Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, Sun, flowers, three ring circus

     It is sunny out!  I did not get much sleep last night.  The sun is out!  I am going to plant some flowers.  The sun is out!  I have so much work left to do in the shop.  The sun is out!

     In laws and Hubs left this morning for a day trip.  Thought Hubs would kill his father.  He didn't and the circus left.  Really I was singing the Looney Tunes these when they left.  Taking two 90 year old people anywhere is like packing with quadruplets, even for a day.

     I sewed like a mad woman yesterday.  I am going to take some time today and work outside I don't care how busy the shop is.  I bought a few flowers for some boxes yesterday.  I will take pictures of the backyard for you to compare as I know all of you are just dyeing  (is that grammatically correct)to see the work in progress, Right? RIGHT? RIGHT? 
     I also planted my garden seeds, and paid all the bills for the month.  So it was a productive day to say the least. 

     It is quiet here after a week  (well 4 days of solid noise).  I am going to enjoy my day.  My phone is dead.  Not on purpose mind you.  But I will take advantage of this.  Yeah I will.

Have a great and productive day!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, what happened to Wednesday?

     Wow I lost a whole day!  How did that happen?  The shop runneth over.  It started at 9:30 and went until 6:30 non stop.  No time to post I guess. I so wanted to get outside as it was beautiful but that did not happen.  Now it is raining sideways.  So I guess I have no excuse but to work.  Blah!

     Hub's is taking his folks up to Spokane tomorrow to see daughter and baby.  So I will have a quiet day.  Well as quiet as my sewing machine will be anyway.

     Put a corned beef in the crock pot yesterday and it was not done by dinner so we had pancakes, sausage and eggs.  I think it will be done today.  So I don't have to worry about dinner.

     I am desperately trying to think of reasons to do nothing but sulk about the weather and I really cannot come up with anything.  So I will pay a few bills and get to work.

Have a great and productive day!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, The Winner is?


Please send me your address and I will send you your apron!  I will host another drawing May 1st so stay tuned.

     Started all dances tonight.  It was a long, short 4 hours if that is possible.  Hub's folks have not driven me nuts yet.  However my mother went back over to sisters so not sure what is going on there. M-in-law is dictating what I eat as usual.  Watches everything I put in my mouth. I was told tonight that people who are struggling with their weight need to eat a good breakfast.  ( I don't usually eat breakfast)  But what is the hidden meaning here?  

     Shop was busy and will be busier tomorrow.  I started out with a grandmother who was taking a class in making a Native Ribbon shirt and missed the last two classes and now grandson has a pow-wow on Thursday.  So she brought over her pieces and I sat her down at mom's machine and let her sew it together with my coaching.  I have made way too many ribbon dance shirts.  I did set her collar as that is really tricky, but she left after an hour and was so happy with her little ribbon shirt.  My last appointment was at 9:15 at night after I taught dance.  Some girl from a small burg outside of Lewiston that was in town for a volleyball tourney.  Needs dress by Friday when she will be in town for finals and then her prom is on Saturday.  Have a couple more Saturday dresses coming in tomorrow.  Yikes!

     I was hoping to get a little yard work done tomorrow but I don't thing that will happen, unless I get out at about 5:30 to say 7:30.  A girl can dream you know.....

     I would really like to get the rest of the bark laid out back and my flower beds cleaned out.  Hub's did not get to mow today as it rained hard until about 2:30, then the sun came out and it was too wet.

     We need to get new chicks and I am not up for the extra work right now.  Ugh.

     Making corned beef for dinner, I can crock pot it and be done.

     I am hungry, I hope my m-in-law is asleep....... 

Have a great and productive day!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday night late!

We got back into town about 6 this evening after spending the last 9 days with our youngest grandson and his older brother.  This one was born on our 37th wedding anniversary.  Isn't he cute?  Doesn't his grandmother need her roots done? This was taken on his 1st birthday.  Boy do we love our grandsons they are so much more fun than our kids.  It was a very relaxing time but it was too long.  They say fish and company stink after three days and I believe that. I was able to sleep  many more hours than I usually do here.  I also was able to rest from the constant run I am on at home with the shop and mom.  Now my lil sis is about ready to kill me as she says I have been gone for 12 days, (not true) and we brought Hub's folks home with us as his mom really needs a break from his dad.  So we will be a house full of old folks for at least the next 5 days.

     I will try to get the winner up for the apron give away tomorrow or Wednesday, sorry I am so behind.  It is just my life right now.  Don't know if I will be able to come up for air for the next two months.  I will be so busy in the shop at least the next three weeks.  Prom dresses and wedding dresses are coming out my ears and I had several phone calls every day I was out of town so many more will come in this next week.  Gasp~!

     Hub's mom was up all night last night with an ear ache, crimmy, she was in the med fast center by 8 this morning and left with 2 prescriptions.  She has an infection.  Any kind of infection when one is 89 is serious.  I drove folks car with mom and she was pretty quiet most of the way.  She needs rest, poor darling.  Hubs drove our truck with his dad.  We made the 5 hour trip from their house into about a 7 hour trip by stopping at the old homestead in Wieser Idaho, so dad could tromp around the land of his youth.  Mom stayed in the car.  She is such a trooper.  No complaining.  Then dad thought we were going to take them home, he forgot he had packed to come stay with us.  It is difficult to be with someone with dementia on an every day basis.  Hopefully we can get hub's mom rested up and take them back home next weekend.

     I am very tired and will be skipping my weekly savings post.  Will take it up again next Monday.
We came home to a lawn that is over grown and a pond that needed filling.  The french drain is essentially done and I will try to take picks of our work up to this point tomorrow if I have time between the shop and teaching and the folks, and, and....

I was able to get all of my music pulled while at my daughters, as she has a music library like no other and I just had to tell her what I needed and she started pulling pieces and it is done!  Now onto the choreography.

     My daughter works way too hard.  It concerns me.  She does have full time live in help but her job is so stressful.  I love her mother-in-law who lives with them and has since her first son was born 6 years ago.  She is your typical Italian grandmother and so dedicated to her grandsons.  She is a fabulous cook, and works constantly at laundry and other things.  Daughter is so lucky to have this type of help and this woman never interferes in my daughters married life, she is practically perfect.  I just worry about burn out and the heavy caseload daughter has,the criminals she deals with, the lack of support she receives on the state and local level.  Her specialty is repeat DUI's, forgeries, and drug cases.  She and her husband make a good living but at what cost?  Hopefully she will be able to break into another form of law in another few years.  She is very, very good at what she does.  And when you are very good you get very used.

     I was able to get 7 cowgirl costumes done and sashes and sleevelettes done for daughters 2 ballet classes while I was away.  Yes daughter still teaches one night a week.  It is her hobby and believe me she needs this.  I also caught up the mending, and hemmed several pairs of pants, altered a few dresses for daughter.

     I haven't talked to my twin in 10 days and I am anxious to catch up with her.

     I have to pay bills and get accounts squared away tomorrow.  So I am signing off.

Sleep tight.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday, My inner brat is happy

     Thank you ,thank you, my inner brat thanks you. I whined and I got my wish.  See it still works.  Does not work with hubs however.

     Spent all day in the yard yesterday, then sewed in the evening.  We are getting there.  Hubs has bad allergies right now.

     The weather is holding.

     We are about 6 buckets away from being done with the drain, we also have to  do the edging. 

I put the slate walk way together yesterday afternoon.  It looks great.  I also tore up three large walking stones so I could level the soil under neath them.  I had to soften the dirt and I hope I can get that done today.  I can't believe with as much rain as we have had how hard the clay dirt gets.

Well that back yard is calling me.  It is supposed to be sunny tomorrow so I want to get all the grunge work done in the house so I can play.

Have a great and productive day!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, making progress...

     I am making progress on the French drain, thank the good Lord.  My hands and back have about had it.

     I am also making great progress on my debt and I am very proud of myself.  Onward and upward.

     It is spring break here so no matter how much I sew and finish items no one wants to pick up as they are all going or have gone away and they don't want to give me there money as they need it for their vacation.  So I sit and sew and stuff piles up.

     I went up stairs to do the dishes last night and then cleaned my fridge.  It was disgusting.  Mom is very messy and she spills things doesn't see and tries to clean things up and doesn't see then leaves the mess to dry out.  Did I mention she can't see?

     Made a wonderful stir fry last night with chicken.  Nummy.

Not to be a complainer but I paid off a rather large debt and not one person said anything.... Do you even read the crap I write.  This is a debt pay off/ my life/ nonsense blog.  But I need , I need, I need, praise, sniff, sniff, whine.

I am going out to my rock pile to cry.

Have a great and productive day.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Tuesday, Drum Roll Please!!!!!

     I am going to pay off Sears today!  Yes, yes I am.  How's that for hard work and skimping?  Now, it is  onto new tires for my car as they are bald, and then I am going to hit that very obnoxious Studio lock loan.  That bugger will be zapped soon, I tell you.  That is as far as my plans go.  Just continue to make regular monthly payments on debts and attack one loan at a time.

     It was beautiful yesterday and I spent many hours in the yard.  Between customers and prom dresses that is....  I did my daily quota in the shop and I took in more work.  Prom dresses with lots of bead and sequin work are a pain.  I had one refitting today of a dress that needed to come up in the shoulders, so I had to remove the sleeves, and there were beads everywhere.  The sleeve holes had to be cut down and now I have to replace the sleeves.  I think I will hand baste due to all the beads.  Also have a refit tomorrow of a beaded top.

      Mom made hub's a sandwich in the late afternoon so I got out of making dinner last night.  Yeah.  Won't be so lucky today.

     Have to get mom to make more cookies as I have to run some to the salvation army soup kitchen some time today.  It is my turn and I forgot about it.  Too busy shoveling rock.

     It is very nice again today so as soon as I get my quota done in the shop and get mom's cookie ingredients lined out I am going outside.  I am cleaning the rock out of the garden area now and it is very time consuming.  I have to dig down at least a foot to expose all the rock that was thrown out of the drains.   At least it isn't wet.

     We had a wind come up and take our patio umbrella for a sail, but it landed in such a way that it shattered our patio table.  It was such a mess.  I could not believe  how small the slivers of glass were.  I made Hub's clean it up.  He asked me what I wanted for our anniversary and I said a new patio table I guess.  So much better than a diamond.  Right?

    I had a girl friend bring over her late motherinlaws sewing machine in its cabinet.  The cabinet need to be refinished on top.  (good job for Hubs).  I will remove the machine, but I love the cabinet.
Then she also brought over a small dresser that is narrow and tall.  It is full of sewing supplies.  I don't have time to go through it right now, but I am excited to see what I find.  It also needs repainting.  It is a project for another day.

     Will make a stir fry for dinner. Can't wait to get out in the sun again.

Have a great and productive day.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday, Cheery Cherry Apron give away.

 Cheery Cherry Apron and Monday Saving Madness
     April 1st (okay two days late) I was to busy being a Fool on Saturday).  Here it is  cheery cherry apron give away.  Again I did not watch mom and she cut this darling pattern upside down.  It is a lined one size fits all dbl pocket apron, with one scrappy hot pad as mom cannot waste anything.  You will have a chance put in the drawing for every comment you leave, from now until the 16th of April.  You can also get  an extra entries by linking to my blog.   

   Big things going on around here.  I was able to work for about 16 hours in the back yard Friday and Saturday.  My Lil sis helped me alot.  There is still so much left to do out there. I do have both of the patios cleared off, but we need to find places for dirt and I have done nothing to clean the rock out of the garden area.  There is still an entire slate path to put back together and we have to tear up part of a flat brick patio as it has started to sag near the house.  Hubs purchased two bags of sand to help with the leveling.  Anyway lil sis and I took about 20 bags of garden and yard trash to the dump and I have not even started on the flower beds.  We also went to the dump, dump with many items so a good clean out it was.  This was without Hub's as he always argues about what is trash.  I try to do this without him.  It saves an argument.

     I have worked so hard I am exhausted.  My hands are so sore and my back is on fire. 
  I was trying frantically to finish up part of the yard and get the house cleaned up.  Every sink and pathway was a mud dump.  Even though I leave my garden clogs at the door, I still drag so much dirt through the house.  It is wet muddy work and I have to use the facilities and then my pants have dirt and mud all over them.  I am just like pig pen.

     I was able to get the master bed linens changed and the master bath and bedroom nice and sparkly, I also was able to do the spare room and guest bath which was a horrible mud mess as I use the bath the most.  I had swept all the dirt and removed all the throw rugs and had them piled in the formal front room where of course the dog had chewed up pine cones all over the Persian rug.  Finally I realized there was no way I could get it all done before I had to pick up hub's at the airport so I jumped in the tub and washed my hair, I figured he could have a clean house or a clean wife.  I still have not cleaned up the front room or the kitchen floor.  I figure I will just trash them again when I work outside.

     Sunday was conference so we stayed home and watched it on Youtube.  I then went to lil sis's to help her hang drapes.  I took over my big steamer and that made pressing them, much easier.  We had two picture windows and 4 smaller widows to do, and they look really nice.  Came home and made homemade spaghetti and french bread.

     On my way back from the chicken coop I turned my left ankle.  It is a little weak from and old injury.  I tore the crap out of the tendons and broke it at my dad's funeral about 13 years ago.  So now it is black and blue on top of the tarsal bones and very sore.  I can walk on it but have to be careful.  No taking long walks or exercise videos for a while I am afraid. Anyway enough whining.


1.  I did not cook one meal while hub's was gone, I just ate what I could find that was easy.
2.  Mom and I had Taco Time coupons for our birthday.  Buy one item get one free.  So we used those.  Cost was under $10.00 for both meals
3.We went out to dinner one night and mom and I split an entree as I can never finish anything and neither can she. We still brought home left overs.  Which we ate for lunch the next day.
4. Only spent $35.18 on groceries used coupons for about $18.00 of this.
5.  Did not go to Jo-anns at all
6. Had my bath rugs in the guest bath start to fray around the edges.  I carefully resewed them by hand saving on buying new ones.
7.  Lil sis works for a non profit that has a food bank attached.  Every two weeks they must get rid of produce.  They cannot give it to another food bank.  So I received a large box full of beautiful oranges and apples, and carrots.  I felt bad but meth addicts can't chew and citric acid is painful for them.
8.I never by small trash bags but use plastic grocer bags.  I save them and use at least one everyday to dispose of cat litter.
9. Bought a large bag of over ripe bananas for $1.00 ( then mom killed the bread but we ate it anyway)
10.  Picked up 6 pair of really nice slipper socks for Christmas.  Regularly $6.99 marked down to .99, these will go with  Christmas jammies I bought for $3.00, for my girls, mom and I.

  What did you do this week to save money?

Have a great and productive day!