Saturday, September 26, 2015

Renuzit #TBT Sweeps, Enter by 9/30


September 24 - 30th: 1 winner will win the ultimate #TBT Girls Night in a package, including a FREE Renuzit Cotton Breeze cone, home essentials and 1 year of Hulu Plus!

We have Hulu Plus and just love it, so it is a great prize to win! So are Renuzit products. We love all that we have tried!

Go enter to win! Renuzit 

Good luck!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Just a quick update.

Multiple tests and several doctors have determined that my mom's cancer is too far along and too widespread to be treated for other than pain management. The doctors were honest with our family and my dad and sisters decided not to submit my mom to difficult and grueling treatment that might only prolong her life for a few months. They would rather she be comfortable and I agree.

Mom will be sent home from the hospital with/for hospice care for pain management. Hubby and I are leaving tomorrow to go be with her.

Please continue to pray for our family in this difficult time.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Check out the New Dial Rewards website!

Visit www.dialrewards.com; to sign up and join in on the fun! 

As a Purex Insider I was invited to preview the new Dial Rewards program. Rewards?! You bet your booty I signed up.

Both of the above are referral links and I can get more points if you use one of them. Or, you can just enter the web address yourself. My feelings won't be hurt...well, because I won't know. LOL!

You can do different activities to earn points.

"Choose an activity to start earning points. Once you’ve completed an activity, we’ll deposit* points into your account. Remember, the more points you have, the more you can spend on chances to win"

I earned 50 points just for signing in and 500 points for entering my unique code. You can use my code to get 500 points too! A few activities like watching short videos and answering surveys and I am up to 5050 points! And I have only been playing around for a little while.

Use this unique code: J4219 in the section to enter a code for 500 points. Since I am a Purex Insider, the number of people using my unique code will be tracked and I could win prizes! WooHoo! I love prizes!

And play games once you earn points. 

"Each game of chance requires a certain amount of points to play. You can play the games until you reach your daily game play limit or run out of points. Remember, if you're short on points, you can earn more by completing activities."

I will probably use all my points to try to win Amazon gift cards as those are my favorite! So, go sign up...have some fun...earn some points! And let me know if you win any prizes!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I think I am becoming intolerant.

I try not to be, but it is so darn hard!

It seems like, lately, that more and more things really bug me and make me feel like lots of people are just idiots and I don’t know how they manage to take care of themselves or anything else.  (Oh, and I am really in a good mood today, so this feeling is not just because I am cranky.)

I ride the bus into work every day. It is a nice pleasant ride and I spend the 20 minutes or so reading. It starts for a very relaxing day…except when another rider feels that I MUST be party to their phone conversations. Usually, I just shake my head. If they are really annoying, I plug in earbuds to block them out. The other morning a “girl” behind me…early to mid-twenties…was talking on her phone. I was not eavesdropping as she clearly did not mind everyone hearing her conversation. But she did make the best comment ever: 
“I was worn out yesterday from texting all day.”

It was all I could do not to burst out in hysterical laughter. All I could think was what would this woman do if she had to do any real work. It made me sad for whatever company has hired her or hires her in the future.

Then I got to work and looked around and it is astounding how many people are surfing the internet and/or playing on their personal phones when I walk down the hall to my desk. Admittedly, it is 8 am, BUT many of these people “start” work at 7:30. So how is it fair to the company that they are not actually working?

It is not really my concern, BUT a few months ago, I was “spoken to” about being on the internet. Ummmmmm…I was at lunch…made clear by the fact that it was lunchtime and I had food in front of me. Other members of my team regularly eat at their desks and surf the net, but because “someone” said something and my boss is so concerned with appearances, I had to be spoken to. So, now, I leave my desk and go eat lunch somewhere else. And I am unavailable to my boss for that hour every day. His loss.

Of course, I can look at most other team members at any time during the day and they are on the internet. Sure, they could be researching, but I don’t think any of our jobs have anything to research on Facebook, Yahoo’s entertainment page or on Youtube. Of course, that is just my opinion.

I think maybe my boss says something to me as he knows it will bother me that he might think I was not working when I was supposed to be. Other members don’t care. LOL! Also, his loss.

I was worried that maybe I am just jealous that others get away with what I don’t, but I am worried about the state of my company. If all of these people are surfing, who is doing the work? We find out when we hear of some crisis where something did not get done correctly and everyone needs to drop what they are doing and help get the issue corrected. I just shake my head that any business is run this way.

I also get irritated by people who cannot walk across the street without looking at their phones. Come on people you need to look at the traffic lights…not your phone. If it is so urgent, stop walking. I can’t even count how many people I have told to “stop” because they were so intent on their phones that they didn’t see the train coming. The freaking TRAIN! How can you cross train tracks and not make sure there is no train coming first? But we hear almost weekly about someone getting hit by the train in downtown Houston. I am sure those people thought they had no fault in it. But I can assure you, the train is not invisible and it is not silent.

Oh, yeah, and Hubby and I went to the movie on Sunday. We sat in our preferred spot away from all others in the theater…there were only two other couples there when we sat down. And the very NEXT family of five that walked in sat RIGHT BEHIND US. We are so freaking magnetic!

I guess I could go on all day about things that people do that are so idiotic that it annoys me to no end. Or, I could just try not to think about them. Maybe I will try that for a while. Just be oblivious like everyone else. LOL!


Oh, and I took a break to write and post this. LOL! Why not, everyone else does.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate America's Independence Day. 
By blowing shit up and eating a lot. LOL!

Thank you to all of our military both past and present that have worked to guarantee our freedom.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Our animal magnetism lives!

We went to see Jurassic World in 3D and it was GREAT! LOVED it! Hubby and I got there really early, since the last time we tried to go to a movie the lines were so long at the box office that we left and went to another theater. Anyway, we went into the theater and were the only people there, so picked our seats and got comfy. We like to sit on the first row of the risers as Bobby likes to prop his feet up on the railing.

We kicked back and after a bit, another guy walked in and sat down ONE SEAT OVER FROM ME. I am glad I had my purse and umbrella in the seat next to me as he might have sat there. LOL! THEN, since the trailers hadn’t started, he gets on the phone and starts talking. OMG! Clearly he had no reason to worry about disturbing US. Ugh! At least he put his phone away when the movie started.

Before the movie started, I put my purse down by my feet. No need to sit and worry about it for the whole movie.

The next couple of people that came in sat RIGHT BEHIND US. It was just hilarious! We say it is because of our animal magnetism. And during the movie someone got on their phone and started talking. At least that person got up and left the theater, of course talking the whole way. I always wonder why people even go to the movies if they cannot turn their phone off for an hour and a half. I don’t think they are all brain surgeons.

Oh, and while I am on the subject of inappropriate cellphone use, when are people going to realize that while you are driving is not a good time to be checking your phone for messages. If you are waiting for a message that important, pull the hell over and get away from me.


Rant over.


Happy Monday everyone!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thank goodness for the dollar store!

It has been 2 months since my second cataract surgery and I am still adjusting to not having to wear glasses all the time. I have not gone and gotten prescription glasses as I am doing great with reading glasses. I now can function perfectly fine with 1.75 or 2.0 readers. And I can buy them at the dollar stores....for A DOLLAR.

Why would I go get prescription glasses that I will have to pay more for? I have vision coverage, but my copy for glasses is $25. That is with no bells and whistles. No coatings. No progressives. Just plain single vision lenses. Why would I pay even $25 for one pair when for the same money I can buy 25 pair???

So, I have readers everywhere; in my purse, in my desk drawer, in the bathroom, on the computer desk at home, on my nightstand. And a couple of "just in case" pair, one in my purse and one in my tote bag I carry to work. Those are just in case I don't have a pair handy when I need one. I love it.

The only problem is that I take them off and put them on all day long and sometimes this happens:

I tucked a pair in the neckline of my blouse and when I bent over, they fell out. And I step on them. Ugh! Good thing I had another in my purse. But this was a really cute pair of tortoiseshell that I liked. So I guess I will have to suck it up and head to the dollar store and part with another dollar. :-)

Otherwise, I am loving my new, improved vision and have no complaints at all.

Happy Tuesday, all!

Monday, June 15, 2015

You don't have 3 days worth of food?

A friend of mine posted this pic of her local grocery store water aisle.
A tropical storm is in the Gulf of Mexico and headed toward the Texas coast. So everyone has gone crazy! Broadcasters are warning people to be sure and have at least 3 days worth of food and water. Apparently, the stores have been mobbed today.

Shelves emptied of water, batteries and food.

My first thought was that if you don't have enough food in your house to last for 3 days, you have a bigger problem than a tropical storm. Even when I was POOR I had enough food in my house to last 3 days. I had to.....I was poor. LOL!

And another thing a broadcaster warned people was to be sure and go to the ATM today in case you are flooded in tomorrow. If you are flooded in, why would you need cash???? I don't have to pay for anything inside my home. Crazy, I tell ya!

Personally, I am hoping to be flooded in so I can have tomorrow off. Our area does not really flood. When we had the "Memorial Day Flooding" we got rain but no standing water whatsoever. BUT, when it floods in Houston, the buses don't run. I take a park and ride bus every day to work. If the bus doesn't run, I am not going to work. I did last time as my girlfriend drove downtown, but she does not plan to go in tomorrow if it floods in Houston.

We are always prepared at our house. It is hurricane season. We live on the coast. Plus we always have enough food for 3 days. So, we are good.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Winners of my Renuzit Pearl Scents Giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered. The winners are:

1froglegs
Ashley Kolpak
Jessica.

Congratulations! I will be sending an email to request your mailing addresses.

Thanks for entering!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Renuzit® Pearl Scents® Review & Giveaway. (Ends 5/30)

As a Purex Insider, I recently received a jar of Renuzit® Pearl Scents®. I immediately opened it up to smell and it smells really nice! I received th Sparkling Rain scent which is green and though green is not my favorite color. I do enjoy the scent.  In put it on our bar next to some other candles and a plant and I think it looks nice.

It seems like Renuzit® Pearl Scents® has a strong scent while I hold it....and have my nose in it, but it really is subtle. I have found myself picking it up and giving it a shake when I pass by which seems to strengthen the scent. I think the container is nice and would work in any room.

There are several colors and scents, so you could work them with any color scheme. I think the pearls would be really pretty in clear glass dishes. Here it is in my bathroom:

Give your home another depth of beauty with the pleasing aromas of Renuzit® Pearl Scents®. The new look was designed to accent and highlight your home decor as well as provide long-lasting freshness.

Do you want to try Renuzit® Pearl Scents®? Well, you can! I received 3 coupons for a FREE jar of Renuzit® Pearl Scents® and I am giving them away. Entering, as always, is super easy.

• Check out Renuzit's Facebook Page and leave a comment that you did. (once)

• I know how some of my readers like daily entries, just because they like to come to my blog every day, so you can also enter daily by leaving a comment about your plans for the summer. (daily)

• And just to get the word spread about new Renuzit® Pearl Scents®, you can link back to this giveaway from your blog and get an extra entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)

• Share this post on your Facebook page and get another entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)

• Tweet about it and get an entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. You can do this one every day if you want. (daily)

Winners of the 3 coupons will be chosen by random drawing on Saturday, May 30, and the winner will be posted on my blog and notified by email. If I can not easily find your email address on through your blog, you must include it in your entry. I won't troll the internet searching for a winner whose email I cannot find. Been there, done that. Too much work!

Good luck!

Disclosure: I did receive the product listed above for review but my opinions are my own.

Friday, May 22, 2015

We found the perfect anniversary gift.

Yesterday was my parents' 59th wedding anniversary. Last week I had emailed my sister asking what I could get for them. I wanted to send them something, but wanted it to be something they would want/love, not just something to have sitting around gathering dust.

So, my sister texted me that she and my other sister and she were thinking about getting them a new rocker recliner as Mom had been thinking about getting one, but didn't want to spend the money. I thought it was a great idea and told Sis I was in...just let me know my part. She texted me yesterday that they had order the chair and it would be delivered today. It cost $300 and we are splitting 3 ways. A very reasonable price for a really good anniversary gift. I told Sis to send me a pic when it got there.

Here is a pic of my dad in the new rocker recliner:
Yes, it is CAMO! Sis said that my mom picked it out. It is perfect for them. After all, they DO live in a forest. Here is a clearer look at the chair:
What is funny is that when Hubby and I were shopping for a rocker recliner, we tried one out just like this one. It was SO COMFY, but neither of us wanted camo in our living room. LOL!

So my sisters and I have once again proven our love for our parents. LOL!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I can see a bug on the sidewalk.

My regular eye doctor had told me that when I had cataract surgery, “It will change your life.” Well, it did not change my life. My life is exactly the same except that I can see it better.

Every day, I realize that I can see something that I was not seeing before. I just had not realized how bad my vision had gotten. I could still function, but I guess that is normal when your vision just gradually deteriorates. Hubby laughs at me when I will suddenly see something that has “been there forever”. So I am entertaining him daily. Wait, I pretty much already did that. I guess I just have more entertainment value now.

Today is my parents’ 59th wedding anniversary. I am so glad they found each other and so glad my mom said yes. I have the best family ever!


Today is also the 39th anniversary of the day I graduated from high school. Eeek! I feel so OLD! Oh, wait…. I am over it now. LOL!

Monday, May 18, 2015

I love my hubby's podiatrist!

Well, I guess he is my podiatrist now!

For months I have been hobbling around with a painful heel spur on my left foot. I knew that is what it was but I had other things to take care of that seemed more important. I also knew that my orthopedic doctor could put a cortisone shot in my heel that would probably get rid of the pain. But I was just too busy to make an appointment.

We were dealing with Hubby's amputation and new prosthetic. Then I was dealing with having cataract surgery since that just seemed more important.

Hubby got tired of me hobbling around, so said he was taking me to his podiatrist. He needed to go for a check and just made me an appointment at the same time. So we went today.

Dr. Mac took Xrays and said, "That must be really painful." Ummm, it sure is. So he gave me an injection and the freaking pain is gone. Why did I wait so long??? I am just so stupid.

But I will not be beating myself up longer than a few minutes because my heel does not hurt. Yeah! On the down side, I also came down with a sinus infection. I fix one thing and another is messed up. LOL!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Aldi has the best ham!

A while back, I’m not sure when but before my cataract surgeries, I mentioned to Hubby that Aldi had hams on sale for $.99/lb. I was thinking about going to get one as I thought that was a good price. And I had an Aldi coupon which is so rare that I thought I would do a little stock-up.

That Saturday, Hubby said he was going to go check the mail and put gas in the car. I figured he was going to go wash the car, too. You know a new car cannot be washed too much. LOL! He was gone for a while, but sometimes he goes out and runs around, so I wasn’t worried. Usually, just when I think about starting to worry he shows up.

After a while, he called me and asked me to bring the cart out and meet him at the car. I knew that meant he had gone shopping. J  He had run to Kroger to get some soft drinks and “swung by Aldi” to check out the hams. He bought 3 of them (bone in, not spiral cut)! But the price was great, so I didn’t complain and did not even mention that I had a coupon. Can’t cry over missed coupons, right? We put the hams in the freezer and went about our business.

Then last Thursday, a week ago, I noticed a ham in the fridge thawing so I figured that meant ham on the weekend. Saturday I put it in the oven and since “it’s your ham”, I ended up cooking dinner. LOL! We had some left over baked beans in the fridge and I made mashed potatoes and garlic bread.
I have to tell you, that was the BEST ham I have eaten in years! It was so good I wanted to just keep eating it. I didn’t, but I wanted to. It was so much better than the boneless hams we have been buying at Kroger for the last several years. Even the fancy spiral cut ones. I ate ham Sunday evening, too.

After dinner, I cut most of the ham off the bone and put some in the fridge, some in the freezer and left a bit on the bone and Hubby made a big pot of beans with the ham bone in it a few nights ago. It they were delish!

I am still thinking about that ham a week later. LOL! It is just that good.

We are on a roll with Aldi, I guess. I got some more coupons in the mail, so think I will go make a stockup run this weekend. When Aldi opened around the block, I thought I would be there all the time, but Hubby has been doing lots of the grocery shopping recently and he just heads to Kroger most of the time. But I still love my Aldi!

In other news, my eyes are great and I finished the drops yesterday. Yeah for that being over. Next issue is seeing the podiatrist to see what he can do about bone spurs in my feet. I am starting to fall apart.


Happy weekend to all!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Two weeks after cataract surgery.

Well, I am actually 4 weeks post-op for my left eye and 2 weeks post-op for my right eye. And I have to say I am very, very pleased.

My distance vision in both eyes is crystal clear. Something I have NEVER had. I was diagnosed as being extremely nearsighted when I was 6, so I have never had clear distance vision. I guess I thought everyone saw stuff that was in the distance as blurry. I still am amazed to be able to look down the hall at work and see things so clearly. Or to be able to see cars and street signs so clearly that are WAY DOWN THE STREET. It really is pretty incredible. I have worn glasses all my life and contact lenses for about 20 years and never was my vision corrected to this clarity.

The surgeries were not painful at all. I have heard that some placed give shots to numb the eye, but mine was numbed with drops. No needles were ever used near my face. I did have IVs in the back of my hand each time. I was told that I was given Valium to help me to be calm. I laughed and told them both times that I could not be much calmer or I would be asleep. I was not nervous for either surgery. Honestly, I couldn’t tell if I did get Valium as I did not feel anything. I was told I would feel drowsy but I didn’t. I felt wide awake and alert the entire time. And that was not just my imagination. Hubby told me that I did not seem to have had any anesthesia. I was also told that I would probably want to nap when I got home. I did not. So it was a very mild dose, I guess.

I did not get patches over my eyes after surgery. Just walked out and went home wearing my own sunglasses. And they worked just fine. After the first surgery, we went through a drive thru and picked up some lunch. We got home and I settled in my recliner and kept the room pretty dim since my eye was still dilated, but I was not at all sleepy.

The only rough part was like I wrote about previously about it being hard to see between surgeries. I will tell you, anyone that is extremely nearsighted that intends to have vision correcting lenses inserted when they need to have cataract surgery, needs to have both eyes done as closely together as possible. The time between surgeries was awful for me. I ended up being off work for 14 days instead of the 7 days I had planned. I could have used short term disability, but I have a ton of vacation days, so just used those. I thought I would be worried about missing work, but it would have been pointless for me to go in as I could not sit in front of a computer for more than an hour without getting eye strain and a little dizzy.

I did not read much in between as it just was not comfortable. I just binge watched tv and movies. I became addicted to Law and Order SVU, a show I had never watched before, and got through many seasons of it on Hulu. LOL!

The second surgery was as easy as the first. No pain whatsoever. After it was done, Hubby and I opted to stop at a Denny’s for breakfast as my surgery was at 7:30 am. The only issue I had was that everything was really bright as my right eye was still dilated, so I just kept my sunglasses on most of the time. I didn’t even think about bringing reading glasses, so Hubby had to order for me as I could not read the menu. LOL!

The next day I could see so clearly! It was excellent. At my follow-up appointment, my dr. said my eye looked so good that he lifted the driving restriction, so as soon as I got home I called my hairdresser and made an appointment for the next day. LOL!

I know some people have the same issue I did between surgeries, like Sluggy is having now. But most people do not. My dad waited 6 years between his. LOL! You do have to put eye drops in your eyes for several weeks afterwards, but I don’t have a problem with that.


Hope my experience helps you prepare if/when you have to have cataract surgery.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our garden apartment....err.....apartment garden.

We live in an apartment and most apartments here have naked balconies and patios. Not ours. Hubby has been busy, busy, busy working on his...I mean our....garden. I guess I should have taken before pics, but I didn't. I guess the closest I got was the pic of our front door when the ramp was put in for us in September. (We were expecting some wooden temporary ramp, but they poured us a concrete one. Our apartment management loves us!)
To the left, across from the window is actually a big empty dirt area. The plant you see were set there by the movers when we moved in and just sat there in their pots while Hubby went through surgery and recovery.

Then he got in the mood to garden. Here is what the area looks like now.


We even have some little statues in the cinder blocks. And a stained glass bird bath. LOL! Hubby is such a goof sometimes. But our entryway feels so homey, now.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

18 years of wedded bliss!

Today is our 18th wedding anniversary! I can't believe it! We have now outlasted the combined total of both of our previous marriages. You know what that means.....we were not the problem. LOL!

This is still the man of my dreams!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

I have to relearn how to do eye makeup.

I wear makeup almost every day. I wear it every day that I go to work and sometimes on the weekends. I used to do full makeup on weekends, but not so much anymore. I guess I am comfortable in my skin when home with Hubby. But I won't go to work without it.

For years, I have bee doing makeup to show that I have eyes behind my glasses. Well, now, I don't have to wear glasses. Well, I will have to wear reading glasses, but to walk around, no glasses needed.

I guess I need to really adjust my eye makeup so I don't look like this
Please note that if this is the way you like to do your eyes, I am not disrespecting your choice. I just don't want to look like this on a daily basis. 

I am going tomorrow to get a haircut as my hair just pretty much hangs right now. It looks fine, but I am bored. So new hair and new eye makeup. I may be stylin' next week.

Or looking like a clown. Time will tell. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cataract surgery....round 2.

Ha ha! My eye was so beautiful this day....not. I think I took this pic to show the ring around my iris, not noticing the smudgy eye shadow and missing mascara. Oh, well, it is my eye. And it has more make up on it than I have been able to wear in 2 weeks. 

Tomorrow morning, at 7:30 am, I will arrive bright eyed and bushy tailed to have cataract surgery on my right eye. I cannot wait to have it done. Before the surgery done on my left eye on 4/7, I was a surgery virgin. I have to tell you, cataract surgery was SO easy and I am not a bit nervous about tomorrow. I AM excited to have two eyes with the same correction. It will be wonderful to be able to see.

I will tell you, anyone that is extremely nearsighted that intends to have vision correcting lenses inserted when they need to have cataract surgery, needs to have both eyes done as closely together as possible. The time between surgeries has been awful for me. I did not get back to work yet as I cannot sit in front of a computer for more than an hour without getting eye strain since I can only see out of one eye. I can look through my glasses lens with the uncorrected eye, or put on reading glasses and read out of the corrected eye, but I cannot see clearly through both eyes at the same time. 

Reading for any length of time makes my eyes feel really strained. I usually read 2 - 3 books a week (I read on my daily commute) and with my eyes this way, I am now on week 3 of the same book. LOL!

According to my drs, people with lesser bad vision do not have the same problem I am having. And I am really happy for those people. I would not wish this experience on anyone.

Looking forward to finding out what my surgeon looks like as the last time I met him after they took my glasses away. I heard that he is really cute. LOL!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Winners! Purex Crystals Scentsplash Giveaway

I went to Random,org and entered the number of comments on my giveaway and this is crazy but it picked the same winners as my last giveaway:

Slugmama
SonyaAnn
sohamolina

I will send out an email for addresses I don't have, or you may email your mailing info to fperkins2000 @ gmail.com.

Thanks for entering and Congratulations!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Winners!


I SWEAR this is not rigged! I went to Random,org and entered the number of comments on my giveaway and it picked:

SonyaAnn
sohamolina (I tried to email you through your page contact and it failed.)
Slugmama

I will send out an email for addresses I don't have. (Sluggy I still have a coupon for your from another giveaway you won.) Sohamolina, please email your mailing info to fperkins2000 @ gmail.com.

Thanks for entering and Congratulations!

Giveaway reminders and cataract surgery update

I have two giveaways still going on and need some more people to enter or Sonya Ann is going to win again. LOL!

Go here by the end of today to win Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

Go here by end of the day tomorrow to win Purex Crystals ScentSplash

In other news, I had my cataract surgery on Tuesday and it went great. The surgeon said my eye is perfect and the doc that did my followup the next day also said my eye is perfect. My distance vision in my corrected eye is crystal clear. Something I have NEVER had. I have been extremely nearsighted since I was 6, so I have never had clear distance vision.

The only problem I am having is that my eyes now do not want to work together. The day after the surgery, I had the left lens of my glasses popped out on suggestion of the dr and it has not really helped. It is really crazy as my left eye distance is super clear, but anything closer than 5 feet is pretty blurry. And my right eye has a lens that corrects my nearsighted right eye. The correction makes objects look smaller. With the corrected eye with no lens, objects look larger.

I was hoping my brain would work together to make me be able to see, but I guess the difference is too much to overcome. I can watch tv fairly comfortably, but walking is a nightmare. Most of the time I am walking, I just close my left eye. Hubby is calling me "Popeye".

Typing is also pretty difficult and I am doing it with one eye closed. LOL! I guess I AM Popeye.

I think I will let Hubby take me somewhere later today to see if I can function outside our apartment. I told my boss I will probably be at work on Monday, but I know I cannot drive. So Hubby said he would drive me to the bus. I think I can manage to walk to the office. I think today I will try on some reading glasses to see if I can find something that helps me to function better on the computer. I really don't think I can spend 8 hours in front of one the way I am seeing right now.

I was warned, but somehow thought it would not be this bad. Like I am special or something. LOL! I cannot wait to get the second eye done!

Have a great weekend, all!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Purex Crystals Scentsplash Review and Giveaway. Ends 4/12.

I redecorated our laundry room! Check it out!

Before 
After (Please ignore the shadows on my towels. They really ARE clean ones.)

Don’t you love it?! It really smells great in here now.

As a Purex Insider, I recently received a bottle of Purex Crystals Scentsplash in Fresh Spring Waters scent to try. Right out of the package this stuff smells amazing!! But let me warn you...do NOT stick your nose right to the top of the open bottle and take a huge whiff. Because this stuff is really, really concentrated, so it is strong. Smells great, but you do not want to experience it this way.

As my regular readers know, I do rarely do laundry as I have a hubby that spoils me rotten and does almost all the laundry. I CAN do it and do on occasion if he is indisposed, but it is not a regular occurrence. Since we received some Purex Crystals Scentsplash to try, I thought I would be nice and do some laundry, so stripped the bed last weekend to wash linens. I loaded them in the washer along with our regular Purex detergent (No plug here... that is just what we use.) and poured in some Purex Crystals Scentsplash. This scent is wonderful!




It made my living room, kitchen and laundry cubby smell great! When I finished the laundry, the scent was still in the linens, though not in an overpowering way. It is a nice scent that seems to last a while and I just love it! Our bedroom smelled so good for days! And even days later I could bury my nose in my pillow and smell the wonderful scent. This is definitely a product we will be using.


Purex was nice enough to send me 3 coupons for a free bottle of Purex Crystals Scentsplash! And I am going to give them away. How nice am I?! Entering is easy! You can do one or all of the following:

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• Check out Purex.com and leave a comment telling us something interesting you learned about Purex. Come on, you are bound to find something new! (once)


• I know how some of my readers like daily entries, just because they like to come to my blog every day, so you can also enter daily by leaving a comment about any old thing you want to. (daily)


• Share this post on your any of your social media  page and get another entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (daily)


• Tweet about it and get an entry. Just leave me a comment with a link to your tweet. You can do this one every day if you want. (daily)


Winners of the coupons will be chosen by random drawing on Sunday, April 12. And the winners will be posted on my blog and notified by email.


Good luck!


*Purex provided me with a bottle of New Purex Crystals Scentsplash so I could review it. However all of the opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review and Giveaway. Ended 4/11

As a Purex Insider, I recently received a bottle of NEW Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap. I immediately opened it up to smell and it smells really nice! It smells just like the Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash I wrote about previously. A really nice scent that I think can be used by guys or gals.
Miracle Oil Hand Soap is infused with Marula Oil to nourish and deeply hydrate your skin while protecting it from skin-damaging free radicals. - See more at: Dialsoap.com.

I tried the Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap was hoping it would be super moisturizing. After all it has OIL in the name, right. Well, it isn’t, but it also is not as drying as a lot of hand soaps, so I guess the Miracle Oil DOES make a difference and my hands smelled delicious after washing them. And it looks really nice on my bathroom counter. Looks like this one will make its way into the hand soap rotation for sure.

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Do you want to try Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap? Well, you can! Dial graciously sent me 3 coupons for a FREE bottle and I am giving them away. Entering, as always, is super easy.


• Check out Dialsoap.com and leave a comment that you did. (once)


• I know how some of my readers like daily entries, just because they like to come to my blog every day, so you can also enter daily by leaving a comment about your favorite body care product. (daily)


• And just to get the word spread about new Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap, you can link back to this giveaway from your blog and get an extra entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)


• Share this post on your Facebook page and get another entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)


• Tweet about it and get an entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. You can do this one every day if you want. (daily)


Winners of the 3 coupons will be chosen by random drawing on Saturday, April 11, and the winner will be posted on my blog and notified by email.


Good luck!


Disclosure: I did receive the product listed above for review from Dial but my opinions are my own.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Winners of My Dial Hand Soap Giveaway/!



The winners are.......

SonyaAnn
McVal
Lauren

Congratulations!

Winning numbers were chosen by Random.org, so I didn't pick SonyaAnn just because she told me to. :-)

I will be sending emails to winners whose mailing addresses I need.

Stay tuned! I have 2 more giveaways to put up this weekend!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NEW Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Review and Giveaway. ENDED

Giveaway has ended.

As a Purex Insider, I recently received a bottle of NEW Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap. I immediately opened it up to smell and, oh my, they both smelled SO good! I was really curious as to what sugar cane husk would smell like. Well, not like sugar. But then again, I don't think sugar really has a scent. The scent is very subtle and not girly, so it can be used by my manly Hubby. Which is good, because who wants to keep two bottles of hand soap on the counter.

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap is the latest addition to the Dial Boutique Collection, bringing luxury to your hand washing experience. With an indulgent scent inspired by freshly cut Sugar Cane, this premium formula with gentle micro scrubbers cleanses deeply while moisturizing and smoothing skin.

I tried the Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap and like it pretty well. It has a nice scrubbing effect that made my hands feel really clean. I didn't feel like it had any moisturizing effect, but I always apply hand lotion after washing my hands, so no biggy for me. I have been a longtime Dial fan and like most of its products and am happy to add this to my list of favorite products.

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Do you want to try Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap? Well, you can! Dial graciously sent me 3 coupons for a FREE bottle and I am giving them away. Entering, as always, is super easy.

• Check out Dialsoap.com and leave a comment about what new Dial product you would like to try. (once)

• I know how some of my readers like daily entries, just because they like to come to my blog every day, so you can also enter daily by leaving a comment about a way you enjoy pampering yourself. (daily)

• And just to get the word spread about new Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap, you can link back to this giveaway from your blog and get an extra entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)

• Share this post on your Facebook page and get another entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)

• Tweet about it and get an entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. You can do this one every day if you want. (daily)

Winners of the 3 coupons will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, April 3 and the winner will be posted on my blog and notified by email.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I did receive the product listed above for review from Dial but my opinions are my own.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cataract surgery, anyone?

I thought old age would creep up silently, but here it comes roaring down the track. Today, I took a "vacation day" from work in order to have my cataract evaluation. I had one last year but was not in need of surgery at the time, so went on my merry way.

Now, it HAS to be done. I am not worried as I know many people who have had cataract surgery with no issues. Of course most of them were about 10 years older than I am now. It is funny to tell someone that I will be having cataract surgery and they say, "Oh, my mom has to have that soon." 

I am not as old as your MOM! Well, not in most cases. LOL! (Please note: I DO know that people my age do need it sometimes. That is just not what people have been telling me about.)

Oh, well. I will be happy to get it done and be back to seeing clearly.

Happy Friday, all!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

And the winners are!

The winners of my Dial Miracle Body Wash Giveaway are:

Sluggmama
SonyaAnn
Donna Freedman

Congrats, Ladies! I will send you an email to get your mailing info so I can send out your coupon for a free bottle of Dial Miracle Body Wash!

Thanks for entering and stay tuned for my next giveaway to be posted within the next few days!

Monday, March 16, 2015

The biggest check I ever wrote!

I was SO busy on Saturday!

I had to take 2 cats to the vet for shots and one got a follow-up for his asthma diagnosis. I was NOT taking 2 cats at the same time and fortunately, the vet’s new office is right around the corner from our apartment. So I took Max at 8:45 and though he was doing for a couple of weeks after getting antibiotics and steroid shot, he has started breathing a little “harder” a couple of days before the appointment.

We checked in, then were taken to the exam room to wait for the vet and suddenly I heard a strange noise. Max was wheezing! It started right in the exam room. When the vet came in, I told him about it just starting and he said maybe it was anxiety. So he checked Max out and said he sounded okay and we discussed treating the asthma, since he had been doing better. The vet asked if I could give Max pills, which I can, so we decided to try pills for a while to see if that would get him back to breathing normally. The vet did not want to give him another steroid shot in less than a month from the prior one.

Then he went to give docile little Max his first shot and Max went crazy. He has never acted like that. The tech has to wrap him in a towel and hold him down with her whole body. It was CRAZY! They got the first shot in him, then he totally calmed down when he got the other two. Then he went into a full-blown, gasping asthma attack. The vet decided he would give him a pill right then. Once Max calmed down some, he quit gasping, thank goodness! By the time I got him home, he was totally calm and back to breathing close to normally within an hour or so and no more wheezing. Whew!

So I relaxed for a couple of hours then went for round 2 of vet visits. I knew I would have to take Spenser in a carrier as he is not quite as “carryable” as Max. He did NOT like being in the carrier and cried pathetically all the way there. He escaped in the waiting room and gave me and a tech a little exercise. LOL! Once we got him in the exam room, he was a doll. Totally docile, took the shots without a peep and only fussed when he had to go back in the carrier. Except for the running around to catch him, that visit was much easier.

As SOON as I walked in the door, Hubby wanted to know when we could go look at cars. Ugh! I wanted to relax, but knew he would not be happy until we went, so picked up my purse and we headed across town to see the first car he like and fit all his criteria and my price range. I had obtained financing for $10 grand from my credit union and intended to write a check for the balance as I had been saving specifically for a car purchase. On the way I told Hubby that I would NOT write a check for more than $12 grand, so he had to get the walk out price to no more than $22. The car we were going to see had a drive out price of $22,960. I know it was only $960, but I was NOT going over my number. Hubby agreed and was willing to walk if we could not get the price.

We got to the dealership and the salesman was waiting for us. He was very nice got some info, then we went out to test drive. The car was VERY nice. A black 2012 Honda Crosstour with under 40,000 miles, leather interior, sunroof, sub-woofer and even more bells and whistles. That thing was loaded. Hubby did not seem to be in love with it even after driving it. I asked several times if he LOVED it and he would say he really, really liked it. I didn’t think we should buy until he really loved it.

After haggling for a while and finally getting my drive out price of $21,000, Hubby decided he loved it, so we said yes. To make a already long story not much longer, the dealership beat my credit union’s finance rate, so I wrote a check for 11 grand, and financed the balance at 1.99% for 3 years. I plan to pay it off early, of course.


So Hubby is happy and probably out washing his new car right now. I saw some pollen on it this morning. LOL!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dial Miracle Body Wash Review and Giveaway!

Have you tried any of Dial’s skin care products? I know I have and have loved all that I have tried. I am not much of a body wash gal, preferring to use bar soap. I know… weird, right? But that did not stop me from signing up to try a free bottle of Dial’s NEW Miracle Oil Body Wash – infused with Marula Oil. Because I love trying out new products!

As a member of Purex Insiders, I often get invitations to try new products and have had a few giveaways as some of you will recall. Life has been so hectic that I have not signed up for anything lately, but when I saw the Miracle Oil Body Wash offered, I decided that I would just make time to try it and let you all know about it. And I was really curious to find out what the heck Marula Oil is. 
When I received my bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash, the first thing I did was open it and take whiff. It smells SO good! I was not sure what the scent was and still am not sure, but I love it. It is slightly tropical, but not to girly. I think Hubby might enjoy the scent, though he is also not a body wash user. LOL!

I have used Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash several times and love how it makes my skin feel! Nice and smooth, but not oily like I have used body oil. I also love that it does not leave the bathtub slick after use like some oil products do. Since Hubby’s amputation, I am very careful about what I use in the bathtub. Gotta keep it safe!

From the Dial websiteExperience the feeling of beautifully soft skin with Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash. Infused with caring Marula Oil and formulated with Micro Oil Technology, this restoring body wash’s rich, clean-rinsing lather leaves skin feeling clean, soft and smooth.

Be sure to check out the Dial Facebook page for their printable coupons and upcoming 
promotions on their latest products. Check out the Dial website to learn about this and other scents as well as enter to win Dial products.

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Do you want to try New Miracle Body Wash? Well, you can! Dial graciously sent me 3 coupons for a FREE bottle and I am giving them away. Entering, as always, is super easy.

 Check out Dialsoap.com and leave a comment about what new Dial product you would like to try. (once)

• I know how some of my readers like daily entries, just because they like to come to my blog every day, so you can also enter daily by leaving a comment about a way you enjoy pampering yourself. (daily)

• And just to get the word spread about the sweepstakes, you can link back to this giveaway from your blog and get an extra entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)

• Share this post on your Facebook page and get another entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. (once)

• Tweet about it and get an entry. Just leave me a comment that you did. You can do this one every day if you want. (daily)

Winners of the 3 coupons will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, March 20 and the winner will be posted on my blog and notified by email.

Good luck!

*Dial provided me with a bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash so I could review it. However all of the opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Fairly Frugal Weekend

Life it pretty much the same at our house. I go to work and look forward to the weekends.  Hubby is doing well and has graduated from physical therapy and walking like a champ on his new leg.

This weekend we both went for eye exam. Yes…it is couple time. LOL! We always go together as we go on Saturday and it is good to have someone to help pick out glasses when you are blind like I am.  I wrote last January about my eye exam and subsequent cataract evaluation here. I have been doing okay for the last year, though in the last few months it seems like I am not seeing as well and on occasion, I seem to have some double vision issues. Yep, my cataracts are now imparing my vision. AND the doctor can no longer correct it with lenses. I figure it must really be time for the surgery as if the doctor could correct it at all it seems like he would be trying to make a few bucks off selling me some glasses while I “think about the surgery”.  But he didn’t.

So I called today to schedule the re-evaluation and will schedule the surgery. It is not that I am scared of having it done. I know so many people that have had it with no issues. But I just have not wanted to take the time off work.  I don’t know why, except that I took a lot of time off with Hubby. I have plenty of vacation time, so it won’t hurt to take off. I have to use PTO as we don’t have “sick time” anymore. If I have to be out longer than 5 consecutive days for the surgeries, then I would have to go on short term disability on the 6th day. So, I won’t use more than 5 “vacation days” for it. But I REALLY wanted to schedule a trip to Tennessee soon. I guess that will now delay until later on.

Hubby does not need corrective lenses at all! He and the doc came out joking that the amputation of his leg corrected his nearsightedness  and that if he had the other leg amputated he would have super vision. LOL! They are both very silly. Hubby was only the slightest bit nearsighted, so I guess the correction happened with age. He needs reading glasses, but he buys them at the drug store and has pairs all over the place.

So our two exams only cost $128. Our exams were each $25 and we had both had a service that insurance does not cover that replaces dilation of the eyes. Our dr has a machine that takes pics of the inside of your eye…and it is really cool. It gives a much more detailed view so I think it is worth the $39. That is the least amount of money we have paid at the eye doctor in YEARS. Afterward, we celebrated not having to buy $400 glasses by going to a Chinese buffet for lunch. Yummy!

Yesterday, we went to see The Imitation Game, a really good movie, using a gift card Hubby got for Christmas the year before last, then we went Chili's for lunch, using a gift card I got for Christmas this year. But he HAD to have dessert, so our lunch cost $16 after the gift card. But I won’t complain about $16 for a movie and lunch date. It was fun!

And we saved a LOT of money by making NO trips to the grocery store this weekend. Yeah!

Monday, February 23, 2015

My husband is not disabled.

It has been 5 months and a week since Hubby had is below the knee amputation or BKA. He has been doing so well and I am super proud of him. He gets around better than he did before his surgery and he has been busy, busy, busy doing stuff around our apartment to get it perfect.

He put up shelves in the outsides storage closet. I snapped a pic. Don't tell him I posted it as  I imagine  he would prefer a fully clothed pic, but it's my blog, right?
He got shelves put up and closet all organized. I guess that was a couple of weeks ago. Then later that week, he had contacted the firewood guy to deliver a load of wood, since we found out we could use our fireplace again.

The wood guy was supposed to show up one morning and never did,. After Hubby called a few times and never getting a return call for a couple of days, he went to Kroger and bought firewood there. He got a lot more wood for the price than he had from the wood guy. Of course, Hubby had to haul it to our patio himself. He just used his wheelchair as a carrier. LOL! He is so clever.

He has spent a lot of time getting the inside of our apartment "perfect." It might not be my style of decorating, but you know what...he is happy and I can live with it. Here is the entertainment center. If it is too busy for you, just look away. LOL!
Our entire apartment is still a work in progress and Hubby is having a grand time.

He informally finished outpatient rehab. I say informally as he he has not gone back for a final evaluation. The last time he went in, he had a small blister caused by his prosthetic leg and was told to stay off of it and come back when it heals. WELL, he he has not been staying off of it, but the blister is slowly bus surely healing. It just takes a while with him and we understand it. In the meantime, he had graduated himself from walking with a cane to walking without one. He just walks around like he owns the place.

And the reason for my title? I was reading some amputee support pages on Facebook this weekend and suddenly realized that I had not once considered that Hubby is now "disabled." In my opinion he is more abled than he was for years.