Monday, June 3, 2024

June Prime Purchases

And, here we are, almost half way through 2024. What???? How can it be???  So, perhaps you are already thinking about Christmas presents.  If so, there may be something here that "fits the bill."  Thanks to Tanya for this monthly link up.


My hair dresser uses this type of brush when drying my hair.  I watch how quickly she dries it and how well it styles.  I finally ask her on my last visit what the name was and I went straight to Amazon and there it was.  They come 2 to a package and it is a game changer.


I've been wanting one of these jewelry cleaners for some time and finally ordered one. It works like a charm and your jewels will shine brightly after going through a cycle.


I have a moderate size closet, or at least I think it's moderate.  Some might think it is big.  I do have the pull down rods  which double the hanging  space.  But, I need more hanging room and these are the greatest tools to give more hanging space.  I've never seen anything like them but happened across them while looking for something else.  They are definitely not inexpensive but, for me, they are worth the cost.   If you are looking to increase the hanging space in your closet, you need these.


I love these as shawls.  I carry one with me every Sunday, no matter the month or the temperature.  It can get so cool in our worship center and I am always prepared with  one of these.  I did not have a white one but I do now.  They are so affordable and are such an attractive wrap and provide just the right amount of warmth.  And, it comes in about 20 colors.


I have seen these around folks necks at the ball park in recent years and this year I decided I needed/wanted one.  Well, they are the "cats meow" as some would say. It has 3 speeds and when on the highest speed, it really feels good.  And, it's rechargeable and would be great for working in the yard, walking and any other time you need cooling.



This is a most attractive wax burner and I loved that it came in an antique bronze. I am amazed at how well melted wax fills a room with such a nice fragrance.  And, there are a bazillion different melts of all fragrances.  And, when this is not in use, it's an attractive lamp light.


I have two ovens but there are still rare occasions  that I could use an additional means to keep an item warm.  This is the neatest warming  pad I've ever seen.  It rolls up so it is very easy to store and it is a very nice size.  I can't believe  I haven't had this long before now.


Pickleball has swept the country in recent years and continues to gain in popularity.  Our son and granddaughters love it and play any chance they can.  Our circle drive is a perfect place to play.

And, this portable nets fits across the driveway perfectly.  It comes with a very nice bag but we found that it is really too small and too hard to use.  So, I ordered a larger one.  It is portable but does take a few minutes to set up but, well worth it, if you are going to play a while and it can be left up if rain isn't in the forecast.  


I'm not going to lie, I love a label maker!  I can find more uses for it.  I use it often in labeling my cookie containers.  I have another Niimbot label maker but this one makes much bigger labels and has the ability to add graphics to the labels as well.  It operates from an app on your smart phone.  I find it a "handy dandy" item to have on hand.

And, that's it for this go around.  Have a great new week !

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am so thrilled to be participating in the HP today. Joyce always comes up with such thought provoking questions that are fun to answer.  I have gotten so slack in blogging and often think that I'll get back with it.  But, life gets in the way and the weeks turn to months and the months to years.  I have a lot of thoughts and subjects rolling around in my mind for good blog fodder.  So, perhaps I'll surprise you and get back with it.  Time will tell.

1. Growing up, at what age did you think you'd become an adult? At what age did you actually become an adult? 
Oh, my goodness, that was a VERY long time ago but I'm pretty sure I thought I would be an adult when I celebrated my 18th birthday.  I can remember thinking, "if I were only 18."  I was 2 months shy of my 19th birthday when I got married.  Yes, scares me too death to think about that now.  But, thankfully, Hubby was 5 years older and had plenty of patience and I can assure you that I tested it in our early years (and he might say I still do). ~ chuckle~  I probably didn't actually take on an adult mindset until  I became a Mother at the age of 23

2.  What's a favorite item you've bought this year?

This little cherry wood accent table.  Did I need it, NO! Did I want it, YES! This is one of our guest bathrooms and one that company uses and Hubby and I use it if we don't want to go all the way to our bathroom.  I have been in this bathroom a bunch of times and putting an accent table in it has never crossed my mind.  But, a couple of weeks ago I walked in and I thought the bird picture would look so nice with a small table under it.  So, the hunt began.  I found this on Wayfair and it arrived 2 days later and it could not be more perfect.  I have two arrangements being created right now to go on it, one on the top and one on the bottom shelf. It will be complete and I think a nice addition.  And, yes, it is just one more thing that our kids will likely have to add to an estate sale one day.  But, until then, I will enjoy it. ~smile~

3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day...are you a fan? If so, how do you like yours? When was the last time you had a hamburger? Besides the backyard grill, what's your favorite place to go for a burger? 

It's been a couple of weeks and yes, I am a fan.  But, I do not like thick patties and I want them completely done.  I really prefer to eat my own hamburgers as so many places make them so thick.  I like mine with a chipolte mayo, lettuce, onion and dill pickles, NO tomatoes.  I rarely, if ever, eat a hamburger when we go out to eat.

4.  How have your priorities changed over time? 

I think for most, as we age, our priorities change for the better. We realize what is really important and don't sweat the small things nearly as much.  I place more priority on meaningful relationships (family and friends), my own self improvement, my walk with the Lord  and making a positive difference in the lives of others. And, I'm sure I still have more work to do in this area. And, way back when, I'm pretty sure I didn't even have any idea what priority meant and certainly had none. 

5. What's one thing on your June calendar you're really looking forward to? 

In about 3 weeks these 2 "monkeys" and their Momma will be coming for a short visit. Their big brother and Daddy will stay behind to mind the dogs, horses and sheep. They have a super busy summer and the #1 priority at their house is to give Momma all the time she needs to finish up her dissertation.  Yes, she's almost to the end and "if the Lord's willing and the creeks don't rise" she will defend her dissertation towards the end of Oct. And, at that time will be "crowned" with her Doctorate in Math Education.  All in 3 1/2 years.  It has taken the boys and her husbands full support to accomplish such.  Anyway, we look forward to seeing her and the two littles for 2-3 days.  

6. Insert your own random thought here

This guy right here, my sweet Daddy, has kept me hopping in recent months.  As you can tell from the picture, he has no teeth.  That's right, it was decided last summer that the teeth he had left needed to come out.  That took about 4 months and then after some time to heal, we started in on the process of getting dentures.  Good grief, what a process! I've taken him for 4 visits and we have 2 more and he will finally get them.  Now, is he going to wear them, that remains to be seen.  It will be a huge adjustment for him as he hasn't had a full mouth of teeth in many, many years. 

And, he has another Squamous Cell cancer on his left hand.  I say another because he had one last year, on the same hand,  and it was a huge ordeal because it was misdiagnosed for months and he almost lost his little finger.  But, this one just came up and we will begin the removal process in 2 weeks and hopefully it will be a much simpler and quicker process.  Might I add, these Drs. are all 25 miles away, so it takes some time and some of the visits are rather long.

It can be overwhelming to me at times and yes, I am blessed to still have my Daddy but it doesn't mean that his care doesn't get heavy at times.  I have someone who assists me in the overseeing of his day to day care but when it comes to Drs. visits, that needs to be my responsibility. And, trying to work in my own routine Dr. appointments along with his, well, it gets challenging at best.

On a lighter note, as you can see in the above picture, he is on a scooter.  Can I tell you that he has been like a kid with a new toy since getting that.  I really tried to talk him out of it as I feel like his walking is very important to keeping the use of his legs.  He has used a cane and a walker for the past several years and manages just fine with those.  But, he got it in his head that he "needed" a scooter to go down to the dining room.  My bother and I discussed it and decided that he has very few bright spots in his life and if he wanted a scooter that badly then he could have one.  It is truly  the neatest means of transportation for such a reasonable price and far, far better than an electric wheelchair.  It will turn on a dime, it's rechargeable, has some great features and above all, he's so cute on it. ~wink~  I worried, at first, about his very limited vision and how that would work.  But, thankfully, he has managed just fine and tells me daily how much he enjoys it. I made a bargin with him and told him he "had" to walk to one meal a day just for the exercise.  Not sure he's holding up to his end of the bargin but...............

Monday, May 6, 2024

May - Prime Purchases

And, here we are, in the month of May.  We, here in NE Louisiana, are glad to see April go.  It rained, rained and rained some more and we are weary of it.  We do hope it leaves us with gorgeous blooming flowers bursting forth soon.  In the meantime, let's check out my Prime Purchases.


Ladies, this is the best looking cardigan!  If you've hung around here very long then you know I am attracted to pearl embellishments on sweaters.  This is such a cute cardigan and can be dressed up or down.  It's not a heavy sweater and perfect for spring.


These are called the Martha Stewart Bobs and they are so cute and comfortable.  I have a narrow foot and these only come in a medium width, so I put an insole and a heel pad in to help with the fit. I love the elevated sole a whole lot and they come in a natural color that I also got.


I am a fan of lightweight sweaters in the spring and this one "fits the bill." Yes, I'm cold natured and I'd much rather be a tad warm than a tad cool.  It is well made and fits well.  It comes in about 10 different colors, made of 100% cotton and very affordable.  Go grab you one!


 Yes, I do love handbags, in case you have not noticed that.  And, I like ones that easily hold all my "stuff" and this one fits the bill.  It's leather, good price point and comes in 6 colors.  It is a requirement for me that all my handbags have an outside pocket and this one does.  As I've said before, I have a small shopping purse that stays in my vehicle as I do not carry a heavy handbag on my shoulder anymore.  


I'm betting most of you reading this have played Uno but have you played Uno flip?  Well, if you haven't then you need to.  Our daughter taught us to play while we were there a few weeks ago and we had so much fun.  It should almost be called "frustration" as it can certainly be frustrating while playing but that's part of the fun.


Flat top brushes are my new favorite makeup brushes.  They come in various sizes but this is the one I use most.  I use this to put the neutral colored eyeshadow all over my eyelid before applying any color.  It works great!  I also have a much larger version for my loose powder application.


I have taken a liking to olive leaf vine and this one is so realistic.  I ordered the set of two and am using them on our mantle with the automatic twinkle lights intertwined.  I have them set to come on at dusk and I love the ambiance it gives to the room.


I love gazing balls and enjoy using them in a few of our flower beds.  This is my newest one and it is so pretty, especially when the sun hits it.

This is the stand I ordered to place it on.  You can get stands of various heights.  I usually place them a bit under the dirt for stability and all 4 of the ones we have survive the often strong winds we have here on "the hill."  They comes in all sorts of colors and patterns and, for me, are a nice touch.


Who knew there was a battery operated flosser!  Not me, at least not until the other day when my dentist's hygienist told me about this one.  I ordered it immediately and I loved it the minute I used it.  I hate flossing and anything I can do to improve it, makes me happy.  Flossing is so important and this little gadget is making it a tad bit more enjoyable for me.


We needed some new chairs to carry to the ballpark.  We had ones with the woven webbing and it was about worn out.  I wasn't even sure those were made anymore as everyone now has the mumbo jumbo chairs with rockers, lift out drink holders and all the bells and whistles.  Well, those only weight about 25+ pounds and we aren't into carrying that much weight and we aren't into pulling a wagon either.  So, while looking to replace our chairs I ran across these.  AND, they have a shoulder strap that works like a charm and they weigh a mere 7 pounds.  They did have the webbed chairs with straps as well but I like these with the solid seat and back better.  And, they are cute as can be and as we know, cute is always an added bonus. ~chuckle~


I've had a Nix digital frame for about 10 years and was very happy with it but it had about served it's purpose. And digital frames have come a LONG ways in the last 10 years.  So, a couple of weeks I did my research and the Aura is one of the most highly rated digital frames.  I immediately went to Amazon to see if they carried it, and, of course, they did.  It might have taken me 5 minutes to set it up and now I send photos to it thru the Aura app on my phone.  And, the pictures are beautiful when they come across the frame.  I couldn't be happier.  It has way more bells and whistles than my older one.

That wraps up this months Prime Purchases.  Perhaps something peeked your interest either for yourself or for a gift.

Have a wonderful new week!!!

Monday, April 1, 2024

April Prime Purchases

April 1st, and time for another edition of Prime Purchases.  My thanks to Tanya at The Other Side of the Road for hosting this fun link up each month.  I have a hodgepodge of items this month so enjoy and perhaps you'll see something that you need or want.


I had used my double walled tumblers for long enough.  The rubber seals wouldn't stay in and I decided it was time for some new tumblers.  Well, I saw these and decided they would work very well for my nutritional tea that I drink everyday.  They are skinny, easy to hold and keep my tea cold while I drink it.  And, need I say, they are so cute! And, I ordered my name and initials from Etsy to decorate them.  They would also make great gifts as there are 8 to a box.


I succumbed to the temptation, yes, I did! Aren't these just the cutest? No, I did not need them for sure but I couldn't resist.  I love dessert plates and mugs and these are just so happy looking. I will say that the dessert plates are smaller than some but plenty big enough for any dessert I will be serving.



This is such a cute jacket.  I thought it might be a bit gaudy but it really isn't.  There are no embellishments on the back of it and it looks really cute with white jeans.  It's just a fun jacket!


I love decorative tassels.  I like to use them on drawer knobs, door knobs or lamp knobs.  These are so well made and come in several colors.  And, there's lots and lots of others throughout Amazon, different lengths and different colors, depends on your preference.


I'm pretty sure I have listed these before but I use these containers ALL THE TIME!  They are just so handy to have and if I take something to someone in them, they do not need to worry about returning it.  They are great for freezing and storage too.



I started not to include these but decided that there might be someone out there that doesn't know how wonderful these are.  I have been wearing these gloves or something similar, all my adult life.  My mother always wore gloves washing dishes and I just thought that was what you did, so I've been through lots and lots of pairs of gloves and I love these.  AND, you get 6 pair and the price is fantastic. 


A friend gave us a little mini pound cake that she had made a couple of weeks ago.  I make a really good Almond Pound cake but this cake was REALLY good too.  I seemed to sense that there was something just a tad different in hers, so I ask her about it.  She said it had a tiny bit of Bakery Emulsion in it.  Well, not sure where I've been, but I've never heard of such but I now own a bottle and I will be using it in my cakes from here on.  It only takes 1/2 teaspoon and, from what I read, any more than that can ruin the taste.  I can't believe 1/2 teaspoon makes such a difference but I promise it does.  I'm thinking I may try it in my next batch of cookies as well.


These are the BEST, especially if you are using them on a calendar.  Yes, we still keep an old fashioned wall calendar for our appointments.~smile~  And, I love a neat calendar and do not like to mark or white out anything.  So, I found these little jewels a couple of years ago and they solve the problem.  If I need to change anything on my calendar I just erase it and it does a great job.  No mess!  I only use them for my calendar but you can certainly use them for all your writing if you desire.


We use this type of mat at our back door going out to the porch.  They are so attractive, so good for wiping feet and I love the half moon shape of these.  They hold up extremely well, especially if they are sheltered from the elements.  They are very heavy and that keeps them in place.  I give these 5 stars..

And, there you have it, my Prime finds for April. Wishing you a happy April Fool's Day and hoping no one fools you too badly today.  Have a great new week!

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

A Saucy Hodgepodge

And, it's Wednesday again, it rolls around very regularly and Joyce always shows up with new questions.  And, here's my answers...........

1. Has March come in like a lion where you live? If not a lion then what animal would you use to describe the weather in your area this first week of March? Does the weather affect your emotions? When did you last feel 'under the weather'? 

My goodness gracious (as my Grandmother use to say), March has most definitely come in like a lion here.  We had a storm to beat all storms Monday afternoon.  Blinding rain and damaging force winds.  It was crazy and electricity was out for about 10 hours following it.  It was one of those times that we were so thankful we put in a full house generator when we built.  

Yes, when it rains for several days it definitely affects my emotions. I am a sunshine kinda gal and when all I see is rain it's a real downer.

I had strep throat about 6 weeks ago and I really thought that was a "kids thing." But, guess not.  I was quite uncomfortable for a couple of days but once the injection and meds went to work, I felt fine.

2. Do you know what your name means? Does the meaning of your name fit with your personality? Do you like your name? If you have children did you consider the meaning of their names before choosing them? 

I never think about the meaning of my name but am pretty sure I've looked it up before.  It means, delicate, weary, meadow. 

 Hummm........  No, the meaning of my name does not fit with my personality.  I'm not delicate, feminine, but not delicate.  I can be weary but it's not all that often and I'm not even sure how meadow relates.  

I do like my name. My middle name is Beth and I was called Lea Beth until my late teen years and then I dropped the Beth and have been called Lea ever since.

Our children's names are, Brandon and Bridget and the meaning of those names never entered our minds when we named them.  I just thought they were cute names that began with the same letter. No joke!  I will say that with their middle names they both have very nice family names but, I'll keep their middle names a mystery. ~smile~

3. It's National Sauce Month...what's your favorite sauce? Last thing you ate that used a sauce? 

Well, not sure this is considered a sauce but I use it as a sauce as well as a dressing.  I always dip chicken stripes in it and that was the last thing I ate using it as a sauce.  And, it's the BEST!

4. Something you've seen, tasted, done lately that you'd describe as 'awesome sauce'? 

I cannot think of anything I've tasted lately that I would describe in such a fashion.  

But, we have been to watch this little cutie (our 9 year old granddaughter) compete in gymnastics the past two weekends.  That was definitely 'awesome sauce'.  I almost have to hide my eyes when she does her beam routine but she did very well in both competitions and she has a couple more coming up.

Hubby and I were at friends this past weekend and 5 couples engaged in a Cornhole Tournament.  We've never played and dear readers, we were the champions (that's definitely 'awesome sauce').  Yes, you read that right! And, might I add, I made the bulk of the points.  I truly had no idea what I was doing but, obviously I had the hang of the throw.  

5. What kinds of things do you love to collect? 

At his point in my life there is nothing I love to collect.  But, over the years I have enjoyed collecting Santa's, pretty dishes, pottery, Andrea birds and on it goes.  But, within recent years I've quit collecting as I truly do have PLENTY and I need no more to have to get rid of 'down the road.'  Now, I do love to add to my cookie recipes if that counts. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

After the storm Monday, we were left, as I said, without electricity and also internet and cable.  We do have a generator but that does NOT help with internet and cable.  It went out about 2:30 and was restored about 5:00 Tuesday afternoon.  That's a little over 24 hours.  Well, folks, I felt like I had had my right arm cut off.  I'm a bit ashamed to say that but it's the truth.  I do so many financial things on my computer and yes, I do use it for pleasure as well.  I'm so use to going to the computer, pulling up what I need when I need it and that didn't happen for a whole day.  It truly is a bit scary that, as a society and as a country we are so dependent on the internet.  That's all I'll say about that.......... Thankfully Audible still worked and I got in a whole lot of listening time.