Friday, October 17, 2014

"stuff"

Good morning, Thank  you for your comments yesterday about my post.... I think it is important to share things...

The picture above is of a pumpkin made for me....He made the other ones last year.... the pumpkins in the bowl are from the Dollar Tree...Russ has been working in the tool room once again... We go in spurts....

I am knitting....I am making knitted head band warmers for Christmas...I am enjoying knitting for a change.....I crochet a lot and wanted to conquer knitting.... My goal over the next few months is to watch U-Tube videos on different stitches for both knitting and crocheting....I have always shied away from learning new patterns.... it is going to be a goal of mine now...

My sewing room is pretty much done....it took me longer than I thought and realized I have a lot of stuff and I just can't part with stuff...it irritates me that everything is crammed on shelves even tho I have stuff in boxes and labeled.... But on the other hand I am so thankful for what I have....Another goal I have is I want to make my own clothes.... I LOVE watching Project Runway.... And I would love a dress form to make my own clothes... Russ said I can get one for Christmas....So I am excited about that....

I wish I could tell you about my grandson....He is growing like a weed.... But we don't see him hardly at all... I am not going into it but it wasn't what I had expected when I became a grandma.... Tim's wife's family sees him all the time.... We are non important to them....Yes it hurts to the core.... I have been deflated and I felt I had nothing to blog about.... Russ and I talked about it a lot and I cried a lot about not being part of their world... We realized it is what it is and we have a life...

We decided to live life instead of being deflated and enjoy life....

Since David and Kim moved out, we got our first water bill and I have never had a bill this low before.... I was shocked.... We get our bills bi-monthly.... We are starting to see a big difference in all utilities....Even tho Dan is still here, he pays for most of his food.... I have slashed the food bill big time... They are saying we are going to have a bitter cold winter.... I have had the heat on a few times.... This past summer I replaced all the curtains in the house to insulated curtains... And do they ever work in the summer.... Of course we had a cool summer.... I am hoping these curtains work this winter...

Right now it is windy and chilly.... No heat on, just warmer clothes on.....Addie is getting use to the wind.... Of course Remmy is scared of the wind.... Addie seems to be okay with the winds....Addie will experience her first winter with snow....I can wait to see how she likes it...

I shampooed the carpets last Saturday.... Monday it rained all day long...I let Addie and Remmy out during the day and they were good about staying out of the mud....Russ comes home and lets Addie and Remmy out.... He never looked at Addie's feet....She had mud up to her elbows..... Russ let her in down stairs without looking at her feet....She tracked mud up the stairs and all over my shampooed rugs in the living room..... He laughed and said that's the puppy in her and then he took one look at my face and he was no longer laughing.... I was not amused...I had the look of kill!!!... Even my son Dan who let the dogs out once during the day on Monday he even checked Addie's feet... NOT Russ.... Oh man I gave him the big silent treatment for hours Monday night.... I asked Russ how can you not look at her feet because she is a puppy and it is raining outside.... MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah it is still a sore subject with me... He said he would shampoo the carpets this weekend.... I said YUP I am going to hold you to that!!!!

Well that is about it.... I love my hubby very much, don't get me wrong about that.. He needs to know how to shampoo the carpets to know it is hard work shampooing...Maybe he won't take me for granted with a puppy's muddy paws.... :) I know my brother is laughing at this.... love you bro...
Have a great weekend....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I need to express something....

I have been a way a while,  and I have missed reading blogs but I needed to take a break and think do I want to blog....... I have been on face book and have looked at different links about things and I have decided to come back and wanted to talk about something.... I am very passionate about this....
 
I am very much a believer in herbs and organic foods and natural foods without chemicals.... So on face book I get links from these kinds of places... Recently I have been getting links about Organic Apple Cider vinegar.... I have some in my refrigerator because it is very good for  you .... BUT!!! These links have been saying how to get rid of moles and dark spots on your skin.... Such as liver spots... They say apple cider makes moles disappear.. PLEASE.... Before you make it disappear make sure if it is cancerous or not... Some links even are saying that apple cider vinegar will get rid of freckles and ect....
 
The reason why I am so passionate about moles is because 25 years ago I had a mole appear on the top of my foot....The mole had not been there....It just came up and it was like a speck of ground black pepper.... So I went to the dermatologist  and he removed it that day.... A week later I  got the results.... Positive for malignant melanoma stage one....So they scheduled me to have tissue removed all around the area where the mole was at.... 18 stitches.... It was all clear so I did not need chemo.....
 
What I am trying to say is  if  you get rid of the mole with apple cider vinegar you do not know if there is any cancerous cells around the mole.... Malignant melanoma is the worse kind of cancer if not found early.... So by getting rid of your mole before having it checked out by a doctor or dermatologist you are living very dangerously....I have a lot of moles and I do have the doctors check them and also my hubby for any changes....I have had several removed over the years and all tested negative....  This is just my opinion... But felt very strongly to post this....
 
Tomorrow I will be catching you up with a few things if you are willing to go back to reading my blog...
 
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blessings

Good morning.... I thought I would start Sundays with sharing Blessings that happened during the prior week..... There has been to many times that I don't take the time to be thankful for things that happened to us each week....When I stop and think about all the good things that happened to us, our moods are happier then hearing about all the doom and gloom.....

1) I am so thankful my husband who doesn't mind running to the store for me.... He doesn't find it a burden...I feel so loved by him...

2) I am thankful for my children....I saw all of them this week, even my precious grandchild.... Now that most of my kids are on their own and soaring I love when they take time to stop by and spend time with us...
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3) I feel so blessed we had the money to afford the vet bill.... The day before the vet visit I went through the freezers to see what I had...My plan was to see what I had so I can stock up on things that I was short on...But I wrote everything down so I could use the oldest stuff....Not realizing how much the vet bill would cost, it all worked out that I had a lot of food.. And needed very few things for my menu.... I am able to put money into the savings even with the vet bill....Not like I wanted but I was able to save....that is a blessing to me..

4) The last few weeks Russ has had Friday's off because he needed to  use up some vacation time or he loses it....It has been nice with the long weekends and we started wood working once again.... He has created some nice fall decos...

I hope you can find blessings in your life.... May your day be filled with many blessings....

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vet Bills.....

I hope your having a wonderful weekend.....

Friday was expensive...... ugh... When we decided to have pets we knew the expenses that can take place....We are committed to them... Crosby has been having some skin problems....At first I thought it was ring worm....but no other cat or dogs have them.... I would put neosporion on it....it would clear up in that spot....then it mutated in another spot....it was driving me nuts...this past week it spread and I knew he was in pain.... it was between the upper eye lash and went up his ear... it itched to.... So I called and took Addie with us to...she needed to get weighed and nails clipped.... And  I knew I needed heart worm and flea and tick stuff for both Addie and Remmy....

So I took Crosby in to see the Vet...He took one look and said food allergy...I  was shocked.... Sidney his sister has skin problems also..... I buy grain free for them because Sidney had the skin problems....I did purchase a cheaper brand than what I had been using...ugh.... I just bought food for them on Thursday.... The vet said grain free and no chicken and beef...Only duck and seafood...my cats will not eat seafood...not even fresh.. I have always had cats love seafood...not this group... Also Crosby had both ears infected with a bacteria infection caused by food allergies....so he got his ears cleaned and drops put In and a shot of antibiotics and ear drops to come home with.....

By the time I walked out of the vets office with the cost of Addie's nails clipped and her heart worm and flea and tick stuff and Remmy's heart worm and flea and ticket.. And everything they did to Crosby I was $452 poorer.... Russ had the day off and came with me....he about fell over with the cost....What cost most is the dog stuff...the flea and tick stuff was expensive....We will go a different route next spring....I only bought 3 months each of the flea and tick stuff....it was $86 for 3 months...ouch....

So I returned the unopened food and got the Blue Wilderness that is duck....I was buying chicken... Bought some canned duck and pea stuff by blue..... the cats looked at me with the new canned stuff...but they ate it....I will never go back to the cheaper stuff....it cost me big time and caused my Crosby a lot of pain....my cats are my children now.... I felt so bad....

Russ goes on the way home and said I guess food for us is boxed mac and cheese for a while....I laughed and said the odd thing is I went through the chest freezer and the refrigerator freezer and the pantry AKA hall closet that I made into a food pantry yesterday...I said we have enough food for 17 days for dinners, and breakfast..... lunches we have to buy stuff for....And I chuckled to him besides we have an abundance of waffles.... I bought a  new waffle maker and I made 3 batches.....So I told him we can have waffles and eggs for dinner to....He goes oh that sounds good....

After we exchange the cat food and bought more, we ran over to Aldi's and bought some fresh produce and milk and eggs and bread... some spaghetti sauce and alfredo sauce...  I had planned out a menu and needed some things for the 2 weeks..... Russ went to Targets for Sandwich meat....I don't like Aldi's sandwich meat...But I do love their cheeses.....At Targets if you buy a pound and a half of deli meat you get a half of a pound of cheese free... After coming home I divide the sandwich meat in half and freeze half of it....

I set aside $60 for groceries for next week if we need anything...We may need milk, bread and eggs.....but nothing more....Then I put everything into our savings except for $200 for gas for Russ to get back and forth to work.... it should be plenty for gas.... We decided for the next 2 weeks we will not spend on anything extra and see how much we have left of the $200 and $60.....We are up for the challenge....In the mean time we will be working on the yard and our home with what we have around our home.... We want to replace that $452 we just spent on vet bills....we know we can do it quickly if we just tighten our belt buckles....

May your day be filled with many blessings....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Projects and pictures....

Thought I would share some pictures with you.....
 
 
This is Addie being sweet... Quiet moments.... She is a very active 8 month old  German Shepherd.... She is done with training and it is up to us to keep up with the training....Our main goal right now is to have her gain confidence in her doing things by her self....She has to have Remmy by her side to go outside...It is a challenge...he is one stubborn pup...
This chair now is in my sewing room....It was a yukky black folding chair....Painted it a dove white and then covered the vinyl seat with pretty pink floral fabric....I had the paint and the fabric.... Didn't have to spend money on the project...
This past weekend Russ worked on the stained pumpkin.....Free.... It was all from scrap wood...and  the stem from a tree we had trimmed...The other pumpkins he had made last year from scrap wood.. The pumpkins in the bowl were from the Dollar Tree...
This is my precious grandson and my daughter in law....Jack and Jessica are celebrating Iowa States win over the University of Iowa's rival foot ball game...This game is like the superbowl NFL but it is the super game of the season for college in the State of Iowa... Great game....
Wooden candy corns I am working....Will be posting the finished project in a few days.... I uses scrap wood again.... FREE..... Had the paint and the wood....
 
Love free projects....We have a lot more we want to work on... Russ and I are back to wood working again...We go through phases... We are on a phase right now that we want new stuff in the house but it is not in the budget so we have to make things with what we have...
 
Yesterday I opened up some windows..... I changed the filter on the AC/ Furnace and then I ran the heat to make sure everything is in working condition for winter.... So all is good right now....
 
Today's agenda is working in the laundry/AC/water heater/sump pump area .... I would love to say laundry room but it houses a lot of major appliances... I want to clean all around the appliances and mop the floor and get rid of stuff such as recycling detergent bottles and ect....They gather there..... So it will be cleaned today....
 
 
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and may it be filled with many blessings....It is a beautiful morning in Iowa....