Sunday, July 31, 2011
At the consignment shop I found some new Birkenstocks and a pretty, colorful bangle bracelet for summer. I found a credit slip in my wallet from Goodwill (that I had forgotten about) so I stopped there....only spent $4 on a picture frame and storage 'thingie' for the bathroom. And I still have $7 in credit left. :-) I still owe one of my grandsons a BD gift so I stopped at Walmart. I decided upon a bike but wasn't sure of the size, so I'll get that later (now that I figured that out). While I was there I got hubby some new socks and me new undies (stuff we needed was on sale-so I had to get it).
Moral of story: don't shop when you are bored, you never know what you will find....it's cheaper to stay home and take a nap.
When I left the last store the sirens were going off, there was a bad thunderstorm in the area. As I drove through town the wind really picked up and it looked like a dust storm. It rained a very little. On the way home I saw these very interesting clouds over Lake Michigan, don't think I've ever seen these before. It's windy and starting to rain but I'm at the wayside taking photos with my phone. Shortly after I got home the sun came out and the evening was perfect.
Moral of this story: don't take your camera out of your purse.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I had the thin, long chain from some other idea that didn't materialize. The portion of chain with the diamonds & hexagon links is another one that I had laying around with the rest of my stash.
The other 'doo dads' that I added I had leftover from other jewelry....oh, I did buy the little clock at Hobby Lobby today on clearance. I like my triple chain necklace.
Since I have a short attention span I expect I will move on to other projects soon, so don't expect more jewelry.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Also, a dear friend of mine is facing a very difficult decision that will affect the rest of her life and that of her son.
After I got home from my walk with Kathy I stopped at the thrift store, library, and finally the grocery store. Then I came home and looked at some magazines while I sat on the deck. I found a new one: My Home My Style, it's a new magazine and has lots of great ideas for decorating and building things for your home. So fun....so many neat, easy ideas........ I love to look and get great ideas, but have a difficult time following through.
Since hubby was home for supper tonight and I wasn't at work today I decided to make supper.....but wouldn't you know it....a friend invited us over for dinner about 1/2 hour after I started it...but hubby didn't feel like going.....sometimes he is such an old man. It would have been a beautiful night to sit and watch the river while visiting.
I finally captured this butterfly in my backyard tonight. Here's an interesting tip I read in Real Simple this afternoon: to remove rust on your concrete patio from iron furniture mix up lemon kool aid and put it on the stain, the citric acid will dilute the stain. Repeat as needed.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We are finally having a heat wave.......I can not imagine what so much of the country has experienced with months of heat & dry conditions. It's 'only' in the 80's - 90's here and we had rain in the early morning hours yesterday. I have 2 fans on in the kitchen, where I am most of the time, so I don't have much to complain about. The bedroom is air conditioned so I am able to sleep at night. A cooling trend is on the way so things will be back to normal soon. I was almost glad to be at work yesterday......nice and cool. :-)
Do over? I guess I just need to learn to not post personal stuff on facebook....be general about things. Or better yet......don't read/post at all? I said some stuff I am sorry I said, I deleted it but too late.
Replying to your comments:
I pulled leaves off of my aloe plant and put the 'sap' on my face, a day later it was 95% better. My aloe plant has really skinny leaves....is that normal? Maybe I need to find one with 'fatter leaves' (or whatever they are called.)
For several days I've felt a cold sore coming on and I VERY SELDOM get them. I think it's from all the sun on Sunday at the beach. I tried the aloe on that too, but today I bought some Herpecin L (not many choices at the grocery store) for my lip. Wish me luck!
Another complaint: I've had a headache all day and it feels like I'm coming down with a sore throat too. Often I will get a bad one in August. Hmmmm...
Terri, I am still a natural red head....OK, Strawberry blond :-) I like it darker red tho.
Hats are too hot........although I have only worn one for our Red Hat meetings.
Cat, we were at the Fox Valley Thrift on Tuesday and it was OK.....I guess I am used to our small stores and the way they are arranged. Or maybe we were just hot and tired of thrifting by the time we got there. It's way out of our way so doubt if we'll go back. I will have to see where more are located in Appleton or Green Bay.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I wanted to post of picture of the 4 of us (Colleen, her daughter Deana, Deb, and I but I realized....I don't have the photo on my camera....so am at Deb's mercy for it.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Some people are addicted to crack or heroin, some to alcohol, others to gambling or sex, nicotine, or their cell/smart phones, but me? I have to admit that I am addicted to garage sales & thrift stores. On my way to breakfast this morning I had to stop at the thrift store. I got this pretty Red Hat , 2 paper back books, 2 brand new expanding files (for work) and a couple of other little things for..........$3.00. There's a small cloth purse (Red Hat too) on top of the tablecloth. One of the books is by Kristin Hannah, I just finished Firefly Lane by her and loved it. This book has 2 novels . The other book is a kayaking book that I will give to my grandson. He wants to buy a kayak and maybe he'll learn something from it, if not I am not out much money.
I wear more bracelets than necklaces..........the snow man one I'll give to one of my granddaughters. You weren't suppose to see the elastic, but I was too lazy to retake the photo. $1 for both.
I'm reading like a mad woman again. I have The Girl Who Played With Fire checked out from Overdrive (ebook) for only 2 weeks. Sometimes I don't finish a book that fast, but with an ebook I get ONLY 2 weeks and it disappears..........so I am reading now! I am only on p.26 but I liked the first book so I am sure that this one will be good too.
And guess what? I also received a notice from our public library that they have Water for Elephants for me. Several months ago I borrowed that from Overdrive too and wasn't able to finish it before it disappeared from my Nookcolor. :-(
I may not be blogging or cleaning but I'll be reading :-) Catch ya later, gator!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I save rain water in pails to water my plants with, I also use the water from the dehumidifier for watering.
I pour boiling water from cooking on weeks in the cracks of the sidewalk to kill them. If it's cold I'll water plants with them.
I pack a sandwich on days that I work and eat in my car while running errands.
I only read free ebooks on my ereader. http://nookdeals.blogspot.com/ Free and cheap books for ereaders are posted here often.
When a tube of hand cream appears to be empty I cut it in half and eke out lots more to use. I learned that from a waitress that I worked with in my much younger days.
I make my own postcards to send to my grandchildren and often use a photo of the child on it.
those are some of the things I do so save money, what are your ideas?
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I've been on a quest for a purse organizer for my Marie Osmond bag that I'm taking on my Washington DC trip in the fall. I have a purse with pockets sewn all along the inside and I love it!!! Nothing gets lost, that is if I put it where it belongs. Yesterday I ordered a bag organizer from HSN. But.......I found one at Goodwill this afternoon. It's a beabi brand....from the Phillipines I think......never heard of it. It's new, has lots of pockets, and is large. I haven't tried it yet. If I like it better than the one from HSN I'll return that one. Ebay has on exactly like mine for $20, I paid $3.99 minus the 10% senior discount
Nice and big, lots of pockets, one big one (on the outside has a zipper). I'd prefer the center to be open though. Wish me luck.
I also found a cute pair of sandals. I usually don't wear flip flops (we called them thongs when I was young) but I wore them in the store and they were OK.
How could I forget to say that I won a door prize at the Stamp-a-long yesterday. The set is a hostess set: Occasional Quotes. Twelve very nice verses for the inside of my cards.
Now to answer some questions:
Victorine was unhappy and left her husband b/c he was cheating on her, not uncommon in that era (I guess).
The snowflake on the card posted this morning was deliberate, I thought that area needed something.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Yesterday I conned (not really) my SIL into having a cookout and fire at their house. Seemed like it was mostly us girls and the kids, the guys were inside watching the Brewers baseball game. Grandson J was tired, therefore crabby (I get the same way) so we were home relatively early. I made the boys take baths, J had his popcorn (he HAS to follow a routine, is that part of ADHD?), their TV sleep timer was set for 30.....and we called it a night.
Today they slept in and had a leisurely breakfast. The plan was to have a picnic at the small zoo (2nd week in a row) and just hang out. (Another of J's idiosyncrasies - he chooses something he likes and wants to do/watch it ALL the time - is that ADHD?). It started to rain when we left here so we ate at McD's (YUM YUM-NO). But it was nice outside when we got to the zoo so we walked around looked at everything, even though there are very few animals, and the boys played for a bit. SIL and her 7 year old son joined us. I stopped at Walgreen's so they could spend their money and then dropped my grandsons off at their home.
When I got home I pulled out Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, filled up my ice tea mug, found a comfy place on the deck, and finished it....... all 479 pages of it. I started it earlier this week. We are reading it for book club. If you grew up in the 70's or 80's and are a mom, daughter, or friend this book is for you! You will not want to put it down. I bawled during the last 20 pages. If you've read this I'd like to know your thoughts.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Grandchildren are home with their parents, hubby and I are back at work, the kitchen floor has been scrubbed, laundry is being done, etc. Yes, life is returning to normal.
I had a really nice day today: I didn't want to get out of bed at 7am (I am still tired from the weekend with granddaughter M), I wanted to sleep all day...... I met a friend (at 9:30) and we went for a nice walk along Lake Michigan. She was a little late so I cleaned out my purse (been wanting to do this for a week) and folded the blankets that were left in my trunk from the July 4th fireworks. I was actually pleased that she was a few minutes late, I WANTED to clean out my purse. I always have 'stuff' in my car or purse to do if I have to wait (for someone, the bridge, or ?). How do you react/what do you do when you have 'time to kill'? I HATE to just sit; I prefer to read or do a crossword puzzle, or if I have my Nookcolor I can read or play a game.
The alewives were too stinky for us to walk on the beach so we walked on the Mariners trail.
There are a lot of lovely flower beds along the trail that volunteers plant and take care of. It was fun to look at the flowers and try to figure out what they were. Kathy knew a lot more about them than I did. We walked and talked for over an hour, it was really relaxing. Then we went to our usual coffee place for a cold drink and some homemade soup :-)
Before coming home I stopped at the thrift store and picked up a nice Green Bay Packers duffel for one of my grandsons. The rest of the day was spent straightening up at home. Since I am a homebody and introvert I am just fine with that! Back to work tomorrow.
I did celebrate National Chocolate Day by having some of my Dove chocolate/raspberry swirl candy bar (from my Red Hat secret sister) and a bowl of chocolate ice cream after 'supper'. :-) How did you celebrate it???
(so you know I will be celebrating!!! thanks Pam!)
When : Always July 7th
Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to eat you favorite chocolates in ample portions. Do you really need another excuse to over indulge with your favorite food treat?
Chocolate is America's favorite flavor. It's the flavor of choice in candies, ice cream, cakes, breakfast cereal, toppings, and a whole host of desserts. Unequaled in popularity, it certainly deserves a day in it's honor.
Did you know? Chocolate is a vegetable. It comes from the Cacao tree found in rainforests.
We don't need to tell you what to do to celebrate this day, do we? Eat Chocolate!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Hope everyone is having a fun and safe weekend. Photos to come ;-)
Friday, July 1, 2011
Hubby is home today.................I really need him to put the window a/c unit in the bedroom and put the screens on........but I've mentioned it several times.......and nothing......he HATES it if I nag. I can possibly get the screens down from the attic in the garage and put them on, but the a/c? No way! It is suppose to be hot and I will need the a/c. I have a box to drop off at the thrift store (found unneeded stuff in the garage yesterday too) and I have to go grocery shopping, clean and put stuff away. Our (nearly) 3 year old granddaughter will be here for the weekend. I'm a bit apprehensive because she only sees us a couple times a year and never overnight. It's back to diapers, naps, and closely watching for the weekend. M never stops.......and I mean never. She's good and a cutie...so expect to see photos...when I find the time. She'll be here Saturday afternoon until Tuesday morning.
Sunday we have a graduation party to attend. I was planning to take her to the Aquatic center with my grandsons..........until I remembered the party. No plans for Monday yet...park? Hubby will probably be golfing so I'll be on my own. I was really hoping my grandsons would be able to help with her....yes, they're 6 & 7 but they would really be a help...unfortunately they will be out of town. I'm not sure if we will go to the fireworks or not.......makes no difference to me. M really likes hubby so I hope he is here to help with her.
Tuesday night is our Red Hat night at one of the gals homes. I am co-hostess so have to make some food to bring and get other stuff ready. Hope the weather is nice because we have some fun things planned.
Happy Weekend to one and all!!!!!