I know it's Monday, so technically it's "Frugal Monday" but it seemed odd to say Monday and then potentially have another post on Friday in the same week for some reason, dumb though that reason is.
Anyway, to get down to the point of the post. Guess what?!? More stuff broke!!!
I'm stuck in this weird Twilight Zone type of feeling right now and I'm not sure why. There is this sense of unreality to how things keep breaking around here, panic about not being able to afford to replace and/or fix some of them and just a general sense of overwhelm right now.
This week we added to "The Breakening" list...
- The truck's alternator
- The carpet cleaner
- The downstairs sink drain
- A ladle (luckily that is fixable I'm pretty sure as the handle just popped off)
- More than a few articles of my clothes (it's kind of nuts how many items I had this week just plain give up and die on me, which was really sad because of a few of the items, especially some of my t-shirts, were super comfy and I really liked them).
We need to fix the truck somehow, which the new alternators can't really be rebuilt with a factory kit, so buying a new alternator is your only real option, which the alternator for the truck is going to cost about 200.00 to replace. This next pay period is our "short" pay period due to the mortgage coming out of it, so not a good time for the truck to have any type of problem. And then the one year raise came through for my husband, it wasn't much (every little bit helps, though, I'll be the first to look at that silver lining) and with how little we have in the bank after paying bills and getting groceries...it's rough on the morale. My husband has, once again, been going back to the worry that maybe he'll have to quit this job, even though he really likes it, just because we can't really get ahead on what he makes. And while I normally try to remain positive as much as I can about things, this week it was hard to argue much with his worries as I have them to. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes I guess and pray for the best. At least this happened over summer break so I don't have to worry about getting the kids to school.
I did manage to wrestle some good from the week, however, so let's get to that.
1. I managed to KIND of fix the carpet cleaner. It kept breaking suction when cleaning and would just start free wheeling and revving WAY too high. I flipped it over, after realizing that I had to try and fix it somehow as with the son in the house, and I'm sorry the second idea I had to use the husband's Shop Vac with a lot of scrubbing with my scrub brush and carpet cleaner by hand just didn't seem like a viable option at the moment, and got to work trying to figure out what could be wrong with it. Turns out a lot of the rubber gasket type of material around seals is going and then on top of that the brush housing is cracked. After some experimenting I figured out that I need to keep the tank at least 1/4 to 3/4 full to avoid the carpet cleaner sucking air and breaking it's vacuum seal with the carpet and then I also have to make sure to use an entire tank of water at one time because if I park the carpet cleaner upright now the gaskets leak and the water from the clean water tank immediately starts to pour out onto the carpet. So, it's an interesting tight rope I walk as I'm cleaning carpets at the moment, but I'm getting there. Got the living room about 1/3 of the way done the last couple of days (which believe me with how bad the carpet gets with my son in the house, this is a good amount of progress!).
2. Grocery shopping was minimal this week. I got some milk, some soda and some chewable Benadryl and that was about it other than prescriptions for the son. I did end up ordering some Curel Itch Defense lotion from Amazon along with my husband's acid reflux medicine (I cancelled and reordered when I realized that Alvah was nearly out of the lotion and they didn't have the small tubes on Subscribe and Save anymore, instead I had to buy a big bottle of the stuff as an "add on" item). My husband had gotten a 10.00 Amazon gift card for taking the same survey for the study on autism as I had taken, so I stole the 10.00 to apply toward the order (I told him and apologized for it, but he was okay with it as he knew we needed the stuff).
3. I used up odds and end in the fridge and freezer to help stretch meals this week and to make sure that things didn't go to waste.
4. I mended some shirts of my husband's this week as well as a pair of his jeans. I also mended a couple of items for my daughter.
5. I cleaned and organized a lot this week, and I still have a ton of other things on my "to do" list to go. I'll get more into those, hopefully tomorrow, in my Monthly Goals post.
6. While sitting at therapy last week I started designing the first embroidered block for the quilt I want to make. I am using material that I've used previously to make some of the squares, so am making sure to design the blocks carefully to cover up any stains in the fabric (which with the son, let's face it, there are enough of those to work around). I'm using unbleached muslin for the embroidered square backgrounds (the super duty stuff I bought years ago will definitely be alright to use and wash a lot, but I have some thinner material that I am going to put fusible interfacing on the back of to make it a stronger fabric) and it's going to be quite the project. I'm figuring on 34 embroidered squares mixed in with solid squares. I'll get more into what the finished project's plan is hopefully in the next little bit here. I am super excited about it :). So far out of an old table cloth I made to use for the son at feeding therapy and the old couch slip cover I made for the cushions before I finished it with red covers a while back, I think I'll have a pretty good start on the quilt squares.
7. When making the quilt squares to not only save time, but also to cut more accurately (at least it is supposed to be more accurate by my old sewing books) I tore the fabric versus cutting it when making the blocks. And it worked!!! I was thrilled when I had some perfect squares instead of my usual "how did that end of the square end up 1/4 inch shorter than this end?" type of outcome. And it was much, much quicker and easier on the cutting hand :).
8. I made my daughter a skirt with materials I had on hand. I still have a couple more to make, but realized that I'm dangerously low on Guterman white thread and it's the only thread I use for an all purpose utility thread....Coats and Clark thread and my machine just lead to loads of frustration on my part and me wanting to send stern letters to the company on the quality of their product. I was going to buy another 1000 m spool at Joann's this week, but then the truck broke and well...that got put onto a back burner fast and I'll have to work it into the budget somewhere in the near future. I'm going to look through my thread and see if there are some decent old thread spools that I can use to make the last couple of skirts with. But, hey, the first one turned out cute and my daughter has been pretty much living in it since I made it, so I THINK she likes it ;).
I'm sure there's more, but it's after midnight and the son and daughter haven't let me sleep more than five hours a night all week long, so I'm pretty tired right now and am going to call it good there.
How about you? Your week go alright?