Monday, May 16, 2022

Monday, Another chart, concert review

 I actually finished this last Friday as things were picked up and I was running back and forth trying to get the planting done.  It was a beautiful day.  I thought it was going to be a little cold, but all the activity kept me plenty warm. I was able to pant all the flower boxes, and still want to put a few petunias out front.  I only planted with things the deer would not eat.  Which does limit you.  I was able to keep most of the petunias alive out front, so I will try that again, however the thought that there is nothing to eat out back might drive the little buggers to the front. 

We only have to buy tomatoes, and peppers and cabbage plants.  I replanted all the squash from seed and will wait until it is a good size before putting it out. Planting squash late seems to be part of the answer to avoid the squash bugs. 

Here is our new raised bed.  I have the pole beans planted around the bean tree.  Also, all the corn is planted here, and I still have room for some squash when it is ready. We can close this narrow strip of yard off with a plastic rolling fence if the dear discover it.  They usually will not get into a narrow space where they cannot get the running room to jump a fence.  So, anything they ate down goes here.  I will also plant cabbages here.

This little narrow strip is perfect for the clothesline and a new garden bed.  I am hoping it works against the deer.  You can see how they would feel trapped, and they are pretty skittish about going into an area where they only have one exit.

I was able to plant all the flower boxes on Friday before the big thunder, rain, lightning storm. You can see the little greenhouse on the ground in the distance.  I have A lot of clean up, to do out back but that is for another day. I have eggplant, and squash in the greenhouse until I feel they are big enough to not get lost in the wedding.

I was so happy to get all of this done and now I feel like I can relax a little about the yard, other than watering and the sprinkler people will be here tomorrow to turn on our system for the season.

Here is a picture of Signe' and I at the concert in the dark.  It was very good.  I really feel that they way oversold tickets.  There was no room when we got there and there were hundreds that followed us in.  Many people had to stand in walkways for the whole concert.  We walked and walked and finally me being me, I saw groups of people spaced 8 feet apart and I asked them nicely if they would mind moving closer together.  We had two recent cancer survivors with us, and they were exhausted.  Sig's sister-in-law Brittany is still undergoing chemo.  She is just starting to get her hair back. We had walked at least 2.5 miles just to get into the venue. People were very nice, and we finally found a place to sit. 

We thought it would be very cold and rainy and we came prepared, but it turned out just a little chilly and no rain.  Wonderful night.  Boy for a 73-year-old woman she can still put on a show.  If you get an opportunity to see her live don't miss it.

Also, so much security.  I had 6 pills for an 11"oclock dose with me.  I am supposed to take the low dose chemo T-biologic at exactly 24 hours apart.  So, I had each of those tablets plus two Aleve.  They went through every pack and coat pocket, plus put us through metal detectors. They told me I had to throw away my meds and I told them no.  Get a supervisor.  I am not taking 6 big prescription bottles to a concert, then I would look like I was selling.  I told them to get out a pill identifier. One of those pills alone is $167.00 and another is over $70.  I was not going to throw them away.  Finally, a supervisor came up and I was stalling the line, (sorry) he told the workers to not stop older people.  Then I was really insulted, but at least I kept my meds. Having Brittany there with her peach fuzz hair and Kelsay all of us had chemo meds.  I mean really? We were trouble makers what can I say.

We got home after a 12:30 at night stop at Taco Bell and Mcd's and bribed the desk clerk to let us into the pool area.  We did not get to sleep until after 4.  It was just a really fun night. I came home exhausted and went to bed.

The shop has been non-stop since 10 this morning and I want to get a couple of dresses out, but I have to be left alone in order to do this. Also, I have to take a meal into a gentleman who is older, and his wife is having surgery. I am just going to go and buy a piece of pie for his dessert.  To heck with me trying to come up with a complete meal. Hub's, has a concert tonight at the high school so hopefully I can sew into the evening.

I was hoping to get some things done around the house but that looks like a moot point right now.  Kim is back in the saddle. When is the last time to went to an outdoor concert?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative. 


Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday, Taking time for Kim!


Kim has worked very hard the last 3 days and has stuck to task. So today other than a few pickups and bridal fittings, she is going to do what she wants.

I wanted to plant yesterday after I was done with my quota, but alas it started pouring.  Both Hubs and I are not 100% and this anti biotic although working well on the infection is doing nothing for my internals.  Last night we were both weak and tired and we actually ate oatmeal for dinner. That is what we wanted.  Then we both went to bed early.

It is a little breezy today and I wish it was warmer, the sun is shining, and I am determined to get as many flower boxes planted as I can.  

Tomorrow Signe' and I are going to a Stevie Nix concert at the gorge in Moses Lake Washington. It is a girls birthday trip for her mother in law that just turned 60.  We will stay in a hotel and come home Sunday.

Hubs is out rototilling the new garden space.  I can't wait to start planting as I really love to roll in the dirt.  So in between clients I will be putting on my garden apron and gloves and starting to finally plant something.  Our sprinklers will be turned on Tuesday next week.

I am so looking forward to a day of not sewing.  You have no idea! I think I will get Winco fried chicken for dinner, I have just been craving that for some reason.  Plus, I won't have to cook again. Okay not a good reason but I have bought nothing but butter for the last two weeks.

Have a great weekend you guys, and do you have any fun plans?  Have any of you done your flowers for the year?  Do you even do flowers?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thursday, Sticking to the plan and Thrifty!

 I am doing it.  I don't really like it.  But I am doing it. I did get two wedding dresses out yesterday and I also got another one done that will go out today.  

One of the dresses I worked on yesterday had to have all the bottom lace picked off and then shortened and put back on.  So, taxing and so much pressure.  Then the next one was a horsehair braid, which again is a real pain.

The first dress I am going to work on today is also a horsehair braid, but it is ready to sew.  I dread it. So, my goals for today are.

1. finish horsehair braid dress

2. hem a pair of pants

3. pull and rip a wedding dress

4.  pull and rip another wedding dress

5. pull and rip another wedding dress

If I do this I can plant some flowers. Last night I actually had some time, but I was so weak and tired from the side affects of this antibiotic, that I went to sleep on the sofa.  That is where Hubs found me.  He went right to bed also.  This cold is not for the faint hearted. Neither of us felt like dinner last night. 

I remember the last time I was on this antibiotic, not feeling super.  It makes you somewhat nauseous and traveling to the potty too much.  But the sinus headache and pain has abated. I will take the positive and try to be grateful for the negative.

This last week is a blur, and I am trying to remember the thrifty!

1. saved all my coins

2. saved all my $5 dollar bills $45.00 this week total of $145.00 since I started over

3. saved a $1,$5,$10,$20 bill

4. washed a sofa that could have been stained and ruined and it came out great!

5. Line dried almost all the laundry.

6.  Cooked meals from scratch with pantry and freezer goods.

7. downloaded rec'ts to fetch it is a slow process and I will probably have a $25.00 gift card by Christmas, as I don't buy the junk food that gives you more points.

8.  Made a large apple and celery salad to saved wilted celery and past their date apples 

9. Found .50 under sofa when I cleaned!

10. only bought loss leader butter at store $1.99 limit 2

11. Actually did no shopping except at store that had pharmacy.  It saves money to be sick.

12. daughter gave us $50.00 to offset gas we use when going to get kids to and form school.

13. purchased geraniums that were marked down as everything is so expensive this year. 

Well I am off to get my list done and hopefully I will be able to plant later today!  Do you ever reward yourself after you complete a project?  Like everyday my day is a project right now.  Blah!

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Wednesday, Thanks for not beating me up!

 Thanks for all the great supportive comments, yesterday.  IT is hard to let people really see inside my mind when I am spinning.  I don't like being judged for something I try so hard to control.

It is who I am, and I live with it everyday.  Most days are great, but sometimes the beast comes out and fixates on the stupid.

I called my eldest and told her about wanting to clean out the closet.  She said "MOM, tell me you did not empty the master closet!"  I told her no, but I wanted to. She set me straight as only she can.  Having grown up under my tutelage, I can't imagine what her childhood would have been like.  But I did create the youngest prosecuting attorney in the state of Idaho at 24. Probably due to my dilemma.   She loves me anyway.  And she can make me laugh at myself, which is such a blessing.

I spend as much time laughing at myself, as I spend beating myself up mentally.

I did manage to get many dresses ready for try on. I think I will have at least 3 fittings today and then I can finish and move on.

I stayed on track and after I got the quota done I put the sofa back together.

I was so excited as it was rather dingy.  I just washed two cushion covers at a time in the washer and then line dried.  I was so afraid of wrinkles and shrinkage, but none!  It looks brand new and to think I have a spare cover!  This sofa will last forever.

I am now thinking of buying a covered sofa for the Front room now.  I want a good quality hide abed in there. The ones that I have found are all covered sofa's.  Well I am sold.

I need to get in and get a bride dress finished, she just left!  Attache that lace my friend.

Stay on task.

It does work if you work it. But so hard.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday, Kim goes into overdrive!!!

 Okay Kim needs to really, really work on her self control right now. I am behind we all know this.  That is what I am constantly harping about.  Now when Kim gets behind, she goes into overdrive, which is not good.

ADHD can be extremely difficult to deal with especially as an aging adult.  I am an adult. (that thought makes me laugh) This is what my mind is doing right now.

Kim, you need to put the sofa back together, you need to plant all your plants, your need to get the garden soil made up for the flower bed, oh stop and give the dog a treat, stop and pet the kitty, oh did you know the master bedroom closet is a disaster and needs to be entirely emptied? Also, every drawer in your house is a pig stye, because you stash and put nothing away where it belongs, so you need to make a long list of every drawer and closet and start by cleaning and decluttering everyone of them, NOW! Also Hubs is not doing the yard to your perfection get out there and help him, what is for dinner? You really need to take out that Juilia Child cookbook and find a dish to make, Has the cat box been cleaned?  You really need to dump those last 8 jars of 4 year old tomatoes, shouldn't you be putting those dried beans in jars soon? What can you do to make the garage look better, have you practiced the piano lately? don't forget to take your meds, you know you set a timer for that, did you ignore it again?  Have you eaten? Don't forget to eat something before you take your meds.

Now STOP!  What about the shop?  Where should my focus be right now? 

But know it isn't.  It is stuck on this never ending blur of what I think needs to be done. None of any of this matters well except petting the kitty.  What matters is the shop.  When I get to much to do I go into avoidance and start projects that don't need to be done to avoid what really needs to be done as it covers the anxiety that I feel when I am behind.

I don't know if any of you can possibly understand this dilemma, that I live with.  Along with crippling anxiety, and perfectionism, comes this over whelming need to procrastinate hoping that more anxiety will trigger action in the right direction and that direction is not the master closet.

The perfectionism is for silly things that do not matter.  Like that trim work hubs did in the back yard is not right I need to fix it. Really? Who cares? And if they do?  Sluggy do you care?

So Kim is devising a plan to help herself yet again. Kim devises many, many plans, plans within plans, like the Dune novel without the help of spice. Kim is going to get these things done today and if she does she gets to do a fun thing.  Like plant a flower box. Kim is eating a handful of Potatoe chips, as she just took her meds. 

I feel a list:  Yes, a list might help.

1. finish pegging and hemming pants

2. hem groom's suit and coat sleeves

3. call bride for fitting

4. alter and wedding dress and call client

5. pull lace on a wedding dress and alter and call client

6. pull another wedding dress and start

7. pull another wedding dress and start

That is it for today nothing else matters. Well Hubs has to work at high school so I should probably figure out dinner, but nothing else matters, unless something else does matter.  Don't worry my brain will think of something that matters give it a millisecond.  Yeah got something!

Okay, Okay I am going to work now I promise.  Went to Doc this morning and I have antibiotic and I am feeling better and so is hubs. Of course, I got it worse because of my immune suppression.  They can suppress my immune system but they ain't doing that great with my mind.

I will be back to check things off the list soon!

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.

I just went into the spare bath and I noticed that there was only one spare roll of TP on the hooks and there are two hooks.  Shouldn't I go out to the garage and restock that one roll of toilet paper? and as long as I am doing that maybe I should take stock of the Tp in the master bath.  I looked up in the bath and saw that the vent was dusty, I should go get the long handle  duster and dust that vent, how about doing all the vents in the house, I bet they need done.  This is just from one trip to the bathroom. Really?  This is my life.


Monday, May 9, 2022

Monday, The sick house!

Mother's Day we had a sick house. Nate's schedule changed and Signe' brought down Kelsa and Schmills to help make Mother's Day dinner.  Signe' is still holding onto a cold, and Hub's is getting the cold.  It was by far the worst day for me, and poor Schmills just had to endure the rest of us.

I am worried about Kelsa, as she is not drinking and Hubs went a got Pedialyte, but so far have not been able to get her to drink.  She did eat some toast and m&m's at this point it is about calories.

She managed to hit two sofa cushions with her mess, and I have those washed and hanging on the line to dry.  Hub's is miserable.

I am actually feeling better than I did the last few days and I do have an appointment with my GP tomorrow, so we will see if I am going to need an antibiotic.

The shop has been steady, and I have yet to get in there and sew anything, just too busy with grand kids. I am happy to have many leftovers from dinner yesterday, so I don't have to cook. Just putzing around the house trying to stay ahead of the flow.  There is a lot of flow here right now. TMI

I am so happy that I am feeling better! 

I was able to get some vacuuming and mopping done yesterday. Plus keep the laundry caught up.  If I continue to feel this good, I may do the ironing tonight, but don't hold your breathe.

Hubs got the onions planted for me and we still have not purchased any soil additives for the new bed. But hey work in progress. It will all get done eventually. Eventually I think that should be the name of my blog.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday, Rainy, still with a bad cold

 I only sewed until 2:30 yesterday and when I had the three dresses done along with a blouse I had forgotten was due out Friday afternoon, I decided I was done. I laid down and went to sleep.

Several people were picking up but hubs just took the into the shop and asked then to find what they needed.  Finally a little before 6 he had to come get me as a suit came in that needed marking.  I was back in bed by 8 and slept hard until almost 10 this morning.  It was lovely.

I can't say that I feel any better, but Dayquil seems to be helping me function a little.  I ran some errands, and then I am home to just rest. Neighbor brought over leftover food bank items and I need to process some of that.  It is more than I can handle.  I am  making a large apple, pecan, celery salad and will take some to friends.

I also need to find recipes that use brown rice.  I love brown rice, but would like to have a way to cook it other than plain.  Like maybe chopping some onions, celery and flavorings in it as a side dish?  I need to peruse some recipes.  I also have chicken broth in the fridge to use up.

I would like to get out today but it is just too rainy.  It really rained hard here yesterday we got over 1/3 an inch, which in this dessert climate it very good. As it was so dry last year I am trying to be grateful for the rain.

Now I am going to go lay down for a while.

Have a nice weekend and Happy Mother's day!


Friday, May 6, 2022

Friday, The cold is here!

 This is how I feel, and I don't think I even look this good. I've reached the stage of the cold is definitely here. I just want to crawl back into bed so bad.

I have three more prom dresses to do and when I get those done, I am going to go to bed.  I did take a dose of Dayquil and I am hoping once that sets in, I might feel a little better.

I keep coughing and changing my drawers, probably too much info, but I am sure most of you can understand.

My kitchen is dirty, my house needs a vacuum, there is ironing to do, and I swore I would not let that get ahead of me this summer. but right now, I really don't care.

Made myself a can of hot soup, something I rarely do, I just wanted something hot, before I entered the shop.

I did get 5 dresses done yesterday so three are tolerable for today.

 We need to buy per-lite, peat moss and some garden soil for our new bed.  I would like to get the flowers planted this weekend, but at this rate I don't think that is going to happen.

I can do this. She tells herself, as she enters the shop.

DO you ever have to talk to yourself to get your body to do something?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thursday, Thrifty Thursday, staying afloat

 I wanted to start today's post out with a picture of this new to me plate rack.   This is my mother's china she received when she married my father in 1952.  The rack was given to Lil sis and she did not have a place it would fit, so she gave it to me.  It is perfect for my dining room.  This whole dining room was thrifted.  Everything in it was either bought second hand, or on a really super sale, or given to me.  This is how I decorate.  I call my style Early Attic.

It was up to 80 here yesterday, but has turned cold again, so I don't foresee any flower planting this weekend. Drat! Nor getting anything out of the green house. We did go get some things from Home Depot to make a raised garden bed on the far side of the house that we can protect from deer.  I will plant my beans and things they eat over there and the things they won't eat out in the big bed.  I swear we are like the neighborhood smorgasbord for all creatures, great and small.

I was only able to finish 3 dresses yesterday, but I also ripped three and those will be the first to be done today.  I have to get into the shop and do some rearranging as you can hardly walk in there.

I feel like I am fighting a snowstorm, so I need to move things around to be able to sew and not feel like I am trapped in a white cell.

Well now I can walk in but it is not much better.  Yesterday I did three black dresses that were solid sequins so there are little black sequins all over and I have one more black dress to finish before I vacuum. I have had several people call or come by and I just tell them I cannot get to their stuff until after the 14th, or I ask them to not even bring things in until after the 14th. It gets to a point that I become overwhelmed and I freeze.

So, my goal is to just plug along and get as many dresses as possible out today that I can. I am hoping 6.  Yesterday I got a late start sewing as the shop was so busy with clientele, that take my time. Blessed with work.

Well, here it is Thursday again and as I was gone, I can't really say how much money I saved, other than I was frugal in my travels as I could be.


1. saved all my change for the week.

2. saved all the $5.00 bills from travel and I really just dealt in cash total already have $100 

3. put $43.36 in my penny savings can for the month.

4. put a $1,$5,$10,$20 bill away for the week

5. bought two pairs of jeans at Talbots on a 30% off sale, as I cannot get my size if I wait for a better sale.  These will last me for years.

6. Saved my Lil sis a ton of money on her daughter's wedding by using skills.

8. eating out of the freezer now, to save money, but we may go to Taco Time for Sinco D Mayo.  We will see.

9. saved all my birthday cash for flowers for the yard, so it did not come out of the budget.

10. researched the best and least expensive way to put a raised bed in for additional garden.

11. Went to Albertsons and purchased two pounds of butter at $1.99 the limit and that is it for groceries.

12. purchased gifts for my daughters in St. Louis. I guess the average shoe size there for a woman is about a 9-10 so I found Ugg boots, and Birkenstocks in their small sizes.  Who knew?

13. bought plane ticket on Travelocity to save money,

14. used my Delta CC to purchase allowing me a free bag 

Well, I am off to get some sewing done and stay on the old treadmill of life. 

What are you going to accomplish today?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Wednesday, Another chart right off the bat!

 Came home to cash in my till that I did not expect, as I had spent myself down to nothing with this trip and wedding.  So that was a nice surprise.  Things had been picked up and today I had two items that were done while the clients waited as they had come from out of town and then a wedding dress picked up. So, I finished the chart!

The phone has rung constantly, and the shop has had nonstop people here, but I expected that today.  I made a huge dinner last night so I would not have to cook tonight and could sew through the dinner hour.

Grocery adds out today and I will only be buying the two butters I am allowed at $1.99. I need to really get back on the saddle in money saving.  So, no groceries unless necessary.  Also, I am so thankful I stashed money away for my flowers this spring, so I don't have to feel guilty about getting the boxes done.  In fact, I was able to purchase 4 flats yesterday (they ran out last year) and I still have money left over for later.

My $5.00 bill savings is empty except for what I saved this last week.  Also, I cashed in all my $36.00 envelopes so that starts over. I have a girl's trip in October I need to save for, and also any extras for our trip to Panama next Christmas. Then there are the bills that are coming due.  I just need to tick away at them. I am figuring all told I will need about $4000.00.  It took me 4 months to save $6000.00 for our trip, so let's see if I can do it again. 

My first bill for this month is of course Hub's hearing aids $500 and then I have to put $800.00 back in his savings account.  I hope to be able to do that by the end of the month. Next month I will pay off the hearing aids and I hope to get $1000.00 into a savings account for emergencies for myself.  Taxes are also due in June, $1600.00 and I robbed the tax account, so I really have some major saving to do, before I can even attempt to pay more on the house. 

I know this sounds scary and it is, but we are still traveling, and I went to this wedding, and it is paid for. Kim is still living her life.  I am able to pay my bills and then some. That is all I can ask.  I am so much better off than many people and I am blessed.

I would like to pay off everything faster, but that would mean no travel or fun and at my husband's age and health problems, I am just not going to live like that.  If I did not earn another dime, we would still be able to pay our bills and pay off our debts.  I have not always been so lucky. Or I should say in such a good position.

Tomorrow is a due over and I have to figure out how much money I need to put into my penny savings for the month.  Savings should be my middle name. Do you think I am nuts?  Come on be honest, I can take it:)

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

 Okay, the cutest thing at the wedding besides the bride, was this runny nosed little elf.  She was stuck to my hip from 12:30 on Sat. the 30th until 12:30 on May first. Signe' went to the after party and I kept her.  She slept between me and my sister.  She still had a cold and was quite clingy. 

It was a forced march the minute we hit the ground in St. Louis on Wednesday.  I was able to get all the dresses altered, and the groom's cakes baked and wrapped before I went to bed. There were 4 dresses that needed hemmed and taken in and then all 4 had to be sewn shut at the bust as they were a little low.  I did the busts at the wedding venue.

Thursday morning, I was able to cut the grooms cake with a paper template made by Lil sis's significant other.  I made the cake 4 layers high.  Also, frosted with raspberry jam between layers.   Then I froze cake. We worked on flowers the rest of the day as they decided to go with silk flowers, which I was glad they did.  It gave us more time and they could be kept.  It was a group effort.

Sissie's husband was there with her, and he is so dang funny.  He kept us in stitches most of the time. Cookies were wrapped and bagged for each place setting.  Sissie ironed linens for 4 hours on Thursday and I don't know how her arm stood it. Sarah (the bride) wanted a veil that she could wear down on her honeymoon and she had borrowed Braunwyn's veil (my youngest) for the ceremony.  So, someone ran and got me some tulle and I made one up for her at the last minute. 

We stayed with Lil sis's best friend, who has a huge house in the center of St. Louis by the college. An older home made of brick with huge rooms and a sunroom off our bedroom, where I did the sewing and Sissie did the pressing.  Just beautiful.  She treated us to gourmet meals, and we were so grateful.  All we had to do was concentrate on the wedding.

Thursday afternoon, I put the crumb coat on the frozen cake and put it back in the freezer and we continued on flowers.  We had 11 boutonnieres, 12 corsages, a bridal bouquet, 6 bridesmaid's bouquets and then other arrangements to do for tables and such. Finally late Thursday, I frosted the groom's cake, and it was done! Actually, I really don't know the total on some of this stuff just alot.

The groom's father and the groom were so thrilled with the cake and cookies we made.  A cookie was wrapped in cellophane and tied with a yellow ribbon and was placed at the top of each place setting as a gift to take home.  The cake by the way was delicious.  I brought my own coco, that I buy here that is a dark non alkaline coco and has a much better flavor. I was so afraid that they were going to x-ray my luggage and see this substance and then pull me over and I would have to prove that it was coco.

Finally, Friday afternoon late when as much as we could do was done Jethelyn (my, eldest) and Signe' (#2) took Kelsa to do a little shopping.  Kelsa still only wears a 1.5 in a baby shoe, which is really just above a newborn.  We went to Nordstrom and found some little leather Ugg sandals in white that would stay on her feet.  They were a 2 so room to grow and she loved them!  Refused to take them off.  The clerk had a good laugh, as she had never seen such a tiny girl become attached to shoes like that. 

Then home as we had an early morning to get to the venue by 9.  The venue was 45 minutes away.  as I don't make cakes for a living, and the groom's cake was frozen, I took it out late Friday night so it would be thawed by the Wedding which was at 12:30.  This was a mistake!!!!!  As we drove the 45 minutes to the venue the cake started to disintegrate.  As in the frosting was sliding off in sheets. and the top of the ax head was separating from the handle. It just got worse and worse.  Sissie and I were holding it and tipping is back and forth trying to keep the frosting on the board. By the time we got there it was a complete mess.  We should have taken a picture.

I took it to the kitchen and put it in a freezer and waited for the head cook to arrive.  When I showed it to her, she said no problem, just let it get good and cold and we will re frost it, by pushing the frosting back up.  I had brought a piping bag with extra frosting, and the spray and glitter with me just in case we needed a touch up, thank goodness. I was able to fix it but could not get the handle and the head to stay together.  The cook came in with those wafer cookies that come in pink, chocolate, and vanilla.  She took vanilla ones and stood then straight up on either side and then put another across the top.  This filled in the gap, and we frosted over it.  If you look closely, you can see where the frosting changes color slightly, as the rest had oxidized a little.  

The cook said they had cakes come in all the time that had tipped over or had lost a top or had a gouge out of them and this was how they fixed them.  Smashed a wafer cookie into the spot. The cookie which forms a flat surface is then spread with frosting.  Most cakes have a really heavy frosting layer.  So, the day was saved. We ran around setting up the venue.  Chair bows, napkins, cookies, flowers, then I went up to the bride's room, and started sewing bustlines together, and finishing the bride's bustle.  One bridesmaid who did not have me do her dress came in the top way too big.  So, I took hand tailored darts in the bodice, and it looked much better. Poor Lil sis was chasing people around to get corsages and boutonnieres on them, and I was trying to coral anyone who needed a flower except for myself of course.   Finally, I dressed about 12:15 and down we went for the ceremony.

It was beautiful and lasted 25 minutes.  I thought what a lot of work for 25 minutes.  Then party time until 5.  By 4:30 my feet were blistered.  And I had danced with Kelsa on my hip for several hours.  It was a joyful celebration.  I started to actually clean up about 4:30 as another wedding was coming into the venue for a 7:00 wedding.  We were out by 5 and the next group was coming in.  I know the wedding planner was happy, as we had the right to sit and do nothing until 5 and then they have to force most people out.  But we were actually able to be out upstairs by 5:15.

Bride and groom, not a great picture, with my cell phone. The groom's mom was deaf since birth, and he communicated through sign.  We had an interpreter that stood by the minister and signed all the vows. Several of the people on the groom's side were deaf and the interpreter stayed the entire wedding.  It was really interesting.  The MC said that half the room was deaf, so our half of the room was the dumb side.  That brought the house down.

Jethelyn (eldest) and I took Kelsa after the wedding, and we went to IKEA.  Jess (nickname) had never been to one.  It was fun.  Kelsa loved the kid's section. I bought a few odds, and ends for the kitchen and of course, crackers and cookies and all the Swedish things I craved.  Also, a new duvet, and sheet set for the Master bedroom.  I am going to put it away for later.

We crashed into beds on Saturday night and Sunday was just a day to recover.  People were flying out and there were trips to the airport.  But really, we just took the day to relax. Bride and groom were off on honeymoon trip to Florida, the rest of the party that stayed with us went to the Arch, I had already seen this so Jess and I took Signe' and baby to airport and then spent the day shopping and sightseeing. It was fun.

Jess flew out early Monday, and Lil sis and I folded linens and piled things that needed to go to others and what would return home with us. She flew out at about 2:30 and I flew out at 4:00. I got home last night about 11:00. 

I had so many phone calls while I was gone, mostly for prom dresses.  I told people I would open back up on Wednesday the 4th.  I gave myself a day to recover.  See I am getting smarter.  My phone has rung all morning and I am sticking to my guns. I have not even been in my shop, and I don't want to look.

By the way I am getting the babies cold, and I am so glad that Signe' did not bring her last Monday, as I would have been in the middle of it at the wedding.  As it was Signe' was quite miserable with it the first day she was there.  So, I am on day 2 or 3 of 3 days coming, three days there, three days gone of the cycle.  Oh yippee!  At least it was not at the wedding.

Also, I had a couple of really big blisters on the top of my big toes from my, sandals. I was just praying that they would not become infected, but alas I woke Monday with an infected right big toe.  It was hot, and red, and climbing.  So, I had to drain the blister, debride it, and then put alcohol on it and boy did that make me hop for a while.  Then neosporin and a couple of good bandages. It hurt to walk on the foot, but by the time I got to Denver, the pain was gone, and the infection was reduced and not spreading. These autoimmune suppressant drugs really work for arthritis but do nothing to help even the tiniest cut.  You just have to watch every little thing. I had a girlfriend go into kidney failure from a hang nail taking the drugs I take. I knew when I saw the blisters this was possibility, so I stayed on it.

Anyway, I am home, and there is so much to do with unpacking, too many eggs, laundry, putting the things I bought away, plus just general housework, and paying a few bills. I am unpacked, but there are piles of Kim droppings in every room in the house. I do have both loads of laundry washed and one is one the line, and I am going out to hang the next one.  Then I will pay a few bills, run to the post office, and continue to clean and put stuff away.  I have several dead flower arrangements to clean up and I need to go cut lilacs to enjoy while they are here.

So glad to be home, even though tomorrow is going to be crazy!  I am blessed with work!

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Tuesday, grateful, and maybe ready?

 Wow, I think I am about ready.  Still a few errands to run and I am so glad that I was able to get everything done yesterday, even though I finished sewing at about 8 last night. Our nephew's son had a tux coat that needed the back seams taken in and the sleeves shortened.  Now this is an expensive alteration as it is so much tailored hand work, but our nephew dropped the jacket off late Sunday and then replaced a light fixture for us, so we did not have to call an electrician.  I just love it when we can support each other.

Lil sis was over yesterday while I was running errands and she left these two boxes for me to pack in my suitcase as she did not have the room.  She also left me a list of things that I needed to run get for her or to bring from the shop.  So, I sent her this picture of me packing, just to make her laugh. 

So, I put one of the shoes into the suitcase that I am wearing to the wedding along with her things. I mean really? That is all the room I get? Anyway, I was able to consolidate the tubs without smashing silk flowers, and I am packed.

We are staying with Lil sis's good friend who has a huge house, so I can do laundry there.  Also, I am not packing blow dryers, and shampoo, that kind of thing. I can use what is at the house.

Still have to go get meds from pharmacy.  Which is frustrating as you have to stay on top of doctor's offices.  One of my most important meds was not filled, as I found out this morning, I needed a follow up.  No one told me this.  Not at my last visit in December, nor the pharmacist last night. 

I had to get a new GP as mine retired last September.  So, I saw her the new one and I am on all the same meds I have been one for well over a year.  But I have to have a follow up in three months. Luckily, I called this morning and talked the nurse into a 30 day supply and made an appointment for when I get back.  So aggravating.  Just making money for the machine.

It is just so nice not to be sewing like a mad woman today.  I can relax and do the things that always pop up at the last minute. Like begging for medication. I am also getting a pedicure tonight.  Wearing sandals for the first time this season and no one wants to see these feet.  I also have to go back to the bank and get some cash.  Which is crazy, as I was just at two banks yesterday and could have taken care of this, but was not thinking along those terms.  I was paying bills and making sure everything was covered.  I did get my checks off to Sluggy, and that has weighed heavily on my mind.  Now the Panama cruise at Christmas is paid for, I worked and saved hard for this and I can' hardly wait to go.

I actually cashed in all my $5.00 bill savings and my envelopes with $36 dollars a week. I will start over when I get home. I need to save for our girl's trip in the fall and all the extras for the cruise in December.

I just wanted to brag about my wonderful Husband.  He is the very best father to our girls. He babysits when ever asked.  I mean for hours.  He drives to get kids from school. Signe' texted and asked him if he would pick her and Kelsa up from the airport in Spokane which is 2 hours away.  This would be next Sunday evening.  Which will involve a 4 hour round trip drive. He never hesitated but agreed immediately.  Just a week or so ago he drove to Spokane to get Schmills, as he did not want Signe' working all day in the surgery and then driving 4 hours in the evening. He drove 8 hours one way to Twin Falls to babysit our Eldest's boys for a week.  He also picked his 94-year-old mother up to go with him and he took her to the Temple twice while they were in Twin Falls.  He is just a good man who serves his family without question.  I need to be more grateful for him.

Signe' did not bring Kelsa over yesterday even though she worked.  Nate rearranged his work schedule as both Kelsa and Schmills had bad colds and she did not want me exposed, especially when I have to get on a plane. I have a tendency to get sick when traveling.  Not having a immune system and plane travel is sketchy on the best day.  Even though masks are no longer required I will be wearing one. I also am not scheduling any clients until Wednesday and I fly in Monday  late, giving me a day to recover. Nate changing his schedule to take care of  sick kids yesterday, then had him working on Sunday necessitating Hubs picking up Signe' and baby at airport. 

I was so grateful she was considerate of my health.  She also dropped off a mouth guard that she had made for me to wear at night.  The arthritis in my jaw is worsening and they hope this will help.  It can get quite bad and spasm at times, like a Charly horse but in your jaw muscles.

Just to leave you with a little cuteness. 

 Aunt BB is recovering from Breast cancer, and she is helping Kelsa collect eggs with Roscoe. Oliver is more interested in running than collection eggs.

I am off to get meds, and cash and then home to clean a little.  Can't wait to share my adventures with you.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Monday, Leaving town is scary

 As much as I love to travel and see my family and celebrate, leaving town right now is down rite scary.

I really have too much to do, to be leaving.  I have to make sure that things are done and I am not leaving anything undone that is important.  When you are as scatterbrained as I am this is so hard.

Plus the new month will occur when I am done and I have to get the bills paid before I leave. Still haven't heard from the pharmacist.  Another worry. 

We had a nice weekend, playing dominoes with freinds, and then getting all the seedlings that died re potted.  I still need to do some squashes. I transplanted lettuces and other herbs, and replanted more corn and beans. Hubs and I took our first long bike ride on the levy.  I am still a little sore from that.  But is was a beautiful day and I was not going to miss that. I have Easter packed up and our nephew came last night and replaced the light fixture in the laundry room that has been out for months.

There is a boat load to do today mostly just getting my act together, something that is very difficult for me. I have to finish several piles, and get bills paid and money arranged. I have to pack.  I don't want to be sewing tomorrow if I can help it. 

So here is today's list:

1. pay all bills that are local, water, phone, utilities, hearing aids

2. go to banks and get money set to write check to Sluggy  

3. mail checks to Sluggy after checking address again, ADHD brain always double checks.

4. check with pharmacist.

5. Pay bills online that are due while I am gone

6. run with scissors

7. find a suitcase to pack in

8. put Easter box out in garage

9. finish a wedding dress as much as possible

10. alter a dress

11. shorten sleeves on 4 work jumpsuits

12. hem two pairs pants

13. hem two pairs of pants

14. alter a sport coat

15. go to Joanns for Lil sis 

I think if I can get the money angle all straightened out, I will feel much better, as the sewing is pretty straight forward.

So here I go, wish me luck and say a little prayer so I don't melt down.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Friday, Staying on track


Just trying to keep it real here and it is hard.  My goal today is to get the shop organized as far as what is next. What is next?

I know I need to pull another wedding dress.  I did complete one yesterday and have another almost done just waiting for bride to try on today. 

Then there are a couple of piles I need to complete and a couple of dresses to get done. Just found 4 mechanics jumpsuits that need the sleeves shortened behind a wedding dress.  Things get hidden in the shop let me tell you. Also, a couple of pairs of pants that were buried. Other than that, it is just wedding dresses, to start and call on people.

I have to really pay attention, so nothing slips through the cracks.  I don't want a phone call that something is due out and I am in St. Louis. That would be a nightmare. I also have another bride and her bridesmaid due in later today.

It is all the details of leaving that get to me.  Such as, do I have enough of all my prescriptions? No!  So, hurry and order and make sure you pick them up.  Then cash and money and a Wedding card and grab the flower tools, picks, wire, cutters, tape, so I don't have to buy there. Should I take enough of my really good baking coco with to do a cake? Are the clothes I am going to wear clean and ready? Did I pack the phone charger and the fit bit charger?  Does hubs know where everything is he will need to do his own cooking? Last time I left him he had never used our dryer and was confused how to start it.

Just had a bride leave and so glad I tried the dress on before I started the hem as I only have to hem a small turn over.  Then that is done after pressing.  Yippee!  When you cut a large amount off a heavy fabric dress, it actually makes the fabric pull up and shrink.  So, I always cut them 2 inches longer and sure enough if I had cut where the length was marked it would have been too short.  In less than a 1/2 hour that dress will be done.

By the way the grocery adds this week were crap.  Last week as it was Easter, we had some good loss leaders.  Now it is back to Kim buying nothing. We are going to our elderly friend's house tonight to play dominoes.  I am taking pizza, as I can get a gluten free pizza for her and then regular for us.  Also, we will have ice cream and candy for dessert, and she is making coleslaw. They asked me last time we were there, how I would find time to come and have dinner and play games when I was so busy?

My reply?  You could work all the time but taking a break and having some fun helps you to be more productive.  I really believe this.  What do you guys think?  Sure I could sew into the evening like I do many nights, but just knowing I get to relax and have fun spurs me on to get things done today.

My friend's husband is 94 and sharp as a tack.  But he is not very mobile anymore and is on oxygen 24 hrs a day and also has a catheter. I made bags to cover his catheter bag so he could come to church. They used to come to our house, but we have to go there now.  In the summer when the weather is nice, they can come over as we eat and play outside.  We just set up a table and move the large shade umbrella to cover us.

Last year on our anniversary we called another older couple that we would go to dinner with periodically to join us at an Italian restaurant, for Chicken parm. It was their favorite.  But the husband (Weld) again was not as mobile as he was before COVID, and he said he just could not do it.  So, I suggested I pick up dinner for the four of us along with Creme brule' (I smashed the spelling).  I just so clearly remember him saying, "You would do that?"  I did think on the way over to their house that we were going to be eating over $100.00 worth of good food out of Styrofoam, but when we got to the house Peggy (the wife) had the table set with china, it was just beautiful, and we transferred the dinner, and we had such a wonderful time and a long visit.  Weld passed last Fall and I have always been grateful that we did this.  I did not get to go to the funeral, as Signe' wanted to go and she and Hub's went and I watched Kelsa.  Never put off seeing friends and doing things because of inconvenience,  You never know when you will see them again in this life.

I am getting really excited to see my Sissie.  It is less than a week and we will be together.  The next big trip will be to join the girls in the Fall. Well, I had better get to work, as no one seems to want to do it for me.

By the way hubs is out putting up a clothesline for me.  I have always wanted one and finally I get one.   I can hang things in the hot sun and I love sheets dried outside.  The only things I will dry now will be towels, and jeans. We have a secluded small part of our side yard that is perfect for a clothesline.  Full hot sun and privacy.  Hubs would not put a clothesline at our old house because the neighbors could see in and he did not want his undies to be on display for the neighbor hood. Really ?  Men!

Well I am off to the Salt mines.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Thursday, Thrifty, and working hard

 My oh my, is Kim behind.  I only had 6 dresses come in yesterday, as I was frantically trying to get dresses out. And at this point trying to catch up is just a moot point.  Every phone call I get, I just tell them to get in the cue and the things will be done when I get back.

I am working on things that are already here. Did not even get to a wedding dress yesterday except to move one across the shop.  Does that count? Like moving something from a to b means I tried?

Hub's is out checking homes that have asked for help installing grab bars for toilets and showers. He has to go see what is required and then send that to the office where it is approved and then the supplies are purchased, and the work is done at a later date.  He has a whole slew of appointments today.  Also has to work at the high school tonight.

The weather here is so sketchy and I have lost many of my seedlings and all of the flowers I planted. So frustrating.  It is usually about 70 here by now or into the 80's.  We are hovering 50's and still have some freezing at night. A girlfriend of mine posted these plant tags and I could entirely relate as I will be replanting many of my seedlings.  But not until I get back.

I laughed pretty hard at this.  If you went out and looked at my portable green house, you would understand why.

It is a sad experience let me tell you.  But some are hanging on, desperately.

I can tell I am going to be sore later today.  I have not taught for 2.5 hours for a couple of years. It was fun to reconnect with old students.  They left sweaty and always know I will give them a good class. My balance was horrible, and they started to come out on the floor to give me an arm when I was demonstrating.  Like the grandma dance teacher, I am.  So sweet of them, so decrepit of me. 

Okay what did Kim do this week to save money?

1. saved all my change

2. saved all my 5-dollar bills, $80.00 this week, a lot of 5's total now stands at $905.00.

3. saved a $1, $5, $10, $20 bill

4. Used points to buy meat at a mark down

5.used coupons at Joanns

6. downloaded receipts to fetch

7. Made a large Easter dinner at almost no cost as I had everything

8. did buy an extra ham that was on a good sale

9. Easter desserts, and rolls from scratch, plus cookies so much less expensive.

10. Cooked meals from scratch using food from pantry and freezer.

11. Got $119.45 from Adsense that I am putting in my flower fund for the boxes.

12. just signed up for Albertson's surveys for 5 extra points

Not a very inspiring week, but then I have been down and busy sewing and not going anywhere.

Have you lost any plants in your garden due to weather?  Did anything unusual to save money?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wednesday, Yikes! must pace myself

I loved this.  Because we all know Kim has a really hard time pacing herself and boy do I need to the next week.  In a week I will be flying to St. Louis for the wedding and when I pulled work yesterday, I realized really how behind I am and just what needs to be done before I leave.  


So that being said or written, anything that comes into the shop from now on unless it is easy or a have too will be put off until I get back.  I have already told 4 people this morning that it will not be done until I get back. I will also maybe call some brides to let them know they will not be fit until I get back, that is just the way it is.

I was pleased to get my list done yesterday but again no sewing.  Now sewing is a must. Also prioritizing is a must.  Not something the ADHD brain is very good at.

I know Lil sis is also panicking a little. I will take over cookie dough on Thursday evening and she is going to color my hair and I think I will convince her to go ahead and do up the cookies that night.

Here is my mockup. Little Ax cookies as the grooms last name is ax. We need to make 100 of these and put them in little bags as favors. Also, cake will look like this for groom's cake.  I have figured out how to make the handle look more like wood.

Signe' is out of town for two days and I am teaching her class tonight, then advanced ballet mistress called and can't get downhill as she is in the middle of a research project in her 4th year of college.  So I will teach for 2.5 hours.  Which if I sew for 5 hours I will need to get up and move.

Here is the list.

1. finish men's suit

2. alter prom dress

3. alter prom dress

4. start wedding dress call client

5. alter wedding dress

6. start wedding dress call client

7. alter prom dress

8. alter prom dress

9. alter prom dress

10. alter a pile of clothes 6 hems

11. perhaps get to 3 zippers if I have time?

Let's see what Kim can get done before she goes to teach. Wish me luck, I am going to need it!

Heavy sigh*  I can do this.  DO you ever have to talk yourself into things? Pace myself.  As in don't waste time.  I love to waste time.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Tuesday, Is it Tuesday?

 Well not really, but boy is it tempting. I had to force myself to stay in bed yesterday.  But I did it.  I am better today after a good night's sleep. 

The phone of course rang off the hook all afternoon and by the 4th phone call in 15 minutes, I turned the darn phone off.  I don't have to be at everyone's beck and call.

If people left a message, I text them back and told them to call or come by Wednesday.  Crap, I just need to be left alone.  The whole world will not fall apart if I don't answer my phone. 

Hub's put the crystal away, but the kitchen is a flippen disaster.  I will tackle the kitchen first today, and then attend the laundry situation. I will need to press all the linens before they are stored away so will not be taking Easter down until tomorrow.

Neighbor and I are going to a food bank later today to see if there are things that will be thrown out.  We go ever month and I swear the people who run it are so grateful that they don't have to trash things.  We then in turn give away much of what we take. 

I am going to make a list.  I just need the motivation.  Don't laugh.

1. bathe

2. brush teethe

3. get dressed

4. set hair (has to be straightened or I have frizz chia pet head)

5. makeup (I hate putting on makeup, but I look like pie without it, dough with slits in it.)

6. pick up shop

7. put away china

8. gather all kids Easter into a pile to send home with Signe'.

9. clean kitchen (dishwater is left over from Sunday in sink all slime like....)

10. get bins from garage to store Easter things

11. Iron Easter linens to put away

12.get hubs to put away spare highchair.

13. fold a put away all 4 loads of laundry

14. take neighbor to food bank

15. take care of clients, 4:30 and 5:30

16. pull at least 3 wedding dresses to start 

17. line up piles for tomorrows sewing. 

18. go tan with Lil sis

19. go to Jo anns and Walmart

Okay let's see what I can get done. Might not get any sewing done again today, but I don't care.  I will do what I can do.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, Kim is down


The last three times I have hosted large gatherings, I have gone down.  I may have to rethink this.

I have 4 loads of laundry waiting to be folded, and I usually fold out of the dryer. SO, this bad habit is getting worse. I have a countertop covered in crystal and good china that has to be put away.  Easter decor needs to be packed up.

The kitchen really needs love.

Grandchildren Easter remnants are in every room.

There are too many cookies, cakes and sweets here.

The shop is busy, and I need to go to bed.

I am going back to bed.

Kim is going back to bed.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.

Kim is not going to be productive, she is going to be sick.

Signed Sick, Kim. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

Friday, Taxes are in, Another chart!

 I completed another chart yesterday, so that is nice.  I am doing well this year and almost all the savings besides Hub's hearing aids is going into my Sluggy vacation fund.  I hope to be able to send her the check next week.  I know I have been working hard, but it is worth it, when I think of the fun we will have together.  We love traveling with Slug and her husband. Slugs husband is so funny and very interesting, as he is smart like Hubs, and they can think on the same level. You know man splain to each other.

Also, our taxes are signed and delivered and just as I wanted, we almost broke even with what we get back and the cost of the accountant. Exactly how I plan it.  But I always worry that the government will change something, or I will mess something up.

I took these pictures of our grocer adds.

You can see here the specials for the week.  This is how I grocer shop to save money.  I really will only buy the loss leaders.  I did buy another ham as this is a good price and ham can go a long way.  It is in the freezer. I also bought one bunch of the asparagus because that was the limit.  Then I bought a fresh pineapple again great price. The sliced cheese at .99 a bag limit three, I made sure to by the 8 oz bags as some are only 6 oz. I of course bought the 2 butters, the marked down sparkling cider for Easter dinner.  Then I purchased the 2 ice creams for $5.00 below.  

When I realized I had a $7.00 off meat coupon I found a rib roast in the 50% off bin and a package of three rib eyes also 50% off.  I had a feeling these had been left out in a cart by someone and had to be marked down.  So, I picked up a $42.00 rib roast for $21.00 plus $7.00 off, then the package of steaks for $17.00.  It was an expensive trip for me as my groceries go, but I was able to pick up a lot of meat for my money and nice meat to boot.

That is all I will buy.  I have everything I need to make coconut cake, shrimp salad, and all the goodies for Easter dinner. Shrimp and pasta, and frozen peas were all bought on loss leader sales.  If you will build a pantry and only shop the sales, you will be able to eat well for much less.

This will be a nice meal with homemade rolls, homemade cake and apple pie (remember the apples I froze a week ago?) also have homemade crusts in the freezer.  Of course, we have eggs for dyeing and for deviled eggs.  

I have cookie dough in the fridge for Schmills tonight.  We will make Easter cookies I can't wait to see what his creations are after his Christmas cookies. 

Daughter has her recital this weekend, so she will be at theaters tonight and all day until late tomorrow night.  Hubs will also be at the theaters.  I just got a call that some of the costumes are not in which is a nightmare for a studio owner.  With most costumes coming from China and the loss of revenue over the past two years, companies are just lying about availability, and taking owners money and not delivering and then returning money months later.  I know of 4 studios this has happened to. I might be up all-night making costumes. So glad I don't own the studio anymore.

It is such a relief to have the taxes done so I can close that chapter for the year. It is going to be a crazy busy weekend.  I hope I survive!

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter. He is Risen!


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Thursday, blessed with a dental plan, Thrifty

 Can you see the little bird, on the suet, on top of the fence post?  We nail a suet tray there most of the time. Also look at the seed tray under the table.  I wonder why there are no birdies?  Could it be possible there is a Puddy Cat? Doesn't she just look irritated?

It was snowing large flakes when I went out to feed the chickens. Red lodge Montana got 30 inches of snow yesterday.  This is crazy weather. I would like to get outside this weekend for a while and maybe spray those pots and do a little more transplanting, but I don't think that is going to happen.

Yesterday was busy.  I of course took off to get errands done and in my true ADHD way, forgot to get measurements of the zippers I needed, also left my cell phone at the Native American store. Well, it is better than getting to church and realizing I forgot to put on a bra or looking down and realizing I had only shaved one leg. Kim needs a keeper.  Errands seemed to take forever, and when I finally was home to get sewing done and I had a long list, I received a call from daughter to come to clinic in ana hour, she had an opening for me. SO off I went for an hour at the dentist, where I had no cavities. Teeth are in great shape for a woman my age. Now it is almost time to make Hubs dinner as he has an early shift at the high school. I told him to heat up some hot dogs open a can of beans and have the last of the popovers.  Yes that is the kind of wife I was.

Then I attacked the list with true fervor.  Did I get everything done? No!  But I got enough to make me feel like the day was not a total waste.  I still have bustling hooks and a little hem work to do on the wedding dress that is due out today.  But it will only take a few minutes.  I was up very late trying to get it done.

I also started on the zippers and I am going today where I left off yesterday and hopefully get two more wedding dresses pulled and started for next week. I need to get those suits I ripped yesterday done, and the prom dress and the pile.  But that is it for today.  Did I get cookie dough made.  NO. It just may never get done.

So, our daughter, who is in high demand made a deal with her dentist. He wants her there for more days, and she cannot with two little kids, nor is she willing to take on more hours.  But he did agree that she could put us on a dental insurance plan that pays for x-rays, cleanings, and checkups. If we need work it will be at a 20% discount. She is paying in exchange for us sitting the kids.  We do so much for her and we want to, we would do it regardless. Dental care is so expensive and to have this is a God send.  Neither Hubs nor I have been to the dentist since before B was married.  Probably 3.5 years. Luckily we both brush and floss daily and have good teeth.  But to have this worry eliminated is such a blessing. I was preparing to save $500.00 after Hub's hearing aids were paid for to get us into a dentist for cleanings and check ups.

Thrifty Thursday:

1. saved all my coins

2. saved $5.00 bills. I have completely screwed this up and have no idea how many I saved this week, as I bundle them into 100 dollar lots. But it was a bang-up week for 5's again and I am thinking $90.00. So total for the year is $825?  

3. saved a $1,$5,$10,$20, bill

4. cooked from scratch, using up broccoli, milk, and things that needed to be used.

5. ordered 2 pairs of new summer sandals from posh mark.  One pair is in.  I paid $26.00 for brand new Dansko's that would have been $140.00.

6. Used coupons at Joanns allowing me more money from client. I pass the savings onto myself.

7. Bought only loss leaders at store last week to put in pantry

8. Daughter paid to have my dental work done that is a biggy!  Educate your children.  They can be your biggest assets

9.  I have been feeding Roscoe treats and food left over from my Lil sis' dog that passed away.  I got a huge box of food. Roscoe does not mind

10. Stopping and picking alfalfa for chickens. It grows along the road

11.Planning the Easter menus and a signing out food, so I don't' have to do it all.

12. Mended an embroiders pillowcase, it is getting thin, but I am loath to give it up.

13. Wear clothes every day that Sissie sent to me. Blouses, and sweaters and sox.

Not a very long list, as I have not really been out, just trying to catch up in the sewing room, and then I wonder why I try?

Well, I am off to the salt mines.  What did you do this week to save money?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.