Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday's Sam and Sales

It has been a lovely summer Saturday.  My husband and I enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast before we headed out to an estate sale.  I've really enjoyed driving through different areas of North Carolina and seeing the various neighborhoods and scenery.

Today's estate sale was in a condo in the big city.  The condo didn't look very old but it felt a little claustrophobic to me.  I am pretty sure it had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, small kitchen, dining room, living room, and large finished basement.  This sale had so many of those Christmas village (Department 56) pieces.  They are lovely but I can't imagine where I'd put it all so I passed on them.  I did find a sweet little wood bench (I'll post a picture next week), some Christmas linens, and a couple of cute ornaments.

After the estate sale, we went to Starbucks and had an early lunch.  I needed a bit more caffeine before it was time to watch little Sam!

Sam has grown!  He is 7 weeks old and now weighs over 8 lbs.  I'm happy that he is still wants to snuggle!  We played peekaboo with him and he rewarded us with smiles! ♥

Friday, June 23, 2017

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Menu Suggestions Please

I'm clearly feeling better
I am thinking about food!

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and I am in need of menu suggestions for the barbecue we are hosting. I believe that we will be entertaining 10 people. So far, we are planning on:

Hot Dogs
Pasta Salad (cold)
Deviled Eggs
Fruit Salad or Crushed Pretzel/Cream Cheese/Jello Salad

I'm thinking of making a flag cake. I've seen a few recipes that look promising. I also saw a really cute recipe for individual cheesecakes with berries in little jars. Yum!

Do you have any favorite bbq dishes that you could recommend?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Signs of Summer

It is hard to believe that today is the first day of summer.  It seems like it was just spring yesterday... Time for hot lazy summer days and sticky nights.  Time for ice cream cones and watermelon.  Time for reading books on the back porch, barefoot, and sipping an ice cold drink.

Today has been a better day.  Not terrific but better than yesterday.  I am encouraged that the side effects will be but a memory until next year when it's time for the infusion again.  I can deal with two or three days of feeling ill if my bones are healthier and stronger.

I am eager to be back 100% as I have a To Do list as long as my arm. Nothing really needs to be done but I've lots of things that I'd like to do.  I'd like to get back to my crochet projects,  baking, and gardening.  Little by little...

Happy First Day of Summer to you!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Rough Day

It's been a bit of a rough day today.  The doctor warned me of the side effects of the Reclast infusion. It seems I've hit the jackpot of side effects.  I'm hoping that they will be short lived but they can last up to a week.

The good news is that I don't really have anything pressing to do this week.

The bad news is time moves so slowly when you don't feel well.

I had hoped to visit everyone's blog today but I'm afraid that visiting will have to wait.  I considered not even posting anything today except that I'm on Day 172 of posting every day.  I don't want to set the clock back to Day 1.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Infusion Conclusion

I'm not certain how old you have to be in your golden years.  I don't think I'm there yet.  I may be in my bronze years or possibly my silver years.  Anyone know when the cut off dates are?

I do know that I am at the age when I have to take my bone density seriously ~ thus my infusion conclusion post. This morning I went for my first Reclast Infusion treatment.

Reclast is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent osteoporosis in women after menopause. Reclast helps reduce the chance of having a hip or spinal fracture (break).

I've tried taking oral prescription medications to improve my bone density but my stomach could not tolerate them.  After consulting with my primary care physician and an endocrinologist, I decided that the once a year Reclast infusion was my best option.  (Thankfully, my health insurance covers the lion's share of the cost.)

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to our health.  After hearing about all the cancer concerns etc with hormonal therapy for perimenopause/menopause symptoms, I decided to bite the bullet and not take any hormonal Rx during that time.  It was rough going with hot flashes, restless sleep, etc.  What I did NOT know was that hormonal therapy medications can help your bones not deteriorate as quickly.  I'm not sure if I would have made the same decisions if I knew.  Hindsight is 20/20 and so here we are.

Exercise (walking, chores), weight training (I use lite weights), and adding calcium to our diets is also important for strong bones.

Be good to your bones.
They will thank you for it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Lord Is In This Place

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I open my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.”
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Came—a pledge of deathless love.

This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The Lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.
Maltbie D. Babcock (1901)

Though I have posted these lyrics to one of my favorite hymns before, I could think of none better for Father's Day. What a joyous exclaimation to call God our Father. His love for us knows no bounds. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are His beloved children. And one day, we will see Him face to face. What a day of great rejoicing that will be.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

this moment ~ Dangerous Beauty

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Friday, June 16, 2017

My Finished Sympathy Card

As I previously posted, my dear friend Peggy's husband recently passed away.  Peggy is in her late 80's. I chose to create a card that would include different elements of texture. This card was made with much love and many prayers.  I want her to feel both.
The Bible verse I chose is one of my favorites. Sometimes we can feel so overwhelmed, lost and alone. In God, we can find a place of rest and healing.

So many of you commented on my previous post that you were praying for Peggy.  Thank you so much, dear ladies, for your prayers.  God bless you.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The F Word Times Three

Buying something on sale is a very special feeling. In fact, the less I pay for something, the more it is worth to me. I have a dress that I paid so little for that I am afraid to wear it. I could spill something on it, and then how would I replace it for that amount of money?
~Rita Rudner

For anyone that may have missed my previous posts involving this scandalous utterance..   FULL PRICE is the F word in my house.

I have returned!  After avoiding CVS Pharmacy for a few months,  (I was annoyed with my particular store after a few negative experiences) I decided to just let the past be the past and move onward toward the savings!  I started small and this is what I bought:

4 bottles of Dove Shampoo/Conditioner, 12 oz ea
2 bottles of Soft Soap Hand Soap, 7.5 oz ea
6 Renuzit Air Fresheners, 7 oz ea
2 bags of Hershey Chocolate Nuggets, 12 oz ea

Had I not used my CVS store card and coupons, I would have paid $52.62 for the above items. After using my store card and coupons, my total for the above was only $16.68. I saved $35.94 and also received $6.00 in Extra Care Bucks to use on my next purchase.

I was very happy that the Hershey chocolates were on sale (and I had a coupon!). I just barely avoided a disaster ~ I was down to my last few nuggets for my candy dish.

But WAIT! The savings did not end there. After the pharmacy, I headed out to the grocery store... where I invoked the F word three times (technically six times).

5 boxes of Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad (pasta salad)
5 packages of Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, 10 count ea
5 6-pack bottles of Soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Lemonade)

The items above were on sale for Buy 2 (at FULL price) and Get 3 free.

1 Comet Cleanser
2 boxes of Hamburger Helper
1 package of Texas Toast Croutons
1 package of Mission Tortillas
1 package of Quaker Rice Cakes
1 package of Smithfield Pork Baby Back Ribs, 3 lbs
1 bunch of Bananas
1 yellow Onion
2 cobs of Sweet Corn
2 lbs of Pink Lady Apples
1 box of Ice Cream Drumsticks, 8 count
1 carton of Turkey Hill Ice Cream
1 gallon of Milk

*I made Hamburger Helper years ago when the children were little. I haven't made it in ages and plan to donate them.

*We are planning a big BBQ for the 4th of July so I was happy to stock up on hot dogs, pasta salad, and cokes.

*I hadn't planned to buy milk today but received it FREE after purchasing specific General Mills products.

Had I not used my store card and coupons, I would have paid $108.92 for the above items. After using my store card and coupons, my total for the above was only $47.65. I saved $61.27! Hooray! ♥

Are you planning a trip to the grocery store soon?

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Swoosh and Hum

Wednesday night and all is quiet but the swoosh and hum of the dishwasher.  We had friends over for dinner, dessert, and board games.  We had a delightful time!

Dinner was Chicken Divan over rice and garlic bread.  Dessert (made by my friend) was a delicious cheesecake topped with raspberries.  Coffee and tea were served with dessert.

We chose to play Apples to Apples!  It is a great game to play with old friends and new. ♥

Little Bear was not pleased being left upstairs while we enjoyed dinner.  She loves people so much and was very happy to spend time with everyone after dinner.  No cheesecake for you, Little Bear!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An Old Photograph

My cousin, Eliza, emailed me this picture that she found of yours truly.  I'm not sure how old I was ~ probably less than 2 years old is my guess.  Love the dress and especially the little bracelet!

When I see pictures of myself as a child, I always wonder about the hairstyles of those days.  (and I'm thinking what were THEY thinking!!).  For most of my elementary school years I had a pixie cut.  (My mother would cut my hair!!)  In this photograph, clearly I'd had curlers in my hair earlier in the day or possibly overnight. Remember those hard plastic pink curlers?  They had bristles and boy did they hurt!  I don't know how anyone could sleep wearing them but somehow we did.