Indoor Drying Rack/Room

It didn’t take long after moving out of my parents’ house and in with my then-fiancé, now-husband to realize how expensive everything is. Groceries, household needs, rent, utilities, etc.

The utilities were the WORST!!! Mainly because they varied from month to month. Two ways we thought of to save money: no dishwasher and use a dish rack; and using our spare bathroom as an indoor drying rack. We did have a clothesline on our balcony, but Management made us take it down. You can read about that in this previous posts here and here.

Using a second bathroom as an indoor drying rack is a good way to save on the electric bill. We have since moved out of our first apartment, and the house we are renting has the space for a clothesline underneath the carport and we use the second bathroom as an indoor drying room on the days that it rains continually.

This was our second bathroom at the apartment.

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This is our second bathroom at our house now. These racks also get moved out onto the pool deck for drying purposes, when it isn’t raining.

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We also have a clothesline under the carport. This is a cool picture I got one morning. My husband’s work clothes had been on the line since the day before and the morning dew was steaming off them.

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So even if you’re in an apartment, if you really look, you can find a way to have a clothesline. And if you don’t have one, I recommend it, especially is you live where is it sunny and hot most of the time. Why pay to use electricity to dry your clothes when Mother Nature will do it for you for free?

© Cori Large June 7, 2015

 

Examples of “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without”

This is one of my favorite phrases. I try to live my life encompassing the Depression-era wisdom. Here are five CRAFTING way I’m living up to this phrase.

  1. Cotton Scrap-ghan

The cotton comes from all the leftover cotton yarn from when I’m knitting dishcloths, scrubbies, or kitchen sets. Any yarn that isn’t enough to make a scrubbie (the smallest cotton project) gets added to my scrap bins. All the cotton scraps are tied together in the order I use them or receive them (some of the yarn is donated by my fellow crafters). Currently, it sits on a pair of circular knitting needles, but that will soon change.

The cotton scrap-ghan has gone through two revisions, and will very soon be going through its third. I found a fun new pattern that I’m testing out on other yarn, before I tear this one out again. It is the Frankie Brown 10 Stitch blanket, which can be found on Ravelry.com.

My husband thinks I’m nuts for wanting to tear it out again, but the 10 stitch pattern will allow for blocks of color, not just lines where you might be able to see something.

  1. Acrylic Scrap, 1.0 oz or more

When I receive an acrylic yarn, I weigh it to determine if I can use it for my Pieces Afghan (explained below) or if it will get put straight into the acrylic scrap-ghan. If I have 1.0 oz or more of acrylic yarn, I knit as many squares as I can for the Pieces Afghan. A quick aside about my Pieces Afghan. It is my knitter’s answer to the crocheted Granny Square afghan. I use scrap yarn to knit as many squares as I can and when there’s not enough yarn for another square, it goes to my other acrylic scrap-ghan.

  1. Acrylic Scrap, less than 1.0 oz

I currently have a Frankie Brown 10 stitch blanket going that is an acrylic scrap-ghan. It is made up of greens, browns, tans, cameos…very boyish. This is my practice one to see if I can master the pattern and get the mitered corners right.

I have other scrap yarn that is waiting to be knit up into its own scrap-ghan. The next one, if I don’t jump to redoing the cotton scrap-ghan, is a brighter colored one: blues, pinks, purples.

  1. Worn Out Clothes Quilt

This quilt is more a concept at the moment. I have lots of fabric scraps from fabric I learned to sew on 20 years ago, and fabric from worn out pajamas from both my husband and me. My intention is to cut all the fabric I can into 3-5 inch squares, piece it all together, and one day, make a king size quilt out of it.

  1. Floor pillow of thrums, fabric scraps, etc.

This is another sewing project that is still in concept mode, but will hopefully come to life before long. I want to make a floor pillow or tuft. The outside may also be a quilted one, made up of the scraps from the above piece, but I’m unsure yet. I do an up-cycle plan for all the stuffing. I’ve been saving all the thrums and fabric scraps from my other projects, and my crafting friends have been contributing to it as well. I plan on using all of this to stuff the pillow. Currently, I have ½ a garbage bag full.

So those are my crafting ideas. If you’d like to try it, have at it!

© Cori Large April 11, 2015

March 2015 Meat Haul

Back Story: There’s a local meat market that does really good bulk deals. My husband and I had gotten a few of the smaller deals when we lived in our apartment, and joked that one day we were save up for Meat Deal #8.

After we moved into our house, he brought it up again. Problem. Meat Deal #8 equaled out to 120 pounds of meat products. The freezer in our refrigerator would only hold a small portion of that order, and that’s if meat was the only thing in the freezer.

So we saved up and bought a 10 cubic foot chest freezer. And a week later, I had placed the order (you need to give 24 hours’ notice) and set the pickup time for 8 am Saturday morning.

Just so everyone knows how much meat we’re dealing with, Meat Deal #8 consists of:

8 lb.s T-Bone steaks                                                                        8 lbs. Top Sirloin Steaks

8 lbs. cubed steak                                                                            8 lbs. ground beef

8 lbs. pork steaks                                                                             8 lbs. country style pork ribs

8 lbs. assorted pork chops                                                            6 lbs. Boston butt pork roast

3 lbs. rolled sausage                                                               5 lbs. chicken wings or split breasts

5 lbs. chicken drumsticks or thighs                                            5 lbs. smoked sausage

3 lbs. hot dogs                                                                                   3 lbs. bologna

3 lbs. of bacon

AND!!! 1-40 lb. box of chicken leg quarters comes FREE with Meat Deal #8.

It took about 2 hours to break everything down and repackage it in more manageable quantities. Here’s what we ended up with:

8 bags of cubed steak (2 steaks per bag)

5 pkgs of ground beef (1.75 lbs. per pkg)

7 bags of T-bone steaks (2 steaks per bag)

5 Top Sirloin steaks (individually packaged)

4 pkgs of bologna

3 bags of chicken drumsticks (5 drumsticks per bag)

12 bags of chicken leg quarters (2 legs per bag)

3 bags of chicken wings (5 wings per bag)

4 pkgs of hot dogs

5 pkgs of bacon

8 bags of boneless pork ribs (3 ribs per bag)

2-3 lb. Boston butt pork roasts (individually packaged)

7 bags of pork chops (2 chops per bag)

7 bags of pork steaks (2 steaks per bag)

5 pkgs of smoked sausage

Additional meats that are in the chest freezer, but not part of this meat haul:

1.5 lbs. ground beef

2 rolls of Jimmy Dean sausage meat

25 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breasts

25 lbs. of chicken tenders

The whole point of this exercise is to try to buy meat twice a year. I’ve typed up a complete inventory sheet and we’ll be using that to keep track of what meat we use and enjoy eating. I do know we’ll have to supplement chicken breasts and ground beef most likely.

Here’s the video link: March 2015 Meat Haul if you’d like to see all the meat before it was broken up.

© Cori Large March 11, 2015

Clothes Steaming on the Line

So I went out to hang up my husband’s work clothes that I washed last night. After I had hung them up, I went to get more clothes to wash. That is what weekends are for after all: Laundry!

When I walked back out under the carport, I saw them steaming!

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I’ve never seen this before and thought it was sooo cool! Hope everyone has a lovely day!

Admitting Defeat

To some this may not seem like a big deal, but tonight was the first time in a year I’ve used my dishwasher.  When Philip and I decided to start saving money, we decided to stop using the dishwasher and dryer, and hand-wash all the dishes and line dry our clothes.

Philip asked me if I needed him to do anything and I responded with “Clearing out the dishwasher so I could load it up and run it.” (FYI the dishwasher has been where we’ve stored extra baking dishes.)

He responded with “Are you serious?”

“I don’t know…yes.”

I will admit that it was nice to load it up and only have a fewe things to hand wash because they’re not dishwasher safe. BUT! I feel like I should have sucked it up. My mom warned me this day would come. I just figured it would be after Philip and I had a couple of kids and we were running ragged. No offense to my mommy friends who don’t have dishwashers.

Okay, I’m done with my selfish semi-pathetic rant.

Clothesline Update #1

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how fiancé and I put up a clothesline. My idea was that it would save us money on our electric bill. Right now I’m having to get used to only doing one load at a time. I’ve been used to getting all my laundry done in a day. Don’t have the space for that goal YET! Maybe one day.

We received our next electric bill. Unfortunately, we did not save anything. However, this can be attributed to that fact the weather dropped to the 40s and we had to turn the heater on 4 days in a row. Never again! I’ll pile all the blankets we have on the bed instead of turning the heater on.

Here’s a picture!

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Now onto Month 2 with clothesline! Hopefully the weather will cooperate in more that one way (no rain, not cold) and I’ll be able to report success next time.

© Cori Endicott March 2013

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