Tuesday, July 7, 2009

2.00 coupond doubled to 4.00

I came across a post while surfing around that said there would be a doubling of coupons that had a face value of up to 2.00.
Thus, 2.00 = 4.00 off.
1.00=2.00 off and so on.
And it gave the Ohio locations of the K-marts doing this. Well it so happens that there is a K-mart about 32 miles from here so I started rounding up coupons.
Now I do not buy a lot of pre-packaged food, and we do not use a lot of fancy toiletries. No air fresheners, or fancy cleaning supplies. Larry used to paint cars and motorcycles and ended up with some respratory problems so scented candles and the like are things we cannot use. Plus we don't like the idea of breathing in chemicals anyway.
But we do use toothpaste and shampoo and razors...things like this.
We also donate to Highland County Humane Society Animal Shelter. and we use pet food and treat coupons to get things for them. So I do clip coupons when I can.
We however do not receive a newspaper so they are few and far between. However I am learning about online couponing so I will do a search for coupons that we can use. So the point to this post, and I do have one, is that I rounded up what few coupons I had and we went to that K-mart and I came home with 48.55 worth of items from them for only 19.17.
And the cashier says they will take the printed coupons so thats what I will be doing tonight. Hunting and printing and going back there by the 11th, yes that is the last day. So you may want to check and see if your K-mart Super center is doing this in your area. Investing in your pantry is very wise especially these days when those grocery prices seem to go up every time we shop.
Plus we are trying to lay in at least a 6 month total food supply, just in case.
I had Irish Spring body wash coupons we would not use so I left them on the shelf for someone else, I do that all the time.
I used to live close to a store where they had a big bin up front with tons of coupons but it took forever to stand there and go through them, so I just leave the coupon by the product if I am not going to use it. Just a little RAK, good karma and all that.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Aloha Friday #1

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.(Actually I posted my butt off today, but next Friday I will take it easier) Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. My Question is, What did you want to "be" when you grew up? And have you had the chance to come close?

Please leave a comment, and a link to your blog. Comments are the new hugs and we could all use more of those.

A funny memory of furry hero's.

Larry and I have two Jack Russells. Jackeddy and Mikeddy they are the funniest doggies I have ever had.

We have to spell so many words because they have such list of words they understand and if they hear "cookie or bye bye or treat or outside or dinner or truck or cheese or ......" well the list goes on,they become uncontrllable nut cases.
We had two mice in the house last winter and the boys stayed up all night stalking them. We went to bed when we couldn't catch them with the plan of going into town the next day to get traps since a feral cat stole ours from under the house complete with dead mouse and the 12" piece of 2x4 it was nailed to. we saw it going across the yard dragging the board.
Anyway, when we got up the next morning the boys were still in the kitchen running back and forth sniffing under everything.
They were wore out but NOT giving up. I put food down for them but they were way too busy.
I spotted the mouse ( I still thought we only had one) run under the table where there were one gallon paint cans lined up against the wall. Mikeddy was right there so I said "get ready Mikey' I reached back and scooted the can to the side and he lunged forward and grabbed it. Of course now that he had it in his mouth and still being only 6 months old, he had no idea what to do with it.

Jackeddy to the rescue, Mikey dropped it and Jack grabbed it. I grabbed him as I did not want all the (gory description deleted here) all over the floor. I had the tail, and I had Jack by the snout and I"m saying "Jack, drop it" over and over....
No way, he's not going to drop this tasty morsel he has been hankerin' for all night. *What is she CRAZY? telling me to drop it...*(well this is what I think he was thinking).
We're in this little power struggle here and he's not listening...so in walks THE ALPHA DOG, otherwise known as LARRY. He looks down at Jack and says "Jaaack".
Jack drops the mouse.

Now while this is going on, Mikeddy is going nutz over on the other side of the room. Yep, another mouse. Larry takes the first one outside. And Jack joins Mikey in pursuit of the second one.
They corner it behind a cabinet then it runs across my feet into the bathroom and under a big closet we have in there.
The closet is kind of a pantry until we move the woodstove and build more cabinets in the kitchen so we keep canned goods in one side of it. I open the door and Jack runs under the first shelf.
I move cans around until I spot the mouse and he jumps backwards behind the shelf and down to where Jack is waiting. Jack nabs him.

Larry and I were talking about all of it after things quieted down and we were both happy there were two of those little boogers. Jack and Mikey both got to be a Hero. Such good Boys.

Gonna do it this winter, oh yessiree....

I've been painting for some years now, a few years ago selling over 300 paintings on Ebay (feebay). The past couple of years I have only done a few here and there. All the paintings I have on this blog are one's I've done unless I say otherwise. The past year I have been collecting beads and buttons, chain, and supplies to make jewelry. Gonna get back in the game and see about selling some items on Etsy. Ebay was changing policy so much and raising fees all the time. There was also an overabundance of foreign paintings selling for .01 then super high shipping fees. It was sweatshop produced and a lot was copied from artists that were there selling their own artwork. I had to walk away for awhile.
I am ready to do a few things a week so I have a good selection when I open this winter.
Here are two pair of earrings I have made this week, they are going to two friends I have made over at Plantswap but wanted you to get an idea of what I will have in my shop jewelry wise.

Eggs anyone? And a lizard on the side.

Never know what you might run across in this neck of the woods.
I was digging in one of the raised beds and came across a big handful of snake eggs. A bit bigger than a jelly bean, not as tasty I'm sure (unless you're a weasel, the other yellow meat) but a lot more leathery. Here are the eggs with my hand shovel next to them, so you can see the size.

We have quite a few snakes around here and a few years ago one ended up in our bathroom ceiling. It was coiled up under the plastic vapor barrier on this side of the insulation. We had not finished putting up the ceiling in there at the time.

So there I was, groggy eyed, first thing in the morning just a sittin' there and what to my wandering eyes did appear? A coiled up 3 foot yellow bellied diamond backed sleeping snake right over my head.
Got Larry, a bbq fork, a big bucket, a knife and a bunch of nervous courage. I held the snakes head with the fork up against one of the ceiling joists through the plastic, I slit the plastic behind the snake with the knife and Larry held the bucket up there with one hand and reached in and grabbed the snakes tail with the other.
We tried to get him but he was so strong and we were tripping over each other trying to hold heads, tails, buckets, bbq forks and knives...well, it got away, only to disappear in the wall. We figure he can maybe get a few mice here and there so more power to you snakey snake.

My pet spider in the greenhouse has developed one BIG BUTT, She is a busy gal (?) trapping bugs and keeping watch. My pic of her is blurry so I will take another tomorrow and put it in a later post. But she is doing great.
Here is a little newty looking lizard that was in the greenhouse in a bucket. Larry was rooting around looking for something and there it was he brought it up to my window so this picture is through my studio window. So cute.

Larry put it over in a corner of the yard where it should be safe. I would have left it go in the greenhouse but it's so little and I worry there would not be enough bugs in there for it.

One for the birds.

I love hummingbirds. Love to watch them, feed them,hear them. I find it hilarious that they are so small yet so fierce over their "territory".
We have a feeder outside my studio hanging off the house, I can also see it from the kitchen window. It hangs from a bracket and there is one little guy in particular who thinks I fill it JUST FOR HIM.

He drinks really long drinks then flys up to the top of the bracket and waits for any other bird to dare come near. When they do he so wholeheartedly dive bombs them...FULL force. If I am remiss in filling up the feeder they will come look in the windows hahaha.

The feeder was only about 3.50 from Lowes and I make my own nectar. Hummingbirds also are attracted to the color red and purple. They love bee balm.

And wild delphiniums.

Plus a whole slew of other flowers.

Here is a recipe for the nectar:
Use the following proportion:
1 part regular white sugar to 4 parts water.
Example: 1 cup sugar, 4 cups water
1. Boil the water. Debatable* ( We have a Big Berkey water filter, so it's chlorine, and everything else, free)
2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
3. Let cool.
4. Refrigerate in a designated hummingbird feeder pitcher.

Using a microwave works too. Put the water in a microwave safe container and heat to boiling point. Carefully remove and add sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. I fill my clean feeders and set them aside to cool and let the rest cool a bit before storing in the fridge.

Discard: If the juice in the feeder(s) becomes cloudy, or mucky, empty, clean and refill.
Cleaning: Make sure bird feeders are cleaned every few days to a week to prevent any fermentation, slime or mold. Cleaning with a solution of vinegar and hot water is good.