This thrift trip was FILLED with things that I had actually been looking for!  I had wanted a non disposable egg tray for our fridge eggs. $1.  One of those books was on my wish list ($1 a piece).  I literally had two travel speakers in my amazon cart, planned on asking my husband 'Which one?', and this one works perfectly for what I wanted it for ($1).  Audra has been asking for a snorkel set. This set was BRAND NEW for $10.  I wasn't really looking for the Nalgene in the carry case, but it was brand new w/ tags for $4. 

And I have been looking for a drying rack that would fit alllll our towels for the rainy summer swim days.  $7.  
Not only is it frugal to shop second hand, but most of this stuff I was going to buy new anyway. Saving the world by buying second hand. (At least that is what I tell my husband.)


It has been an 'Ice Skating' day pretty much everyday as of late.  They have been loving our backyard along the tracks. As we were wrapping up, the freight train went by and gave them a special toot and then a bald eagle flew over us at basically the same moment.  What a childhood they have!

Although Anna-Kate is still up to her same tricks...
She has been moving quite a bit more on skates! 
I dare say she is even enjoying it!  (Although she'd still bury all her efforts if offered a ride.)

Sunday vibes

 Would it really be a Maine winter Sunday without a meal cooked on and/or in the woodstove? Warm soup and homemade bread. Books by the fire a bonus.

Also made time for some mending.  See that fish flannel?  They were first LL Bean pajama pants for my husband, but got holes.  I then made them into pajama pants for Adrian. He has worn them a lot.  I have patched them twice already for Adrian. They no longer are suitable for pajama pants for him (goodbye knees!). But, I cut seven inch squares and turned two of those into reusable washcloth type cloths (which we use steadily here).  I was able to make seven.  I also used the elastic from the fish pants to replace the elastic in the frog pants (that I also made) that got too stretchy.  
Are we in a position that we financially need to be this frugal? No.  But, I like to be good stewards of that which we have. I prefer to not buy new as much as possible to lessen our footprint on this earth. Plus, I always tell them that the handmades that are sprinkled around the house are like little hugs I leave for them here and there. 

Some scraps also were for Anna-Kate.  I want to encourage her to cut anything other than her hair (which is why she now has bangs and short hair).

Happy Birthday Justin!

It's birthday day for Justin!

J: Just in time for all meals

U: Unites the family with laughter

S: Sleeps like a champ

T: Thankfulness expressed daily

I:  Inspector gadget 

N: Never in a hurry

He's one of a kind and we his antics daily! Happy 42nd birthday! 

More Skating

 Our kind neighbors invited us to skate in their backyard (thank you!). Their ice goes on and on and on.

They all went far away like this. Anna-Kate pushing her 'helper' chair.  
And they came back like this.  
This is how Anna-Kate likes ice skating best, so she says.  Being pushed and getting a ride. 
Because I insist that she actually tries a bit when we go, she is getting a bit more confident. 
Audra is good encouragement! 

Coastal Learning

 The big kids have been taking a different free virtual class (mostly science) everyday for the last two weeks. Today was about what to find in tide pools. 

They asked if they could go look for the things they learned today.  Absolutely.  How blessed are we that we can just go and tidepool whenever we'd like, provided the tides cooperative with our schedule. 

Anna-Kate was not having pictures today, but the bigs were cooperative!

Carved art

 Audra carved, sanded and oiled this wood scrap she got from our neighbors (he's a woodworker). 

It's perfect for scraping granola from the pan.  Adrian and Audra both enjoy making granola on their own. We have plenty for ourselves and the rest of the town.


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