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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Childhood Slogans

What are the jingles you remember from your childhood? Do you remember "Coke,it's the real thing." How about the one for ''Slinky" ? Not having tv or listening to the radio now I can't say as I'm up to date on the jingles out there now, but they were a fun thing from the past, I remember snazzy littles tunes for "Mc Donald's is our kind of place. . . " & then, later on, "two all beef patties,special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions all on a sesame bun."
When I was little, before we moved up to the farm, I remember my Dad getting us Filet o' Fish sandwiches in a box that turned into a puppet theater by punching out a cardboard piece. Enclosed was also a plastic bag type puppet of Ronald himself. It was a treat I looked so forward to. How about you-what were the treats,the little things that made an ordinary day just a little bit special for you.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dear Blog, I had given up on you, sure I would never be inspired again. At the freshly turned age of 50 I am hoping inspiration will return. Some of the things I'd like to write about are deep, some dark &/or painful. Does the spilling forth of pain help to release it? At times, I think so. At other times, I hope so.
Right now, I'm dealing with alot of pain. My back is out, the muscles bulging & knotted, leaving me incapable of moving. I've been through this too many times already for my liking. I would like a healthy, capable body, strong & readily able to fulfill my wishes. I'd like to be pain-free, to move freely like I did long ago.
I revelled in physical activity as a young girl. It felt good to move. I remember the sensation of relishing the strength & grace I felt in my moves. It was as nothing to go to school, waitress & go dancing. Riding a bike,walking miles in a day didn't phase me.
In my thirties, my body became sabotaged with pain. Strange things were going on that I had no idea how to control, resolve or live with.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hoping to do Card Classes to raise money for my Birthday fund! As our family has delightfully grown there are quite a few more people to remember & honor on their special day. I hope this will take off as it is something I can work around my physical limits with! Sign - up for a class!!!

Dear Blog-

Ahh,Dear Blog, what shall I do about you??! I cannot think of any inspiring thing to write. . .Oh! Yes, that's right, hubby & I are trying to lose 10 lbs. It is really tough to change our bad ways but it is a huge help to have one another in it together.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Looks like I'm thinking about Christmas, doesn't it?? It seems after Thanksgiving, time just hurls along & what doesn't get done sooner often doesn't get done at all. I've been busy making cards & tags. The card in the middle is for Landon's first birthday, Nov. 30th. I'm using a circus set for all the kids birthdays coming up-fun.

Christmas cooking & baking going on here-makes me happy!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

After Dan picked me up at the Airport, I needed dinner & a date.McDonald's & this sweet little public garden met the need completely!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Saving money????

To "save" money this year, I thought it was time to resurrect my clothesline. The former clothesline served our family very well, but broke in numerous places due to old age. Hmm, sounds like me somedays. The children had all left home, I was battling some health issues & it was just easier to pop the clothes in the dryer. After all, how much laundry can two medium sized people generate?
This worked well for quite some time. It would/ is still working well if I choose to use it. But, no, this year, I have convinced myself I am a healthy,strong woman with literal interpretations of the Proverbs 31 woman who "looketh well to the ways of her household".
What with the ever rising cost of fuel & groceries & taxes & co- pays & gasoline & . . . you get my drift, I feel a huge need to get back to my ultra frugal ways. Thus, the clothesline.
I've used a clothesline all my life till these last few years where I've engaged in riotous living & -gasp- have been using the dryer. Shocking, I know. And I stopped washing out plastic baggies. And even use , just sometimes, mind you, I've not gone completely extravagant, Charmin toilet tissue-but only when it was on sale.Okay. Whew. I confessed. Now you know all my dark secrets.
Ahh, but I digress. Back to my superbly economical solar powered clothesline. Dries clothes with just the power of the sun & a nice breeze is an even bigger help-you know, kinda like the cotton/heavy duty cycle on the dryer.

Well, said clothesline, is over 90 feet one way. It's a pulley system, so I'm going to need over 180 ft. of non-stretching clothesline. I forget the price of this at my local hardware store but I thought I'd shop around for the best price. Lowe's has 200 ft. of "durable, non-stretch line for just $20.00 ! Less than our hardware store. Great! Just what I'm looking for! Thankfully, the pulleys are still in place & my darlin' husband put the line in place for me. Hmm, the no- stretch line stretches. Probably should have got the more expensive one. . .
I am eager to start hanging the clothes out. . . oh, I gave away most of my clothespins & all my clothesline stretchers. Okay. I can hang up approximately 8 things. Hmm. Go to the hardware store again, they are the only ones that sell metal ( read that-"lasting") stretchers. I buy 3. At about $9.00 each. I don't care for wooden clothespins because of the marks they leave on the clothes. The hardware store only carries wooden. I decide to order them from Amazon. Make my purchase of $27.00 for clothesline stretchers. I'm now at $47.00 to save some money.
Get on Amazon. Order $10.00 worth of clothespins & add $15.00 worth of other stuff . . . to get FREE shipping. I'm now at a total of $57.oo, so I can be frugal.
Once I have everything I need, a NY monsoon season begins. I figure I've got about 10 loads of clothes hung out by now & it's nearly July. The first load cost me $ 57.00, but by the time I got up to 10 loads, the cost per load is only about $5.70! Oh, and I find I need some more clothespins & another stretcher. By 2015 I figure this is all going to pay for itself-if the line doesn't break!!
Laundry tips: Need a cheap, safe fabric softener? Try white vinegar. Just don't add too much-you don't want to smell & feel like a soft pickle!
Hope your day holds a smile!!! God bless! And may it not rain on the clothes you hung out, like it is on mine right now!