Sunday, March 29, 2009

To Do List

From Ten on Tuesday.

10 Things on Your "To-Do" List

1. Set up a system for my scrapbook paper.
2. Go thru the boxes in the office and sell some stuff.
3. Clean out the China cabinet and put in the good dishes, etc.
4. Exercise.
5. Scrapbook.
6. Work on finances on computer.
7. Catch up filing.
8. Finish red and blue quilt.
9. Finish comforter.
10. Re-organize pantry.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


From Ten on Tuesday:

10 things you like to do on vacation

1. Relax.
2. Hang out with my family.
3. Read.
4. See the sights.
5. Shop.
6. Eat at fun places.
7. Search out unusual places to visit, off the beaten path.
8. Watch HGTV.
9. People watch.
10. Take pictures.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday All Day Long

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1. Why do we have to work to earn a living?

2. My morning routine chores are now habits.

3. I have Spring Fever (too bad it is still tax season).

4. I had never heard the phrase "this economy" (used so much) and it is driving me crazy.

5. I taught my daughter to do things the way I always do.

6. How was I to know all the stuff no one ever told me.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to just hanging at home, tomorrow my plans include a brunch at church and Sunday, I want to talk to my daughter on the phone!

Yippee! It's almost the weekend!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fast Food Favorites

A while back, Michele at Scribbit did a post on fast food favorites and I thought it made a good meme so I am going to do one, too! (I learned another new bloggy trick. When you steal an idea from another blogger, if you call it a meme then it is totally okay! Cool, huh?) That makes this my Tuesday Ten this week.

1. Wendy's Homestyle Chicken Fillet with cheese and everything (except pickles.) This has been my absolutely favorite fast food item for over 20 years! Except I have to order it with cheese and everything, period, and then pull the pickles off. If I order it with cheese, and everything, and no pickles, that seems to be one too many instructions for the basic fast food worker and my order gets messed up so I have learned over the years to just pull the pickles off.

2. A & W Rootbeer. My first job was at an A & W Drive-In. The older folks would call it a rootbeer stand. (Anyone?) On a hot day in the summer people would line up with their gallon jugs to be filled. And we made floats and freezes (like a milkshake but with rootbeer instead of the milk.)

3. Wesco's Wild Berry Smoothie. This is the best smoothie I have ever had, hands down. It is blueberry and strawberry, I think. Normally, blueberry is not my favorite of the berries but in this combination it is wonderful. And they top it with a generous dollop of whipped cream. This is only available at the Wescos with the food to go counters and, luckily, the one nearest where I work has one!

4. Subway's Oven Roasted Chicken with pepper jack cheese on Monterey Cheddar with lettuce, tomatoes, a little bit of onion, light mayo, and honey mustard.

5. My other favorite at Subway is the Turkey Breast and Ham with provalone on wheat with the same fixings as above.

6. Quizno's Honey Mustard. I could eat it with a spoon. Well, maybe not but it makes a great chip dip. I especially like it on Quizno's Ham and Cheese in all of it's toasty goodness.

7. Arby's Regular Roast Beef with Arby's sauce and Horsey sauce. That is all. Well, actually, I like their Market Fresh sandwiches, too. I'm a sucker for a good sandwich.

8. Fry Sauce. Which seems to only be available in Utah and some parts of Idaho. If there were fry sauce in Michigan, I would eat a lot more fries. Maybe it is for the best. I can, however, make pretty good fry sauce at home.

9. Hires Cherry Limeade. Well, and Hires burgers and Hires onion rings and Hires fry sauce. Did I mention that I like fry sauce?

10. I also like Burger King's Whopper with cheese. I have maybe one of those a year. And I like McDonalds' Sausage McMuffin with no egg. Out west we like Taco Time but here in Michigan we very rarely eat fast food Mexican food.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Another Friday Fill-In

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1. When I look to the left, I see into the hall and the kitchen.

2. The kitchen is the room that has the best view in my home.

3. Let it work itself out.

4. It is a lot of work to get things done dirt cheap!

5. Unfortunately, paying taxes is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

6. If you have any time feel free to give me a call and we can go out for breakfast.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to visiting my neighbor, tomorrow my plans include going to Aldi for my monthly stock-up and Sunday, I want to go downtown to a concert since I can't celebrate my daughter's birthday with her for the first time because she is 1600 mile away at college!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Many years ago I used to use Clinique toner, which I loved. Then my husband lost his job, and I looked for a more frugal substitute. I had heard that witch hazel worked well as a toner. I tried it, and it worked pretty well but I didn't like how it smelled. I said it made me smell like steak tartar, but that was a lie because I've never smelled steak tartar. I've never even seen steak tartar. But I didn't like how it smelled none the less.

My solution to this problem is to buy the cheapest store brand toner I can find and to mix about two ounces of it to about eight ounces of the witch hazel. (I don't measure, I just eyeball it in the bottle I refill.) It makes the toner smell good and gives a more refreshing feel.

Oh, and one more thing: witch hazel is cheaper in the first aid aisle than it is in the beauty/skin care aisle.

There is my frugal tip for today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


From Ten on Tuesday :

Things you won't miss about winter.

Ahhh, this should be easy!

1. Ice dams on the roof.
2. Water dripping into the house.
3. Icy roads.
4. Shoveling.
5. Scraping.
6. Cleaning off the car.
7. Icy sidewalks.
8. Icy parking lots.
9. Wearing a heavy coat.
10. Boots, scarves, gloves, and hats.

Looking forward to Spring!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Fill-In

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1. Stopping by to visit my neighbor was my last random act of kindness.

2. Another place to go out for dinner sounds like fun.

3. Too many people are clueless in matters of the heart.

4. Coffee, tea or water.

5. All of my old friends have taken separate paths.

6. Our weather reminds me that there is still some winter left.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to doing housework (strange, I know!), tomorrow my plans include baking a chocolate cake and Sunday, I want to relax and enjoy The Amazing Race!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

An Ode to the Banana

I accidentally found out how I can have the whole bunch of 6 bananas all to myself. Well, almost.

On Saturday I was doing the self-checkout thing at the grocery store. I wait until toward the end of my order to ring up the bananas so they don't get hit with a bunch of stuff and get bruised as everything rolls down the checkout lane. So this time, that's what I was doing, only as I was taking the bananas out of the cart, I fumbled them and dropped them on the floor. The line was long and people (I imagine in my paranoid mind) were watching. I rang them up, finished up and left. And got home with some seriously bruised bananas. My husband is very picky about his bananas and wouldn't touch these with a 10 foot pole.

I wanted to use them up right away before they deteriorated any more. The first thing I did on Sunday morning was make strawberry jell-o and poured it over the worst two bananas, which I had cleaned up and diced. This is my favorite jell-o thing: Strawberry jell-o with bananas. My husband ate his share without comment. Well, actually, he enjoyed the whole dinner and was very complimentary about the whole thing but the jell-o was not the focus of the discussion.

The second thing I did Sunday evening was to make a banana sundae. Think of an ice cream sundae with a sprinkle of (75% off clearance Valentine) M&Ms and a drizzle of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. Now in your mind's eye, substitute two more bananas, trimmed up and diced instead of the ice cream. Yummy!!! And healthier, right? than an ice cream sundae. I think I invented this. A banana sundae is really good with caramel sauce.

Another favorite snack is just a small amount of M&Ms (about 1/2 of the small single-serving size packages) in a small bowl, peel the banana, break it in half, and dip the flat end into the M&Ms so three or four stick to it, take a bite and repeat until it's all gone. Yummy again!!!

The last two bananas of the ill-gotten bunch were trimmed up and cut up to go with my cereal on Monday and Tuesday.

And just when I thought I had the best banana story of the week? My daughter called and said that her bunch of bananas took a suicidal jump from the top of the fridge to the floor and only about the top 10% of each banana is edible. It's been a bad week to be a banana!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tuesday Thoughts

This Tuesday I am going to attempt one of those free-association, off the top of my head, random blog thought Tuesday Tens.

So, some random thoughts:

1. After I went to the dentist, had my teeth cleaned, polished, scraped, flossed, and endured Chinese Water Torture, (gag) guess what the first thing was that I sunk my shiny clean teeth into later that day? A Rice Krispies Treat. Yeah. Cause I'm perverse like that.

2. I lost some scrapbooking tools. It was a gallon ziplock bag with all of my paper punches, corner rounders, tape runners, refillable cases for tape runners, and stuff like that. I may have lost it as early as December! And I just figured it out on Thursday. Am I an idiot or what? I hardly ever lose stuff so it is really bugging me.

3. My one of my favorite public blogs is Like Merchant Ships. It has a great look and even better information. Dang! Now I have to complicate this post by putting in a link to the blog. And I thought this would be an easy post. Silly me.

4. If I need to spend some extra time at work, I would much rather go in for a couple of extra hours early Saturday morning than stay late on Friday. I am much more productive in the morning, and then when I leave at 9:30 or 10 AM, I have that fun feeling like I am playing hookie the rest of the day. Is that how you spell hookie? Rhymes with cookie? I don't know that I have ever seen it in writing before.

5. I learned that the correct way of referencing giving things up for Lent is the term "lenten disciplines." So instead of saying, "What are you giving up for Lent?" you say,"What are your lenten disciplines?" Interesting, no?

6. My daughter won't let me join Facebook. She says it's not for old people. She says having a blog is fine, it's age-appropriate. Did I mention that my 78 year old mother is on Facebook? And my 58 year old brother? (My daughter rolls her eyes.)

7. Do I have to learn how to Twitter? Is it mandatory?

8. I learned from Josh Groban that I like it when people sing to me in a foreign language.

9. I am hoping today is the last day of the single digit temperatures. Four degrees when I got to work this morning. Three degrees yesterday morning when I was putting gas in my car.

10. It takes me way too long to think of 10 things to write. Part of the problem is that some of the random things I think of, I decide need a whole post. But nothing wrong with that!

11. Bonus! A question: Why does my post spread farther and farther out each time I edit? Drives me crazy!