Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Moshed Monday on Tuesday

I guess today is the day that I get you caught up on my little world. Lucky you.
Remember how I was worried about DJ leaving and wondering what my purpose was? Yeah, well I'm obviously an idiot. THIS IS FLIPPING AWESOME! Not to blame shit on the kids but Den and I haven't fought AT ALL. Not that we fought a lot but we did argue. So I can honestly say, EVERYTHING WAS THE KID'S FAULT. It has been three weeks and we are still having a blast.
Everyone keeps telling us to party it up so we have been! We are going to bed around 7:30pm every nite! Not to do, you know but to watch.....................
StarGate Universe! It is awesome and it is so nice just to lay in bed and have nothing to do but watch tv. Oh and for the record, Captain Young is right all the time.
And don't worry, we are renting these from the library. Free makes them even awesomer.
So back from outer space to our back yard. This is a shot of the pool from the far end. Deep sigh. We are having pool problems. We are losing anywhere from a quarter to a half inch of water a day. And the crazy thing is I CAN'T FIND THE LEAK. This has never happened before. In the 20 years that we have had a pool, when it had a leak it was really easy to find especially when you are losing that much water. It has to be going somewhere, right?
This wouldn't be so bad but we have only swam in the pool once this year because it is so cold. So we are paying for the chemicals, more water, and the pump.

I came up with the brilliant idea of packing some of the areas with more sand to see if perhaps it was leaking under the liner and coming out the far end. So I bought and drug a very heavy bag of sand to the far end of the pool. I then packed it all in. And its dry as a bone.
Next, someone here(I nominate Den) will have to do a bit of diving to look for a hole in the liner. And if that fails all of the pipes need to be dug up. We can't close it for the season while it is leaking. If it drains all of the water, the walls will cave in and it will be ruined.
This is really a mystery.
I think I showed this to you before. And awesome garage sale find! Don't worry, we still have our suits on.
My tomato plants are growing but not producing a lot of cherry tomatoes.
And they are orange. I know that there are different kinds and colors of cherry tomatoes but I know I got the red ones. Hmmmmm, I think it is because this summer has been so grey and cold. Oh well, they do taste good. And someone with the black thumb of death, like I have shouldn't complain if they are edible.
This is my little garden by the back door. The basil has taken over. That is a good thing. We have been making basil and egg sandwiches lately. Yay basil, boo cholesterol.
That will be me if I actually get enough money to fund Christmas for free. My boobs might escape with that much arm flailing though. It might ruin Christmas a bit.
I earned a $25 gamestop gift code from e-rewards. I count gift cards and codes as real money. It's my tally and I tally anyway I want.
I used to get Spirit airline points from e-rewards but they don't offer them anymore. Gift codes work too!
So here is where I"m at.........................
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$108          Pinecone research
$179.09     BP
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
$25            Gamestop gift code from e-rewards
Total $437.58 for our 2014 Christmas!
And you are caught up in my little world! Anything new with you?
Leaking and childless,
Sonya Ann
PS-HEY, LOOK DOWN HERE! Run over here and enter my giveaway!!!!! HURRY!!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Yay, Labor day! It's the day that we get to drink and blow shit up!!! NO wait, that is the 4th of July. Today is the day that we get to drink and open presents. NO wait, that is Christmas! Today is the day that we get to drink and go to parades. NO wait, that is Memorial day. Today is the day that we wear fancy clothes and drink at church. NO wait, that is Easter. Today is the day that we get to drink and dress up as anyone that we want. NO wait, that is Halloween. Today is that day that we get to drink and celebrate working(Wouldn't working more, celebrate working?)(We also won't talk about the massacre in Chicago that prompted this holiday) Yes, today is labor day. Phew, it took me a while to sort that. Today is the day that we get to drink. Tomorrow is the day that everyone goes to work with a hangover. Really, we need to plan this a bit better.
Happy Labor Day!
Drink it,
Sonya Ann

Friday, August 29, 2014

Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska Ebook Giveaway!!!!

I feel loved, no wait you should feel loved! Donna Freedman from Surviving and Thriving is sponsoring a giveaway on my little old blog along with the author of Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska, J. Sherrod!! How awesome is that!!!!! I feel a bit like a famous person that gets all the amazing swag. No wait, you are getting the swag!
Donna has a wonderful write up on her site about Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska so pop over there and have a quick read. Running wild in the woods and not wanting to find a cure for their "disease" was enough to get me hooked.
Two digital copies of Woofies: Werefolk in Alaska will be given away! And the great thing is you don't need a kindle to read the ebooks. Use this link to download the books to any device! 
Here's a few ways to enter-
  • You get one entry daily just for showing up to the party. Just leave a comment on this post.
  • Stop over at Surviving and Thriving poke around for a bit and then leave a comment on this post about what tidbit of information you gleaned.
  • If you are a follower of my blog, you get one entry.
  • If I am on your blog roll, you get one entries. Just leave a separate entry for each.
  • If you post about this giveaway on your blog, you get five entries. Just leave a separate entry for each.
Easy peasy!  I will pick two winners next Friday!!!!!
Good luck,
Sonya Ann

Fabulous Friday

I know this is hard to believe but we don't have a bar. No really, I'm not kidding.
I'm wondering if Den would be up to building one of these back by the pool. I'm thinking yes.
Sonya Ann

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Cutting Cutting Cutting

Well now that we are kid free, I have decided to cut all of our bills. Den hates when I get in these moods. Mind you, we don't have a lot to cut but I'm still going to go through everything.
1284 house payment
   90 car insurance
 160 gas and electric
 100 garbage and water
 200 cell phones
   30 gym membership
 400 gas for cars
 ??? food for just the two of us.
Total is $2264 not including food. Each of the kids puts in $95 a month to cover their bills(car insurance and cell phone), we have accounts that are designated for them. They earned that money from summer jobs and birthday money and whatnot. 
The house payment only seems to go up. DAMNED ILLINOIS TAXES!
I'm hoping that the car insurance will stay the same for a while. Why is it bills only seem to go up?
The gas for the house and the electric, I'm sure that I will see some sort of savings but it always seems to take a while before it kicks in. Not having the tv, a game system and a computer drawing power most of the night will probably save us a small fortune. I should be able to shave down a bit. Yay for shaving. I did get an analysis from the electric company that we are using less power than most of our neighbors which is prety amazing since the pump for the pool is running 4 hours a day.
The garbage bill is only going up and we shall see if the water bill goes down. DJ was pretty clean and took at least, one shower a day.
The cell phones are the one thing that I might be able to get lower. The total bill is $300 a month, we pay $200, the kids pay $100. If we switch from Verizon to Tmobile it will be about $110 a month total. BUT I have heard terrible things about Tmobile. MY bestie and her family just switched to Tmobile so they are my little guinea pigs. We shall see how they survive. And I really don't want to pay the $600 cancelation fee to Verizon. Everyone I know that has Verizon is checking out other carriers. So many of us are about to jump ship.
Den loves his gym membership. His plan is to keep it forever. He says when we are 70 years old, $30 a month will be a steal. Gym membership or not, I don't see us living that long.
The money we spend on gasoline is only going to drop if gas prices come down. And here in the crap state of IL, they like to stay nice and high.
As for the food for us, I'm not real sure. I know it will go down but Den likes to cook a wide variety and I like to eat a wide variety. So, I'll let you know where I get it to in the next couple of weeks.
Finding new ways to save money makes me happy! Have you found anyways to cut out or down any bills?
Cutting and shaving,
Sonya Ann
PS-While looking for "a pair of scissors cutting" I found this little gem. Now aren't you glad this wasn't on your blog roll? Or would you prefer it?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Racing A Mini Van

HOW DID I FORGET TO TELL YOU THIS? Oh yeah, with bringing DJ to college and getting another lovely card in the mail from a nut job, this sort of fell by the wayside.
Anywho, as you know I drive a Kia minivan. Her name is ol' girl. I love her and she has been very good to us.
I came back from dropping DJ off at college on a Thursday so Friday was our first real day of freedom. Den only works half-days so we were out running errands that hadn't gotten done because I was gone.
We get stopped by a red light and off to our right a little red cooper mini starts creeping forward like it wants to race. Normally, I let them go ahead of me but since Den was driving and this really isn't a big deal, I tell him to punch it.
The light turns green and I look over at him and.............................
The next thing I know is my man looks like Cole Trickle. Yeah, eat your heart out!
So our Kia mini-van and the cooper take off from the starting line. I'm yelling, GO GO GO! Ol' girl lurches forward and we are ahead! YAY US!
The problem with our little drag strip was that there was a merge about a half mile up. So we had to win fast.
I look to the right and sure enough we WON! Take that mini cooper!
And then out of the corner of my left eye, I notice something. It seems like Den is having a seizure. He seems to be bouncing around in the seat. Mind you, the van motor is still screaming, as in wide open and we are racing towards the merge that now has cars stopping.
I turn toward Den and he isn't having a seizure, he is stomping the gas pedal AS HARD AS HE COULD. Then he yells, "THE PEDAL IS STUCK ON THE FLOOR!"
Guess what? My adrenal gland still work.
After what seemed like FOOOORRRRRRREEEEEEVVVVVEEEERRRRR, he locked up the brakes with the gas pedal stuck to the floor. The van wasn't happy about this situation but by some miracle the pedal unstuck itself. We came to a screeching halt.
I realized a few things from this little fiasco. We shouldn't race in a mini van. And perhaps it wasn't Den and I that were in charge of the children. What if they were the ones keeping us out of trouble? I mean we were drag racing not even 24 hours after they left. Shit man, what are we going to do to ourselves in say a month?
I'm a little worried about what is next.
Mrs. C. Trickle,
Sonya Ann
PS-Den came home and tried to figure out what happened since no codes were coming up. It was the floor mat. At least, I hope that is it.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mish Moshed, Folding, and Chewed Monday

Happy Monday! Wow, I might be a bit too chipper for a Monday. Maybe I am adjusting to the new kid-free life.
We scored this folding laundry rack from a garage sale. It was $1. My plan is to save enough money drying clothes to pay for the kid's college. Den laughed and offered me more alcohol. Maybe I'll save enough to buy more alcohol.
And as you can see from the picture that I haven't done much with Anna's room. I'm still in the gathering stage. I'm doing the room in black, white, and gray. I'm going for a more mature feel. Either way, Anna will be happy. Not that I think she cares, its a place to crash when she visits.
I've been collecting picture frames from garage sales and the Goodwill and I'm going to find and print a bunch of her favorite pictures in black in white and I'm going to borrow a few like this one off the internet and mix them in in her room. It should be cheaper than trying to find black and white paintings/pictures. I was going to have a big picture printed at CVS but even that might be out of the budget. We are broke, have I said that before?
Anna's room also has no furniture other than her bed. I wanted to replace it with a full sized bed but I'm not sure about even that now. Den thinks that he can refinish a cheap dresser for her room. I love him but some projects he does right away, most others take a few years. Maybe it could be a joint project. Or maybe a drinking contest. Maybe both.
This is the charger cord for my cell phone. Sue, the destructor, has chewed the cord. We keep it plugged in at all times, meaning it has power all the time. I would have paid money to see that rodeo. It didn't take long for Sue to decide not to chew that anymore. I wonder if I can run an electrical current through the kitchen counters. It really might help with my diet though.
I received $6 from Pinecone. I'm excited. By Christmas I should have another $54 in the account. These numbers just don't seem to be moving fast enough.
So I have...................
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$108            Pinecone research
$179.09     BP
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $412.58 for our 2014 Christmas!
And I think that you are caught up on my life. What's going on in your world?
Sonya Ann

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This is from Clifford Earl Sculpture. How much fun is this? And I'm thinking I might need to make one of these. When I start thinking, it usually means more work.
Tea time,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, August 21, 2014

List Lover

I love and live by the list. I don't know maybe it is because my memory is shot but I can't seem to function without one. Wait what was I talking about?
So I have an awesome tip for people with school aged children. Walmart usually has many different school's supply list out by the school supplies. They also have the list from all the grades. Grab one for the next year up. That way when school is out the following year, you will already know what you need and can start collecting the beginning of the summer. The supply lists never really change. Mind you, I wouldn't go out and buy a $100 calculator before you know you really need it but if you could find one super cheap at a garage sale then I would say snag it.
Don't we all need one of these notebooks?
Also if you have to make a list for a trip, save that list too. I used to dread traveling because I would have to try and remember everything that I needed to do and pack. Now I just pull out the list that I have kept since the kids were little. Mind you, I don't have to pack toys or swimsuits for them anymore but it is a nice walk down memory lane. And I have added to it over the years and I would call it complete.
So the real question is am I an anal-retentive or lazy?
No butt,
Sonya Ann