Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prayer Request For Wisdom

May 5, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me.

I'm asking for prayers for wisdom in handling a situation I just learned about.

There's a dog in our neighborhood who used to belong to someone who lived here. They moved away, and left the dog, but they kept coming back to feed him...until they didn't.

I told my neighbor today that I was afraid that her dog would be run over, since he stays out in the road at night. She said it wasn't her dog, it used to live at another place, and it just sort of 'adopted' their family, and they were trying to give it food just to keep it going, but they couldn't really keep the dog.

I was shocked when I learned where the dog came from, because it looks so different, I hadn't recognized it.

He is very thin, and I know he just feels lost without his people. I would gladly take him in, but I already have several animals, and no way to separate him from them to avoid fights. The woman said she tried to take him to several different shelters, but no one will take him due to having too many animals now. She really doesn't want him at all.

I need wisdom in this situation. I can probably call the county animal control, but they would only put him down, because they are overwhelmed with animals now. If I really talked with the Redneck I am certain he would find a way to take him in, at least until we can find another home for him.

Do I ask at church to see if anyone will take him? Do I take him? Do I call animal control? He is a very sweet dog, he always ran out to us when we walked past his old place, but as soon as I would call his name he would stop and allow us to pet him, and I even sneaked a dog treat or two to him.

Please pray for this sweet mutt, and for me to have the wisdom how to help him.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

May 12, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I am doing my weekly savings post tonight, cause I don't wanna work on Mother's Day. Let's jump right in.

On Tuesday I used some coupons that Brookshires Grocery Store had sent me. I only bought two items that didn't have a coupon to go with them (mushroom soup and tater tots. What can I say? I was craving John Wayne casserole that day.). The two gallons of milk were in the clearance section of the dairy aisle at $1.00 each. They also had coupons attached that gave me 55 cents off each one, so I got two gallons of milk for the freezer for less than a dollar. Between the coupons, the clearance items, the thank you store card and the Tuesday 5% senior discount, I saved $9.70--54% of the total bill!

I got free coupons in the mail from Retail Me Not. I don't know yet if I will use them or pass them on to a lady I know who coupons.

A quick check of a clearance aisle revealed a big tube of Crest toothpaste of only $1.50.

I was craving chocolate cake, so I baked one from a mix I had on hand, using coconut oil instead of regular oil. It was so moist I almost didn't need to make a frosting. But I wanted more chocolate, so I made up a frosting based on a recipe from a Kate Singh book, using coconut oil, water and milk chocolate chips instead of the dark chocolate her recipe calls for. Oh. My. I poured it over the cake, and almost swooned from the goodness. I didn't want to eat the whole thing in one sitting, so I cut it into squares and flash froze them on a cookie sheet. I put the squares into baggies, then the baggie into a larger zip lock bag in the freezer. If I get another yen for cake, I just take out a square and allow it to thaw. No waste!

I stopped at Thrift Angels Thrift Store on Thursday while visiting the library, and I found three new tops for $4.00. It was a buy one, get two free sale again.

I checked the box of donations for the library book sale, and found The Detox Box for $1.00. It has cards, CDs, and workbooks to help guide you through the process of detoxing your life in different areas.

Friday morning, after Obie and I worked in the yard for a while, I decided to go to a garage sale down the road. I found a bread machine for $5.00, and a storage container for 50 cents. I had a bread machine already, but the mixing paddle disappeared several months ago (I suspect the cats stole it when it was drying on the counter--it's in this house SOMEWHERE!). I usually make bread by hand, but it's nice to have a machine for the days when I am swamped. I really like this one, because it actually makes a loaf shape, instead of the big block. If I ever find the other paddle, I will either sell it or give it to someone who can use it.

Downloaded a free e book novel from Book Bub.

The most exciting thing this week? Today I got NEW COUCHES! My friend from church was moving, and she didn't need the couch and love seat she had in her old living room. I LOVE them, they are well built (they have 'good bones' as my buddy Kate Singh says), and comfortable? Oh honey, they are wonderful. I like the colors, they go with what I am doing in my living room.

Look at the detail on one of the arms. There's also nice detailing around the bottom, and big chunky feet hold them up.

Obie likes the love seat with the big squishy cushions. I mean...

He REALLY likes it! I took this photo this afternoon, and he was zonked out.

I hope you all have a blessed Mother's Day.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Redneck Gets A New Coffee Maker, And I Love My New Zoodle Maker

May 10, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Last Sunday the Redneck's beloved coffee maker died a tragic death, chugging and sputtering out its last pot of 'Redneck Plasma'.

Since the Redneck has been drinking coffee since he was a little kid, this was a full tilt disaster. So after church we had to go buy him a new one.

I don't drink coffee, because honestly, I am hyper enough, and I don't need additional 'oomph' to my day. But I don't mind making it for the guys. The Redneck knows this, so in order to make my brewing a more pleasant experience, he chose this cute red Mr. Coffee machine. It matches my microwave at the other end of the kitchen. I have been working on putting brighter colors in my work space, since the cabinets are dark stained wood. I love them, but I want a pop of color every so often. I enjoy setting up my newest 'employee' each night in preparation for the next day. The Redneck takes my preferences into consideration, and I love him for it.

Last week I got a new, in the box spiralizer free at the local thrift store sale. I tried it out a couple of nights later making supper for Obie and I.

 Here it is, all the parts fit together to store in a small space. Three different blades give slightly different types of zoodles. It's easy to use and easy to hand wash.

I used the mid sized blade, and two medium zucchini gave me a nice pile of zoodles, with a few leftover pieces, which I popped into a container to be chopped up and sautéed for another meal later.

I poured about a tablespoon of olive oil into a pan, and sautéed sliced onions and yellow bell peppers.

I added in the zoodles, and cooked them until they were done but with still a bit of crunch. Then I poured some oriental style salad dressing over it and mixed it up.

I steamed a big bunch of fresh spinach to go along with the meal.

And voila! I sprinkled raw hemp hearts over the dish, and it was delicious. We both ate a lot of the food, and were filled up enough that we didn't feel the need for a snack later while watching a movie. The oriental dressing gave it a good flavor. I will be trying more veggies in the spiralizer as we go along.

Anyone have any suggestions and recipes to share in the comments below?

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NRA National Convention--Awesome Day

May 8, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Saturday my family went to the National Rifle Association's National Convention in Dallas. We are card carrying members, and since it was right in our back yard we decided to risk Dallas traffic (thank you Lord it was a weekend--I can't imagine how bad it would have been on a weekday) and show our support for the Second Amendment.

It was at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and that place is HUGE. I think someone said it is 15 acres big. All I know is, we walked the whole thing--twice.

We got checked in, and went in search of our friends, Kenny and Barbara, who were working the Henry Rifle Company booth.

They had been working all weekend, and they still had to get through Sunday. Look how gorgeous Barbara is, looking fresh as a daisy, even after a full day of standing up and talking with folks from all over. Kenny's kind of cute too!

Of course we had to find the booth for the world's best coffee. People lined up for cups of Black Rifle Coffee. We got a couple of free 'Coffee or Die' mugs, and I even got a free bag of FN Scar blend for the Redneck.

There were people there from all around the world, and all walks of life (there were even a few 'man buns' walking around). Vendors carried all kinds of merchandise, and boy, did they give out free goodies!

My Beloved at the Thompson Center Arms booth, drooling over the new catalog.

I met Toby Bridges, who write books on muzzle loading. http://namlhunt.com/index.html. Western Powders is his sponsor. He is a very nice gentleman, and he knows his subject well.

Now this hunk o' hot is Andy Ross (http://andyross.com/). He's a great musician, entrepreneur, host of Maximum Archery on the Sportsman Channel, and owner of the Second Amendment Muscle Car, seen in the photos below. The front of the car photo is blurry. I guess I got flustered when I realized I wasn't just looking at the car--I was looking at ANDY! His tats are excellent. Yeah, he's nice looking, but he ain't the Redneck!

Isn't this thing beautiful? The detail work is amazing. It was designed by Danny 'The Count' Koker, of the television show Counting Cars. I can barely tell a Ford from a Chevy, but I would lose my mind if I got a chance to drive this just once! 

There were several service dogs in attendance, faithful companions to owners with special needs.

I loved the touching tribute to the late R. Lee Ermey 'The Gunny'

Two veterans saluting and smiling for the camera, and yes, I KNOW mine is backward--I was going for symmetry!

My greatest honor of the day was meeting Stephen Willeford. This brave man was the one who, along with Johnnie Langendorff, stopped the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooter. He is a sweet, humble man, who will quickly tell you he is no hero. 

I only regret that we didn't get there a lot earlier, because Rocker Ted Nugent (Cat Scratch Fever) was at one of the booths. Maybe it's just as well, because I would have gone full Fangirl on him, probably screaming "UNCLE TED!!!!!!!!!". Yeah...it's better I missed him...

After the convention shut down for the day, we all went to an open forum for YouTube gun channels that evening. I was so tired I hardly took any photos. The panel was excellent, with Q & A including the fans. Prizes were given away all evening. It was fun.

We rolled into the driveway around midnight, got the animals all wrangled, we got showers and passed out. It was tiring, but a great day.

Well, I got chores. later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

May 6, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Saturday our family went to the National Rifle Association's annual convention, which was being held in Dallas this year. Afterward we went to a forum of YouTube gun channel personalities, and that was fun too. I have photos and stories to tell y'all later. Trust me when I say that we just about walked the entire 15 acres of booths, and today I was tired and sore. However, a few minutes of yoga stretches and I was up doing chores and getting ready for church (okay, I admit I DIDN'T wear makeup today). 

Let's see which of my money saving skills I can dazzle you with this week.

I bought a roll of black plastic to put over a flower bed under my bedroom window. I will use the trimmer to cut everything in it down as low as possible, then use the plastic to kill everything else. It will save a lot of time, and when it's ready I will be planting mint in the bed to serve my mint tea addiction. The plastic can be rolled up and reused.

Speaking of tea, I am reusing an orange juice container for my herbal teas. I whip them up and add stevia, then store them in the fridge so I can have a refreshing sip anytime I want.

New water filter for the kitchen sink faucet--cheaper at the local hardware store than Walmart. 

Used the ends of leftover loaves of bread for crumbs in my meatloaf.

When I contacted the company that sells Awesome Toes about a replacement set, I had to send them a screenshot of my order. I had never done a screenshot, so I looked up how to do it. I got a new set of Toes, AND I learned a new skill! Win win!

I bought the store brand of OXYCLEAN to add to the homemade laundry detergent recipe I got out of the book The Made From Scratch Life by Melissa K. Norris. Gonna give it a try this week. This is a good book, very grounded in scripture and common sense.

Made Pinto bean burgers for Obie and I out of leftover beans.

A friend at church gave Obie a box of microwave kettle corn. He doesn't care for it, but *I* will see that it doesn't go to waste! I'm noble that way...

Downloaded DIY videos at the library to watch later offline.

I was really excited to get a DVD from inter library loan. It's the movie based on the Dan Wells novel I Am Not A Serial Killer. I plan to have a movie night just for me this week!

Brookshire's Grocery Store sent me free coupons--for stuff I actually buy!

Another good deal at the local library--I got the entire series of RAMBO movies for $1.00! I also got a CD of The Joy Of Eating Well by Dr. Andrew Weill for $1.00. I like Dr. Weill--he has a sensible approach to health and eating. I also got a free issue of Guideposts magazine.

Obie and I stopped in at Ritzy Rags Consignment Shop Friday morning, and we found two CDs for $2.00 each. The John Anderson CD was a replacement for a cassette we had years ago. 

Now, Thursdays Obie and I go to the library, and I do a lot of work on the computer. At some point we go for a walk around town to stretch our legs a bit, and to check out Thrift Angels Thrift Store to see what is available. 

We hit the jackpot! The store was having a 'buy one get two free sale'. I was looking around, and I saw this tea set. I fell in love with the design and colors. It's actually more of a soft gray background, but the flash made it look white. It was only $4.00! I also found the wine glass in the packaging--it will make a cute gift, and a brand new, in the box, spiralizer (zoodle maker)! I got them for free. Not bad, huh?

I found parsnips on sale! I LOVE them. I make a patties from the Laurel's Kitchen Cook Book.

I got a new copy of BACKWOODSMAN magazine. Our family loves this magazine, it's filled with how to articles and recipes. This month has an article on building a rotating compost barrel. 

We wear boots around here, and sometimes we are just too tired to bend down and pull them off. I found this boot jack for $4.00, and I love it already. If you use a boot jack, always put the ankle part of the boot into the jack--not the heel. If you pull from the heel, you can actually pull the heel off after a while, damaging the boot and causing you to have to either replace or repair them, which costs money.

Found two bottles of Ocean Spray Mocktails for 50 cents each on the clearance aisle. Pretty good stuff!

We don't use the ice maker in our fridges. Instead we reuse Blue Bunny Ice Cream buckets to make big blocks of ice. It costs less than running the ice maker. I use an ice pick to bust up the block into smaller chunks. Over the years the pick has on occasion had the tip bent if it gets struck wrong. 

Instead of buying a new pick, I simply grab the Redneck's knife sharpening kit, add a bit of oil, and shape the pick back into a nice sharp point.

I like satin pillowcases, and this week when a friend gave me some bedding--I found one! I love the color. Doesn't go with anything in my bedroom, but I don't care, I love it anyway!

Today at church a friend sent me home with a big bag of clothes and shoes to go through. I found a few thing I can possibly wear, and the rest will go to Lighthouse Church for the homeless shelter.

What have y'all done to save money this last week? Let me know in the comments.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018