Friday, January 31, 2014


This necklace is our daughter's.  My mother bought it for her when she was two.  Now, her daughter wears it.  Precious.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


The post said the driver was texting.  The phone was found in his hand.  His head was found in the back seat.
One picture is worth a million nagging blog posts.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Parts of Dixie are frozen and shut down.  So far, our part is still fine with just a dusting of snow but very cold temps.  We are all trying to stay warm and safe. 
A friend posted this on Facebook so I sent it to a couple of my friends and just had to post it on my little blog.  Enjoy.
My electric blanket is calling my name. 


Friday, January 24, 2014


It's finally Friday.  It's been a long week.
I am ready for the weekend!!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


I lived in Texas several times growing up.  I love that state and claim it as my own.  I love the cowboy boots, the jeans, the hats, all of it.
Texas did the right thing this week.  They executed an animal that has been kept alive for years.  This animal shot a young police officer three times in the neck and head and then ran after the car crashed.
He deserved what he got. 
RIP for the officer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


This is a lesson to be learned that will improve your life.
When you go into a salon for a haircut or a trim and shape up, ALWAYS take a picture of the style you want.  It can be out of a magazine or an actual picture of yourself with the way you have been wearing your hair.  The key word is ALWAYS.
I found a new stylist who did a great job on my hair last time.  It was the best haircut I've ever had in my life!  So, when I drove by the salon, noticed there were no cars in front, I decided to go in as a walk in, which this salon advertises that it does. 
Long story short, I explained how I wanted my hair.  She agreed, so I thought.  But, I left the place with what I would term as a shag.  Instead of being longer, one length except textured for body, I have layers all over my head with thinning on the ends. 
My hair is thin enough already!!
It took me several years to get over a haircut like this.  Now, I am going to have to grow it out again.  I should have taken the time to come to the house, retrieve the picture and drive back to the salon.  
I should have known she was not paying attention when she turned my back to the over sized mirror on the wall.  I will go back to her this summer when I go in for a very short style to be able to handle the hot weather here in Dixie but still I don't like what I'm wearing now.
Live and learn.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Hello Everyone!  It is Tuesday again in Dixie so it is time for a money saving tip.
The tip has to do with laundry. 
If you or your Hubbie wear jeans, then you know how heavy they are when wet.  You also know how long they take to dry in the dryer!  The longer the cycle, the more electricity, the higher the power bill at the end of the day.
This is the hint:
Never put wet jeans into the dryer. 
Take the pair out, hang on the back of a chair, water proof of course, or hang on a hanger making sure the waist is around the hanger, opening the inside to the jeans.  Dry over night.  The next day, the jeans should be dry or close to being completely dry. 
BUT also very stiff.
Take the jeans put them in the dryer now with a dryer sheet for about 10 minutes or so, longer if needed.
The jeans will come out soft and ready to wear.
Easy and less money to the local power company!  After all, it is YOUR money!
Stay warm.  Cold weather is on it's way.

Monday, January 20, 2014


Our local church has been without a pastor for going on six months. 
Yesterday was the first official candidate. 
Now, we, the body, will pray about the decision with a vote slated for two weeks.
It's pretty exciting. 
Change is coming.

Friday, January 17, 2014


The youngest son has a new relationship.  Her name is Sarah.  She is sweet and beautiful.  Tada.

The best surprises come when you least expect them or are even planning for them!
Yeah, God does that!

Thursday, January 16, 2014


It is the middle of winter.  However, in Dixie, the sun is out, bright and warm.  The temperature is only in the twenties so this picture can be deceiving.
Some get discouraged during the winter months so here are a few thoughts to may be lift your spirits and I don't mean the kind in a bottle.
Regret can control and cripple you.
Your past does not define you.
Don't doubt God's goodness.
Remember this:
A valley has a beginning but it also has an end.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


The tip for today is something that may make you go.....yuck.  Some may already do it.
Wear your clothes twice before washing.
Yeah, yuck. 
I have found that rarely are my clothes too dirty, sweaty, or stained that I cannot wear them the again within the next day or two.
Now, all bets are off if you are living in Dixie and it is hot outside!   Those days, you step outside and you can burst into sweat.  Wash your clothes before wearing them on those days, People.  Get serious.  No one likes to smell stinky.
Remember that the beginning goal in our quest to cut back our living expenses was to cut everything by 50%. 
So, if you are careful, your clothes are clean, you can wear them twice, cutting back laundry cost, time, duty, wear by half.
Things I do NOT wear twice:
sweaty clothes
clothes with food spots on them
clothes that have been rained on
Pretty easy plus gives you more time to blog.  Grin

Friday, January 10, 2014


One thing about being retired, aka, not working, aka, unemployed  is keeping up with what day it is.
Yesterday was Thursday, my self proclaimed fun day of the week.  I do something fun say for instance shopping.  I will show you my haul in the future.  Why Thursday?  Zero traffic, empty stores, no waiting, etc.
Today is Friday.  What are my plans? 
Sleep late....check....all that fun on Thursday made this girl tired.
Drive thru Hardees....check....the biscuit was terrible this morning. 
Go to the laundry mat.....ugh.....on my way there.  The older son and his family were sick over Christmas so I have several huge black garbage bags of laundry to do.  My little zoom zoom is packed. 
Well, blogging is not getting it done. 
I'm out of here.
Tip for's Friday today.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Looks like hell froze over this week. 
 Hell, Michigan.
We are on a 30 year cycle of cold, hot, cold.  It is totally normal as long as man has been keeping records. 
First it was global warming.  When the ice caps kept getting larger, rather than melting, the words were changed to climate change.
Dear Reader, the climate changes at least four times a year.  It is called winter, spring, summer and fall.
In Dixie, this could happen in one day.
Don't believe the lies people are telling.  Including Al Gore. 
Poor Al.  He is the saddest person I can think of.  Nothing is good for him.  Nothing.  Poor guy.  He's a whiner and a pouter.  Poor Pouter Al. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Temps are setting record lows in Dixie.  Too cold to go outside for this woman!  So, you know it's cold!
Today is Tuesday, time for another money saving tip.  Simply put, here it is:

Too many times we limit our finances, our lives, our attitudes, you name it, by limiting our creativity.  We think, oh, I can't do that for blah blah blah reason.  But, you can!  Nothing life threatening of course, but creativity is a great way to come up with new ideas to save money.
Dinah, makes her own greeting cards.  This is a great idea!  Paying $4.99 for a card is ridiculous.  Plus she has fun doing it!
Sunny, another friend, knits and crochets beautiful projects that would cost big bucks if purchased from a store!
Roy, a long time friend and retired IBMer, keeps track of all his spending as well as income, yep, every penny.  He knows where it goes and for what.  Amazing.
The Hubbie and I follow Dave Ramsey.  We made it our own but it's a great option.  God and Grandma handling money.  It changed our lives for the better.
Then lastly, my piggy bank stash.  Several years ago I bought a porcelain piggy bank from WM, on clearance for $3.  It sits on the table nearest the door coming in from the garage.  When I spend a dollar, I always give an extra buck instead of using coins.  The coins go in the bank.  When the bank is full, I take it to my bank, use the counting machine and that is my spending money for the month.  It works.  (you've read this before, I know...)
I am rethinking this plan.  The bank changes 4% to use their counting machine.  I may go back to rolling my own and saving that money.  Think 4% per month, over a year is close to $40.00 American!!!
So, get creative.  Think outside the box.  Have fun.  Life is too short.
Be smart like Albert.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Winter is alive and well in Dixie.  Apparently around much of the rest of the country, too!  So much for global warming, a sham, I might add.
If you are stuck inside with time to read a good blog, check this one out:
It is well written and explains the entire Bible chapter by chapter by chapter.
God Bless You All!

Friday, January 3, 2014


Today is our only GRAND son's number five Happy Birthday!


Thursday, January 2, 2014


Today was a good day. 

I was eating my Hardee's biscuit, listening to the radio station, in my little zoom zoom.  The host was talking about a new law in Alabama pertaining to driver's license.  I pulled mine out and checked it.


Mine had expired on 12-10-2013.  I called The Hubbie.  He has a CDL so his expires in March.  I headed across the street to get my new one.  Although my hair was not fixed, only pulled back in a pony tail.  No matter, I had a mission.  I was wearing my outside slippers, too.  No matter, I had a mission.  The license was obtained.

I heard the weather was taking a turn for the worse this week.  So I decided to get as much of my errands done as possible.

One of the errands was to pick up a box of Total for The Hubbie.  A problem arose.  There were only two boxes left, on the very top shelf, pushed all the way back on the very top shelf.  Could I reach it with my 5 foot 5 inch body?  No way. 

I headed down the aisle looking for a WM employee, which are all invisible when you need one. 

I went back down the cereal aisle and spotted a young black man.

He was thin, dressed all in black, with one of those wraps on his head, a beard and was a bit threatening.

However, I was not deterred. 
I asked....Sir, will you help me? 
He said.....Yes, what do you need?
I said.....I need someone tall with muscles.
He said....I can help!
I said....I need a box of that Total cereal.  Will you please get it for me?
He said.....Of course I will. 

He reached up, pulled the box down, handed it to me.

I thanked him, then gave him a side body hug, my arm around his waist.  He smelled like cigarettes, was a bit scary but he made my day.

He hugged be back around my shoulder.

He said.....No problem, any time.....anything else? but thank you!

  He slapped his hands and walked away with a bit of a spring in his step.

It takes little effort to make another human being feel good about themselves.  A few kind words, a big thank you and action to prove you accept them as a person.

You never know who will cross your path.  Not all appearances are evil.  They only look that way.

Thank you to the young man today!   You helped me and I hope I helped you.