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Happy Birthday To....ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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February 27, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me--THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!!!

Yep, I had a great day. I got up and started piling all my scrap metal and cans into the back of the truck and went to the scrap yard to sell it. I even had a very nice man back my truck onto the scales for me, because I was too short to see over the back of the truck!

We got paid, and then we head over to the library. I got a few Beverly Lewis books and a Michael Connelly novel on CD.



Since I had some extra cash, we stopped to check the clearance aisles at Brookshires. I found 2 cans of canned dog food for 25 cents each, a bag of lime and ghost pepper salsa potato chips for a $1.00 (I have a small addiction to these), and 4 bags of hearts of palm for 50 cents each. I also found the Tony Chachere's dinner mixes on sale for $1.00 each, so I grabbed 4 of them. I got a bottle of creamer that was the same size as the regular brand I buy, but about 60 cents cheaper. I don't drink coffee, but I like creamer with m…

Experiment--Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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February 26, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Dinner with the in-laws last night was nice. We got to hang out and catch up, plus we got to lose any self discipline we have over the chips and salsa at Spicy Mexico! Best. Salsa. Ever.

We are starting our fourth week of night shift, and things are going well, even with the schedule going a bit wonky with the Redneck staying home due to bad weather last week.

As you recall, when my friend Eleanor moved, I got a lot of goodies she didn't want to move. One of the things I got was a canister of Vitamin C powder. I prefer to get my C through my food, so when I found a recipe for homemade dishwasher detergent, I decided to use the powder as the citric acid.


I had everything the recipe called for;

Dishwasher Detergent

1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1 cup citric acid
1/2 cup salt

Combine, pour into an air tight jar. Use 1 Tablespoon in each load.


The citric acid will cause the powder to turn rock hard, so you need to drop 1 or 2 silic…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

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February 25, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Hard to believe we had an ice storm last week, until you notice the gigantic pools of water all over the yard and pastures. Today the temperature is 65, and the sun is shining. We had a marvelous service at church this morning, and it was wonderful to see all the folks who have been sick back today. We even had an elder who had heart surgery and a lady who had broken her leg! God is so good. Tonight we are taking the Redneck's folks out for dinner--their 48th anniversary. It should be fun.

Okay, on to the money saving adventures.

I checked the clearance shelves at Brookhires and found boxes of Shake and Bake BBQ for chicken priced at 50 cents. They each make 2 meals, so I decided to stock up. I don't buy any convenience mixes, but I like S&B.

When the weather was good, I turned off the heater and flung open the windows. Let me tell you, no Air Freshener or Scentsy can make a house smell as good as fresh air wafting through the…

...And Then I Stepped On The Cat's Tail--Memoirs Of Two Dark And Stormy Nights

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February 23, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!



It's been a tad hectic this week, we had an ice storm (In Texas. In February. That ain't right.) on Wednesday, which caused a 7 hour power outage, then on Friday, the temperatures rose so all that ice was melting and turning my pastures and yards into lakes, and THAT caused a 6 hour power outage. Yay for Texas weather!

Wednesday the Redneck had called his work to say he wasn't driving through all the freezing sleet that was covering everything. About 3 pm, I had finished most of the big chores, and was settling down to watch my DVDs of Hamish Macbeth for a while before starting supper. The first strains of Scottish bagpipes were just beginning, and *POOF*! The electricity went out. Well, fuddle. The Redneck used his cell to call it in, and then we waited.

And waited.

Aaaaaaaaaaand waited.

Around 5:30 I realized that I wasn't able to cook anything (we only have an electric stove, and I haven't replaced my old Coleman co…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

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February 18, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I realized it has been a while since I did a money saving adventures post, so figured I needed to get back in the swing of things. The Redneck said I could use his laptop to upload my photos, but I had to take a solemn oath that I will delete them as soon as I am done. He's cute, but fussy!

I had already posted a few things last week--my buying groceries with a tiny budget, but I wanted to give y'all a few more things.


My favorite deal was when I was in Brookshires and checked the clearance racks. I always do this, because you never know what you will find. Sometimes the prices are still too high, but if you look close you can find some real good deals. This week I found 30 cans of grain free canned dog food for 50 cents a can. My dog Punky is 20 years old, and she started losing weight because she can't really digest the dry food as well as she used to. I buy her cans of Alpo, but I wanted more nutrition for her, so this stuf…

$10 Challenge???

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February 16, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

We are ending the second week of being back on the night shift, and we LOVE IT! We have seen more of the Redneck in the past two weeks and had more actual conversations with him than we have in the past 6 months. Obie and I have gotten more errands done during the mornings, and our evenings are far more relaxing, now that we don't have to tiptoe around from 5 pm onward, so the Redneck can sleep. We need to be quiet in the mornings of course, but that's a lot easier for us, especially since we can be outside doing projects or running errands in the truck. I honestly believe that I began to get well once our schedule changed, because now my sleep is long enough and uninterrupted, so I am actually resting. Amazing how much you can accomplish is you have energy! He leaves for work around 2 pm, and if Obie and I need to be in town for the afternoon, he just drops us off and we can easily walk back home. 

This morning we ran to the stor…

How, In The Name Of Martha Stewart, Did This Happen?

February 12, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

The best thing about being sick is when you begin to get well. Your mind starts to clear from the misery of the aches and pains that you have endured for days or even weeks, your energy begins to return, and you realize that you are getting back to normal.

The WORST thing about getting well is when you look around at your home and think, "Hey--who broke in here and trashed the place?"

Even while I was ill, I tried to keep up with things--the dishes and laundry got done and things were picked up and put back in place...mostly.

However, today I noticed that the bathrooms need cleaning, the floors needs sweeping and mopping, furniture needs dusting, the fridge needs purging of foods that didn't get used up while I was sick, and there is a pile of dog hair in the corner of my living room that could probably be spun into enough yarn to knit sweaters for the population of Greenland.

Yet here I am, in my pajamas, with absolutely NO…

More Catchup--Dave's Killer Bread-Buh Bye, Facebook

February 9, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I'm happy to announce that I am so much better, hardly coughing at all now. I have been able to get out and do a few things in the morning while the Redneck sleeps. Today Obie and I ran to the library, checked out a garage sale down the road (nothing worth buying), and picked up a few things at the grocery store.

One of the things I got at the store was a loaf of Dave's Killer Bread. I had heard about this bread on Kate Singh's blog and video channel a few times, so when I had a chance, I got a loaf of the White Done Right a week or so ago. Wow, $5 a loaf! And yet, it is some of the BEST bread I have ever tasted. The white has 5 super grains, quinoa, spelt, rye, millet and barley. It's non GMO, organic, and it just. tastes. GREAT. I can toast a slice, and with a little nut butter and a bit of jelly or jam, it's great for a quick breakfast or snack. Don't even get me started on sandwiches made with this bread--they a…

Quick Catchup

February 7, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me.

My laptop is still awaiting service, but the Redneck is allowing me to post this from his, just so I can catch y'all up.

As I said before, I caught whatever Obie had, and while he is completely recovered, I am still working my way back to health slowly. I had honestly thought I was well after a few days, then I was hit by a fever and chills, knocking me off my feet again. After I got through that, I still had to contend with a spastic cough for days. I am getting over that very slowly. I feel better, yet I can't get too active, or I start coughing again.

We went to our family chiropractor Monday, and he helped me a lot. I had actually gotten this pasty gray color to my skin, and my face was drawn and sunken. I was coughing so much I couldn't get a lot of oxygen, and I was all 'crumpled' in a ball, just trying to avoid coughing. After the doc got done with me, I was standing up straight again and able to take a deep brea…