Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Woohoo! I got paid to do the wash – look, a shiny clean penny (very clean….)
And a washer, hahaha – get it, a washer.
You see I really do need a new washer – as our appliance woes continue.
You remember when our dryer died earlier this year, you know – then we threw the “new” one down the stairs (Dryer Falls posted 3/4/23).
And our microwave last year, which had me thinking it was open all the time. Darn shiny new thing (Peripheral Vision posted 11/26/13).
Well, last summer my washer started acting up. I should say, this is the start of things I have bought new, now being old enough to go bad… apparently the cycle never ends.
Since we’ve been in this house, we’ve replaced -in this order the washer, the roof, the hot water heater, the furnace, the fridge and stove together, the dishwasher, the microwave, the dryer (which was the one thing we bought refurbished) and now it seems it is time to start all over again.
Have I showed you my washer? Yeah, pretty pathetic – or brilliant – I’m not quite sure where this falls.
What is on my washer? Well let me tell you, its 35lbs of weights and a towel so I can easily slide the weights back and forth off the top as needed.
What? Yeah, I don’t know either – all I know is you have to keep the lid pressed down hard for it to run more than 15 seconds at a time. When I got sick of holding it down for the whole wash, or sitting on it reading a magazine for 20 minutes, we told the husband I needed a new washer.
What I got was 35lbs of weights.
Now if only my shiny new silver washer could actually do the wash….. I’m gonna need a lot more pennies, a lot more…
Friday, November 29, 2013
Black Friday – Been there, done that, now home…..
Guh – It’s “Black Friday”, commercialism's dream come true.
So, last night hubby and I sat up with the computer following release times for a special deal that started at midnite…. then it was reset to 12:45, then 1:30 then 2:00 – then I let the dog out and turned the lights off. When we got up at seven – we had missed it. Damn website.
What did I just ramble? What I’m trying to say is we followed a deal that was supposed to be released at midnight – the website crashed. We kept trying; it kept giving new release times for the deal and crashing. When we’d get back on, it would tell us things will automatically update when they are available, but then you’d hit the button to purchase when they were “available” - it would think for a few and then you’d get an error message, or nothing at all. We gave up at 2:00 am.
This morning, we got up and went to a local store that wouldn’t be frenzied (because we live on the east side – no one comes this direction), to get a wall mount for a third of the cost, today only. Why?
Well, BEFORE “Black Friday” there was a sale, we went and came home with a large TV, which now apparently requires that it have a new wall mount, sound bar, blue ray player, etc……. I was unaware of these requirements and really, the old TV was already quite large. But I was bamboozled.
Hubby said – wouldn’t it be nice to have a big TV in our fabulous basement, so when the boys came over we could watch soccer down there? It would. So now there is - plus several other accoutrements – scattered above.
Oh, and we never found another deal to match the one from the crashed website – guess that new toy will have to wait another year. Pretty sure we can live fine without it for now…right dear?
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
If you are in the states - enjoy your Turkey Day and if you are not in the states - don't worry, there will be enough food, we'll have a bite for you...
(Picture from blog.rv.net)
Monday, November 25, 2013
Well, I guess Mother Nature has made a statement – BBQ season is officially over. Bummer.
I guess it’s on to holiday gorging season we go….
Actually, she made this statement precisely ten days ago – but I was having a hard time getting it through my head that snow was sticking to the ground on November 15th. Not only did it stick to the ground, it stayed until the next day.
Doesn’t the ground usually stay warm for a few weeks after the cold hits and when we have the first “big” snow it all melts?
I mean, we live in Michigan – we should know a little something about snow. But nope – it fell and it stayed – already, in mid-November – way, way, way before the “Dream of a White Christmas”.
Now it seems we are going to have a White Thanksgiving. They tell us this weekend is going to be a doozy. Normally I wouldn’t worry, but since the ground is already cold enough to be an ice arena, it should be interesting – perhaps a snowman building contest will be in order over the holiday weekend?
Yeah, that sounds ok – or better yet, we could build snow pilgrims and snow turkeys! Has anyone done that before? Quick search of the internet finds me this masterpiece (I’m guessing anything we build would be quite primitive in comparison). I think that it’s made with a boot print – ingenious!
So, if you are in the States, or celebrating outside the States, we wish you a fabulous Turkey Day and a fridge full of leftovers!! Just remember, only cook the things you like, why bother with anything you don’t – Traditions be damned.
May I offer a start? How about the retirement of the bizarre creamed green beans with those weird formerly crunchy, turned soggy, onion things on top? Yuck. What 1970’s Betty Crocker high sodium kitchen cook came up with those? And why are they still on the table? The Pistachio green fluff went away, isn’t this from the same era of bad concoctions of ready made canned items and boxed goods?
Anyway, have a great holiday – travel safe, try to enjoy the family, eat well and don’t worry about the calories – you can take that issue back up in the first week of December – AFTER all the whipped cream and pumpkin pie is gone!