A Little Homemaking and A Little Saving 6/4

With some planning and a little grace, I got through a very busy week last week.  DD had ballet rehearsals and a recital.  We narrowly escaped a deluge of rain on the way in to rehearsals (tulle costume/make-up + rain=bad!), and while she practiced i was rewarded with a double rainbow.  Moms who aren’t looking at their phone all the time are rewarded!


I spent 5 minutes with a microfiber cloth moistened with my favorite Dr Bronner’s soap and wiped down some of our baseboards, which have just enough 1940s detail to catch the dust that doesn’t want to be vacuumed up.  I was surprised how fresh it looked afterward.

Today we are recovering from recital Saturday.  I made a loaf of Irish soda bread and we are relaxing in our sunroom with some Celtic music and views of the garden.

Irish Soda Bread

I bought myself a new weeding tool so I can work in the flower beds in the morning before it gets too hot.  I used reward points at the garden center which covered most of the cost.

I have been washing sweaters and other delicates on the hand-wash cycle in my washer and putting the items outside to dry.  It is so nice to have this done — dripping sweaters in the basement is not my favorite thing!


Spent zero time this week at CVS/Walgreen’s.  We kept a basic menu with meals like crock pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs, veggie burgers, and a take and bake pizza.  We closed out our weekly budget with leftover money as a result.

I did remember to grab my free Friday download, which is for Gummy Bears, of all things!


This week I read the graphic novel “Real Friends” by middle-grade author Shannon Hale.

The memoir chronicles Shannon’s journey negotiating friendships during her childhood in the 70s.  If you played “Charlie’s Angels” as a kid, you will relate to her story!

If you have a tween/teen in your life, this is a must-read.  This story also touches on anxiety and living with a family member with undiagnosed differences.


My women’s Bible group finished our study of Beth Moore’s 2 Timothy and we had a dinner party at a member’s spacious home.  Had I known 5 years ago that I would be in a women’s Bible group I would never have believed it, but it is powerful to talk about God with other women.  I am the youngest in the group (most have grown children) and I am learning a lot from that as well.

DD and I have been taking bike rides around our pretty village.  We saw three wild turkeys on someone’s lawn and I have admired all the varieties of iris currently blooming.  Biking is also a great way to teach your young person the rules of the road.  Those who have been long-time readers of my blog will be glad to know we are getting good use out of the bike I wrote about in “From Prudent to Extravagant”!




9 thoughts on “A Little Homemaking and A Little Saving 6/4

  1. rgcornish

    Sitting in my hospital room this morning after being admitted last night with pneumonia, and your blog post was a double rainbow to my day. How I love all those things you wrote about…the things I love too…Celtic music, Irish soda bread, Beth Moore Bible stiudies, good children’s books, ballet recitals and freebies! Absolutely wisked me away for a moment. Thanks so much!

    1. Jen Post author

      Gen, I am so sorry to hear your are in the hospital, but I hope they will be able to get you on the mend soon. I will say a prayer for you.
      Beth Moore bible studies certainly give your Bible a workout! Next fall we hope to start her study of Esther.
      My soda bread recipe almost feels a bit more English than Irish… it’s a little like a large scone.
      I know you love all things English, too… you would enjoy the book “The War that Saved my Life” which is set in Kent in WWII. It’s so fantastic that I have preordered the second book which comes out this fall.
      Glad I could share a rainbow with you today. Let us know how you are doing.

  2. Rob and Becky

    Sounds like a great week! I’m glad things went well for your recital, as it did for ours. We also had beautiful weather, and I agree, rain plus costumes is bad news:) Glad you didn’t get any.

    1. Jen Post author

      I have to laugh that lately our weeks have been so similar, and I’m pretty sure we had hot dogs last week too!

  3. Mrs. Kate Singh

    When you say that it surprises you to be in a bible study group…or that five years ago you never would have thought…Is Christianity new to you? I like hearing peoples journey. I’m a fairly new Christian but have been searching for years.

    1. Jen Post author

      I was thinking of you tonight because there is a Punjabi in the new season of The Great British Bake off https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/1633943/who-is-rav-bansal-meet-the-new-2016-great-british-bake-off-contestant/
      Back to your question… we rarely went to church when I was a kid, though we celebrated the Christian holidays. My husband and I intermittently tried different churches but it took a long time to find one that felt inclusive and really did faith for real life. We found that church! It’s been a real boon, too, for our daughter. Several years back I experienced a work place bullying situation that was beyond anything I ever could have imagined. Have you heard the phrase “when you reach rock bottom, you realize Jesus IS the rock at the bottom”? I’m grateful for the bad experience because it forced me to turn it over to God.

      1. Mrs. Kate Singh

        I’ve never heard that saying but I love it! I was raised hard core atheist so it’s been almost 20 years of searching. Lee Strobel and his books really made it solid at last. I’ve loved Jesus for a long time and felt Him working in my life but I didn’t really get it or felt a communion with Him until a few months ago. It’s been amazing and I cry a lot…well, not so much right now. Only when I sing at church…

      2. Jen Post author

        I’ve heard of his books. I think my MIL went to see the movie too. I think it’s powerful when previously “unchurched” people like us come to Jesus on our own volition. That was Jesus’ hallmark… going after those on the fringes of proper Jewish life.

      3. Mrs. Kate Singh

        He’s vegan, interesting. We have tried vegan many times and we always end in chicken. We have a huge Punjabi population in our new town. My husband isn’t baptized so he doesn’t wear the turban. They are peaceful people and I love seeing them walking down the street in their traditional clothes. I feel like I’m in another country. Hey, by the way, I read one of your blogs about relaxing and Celtic music. I love my Celtic music on my Pandora….and my bag pipes. 🙂

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