Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Note to self : don't take sewing jobs!!

Sometime, a long time ago, I can't even remember how long, a neighbor came to me with her daughters Winnie the Pooh quilt, and asked for some help. She'd put it in the dryer, and it melted the batting inside. She bought some more batting and was wondering if it would work to replace it. So, I cut out the old stuff, and got the new stuff in. I just needed to tack it down in a few places so it wouldn't slip around. I got it pinned, and did one or two spots on my sewing machine, but then I got frustrated, and it somehow got relegated to my craft room.

And there it sat.

Then a couple of nights ago, she called to ask if they could come and get it, as the nights are getting chilly, and this little 3 year old needs something warmer. Oh Crap! So, I pulled it out, and quickly finished it up. The material was kind of a knit, and tough to work with. But, I got it done.

So, last night I walked it 3 houses down to return it, along with a little Fleece blankie, as she is expecting a new baby. (Kind of a "I'm so sorry I kept it so long " gift. ) Then I had an "only in Arizona" moment.

Only in Arizona, in November, at 7:00 pm, can I walk down the street with no coat, and hear the Ice Cream truck coming up the street, playing "Popeye, the Sailor Man. " It was DARK, for Pete's sake!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

House Meme

I found a meme at another site, and have never done one, but I could easily answer these questions, so here goes. If anyone would like to play along, I'd love it, though I'm not going to tag anyone, since I don't have many readers!

House meme:
1. What kind of soap is in your bathtub right now? Zest- not sure what flavor, it’s almost gone and I must buy more today.
2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? No
3. What would you change about your living room? Get new furniture and make it bigger.
4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? Dirty, DS emptied and refilled last night.
5. What is in your fridge? Eggs, Milk, condiments, leftovers from last nights Cheesecake Factory.
6. White or wheat bread? White usually, but I also bake half wheat half white, later today.

7. What is on top of your refrigerator? About 10 boxes of cereal at the moment.
8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? White. Kid’s bath has a map of the world.
9. How many plants are in your home? Real plants? Maybe one fake, we just don’t get enough light in our main room.
10. Is your bed made right now? No, just recently got out of it.
11. Comet or Soft Scrub? Comet
12. Is your closet organized? No. It's scary in there. Needs a good cleaning.
13. Can you describe your flashlight? Don’t know if I could find one.
14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? With kids? Mostly plastic.
15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? Nope, don’t drink it.
16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? Of course! Lots of leftovers from relatives who have passed away and/or moved.
17. Curtains or blinds? Some of both.
18. How many pillows do you sleep with? two
19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? No, the lights from the microwave & cable box light my way when I go let the dog out of the kennel at 4 a.m.
20. How often do you vacuum? Me? Not much. The kids do the vacuuming once a week.
21. Standard toothbrush or electric? standard
22. What color is your toothbrush? Purple, I think.
23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? Yes.
24. What is in your oven right now? Nothing, will be bread later.
25. Is there anything under your bed? Yes, The standard wrapping paper container, and a few dust bunnies.
26. Chore you hate doing the most? Cleaning out moldy leftovers from the fridge
27. What retro items are in your home? None.
28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Yes, main reason we bought it. DH was in school at the time, and we needed a separate room for him to study.
29. How many mirrors are in your home? Four, tops
30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? Nope, but I should

31. What color are your walls? All except 1 are white. The girls room has a watermelon pink wall. That was the one time we got brave. I'm a skeered of color, that I'll do it wrong.
32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? Nope.
33. What does your home smell like right now? The outside, the doors and windows are open for the cool night air.

34. Favorite candle scent? Right now – Honeysuckle, but I need to buy a new Yankee Home Sweet Home.
35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? Sweet
36. What color is your favorite Bible? Black
37. Ever been on your roof? Nope, but near it to clean branches off. From the silver ash tree in the backyard that we hate!
38. Do you own a stereo? Yes

39. How many TVs do you have? 3, but only two that work
40. How many house phones? 3, all cordless.

41. Do you have a housekeeper? I wish. No, but the kids have jobs that help with housework.
42. What style do you decorate in? I have no style.
43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? We have prints mostly.
44. Is there a smoke detector in your home? Yes, several, but they need to be hung up.
45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip? I don’t have stuff all in one place that could be snatched up. I need to do that. But photos mostly. And some of my Grandma’s & Mom’s things from Holland.

And look! It's two posts in one week, I'm on a roll!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

"We're Having a Heat Wave...

A tropical Heat wave."

At least we were a couple of months ago.
Which resulted in an increase of $45 on my electric bill.
I have a plan that evens out my bills over the year.
Since it was still very hot in September, we ran the
A/C for alot longer, and now we are paying for it.

In other news, DH got a bonus, and a promotion at work,
so I think we are going to Cheesecake Factory for dinner tonight,
WITH the children... oh, this'll be fun.
I'm going to have to take my Frugal hat off, and not be so controlling.

Yep, me, the Controlling Mother.
More about this later.

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Okay, here are a couple!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Once a month posting??

I'm not doing so good am I? Finding a time to write posts is hard, I only have about an hour after work before the girls get home and demand my attention!

And... I'm just not sure what to say. I don't feel like a creative writer at all.

Halloween went alright. DH had to go to St. Louis on Weds, and then came back on Thurs, so I had to do Halloween ALONE with the kids. I am NOT the one usually handing out candy... I am grumpy that way. We have a Trunk or Treat down in the church parking lot.. and a chili cookoff, though there is really no contest. I made a pot of White Chicken Chili - using a McCormick's spice packet, only to be found at WalMart. It was yummy, and there was plenty to bring home, and have as leftovers on Thurs. I didn't enjoy handing out candy, the pain in my face was acting up a bit (though I'm feeling WONDERFUL today!) so I wasn't in a good mood.

The kids had fun anyway... we had a self made Baseball player, a self made Pop Star, and a mommy-made cheerleader costume! (darn good if I say so myself!)