Wednesday, August 9, 2023

A "Catty" Kind of Hodgepodge

I was determined that I would be a participant in today's HP and here I am.  Thanks Joyce for continuing to host us each week with such great questions. 

1. August 8th is National Cat Day. Do you own a cat? Are you a 'cat person'? Your favorite 'famous' cat?
I do not own a cat nor am I a cat person. I do not need one more thing that requires care at this point in my life.

Garfield has always been a favorite of mine.

2. Cat nap-copycat-scaredy cat-curiosity killed the cat-cat got your tongue-like herding cats...which cat phrase applies to your life in some way currently? Explain. 

I am not one to typically nap but, if I do, it's more of a cat nap.  I remember my Mom saying how refreshing a quick nap was for her and I didn't understand what she meant.  Well, now I do, on the occasion that I grab a cat nap, it truly is refreshing.  I'm definitely more prone to a nap in the winter than in the summer.

3. What's your favorite or most- often-made one pot meal? 

I'm a fan of several one pot meals but one of my favorites would be gumbo.  I started making gumbo about 10 years ago and, even if I do say so, I make a really good gumbo.  It's hearty, made with shrimp, sausage and chicken, okra and I use chicken broth to make the roux rather than water.  Whenever I make it, I make a huge pot and share it with neighbors and friends and always put some in the freezer.

4. What do you wish you'd placed in a time capsule fifteen years ago? 

I thought of several things but a phonebook would be fun to show my Grans.  Our oldest Gran will be 15 in Oct. and I'm pretty sure he, nor any of our other Grans have ever seen a phonebook.  And, I'm pretty sure they do not know anything about them.  The older ones already know all about Google and finding phone numbers and addresses.  Who would have ever dreamed?

5. Your favorite hour of the day? Tell us why. 

Around 6:00 PM is my favorite time of day.  If we do not have plans for the evening then you will find me in my comfy clothes curled up in my recliner.  I rarely sit during the day so by 6:00 I'm looking forward to sitting and relaxing.  It might be watching a series with Hubby, spending time on my laptop, or emailing but I do look forward to it.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

These little guys will both have birthdays soon.  Coleman will be 8 on August 30th and Case will be 4 on August 20th.  We celebrated them while we were there (Oklahoma) a couple of weeks ago.  These two never slow down, they are ALL boy and romp and stomp with the dogs, horses and sheep all day long.  They do come inside in the heat of the day but even when they are inside, they are busy, busy.  Just watching and hearing them wears me out. ~chuckle~ But, they have not a clue about this crazy world, they are too busy "living their best lives."  And, for that, I am thankful!

Monday, August 7, 2023

August Prime Purchases

Can you believe it's already August???  I mean, Christmas is less than 5 months away.  So, it's not too early for us to be thinking about gifts and perhaps my Prime list will assist you in your gift giving. 


Have you been introduced to Table Topics yet?  If not, you need to be.  This set is the Dinner Party set and is called a conversation starter but it's much more.  There are several different ones.  I have this one and the Family Set.  Each card asks a question for the person that draws it to answer.  It's a way to learn a lot about your family and friends.  I would say children from about 8 years old would enjoy participating.


I first saw these brushes on a video and decided that I wanted to give them a try. They promote them mostly for foundation application but I use mine to apply my powder.  I love it!!! And, I love the way it applies my powder.  I find that using a brush to apply my foundation just causes the brush to absorb most of the foundation.  So, I will continue to use my fingers to apply my foundation and this brush to apply my powder.


This is the dandiest little light folks and especially for traveling.  I just took it with me on our trip to Oklahoma last week and used it with my stand mirror when applying my makeup.  The travel mirror I had just didn't provide the light I needed, so I came up with this and it worked like a dream for me. You can likely think of a lot of other uses for it too.  It's so small and easy to fit into tiny places.


I have used brow powder and brow pencils over the years.  But, recently changed back from pencil to powder.  I think the powder gives a much more natural look and I love the powder and brushes shown above.


You have heard me talk about Baggallini handbags many times.  This is their newest one.  I like a large handbag (some might call it a tote) and then in recent years I keep, what I call, a shopping size purse, in my vehicle and put my billfold, phone and keys in it and that's what I carry when shopping.  My neck and shoulders cannot tolerate a heavy handbag/tote anymore.  One of the biggest reasons that I love the Baggallini bags is their weight.  They are so lightweight.  All the weight comes from the items inside it. This is a silvery color, goes with everything and I love it.  It comes in other colors as well.


I have the tortoise color in these and decided I wanted the black. They are such a nice pair of sunglasses and they fit me perfectly.  They come with a great case to protect them.  I rarely use a case but usually hang them on my handbag, it's much quicker to grab them that way.


I wanted a new tray to keep near our refrigerator.  I use a tray to put glasses on when we have company.  I can fill them with ice and drink and then carry them to the table.  This one is 14 X 14 and will hold 9 of the size glasses I use.  It is made of acacia wood, so it matches the flooring throughout our house.  I'm going to have it engraved with our monogram.  It would also make a great gift. 


My Daddy needed a new floor lamp and this one "fit the bill."  It needed to give good light, be easy to turn on and off, and have a flexible neck.  It is perfect for him and it has a heavy base and stays in place well.  It is setting beside his recliner and he can easily reach it while sitting.  It is very attractive and affordable.  I highly recommend this lamp.  It is "easy peasy" to put together.

Okay, that's it for this month.  I hope something "peaked" your interest.

Have a great new week!!!