Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Our office was closed on Christmas Day and yesterday. I took Christmas Eve off, so worked Monday and today. I could have taken vacation days for both of those as I have plenty of time left, but we didn't have plans at home and I don't like to take all of Christmas week off as so many people are out. I think it makes my boss more comfortable about taking time off if I am here. Plus, with so few people here, I can get SO MUCH WORK DONE, even while spending some quality goof off time. (Okay, some call it lunch.)
I am looking forward to my last 3 day weekend of December. I will be trying out one of my Christmas presents from Hubby....a Ball Automatic Jam Maker. I am not going to talk about it, since when they first came out, I could not get one to review, even though I make jam all the time, lived on the Ball website and have more readers than a lot of bloggers that got one to review. So there, Ball, take that.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday week and has a great weekend!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Ours has been excellent. The family, well our kids, Hubby and MIL decided to have our get together on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, that was decided in time for me to request the day off. LOL! For some odd reason, my company closed for the holiday on Christmas Day and the day AFTER Christmas. Maybe it was some form of political correctness, so as not to offend those that don't observe Christmas. Who knows. But I have planty of vacation days left, so am having a nice 3 day break in the middle of the week.
MIL had sent word via Hubby that I was to bring green bean casserole. I also made deviled eggs and Hubby had gotten a variety cheesecake, rolls and chips. So, we got to MIL's at 12:30 and I took my casserole into the kitchen and lo and behold, MIL had ALSO made a green bean casserole. I was confused and reminded her that she had sent word to me to make one. She then told me that she HAD sent word, but then she changed her mind and decided to make one. She said she was sure she told Hubby or left him a message. Hmmmm...I don't think he would forget to tell me THAT. Oh, well, we have plenty of green bean casserole in the freezer now. LOL!
Our kids and grandkids came, as well as Samantha's boyfriend and Meredith's baby daddy. He is actually also her hubby. They have been separated for a couple of years, but still hang out as a family with the kids. And I have heard that they MIGHT get back together. We shall see. I haven't asked and figure I will be told when there is something to tell.
As for the frenzy? It happened when it was time to open gifts. Our grandsons just started ripping into gifts. I tried to slow them down, but I am not the parent and their parents WERE there. In Chance's defence, he did get Jacob to slow down and actually read the tags to know who gifts were from. But Meredith and Billy just sat and watched as Theo and Wyatt just tore through gift wrapping, tossed the gift aside and went to the next. They even opened some stuff that was not theirs. Ugh!
MY kids did that before I became their stepmom. The first Christmas I spent with them, before Hubby and I married, I was appalled at how they attacked gifts at the family get together. They did NOT behave like that the next year and my in-laws were stunned at the change in their behavior. LOL!
But I am not the mom to the grandkids, so..... But they DID scream out loud and often how much they loved gifts as they opened them.
We had a great visit with the kids, though there was a little tension after Chance and Jacob left as Mere and Samantha are really put out that Chance is not telling them and their mom everything he is doing. As Sam's bf said, "Well, it is HIS business after all." Smart bf. And as my mom said when I talked to her last night, "He has fought in wars...he doesn't have to report his every move to his sisters."
But we did not let that ruin our Christmas. Hubby and I spent yesterday quietly at home, opening gifts and just relaxing. It was like this:
It was a great Christmas! Hope yours was as well!
Monday, December 23, 2013
It was a lot of fun looking at apartments with him and shopping for new stuff for his home. He did have a fully furnished apartment when he was in the Army and put his stuff in storage when he deployed to Afghanistan. Then his storeroom was robbed! Stupid people! They did go to jail for it, but he never got his stuff back, so he only had what he had in his barracks when he got back from deployment. So we shopped...and it was fun. He is a good bargain shopper and was so thankful for everything we got for him.
Last week, Hubby and my MIL helped him move his stuff into his new place. I have not seen it yet, but will when I am invited. I don't invite myself anywhere. I have texted with him a few times and he is doing fine. He found a job that is not the one he was hoping for, but will work around his class schedule. He had several options and decided if the job he wanted the most didn't call, then it meant he was supposed to go to school, so that is his plan now. The GI Bill will pay for school, plus give him a living stipend, so he should manage fine with that and his little job he took.
Hubby and I are ready for Christmas! I was really behind in the jam making and baking area, so made jam and baked bread this weekend. Tomorrow is our family get together and Christmas Day will just be Hubby and me. I am also off on Thursday. So work today, off 3 days, work Friday, off 3 days. I could get used to this schedule. LOL!
Hope everyone is excited about Christmas!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Recently, I was getting low, so decided to get a new bottle, so I would not run out. Well, thank you very much, CVS. Apparently, I was the only one that liked the facial cleanser as you no longer carry it. Ugh! So, I have been looking for a replacement cleanser. Oh, sure, I COULD pay $9.99 for a bottle of Purpose, but I just don't want to. So, I have been looking.
Then, last weekend, I was at Aldi and looked at the HBA endcap...yes, it is just an endcap at my store.....and there was a bottle of Lacura facial cleanser.I had read good things about Lacura products so thought I would try a bottle. Heck, it was only $2.49. If I didn't like it on my face, I could use it as body wash, or to hand wash something.
So take that CVS, I don't have to buy more expensive facial cleanser. I will just buy it from Aldi.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I have been crazy busy at work, so have been working through lunch every day and until 5:30 in the afternoon. My normal hours are 8 - 5 with and hour lunch. I DO get paid for OT, so the larger checks are kinda nice, but they are not large enough to make me want to do this forever.
Without writing a novel, here is what has been done in the last 2 weeks:
- Hubby took Son to the VA to find out what needed to be done to get his benefits.
- Hubby hurt his ankle while doing it.
- Son went to a veteran's job fair and handed out 20 resumes and picked up a lot of information
- Son applied on-line to a LOT of job offers.
- I took a day off and went with Son to finish signing up at the VA Hospital for bennies.
- We went to the local community college and Son talked to the VA rep
- I went with Son to look at apartments in the area. I made sure to shame anyone that didn't give a discount to veterans. LOL!
- Son had job interview with Starbucks for a shift manager position
- Son had interview with a company for a route salesman position.
- Son interviewed with HR, hiring manager, branch manager and regional manager.
- Son went on ride along to see how he would like the job.
- Son has been following up with unemployment office who still hasn't been able to get his UI bennies straight.
- Son registered with the school, though not for classes and is scheduled to attend orientation to see what he would like to take
- Son has second interview with Starbucks and was offered job.
- Son considering lower paid Starbucks job and attending college full time. Yesterday, Son gets voicemail that second company is interested in him for 2 positions; the one he applied for and one as the Facility Health and Safety Coordinator for REALLY GOOD SALARY. He was so excited and is weighing all options.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
In an effort to reduce your chances of being victimized by these “grinches”, the HCSO’s Auto Theft Unit recommends you take the following precautions:
Do not carry large sums of cash, or a purse or wallet that can easily be grabbed. Large wallets that protrude out of the back pocket and handbags that cannot be secured are prime targets while you are shopping or walking to and from your vehicle. Make sure that all valuables have been removed from your vehicle before leaving home.
Be mindful of your parking spot and park as close as possible to the doors. It is much safer to shop in the day time hours but if you cannot avoid being out at night, make sure you park in a well-lit, high-traffic area.
LOCK your car and TAKE your keys. The failure to do these two things just enhanced your chances of becoming a victim.
Walk in and out of the shopping center with other shoppers, and if you feel vulnerable at all, wait until someone is walking in or have a security guard escort you.
Do not take packages to your car and then return to shopping. Thieves watch the parking lot for this type of activity and target vehicles with valuables inside. Packages should be secured in the vehicle trunk only before leaving to go home or to another shopping center. You do not want to arrive at another shopping center and be seen hiding and arranging your packages.
When at a fueling station, do not leave your vehicle unlocked, not even while pumping gas. Thieves can gain access to a vehicle and snatch valuables inside in a matter of seconds. Children should NEVER be left unattended.
When banking, make sure that you are aware of your surroundings when returning to the parking lot and watch to make sure you are not being followed. Thieves have followed banking patrons to their next destination which has resulted in both robberies of the person and burglaries of the vehicles.
At home, park your vehicle in your garage. This significantly protects your vehicle from thieves. It only takes a few minutes for a criminal to break into your vehicle and take valuables and/or equipment. Never leave your garage door opener inside your vehicle. By doing so, you give criminals access to your home.
By taking these precautions, you are significantly reducing these crimes of opportunity.
Now, go out and have a safe and happy holiday season!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
I am sitting in an exam room at my doctor's office. Never fear...I am not here for anything serious. Just a sinus infection and refill scripts for maintenance drugs. I am heading to the lab to get blood drawn after this. Then I am getting some donuts for breakfast. Yum!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Congrats to the winners!! I will be sending emails for your mailing addresses if I can't find them from previous wins.
Thanks to all who entered!!
Monday, October 14, 2013
I do not like to wash curtains. There, I have admitted it. I don't dislike any other cleaning as much as I dislike washing curtains. Oh, it is not the washing and drying....it is the taking down and putting up. One reason is that one set is hanging here:
But, I recently received Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxi to try out, so decided that I would bite the bullet and wash our bedroom curtains. We have 2 windows with floor length ivory curtains and valances. And they were dirty..... really dirty. Oh, not with dirt, but they have fringe that catches dust and they were really dusty. And, Hubby smokes, so I am sure that the nicotine contributed to the darkness of the color. I will tell you, that I was totally disgusted with them.
Here is what one valance looked like before washing. I should have
taken a picture of them hanging as they looked darker, but I didn't.
I threw them in the washing machine with a Purex UltraPack Plus Oxyi After washing and drying, that same valance looked like the below:
I was SO impressed with what a great job Purex UltraPacks Plus Oxi did! Purex Ultrapacks Plus Oxi combine the the convenience of Purex UltraPacks with the stain fighting power of Oxiclean. Purex makes it so easy to fight stains, while maintaning a simple laundry routine. What can be simpler than tossing a Purex Ultrapack in the washer?
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Friday, October 11, 2013
10 Awesome DIY Sugar Scrub Recipes!
I found this posted at HotCouponWorld, one of my favorite sites. I thought it would be just an okay article, but I was wrong! Look at the yummy names of these scrubs:
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub
Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub
Lemon Coconut Sugar Scrub....I want THIS one:
I won't list the rest, since once you read the first couple of names, I am sure you went and clicked on the link if you had not already.
I have not been making things for Christmas except for jams and my Cranberry Almond Bread, but I may be making some of these scrubs!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
We don't really have a clutter issue. We have a lot of stuff, but it is all in its place so we don't worry about it. But, we still had quite a bit of baby stuff from stocking up when we became grandparents.
Well, the youngest grandson is 4 now and Meredith has informed us that she is not having any more. MIL thinks she should try for a girl, but Mere is pretty adament that 2 boys are enough for her. Samantha doesn't plan to have children. At least that is what she says. And what she has said since she was about 9. LOL! But she is only 26, so she might change her mind. But if she doesn't well that is okay, too. We don't know if Chance will have more. He is not dating anyone at the moment, so no prospects, but you never know.
BUT, MIL's church has a few garage sales throughout the year to raise money for missions and we try to dig out stuff to donate for them, so we decided we could let go of baby stuff and some other odds and ends we had in the closet. If one of the kids has another or more, we can just get new "grandparent" stuff. So we put together quite a nice donation. Here is some of it. (I did not lay it all out nice and pretty like Sluggy does.)
Graco Pack n Play
Graco Convertible Carseat
Fisher-Price booster seat
3 Playtex bottles
miscellaneous bottle nipples
3 baby quilts
3 baby blanket
Pack n play quilted cover
2 Baby wipes
1 Baby powder
1 Baby oil
1 Diaper rash ointment
3 baby towels
3 baby wash clothes
2 sippy cups
Queen size dust ruffle from our new comforter set…we can’t use a dust ruffle
Pillow sham from our old comforter set
Mozaik reusable disposable dinnerware
Mozaik serving bowl with lid
Mozaik large serving tray
Zak designs serving bowl
Large aquarium net
Men’s XXL tshirt
A lot of the above won't make it into the garage sale, as MIL said that a lot of the baby stuff will just go to the nursery. That is a good place for it to go. The purpose is to help MIL's church and I think we did just a bit. She was very excited to see all that we brought for them and said it would all go to good use.
Now watch us get the call that someone is pregnant. LOL!
Monday, September 16, 2013
It has been a while since I posted, since I went on a ONE WEEK vacation the first week of August and when I got back, work had exploded.
Since getting back, I have worked overtime every day but one. And that day, I only didn’t have to as I was required to attend an awards luncheon and our team was being moved to a different part of the floor at 5, so I could not work late.
I have not taken a lunch break, though I do eat. I just work while I do it. And I have been beat when I get home from work.
Thank the Lord for Hubby who does all the cooking and has been doing all the grocery shopping so I didn’t even have to do that. Oh, sure, he spends more money at the store than I do, but I don’t even care right now. LOL! And truthfully, he is doesn’t buy anything that I would not, except he DOES buy more “treats” for me than I would buy.
Oh, and the reason for my title…..I developed a pretty wicked sinus infection and when I finally went to the doctor, I got a shot of steroids and prescriptions for an antibiotic and a low dose steroid. I love, love, love steroids and when I am taking them, my arthritic knees TOTALLY STOP HURTING. It is like I have baby knees again. My orthopedic doctor prescribed Celebrex when I told him about the steroid totally stopping the pain, but Celebrex does not work nearly as well as a steroid. Too bad I can’t take steroids all the time.
Hubby went camping this last weekend, so I intended to be lazy and do nothing. Apparently, I got a major burst of energy as I did the following this weekend:
Cleaned out 2 dresser drawers
Cleaned out 2 nightstand drawers
Washed sheets and pillowcases Washed comforter
Washed bed pillows and decorative pillows on the bed
Washed a sheepskin that Hubby has over our computer chair…yes, I washed it
Washed a load of regular laundry Cleaned the bathroom, including scrubbing the tile walls of the tub all the way to the ceiling. LOL!
Vacuumed Cleaned litter boxes Mopped the kitchen floor
AND I shopped on line and ordered:
New comforter set
Air purifier filters
3 bras, a pair of pants and 2 new tops
I rested today while at work. LOL!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Those apples lasted a LONG time! Last weekend, we still had 4 and they were looking pretty pathetic. Trust me...the pic does not do their condition justice.They were sad!
So I thought and thought. Owwww...it made my head hurt. LOL!
So I diced them, cutting off the yucky parts…
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I got an email from my credit union last week and thought I would just go check the accounts. This is where we had the loan and it shows up in the account listing. Our main account had a balance larger than the car loan balance. This is just a little account that we got ONLY so we could get car loans from the credit union.
That car loan kept saying, "Pay me! Pay me!" So, I did! $1200 paid that baby off 4 months early. I didn't save much in interest....just a few dollars.
But it was so cool to pay it off early. I have never done that before.
The money that was being direct deposited for the car loan will continue to go into that account. It will build up for the next car or just to make us feel a little richer. LOL!