Friday, December 5, 2014

Cyber Monday..Who Needs Black Friday

Monday was a good email day!!  So many invitations!  Verizon caught my eye.  I don't usually open their "invitations" but this time I did.  We didn't have smart phones because I never really investigated the cost of the data plans.  I thought there was a line charge PLUS the data charge. What a deal Verizon gave me, when I called to verify information in the email offer they sent.

On Wednesday we received  (2) LG G3
shared data $50 each reduced to $25 each for a year
$30 upgrade fee for each phone discounted to free

So for 12 months I cut my cell phone bill by more than 50% and got 2 free $600 phones.

I'm reading the manual on line to find out how the heck to answer it...LOL.  Not really, but there is a lot to learn.

Heck, Monday was a GREAT email day.  I opened another one.

Caron's offered a $75 leather purse for $15.  It came Wednesday.  Then my blog friend Kathy posted the Pantone color for 2015.  I'm pretty sure my new purse is pretty close to the new Marsala color. I'm on a roll. was having a sale too.  I got a new panel..The Princess and The Pea (Africa).  I absolutely fell in love with it and tried to select some fabrics to compliment it.  It came yesterday and I can't wait to see the fabrics in daylight. is one of my favorite fabric web sites.  FREE Shipping too.  Call me weird, but even if fabric is not on sale, if I get free shipping I'm happy. I love this site because you can click on a color in a fabric swatch and find other fabrics with the same color in it.  So, more fabric is coming my way!

Then I went looking for cases for the new phones...yay $18 for 2 and ... you guessed shipping!

Since I was finding so many deals, I thought I would search for Pearle Cotton #8.  Knitting Warehouse offered a HUGE color selection at $2.14 each and ...ta da...FREE SHIPPING.

Tell me, did you take part in any invitations in YOUR email on Cyber Monday?

Monday, November 24, 2014

What a Difference 50 Years Makes

This is not my family.  But I think our family Thanksgiving Dinner in 1964 would have looked similar to this one.  All adults seated at one table, dressed nicely for the day with men in ties.  At our dinners, the children were seated at another table.  Our family lived by the motto that "Children Should Be Scene and Not Heard".  How sad.

After dinner, the women cleared the table and took care of the clean up.  The men sat together talking.  My family was not big on football.  The Chicago Cubs were our sports staple and of course back then the world series was played at the beginning of September. Later the adults would gather at the table and play cards or Bunco.  I remember how happy I was when I was about 12 and was allowed to play Bunco.  I still love that game, though no one at my house will play with me now.

There was no shopping done on Thanksgiving.  Stores were not even may have found a little local grocery store open for just a few hours in the morning, but it would be difficult even in the small town I where I was raised.

I guess there was a lot of shopping done on the day after Thanksgiving, but I honestly don't remember it.  My mother was a stay at home mother who did not drive.  Really!  We didn't even own a car! We walked every where or rode the bus. (Year later when I met Terry he thought I was crazy to enjoy walking.  He actually would drive the car if we visited a neighbor down the street).  Anyway, I'm sure we went Christmas shopping together.  A ride on the bus to downtown.  There were no malls.  (Heck, we didn't get a McDonald's until I was in high school.)  We ALWAYS stopped at Walgreen's drug store.  The had a cafe area and I remember that my mother always bought a breaded pork cutlet child's dinner for me.  OR we stopped at the fountain area in the Woolworth's Dime Store for a sandwich..a BLT club.  Then we either rode the bus home or maybe we went to an afternoon matinee at the theatre.  Back then you could see a movie for .25 and watch it over and over all day if you wanted to.  When I got older, I saw all the Elvis and Beach Blanket movies there.  I also remember seeing Exodus at that show.

So moving on, somewhere in history Black Friday became a frenzy.  I admit to getting out into the mix when we were younger.  The lure of the deal was too hard to resist when money was short.  We were grateful for the sales to be able to stretch our dollars.  In the past few years there has been nothing in the sales that we needed or wanted.   Terry still liked to get up and be at Menard's at 6 AM and then go to breakfast.

Then, Black Friday became Thanksgiving Day Black Friday pre-sale.  Walmart loads up on inferior products to offer a guarantee that you will get before Christmas as long as you are there to pay within the first hour of the sale.  Other stores follow suit.  Black Friday sales are no longer a secret put published a week prior with a map to the inner store where the items will be displayed. Oh, there is so much more to say about what Black Friday/Thanksgiving Day sales have developed into.

But how did it happen?  Terry and I discussed this.  There are plenty of reasons even if you eliminate the financial details from the discussion.  Our theory is that families have become so spread out across the country that many are unable to visit relatives on the holiday.  Many find it easier to eat away from home. (For me, that wouldn't be so bad.  My kitchen is small and many holidays I am exiled to the kitchen while the family cuts it up in the living room.  Then I want to enjoy their company so leave the mess in the kitchen until they leave.)  Anyway, eating out leaves more time to shop.   And don't you think that shopping together has become a form of entertainment?  The thrill of the hunt.

So, when people complain that Thanksgiving is a day for family and should not include shopping, I think they don't understand the underlying reasons some attend the sales.  After all, if no one showed up, the stores would close.  Perhaps the sales serve a social purpose.

For me, I'll stay home and enjoy my family's company just as we have always done on Thanksgiving Eve.  We'll find something to stream on TV and be cozy.  Black Friday is our traditional day to decorate the house for Christmas...almost as much fun as Christmas Eve.

What do you think about Thanksgiving Day Sales and Black Friday shopping?  What are your family traditions for those two days?  I'd love to know what you think.

Happy Thanksgiving...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stitching Busy

 Apparently the boot cuff rage has hit the midwest.  When my daughter asked me to make them, I searched the web for patterns.  Most that I found had been posted a few years ago.

That's how it goes her in mid America.  It always takes a few years for the fad to really hit here.

These are the start of making several pairs for two girls on my list.  Besides, they are a great way to use up yarn stash.

I was so happy to find Walking Dead fabric.  My 17 year old grandson is a zombie nut and watches the show religiously.  He'll be getting pillow cases.  There are several great tutorials for making the cases with french seams.  I have always made french seams but the techniques used now are so unbelievably easy.  I know I'll be making more to donate to a local charity that collects them.

And then there was a dog that needed a new cover for his bed.  I wash their beds VERY frequently.  A light bulb went off reminding me that it would be so much easier to wash a cover.  I went digging in my stash and found this fleece.  Can't remember what I ever bought this for, but Boscoe LOVES it.

 Then Tyson tried it out and decided that he might just like this bed better than his.
Boscoe  and Tyson are the very best friends.  They share EVERYTHING.  No matter who lays on the bed first, the other comes along and scooches in to share it.

I have lots more things on the sewing table.  I'll be keeping busy and hoping the snow stays to the north...and the east...and the south.  But not the west, which would be heading my way ~LOL~

Monday, November 10, 2014

What IF!! Happy Dance

No, I'm, not going to ask a bunch of what if questions.  I'm more a it happened and make the best of it kind of person.  But his Monday is a strange day for me.  I am in an absolutely wonderful mood.

First of all, the car is in the shop getting a much needed work over.  New brakes, struts, tune up, new fluids, new tires's the biggie...a remote start and door locks. We had a hard choice to make.  Ramp up our 03 Honda Element or go for a new something.  I LOVE my Element. It only has 106,000 miles on it.  Anything new I MIGHT have chosen was at least $25,000+.  Since we don't do car payments the scales tipped way to the Rev It Up side ~lol~.

My New Crush is Madame Samm .  Many of you probably know her.  Her on going Blog Hops are legendary. I really want to participate in at least one blog hop this year, hopefully more.  In between hops, she might post about products she likes, other bloggers or a bit of whatever personal thought of the day may be.  Today she remembers an old friend.  From her blog today, I took away this quote,  "You Cannot Win If You Never Play The Game".  That spoke to me for a couple of reasons. I really am challenging myself to do projects that I have never done before.  This year Terry and I decided not to give purchased Christmas Presents..or money.  We really only give to the kids and the homeless shelter and a family in need that the school selects.  In the past few years we have given the kids a generous money gift for each.  Retirement has a way of changing the way you look at incoming and outgoing finances. BUT, since I am so talented ~lol~, I'll be making simple gifts for the kids.  Boot cuffs are going to the girls and I found a great purse pattern that I think I'll customize perfectly and will involve doing an applique pet portrait.  I have never done it, but I'm going to give it a shot.  I found Walking Dead fabric and my youngest grandson, Ky, loves the show so he will get at least pillow cases and not sure what else but I have a few ideas.  Corey is the other story.  What can I make for a 19 year old young man. That is going to take some imagination....that imagination that Penny is helping me to expand!!

Kathy Shaw has started registration for the CQJP for 2015 and I asked to be included. Yippee!

Please share:
     at least one thing you are grateful for today
     if you are making gifts, what are you making
     if you aren't making gifts, do you have great suggestions
     if you have made pet portraits from picture, please give me any tips you may have

Happy Monday!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wicked Little Witches!

They are ALL gone!  Be sure they are not lurking around her somewhere.  But it WOULD be hard to hide 11 of us.

Yes.  They all left.

I wanted to get a picture of us all together.  Now that would be impressive!  13 Wicked Little Witches!
Such an appropriate number.

They wanted the book, but we hid it well.
Now they will have to wait 'til next year to read it.

We are such wicked little witches.

Yes!! we are such a pair.  Almost twins, made from the same mold.

Well, the rest of them flew off to Sara's house.  She is going to take them to work with her and ask a few of her friends to board them at least until next year. They all loved that little Serenity Girl so much.  Everyone wanted to buy one, but no.  That Carol said Serenity was special. So she collected 13 little witches to give 11 of Sara's friends a Halloween fright.

Carol loves my red hair, so she is keeping me here.  She likes you too, but she's sending you off to one of her friend's house.  That lady has a lot of dolls and she needs YOU to keep them in line.  Maybe you can teach them a few new tricks....or maybe they have some for you.

Well, as the story is told, I gifted Sara some scarey dames to give to her friends.  I can't believe I didn't get a group pic before they left. The pattern is from Raven's Haven.  I wanted to make them smaller...about 5 inches...but the patterns says that you can't alter the size. Well they were fun to make and even more fun to deliver them to Sara.

Sara had disturbing news.  The Chemo drug they have been giving her can cause heart damage. Because of some symptoms she has, they have discontinued the treatments and she will be having a test Tuesday to find out if all is well.  Please say a prayer.  Sara is having a difficult time remaining positive.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What If She's An Angel

Today Deb's post really got me thinking about something I've been thinking about. It really is worth taking a moment to click the link and read a heartfelt story.

Now, let me tell you a story that kind of gives me goose bumps.

Did you ever hear the country song "What If She's An Angel"? I don't listen to Country Music, but this song always provokes a thought and one came home to me this week.  I don't write much here about my daughter.  In a lot of ways we have different views on life, but in some ways we are the same and in some ways she is better than I am.

Laurie does not know how to make a long story short...ever.  So sometimes when she starts one, you want to roll your eyes and make that circle in the air with your index know the one that means speed it up. She gives you EVERY little detail.  When she called the other night just when I was fixing supper, that's kind of how I felt.  She works in an RV factory and has for about 15 years.  There is a LOT of drama amoung the women in that environment.  Lots of catty women.  The story started off about one of the new women and the trouble she was having with some of the others.  You know how some women can attack the weakest.  The rumors were that this woman had been in a bad marriage...left with only what she could carry and got nothing in the divorce.  She was living in a local low cost motel and walked to work until she could save to buy a clunker to drive. My daughter struck up a friendship with her, but never asked details of her story.  Laurie lives in a very nice apartment complex.  Her apartment is well decorated and maintained.  She has had her own struggles being a single mother.  Since Corey moved back into our home, that left an extra bedroom in her apartment.  She offered the young woman  to stay with Laurie until she could get on her feet and save more money.  At this point in the story, my fear of the unknown rose up but I didn't voice my thoughts.  This impulsive action is one way that Laurie and I differ.  I must think things out and rarely jump right in.  Anyway, Laurie continued with her story.  When the woman entered Laurie's apartment and saw her family pictures on the wall, she told Laurie that she had thought Laurie looked familiar and asked if she is a DeLater.  That is Laurie's maiden name of course. Well, the hook in the story is that the woman is my brother-in-law's ex daughter-in-law.  We haven't seen her since she divorced his step son more than 20 years ago ( her first marriage).

There is a little more to the story..nothing like drugs, or drinking etc...and I don't know how it will end.  But for right now I'm wondering which one is the angel.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gone Girl

It's been a long time since I read a book that didn't involve self improvement, psychology, or some form of crafting.  I used to be an AVID reader, but somehow reading novels slipped away.  Over the years I have collected a few I thought I would enjoy and set them on the shelf for "future" reading. The last novel I read was "The Girl With The Dragoon Tattoo" when it was on the best seller list.  Quite a while ago, huh!

Then I saw Gone Girl on the shelf at Walmart.  I had not yet heard anything about it...nothing. The back cover description sounded OK so I picked it up.  Sometime later I started reading...actually I would call it plodding through the beginning.  I didn't much like the author's style and in the beginning scanned though what I found to be too much character thoughts.  But I kept reading.  It got better.  The characters unfolded and I started to see Ben Afflick on the talk show circuit talking about the move.  Well, THAT renewed my determination.  Then the book really did get better, but I still was not at the "can't put it down" level yet.  Then...THEN..I turned from page 291 to Part 2 Boy Meets Girl. POW!!!  The ZINGER that grabbed me. Caught me by surprise.  Pushed me to the "can't put it down level".  But at 2:00 AM I had to and can't wait to get back to it. (If you are reading the book and haven't reached this point...DO NOT turn to Part 2 until you get there).  Now I am seeing what all the hype is.  I EXPECT this book to get even better and after starting Part 2 I KNOW it will.

I don't like to see a movie then read the book.  I often don't mind seeing a movie AFTER reading the book, but usually find that the movie does not live up to a great book.  I can tell you that the movie comes out Friday.  I'm not sure when, but I will DEFINITELY see this movie.  Ben Afflick is the absolute perfect match for the husband in this book.  If nothing else..he has the necessary smile.  If you are reading the book, you will know what I mean.