Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014

 
READY OR NOT! 
 
YIPPEE OR BUMMER? 
 
HOW INTERESTING OUR ATTITUDES....
 
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Monday, December 30, 2013

THE NEW YEAR WISH

 
Sorta.....not really but the no housework, etc., appeals to every woman!
 
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Friday, December 27, 2013

UNDECORATING

Is that a real word? 
 
Anywho, it's a goin' on!
 
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

SICK AND MORE SICK

This Christmas, sick is the word for our house.
 
Bummer.
 
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

CHRISTMAS OVERLOAD

Christmas is here.  Several have mentioned how much there seems to need to be done this year over past years.  It is a bit sad that we are overloaded and miss the true reason for the season. 
 
Here is an example of two houses in TN. 

 
Brilliant, both in thought and deed.
 
Merry Christmas to everyone!
 
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Friday, December 20, 2013

CHRISTMAS LIST

It's that time of year again.  I love Christmas, the gifts, the tree, the gifts, the food, the gifts, the family, the gifts, etc.

The Hubbie is hard to buy for as usual.  He doesn't know what he wants so I don't know what to buy him.  I do have a couple of small gifts but they are small gifts.  He may get money again.  Guess that's better than getting him something he will laugh at, you know.

Me, on the other hand, can find all kinds of things that I like, for example:




and I LOVE this!

rats.....not uploading....back later
 
Let's see if it works now...
 
as I said, I LOVE THIS!  May order it for myself.....hahahahahahah

 
and this!

 
Good food is always a go!

 
See what I mean....I can find lots of stuff for me for Christmas....hummm.....maybe I should put myself on my list!
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

A&E BANS PHIL ROBERTSON

Well, yep, the Internet, radio, TV, Twitter, etc., are all a buzz about A&E suspending the Dad of the very popular show, Duck Dynasty.
 
Personally, I think it was a set up.  Libs do this to conservatives all the time!  Ask them a controversial question, get their honest answer, trap them and then explode the communication world in an effort to harm them or even keep people from winning elections.  Think about it.
 
So far today, this is the results of the MSN dot com poll, remember, it is only 3:00 PM Central time.

 Should A&E have suspended Phil Robertson from 'Duck Dynasty'?
15% Yes; his comments were inappropriate.   74,979 votes
83% No; he is entitled to have an opinion.     424,587 votes
2% I'm not sure.                                                10,293 votes
 
 
I have friends that are in same sex relationships.  I do not agree with it but they are still my friends.  There are things I do they do not agree with, still they are my friends.  When I was working, the nicest men were the men that were homosexuals.  They love women and want to be just like them.  They just don't want to have sex with them.
 
I am not God.  I am told in Scripture to NOT judge people.  I stopped throwing stones many moons ago! 
 
Still Phil has stated his opinion.  He has that right in this Country.  He should not be expelled from the show for answering a question honestly.
 
I hope two things....
 
Phil does NOT apologize for answering honestly.
 
This is NOT a publicity stunt on the part of A&E.
 
Either way, A&E made a big big mistake.
 
My opinion.
 
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BIGGER IS BETTER

Things to buy, use or wear a size larger:
 
 
Crochet hook....if you use a size larger hook than the pattern calls for, the stitch will be looser.  This is a tip from Dinah.
 
Next size up Panty hose....life is too short to be uncomfortable.....nobody wears these in the summer in Dixie, fyi.
 
Underwear....the next size up will stay put.
 
Coffee mugs......the extra room will allow stiring space without spilling contents.
 
Sweats....just in case The Hubbie dries them too long in the dryer.
 
Cleaning rags.....cover more area with one swipe.
 
Combs, brushes.....makes grooming faster and hair fluffier.
 
Tea glasses.....never big enough if you live in Dixie.
 
That is all for today.  Over and out.
 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FREE SHOES

Last week I received an email to sign up for a website.  I was given one $10 credit.  I used the credit for a new pair of shoes with free shipping!  This is a great place to get good deals for quality products!  Sign up today and you can get in on the action.
 
This is the website link: 
 
 
The company is Beyond the Rack. 
 
I'm hooked.
 
This is not a scam nor is it a trap.  It's legit and has some really cute things on it to buy!  These are the shoes that I bought.



They were free!  No tax, no shipping with my $10 credit, $.01 balance to my new account.  PLUS, an email arrived this morning saying they are already shipped!  Order was placed this past Sunday night!  Win win.
 
Yeah, they're shiny.  I'm breaking out of my old grandmother ways!  Woohoo!  Second childhood here I come.  Oh wait, I'm already there!  Now to dress the part...
 
Merry Christmas to Me!
 
HO HO HO
 
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Monday, December 16, 2013

MONDAY PLAY TIME

Today is Monday and nothing will upload onto this blog for some reason.  Maybe because it's Monday?  I don't know.
 
Any who....
 
There is a party at the local steakhouse for one of the Sunday School Classes so I'm going.  It's a lunch party.
 
This should be fun.
 
Forget about uploading.
 
Time to play.
 
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Friday, December 13, 2013

MYSTERY SHOPPING

Yes, it is true.  There is such a thing a mystery shopping.  How do I know?  Because I are one, as we say in Dixie.  No, we are not barefoot and prego.  Yes, most of us have our own teeth and we do not borrow each others'. 
 
In 2001, I started mystery shopping.  I am selective about the jobs I accept.  I do not buy alcohol or tobacco.  I do not lie when I am shopping.  I do not reveal to one mystery shopping company what I do for another mystery shopping company.  I enjoy shopping although the reports can be mind blowingly long at times. 
 
Never ever pay for a list of shopping companies.  It is a total scam. 
 
The best way is to register, register, register with as many companies you can find and then wait.  They will contact you if you meet the specifics of what the company needs. 
 
This is a scheduling resource.  I do not know if you can register with them or not but they do handle several companies at once.  sassie dot com.
 
You need to have a PayPal account because many of the companies pay by direct deposit into PayPal since a paper check is more expensive.
 
Some times the pay is great, some times, not so great but you can get your foot in the door by accepting all the shops you can at first.
 
Well, you got it, time to go scope out a shop.  Later gator.
 
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

TRASH TO TREASURE

There is an old saying.....
 
One man's trash is another man's treasure
 
or
 
recycling as it is called today.
 
 
I've been looking for ways to make things without buying them.  This is a cute idea for patio furniture:


You can tell what is made out of, pallets and some paint.
 
Here is another idea:

 
This is made from a use to be trampoline.

 
These snowmen are from old landscape timbers.  Cute, don't you think?
 
The best way to save money is not spend money.  Finding things for free to make into useful crafts or furniture is a great idea!
 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GUEST BLOGGER TIP

These are some great tips from our guest blogger, Dinah from
 
 
These are very good and very inexpensive.  Think of the possibilities!
 
I have a money saving tip for you.  A couple of years ago on a blog I saw where the blogger would buy fabric, tea dye it and tear it into strips and use it instead of ribbon.  For Christmas 2 years ago I bought red and white small checked fabric, did a coffee dye to age the white a bit and use it like ribbon...I’ve tied it around candles, bells, packages, gift bags...it looks great and is cheap if you buy it at Walmart...a lot cheaper than ribbon.
 
For fall I bought a black and white check—didn’t dye it, and solid orange ( I wanted an orange and white check but they didn’t have any)...put those tog and tied it around candles and on some fall banners/garlands I made...a yard of fabric goes a long, long way.
 
It’s nice if you like a country or primitive style look...goes nice on those craft gift bags...
 
When I got mine at Walmart at mom’s house it was only $2 a yard...it’s gone up since but still cheap, cheaper than ribbon...
 
You can get those packages of the largish silver bells at Dollar Tree, tie the red and white ribbon through the little hanging part and put several in a saucer or bowl and they look pretty. 
 
I put the red and white around one of those all white Catholic candles which was only a dollar and it looks so good...
 
Another thing you can do is take red yarn and crochet a mini-scarf and tie it around stuff...I have one tied around a dog that sits on my shelf...it makes him look festive.
 
You just chain the length you want, then do a couple of rows of single crochet, tie off, add fringe on the ends...it’s cute tied on the handle of a gift bag too.
 
Dollar General had Christmas card garland for a dollar...twine with small red felt mittens or green trees...you hang it and use the tiny clothespins behind the mittens/trees to clip your Christmas cards you get in the mail...really cute.
 
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Monday, December 9, 2013

THOSE WORDS

Today it is cold and wet in Dixie.  It's so damp that the water on my little zoom zoom was still on the car, over night, in the garage!!!  Now, that's cold and wet.  We are having January weather that started in November.
 
Are you ready for Christmas?  Have you noticed that the words Merry Christmas are totally missing from the TV this season?  I've not heard it one time in one commercial or on one program.  Every thing is Happy Holidays. 
 
What is your opinion about saying Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas? 
 
My opinion is when someone wishes me HH, I say Merry Christmas back.  It's happened at the local WM a couple of times.  Guess they've been given the word to not say those words.

Will you join me and say Merry Christmas?
 
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Friday, December 6, 2013

YOUNGER SON

We met our younger son at the nearby bigger town for a Tgiving dinner at Piccadilly with his long time girlfriend.
 
Here they are:


SQUIRREL!


 
THE END
 
You can figure it out.
 
12/15/2013
 
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

It is suppose to be 75 degrees in Dixie today. 
 
Hard to get into the Christmas Spirit but I saw this on Facebook this morning.   Check it out.
 
 
These men are amazing!  Their videos are inspiring!
 
 
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

GROCERY STORE BOO BOO

I shop at a near by Publix on Wednesday.  Why?  Because I get the senior, aka old lady discount.  Today was interesting.
 
As I was standing in the check out line, I noticed the Mentos had a tag BOGO free.  I also had a $.40 off coupon.  The cashier scanned it and it showed full price.  I was watching the register so caught it. 
 
She stopped what she was doing, stepped out into her aisle to look at the offer.
 
It was from last week.
 
Bummer, I thought.
 
She then proceeded to scan the item, delete the cost, delete the coupon and the double coupon, rescanned it as a free item PLUS the coupon at a double price!
 
So I left the store with the Mentos for free and an additional $.80 off my grocery total!  Someone forgot to pull the tags on the checkout lanes from the sales price last week.  Still Publix honored it!
 
My total for shopping today with store deals, coupons, the freebie, the old lady discount was $16.75.  The total saved, aka not spent was $17.06.
 
Ding, ding, win, win!
 
When I made it to the house, I called about a medical lab bill that I am not responsible for paying.  It is for over $200.00!!!  I was told to disregard that there is a problem with the coding.
 
Hallelujah!
 
So, the moral of this story/post is watch it and never pay for what you do not owe even if it's just on a bottle of Mentos.
 
Never!
 
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MONEY TIP

Years ago, I went dumpster diving.  Not into a trashy trash dumpster but into one behind a near by carpet company.  The company had thrown away several huge books of sample carpets.  Remember those?  Maybe they still exist and you can ask for them for free.
 
I was able to get enough that covered the floor of my young son's bedroom floor.  It looked like a huge patchwork quilt.  Didn't attach it to the floor, nope, attached it to an indoor outdoor carpet that was available, cut to the size of the room.
 
So, if you are young enough, brave enough and desperate enough, go dumpster diving.  Check with the owner of the dumpster first just to be on the safe side legally.  Or go after hours, grin. 
 
You will get free stuff but it is still a dumpster. 
 
Maybe pick out one of those recycling deals where everything in it is suppose to be paper.  It would be awful to come out smelling like garbage.
 
Or do like I did years ago, pick out a retail store that doesn't have goopy garbage in their dumpster and dive away!    Okay, I'm done.
 
Happy Tuesday!
 
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Monday, December 2, 2013

EXTRA CASH

Here is a list of the few things I do to make extra money for myself and my family:
 
Mystery shopping - started in 2001; prove yourself, be honest and you can get assignments in your Inbox.  You must be willing to do the report, which varies in length.  The drawback is if you do not do the required steps for the shop, you will not get paid.
 
Selling metal - there is a metal recycling plant in our little town that accepts everything from old cars to empty drink cans.  The drawback is having enough metal so I go when I have a load to sell.
 
Couponing - if you read this blog, you've seen how this works.  I am NOT an extreme coupon er but I do have a weekly goal of saving 50% on groceries, etc.  The drawback is having a coupon for weekly items and taking the time to work them, clipping, organizing, etc.
 
Thrift stores - we needed two ugly sweaters for a Christmas party, I found two for $1 each.  The drawback is most of it is used, rarely do you find something with the tags still on the item.
 
TV - yeah, watch TV.  I learn so much from shows like What Not to Wear, wish I could have been on that show before it quit. 
 
Internet - youtube dot com has all kinds of money saving, craft making, learn to diy videos that can really help save cash so you keep cash.
 
Banking - for years we banked at the big green bike bank until it got too big for it's britches.  We went across the street to a local bank and opened two accounts.  We are paid interest on our balance each month plus can get free gifts from points we accumulate.  Win, win.  I love the fact that the bank people know me, some call me by name. 
 
Consignment shop - finally found an honest consignment shop owner.  I have been ripped off by the other two.  Not making a load of cash but making some.  Why not sell stuff we are not using?!
 
Ebay - this takes time, requires stuff but is an easy way to downsize plus put money in the cash jar. 
 
Time to go do a shop. 

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Friday, November 29, 2013

BUMPER STICKER

I do not cook on Tgiving any more.  It's such a much nicer time to drive to the near by bigger town and eat out.  No cooking for days to eat it in 20 mins and spend another 30 mins cleaning up.  Been there done that for sure. 
 
On the way to the near by bigger town to meet the younger cute son and girlfriend, I was driving.  We passed an SUV type vehicle.  On the back was a bumper sticker.
 
Now, by this time, you know I do not use profanity.  I think people that do are either uneducated or lack manners.
 
But, this was funny!  It read:
 
Yes, I miss George Bush.
H**l, I even miss Bill Clinton.
 
I laughed and laughed and laughed.  Funny isn't it?! 
 
Happy Day after Tgiving everyone!
 
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

TODAY

 
HAPPY
 
 
HAPPY
 
 
HAPPY
 
 
THANKSGIVING
 
 
TO
 
 
EVERYONE!!!
 
 
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

IT REALLY HAPPENED

Last week, we had a family medical emergency.  We, The Hubbie and I, threw clothes into the suitcases, sped out the door and headed north.  Thankfully, although it was a true emergency, it was not life threatening.  We thought it was and could have been but was not.
 
I had some cash money laying on the kitchen table.  I picked up that cash money, dropped it into the top of my purse without thinking and headed out the door. 
 
I did not need to use money while I was gone so I did not even miss it.  But, when we arrived back home the next day, this is what I found laying on the front lawn.


Yep, all of my cash.  It had rained so the money was wet, soggy, and too heavy to be blown away from the wind over night. 
 
Boy, was I blessed.  I would have driven myself crazy looking for this when I did need it.  Never would have figure out what happened to it had it not been for God sending the rain to keep it in the front yard, it would have blown away.  It's the remainder of my birthday money from last July.
 
Do we live in a safe neighborhood?  Yes, I say we do. 
 
All is safe.  The cash has dried out.  It's a bit crinkly but still very much spendable.
 
This has become one of my favorite sayings:
 
God takes care of me in spite of my stupidity.
 
The other favorite saying is:
 
You can't make it for that (meaning a piece of clothing, etc., cheaper to buy than to make).
 
I think the first saying applies quiet nicely, don't you?  No amens people.  I'm just thankful I didn't loose it for good.
 
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MONEY SAVING TIP TUESDAY

Recently I read an Internet report about people in Japan.  Apparently everyone there carries a fabric handkerchief.  Old people, middle people, young people, teens, even kiddos.  I never realized this.  Maybe it started when there was the bad flu several years ago.  Maybe not.
 
The point of the report was that Americans average using two boxes of tissues per month, which I doubted, me being the doubter I am.  This totals up to over $90 per year to wipe your nose and other things.
 
Here is the tip for today.  When you go to a place of eating, you are usually given extra napkins.  I have kept those for years and years.  I started when our oldest son was a baby.  He is now 42.  He says I'm old for doing it.  Well, then, I've been old a very long time.
 
Hogwash.  I detest waste.  Although I am not a tree hugger, I can do my part to save the planet.  Not really, I just want to save money.
 
So, instead of disposing of perfectly good napkins, I put them in my purse and use them as tissue.  Yes, some are brown colored, some have Subway logos.  Big deal.
 
I keep an overflowing stash in the driver door pocket of my little zoom-zoom.  I'm never without. 
 
Saving is saving. 
 
Or you can buy several fabric tissues, have the initial cost of purchase, cost of cleaning, cost of replacing, thought of blowing your nose over and over into the same, never mind, I'm gagging.
 
So there you go.
 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

11/25/1967

Got married that day....still married 46 years later....to the same guy.  Guess we're gonna make it.

We went a shootin to clebrate.  I leaned to the left to show the backdrop.

Bang bang

 
 
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

FALL COLOR CHANGE

It's Fall, Y'all.  I enjoy this season so much because it is not hot in Dixie.  The temp is low on the thermostat so I'm comfy.  The Hubbie is cold.  He runs around in flannel.  I'm still in summer clothes.  Wonderful.
 
Here are the changes I made for the season in our living room.  Everything is from the Dollar Tree except the pillow.

 The color is a soft red, changed from the bright yellow for the summer.  Easy and cheap.
 

Flowers, candle and holder were all one dollar, American.
 

The pillow is from CVS, after Christmas last year 75% off.  Part of the packaging for the pillow was two wide ribbons with Velcro.  How to use these?  Hummmm.....
 

Another candle and holder for a touch of red.  More pics later.
 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BEEN GONE NOW TIRED

Yep, it's true, I've been gone, again.  I love it, too!  I spent a week with my daughter and her little family, well, sorta I spent a week with them.
 
I was able to watch our newest GRAND while Momma and Daddy went out of town for business and pleasure. 
 
It was a great time of play, eating out, playing, eating out, grocery shopping, eating out, laundry doing, eating out.  
 
Hummmm.....some of these keys must be stuck on repeat.  Nah.  It's all true.
 
I flew again.  So much better than driving.  No Atlanta traffic.  Nuff said. 

Youngest son and girlfriend drove over, saw them for a bit.
 
Spent the night coming and going at the oldest son's house with the other two GRANDS. 
 
Wasn't even tired till I landed at the big TN airport then crash!  Had to drive thru for a donut fix to keep up the energy level. 
 
Back to a quiet house.  More laundry doing. 
 
 It happens.
 
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

BEE HIND A HEAD

I have missed a few days of posting.  This is catch up for the tips about health.  So here are all of them in one posting....courtesy of the w w w.
 
 
24 Healthy Facts That Will Blow Your Mind!


 1. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

 2. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.

 3. In some parts of the world, they protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.

 4. The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word gymnazein, which means ‘to exercise naked.’

 5. There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee, of these, only 26 have been tested, and half caused cancer in rats.

 6. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food — that’s the weight of about 6 elephants

 7. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

 8. Gently massage the space between your eyebrows to induce deep sleep.

 9. Laughter boosts your immune system and decreases stress hormones.

10. Each pound above your ideal weight lowers your life expectancy by 34 days.

11. When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.
 
 12. The human brain can hold five-times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

13. Stress causes ulcers

14. Over 90% of diseases are caused or complicated by stress.

15. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee. You don’t see all of them because most are too fine and light to be noticed.

16. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body.

17. Women's hearts beat faster than men’s do.

18. From all the oxygen that a human breathes, twenty percent goes to the brain.

19. People who ride on roller coasters have a higher chance of having a blood clot in the brain

20. Your brain is 80% water.

21. The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb.

22. The brain itself cannot feel pain.

23. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.

24. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.
 
 
So am I ahead now?  GRIN!
 
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

MONEY SAVING TIP

Tuesday tip for today is check out the local beauty school for things like hair coloring services, cuts, manicures, pedicures, etc.
 
I drove by the one in the near by bigger town today.  The special they are offering, on a walk in basis, too, is manicures for only $5.00!!!

The cheapest I've ever had a manicure at a local salon was $18.00.  That cost is over three times what the beauty school charges.
 
Yep, only five bucks, no appointment needed. 
 
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HEALTH TIP #3


3. In some parts of the world, they protect their babies from disease by bathing them in beer.
 
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Monday, October 28, 2013

HEALTH FACT #2


2. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
 
Remember, I am not a medical professional.  These facts are general info gathered from the WWW.
 
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HEALTH FACTS

While cleaning up the laptop, I was going through several saved documents.  I found one that lists 24 Health Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.  I don't have a clue where it originated.  But, it's interesting so I will be posting these facts on my blog.  I am not a doctor so I do not claim that these facts are true.  They do make you think.  Enjoy.
 
"You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television."
 
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TUESDAY TIP

It's money time!  Here's the tip for today:
 
Compare prices on prescriptions.  Shop around for the best price. 
 
For example, WalMart has a great deal on saving money on prescriptions.  Today, I purchased a 90 day supply of a The Hubbie's RX!  What was the price?  Only $10.00!  Good deal, don't you agree?
Instead of paying a co-pay, check for a cash only RX.  All of these are generic and the prescription must be written for 90 pills for it to be filled by the store. 
 
WalMart has a print out that shows all of the medications they offer with this service.  You can pick up a copy and take it to your doctor, request a RX from that list and you save money..
 
The future of health care in this country is in deep trouble.  Start making your medical care your focus!
 
Saving money should be part of that focus today and tomorrow.
 
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Monday, October 21, 2013

PEOPLE

I never know what a day will bring and neither do you so enjoy everyone that you have, People!
 
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Friday, October 18, 2013

CRAIGSLIST SAFETY TIP

Do you sell or buy on Craigslist?  Do you do local pick up only for Ebay or other websites?  Do you think it is a safe way to do business?  Many times it is not. 
 
Never meet the buyer or seller in a private location.  Some have been injured or killed by making this one mistake alone. 
 
Here is my tip:
 
MEET THE CUSTOMER IN FRONT OF YOUR LOCAL BANK! 
 
Our bank is centrally located in a parking lot of a shopping center.  It is on one of the two main roads of our little town.  It has cameras on every corner of the building.  Be sure and casually mention that fact before the process takes place.  Then giggle but the hint will have been dropped.
 
If something ever goes wrong, God forbid that it does, there is proof on the security camera of your bank.  Park in the space that is the most open to view from the public and others.
 
It may save your life!
 
Thanks for stopping in to check out my blog!
 
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

YESTERDAY

Yesterday, someone officially turned 3 years old! 
 
 
 
Here she is with her Grandpa, having fun at her Happy Birthday party. 
 
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

MONEY SAVING TIP

It is Tuesday again.  Where does time go? 
 
Some products are not found in our area even though there are coupons for those products in the newspaper.  How do you find out if a store sells a certain product?  Google it.  There is a link on the websites showing which stores carry that product along with the location of the store.
 
For example, I had three coupons, $1 off, of Marcell paper products.  None of the stores I shop at carry these products.  I checked a couple of stores in the area, no products.  I gave up looking, came home, looked up the product and found that a store near my son's house stock Marcell.
 
Since we were going there for our GRAND daughter's birthday, I tucked the coupons in my wallet.  After the party, we stopped by that store.  I was able to purchase these items:
 
1 large package of paper napkins, regular price 2.49, with MVP card, 1.99, with the coupon, .99!
2 packages of 28 rolls of toilet paper, regular 5.49, with card, 4.99, with the coupon, 3.99 each!
 
Total saved was 4.50 and it only took about ten minutes to stop in the store, check out and leave.
 
So, don't trash a coupon, if you are going out of town, take it with you or send it to someone you know that may be able to use it.
 
Coupons are money. 
Would you drop a dollar bill in the trash can? 
No. 
Think about it.
 
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Monday, October 14, 2013

CHECK IT OUT

This is a good blog to read if you are desiring to learn more about God and being a Christian.   It explains much about the Bible.
 
 
 
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Friday, October 11, 2013

ALABAMA MORNING

It was nice to be able to sleep in this morning.  I was really tired, needed the extra snooze time.  I've not slept late for several weeks.  Nice.
 
I made it to the kitchen, gathered a bagel, Diet Coke, jar of peanut butter, apple butter, two knives, pulled out the toaster, plugged it in, cut the bagel in two slices, put it in the toaster and pushed the knob down to start the toasting process, breakfast was cooking. 
 
I was standing there, waiting, when I raised the shade over the kitchen sink window.  I saw a beautiful sight.  I have small Cannas growing along the patio.  The large variety get as tall as a house in Dixie.  The smaller ones are about four feet max.  I digress.  When I raised the shade, I saw a tiny, beautiful hummingbird.  Hummingbirds visit the flowers all through the summer but I was surprised to see one in October. 
 
Then, right after the bird flew away, a bright yellow butterfly flew by the flowers!  Wow!  It was a beautiful sight. 
 
The bagel popped up, breakfast was done.  I was hungry. 
 
Yesterday, I blogged about Duck Dynasty.  I mentioned the wives, the in laws.  They are nice ladies.  It's just that even though they have been in the family for years, they don't have the flow, the same rhythm as the blood family.  It's part of being a family, part of growing up together.
 
I just wanted to say that I love my family.  God is good to have allowed me to live this long to have this big family!  Grown kiddos, married into our family kiddos, GRANDS, three of them now.  I am blessed. 

Hummingbirds plus butterflies plus family are blessings from God in Dixie in October!  A post about three blessings for me.  Tada.
 
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

DUCK DYNASTY

I love this show.  Maybe love is too strong of a word.  I enjoy might be better.  I never thought I would be so attached to a show that had Rednecks, men with scraggly beards and dead animals.  But, I do.  The end of the the show where they all eat and pray together touches my heart.  I wish we had that for our family instead of being spread out.

Phil is great.  He is calm but a true believer of Christ.
Kay is so cute.
Willie is a money making ninja.
Uncle Si reminds me of all the young men still remembering that awful war.  He's funny though.
Jase is so real....uh.....sensible.....humm....smart....common sense in his comments.
Jeb is cute, I think, but who can tell, right?
The other men, I have different opinions about each.  No big deal.  I like them, too.  I'm insane.
The wives are the least interesting part of the show but they are family.   Inlaws.

The way they work is so funny.  Any excuse not to work is a good excuse for them.

I'm sitting here watching the show about Phil and Kay talking to Willie about dying.  I'm fascinated.

I'm a city girl.  Animal poop, blood and smells are yuck.  Killing and eating what you have killed is foreign to me.  I buy meat at the grocery store period.

But, this show is so good...well, so interesting...uhhh...okay so it's entertaining.   It makes me happy, happy, happy.



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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A TOUCH OF YELLOW

Where has this year gone?  Back in the Spring, I did a frugal update to our living room.  I wanted to add some yellow and gray.  These are the pics of how I did it but not of the entire living room because I have a huge black treadmill that I do not want to show up in the pics.
 
Here is the pillow case I bought into which I put the original couch cushions.  I have an idea on how to make these cuter but that will wait till next year.  The thing I like about this, besides the colors, is the fact that I can pull the pillows out and wash the cases. 
 
The couch is a light taupe.  The drapes are a pale gray.  The extra chair is tan and The Hubbie recliner is an off white and tan.  The walls are a light taupe with white trim.  The carpet is tan colors with a touch of green.  I don't like green but it was here when we bought the house.
 
Price for cases about $4 for two king size.

 
 A trip to the local Dollar Tree, I found three bushes of these beautiful yellow tulips to put into a gray vase I bought at a thrift store years ago.  It is stamped West Germany so it's an oldie but one of my favorite things.

Price for all three $3.

 
 The yellow candle is one I had already.  I put it on a different stand that I already had and moved the cross in front of it then put both on the left hand side of the flat screen.

Price zero.


This gray vase is one that I bought from another local thrift store.  The white ones are old keepsakes.

Price $.75.
   

Finally, I added a white cover to the pillow on the lounger.  I draped gray fabric on the lounger because I could not get it to stay any other way.  It is messy in the pic.  I forgot to take the pictures so quickly threw it back on.  I'm not using the fabric this winter.   The yellow stripe is a pillow my daughter made years ago. 

Price zero.

 
That's it but all put away for the winter.  I'm using an off red for fall.  It's pretty and goes with the lounger and sofa pillows without any covers to add.  I should make pics of those.  Maybe next time.
 
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MONEY SAVING TIP

Today is Tuesday which is also the day I attempt to give my readers a money saving tip.  Why?  To save money, honey.  The tip has to do with yard sales.
 
Saturday was our youngest son's 27th Happy Birthday.  We met him for brunch.  When we were finished, boy do I miss him, we headed back to the place that works on our cars.  The Hubbie had left his car there the night before so the struts and springs could be replaced. 
 
While working on the car, the mechanic broke one of the parts.  We had to go back to O'Reily's for an extra.  Then back to the garage, which by the way is Express Oil Change, a great company.  It would be another hour before the car would be ready.  We headed to the mall.  But, we spotted an estate sale by a small strip mall.  We pulled over.
 
The thing that caught my eye was the white metal shelf.  I thought it would be great for my laundry room.  The price tag was $3.

 
But the sale was almost over, it was getting Alabamie hot and the owner was dealing.  She said, make me an offer on anything.  I asked about the rack.  I'll take $1 for it.  Sold.  She said do you want anything else?  I'm dealing.  She showed me a large cardboard box full of stuff. 
 
I asked so this is like a grab bag, right?  She laughed and said you can say so.  She offered a large box for $2.  Sold, again.
 
This is what was in the box:


So, I bought all of this:


 
 ....for only $3.
 
Here is the hint:  Pay attention to the time the sale is suppose to end and go then.  The stuff that you are suppose to have is there because you are suppose to have it.  The sellers are ready to deal, ready to call it quits.   You win.
 
Good stuff that I can Ebay or share. 
 
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Monday, October 7, 2013

PASTOR

Yesterday, the church that we attend, turned 141 years old.  It was started before the town we live in was established.  It was in a small log cabin by two men who wanted children of the area to learn about Jesus. 
 
I was thinking about this yesterday.  It was started after the crops were in, I'm sure.  Back then, everyone worked, young and old.  There were no streets, only a dirt farm road to the log cabin.  Now, the dirt road is paved, has the new elementary, as well as new high school, built on it. 
 
Recently, our pastor of nine years, resigned, moved from the area and left us in a bit of a bind.  Now, the process of finding a new pastor is in motion.   There have been many pastors over 141 years.
 
As a wife of a man that was in full time ministry for 30 years or so, we have been under several pastors.  This of course, is shaping my perception of what a new pastor should be.
 
I, personally, am desiring a new pastor to be kind, tender hearted and does not slap his people in the face with Scripture.  I do not want him to use a hammer over the women in the congregation.  I do not want some man that insists on women wearing dresses only.  I don't want a man who works his staff to the end and then spits them out.  I do not want a man that is full of pride, self centered and has an ego the size of a mountain.  He puts himself first in every thing and makes the church think he is doing for others.   There is always an alter reason and it is to make him better off financially. 
 
I wonder what God thinks about it all?  These opinions are  mine.  A woman with an opinion about lots of things, including how a pastor should treat his people.  Yep, I do.
 
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

WHERE I BEEN?

Out of town...helping celebrate the First Third Happy Birthday of our newest little GRAND daughter, Chloe.
 
She arrived home last January at the ripe old age of 2. 
 
She turned the big 0-3 on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
 
It was a fun party.  She did wonderfully!  Thanking each guest for their gift.  Hugging them as they all left the zoo party.
 
Didn't think of it at the time but she even wore 3 tutus at once!
 
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

MONEY TIP FOR TUESDAY

Hello, fellow Internet surfers!  Welcome.  On Tuesday, I make an attempt to give a simple way to save money, cash, the green stuff. 
 
Today is:
 
Watch out for the expiration dates on purchased food items!  Yes, I am guilty of throwing away unused food!  Why?   Because the expiration date has passed.  
 
If you stock pile your food, watch those dates! 
 
What is the point of having food that ends up in the trash?
 
Think on this: 
 
Don't worry about what you don't have and appreciate what you do.
 
 
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Monday, September 23, 2013

FRIENDS

--copied from some where on the web
And you expected me to remember from where?
 
Ahahahahahahha
 
Nuff said.
 
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Friday, September 20, 2013

PINK LAUNDRY ROOM

Today is Friday.  It's the last day of the week for the working public.  The Hubbie is off tomorrow.  Since I am retired, I loose track of the days. 
 
I plan to do some sprucing up of the pink laundry room.  I would like to have a mini chandelier but the cost is not worth it.  The ones you make yourself look like you made it yourself.
 
At Family Dollar, I purchased a cute picture for the room.  De junking the room will go a long way.
 
The Daughter game me a nice hook board.  It's going up along with some pics of the grand kids, may be.
 
I would like to have a stack able pair of washer and dryer some day.  It would make the room seem larger.  I like having a laundry room. 
 
Did I say that it is pink?  grin
 
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

GLUTEN FREE SOUP MIX

Years ago, our boys, when they were little, could not have gluten in their diets.  It wasn't as hard as it seemed at first.  Today, being gluten free is more common.  I personally think it's because so much of our food is processed, has fillers and perservatives which have gluten included.

This is a recipe that I have had for years.  It is gluten free and replaces one can of cream soup for casseroles, etc.

Cream Soup Mix

2 cups powdered nonfat milk
1/4 cup instant chicken boullion
1 teaspoon basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
Combine all ingreadients, mixing well.  Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
To substitute for 1 can of condensed soup:
Combine 1/3 cup mix with 1-1/4 cups cold water in saucepan.
Stir to moisten, then heat over low to medium-low heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Add to casserole as you would canned soup.
Can be used in a casserole or as the base for homemade cream soups but with much lower fat and sodium
This recipe is equivalent to 9 cans of soup or 18 servings
Per serving: 43 calories, 0g fat, 1mg cholesterol, 63 mg sodium

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SAVING MONEY TUESDAY TIP

HINT:
 

This is a strange money saving tip.  I do not even know if it is legal.  I do not know if it isn't considered stealing.  It may or may not.  It may be okay because on the other hand, the store is charging for garbage.
 
Here it is:
 
Last week, while shopping at my favorite Publix store, I was browsing through the produce section, when I saw something very strange!
 
A young Asian woman was standing right next to the trash bin with several ears of corn.  She was shucking/peeling off the husk and putting them all into the trash can! 
 
This was a first for me in my entire life! 
 
She proceeded to remove all of the husk, neatly putting each into the trash can, then with her clear plastic bag, placed all of the corn into the bag without the husks!
 
So, if this is legit, then she is saving a bunch of money by having the corn weigh only what the actual corn costs!  Why should the customer pay for the husk which is only garbage?!
 
If the price is per ear, then the husk would not matter.  If the price is per pound, that could make a big difference!
 
I have been known to pick out the rotten grapes and trash them but never shuck corn in the middle of the produce aisle.
 
It was an interesting concept! 
 
Plus there were two workers in the produce department.  No one said a word to her.  They let her stand there, cleaning all of the corn, until she was finished and walked away to finish her shopping. 
 
I'm not saying do this or don't do this.  It's up to you. 
 
We, as American shoppers, pay so much for packaging, why not save a little bit when you can?
 
It's the tip of the day. 
 
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Monday, September 16, 2013

SHOE MONDAY, OH OH SHOE MONDAY

Years ago there was a song titled Blue Monday.  Today was Shoe Monday for me.  Strange, right?  But here is how it went.

I slept on the floor again last night because the back was paining.  We sit on a pew at church that has a big enough, for two people, sagging seat.  We've sat on it for several years now because it is close to the front.  The Hubbie needs to be near the piano for the invitation.  So, we have endured that pew.  Time to change pews.

I slept later than I had planned, got up quickly dressed, drove to Hardee's for a biscuit and Diet Coke.  The medium drinks are still one dollar.  I made it in time. 

However, before I buzzed out the garage, I was looking for a certain pair of flip flop shoes.  As I searched, I realized I had five (5) different pairs of shoes spread out through the house. 

One was in the Master bedroom.  One was on the couch in the Master bedroom.  One pair was in the kitchen.  Two pairs were in the garage.  That's five pairs.  I finally found the desired pair in the closet, where it was suppose to be in the first place. 

I realized I had five different pairs laying around, cluttering the house. 

After I came back from breakfast, I put them all away where they are suppose to be, in the closet.

I wonder why I cannot make that a habit?  It would make life so much easier. 

Hey, it's Monday so that's an excuse I'll take. 
 
Zipadeedoodah!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

GARAGE JUNK

Today is a cooler day in Dixie.  Well, the humidity is lower so it seems cooler.  I decided to work on the garage.  Tomorrow is suppose to be in the eighty degree range but I have indoor stuff to do, too.
 
You may remember that when we started living on the envelope budget, I set out to reduce our outgoing cash by fifty percent.
 
I did that to the garage today.  Yep, reduced all of the junk by fifty percent, well, my part of the junk.  The Hubbie has car stuff that needs to be reduced.  I don't know enough about what he uses or needs to start throwing out his stuff. 
 
It's interesting to see how much more room is in the garage!  It is also, after several hours of sweating like a horse, freeing.  Less junk, less stress, is what I am discovering. 
 
It's a good discovery, too!  Ahhhhhh.
 
What's the point of keeping stuff that only collects cobwebs and dust?
 
No point at all.
 
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

FALL DECORATIONS

 
 This is simple but lovely at the same time, don't you think?  The table is made of twigs and could easily be glued together.  It would work as an indoor or outdoor table scape.  Don't want to waste money on real pumpkins?  Buy plastic ones or make fabric pumpkins.  Those can be used for years and years without rotting.  Or just buy one pumpkin and  find other things you could use as filler like logs on the floor or porch in place of the two larger pumpkins. 
 
Look around, maybe you have something that could go with this decoration.  It doesn't have to be just like the picture for you to enjoy it.
 
Fall is coming so get ready!  Summer will be gone soon!  Hooray and boo at the same time.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11/2013

Twelve years later and it still hurts my heart.  No, I do not know of any one, personally, that died,  but on that day we ALL lost fellow Americans.
 
Twelve years later, it isn't any easier and we're still at war.
 
God help our Country.  PLEASE.
 
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TUESDAY MONEY TIP

This is pretty simple.  Don't know why I have not thought of it before now!  After all, I've been grocery shopping for over 45 years. 
 
I was shopping at my new favorite grocery store, Publix, last night.  I needed to pick up a few things.  I spotted the NY strip steaks on sale.  The down part was there were only packages of four or more.  Since there are only two of us, why pay double? 
 
I picked up the package, walked to the meat counter window and asked if I could buy only two of the steaks in the package of four.  The answer was yes.  Which two would you like?  I pointed to the two I wanted.  The kind employee took the package, opened it, took out the two, reweighed, packaged and labeled the two steaks with the new weight and new price. 
 
The price dropped from over $20 dollars to just over $10.  Plus I was able to get the best of the four to put into my cart!  Plus, I was still given the sale price!  Bingo!
 
So, if you only have a certain amount of money to spend on packaged items, there is no harm in asking if the items can be repackaged and reduced in number, as well as cost. 
 
Why spend it on something that you really don't want to freeze or keep for future use or if your cash is limited?!
 
No picture.  Grin.  Just take my word for it.  It's your money.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

PROPERTY TAX @ 65

Well, we are both 65 years of age.  Being 65 has it's ups and downs.  One of the ups is living in a state that, when you do hit that big six five and qualify, you no longer are required to pay state property tax.
 
Yep, read it again if you want but it's true.
 
Yes, this is a money saving tip for the the senior citizen.  Even if you are not, you may know someone who is.  Take the extra effort to see if they, too, qualify to not pay property taxes.  Go to your county tax assessor and check it out or call the office.  Every state has their own rules so it may require a seek and find attitude.
 
Why pay when you don't have to pay?  You've earned it, agree? 
 
A local radio show talk host has a relative that lives in a far north east state.  He said on the radio one day that his she pays $4,000 per year in property taxes.  Actually, this is a view tax because she lives in a place where there is a view of the mountains.   He did not say if she had to pay other property taxes on the actual property.
 
Ready to move? 
 
 
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