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6/12/2016 1:56:37 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Bad Roofers... the gift that keeps on sucking.
I would like to think that there are some good roofers out there, but all the ones I have experience with (both of them) did terrible jobs that resulted in leaking and damage, threatened to not finish if we didn't pay them the rest of the money, then never showed up again after taking the money.  So there is lesson number one kids:
NEVER pay the second half of contracted money until the work is 100% done and 100% right... even if that person is family of a friend of family.
But in any case, ...

6/11/2016 10:03:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Done with the "barn" extension.
While I still have to organize and clean out the rest of the "barn" itself, I am done with the barn extension.
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6/4/2016 6:09:57 PM - 5 Comments - Read Full Post

Full Force Spring Cleaning... or exactly how did I move that by myself?
I don't know if keeping too busy to think is a good way to handle grief, but maybe it is a necessary thing right now.  And finding out that our community "Clean Up" would happen this weekend with a tiny fee of $5 per truck-load of junk instead of the $70-ish at the county dump, and dumpsters right near the mailboxes a mere half-mile away, was a push to action that I could not ignore.
So Thursday I turned this...

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4/2/2016 11:54:27 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Thailand Trip Update and More Strange Sewing
WooHoo!  Just checked on our tour of Thailand for our dates and it is “Sold out”.  YEAH!!!
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4/2/2016 11:24:22 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Preparing for a huge trip and a "Miracle Shopping Pack"
I know, I know... I have been promising to write a big post about my first trip out of the country to visit Hubby where he is working in Colombia.  But... I don't have time for that right now.  Why?  Because I am preparing for a huge trip to tour Thailand with a stop-over in Beijing, China.
Yep.  And if the planning alone isn't enough to send me into permanent cardiac-arrest, the hidden costs associated with it definitely are.
The trip itself isn't as expensive ...
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2/12/2016 1:10:08 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Cleaning Up My Act and New Fridge Adjustments
Okay… so I finally got my act together and pulled up the plastic in the livingroom (that I put down to keep the carpet clean while I was out of town) and vacuumed.  Then while I was at it, I vacuumed what I could get to in the office, the bedroom, a random portion of the kitchen and dining area, the rug in front of the kitties food… but then had to stop because Hamper clogged up my upholstery attachment too much.  How do I know it was Hamper and not Ten?  Well… because Ten doesn’t like it when I vacuum her with the ...

10/16/2015 11:59:43 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Quick Bare Phone Pocket / Slip Case
I have finally gotten smart.  Well, at least my phone has.  There was a good deal on Groupon for a refurbished fancy, at least compared to my old style, phone and free service from FreedomPop.  (You can see my review of FreedomPop at the end of this post.)
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2/11/2015 12:26:10 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

The Excessively Complete Guide to Homemade Pizza For Beginners
This post is a basic guide to homemade pizza and includes detailed instructional videos for beginners, a review of different baking methods, and quite a lot of tips for getting the perfect home pizza.  While there are plenty of instructionals for pizza on the net, all I could find was "the right way to do it" by people who have obviously made a few thousand pizzas.  So I decided that it might be helpful to give an instructional to beginners by a beginner who has made just enough pizzas to have a good idea ...

Hamper Hangin Around1/14/2015 4:35:16 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Old and Grumpy... I mean the Cat.
Sure, for the last couple weeks I have felt like a herd of miniature horses has run me over daily, and the doctor basically said "Who Knows." and tossed some antibiotics my way.  But this post is really not about the grumpy and cough-so-hard-my-head-will-explode human in the house, it is about the old and grumpy cat.  No... not that grumpy cat... my grumpy cat.  The one that ends his "Meow" with an extra "feah" when he is angry with me.
My big old ...

12/9/2014 10:21:48 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Frugal Fan Fix For Ferociously Freezing Failing Fridge
I actually did this mod/repair a while ago, but I wanted to be sure it would work well before I posted the how-to.  We got this fridge when we first moved to the mountains several years ago.  Used, nothing fancy, but in good condition.  Sadly though, over the last two years it has gotten worse and worse about freezing everything in the back and produce bins and leaving the rest not cold enough.
I started moving things around a lot to try to keep everything at the right temperatures, but with hubby home and ...

12/4/2014 8:25:38 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A "New" Used Addition to Our Car Family
A smart girl thinks ahead... and an obsessively compulsive one thinks ahead, plans for the worst, and then worries about it until something can be done... then worries about it some more.  And this was the case with our recent car troubles.  Luckily though, I put some of that planning and worry to good use by having scoured Craigslist for the best deals on hopefully good running vehicles.
So when ...

12/1/2014 3:30:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Thanksgiving Weekend and Covering a Barn Shelter
I am thankful for many things.  My friends and family.  That my sister invites hubby and I to spend Holidays with her family.  And right now I am very thankful that I no longer need to worry about everything in the "barn" getting covered with a couple foot of snow this winter.
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11/4/2014 11:51:19 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Adding Elastic to Pants... Step By Step
This weekend started well with Saturday being Pizza and Elastic day.  Er... What?   Yes.  While hubby made pizza dough from scratch and we topped four pizzas with our favorite toppings... or at least whatever favorite toppings were around the house, I added elastic to the back of his pants.
 
( No... your eyes are not deceiving you... that pizza does have a funny giant crust like a bagel got jiggy with a pizza and had a ...

10/1/2014 11:58:21 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Better Mouse Trap and Thumb-Thimbullina
Just sewing up a storm… and did a couple days of jam making as well.
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8/18/2014 2:06:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Grill / Privacy Wall
This has been the year of landscaping around our house, and one of the few projects that I wanted to get done was a privacy divider between the front door and the rest of the patio and sliding glass doors.  Not only because the lack of a divider encourages just anyone to head towards the patio instead of stopping at the front door, but also because there is no telling what state of undress I might be in behind those glass doors.  Considering that my height of "dressed" around the house is a tank-top and pajama pants, this ...

8/10/2014 3:34:59 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Summer Sunday Fun
While summer fun can often seem expensive, even the smallest outing can seem out of reach when budgets are tight.  When that is the case, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for half-off deals or even better... make use of certificates you might already have.  We had a mini-golf certificate that we got from "Get MY Perks" www.getmyperks.com/denver a while ago...  $10 All-Day Pass for two people.  And even better, the location was right at the base of the hill.  ( Or for those of you not living in ...

8/5/2014 4:28:58 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Getting Spicy In Style
After the rough Saturday we had, we decided that when we found the label sheets I ordered in the mail on Sunday morning, that it was just the better part of valor to hole up in the house and re-do our spice labels.
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7/29/2014 3:30:15 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

How to Make Your Own Cooling Bands
My recent trip to Topeka, Kansas was a long one with no air-conditioning, but having some cooling bands really made the difference and I had a fun time with my niece on her driving trip to visit my parents.  I wrote a post about Road Trip Tips with some additional information about types of cooling bands, but since I have a hard time finding cooling bands when I need them, I thought I would also write up a ...
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7/29/2014 3:03:05 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Road Trip Tips
Last week I took a semi-last-minute trip to Topeka with my niece to visit my parents.  And while a toss-it-in-and-go kind of trip was the standard when I was young, as I have gotten older I have realized a few things about long car trips.  For example, the fact that road trips just are not as much fun as I thought when I was a kid, and for some reason everything in the world isn't really six hours away.  And sadly, my stomach is no longer made of iron and capable of downing large quantities of greasy fast food at random. ...

7/11/2014 12:13:24 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Concrete: Step by Step
The first step to turning this...........                                             Into This..............
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