Saturday, May 30, 2015

Winners of my Renuzit Pearl Scents Giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered. The winners are:

Ashley Kolpak

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 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.