Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
The cabinet is made from a cedar armoire. Now do not freak out - this was a free cabinet and the door panels were busted when it showed up on my front porch a few years back. Yes - just like a stray dog - the dang thing was on my front porch when I came home one day. Cool in and of itself.
At the time, the Man at my address converted it using shelves made from recycled wood and trim we removed from our house during the remodel. I took the broken panels out and replaced them with luan (a really thin plywood like product.) I put bookshelf wallpaper on the front of the panels and painted the inside white. In THEORY, we would keep this closed and the pretty "bookshelves" would be seen.
YEAH RIGHT - NOT.
Then dang thing stays open all the time. Just like this........
Saturday - I dragged all the crap out and cleaned it. Straightened the stuff inside. And decided to go ahead and complete a project I had been PLANNING on doing for weeks. Actually years.
Now you guys know me - I am all about the right tools - (insert hysterically appropriate commentary here).
I grabbed a hammer and a prying device ........ yes that is a flat blade frosting knife from the kitchen drawer.
And I set up an appropriate painting table on my front porch. Yes that one is a bar stool.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday night - soccer games - then some crochet time in the car while I was waiting for the College Girl and her boy to show up for a ride home.
Saturday found me running the top of Hartwell Dam. I had not done so since September, but I took almost 5 minutes off my run time - pretty significant for an old, fat lady, missing a major organ. Plus, I finished almost a half mile in front of the man (and I came from behind). Did I make sure and let him know just how I felt about this --- well - duh.
Saturday evening was a 50th birthday dinner for a friend.
Sunday was church. Then I got home and discovered a long and assertive cane from my climbing rose was invading College Girls parking place at the house. Seems the cane and the associated thorns were regularly attacking peeps getting out on the passenger side of her car. So there I was in my church clothes, pruning shears in hand, pruning roses. This led to pruning crepe myrtles. Then to pruning the Eucalyptus tree. ALL IN MY CHURCH CLOTHES. craziness. Mom was on a roll.
It was a great weekend. For all kinds of outdoor activity.
But about the title of this post.
I love great packaging. Especially packaging that I can reuse. And sometimes a surprise package will make me giddy with absolute "OMG that's awesome" delight.
We ate lunch at a local meat and 3 place called the Tanner House. I ordered banana pudding for dessert. Then I asked for it "to go". Did they bring me one of those horrid styrofoam containers of banana pudding. NO NO NO ---
Just look how my to go order was packaged.
A cute little mason jar complete with gingham print lid.
Poor Hubby - he just looked at me with that "deer in the headlights" look familiar to bloggers everywhere - as I whipped out the phone to take pictures of said little jar.
Please tell me that at least you guys understand.
Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
She got to choose the word for February and she chose FORGIVE. I cringed. I complained. I wanted to quit the challenge.
I have a lot to FORGIVE. Honestly people we all do.
Often it is much harder to FORGIVE the closer the person(s) are to us. And most often FORGIVING ourself is the most difficult act of all.
I worked hard on this challenge and I let go of some small things - I am still working hard on this and I am slowly letting go of some bigger things.
What I discovered about myself - sometimes hanging on to the hurt and anger becomes the comfortable way to feel. That comfy shroud becomes sort of an armour. Even a weapon. And without realizing it - I become angrier, cynical, ugly. MaryAnn pointed out that even in my blog writing of the past the sense of ugliness was there.
I went back and read many many posts. It was awful. It was ugly. I was ugly.
This is not a religious blog, but I am a Christian. I went to the scripture. I read other people's writings on FORGIVENESS. I searched blogs. I talked to friends.
I learned - FORGIVING is not a once and done thing. It is a do over and over thing. A slow release of the hurt, of the anger, of the ugly. It is an act. It is a discipline. It requires work. Focus. Determination. It allows those feeling to surface again - raw and painful - instead of being buried and covered up, tucked away to minimize the horror of it. There has even been a process very similar to grieving over some of this.
But this word - FORGIVE - this challenge set forth by my precious friend (who didn't give up on me) has been by far the most rewarding word so far.
I am still working on it.
Remember - the actual act of GOD'S GRACE AND FORGIVENESS was not a stunning, gorgeous piece of art or Jewelry. Like the bracelet pictured below.
It actually probably looked more like this ----
Thank you MaryAnn for this challenge. I am still working on it.
I have chosen an easier word for this month -- my word is PLAN.
As we going into the Lenten season (today is Ash Wednesday) Spend 40 days in the Wilderness with Jesus and know that His Sacrifice means everything to us.
Friday, March 04, 2011
I posted about my savings at the grocery store on facebook and she asked me to give her some more information.
Let's start with disclaimers - I have a real 40+ hour a week job. I have an athlete who lives at my house. I am perpetually disorganized. I do not have the energy or the inclination for extreme coupon processes. I do not have anywhere to store large amount of nonperishable goods (no 100 big ass packages of toilet paper sitting around). I have no desire to purchase some 400 dollars worth of stuff for 5.00 and I refuse to run all over town because this store has a 3 cent better price on an items. So I guess this could be called couponing for the real world.
Last year I saved approximately 1800.00 using store "bonus" cards and coupon savings. That may not seem like much to the kings and queens of the process, but it was a good number to me.
Here is my process.
1. I have the following store promo cards in my wallet. Bi-Lo (my grocery store), BigLots, Ingles (the run by store on the way home), CVS, RiteAid, Barnes and Noble (I pay 25.00/year for this one but we buy so many books and magazines that this is a luxury worth having for me). I faithfully scan them and check the little coupon printers at the appropriate stores.
2. I check the following websites often.
www.bi-lo.com (my gorcery store) they have the weekly ad online, so I can plan ahead.
3. I "like" several manufactures websites on Facebook.
4. I get email newsletters from my favorites, including pillsbury and hobby lobby.
5. I collect the coupon inserts from the paper and sale papers of stores I frequent.
6. If we don't eat it - I don't clip it. If I don't clip it - I leave it in a box that my local library has just for this purpose. I do clip diaper coupons for friends with babies and I share those. If I notice a special in a store ad and see a coupon I may even note that on the coupon for those friends.
My storage and working system.
We add to our grocery list all week. I don't have a printout list - honestly most of the time it is the back of a junk mail envelope - and it may be written in pen, pencil, marker, or even crayon depending on what's handy.
This is my Coupon Keeper. I made it. It makes me happy. It appeals to the artsy fartsy standards for being visually appealing. It works for me. That last statement is absolutely the most important one.
I slide my coupons into library card pockets. Each page has a picture and a quote. The pages are divided into the various groupings that made sense to me.
My groupings - BAKING - BREAD - BREAKFAST -CANNED GOODS - CLEANING - CONDIMENTS - DAIRY/EGGS - DRINKS - FROZEN - HEALTH/BEAUTY - JUICE/PRODUCE - MEAT - MISC - PAPER/STORAGE - PET - RICE/PASTA - SNACKS - STORE - TRACKING.
Note - the STORE category is for those store specific coupons - especially the ones that print on the bottom of the receipt
Note - RESTAURANT coupons go in my misc section.
Behind each coupon page - there is a pretty piece of paper. Notes to remind me to check facebook pages for specials etc.
online printout coupons
Have a wunnerful day.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
NOTE 2: I ran every step of the running route tonight - every freakin' step. I am tickled that the vitamin d seems to be helping not only my energy, but my stamina as well.
NOTE 3: I met some wonderful people on Saturday at an antique mall. Emails have been exchanged and I have new friends. How cool is that?
NOTE 4: I have a smart phone - some days I hate it. However; I can upload and update and check facebook from that phone. Softball Princess has made that discovery too. So last night she asked to use my phone. I told her to wait until I updated my status and checked my notifications. Her response "Mom, that it the saddest thing I ever heard you say." My response --- LOL --- as if it were a word.
NOTE 5: I do not use text shorthand at all. I type all the words and try to use punctuation and correct grammer, but the predict mode on my loverly smart phone sometimes makes me cuss. Then I send texts that read like " love you not live you - damn predict mode"
NOTE 6: If scientists discover a link between Mexican food and cancer - I AM DOOMED. Same for dill pickles, olives, margaritas, and sweet tea.
NOTE 7: Today is Wednesday. The Man and I have fallen into Wednesday night being Mexican Night. So all in one day, I will enjoy each of those favorite foods on the list in Note 6. (I had a dill pickle and sweet tea with my lunch - the rest I will cover at dinner)
Have a wonderful day.