Thursday, July 18, 2019

More Motivated Today

Oh man, yesterday I went totally off the low carb wagon.  After I ate the birthday cake, I took an hour nap. When my husband got home we went out to eat pizza and beer, followed by fresh donuts! Go big or not at all, I guess!
Yeah, so not much was accomplished yesterday... except indulgence.

Today was better when it came to getting things accomplished.  The yard needed mowing and even with the heat index of 105 degrees, I was able to get it done in little over an hour.  We bought a new "used" lawn tractor and it is darn quick compared to our old one.

I prefer to mow and enjoy it immensely no matter what the weather.  It gives me time to myself to think and ponder without interruption. Well, at least until I run out of gas.  I was almost done with the backyard and I ran out!  I had to lug the gas can across the backyard, fill up the mower and then I could finish up the last little bit of lawn. 

After some cool down time, there was laundry to do, and after two loads I was all caught up. I vacuumed and mopped the floor, (we have tile throughout the house) and after that, I was done.  Except for dinner, which was easy, chili dogs and tater tots.   

I have found a color I like and will most likely use for the master bathroom. I may start on that tomorrow with a bit of priming first.  I was thinking about using a stencil pattern on one wall as an accent. It may make it too busy, but if we hate it we can always paint it solid.  We will see.

How was your day?  Did things get done? 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trying To Get Motivated

Candy Cane Crepe Mytrle in front yard.  I love the dark pink and
 whisps of white on the flowers. 
Lordy, I have so much to do today, but just can't get started.  I very much want to change the paintcolor in my bathroom.  The color is the original color that was here when we moved in 8 years ago.  All of the other rooms in the house have been painted and updated.  All, except for our master bathroom.

The color is bright green, which I can live with and have lived with.  But now, I really, really want to change it.  Probably one of the reasons I have not updated it is that I thought, or we thought that we would have it professionally remodeled which as you know is not cheap. 

That idea will be put on the back burner for now, we are paying down a chunk of debt and I would like to get that under control before we put out any more renovation money.  Those are my plans, my husband would spend the money now to renovate the bathroom without hesitation.  But, he does not do the bills, so there's that.

Other projects that  I need to tend to get control of my eBay shipping area in the garage and my listing area in the bedroom.  When running an eBay business, the areas where you list and pack all look very cluttered in a matter of minutes after getting started. Just something we have to live with for now.  I posted my numbers from last week on eBay, you can see them here

I have been doing well with my exercise and eating better.  I have worked out three times since Friday with my daughter.  She sets up exercise stations in our driveway, to include the heavy ropes, bands, kettlebells and whatever else she decides we need to do.  It is intense, but I really enjoy it. 

My eating is low-carb and drinking more water and when I eat low carb I feel much better.  But.... there are those rare days that I really, really want something sweet.  Today is that day.  Leftover cake from my son-in-law's birthday, and boy was it good.  Tomorrow is another day, and the routine if better eating will be back on track again.

Best get moving, start a list for today and get something accomplished.  It is endless, but that is okay.  I would be bored otherwise.

How is your day going?  Are you getting stuff done? 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Week So Far

I am still enjoying my summer break so much, I love having the time to putter around the house and relax.  The perks of working a school schedule job. I still have a list of things to do before school starts and am slowly accomplishing them.

The firepit that I turned into a planter definitely needs attention!

Tuesday:  Morning walk with Cricket for a mile followed by some weeding one flower bed. Target was having a Summer markdown sale on their patio items.  We went yesterday and they were pretty well picked over.  I picked up a few groceries and spent $24.00. 

Dinner for the family was spaghetti and seasoned bread.  I ate spicy sausage with sauteed shredded cabbage, keeping it keto.

Wednesday:  Morning walk with Cricket for 1.7 miles before the heat of the day kicked in.  I met a coworker for coffee this morning.  We both work at the same elementary school and work together in the same department, which is even better!   During our summer break, we like to get together every couple of weeks or so and chat over a cup of coffee.

After coffee, we went to Hobby Lobby to check out the marked down Spring and Summer items.  75% off on most items in the category was enticing and I did leave with a few small items, bubbles for the grandkids. I spent $2.50.  There were other things in my cart, but I did not end up purchasing them.
My daughter and her husband ran a few errands in the afternoon and I watched the kiddos in the pool for about an hour.  After that, there was dinner, and I listed a few things on eBay.

Thursday:  Bloodwork early this morning for a dr appt on Monday.  I was at the lab by 7:30 and home by 8:15.  Good service and the stick was painless.  I am anxious to see what the results are, hoping that they are still in the normal range.  Did some housework, vacuuming followed by a light mopping.  There was a couple of hours of listing and packing items for eBay, almost at 600 listings, shy by about 10.  Maybe that will be accomplished by this evening. Now to figure out what's for dinner.

Dinner was a salad and Cricket and I  did get our walk in.

How is your week going so far? 

Monday, July 8, 2019

What We Spent Last Week on Groceries and Eating Out

If you are ever in Fort Meyers, you must try this place!
We only ate out twice last week, and that was on our overnight trip to Fort Myers to see the winter homes of Edison and Ford.  We found a place called the Shrimp Shack online and we based our decision to try it out on the online reviews. 

I think it was one of the best dinners we have had out in a long time! I had stuffed shrimp with cheesy grits, cole slaw and hush puppies. My husband had fish and chips and green beans. 

For dessert, I had German Chocolate Cake that was stuffed with cream cheese (OMG) and my husband had a carrot cake with bananas in it.  Both were to die for.

We also had two draft beers, they were $1 each during Happy Hour. The total cost of the dinner with tip was $64.00. 

The road less traveled 

On the way home, I-75 was a nightmare so we go off the main highway, gassed up at WaWa    ( ate lunch $20) and found a couple of state roads to make our way home.

 It added more time, but at least we were moving!! And the scenery was so much prettier.  There were a couple of afternoon storms to dodge, be we managed just fine.

Our grocery shopping is at $97.00 for the first week of July which included the purchase of a birthday cake for $19.99.  It doesn't matter who's birthday it is, my husband INSISTS on a Publix cake to celebrate and enjoy. 

We took a spur of the moment day trip to south Florida and checked out the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  They offered a tour of the grounds which we purchased an enjoyed.  They also had a museum and Edison's lab that you could go through and cool off from the heat.

Front side of Edison's house
Back side of Edison's house
Edison's bedroom

These are just a few of the pictures we took while on the tour.  When we were looking at the museum and its pictures of the Edisons and Fords on excursions to the Everglades, they were dressed to the nines.

 The photos were black and white, but you could tell that the clothes were heavy and layered, collars buttoned up and coats.

I guess what is odder, is that they had a photographer.  But, since they were famous for their many achievements maybe that is how they traveled, with a photographer to document the event and them. 

All in all, it was a good trip we were glad we were able to get away.

Edison's dining room

 Yesterday, we went to church and afterward we did yard work.  All this rain really keeps the grass green, but it sure grows fast. Yard work is something I enjoy doing, but with this heat, I definitely have to pace myself and not get overheated.

Goodness, it will be one month tomorrow and I will be back to work again.  Summer is just flying by!!  I still have lots to do, which include getting new work shoes, and work slacks.

Edison's kitchen

There is still a closet or two that I need to go through and of course there is eBay.  I am working on building up my eBay listings to 700 by the time school starts.  Right now I am at 570ish.

Once I get I get in the groove and can avoid interruptions, the process goes pretty smoothly.  Typically, I can list about 10-15 items a day in between doing other chores or answering grandkiddos questions.

If you would like to read more on what I sold last week, you can check it out HERE

How was your July 4th weekend?  

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Week So Far

Monday:   After morning coffee, I showered, got dressed and headed to Orlando to visit one of my favorite thrift stores.  I spent $32 dollars on items to list in my eBay store. Tolls and mileage are a deduction.  I managed to list 10 items this evening, worked out with my daughter and walked a mile with the dog before dark.   Dinner was Chili Dogs and my son in law bought and prepared dinner and the grandkids cleaned the kitchen.

Tuesday:  Morning coffee on the porch was followed by finishing up spraying painting a wrought iron table for the front porch.  It was my birthday yesterday, and I celebrated it all day. My husband had flowers sent to the house, I went to lunch with an old friend from the animal shelter and she gave me flowers too! I heard from both my boys, and my daughter and her family gave me a Roomba.  We plugged it in today and tried it out.  Pretty cool little gadget! My son in law made dinner (tacos) and we finished up with cake from Publix.  All in all, it was a great day. 

Wednesday:   Today was a  regular day around the house.  More spray painting of different tables, a trip to Target for a few groceries, listed 10 items on eBay and fixed dinner, chicken fettuccine and broccoli.

I remembered to use my Red Card for my 5% discount, every little bit helps.

I was going to mow the yard today, but the temps were going to be 115 degrees with the heat index.

 The grass will just have to grow and wait until this heat wave is over.  Even with the almost daily rain showers, there is no relief from the heat.  The AC has been running non-stop and the power bill reflects that.

After my trip to Target, I made hard boiled eggs in my rice steamer, for me, this is the best and easiest way to make boiled eggs. After I put them in the ice bath, I dry them off, leave the shell on and keep them in a bowl in the fridge.  When I pack them for lunch, I then peel what I need.

My husband is off the rest of the week, he is going to work on completing the installation of our whole house generator. The generator is wired up to the house, and the gas line has been installed from the road ( where the main line is) so he will have to connect the generator to the gas meter. It will be nice to have that project completed.  Hurricane season started June 1 but typically the storms are not active here until about August. Hopefully, the season will be uneventful for everyone.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday This and That

Before and after pics of trimming shrubs 
I thought I was going to make it to church today, but my oldest son called, he was headed out to mow my daughter's lawn before the signing of papers to close.  The HOA was going to hold things up until it was done. 

I went on to the store and picked up the fixings for Tater Tot Casserole with the intentions of making enough for the oldest to take home for his dinner.  I also picked up BOGO Publix chocolate chip cookies for dessert for both of us to enjoy after dinner.

It was great to see him and catch up and of course, get a big hug.  He is doing well and seems much happier and in control of his life. 
That always makes me happy! 

Before the tidying up
Yesterday I worked on cleaning up my storage area in the garage for some of my eBay shipping supplies.  The area is close to the garage door and the table is a catch-all for everyone and everything. 

I pulled everything out and went through the stuff and rearranged the items and supplies I was going to keep in the garage. It was a cool 90 degrees yesterday which is an improvement from the previous week of temperatures reaching 105 degrees.  

There are some items that will be gone after July 4th, you can see the fireworks over by the wall.  My daughter loves fireworks and these are left over from last year.  We are planning to shoot them off this week, so that will definitely make room.

After the tidying up

We are taking it easy today, which means I am not holding myself to finish a list of things to do.  I have already put together dinner, washed bed linens and a load of clothes.  

I may go in the back shed and continue to go through more boxes from the Forty Box Challenge  and decide what to keep and what to recycle back to GoodWill. 

Tomorrow I was maybe planning on going to a huge flea market about an hour away and see what I could find.  It is only on Mondays and it is pretty big.  I like to go out in the field and find the individuals that are selling out of their trunk and see what treasures there are for very little money. 

It is either that or a big thrift store in Orlando that always has good stuff and is air conditioned lol!  

We will see what tomorrow brings!

Have a great Sunday! 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Saturday's List

I love a good list!  They keep me motivated and on track. Yesterday was a good day, all of my things to do were accomplished successfully.  The weather was still warm, about 90 degrees which has been better than the 105-degree temps we have been experiencing for the last week or so. Those temps are just too much.

My daughter, her husband and two kids have been living with us since mid May of this year.  They moved out of their house, put it up for sale, gave away or sold most all of their furniture, home decor, dishes, you name it.  They want to downsize from a 2800 sq feet home to a live a life in a 5th wheel RV.

Their house had a contract in less than 10 days, and the closing will be Tuesday.  Then, when they get the funds, they can pay off two vehicles, the RV and credit card debt and basically start over.  The last month and a half has been lots of fun having the grandkids and their parents right down the hall.  For the most part, all has gone pretty smoothly. We take turns preparing dinner, my daughter keeps her side of the house clean and my son in law is a great cook.

They are planning to stay with us when they get the RV and living out back.  Luckily we have an acre and there is room for everything, the RV, the extra vehicles and the kid's trampoline.  My daughter works 7 days on and has 7 days off.  They are going to travel on her days off and probably homeschool the kids.  We will see what happens with all that.

Back to getting busy for today with a list of things to do:
  • Continue to go through the closet with the goal of listing the clothes or recycling to Goodwill.
  • Clean and organize my eBay shipping supplies.  
  • Sweep front porch and organize the plants.
  • List 10 more items
  • Garage sales in the AM
We are expecting a buyer from eBay to pick up a vintage Trolley (located in the lower right corner of this picture.  He is traveling from Alabama on his way to Disney.

My husband's job is always remodeling and upgrading.  He gets to bring the industrial stuff home, otherwise, they would just throw it out.

The buyer might also be interested in the hook in the upper right corner, he said he wants to have a look at it when he gets here.

Update:  He bought the hook too! 

Time to get busy with the day!  Hope you all have a great Saturday!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Things To Do Today

Moss Rose in backyard
Lists keep me focused.  When I write things down, things get done.  While on summer break from work there are many things that need to get done at home.

  Organizing and going through the closets is on my radar as is repotting a Christmas cactus from its original plastic container into its permanent pot that is being reused and repurposed from a previous Christmas cactus that was moved into a bigger pot after Christmas.

  • Pick 10 items of clothes I haven't worn in 6 months (or longer) an list on eBay.
  • Repot Christmas cactus
  • Pack up and ship sold item for eBay before the mailman passes by
  • Trim the front hedges
  • Run to Goodwill with donations of unsaleable items
That's about it for the day.  There are daily chores, laundry,  run the vacuum that are going to get done as well. 

The heat is miserable and oppressive. So it's best to get out early and get things done or wait for the evening when the sun is setting.  When running errands, I will stalk parking in the shade to try to keep the car cooler.  It may be a placebo effect, because it is still hot as heck regardless. Oh well, that is summertime in Florida!

Happy Friday!  What are your plans for the day?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

40 Year Class Reunion

Last night was my 40-year class reunion.  I was on the fence about going right up until the last minute.  Call it social anxiety, or a challenge for my introverted self, but I am happier staying home
most days.

The reunion was in the planning stages back in April of this year, I had all these plans to get back on track with diet and exercise to bring my best self to the reunion.  The plans were well intended, and on occasion, we did get to the gym but truth be told, there was no real success with weight loss. Eh.  I can live with it.

We arrived at the event location, checked in and picked up our name tags.  It took me a minute to locate my name tag, as I was not sure if it was listed by my maiden name or married name.  It was listed by my married name, with my maiden name included.

Most of the people chatted in the lobby of the venue while other classmates were arriving.  It was interesting to see how people were interacting. There were those who kept to themselves watching others. And then there were those who were like butterflies and mingled successfully with just about everyone.  Just like high school!

What I noticed for me is that I recognized more people than recognized me.  It could have been that this was my first reunion and they were unsure who I was.  I could have been that I had gaps of attendance during my junior year of high school and I had a fall from grace from my clique that was mostly the involved in everything group because of those absences. I found that once I got a car, I would rather go shopping then go to school. It is a wonder I did graduate.
Me between two friends from junior high.
Even though I am on the shy side, I did go up to many individuals and reintroduce myself to them and have a brief conversation.  The majority of the ones I did chat with or had more in common with attended my elementary and junior high school.  It seems I remembered them more than they remembered me.  That was fine.  I did see and chat with several of my closer contacts from high school and we were able to catch up a bit. 

FaceBook helped us to stay connected and see a peek into each of our lives on a regular basis.  We had the commonality of talking about watching each of our families grow up on FB and that was a part of our conversation and helped with the awkwardness, at least for me.

After all is said and done, I will try harder to stay in touch, as in face to face conversations with a couple of friends.  These girls were friends from junior high and I still feel a special connection with them.  For me, when you are young, raising a family right out of high school and working like crazy to keep things afloat there really is no time for the friends you had in high school.  All of my energy was directed at my family.  I think that is true for many of us. 

Overall, attending the reunion was a positive experience and I so appreciate the effort of those that worked so hard to make it a success.  It was a challenge for my social awkwardness, but as they say, "fake it until you make it" and I have that skill down pat. 

Will I go to our 50th reunion?  Yes, I will.  If the good Lord sees fit to keep me here on earth I will make the best of each day He gives me and give Him the glory.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Catching Up

We had a large unplanned expense this week that happened when I went to the dealership to get my oil changed.  They were going to rotate my tires but the service guy came back and said two of my tires were very low tread, (I kinda knew this already) and the other tires were cupping.  (this explained the loud and rough ride.)

So, with my regularly scheduled oil change, we added the purchase, installation, and alignment of four new tires. Expensive, yes.  It came to $1048.00. Meh.

On the plus side, the ride is much smoother and definitely safer.  In order to maintain better tire care, I will be getting my tires rotated every 7000 miles or every other oil change in order to extend the life of my tires.   I use to do regular tire rotation on my Camry, but I fell off the wagon with our Santa Fe.

Yesterday, we started painting our house, specifically the back wall before the pool cage/screen is
Paint on back wall of house 
installed.  The paint was bought months ago when the summer rains and heat prevented us from getting any painting done.  It is much cooler now, well at least for us in Florida (about 65 degrees in AM and warms up to 85 degrees in the afternoon)

Next week, it will be significantly cooler and I hope to get more of the painting done.  If we finish the back wall before the screen is installed, I will be thrilled.  I am so looking forward to cooler weather.  We haven't had our Fall yet.

The first half of the month has been busy,  and I am grateful for that.  Staying on track with everyday chores and the grandkids afterschool events keeps me focused. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Grocery Shopping Week 1 Oct 2018

When you track your grocery shopping you get to see just how many times you go to the store. Sheesh!

We had hoped to keep the weekly grocery spending to $150 a week.  We were close, but there is definitely room for improvement.

Oct 1 Publix     $29.74
Oct 4  Publix    $19.47
Oct 4 WalMart $51.64
Oct 5  Publix    $17.41
Oct 6 Aldi        $45.92
Total                $164.18

The weekend was a busy one.  We celebrated our daughter's birthday with a visit to Epcot, and in, ride our fast pass rides and get out.  The kiddos are usually pretty pooped out by then.

Sunday, we went to SeaWorld for a couple of hours.  We were able to see a couple of shows, but we did eventually get rained out.  Tropical storm/Hurricane Michael is sending us it rains bands as it approaches the Panhandle region.


  Oatmeal and butterscotch cookies were on my mind and I spent most of the afternoon putting them together and baking.  The weather is getting cooler, temps in the high 80's so it felt like the perfect baking weather at least for Florida.

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They were a hit with the family and  I am glad I froze some for later as they did not last long.  I may have eaten too much cookie dough.  I do love cookie dough.  Guilty pleasure.

Tomorrow, the kiddos start up with their activities.  The girl has ballet and tap and the boy has boy scouts.  I really enjoy taking the kids to their after-school activities.  Its just extra time that we get to spend together. Luckily, my hubs will be taking the boy camping in a couple of weekends.

How was your weekend?  Busy or relaxed?

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Today's Grocery Shopping Oct 2018

This morning I had a chance to run to WalMart and Publix to pick up a few items.  I had coupons from last week and I also had a few Ibotta and Checkout51 that I wanted to use.

Ibotta had Sweet Hawaiian Pillsbury Grands "free after offer" with a limit of 5.  I had a coupon for $1.50 off of a purchase of three.  After an earning of $6.54 from Ibotta  My referral code is mr4aea   You get $10 and so do I!
I made $1.50 from the coupon. 

Unless Ibotta decides that I should be penalized for using the coupon. That may change.

I also earned $0.50 for Palmolive Ultra Strength dish soap, $0.50 for Breakstone's sour cream and $0.25 cents for any item.  Total Ibotta earnings $7.79

CheckOut51, I earned $4.00 back on BicSoiel disposable razors and was able to use a coupon for $3.00 off $5.97.  That was a moneymaker for almost $2.00.

And then I scanned both receipts in to Fetch Rewards for points that can be redeemed gift cards.  WX8BV is my referral code!  You get points and so do I!

 I also had coupon savings $8.50 at Walmart.

IBotta dollars: $21.54
Checkout51:  $5.30
Fetch Rewards:  11,061 points

I picked up some BOGO's at Publix with a saving of $13.96 on BOGO's.  No coupons.

I earned $2.00 for the Lance crackers and Honey Maid Graham from CheckOut51.

Do you use all these reward programs successfully? 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

National Night Out

The kiddos, their mom and I went to National Night Out in our local community last night.  The event was at the lake in downtown.  We went early, right as it opened as parking can quickly become an issue.
The kiddos met Daisy the Bloodhound

The weather is still warm, but the humidity was not as high as it was the last couple of weeks.  We managed to walk through the event, visit many booths for free samples of food, goodies for the kiddos which was mostly pencils, and small toys.  The local police department had an obstacle course for the kids and that was a bit hit with everyone.

After spending about an hour and a half, we left the event and headed home.  The kids had fun, and overall it was a pretty good night.

Dinner was leftover chili from Monday, there still enough left for me to take to work for lunch today.  Today's dinner is grilled pork chops and grilled zucchini.  Putting the meals on my calendar has helped greatly with dinner planning.

After work, I will be taking one of the kiddos to the allergist for weekly shots, then maybe, just maybe I can get the yard mowed and liquid edged.  Since going back to work, the yard has been getting a bit scraggly.  This may be the last time we have to mow as the grass is barely growing due to lack of rain.  During the summertime, I was mowing every 5 days just to keep up with the growth.

Our exterminator is coming out today after work for our yearly service.  It has been probably two years since we have had him come out.  He treats the house and if we see any more bugs, they come out and retreat at no cost.  Usually, we don't have to call them back.  The one-time treatment does thew trick. We skipped last year as we were dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Did you participate in your local National Night Out?  How was it?  Would you go back next year?

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