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20 Jul

Buttermilk Falls

I have lived in the flat state of Florida for 11 years,  each year I visit NY state and have a great time.  This year, I decided to visit my Aunt in Ithaca and take a 3/4 mile hike up Buttermilk Falls.  With my three boys.  All under 6.  One was 18 months, in a backpack, on my back.  I’m not sure what I was thinking.  This was a very steep climb, my 3 year old was having a tough time, I was having a tough time.  It was a hard climb, especially with a 25 lb toddler strapped to my back.  We pushed and pushed, positive we had gone the 3/4 mile, no way 3/4 of a mile would take THIS long!  We checked our map and were sure we were close, so kept pushing.  We got to a point, checked our map again and thought maybe we had figured wrong and may have quite a bit more to go.   There was a couple there trying to figure it out too.  I decided I couldn’t push my 3 year old any more (maybe myself a bit too….)   and it looked like it might rain, we decided to turn around.

We got to the bottom of the trail and headed over to the middle of the bottom of the falls and we see the couple we had seen on the trail.  They said the bridge that crossed the waterfall was just up the trail from where we turned around and the trail that went down the opposite side of the waterfall was much more beautiful than the way up.

The Way Up

What a great lesson.  I won’t be able to make this trip for at least another year, I missed out on the best part of the hike because I didn’t push it just a bit more.

Jeremy and I have been going through a really tough time financially.  We were both getting to the point asking how long is this going to take, how bad is it going to get, a bit of frustration coming on.   We have had so much clear direction to trust God and rest in him and we know He has given Jeremy amazing talents to use, we’re just not sure of the next step.   It’s been 40+ days since he lost work.  Prior to losing about 95% of our income,  our finances had been pretty much drained for other reasons.  It’s been tough.  I read this post this morning and it hit me.   We have made it through the hardest part,  hiked up the steepest sections, been faithful. Now, we are leveling out and just around the corner is rest at the top, a cool drink and a beautiful view!   Don’t give up and take the same way back you came from!

 

“Free” Chicken Wings

19 May

My husband’s engine  on his truck that he loves dearly went a few weeks ago.  That combined with some other extra expenses and  hiccups in income, are encouraging us to become creative with our thriftiness, getting that truck up and running as soon as we can.

One thing I do is use whole chickens.  I often roast one for a meal and have leftover for soup or a thrifty chicken dish like this.  Then I use the bones for stock.  Another trick to get even more out of one of these little guys is,  taking off the wings, I take them off before I cook the chicken, split them and throw them in a ziplock. You get 4 pieces off of each chicken.  I use at least 2 chickens a month, so in two months, I have 16 chicken wings to cook up.  Easy as that!

I’ll probably have some more good money saving tips coming up, I’m getting pretty good at making breads, not eating out, preparing menus, so some of this should be coming soon!

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