money to be frugal. We are way past being frugal.
It is nice to have food in the cupboard and in the fridge and in the freezer. It is nice to have a running vehicle with good tires all round (round in more ways than one)LOL
We do not have a steady income of any sort for a very long time. What ever we can do we do. Making firewood is one of those things and today we are off to do that and for the same friends we will after we have made
four cords of firewood for them scrape and paint their log house. We have fencing to do too for our land-lady. So a little more income.
We manage to stay fed and to keep the phone hooked up which mean
s we can have internet too. Sometimes working for someone we get paid a whole tank of gas which is good too. The old beast of a truck gets thirsty and it is very good to keep its thirst wetted.
Some of the ideas in frugality books are very creative and very interesting I just can't buy the things to do the frugality thing right now. When one has $40 for a months groceries one is pretty "frugal" with what one buys. I praise the LORD for the meat we are given in exchange for work or as a gift and praise the LORD that I can cook. I think in the end if one knows h
ow to cook you can work miracles with very little ingredients. Maybe not be gourmet but very palatable. Yesterday I made a little hamburger patties with just salt and pepper added to the meat. In my cast iron dutch oven I put some potatoes, a few carrots, a couple stalks of wimpy celery and a half an onion cooked it added some vegetable juice with some ketchup and a tablespoon of some type of barbeque sauce I found in the back of the fridge,(that took a while to get out as it is the end of that bottle) put the patties on top and let it all stew slow for a little bit and we ate it up. It was a filling meal. Sometimes filling means more than super delicious.
anyways today we are off to do some firewood and somehow we have to find time to plant our 62ft x 80 some ft. garden. I have one row of my transplanted cabbages in. Lots of work to go yet there.

Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Psalm 2:11

Rejoicing in the LORD


Lisa said... inspire me!

And that hamburger meat with the carrots and wimpy celery...sounds quiet dee-lish!

I agree...some things cost a bit much to go totally frugal.

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

With your special talent for writing and your ability and creativity to get by on very little, you would be the perfect person to write that book on how to get by. I am amazed at all that you do. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Linda said...

I totally get what you mean! I get a laugh out of those articles like " Save $100 a Month on Grocery Bill". How about I buy the $100 of groceries and NOT buy the magazine? haha It's interesting what some consider a necessity and others consider a luxury or even a waste. Prices on things are so high!! Buy a can of bug spray and you can't afford toilet paper. Toilet paper wins!! haha