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Frugal Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the giving of thanks.  The Pilgrims gave thanks to God for enabling them to grow food in the New World so they could stay in the New World and worship God as they believed the Bible showed them, they should.

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we should celebrate with sense.   Do not make 5 different vegetable dishes if only two are needed.   Freeze extra leftovers do not just throw them away.  Have Thanksgiving at home and not at a restaurant so you can enjoy all the leftovers.

Boil down the turkey carcass or the bone from the ham after the majority of the meat has been eaten.  Boil the bones until the marrow is out of them to make broth for soup.  A healthful broth will gel when cooled.

Spend time with family.  Eat the delicious meal together and then stay to play cards or a game. Spend time purposing to be grateful and giving thanks to God and others around us!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Fancy or a Fixer Upper?

A few decades ago, many young Americans looking for their first house were interested in finding a “fixer upper.” A house that needed some work, but could be improved by working to repair it on the weekends. We recently had our house appraised. The appraiser told me that today’s buyers are looking for houses with what she called “bling!”
She said, “Most people want to buy houses with everything in perfect order and many nice extras like a refrigerator with an ice dispenser.” Does the modern young American want a house solely to show off what their money can buy?
What about the personal satisfaction one derives from having painted a room with the colors you, yourself selected? What about your personal creative experience when you decorate a room using your own unique ideas?
Not only will buying a house that needs work save you money, but you will become a better person as you work hard and make some sacrifices by fixing up your own home.