Monday, August 7, 2017

WOW......and also can't sleep because my mind is wandering over an issue and so I thought I'd blog it.

Has it REALLY been 4 months since my last blog entry?

That is a crazy break!  I took a break from a lot of my hobbies, I sometimes rotate them since I can get a little obsessive compulsive about them.  I might binge read, or binge cross stitch or crosswords, coloring etc.  At any rate, the title kind of says why I'm here at 7 am.  I have had 0 sleep because my mind keeps going over and over an issue.

I had the idea of buying a trailor on a bit of land from someone, and it wouldn't be much.  I'd have some pros and cons about this.  The most obvious and foremost one being that I'm pretty sure I would immediately be saving over $300 in rent.  The only thing is, I'm not sure of the utility costs, so I'm not sure if that would make the "saving" a wash.  But, I think I could have it paid off in a couple of years at that savings of rent, or earlier since it's not a whole lot to begin with.  Maybe a list of pros and cons would help.

Pros                                                                 Cons

rent/mortgage lower                                        I'd be further from my family
I could have this fully paid in a few yrs          I don't know the utilities amts to compare
I'd be on a piece of land so fewer neighbors   break/replace would be my responsibility
MAYBE more money for food/fun stuff         might not be able to make neice playdays etc
no cars near mine at home                               would I be too far to help house sit sis house
space that's actually mine                                indoor/outdoor adopted kitty could get lost

I can't think of more at the moment, I'm sure there are LOTS and some of the cons may merely be perceptions of something and not REALLY an issue.  Part of me says....JUST DO IT.  I mean, I've fallen into some REALLY deep pits before and been able to climb my way out.  This may even be a high point and not something I should even be worrying over so much.  What is really the worst that can happen.  I do it and everything breaks.....well, I've lived in a house before with no electricity etc that was still being finished and had a porta potty, I washed my hair over the edge of a porch and bathed with baby wipes, so honestly, I fail to see what could really be worse in a house that has a bathroom and electricity.

I don't like propane, but I could learn to live with it.  I could even potentially upgrade the living space after a while if all goes well.  I moved into these apartments because I was assured the rent didn't ever go up, and I'd know what it was, but then someone bought the family that owned this out, and it's gone up every year since, which pisses me off royally.  To be quite frank, if they attempted to charge me with early termination fees, I'd tell them stick it in their butts, because as far as I'm concerned, what I was told should stick even if new owners took over, as they should honor what was formerly promised, regardless of who did the promising.  I do worry about all the little strays that come by, they keep things mouse/rat etc free, so I feed them.  I hope others realize what a service the stray kitties are doing as well and give them kindness, but I've seen at least one cat missing part of a leg so I think there is at least one psychopath that likes to torture animals living here.  I'd take them all with me but cats have a sense about location, so they'd all likely get lost or make their way back here.  I'd have to force house fuzzbutt for a few weeks to make sure her locator got reset.

I'm not worried about lil kitty or fatcat, they've never been outside, they'd adjust just fine.  I think I'd be about an hour or more drive from my mom, and I think that's my biggest issue.  I'd be able to afford the gas much easier to go see everyone, but that drive.....yuck.  I'd also have to figure out the grocery options in the area, I'm not sure if I'd have a hell of a time finding a good place that's relatively close.  Here, I have all kinds of options from a mile to a few miles in just about any direction.  I'm not a big shopper, so the loss of the nearby mall is not a huge deal to me.  I'd just as soon give mom my money and let her figure out what to buy for me, she's a GREAT shopper LOL.

ARGH!!! I thought blogging would help, and maybe it has, but I don't feel like it has yet.........

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Very Special Easter Gift

I hurt my back a few days ago and could barely walk.

I'm not sure if I pulled a tendon, sciatic nerve, or muscle, but I'm relatively sure it wasn't anything to do with bone.  Either way, it's taken several days to really be able to move around much, and even though I'm still very stiff and it's hard to bend, I had the need to run to the store yesterday.  When I got to the parking lot entrance, I stopped.  Fortunately there weren't too many vehicles behind me, and traffic on the other side was slower to react and stop until a lady in a white SUV stopped.

Why? Well, God in his infinite wisdom decided that we needed or deserved a VERY special Easter gift.  I'm not sure how long I was stopped, perhaps 10 minutes or so, but I patiently waited for a momma and a large group of baby ducks to hop off the curb and cross.  The littlest duckling was very slow and unsteady and possible exhausted from the energy to burst out of his/her egg, and kept laying down and then running to catch up and lay down again.

It was instinctual for me to be concerned for the family but as I couldnt move well, I had little I could do to try and help the little family along or check on the littlest one.  After they'd crossed, I continued on to find a parking place, and was happy to see that the lady in the SUV had pulled off and gotten out to see if anything further could be done to help the family to whereever they were going.  Driving to the store was all I could do, so I waited in the car and could only see the SUV where it'd chosen a good place to stop with flashers on on the other side of the road.  I knew that the little duck family was somewhere on the other side of a new building that had gone up, but I couldn't see if they were all ok.  So there I sat waiting.

Once I was able to go again, I saw that the lady in the SUV was following at a little distance from the duck family, I think to ensure if they were to try and cross the larger and busier road, to help with traffic.  I was happy to see that someone cared and was able to intervene on their behalf.  I did, however, get pictures of the lovely little family and I'll share my very special Easter Gift with you all!  Hopefully you enjoy it and had very special Easter gifts of your own.

Feel free to share your special Easter Gifts, I'd love to see them too!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Spring has Sprung

I love flowers....well all kinds of plants, so this time of year is nice.

Unfortunately, I can't have plants of my own because I tend to kill them........  So I guess I can live vicariously through the coloring books featuring plants.  I wish I had my mom's talent with growing things, but I don't so I choose to not torture any plants trying LOL.  My big brother has a reasonably good hand at growing things.  I guess I'll just let nature do its thing and enjoy it that way.

I have two books to share with you today.  One is Johanna Basford's Secret Garden and had lots of lovely plants, gardens etc. shared in different ways.  Some are even styled in the mandala type of format.  The pages are lovely and thick so using markers and pens might fare well also.  I did notice a little ink bleed in some areas, so I'd use page breaks to prevent bleed onto future pictures you'd wish to color in.  Her Christmas book was technically one sided though the back of pages were light greyscale designs between the main pictures, but the Secret Garden book is two sided.  Both books have lovely thick pages that any medium would work well on.  I'm not the greatist with markers, I do notice when I color I have some fiber break down, so there may well be a technique of using them that avoids this effect, but I don't know of any.  If your chosen medium is markers, this would be a good book to use them with.

I did get away with not having to color all the lead in items because the cover is a removeable dust cover, and I'll likely color it at some point, but it didn't fall into my "rules" of things to color first.  The book cover is a cardboard one, and also didn't fall into the rules, because I'm not sure that coloring the brown cover would be viable....though I may try that as well at some point LOL.  I'll share the first actual picture first as it's a garden picture, and in keeping with spring it'll be a lovely one to help bring in the time of growing.

The second book is another from Sherri Baldy.  Again it features double copies of single sided pictures to do with a friend or family member.  I still wish they were perforated edges, but as long as you're careful you can tear out the pictures if you wish to use them that way.  This book is the My Besties Steampunk book.  The pictures are very cute in her usual style of big eyed lovelies that are quick and easy to color with most pages having larger accents that are easy to see.  I enjoyed coloring the one I'll share here, and used tissue to blur the edges and blend colors a bit.

Hopefully you will enjoy today's entries, and get a giggle from our way round the "rules", I look forward to hearing all about your adventures in coloring too!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Back on Track and Updates

As you know, I went outside of my comfort zone to bring you some Christmas book information.

I've gone back and corrected my need to color everything up to the main entry in the books I shared, and am pleased to be back on track with my norm once again.  I'll be bringing you the rest of the lead in pages from Ms. Basford's book, and then on I go to other books and entries.

Some of you may know that recently, I had some vehicle issues that were rather dangerous.  My vehicle (Lulu), was slipping randomly into neutral on regular roads and highways and I did not feel confident or comfortable, let alone safe, to drive her and so did so infrequently at best.  I've since found and financed a new vehicle with the aid of my wonderful sister and her husband.  My new vehicle, a new Chevrolet Trax is just wonderful and it's so nice to feel safe once again, when I have need of going out and about.  It's been so nice to not have vehicle payments for years now, but it was, obviously, time to move on.  While I have a payment now, there are benefits to having made this move that can have no price attached.

My new car's been named by my mother and my niece as Lucy, and I greet her each time I need to venture out.  I know some may think this odd, but it makes me feel warm inside.  I hope at some point soon I can either rent or buy a place with a garage, because when it storms or the weather is odd I worry about my new lil gal.  So far I've been relieved to go and find her just fine after.  We've had some horrifying winds, rain, lightening and even some hail since I brought her home.  I'm sure a lot of people worry about their vehicles in such weather.  It's not really anthropomorphism, because I don't think I've assigned my lil Lucy any other "human" traits other than a name, and I do think it's normal to worry, when it's understood the cost of a vehicle, and the cost of repairs should anything go wrong, due to weather or man's error.

As a result, I've tried to be careful, even regarding finances, and have taken some steps in regards to food to compensate for household funds needing to go to a new expense.  I have a rather large pot, and at times in the past have made large pots of food to freeze or share.  I've been playing with my usual chicken and dumpling recipe too to add in vegetables, and see if they change or add to the flavor.  My freezer is full of containers at the moment since I thought making large pots of food would be beneficial in a time and money saver until I get used to the additional finance.

As a result I made a giant pot of spaghetti, potato soup, chicken and dumplings and what I refer to as cabbage soup, but it's really more of a vegetable beef since there are other veggies in it too.  I have two of each of them frozen and plan to change them out so one thing doesn't get tiresome.  I'll add photos of that too, just because it tickles my funny bone, but I do wish I had a larger freezer, it'd be nice, I think to be able to freeze more things, but I'm just not sure of too many things you can make in a giant pot LOL.  I guess Chili would be another.  Last month, I used carrots, pearl onions and celery, this month I tried, carrots, green beans, onions and black eyed peas in the chicken and dumplings and both ways it was still very good and still tasted like chcken and dumplings.

I've also taken time to other things/hobbies, since I think doing one thing all the time could be potentially problematic, including making you lose interest in your hobby, so I do think it's a good thing to have more than one hobby.  I'd encourage anyone to try several things and change up every now and again.  It is nice that some authors creations provide you with more coloring opportunities, even if it takes longer if you're as anal as me, to get to the heart of the book.  Either way, I'm caught up and will display the results of catching up, and the giant pot cooking mania, for you here.


So now you have it, all the pictures of everything that I've caught up on and the cooking mania that's taken place recently.....I guess the last thing should be my lovely Lucy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

One Down

Now I'm caught up on the card/envelopes so I can share them with you.

I think I already said there are scores that show you where to fold them, and if not....they do.  This makes life a little easy so you know you're doing it as it was meant to be done.

I've been a bit busy running, so hopefully things will settle a bit and I can be more mindful of making entries for people to read.  At any rate, I think my brain is broken, so I'll be keeping things brief today and perhaps do a bit more at a later time.  I think I caught pictures of all sides of the cards and envelopes for you to see, so it will be helpful.

Hopefully you enjoy today's entry!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Catching up on the rules

Since I let you know I was breaking the rules, I of course, had to go back and fix them.

I'm not quite done fixing the rules yet, but I'm working on it.  My sister and mother shared some of their work with me when I went over, but I didn't snap photos.  They do good work as you may remember from previous posts, and it made me happy to see their pictures.  I took books over with me to house/pet sit at my sister's so there's a few to add from then.  Also, a new book/company to introduce.

The new books are from a company called Creatively Calm studios.  In this set there were three books and since I purchased from them, they also let you sign up if you wish for a weekly picture.  You can also use a monthly service from them if you like and get 7 pictures a week I think for a small fee, I think it was $7.  I think that's a nice perk if you decide to use it.  They have different sets of three books, and each set covers different things.  I got the one that had butterflies, henna designs and landmarks.  All in all, they offer some great items and perks so is worth a look.

I also did a picture from the Brother's Grimm coloring book.  I had fun doing this one, of the ugly step sisters, and tried my best to make them as garish and ugly as possible.  It's always fun to revisit one's childhood and relive tales you remember, so it's just a fun book to have.

I finished up one of the cards and envelopes from a couple entries ago, and am still working on the other one, which I'll share for you when they're complete.  Then I will also have to catch up on the Johanna's Christmas pages as well.  So there are lots of things coming, as well as other new books to review that have been put aside and are waiting my attention.  For now, enjoy today's entries.

Hopefully you'll love the entries from today and share your favorite things with us too!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Dear God

I prayed, and I will continue to do so, but I thought maybe writing this all down might help to amplify my voice and the voices of others who desperately need your help and love right now.

Yesterday was Christmas, and I hoped for a Christmas miracle.  It didn't happen.  We all got together, as a family, but there was someone missing.  Someone who says, "I'm fine." but we all know that's not so.  We all laughed and enjoyed one another's company, but we all felt that hole in our family circle.  Someone who needs You right now, someone who needs to know how integral a part of us all he is.  We know he's facing some really hard crises right now, and we do our best to understand though we might not always have the right words to set him back on the right path.  We can't possibly understand the weight of what he's feeling at this moment, but we DO understand he's missing right now, and he's alone because he won't let us in.  We all felt the weight of that yesterday.  I know right now we all know he's fought difficulties for years in the past and won.  God he won, please remind him he did, and so he can again.  I know he can.

Bring the light of understanding to him that he needs to fight.  He HAS to, for himself most of all, but for his little girl who loves and needs him so much.  He has to, for us all, because we need him.  I need my little brother, mom and dad need their son, my other brothers need their brother, and my sister needs him too.  His nephews need him so that one day he can be that uncle that they know was so strong he overcame so many obstacles.  He's run this obstacle course before, maybe in a different way, with a different obstacle but he won that race and he can win again.  God, let him know I know it's SO hard to keep going sometimes.  Believe me, I feel that way too, and there's a lot wrong in my life also, but I keep going because I must, because I have people that need me too, so I know what it is to fight, even if it's not the same battle, it's a battle none the less.

If he needs me, open his heart and let him know I am here.  I'm here and I'm not going anywhere.  I will come and be there for him as a sister and a friend because I love him.  Even if my car breaks down I will walk there if I must, because if he needs me, I will be there and that's that.  He is a huge part of my life, and I want to keep him in it.  I claim him, and I always will as my brother.  I don't have a lot, but I have love, I have an ear, and a shoulder.  They're his for as long as he needs them.  Please let him understand that alone isn't the way.  Alone only makes things worse and harder to bear.  When there is a burden, it's easier with a family to share the weight of it.

God, touch him, and all those who, like him who are going through these times, Your hand is big enough to touch the whole world.  Make him and them all understand there is no alone, because You are there.  Force their hearts open so that the love of those around them can flood inside and help the healing begin, and give them the strength to fight back.  He needs to fight that darkness and step away from that bottomless pit, pull them all back from the brink.  My brother is hurting, but though he might be the one I mostly feel, it wakes in me the knowledge that there are so many hurting in much the same way and they all need our love.  We all know at least one, and maybe together we can hold hands and send all our love to them all with Your help.

God, help us all claim our missing family members back this year, and help us all to heal, because I don't want another Christmas to be missing a vital part of our family.