Thursday, December 31, 2015

BYE BYE 2015

Oh my, tis true!  This year is over, finished, done.  Sigh.  I look at it in two ways.

1 - HALLELUJAH!  What a year.  When I told my heart doctor what was going on in my life because he asked.  He sat there, sweet man that he is, shaking his head.  He then said, I will not complain for at least three years!  Still shaking head.  My family and I will put your family in our prayers.  Bless him!  I needed that day.

2- UHOH.  So it is over but what about next year?  All we can do is take it as it comes.  We cannot change the past.  We cannot change too much about today.  We cannot change the future.  Just take it as it comes.  Trust God.  Lean on Him.  Fight for life.  Change what can be changed.  Move forward.

I am starting the year with a happy attitude.  

Happy that.......

we are all still breathing......

the younger son has a wife who fits well with our craziness......

the Hubbie still has a job and his heart is now considered to be normal......

mine, too, after a stress test yesterday.....

the Older son is stable AND loosing weight....

the Daughter is feeling better AND loosing weight.....

the grands have a puppy.....Ferris and Savannah.....

we are all still breathing.

Nothing negative about this last post for the year 2015.  I could print an entire page of boo-s but nope.

Bless you all.  Protect your family.  Take life as it comes and try not to worry about the things out of your control.

Happy New Year from Carol of Life in Bunny Slippers blog.  Starting 2016 with a smile and a new pair of walking shoes in hot pink, of course.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP.....EATING

Yes, eating out is so much nicer than cooking, ever.  After 48 years of cooking, only when I must, I would really like to retire completely from the old grind of a hot stove.

But, since the two of us, must eat, here are a few tips that could save you some money as it does us.

Tonight we ate at Zaxby's, yum.  There is a 25th Anniversary celebration.  A meal that comes with four chicken strips, fries, toast and a large drink for $7.97.  We split one.  Yep, we both ate half.  I tore the bread in half, gave the Hubbie two strips and we both munched on the fries.  The fries were not that good, frozen, yes, old tasting.  Still we had just enough food to satisfy our need to eat.  So, we both ate for $3.95 each.  Cha-ching!  Plus a refill drink to go.

I love shopping at Publix.  It has the best BOGO deals every week.

Recently there was a BOGO for Marie Callender's frozen dinners.  I tried the Lasagna.  It is really good.  Yes, the Hubbie even liked it saying we could have it any time!  The cost was 2 for $5.00, buying only one made it $2.50.  We both ate for $1.25.  Yes, heating the oven was necessary.  Yes, water and a drink were required.  Cheap somehow eases the pain of all the work.  Big grin.

One more thing and I'm done with this post.

We love eating at Longhorn's  Steakhouse.  It is a bit expensive for our budget so we save it for special occasions.  It was our 48th anniversary.  We went to the beach for a trip.  We ate at LS.  We both ordered steak.  Mine was to be medium well done.  His was to be medium.  Well, the meat was cooked as ordered but mine was medium and his was medium well done.  I mentioned it to the waitress when she asked.  She offered to fix it.  I told her no.  The Hubbie said we just want to eat and not wait.  We laughed.  

The check came.  The manager took care of it and even offered dessert!  We did leave the waitress a  tip.  But we both ate for $6.00, which was the tip on a $30.00 tab.  What great customer service!  The manager apologized over and over.  I told him it wasn't his fault.  Just a mix up.  It happens.   I thanked him and declined the sweet. 

Did I mention we love eating at Longhorn?  

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Friday, December 4, 2015

SANITY SAVING TIP

Well, that's a switch, right?   In a round about way, it is also a money saving tip.  Saving time is money, or so some say.

I've found something that helps me keep my sanity.  It's journaling.  Yes, I know it can be done on the old smart phone, which I do.  But, I also like having a hard copy. 

It is a take off on bullet journaling.  You can google it and go from there.  I made it my own.  One way was a cheap-o ring binder.  Yes, from WM for less than a dollar.  See, money saving tip. 

One thing I do is keep it in my purse and do it all in pencil.  It is easy to erase.  Yes, of course.  If it can be erased, it saves pages used.  Maybe I will picture it.  Not sure how I would hide my details.  Maybe I should just write out a page and leave it blank. 

Thinking about it........

I am organized now and it is so much better than a bunch of  post notes.  It does indeed save the sanity.  Although I do use post notes in my journal/planner.  Finished with it, toss it.  Nice.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP......LUNCH FOR $1.09 CASH

Eating out can be expensive.  It can also be cheap.  This money saving tip is about eating out cheap.

There are several websites that I have signed up for over the years.  One of them is for Steak n Shake.  Yum.  I received an email it was my one year 'anniversary' being a member of that website. 

What did I get for my gift? 

Free food.

I received a coupon for one double steak burger with cheese, which I never eat because it is usually extra, the cheese that is.  Plus an order of French fries.  The trick was you had to use the coupon for a dine in meal.  No problem.  I can do it.  So, in the rain, I waddled into the local franchise. 

Several times over the years I have purchased a large sweet tea, easy ice, from this restaurant.  Why?  It is only $1.  Yes, it is what I picked today, too. 

My tab totaled up to be $1.09 for a nice lunch. 

Yes, I left a $1 tip, too. 

Technically, I ate for $2.09 but the food cost was ONLY $1.09, for the tea.

There are pictures to prove it but the pictures are yet to be downloaded from my phone.   It will happen. 


Later.....take my word for it....grin.

Hint:  even if you drive thru, between the hours of 2 PM and 4 PM, as well as 2 AM and 4 AM, a very large sweet or unsweet tea is ONLY $.55.  In fact, ALL of their drinks are half price including milk shakes.  fyi

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP.....EAT OUT

I like to eat out.  I would eat out every meal if I could.  I would stop cooking if I could.  But, gotta eat.

I found another money saving tip.  I joined Bing dot com.  You can do searches, add up points, get certificates to eat out or a number of other things.  Here is the first time I tried it:






Chicken salad sandwich with fries and a sweet tea.  Yummo!!  Final cost, including tip, less than $4.00.

I'm on the Internet anyway, so I am enjoying this new money saver!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

YOU DON'T EVEN WANT TO KNOW

Nope, don't ask where I've been or what's been happening.  We have had another roller coaster of sickness and worries.  It happens but seems we are on overload.  Major, major overload.  Last night I even prayed, please give us a break, give us some happy times and ease some of these burdens without some one dying.  Some days, that's all you can pray is, Lord, help.  Some days that's enough.  



This is from the web but I do not remember where.  Sums life up pretty easily.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

YOO HOO!

Well, hello, blogging world.  How you been?  Hard to believe I last posted a post in August!  Time is suppose to slow down when you retire, get older, have an empty nest.  Nope.  It's a lie.  One big lie. 

Life is crazier but, hey, it's still life.  We're still breathing, taking one day at a time, one step at a time.  What other way is there?  None. 

I, personally, will be glad when 2015 is done, finished, gone.  It's been a difficult year.  Some fun, some not so fun.   After all, this happened:


So sweet.  Blessing.

A friend told me to just do the next thing.  Do the RIGHT next thing as my daughter says.  If it's time to mop the floor, get up and mop the floor.  You cannot do anything about next week, next month or next year, right.  Yes, correct.

The world seems to be a real mess.  So, will next year be better? 

Honestly, I don't have a clue.  I only know that 2015 will be in the books.  Or should I say in the blog? 

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

SUNDAY BLOG POST.....THIS IS GETTING TO BE A HABIT

Well, here I am on Sunday, on the Web, again.  This is turning into a habit.  It seems the weeks go by way too fast and Sunday is here so I sit down and blog.  Thinking about giving it up.  Unless of course I can figure out how to make money with a blog.  That would be worth it. 

 July was a mess, glad it's over, but now August is almost over, too!

Everything is happening so fast in our lives.  You the same?  Life is suppose to slow down as we get older.  Nope, not for this gal.  

So, here is a quick tip for saving money.   

Do you coupon?  I do.  I was really into it and then the coupons went crazy in an effort to combat that crazy coupon show, all coupons became less valuable.  So, I backed off.  Plus everything that happened with this year so far.

Well, I'm back to couponing.  Who would thought that would be a word?  Similar to googling. 

My tip is, ask for others coupons.  I did and I have a very nice friend who saves me his coupons.  It saves me money.  He just throws them away so instead he gives them to me.  Win, win.

Here is his picture.



His name is Paul.  He has been battling cancer for years now.  Thankful he is still here.  Will you say a prayer for him?  Thanks.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP......BULK

This may be an old tip but it is easy to do.  When buying food, think about buying in bulk and measuring into storage bags, smaller portions.

The key to this is checking the price labels on the shelves.  

You will notice that the tags have the regular price.......

the product number.......

                         the store number for that item........

                                   and the price per unit.  

The price per unit is the key.  

For example, toilet paper can be as high as 3 times more expensive in price per unit than the cheaper brands.

Next time you are shopping, check it out.  You may be shocked at what you have been paying for everyday foods, paper goods, beverages, etc.

Keep your money in your pocket!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP......EATING OUT ON YOUR BIRTHDAY

I love to eat out.  I would rather eat out any day than cook.  It's not the cooking so much as it is the cleaning up.  Ugh.  No, wait, it's the cooking, too.

An easy way to save money when eating out is to sign up on the website of your favorite restaurants.  You will get free food!

Many websites offer something free when you sign up.  For instance a free drink, a free french fry, free dessert.  

Yes you will continue to get emails but if you go there regularly, the emails will keep you updated on menu changes, specials, etc.

On your birthday, you will receive a coupon for a free burger from Ruby Tuesday.  When you sign up at Dairy Queen, you get a free blizzard with the purchase of one.  

So, take an hour and sign up!  Eat out on your birthday!  All day if you sign up for the right websites!

Celebrate!

Happy Birthday from me!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Another day, another birthday, another year.   Wowzers.  Time sure goes by fast.  Always thought it was suppose to be slower in the sunset years.  Wrong.  It seems the world just keeps getting faster.

I am thankful to still be here.  Now, on my 67th birthday.  How did that happen?  67 sounds so much older than 66.  

Woke up this morning and decided to do things that started with the letter C.

Cinderella movie.....eat lunch at Chipolte's.....crash at the local pool.....chew on a big old steak.  Did them all but had a great surprise.  The Daughter and her little girl surprised me and we spent the day together.  She bought my lunch.  Plus a cute gift.  We had a good time.  Thank you, Angela.  You are the best! 

The Hubbie gave me a sweet card with cash.  More C's.

It was a very good day!   Happy Birthday to Me! 



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Friday, July 10, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP.....COMPUTER BATTERY PART 2

In the last post, I gave suggestions on saving money on a computer battery (laptop).  This is an update on that post.

Yes.....

the computer was dead as a door nail....what does that mean, anyway?

plugging same into the wall did nothing....still dead as a door nail......

the post was to remove the battery,  plug in the computer into a wall socket and just ignore the battery all together......

yes, it worked.....

tried again to power up the battery after re-installing the old battery.....

gave it an over night charge and

wa la.....it worked!!!

Why?

Don't have a clue why but it did.  No cash for a new 8 hour battery!!  Ching.  Ching.

Savin' mo moneeeeee!


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Monday, July 6, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP.....COMPUTER BATTERY

What a week we have had!  The Hubbie was in the hospital and The Older Son still is.  Too much at one time, oh yes. 

So, when I had a chance to sit down to my 10 year old laptop, HP, I might add.  The battery was dead as a door nail.  I put it in hibernate and forgot about it as I rushed out the door to take The Hubbie to the far away hospital.   After attempting to charge the 8 hour, 8 year old battery, I gave up.  

Then it dawned on me.

Take out the battery and plug in the laptop with the chord.

It worked!  Obviously.

Now, I have time to seek out a coupon, wait for a sale, or shop around.  I'm learning towards Battery Plus.  It is where the last one came from and was reasonable.  

Or just use it as a plug in the wall version, not buying a battery at all. 

No panic.

Save a buck or several is the goal!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COUNTING DOWN

This is our oldest son.  There are only 9 days left to this fundraiser.  

http://gfwd.at/1FnsAgd

Copy and paste may be required.


We are a long way from the goal but thank you for your love and support!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP.....SOAP

Today is a simple easy to do money saving tip(s).  It has to do with soap.  All kinds of soap.

When you get to the end of a bar of soap, it's too thin to bathe with, but too big to trash.  Then do this, take the thin bar and hold it with a new bar.  It will only take a few minutes for the two to melt together when wet while bathing or showering.   It makes the new bar bigger and the old bar part of the new, making it last longer.  You will spend less money, really!

Another soap idea is hand pumped liquid soap.  Use the soap as is until the bottle gets about half empty.  When that happens, fill the bottle with water, shake well.  Instant more soap.  It will not be as thick but it will work just as well.  

Finally, the idea of washing powder soap.  Actually, I quit using the powder years ago and opted to liquid.  Now, about all I use is liquid All for Sensitive skin.  Water can be added to the top when measuring but be careful with this tip.  It doesn't need to be watered down too much.  

Then the possibility of making your own washing powder is a good idea.  I have tried it with my old washer but not with my new stacked pair.  

There is an idea I have yet to try.  It has to do with solid dish washing tablets.  Maybe, just maybe, cutting one in half might be enough to do a load of dirty dishes.  Of course, this will never work with the liquid packets of dish washing soap.

These might work for you and they might not.  Just try them and see.   The hardness or softness of your public water may make a difference.

Save more, use less, is the idea.    Money in your pocket.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

MONEY TIP.....WASHING THE CAR

A few years ago, our little town was chosen to have an automatic drive through car wash.  It is very nice and probably a real money maker for the owners.  I have used it many times.  The wash prices start at $8 go to $10 with the premium being $12.  

Besides driving through while staying in your car, there are two employees who hose down the windows, front of the car and the back as you are slowly entering the tunnel.  

Then when you drive out, there is 'free' diy vacuuming, rug cleaner, air freshener tabs.

This may sound like a good value.  I'm lazy, the real reason I have been a customer.

But last year, I went cold turkey and gave it up.

Now, I drive to the get out, hose it down yourself, dry off the windows, get back in the car, drive off location.

Why?

With two cycles it costs me $3.  IF I hurry, then I can get a car done in one, costing $1.50.

It's so hot in Dixie now that drying is not really necessary.  The water evaporates and the car is dry barely before you drive onto the street.

Sure I get hot and sweaty.  Sure, it's messier.  Sure, I don't like it as much.

BUT.....

If I spend $3, max, and do not spend $8, the least, I save $5.  If I spend $3, max, and do not spend $10 or $12.   I can do it with my one good hand.  Grin.

Well, you see where I'm going with this.

Do it yourself.  Save the money.  Done and done.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

THE BIG 4-4!!!

Today is our oldest son's birthday!!!  He is 44 years old!!  How is that possible?  Seems he was just born yesterday.....well, last week anyway.

Life is good and God is good for putting him in our lives all those many years ago!!!

Happy Birthday Aaron!!!  We love you.




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Sunday, June 14, 2015

MY 600 LB LIFE

It's Sunday and I normally do not blog on weekends.  This morning I got up, readied myself for church and headed out.  I took a new RX on am empty stomach.  Uhoh.  I came home for some stomach meds but didn't work.  I finally came back home and threw up.  It may not be the meds because I've been cold all day.  Yeah, me the hot flash queen, cold!  The Hubbie went to church.  I am home watching TV.
 
The show that is on now is My 600 LB Life.  It is shocking but inspiring.  Amer's story is on tonight.  She is 23.  The scene now is showing where she is rushed back to the hospital.  She may be having a heart attack.  Her legs are huge and covered in sores. 
 
I find myself semi-praying for these people.  It's recorded so what is the point, right?  Anyway, I am showing empathy for them.
 
It's in their hands.  They can change.  They are in charge of the change.  This can inspire anyone!
 
Don't use excuses anymore.  Do it.  Think I AM! 
 
I AM.....
 
responsible
 
in charge
 
powerful
 
do it
 
worth the effort
 
capable of the change!!!
 
We all have one life.  Don't blow it!  Or don't blow it anymore!!!  Don't waste your life.

Take care of you!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP....RETIREMENT

Well, it's time for another money saving tip.  I'm just hit and missing on this blog because I am one busy person.  Retirement is not a boring time in one's life.  

This money saving tip is something everyone should do.  Here it is:

Plan for retirement!!!  

Don't assume it will be okay.  

Put away every dime you can. 
Social Security does not make one social or secure.  So, don't count on it.  

Join your 401-K and give the max.

Sign up for life insurance for your family, especially for your wife so she can keep her house, etc.

There is a story in the Holy Bible about the ant.  The ant works all summer to put away food for the winter.  It's the perfect example of preparing for retirement.  

Why am I suggesting this money saving tip?  Because we were not prepared.  The Hubbie was in ministry for 30 years.  We lived on little.  Thing is, we have little to live on now.  

So, work and work and save and save.  If you have little to live on now, don't expect to have enough to live on later because it will not happen unless someone leaves you a boat load of cash or you win the lottery.

I think that sums it up.

Live and learn from the mistakes of others.  

Live on one salary, pay yourself, sell things on the side, save, save, save.  So you will have, have, have.

Simple.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP....BUY AND SHARE


It's that time again.  It's time to post another money saving tip on this little blog.  

What is it?

Are you close to family?   Or do you have a good friend you trust?  Key word being trust.  It goes for family, too.

Share stuff....yes, stuff.  

Here are a few suggestions:

Carpet cleaning machine

Tree trimmer

Sewing machine

Serger

Games

Tent

Cooler

Beach umbrella

Beach chairs

Golf clubs

You get the idea.  These are not every day use items.  The key is to always, always make sure you return the item the minute you are finished with it.  One family buys one thing to lend and another family buys something else. 

Only when you keep something too long, does it become a bother.  

Think about it.

Why?  Because when you need something you need it now.

Share and share alike are good words to live by.

 Just don't take advantage, ya hear now?!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

VIDEO

The idea that Christ was crucified on a Friday is debated by many.  It's okay, this video blesses me every time. 

Because He came the first time as He said, He will come again.  Next time as a lion, not a lamb.

Praise Him!



                           


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

RELAY FOR LIFE PHOTOS

These are a few of the photos from the Relay for Life this year:
 
 
This is Paul, a friend of mine and also a cancer survivor.  He is 85 this year.


 
This is me, sweaty already and two of the GRANDS cheering me on.  Love them!
 
 
 
 
This is our family, the three grown kiddos.  We took a picture before the walk.  It was all of us.  I will see if I can post it later.  We are blessed.
 

 
So thankful to all my family for coming and supporting me on my 40th year celebration!  Love to all of you!!!
 
 


 
Me, before the walk and before the rain.  I was a sweaty mess by the time it was over but so happy my family was there!
 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

POCKET LETTERS

One of the new crazes in the craft world are pocket letters.  

Here are pictures of one sent to me from Dinah of Diary of a Not So Mad Housewife.  It's so cute!!!  She did an amazing job.  It's probably the best one I've ever seen!

Front:


Back:





Cute and more cute!  Just plain cute!  

She also makes greeting cards as a hobby.  I think she's got it down to a science!

Thanks, Dinah!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

FREEBIES

Freebies are great.  I love something free! 
 
Last week was the Relay for Life walk in our little town.  During the week, we were privileged to attend the survivors dinner, held each year at the local Methodist church.  They have a beautiful family life center and graciously host the dinner each year for the last several years.
 
The dinner for the survivors and one guest is, you got it, free.  We are given a t-shirt to wear at the Relay for Life usually held the Friday after the Monday of the same week of the dinner.  Free. 
 
This year, I won a door prize.  It was a nice canvas box with family movie night goodies, including a movie.  There was gourmet chocolate popcorn, microwave popcorn, two different kinds of popcorn seasoning, four can Cokes, movie sized boxes of candy, plastic boxes shaped like a popcorn bag, etc.  We devoured it over the weekend.  Free.  One year I won the beautiful center piece at the table I was sitting, purchased by a friend who is also a survivor.  Free. 
 
Entertainment at the walk is also free.  The GRANDS were able to enjoy the bumper slides before the official start of the walk.  Free.  Music at the walk was also free but was hampered due to speaker problems.  Still we were able to sing before the walk, walk to recorded music and I requested the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight for the GRANDS.  They love the song because they jump, play and dance while it is singing away.  Free.

Memories.  Free. 

At church, we were given a prayer journal for Mother's Day.  Free. 
 
Our Daughter, SIL and our GRAND daughter gave me a beautiful pink vase for Mother's Day.  It's huge and I love it!  Something I would never buy for myself but they did.  Free to me. 
 
The younger Son and his new Bride are in the process of painting a picture for me.  Excited to see it but being patient. 
 
A long time friend, Dinah of Diary of a Not So Mad Housewife blog, sent me a lovely pocket letter.  Free.  She did a great job on it.  I will ask and see if I can post pictures of it. 
 
Years ago, we were able to get the younger son a full mattress because he was grown.  We had some heavy wood given to us.  Free.  The Hubbie made a mattress size box and the mattress went on top.  Free.  Now, years later, he is using the wood to make his new Bride a desk.  Memory.  Free. 
 
This blog is free. 
 
The wonderful rain we had today.  Free.
 
Sunshine and fresh air.  Free. 
 
So, although not many things in life seem to be totally free, I certainly enjoy the ones that are!!!  Freebies seem to make life sweeter.  Why?  Cuz its free.
 
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

40

It's the big 4-0. 
 
 No, not my birthday.  Although I do remember it.  Bad day cuz no one else remembered it!!  I won't even go there!
 
No, it's the 40th year of still breathing after cancer.  Thanks be to God and good doctors!
 
The kiddos are all coming.  All I need to do is get groceries, clean the bathrooms and dust. 
 
Let's get this celebration on the books!




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Saturday, May 9, 2015

BLOGGING

Who would have ever thought the word BLOG would be an every day word in our every day lives?  Not me.  But, it is. 
 
Blogs are fun but blogs are also for profit.  Many make money by having a blog.  I don't.  I would like to say I did but nope.  Not a dime into my checkbook as of this date.
 
This is a bit of a rant but I'm tired of some blogs. 
 
Why?
 
Glad you asked.
 
Because they are like magazines today.....one advertisement after another with very little content. 
 
Think about it. 
 
The magazines of today are page after page of commercials with very few actual articles.  Yes, I quit buying even Woman's Day and Family Circle, years ago, for that reason.  What's the point? 
 
Some blogs are the same way!
 
If it is a source of income to support your family, good for you.  But you would get more people on your blog, linking to it, free advertising to it for you, IF there was more actually IN it.
 
One word.....BOOOORINNNNG.
 
Rant over.
 
Happy Saturday World!
 
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP....PROTECT YOUR PURSE

I am a senior citizen.  I don't want to be but it's better than the alternative at this point in my life.  The alternative you say?  Yes being 6 feet under or a lot older.  Not ready to take the next train to Heaven just yet.    So, I'll take what I have and not complain about it.

Senior citizens can be a target for thieves.  Several years ago, I was with a group of older than me ladies.  They were concerned about putting their pocketbooks (yes that's what they called them) in the car while unloading their groceries.  Apparently some had friends who had their pocketbooks stolen right out of their cars. 

We brainstormed for several minutes and came up with these ideas:

1 - use the baby belt in the grocery cart to secure your pocketbook at all times and while you are unloading your groceries

2 - put your pocketbook in the car and secure it with the seat belt

3 - put your pocketbook in the trunk beside you while you are reaching for the groceries

4 - carry a smaller version inside your waist band, not around your neck 

5 - keep all doors locked expect the one you are standing beside

6- invest in a large key ring that fits over your wrist so you will not lock your car without thinking about the keys

There is a video showing a woman with an SUV pumping gas.  Another car pulls beside it, the passenger in the front seat jumps out, quietly opens the passenger door to the SUV, opens the passenger side door which is unlocked, grabs the pocketbook, gets back in the car, drives off and the woman pumping gas never sees the car drive up or away.  Think how much that costs to replace!  Plus the thieves now have all of your personal information, your phone, where you live,  etc. 

BEWARE!

So, all of these are safety tips but all of them can save your money!  Maybe your life!

The last suggestion I have is hide your credit cards in your wallet.  Put them behind a library card, or a picture, whatever you have.  Or you can turn them face down, bottom up, so the name of the credit card does not appear where it can be read.

The money tip.....protect your money.  

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Monday, April 27, 2015

MATCHING DONOR

Several people have asked for information about being a donor for our son. 
 
If you follow this blog, you know he needs a liver transplant due to a genetic disease called Alpha1.
 
Here is the link:
 
 
IF you would consider this possibility, please leave a comment and we will be in touch with you.
 
Thank you for reading this and for your concern.
 
Blessings.
 
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

MONEY SAVING TIP....EATTING AT CRACKER BARREL

Cracker Barrel is a great place to eat.  There are locations across the United States.  The food is delicious, good down home cooking. 
I found a nifty money saver when we dined at a location near us. 
There is a Kid's Menu.  The food varies from Hamburger with a side to a plate of Mac and Cheese.  The drink, which can be anything including tea or soft drinks, is included in the price. 
I chose a regular hamburger with a side of mac and cheese.  Wait, am I repeating myself?  Yep. 
It was delicious.  Thing is, the portion was just right!
The price was only $4.99 with a couple glasses of sweet tea!
The Hubbie orderd a plate of pancakes with blueberries inside, strawberries laid on top, two bottles of syrup and water.
Our ticket was about $12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will gladly take a smaller portion if I get the drink, too!!!!!
The menu says the items are for kids of all ages.  That's me!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GIVE FORWARD

We are on Day 79 in an effort to raise $17,500 for our older Son's liver transplant.  The deadline of July 8, 2015, will be here before we know it!

Here is the link.....

http://gfwd.at/1FnsAgd


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Monday, April 20, 2015

GOOD PEOPLE

You never know who in your life is going to be a blessing to you.  

We are in a life long plan to get a new liver for our oldest son.  He has Alpha1.  The only cure is a transplant.  It is a waiting game, hoping and praying that he does not get too bad before the liver is found.  He needs to work towards the transplant himself, which he is doing.  

People we have known for decades are stepping up to the plate to help him.  It's pretty amazing.  

To say thanks to these people seems inadequate.  

There are good people in this world and we know a few.

Blessings to you all.  You have blessed us already.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

LIVER TRANSPLANT

Normally I do not blog on the weekends.  It's just too much on the to do list, right?


However, our oldest son is facing the need of a liver transplant.  We are in the process of raising money to help with the process.

Please consider giving.  Any amount will help.  Thank you.


Here is the link:



Friday, April 17, 2015

FRIDAY

It's the end of the week, well the work week.  It's gray, cooler and raining in Dixie.  I don't mind, I enjoy these temps.  Why?  Because when this is over, it's going to be hot, just plain hot.  

Here are a few ideas to keep your house cooler and save some cash.  Utility bills are ridiculous, aren't they?!

IF you have an attached garage with a stairway to the attic, leave it pulled down about one third of the way.  It will cause an updraft through the attic, out the roof vents, keeping the inside of the house cooler.

Use ceiling fans.  These keep the temps down in the house as well as keeping the walls cooler.  

Use box fans to circulate air throughout the house.  I put one in kitchen when I am cooking, aiming right at me!

Instead of blinds, use the old fashioned pull down shades behind your drapes.  It's amazing how much cooler they can make a room.  

The front of our house faces East.  The back faces West.  I keep the shades pulled down until the sun is over the house then close the ones when the sun is more towards the back.  It helps!  Really!

We open and close the windows that way, too.  Who wants hot air in their house?!

As I've gotten old, I find that if the air is circulating in the house, it seems cooler.  

We leave the AC off as long as we can.  It's all about saving cash!  

I want to get two screen doors, one for the front and one for the back some day.  That would make a great 'draft'.  It's on my list.  We shall see.

Do you have any ideas?  I'm listening.

The humidity is what makes the house seem hot.  

Keeping cooler is the plan!  

Keep the AC off as long as possible!

Cash in the pocket is what its all about!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BRIDE OF THE YEAR

This is our newest addition....younger son married.  







Welcome Sarah!
These pics are from my phone so, yes, I reserve the right to post more.
Grin.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

HEAD SPINNING

Been there done that?  Is your head spinning from the things in your life?  Mine is.

The young son was married a week ago.  The gals now outnumber the guys by one.  Welcome to the family, Sarah!

So much going on but the main focus in life right now is the older son.  He has been diagnosed with Alpha 1.  It is a liver disease or a lung disease or a combo of both.


 So far, it is only his liver that is the problem.  The problem is big, of course.  We do nothing small around our house. 

He will require a liver transplant in order to regain his health.  Here is his website:

IF you can help or know someone that can help, here is our call for that help!  HELP!!! 


He has type O+ blood.  He is 43 years old, married, with two small children, aka THE GRANDS.  They are 6 and 4.  Too young too loose their Daddy.

Can you donate?  Yes, if you meet the qualifications.

  Can you give money?  Yes, if you will.

  Can you pray?  Yes, and please do.

I will mention this from time to time so check back often.

  Life is just hard sometimes, just too hard!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

money saving tip....ribbon

over the holidays, I purchased or was given several items that had ribbon included in the packaging.  not the curlee ribbon but the type hair bows are made 1/2" to 1-1/2" wide.
the tip....save those ribbons! a yard ribbon now cost as much as a yard of fabric use to cost!  more in some cases.
later.

pardon the lower case.....typing is difficult.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

where i been....

1 - car wreck...woman totaled my little zoom zoom....tears
2 - bronchitis
3 - fell broke left hand, pin comes out 2/2.....cannot be soon enough
4 - had to completely redo password for this blog taking way too many links....ugh


which points are true?
ALL of the above!!!
i'm back....typing one finger one hand.....this blog was therapy for me one time, here goes part 2.
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