Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My Dormitory Styled Life

As I have mentioned before, we are three years away from our master bedroom renovation.  Too much needs to be done to make it worthwhile to spend any real money or put any substantial effort into it now.  The totally blank walls, however, were driving me a bit crazy so I decided to drop a few bucks to hide at least one of them.  This hanging map blanket/tapestry will work for me for the next couple of years.  I would like to be industrious and paint the room, dressers and night stands, but I just don't have the gumption to take on that sort of project. If there is any money left over after we tackle the exterior of the house, we'll ask our contractor to paint it.

Monday, July 16, 2018

In the Garden

Well, this isn't technically in the garden.  It's in a crack between the driveway and a rocky/rough area near our back door.  I now understand why dill is called "Dill Weed."  I did not plant any dill this year but some came back from last year in unexpected places.  I have been using it! I love fresh dill.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Shiny Succlents

It started out with some clear glass floral beads from Dollar Tree in the Aloe Vera pot.  They were left-over from a craft project gone-wrong and I thought they might add some twinkle to this otherwise dry planting.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Farmers Market

I drove up to "NT" (that's North Tonawanda to us Buffalonians)  for their farmer's market this morning.  There was an Estate Sale that lured me in on the way -- a total waste of over-priced time.  Once at the market, I was thinking about plants and maybe tomatoes.  Well, I was lured over to one of the honey stands instead.  Just like at camp, I could not resist a jar of creamed honey.  We love it and the other jar is at camp -- honey doesn't go bad so we wanted to enjoy it there.  This jar was five bucks -- that was with the seller giving me a dollar discount because the jar was sticky.  She cleaned it up anyway!  We will see how Niagara County honey compares to Wayne County. I expect it to be delicious!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Garage Sale ROI

The Steve Austin doll which I picked up for a buck at a garage sale this past weekend has already realized a full return on investment.  He was welcomed into his new home with great enthusiasm and immediately put to work.  The Six Million Dollar Man is now partnering with "Nitro Man" and is the celebrity endorser for the Nitro Turbo-Torch.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Adventures in Stain Removal

 This pale version of tie-dye is my attempt to obliterate a stain that I could not wash out.  There was a grease stain from either something I dribbled or that splattered on me while cooking.  No stain removal technique worked so I decided to play with rubber bands and bleach.  I succeeded in getting rid of the stain and fading the shirt and while it's not perfect, it basically saved the shirt.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Idea of Popularity

I am such a city girl.  The corniest things excite me when it comes to the country.  This is my best goat friend, whom I call Buddy.  He lives in a pen at Burnap's Farm on Lake Rd and Maple Ave.  Burnaps is a produce stand (and farm) that has a cafe.  We ate there on Friday night with friends.  I made sure we got there 15 minutes early so I could spend some time with Buddy.  I pick the clover flowers and feed them to him.  Of course, since he'll eat anything, I will just pick up straw or grass and give him that too.  I could buy a small handful of food they sell in a bubble gum dispenser, but I prefer to give him flowers to eat.

Monday, July 9, 2018

From Garage Sale to Garden

 My best camp tag-sale buddy and I went out on Saturday and brought along a special guest -- the owner's wife.  She was brave to come along with the two of us as we get out of control.  Maybe it was a good thing that all our driving around the back roads only turned up one garage sale.  Luckily, it was a very well-priced sale and I went as far as to thank the guy for that.   I spent four bucks and found two blue glass bottles with stoppers.  These were fifty cents a piece!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

America Needs Immigrants!

 On the tails of our most patriotic American holiday, I want to say "thank you" to those who have come to our country and continue to try to do so in order to start a new life. I don't believe we should only open our borders to the highly educated.  Our country needs good people who are willing to work.  People like the farmers I bought my fruit and veggies from at the Sodus Farmer's Market last Wednesday.  The farms in Wayne County depend on immigrant labor -- and many of those workers end up becoming farm owners themselves.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Garden Inspiration

Does your city or town have an annual Garden Walk?  Buffalo's is, I think, the largest free event in the country.  People visit from all over the US and beyond.  I don't go every year, but will be walking around this year since it won't be a camp weekend.  The entire tour is too big to do in the two days the event spans.  There are just too many gardens and there is too much to see.  Each time I go, it's with the same friend.  We get a map in advance and then work on our itinerary.  You can't be too ambitious because it's often very hot! This walk takes place the last week of July.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Soup Indiscretions....

Tomorrow is "Souper Tuesday" at work, but my soup is taking a pass.  The boss takes everyone out to lunch the day before a holiday.  Since I started making things for the soup on Friday, I'm going to bring it all in and we will freeze it.  We can thaw it next Monday and it will be on site and ready to go next Tuesday.

I have a confession to make about my soup.  It is a Frankenstein monster of ingredients, based on what is either cheap or left from something else in our house.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Full Frontal

 We've spent the past two days working on the small grounds of Chez Petite.  It never ceases to amaze me how such a small house and yard can require so much work.  Here is how we are looking up front.  While we plan to have the entire exterior replaced this summer, I still do not have the formal plans in hand.  The architects and designers at work are tied up with paying projects, so my freebie takes a back seat.  Our plan was not to put in too much time and effort up front because the yard will get trampled and it's likely the front bed will have to be moved forward.  However, it was past the point of looking nice, so we decided to work on it.  Maybe now that it's been addressed, reverse luck will deliver the plans that will require us to destroy it!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Convenience and Comfort!

Another one of my current convenience hacks, is to buy a small container of guacamole and one Haas avocado.  I'll chop and mush up the avocado, then mix in the pre-made guac.  This saves me from wasting at least half a bunch of fresh cilantro -- as no matter what I plan, I can never use it all.  This Little Salad Bar tub was $2.49 and the avocado was a buck.  Last week, avocados were on sale for fifty cents!  I buy these at Aldi along with their Simply Nature multi-grain tortilla chips.  As far as junk/snack food goes, this is a pretty healthy snack.  I also cut down on the cost and sodium in the pre-made mix.  The avocado comes out to two bucks per pound, while the tub of guac is $2.58 per pound.  So I am also saving a little bit of money too.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Embracing Convenience

She who used to refuse to buy salad in a bag, has drastically changed her opinion of salad convenience.  Not only do I now buy salad in a bag, I am buying salad kits, which I thought was something I would never do.  I have embraced not only the convenience but the ability to make a healthy meal that tastes fresh and delivers nutrition and fiber.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Beach Blanket Buy

I was lucky enough to score a beach blanket at a flea market this weekend.  This is something I'd wanted for the backseat of my car.  When you drive around with a wet dog in your car every day, you start to realize the value of decorative seat protection.  This one set me back just five bucks, so I figured it was worth it.  I'm driving our 2003 Malibu right now because the Benz is in the shop.  I think she likes it there, where she sits beside another vintage Mercedes and an older Jaguar.  My guess is that she either has a blown fuse for her glow plugs or it's the glow plug relay.  So for now, I am driving the car that we had previously made a dog-free vehicle.

Monday, June 25, 2018

My Life of Pottery

 So, I've decided to indulge myself.  While I won't go over-board decorating with objects, I've decided I want to use a little bit of pottery to accessorize the living and dining rooms.  This "Black Betty" style teapot seemed to fit the dining room.  I can use it for flowers too.  I found it at a flea market this weekend for five bucks.  It is in perfect condition.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tranquil Time?

I had really hoped that I would have more time to relax once I started working part time.  Yes, I imagined I would decompress more at camp, read and sip wine in my backyard, and just slow things down.  Alas, that has not been the case.

It seems that no matter how much extra time I think I have, there are chores, tasks, obligations and the like that seem to fill it all up.  In my fantasy world, I would get to spend time here and there at home in comfortable, clean clothes, sipping wine or tea, reading a book or playing my guitar.  Invariably, I am up and down the stairs, trying to time a load of laundry for optimal time efficiency while I run out to the store to grab what I need to make dinner.  I get dirt and spills on my shirt in the course of it all and turn into a housewife slob.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Quick Cheap Meals

I try to make our meals from scratch, and also make them healthy.  Then there are times I am a hypocrite.   Mostly, it's because I am cheap.

On days where I have not had a chance to gather and assemble dinner, we'll order a pizza or some other form of take-out, or we'll eat out (generally at a diner).  Regardless of which we choose, it is rarely a healthy meal.  That's why I decided to buy a few "cheat" meals that I can make in a pinch.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Inside-Out I Clean it All!

We have a deal at Chez Petite.  Inside is my domain and outside is the responsibility of TBG.  There are two exceptions. Anything of a construction/maintenance nature inside falls to TBG (although I do fix things too), anything outside related to accessories/outdoor furniture is for me.  We do share sometimes -- like putting new stuff together, etc.  This weekend, we both toiled in the hot sun to clean up the back yard.  There was a ton of weed-whacking and blowing to be done.  The ground between the slate has pebbles but weeds are a big problem.  It took a lot of time to address that.  Some weeding got done in the beds, but not much!