Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Time Has Come, The Time Is Now...

About a week ago Mr. Left Brain Thinker and I were in a dollar store and he handed me these reading glasses and said, "Try these on." Well, I had a feeling I might need them because my arms have become too short when I read at night. I gave them a try, and sure enough I could see words again! Even though I have been ignoring them for most of the week I gave them a try while sewing on my machine today - and once again, they worked! I'll try and use them more often - but I don't have to like it!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Church Sale Haul Part 2

-2 camp stoves - to donate to Boy Scouts
-metal lunchbox - for an altered arts type project
-7 books - for projects (they will be ripped apart mom)
-Spanish computer course - Shorty wanted the microphone
-Never opened puzzle - for art projects
-Sponge Bob Typing Computer Program
- 2 books of post cards - for trading on Swap-Bot
-2 hats - mine still had $34.00 tag on it
- 3 little dishes - for condiments like sauce for Chinese dumplings
-Orange melamine bowl for fall
-2 new packages jingle bells- to put on hand made ornaments
-ski pole - Shorty wanted it for a walking stick
-10 shirts- guitar hero shirt still had $9.99 tag on it
- 1 mans sweater

wait for it

1 mans
toupee! - for our costume tote - the kids do a lot of volunteer work with the Youth Bureau and library - you just never know!

Grand total = $3.60

Afternoon with Shorty and Mr. Left Brain Thinker - Priceless! (He made me say that-really)

And by the way, lunch WAS yummy!

Deja Vous Church Sale Haul Part 1

Ever have one of those days when you look in the mirror and see your much younger self? I'm talking to the over 40 girls now! I just love it when that happens, as it did this morning. It usually occurs when I am feeling particularity happy, and I'm all smiley and glowy. So why am I so happy today you might ask? I am going to Ithaca. I go at least twice and month for the food pantry, and that doesn't get me excited - that's work. Today is the last day of the Unitarian Church sale - everything is .10. Yes, everything is a dime!! Last year I got 47 articles of clothing for $4.70, plus I picked up some free stuff as well. Oh yeah, I also picked up a bunch of LP's that I melted into bowls, forgot about that! Mostly I look for t-shirts for the scrubbies I sell, but I found some other great stuff as well. Mr. Left Brain Thinker and I are taking Shorty (youngest boy) with us, and I'm taking them both to Ithaca Bakery for lunch - Yummy!! If DH wasn't going, we would go to The Commons, but that's not his cup of tea. Too college town hippie for him haha! I will take pictures and post about my finds - that is if I get out of here and go!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

You Know They Love You When...

Last month we took my youngest boy to the video arcade on his birthday. My teenage daughters and I agreed we would combine all of our tickets and give them to shorty so he could get a good prize. Well, I am not really a fan of South Park, but when I saw the Kenny doll sitting on the shelf I had an instant crush on him. I just knew he would be perfect for my shelf of adorable items. (Shown in previous post) But alas, it was a love just not meant to be! Not only could we in no way renege on the little guy on his birthday, but someone else got him before we left! Such sorrow!! I found out yesterday, my daughter has gone back twice, and searched every store, but no Kennys to be found. So for my birthday she bought some polymer clay and created a perfect little object for my affection! Oh, she does love me!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Studio Transformation

Except for that ugly filing cabinet, it's finally done. Now all I have to do is mess it up using it!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Total Disfunction!

When we bought our home it had a large, long, unfinished room on the back of it. There was one doorway into it off the kitchen. It had no heat, a concrete floor, a huge stone fireplace right in the middle, wood paneled walls, super cheap windows, and to top it off, the entire roof leaked where it was tied into the main roof, as well as the entire north wall leaking at the floor level. When we bought the house there was only one small leak under an exterior door and we could not have imaged how bad it would become, or how fast it would deteriorate. We had wanted to gut and finish the room right away, but it ended up taking a lot more time, work and money than we had anticipated, and the problems seemed to grow rapidly.

Well, last year the inside was finally done. We ended up with three rooms; a walk-in laundry room/pantry, a family room/studio for me room, and a much needed forth bedroom. We just barely got the heat installed before winter last year, and I didn't have the money or ambition to finish my "wall". My own little space in the world to create, pay bills, mend clothing, or whatever I want. Well, except for a filing cabinet that will be replaced with one that is currently being refinished, it is done!! The picture above is the thrown together mess of the last year. Tomorrow I will post the new and improved version.

Here's my frugal advise about this. Since we didn't have the cash to do this all at once - we didn't. Because the entire roof needed replaced we did end up having to finance it. We waited until that was paid off before we did anything else, and we paid as we went for the rest of the project. We traded the drywall work on two of the rooms, with a friend who has his own contracting business, for cut, hauled and delivered firewood. My MIL had some trees go down on her property last year, and our friend heats his house with a wood burning stove. Don't be afraid to ask! We are now saving for new windows for the rest of the house and new siding. I am an immediate gratification kind of girl, and it very hard to live with half finished projects. What's harder for me though, is living with debt!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Do not Call - Register Your Cell Phones

Your cell phones are now open game for telemarketers, and you get to pay for the call! Talk about a double whammy!! Register your numbers at the National Do Not Call Registry, or by calling 888-382-1222. It only takes a minute and could not only save you some cash, but some sanity as well.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

4 Ingredient Seafood Pasta Salad

I keep these ingredients as staples in my pantry so I can whip it up any time the mood strikes. Just put in the amounts you like according to your taste. This is my basic version.

1 box mini bow tie pasta, cooked according to the package

4 stalks of celery, chopped

3 8 oz pkg imitation crab and/or lobster

approx 2 cups Hellmann's/Best Foods Mayo = depends on what side of the Rockies you live on.

*Note - Miracle Whip need not apply. LOL