Thursday, November 16, 2017


15 mile yard sale.  Getting up at 5:45, picking up a friend in what feels like the middle of the night, driving through the fog, dodging the deer running across the road... spending almost all day shopping at yard sales. Dragging my tired self in at the end of the day..... It was  all totally worth it.

The damage:

Boyd's Bears figurine. $3. It was in its original box with its "official" papers. Seems like this little one is a collectible. I just wanted him because I thought he (she?) was cute.

Purse. $3 (this one )

Wooden tray: $3

Glass full size mirror: $2
Little red stool: $2


Diary from 1910: $7
I started reading it and could not put it down. A diary from 1910. A woman in New Hampshire wrote this diary in 1910 . She talks about the weather a lot. I wish her handwriting was a little better. It is a chore reading it. But its fascinating.

Crystal dish with lid $5. This might be the best purchase of the day. This crystal bowl is still being sold at Dillards right now. This one was still in the box and still had the tag on it. It was $25 originally. Its going to sit in my bathroom holding cotton pads. 

Ina Garten cookbook, Family Style Meals $4

River Roads Cookbook IV, Warm Welcome $5

Thanksgiving magazine 2016: $.25 (I collect the Thanksgiving and Christmas ones)

Christmas present: new makeup bag for my friend Julie: $1

Oriental rug runner: $25, probably the second best purchase of the day. This is so thick and looks brand new.
Small wooden 3 leg table $5. Both of these have been situated in the upstairs hallway.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

makeup organization, part 2b

The best laid plans....

my beautiful makeup
organizational system was lost in the flood and  makeup organization part 2 didn't work. 

I've been forced to abandoned my plan of the makeup living in the Target silverware drawers that fit perfectly in the drawer and look so uniform and nice.

Makeup organization part 2b involves looking through the trash for sturdy small boxes. I've resorted to the not so fancy, temporary,  but better system of using the shallow top of random boxes, situated every which a way to hold each category. It has a lot of good points. It actually works, but.... there are still some issues. 

I've also accepted the fact, I need more space and commandeered a large deep drawer that is also scheduled for a makeup makeover.

The system, like so many other things in the house, is a work in progress. We are just not where we need to be. but... we are closer

Saturday, October 21, 2017

72 hours in Miramar Beach, Florida

I have a little sunburn in October and I am quite happy about it.

Its hard to believe, but there are actually people who do not enjoy travelling for work. I am not one of those people. I consider a work trip to Florida one of the best perks of the job and a guaranteed stress-less three day weekend. I grabbed a girlfriend and off we went. 

There was a lot of beach sitting, shopping, snacking, napping, sitting on the balcony, playing in the water, coffee-ing, and more shopping, more snacking and general restful weekend-ing. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

makeup organization part 2

Two plastic silverware dividers from Target that costs $7.99 each fit perfectly, side by side, in the new makeup drawer in the new bathroom.

Not quite as nice as the makeup organization I had going on, but I'm excited to start.  (and yes, everything you see in that picture was lost in the flood)

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Like a guy that just don't get the hint, and wont go away (and you have to end up being rude and mean to him to make him stop calling).... I thought I had broken up with Ipsy. 
I honestly thought I had cancelled this, but here it is again and to my surprise,  I love it! Which has not happened for quite a few months.  I am excited about each thing!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window:

Is it going to rain every single day this summer? It appears so. I am not a fan. But it does make for some pretty spectacular sunsets, of which I am a fan.

I am looking forward to:

Living downstairs again. Its been over 11 months and it is really starting to grate on my very.     last.     nerve.

I am looking forward to, part 2:

Four slabs of  white thunder granite with my name on it is making its way to my house now. Its last known location was New Orleans (allegedly). Its suppose to arrive "this week". (which is a special code my contract talks in where time does not mean what you think it means.... I haven't deciphered it yet.... "this week" means maybe next month? who knows? 2 weeks? cross your fingers? I'm beginning to think "New Orleans" is code as well.... it could mean Savannah? Dallas? New Delhi? who really knows....)

 Around the house:

I have to admit. It is starting to  kind of look like a real house again. The progress:

The built in china hutch in the breakfast nook. The carpet choice (last one on second row named Music Center) for the second stairs and upstairs room. The kitchen cabinets are painted (!!) and the view from the kitchen to the living room.

I am listening to:

Peaceful piano playlist on Spotify:  I read (here) that listening to instrumental music helps when you are on your very last nerve while working and increases productivity and focus. I need more of that. So far, I give it a big thumbs up.

I listening to, part 2:

Loyal Books. I just discovered it. Its free classic audio books. I have a goal to read more classics. So far I've read, The Great Gatsby (written in 1922) and Jane Eyre (written in 1847).

I am watching:

Netflix and not much else. I'm both patting myself on the back for having some TV to watch and ashamed of myself for wasting so much time on Netflix.  So far, I've watched every episode of the crown and the tudors and started watching the British Baking Show. My current obsession problem downfall interest is watching 90210, the old show I watched when I was in high school that they made a remake years later...  I am sucked in. I usually watch 2-3 episodes at a time (no commercials so it takes less than 2 hours to watch three shows), but sometimes I slip into a coma and stay up until midnight watching 4 or 5 back to back and then wonder where all my time went and why I'm so sleepy every morning. I've watched more movies in the last month than I have in the last year (like this one). Its pretty convenient to put it on the laptop while I crawl into bed but then, suddenly its two (or five) hours later... and refer to above comment.

I am reading:

I try not to start two Bible studies at the same time, but sometimes it just can not be helped.... but it is hard to keep up with. Thursday night Bible study at church, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer  and Saturday morning Bible study at church, 5 habits of a woman who doesn't quit by Nicki Koziarz. I am the one who chose the 5 habits book, so I have no one to blame but myself.  I read very little fiction, but just finished the The Lost Letter and I loved it.

I am cooking:

I am sure I have forgotten how to cook. See the state of the kitchen above.....

Quote to share:

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