Saturday, February 28, 2009

Planning Ahead

It is a rainy Saturday morning around here. I love mornings like this. For whatever reason mornings like this make me slow down. I just sort of want to curl up with my coffee and my Bible study and NOT do anything else. But I have children, so that doesn't last as long as I would like. :)

This morning, I'm planning my week. All the things I need to do for our day to day commitments are taken care of and right now, I'm thinking about summer. Specifically what I can do now to prepare for summer, and then the fall.

Something I've been thinking quite a bit of lately is planning ahead. This verse has been running in my mind for about a month.

Proverbs 6:6-8 "Go to the ant O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise. Without having any chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her bread in the summer and gathers her food in harvest."

And then God throws this one in there.

Proverbs 31:27 (really the whole passage, but particularly verse 27) "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness."

Did that sting you as bad as it did me?

Oh I could write a book about that verse 27. :) Far too often "idle" could be an adjective to describe me.

Anyway...planning ahead... get ready to laugh out loud.

I think that this year, I'm going to expand our patio garden a little. I about choked yesterday at the store when Chloe told me what our total was BEFORE we left the produce section. It was ridiculous. Fruits and veggies should not cost so much.

I decided at that point that we were going to research and figure out how much we could grow in our tiny backyard. Right now...for sure we will have jalapenos (for Chad and Chloe) tomato's, and all my herbs.

On my maybe list are cucumbers and squash...I've got to research them a bit to see if I have space to grow them. Do you have any suggestions?

If I don't get my garden, or maybe better said...if nothing grows, them I'm going to find a local produce stand. I would much rather pay for homegrown produce!

Now here is my question for you.

What do you do to plan ahead? Do you have a special thing you do to save $$ on your grocery bill?

(And GA girls...I'm looking for a CHEAP table for our can be in rough shape too if you know of anyone wanting to get rid of an old piece of patio furniture let me know!)

My heart is thinking spring/summer and Chad just informed me that we may get snow in the morning. I guess I'm going to through together a pot of soup and send Chad out for a gallon of milk. ;) AND ONE MORE LOAF OF BREAD!!! Wouldn't want to run out if we have a have to love the south.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Still Learning said...

It is cold and rainy today!! Yesterday too. Miss Stephanie have I got the site for you. You HAVE to sign up and download her FREE e book. I went to her seminar a couple of weeks ago at a local church and it was amazing. I have cut a $100 a week off our grocery bill so far and I have only just started doing what she says. I got her book too. Just last week alone I saved $16.50 from coupons I downloaded from her site and sites from the actual companies I knew I was buying from. Also, we started a garden last year and we had all the tomatoes, squash, zucchini and turnips we wanted. Bell peppers too. Very easy and oh so worth it. I want to try strawberries this year. I also started buying frozen veggies too. Less expensive but stil healthy unlike the canned stuff. I should shut up now because I could go on about the coupon mom, she is the lady on Oprah and the news shows. She lives in Marietta too.
I realized and posted back in Jan. on my blog that lack of planning caused my family more turnoil than anything so we have been working hard on that one. Much more easier to plan ahead. Good luck with those veggies and the people at Home Depot will give you all the advice you need. Also, check Craigslist for the furniture. Lots of people I know use it and swear by it.
I'm going to go clean now which cold rainy days always make me want to do. Fun fun.

Patty said...

I am not sure if you read my post last weekend but I, too, am going to have a kitchen garden. I guess I should probably not call it that because right now I am thinking of tomatoes and peppers etc...

I think God is calling us back to that...we don't know how the ecomony is going to look today much less a year from now but God knows and He is calling us to prepare and do these things.

Last year, I looked at the Salvation Army and they had patio furniture, in good shape and really cheap. Just an idea.

We are supposed to get snow tomorrow and I bought milk yesterday but I may have to get more bread. LOL

Love you,

BethAnne said...

I just heard we may be getting the biggest snow of the year tonight...(that would be about 2 1/2 inches I am assuming). I heard you guys could get an inch! WOW! Someone call Al Gore and let him know that the south is immune to his global far as the garden... before Kaden was born we always put out a garden.....if you want some pointers and dont have any older people who know what they are doing around, email me and I will tell you all my tips and tricks (should take 10 minutes or less, but I really do know some gardening stuff).
Lastly, I wish you were doing that contest that Fran did on her blog a week or so know, the one where you make up words with the word verification? Because my word verification for this post is "hoterds"....I could so make you laugh right now, but I will keep my comments to myself ;-)

Heather C said...

I would love to have a garden too. Unfortunately, I think my entire property is so shady that nothing would grow. :(

Planning ahead... right now I'm planning the meals out for this month. That's as far as I've gotten. *grins* But you inspire me!

Anonymous said...

Hello, we are expecting 4-8 inches of snow here in the Winston-Salem area. Good day to continue to study my Bible. Thanks for all the help you have sent my way.
Nancy in North Carolina