Frugal, the other F word

We are slowly doing some DIY projects around the house.  We got a bid for painting the exterior at $6500.00.  Billy Bob who says he is not a painter and even if he was, he hates to paint decided he could tackle the job himself.

He taped the outside lights instead of taking them down.  No paint dropped on them but when he pulled the tape off, the finish came with it.  We bought two replacement lanterns at Home Depot but they were too small.  Part of my errands today was returning and then getting two different replacement lanterns.

I am overwhelmed with choices.  Still I knew what I wanted and they didn’t have them.  I stood there looking as if by some miracle, the perfect lanterns would pop out.  A guy came by to help me and said I’d have more options online.  So I left empty-handed.

This irritated Billy Bob because he knows they had lanterns, he was just there with me week before last.  He told me to just spend the money.  But I just couldn’t see spending $164 each.  That’s ridculous!  The ones we got at first were only $11.97 each which may explain why they were too small and didn’t work.

Anyhoo, I can’t do it.  I do math in my head and calculate what else the money could go towards. And besides the answer was staring me right in the face.  I am going to paint the current lanterns! Hell I’ll get out there with a sharpie if I have too.  Haha :).

Some may say cheapsake, I say genius!

As always, more to come.

Why the hell not?

Getting ready to go out and  run errands and our conversation went something like this:

Billy Bob “oh come on now”

Me “whatever do you mean dear?”

Billy Bob “you can’t go out like that”

Me “what? do I embarrass you?  Comfort over style everyday”

Billy Bob “at least put on a bra”

Me “hey! I already did! plus I hate to tell you no one is looking at what I’m wearing”

Billy Bob “next you’ll be going to Walmart in your pajamas”

Me “why the hell not?”

We’ve seen people PJ grocery shopping before and looking so happy! No judgment from me.  Apparently the mister thinks that is crass.  My goal accomplished, he’s going to continue painting and I’m running errands solo 😂

YOLO folks!   My small rebellion to go out and about in sweats, a t shirt and comfortable shoes.  And yep they don’t match but who the hell cares?!?   And why the hell not?  

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!   As always, more to come.  

Wonder if this stat is true?

A while back I had a post saying this is not new, we are just more aware.  That’s my theory and today I read an article that furthered that theory.

The article basically said that this is the most peaceful time in history. I wonder if that could possibly be true?  I mean there’s some pretty ugly shit going on in today’s world .   Every day you hear about atrocities, it is in front of your face, broadcast news – 24/7.

The gist of the article is that we are just more aware of what’s going on not that there’s more of it.  I guess there was some pretty medieval shit back in the day.  Plus numbers don’t lie.  But and it’s a big BUT numbers can be manipulated to tell the story one wants to hear.  

Just something to think about.  Because I can’t turn my brain off ever.  I hope it’s true.  When given the choice I always choose to be Pollyanna and think the best and hope for the best and/or be in deep deep denial.  At least my heart is in the right place.

As always, more to come.

I’m Speechless 

Not!  I can count on one hand the times I’ve been speechless.    I’ve always got something to muse over and ramble about🤔.  I sure hope that’s the thinking emoticon.  

Anyhoo, I’ve taken to keeping a notepad and pen with me as I watch TV so I can capture pearls of wisdom.  I am so easily amused and I’ll laugh but then immediately forget unless I write it down right away.  That’s  just the way things are post 50.  Either that or I’m a geek 🤓 or maybe a little of both.

Wednesday’s episode of Speechless was another good one.  Sharing some laughs in no particular order:

Maya to Kenneth after inviting him to Thanksgiving Dinner “seriously I’m not being rude.  Do you ever get invited anywhere on purpose?” 

Jimmy “JJ had that thing with Joan”

Kennth reads for JJ “I do, sorry society”

Kenneth “this is starting to feel like drama. You’re going to attack me now to NC? That’s for “new colonel”

Ray “I don’t want to be the new colonel”

Maybe you had to be there but I’m laughing out loud all over again.  

As always more to come.  


I got this orchid for Mother’s Day from a coworker who is the most awesome coworker a girl could wish for.  He’s a really really great guy. In fact, I hit the trifecta of awesome coworkers.  Shout out to Riverwalk Crew🎉

This plant has been in my kitchen window for almost six months.  It had lost all the blooms but the leaves remained green.  I kept adding my weekly ice cube just in case.  About three days ago I noticed one bloom had come back and today it’s fully open.   There are  two more blooms on the way.  

It’s the little things that make me smile.  Turned my frown upside down 😀

As always more to come.

Damn You Subaru

That  commercial for the Subaru love event brings a tear to my eye.   I’m been trying to hold it together but at least these are happy tears.  🎶🎶 put a little love in your heart ❤️🎶🎶

As always, more to come .


I came home to no Internet with tons of stuff to do.  I did what I could with data but then I hit a wall.  I guess I’m getting a forced time out.  $@&-;(@!! That’s me using my creativity and swearing like a sailor.  Then my brother sent me this.  Jimmy Fallon Metallica and the Roots.  Problem solved 😂

As always, more to come.  

Sit-Com Fun

Speechless is a great new show.  Family dynamics usually draw me in which is why I also love the Middle, the Goldberg’s, Modern Family, Blackish, the Real O’Neal’s, Fresh Off the Boat, and so on.

I was going to create a matching game on TV one-liners but doing so is too hard to format. So here in no particular order are a few lines that made me smile or otherwise struck a cord:

From Speechless:

Ray “I decided to take a year off from women, you know celibacy”

Mom “Oh darling, whatever will the women do?”

From Modern Family

Gloria “Being a parent is like being the model, you learn to live on crumbs”

From The Middle

Mike “Everyone knows there’s only four fun jobs: Baseball player, football player, basketball player and bounty hunter”

Frankie gives a look

Mike “what? bounty hunter is cool!”

Mike to Sue when asking what she should major in …

“I am not trying to scare you but it’s hard living like we do.  What I hope for you kids is that things can be different”

Life imitating art, sort of any way.  Last week’s Jack and Diane, blue collar / white collar episode of Blackish deserves a blog all it’s own.  Powerful message about what we as parent’s want for our kids.  Good stuff!

As always, more to come.