Friday, March 31, 2017

Is Higher Education Too Risky?

I have a friend who returned to school to complete a master's degree a couple of years ago. Her degree is expensive, but not as expensive as some of them out there. I have heard her say repeatedly, I hope this is worth it. And I have wondered recently is higher education just too risky for some individuals?

I've thought about it quite a bit, and I've decided it depends on what you are studying. And it also depends where you go to school.

And I have come to the conclusion that for profit higher education schools may not be the right fit for many individuals.

I have another friend, whose husband went back to school at one of these for profit schools. He took out huge loans for an education. The school had contacted him quickly and encouraged him to take out these loans. They even encouraged him to take out loans for more than he needed. He completed one semester, and then life happened. He couldn't make it to classes for various reasons, and then he dropped out. They were stuck with these loan payments at a time when they lost some of their income. It caused a huge financial strain on the family. And of course he couldn't return to the school with an unpaid bill.

I asked if the school had done anything to assist her husband during the time he was missing classes. She told me no. She felt as though they had got exactly what they wanted. The money for his tuition. Nothing else seemed to matter to the school.

I do believe that  higher education is important, but when a school becomes overly pushy it might be a red flag. If they are pushing you to spend more than you planned. And they don't take no for an answer. You might want to think twice about the financial risks of higher education.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Preparing For That Road Trip

Road trips are a little impulsive sometimes, but most of the time we all know we are going to take a day away. Sometimes the unexpected occurs on a road trip, and it can turn a day away from home into a stressful event. My travel experiences have showed me that there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of your road trip becoming a stressful event.

Road Side Assistance

A couple of months ago, I was driving home from my mother's house in Illinois. I had a flat tire. It was one of those flats that can't repaired. I know how to change a tire, but I can never get the lug nuts loose. I was not going to be able to change the tire on my own. That is when I remembered I had road side assistance on my car insurance. I was so glad I opted to add that to my plan. The repair truck was there within 30 minutes, and the driver changed my tire in no time flat.

Cash

A few years ago, I took a trip with a friend of mine. We were running a little late getting on the road. She said let's go, I'll stop by a machine when we get there. She just knew there was one she could use somewhere in the area we were heading to. She had no cash with her. I thought okay. We arrived at our destination. And we had to go to four different places in order for her to get some cash. Be prepared. You don't need tons of cash, but have some with you.

Credit Cards

Credit cards do have their evil side. You can get into debt with them. That is bad. But they are great for emergencies, and unexpected finds. A few weeks ago, I took a trip with a friend. And there was definite car trouble. The car was overheating. The repair shops were all closed. We had a choice to make. Push on and have a slow and nerve racking trip back home. There was also the possibility that we could do more damage to the vehicle by pressing on. Or we could get a hotel and spend the night. We opted to spend the night. We were much safer, and we were relaxed.

So these are my tips for road trip preparation. Do you have any tips you think should be shared with the world?



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

You Know Spring Has Arrived When

I was out and about the other day, and I realized spring is really here. There were a few things that caused me to be aware that spring had arrived. Here's my list of ways to recognize that spring has arrived.

The Rumble Of Harleys

I pulled into the gas station. I saw a Harley Davidson. It's owner was sitting on the ground next to it smoking a cigarette. Then in the background, I heard that unmistakable rumble of Harley's taking off. I thought to myself it's not just a nice day, it's a spring day.

Call Ins

I arrive at work on Friday night. There are five people who have called in sick. It's the first Friday day of the year that it has reached 70 degrees. Oh, yeah! It's also a sunny day. Everybody just needed that mental health day I guess. Maybe management should make it a little easier for us to schedule a day off. I'm just sayin'!

Birds

I walk out the door at 4:30 am, and I hear birds singing. Yes, the seasons have changed. It feels great. I know that I need to go home and sleep so I can get the day rolling.

It Smells Like Rain

That grumpy old man you work with, says it smells like rain. You realize it's been several months since you have heard this statement. The expression for the past few months has been I feels like it might snow.

Decluttering

Decluttering becomes more than something you should do. It becomes something you really want to do. I think it's actually referred to as spring cleaning. I have actually wanted to get rid of items that are just lying around. Got a huge bag of stuff ready to go to The Salvation Army. Yay me!

So these are some of the ways I know spring has arrived, how do you know it has arrived?





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Trip To The Orient

So there are days that you want to get away. You wish for a romantic vacation, but you know that it's just not going to happen this week. There are no funds, and there is that thing called a job. Sometimes you have to just imagine a getaway. And it involves places that you stumble upon. And there was this one day when I just happened to stumble across an oriental garden. So that day I was able to take a half hour trip to the orient without the expense or time. It's not quite the same, but sometimes you just have to deal with the cards your dealt in life. Here are a few of the things I saw that day.


Let me know which picture you like best, and are there any hidden spots you have stumbled upon recently?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 13

This past week of thrifting has been a success. I found some items that I really liked at dirt cheap prices. One of the great things about thrifting is you never know what you will find. It's like a little bit of an adventure. Here are a few of the finds of the week.
I really liked the top and somehow in all the clothing I found a pair of pants that matched perfectly? I can never figure out how I can always find an entire matching outfit at the thrift stores It's like the people who donating know exactly what I am looking for.

I loved the little jelly shoes I found. They have a floral pattern in them. And they are absolutely adorable. I also picked up some cards and a little kitten.
I really liked the color of the sweater. It is made out of lambs wool so I know that I can also use it for felting. But who knows what I will do with it.
I found an entire bag full of Aladdin toys. I was so happy. The genie from that movie is one of my favorite animation characters. It could be because he's blue.
I wasn't absolutely sure how I was going to use this heart wicker tray, but it was only 50 cents. So I just couldn't pass it up.
The pillow case I bought was dirt cheap, and the design was a little different than most of them I have seen. I thought there has to be a use for that fabric.





Sunday, March 26, 2017

Getting Back To Samurai Jack

I received a phone a few weeks ago. It was a friend of mine who was extremely excited. He asked if I had heard yet. This question can go a lot of ways. So I asked for some clarification. He told me there is a new season of Samurai Jack. I thought to myself is it true? Could they have resurrected a truly great animated show? The answer is yes they have.
My friend, Andy, introduced me to Jack. And I have always been grateful for this introduction. This is a show that was meant for children. It originally aired on cartoon network, but because of the art and good story lines it is a cartoon that many adults enjoyed too.

I am looking forward to see if Jack can get back to his time. And I can hardly wait to see the great animation. Hopefully, this won't be a resurrection that leaves me disappointed.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great Moments The Week Has Presented

Every week is full of precious moments. Times that just make you really appreciate life. This week has been like most weeks. There have been some really great moments that make me feel grateful.

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is one of those totally useless holidays. It's not a significant day, but it is just fun to celebrate. I was able to spend time with a friend for pre-celebrations. It was fun just to cut loose. And well pulling out the green garb is also a lot of fun.

My Doctor

I had to go to the doctor this week because my shoulder was hurting. He was able to diagnose it quickly, and he gave me choices on how to deal with it. And thank goodness none of them are too difficult.

The Future Me

I was out and about this week with a friend. We wound up sharing a table with this little old lady. Somehow the lady and I immediately struck up a conversation. My friend that was with me said she couldn't understand how I could find a person who was exactly like what I would be in 20 years. The strange thing is the lady is exactly 20 years older than I am. She seemed to be pretty lively and she looked good. So here's hoping I am like that lady at her age.

So what great things have been going on in all of your lives?


Friday, March 24, 2017

Can You Pick Me Up A Chainsaw?

A few years ago, I asked a friend if they wanted me to pick anything up for them while I was thrifting. I got this odd response. Can you pick me up a chainsaw if you see one? I was like okay. As I went to stores. I realized two things. One, chainsaws aren't easy to find. Second, I know absolutely nothing about chainsaws. I still haven't found that chainsaw, but I have learned a little more about them. So here are a few tips for you lumberjack and lumberjane wannabes.

Educate Yourself

Talk to a reputable dealer about your needs. Watch loads of videos about the product. Most of us start with a zero knowledge base about chainsaws. Honestly, I had no clue on how to start one when my friend asked me if I saw one to pick it up. If I hadn't have watched a video or two I wouldn't have known that it needs a working pull cord in order to operate. The point is if you don't know what you are looking for a cheap price may not be that cheap. You might end up buying something that doesn't work.

Protect Yourself

Chainsaws can be dangerous. You need to make sure that you have a few safety items before you operate it. Wood chips fly, and if your grip slips do I need to explain anymore? Here is a list of items you'll need.
Ear Protection(Ear Plugs)
Eye Protection(Safety Goggles)
Hard Hat A well fitting helmet will do well.
Protective Apron Chaps Just in case that chain saw slips.
Gloves will help you get a better grip on the saw.

Maintenance

You do want to maintain that chainsaw. It's not really an expensive purchase, but it's not a cheap one either. Make sure that you have bar oil and 2 cycle engine oil on hand to keep it running well.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pecan And Collard Green Chicken Salad

Winter and spring are the time for some alternative forms of greens. And one of those is the collard green. These greens grow well in cooler climates, and they are rich in loads of vitamins and minerals. Collards are a great source of vitamin c, fiber, and one of those things that has become important to me recently, lutein. So when you go to make a salad this winter grab some collard greens instead of that iceberg lettuce.

Here's What You Need

Collard Greens washed and dried
2 oranges
1/2 cup pecans
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken breast
4 strips of bacon into bits

Here's What You Do

Cut the center vein out of the collard greens. Then cut it into small pieces. Next juice one of the oranges, and peel the other orange. Mix the vinegar, honey, maple syrup, and mustard together. Set it aside. Put the greens in a bowl, add the peeled orange on top of the greens. Then layer the chicken. pecans and bacon on the salad. Cover the salad with the liquid mixture.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Christmas Story House

A day away can do wonders for you. A kitschy day trip is a great way to spark you creativity. So my friend and I took a day. We made that drive to Cleveland, Ohio, to see that place of things of Christmas past. Or maybe I should call it Christmas kitschy. We visited A Christmas Story House.
Most everyone in the United States has seen the movie A Christmas Story. I mean around Thanksgiving, it plays for like 24 hours straight. It's a movie about an ideal of America. An America that is part of the past for the most part. And we can all relate to some of those crazy scenes in the movie. You know the triple dog dare scene. The pink bunny scene sticks out in so many individuals minds. The movie is all about an idealistic Hammond, Indiana, where the author of the story grew up.

When they went to make the movie in 1984, the city of Hammond had changed, and it was difficult to find a house like the one that was described in the stories. But Cleveland was another story. The movie producers just kind of stumbled across this house. And it was exactly what was needed for a perfect setting.

So what do you get at this house? You get a chance to explore hands on the place where some of the scenes from that kitschiest of all Christmas movies was filmed.
Walking through Ralphie's bedroom I could just see the characters in the house. You are able to touch the props in the house. And you can pose with them for photos.
What fan of the cult movie doesn't want the opportunity to sit in the bathroom and decipher the message buy more ovaltine? You can do it!

Or a chance to sit down where that question how do the piggies eat was asked?

There's also a house next door that is the home to props from the movie. And a few of the reviews of the movie. It was fun to read a positive review, and then go on and read a mixed review. One reviewer ever stated that adults may not find this movie interesting. And then there is the shop. It's full of everything a fan of the Christmas Cult Classic has to offer.

So, overall, I really recommend the Christmas Story House as a day trip. Fans of the movie won't be disappointed.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Heart Shaped Box

I am a fan of a good horror story. Not the ones full of gore, but the ones with a little suspense. I recently read the Heart Shaped Box, and this is what I thought of the book.

The Story

Imagine being a rock star who can buy anything. And your tastes run to the dark side. And your assistant points out that there is a ghost for sale online. And it is something that you need for your collection of the darker things in life. But when you receive that heart shaped box you learn that the ghost is no joke. And that it will turn your world upside down.

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. I like that this book explored what can happen if you buy something you know should probably be left alone. I liked how the characters in this book are broken individuals in so many ways. Since Jude, the rock star, has tastes that are dark you would assume that he is totally uncaring. And at first you believe that is true, but as the story unfolds, you find that while he able to do some of the really rough things in life. He really does have a good side.

The story reminds me that following your instincts should be a rule of thumb. If Jude had followed his instincts and not allowed that gift from the heart shaped box he bought to be burned, the story might have been a little different.

The book also reminds me that everybody has some sort of moral compass. Even the rock star who owns a snuff film. And sometimes it takes some big events to move us towards doing what we already know is right.

I also like that this book does not depend on gore to develop the story. There are some gory moments, but it isn't the entire story. It's part of what is going on in the story.

Who Should Read This Book

If you are a fan of horror stories, you will probably like this book. It is scary to find that you buy an item at an online auction, and you get a little more than you bargained for. And if you have any connections with the goth or alternative world you will probably enjoy this book. The story has some great twists and turns that revolve around goth girls.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Just a Good Night's Sleep

I work nights currently. I've worked alternate shifts most of my life. And the one thing anybody who has worked alternate shifts knows is that just a good night's sleep is one of the most valuable things around. The third shifter shares something with the  insomniacs of the world. We share the desire to just get the right amount of rest. After years of working weird shifts, here are a few of my secrets to getting some sleep.

Routine

There was a point in time when I tried to stay away all day after I got off work on the weekends. I thought this would help me get more completed in life. The opposite was what occurred. I was so groggy and tired I didn't get much accomplished. And I didn't enjoy the things I was doing. What I found was that my body likes knowing what to expect. I did much better when I picked a time to go to sleep and went to bed at or near the same time every day.

Nap

A daily nap will screw your sleep cycle up. An occasional long nap once every week or so will make you feel better. If your body is telling you to sleep on a regular basis. You may need some extra sleep. There are just times when you need to sleep extra in order to have more energy. Personally, I stay awake during the night on my days off. So I am up all night pretty much every night. But if I am tired at night, I sleep for an hour or so when it's dark out. I'm usually pretty good to go for a while after that nap. And I mean that I am less tired for several days.

Move

Fit some sort of exercise into your life routine. The more you move the more energy you will have. It will also provide you with a time when your body naturally wants to sleep.

Avoid Sleep Aids

Tylenol PM is the third shifters friend and enemy. If I take one on occasions, I get a great night of solid sleep. But I do feel a little groggy when I wake up. If I take a sleep aid on a regular basis, I am just tired all of the time, and they become less effective when I really need them to be. Melatonin is much more effective for me. And I don't seem to build up that tolerance as quickly. It is a natural supplement, and it does work at regulating sleep cycles. It works.
The point of all of this is listen to your body. Most of the time it will guide you to where you need to be.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Concrete Angel

Sometimes you drive around and you see something. And you think I really like that, but you continue driving. And then you drive by it again and think to yourself, I should take a picture of that. But you decide you are busy and it will have to wait until another day. And then there is a day when you decide it's time to push your creativity a little further. It's the day you decide to get out of the car and take the photo.

That was what happened with these photos. I loved the angel as I drove past it. But I am a shy photographer. I like taking photos best when nobody is around. But I knew I wanted to see this concrete angel as a photo, so I told myself that I would get that pic today.



Let me know which of the photos you like best. And do you have a difficult time getting out to take photos too?


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thoughts About A Monster Truck

I pulled into a parking lot the other day. And I looked over. I saw something unusual. I mentioned it in my post Life Is Grand. It was a vehicle. It didn't look like the other vehicles in the parking lot. It looked like this.
I thought to myself, I've never really seen a monster truck so I decided to take a closer look. I have to admit this is one sub culture I don't understand. As I walked toward the truck, I wondered what was the first person who created a monster truck thinking about. Why do you need wheels that large? Where was this originator of this truck from?
As I got closer I realized that the body of the truck really isn't the outside of the truck isn't what is important. It's all that orange crap underneath it that is important. That's the real draw to the truck. Those shock absorbers are huge. As long as a leg huge.
And then as I was looking around at the truck. I remembered I once had a friend who worked for Goodyear. I remembered how he told me they had special tools to go out and change those big huge tractor wheels. And I remembered that flat tire I had a few weeks ago. I thought there is no way that I could change one of those tires on this or on a tractor, if I can't change a tire on my car.
Then somehow my mind wandered to Transformers.  Are they just monster trucks that were mutated?
Which led to a strange thought about the movie AI. It's a few years ago since it was put out. It was about a robotic little boy. And I thought about how he developed emotions. I wondered if that was really going to be part of the future.

Then I wondered to myself, why is this truck causing so many random thoughts? I decided maybe it was just time to run into the store and buy the case of pop that I originally came for. Because really are monster trucks meant to cause so much thought?


Friday, March 17, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 12

Another week of thrifting has come and gone. And yes, I will share the finds I have found this week.
This is a really great collection of things I picked up at a Goodwill on the way home from my mother's house.
I really liked this little figurine. I liked the pastel colors, and the feather in the cap. It cast less than a dollar.
I picked up this vintage Parker Brothers game. It was green tag day at that Goodwill, so it only cost me a dollar. The game box was taped up so I couldn't tell it contained all the pieces or not, but I figured it was worth a shot. I mean that illustration is fabulous isn't it? And has anybody ever played the game?
I really loved the denim top I picked up The floral embroidery on the denim looks great and it is a Carole Little top. $2 yep, that's it! Just two bucks!

There was also a canvas painting that I picked up along with a Pixar coloring book. Both were ridiculously cheap. And I can put them both to good use. I do love to color.

So let me know how all of you have been doing with your thrifting.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life Is Grand

Life has been really busy recently. I haven't really had the opportunity to write much. So I thought it was time to share some of the great things in my life.

My mom is home in her apartment after her heart attack. And she is doing fine. Thank God for all those rehab therapists, who were able to help her out. You are all fantastic! And I am so thankful that my employer was understanding when I needed a week off of work to get her settled back at home.

I am so thankful that a friend of mine remembered me on a trip she took to San Francisco. She brought me back some truly great finds. I mean these shoes are an example of some of the items she brought back.
I want to get a better picture for you guys to see, but they have chains and skulls on them. The best present so far this year.

A new phone. I finally got a new phone. I got an IPhone. It's the first new phone I've gotten in the past five years. I don't know if I will be able to handle the new technology or not.

Driving into a parking lot, and seeing this.
It's not everyday that you see a monster truck up close and personal is it? Look forward to some other thoughts I have about these monster trucks later on in the month.

Road trips are the greatest. I finally got to take a road trip to someplace I've wanted to go for a little while. It was way fun. And yes, you will hear a little more about traveling to Cleveland later in the month.

So these are a few of the things that have made life grand recently.





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Break $1000 Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway! I know there are those of you who are jumping up and down right now. This one is a big one. Two lucky winners will receive $500 via paypal. All you have to do is enter in order to have the chance to win.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

How Individuals with​ ​D​isabilities​ ​​Can​ ​Find the​ ​Right​ ​Dog for their​ ​Homes by Dixie Tenny

Today I am lucky enough to have a guest post by Dixie Tenny. Dixie has worked with rescue animals since the 1980's. And she is the author of the book How To Find Your Dream Dog.

How Individuals with Disabilities Can Find the Right Dog for their Homes by Dixie Tenny


There are two possible types of dogs that an individual with a disability might be looking for. One is a pet dog, and the other is a service dog.
All the guidelines in my book "How to Find Your Dream Dog" apply to anyone at all who is looking for the best pet dog for them, whatever their abilities might be. Every person needs to consider the reasons they want a dog, and examine whether those reasons are realistic and workable for both prospective owner and for the dog. Everyone needs to think through the qualities needed to be a wonderful pet dog owner, which are covered in Chapter 2 (hint: topics discussed are time, money, energy, knowledge, patience, and taking the feelings and thoughts of all family members into account). Everyone will benefit from considering the different qualities that different types of dogs bring with them into a family, so that they choose the best fit for themselves. It’s like finding the right piece to a jigsaw puzzle. My book was written to help anyone find her dream dog - if that dog is going to be a pet.
Finding the right service dog is very different. Service dogs absolutely must have particular qualities that include steadiness, reliability, willingness to repeat needed behaviors as often as necessary, the desire to spend as much time as possible with their human companions. This combination of qualities is not commonly found in the pet dog population. Accredited service dog organizations find their dogs either through purpose-breeding them, or by screening many hundreds of candidates in shelters and rescue organizations. Many dogs are not suited to service work with human partners who have disabilities - at least, not yet. 
Domestic dogs are a human-made creation. Every breed and type of dog was molded to suit a particular need that humans had at the time. Those needs included help with herding or flock-guarding, different types of help with hunting, pulling sleds, rescuing humans from water or avalanches, guarding property or individuals, controlling vermin around farms (and even in palaces!), serving as household companions, and many more. Selective breeding hard-wired the instincts needed for these jobs into those dogs, and genes carry those instincts to their descendants today. That is why, for example, most Labrador Retrievers love to swim and retrieve, even though it might have been a dozen generations since a particular lab’s ancestors were asked to do those things as their work. 
A Labrador’s built-in love of not only retrieving but also working closely with a human (hunter), and willingness to do repetitious work (retrieving bird after bird all day long, with constant enthusiasm) translate beautifully into a dog willing and able to do, for example, wheelchair-assistance work. A highly alert, busy, and vocal Sheltie - and those are all qualities needed for its original job herding sheep - make it a great candidate to train into a hearing-ear dog or any kind of alert dog.
Why not use, say, a Basset hound? While Bassets are charming and companionable, the work their breed was created to do was to hunt using their excellent sense of smell, following a scent to its source without any guidance from the human hunters following behind. A Basset’s bred-in genes for working independently and using scent instead of sight or hearing do not lend themselves to service dog work.
At least, not yet. As we learn more about all the amazing things that dogs can do, the list of tasks covered by the term “service dog” has expanded enormously, and continues to do so. We have discovered that some dogs can sense (scent) many things that we cannot, starting with truffles and drugs but now including hibernating turtles, pornographic tapes, oncoming seizures, some kinds of cancer, and possibly even pregnancy! So the Basset hound’s day as a service dog might be just around the corner.
It may well be that before long, the skills possessed by almost every type of dog will be useful to their human partners, providing a fantastic range of service and giving us all more abilities than we ever dreamt of.

The Book


Different breeds of dogs have different temperaments. Most people already know that. But sometimes we forget that we need to choose a pet with a temperament that will compliment their lifestyle. This book is easy to read, and it is full of valuable information for individuals who are looking for their home.

I was reminded that dogs like people have their own personalities. And that personalities don't change that much. She reminds readers that a shy puppy will probably be a shy adult. And a pushy puppy will be a challenging dog. She reminded me that look at the pet's personality. Does it fit what you are looking for, and do you have time for this animal's needs.

If you are looking to introduce a new dog into your life, then you must read this book.

Disclosure

I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but the opinions are all mine.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fireside Gothic

I like spooky stories. Not the bloody horror stories that depend on violence. I like those spooky stories that have a hint about what might happen in life. Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor is a book with three short stories that fit the definition of spooky tales.

The Stories

The first story revolves around two boys who are the only two boys left at their school during winter holiday. It's a pure ghost story. And the boys have a connection with each other for the rest of their lives due to their experience on that holiday.

The second story is about the death of a sibling. On his way home from his sisters funeral the main character's car breaks down. He winds up in a long time ago leper colony. The people he meets there really end up changing his life.

The third story is actually about a cat. A young man who has returned from fighting in the gulf area stays with his uncle. He is suffering from PTSD, and he claims that he sees a cat in the woods. And he suffers from an infected cat scratch.

What I Think

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all three of the stories. I have tried to decide which of the stories is my favorite. I waiver between the second and third story. I think the ending of the second story is the creepiest of the three. I won't tell you, but it makes you think about what if. But then again the third stories involves a cat as a main character. And it is an interesting way to use the feline as a character. But I like how the author connects the kitty to all of the characters in the story.

After reading these stories, I want to check out more of the author's books. I want to see if I enjoy them as much as I enjoyed these novellas.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thrifty Finds Week 11

I am a firm believer that any day is a good day for thrifting. As I enter each store, I always wonder what will I find? A friend of my mother's reminded me, that the real fun of thrifting is the find. When you find something you really need, it's like striking gold.
I have a friend who is a big fan of butterflies, So anything involving a butterfly is an easy gift for her. And I loved the colors in this one.
I found a pillow sham with a fantastic embroidered pattern. Once again I must have been loving pink that day.
I also found a really cool gray tank. I love the feel of the fabric and of course the lace at the top of it.
My friend that was shopping with me decided that I needed a new outfit. I thought to myself like a hole in my head, but when I found a coral colored jacket and a top that matched perfectly I decided she was probably right. I did need a new outfit.
I found this super nice teacup and saucer. Do you know how hard it is to find matching sets anymore?
One of the challenges of purchasing used clothes is that the sweaters often have the tendency to pill. You know those little balls that build up on sweaters after you wash them. I found the answer, a fabric shaver that will remove them. And a really great fall scented candle. Why are there always so many of the fall scents and hardly any of the spring floral scents?







Tuesday, March 7, 2017

This One Time At Band Camp

When I was in school, I was a band geek. I played the trumpet. I was an okay player. I was better than some, and definitely not bound for becoming a professional player. But I had a lot of fun. I liked my friends in band. I enjoyed going to band camp. I enjoyed the music we played. It all made sense to me.

But then something changed. Well a couple things changed. The first thing was we moved. I mean we moved to another state. So those valued band friends weren't part of my daily life. I was thrown into a new situation.

I went to band class my first day at my new school. I expected that we would break out some sheets of music and start to play. That's not what happened.

They started talking about marching band. I thought to myself what is going on? Somehow I had to stay after school to practice marching. I groaned. But I decided I needed to check it out.


After I school I went to the field where the practice took place. People were in a formation of some sort. And they were being encouraged to play as loud as possible. I groaned again. This was not what I anticipated. I wanted to play my instrument. This was walking around in circles. In essence, I hated it! I began thinking how do I get out of this.

It was impossible for the year. So, I went to class day after day. I listened to the teacher talk about state. I heard talk about flags and uniforms. I practiced very little. It was a joke to me. Where was all of the fun I had in band class before? Why was everything about winning? I didn't understand this. It felt like a group of people without hands trying to fit into the sports world. It wasn't my cup of tea.

The time came for me to sign up for my classes the next year. I decided I wanted no part of this band class. I didn't sign up. And at that point I walked away from my desire to play an instrument. It just lost its appeal.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Walking Through The Cemetery

One of my goals for the month was to visit a cemetery and take some photos. You can check out my goals, and why I set some of them in my post March 2017 goals. Here are some of the things I saw when I went to the cemetery that day.

Let me know what you think of the pictures, and how are you doing with any goals you have set for yourself this month?