Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Today is Halloween.  When I was growing up, it was a fun holiday.  Now it is edging closer and closer to an evil holiday.  Each year there is less childlike innocence and more towards blood, guts, meanness.  

It's sad because it is a sign we are becoming meaner as a society, my opinion.  It started years ago when that creep in Houston poisoned his own children and blamed it on trick treat treats.  Trust no one now.

Here, the churches do Trunk and Treat, which is a good thing and is much safer for all the children.

Still it is fun to see the pumpkins, candy and cute little kids all dressed up, having fun.  So, enjoy this day.  It's almost over for another year.

Happy Halloween if you care.....if you don' big deal.


Friday, October 26, 2012


This was our GRAND daughter's second Happy Birthday cake.  Our DIL, her Mommy, made it from scratch.  It was delicious, the best birthday cake I have ever had!!!

Red Velvet with rainbow colors for the layers.  The theme of the party was rainbow colors.  My mouth is watering just thinking of this delicious cake!!  Good job, Malinda!
Lots of rainbow candy for children!

Fruits and veggies!

Fun, fun, fun!

Mommy and Carrington


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Well, I have found a website that I really like, so far!  It is  Yes, a shoe site.  I ordered these from it on Saturday and they arrived today!!!

Shoes for 39.00, no shipping, no tax and list for $129.99!  They are beautiful, came shipped in the designer box, each shoe in it's own soft bag, inside the box, inside a sturdy cardboard box, delivered by UPS to my front door this morning!

What a deal!!

Normally I do not spend even $39 on shoes for me but what a savings this is!  The shoes are well constructed and very girlie.  

I have wanted a pair of red heels for years since the last pair I purchased in the color red was in the year 1975, no joke!

Love, love, love!


Thursday, October 18, 2012


This is Dexter.  Isn't he cute?  He is a Westie.  His owner is Alicia, our younger son's GF.  She sent us this picture for Grandparents Day this year.  Yeah, we like little Dexter!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Today's hint for saving money is:

Watch, record and take notes while the Extreme Couponing TV show is on the air!


Don't believe everything they are telling you about couponing because:

1 - no one really shops that way...... 

2 - it is a television show......

3 - your store may not give the discounts that their store does.....

4 - do not buy so many products that may expire before you need to use that product......


it is a good way to learn tips and tricks on how to save real money, from real people on real products.

So, check it out but be sure and keep a level head about it.

Once you start couponing and saving money, it is addictive, especially if you are living on Social Security and very little else.


Monday, October 15, 2012


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our sweet GRAND daughter, Carrington!

Holding her for the first time was one of the high points of my life!

Two years have passed so quickly!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012


CVS is a great place to find some great deals.  The things in this picture cost $5.40, including tax, with coupons, Extra Care Bucks and sales priced.  Plus with the purchase of the Dove, received $5.00 Extra Care Bucks back. 

Some websites would say the product was free but I don't list it that way because the ECBs are for the next purchase.  Still, $5 is $5 to spend next time!


Saturday, October 6, 2012


As one ages, things start to go, physically, mentally and emotionally.  For instance, the last post I made may have been posted earlier and I flat out forgot.  Oh well, I'm working towards 65, have outlived both of my parents and am not getting any younger, give me some space.  Grin.

I was surfing the web while The Hubbie was on his treadmill.  Yes, I was walking on the boring, big snooze machine, but when my foot became infected after an in office procedure, I have taken a break from it.

So, enough for excuses.

Back to the point about surfing the web.  I actually Googled my full name.  Boy, does the web have it wrong on me but that's fine.

I kept clicking the largest numbered page below the Google at the bottom of the page when I found this webpage:

You may have to copy and paste because it may not be live once I post.

I watched it for a bit, stopping the spinning as I waited.  It is so very shocking how many UNDER the age of 30 are listed on the spinning, 24/7 wall.

Sure, I get down, depressed, vertically flattened but this site is so much more than a bad day.  It is about real humans who chose death over living, who quit breathing by their choice, who have left a hole in the heart of their families and friends.

It brought me to this question:

Is suicide selfish?

I hope no one is considering this way out of a bad situation.  There is always hope.  There is always help.  Don't give up the only life you have, or ever will have, because it is overwhelming.  
Once you do it, there is no coming back, ever.  
There are people that love you and you can learn to love yourself.

IF the situation is bad, work on getting out of it, start today and live for one more year.  Look at life at the end of that year but don't take the path of suicide.  It really isn't the only answer.

Why am I saying all this?  I don't know.


Monday, October 1, 2012


I'm up and should be in bed sawing logs.  Not sure why I am not sleeping tonight, just happens ever so often now instead of night after night of no sleep.

Any wwhhhoooo, I was cleaning out the notepad on my laptop and found this blog post that was never posted, no time, no date, just words.  Here it is:

Saving money is a main focus for me and for this blog.  I am constantly looking for ways to economize.  Here is a typical day in the life of a Sr Citizen living on a budget.

I do have specific days that I try to accomplish specific tasks.  Grocery shopping and errands in the nearby bigger town usually take most of one day.  This is how I saved some money on one of those days.

Had breakfast at Hardee's, one plain biscuit, one medium Diet Coke, light ice......
          Didn't buy a biscuit with any 'toppings', only bought one, didn't buy the large size drink; medium is only $1.  I eat for $2.06.

Bought new undies from the local Ross store.....not at a department store is the point...
Also splurged and bought a 'lifetime mildew repellent shower curtain" only 5.99
          Normallly I just cut the old one down and put up a new one.  If this works, it will be a long time before I buy another one instead of one about every 3 months.

Lost my oversized, fit over the eyeglasses, sunglasses.....
          Checked the three places I had been the day before, finding them on the counter of the thrift store, claimed them, left with them on my nose.  Saved $10 for a new pair.

Shopped Publix
          Only bought the BOGO free items this trip and Hebrew National Hotdogs that were on sale, too.  Also get the old lady discount!

Lunch I wasn't that hungry but it was getting late and needed to refuel the body
          Drove thru local Zaxby's, used my happy birthday card for a free mini sandwich, splurged and bought the LARGE Diet Coke.  Lunch: $1.92.

Stopped at Staples.....
          Purchased a new coupon like file for our Dave Ramsey budget.  (We used the enveloped for several months, writing in pencil the erasing but the envelopes started falling apart, didn't want to spend $10 on refill)  Regular price was $4.95 plus tax.  Today, back to school sale:  $2.09.

Skyped the Daughter......
          No minutes used on the cell phone.

The rest of the day was spent at home, sweeping, moping, cleaning the bathrooms, slowly, pacing myself of course......

          No shopping, no money spent!  Money in is money in not money out.

Yeah, I even cooked supper.....
          Stir-fry beef with brocolli and water chestnuts on white rice, all from the pantry.

Sometimes you have to look at saving money as NOT spending money, which means it is in your pocket not in the store's cash register.   Better still, NOT spending money you don't have!

Think about it then do it.