Tuesday, September 6, 2022

August Primes Purchases

And, here we are in September. And, here are my August Prime Purchases. 


My trusty kitchen timer that I had probably had 15 years finally bit the dust and I had to get a new one.  I LOVE timers and use them for absolutely everything!  I use the one on my Apple Watch all the time but if I'm baking cookies or something else, I like to have what I guess is now called, an "old fashioned timer."  This one is small but LOUD.  If you are in the market for a timer, I highly recommend this "bad boy."


Hubby enjoys keeping up with the amount of rain that falls.  He's had a rain guage for years and, like my timer, his last one measured it's last bit of rain and croaked.  So, he ordered a new one and the past couple weeks rain kept it very busy.  


I keep both tissues and papertowels in my vehicle.  A box of tissue is so bulky and hard to find a place to put it.  These cylinder containers of tissue are not only attractive but fit perfectly in one of the cup holders of your vehicle.  I keep mine in the bottom holder on the drivers door.  And, what a great little "happie" to share with a friend.  I mean, everyone uses tissues and these are in the prettiest container. They come 4 to a package.


If you have been hanging around here long then you know that I love nightshirts.  I ran across these and ordered a couple of them.  They are so yummy soft, wash up nicely and are very comfortable. If you are a nightshirt gal then you need to grab you one. 


I recently had a new arrangement made for our bar area.  I felt like it needed to be a bit higher so I began looking for a rectangular pedestal.  And, Amazon did NOT disappoint!  I found exactly what I wanted and it raises the arrangement just enough.  I imagine I could have looked and looked for one of these and never found one but, once again, Amazon came through.


I love the Skinny Syrups!  I use them in my coffee and they are often hard to find so I just end up ordering mine off Amazon.  I use the pumps, that you have to order separately, in them as it makes using the syrup so much easier.  They are very inexpensive and last a very long time.


It's time for soups, stews, chili, and gumbo.  I love to make a huge pot when I make any of them and then freeze several containers.  I seem to run out of freezer containers rather quickly so I saw these and ordered them.  They are very sturdy and the lids fit very tightly. I will begin using them real soon. 


Our Gran girls LOVE washi tape.  They make posters and paper crafts with it.  I saw this metallic package and know they will really enjoy crafting with it.  


If you are a LuLu Lemon fan then you might want to order these for yourself.  They are very similar to LLL, minus the $100 price tag.  The fabric is great and the fit is TTS. They call them a sweat pant but they are not the least bit heavy. They are a blend of polyester and spandex.

And, there you have it for this post. Perhaps you saw something that you like/need/want.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

I've been remiss in participating in the Hodgepodge recently.  Sorry, but life has just gotten in the way. But, looking forward to today's questions...........

1. August 24th is National Waffle Day...what's something you've 'waffled' on recently? 

Webster's defines waffling as failing to make up one's mind

I can't think of a thing that I have waffled on recently.  I don't generally struggle making up my mind but I'm sure there  have been times I waffled, I just can't recall it right now.

2. Do you like waffles? Make your own or 'leggo my Eggo? Any favorite toppings or add-ins? Waffles or pancakes-which do you prefer? 

I love waffles. I do have a waffle iron but it has not been used in years. I keep Eggo's in the freezer. I want nothing but butter and syrup, no other topping for me. I'll always choose waffles over pancakes but it has been ages since I have had either one.

3. Do you have any momentos from this summer (or past summers)? What do you do with them? 

Well, I haven't kept mementos from any thing in a very long time. 

But, as you know, I recently had a BIG birthday and my family gifted me with a sash and a crown.  I kept them and have them in a ziploc bag in my storage room.  I just couldn't seem to get rid of them right away.  Who knows if I will still have them in a year. ~time will tell~

4. One thing you'd like to do before summer ends? 

Hummm..........other than the heat, I feel that summer has ended because the schools have all started.  And, I can't really think of one thing I want/need to do before it ends. I can say that I am more than ready for fall to arrive!

5. Life is too short to not make everyday count!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

And, this my friends, is Professor Broome! Bridget moved into her office at Oklahoma State several days ago, butyesterday was her first day to have students.  Quite a difference for her going from elementary kids to college kids.  She is beyond excited!  I did not know that she would be called Professor before she finished her doctorate but she is.  It's on the sign outside her office.  And, in a little over two more years (Lord willing) she will be Professor, Doctor Bridget Broome.  I have not a clue how she does it, but she is a very driven gal as well as highly organized and has a hands on husband. It's the only way she can pursue such a goal at this time in her life.  She makes us very proud!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

July Prime Purchases

And, here it is, the first Tuesday of August.  And, that can only mean one thing, it is time for Prime Purchases.  It's a favorite of mine to create and it seems to be a favorite of many of my readers.  I don't think you will be disappointed with this months.  Hopefully you will find something that appeals to you or someone you love.  Enjoy!


If you are in the market for a throw or need a gift for someone, this might meet your need.  These are the softest, silky throws I've ever felt.  They come in some great colors and are neatly rolled inside a nice silky bag.  I got these for gifts but, if I needed any more throws, I'd definitely get one.


I am a HUGE fan of HP printers! It's the only brand I've owned for years and years.  They are so easy to use, and do an awesome job.  I love the scan, fax and print capability and at some point I use all of them.  My last 2 printers have had that feature.  If you are in the market for a new printer, I highly recommend HP.  And, it's wireless! That makes the set up very easy.


A sweet friend gave me a Peace Lily a couple of weeks ago and I found this beautiful container to set it in.  It is the perfect fit and looks lovely in it.  This piece would be pretty without anything in it as the inside is just as pretty as the outside.  I was thrilled to find this.


I think I saw this on someone else's post but, I can't remember who it was.  It is the greatest shower towel for washing your back.  I've always used the back brushes for that but this is sooooo much better.  And, it has the exfoliating feature.  It lathers up nicely and could easily be used as your wash cloth.  I prefer a sponge so I only use it for my back.  It dries quickly and washes up nicely.  I just throw it in with our towels and then hang it to dry and do not put it in the dryer.  


I may have featured this is a past post but, if you missed that, you need to know about this.  It is the greatest appliance cleaner and it is good for your garbage disposal, your washing machine and your dishwasher.  It's so nice to have one cleaner do them all, and it's so easy to use.



In February of this year I stopped having my nails overlaid.  I had them overlaid for almost 30 years but I knew it wasn't healthy for my nails and the time had come to STOP!  Talk about painful! It took 4 months for my nails to grow completely out with all new nails.  Ugh! They were so ugly and I didn't like it at all.  But, this past month has been so much better.  They have grown to a nice length and are fairly healthy.  All this means that I now do my own nails. By doing my own nails, I mean filing them and I keep nail strengthener  on them along with a very pale pink color.  I LOVE these nail filing blocks so much better than a nail file.  They are easier to use for me and are the perfect grit for fingernails.  They come 12 to a pack for $9.00, enough to share with a few friends. And, they're in such pretty colors.


If you have any lower back issues, you would likely LOVE this inflatable pillow.  I have been using them for about 13 years in our vehicles.  It makes the biggest difference and I only have 2-3 puffs of air in mine.  I don't even understand how they work but they do!  It's as though your back just sort of floats. They show many other uses for them but I've always just used mine in the car and I also take it with me when we fly.  It folds in half very easily and will fit down in a carry on tote. 


I have been using hand wipes for many years, long before Covid.  I prefer the ones in this type of packaging rather than the round containers.  I keep a package of these in the console of our vehicles and I use them ALL the time.  These came 6 to a case and 60 to a package.  These are so easy to get out of the package and I love the way they snap shut. 



Again, as you know, I'm a big fan of popcorn.  I generally just buy the bags of pre-popped by Skinny Girl.  And, I take it up a notch by spraying this buttery goodness on it.  No joke, it is so good and has 0 calories.  If you like buttered popcorn but don't want the calories, then this is for you. 


Who doesn't need an eraser on a pen from time to time.  I love these and they are what I use on our calendar for our appointments, engagements and such.  I love my IPhone calendar but I still want a big grid calendar hanging that I can write on and look at to see whose got what in the week ahead.  And, I'm always having to change a date or a time and now I can do it without making a mess of my calendar.  These erasers work great and leave not a trace. 


I'm also a fan of Seseme Sticks and these are some of the best I've ever eaten.  They can be hard to find in stores but I found these on Amazon.  They taste great and have just the right amount of crunch. Amazon also has some with a hot and spicy flavor but, for me, they aren't near as good as these.  And, I'm a big fan of hot and spicy but these just didn't appeal to me.  


I got this to take on my trip to Israel in November.  I had several criteria I wanted a backpack to meet and this one met them all.  Plus, it's so good looking!  It not only can be a backpack but a shoulder or arm bag as well.  It has height enough for me to put my back vitalizer in when folded in half.  If you a need for a backpack, you definitely need to check this one out and it comes it several more cute, cute patterns. 


We will going to Oklahoma in September and while there, will be attending an Oklahoma State football game.  They require clear handbags/purses to get in to the stadium.  There are lots of styles on Amazon but this was a favorite of mine and very inexpensive.  It seems that more and more venues are now requiring these type bags.  I guess that is a definite sign of the times we are living in. ~sad~

Okie, dokie, there you have it, my Prime Purchases for July.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Brought to tears.............

Hubby asked me 3-4 weeks ago where I would like to go to dinner for my birthday.  I told him and he "said" he made reservations for us and 7 others.  I got ready and we left to go and pick up our friend, Gerri.  She was riding with us to the restaurant.  The road to her house in rather long and then she has a long and winding driveway off of that. Well, when we made the last curve and her house was in view I saw that there were lots of cars at her house and I saw balloons, a banner and lots of dear friends on her front porch.

My heart began to race as we neared the front porch and by this time I had figured out that "someone" had planned a surprise birthday party for me.  As you can see from the photos I was completely overcome, totally surprised and brought to tears.

I think I likely had the perfect reaction that anyone wants when they work hard to surprise someone.  I cannot believe I did not have an inkling!

It was all Hubby's idea and then he enlisted the help of these two dear, dear friends to bring it to pass.  He knew with them guiding him, it would be done right and it definitely was. It was perfection!  After talking with Gerri (on the right in top pic) she told Hubby she wanted to host the dinner in her home.  Tommy was going to have it catered and  the told her to contact Andrea (The Flower Tree) about the flowers.  That still left tables to be set and just general preparation for such an event.  But, Gerri, did it all with such style and grace in her beautiful home.

The floral arrangements were just gorgeous, all done by  my favorite floral designer here in town.

I have a long history with each and every person that was there and it just made my heart even more thankful for the gift of friendship.

Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time.  The meal was delicious and the wait staff did such an awesome job with serving, picking up and cleaning up. Not one complaint. They never missed a beat! After dinner we all gathered in the living area for a time of reminiscing and what fun to share in days gone by.

AND, this man right here is a jewel!  He loves to take pictures about as much as I do and he knew that I would want pictures of absolutely EVERYTHING and he made sure that happened.  He was snapping before I arrived, when I arrived and all during the celebration.  I was more than a little appreciative of him giving of his time to do this so that I would have pictures to look back on in the years to come.

And, this man!  Well, I think I'll keep him around a while longer.  We working on year #52 currently and in these 51+ years of marriage he has never even come close to surprising me to the point of absolutely taking my breath away and bringing me to tears.  Needless to say, it was a celebration I will remember forever.

And, as if that wasn't enough............he has given me a trip to Israel.  I have always wanted to go and he cares nothing about going.

So, this dear, dear friend and I are going together as her husband cares nothing about going either. We are beside ourselves with excitement.  We will go the first of Nov. for 10 days.

So, that's a wrap for my 70th birthday.  I'll lay it to rest and "keep on keeping on" and look forward to what lies ahead.

Friday, July 29, 2022

70 Years Young...............

WOW! Here I am!  I've made it around the sun 70 times and today I'm beginning my 71st time.  It sure did get here quickly. 

I'm not sure how you are suppose to feel when you get to 70, but I still feel really good and, thankfully, I'm enjoying good health.  I do not take that for granted either because I know in the snap of a finger, it could change.

I've learned sooooo much in my 70 years and for me, the old adage, "we grow older and wiser" is definitely true.  My goodness, if I had known in my younger years what I know now............. But, time marches on and I'm definitely trying to look forward with anticipation, not backward with regret.

One of the most important things I realize more and more (even though I've known it all of my life) is that the things of this earth matter not, but the love of God, family and friends is my most valuable possession.  Yes, I've enjoyed many, many material possessions but not a one of them has ever brought me the happiness and joy that my Lord, family and friends have brought me.

I've never, ever pondered any birthday I've had as much as I have this one.  I've had so many thoughts, such as:
I've lived way more years than I have left to live for sure.
Have I lived a life that has made a difference?
How much longer will I live? 
Will ill health befall me?
Will I be stricken with eye issues that alter or take my vision?
Will I one day be a widow?
Where will I spend my last earthly days?

And, there are other ponderings but I know one thing for certain, whatever befalls me, I serve a God that goes before me, preparing the way and when my time comes, I will spend eternity with HIM. What a blessed assurance!

My prayer is that for the time I have left on this earth I will be all HE would have me be, an encourager, a light in the darkness, a difference maker and live everyday to the fullest.

Here's to the awesome years I've had so far and to the years I have yet to live. 
 He's been faithful and good!

NOTE: A big thank you to my DIL for obliging me with a 70th birthday shoot.  We had so much fun acting silly and making memories.