Time to shift gears, move forward, take life out of park...a blog for Empty Nesters, Stay @ Home Moms, Dads, Folks...living, breathing, trying to save money, enjoying life...time to change the focus keep the slippers...welcome one and all.
Yesterday was my Happy 64th Birthday! Happy Birthday to me!
We had a great time visiting our youngest son and his future fiance, meaning, no ring yet but eventually. They were so good to us! We did some tourist things, ate at wonderful restaurants, watched movies and just enjoyed the time together. We also played with their little Westie, Dexter.
Today is Monday again. Time to start another week. Doing better. Figured out I was de-hydrated and that was what was causing the light-headed-ness. I've started drinking water, which I do not like, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do Drinking only Diet Coke or sweet tea was not doing the job in this heat. Water it is.
Dixie has had rain! Lots and lots of rain! Refreshing and wonderful!
This week is jam packed with stuff to do. Whoever said that retirement would be boring or a drag, was wrong. It seems we are busier than before. When you figure that one out, let me know.
I'm still filling a bag a day of 'stuff' to donate, share or trash. I am on a mission!!! Woohoo!
The other day I came across a blog that had the idea of ridding your life of clutter, aka junk, aka trash, by filing a bag every day for forty days, ending up with forty bags of clutter, aka junk, aka trash, out of your life forever.
I thought that would be easy to handle, something I could do! No stress, takes up little time, at the end of forty days, loads of stuff g-o-n-e!
The author made a list of areas to clean or something about a list. The list did not appeal to me. So, why not tweak it to fit me. I did.
I pulled out a piece of paper from the copier, divided it in half long ways, numbered the page like so:
and so on with 20 on one side of the paper and 20 more down the middle of the page for a total of
I also had started de-junking that same week so I added the previous junk to the list. Why? Because I couldn't get past not counting those two bags that I had donated and because it's my list. I will do it my way.
Here is my list/accomplishment so far to date:
Bag 1 - Donated vintage dishes
Bag 2 - Donated clothes
Bag 3 - Pantry junk
Bag 4 - Bathroom cabinets junk
Bag 5 - Frig junk*
*Our SIL should be proud of me. I removed ALL of the foods that were out of date. I found one thing that was way too old. It made me shiver to think that has been in my frig that long! Ugh!
Later I may post a pic of my list and the clean areas of my house. It should look and feel so much lighter!
I reserve the right to miss a day or two but this will be an ongoing project! So, check back and see how it is going.
Several weeks ago, I posted about a product from the local Lowes store that we purchased. It was suppose to be good for reviving counter tops that had faded or been damaged. What a great idea? Well, it didn't work. It has chipped already. Don't buy it!
So, since it was back in the winter, I could not find the receipt. The Hubbie thought I had it. I thought The Hubbie had it. Nope.
I took the product back to the store. The store gave me a card with store credit on it. Hooray! The money is not lost after all.
I spent a bit of the card money on a redneck redo of my porch swing. It's so bad I don't think I will post a picture but maybe I will, just for laughs.
Any who (not a typo), money is left on the card for a future purchase. Small one, yes, but the saving money tip for today is don't throw a product or purchase away just because you do not have the receipt.
You may very well be able to get a store credit for a future purchase.
I mentioned in the previous post to go to Dollar Tree and purchase one of their fabric window shields. Use it on the driver side window by placing it in the widow and raising the window up to a closed position.
It may get stuck.
So, instead, open the door, drape it over the top of the door, close the door. It will still work, not get stuck and not mess up a window.
It's amazing how much cooler the inside of the car will be if you use this trick along with putting a reflector on the dash, across the windshield of your car.
When it's this hot, for this long, we're all looking for ways to be cool!
104...that's the temp in Dixie! We have had days and days of very high temps. The grass is dying. We are not watering our grass because of the cost but others are and their grass is dying as well.
Here are a couple of ideas to try to stay cool.....
Use window darkening shades and curtains, keeping them closed all day and night. You know you're not making drugs so why does it matter if the neighbors are wondering?
If your attic stairway is in the garage, open it about 1/3, leave it open, leave the garage door opened slightly. It will cause a bit of a draft and the hot air in the attic will be pushed out through the vents in the roof. (posted this before)
Go to WM, look in the auto department. They sell a seat cushion that has springs in it to keep air circulating through the cushion. You will arrive with dry clothes not wet from being over heated in spite of AC. It is less than $9 and so worth it.
Dollar Tree sells those silver heat blockers for the windows of your cars. I bought one to put on the driver side window. Because it is flexible, made of cloth, lower the window, slip the folded visor in, raise the window. The driver side will be so much cooler!
Always put up the folded window visor. It lowers the temp in your car by many degrees.
Use floor fans and ceiling fans to keep the temp in the house lower to keep the AC from running so much.
Of course, put the thermostat up to about 74 or 75 unless you have company. You can dress differently when it's just you and The Hubbie.
Drink water, even if you don't like it, drink it.
Wipe off sweat with a clean dry cloth. You will cool off faster. Or use a cool cloth. Both work.
Use natural deodorants without sweat blockers. It will allow the body to sweat normally. Sure you need to check it after a few hours and reapply but you will feel better.
Shower in the morning and at night. Get the sticky off. You will sleep better and feel better during the day with two showers.
Eat out. Why heat up the kitchen? Grin.
One good thing about it being so hot is even though the washer is set on cold water, the water is actually warm. It comes out of the hot ground so you have warm water without warming it in the water heater.
So, stay cool. It is dangerous to get overheated. You may pass out. It has happened to me three times now. I'm taking it slooooow. I have figured out that it is cooler to wear tops without collars. The collar will keep heat in the body. Plus cut your hair shorter to keep hair off your neck, too. Both are good options to help with body temps or wear it up.