Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Still looking for ways to cut back on the money thing, you know.

majicjack Plus is one thing we are trying this week. You can keep your own phone number and it has several extras like voicemail for free.

I'll let you know how it goes. So far, so good.

Monday, January 30, 2012


Years ago, we moved to North Carolina, lived there 16+ years, moved in 1997. During those years, we went through some pretty tuff stuff, so it was good to get out from under the pressure! Many wonderful people came into our lives. This family is one of them. Patrick is the son and only child. I remember when he was born. His mom is Edith. Here is their story:


Copy and paste because it is not a live link. It is so worth reading and praying for them.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012


Things that are bad and good about keeping the thermostat at 62....
Cold toilet seats....
Lower power bills!!
Sleeping in sweats...
Hot Showers!!
Hot when entering a norm temp building.....
Sleep better!!
Save money on doc visits and meds?.....
Fewer sinus problems!!
Using a stack of blankets....
Widows do not steam up!!
Toes freeze...must add slippers...
Wearing two pairs of socks is fun!!
Shivering till The Hubbie brings me another cover....
Not spending money on something we never see!!
Saving the Earth....?....ha!
Refreshing to walk into a cool house!!
Washing everything in cold water.....
In Alaska, this is summer!!
I'd rather go to Hawaii....
We laugh about how cold our noses are!!
Watching tv all snuggled up is our new hobby....
How many layers does it take to warm up the old bod?
We are learning......
Pumping it up to 63 helps!!
It does, really, it does....
We pump it up to a normal temp when the GRANDS come!!
Back down when they go....
It is so worth it!!!!
Yeah, I just said that.....

Friday, January 20, 2012


This was in an email from a young friend. It's a funny way to give serious instruction to any young (or older) girl looking for a life long mate!

To all the girls who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: " Ruth patiently waited for her mate Boaz." While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don't settle for any of his relatives; Broke-az, Po-az, Lyin-az, Cheating-az, Dumb-az, Drunk-az, Cheap-az, Lockedup-az, , Goodfornothing-az, Lazy-az, and especially his third cousin Beatinyo-az. Wait on your Boaz and make sure he respects Yoaz!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Yesterday, I ventured out to Publix. Since I have been under the weather, we have been basically eatting from the pantry or The Hubbie was picking something up for meals. This was going to be a big haul for me to restock and pick up some sale items.

I spent $46.47 but didn't spend $51.28!!!!

Many say that they do not coupon because there are no coupons for what they buy. I beg to differ.

Here is my list: (I would post a picture but The Hubbie is repairing the frig and I am out of his way, blogging.)

2 pkgs of Hebrew National Beef Franks (our favorite)*
1 box of Publix butter
2 pkgs of Hormel Pepperoni *
2 boxes Kebler crackers *
1 pkg Crunchmaster crackers *
2 bags of Chex mix *
(Remember I am restocking on this trip.)
1 roll of Publix paper towels (the penny item for this week) *
1 pkg Kraft sandwich cheese 24 slices
1 bag potatoes
2 pgs of muffin mix*
2 boxes of Fiber One cereal*
Hellman's light mayo
2 boxes Raisin Bran cereal
2 bottles Ranch dressing *
4 jars spaghetti sauce *
1 bag of red delicious apples
1 12 pk Angel Soft tp *

* items all had coupons this time

The summary goes like so:

Vendor coupon $9.05
Store coupon $2.50
Special price savings $36.81
Transaction Discount $2.92 (old lady discount)
Your savings at Publix $51.28

So, a $97 grocery bill was only $46.47 plus tax, which I do not count in my total because tax is not considered on the savings, make sense?

Couponing is so worth it to us! Yes it does take some time but consider this, if I spent two hours couponing this week, that is $25 + an hour I saved/didn't spend!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


This is a funny from a friend.....

Indian Wanting Coffee:

An Indian walks into a cafe with a shotgun
In one hand pulling a male buffalo with the other.
He says to the waiter:

"Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Sure, Chief. Coming right up."

He gets the Indian a tall mug of coffee.....
The Indian drinks the coffee down in one gulp,
Turns and blasts the buffalo with the shotgun,
Causing parts of the animal to splatter everywhere and then just walks out.

The next morning the Indian returns.
He has his shotgun in one hand, pulling
Another male buffalo with the other.
He walks up to the counter and says to
The waiter:

"Want coffee."

The waiter says, "Whoa, Tonto!
We're still cleaning up your mess from yesterday.
What was all that about, anyway?"

The Indian smiles and proudly says,

"Training for position in United States Congress:
Come in, drink coffee, shoot the bull,
Leave mess for others to clean up,
Disappear for rest of day."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Some say love makes the world go round. Really? Don't think that one is true. The truth is, it would go around anyway, bright one. However, it does take money for the world to operate, especially in the good old USA. Since we are seniors, living on a very tight budget, and The Hubbie is unemployed, me, too, money seems to be the main focus.

We both recently went to the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at our church. It was an amazing opportunity for us. Although we are way pass the saving for college, saving for retirement, etc., we still learned so much.

One thing is to operate on a cash budget. We are doing this with the envelope system explained in Dave Ramsey's books, class and website. It has made a huge difference at our house. The idea is to name every dollar, set up what you will need for the month for gas, house repairs, newspapers for coupons, eatting out, etc. Put that amount in cash into the envelope. Take out what you use when you use it. When the envelope is empty, you are finished spending in that category for the month.

Before we started this system, we were putting $1400 per month on our Discover card. Shocking, I know. Since we always pay it off every month, we were going into the hole every month! Now, operating with the envelope system and cash only, we actually have money left at the end of the month!

Now, that's a tip worth taking to the bank!


Monday, January 16, 2012


Today is a holiday for some, a work day for others. Since I am a senior citizen, I remember Martin Luther King, Jr. I remember his platform. I remember when he died. I remember how things were so crazy back then, cities on fire, people being killed, so much hate and distrust. I so hope those days never return. We've come so far and certainly do not need to go backwards.

We were a bit further north, helping with the GRANDS. I am very careful to keep my purse out of their reach, for obvious reasons which you may know or may not know. Still, I realize that EVERY woman's purse should be kept out of the reach of children.


Think of the things the average American woman may or may not carry in her purse that could be life threatening to a child.

Bobby pins or other clips
Loose change
Nail files or clippers
Writing pens or pencils
Weapons or things that can be used as weapons
Hard candy
Cigarettes, if they smoke
Matches or lighters, if they smoke
Make up
Plastic bags
Nail polish
Cell phones with batteries
Other electronic equipment
Wallets with snaps or buckles

Pretty scary when you think about it!

So, don't be all about you. Watch your purse when around small children or maybe even pets.

You might save a life by being responsible with this one act of awareness every day and every holiday.


Friday, January 13, 2012


“Women are angels. And when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly... on a broomstick. We're flexible like that.”

Thursday, January 12, 2012


I have made a promise to myself.


I did get involved in one that I thought was a sure thing because someone I knew decades ago was doing it. Boy, was I wrong. Now, I'm so embarrased that I ever did it or got others involved, too. Live and learn.

Since I am always looking for ways to make money, things that don't cost money to make money. Here are a few that I found:


A person actually writes articles about different subjects and gets paid. Don't have a clue how much, how often or anything. FYI.

A person can sell things on these sites:


A person can offer certain services, sing a song, etc and make $5 on this site:


It is interesting to know there are some possibilities without getting scammed.

Just remember:



Wednesday, January 11, 2012


The sharing of marriage....

The old man placed order for one hamburger, French fries and a drink.

He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half, placing one half in front of his wife.

He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife.

He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them . As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them were looking over and whispering.

Obviously they were thinking, 'That poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.'

As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said, they were just fine - they were used to sharing everything.

People closer to the table noticed the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink.

Again, the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman said 'No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.'

Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked 'What is it you are waiting for?'

She answered 'THE TEETH.'
--from a friend in an email

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Around here, several Dillard stores are closing or have closed. There is now a permanent clearance store in Huntsville. Recently, The Hubbie and I went to the near by town on business and other things. We stopped at this 'new' store.

There everything was/is marked at 65% off original price.

I found some lady underwear items for that price plus an additional 30% off each. I purchased three for less than the price of one at a full price store.

Be on the look out for these stores or other stores that are trending towards a clearance store. The prices are amazing!

Money, money, honey!

Monday, January 9, 2012


Wow, time is spinning around here! The to do list just keeps getting longer. Although I am still dealing with this stomach bug, I need to get more focused and at least put some things down on paper, a plan of attack, so to speak.

My list from last year is still on the memory board over my computer desk and file cabinet. Is that a hint?

I did accomplish several things but now, they seem to all be undone already, needing to be done again.

Maybe I just need to go to the beach and, like Scarlett of old, think about it tomorrow.......

Friday, January 6, 2012


Do not know where this came from or I would say so....yes, it's copied.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Well, hello, hello, it's time for me to just sit here and ramble on a bit, don't have a clue where this will go at this point.

It's a new year, amazingly 2011 vanished before our eyes. You know it has got to be going by quickly if you hear teenagers talking about how fast it went, or was going, I should say. When you are young, time seems to drag by but apparently all of that has changed. You would think that having a million time saving devices that we would have more time but it seems just the opposite, go figure that one out.

2012 is here, what now? There is an old saying that goes something like this, don't blame me if it's not word for word:

Keep doing what you are doing and you will get the same results.

So, what changes do I need to make for me? I've been pondering my past, raising 3 kiddos, The Hubbie semi-retiring yet to find a job, stuff like that sort. I need to make changes for me now. However, it seems like a mountain I am facing, rather than a mole hill. House stuff, eatting stuff, saving money stuff, you get the idea.

A few things I would like to do about me are:

Learn to walk in high heels again.
Pay more attention to the physical needs of the old body.
Find a style that works.
Do my nails more often, curl the hair more often, change cosmetics, etc.
Work on building strength, moving more, eatting healthy.

Needless to say, there are no big promises like I am going to loose 40 lbs by Monday. No big goals like I will run a marathon, etc.

For 2012, it's simple, sure, but most of all doable.

Ramblin' is a good thing. It can get you to a point or several. It's good therapy.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012


adjective, quea·si·er, quea·si·est.
inclined to or feeling nausea, as the stomach, a person, etc.; nauseous; nauseated.

tending to cause nausea; nauseating.

uneasy or uncomfortable, as feelings, the conscience, etc.

squeamish; excessively fastidious.

--copied from dictionary dot com

Monday, January 2, 2012


Well, Blog World, Christmas has come and gone. It was so much fun with the GRANDS. All the grown kiddos, with their loves, were here. I absolutely enjoy our grown children! We eat, we laugh, we enjoy their company.

This year was a 'thin' year as far as our giving gifts but we still were able to give to all of them, which is a blessing to us, feed them what they enjoy, do the Christmas turkey, ham, etc. Someday, we may not have that opportunity. But, while we can, we will! Fun!

Our GRANDS stayed with us a few days, which was very special. Uncle Larry and Aunt Sissy were here so they helped and had fun, too.

I did get the flu, throwing up and other gag stuff, for 14 hours before meds finally arrived to stop it all. Then on Saturday, a bit of a set back, today is better but still yuck.

Wondering what 2012 will be like for us, family, Country, world. Some are panicking about it, with good reason. Others are ignoring the signs, bad idea. Still, the same panic was going around in 1999, while 2000 came and went without a hitch. It's really okay because we know the end of the story. It's the part in the middle that is concerning. But, what can we do?

Not much, I don't think, because it's similar to having the flu. It comes, you get sick, throw up, etc., deal with it, happens without any control. Then you try to recover. It's slow, difficult, but you recover.

Will our world recover? Time will tell.

Will I keep blogging? Yeah. It's free, cheap therapy!

Happy 2012! It's here!!