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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.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A little of this and that

I wanted to share a picture of the tote bag and baseball cap I ice dyed.  I think they came out pretty good.

I started on one of those slouch bags you make out of a pillow case.  I dyed the two white pillowcases and then cut the form out.  Hahaha.  Broke the thread on my sewing machine and could not see to rethread it!  Daughter is coming by on her way home to thread it for me.  I've had this Singer Golden Touch & Sew since around 1972 and it still works great - at least I think it does.  My sewing days may be short lived if I can't figure out a way to thread the machine.  I have one of those little wire thingys but it only works if you can see the eye of the needle.  I may see if I can find a needle with a bigger eye.  That might do the trick.  Otherwise it is on to new project that do not involve sewing.  

I ordered a counter top ice maker.  I got tired of hauling bags of ice up and down stairs.  It takes about 1/4 to 1/2 bag of ice per project.  Depends on the amount of fabric I am dyeing.  It has a return period so if it doesn't work out I can return it.  

My sleep is better but not normal.  I think the problem might be that my sleep/awake cycle has changed.  I seem to be more on a 12 hour wake/sleep cycle instead of 16/8 cycle.  Oh well, as long as I am mentally and physically happy, I guess it is all ok. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Little Share from Jillee

I found this little tip by Jillie on her blog post 28 Ways to use Dawn Liquid.  I'm one of those people who claim Dawn can work miracles but I won't bore you with my thoughts.  Instead, I'll share one of Jillie's that I'll be using all the time.

19. Ice Pack

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dish soap, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack. 

Mosquitoes love Grand Girl #1 and I have them to spare in my backyard.  She comes in scratching viciously so after we clean her legs up - can't find the bites under the dirt - I put on a little itching ointment - whatever is on sale when I restock - and then a sandwich bag of ice.  Because she can't sit still long, the ice doesn't stay on there long but it is enough to numb the irritation a little and off she goes.

I think that I will try this frozen Dawn next.  It should fold over their little arms and legs with less trouble than ice which always seems to leave a puddle.

This will probably continue to work as they get older for bumps and bruises.

We'll see.  Just thought I would share.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dog Bandanas

It is hard when you are a little dog to find a Tie Dyed Bandana that fits just right.


My Daughter's dog Chu.  
Note Buddy in the background 
looking to see why I am taking another dog's picture. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Do you ever wear a Poncho?

I've been seeing a lot of Ponchos advertised lately.  Do you ever wear a Poncho?  They are pretty useful for the Texas type of winter.  Since we rarely get real cold - just cold to us  - layering is much easier.

I get warm easily, probably something to do with the diabetes, and I can wear short sleeve or even sleeveless much longer than  other folks.  Layering lets me wear a short sleeve under a light jacket and then add a poncho for another easy layer.  Some Texans tend to run the heat too much, too soon, to high for my comfort.  With this layering trick, I can just strip down until I'm comfortable.

Here are a few I like:

I still like the serape because it is so easy 
to pull on and off when traveling in the car. 

From the witchery.com
I like this one for its elegance.  I can see going to dinner or church 
and not feeling to casual.  I also like gray with my hair color. 

This almost looks like a big sweatshirt but if Olivia Palermo 
is wearing it then it is a mega expensive version of an old favorite. 

I like this one because the arms are totally free and 
I like the long tail in the back.  There are many time 
I have wished for a little something extra to protect my legs and rear end. 

This was always a favorite of mine.  A shawl/blanket/poncho combo. 

Another old favorite, a cape with arm slits.  I had this one in college and 
got so much use from it.  Wore it over everything and 
my hands were free for purses, books and now, I would add, cell phones.

Don't you just love window shopping from the comfort of your couch. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Watching the 3:10 to Yuma

I recorded the western movie 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.  I think I remember seeing it when it came out and must not have been impressed because I didn't remember much.  With this viewing I'm very impressed.

I like westerns.  I grew up on westerns as many of you did, but I don't think they've made a good western since Clint Eastwood in his Hang 'Em movies.  This one is really good.  I think it is the best acting I have seen from Russell Crowe and certainly is Christian Bale's best.

I think the scenery and stage sets are pretty realistic.  The acting was good and the characters had full personalities.  I guess I like it when the bad guy shows his good side.

I'm not going to spoil the plot but anyone who still likes westerns might want to give this one a try.  I enjoyed it.

Thanks for sharing all the sleep stories.  I feel better knowing I am not the only one with crazy sleep patterns.

Hahaha.  My sleep is so confused that I don't know when to drink coffee my morning coffee.  You know drinking my morning coffee is the highlight of my day.  It sets the tone and makes me happy.  I've had my coffee anywhere from midnight to 2:00 pm lately.  It is just not the same.  :(  But I'm working on it.

If you want to be happy in life you have to go with the flow.  So that's what I'm doing.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Another Sign of Aging

My sleep is all messed up now.  I am sleeping 2-4 hour naps around the clock.  Buddy is completely worn out by this schedule and I am not doing too well with it myself.

I remember hearing that "old people" shouldn't nap because then they might not sleep all night.  Hello.  I've got that but what do I do?  I have no idea how to get it straightened out.

If I resist the urge to nap, I wander around like a zombie and when I do go to sleep at an appropriate time, I still only sleep the nap hours.

Of course, since I am retired and living alone - except for Buddy - it does not really upset anyone else.

It seems like I've been fighting for a decent sleep schedule for a very long time.  I don't know whether to give up and just live with it or to keep trying to get it back to what we consider normal.

If this is my biggest problem then life is not to bad over here in the tree tops.

On the positive side, I ordered a dog shirt to ice dye for Buddy but the small was still to big for him and I had to send it back.  I'll continue looking for an "extra small, extra wide".  LOL.

Here are couple of pictures of ice dyes in progress.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

You know a Grand Girl has been Here if:

Buddy is wearing a necklace

If there are baby doll items in the yard

If there are Barbies in the bathtub

(Note the ice dyed bath mat)

If you see me anywhere near a McDonalds

Yep.  We had fun.
Grand Girl #2, 3yo.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Good News from my Drug Insurance Co.

I got the 2017 booklet from my Drug Insurance Company today.

Accordingly to the booklet, both of the insulins I am currently taking will be available as a Tier 3 drug and the charge for Tier 3 drugs are $47 each. Not cheap but better than the $400 donut hole cost.  Now I just need to contact my doctor and see if she has some samples or what I can do to make it until January.

Of course, I am going to take everything with a grain of salt until I write that check and know it is actually true.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ice Dyeing and the Price of Drugs

Thanks for all the compliments on my ice dyes.  I opened an account on Etsy and listed a dozen items - a little of everything I've done.  I don't have any idea if they will sell.  (Thanks Peg for the nudge)  I priced most of the summer tops just enough to pay for my out of pocket and that's fine if I only recoup what I've already spent on my "Hobby".

You've got to be careful when you choose a hobby because some can be really expensive.  This one is not really expensive but when your retired, everything is expensive.

Speaking of.... We are all in agreement about the price of drugs.  I can't help but believe that society has a whole will force a change.  Remember when mortgage loans were at 20+%?   People stopped buying houses and we eventually  had a crash in the housing market.  You can't out price the economy of the nation and make a sale.  Whether it is wanting a new house/car or needing a drug for your health, you can only buy what you can buy and we Baby Boomers can't buy a whole heck of a lot and eat too.  'Nuff said.

Here are a few t-shirts I was playing with.  I over dyed tees that had graphic designs.  You'll note I come out with a lot of the same colors.  What I didn't realize when I was first buying my dyes is that the colors will break down to their basic color - so 3 shades of yellow are always going to be yellow.

I also dyed a long, thin 100% silk scarf 
and tied it on a hat I already had.

Like learning anything new, it is all trial and error.

Missing the Grand Girl who is back at Mom and Dads going to school.