Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Am I a pack rat or not? Are you?
Wikipedia's definiton: Packrats are nest builders. They use plant material like branches, twigs, sticks, and other available debris. Getting into everything from attics to car engines, stealing their ‘treasures’, damaging electrical wiring and creating general noisy havoc can easily cause them to become a nuisance. A peculiar characteristic is that if they find something they want, they will drop what they are currently carrying, for example a piece of cactus, and "trade" it for the new item. They are particularly fond of shiny objects. They can also be quite vocal and boisterous.
Yes, that is the definition for the animal that the slang description of human hoarding comes from...but do you see the similarities?
I'm a nester
I don't steal my treasures.....but they are treasures
I like how they will 'trade up'.....I've done that at the thrift shop or garage sale
Shiny objects are good, right???
I've been known to be vocal and boisterous
I've watched HOARDERS and my house does not look like that so I guess I am safe. My mom (raised during the depression, so can you blame her?) has pack rat tendencies. But she was always the one who had what you needed to fix it or could fix it herself. I know I am a collector....of books, clothes, jewelry, toys, craft items for the grands, paper and embellishments for my scrapbooking/cardmaking adventures, and just things I like.
And sometimes keeping a few extra odds 'n ends is not all bad, you might find just what you need.
I cleaned out the closet in that spare bedroom too and:
If I tell you I bought another Red Hat MAKE me get rid of one or two or three......
I found some more toddler items to try to sell.
I found a bag of things I was saving but haven't needed so they will be donated to the thrift store. Grandson J and I also cleaned out the movies and stuffed animals and found some to donate.
The closet is still pretty full but I did make a difference in it.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I mailed a package to my granddaughter, she bought something for her parents and brother and forgot it here. She is really a sweet girl and was so excited to buy everyone in her family a small gift. I return at item to Goodwill that she purchased but didn't work out. While I was there I picked up these adorable new, cute flats for 1/2 price.
I saw them last week when we were there but decided I didn't need them but when they were 1/2 price on Tuesday (senior day) I scooped them up! I dropped off a few things at a consignment shop and picked up some cash there. One of the Fisher Price toys I was trying to sell (with a radio ad) sold, so that is an extra $10 and some freed up space. The week before I got a 19" TV on freecycle for our spare bedroom (sure beats the 12" that was there) and I bought a DVD player (on sale) for it.....have to hook that up today. My 2 grandsons had 1/2 of school on Thursday and wanted to spend the afternoon with me (I think mom wanted a break) so I picked them up and we stopped at the library where they played really good for quite a while. When I was a kid the library was a revered place-one had to be so quiet, get your books and get out. The boys know you can play with the toys, play a board game or a computer game, read, and check out books, movies, and puppets. On the way home we stopped at the thrift store where they got: Hungry Hungry Hippos, a recorder, a toy crane that works. I talked the 6 year old out getting another baby for my house. The kids love it there because they get free toys. I love it because it makes them happy without costing me a cent. My thoughts of a certain individual who just uses me were reinforced :-( I was actually going to make a good dinner for hubby Friday night but he got home an hour earlier than I expected and he wanted fish...YAY!!!! I have been so hungry for a fish dinner. He just got it to go and we ate at home. About a week ago hubby put a new kitchen faucet in and he moved the K-cup for my Kuerig and I still haven't found it....he says he saw it and didn't throw it away....but since it's something I use he just put it 'somewhere'. DANG
I am disgusted with myself because: I just keep eating and eating and not exercising, my pants are getting tighter. Our spare bedroom desperately needs to be redecorated and I keep stalling, the same goes for the bathroom, laundry room..........hey, every room. :-( I have just been so lazy, I didn't get Christmas cards out and haven't even mailed a hand stamped card to anyone since last fall. My Washington DC scrapbook is still only 1/2 finished and about a zillion others I want to make are not even started. I go to bed early and read or watch TV, although I think that's only a winter thing. I shop too much on my lunch hour. It's too cold to sit at the park and read so I shop, I hope it warms up soon! The library is on the other side of town so by the time I drove there I'd have 15 minutes and then it would be time to leave. I could sit at McDonald's ...NOT!
I have a lot I want to do (key word WANT) so I better shut this down and start my day. I have all the ideas but don't follow through. :-( Tell me I am not the only one........
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
You can't see it but I punched 2 holes on one end and put rings through them. I tied a bunch of ribbon scraps onto the rings, I like the way that looks....or you could leave plain. I also glued the ends and finally I used a heavy duty stapler to staple the end together. The inside of the roll makes an 'envelope' perfect for a tag.
The fronts and backs of my tags. One has scraps of leather as a layer, another is a playing card (found at the thrift store), the polka dotted one has a wire BELIEVE attached with brads. One of the bottom ones has a section of notes I took at a Bible study. I used rub ons on a couple and Monday is my favorite day.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
ALL of the kids love the water room.
I enjoyed myself just knowing that the kids had so much fun!
Friday, January 20, 2012
Do you have any unusual saying from your childhood?
This weekend my 11 year old granddaughter (on the right) and her friend are spending the weekend with us. Yesterday we went shopping, did lunch, and worked on crafts. Today we are visiting a museum and swimming later in the day. There will be more about our adventures in a later post. (you know how hard it is for me to write a post that doesn't included my grandkids).
Monday, January 16, 2012
I actually enjoy driving by myself, it was a nice day and I usually listen to radio talk shows ...and can find out some 'useful' information: did you know that: Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. Fielding and Chavannes sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. When the product turned out to be unsuccessful as wallpaper, the team marketed it as greenhouse insulation. Although Bubble Wrap was branded by Sealed Air Corporation (founded by Fielding and Chavannes) in 1960, it was not until a few years later that its use in protective packaging was discovered. I copied that from Wikipedia but that is one of the tid bits of trivia the radio talk show host shared. She also shared a recipe for Beef Enchilada Bake, it sounded easy and good so I emailed her and asked for the recipe. I have done that in the past so I am confident I'll get the recipe.
Wisconsin has a lot of rural area and I drive through it on my way....some interesting sights I saw on my way were: the Polish Pickle bar, a hawk in the road and I think one in a tree (but it is hard to look up when you are driving), and a couple of blocks down from the Polish Pickle was Porcupine Acres. I didn't have my camera with me but I was lucky enough to get the bar sign from their facebook page. So, you see, it wasn't a boring drive at all.
After I visited with mom I took a circular route home in order to stop at Archiver's so I could use my credit before it expired. I didn't buy much because my coupons weren't good until the 21st. I stopped at Goodwill and looked around a bit, bought a pair of yoga pants to wear around the house. They are comfy to weary when cleaning (or not, whichever the case may be).
Now I have to get off the computer and clean up my kitchen counter and table. My granddaughter is spending the weekend with us. I'm picking her up Wednesday after work so don't have much time to get this place presentable.
Friday, January 13, 2012
It's time to get back into the swing of things with Freda's Friday 56:
p. 56 "She was quiet for a moment, and I wondered if I shouldn't have asked, like maybe this was a room reserved for special guests."
Thursday, January 12, 2012
See the GREEN grass? That's unheard of in Wi in January but I LOVE it!!!
Ok, here's the before of our backyard........it won't look like this tomorrow. Guess I'll just be thankful we had this reprieve from real winter weather. Looking on the bright side I see that it is not dark when I leave work (at 4;30) anymore and it IS the middle of January so we have lost almost 2 months of winter weather!!! happy dance-happy dance On the other hand I seem to remember not having spring last year.........so I hope this late onset of winter weather does not push summer back!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Almost a year after a life threatening illness Colton starts talking about things that he could only know if he had been in heaven, things no one had discussed with him at such an early age. This book gave me goosebumps and really made me think. It's a 10 on my list. If you've read it I'd like to know your thoughts.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Ambition and chipperness have been eluding me lately......my tree is still up. I just started putting away Christmas decorations yesterday....a slow process. At the same time I am sorting and getting rid of things. Every room, except for our spare bedroom, has boxes in it. Some are going on freecycle, some are donated to the thrift store, and some I have for sale. In fact I sold a crib mattress for my sister in law. Today as I was going through some receipts I found a $10 bill and couldn't figure out what it was for so I put it in my wallet. As I was writing this I remembered it was for my SIL. darn!
I found this article in MORE magazine (Dec 2011-Jan 2012). "Daily shopping cuts a woman's risk for early death by 23%". What do you think of that? Guess I'm going to live a long time, I shop almost daily....don't buy something every day though.
Hope your new year is off to a better start than mine is!!!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Monday morning I met my daughter at a mall 50 miles away to return her daughter to her. We live in a small town and have few stores locally: Walmart, Shopko, Kohl's, Hobby Lobby, Lowe's, Menard's....get the picture? Yes, we do have some nice small shops in the downtown areas.....but often I don't take the time to peruse them. So, guess what? After I dropped my granddaughter off I walked through the mall a bit. When I was younger, single, and thinner I use to LOVE that mall and could spend the whole day there. Now it doesn't interest me that much. I checked out a few stores but the only purchase I made was in Target. Next I stopped at Archiver's (scrapbooking store) for a few things. My Nookcolor needed to be updated and I had some questions about it so I headed over to Barnes and Noble. While in the store you can read free for an hour, so I ate lunch and read for a bit, then wandered around. Like most of the places I stopped at it was busy. I love book stores but seldom get to spend time in one. They have books, music, games, magazines....and more....oh, how I'd love to be able to spend a whole day to look at books and read. I just might like book stores as much as thrift stores, maybe more, because I don't buy books but I surely like to look at what is available...and maybe find something for someone else.
And that's where I like to shop. Some of my habits need to go away though - shopping, chocolate, lack of exercise......
Do you like to shop? What kinds of shops do you like to visit?
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I didn't have too many RETURNS but the ones I had went smoothly and I do have one more big item to return.
I did some RUMMAGING through the Christmas clearance items.........I actually think after Christmas is my favorite time to shop - everything is on sale! Very few items found their way into my cart though. My big score (thanks to my daughter) were the Christmas countdown calenders (.89 ea), each one with a piece of chocolate in a numbered square. Last month I got some flak because I didn't give my grandsons a 'chocolate calendar'....but I couldn't find them. Target had them and I didn't get to a Target.
Those are my 3 Rs: Roadtrips, Returns, and Rummaging.