Well I finally got it done! Jeff and I worked together to get the antique teacup display shelf up on the dining room wall. My cousin Jeremy gave me display shelf saying that I should have it since it was made in Paris, Maine and we have strong family ties to that town and Maine in general. When he first gave it to me I did not realize exactly what it's purpose was but quickly discovered it upon a closer inspection. It is perfect because it finally allowed me to be able to safely display my grandmother's teacup collection. The ones on the bottom and middle shelves (with the exception of the rose one at the right end of the second shelf) are all hers, as is the little creamer on the top shelf. The rest are mine collected over the years because my eyes were just drawn to them. I call this a frugal win since Jeremy gave me the shelf, I had the teacups and they bring me great joy!
Other frugal doings in no particular order:
~I made a nice lemon pasta chicken that fed us for 4 meals.
~I also made a old fashioned boiled dinner with potatoes, sausage, carrots and onions...lots of leftovers that will have corned beef added to make another 2 meals over the weekend.
~We sold the bunk beds to a lovely family that are going to be doing emergency placement foster care.
~Jeff ground up a bunch of bulk coffee beans that we had been given.
~Jeff had a doctor's appointment and they are trying a new medication for his sinus issues. Luckily the little pharmacy across from the doctor's office had the medication he needed and it was just $10 so that saved him a 45 minute trip one way to Walmart.
~More loaves of bread were made.
~I watched more disaster movies on YouTube...cheap entertainment.
~We got a bigger coffee maker out to use while Josh, Lauren and Tate are here this coming week. We are all big coffee drinkers.
~I made a detailed shopping list so that I don't overspend and I don't forget anything.
~A menu plan was also figured out for the next 2 weeks since we will have lots of family here for meals. Luckily I have the makings for homemade mac and cheese, lasagna, a ham dinner and a big turkey dinner all on hand. I will use the leftover turkey for turkey pot pie and the ham for sandwiches and ham and scalloped potatoes. I almost forgot, I also have everything here to make shoyu chicken and rice too! YUM!
~I was able to consolidate all of my seeds for the garden into a large plastic container. That will make them much easier to sort through and find this Spring.
~I've been having fun learning about the meanings of our family surnames and have learned some interesting things about our family's past .
Not much else going on in the frugal department. We have been busy trying to get the house ready for the kids' visit. I still need to get the guest room finished being set up and get the pack and play all cleaned and ready for Tate. I have managed to get the kitchen floors and cabinets all scrubbed and just have the rest of the floors to do now along with the dusting and some decluttering. Hopefully we can get to most of that this weekend.