Be a Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear a Crown and Be Sweet Inside.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Another wonderful day

My days continue to get better and I am so grateful.  I haven't been playing any Christmas music, which I love, but there is plenty in the store so I have been humming along.

It was really cool here today.  I wore a sweater all day and Buddy wore his too.  I watched Reverant that I checked out from the library.  Having seen Jeremiah Johnson (with Robert Redford) so many years ago, it was ok but it kind of seemed like a remake.  The scenery was all in the snow country.  They were constantly going through water and it made me cringe to think of my feet wet and cold.  Their hair always looked oily and dirty, which I'm sure is the way it really was, and that really grossed me out.  Hahaha.

Guess that is about all I have today.  I was busy but nothing to write about.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Spirits are Lifting

My spirits have picked up a little and I'm so thankful.  There are things that happen in life that will get you down but I hate it when I have the blues and there is nothing really wrong.  So fingers crossed that I am through it.

My other sister comes to town this weekend and we will all meet up for a family get together.  I'm especially excited since I missed Thanksgiving.  We are going to have Ham sliders and whatever sides everyone makes.  

I'm hoping the Grand Girls can come because they so rarely get to see everybody but my son and my sister lives about as far away from each other as you can get. So, I have to forgive my son if he is not up to the drive - fingers crossed that he will come through at the last minute.

The Grand Son wants to invite his girlfriend.  Hahaha.  That will be a first for them although she has joined my daughter and I before.  My daughter is also inviting her boyfriend.  He was invited for Thanksgiving but was with his family. I know it is a drag to spend an evening with people you don't know but hey, we all did it.  Right?

I bought Christmas dresses for the little girls.  Fancy, ruffly things from the resale shop.  They love fancy dresses but for some reason I have not been able to find the shoes I want.  I think that is because I am looking for 1950 style black patent leather.  Anyway.  I may let them wear them their new dresses if they come.

My thumbs are killing me so I've been taking a rest from my tie dyeing this week.  I am going to start knitting a scarf tonight (I hope).  The thumb use is somewhat similar but the strength I need to tie rubber bands for dyeing is not needed with knitting so I'm hopeful that my thumbs will come through for me.

Buddy has his sweater on today and I am wearing jeans.  I even have a sweater on over my short sleeve shirt.  I turned the heater on just to take the chill out of the air.

Hahaha.  It smelled so bad when I ran the heater a week or so ago that the fire alarm went off.  Glad I did a warm up before I was actually closed up in the house with the smell.

I also got my electric blanket out, but not the plug.  It has to get really cold for me to sleep with that much heat but I do like to pile the blankets on.  Something about the weight of blankets that makes me feel snuggly.

It's only December 1st, but with cool weather (I won't call it cold) it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas - well winter anyway.  I'm not switching out my clothes just yet.  I know we'll be back to shorts in a couple of days.  LOL.

Here's Buddy making sure I don't have fun without him.  Sssh.  Don't tell him pink is for girls.  We inherited this from my daughter's girl dog.  It keeps him warm even if he looks like a log on sticks!  hahaha.  Love that dog.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A few moans and a few decorations.

I'm feeling blue today.  Surprisingly, I've talked with a couple of people who are blue too.  I'm not sure but I think it has something to do with the election. Whether you are for or against him, you can still be worried.

I don't think the good old days are really the good old days.  I remember looking back at my childhood and thinking those were the good old days.  My grandson thinks they sound horrible.  I remember being a young working mother.  Those were definitely hard but I thought they were good.  Even retirement sounded so good ...  now it is a lot harder that I expected but if what I hear from the really old is true ... these are their good old days.

So when the Donald brings back the good old days, I wonder which ones he is referring to.  Enough.

I've sold a few of my tie dyed socks and some of my Ebay items are moving right along.  Sold a pair of brand new shoes still in the box that I had been saving from my working days.  LOL.  I kept another pair just like them which had with very little wear.  I used to buy multiples of things that fit and worked well.

I also have a brand new purse with tags that I'm selling.  Really?  And I wonder where all my money went.  Oh well.  If they don't sell for Christmas I will donate them.  At least I had a good house cleaning finding things to sell.

I wanted to share these pinecone lights/ornaments I picked up at the Thrift Store. They are about 3" tall and 2" across.  There were two boxes I bought for a pittance to sell but I decided they were too me to sell.

This one had a light stuck in it and I couldn't get it out.  They came without a string of lights but that was no problem.  I had colored and white but I decided the white showed the shape off best.  

I put up the table top tree this year and the pinecones are so large on it but I don't mind.  The only other decoration I put on it is this old bird I found.

I may look for some birds on sale after Christmas.  Although that comes in under the "Want" rather than "Need" category.

Here is the finished product for today anyway.

I'll tell you about the tins next time.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

So what have you been doing?

Its about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning on Saturday following Black Friday.  I couldn't sleep so I got back up and have been playing catch up on my blog reading.

I've been busy lately.  Trying to sell a few things on Ebay and doing a little ice dyeing.  Most of the dyeing I've done has been Christmas gifts and not bandanas to sell.  I did tie up a few bandanas this evening to dye tomorrow but I've had a rough couple of days so don't know how much I'll get accomplished.

Here's one I did for myself.  Excuse the hairdo.  I found this really neat headband and I'm going to try to copy it.  I'll tell you more later.

I wasn't feeling well at Thanksgiving and had to cancel my visit to my Sister's house.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I was really, really sorry to miss it.  My Daughter did bring me lots of food and it was tasty but I just felt like I really missed out on something more.  Oh well. My sister will just have to get out the fancy dishes again at Christmas.

I did take a few minutes to pull out some Christmas items.  I know. I know.  But I just needed something special to boost me.  Darn sugar.

I opened the tub with the Christmas pillows (and beanie babies) and put them out.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put out a Christmas throw out for Buddy but he found himself a nice pillow to lay on anyway.

The Grand Girl spent the night Thanksgiving week and raked up a bunch of leaves and then made a leaf angel.  What a great kid.

We've had a couple of coolish days lately.  I think I've worn long pants twice now but we're back to shorts.  Hahaha.  You've got to love Texas weather.

I wish I had more to share but that's about it.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pure Genius

Have you watched the new TV program called "Pure Genius"?  It comes on Thursdays at 9:00 CST on CBS.  I recorded it and watch the first two episodes last night and this morning.

It is something like Star Trek combined with Dr. McDreamy.  It boldly goes where no medical show has gone before.  It is about a dot.com boy genius who parlays his talents into medical treatment and equipment.

I thought the acting and script was great.  Someone that knows something about medicine may say it is ridiculous but what we can dream today, we can usually do tomorrow.

This from the person who saw the first space flight.  An unbelievable feat.  Imagining that even half of what they dream up on this program could actually be would be an incredible life sustaining event.

Maybe I should write in and suggest they dream up solutions for Type 1 diabetics.  I might not live to see it but another generation of diabetics would be so much better off.

Hahaha.  Got a little carried away there. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Just another Day

Not a lot to tell.  I listed some items on my ebay store.  It is a great way to clean out your clutter.  I don't feel nearly so bad about letting go when I know I'll get a dollar or two.

I sent in my resume for a legal position and then immediately regretted it.  Who am I kidding.  I don't really want a job.  I just want a salary.  Hahaha.

Picked the Grandson up from school and took him to try to interview at a local store.  The Woman wasn't in - come back at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow they told him. Hello, it is obvious he should be in school then.  Poor little thing.  He is going to try Kroger's next I think.

Discussed Thanksgiving dishes with my daughter.  I requested her mushroom roasted Brussel Sprouts.  We discussed what pies we wanted to contribute.  Yum. Yum.  I love this kind of planning.

I bought my Sister a Fall colored candle.  She likes to burn candles and has no little ones left at home.  I think she'll enjoy it.  It smells pretty good too.  

Buddy says "Are you through yet?  I'm ready for bed."

Me too.  'Night folks.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Just Wishin' and Hopin'

I went to Michael's and JoAnn's yesterday.  Michael's is such an adult playground.  I just loved everything and the 40% off Christmas decorations really called to me but I was on a fact finding mission.

I'm making some of my ice dyed bandanas into pouches and needed ideas for the handles.  I used children's woven belts for two pouches I made.  That worked well but that is the sort of thing you have to luck up on.  I also used some rope like material I got on the eyelet aisle.  It worked well if you need it to be adjustable.

Today I dropped by the thrift stores and didn't find anything I could use.  I did pick up a fishing coffee mug for my BIL and a new cup for me that I just could resist because it was so pretty.  It has a scalloped rim.  I've never see a coffee cup like that.  I'll take a picture tomorrow to show you.  

I was going to pick my Grandson up from school today but my sugar dropped while I was out shopping so I had to hurry home.  I noticed how the sky was getting darker earlier and the time hasn't even changed.  Dark evenings make me want to snuggle inside but I'm kind of sad to see the long days disappear.  

I ordered Christmas CDs from the library and they came in today.  Both of my sisters (and my daughter) love to play Christmas music in the car so I always record a couple of CDs for all of them and give them as early Christmas presents at Thanksgiving.  We are rarely together on Christmas day anymore.  One sister lives out of town and the other has several sets of in-laws and out-laws to visit. So we exchange gifts at Thanksgiving instead.  

I made it through Halloween without eating any chocolate.  Not an easy thing when big bags of crunchy chocolate bites call to you at every store.  My blood sugar has been good again so I didn't want to rock the boat.  

Well, that all for this evening.  Talk to you soon. 

Looking for Suggestions

My daughter is fighting a stomach/intestine infection  whose name I can't spell. At the same time the infection flares up her iron drops.  It might be the other way around.  All I know is that she has to get iron infusions in the hospital.

Does anyone have or know of someone that has this iron problem?  I'm looking for something beside iron supplements that she can do.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

This, That and the Other

Well Hi Everyone

Don't ask where I've been 'cause I really can't remember.

It all started when Buddy hurt himself.  For about two weeks he didn't seem to get any better after the medicine wore off.  Then like a miracle, he started going longer and longer between doses.  Now it's just every once in a while.  I don't mind telling you I was so stressed and pulled into myself.  I was afraid of the worse, but no more.  I'm sure everything is going to be fine.

The little girls were here today.  I haven't seen a lot of them lately because their family has been so busy, which is good.  Even though I would like to monopolize their time, it's good for them to enjoy each other as a family.

No pictures of them today.  Is it me or is there a stage where bangs have to be in their eye and silly looks on their faces.  I want to share cute pictures not....  Oh well, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

I have been steady busy with my ice dyeing.  I've learned some new techniques and keep experimenting.  Not all the results have been so good.  Hahaha.  I just wish there was a do over button and my bandanas would return to white squares.

I still haven't done any Fall or Halloween decorating.  I didn't buy Mums, which I love, or bags of Chocolate, which I love even more.  I just can't seem to dedicate myself to getting it all together.  Oh well, world won't come to an end.

I have been thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas though.  I love Thanksgiving.  It is such a nice holiday of Family, Food and Friends.  You can decorate to your heart's content or just put out a few leaves.  It seems so much easier (and less expensive) than Christmas.

I do love a lot about Christmas - besides the religious aspect, of course.  I love the smell of greenery and spices on a stove top.  I love twinkling lights and decorations that you've only seen once a year for the last 20 or so years.  I love cold weather and snuggling together to keep warm.  (Note to Grand Girls: No cold feet on me.)  I love Christmas chocolate and Candy Canes.  I love Midnight Mass and Christmas Carols.  Hot Chocolate and fires.  I love it all - except for the presents. Buying the right present is too much pressure for me.  It didn't use to be, but now it is.  I know some of you are really good at it and can afford, or almost afford, it.  Hahaha.

Well, I really took off on that one. Anyway, I'm feeling very content and looking forward to the next couple of months.

Hope you are to.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Gift for Dog Lovers

Do you need a Gift for that friend that is impossible to buy for but loves his/her dogs?  I found the cutest on-line shop DoorbellDesigns.com who makes the cutest doggie doorbell covers.

You know I'd have to have a chihuahua doorbell cover
if I only had a doorbell.  

Speaking of my dear little Buddy, had to take him to the vet's this morning.  I went to the cheapie vet where I get his shots because I knew if he did have to have surgery I would have to do some research for speciality vets.  

I don't really know what happened to him.  He acts a fool so often, flying down the stairs to chase cats, squirrels, birds or anything else that comes into the yard. He often hurts his undercarriage because he is so low to the ground.  

Well over the weekend he started walking very stiffly and it looked liked his neck was stiff and his side looked swollen. No cuts or blood so I waited a couple of days to see if it was another backyard injury.  When he started yelping when he tried to get comfortable I knew it was time for the vet.  

She wasn't sure and said an x-ray wouldn't help.  He would need a MRI if he didn't get better.  She gave him three prescriptions - muscle relaxer and pain pills. 

He is laying in his little bed in la la land.  I'm not big on giving him pills but this was a must.  I am to give it 2 weeks and then see a specialist if he is not better.  

Oh my Buddy Boy.  How will I ever keep you still for two weeks.