Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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. 


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.  


Monday, April 27, 2015


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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


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!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


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.....



Monday, April 20, 2015


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.


Sunday, April 19, 2015


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


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!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015


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.

Monday, April 13, 2015


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!