Monday, November 30, 2009

eBiz News

I have a bunch, many, A LOT of new Scrabble tile pendants which will make their debut this week. Just in time for Santa! They really do make great (and affordable) gifts.

There are about 250 things in my eBay store on sale right now. Many are 30% off until Tuesday night at 8:00 pm PST. If you prefer Google to PayPal, please visit our web site. Shipping is a flat rate $1.99 in the US and Canada. I will honor my eBay sale prices by sending you a partial refund after you complete payment. Links to these sites are to your right :).

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Church....a la carte

I ventured out today. I went to the post office and to get a take and bake pizza (taking a break from turkey). Across the street from the take and bake pizza store is a Methodist church. My parents took my sister and I to a Methodist church when we were kids. I remember it was on Wilshire Blvd. in West L.A. A large white building, and Mariette Hartley was my Sunday School teacher.

The church I saw today had interesting signage. It read:

Traditional - 9:00 am
Contemporary - 10:30 am

That struck me as odd. I realize it doesn't matter h0w God's word is cooked and served, as long as the soul shows up to "eat." Still, it seemed odd. What do you think?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hey There Miss Anonymous

Remember the days when you could be anonymous? You could do something good, or do something bad and no one knew it was you. You could pick up your phone, dial the number using the rotary dial, and ask the person who answered if they had Prince Albert in a can. Then you could hang up, secure in the knowledge that you would remain anonymous.

Now, if the TV happens to be on when the phone rings, the name of the person calling shows up at the bottom of the TV screen. Now, if you want to send an email saying "your husband's cheating on you" well, you can't. It's easy enough to use a phony email address but don't bother because your computer has its own ID number and if they want to find you, it's easy to do. I really do try to embrace technology, even though it's a double edged sword. Apparently I see the technology glass as half empty rather than half full.

I remember life before PC's. I remember 8 track tapes and the "birth" of the VCR. I remember writing a letter, on stationery, and dropping that letter into a big blue box. I remember letting a lot of people know their refrigerators were running and they go better catch them.

Anonymous was a good thing to be. I miss it.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Evergreen State

I'm just about to go to bed, and there is a soft rain falling. That makes the thought of going to bed even better. What a gentle lullaby to send me off to dream land. I love it here. Yes, it rains during the winter months. To my knowledge, no one has melted yet. People have the same reaction when they hear I live in Washington. They crinkle up their nose and/or their voice acquires a disgusted tone. "Oh, all that rain" they say. But when a person from California tells another person where they live, that person doesn't say, "Oh, all that smog." At least I don't think they do.

You can always tell the tourists. They are the ones with the umbrellas. It doesn't pour 24/7. People are not commuting to work in boats. Did you know there are only a handful of states that don't have income tax? And Washington is one of them.

I'm feeling defensive about my state because I talked to a friend earlier today, who is losing her house and needs to move. She is retired and free to go anywhere. I would love for her to move up here. But rains too much.

Goodnight Blog Land, from the Evergreen State.

Monday, November 16, 2009

NFL Football Fans Looky Here

This is the first in what will hopefully be all the NFL teams, on Scrabble tiles. I really like dolphins, so I started here. This pendant is available on the Bay.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Raise your hand if you get tired of figuring out what's for dinner every night? I was doing the Meal Plan Monday, but Hubby Hubbington needed to make some dietary changes. So did I actually. All of a sudden I cannot eat eggs. Not hard boiled, or in egg salad, or scrambled or fried. They give me a stomach ache. Not like we are talking about some rich, exotic food like caviar for goodness sake. Or is that sakes? I'm quite sure the whole egg situation is just another part of getting older. Sure hope this doesn't happen with chocolate.

I would prefer to graze all day. I can hear the cows mooing as I type this. I'm such a rebel....ahahaha.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I Miss RV'ing

I have found most TV commercials or print ads to be less than 100% truthful. With the exception of two things: Tempur-Pedic mattresses and RV's. Both are all that, and a bag of chips as they say.

Here's a photo of our trailer, brand new in 2003. I think it's 24 feet. We have not taken it out for a while, but it has served as a "guest suite" on more than one occasion.

And here is one of my favorite photos showing my men (and Miss Jessie) with the first bag of popcorn popped in the trailer. Jacob was eight ~ my baby!

To say it's relaxing taking the trailer out is putting it mildly. Even if we just went 20 miles away to Battle Ground Lake, it was like being in a different world. One of the people I reconnected with on Facebook is a detective I used to work with (now retired). He and his wife have a 40 foot motor home and go out for several months at a time. He sends me emails telling me where they are, and it makes me want to load up our trailer and take off.

We hope to be able to upgrade to a motor home. There are so many pros and cons. Trailers and 5th wheels can be just as nice, and you get more for your money. cannot ride inside them. It gets pretty cramped in the truck, especially now with my boo-boos. Then there's the question of getting around town, once you reach your destination. I guess the ideal situation is a motor home with a tow vehicle, if money was not an issue.

Tent camping. Did it once. My main complaint, other than the hardness of the ground (an air mattress would have fixed that), was the bugs. Actually this one particular bug. It was dark and I have no idea what type of bug it was that landed on my forehead. It was slimy and cold though. Could have been a small frog. I picked it off my forehead and flung it, then went back to sleep. Hubby says people were going in and out of the tent too often and leaving the "door" unzipped, and that's how the bugs got in.

RV'ing and the Tempur-Pedic. Two very good things.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


So....I joined Facebook recently. My son kept bugging me to do it. Now he wishes he hadn't. I have found so many wonderful people. Police department people, and childhood friends, and my partner in crime back in the day when I still had a waistline and some estrogen. I will blog about that later.

Between Jacob being sick and then me being sick, I haven't been doing any coupon shopping. Fortunately we were well stocked and had to buy only fresh foods the past few weeks. I made an Albertsons run about 11:00 pm last night, and got everything pictured below for $19.99.

$19.99 is an okay price. Not great, but okay. But, when you factor in the $15.00 off my next purchase Catalina that I received, the "okay" takes on a whole new meaning. The promo was spend $30.00 and get $15.00 back. The $30.00 is before coupons are deducted, which is oh so helpful. Since I got $15.00 back, my OOP was $4.99. TA-DAH.