Saturday, December 31, 2011

NEW YEAR

Be gone .... 2011!
Be good .... 2012!
Have a Happy One!

Friday, December 30, 2011

HO HO HO

Christmas has come and gone.

We're eatting a big pan of monkey bread with the SIL and grown daughter.

The simple things in life are best.

Catch up tomorrow.

Friday, December 23, 2011

WHAT DAY IS IT?

One of the things that is interesting about not working is the days running together. Let's see now. It's the day before, the day before Christmas. Does that make it Christmas Eve Eve?

Probably.

Any who, here is a Merry Christmas greeting to all of my readers.
Peace. Love and Joy..............

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WORDS

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."
---- Benjamin Franklin

Remember that, self!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TREE TIP on TUESDAY

Our GRAND son is now into trains. I'm trying to decorate our Christmas tree each year to his interests, adding the GRAND daughter's first ornament this year. God is good!

I have a dear friend, Sunny, who is so creative. She has the touch of a professional with fabric, yarn, you name it, she can make it and make it beautiful! I asked her about decorations for a train tree. She emailed me back to make a track from a roll of adding machine tape/paper. What a great idea!!

I went to Dollar Tree but there was no adding machine tape but I did find two rolls of white crepe paper for, yes, only $1, so in the basket it went.

The steps are:
unroll the paper completely
put something under it before you start to draw the track because the marker will leak thru
first, draw the two horizontal lines
next, add the vertical 'rails'
move to the next horizontal lines
draw until you run out of paper
roll it back up with the right side in
unroll on the tree so the right side should be on the outside
yeah, it looks like a tree wrapped in toilet paper at first but you will see the tracks really quick
THANKS SUNNY!

Rolling it up makes it easier to handle!

Finished!

ALL ABOARD!

FOR THE RILEY!

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Monday, December 19, 2011

MY NEW FAVORITE HOMEMADE SOUP RECIPE

Slow Cooked Chicken Tortilla Soup
Ingredients
2-3 cups cooked chicken
1 can Ro-Tel chunky variety
15 oz. chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken condensed soup
1 can corn, drained or frozen corn
1 can black beans
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic
1/4 cup onion, chopped
tortilla chips
sour cream optional
shredded cheese optional
Directions
Dump first ten ingredients into slow cooker
Cook on low, 6-8 hours.
Place tortilla chips in bowls. Pour soup over tortilla chips, then add cheddar cheese & sour cream, if desired.
Freeze leftovers.

Friday, December 16, 2011

YOUNG SON, THE WAITER

Our young son is 25, wow, how did that happen? He is struggling to finish college, having to drop out three times because of sickness. He is now taking classes part time. He is a waiter.
If I had a million or two dollars, I would help him, pay off his student loans, buy that ring, etc. I hate that money controls our lives, or should I say, not having money controls our lives. Praying for Jared today and every day.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

THURSDAY THINKIN'

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Sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in exasperation and say
"I give up!".
When its important to you, the excuses will end and you'll dive in.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

FREE THERAPY ON WORDEE WEDNESDAY

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Don't worry about people from your past.

There is a reason they didn't make it to your future.

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I do not remember where this came from but, yes, you have permission to copy, print and post in a handy location, some place you can see it as needed. It is acutally my scrolling marquee screen saver, royal blue background, fushia pink letters. Grin!

Here is one that is on my Facebook information page, permission granted. :)

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Some people look better going than they do coming!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

IMPORTANCE OF A BUDGET

It's time for a tip on Tuesday. The best way to run anything whether it is your household, business, church, school, anything, is to have a budget. It must be a budget that works and one you can stick to for the long term with the main goal of becoming debt free. Debt free? Why? Because you get to keep the money you make!

This is an example of a bad budget:

Monday, December 12, 2011

NOT ABOUT ME MONDAY

I've watched this several times and I cry every time. Wonderful.

Friday, December 9, 2011

SAD FRIDAY

For the most part, I try to keep this blog upbeat, although I do have down days myself and the blog reflects those days. Today is a very sad post.

A two year old little girl was killed this week. She was riding in the car with her mother. The mother lost control of the car, went off the road and into a wooded area. A tree came through the car window and struck the little girl in the face. The description of the her injuries are difficult to discuss so I will not. The doctors advised the family not to see her after she passed. Although she was in her car seat, she did not survive. Her funeral is on Saturday.

To think a small child died in this way is hard to think about but it's all we can think about. This family must be suffering so bad! We have two GRANDS, one is two. We could not imagine his being taken out of our lives.

Life is so fragile and can be so very, very short. We cannot choose the day we die or how we die. Death is certain. Read the Bible. Find God. Don't leave it to chance.

*******************UPDATE************************

More information says that the mother over compensated for debris in the road, hit a pole which came into the vehicle. The rest is the same.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

YELLOW?

I took a personality test a few months ago and found this in my notes file. Supposedly, I am a yellow, which is one of my favorite colors. Here are the results:

Yellows (Motive: Fun)yellows are motivated by Fun. They are inviting and embrace life as a party that they're hosting. They love playful interaction and can be extremely sociable. They are highly persuasive and seek instant gratification. yellows need to be adored and praised. While yellows are carefree, they are sensitive and highly alert to others' agendas to control them. Yellows typically carry within themselves the gift of a good heart.

Really? Notice there are zero negatives in these results......

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WORDS ON A WEDNESDAY

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

EBAY TRASH

Tuesday is here and it's time for a money saving tip.

Recently, I signed up for a newsletter to be delivered to my email box. It is all about selling on eBay. Have you tried eBay? I have in the past and it's time to crank up the old site, downsize some of our stuff and supplement the income. It is my hobby. So, I have been researching eBay, trying to find out how to price items, what is selling, etc.

Here are a few things that have sold in the past the most people just throw in the garbage:

empty toilet paper rolls
empty paper towel rolls
coffee grounds
buttons
zippers
wooden thread spools
empty baby food jars
old radio parts
certain grasses from FL to make baskets
pine needles
pine cones

Who would have ever thought? Not me. Gooooooo eBay!

Monday, December 5, 2011

MONDAY ALREADY?

This year is vanishing. Maybe a better word would be evaporating, no disappearing, no screaming by, whatever, it's almost G-O-N-E! What's up? I even hear teenagers talking about how fast it is going.

Isn't life suppose to slow down when you get 'older'? Not for me, not this year, anyway. Seems like it should be Feburary, not December. I say that every year lately, this time I really, really mean it. Alas, tis true, it be the last month of 2011.

Why?

Read a post the other day that might help explain it. Here it is:

LIFE IS LIKE A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER.
THE NEARER IT GETS TO THE END, THE FASTER IT GOES.

Friday, December 2, 2011

HAVE I POSTED THIS BEFORE NOW? haha

Life....

Be happy
Show up
Follow your heart
Find new perspective
Have a sense of wonder
Find people you love
Help others
Dance
Pamper yourself
Face your fears
Got to a museum
Exercise
Limit TV
Get in touch with nature
Lighten up
Get a good nights sleep
Read books
Buy yourself flowers
Don't compare yourself to others
Don't beat yourself up
Be open to new ideas like finding the God of the Bible!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't focus on negative thoughts
Focus on creating what you desire
Make time for fun
Put romance in your life
Make a gratitude list
Want what you have
Be true to yourself

Thursday, December 1, 2011

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

At age 3 success is not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is having friends.
At age 17 success is having a driver license.
At age 35 success is having money.
At age 50 success is having money.
At age 70 success is having a driver license.
At age 75 success is having friends.
At age 80 success is not piddling in your pants.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WEDNESDAY ALREADY

Here are the words for this Wednesday, November 30, 2011:

--copied.....but something to think about!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

COFFEE CASH

Do you like flavored coffee? The Hubbie does, French Vanilla. I do, too, some. If we make a pot of FV it is so rich, tastes like candy, of course add the milk and (cough) sugar! A small can of FV costs more per ounce than a large can of plain old coffee, much much more if you get plain coffee as the one cent item at Publix. I digress, as usual.

Here's a money saving hint:

If you use 3 scoops of coffee to make a small pot, use 1 scoop of the flavored stuff, like FV, to 2 scoops of the regular stuff. You will get a good taste of the more expensive stuff and stretch it with the cheaper stuff.

Think I'll go make a pot because it is cold in Dixie!

It's all about saving money, honey!

Monday, November 28, 2011

ME MONDAY

Isn't it silly to post something on your own blog about your own self? No.

It's cold in Dixie, we have our heat set at 60 degrees and we are living in sweats, flannel pjs and socks, slippers, whatever. True, it is cold in the house but we are sleeping better plus saving money. What's a stuffy nose between friends?

Interesting the cuts one can make when times get a bit desperate. Isn't there an old saying desperate times call for desperate measures? Did I just imagine it?

Any who, yeah, who....life can be what you make it, supposing, I am. Rambling on in this post, too.

Wondering what I would have done different, sitting here, life having passed us in many ways, still wondering. No sense in that, life is life and there are no do overs. Refusing to live life in the 'it could be worst' mode.

Best thing now is to look at the present and try not to fear the future.

A friend on Facebook posted this and I'm borrowing it from her w/o her permission, don't think she reads this blog so here it is:

When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

We're okay, just stalled. How about you? Maybe we all need to learn how to play in the waterfall of life?!
--pic copied from www

Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY TGIVING

Another year of Thanksgiving Day,
another day to be thankful.

Pretty simple.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WORDS ON A WEDNESDAY

LIFE
IS
SHORT.

SMILE
WHILE
YOU
STILL
HAVE
TEETH.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TIP TIP

The tip for today is BUY a carpet shampoo machine. It will pay for itself with one good whole house carpet cleaning. We have an older model, the newer ones are even better. Watch for sales to save paying full price. Save up and pay cash, please. ANYTHING you pay interest on costs YOU YOU YOU more!!!!!!!!

Also, if it's raining outside, take your shoes off at the door, don't walk on the carpet. Turn the shoes sole side up (after you take them off your feet) to dry before putting away or wearing again.

Monday, November 21, 2011

DEAR GOD

Dear God,
Thanks for this beautiful life and forgive me if I don't love it enough at times.
Thanks for loving me anyway.
Me

Thursday, November 17, 2011

OUR DAUGHTER

Congratulations, Angela!!! Newest member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.
Amazing you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WORDEE WEDNESDAY

Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance....

Today at Publix, I spent $33.38 and did not spend (saved) $48.37. Here is what I bought:
Publix American Cheese slices (1 cent item today)
Mueller Spaghetti
Rice
Ground Chuck
Ritz Crackers 2 boxes
Wheat Bread
Sister Schuester frozen wheat rolls
I can't believe it's not butter 2 tubs
Dr Pepper 10
Aluminum foil
Milk
Uncle Ben Herb Rice 6 boxes
Rice Krispies
Raisin Bran Cereal 2 boxes
All
Iced Tea 1 gallon
Wesson Oil
Welch Grape Juice
Flour 2 bags

Thankful!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SAVING TIP

Here's a tip that can save you money! Do you use Breathe Right Strips at night while you sleep? I do. I have sleep apnea but never adjusted to the machine. So, although the strips do not do the same as the machine, a strip does help open the breathing capabilities.

Normally, the strips cost about $12, much less with coupons, and there are 26 to 30 strips per box, depending on the size of the strip itself.

The tip is to cut the strip in half length-wise. You will have two strips! The half strip works just as well for me as the full size double strip, plus is easier to remove in the morning! Turn the half strip downward.

I do take the time to hold the half strip in place on my nose so it will hold better. The 'glue' seems to set better when it has body heat for a few seconds from the hand and the nose.

So, instead of 26 or 30 strips, you have 52 or 60 strips!!!

My idea for living now-a-days is to cut expenses by 50% or use of an item doubled. This tip works for me, try it, if you like.

Monday, November 14, 2011

HUH?

What day is it? Oh my. Must be Monday. Yeah, think that's right. Yeah, it's right. I checked the calendar.

Today I'm headed to the chiro for yet another adjustment. So thankful that his office is less than one mile away.

Here's a thought, copied from the WWW, nice having a world of info at your fingertips, don't you agree?:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

WHERE YOU BEEN?

We've been entertaining the GRANDS.

We're back.

It is very very quiet here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MONEY MONEY

As my readers know, we are in the ongoing process of living semi-retired which means on Social Security, semi surviving, ha, no, it's not that bad...okay...it is but we have a bit extra coming in now so we are breathing again. However, I am constantly looking for new ways to cut the expenses.

Here are a few more we have incorporated:

DO buy Smarties and not chocolate....I was at the drugstore, purchasing Halloweenee candy, picked out two bags that were bogo half off, still the two together would have been over $9.00!!...after thinking about it, I put them back and went for one bag of Smarties for $3.99 with 60 in a bag...there were leftovers and are now being saved for the GRAND son.

DO NOT buy refreshments on an outing....if you go to movies, ball games or other events, you know the refreshments can cost an arm and a leg....bring your own and don't buy their stuff....keep your arm and your leg.

DO NOT turn on the heat until Novemeber 1....or there abouts...our heat is still off and may try to make it to 59 degrees inside....all bets are off if the GRANDS come for a visit.

DO find out peak hours for utilities rates...in the process of this one...apparently it may be cheaper to run the household electricity during day time over night time. I will research and report.

DO attend a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class...it makes a big difference!

IT'S NOVEMBER ALREADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

$.38 WAL-MART TRIP

These were purchased for the very low price of only $.38! With coupons and overages, it's a win, win!

Friday, October 28, 2011

FUNNY FRIDAY

Bubba and Johnny Ray were sittin' on the front porch.

Drinking beer when a large truck hauling rolls and rolls of sod went by.

"I'm gonna do dat when I win the lottery," said Bubba.

"Do what?" asked Johnny Ray.

"Send my grass out to be mowed."


--copied from an email

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

SLEEPLESS IN DIXIE

This is wordee Wednesday and I copied this 'sign' from a Pinterest post.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

$44.50

Yesterday, I made a trip to the Big WM to see what I could find.

Sunday, a very nice lady named Barbara, gave me several (6) coupons for Cover Girl products worth $8 on two products. I also needed Breathe Right strips for my stuffy night nose. I saved one to take to Dollar General because the Big WM was limited in their selections.

The results....drum roll, please....did not spend $44.50....
with coupons,
overages,
the total I did spend.......

$3.47!!!!!!!

The haul....
1 box Breathe Right Clear for Sensitive Skin 30 strips
3 packs of UP2U Gum
6 Cover Girl Eye Shadows various and beautiful colors
2 Cover Girl Blush
2 Two pack Cover Girl Eye Brow Pencils with sharpener

The tip for today.....share your coupons. Don't trash them. You're throwing money in the garbage! Pass the paper bag, I can't breathe.....

IF you have extra, swap with a friend, like Barbara!

Last night, I was ahead of a man in line. I saw he had several items in his cart that I had coupons for so I quickly handed over what I could as his bill was totaled.

I've done this many times. Yes, I am nosey to look in other people's carts but only one time has a coupon been refused by a stranger. Most are thrilled to save whatever they can.

I am thrilled to help.

Monday, October 24, 2011

JUST A PIC TODAY

Back pain so no post other than this nice picture....

HAPPY FALL!

Friday, October 21, 2011

FUN FRIDAY

Okay, so another week is gone! Soon we will be saying where did that year go?

Friday use to be the favorite day of the week for me. It was my fun day. I switched it to Thursday because of crowds and traffic. It's easier to get in and out of every where on Thursday now. But, Thursday seems to come and go so fast with no fun accomplished!

Today, I am washing stored away winter clothes. The summer clothes are all boxed up, well, at least the ones I am going to keep.

In an effort to downscale clothes I don't wear, I'm donating the clothes I do not wear each season.

Why did I side track with that statement?

Oh well, have a fun Friday.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

34 ALREADY

34 years ago, our Baby Girl was born. She was born after a miscarriage, cancer, chemo.....

Plus we were thrilled she was a GIRL! There are few girls on either side of our families so a girl was a thrill!

Today is her 34th birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGELA!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WONDEE WORDEE

What are the best words in life? So many, I think. Here are a few that come to mind:

I believe.
I Love You
Will you marry me?
I do.
It's a boy.
I'm getting an early out!
You are in remission.
Consider yourself cured.
It's a girl!
You've made goal.
You've been approved.
The stick is blue.
It's a boy!
Let's go to the beach.
I'm graduating.
I'm engaged.
We're expecting....grandma.
It's a boy.
It's a girl.
Grandma, I luv you.
We're debt free.
We can do this retirment thing.
We're adopting...from China!

How about you? Any to add? What are special words in your life?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ADORABLE MONEY SAVING TIP

Amazingly, it's Tuesday again, already, and time for a money saving tip. This tip is simply adorable. No, it's not a picture of our GRAND daughter, who, by the way turned one on Saturday. I'll post a picture of that later.

This tip is about an adorable website I found the other night. When I surf the web, I find such cute things for children, mostly girls, but the majority of the site products are way to expensive. Not so with this website. Check it out.

www.alwaysunderpay.com

(not a live link so copy and paste, please; yes, permission was given by Jenna)

The address of the site, I loved immediately!! It shouts BARGAIN but the products look so high end! Look at this picture:

It is a sampling of the product this site sells. Isn't it just precious?!

Please spend a few minutes scrolling through the products on this site. The prices are great and the selection is very nice. The tutus are so girly and even if you did sew, you could not buy the fabric for what an already made tutu costs on the website!

Christmas is right around the corner, how can we not know that one? Maybe it's time to start your shopping on....

www.alwaysunderpay.com

Hummm....wonder if these come in my size......

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

THE FIRST

Today is our GRAND daughter's first birthday. Here is her picture:
This set was taken by our amazingly smart daughter, Angela, who is studying for her PhD. The day was last summer at her house. No copying, please.

Isn't she so cute?! No answers required because I know already. ;)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN CARRINGTON TUTTLE!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SAVING ON THE WEB

It's Tuesday and this is suppose to be the day a post is made about saving money. This one is pretty easy.

Surf the web!

Search for topics such as:

living on twenty thousand dollars a year
living on social security
frugal living
living on a shoe string
budget living
living on little money

You get the idea. It's easy but it can also be a bit depressing, vertically flatened even. Why? Because so many are things we have done for all of our married life.

Still, even a hint or two can make a big difference in the old wallet!

Monday, October 10, 2011

139

Yesterday at our church, we all celebrated the Church's 139 year! Yep, that's right. The Church was started by two men who wanted to teach children about the Word of God. The little class started in a log cabin and grew into our current assembly. Throughout the years, the church has faced many problems but has always been sustained to keep going, even growing. The church is located on the same property where it began although it is very different today.

Think back through history and try to remeber a few things that happened in 139 years! Flight by man became common place. Man walked on the moon. There were several wars, including World Wars. Presidents died, naturally and otherwise. Women and others won the right to vote. You could go on and on, couldn't you?! Yes, quite astounding.

We are thankful to be associated with this group of believers. It's wonderful to have a supportive group that you can fellowship with, laugh, cry, pray. Our Pastor and his family are so dedicated. We are blessed.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

TO MY CHILDREN


---copied from the WWW, don't know where it came from or I would say so. Still the words are my thoughts, all of their lives, even now.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DOUGH SAVING

There are ways to save money without acutally using money, you know.

A few of the things I am doing are:

Using lightweight towels so they will dry faster, using less electricity, saving the plush ones for company.

Using the same towel more than once. Does that sound yuck? Well, use the towel to dry your body and a small hand towel or washcloth to dry the yucky places, feet, pits, etc.

Found a chemical free water bottle at RiteAid for 75% off so bought it to use instead of bottled water. I don't like the water here. When we first moved it was so good then a new housing neighborhood went in near us and the water changed. Now its ugh. I may have to season it with something.

We have started using the Dave Ramsey envelope system based on Social Security income only. We are just about making it and will do fine when The Hubbie has a job so that's exciting! It's not as bad as we thought. Sadly, we will not be traveling like I had hoped at this age, at least we're still breathing.

Fall is here and I wanted a pumpkin for the front porch. I made two fabric ones instead of buying a real one, only to have it rot. Yeah, they look more like tomatoes but I can pretend they are pumpkins.

Try having one day, or more, a week when you spend NO money, that's right, zero, none, to save money, don't spend it.

So, that's it. Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 3, 2011

MONDAY MONDAY

Many years ago, there was a singing group called the Mamas and the Papas. It had two women and two men. One of their popular songs was Monday, Monday. Although I don't remember all the words, it went something like this:

Monday, Monday, can't help that day. Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way.

Honestly I never really understood it. Unless it meant that Monday means the grind starts all over again. I should google the song and read the rest of the words to find out, I reckon.

But now, I enjoy Monday days. It's the beginning of a new week for me and The Hubbie. Whereas Sunday has always been the end of a week in my mind. I know it's just terminology but it's the way it was and is.

So, it's Monday again and the weather is absolutely beautiful in Dixie! Yeah, I'm braggin'.

This morning I opened the back door and let the sunshine in and enjoyed the cool breeze. Although I really need to get a screen door, I still open the door just about every morning and leave it open while preping my breakfast. It's a beautiful day so we're enjoying it. One day at a time.

Friday, September 30, 2011

WEEK 4

Thursday was week 4 of the Dave Ramsey class at our local church. All I can say is wowzers. It was inspiring.

The discussion centered on getting rid of debt and the plan was so simple, every one should be able to do it. Most that take the class are debt free within 12-18 months with those that have student loans being debt free in about 3 years.

I have been typing notes on my laptop and forwarding them to the sons of the family. I hope they are reading them. I'll just keep sending them in hopes they are able to help them to help others.

It's been a short week because the GRAND son was here for a few days. The world stops when he is here and we enjoy every minute we can with him.

The GRAND daughter started walking this week, how is that possible? Easy, she is almost one so it is time. Here she is from a picture last July.

No, you do not have permission to copy it, sorry.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DAVE RAMSEY CLASS

This week will be the third week for the Dave Ramsey class for The Hubbie and I. It is very interesting and we are learning much in spite of our advanced age, cough, choke.

Dave is promoting the recovering of our great Country. He says it will be done one family at a time. These are the five steps he uses.

Learn to live on a written plan. Make a budget.
Live on less than you make. Act your wage.
Get out of debt. Don't remain a slave to lenders.
Save and invest money. Be prepared!
Give. Tithe, then bless others. We don't own it, we manage it.

It sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?

Oh, we learned that a person that has a tendency to be tight with money is a Nerd or that is what Dave calls them for the purpose of the class. The one that is more on the party mode is a free spirit. I'm the latter. Now it all makes sense, doesn't it? Giggle.

I'm also the one still awake at 3:13 AM. We ate supper at the local Waffle House. We both had a coupon for a free waffle. The Hubbie drank water. I ordered decaf coffee, our bill was $1.51. I'm pretty sure that the little blonde waitress gave me the regular coffee and not the decaf. Never trust a blonde with black roots and a coffee pot. Live and learn.

Good night or should I say Morning? This is crazy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WORDEE

I saw a sign on the Internet, yes, this is copied.

MONEY CAN'T BUY HAPPINESS

BUT

IT CAN BUY ICE CREAM!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TARGET FIND

Several months ago, I posted a way to save money at Target. It was to shop the endcaps, the shelving on the ends of certain aisles. The product is marked down very low, ready for fast sale.

I found another way to save money at Target. It is to look in each department for other markdowns. There should be a sign showing the marked down prices to be 30, 50, even 75% off the original price. The signs were very large and easy to find at a glance. I found this nice shower curtain that had been ordered online but returned to the store.

Originally it was for sale for $31.99 but since it was an online item and was not carried in the store, the store is forced to reduce it. The buying price, meaning what I paid, $8.06.

No way would I pay $31.99 for a shower curtain but, yes, way, would I pay and did, $8.06. I could cut it in half long ways and make two nice window curtains.
OR use it for a shower curtain, what a bright idea!

Monday, September 19, 2011

BLANK AS THAT WALL

Last night I laid in bed posting this blog in my head, woke up this morning and I was blank as a wall! I'm brilliant at writing at night, in my own mind anyway. Why do I not remember what I was planning?

Maybe I need to pull out the old tape recorder and push the record button. I keep a notepad and a pen near but I really don't turn on the light to hand write for this blog, it's night afterall.

Am I the only one that does this? Am I GOOFY?

Friday, September 16, 2011

OH MAN, WHAT NOW?

A friend sent an email. I responded. Today a respond from him asking if what 'they' were saying about Sarah Palin and Glen Rice was true?

I googled it.

It's out there.

The Hubbie thinks it is the reason she has not jumped into the presidential race. Well, at least if it is, she has a few brains in her head.

You google it. I don't want to post a link.

She may go back to Alaska and her 15 mins ++ will be over.....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

MOTORCYCLE

Took a pic of this on vacation this past summer and posted it on Facebook for a friend, Mary. I hope she likes it.

I think motorcycles are great fun but am against owning one, ever. For others, it's up to them. For me and mine, no, ever. That's narrow mindness, isn't it?, you ask. Yep, you betcha, aint-a-gonna-change my mind on it, either. Why?

My baby brother, Jimmy, was killed on one and he was just 23. He was doing everything right and was hit by another motorcycle traveling at over 80 mph in a 30 mph residential zone. Yes, the other rider was killed too, hit the pavement with his head and busted open like a ripe watermelon. My brother was hit just behind the rider seat, thrown into the air and was dead before he hit the ground, insides crushed.

There are many in my life that would be alive today if only they had NOT been on a bike.

Life is too short as it is, riding a bike is like playing Russian roulette with no empty chambers in the gun. It's just a matter of time before you are hurt or killed, just a matter of time.

My opinion, my blog.

The End.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WORDEE WEDNESDAY

I really really want to post a picture of my grocery shopping today because it was fantastic! Spent 25.14 but saved 61.45, doing the happy dance, for sure!

However since it is Wednesday, I should post something wordee. Here it is:

Talk less, KISS MORE. Eat less, MOVE MORE. Spend less, SAVE MORE.
AND, DON'T FORGET TO STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS or at least observe them. ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SAVING MONEY

As semi-retired folk, we are constantly looking for ways to save money. Now that The Hubbie is unemployed, the pressure is growing.

We are taking the Dave Ramsey Financial class at our church. After the first class, I left feeling a bit embarassed because of our retirement situation. Dave mentioned a few times 'retire with dignity'. Well, it's too late for that for us. After being in ministry for 30 years and zero pension, giving to the church tithe, over and beyond was not the problem, nor has/is giving to others. The problem is that we didn't give to ourselves.

When The Hubbie finally was able to start a small 401K, it was small, slow, then crashed, along with the stock market, three, yes, three different times before it was rolled over into a more secure situation. Yeah, bummer.

How do you make up for all that lost time, lost revenue? How? I sent an email to the DR website asking advice for our situation. The reply was along the line, yes you do need to find a way to make extra income and buy the book, suggesting three of DR's books. I was gracious and thanked the emailer realizing we are going to have to figure this out for ourselves.

We are hoping to find out during the next several weeks of this class. I will be blogging about the class and our progress.

So, the money saving hint for today is pay yourself weekly, even if it's a small amount to start. Life happens, too quickly, for just about every one looking backwards at their own.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

RESPECT TO RESPONSIBILITY

I'm up too late, thinking. Yes, when I say something about thinking The Hubbie says, oh no, not again. He thinks he's funny. Sometimes he is.

Time is going by and I'm watching several situations around us. It has to do with older people, yes, older than us. A couple of the situations are older couples in their eighties. Other situations are widowed ladies, alone.

Their lives have been spent taking care of others, children, friends, other family members now they are the ones that need care. Yes, they are still functioning physically but struggling with aging. All of these people live in towns where they have no other family. There is no one to take them to the doctor, monitor their driving, keep up with their physical needs.

All of our lives, we are taught to respect our parents. They gave us life, sacrificed for us, fed us, clothed us, protected us and did the best they could, hoping that we would have a better life than they did. Rarely in the USA can someone say that their lives were worse than their parents growing up. Some, yes, but it's not the norm. Even if you thought you were poor you can look at their lives and see they did without much more than you did/are.

One elderly lady's children send her money to help monthly. Another has a son that flys to see to her regularly. He lives several states away. Other ladies have faithful husbands watching over them.

So the question that is bothering me is: When does that respect change to responsibility?

It's something to think about sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

STORE BRANDS

I remember when 'generic' store brands became popular, many years ago. At the start, it was said that these brands were inferior, made from lower grade veggies, etc. Supposedly, the only way these foods and products were cheaper was because it saved in printing the labels and advertising. Who knows?

Individual stores do not have their own ketchup factories or peach orchards, do they? No, they buy from the mass producers, aka, the brand names and resell in plain labeled containers. True, some things like green beans may have ends of beans, etc., but the taste is about the same.

Fast forward 40 + years and the same things are being said but one fact still remains, generic and store brands save the customer money.

A good example is butter. When The Hubbie and I were at the Big WM, I pointed out to him that the store brand can be much cheaper over the national brand even with a coupon for the national brand. Why? Because the butter in the white box was over $2.00 less than the butter in the yellow box.

Oh well, it's okay with me becuase the light goes off when the fridge is closed so it doesn't really matter what color the box is.

My wallet greener? Now, that's a good color!

Monday, September 5, 2011

LABOR LABOR DAY

Today is Labor Day.

When the kids were at home, we would labor on Labor Day, yes, work. We worked as a family to accomplish something around the house, usually.

Dad's ideaology was: It's Labor Day, we labor.

Today, Dixie is not so much laboring as staying in out of the rain. The tropical storm has been here all day with a hard, steady, refreshing, much needed rain.

Tomorrow is another work day, a true day of labor, for many that are blessed to have a job. So, celebrate if you have a job and keeping looking if you don't. Even though in this economy a job is next to impossible to find.

Today I heard something on tha radio, yes about Obama. The host said that the best thing he could do for this economy, the one thing that would make the stock market skyrocket, do you know what it is?

Do what LBJ did years ago, remember?

Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.

Nuff said.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

WHAT HAPPENED TO FRIDAY?

Honestly, where does time go? It's Saturday morning and I missed posting on Friday. I no longer work or do I go out much. One would think time would crawl by but no, it goes by faster for some reason. Oh well, here is a good thought: When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

QUOTE FROM OLDER SON

Grant me the serenity to ignore the people that drive me nuts,
the timing to know exactly when,
and
the wisdom to know where best to bury the bodies.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SENIOR DISCOUNTS

This was sent to me in an email. It's worth copy and printing if you want to save a bit of cash and you meet the age requirements. This blogger is not responsible for any of the content so please ask before assuming there is a discount. This is how it came to me:

LIST OF STORES FOR DISCOUNTS FOR YA'LL OVER 55

They will not tell you, so you have to ASK!!!

Restaurants
Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver’s: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)
Retail and Apparel
Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
Big Lots: 10% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off (50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)
Grocery
Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+)
Travel
Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members
American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hertz: up t0 25% off for AARP members
Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Activities & Entertainment
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off
Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
Cell Phone Discounts
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)
*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you!


Miscellaneous
Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck



Friday, August 26, 2011

IRENE

If you are in the path of this storm, go some where safe. Don't guess or hope, leave.

My grandmother lived in Biloxi during Camille. She and my aunt were going to ride it out. My uncle was helping with the evacutating, stopped by my grandmother's apt, realized they were still there and immediately moved them out.

When it was over, there was a water line just below her ceiling. The water was over 8 foot INSIDE her little apartment.

Don't play chicken with a storm. You will not win. Better to exit than to stay.

My opinion.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

EARTH FARE DEAL

My new favorite grocery store is Earth Fare. Although there is not one closer to us than 20 + miles, we do plan a day and make it one of our stops.

If you sign up to receive their email, they will send you coupons that are good for about a week. This week's coupon was fresh chicken breasts for $2 per pound! Yep, you read it correctly.

I had a coupon and The Hubbie had a coupon so we were both able to purchase the chicken deal.

The meat was the largest chicken breast I've ever purchased. I plan to cut each in half length wise to make a thinner piece of meat. We will be able to make 8 pieces of chicken! It comes out to about fifty ($.50) cents per serving.

When the purchase was scanned, both pkgs were a bit over the 2 lb limit per customer so we thought we would have to pay full price for the extra ounces, no, it rang up at the $1 price, too!

Plus our Senior Discount!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WORDEE WEDNESDAY

This is a good word for today. It comes from the Bible, the Kings James Version.

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come _________ unto the throne of ________,
________________________________________________________
and find _______ to help in the time of _______.

Maybe this will help someone today! Look it up, memorize it, it's truth.

God bless.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

THRIFT STORES

Thrift stores are a great budget balance idea. There are several in the small town where we live. The good thing about these thrift stores is that almost nothing is priced! Really! Why is that good? You can haggle. If the price is more than you want to pay, ask for a lower price or a freebie with purchase. If you are frequent customer or friends with the owner, even better for lower prices.

If you still are not willing to pay the price, put it down, change your mind, move on to the next thing. In Dixie we say, I'm gonna think about it, which actually means, I ain't-a gonna pay that for that!

Several weeks ago I stopped in at my favorite shop. This shop keeps several boxes of msc fabrics, some are scraps, some are polyester. I was able to buy a stack of several pieces that I am going to use to recover the swing on the patio.

How much for all of it you ask? $1.50.

Monday, August 22, 2011

57,073,601

Hard to believe this has been viewed so many times! It is really cute though...enjoy.


Friday, August 19, 2011

FUN FRIDAY

The Hubbie had a penumonia shot at the VA on Wed. He was really sick the first night, slowly recovering. We're getting out of the house for a bit.

It is Friday, August 19 and that's about all I have to say today, Friday, August 19.
God Bless America! Please!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

EXPERIMENTING WITH THIS BLOG

I'm experimenting on switching this blog around a bit. Don't know which direction to take it. I'm pretty bored with the look but this may be the wrong direction. This looks too weird.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WORDS ON WEDNESDAY....AGE

Saw this on a blog......

AGE IS LIKE UNDERWEAR. IT TENDS TO SLIP UP ON YOU.
YEP....have to agree with that one!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SAVING TUESDAY

Saving money seems to be on everybody's to do list.

It seems if you are dirt poor, you can get all kinds of government program assistance from free food, free cell phone, free insurance coverge. How do they pay for all of it? You know how.

Since The Hubbie has lost his job, along with his health insurance, we are in a pickle. Yes, we are both struggling to rectify it all without much success. It's not a good thing for us to both be down at the same time. Nope, not.

Here are a few ways that you might not have considered....

Do away with the cell phones and use a walkie talkie....yes even when you are in separate parts of a store. Buy a phone from Dollar General and use in emergencies.

Drop the insurance coverage on your car....not completely, just the amount of coverage depending on the age of the car, etc.

Consider cutting back on charitable giving...all my life I've heard...Charity begins at home....good time to practice it don't you think?! For years we have given money to others and not ourselves, bad idea.

If you eat out, make it a goal to do so for about $10 for two people....it can be done....if it's more than that, don't do it.

Stop buying stuff for other people that they really don't like anyway.

Buy clothes on clearance...the rule is...if you cannot buy the fabric for the price of the garment already made, then buy the garment.

Don't have a pet. But if you do have one, keep it. They are a great comfort and can boost your spirit. Just don't go out and buy one to add to the already tight budget.

Stay home and watch TV. Entertainment is expensive. No one really wants to know how you are anyway or how much you are dealing with in your life so keep it between yourselves at home watching TV.

Share coupons either by giving away or swapping with another coupon person. It's money in your pocket when you do not have to buy extra newspapers.

HAPPY TUESDAY? No matter it's Tuesday anyway. Wheeeeee....





Monday, August 15, 2011

I LIKE DOGS AND THIS ONE IS VERY CUTE

Tried to embed this from youtube dot com but it would not work so here is the link. He's so cute and persistent!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8DiOthAKek

Will require copy and paste because it's not a live link.

Enjoy.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I DON'T GET IT

I love surfing the Internet. It's a great way of escape, a great way to learn and a great way to stay in touch. But I don't get it.

As I surf around the world wide web, I see other blogs. They have posts that are suppose to be a 'new idea', a great way to save money or a new craft. WHAT?! It's stuff I've been doing for years! Example: Breakfast for supper. Duh.

So, I've come to the conclusion that there really is nothing new under the sun in the blog world. It's all about how long you've lived and how many life experiences you have had.

Sure an idea may look new to a mom in her thirties but be old hat to a grandma in her sixties.

Life happens. Enjoy it. It flashes by so fast!

Time to take the day off and ease ourselves from this job looking stress.

Have a nice day yourself.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SIGN FOR THOUGHT

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and by golly people like me.



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MONEY WITH THE HONEY

Yes, I am couponer, not an extremer but I take my binder with me just about every time I leave the house. If I don't I usually regret it.

Another way I've found to save money is to get The Hubby involved in couponing. No, he is not clipping and sorting but he is on the lookout for deals. He checks the Sunday paper and pulls out all of the inserts. He looks for the things he needs, like shaving stuff, and asks me if I have coupons. He is willing, ready and able to eat at places of business that have coupon deals. Since he/we are unemployed, it's the only way we eat out unless it is on Tuesday which is KFC Senior Buffet for $5!

We're a team in many ways for almost 44 years. It's just another team adventure for us! Save that dough! Sounds like a game show, doesn't it?!

Monday, August 8, 2011

STORMS

Dixie is feeling the shock and awe of the Creator. Huge, I mean really big, storms are hitting us just about everyday. Thunger. Lightning. Very hard rain. Sure it's refreshing, bringing cooler temps, so I'll just enjoy it and not complain.

Remember this?

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.

It's a little chant we did as a child. Several years ago, we had weeks of drought so, it's okay, we'll go with the rain

Sunday, August 7, 2011

84 TODAY

Today is my friend's 84th Birthday, Elizabeth VanDenburgh. She is an amazing woman, a friend, like the sister I never had in many ways. We lived in the same town for 16 years. Now, we are miles and miles apart. She is a wonderful example of a Christian woman and mother, daughter of a hard working farmer.

Her Hubby is amazing, too, brilliant, IBMer, who traveled the world working, honest, servant of the Lord.

We lived with them for four months, long story. We would have been homeless had they not taken us in and fed us. They have done this for many over the years.

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mrs Elizabeth, aka Libby, VanDenburgh! Thank you for the influence you have been to me!

(Thank you Hubby VanDenburgh for all you are doing at this time. You are my hero.)

Friday, August 5, 2011

FRIDAY AND WHAT NOW?

Tis Friday, already. A quick trip north happened today to return the oldest son's now repaired air conditioning system in the car. The Hubbie and I got up early, picked up the car, went to his drawing blood appointment at the VA and then north to the next state to deliver the car.

The Hubbie has yet to find a job, which is very perplexing but he is still full of hope or is he acting? Hummmmmmm.

While visiting the older son, we wondered if there might be something that we could invent or supply in order to make the income increase. Social Security is not going to cut it.

The wheels in the old brain are twirling but no ideas yet. What to do?

Suggestions?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

AC

Goodie, goodie, gum drops.

The air is ON! It was a minor repair and cost less than $200, which is very minor considering it could have been several thousand bucks!!

The unit is 14 years old so every summer we wonder if this is the end of the trail but it just keeps chugging along.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

WHEN IT RAINS....

Well, the Hubbie's job was cut due to budget restraints, now the air conditioner is out. Read previous post on how hot it is here.

The old saying is when it rains, it pours, well, we could use some rain and cooler temps about now.

UGH UGH UGH.....remember this old song from the TV show, HeeHaw?

Gloom, despair and agony on me. Deep dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair and agony on me!

La dee da.

Monday, August 1, 2011

OH, MEEEE!

Life in Dixie is usually pretty good, cept for summer. Oh, meeee!! Hot is hot and it lasts for days on end. Tomorrow the weather is suppose to be 100 with August still facing us here.

Dealing with the heat is even harder if you are dealing with hot flashes. No fun at all.

Some of the ways to deal with the heat are.....

Take showers, several a day, minimum of two, average three per day.
Change clothes when they are damp with sweat, dry is better.
Air conditioning, in the house, in the car, in the church, everywhere.
Where skin touches skin, use clean paper towels to absorb the sweat or terry cloth, gross, yeah, but helps.
Wear deodorant without anti sweat chemicals. It allows the body to sweat naturally.
Cotton clothes, no polyester.
No hose.
Carry something to fan with in your purse and something to wipe off the sweat as you can.
Turn on ceiling fans and leave them on to help the air to circulate.
Sleep on cotton sheets.
Drink water, drink more water.

Do you have an suggestions? I'm always looking for something to help ease the heat.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

FRIDAY FUN

Company is coming. Let the fun begin! Whatever he wants to do, we're going to do!


Eat at Hardee's for breakfast...go to the mall and jump jump jump...eat candy but not a bunch....get the idea?!

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Copied......
Don't cry because it's over,
smile because it happened.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

MY 63rd BIRTHDAY PICTURE



THIS WAS THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!! The picture was taken by our SIL at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC.

Thanks Angela and Larry for making it the best and me feel special!!!!

Love,

Me

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

Have you heard about this? It's available to anyone with Internet and can search a certain state. Type in the state website, scroll and find the unclaimed property graphic, click on it, type in your name. IF that state has money in your name, follow the instructions and claim it. It's a free service so do NOT buy a list or a book because that is a scam.

Several months ago, I found The Hubbie's name and my first name listed as having money in the state treasure that we did not know we had. I went thru the process and the check came. It was $381 and some pennies. No, it's not a million or two, which would have been wonderful, but it covered an unexpected extra expense we had while on vacation.

So, search every state you have resided in to date. Who knows? You may have unclaimed funds, too.

Saving money is easy when you find money you didn't know you had!

Monday, July 25, 2011

TOPLESS


BEEN ON VACATION....nuff said.

Monday, June 27, 2011

GRAND PERFECTION

I am a blogger but follow very few blogs myself. I have several bookmarked so I can go back to the ones I like pretty quick but following, not so much.

I found one that I like so far. She's so honest! It's titled Grandmom's Little Loves. She thinks her grandchildren are flawless. What a brilliant woman!

Although we only have two GRANDS at this point, more will be coming in the future. Still, The Hubbie and I both think these two are pretty much perfect.

Here is an older picture of them. They are both so much bigger now but there are no new pictures on this computer, a problem that will be repaired soon.

The GRAND son adores the GRAND daughter. He is so good to her. He loves on her, kisses her, touches her hand. He's never hit her, bit her, pulled her hair. He's just perfect to her. She follows his every move and tries to touch him every time he is within her arm's reach.

GOD LOVE EM!
and we do, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

FRIDAY FUNNY

When something seems to good to be true, it's best to shoot it just to make sure.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SO WHAT

So what do I blog about now? Maybe I should just post pictures for several days in a row. Maybe I should just blog about good things in the world. Maybe I should blog about, who knows what? I have lots of words stored up but are they really interesting to other people? Don't know. Phooey.

Okay, how about this? I am 26.3 lbs less fatter than I was a year ago. It's the facts, Mam', just the facts. So, if I have a fall back (is there such a thing?) I will remember this fact. It's okay, I'm not perfect but there is less of me than there was this time last year.

Is that earth stopping? :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

TUESDAY TIP

The money saving tip for today is this:

Check out the website of your favorite eatting out places, fast food, sit down, etc. If they have a birthday club, sign up for it. If they send out an email with coupons, sign up. You will receive offers for free or discounted meals all year and a special treat on your birthday. Free food!

Tonight The Hubbie and I ate out on a BD coupon at the nearby Ihop. He received it for his BD. When we arrived, the hostess said it was not required to purchase the item advertised but he could get anything up to $7.59 if he preferred.

He preferred.

So, we both ate out, after his BD discount, for just over $7.00, which means we ate a nice meal for approximately $3.50 each.

Money in our pocket and no dishes to wash!

Monday, June 20, 2011

DADDY WINS

This is a good clean joke from a good clean friend, a missionary friend for decades.

A father of five young children won a toy at a raffle.
Back home, he called his kids together to let them
determine which one should have the present.

"Who is the most obedient?" he asked. "Who never talks
back to Mother? Who does everything she says?"

After no more than a moment of thought, five small
voices answered in unison: "You, Daddy!"

Friday, June 10, 2011

TIME OUT

No, I'm not in trouble, I'm taking a time out from blogging. May come back, may not.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LONG DAY NO POST

Well, sorta no post....just posting to say it was a long day.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DIY and Doo Doo

So, gas is coming down, almost by the hour and certainly by the day, wonder why? Elections are in the air! Beware and don't fall for it all. Yes, I am so sick of it all, would love to have a third party candidate take it back but it's not going to happen, never has, it only puts the incumb back into office by splitting the conservative vote. Many do not remember Ross Perot but many do, so tell everyone you know! A vote for a third party is a vote for the present regime. This is not the electon or the time to split the vote! Our country is in too deep doo doo.

Okay, breathe.

A way to save money that I have not bragged about on this site is to do it yourself. Today, I went to the near by bigger town for my errands. When I returned, The Hubbie had cleaned out the dryer vent, resulting in the little wire meshy filter thing now actually fitting into the slot where it is suppose to fit. Yes, there are companies that one can pay to do such things but why bother? Do it yourself. Don't know how? Look on the web. You can find out all kinds of things to do yourself.

Two good sites are eHow.com and Howstuffworks.com. Check em out.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GAS TIP

Can you believe how much gasoline is costing? It's absolutely insane. We've found a little tip that has helped our gas mileage. Ready? Here it is:

BUY REAL GAS!!

Yep, seek out the stations that sell gas and not gas with ethanol. The mileage in my little zoom zoom has increased by 6 miles per gallon, town driving, by going to the station that has real gas!

I asked the owner about it. He told me that his big truck and everyone that has talked about buying gas from his station, has better gas mileage plus the autos/trucks are running better, less clattering, etc.

Since this is a locally owned mom and pop station, the price per gallon is less, too! Win, win.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

NEW SHIRT DAY

Today, I wore my recently purchased flag shirt from Bonworth's, in honor of the Memorial Day weekend.

It is two sizes smaller than what I was wearing this time last year.

So that's a good thing.

Tooting my own horn.

Toot. Toot.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

MOM ALWAYS SAID

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
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This may be the first blank blog in history.

Friday, May 20, 2011

SUMMER IS HERE

It's hot in Dixie, yet again. The temp will be in the 90s today and tomorrow, probably only going higher for the next several weeks. I love living in Dixie but I do hate the hot.

Hubbie's job is still nixed but the wife, me, is trying to get over it. Don't think it's going so good. 64 and unemployed......

Today, the errands were CVS, drive thru Hardee's for a biscuit and Diet Coke, Lowe's for window screens, which they do not sell, only sell screen kits so you can make your own. WHAT?!! Don't think so! The big WM for a few things for the house and cereal.

Spent several minutes searching the web for jobs open in the area, not much here. Time will tell.

I truly hope that Huntsville does not end up Detroit Jr. The president has handed the Space Program to the Russians, this Shuttle has taken it's last flight to the Space Station and people are looking for jobs outside the space industry. Houses are up for sale, some for quite a while now.

There is a silver lining to every cloud.....somewhere.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

JOB

What a difference a day makes.

The Hubbie's great job was cut yesterday due to budget constraints. He was not the only one but selfishly it's the only one that matters to me. Nope, not handling it well yesterday or today.

I can be a real negative person if I sink very low.

Today I am drinking chocolate milk from the jug, eatting chocolate chip muffins and watching the sinking of the Titanic to cheer me up.

Well, I put the milk in a glass but I thought about drinking it from the jug.

Rats, bummer, stink, throw up and every rotten thing I can think of today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CASEY ANTHONY

Are you following the pretrial coverage of the Casey Anthony case? Somehow I keep being drawn to it. I tend to get involved in things like this, for example, I watched all I could of the OJ trial. It fascinated me. This does, too.

I feel so sad for the baby girl, the grandparents, etc. Although I feel that the grandparents are now covering for their daughter, they are suffering the most.

Our justice system is generally fair except when it comes to those that cannot speak for themselves, the murdered young, born and unborn.

There should be some kind of justice for the baby girl. What is your opinion?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FREE, sorta, ENTERTAINMENT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=sekLEG8xsOs

Monday, May 16, 2011

PARTY WEEK

Missed me? It was Mothers Day and I had fun all week.

The older Son and his family, including the GRANDS, were here on Saturday. On Monday, he took me to the airport so I did not have to leave the little zoom zoom and pay parking. He also bought my lunch at Ruby Tuesday, yum yum.

I flew to see the Daughter and SIL. It was great. It was the first time I have flown since 9/11. The flight took about 42 minutes. LOVED it! We did fun stuff all week. She drove me back on Friday. They gave me a really cool purse and paid for part of my ticket. The Hubbie paid for the rest plus gave me some spending money.

The Young son drove in, surprised me and walked with us at the Relay for Life, cancer survivor's celebration and money raiser. All of our birth kids were here for the first time. It made my year.

I have some pics but they are not on the computer yet, may post a few. Don't know because I don't know how I look. Old, I know, ha, but we shall see.

It was a fun, wonderful, week, probably the best Mothers Day week for me ever.

Friday, May 6, 2011

MOTHERS DAY

This Sunday is Mothers Day so have a happy one! Do something special for your Mother. Don't take her for granted. You only have one Mom. You will not have her forever.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

FUNNY T

Here is a funny tshirt saying.....

Programmer Needs Job. Willing To Do Windows.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WITHOUT A CLUE

Something is going on with Blogger. I tried to upload to web graphics but neither of them worked.

So, I'm going to bed without knowing why, without a clue.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

HELPING OTHERS SAVE MONEY

Today, in Dixie, is a cold day, well in the 50s, and raining. It's what we call winter weather. Personally, I'm enjoying it because hot weather is just hot.

A tip for today is to help others save money. Do you coupon? Do your coupons expire without being used? Google and see where you can send those expired coupons. Military families overseas can use them up to six months after the expiration date. So, if you want to do a good deed, do the work and share those coupons.

Monday, May 2, 2011

FACEBOOK POST & REPOSTED HERE

Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! REPOST IF YOU AGREE!!!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

OVER 300 DEAD

The State of Alabama has suffered terrible loss of life in the recent breakout of storms with tornadoes. As of today, the count is 334 have perished.

The damage to property is in the billions, some residents will never recover.

We are thankful our county did not have anything other than bad storms.

We are fine. Our house is fine. We also now have power, including Internet and phone.

It's been a nightmare for many and will continue to be so.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

31 DAYS TO CLEAN

This blog is about a new e-book I found out about on Facebook. A few of my younger friends had the link posted. I checked it out and found I could get a free copy of the e-book titled '31 Days to Clean'. I'm going for it!

Even though I am almost at the 44 year mark of being married, cleaning for 44 years, reading many books about the subject, I'm always opened to new ideas.

Besides, if you think it's hard to stay motivated to clean when you're young.....? Just try to stay motivated when you've been doing it for as long as I have...zzzzzz.

Here is the link:

http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com/home/2011/04/free-copy-of-31-days-to-clean/

You will need to copy and paste.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

$11.60

The tip for today is how I made $11.60.

I recycled cans! Yep, took 4 bags of coke cans and 1 of tin cans. The company paid me $11.60.

Ten dollars went into the vacation jar. $.60 went into the piggy bank and I spent $1.

Free money for what would have been garbage.

Monday, April 25, 2011

RELAY FOR LIFE

Tonight was the dinner for our local cancer Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is to raise funds for cancer research, as well as, honor the survivors and those lost to the dreaded disease.

The oldest survivor was first diagnosed in 1959, that's right, 1959. The youngest survivor in attendance tonight was only 18. There were people of all ages present as survivors and care givers.

We all have our own story to tell.

Friday is the walk. I'll post pictures then.

It's a time to reflect and be thankful for every breath since diagnosis, for all of us.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

THINKING ABOUT AGE


Today was take a short trip, meet the older son half way to pass off his dry cleaning because his suit was needed for this Sunday....translation: I got to see the GRANDs! Well, deliver the dry cleaning, too, but what's important? heehee

(WHAT IS THAT NOISE? SCROLL DOWN TO APRIL 10 POST)

Heard something on the radio that was interesting....

College age kids do what they do because they are at the age that they don't know how much they don't know.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

HELEN KELLER

Do you know that Helen Keller is from Alabama? Her childhood home is here.

Here is a beautiful quote from her.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

TODAY'S BARGAIN

Today I made a trip to the near by town for several errands....meeting, dry cleaners, lawyer's office, etc. I'm too pooped to pop, whatever that means.

Anywho...a quick stop was made at the JC Penney's Outlet store. I am redoing the house, trying not to buy anything, but found I needed two king size pillows for the shams I am moving from the master to the back bedroom. So, money, required.

I found a two pack of king size pillows marked 9.99, regular price $29.99. I strolled to the checkout, proud of my find. When, to my surprise, the bill totaled just over $7 with tax! Shazam, woohoo, and goodie goodie gum drops. There was a sale on all gray ticketed items. TWO (2) King Sized pillows for about $3.50 each!

There are some days you save money without realizing you're doing it! So try shopping at JCP Outlet Stores for some good deals.

Monday, April 18, 2011

TIME FLYS

Is FLYS a word?

Since Monday is usally about me, I have been pondering the thought of time flying. Even though I can no longer work, I wonder where the days go. Do you? Is it just me?

All of these time saving devices.....
computer
washer
dryer
dishwasher
vaccuum
stoves
frig
microwave

But where is time? A friend and I were a bit perplexed about this situation. We start a Monday, turn around and it's Thursday. Crazy. I'm repeating myself. I blogged about this not long ago. Guess I'm in a rut.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

GRAND FUN

French fries and cheeseburger at Honald's (McD)
Little Sister Carrington
Playing at the Mall
Visiting Grandpa's school

Friday, April 15, 2011

2 THINGS ABOUT TODAY

It's been raining in Dixie all day. It's a slow, constant, occassionally heavey, rain. It looks like flowers are swelling, ready to pop open their blooms just today.

It's been a slow day with little accomplished other than rest, ahhhhhh.

Today would have been my Mother's 81st BD. She passed away from breast cancer that spread through her skeletal system. She was on morphine the last six month of her life. She was 58 years old.

When you loose your parents, you loose the past....
When you loose your mate, you loose the present....
When you loose a child, you loose the future.......

Cancer is a terrible disease. Maybe, someday, there will be a cure.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

YUCK YUCK AND MORE YUCK

We're up way too early getting ready to go have some medical tests done on the aging body. The prep is horrible. The procedure not so bad because I will be out.

I have the worst headache in my life so am very ready to get it done.

Modern medicine is great but seems like it almost kills you to get you better or make sure there is nothing wrong.

Thus the title, YUCK YUCK AND MORE YUCK.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DEFINITION OF DIET

the all consumable obsession with food you shouldn't have eatten yesterday,
but did;
the food you have eatten today,
but shouldn't have;
the food you shouldn't eat tomorrow,
but probably will.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SAVING MONEY

Today I had several errands to do. One of them had me cross paths with a young lady that told me about something I had not heard before today.

She said that if you have Charter Cable, you can get points for things like paying your bill on time, etc. The points can be used for two things.

1 - pay your cable bill, saving cash
2 - bidding on items for sale on their website

From what I understand, there are other companies that are doing this, too. American Express is one. So, check it out, you may be able to get credit towards your monthly bills, putting cash in your wallet!

I'm checking.

Monday, April 4, 2011

APRIL

It's April! Well, a few days past the first but it's a new month, still April.

I didn't play any jokes this year. Last year I wrote my GRANDson's name on my left arm with a majic marker and it looked like a tattoo. Then posted it on FB. I should find that pic......such a bad girl, I am. heehee

Happy Monday and Happy April!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

HONEYBUN CAKE

This recipe is from a long time friend. She is my forever forty friend, long story. Her name is Sunny, well, her nickname is Sunny. Her real name is very different than Sunny. Sunny fits her much better! Her notes are included.

Honeybun Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup water
8 oz sour cream (plus an extra dollop, if desired)

Mix all ingredients together. Pour half of batter into greased 13 x 9 pan.

Mix together: 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar*, 1-1/2 Tblsp cinnamon

Sprinkle half of the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the cake batter. Pour in remaining half of batter, spreading over cinnamon/sugar. Top with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. Swirl mixture with spatula or knife to spread cinnamon/sugar mixture through cake.

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Mix glaze of 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and enough milk to spread easily.** Drizzle glaze over top of warm cake.

*Sometimes I pay the difference to get the measured cups of brown sugar. This saves measuring.

**I put enough milk to make a glaze that will pour rather than spread over cake. This soaks into the cake and helps make it more moist.

Finished cake looks like a huge honeybun and is really good. Like a sweet coffee cake. It's good anytime, but boy would it be good in the winter with a pot of coffee!!
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This is going to be the last Sweet Saturday post for awhile. The Hubbie is off on Saturdays now so I want to spend more time with him. I may switch to a different day for the sweets postings. We'll see.

Friday, April 1, 2011

SAY CHEESE

GRANDson with the red toy basket on his head, taking a picture of Grandmom, taking a picture of him.

"Smile, Grandma!"

Thursday, March 31, 2011

TSHIRT SAYING

Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LUCK

The fortune cookie says:

The luck that is ordained for you will be coveted by others.

Okay, then.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FREE POTS AND PANS

I don't know how long it's been but I have been saving rewards from

www.mycokerewards.com


The site offers free things for drinking Coke and other products. Finally, I saved enough points to get a set of pots and pans, free. Then, they were gone from the website so I found another set, smaller, but better for what I needed.

The pots and pans came yesterday, delivered with free shipping because it was a new offer from the company.

Free is always great. Free pots and pans, free shipping. I love a bargain.

Monday, March 28, 2011

MONDAY ME DETOX PHOTOS

Instead of pouting or ranting, I'm posting pics of my detoxing process. Oh, goodie.
Here is another session, start to end:
Notice the black flecks....heavy metals being removed from my body.
When the session was done, there were over 40 black flecks.
Yeah, I'm thinking GROSS, too.