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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August is coming to an end...

I haven't been posting a lot since I really don't have that much to post. Oh, I haven't just curled up and died by any means but I haven't been scrapbooking or quilting recently. I had a few medical problems that made sure of that. I still garden and have gotten into canning and cheese making. I don't can everything like homesteaders have to do but just a few things here and there. For example, two years ago I canned sliced peaches so while there were no peaches available to buy last year due to the weather, we were still eating peaches. This year I canned some so if next year we have none, I will (if we don't eat them all first) have some. I also made peach jam from the peels. I haven't a clue what to eat it on but it certainly taste like peaches. Next time I make it though, I will add less sugar because to me it is too sweet.

Apples are about to come to season (if they aren't already). I will be buying them and making applesauce. I know it is always available in the store but have you read the label? I like my applesauce to contain apples and spices not things I can't even pronounce.

I am having a real hard time with my knees again. Back in June I couldn't even walk but I am doing much better now. I can walk although they hurt 24/7 I keep walking so they don't lock up or whatever so I can't walk again. I took up playing Pokemon Go to give me something to do while I walk. Now I am really getting into the game since the Legendary Birds came out. I can't wait for Mewtwo. I hope I am invited to a raid.

I can't believe my little Damien (grandson) started kindergarten yesterday. Time is really flying!

As summer comes to an end (I wish it could stay summer always) and the days are shorter, I know my beautiful hummingbirds will be leaving for the winter. Just yesterday I had my coffee on the deck and can already hear and feel the change. During the summer it sounds like a rainforest out there, all kinds of different birds and sounds but now not so much. This is always a sad time. I know the other seasons bring other 'beauty' with them but I wish summer could just stay longer.

Other than that, there really isn't much new in my life. Just enjoying being Grandma, Mom, and Wife and doing my walking and playing Pokemon.

 Butterfly in my herb garden.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Help Stacy Feed Cats for Free and You Might Win Something Nice for Yourself in the Process

Let me start by saying I do not get any kind of reward or prize or any other compensation for sharing this. I am simply doing it because I use this program and know for a fact that it works and it could really help Stacy (or anyone) out if her friends are willing. 

Both my husband and I use it and I've not only been able to get Christmas/Birthday gifts for my grandchildren but use the points for free bags of cat food. We have been getting two bags of 16-22 lbs of cat food per week which is a big help with our 'feral' budget. Stacy who has many cats that she feeds could really use the help with her cat food budget. You can earn the points, pick the Kmart nearest her and when ordering it, tell them that she will be picking it up. There is a space in the order form to list who is picking it up, so you don't even have to leave your house for any of this, it just takes a bit of time to play a scratch off ticket or other such instant game (You have a poll question first, just click a box) to try and earn the points every night. You also have the chance to win yourself some huge prizes such as a new washer, dryer, even a car. A lot of the games, you pick what prize you want so it is up to you what you win. Sound good? Okay now for the nitty gritty.

The site is called "Shop Your Way". It is a loyalty site for Sears and Kmart (as you know Sears owns Kmart). You go to the site and sign up for it (free of charge) and there is a rewards section where there are lists of games that you play. I don't mean like a computer game, these are scratch off tickets or ball drops that take a two seconds to do. In fact, there is even a 'skip' option to make it faster where you don't have to watch the ticket being scratched, it goes straight to if you won any points or prizes or not.

When you win points, they are good for 14 days from the day you won them. The more you play, the more games and chances you have of winning. You also get 'surprise points' occasionally. Some of these are not useful unless you plan on buying a new refrigerator (or other high ticket item) but sometimes there are some that can be used. I just used two last night, one was $4 in points I used for a toy for my grandson's birthday and paid the rest in points I won. Original cost of toy$9.96. Cost I had to pay using cash, $0. Then I found I had $10 of surprise points for jewelry so I bough my other grandson a watch (his birthday is in March). It is nothing fancy but he is a kid, I wasn't going to buy him a Rolex. Anyways, this digital watch was $13.94. I used the $10 off from the surprise points and the remaining from my own points. Cost out of my pocket for this is $0. 

I still have some points left over and every day I play trying to earn more. Sometime I get nothing but other days I get a dollar or two (or $5). Now say you want something but you can't use points on it. (Points can be used on most anything while in the store but even then there are a few things that you can't use points on, (in Sears, it is Land's End most times) so you buy the item for money. Basically, any time you spend money, you earn points for each dollar spent also. But that is just in case you plan on buying something from Kmart or Sears. You do not have to. As I said, I have won enough points in the 14 days to get a bag of food with no money spent out of my pocket. 

So you see that your points are about to expire so you order the bag of cat food, pay for it in your points, cost you nothing. Tell them Stacy *** (or whoever) is picking it up for you (be sure to pick the store near her) and either put her phone number in so she gets a text when it is ready for pickup or check your mail for the 'ready for pickup' notice and let her know. 

You get chances to win great prizes, can get yourself something for no cost and help Stacy with feeding hungry homeless cats all at the same time. What can be better than that! 

Ready to start? (I suggest using a laptop or computer for this part.) Go to the "Shop Your Way" site and register. If you log onto Sears and Kmart (you can do most everything from the SYW site but just in case you do log in to these) use the same log on info as the SYW site so your points are there. The one thing I do suggest you use your phone for is the Winit App from Sears but don't go looking for it now. Wait until you start getting emails because it will give you the link right at the bottom and if you download it there, you get $5.00 in points.

I do need to warn you, because you are just starting out this is going to take some time. You have to pick prizes, set up profiles etc. I promise you that once you get over this part, the rest is going to be much quicker. Where you come on every night and just spin a wheel (play a game). As I said before, many games have a poll question but it is a matter of checking a box to answer and takes a second if that. (For example: How old is your washer, 1-2 yrs, 2-3 yrs....) Many times I go to enter a sweep and it pops up that I already answered the question so I don't even have a question to answer. Once all this first time stuff is set, it is just a matter of answering a poll question and playing games. It even becomes fun and addicting but who cares, it is all free. 

Just a note on the Win It app. That is 10 items you pick to try and win. You get a quick 'commercial' of something and when I say quick, it lets you skip it either right away or after 5 seconds. You spin the wheel for points or prize. This app is where I win a lot of points (others say they don't win on it) so I do suggest if you can, get the app by using their email so you get that $5.00 right off the bat. 

There are many other benefits to being a SYW member, you can look around the site and check them out. I personally am more interested in the points but I do have a personal shopper. You can check that out also. There is also a FB group that if you do join, I suggest you turn the posts off and just go there to check out what is going on each day or whatever. There are so many people, it would fill your feed with nothing but the same questions or "look what I won". Don't get me wrong, I am not bashing it, I just don't want a feed full of it. 

If you choose to try this. To get to sweeps, once you are on the SYW page, look toward the top of it above the black bar and you will see in the middle of the page (left center) the word "rewards". Click that and you will see 9 boxes of different rewards, the bottom left is the 'sweeps'. Click that and you are there. Oh, and don't fret about missed codes to the games, I can tell you how to look most of them up. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!!!

I hope 2017 bring you all good health and luck in everything you do!

Friday, December 30, 2016

End of the Year!

Well, this year wasn't the kindest to us but no sense of complaining as I'm sure it wasn't the kindest to so many. All we can do is hope next year will be better.

I haven't been posting on my books however I have read many. I will catch up on posting them soon.

As the year draws to an end I just wanted to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Father/Daughter Dance 2016

My granddaughter Wynter's dance was fairy themed. This is the fairy dress we made her.






Monday, October 3, 2016

Bit of a Scare

Jerry had a heart attach years ago and had two stents put in. He remembered what the pain felt like after all these years because it isn't what you think it is. It wasn't something in his chest or his arm, it was across his shoulders and behind his neck. Anyways, he felt that same pain again so I away to the hospital for another stent. The kids came over to see their dad and that included Mark and his family all the way from FL though that tropical depression sitting there spinning off the Carolina coast. We finally got to meet our granddaughter, Melanie for the first time. Before they left I was able to grab a photo of them. Unfortunately, Danny wasn't here but it was nice to get a photo of them together since they live so far away and who knows the next time we will see them.

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy...

I have been quite busy this year although my blog doesn't reflect it. I have been occupying my time with sewing. As you may recall a few years ago my husband bought me a new sewing/embroidery machine and I am finally putting it to use. In fact, it was a little over 4 years ago he bought because I wanted to make a quilt for the baby shower before Damien was born but my machine was so old and outdated that I couldn't even buy feet for it. You may recall the quilt I made Damien.



Of course I did it in a rush with only 3 days to the shower but little did I realize at the time how wrong I made it. I didn't use stabilizer when embroidering or anything but it was a learning experience and Christina loved the quilt.

So now that Damien is older, his taste changed and it was time for a new quilt...
The Walking Dead

(I don't have a twin size bed to show it on so just threw it over my queen size bed.) 




This time, I used stabilizers and even though it is extremely heavy embroidering, it came out good. 

I also am still working on my quilt. 

(At this point I need to sandwich and quilt it. Then add the next strip and ruffles at the bottom.) 


But I also make clothing. 



Pj's 



This is still a work in progress. It is missing the rosettes. 


I don't have photos of everything but I've been busy.