Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

As hard as I seem to try, I can't seem to get back in the habit of participating in the weekly HP regularly.  But, I'm so glad to be back with the Hodgepodgers today. 

1. Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in some way? If so tell us how. Are you a fan of corned beef? Cabbage? The color green? 
Taken in May 2019

My youngest brotherwas born on St. Patricks Day so it has always been a most special day since his birth. I was 12 when he was born and I will never forget the excitement I felt when my parents told me that Mom was pregnant.  I have always felt more like his Mother than his sister.  He is a super guy and while we've never lived near each other, the times that I have needed him with the care of our Daddy, he aways shows up and many times has been the voice of reason during tough times with Daddy.  God certainly smiled down on me the day he was born.
I do not care for corned beef but I LOVE cabbage! 
The color green, I'm a fan of sage green but no other shade of green.

2. March 22nd is National Goof Off Day...will you celebrate? Your favorite way to goof off? Last time you had a whole day to spend 'goofing off'? 

Well, I never knew there was a National Goof Off Day, how interesting.  I don't know that we actually "goofed off" but my "sister friend" and I spent this past Friday at a local Spring Market and had the BEST time.  I can't remember the last time we did something of this nature and it was so much fun.  We saw folks we had not seen in ages, visited with interesting vendors and perhaps we even were a bit silly at times.  I'm pretty sure that folks would have never thought of us as "two older women." ~big laugh~ 

Today I will be attending Bible Study so don't think I'll be goofing off.

3. Something on your to-do list that has been there more than a month? Will this be the month you finally cross it off? 

Hummmm..........I pretty much live each day crossing things off my list.  I generally have some type of list every day.  And, if I am in control of getting it done by myself then it is done.  If it requires the help/assistance of someone else, well, I am at their mercy and sometimes that can be frustrating for me.  I feel a real sense of accomplishment crossing things off my "to do" list. 

4. In your opinion, what emotion is the most beneficial? Which one is the least useful? 

I'm not totally sure that crying is considered an emotion but rather a by product of an emotion.  But, crying has proven to be so very beneficial to me over my lifetime.  I can have a good cry, pull my boot straps up and be ready to go forth.  The crying could be the result of sadness, extreme happiness or utter frustration.  You can ask anyone that knows me well and they can tell you that I am not a pretty crier, I make it worth my time. ~chuckle~  I have many girlfriends that are such dainty criers and I do envy them. ~smile~

This question caused me to read several articles on emotions and I had no idea there were so many human emotions.  I've never given human emotions much thought but have found them to be so interesting. As to which one is the most useless, I'm just not sure.

5. What was your favorite thing to do as a kid? Elaborate. 

Eating watermelon with my Grandpa when I was about 4 years old

My paternal grandparents in a nursing facility in about 1986

I enjoyed several things as a child but one of my favorites was spending time with my paternal Grandparents, especially my Grandmother.  My Grandmother was a mess! She loved to play games and nothing really mattered when grandkids were at her house except to have a good time.  Grandpa loved us just as much as Grandma but was a quieter, gentler soul.  He left the entertaining up to Grandma.  

I ended up over seeing their care the last years of their lives as they moved into a nursing facility here.  My Daddy was their only child at that time and he and Mom lived in Virginia and they simply did not want to live there.  They lived in Arkansas and Louisiana was much closer so they moved here.  Little did I know that would be the beginning of years and years of overseeing care for family members.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I clicked over to Pinterest for the first time in a very long time the other day.  I started looking at Easter flower arrangements.  Oh, my goodness, I truly do not have many flower arranging bones in my body but, if I did, I would so create this masterpiece in the above picture.  I might be able to create this on a MUCH smaller scale and I might just try to.  It gives me all the feels and just screams "welcome spring!"

Speaking of in NE Louisiana Spring has NOT arrived. In fact, it has been so cold and windy that I've been fairly miserable.  We had a few days that teased us of Spring and I was so excited and then this cold front moved in.  I'm crossing my fingers that this is our last cold snap.  Spring is my very favorite season for sure!

Monday, March 6, 2023

March Prime Purchases

And, here we are, the first Monday of March, the 3rd month of 2023 has arrived.  Goodness, guess I'm really having a good time because "they" say, time flies when you are having fun.  And, here's this month's Prime Purchases.


I LOVE cookie baking and ever so often I have a recipe that calls for dusting the cookies, after they are baked and cooled, with confectioners sugar.  Well, this little gadget makes that so easy and does it so evenly.  A great addition to my gadget drawer.


I wanted these to store my China in since I just have it in a cabinet.  These are such a nice way to store it and they hold a complete service for 12.  And, it takes up less space in these.  I can't remember the last time I used mine and may never again, but it is nicely stored should I want to use it.


Okay, this is the neatest pill container I've ever seen, also the most expensive.  I got it to put my vitamins in when we travel.  It's plenty large and that's nice since some of my vitamins are rather large. There's no chance of the top coming open like all the other ones I've ever seen.  All the more reason it is great for travel.


Do you want a little bling for your smart watch?  Well, look no further, these are VERY inexpensive but look really sharp.  I've gotten so many compliments on mine.  It just pops on and off very easily.


Something else for my cookie baking  These are such a great size and add such a nice touch to an otherwise plain cookie.  I use them on a plain sugar cookie, a peanut butter cookie and any other cookie that has a smooth consistency.  They are the largest presses I've ever seen.


This is such a cute, cute lightweight sweater and comes in several colors.  It is perfect for the weather we are having right now.  


This is the nicest sleeveless tunic.  I love these under shorter jackets and longer jackets.  I have this in 4 colors.  The fabric is so very soft.


These are soooo cute and soooo comfortable! And, they have the perfect height heel as far as I'm concerned.  


And, that's it for this edition.  Perhaps you saw something you've already added to your cart. Have a great new week and hopefully you are enjoying some beautiful weather too.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

Miracles of miracles!  It has been wayyyy tooooo loooong since I participated in the Wednesday HP.  But, I'm so glad to be back with it today and perhaps this will be the start to more participation on my part.

1. What do you find is the most boring part of your life at the moment? 

Oh, my, this is a hard one as I truly do not know of a thing that is boring in my life at the moment.  I try to keep myself from getting bored and I suppose it has worked thus far. ~grin~ 

2. February 22nd is George Washington's birthday. You'll find his face on the US $1 bill. What's the last thing you bought for roughly $1.00? (.94 €/ .83 £)

I make it a point to go by our local Dollar Tree every 2-3 weeks.  The key word in the question is "roughly."  After Covid the Dollar Tree raised it prices to $1.25, so I'm saying that is roughly a dollar.  I find more treasures in this store, bubble mailing envelopes, fabulous Hallmark greeting cards, freezer containers and the list goes on and on.  I have never left without a bag in my hand of items that cost "roughly" $1.00.

3. Is it ever okay to tell a 'little white lie'? Explain.

For me, the only place for a "little white lie" is perhaps if it involves a surprise for someone.  Otherwise, that little white lie can grow into a big black lie faster than "quick can get ready" and that is NOT good.  Truth always wins but, sadly,  I'm afraid that doesn't mean much in today's society.  Some just call it "stretching the truth" but it is technically called a LIE. 

4. What's the last thing you 'chopped'? Cherry pie, chocolate covered cherries, a bowl of cherries, cherry vanilla ice cream, maraschino cherries, a cherry lifesaver...your favorite cherry flavored something? 

We had gourmet chili dogs the other evening and I chopped up some purple onion for mine.

I am not a huge fan of cherries but there is a pie that I occasionally make that is called Pink Fluff and it is made with cherry pie filling and it is great summer dessert and I love it.  That would be about it for me and cherries. I know, weird!

5. Describe yourself with three words using your first, middle, and last initials. 

L - laugher

D - dedicated

C - compassionate

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I am going to make this as brief as I can but all of you need to know about this wonderful honey.  About a year and a half ago my nail tech (she's Vietnamese and I've know she and her husband for 25 years) asked me if I knew of a wound care clinic that her husband might go to locally.  He had injured his ankle over 20 years ago and from time to time the skin will break through and become infected.  This particular time the infection had gotten very bad and they were very concerned and looking for professional help.  I did a little calling around and referred them to a wound clinic in Monroe as our local one had closed it's doors temporarily.  When he went the nurses treated his wound with the exact Manuka honey pictured above, wrapped it and every 2 days they retreated it and within 2 weeks his ankle was completely well.  I made a mental note and she sent me the link for it in case I should ever have a need.  Well, my Daddy developed a sore on his little finger back in September . I put some antibiotic ointment and a bandaid on it to no avail. I took him to the Dr. in November and he got a big antibiotic shot, two very strong antibiotics and antibiotic ointment. Can I just say, enough antibiotics to choke a horse! Fast forward to a month later and Dr. prescribed another antibiotic, still did not heal.  The wound would get better but it would quickly get bad again.  I was at my wits end at the beginning of this month and I knew that wound therapy was the next step and I knew Daddy did not want to do that but I knew that something had to be done and QUICKLY!  Duh! one day it just dawned on me, Manuka Honey!!!! I got a small jar and might I add it is VERY expensive.  I began treating it 10 days ago, covering the wound (about the size of a dime) with a good amount of the honey, placing a piece of Saran wrap over it (otherwise the guaze would stick to the wound) and wrapping it in guaze and then a semi-waterproof surgical tape. I changed it everyday and on the 3rd day I knew that we were on to something.  At the end of a week it was well on it way to healing and I started just dapping a bit of the honey on the wound and just covering it with a bandaid. I put the bandaid loosely over the wound so it can get air and dry out.  I  do believe by this weeks end that it will no longer need any treatment.  Now, there are all kinds of Manuka honey but just know that it is NOT all created equal.  The one pictured above is the one the wound care center used because of its specific properties.  If you need further proof, Google it and you can read for days about all the amazing healing properties of it.  Okay, that's my story and perhaps it will be beneficial for you down the road. You can thank me later. ~smile~

Happy mid-week!

Monday, February 6, 2023

February - Prime Purchases

And, it's already February folks! And, it's Prime Purchase time.  Remember, it's now the first Monday of the month instead of the first Tuesday.  I hope you will enjoy this months review.


If you have been hanging out around here very long then you are well aware that I am a SUCKER for great cleaning products, gadgets and tools.  Well, let me tell you, this cordless mop is the "bees knees!" It is NOT a steam mop, just a regular spinning wet mop.  It is so easy to use and cleans unbelievably.  You can mix cleansers with the water before you pour it in the top if you so desire.  I use 1/3 cleanser and 2/3 water.  The edges of the soft pads get under the toe-kicks and the edges of the baseboards.  It runs about 45 minutes on 1 charge which is plenty of time for mopping the floors that are mopped weekly.  It has a LED light that shines on the floor in front of the mop.  I have so enjoyed having it and wish I had had something like this when we had small children. 


I have heard so much about Dryer Balls that I decided I would give them a whirl.  I haven't fully decided if I think they are worth using or not.  I've been using them about 2 weeks and not sure that I notice quicker drying time or not.  But, they are simple enough to use so I plan to continue throwing 3-4 of them in with each load.  They sure can't hurt anything. 

LED  CORDLESS  LAMP!  I have a really big/huge round mirror on a stand that I got to replace my lighted makeup mirror.  I needed a bigger mirror and I couldn't find one that was lighted to my satisfaction.  So, I found this light and it works perfectly with the mirror.  It's cordless and I just bend it where it shines right into the mirror.  It has a really bright setting and that's the one I use.  I charge it every 5-7 days  with the USB port/plug that came with it.  It could be used in a lot  of other places as well.  The base is so small and takes up such a little space.  You just might need one of these!



Hubby has used one of these for years and years.  They wear out after a few years and he gets a new one.  This is his newest one.  If you have a husband and kids, this might be a nice addition outside your backdoor.  Just sayin' 


Ladies, this is a cute, cute top! While it is a tunic, it is not big and flowy, which I do NOT like.  The sleeves, and the snaps add such a nice touch to what would otherwise be a plain sweatshirt.  I ordered a small and it fits nicely with plenty of length.  It comes in several colors.


I love a nylon handbag because all the weight is in what you put in it.  And, believe you me, I carry a whole lotta stuff in my purse so I do not want a heavy handbag.  Grant it, there are so many beautiful leather handbags but most of them weigh 3-5 pounds before you even put anything in them.  I found this and, while it is not the quality of a Baggallini nylon purse,  it is still very nice and about one third the cost.  It's the perfect size for me, lots of pockets and a divider.  And, it comes in some great colors. 


Okay, gals, this is the cutest sweater!  I love Valentines and have had a good time wearing this.  It's very casual, so just throw it on with some jeans and then wait for the compliments.  I would have preferred it to be at least three quarter sleeve, but you can just throw on a denim jacket with it on a cooler day.


I like to always have a supply of to go, disposable coffee cups.  I prefer them if I'm going to take a cup with me.  These are very substantial and have a sleeve to keep your hand from getting to hot and a nice lid.  And, they are very attractive!


I have had a Tens unit for years but it has wires and is a whole lot of trouble to use.  I mean, I guess I didn't think it was that much trouble until I got this new wireless one.  Goodness! it's controlled by an app on my phone and there are so many settings.  I don't use it all that often but if I have a lower back ache, this will take care of it in about 30 minutes.  



I really am trying hard to limit the "stuff" I am buying, no joke!  But, these were so cute and so inexpensive that I yielded to the temptation.  Plus, I had my Pokeno group last week and I used these to decorate the table where we played and placed Valentine decor on top of each one.

Well, that's it for February and what an array of items.  I keep thinking that one day I will get back to regular blogging but it just hasn't happened.  I do enjoy sharing my Prime Purchases and I'm thinking I need to do a "favorites" post one day soon as well.  In the meantime I hope you saw something on today's post to add to your cart.  Have a great February and go have yourself an amazing week!

Monday, January 2, 2023

January - Prime Purchases

Well, here we are, welcoming another year.  WOW! they really do go by so fast.  And, our Prime Purchase host has changed our day from the first Tuesday of the month to the first Monday of the month.  So, mark your calendars accordingly. ~chuckle~ 
I think I have a good lineup for you today, so sit back, relax and enjoy!


This is the dandiest little fan and so powerful.  It can be used for so many things but I bought it to keep in my makeup drawer.  Yep! that's right.  I use a makeup setting spray (Mac Fix+) on my face when I have finished putting my makeup on.  It is a wet spray and I grab this little jewel, point it towards my face and dry it quickly.  It has 3 speeds, and charges with a USB plug.  It may find it way into my purse if I'm headed to the ballpark this spring.  I'm thinking it would be a great gift as well. 


You may already have one of these for your Apple watch, but I did not.  It is so neat and stays in place and there's no fighting a cord.  I'm all about neat and convenient.  


These are such cute jeans and while they are boyfriend cut, they fit so nicely through the waist and hips. I prefer a jegging or straight leg jean the majority of the time but these are fun to have occasionally.


Did I just say I like neatness and convenience?  I do believe I did and this "find" proves it once again.  These are the greatest liners to keep your air fryer clean and they come in whatever size you need for yours.  I have a mid-size fryer and these fit it perfectly.


I use at least 3-4 of these when putting on my eye makeup everyday.  I use to use Q-tips but these are so much better with the two different tips on them.  And, they come with this cute container to store them in and I keep them right by my makeup mirror.



I needed a new lumbar pillow in my home office chair.  I saw this one and the reviews were great and decided to give it a try.  It has taken some getting use to as it is so much firmer than the last one I had but it offers my lower back so much support and makes my time in my office chair so much more comfortable. 



At my point in life I am wayyyyy more careful about stools and ladders than I've ever been.  I no longer use a regular ladder but have a lightweight 3 step ladder.  I need a step stool in my pantry and the one I've had I didn't feel real confident about.  So, this one has replaced it and I feel totally stable when I use it.  It has great rubber grippers on the legs and takes up very little space.  I just keep it in my pantry as I use it almost daily. 


We have had some VERY cold days recently and when they come around again, I'll be prepared with these fleece leggings.  Regular thickness leggings just do not cut it when the temps are 20 and below. They come in 6 colors but black is my "go to" color."  

Well, that's a wrap for this edition.  I hope that all of you had a memorable Christmas and ready to move forth in 2023.  We had our Christmas about a week early so things were very quiet here on Christmas day.  It had been anything but quiet in the days preceding, so we welcomed the peace and quiet of the day.  And, now we look forward to the year ahead.  Blessings to you this day!