Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the REALLY Ugly..............

Okay...which part do you want to know first?  I'll start with the bad, then I'll go to the ugly and end on a positive note with the good.  I was just humming along with my washing machine this morning and getting ready to post and I was in my Window's Calendar trying to find something and I had 2 versions of calendars...I think I tried to separate work tasks from home tasks once upon a time so I thought I would delete one.  Well, I did and I deleted the WRONG one , of course....that's the bad.  I thought, no problem, I back up my computer all the time and I'll just restore it.  So, many hours later I discovered  that everything BUT Window's Calendar gets backed up!  I told you it got UGLY!  All my passwords, recipes, organizational lists, DIY instructs, MY ENTIRE LIFE was in that calendar.  So, life as I knew it, is now gone.  I did get my clothes on the line, I haven't screamed or cried or even said a swear word.  I think I'm still in shock and using my brain to think of all the things that I lost and trying to quick remember all those passwords.  I may still "crash and burn" later....probably have to buy a pack of cigs and make a Black Bart to get through this but get through it I will!
Meanwhile...before that all happened I got my Amazon package in the mail. to me is like the supply plane landing after 6 months of being isolated in the frozen North.  Okay, so I exaggerate a little but that's what it feels like to me!  So here's what I got from "my supply plane" via UPS...........
BTW...this is the GOOD part if you hadn't gathered that already.   Add to that cover that I will install a reliable Calendar software on my computer....a normal one that isn't "backup resistant".

Now this is my kind of book, in fact it sounds a lot like my life!  If you can't read the cover it says "How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on forty dollars a week).  It sounds like my life up until the chicken part....that's where I'm headed now!  I'm sort of in-between and have been for several years! LOL!

Okay, Mary Engelbreit...need I say more?  You see I had to order my printer ink which put me into the category of FREE shipping, don't ya know, so I had to take advantage of that!  This particular book was used and really cheap!  I'm thinking that with all the ebooks that the regular old paper ones are getting very inexpensive. There are also many books you can't get in an ebook. 

Okay, "the girls"...Nitty and Annie, twisted my arm for this one.  Poor Nitty scratches all the time and sheds so much I could vacuum daily!  They get Pedigree food but I can't afford to go much higher and I'm still learning that there are things in the foods that dogs shouldn't have so no wonder she's itching!  I researched and found this book and it looks good and was 5 stars so hopefully I will be able to help my Nitty girl to stop itching and me to stop vacuuming so much.  But wait!  That's not all!

I love me a good thunderstorm and on Amazon you can listen to clips of them.  This one has loons too which I love and it's in the wilderness and REAL...not some guy in the corner rattling foil!  This is great for when I'm doing handwork but need to concentrate and can't watch t.v.  Bring it on!

This is my 3rd pedometer!  The first one I got was a cheapo and I lost was a "clip-on". The second one wasn't accurate at all...hiked 3 miles and it said I had gone 948 steps....NOT!  So, as usual, I researched them thoroughly this time and this one was reasonable priced, attaches to your shoe....what a novel idea! So, I'm trying it again.  I know I need to walk 3000 steps minimum but some days I think I do this around the house and yard and hikng 3 miles every day tires me out so I have no energy to do my work around here.  There's got to be a happy medium somewhere...right? 

I saved the best, or should I say most relevant, for last especially considering what happened (sniff, sniff) this morning to my Calendar of Life.....this package wasn't supposed to arrive until the 6th but maybe my angels saw what happened this morning and knew I would need these books NOW.  Thank goodness someone is watching over me because as you can see I could mess up a one-car funeral procession!  BTW, I'm still contemplating the cigs and a few Black Barts!

Friday, March 2, 2012


I've been noticing how some bloggers have special posts for certain days and I can see where that comes in handy for organizing your posts so I'm thinking I  might start that...TODAY! No time like the present!  Thursday will now be my Thrift store purchases or any bargain I think suitable for posting or maybe even helpful hints for being thrifty.  I'd call it Bargain something but there is no day that starts with "B"....I might be limiting myself here but for now we'll run with it.
Of course, having been at The Frugal Fox consignment store didn't hurt when she had things at 35% off in the last days.  I snarfed up a lot of things I'd had my eye on!  This red bench was one of them.  I haven't cleaned it up yet or even found a place for it yet but that's okay....I will!

This was a picture I got at Wally World and no, I wasn't looking for a picture but I "fell in love" with it and of course rationalized why I needed it and it was on the "bargain" aisle...need I say more?

This is another "treasure" from the sale at "the Fox"....a Willie Ray folk art "thingamagig"...of course a casting from their original wood carved ones.  I love their pieces but have never owned know, practical me...what use does it have?  None really but I love the Willie Ray story as they were a product of the 60's I think and were a young couple maybe even living off the grid but they were determined to make it with their own 2 hands and make it they did!  I may not have all the facts straight on this as I read about them years ago but that's what stuck with me.  I think they're old me! LOL!

And finally these 3 treasures ....2 crocheted placemat size doilies and a little red box with some really strange looking birds and a gold star painted on it.  Oh, did I tell you I'm a sucker for anything with stars on it.  there's more but since the Fox is now closed I'll have to string this out awhile until I find another "source" for bargains and thrifting.  I've got a few leads but they all involve gasoline and lots of it! 

P.S.  Okay....just realized IT"S FRIDAY TODAY!!!!  Oh boy.........someone please help me! LOL!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The house that Sam built....or "one thing leads to another"....

(Don't ask me what all this white space is....I tried to get rid of it and it would not go away!  Hello?  Google?  What are you doing now?)
It all started innocently enough with me wanting to start using up my freezer contents before gardening season was upon us.  So, I had the turkey "carcass" from Christmas in several freezer bags and decided that would be good for turkey soup so I defrosted it.

It made LOTS of broth too.......that's my biggest bowl!

I sauteed "the trinity", carrots, onions and celery in butter and cut all the meat off the bones and chopped it.  I had 3  piles; bones for the garbage, skin for the "girls" and meat for the soup.  

This is a great soup and wonderful recipe that I got from the All Recipes website and it's called After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup by Valorie Walker.  The only problem is it takes time and it makes LOTS of soup!

That is my largest stockpot! remember how I said I wanted to start clearing out my freezer to get ready for the gardening season?  Okay, here's my freezer, AFTER I took the turkey out. now I have about 2-4 quarts of soup at least 3/4's of which needs to be frozen and where the heck am I going to put it?  Then I remembered seeing a blog the other day where she organized her freezer and separated things into plastic bins which were grouped such as meat, vegetables etc so things wouldn't get lost in the "freezer abyss".  Great idea!  So, while the soup was cooling I ran to town and got some plastic bins and came home and took everything out of my freezer and organized it into the bins.  Only I couldn't get all the bins into my freezer.  It's just like a shopping know how you can get it all in there but then when they bag it up you have all you can do to get it back into that same cart.  It's the same principle with my freezer.  But look at it now..........

How did I do it you ask?  Well, actually, it was very simple.....I broke down and went out to the garage and plugged in the chest freezer out there that I hadn't been using!  Brilliant, I say!  Brilliant!
You didn't REALLY think I was going to get 3-4 quarts of soup into that freezer in the before picture, did you?  I know...we were both hoping but it just wasn't going to happen.  I had unplugged the chest freezer a few years back when I lost $1000.00 worth of food during our ice storm and I had a $1000.00 deductible on my house insurance...naturally!  So, I had decided that I wouldn't use it and after cleaning it out I unplugged it.  After all, it's just me!  How much food do I need to freeze. it turns out....quite a bit!

I thought of inviting people over for dinner but then I would have to clean the house really well and after the freezer incident I was really afraid of where that might lead!  

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Being productive or so it seems.......

Martha Stewart used to say that a good day was one in which you  1)learned something new,  2) you made something delicious and  3) you created something with your hands.  By George, I think she's got something there!  Yesterday was just such a day.  I did the normal stuff but I also  1) made bread AND ate it warm with my breakfast.
2) I learned several things yesterday and one was that there is a product that will soften my dried up Sculpey clay and it's made by Sculpey and I can get that and MORE Sculpey all on Amazon
 Also, I am reading a very good book about the Amish and then there was a special on PBS last night including the very authors that wrote the book I'm reading.  I have learned more than I ever knew about the Amish and their religion, culture and history and it is very interesting. 

3)  I started knitting a new scarf in a new pattern called a basket weave which is basically cast on 20 stitches, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5 for 10 rows and then the opposite; purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5 for the next 10 rows.  I am using 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon but you can use any worsted weight yarn (the author said so...not me) and I am using 10.5 U.S. needle size.  It is called the Magic Scarf from Crazy Aunt Purl's book (Laurie Perry), Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair.  She also recommends a hearty Shiraz with it but since I didn't have any I sipped some green tea instead.
I'm thinking Martha has the right idea and I may just have to keep doing this every's all about balance.  Have a delicious, creative and learning filled day! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Great day yesterday.......and today so far too!

I had a few errands to run yesterday.  I don't like to get the car out of the garage unless there are at least 3 things I need to do in town.  So, I needed to pick up a prescription, go to the library and stop at Jimmy and Bobby's (mechanics) and make an appointment to bring my SUV in for service.  I picked up the prescription which was only $2.00...yes, there is a GOD!  I went to J&B's and they said they'd already changed the oil and if the light hadn't come on for service I was good to go...cost...$0.00...I think I'm on a roll here!  Then I went to the library and picked up a couple books that were recommended by one of my blogger friends.  I got the first book in the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series "One for the Money" which is now a movie.  I got the 2nd book in the Debbie Macomber Blossom Street series,  "A Good Yarn" and I found a new series (I hope) of Patchwork Mysteries called Family Patterns by Kristin Ekhardt.  I started reading it last night and it is GOOD!  It has a big old Victorian Mansion and is being renovated by a young family and they find a secret passageway...okay....they had me there!  Give me a secret passageway in a book and I am all yours as a reader!  I mean REALLY?  Who doesn't LOVE a secret passageway?  If I ever write a will have a secret passageway in it...guaranteed!  I told you I had a great day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Springtime in the Ozarks........

     I know it isn't officially Spring yet but tell Mother Nature that and see where it gets you!  I took yesterday "off" from blogging and I may do that every Sunday...I'm really wanting to take that "day of rest" thing seriously!
But I didn't just "lay around" although my allergies wanted me too...sniff, sniff.  I hung out clothes to dry yesterday as it was in the 70's and I planted some pansies the other day that are still trying to get over transplant shock.  I have 2 planter boxes on my front porch that I put the pansies in.  Here's the rest of my front porch decorating.

The plant in the basket is not real but after all winter I needed some "green" fast so I'm faking it for now.

The same with the front door decoration.  I was tired of wreaths after the holidays so I decided to hang a basket and those were some marked down fake berries/plants of some kind.
And then of course, I had to go out and pick some of the "sunshine" flowers (daffodils) and bring some of that sunshine inside!  Hope your Monday is sunny too!