Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Little Bit of This...A Little Bit of That...

Quote for the day:
Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance
but disappear when you get up close to them.  ~John Shirley


Happy Halloween to one and all!  I hope it was a good one for you...and I hope you got TREATS and not TRICKS!  :)

This weekend has gone by AMAZINGLY FAST!  Wow!  Whoosh...and it was GONE!
Remember that auction I told you we were going to on Saturday in this post?

Well...we went and had a good time.  It was COOOOLLLLDDD, but we dressed warmly and survived without too much frostbite!  LOL

The auction was in a REALLY NICE area of Bridgeport...nice house, nice neighborhood...nice STUFF!  :D  And things went CHEAPLY for the most part.  Makes me wish I had a bigger house.  A BEAUTIFUL dining set with 6 chairs went for $90.  Yeah...tell me about it!  And there was NOTHING cheap about any of the things this couple had owned.  Everything wreaked of money!  You could have furnished a complete house with solid, well-made brand-name furniture for a couple hundred dollars at this auction! 

Anyway...I don't like to cook.  Basically, I'd rather be quilting...or doing just about ANYTHING else...other than cooking...except for maybe having a root canal...I'd rather cook than have a root canal...   But I digress... 

Back to me not liking to cook...when I do have to cook, I like to not only have the "right" tools for the job, but I also like to use pretty things.  It makes the chore more fun...and the food more presentable to be served in pretty things.  I have a variety of pretty platters and serving bowls that I have bought at yard sales and thrift stores over the years.  I usually pay about $1.00 for a pretty china platter and about 25-50 cents for a pretty china serving bowl.

Now...what does all of this have to do with the auction????

Well...I saw two boxes of Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne pattern baking dishes and serving dishes.  These boxes were chock full.

When they came up for auction they auctioned them off together as one "lot".  And guess who bought them???

ME!!!  :)



Yep...all 45 pieces of it!  

Now...anybody want to hazard a guess of how much I paid????????


$7.50...FOR EVERYTHING!!!

Now...just so you know...I am only keeping what I can use.  If it duplicates an item I already have (that is in a plain glass instead of pretty ironstone)  I will get rid of the plain item and keep the pretty ironstone piece.  For example, I will get rid of a plain pie plate I have and replace it with the one on the left of the picture there.  

I will be keeping probably 12 of the pieces that are pictured.  All the rest will be Ebayed.   I have already listed 3 lots and will be listing more over the next several days.  If anything doesn't sell, I will put it with the yardsale items.  I should more than make my money back!  ;)

These are the lots I have listed on Ebay right now:







Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave a comment to let me know what you have "released" into the wild today!

Loretta

Friday, October 29, 2010

Magazines on the way out...

Quote for the day:
Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. 
~Author Unknown


Hi, Peeps...hope everyone is doing well as we head into the weekend.

Tomorrow there is an estate auction that Andy & I are planning on attending.  I'm taking one of those canvas folding chairs to sit in because my back hurts when I stand too long. 

The pictures for the auction shows a lot of sewing stuff (for Me) and some crocks (for Andy).  (A friend at my work calls Andy the "Great White Crock Hunter" because of his collection of crocks.  LOL)  He doesn't collect them to "keep"...instead, he likes "wheeling & dealing" in them.  He buys them "low" and sells them "medium"...his prices are MUCH more reasonable than at antique stores.  It's his hobby...like quilting is mine!  :)


Since I have completed Rebekah's quilt (the one I showed you in the last post) and I am waiting for the batting that I have ordered for my next quilt to come in, I've been doing some "fun" blocks...scrappy log cabin blocks.

When I finish with a quilt and am cleaning up my sewing room, I cut leftover fabric into strips and store them in clear plastic shoeboxes according to size.  Every so often I have to go in to those shoeboxes and make something with the scraps because the lids won't fit on the the boxes anymore!  LOL

The 1.5" strip box was pretty dang full, so I thought I'd "play" in them for a while and make some scrappy blocks.  Here are some of those completed blocks on my "design wall"... 


Do you remember "flannel-boards" from Sunday School?  Fabric adheres to flannel really well...so I taped a VERY LARGE piece of flannel to part of one wall in my sewing room.  Then when I am making a quilt I can put the blocks on it to rearrange them to see how I want to put the quilt together.  Because the blocks are fabric, they adhere to the wall very well...thus, a "design wall"!!  :)


Because I am using "scraps" from other quilts that have accumulated...I guess that you could say my making scrap blocks is a form of decluttering!  :D


But now for some "real" decluttering...

When I go to physical therapy I have about 20 minutes to read while I have  the muscle-stim and hot packs on my back.  I've been taking quilting magazines with me to go through.  These magazines were given to me by a friend who received them from a friend.  Each of those people took out of the magazines what they wanted for future reference....so there are few-to-no complete instructions/patterns in the magazines by now.  They are mostly just pictures at this point.  

So after I tear out what I want to keep from them (inspiration photos/ideas and any patterns that I may want in the future) I toss the magazines.
Here is the pile of 4 magazines that I went through and are now ready to be "released" via the trash:


Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and to let me know what you have "released" into the wild!  
Have a great weekend!

Loretta

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

There's Just Something About a Quilt...

Quote for the day:
Definition of a Quilter:
Somebody who takes large pieces of fabric, 
cuts them up into little pieces of fabric,
and then sews them together again to make a large piece of fabric!

When I'm not busy being a nurse (or tossing out unnecessary clutter), I quilt.  

It relaxes me.  It grounds me.  It rewards me.  It makes me feel good about myself.  It's something I'm good at (at least *I* think so anyway).

And it's cheaper than therapy!!!! 

I come from a long line of Mennonite quilters on my dad's side.  I grew up with a love of quilts because of my Aunt Priscilla who always had her entire living room taken up with a large quilt frame with a quilt in it.  Her sofa never wore out because you could never sit on it...it was always in the middle of the living room...supporting the center of whatever quilt was in the frame!

When I was 18 and working 3-11 as Nurses' Aide in the local nursing home in Archbold, OH, about once a week after work I would go over to Aunt Priscilla's and play her piano and serenade her while she quilted.  (Though she was in her 60's at the time, she worked 3-11, too, and so was up till 1 AM or so.)

I didn't learn to quilt until about 15 years later...self-taught by reading some books.  I LOVED hand quilting from the get-go!  But it took me many, many years to learn to piece the tops together...something I still consider myself a "newbie" at.

Since I didn't piece, I either embroidered the quilt tops, bought quilt tops at auctions and finished them into quilts, or had a friend make my quilt tops for me. 

Several years ago I gave away some of my first finished quilts to my niece and nephew the year their dad died.  I vowed at that time to make each of my nieces and nephews a quilt.  To date, I have fulfilled 4 of those quilts.  I have finished the 5th quilt in my niece/nephew plan, but haven't given it to the recipient, yet.  Hopefully that will take place in the next month or two.

For those of you who aren't aware of what goes into a home made quilt, I thought I'd walk you through some of the steps...

First you need some of this...


Yes...that is a picture of the closet where 90% of my fabric is stored...what doesn't fit in there is stored in picnic baskets...not to mention the cupboard that holds my flannels. 

Then you need a pattern from a book or from the gazillion patterns available on the internet...



You make a block or two to see how you like it...



This particular block has 53 little pieces in EACH BLOCK!   And in the final quilt there were 30 blocks.  53 X 30 = a helluva lot of cutting and sewing!  LOL

Then you make some more blocks...



You sew all of those blocks together and add borders to make the "quilt top".  


You then load it onto the quilt frame, along with the backing fabric and the batting (fluffy inner material that makes it WARM & CUDDLY)... 


You sew all three layers together with stitches that look like this...



till it looks like this...






Then you want to make sure you have your camera ready for when you gift the quilt to the recipient so you can see this...


And that's why we quilters love what we do!!!  :D

To have a home-made quilt is to wrapped in LOVE! 

Loretta

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It's About "Time"...

Quote for the day:
Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.  
~John Archibald Wheeler


Today I was going through a "corner" of the upstairs landing/loft that I use as an office.  There has been a pile of stuff there that has accumulated over the summer...a picnic basket, some new sheer curtains for the living room, some fabric I've purchased, and a few other odds and ends.

I really should have taken a picture of the pile before I started cleaning and putting things away...but, alas, I didn't think this was going to turn into a blog post, so I didn't take a picture first. 

While going through the things I found this cute little Bulova alarm clock that I had picked up at a yardsale for $1.00 in the Spring.  It didn't have a battery in it at the time, but I bought it anyway, taking my chances that it would work. 



Today I found it in the pile of "things" and put a battery in it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work...so I "released" it into the wild by putting it in the trash.   Too bad, too, because it was a cute little clock and had an alarm, to boot!

Oh well...it's probably something I should have passed by when I saw it, but sometimes I get drawn in by an item and it comes home with me.  I'm working on this character flaw, though.   Now I really try to evaluate things to see if they have a place in my home and in my life.  I try only to buy things that are 1) consumable, or 2) are functional/useful and needed.

The rest of the items that were hanging out in the corner of the office got put away where they belong, so now that corner is clean again!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Please leave comment to let me know you were here and let me know what you "released" into the wild today! 

Loretta

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Last Name is FRUGAL!!!

"I love it when a plan comes together"
~Col. John Hannibal Smith (The A-Team)


Today I'm going to share something other than decluttering with you.  
Today Walgreens GAVE me $36.01 worth of product and even PAID me $12.08 for taking it out of their store!!!
How, you may ask?  
I'm one of those "power couponers"!!!  
And not only am *I* one of *those* coupon ladies...but I've taught my daughter-in-law how to do it to...and trust me...she can put me to shame on the couponing sometimes!!!  LOL
I buy the Sunday paper every week because of the coupon circulars in it.  Well...to be truthful...ANDY goes and buys the paper for me every Sunday!  He's a great guy about doing things like that for me...I think I'll keep him!  :)   I also subscribe to "All You" magazine because every month they have $80-$100 worth of coupons in it and I found a really good deal on the magazine so I think it ended up costing me about 66 cents/issue to subscribe! 
I check what's on sale and match the sales to available coupons.  Not only do *I* this, but there are many blogs out there in blogdom that are devoted to doing the match-ups.  I follow about 5-6 of these blogs and am able to find even more deals by reading those blogs.  When you have multiple people on the lookout for the coupon/sales match-ups, you are able to find more than just one person alone.
So...I thought that I'd show you how I just got home from Walgreens with $36.01 worth of products and and extra $12.08 in my pocket to boot!
This is what I purchased:

No...technically I don't need anymore cold medicine...but when it is a money-maker, I pick it up.  Then I pass it along to people who need it.  Frequently, I put this stuff in a basket for Erin & Trinity to go through and let them take home with them what they need when they are here visiting.  However, since Trinity has started couponing, she probably won't need much so what Erin doesn't take, I'll pass along to other friends or donate to a charity.   I also always pick up pediatric medication when it is free or a money-maker and pass it along to Erin for Sera, our granddaughter.


This medication is very expensive when you have to run out and get it on short notice.  But by stocking up when it is free or a money-maker, you are ready for when you or your family gets sick!  :)

Here is a picture of my receipt.  You can see that after all my coupons and Register Rewards (from previous shopping trips) I paid $10.41 cash out of my own pocket.



"But WAIT ONE MINUTE, Loretta...you said it was free and they PAID YOU to take it!"  

Yes, my dear...they did.   Because after I paid them $10.41, the machine beside the register spit out 2 Register Rewards...one for $6 and one for $3.50.  These can be used like cash towards my next purchase at Walgreens.  

Then that same generous machine also spit out 2 rebate forms...one for $6.99 and one for $6.  I need to send those in...and when I do I will get checks back from the manufacturer for those
amounts.



$10.41
-3.50
-6.00
-6.99
-6.00
(12.08)


For those of you who might be interested in learning more about how to power coupon and get the majority of your toiletries, etc., for free or nearly free...or even make money doing it...I recommend that you start by going to this site and reading/watching her tutorials:  
http://www.couponmom.com/tutorials-416


If you are interested and want to go further, here are links to the couponing blogs that I follow and find a great help:
http://bargainbriana.com/
www.couponcravings.com
www.dealseekingmom.com
www.moneysavingmom.com
http://www.pennypinchinmom.com/
http://www.thethriftymama.com/
http://www.wickedcooldeals.com/


Now, a follow-up on this postMy ebay auctions ended today on the book and the bra...both items sold...one for $9.99 + shipping and the other for $9.49 + shipping.  That is an additional $19.48 into my pocket and 2 items will be physically leaving my house as soon as I receive payment.

Turning unwanted items into cash...now that's my style!  :)

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by and tell me what you "released" into the wild!

Loretta

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another Day...Another Appointment...

Quote for the day:
I can see clearly now, the brain is gone... 
~unknown


Even though I am currently off of work because of my back, with all of my appointments for physical therapy, massage therapy, doctor's appointments, etc., I am busier than a one-armed paper-hanger(No offense to all those one-armed paper-hangers out there...LOL)

Yesterday after my physical therapy appointment I thought I'd take a stroll through The GW (Goodwill, for those of you who aren't familiar with thrift-store shopping). 

One thing that I always pick up when I see it on a yardsale or in a thriftstore (assuming it has a nice low price on it) is anything having to do with organization.  If you recall in this post I mentioned buying a wooden Lennox China drawer organizer for 50 cents at a yardsale.  

So yesterday when I was at The GW I picked up a wire shelf like this one, only black and a little bigger than this one:




This white shelf had been in the cupboard where I keep our medicines, but it was not really deep enough or wide enough and I always had trouble with the box of medicines sitting on top of it correctly.

The black one I bought is deeper and wider so fit the area much better.  

While removing the white one and "installing" the black one, I found this item pushed towards the back.  Suffice it to say the expiration date was 8/03....so out it went!


Here is a picture of the medicine storage area with the new black shelf now doing a superb job holding everything steady and doubling the effective storage area of that part of the shelf.  


Yes...it's part of being a nurse that makes me want to make sure that any and every illness is properly prepared for!  LOL

The white wire shelf has found a new home in the pantry...it makes can storage so much easier to have these shelves...you don't have to do so much rearranging of the cans when you want to find one.  :)

I encourage you to keep your eyes open when you are out and about at yardsales or thrift stores for items that can help you with organizing your living space.  I am always on the lookout for baskets, preferably ones that are square instead of round...you get less wasted space with the square than with the round...as baskets are an excellent way to store/corral  things on a shelf or in a closet, etc.  They can also be found quite cheaply when you are out thrifting.  I also use shoeboxes, both cardboard and clear plastic, to keep things organized.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and let me know what you "released" into the wild today.

Loretta

Monday, October 18, 2010

Back for More...

Q
Quote for the day:
The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. 
~Lucretius
Hello to everyone...hope you all had a great weekend!
My back is feeling better...as long as I don't MOVE!  LOL  I hate not being able to do anything...and I'm getting very bored.  However, all this boredom is very TIRING!  I'm exhausted by the end of the day and am quite frustrated when I look back and can't think of anything I've accomplished!  
Last week was spent going to multiple doctor's appointments and tests...and today I started physical therapy.  I'm hoping I'm on the mend and will be back to "normal" soon...whatever that is!

Now on to the decluttering...I'm going to do what I can...
I boxed up the rifle scopes to get in the mail today.... 
However, by the time I was finished with physical therapy, it was 4:02 and our post offices close at 4 PM.  Just missed the deadline, so I will get it in the mail tomorrow. 
Today I am "releasing" these two items via Ebay...a Victoria Secret bra and a book.  



Ebay is currently running a special by offering free insertion fees from Sept. 29 till Jan. 7.  This means that you only pay for extra pictures and when your item sells.  There is no fee to list the item like there normally is.


So as soon as I finish posting this blog post, I am going to head over to Ebay and list these two items.  I've sold on Ebay before and it is time-consuming to write out good descriptions, etc., but time is something I've got a lot of right now!  LOL  Might as well make some good use of it!  Right?


By the way, I follow several blogs and this one came to my "inbox" this morning...I thought it was very good and so I am sharing it with all of you!  

http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2010/10/tips-for-learning-to-let-go-of-stuff.html
Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Please leave a comment to let me know you were here and to let me know what you "released" into the wild today!
Loretta 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quote for the day:
What hair color do they put on the
driver's licenses of bald men? 
 ~ from funny email I received today
 

Just to let you all know...

The MRI shows a disc herniation at L4-L5 lumbar (lower back)...but also shows extensive arthritis in the spine.  The doctor is more concerned about the arthritis than the herniation
as the arthritis is chronic and can be more problemsome in the future.  The herniation can be resolved...the arthritis can not...

She has ordered Physical Therapy which will start on Monday and she has taken me off of work till Nov. 1.  As it was, I was only to work this next week and then have the next two weeks off for vacation anyway...so what it will be at this point is that I will actually be drawing sick pay till Nov. 1 and then take my week of vacation after that.

We are assuming that all will be better by the 1st and I can return to work...and time will tell on that one.  Basically, we will be playing it " by ear" based on the results of the PT and the pain. 

Yesterday was a GLORIOUS day with basically NO pain.  I felt wonderful all day long!   However, this morning I woke up in pain again.  :(   So, yes...it is going to be a day-by-day thing.



As for decluttering, I have found someone who wants the rifle scopes!  So they will be winging their way to them soon!  LOL  I love it how these things work out!  

I know I have some things that need to be listed on Ebay...I need to set them aside and then get them listed while I'm going to be off of work.  


My question is...do I list them as decluttering when I separate them from the herd or when they leave my house?  I'm leaning toward that the definition counts when they are separated from the herd, because if they don't sell, they will go in the yardsale pile...which falls under my own definition of decluttering!  :)

Remember...progress, not perfection, is what we are striving for!  There are no "decluttering police"...our goal is to just keep moving forward!  :D

See how easy I am go get along with!  Sheesh...don't believe what my family tells you!  LOL

Please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by and to let me know what you "released" into the wild!  

Loretta

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tentatively Better...

Quote for the day:
"You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work 
when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day."
~ #10 from email "Truths for Mature Humans" 



It's Wednesday...hump day...blah day...tired day...


Instead of going to work yesterday like I had originally posted that I was going to do...since my back was still acting up, I called in and then went to see my primary care physician.  


My doctor changed around my medications a little, ordered an MRI, and then took me off of work till Monday.  When the nurse set up the appointment for my MRI the date was Oct. 24.  However, the scheduler at the hospital told the office nurse to tell me to call in every day and see if there were any cancellations and maybe I could get in earlier.


Well...today I called when I got up and the scheduler checked...and "no"...there were no cancellations between this morning and the time of my set appointment.
However, about 5 minutes later she called back and said they had just had a cancellation for 1:30 TODAY and I could have it if I wanted it!


Well...YEEEAAAHHHHH!  


So today I went and had my MRI.  I won't know the results till probably tomorrow or Friday.  Any plan of care and work schedule will be based on the results of the MRI.


Now I don't know how many of you have had an MRI, but it is MAGNETIC Resonance Imaging...emphasis on the MAGNET!  


Before you have your scan they ask you all kinds of questions to make sure you have NO metal in your body...
"Could you have metal splinters in your skin or eyes"
"Do you have a pacemaker"
"Do you have any stents or protheses"
etc., etc., etc.  Very thorough questioning...

Then you take off your watch, earrings, (they let me keep my rings on for some reason even though I asked about them), and, oh yeah... the bra comes off before the scan, too, because of the underwire and the hooks...



Anyway...they help me up onto the table, put a pillow under my knees for back comfort...give me a bulb to hold onto that I can squeeze if at anytime I need them to stop the scan and remove me from the tube.  (Some people who are claustrophobic can't handle being in the tube because the top of the tube is about 8" from your face.)

So the technician starts moving the table into the tube...
And all of a sudden I feel something TIGHTEN up on my right ankle...


"WHOOPS WHOOPS WHOOPS...PULL ME BACK OUT".  



The technician starts backing the table out...I'm sure thinking that this old lady is having a panic attack...LOL.



Nope...I forgot that I wear a magnetic hematite anklet on my right ankle for pain control in my right foot!  LOL  It is always on me...I don't take it off...ever, basically...so I had forgotten all about it.

I told the technician about it and by now it is REALLY magnetized and he has to help me undo the magnetic clatch.   I apologized for forgetting about it and he just said "wow...it's really magnetized now!" and we both had a good laugh.  He then helped me lay back down on the table, get me positioned for the scan, gave me the bulb again, and then moved the table back into the tube.
 

Now I am home, I have had a bite to eat...and I can pretty much tell you that nothing else is going to get accomplished today.  


Sorry, Folks...that's the way it is...
Today is the first day since Sunday that I haven't had to take pain pills, and I'm just not gonna stress myself about getting anything done today.



I'll be back with more decluttering soon and hope you will all hang in there with me!


Thanks for all your comments...it's good to hear from each of you and find out what you are "releasing" into the wild.  Keep 'em coming!


Loretta

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just a Quickie...

Quote for the day:
You might try doing what my folks did. Twice a week 
they would go out for a special meal. . .with wine,
 good food, and soft lighting.  Dad took Tuesday and Mom took Thursday.
- Anonymous
Here it is...Tuesday...
I'm going to try to return to work today, but after yesterday's fiasco with the pain coming back, I'm not hopeful about making it through the shift...but I'm going to give it the old "college try" (as my dad used to say).

Just a quickie post as I have 2 stops to make before I head to work today so I'll have to leave for work earlier than normal...

I found this item cowering in the back corner of the cabinet in the bathroom.  It must have seen what I did with it's friends and was scared of it's own demise.  But, sorry, Ms. Avon Triple Lifting Eye Cream...looking so seductive in your silver packaging and all...I don't need you, I don't use you, and you are prob. at least 5 years old...so out you go! 

Since I have tossed many items from that bathroom cabinet (the cabinet over the "loo" in the upstairs bathroom, for those of you that know my house) there is so much room in it now!  :)  It's looking nice and "uncluttered"!  I like that!

Please leave a comment to let me know what you have "released" into the wild recently!  I always love reading your comments and want you to know that I am cheering you on!  

BTW, Kristin...I know what you mean about BIG purses!  When did every purse suddenly need to be that big?  Just a couple years ago you couldn't find a purse big enough to hold your wallet...and now this???  LOL  


Trinity, Jan, and Paula...haven't heard what you have been "releasing" lately...keep me posted!  :)


Loretta 

Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm BAAAACK.....

Quote for the day:
"Monday Monday, can't trust that day,
Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way"
~ (lyrics) The Mamas & The Papas 

Hi Everyone!  
I was feeling better...hadn't taken any pain meds since 1 PM on Saturday...until this afternoon.  I'm off of work for the day per the care provider I saw on Saturday.  
Then today I made my couponing runs to Walgreens and Rite Aid, came home and swept the front and back porches to take pictures of them...and my back started aching again.  Not as bad as before and only in the back...not down the leg.  But still..sheesh...it took so little to get it acting back up again!  :(:(:(:(:(
So I took 1/2 of a pain pill and am feeling better now...but I don't like the "drugged" feeling.  
In September when we went to Tennessee for Sera's 4th birthday, we had our front wrap-around porch and the back porch floors rebuilt with PVC tongue-and-groove flooring...guaranteed not to rot!  YIPPEE!  
When we moved here in 1998, the porch floors that were original to the home (built in 1927) were rotted.  In 2001 we had them replaced with pine tongue-and-groove.  However, the wood they use these days is from 25 year old trees, not "old growth forest" like when the home was originally built and doesn't last like "old growth forest".  The new floor actually started rotting just a couple years after it was put down.  
Fast forward to 2010 when it got to be unsafe to walk on parts of the front porch...
We had our contractor come out, pull up the old flooring and replace it with this.  I had to sell both kidneys to pay for it, but is was worth it!  LOL  
Expensive as all-get-out...but had we spent the extra money for it in 2001 we would never have had to go through this again!  (Actually, I'm not sure if this stuff was available at that time, but you get the gist.)  Do it right the first time and you should never have to do it again!  

Anyway...I thought I'd show some pictures of the porches...
this is what the front wrap-around porch looks like...
all 400 square feet of it!
some close ups...



The back porch is only 5' X 11'...just big enough for a swing...and this is the picture of the floor it has now...

This stuff looks like WOOD!  not pvc!  I love the variance of color that makes it look like the original flooring!  The color is "Weathered" wood and is a cross between brown and gray. 

I hope you enjoyed the "tour" of the porches!  LOL  Now on to some decluttering...

October is the month to stock up on cold and flu remedies from Rite Aid as they have lots of stuff that is free after you submit your receipt (online) for the rebates.  I went and got stocked up for ourselves and with some stuff for the grandkids (some of the freebies are for children).  When I went to put the new items away in the medicine cabinet, I went through what I already have and tossed out the expired items.

This is what I tossed...


It isn't much, but it's outta here now!  

Neither Andy or I got ill last winter and I'm hoping for the same this winter.  But just in case we do...or just in case you should come to visit and get sick...we are prepared with a stunning variety of cough, cold, and flu meds to soothe the troubled soul!  And all FREE!  :)

Please leave a comment to let me know what you "released" into the wild today!

Loretta 



Saturday, October 9, 2010

OMG... My Aching Back...

Quote for the day:
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
~Aristotle 
I have spent the morning at the urgent care clinic being seen for my back pain that I've been having for the last 3-4+ weeks or so.  I wrote about it earlier this week...
Last night the pain in my back and right leg was so severe that it kept waking me up...there was no comfortable position.  :(    I've had it with the pain and decided that I couldn't wait until Monday to see my regular physician...I had to have relief NOW!
I am now loaded up on steriods, anti-inflammatories and a little pain pill thrown in there.  At this point, I am off of work on Monday, and will take it from there depending on how I'm feeling once the steroids and anti-inflammatory meds click in.  
It's 2:45 PM and I'm exhausted from the pain and from not getting enough sleep last night.   I'm going to lay on the bed, watch some TV and hopefully take a nap.   
When I am feeling better I will tackle more decluttering...which hopefully will be very soon.
Please check back in 24-48 hours and hopefully I'll be back among the living and back to decluttering.  
In the meantime, leave me a comment to let me know what you have "released" into the wild!
Loretta