Friday, April 3, 2015

Banner Update

I need to update my banner. My dear Garrett (German Shepherd) passed away March 17. It was pretty sudden as he was fine in the morning and then by night, he could no longer walk. We gave him a week to improve but he hadn't so my husband took him to the vet and had him put to sleep. I'm still not quite over it.

Also, I only have one teenager living with me and my toddler is now a preschooler. Hopefully, I can come up with another banner soon. Thanks for reading

UPDATE: Banner is now changed although I'm going to miss my original ones.

New one I made

Thursday, April 2, 2015

43 Things on My 43rd Birthday

I am two days late but saw this on Grace's blog Thrifting in the Buff  and thought I would do the same on my birthday. Hopefully, I can come up with 43 fun things about myself.

1. I have a twin sister. Her name is Sarah and I am older by about 30 minutes.
2. I have 4 children. They are all boys. They are 22, 19, 17 and 5.
3. My favorite thing to drink is Diet Coke.
4. I will order the same meal at any restaurant provided it is on the menu: chicken strips with french fries.
5. When I was younger, I wrote poetry. Some of it is published.

6. I have had stitches twice in my life. On my left foot and right arm.
7. When we were younger, Sarah and I had 2 zebra finches named E.T. and Elliot.
8. I put peanut butter on waffles. Just peanut butter because jelly would be weird.
9. I don't like people touching my things.
10. I do not drink alcohol or smoke

11. My favorite movie is Breakfast Club.
12. My aunt was a hoarder. Back then we thought it was bad housekeeping. Some days, I feel like I'm turning into one. Ebay inventory doesn't help with this feeling.
13. My favorite teddy bear was lost in a move. I bought not one, not 2 but 4 to replace him. (This contributes to my feelings of becoming a hoarder)
14. I have only been in a (fist) fight once in my life. I was about 17 and got a black eye for spitting on this douchbag I hated.
15. In my teens, I worked at a conservation camp. I secretly called it a concentration camp. I lasted a week before I quit.

16. I don't have any friends in real life that hang out with me.
17. In grade school, I dominated in track. In high school, I barely made it on Varsity.
18. My favorite ice cream is moose tracks
19. My first car was a 1979 Chevy Camaro
20. I once got a ticket for sitting in the window of a moving car.

21. My first job was cleaning at the chamber of commerce.
22. My friend and I would steal soda from the machine at my first job.
23. My first love broke my heart. A few years later, I broke his.
24. Other than giving birth, I have been in the hospital twice. Once for ear tubes when I was about 7 and the other was a kidney infection when I was about 22.
25. I can not stand liars.

26. I love vintage purses and try not to buy every one I see.
27. My favorite candy bar is peanut butter Twix
28. I do not like being hugged.
29. I have 11 tattoos. My favorite is a Banksy girl holding a balloon.
30. My mom used to call me puttsacutesy. (yeah, it's not even a word)

31. I have one granddaughter who will be 3 in a few days
32. I was on the honor roll in high school but couldn't grasp college math.
33. My first crush was a boy named Joshua in second grade. I drew him a teddy bear and wrote I love you on the bottom of the paper.
34. I had pet mice when I was 17.
35. When I was 18, I got drunk and sold my car for $200

36. I don't have a favorite color but I'm often drawn to red.
37. I believe in God but do not attend church
38. I won't buy my children second hand shoes but I have no problem wearing them myself.
39. I didn't get my driver's license until I was about 19 but drove anyways.
40. I do not own a cell phone

41. I collect Funko Pop Walking Dead figures but keep them in the box.
42. I have trust issues
43. This was really hard to come up with 43 things.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Robbie's Room After

I don't know what was worse: picking up legos, knex pieces or light brite pegs. Here is the after photo.

That is Ryker on the bed.

 I did remove this table and replace it with some wire cube shelving from my Ebay room. When I post about that room, I will point it out.

I donated a lot of hand held games and threw away the ones that didn't work. I need to go through that box of computers and make sure none are broken or taken apart but that is a task for another day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Robbies Room Before

I haven't been very good at keeping up this blog but I have been slowly decluttering. This is Robbies room before I tackled it.

The legos all over the floor are Ryker's doing.

I love the wall papering in his closet. Too bad there isn't more wall paper like this in the house.

Tomorrow, I'll try to show the after photos.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ryker's Room After

These are the after photos of Ryker's cleanup. It obviously did not stay this clean and it is a daily struggle to get him to put things away. I still have not had a chance to get rid of some things but I did throw away some trash and broken toys.

This is his desk. I need to go through the drawers and clean it out.

I moved the shelves from the left wall and put them on the center wall. No more struggling to get into the closet

I moved the play kitchen to the left wall and put the tool station on the inside porch. I'm trying to convince him to let me sell the tool set.

I also found some crib sheets which I have donated.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ryker's Room Before

I actually cleaned Ryker's room a week or so ago but didn't get around to posting photos. I haven't gotten rid of anything that wasn't trash because Ryker has the memory of an elephant and remembers all the toys he has. I'm going to post only the before photos today and save the after for another post.

This desk seems to be drop off central. Everything, and I mean everything, gets dumped here. In fact, I may have to clean it again.

This is the view from the living room door. He never sleeps in his bed. He prefers to sleep on the couch in the living room. He is convinced there is a ghost in his room and I tend to believe this as I have experienced it myself.

View by his desk

These shelves are pretty much organized but they take up a lot of room. Plus they are blocking the door to the closet and it is hard for me to get Ryker's clothing out.

view from the closet

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Kitchen Clean Up

I went through my kitchen drawers and cabinets a few days ago. I can't believe all the crap I had 2 of.


Salt and pepper shakers and a timer. Since both my microwave and oven have a timer, I had no use for this one. I also have a set of salt and pepper shakers. This set I got free at a church rummage sale and didn't have the heart to tell them I did not want it.

Sewing kit and lipstick holder I already have a sewing box and I don't wear lipstick

Extra silverware, utensils  Seriously how many big spoons do I need to have?

Plastic containers. I probably should have thrown some of these out

Looking back at this photo, I should have thrown out that pan

Soap holder


Children's plates and trays

Bread pans and a cake pan. I have never made bread in my entire life and don't plan on making one anytime soon. And if I do decide to bake a cake, it sure will be bigger than this pan.

Slushie maker We haven't made any slushies in over 3 years


This cocoa machine was recalled. You had to send in the pitcher to get a $30 check. I don't know why I held onto the base since it is no use to me or anyone else for that matter. Into the trash it went.

I created a group on Facebook to sell some of these items. Even if you are not local, you can still join and buy. You will need to message me for a shipping quote. You can join here