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Forgive me I’m Frugal

Nearing the end of April with Tim Horton’s cups everywhere and now people have taken to emptying their pockets of pennies into the streets. 

Even though it is Friday I’m getting my weekend off to a good start. I started walking my 3 km daily ritual and can’t believe this is my first morning out since we returned from the US only 6 weeks ago.  However, like any good procrastinator I’ve a good excuse because it has been cold!

So what did I find on my morning walk?  The Island is in need of a Spring Island wide clean up and clean up day is  May 13th.  On my venture down Stockman Dr I notice that everyone already has their yard clean up done. Then right there, in my path I found a shiny new penny heads up, oh happy dance.  Then onto the lower Rd I come across an empty lot, remember (Island bloggers) the house that was up for sale “to be moved” on the lower Malpeque Rd? Well Tim Horton’s could do a info-mercial just standing on that property today with all the empty Tim Horton’s cups that are there. Onto Melody Lane my thoughts wonder to the many mornings meeting up from behind with gas powered scooter delivering the morning paper. Buddy has cut down a lot of trees on his property and I know if I take hubby with me on my next walk he will return with the truck and overload it with wood for next years burn. Passing the Petro Canada is tricky as people are not doing the speed limit when they are coming off of Route 2 turning into Robin’s Donuts and I avoid becoming a hood ornament.

 Then passing in front of the Irving Tim Horton’s I notice a handful of pennies, remembering my grand-dad who always called them coppers.  Yes, I bent down and picked them up only to walk another 10 feet or so and find another pile this one with dimes in it, oh lucky day.  Then If I didn’t find another pile in the middle of the road and yet another pile of coopers  beside the sidewalk in front of the Tim Horton’s.  Now I have to wonder just what am I going to do with all these pennies, I couldn’t resist picking them up.  

Knowing very well that a few things changed while I was away and one of them being the phasing out of the Canadian Penny.  So what do you do with all your leftover pennies

Well you could make a necklace

Or a picture frame

A penny car

Or if you have plenty how about a floor or wall?

I noticed that the stores don’t seem to be charging you the penny or they will round up and give you back your change without the pennies.  

Either way if people keep throwing handfuls of pennies out their windows, and I keep picking them up, I’ll need to make a floor or wall.

Happy Friday, Cindy




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What would Christmas be without tea / coffee scrapbooking and a tree? Christmas Tea Welcome to my #6th tea time Tuesday. I’ll be joining Sandi over at Rose Chintz Cottage as Tuesday is a great time for tea.

Missing  my daughter Jennifer in NC a lot this week and I have been thinking about her. 

Again I looked through my collection of tea cups and didn’t find anything close enough to a Christmas tree or poinsettia on a tea cup, however, being the scrapbooker I am and not wanting to miss out on today’s special tea with Sandi I am joining in.

bell cup The studio called me early this morning for I had a project and mission in mind.  It is Christmas and to celebrate we share, care, and give blessings to one another.  I thought about going out this week with the little or no money I have and purchasing a tea cup and saucer to share with you all.  Then when I didn’t do that I wasn’t going to post this morning.  I’m glad I’m frugal and fun all in one and that is what makes me a special grandma….I had better hurry up as I”m on duty at 8:15 this am.


This is a coffee cup I’m sharing today and it is lovely adorned with poinsettias and bells.


Christmas cup and saucer

Yesterday was a beautiful day on Prince Edward Island and my mind kept going back to what I was going to show for my hard work all week.  With my grand-daughter Ana around even scrapbooking has been a little bit of a challenge as she is at the age where, “I wanna do it.” So I have put a number of thing on the back burner so to speak.  


Christmas SeaGlassOh, I was saying about the beautiful day yesterday and anyway a voice came to me, my husbands asking if we could go beachcombing as there might not be many days like this left.  I figured I’d think about my tea cup situation while driving in the car and have a beautiful array of candles, cakes, and tea cups for eye candy bliss today.  So instead of cakes I would like to share this piece of seaglass found on the beach here in PEI.  

scrapbooking christmas mini album

Before I go I’d like to also share with you a scrapbooked mini tree that I have been working on. I had a gazillion pictures of the kids growing up and at Christmas each year and they sat like everyone’s in a box.  This year I wanted to share so I made a centre piece that stands 12 inches tall and has 5 rings down the spin and all kinds of memories of Christmas past.


Thank you for coming along on my tea time adventure I’m having coffee this early morning and by the time Ana goes down for her nap I’ll be back reading about your Christmas Tea.

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