Wednesday, August 31, 2011


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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


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:


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

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+)
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+)
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!

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


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


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


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 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


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

Friday, August 19, 2011


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


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


Saw this on a blog......

YEP....have to agree with that one!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


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 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


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

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


Thursday, August 11, 2011


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


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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


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


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


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


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?


Thursday, August 4, 2011


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.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011


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


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.