Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
2. When traveling, store only the vitamins and supplements you'll need during your trip in an empty pill bottle. You won't have to take along a the whole container for each supplement, thereby saving room in your luggage for souvenirs.
3. Make a goofy, ironic Christmas tree ornament (or several) out of empty pill bottles: carefully punch a hole in the lid of the bottle with an awl or icepick, then thread a loop of twine, ribbon, or fishing line through the hole and knot it on the inside. Replace the cap on the bottle. Quite a statement about holiday stress, no?
4. Give a basket of pill bottle filled with different candies to friends on their "milestone" birthdays--30, 40 or 50. Be sure to remove the original labels (see step 1) and replace with homemade labels--such as "Over the Hill Pills." You could even make a birthday card resembling a prescription pad to go with the theme.
6. Store your spices in a collection of empty pill bottles, and write the name of the spice on the lid. This is a great solution for storing herbs that you have grown and dried yourself. You could even build or purchase a wall-mounted spice rack to display your collection.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I got up this morning and realized that half the light bulb in my kitchen were out. I am standing with coffee in hand looking at my ceiling. I don't think I can reach those bulbs. I could put it on Rusty's to do list, but we may end up eating by flashlight for several months. I guess I am just going to have to get the ladder out and try standing on the step that says it is not a step. I will also have to come up with a real good story in case I fall.
One of the marines asked me if I bought in Nitrogen to help my corn grow. Well, no I did not. That got me to wondering. Nitrogen was used in the Oklahoma city bombing, so if I walk into a feed store and ask for some will that send up a red flag? I have always wanted to be involved in an investigation.
I am really struggling with Nikki's trips this year. See on one hand I want her to go and have a good time and explore the world. However one of the trips she wants to take is to Mexico. Hello they are sending American heads back. My husband is selling the body armour and guns. I guess my fear is that my husband and the marines would start another war because something happened to Nikki. I am very open minded, but I have to wonder if I am to open minded sometimes.
It is finally warming up here. I would guess that in another month the lake will be warm enough to get in. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time on the lake. Right now I can hear people out there boating. I love the water!
I have been trying to get some quilts done because I just found that three marines are deploying soon. I am thinking that I am going to have to give up quilting for them and go to tie blankets. I am just amazed at many of my boy's are deploying.
I would like to ask the universe why I was placed around all military. Why does my heart go out to these boy's. Why is it that the marines trust me so much. Just a week ago we were picking up a marine and once we got on the road he said "mom we only had one death...." and then he gave me all the details. Why me? Then again maybe the question should be why not me?
Well the sun is shinning, so I am going to go outside and play in it.
Life is good
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Rusty went and checked the mail today. Yep, we have to walk to check our mail, therefore I don't usually check it. Well.... Rusty hands me this huge envelope from social services. Inside are all of my medical bill and a letter saying that I have been approved for medi cal for the next seven months and that all of my past due bills were paid!
I am going to take full advantage of all of this. I am going to go get new glasses, and I am going to go see all the doctors that I have been needing to see. I am going to use our tax dollars to the extreme.
I want another c.t. scan done. I don't believe that my tumors are as big as everyone originally said. I don't believe that they are there at all. Rusty does not want me to have surgery. Rusty said if anything happened to me he would have to kill everyone that was in the O.R. Rusty's mom went in for routine surgery and ended up dieing on the table, so he is very scared that something like that will happen to me.
Yesterday Nikki got her first corp[orate sponsor for her mission trip! Nikki is now $200 closer to her goal. I am so proud of her for getting out there and doing what she needs to do.
Yesterday I took one of the marines over to Nikki's other parents house (deb and poppi). The marine said I need to work on my Spanish because I will be going home, and I don't want my mom to wonder what happened to me.
The marine said that he had the best time just sitting around speaking Spanish and being fed. That is something that I don't understand. Mexican people feed you. But the marine felt at home and said that this is one house that he will visit often. I am so glad that he connected with other people that truly understand him and his culture.
I really have done that much today. I got my bedroom and bathroom SCRUBBED down. I even threw open the window to let a ton of fresh air come in. I want to know how two people can make such a mess. O.K. don't answer that I don't really care.
I have gotten a ton of sewing done, and I still have a ton more to do, but that is o.k. Something I can't figure out is with all the sewing that I have been doing...well my material stash is not going down. I guess that is a good thing.
Friday, March 13, 2009
My brother in law called me. We have been playing phone tag all week. Well.
It seems that my mom has finally lost her mind for good. About the time my mom told me that she was depressed was the about the time my mom backed a u haul up to my sisters house and took everything that was left. She even took my sister ashes! My mother left my brother in law with a bed.
I knew it was going to happen. I knew it!
However this answers a lot of questions that I had. What am I going to do about my mother depression? I am going to do nothing. My mother has made her bed and now I am going to let lay in it.
My mother has chosen to sit and look at everything my sister ever owned. My mother has chosen to raise the child from hell. My mother has chosen to do so many things. Now there is more light on the subject I can see everything clearly.
I am glad that I chose to keep my mouth shut. I am going to continue to keep my mouth shut. I will not bail my mom out. I will not take part in her pity party. I will not......
I still have no idea why my mom is offering me money. I still have no idea why my mom wants to anchor to me. I still have no idea about a lot of things. What I do know is that my niece is not welcome here, so that means we wont be seeing my mom for a very long time. That is life.
Life and time march on.
My brother in law did mention that he did still have my sisters certificate. I asked him to please mail it to me. He said that he would. Rusty asked my I wanted the birth certificate. That is an easy answer. My mom said that she wanted it because it was hard to replace since my sister was adopted.
Rusty just laughed and called me a bitch. I just laughed back and said "yep I learned it from your mom." Rusty laughed again and said "Yep and we have shoe box to prove it. My mom is smiling down on you right now, You have learned very well."
Before Rusty's mom died she showed me these brass figure the her father had gotten in Cambodia. Now my mother in law has these figurines because she knew that one of her sisters wanted them, and she wanted to piss her sister off, so my mother in law took them. Now with all of that said.... When my mother in law died I went through everything and found those damn brass figurines. I took them long before the family showed up to claim them.
Once I told Rusty the story behind these damn figurines he just laughed. Yep I have learned to be evil and how to plot all thanks to the mother in law! Oh I miss that lady.
Well I need to go mend Nikki's blanket and then I am going to sit in bed and watch t.v. Tomorrow I am going to work in the flower bed and then hike out to the water falls. I might even scale the falls!
This week I want to talk about everything sitting on my desk.
Right in front of me is a box of envelopes. They are sitting here reminding me that I still need to register at a few places so I can pay those bills on line. The joy of paying my bills on line is that I never have to search for a stamp, I don't have to drive anywhere, I don't get a mail box full of bill's and inserts that just end up going into the recycling bin anyway.
I have a fan sitting here. Right now it is telling me that I need to clean it, but it works wonders. We turn it on to cool us down. Most of the year I can get away without running my air, and by using the fan while we are in the room it saves us a ton of money on our electric bill. It is so much less expensive to run a fan for a few minutes while we sit here, then to try to cool an entire house.
I have a stack of empty gift cards. I am going to gradually add money to all of them. I have found these card in the trash or someone has just left them laying around. Gift cards are plastic and we all know where plastic comes from.....oil. Also by filling them up throughout the year it will not be crunch time come Christmas.
I have a stack of scratch paper. Anytime we print something and then don't need it, the paper gets cut up to be reused before it goes into the recycling bin. If we are printing out directions or something that we will only use once then we print it on the back of something else.
Next to the desk we have a box where I put all of my husbands old papers. For whatever reason my husband seems to end up with a lot of news papers. Instead of recycling them all right away I save them until the box is full and then I will I take all the papers down to the local animal shelter.
I have a picture of my mom's cat. My mom's cat was one of my foster babies. When I have foster babies in I try very hard to go green with them as well. I reuse crates, blankets, towels. You name it and I reuse it! The only thing I can't figure out how to reuse are the nipples once the kittens chew through them.
I have a tub of body butter. Once all of the body butter is gone I will wash the tub out and save it. Last year I took all of my tubs and posted a message on craigslist. Some lady wanted them because she was going to make bath salts. That works for me. I would rather something be reused before it goes into the recycling.
That is it for my desk. So what is on your desk?
So what else did I do this week that was eco friendly?
1. I rode my bike to the store.
2. I hung a few more loads of laundry.
3. I dumpster dived for boxes when I was helping my girlfriend pack up.
4. I used some of my scraps to make some pet quilts.
5. I made Nikki find a carpool to go to and from all of her church events.
6. I was not going to stop at the store, but I ended up having to. I did not bring any of my reuseable bags with me, so I searched Amber's car and I finally found two bags in the trunk! Yes! I so did not want to have my items out in my arms.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Amber is charge of the kitchen. She must do everything that I usually do. I told her that I expect the kitchen to be spotless when I get up every morning.
Nikki gets both of the living rooms. I expect the same out of her.
Now this might sound easy but, it will not be easy for them. Once they see how other people including their friends, treat the house they will begin to get pissed. Every time someone put a plate down and then just walks away, or when someone spills a drink,... well they are now responsible for it.
I am hoping that this will cause the girls to divide and conquer. Maybe if they get sick of cleaning up after everyone else they will start to get on everyone else to clean up after themselves.
I got some sleep last night so I am very happy about that. At one point last night I just started crying. I was so sore and so tired, but I still had stuff to do, so I could not sleep yet. I took a nice hot bath and just crashed. I do feel much better today.
Yesterday Amber went to the dentist and she is still sore today. Amber is in so much pain, and the sad thing is she has to go back next week and have the rest of it finished up!
My goal for today is to get some laundry done. I have been running around so much, and laundry was the last thing on my mind. Now I have stacks of it, so I need to try to play catch up.
Yesterday I was looking for one piece of paper. I knew right where I put it, but was it was no where to be found on the desk. O.K. now I am getting pissed. We have a huge old desk, how is it that I can't seem to find anything? So I went and got a shoe box. I searched through the desk and found every piece of paper that was mine. I am going to keep the box in the closet. The next time Rusty can't find something I am going to remind him that everything in and on the desk is his! I swear to you the man is a messy pack rat.
Oh well their is no reason to complain about it. I know where all of my stuff is, and that is all that really matters.
I need to go do my hair and go finish up the laundry. Rusty asked me to go down to base with him. I will go. I know it will be the last time I will get to see him until Saturday night. I hate these damn trips, but that is life.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I did however make some vegetable soup, so we will see how that turns out. I did not follow the directions all the way. I used the vegetables that I had on hand and I only used fresh. I also cut up some left over steak to throw in. So in my soup went: onion, carrots, potatoes, and spinach. I hope everyone enjoys the soup.
I am so glad that we have changed time. I love the summer. The long dark days of winter just make me want to scream! I could never live in Alaska. For me the longer days mean more time outside and warmer days. I can't wait to head down to the lake for some fun in the sun.
I called my mother last night. The conversation was civil and I did not even go anywhere subjects that would cause an argument. My mother brought up hell child once and I just changed the subject. No sense in beating a dead horse.
What my mother does not know is that I am talking to my former brother in law. So I know all that is going on. I am waiting to find out when hell child will be moving in with my mom. It is easier for me to go through him and get straight information then to listen to my negative run everyone down before she answers a simple question.
Yes, Paula I agree shame on that marine. I have been thinking about not quilting for the marines any more. It is not that it is to hard, it the fact that I know the quilts are expected. I use to love doing to quilts and now I actually hear complaining. They are not the right color or they are not long enough. I am just sick of it. It is much easier to help people that I don't know. How sad is that?
There are times when I feel as if my heart has gotten so hard and cold. Rusty and I are not rich people. We do what we have to do just to get by. I try to help people and do nice tings for people, but when I ask for help I get smacked down. For me I know I am getting to the point of no return. I am almost to the point of not even wanting other people at my house because some people take us for granted.
Nikki and Chris are back from winter camp and they said that they had good time and then they went to bed. Nikki has no voice left! I know that they went snow boarding and had snowball fights but that is all I know right now.
Once Amber gets home from school I am heading down to base to help out a friend. Her husband screwed up and is now on restriction for 45 day's and after that the marine is going to the field for a month. So this wife is packing up her house, putting everything in storage and going home. I can't blame her. Her husband treats her and the baby like shit anyway.
I am so going to miss them. I am not going to be able to see and hold the baby for most of the summer. I hate this marine for being an ass hole. Because of his stupid actions I am going to miss my dear friend and the baby!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
The other day when Amber and I were at the local shelter Amber said “I just hate this place.”
A worker over heard us and she said “you get use to it.”
I immediately said “I could never get use to killing animals.”
That started a conversation that I never saw coming. I was suddenly explaining to Amber the difference between kill shelters and no kill shelters. That led to another conversation about testing products on animals.
So I started doing some research on animal testing and I was shocked at what I found. I shared with Amber some of the stuff that I learned and I asked her if she would like to see some videos. Amber said no.
I know that all sorts of stuff are tested on animals, but will someone please explain to me why bleach has to be tested on animals?
I have a confession to make. I love body butter. I love how thick it is. It works wonders on my dry fish like skin. I learned that lotion is tested on animals! I went to my stash of body butter and started looking for the bunny sign.
If you see this bunny then you know that your products were not tested on animals.
One of the things that really shocked me was the fact that bath and body works does test their stuff on animals. I will now have to ban that from our house. The girls have a ton of stuff from them. I guess it is an easy gift to buy, but I just can’t support a company that test’s their products on animals.
I am not only the plastic bag Nazi, but now I am going to be looking for the bunny on everything I buy.
Below are a few links. Please check them out. There are list of companies that do test on animals and a list of companies that do not.
Just as I vote with my wallet and choose to not buy eco friendly cleaners, I am now going to be voting with my wallet on whether or not I buy products that are tested on animals.
If a shampoo has such harsh ingredients that it has to be tested on animals, then why would I want to buy that product any way?
Here is a list of a few things I did this week to be green and to save a little green.
1. I reused a zip lock cheese bag to store some left over onion. I do not buy zip lock bags, being able to reuse a bag with a zip lock does save my fridge from smelling.
2. I turned my car off while I was sitting in a construction zone. I am not sure what that saved me, but I sat there for over 10 minutes!
3. I borrowed warm clothing for the kids to take to winter camp. This saved me a ton of money and time. It also saved me some gas because I did not have to go to the store.
4. I placed an ad on craigslist for free moving boxes. They were gone in five minutes. I just keep pulling boxes out of peoples recycling and I save them until I have a big stack. It is nice to see them being reused.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
On my to do list today was clean up our bedroom. I do mean clean! Then butter, our dog, walked in and barfed the grossest smelling stuff up. Well great. I was going to clean our room today but I did not want to clean the carpets, but that happened anyway. Well at least my room is clean now. I have no idea how long that will last since everything seems to get thrown into my room.
I did put on a pot of chili today. I so love my crock pot! I am still not sure how people live without one. I also looked up how to make vegetable soup in the crock pot. It sounds simple so I am going to try it. I am not a huge fan of vegetable soup, but everyone else is, so I am going to try it.
Nikki and Chris leave for winter camp on Friday. We looked at the weather today, and it is going to be a balmy 29 degrees up at big bear. I called some of the marines and they are going to loan us some cold weather gear. I am not going to go buy stuff for these two to use for a few day's and then not need them again until next year. Tomorrow night I get the great pleasure of stacking everything together and double checking list's so we can make sure that they have everything.
I have no ambition today. I need to go put away some laundry and then I am going to go sit in bed and knit, or do some tie blankets.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I have no idea what I am doing up this early. Why would anyone in their right mind get out of bed at 3:30 a.m.?
A ton of random stuff happened yesterday. We had to put Rusty's truck in the shop. At least it is a cheap repair and it will be done today. I am so glad for that because we are now down to one car and that just sucks!
Yesterday while I was at the store I saw a very scared pitbull She was so thin and so scared. I just wanted to take her home, but I know I can't. Then it hit at some point last night. I should have snatched her up and taken her down to base. At least they are a no kill shelter and they will feed her and make sure she gets adopted out. Note to self: go see if the dog is still out on the streets.
I called Sam and asked him to come over so we could talk. I asked Sam to talk to Chris about joining the service. I figure if it comes for someone closer to his age it might be better received. The sad reality is this. Chris is homeless, the people that he is staying with are expecting a baby. Chris as no money, no job and he can't afford to go to college. I just hope that Sam can point him in the right direction.
Amber is about on my last nerve. I so understand that jobs are hard to find right now, but her just being bithcy is really getting to me. She needs to find something before I strangle her.
Our cat George is a very good hunter. All weekend long she was bringing us mice and lizards. Then she brought home a rabbit! O.K. a rabbit is just to cute to bring home, and George is not much bigger then the rabbit she caught. One of the marines said that when she starts bringing home small dogs he will be impressed! Oh lets hope that does not happen.
On Sunday I told Chris to make sure he got a list of supplies that he will need for summer camp. Nikki comes home from church and says "Well our youth pastor has not made up a supply list and we leave this Friday." So yesterday Nikki and I sat down and made a list of things she has taken before. I think I have Chris covered. I am just going to let him use a lot of our stuff, and one of the marines left a pair of boots here, so Chris will wear those. I swear I am getting less impressed with this youth pastor as time goes on.
My index finger is killing me. I guess I have been doing to much knitting. Oh wait there is no such thing as to much knitting!
Yesterday I just cleaned the house, and did a ton of laundry. I still have a ton to do. Where does it all come from? I don't so much mind doing laundry, as much as I hate putting it away. Poor Rusty has gotten so use to just looking through all the piles of clothes to find his clean stuff.
I spoke with my mother yesterday. It was her birthday and she liked the gift Rusty and I got her. I am not sure if my niece has moved in for good, but she has been there a lot. Then again she is the white elephant in the room that we don't talk about.
Rusty will be getting up soon, and then it will be time to start our day. Oh good! I get to do everything I normally do while listening to Amber moan about not having a job, and I get to do all of this while my ass is dragging.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thursday was a long night. We had to move and construct a lot of displays, and I am just so glad that we had a lot of help. It was long hard and dirty work. Nikki's boyfriend, Chris, worked his ass off, but we paid him and that is what he was there for. We roller back in here at midnight.
I stunk, I had dirt all over me, and even my hair smelled bad! I said screw it and went straight to bed. Then that dreaded alarm went went. Yep it is 5:30. Time to get up and get moving.
I got a cup of coffee and had a smoke. I walked back into the house and yelled "reveille, reveille, everyone up we have to leave at 7:30!" The moans and groans started, but everyone was up.
I jump in the shower and wash all the muck off of me. Get out, rub down with some lotion and go to get dressed. I was going to wear this red skirt, a black top that Betty gave me and some heals. Everything was laid out. Then it happened. I started to zip up the skirt and I broke the zipper. I broke that little thing off that pulls the zipper. Crap. O.K. now I have to find something else to wear. Oh wait. Betty gave me a dress. So I slide that one. It looked so nice on me.
Sam's graduation was so nice and everything went off without a hitch. I must say that I am so proud of him. He did good.
By now my feet are killing me and I now have open sores from the straps on those damn heals! Note to self. put those shoes in the yard sale pile. Rusty went and go me some band aids while I changed into some comfortable clothes.
We all ate lunch and headed down to Point Loma! Yes, my favorite play ground. Some of the people that went with us have never been there before so I gave them the guided tour. I saw some sign that reminded me to watch for whales. I did not see any whales, but we did see some seals playing in the ocean.
The tide was very low when we were there so we rolled up our jeans and started walking to other points on the cliffs. Louis, one of the marines took his shoes off because he did not want to get them wet. I just laughed at him and said "Louis they are just a material object." Louis ended up slipping on the rocks and getting his shoes soaked anyway.
The tide pools were just so full of life! It was so neat to see them. The rocks were very slippery, and we all took our turns falling, but it was so worth it!
For me the best part of going to Point Loma, is laying on the edge of the cliff and looking down into the ocean. I will walk all over and find different spots to lay and watch the waves. I also love the sounds of the ocean. Two saying kept popping into my head. One was the words to our God is an awesome God, and the other was Carpe diem.
I had a few moments that me stop and smile. I smiled the whole time I was down there, but these moments were the light bulb moments. The first on was when we came across an older couple and they asked me to take a picture of them and they asked if I could get the water in the picture. I took the picture and they told me that this was the first time they had ever been there. I told them that this was my favorite play ground. The couple walked off and sat upon this really high rock. I though nothing more of it until I looked over at them and they were watching all of playing and having a good time. The light bulb for me was seeing them just laughing and pointing at us. They were so cute and so sweet, and I could see Rusty and I being them years down the road. I am glad that couple had a good time even if it was just watching us youngsters playing.
The other light bulb moment came when I saw Chris's face lite up. he had never been down there and he was just in shock at the beauty of it all. Once we got down to the cliffs he had so much fun climbing, and slipping, and looking at the tide pools. I was not sure if Chris would have a good time. In his family you can only have a good time if you spend a ton of money, so going some place free was very different for him. I am so glad that he did have a good time and that it did not cost us anything. My light bulb moment with Chris was when I realized that he realized that you do not have to spend a lot of money to have a great time and that sometimes the best memories are made by chance.
On Saturday some more friends showed up. I was so excited to see them! I snatched up the baby and just hugged her and kissed on her. She is the only baby in our group, and I just love having a baby here. There is just something so magical about babies.
Saturday was so nice. So everyone decided to go up to the water falls. The water falls are only about 10 minutes from the house, and I knew they would be going good since we have had a lot of rain and snow thins year. I usually pack a lunch and some water bottles and the kids and I will spend the day up there just playing. I stayed home this time.
This was the first time Chris had been to the falls. He said that it was awesome!
Rusty asked me why I did not go tot he falls and I had to confess to him that I was sore from being at the cliffs the day before. Rusty just laughed and said "So you are admitting that you are not as young as you think you are." Yep that is what I was saying.
Saturday night we all went over to Sam's house for a cook out. My girlfriend and I left early because the baby was getting tired. I set up the pack and play we laid the baby down for the night. It was so nice to just be able to sit and talk to another female.
After everyone else got back they headed out to go bowling. I told my girlfriend to go. The baby was sleeping and she was fine. My girlfriend said it was to be able to go out and to not have to worry about the baby.
Sunday was our recovery day. We all just hung out and laughed about this weekend.
This week end I laughed until I cried.