Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm Such A Nerd

It doesn't take much to impress me. You all already know that. But today I was really impressed!

Tom called last Friday to talk about stuff in general. Since we both have Bank of America accounts he asked if I had used their new mobile deposit feature yet. He told me he had just deposited his paycheck from his desk at work, and how very cool the app was. I reminded him that I hadn't gotten my iPhone yet. I'm waiting until September when the new model comes out; then I will get the one that's out now for REALLY cheap.

So, today Jerry received a check for his business. Usually if he's in Delaware, I will deposit these during the week but I wanted to try this stuff out. We used Andy's iPhone and it was very easy. You just put in your account information just like you're doing stuff online, and then take a picture of the front of the check and the back of the check, then it comes up with your different accounts and asks which one you're depositing it into, you pick the account, and that's that!

It tells you to hold onto the paper check for 14 days just in case but you can get rid of it after that. Right after it confirmed the deposit on Andy's phone, I signed onto the bank on my computer and sure 'nuff the money was in the account. I'm such a nerd that this absolutely thrilled me! As I said, it doesn't take much.

Oh, and it works on other smart phones, not just an iPhone. I see less trips to the bank in my future.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Sunday!

I have been loving the rain yesterday and this morning. I'm a rainy day kind of gal. Sunny days - meh - they're okay, but there's something cozy about a rainy day. Last night, though, storms kept me up intermittently throughout the night. If it wasn't a boom of thunder waking me up, it was torrential rain that did. Then at 5:30 this morning it was the cat banging the side of his food dish letting me know in no uncertain terms what he wanted!

Speaking (writing?) about our cat, I believe he has diabetes. Over the last month or so I noticed that he was drinking TONS of water and then consequently flooding his litter box, to the point that I had to change it every other day. Now, if that had been me or a family member, I would have immediately put the symptoms together and it would have screamed "diabetes" at me. I guess I'm slow because it took me a while to put those symptoms together for the cat.

Anyway, turns out cat diabetes is much the same as people diabetes. Dry food is not a good thing for a diabetic cat, so we switched him to Fancy Feast Classics. There are other kinds of Fancy Feast varieties, but only the Classics have the low grain level and therefore lower carbs, which help control the blood sugar.

So, I changed his food a week ago, and he's like a new cat. He's playing again and not laying around all the time. His water intake has returned to normal, and thankfully, he's not flooding the litter box anymore! I got some Ketostix to check his urine (sorry if that's TMI!) and it was negative, so I think we've got this!

Please note that I chose to try to handle this ourselves first rather than take him right to the vet and start down the insulin and vet-bill road. Because the cat is 17 years old as it is, the extensive research I did indicated that at his age a vet would probably recommend putting him to sleep rather than treating his diabetes, and because he only has 2.5 legs too, that would almost certainly be recommended. We don't want that, and will treat him ourselves, but if he got worse or changed in any way, we wouldn't hesitate to take him to the vet and do whatever was necessary for him. I don't want to be flamed by anyone or have anyone accuse me of neglecting our pet.

So anyway, because I can't leave food out for him to eat whenever he pleases and he has to be fed on somewhat of a schedule to keep his blood sugar under control, when it is feeding time he isn't shy about letting us know! He has figured out how to put his paw underneath his food dish and flip the dish up and then it clatters down to the floor. He will do this repeatedly until someone feeds him. He's old and crippled, but he's a character - a spoiled character!

Well, I guess I'm off to try to do some more organizing. I have NO organizing abilities WHATSOEVER. But I'm trying!

Hope everyone has a happy Sunday, and I hope you make time for the good Lord today :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oooh....Hold Me Back!

How 'bout these guys?! This is an actual page from a 1970 J.C. Penney catalog. Hold me back, ladies - I may not be able to control myself..........................................................FROM LAUGHING!!

Hmmm.......I think my brother would look stunning in the first outfit.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Andy had me listen to this group, Pentatonix. They are an a capella group and they are AMAZING. Here are two of their songs; Google them and you can find more. They are really talented.

Monday, August 20, 2012


Good morning, Peeps! Happy Monday to ya.

It is another cobwebby-brain Monday. Jerry left for Delaware at about 3:00 this morning which is his usual time leaving. And we usually can't seem to get to bed at a decent hour Sunday night; we are always trying to stretch the weekend just a bit further. So we got to bed at about 1:00 then got up at 2:15. Hence the *Yawn* in my title. Sometimes I do go back to bed, and I did this morning, but only for a little while. This is the house he is currently building; this house is actually in Ocean City.

I haven't mentioned any names, and Ocean City is kind of a big place, so I think I'm okay posting those pics, without invading any privacy of the homeowners. Andy and I will probably be cleaning this one too when it's ready to turn over to the homeowner. Well, that's the plan right now, anyway. I like cleaning Jerry's houses because he's a stickler for keeping the job clean as he goes anyway, and makes sure each subcontractor cleans up after themselves and leaves it clean for the next subcontractor to come in and work, so that makes the job much easier for Andy and I.

I'll tell you about my WONDERFUL weekend in a later post. Right now I've got to get some work done - it's going to take me a little longer today, what with all the *yawn* breaks I'll be taking, and the coffee I'll be pouring!

Hope your Monday is a lovely one :)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Not Much To Report

Not a lot going on around here. Some sort of bug/cold/flu has been chasing me this week and I've been doing my best to get away from it. I haven't exercised this week. I'm feeling a little more myself today, though. I still did what I had to do this week, but just felt blah, and felt like I could nap every hour. Glad that's gone.

Now those storage bins I told you about from Dollar Tree are sitting here mocking me, and I intend to do something about them. But I am also the Queen of Procrastination, remember?!

The final tally for last week's 5K was that I was #97 out 103 participants. I would like to try to do this week's before Tuesday. This week's is in Houston, and on the overview it looks like there are HILLS! EEEEK!

I shall end my mundane post now and get to work! Enjoy your Thursday.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Story to Share

I love this lady's blog. She is a talented seamstress and does great crafts. She recently shared an update about her friend's baby, Dylan, who has had some trials, to say the least! You can read the story here. It's a great story with wonderful pictures.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What I Woke Up To.......

A couple of weeks ago Andy had a friend over. These two friends always stay up all night playing video games, guitar, whatever, which is perfectly fine with me. One time I woke up in the morning to my vitamin bottle having graffiti on it which was hilarious - as soon as I can find the picture I will post it - but this particular time, I woke to find this staged scene in the living room.

And because I happen to know that this friend's mom reads this blog - I won't mention names! You're welcome. The boys had brought in Jerry's yucky ashtray from the deck, and they said since they couldn't find any dice, they put out dominoes!

Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I KNOW these boys and this was STAGED and just for FUN. The only reason I shared it here with you is because I totally trust my son and his friend and wanted to share their fun with you. They are wonderful and trustworthy young men, and I appreciate their sense of humor very much. Just wanted to add that in case anybody thought we were running a gambling house!

Monday, August 13, 2012


I mentioned in Friday's post that I wanted to do this week's 5K, and I did that Friday afternoon. Here's my torture device wonderful treadmill welcoming me. See the "Welcome Karen" at the bottom of the screen?

I did better than I have in any previous runs. This is the screen after I finished. My time was 46:04. Sorry about the glare of my flash. Right now I am #90 out of 95 participants. I hope those numbers look better at tomorrow's final tally, but even if they don't, I'm still proud of my old lady self!

Queen of Procrastination

I am the queen of procrastination. I never intentionally put things off - I just find better things to do! So this is my new desktop background on my computer. I find it oddly motivating.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I Must Go Here!

I MUST, MUST, MUST go to this place! It is Skyhigh Sports. There are a few of them scattered across the country, but this one is in Nashville. I read about it on another blog and now I REALLY want to go! It looks like so much fun. Watch the videos on the site. Dodge ball on trampoline floors and trampoline walls? Oh yeah! Count me in!

And Happy Sunday!

We have had one stalker respond to Friday's post. Any more lurkers - or stalkers?! Feel free to chime in!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hello, Friday!

Happy Friday to ya!  We had the most lovely rain this morning and distant rumbles of thunder.  I LOVE this kind of day. 

Today I am working and cleaning a bit, and then I will have to make myself purty for my husband who has been in Delaware this week and who is coming home today.  And believe me, making myself purty takes effort

Also, I've been organizing my basement storage shelves in my head all week and now my containers arrived from (that place is GREAT!) and so it's time to get the organizing out of my head and onto the actual shelves. 

I want to try to do this week's 5K today, too.  So, this post is a brief one. 

One last thing - I see on my stats that I actually have more than three readers!  Can you believe it?!  Neither can I!  Anyway, since I told you all about MY plans for today, I would like to hear from my readers about YOUR plans.  Y'all need to stop being lurkers and start leaving comments (ahem....nice, clean ones, please!)

Hope your Friday is a great one :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Final Tally

I just finished doing workout #2 which I told you about in excruciating detail in a previous post.  Yes, I managed to do it all the way through again!  I was a little worried because I haven't exercised since the 5K last Tuesday.  I'm still going to get through it a few more times before moving on to #3 because it is still definitely a challenge.

The final tally for last week's 5K was that I was #98 out of 106 participants.  This week's 5K is in Oklahoma City. 

Not much going on today; just working, doing a little cleaning, and reading.  I'm currently reading Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss.  I'm really enjoying it and don't want it to end!  All the really old books are free on the Kindle and I have been reading many of them.  I really like literature from that time - it was actually literature - but there are definitely a lot of good books out there now, too. 

Well, off to do stuff now.  Hope you all have a great evening!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Happy Monday

Good afternoon!  We had another quiet weekend.  Jerry and I had big plans for yesterday that didn't work out.  We were going to be at Lowe's when they opened at 8:00 and look at freezers, washing machines, shower stalls and toilets - not that we're getting all of those at once.  We're just shopping around right now.

About 2-3 months ago our big freezer bit the dust and we have been making due with a small chest freezer and the top portion freezers of two refrigerators (one in the house and one in the garage).  That freezer was like a member of the family.  We've had it for 23 years.  It moved to West Virginia with us, and back again.  I cried when that freezer died.  We were told it can't be repaired because they have changed the coolant systems now and it will cost more to redo the coolant system than to replace the whole thing.  Did I mention I cried when that freezer died?

The space was a little tight when we first unloaded everything out of the big freezer into the smaller ones, and now the space has eased up as we have used things, but we are gearing up for winter again.  We want to buy another cow and pig and these freezer spaces just aren't going to hold that.

Then, naturally, because if something can go wrong it will - about a month ago the washing machine started leaking.  Thanks to the interwebs we know what it is, but either we fix it and start down the slippery slope of one thing going wrong at a time, or just get another washing machine.  It is a Sears machine and we have had it for 16 years.  We have never had a minute's trouble with it before now - I love it, and we understand each other after 16 years.  Can you tell I have trouble with change?!  

When we went looking around online we actually discovered that it's harder to find one with an agitator now.  Maybe I'm old fashioned but I don't see how the agitator-less ones can get your clothes clean, and in only a couple of inches of water?  And I don't like the front load ones.  And I don't like the low water ones.  Now do you see why I keep holding onto my old one?!  It only leaks a very little bit which is really very manageable, and still cleans my clothes just fine, thankyouverymuch.

The shower stall and the toilet are for finishing the basement bathroom.  The toilet needs replacing and Jerry has taken the wall out between the bathroom and laundry room to make room for a shower stall as it was just a toilet and sink before.

Anyway, all this to say that we never made it to Lowe's.  Our usual morning routine is to sit out on the deck while I have my first cup of coffee of the day and he has his first smoke (yes, he's working on that!) and then we start our day.  But we couldn't get started yesterday, and one cup of coffee became three, and I don't think I even got out of my pajamas until 10:00!  Yeah, I know.  Don't judge.

Last night we watched two more episodes of Jericho - just two.  We are getting better at pacing ourselves!  Then we watched Andy finish a video game he has been working on, then it was bedtime.  A most uneventful but yet relaxing day.

I am now #89 out of 96 participants in this week's 5K.  I'll have the final tally tomorrow when the location changes and a new one is announced.  I haven't exercised yet today.  And may not.  Don't judge!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday :)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Moving up!

Just a quick note to let y'all know that I'm now #53 out of 56 in this week's 5K - despite the veggie pizza, Mom! - the other day my mother emailed me a smart remark about my pizza post and coming in near last!  Everybody's a comedian.....

Friday, August 03, 2012

A Shameless Business Plug for My Son!

Tom is a gifted graphic artist and I promised you I would share his website.  Click HERE  for all the print-y goodness!  His prices are really better than that other online company, Vista*****.  Check it out for yourselves and send a little business his way - you won't be sorry.  And I'm not saying that because I'm his mother! 

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

More Veggie Pizza!

I had a hankering for more veggie pizza, so I just finished making one and am waiting impatiently to cut into it!  And yes, I did use the word "hankering."

Andy and I went to Giant today and for the first time used the Scan-It thingie.  I really liked it, and it's much easier to use than I thought.  It was very nice to bag our stuff as we shopped and have that all done by the time we got to checkout.

We had thunderstorms roll in during the night that woke me up occasionally, but I didn't mind.  I love thunderstorms - just not the terrifying kind!  Last night's were very mild, and we got some much-needed rain.  I didn't have to water the garden today, or fill the birdbath.  We have tomatoes, green peppers and squash going right now.  The broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower finished and we replaced it with squash.  I was sad because the cabbage white moths pretty much destroyed the cabbage and some of the broccoli.  We'll be armed for them next year, the little buggers.

I ran this week's virtual 5K this afternoon which was in Topeka, Kansas.  There is a new location every Tuesday, and right now my standing is #22 out of .........23!  There are still five days to go; surely I can finish ahead of a few more people?!  My time was 46:35.  Not setting any records, but I'm happy with it.

Welp, my veggie pizza is calling me, and I'm going to answer!

Enjoy your evening :)


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