'Stay, stay at home and rest. Homekeeping hearts are happiest.' ~ Author Unknown.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

On Being 'Thrifty'........

I truly believe that there is so much we can live without, and even more that we can do for ourselves to be a bit more thrifty and less wasteful. I have been doing some canning, bing cherries for starters, and have frozen some HUGE Marionberries, and for those who live in the Midwest and on the East Coast, they are like a very large blackberry. These that I picked from a very generous neighbor, were bigger than my thumb!! But while I have been preserving and saving summers bounty to imbibe in on a cold winter's day, I have actually been filled with the spirit of 'thriftiness and self-reliance'. I WANT TO BE THRIFTY! I love work, any kind of work, but work within my homeplace is the best of all. Our family has been busy with all kinds of work: fencing, planting grape vines, quilting, cleaning, gardening, auto repairs, painting, weeding, canning/preserving, studying, serving our neighbors, and even a little playing. Sometimes playing IS work, especially when the ol' body is not wanting to move! Guess what I am trying to say is that no matter what our occupation for the day or week, being thrifty is wise.

The first paragraph in 'The American Frugal Housewife' states this:

"The true economy of housekeeping is simply the art of gathering up all the fragments, so that nothing be lost. I mean fragments of time, as well as materials. Nothing should be thrown away so long as it is possible to make any use of it, however trifling that use may be; and whatever be the size of a family, every member should be employed either in earning or saving money."

What are you doing today to be thrifty?


Blessings on your Work Day!

Shanda

5 comments:

Keeper of our Home said...

Your jars are beautiful! I love home canning. I too have been preserving away from our garden. I have put up pickles, jams, spaghetti sauces, peppers, you name it. I also have been baking and freezing zucchini breads to have come winter. Well, at this rate we keep snacking on them so it may not make it to winter. *grin*

Love your blog. It's just great!

~Mrs. M

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Those jars are pure eye candy! I do like to be frugal. I am so good at stretching the food dollar and using all the last bits of leftover to creat new dishes, soups etc. I hang clothes to dry instead of going completle through the dry cycle. I make Dh's brown bag lunch every day and he brings the brown paper bag home each night. One bag lasts a whole week!! The Amercian Frugile Housewife sounds like a good read!

hugs, Linda

Debra said...

Those cherries sure look wonderful! My garen is not producing yet but I will be preserving things when it does!!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Oh thoe look so good! Reminds of my hubby tellin me about his mom and gram taking all the kids cherry picking and then canning them!


hugs-Kath

At Home With Amy said...

Those cherries look picture perfect. What a wonderful job you have done. I wish I had time to can and the know how to do it. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
AMY