Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good Morning!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a safe and happy Turkey day!

I have been busy, busy, busy, cleaning and cooking. I got the house cleaned good, finally, with just a couple of finishing touches to go. Yesterday I spent all day baking pies, which starved me to death! I can't wait to tear into those things!!!!!!!

We have a new baby to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Lisa gave birth to Lillee Jean at 4:05 am Tuesday, November 25. She weighed in at 5.7 lbs at 17.5 inches. She came a whole month early, and will be staying at the hospital until Friday morning. I say she wanted out early for the food....LOL! So, we have been extra busy, as we just HAD to go to the hospital to meet little Lillee. She is so precious, and yes, I have pictures, but you'll have to wait!

So, if you have tried to contact me....that's why I have been MIA. Sorry! I will get back to everyone after the holiday, this week has just been crazy!

I'm heading to the kitchen now.....more food! YUM!!!!!!

Hugs to all!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I just need to vent a little this morning....beware!

No Why is it that people are so dang grouchy t his time of the year? I mean, it seems like as soon as Halloween is over, the whole world goes to hell! Seriously, why is that? Is it the stress of the holiday shopping season? That seems like a silly reason, after all, the holidays aren't about gifts, they are about family and friends. Yes, I know, everyone loves to give and get gifts, but why has that become center stage over a friendly visit or a phone call from someone you haven't talked to in a while? I don't know, but I know that I'm tired of dealing with people already, and Thanksgiving isn't even here yet. And the truth be known, I don't walk around spewing rainbows or anything, but I am not short and rude either. I give a smile when I pass someone, say PLEASE and THANK YOU (which I think is honestly becoming a lost art!!!), and for the most part I try to be pleasant. Of course, there will always be people I don't understand, but the rude behavior is so unbecoming and I just don't get why they feel that they have to be that way.

Which leads me on to my next point, rude drivers. Road Rage We have all done something stupid, and probably something inconsiderate on the road, most likely on accident. However, it seems more and more that people have the inability to open their eyes and look beyond their cars. I drive the same roads day after day, at a pretty regular time, and it never fails, I have at least 1 close call every single day. I have saw more people blatantly run stop signs in this past week than I think I have in my entire life. They don't even slow down, just fly through it as if it doesn't exist. Now I am pretty cautious and if I see headlights coming towards an intersection, I automatically start slowing down. That isn't a common thing though, what if someone "new" moves into the area and doesn't know that these nitwits are flying around with no reguards to signs? Where are the police that should be watching for these guys? Not to mention the people who seem to think the highway is the Autobahn. What the heck is up with that? I follow the speed limits, #1 because I can't afford a speeding ticket, and #2 because I can't afford a speeding ticket. I'm not some stick in the mud that thinks that every rule has to be followed. Believe me on that one.....I'm just not. But I have come to realize that I can't waste money, and speeding is a waste of money. But why don't these people ever get caught? I'm not talking about 5 mph over, I'm talking leaving me like I'm standing still! I don't know.......

I'm almost done, bear with me. I went to the grocery store last night. Shopping Spree I have been doing really well with planning meals around sale items and stocking up on sale items that I have coupons for, other wise known as "can't pass it ups". So, I saw that the sale was almost over for the week and there were a few "can't pass it ups" I wanted to pick up and I get there and they were out of almost every single sale item in the store. What the hell? I mean really, if you are gonna put it on sale, at least get extra! There were a couple of things I could have lived without, honestly, but it still made me mad. Why advertise things that you don't have? And the biggest one was the turkey sale. I know, I know, everybody has them this time of the year, but I went the day the sale started and they had like 5 turkeys. WHAT? Yeah.....well, you advertise turkeys at $20.00 off, and all you have are 5 turkeys? And to beat that, they were little turkeys. We usually do between an 18-20 lb turkey, all they had were 12-13 lb. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It is so irritating! So, all in all, I did pretty good, I spent 98.00 and saved 31.00. Not bad....especially when this is enough food to get through 2 weeks, and about 2/3 of Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever, I'm just bugged this morning and nothing seems to be helping!Grocery

Okay, last but not least, my sweeper died 11 days ago. Vacuum I loved my sweeper, it was the best little fella a girl could ask for. Or so I thought! I gave in after 5 days of trying to get mine fixed and bought a new one. My old sweeper was a Eureka Whirlwind bagless, and I loved it so much, I thought I'd get another Eureka. This one is called a Eureka Capture. Let me tell you, my house was GROSS! Apparently my old trusty Whirlybird had been on it's last leg for quite some time. I have 2 rooms with carpet, both are equally 14'X15' rooms and I filled a grocery bag 3/4 of the way full in just one cleaning of each room. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was so grossed out at the thought that we had been living in that crud and I didn't even know it! Okay, so I'm not exactly a clean freak, but I keep house fairly well. I had been sweeping the floors quite a bit as to deal with the flea problem that we've had all summer, so it was VERY hard for me to believe that it was that dirty. I think I know now why I have had such a battle with fleas, as the old sweeper was aparently not doing it's job so well. This new sweeper has 4 filters, 3 of which you just wash, and I have already had to wash them. I am just sooooo grossed out! And my house has never smelled so fresh! Really! I have tons of critters, so that is always a problem, but I really feel like things are clean now. Of course, I used to feel that way with the old sweeper too.....LOL. All in all, I love my new sweeper, I do have 2 issues with her though.....the cord seems to always be in the way, it doesn't have one of those clippy things that holds it up by the handle and the hose is too short. It's stretchy, but it's too short. I used to be able to reach my ceiling fans with the old one, and this one, I can't. But that's okay, I'll survive that! Oh other issue, it's green. Lime green. Bleh! I do miss the friendly light blue of my old model, but I do think I'll get over it, that is, as long as she keeps up the good work!Vacuuming

Alright, I think I'm done now, but I can't make any promises.....

Have a great Thursday all!

Big Hug

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Valuable Coupons I Thourght I'd Share!

Good morning, All!

I was just looking up some coupons for my fall cleaning products...ergo, it's the holidays and well....I need to clean the house, since I didn't get it done in the spring.

So, I have found some great coupons!

Windex, $1.00 off any windex product:

Pledge, $1.00 off any product:

Scrubbing Bubbles, different deals....$12.00 in savings!

Lysol products, tons of coupons!

Of course, with each of these, you have to enter your info, but it was worth it to me!

Hope ya'll get a little help with your holiday cleaning!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

They Did Their Share

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs
Thank you, to all Veterans, young and old.
Have a safe and thoughtful day,

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New Project

Hi all!

I'm working on a new project! I know, a new project? Amazingly enough, yes. A friend/customer on my route requested a bible cover! She originally asked for a lighthouse in the center of the front and nature as a theme, but then she saw my checkbook cover and fell in love! So, that's the theme!


Not to shabby, huh? At least I haven't forgotten how to piece a block. Now, the seam treatments may be another story....hee hee hee....

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Get Out And Vote!

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Just a quick post before bed this morning, and a friendly reminder....GO VOTE!

It's the only way to be heard, and you and only YOU can vote for yourself. Make your vote count.....get out and vote!

There's a great post by one of my fellow Munsonians, TS Jefferson....great read, with great voting tips! Go to:

Have a great Election Day, USA!


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Blog Issues, No More!

WOO HOO! It must have been a problem within blogger, I got it fixed this morning. I even got my blog lists back! YAY! (Of course, that was a little work, Ha ha ha!)

Happy Fall, Ya'll!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Having blog issues

Hi all....I can't seem to get my blog to do anything I want it to do. I may be stuck for eternity with the happy halloween graphic, as I can't get it to go away. And I lost my bloglist. Great.

Anyway....bear with me as I go thru changes for the next few days!


Pet My Turkey!

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Who ARE These People????

So, Halloween's over for another year, and I'm sighing a sigh of relief and dread. All of the hoopla is over, and now it's time to disassemble everything and tuck it away for another year. We had a ball last night! Every year just seems to get more and more exciting, and this year was definately no exception. We didn't have nearly as many kids as usual, but I'd say there were around 70 kids. We had some spookers and some cuties, ranging from pirates to Chucky. Everyone did an excellent job this year!

So, here's some pics of our costumes....we actually had time to get ready this year as hubs decided to take a couple hours off work. Hey, it's his vacation time, he can use how he wants to! HA!

The Spell Spinner's in:

The Undertaker's ready to dig.....

Witchy woman! Maggie, our next door neighbor:

Um, well...I guess we'll call this one the Drunk Hippie Clown from Hell. Our other neighbor, Danny:

The Drunk Hippie Clown from Hell meets the Undertaker:'s LOVE!

The whole Boo Crew after all was said and done:

Maggie's daughter and granddaughter, Daniele and Kyla:

We got some good scares in on the kids, and adults as well. I have more fun watching the guys scare the kids than I do anything else! The Undertaker stood silent and waited for someone to walk by, then the spook was on! He'd jump at them and walk behind them....scares 'em every time! The Drunk Hippie Clown spent the night running around in the street, waving them in for the Undertaker to scare. As for Maggie and I, we sat on the porch and passed out the candy. We had the easy jobs last night!
Well, I'm worn out today....who knew having fun could be this exhausting!
Hugs to all,

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Haunting!

Good morning, I'm in a frantic rush this morning to get things ready for the trick or treaters tonight and inpromptu halloween party that we are having. Kind of just throwed together at the last second....just Danny and Maggie, Lisa, EJ and Aly, and Mom and Dad, but still....I haven't cleaned house this week because of all of the decor sitting around waiting to go out tonight. Anyways, I wanted to get pics of our deco posted before Halloween is over, LOL! So here goes!

The house from across the street:
Close up of the front porch area:

The haunted cemetary:

New for this year, a cackling witch who stirs her smoldering cauldron: We affectionately call her Broomhilda!

Broomhilda's sister, Matilda, who had, um....a little accident:

NO TRESSPASSING! The attack skeleton's on duty, along with his trusty pets:

T-Bone, straight from the Hell's Skeleton club:

An Eerie warning:

The reason for that eerie warning, a 3 foot animated spider!

Spidey's den:

The Royal Spell Spinner's throne: (ME! LMAO!)

He's pointing the way:

The Spell Spinner's loyal pet, Frizzo:
What a dummy.....

That's one BIIIIIG spider, oh and a big ol' kitty cat too!

The front door:

And last but not least....also new this year, spidercicles!
As for pics of me and hubs dressed to kill, you'll have to wait until tomorrow! That was a great pun....LMAO!
Alright, hope ya'll enjoy, I'm sure I'll have plenty more to share tomorrow!
Have a safe and happy halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2008



Good morning!

After a long week of being sick, I'm still sick, just not as bad. I at least sound normal, can breathe again without using a half box of snot-rags just to get from one room to another, and my cough is down to a mild back-breaking hack now. *LMAO*

I finally made it to the grocery was either that or start chewing on the woodwork! The cat thought for sure that I was going to starve her to death, EVEN THOUGH she still had 2 cans of food in the cabinet. Hubs was on the verge of delirious, seeing mirages of big ol' steaks and potatoes. Okay, so it wasn't quite that bad, but it was getting there very rapidly. So, I went, and I SAVED! WOO-HOO! It's not like I've never used coupons, I've just never used them like this. I couldn't believe how much I saved by using coupons for sale items and planning my meals around sale items. It was a bit tough, but I did it in less than an hour. So, are you ready to see how much I saved yet? Okay, well here goes!

I spent $189.88 (WAAAAAAY more than usual, but I was out of basically everything!)
I saved with coupons: $24.25 (doesn't seem like much does it?)
I saved with in store savings card: $49.42 (that's better.....)

My total savings was: $73.67! That's a savings of 39%! I was impressed and shocked all at the same time!

Now, I have a challenge for all of you ladies out there...can you beat me? I'm sure you can, I'm new to the game.....give it a shot and see how you feel afterwards. I almost feel like I cheated the system somehow! HA!

In other news, it snowed this morning. Yep. That cold, crisp, white stuff is back for another season of driving hell. YAY! No accumulation yet, but they say we could get an inch tonight. I can't believe that it was 60* F yesterday, and snowed last night. Ah well, that's Indiana for ya!

I'm gonna try to get out and get pics of the halloween deco for ya'll tonight, that is if the 40mph winds subside long enough. I can't take that wind, cuts right though me.

Alrighty, for now, that's it for me!

Have a super Monday!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Penny Pinchin'

Howdy all!

I am here, barely, as I have a nasty, nasty cold that just won't let go of me. Anyone who knows me, knows that I HATE, (with a passion!!!) to take medicine. So here I sit, snottin', sneezin', coughin', freezin', and having to take meds. UGH! Anyways, I got bored, started clipping coupons last night, then got the brilliant idea to see if there are any available online. Yeah....I could be here for decades. So, one thing led to another and I now have a whole list of blogs that are about penny pinchin' and saving more money with coupons. Some of them I found quite interesting! Some of them even have some great recipes and foodsaving tips. My favorite so far is a recipe for Zucchini Pineapple Bread. Sound yummy? Does to me!

Anyhoo....if your wallets are as empty as mine these days, you may find some of these sites as interesting as I did. I'm hoping to start saving more with coupons....and maybe I'll even let ya'll in on how much I save when (and IF) I ever get back to the grocery store again. I haven't even felt like breathing this past 4 days, let alone shopping.....

So, ta ta for now...enjoy the new links!

Hugs to all,

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lillee's Sprinkle

Howdy ya'll!

So glad to see that a couple of folks still check my blog! In that case, I think I'll blog a little bit this morning.

Back on October 5 I put on a Baby Sprinkle for my best friend, Lisa. Yes, I said Baby Sprinkle. For those of you who are scratching your head, I called it a Sprinkle because that's exactly what it was. This is her second baby, another girl, and I know that most people consider a shower for any child other than the first to be against the laws of the universe, but I personally believe that every baby deserves to be celebrated. So since she already had all of the big ticket items, we had a sprinkling of necessities, just to help out. It was more for the party than the gifts, but everything she got was greatly appreciated, that is for sure!

Me and Lisa:

The theme was pink and yellow and rubber duckies, and I found some of the cutes stuff! I made diaper cakes for each table as decoration, also made baby booties out of styrofoam cups, and picked up some little round tins at Walmart in the wedding stuff and decorated them and filled them with pink M&M's.

Here's what the tables looked like:

Here's the yummy table, complete with pink butter mints, peanuts and pink hershey kisses that said "It's a girl" on the tags. Too cute! Check out the duckies swimming in the blue punch.

Since it was a sprinkle, I made cupcakes and put sprinkles on them! Pink and yellow, or course!

Look closely at the ice cubes!


Here's a close up of the 3 tier diaper cake that I made for the gift table.

And here's the 2 tier that was on all of the guest tables.

Baby booties filled with nuts and mints for snacking, and you can kinda see the tins with the m&m's in them.

The fireplace where we took photos. We took a picture of Lisa with every guest alone in front of the fireplace, made 2 copies and then she sent everyone a copy of their picture with the thank you notes. What a great keepsake!

As everyone arrived, they got to sign a huge cloth baby bottle that plays Rock-A-Bye Baby instead of a guest book, and they also got to play their first game. The game was to guess how many M&M's were in a baby bottle. I used pink M&Ms, as that's what Lisa is craving with this baby. For future reference, it is way more than it looks, ours had 236 in it.
As far as games go, I tried to do some different things, so that it would be very memorable for her. We played a game called baby sock match, I had 18 pairs of baby socks, all different but soooo similar in a small basket and I timed each gal to see who could match and fold them all the fastest. Lisa's Mother in law, Terri won this one, doing it in 58 seconds! HOLY COW! Lisa came in second with 1:02. Still faster than me! We also played a game called TV Kids. For this game, I told the gals to split into two teams and each had a rubber ducky to squeak when they knew the answer. I gave the TV shows and they had to name all of the kids on the shows. It was great, everyone seemed to really enjoy that one! I'm happy to report the pink team won by a landslide, the team consisted of Lisa, and her friends Bobbie, Delisa and Hannah. I passed around a skein of yarn and all of the ladies had to eyeball Lisa and cut a piece of yarn that they thought would go around her belly perfectly. Some were real close and others were miles to long. Lisa's Grandma in Law Alta won this coming within an INCH! She cuts fabric for a living, imagine that....HA!
All in all, I think everyone had a great time, and I hope that Lisa had plenty to put in baby Lillee's book!
Have a great day all!