Thursday, December 21, 2006
Poor little forlorn puppy. It's just too much fun to dress him up. I sure couldn't do this with a Rottweiler! The candy buttons are from 3 Scrapateers December kit. If you haven't been there, you should go--a freebie every day! The striped paper is by Pillowgirl, part of her adorable (and free!) Peppermint Stick Kit. The title is Creating Keepsakes "Good Dog." And "Ho, Ho, Ho" is by Kathryn over at Gotta Pixel, part of a Daily Download kit. (I'm having trouble getting the links to print, but here's one:) http://pillowgirlscraps.blogspot.com
Monday, December 11, 2006
I hope this is readable. Sorry it's crooked--that's how I put it in the scanner. You need a cookie press for this recipe. Mine broke--the thing that makes the ratchet 'ratchet' popped out. So I'm going to get myself (or ask Santa for) a new one--maybe even a battery-powered one. Note: for a funny story about the cranberry meatballs, read my previous blog entry!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I believe this recipe came either from "Taste of Home" or "Quick Cooking" magazine. I hope you can read the card. The original recipe has you cooking the meatballs in the microwave, but I find it easier to put them in a big pan and brown them off in the oven--about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. You can freeze the meatballs for a few weeks and make the sauce when you need it. Oh, and I don't bother chopping the dried cranberries...too much work. Next blog: spritz cookies!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
So...I have a bin right outside the back door into which I can toss the bottles. The current stash is up to 75 cents. I figure I'll cash it in when I hit that dollar. I go to the grocery at least once a week, anyway, so it isn't out of the way.
The only complaint I have is that all deposit containers get you a nickel each. If you're as old as I am, you'll remember that small bottles were 2 cents and big bottles (we didn't know what a liter was back then, let alone a 2-liter bottle) got you a nickel. So...with inflation...shouldn't we get 5 cents for small bottles and cans and at least 8 cents for the big, bulky ones?
Here's a memory: trading a small glass Coke bottle in for two cents...and buying a pretzel rod from a big, tin drum! Alas, that was sssoooooo 1960s!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Katherine had her 22nd birthday last week. Here she is with 2 of her gifts--a book about the Long Island Rail Road and a book called "Weird New York. " Katherine is really into the history of Long Island and NYC. I also gave her the blue box next to her and a set of flannel sheets for her bed with a sock monkey design all over. She likes monkeys. She also got a Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits CD--I'll have to borrow that one. My youngest saw the CD and asked if "Thriller" was a good song. He was born in 1990, way past the "Thriller" era, LOL! Katherine manages the floral department of a store. Her arrangements are amazing--she even does weddings. She hopes to be a cop someday and is finishing off classes in Criminal Justice. As for me...I can't believe I have 3 kids in their 20s now!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Katherine wants to be a cop someday. She wanted to dress Shadow up like a police officer (complete with tiny handcuffs and gun) but we couldn't find a costume. So she settled for the next best thing...a prisoner! Shadow seems to be thinking: "I didn't do it! I was framed!" I am scrapping these photos with this title: "Pawshank Redemption!" (Get it?)
Friday, November 03, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
I titled the last entry Halloween, 1991. Then I found this picture. Nicky was born in 1990, so he's at least 3 in this picture. That would make this and the last photo entry from at least 1993. I'm too lazy to plow through the photo album to check the date. Michael, my oldest, is a zombie here. Check out the white 'bone' showing through the rip in his shirt. It's a stick he painted white. Katherine is a witch and Nicky is a baby dinosaur. Other than Michael's costume, which he did himself, I made the other three. Check my last entry for a better picture of Jamie as a Jurassic Park worker!
My son James will be 20 years old tomorrow. When he was little, he was really into Jurassic Park. So I dressed him up like a JP worker for Halloween. I don't know what became of that shirt, but I did the embroidered emblem on the front myself. It's a matter of drawing the picture, then lowering the feed dogs on your sewing machine and letting the machine stitch in many different directions until you 'fill in' the design. I'm not so sure I'd be so ambitious in this day and age, LOL!
Alas, no more trick-or-treaters in my house. The youngest is 16, the oldest 24. But they sure were cute back in the day, LOL!
We still, however, carve pumpkins! And we're dressing up the dog...pics to come later!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I was 'into' beading a long time ago but gave up the hobby. Well, lately I've been wanting some costume jewelry to wear to work. Have you priced that stuff lately? A simple beaded necklace can run you $20! Well, I remembered I still had beads and string at home. All I needed to buy were the clasps and jump rings. There are enough of those (and enough beads) to make more necklaces. I also found the coolest clasp. It's magnetic! You bring the necklace around the back of your neck and it just pops together. The magnet is very strong. That actually made it a little difficult to put on the jump rings because the rings and the pliers kept wanting to stick to the magnets. It was also a bit of a pain trying to coordinate the beads so they were symmetrical (the colors match--they just look faded in the picture). I know there are these things you can buy to line up beads, but I don't feel like paying for something like that. I think I'm going to have to find a way to do it on my own. Maybe a piece of styrofoam with a groove cut into it. Anyway, this was fun to make and it was sorta frugal, too. Makes me wonder what other old crafts supplies I have laying around from back in the day, when I really used to do more crafty things. Anyone know an article with a title like "New Uses for Old Crafty Things"?
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
What I'm tackling these days is the start of menopause. Not fun, I tell you. It hit me big time this weekend. At least, I think that's what it was! On Saturday evening, I started feeling this tingling in my arm, like hot electricity. Suddenly, my joints started going numb and this wave of terrible heat washed through me. My heart started beating really hard and I started to hyperventilate. My husband took me to the emergency room, where they determined I had had a panic attack. Don't ask me why--I was just sitting in my living room, doing nothing in particular. The doctor thought I was afraid I was having a heart attack. (My heart and lungs are fine, btw.) I told him I thought the stinging pain was from a bug bite and I was reacting to that. But there is no bite mark. He thought it might have been some tendon pain. Well, this whole thing happened to me 3 times that night. It was awful. They gave me some Xanax, which helped.
The whole heat-wave thing made me think of hot flashes. So I did some research and found that everything that happened to me is symptomatic of hot flashes. Somehow, a drop in estrogen screws up your hypothalmus (I think!) which is what regulates body temperature. I'm 50, just the right age to start this menopause crap. So what I'm tackling is to do all the research I can. You know how it goes: "I have menopause, menopause doesn't have me." I want to know what vitamins to take, what exercises to do, etc. etc. I'm going to see my doctor today.
I woke up with a headache last night and have been very, very restless. I got up and dressed by 7 this morning and went for a walk around my back yard. 12 laps=about 1080 steps. Oh, and I actually did tackle a cleaning project yesterday. I dusted off the shelves where I keep my photo boxes.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I don't know what a brain trust is. I've just heard the word before.
Blooming Idiot sounds kind of Monty-Pythonish, doesn't it?
http://familycorner.blogspot.com/2006/09/slow-cooking-thursday_21.html Here's my contribution to "Slow Cooking Thursday," hosted by "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom." We are having it with buttery corn bread and some kind of vegetable--as in, what I pull from my freezer. I love this theme--it will get me to make more use of my crockpot. And boy, are there some gooooood recipes over there! BTW, I had bought the cranberry juice earlier in the week and it's already gone. I also didn't want a lot of sauce because we're using cornbread, not rice or noodles. So I am skipping the cornstarch and water part. I needed something tart to cut the sweetness, so I added a dash of lemon juice instead of the cranberry juice--just a dash, not a half cup, LOL! I also used honey instead of sugar. I've made this recipe in the regular way many times so I feel confident experimenting with it. Oh...and I'm using pork tenderloin. It is my pork of choice and I always stock up when it is BOGO.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
A number of bloggers have posted tips on prepping food ahead of time. I do that. I like to cut things up in the afternoon while watching TV, so it's all ready to go at dinner time. But...where to store it until you need it? A bowl or a dish is just another thing to wash. A zip-top bag is money down the drain, since they can't be washed if you put raw meat in them. Well, maybe they can...but if I wanted to treat my family to e coli I would buy spinach this week. Okay, so...I use a plastic grocery bag! Why not? They are made to carry food. They are free. You can tie a knot in them and nothing leaks out. And they are disposable. And if you have a lot of food to prep...like a bunch of vegetables...they hold a huge amount of food!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Here is my friend's grandbaby, Ada, in a dress I made for her. I started it when she was little, but made it big on purpose in the hopes that, by the time I finally finished it--she wouldn't have outgrown it. As you can see, it's a perfect fit! I'm so glad because I put a lot of work into it. It just takes me a long time to finish a project (several months for this one), and half-cutting-off my thumb didn't help speed up the process, LOL! And isn't Ada a button?
Saturday, September 16, 2006
A while back my daughter came in with the puppy, cracking up. She has this poor little guy dressed up like a pineapple. Okay, it is pretty funny. But I still feel for the dog. (She also has a sailor outfit for him. Don't have pictures of that yet.) The little girl here is my daughter's friend's daughter, Angelina. As far as the scrapping elements, some come from a kit called "Midsummer Swelter" by a lady named Rina. I don't know where I got it from. The elements are from a kit by JTWOK, from Escapeandscrap.net. In either case, it was free stuff. BTW, if you've heard about the puppy chewing up the wire that connects the camera to the computer, you'll be happy to know I can load pictures again. I didn't get a wire, though. I bought a memory card reader for $20. It will save battery power in the camera and I can use it with any memory card.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Well, this is more of an ongoing project because it is so huge. But having "Tackle It Tuesday" got me up there working for a bit today. I'm talking about my attic, of course! You know, that realm of holiday decorations, old clothes and toys? I've been trying to tackle one box at a time. My idea has been to get rid of all the ugly, ripped old cardboard boxes and transfer the things I really want to keep to good plastic boxes. (And boy, have I gotten rid of a lot of stuff!) I had just recently bought two cute storage crates from CVS at 75% off (because they are summer-themed). I used one for my daughter's old Barbies and another for her old toy horses. I was also able to incorporate papers from one big, ripped box into a basket that already had some papers--so I got to throw that box away. That box was taking up about 6 square feet of room up there.
I don't suppose I'll ever be completely done, but at this point at least I have a general idea where things are. Each category has its own section. One thing I don't have up there now is boy clothes. My youngest has outgrown everything, including things left from his oldest brother (same body type). BTW, do you ever go through old things and find something that really makes you sentimental? For me it is an old stuffed clown my mom gave my son when he was born. Clownie is 23 years old--and if I wind him up, it still makes me teary-eyed to remember that little baby. (Michael, of course, is also 23. He has a hard time believing he was ever 'cute.')
Monday, September 11, 2006
This is what I hope to make this week:
Tonight: Dorito Chicken, Chunky Guacamole and chips
Tuesday: Beef and Pasta Casserole and Delicious Vegetable Salad
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Italian Tomato Salad
Thursday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Friday: Some kind of fish, if I can afford it, with Buttery Corn Bread and Brocolli-Cranberry Slaw. (Or Cranberry Pork Roast)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
That's how fast your money grows in 30 days if you save just 3 dollars a day! Go check out the Million Dollar Savings Club at Bryan C. Flemings blog!
You save 3 one-dollars bills each day, one each to a pile labeled either "Save," "Invest," or "Give Away." 3 dollars is easy for most any of us. I just started a few days ago and I'm having so much fun with this. I had gone to CVS yesterday and spotted a garage sale on my way home. I put aside my 3 singles before I even got out of the car to see what goodies she had. (Bought 2 shoe trees and a set of pretty oriental vases for $1.50.) The idea isn't that you're going to be a millionaire if you save $3/day. It's a fun way to get you into a savings habit. You start looking at your dollars and saying: "I need 3 singles for tomorrow. I won't buy that (insert frivolous thing here) so I have the money for my club!"
So, go look, and have fun!
Oh, btw, I found this via another really cool blog: http://www.its-not-about-your-stuff.com/2006/09/welcome_to_the_.html
Which I got to from here: http://orgjunkie.blogspot.com/
Friday, September 08, 2006
How much fun is this?
We have a new theme day! I just love these--you get to learn so many new things. I have a feeling this one is really, really gonna take off! So let's see...what can I contribute for this first round? Oh, here you go. There are a lot of recipes that call for buttermilk, but since I don't use it very often, I don't always have it on hand. Here's a substitute: 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar (white or cider) plus enough milk to make 1 cup (let stand 5-10 minutes). I've done this several times and it really works.
I would have gone back in to customer service with my receipt to get my $10, but who needs one more thing to do in their day?
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Here are the questions and my answers:
1. Are you craving anything, and if so, what?
Not at the moment. Already had my caffeine fix this morning, LOL!
2. What is the weather outside, and do you wish it would change?
The weather here has been amazing for the past few days--blue skies, cool temps. It's like early fall--the only thing missing is the changing leaves. Nope, wouldn't change a thing. (I do love a good thunderstorm, though!)
3.What two websites do you think you will go to next after you are finished here?
I better get up off my dupa and do some housework, really. But I've book marked a few frugal sites I want to check out. One is called The Cheap Chap and the other is Frugal Duchess.
4. Do you wish you were somewhere else and if so, where?
In an ideal world, I'd be able to afford my own island. I would have raised my family there...away from all the annoying liberals. Although sometimes, they are kind of funny. Hilary is always good for a laugh.
In reality--I'm happy where I am, at home, with my husband and kids.
5. Do you wish you were someone else, and if so, who?
Oh, gosh, not in a million years. I love being my weird, flaky self. The only thing I would change, if I could, is to be exactly me without 24/7 back pain. It is more annoying than even the liberals are.
I'm not sure how this works but if I can pick my own tagees--I pick anyone of Irish descent! Or anyone who wishes he/she was Irish. Or...anyone wearing green today!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
You'll have to take my word for it, as I can't connect my camera to the computer. If you've been paying attention, you know my bad puppy chewed the wire. And I haven't yet gotten over to Best Buy to see if I can replace it.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Monday: Barbecue: steak, cheese and parsley sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs
Tuesday: Chicken Enchilada Bake
Wednesday: Salisbury Steak
Thursday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Friday: Grilled Pork
Can you tell we're big salad eaters? Any day, though, I can substitute regular vegetables. I see frozen ones are on sale at either Stop and Shop or Waldbaum's this week. I'm going to be stocking up my freezer because when the weather starts getting yucky, and I don't want to drive, it's always nice to be able to pull frozen broccoli from my freezer to round out a meal.
But what I'm really hoping is that roast beef and Oven Stuffers start going on sale, too! And turkey!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Here is another layout I did. That's Michael when he was 2 1/2 and Katherine at about 6 months old. Years ago I had made a collage for my in-laws. This was one of the pictures. Mom P and Dad P have passed away, and I got the collage back. I realized that there were a lot of cute pictures in there. (The collage happened before my scrapbooking days.) So I've been cropped out my favorite ones and making layouts, using the Creating Keepsakes scrapbooking program (one of my gifts for my 50th last January). Of course, collage photos are oddly cut, so I've also had to do some 'repair' work. If you look closely at the gray area, you'll see 'stripes' where I copied one part to cover over an area that belonged to another photo. The kit here is from RAK Scraps, by Christy Heins, I believe. It was part of their free April Mega Kit. The butterflies and bears come from PC Hugclub. I had belonged to that for a while but quit because a)I didn't always like the kits each month and b)it costs about $8. I have better things to spend $8 on. If I used the kits even 80% of the time, I'd be fine with it. But I really only use less than 50%. RAK Scraps, on the other hand, puts out a monthly kit that is totally free! (I've posted about them before.)
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Do you have an old holiday tablecloth that has too many stains to use on your table? Instead of turning it into rags, why not cut out the nice parts and make some new things? For example, my mil had a Christmas tablecloth she used for years. It had holes in it and too many stains for good use. So I found enough unstained parts on it, where there were pretty Christmas designs, and made 4 Christmas stockings for my kids. I had a Thanksgiving tablecloth that had outlived its original usefulness...I made both an apron and some decorate pillows out of that. Aprons, napkins, pillows--if you can make it with a piece of cotton fabric, you can make it with a tablecloth!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Seems every week I improvise! Well, here's what I hope to make this week.
Monday: Chili. I already have the meat cut up and browned since I didn't make it last week! I'll be having a taco, myself, since I don't eat chili. I'll just take out a little of the meat. We'll have chips and salsa, too.
Tuesday: Mahogany Chicken Tenders, Peanut Butter Spaghetti and salad with Mandarin Orange dressing.
Wednesday: Homemade Pasta sauce with rigatoni and salad. I will have my husband put the sauce together for me, since it involves opening cans. Can lids and I don't mix...
Thursday: Haven't decided yet, but it will probably involve ground beef since I have a lot of that. I have a meatloaf recipe I'd like to try. I would make it with those danged biscuits I meant to make 2 weeks ago...the dry ingredients are still sitting in a plastic bag, in my mixer!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I wouldn't be a kid again for the world, but one of my fondest memories is sitting with my dad in a little room in our basement, where he had his ham radio set up. I can still remember his call number: WB2MBU. You are talking about 40 years ago, btw! 2. What was your favorite subject in school? I loved high school biology. I really loved anything to do with science. English would be next.
3. Who was your best friend when you were 10? Betty and Stephanie. I've long since lost contact with them, alas!
4. If you could be any animal what would you be? A cat. Specifically, a cat who lives with someone like me. What a life my Nutmeg and Melody have. I want that life: to sleep 20 hours a day, eat, torment squirrels, bother humans to scratch my ears...5. What would you change about your school, occupation or life right now? I would like to not be in pain most of the time (back problems). I would like to be totally out of debt. I'd like to sleep at night.
.6. What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is red, then purple, then blue.
7. What is your favorite type of crust and favorite topping on a pizza?
I like any kind of crust. I only like cheese on my pizza, since my stomach can't take anything too spicy. I used to love pepperoni!
Friday, August 25, 2006
Here is a layout I did of my daughter and her boyfriend. Aren't they cute together? He is the nicest kid. I wouldn't mind having him for a son-in-law...in about 5 years! (My daughter is in no rush to get married, believe me. She's only 21 and he's only 23--way too early in my book!)
The blue parts are by Sue Jones--I'm sorry I don't remember where I got the kit from. The hearts and bears are from PC Hugclub. I decided that this is going to be one of the last layouts I do that I print completely. Ink cartridges are just too expensive. (I've tried those ones you refill--I hate them.) I get 98% of my scrapping supplies for free from different sites on line, but when you pay $25 for a cartridge and it disappears pretty fast...time to rethink how you do things. So I'll have to print out elements and use paper I already have for the backgrounds. A little bit here and there always helps, doesn't it?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/ Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer worries about being a grammar snob--even a little bit. She's got a great tip to remember it's from its. But I don't think she needs to worry! I think we need more grammar snobs! People might say that in the Big Picture of Life, who cares if you use it's or its, lose or loose, etc. But you know what I think? I think that all these little things add up to make the Big Picture of Life! If you make a mosaic with a lot of dull or broken tiles...won't your final product be unpleasant? You might not notice one tissue dropped by one person...but multiply that by a million, and...well, you get it. So, so, so...what is my "Works for Me Wednesday" tip? I'm not going to write about my absolute pet peeve of spelling, loose and lose. Part II of today's spelling lesson (Shannon must have been up early for part I!) is "affect and effect." This one is so easy it's silly. "Effect" is a noun. You often use 'the' with nouns. (The cat, the ferret, the backyard.) "The" ends in "E," and "effect" begins with "E." Just match them up! "What is the effect of reading Shannon's blog each day?" "Affect" is a verb, an Action word. It does something to something else. "How will that affect me?" Now, if you don't have a 'the,' just try to change the sentence to use one and see if it works: "What effect does blog hopping have on you?" Change to "What is the effect that blog hopping has on you?" Capisci?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 medium shallot, sliced thin
1/4 C olive oil
3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
salt and pepper
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1 1/2 t sugar
1 T balsamic vinegar
3 large garlic cloves, sliced thin
In a small bowl, toss shallots with 1 t oil; set aside. In a medium bowl, gently toss tomatoes with remaining olive oil. Add other ingredients. Spread over a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter shallots on top. Roast until shallots begin to brown and tomato skins are slightly shriveled, about 35-40 minutes. Do not stir! Cool 5-10 minutes. Serve over pasta or as a side dish. (PS...don't tell anyone, but I use garlic powder. My stomach can't take the real stuff, alas. And frankly, a handful of nicely chopped onion--think Vidalia!--would be just as nice as shallots.)
Monday, August 21, 2006
http://orgjunkie.blogspot.com/ Well, I don't see any menus up yet, but here goes mine. At least, I hope--experience has taught me nothing about a weekly menu is carved in stone.
Monday: Chicken and egg salad, green salad with tomatoes, biscuits and leftovers for anyone who doesn't want chicken. My 23-year-old son does not eat chicken. Go figure.
Tuesday: Steak, Potato Bread (new ABM recipe I'm trying) and broccoli au gratin
Wednesday: Chili and bagels and salad
Thursday: Roasted pork tenderloin (BOGO last week--so I bought 4!), Cauliflower Polonaise
Friday: Clam chowder, Grilled Scallops, Whatever fish is cheap (I hope tilipia), roasted cherry tomatoes and shallots
The food highlighted in red is new recipes I'm going to try.
I'm also finishing off my first noble attempt at making strawberry jam tonight. I have to do it after work because it has to sit 24 hours. Believe me, if I'd known it was this much of a production to do canning I wouldn't have done it. My mother cans up a storm, but I have found it tedious. Oh, well.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The funny thing is that I have the dry ingredients for the biscuits in a plastic bag, all ready to go for another day. The apples are still waiting, too. I'll have to aim to use them tomorrow night. Tonight we're celebrating back-to-school with a trip to our favorite restaurant, "Catfish Annie's." Which got me thinking why I'd make seafood tomorrow night, too. So...the biscuits and apples will be made to go with something else. Maybe just a simple steak on the barbecue.
Last night I was planning to make turkey cutlets in lemon sauce. I dont' make turkey often and I had no idea it isn't all that readily available this time of year. But I found turkey burgers which were on sale for a good price. So I used those instead and we had them on bagels with the lemon sauce.
I'm glad to have a day off from work where I'm also not cooking, because I have a lot to catch up with. I'm sitting here with "Excellence by L'Oreal" all over my head. I have to finish laundry. We had a new window put in the laundry room that had to dry before the vent could be reattached, so I have been 'sans dryer' for 2 days. I have to get to the post office and mail off a book proposal. That is...if the guy who is supposed to fix the broken door on my dishwasher shows up before the day is over.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
My debt story is the same as a lot of people. I'm not frivilous. I didn't max out my cards on silly things. It's more like I was dumb about how they work. There are so many sneaky tricks they play on you! But that's beside the point. I'm slowly paying it off and I like anything that puts me in control. I've read in several places that a good idea is to pay in weekly installments instead of monthly. Just make sure you meet the minimum by the deadline, of course. The idea is that it's easier to pay $25 a week than one big $100. And you can round it up to pay even more without it really hurting too much. In other words, if I'm paying a minimum of $240, instead of paying $60 I'll pay $65 or $70. So how can I make this easier on myself? My WFMW tip is this: Get some blank address labels and use a computer program to make labels addressed to the c.c. companies! I have a whole sheet for Bank of America and another for Capitol One. I made up some form letters that say: "Dear ______, Please accept the enclosed payment for my account ending in 1234. Sincerely, My name, address and phone number." This way all I have to do is stick the label on an envelope, print and sign the letter, write a check and add a stamp. Having the labels means I don't have to hunt down the address! I hope this helps some people. Debt is a nightmare, and any way we have of getting out of it sure 'works for me!'
Monday, August 14, 2006
Organizing Junkie is hosting another Menu Plan Monday! Here's mine for the week:
Monday: Spaghetti with Meatsauce
Tuesday: Buttermilk Chicken Tenders
Tomatoes from my garden
Turkey Cutlets with lemon sauce
Thursday: Dinner out with my family at our favorite restaurant: Catfish Annie's!!!!
Friday: Mussels in wine
I go to work at 4 on Saturday and Mike usually makes homemade pasta sauce on Sunday.
All I know about this week is...we're eating a LOT of tomatoes!!!!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Well, first let me send cool thoughts to all of us suffering in this ridiculous heat wave. Take heart: it's supposed to drop about 20 degrees by tomorrow. Right now, 85 sounds positively arctic. Now, my tip: we all guzzle down a lot of ice cold water and other drinks in the summer. To keep from running out of ice, empty all of your trays into a baggie. Then refill the trays. Repeat as the bag gets empty, and you will always be a 'step ahead' when it comes to having ice on hand!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Holy cow, everything is running slow today--especially Photobucket. Must be the heat. It's 91 now but we're supposed to get a heat index (whatever that means!) of 105 here on Long Island. Which makes me glad I did these chairs over the weekend, LOL! Here they are partially done--you can see the white on the legs. These are just those cheesey white chairs we all have, which get spotty and ugly after a while. Still, they are structurally sound and it seemed a shame to throw them out. So I revitalized them with a few coats of Krylon Fusion paint. I probably used too much since I went through a can for each chair--but they look brand new! Michael's had the paint on sale for $3 a can, so for $6 I have two 'like-new' chairs.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Okay, I'd hardly call it a 'haul,' LOL! But I only spent $1.75 for it all--and there are 3 of those muffin tins. They look very old. I think I could fit one in my toaster oven, which means I could make muffins or cupcakes without using the big oven. But all three cost me just a dollar. They have the word "Kreamer" stamped on them. I don't know what that means, except there's a place in Pennsylvania called "Kreamer." Now, the cookie molds were really a buy at 25 cents each. I did some research and they run from about $5 to $15. I think there are collectors out there. I'll probably hang them on my kitchen wall. But it does get you thinking: the thing you 'just have to have' today, for which you will pay $15 to hang on your kitchen wall, may just be the thing that you put out at a garage sale for 25 cents in 10 years. I used to love all that Victorian clutter. Now I'm at a stage where I want to simplify. (Read: I'm at a stage where I don't want to dust it all.) It's a question to ask any time I want to buy something that isn't completely practical: "do I really want to spend this much on something I may not love in five or ten years?"
http://orgjunkie.blogspot.com/ Hop on over to "I'm An Organizing Junkie" and join in the fun of "Menu Plan Monday!" I, for one, can't wait to see what others are planning to make this week. I'm sure I'll be inspired. As for me...I'm heading off Friday for a long weekend so it's a very short menu. Mike (my husband) already bought hamburgers and hot dogs, so tomorrow's dinner is almost ready to go. Except for the few ingredients listed next to the menu. "Strawberry" is supposed to say "Strawberry Spritzer," btw. I'm lucky in that I have most of my ingredients already. I'll buy everything here in one day, but I have gotten into the habit of dividing my shopping list by what is needed for each meal. That way, if I'm just not up to shopping (back problems), I can get in and out quickly and have what I need for at least one or two meals. If you can read it, (check) written next to parmesan means to check if my husband bought some. Sunday is homemade tomato sauce day, and he usually picks some up if we need it.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I bought a few of these little baskets at the dollar store. My pantry is down the hall from my kitchen--because, in truth, it was meant to be a linen closet. With my basket, I can carry 5 or 6 things instead of just one or two. But it isn't too heavy for me. I use these all around the house for transporting things that don't belong in one room to where they should go.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Not a big project--but not a bad one for someone with a thumb that looks like the Bride of Frankenstein! And it took the flash of the camera to realize the cupboard didn't just need straightened up...it needed cleaned! So I am glad to have that done!
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Doesn't it just bug you when tape sticks to itself and you can't find the end? Here's a tip to prevent that from happening. Save those little rectangular plastic tags from loaves of bread. Pop one of those babies at the end of a roll of tape. When you use the tape, remove it and put it back on before you tear the tape, just behind where you are tearing. That way, if it falls back on itself (and you know tape does that just to annoy you), the little plastic rectangle will keep it from sticking!
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
I interrupt my diatribe (I think that's the word) on property tax for station identification. This is MOM2FUR...and here's the picture to prove it. Well, some of the fur, anyway. Shadow the puppy, Nutmeg and Melody the Cats. The layout uses elements from "Dinner Party," a free kit from Shabby Princess. http://www.shabbyprincess.com/ This is one of many sites for free scrapbooking downloads.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
I love this site. You make your own customized to-do lists. I have one for every room of my house, plus one for other things I have to get done. You can edit your lists, too. It's very easy, and it's free!
It's not so much that I need a list to show me what to clean in a room. But a list helps me do it in a more orderly fashion so I'm not zig-zagging back and forth, wasting steps and time. And I hate housework, so anything that helps me with it is great, LOL!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
This is a tribute to one of our fallen heroes, Marine Staff Sergeant Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, of Baltimore, Maryland. Kendall, age 29, was assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendelton, California. He was killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait, on March 20, 2003. He leaves behind a loving family that includes his wife and a son from a previous marriage.
Rest with the Angels, Marine Staff Sergeant Waters-Bey!
I've been meaning to straighten up the two cabinets. Glad to have Tackle It Tuesday to motivate me! (BTW, the hutch is a garage sale goodie. Cost me $40. It was red and blue and it took me a whole summer to paint it--'cause I hate painting, LOL. All the blue and white plates and about 1/3 of the cookbooks are garage sale babies, too.) PS--Sorry the picture is out of focus. I don't know why that happens sometimes. I really need to read my camera's manual a little better.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Last night Mike & I had dinner at another couple's home. Nothing fancy--just hot dogs, hamburgers and salad--just the way I like it. Sue & I were talking about various things and we got on the topic of walking. I used to love to walk before my back problems got worse. Then it started to make me feel bad. The trouble is that, although I play with my dog in the backyard, use the stairs throughout the day and do the general 'life' things that keep you moving, I was still getting pain in my legs. Numbness, I should say. As in, I can't feel my feet. I think what is happening is that I'm 'favoring' my back (it's called "Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction," btw) but the rest of me is going to Hades in a picnic basket. She told me her mother is in a very bad way because she did pretty much the same thing I'm doing--she became more and more sedentary because of pain. I don't want to be like that. I don't want to end up in a wheelchair because my legs decide to stop working one day. Damn it, if I ever had the money--I'd like to do some traveling, and I ain't doing it in a mobile chair. So this morning...I leashed up Shadow Dante and went for a short walk. Now my back and my legs hurt...but at least I did it. I'm going to try, try, try to make the noble effort to do it almost every day! Now...I wish I had a jacuzzi to soak in... (Oh...and obviously Shadow is bigger and has all his shots up to date--so he's street-ready for walking. And at least I don't have to worry about him pulling me too hard.)
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Next time you have an itchy bug bite...reach for a wet bar of soap. Rub a little of the wet soap on the bite and it will stop itching. I have no idea
why this works, but it does. And it's probably easier to find a bar of soap than that bug spray you bought last summer...that you know is in a drawer somewhere...one of those drawers you plan to tackle on a Tuesday.