Thursday, September 1, 2022

Hello September!

August disappeared in a whirlwind of activity and, now, here we are, off and running into September!

September promises to be a full and busy month. I have a family reunion to attend this weekend, my oldest granddaughter is getting married next weekend, the weekend after that I will be working the local fair, and Prairie Jubilee will be held the last weekend of the month.

Granddaughter Esther @ Prairie Jubilee 2018

Usually, Prairie Jubilee is held on the last Saturday of the month on even-numbered years, but, due to COVID, it was cancelled completely in 2020, so it's been four full years since a Jubilee was held at Prairie State Park. Everyone is greatly looking forward to it!

I'm still in the middle of gearing up for a low-spend September, but feel that I'm off to a good start. I think I've got everything in the house grocery-wise that I should need except for possibly a few fresh items along the way. Other than that, the only things that I anticipate having to spend money for this month is putting gas in the car, paying the regular monthly bills, paying to the get the kittens fixed (spayed and neutered), and purchasing a baby gift for a friend. Unless something unexpected comes up, my focus this month will be to make and save as much money as possible. 

I think I'm off to a good start. This morning I transferred $15.00 cash-back on purchases made through the gasoline app that I use to Paypal. From there I will have the money transferred into my bank and then into savings. (If you are interested in saving money on gasoline purchases, feel free to message me and I will send you the link to my invite code. That way we'll both save extra dollars at the pump!)

I did three loads of laundry this morning but have chosen not to run the dryer. I have hung the clothes on the back porch and am drying the towels and washcloths on a drying rack.

I'm planning September meals around food on-hand. I have a lot of frozen leftovers in the freezer and some older canned goods that need used up before purchasing more. As items are depleted, the plan is to restock with higher quality and more nutritious foodstuffs across the board.

I have decided to abandon every food plan that is not clearly based on Biblical teaching. I am currently rereading The Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy Eating by Emilie Barnes and Sue Gregg. I have Sue Gregg's complete cookbook set, as well. My husband bought them for me many years ago and it is the only food plan that he fully approved of. After much back, forth, up, down, and around (and after much soul-searching and prayer) I have decided, that, for me, this is the way to go, and that's what I'm doing. 

Rather than constantly stressing about being overweight and failing, over and over again, at diet plans and the like, I will focus on simple foods, good nutrition, and overall health instead. Just in making that decision alone I feel freer, more clear-minded, less confused, and more focused than I have in nearly a decade. 

I plan to share much more about my journey in this area and others in the days ahead, but for now, I'm out of time and must move on with my day. I hope that your day is going well and that your September is off to a beautiful start!

Until next time...

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  1. Happy September! Glad the Jubilee is back on for you. We must be a bit on the same wave length as I'm working out the details for a "sort and save" September, trying to sort things out and use what we have on hand (especially from the pantry) this month. Hope you have a fabulous holiday weekend.

    1. Happy September to you, Jean! I'm glad that Jubilee is back on, too! It feels like things are finally returning to some degree anyway. I love the idea of a "sort and save" September and I wish you well with it. The weekend has been good. I worked Saturday, went to a family reunion at Odessa yesterday, and worked a bit a the park this afternoon. Now I'm going to dig in on this house and start some new projects! Blessings for a great week ahead!

  2. I'm sorry to hear that you're having trouble, Tracy. I'm not too computer savvy, either, but will look into it (or have my son look into it) and see if we can figure out what's going on with it. In the meantime, you might send a shortcut to your desktop to make it easier to check in more often. Thanks for letting me know and I'm sorry for the inconvenience. How are things going your way these days?


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