Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sing Praises

Hey all! I know, its been forever since I posted something. It is hard to knock stuff off my to-do list!

We did manage (although later than I wanted) to get out of the house and into the library. It was really crowded, because one of the events had been moved to the regular play area. But the kids seemed to have fun. On the way to look for an adult book, I saw one of my library friends. We chatted for a second, then we rushed off to find a book for me. I literally judge books by their covers because the kids don't give me a chance to choose carefully.
After taking The Boy to the bathroom, I found a few parenting books for me, and he found a dinosaur book. The Baby got a cat book.
I used to limit the items I checked out, but I realized there is no need to do that. I get so excited about all the stuff the library has to offer, and so do the kids.
While the kids were checking our stuff out, my librarian friend and I chatted. When we got back to the car, I realized I had only talked about me and my kids, and I didn't ask her any questions. Next time.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Yard Sale Year Two

Yes, this is my second consecutive yard sale, and my second in this house. First, the bad news: there is massive construction on my street, so I was relegated to the garage. Also, this woman and her two kids and dog kept shopping after giving me the money, and I woefully miscalculated. So she got two t-shirts for free, basically. On the upside, she did know who Flogging Molly is, so I know the shirt went to a good home. I am trying not to let it bother me, but it makes me sad that I am so bad at math...I just get so nervous, especially when there is an audience.
The good news: most of the stuff I got for free, so I make a profit on almost everything. And most things are a $1, so people are willing to pay. And I made double my goal, (which was really low, but reachable).
Just want to give a shout out to my wonderful Hubs and BIL who put up about 10 signs today. I think they really helped with the flow of traffic. I also posted on and because I subscribe to those sites and the posting was free.
I'm looking forward to selling tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Overwhelmed and Understaffed

I have so many things to do, and most of what I have to do is on my list. But that does not seem to allieviate my concerns.
I have a yard sale this weekend, and I haven't priced anything. Both kids have different doctor's appointments on Thursday. There are thousands of photos that need labeling, and about that many that need to be put in an album or scrapbook. I have a few fix-it projects that need tending to, and my t-shirt quilt has not seen work in a while.
My priorties are all confused; not to say that I don't know what is important, but that I believe all my work is important. With a mindset like that, it is hard to get work done.
My concern is that I am forgetting something; I am afraid I am not using my time wisely, and I am afraid that my to-do list is insurmountable. I want to finish my projects, clip all my coupons, and file all my paperwork, but I suspect that is too much to ask.

With all this worry and anxiety, I took the opportunity to walk the kids and I over to Walgreens. We saved 47%! I bought:
3 8-packs of Wexford dry-erase markers, $1.50 each with the ad-paper coupon
1 12-pack of Nice! toilet paper, $2.99 after a $1-off in-store coupon (and I had a mailer coupon for 500 points)
1 tube of Colgate toothpaste, 'free' after mnf coupon and Register Rewards
I got a coupon for my next purchase, and I hope to purchase some photos.
So I can add them to my to-do list.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Blueberry Sewing

Whenever I stay up this late, I think about all the stuff that I didn't do. But I really try to remember what I did do: I did yoga, which felt great. And I did a hair treatment. And I took care of the kids. We played outside, and we did a new project!
While I fixed the Red Dog (who got a rip up his back), I set the kids up with their own 'sewing project'. I gave them each an empty blueberry container, and cut a line of yarn. I put a piece of the tape on the end of the yarn. And the kids wove/sewed with the tape. They loved it! It was a new and interesting project for them, and allowed me to do my repairs in relative peace.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Long Time No See

A girl I went to elementary school with, and am now Facebook friends with, asked me for couponing tips. I hope I can help, and do justice to the wonderful world of couponing.