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Friday, January 20, 2017

This Week in Our Home: It's All About Water!


Water is a precious resource and I've learned first hand this week how much we depend on it.  We can't survive without it. We need it to live. We need to protect our water resources and also think about what we would do if we didn't have any water available.  



Our week started with freezing rain that came down in our area Monday night. The ground was frozen so they said be careful on the roads because they could turn to ice. We made sure we were home safe and sound by the time the rain started.  Went to bed and woke up Tuesday morning to the soothing sound of rain dripping.  We realized pretty quickly that it wasn't coming from outside.  Kind of scary let me tell you.  The sump pump had quit working while we were sleeping and the little basement was filling up fast. The water was above my husband's knees!  

First we had to call a plumber to help us drain the water with another sump pump.  We do have an ER sump pump but we couldn't make it work. We were scrambling.  Total cost for the plumber was $85.00.  Then we took the sump pump back to the local hardware store where we had bought it just over a year ago. He put another part in it for free and my husband installed it.  Crisis over or so we thought. 

It was then we realized that we had another problem no water. The well that was located in the same area now needed points and new wiring ($27 for points).  A wonderful neighbor came over and helped us fix it.  It was a stressful day but we had so many blessings!  The cost alone of this disaster could have been so much bigger!   Our total cost was only $112.00!  

I was without water for one day.  It was eye opening.  We had bottled water to drink but not enough to clean anything with.  The house was a disaster with mud tracked in.  There was no cooking that day at all. 





Then, yesterday, I made it to my first Master Gardening Class yesterday and loved it. I know I'm going to learn a lot, would you just look at this large book!  It's over 1,000 pages!  

The first class was about, you guessed it, water.  Really!

Here are a few facts the instructor gave us:

The United States is number 1 in water usage.  We are reported to use waste up to 200 gallons of water a day for each person.  We waste a lot of water people.  In Florida alone they use 3,000 gallons of water for golf greens per game.

On the other hand: Sadly 3.3 million people die from water related illnesses a year.

We learned so much about our water resources: like how water drains into the landscape and how easily it is to pollute your water source if you don't know what you are doing.  I hope to give you more information as time goes on.   

I'm working on improving my preparedness if something happens to our water supply again.  I'm taking a class online over at Patsy's blog A Working Pantry.   I've been getting tips in her Facebook group on surviving with little or no water this week. Unfortunately, this class is full but maybe she'll have another one again soon.  


How long could you last without water?  Are you prepared?


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Free Kindle Books for Today 1/20/17, A Great Deal on a First Aid Kit, and Kroger's Free Friday Download!

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A Stranger On My Land - A Civil War Romance by [Hart, Sandra Merville]

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Protecting Miss Jenna: Dream Wildly Unafraid (The Lydia Collection Book 2) by [Prysock, Lisa]

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Growing the Good Life: Lessons in Parenting, Gardening, Health, and Meaningful Living by [Buehler, Alison]
Let's Grill: Texas' Best Secret BBQ Recipes by [Martin, David]


Crochet: Advanced Crochet Stitch Guide + 50 Different Crochet Projects For Beginners: (Crochet Hook A, Crochet Accessories, Crochet Patterns, Crochet Books, Easy Crocheting) by [Leach, Julianne ]

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Kindle Books for Today 1/19/17!

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Today I will be going to class so there will not be a book review probably until Saturday!  I'm going to the Master Gardening class that No Spend January has helped pay for!   So excited!  

A Promise to Believe In (The Brides of Gallatin County Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie]


Above and Beyond: A Novel of the Civil War: Romantic Military Confederate Fiction (Military Heroes Through History Book 2) by [James, Jessica]


Puppy Training 101: Everything You Need to Train Your Dog at Home, Including Step-by-Step Directions, Solutions to Common Problems, and Suggestions for ... tricks,train your dog,Puppy training books) by [Mays, Kimberly, training, Puppy]

Etsy: How To Drive Massive Traffic To Your Etsy Shop (Etsy Marketing, Etsy Business for Beginners, Etsy Selling) by [Hill, Heather, Donovan, James H.]

DIY Wood Pallet Projects: A Quick Start Guide To Making Wooden Palette Furniture - Creative Ways To Recycle And Decorate You Home! by [Powers, Francis]


101 Quick & Easy 5 Ingredient Recipes by [Steele, Victoria]





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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A JORD Watch for My One True Love Plus a Giveaway!


This is my unbiased review of a JORD watch. I was sent this watch in exchange for my unbiased review and I loved it!    


This year me and my husband will be married for 38 years! Time has just flew by.  I remember has a young woman (I was 18) looking at him and thinking what a treasure I've found.  This man is soft spoken (except when it comes to politics) and so caring.   It's the little things he does for me that makes him special.  I'm the Queen of breaking things and he's the King of fixing them!  His favorite saying is, "don't worry we'll fix it...it's no problem."  

I'm kind of ashamed to say all these years I've never actually given him a gift for Valentines day. Oh, we have celebrated so I'm not saying that. He remembers the flowers for me and I usually make a wonderful meal.  Not a bad situation.  To me though I always felt it was lacking. It's just hard for me to come up with a gift that's not a tool for him. Although let me tell you that a tool gift to him is a wonderful thing!  I've always wanted to get him something he could remember and I just don't think he is going to remember who gave him the tools!  Men can be so hard to buy for!  

So when JORD contacted me to do a unbiased review on their watches I knew I finally found the one present he will remember. This unique men's watch from JORD fits the bill.  It's such a cool watch and it's something for him to always remember me by!  He will say my wife gave me that for my Valentine's Gift one year.


Jord Watch -Vickie's Kitchen and Garden

What makes a JORD watch so unique?  It's made out of wood!   Isn't that neat looking.   I like it especially because it goes with both the jeans my husband loves to wear everyday and the dress pants when he goes out   They have many different types of wood watches to chose from including a line of women's watches!  


The face size of a JORD Watch-Vickie's Kitchen and Garden


He loved the size of the face of the JORD watch.  Big enough to see yet not too big to wear.  Perfect! 



Soft and comfortable Jord watch

What does a JORD watch feel like? Probably not at all like you might think it would. The words that came out of my husband were, soft and comfortable! 


You can enter to win a $100 gift Code towards the purchase of a JORD Watch! Also everyone that enters  before 1/27/17 will receive a $25 e gift code to use for a JORD Watch.  The code will expire on 4/30/17. You can enter here:


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Free Kindle Books for Today 1/18/17!

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Free Kindle Books for today 1/17/17 Make sure you check the price before you buy, Amazon prices can change frequently. If you don’t have a Kindle you can download your favorite Kindle Book on any tablet or smartphone with a free Kindle Reading App

Amish Valentine (Fairfield Amish Romance) by [Vail, Susan]

Amish Weddings: Amish Romance: Ellie's Homecoming (Amish Wedding Romance Book 1) by [Bayarr, Samantha]



Favorite Cake Mix Recipes by [Southern Soup Jockeys]

How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending by [Parsell, Kim]
The Wonderful Roundabout by [Olina, Mandy]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Kindle Books for today 1/17/17 Plus the Singer 7258 Sewing Machine for just $135.99!

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Love & Redemption (The Florida Irish Book 1) by [Williams, Suzanne D]


Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) by [Rawlings, Naomi]


Essential Oil Recipes: One Drop at a Time by [Arnold, Brandy Jones]


Guacamole Recipes: The Ultimate Collection - Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes by [Doue, Jonathan]


Air Fryer Cookbook: 35 Healthy, Delicious, Quick and Easy Air Fryer Recipes for Easy Living by [Herman, Rachel]



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