Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gotta' love a bargain!

I've mentioned before that I love yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores. There was a festival downtown this weekend and a church had a flea market and craft show. I decided not to do the craft show because I don't have enough inventory right now, but I had to meet someone to drop off an order so of course we had to check out the flea market. It was very small and very crowded and we had J with us so it wasn't easy to get around. But the church had set up a booth and we spotted a power wheels four wheeler. R kind of kept walking, but of course I had to investigate and the price tag said $5! Those things sell for about $200. The way we work things is: I have the ideas and R helps me with the "technical" stuff. In this case, that included finding out whether it a) works b) has a battery and charger and c) can be fixed if it doesn't work. The guy told R that it came with not one but two batteries and the charger. We decided that for $5 we'd take a chance. R charged the first battery overnight and we tried it today. It works! R says it doesn't act fully charged and probably won't hold a charge for long but with the two batteries we may get a few hours out of it at a time. We took it for a spin around the block and J had a ball with it! SO worth the $5! Guess I should admit that he already has a smaller motorized 4 wheeler that he rides in the house that uncle B bought for him for Christmas and he has a motorized John tractor for outside that we bought for his last birthday. What can I say, the boy loves his vehicles! LOL

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Great day with my favorite boy

J and I had a great day yesterday! We did a little grocery shopping, went to play group, stopped in to drop some crafts off at "my" store and then went to McD.onalds for lunch. There were two Amish men in there and he said very loudly "look mama, there's a cowboy!" It was adorable, he was so excited. He ate very nicely so we went for frozen custard afterwards, so yummy. We each got a little cup and he sat so nicely in the booth and ate his all by himself. That is a big thing with him, he loves to do things "by myself." We have always asked him to help with things and he is so proud to help. After that we went to Wal.mart for the rest of our groceries, then stopped for gas and then a quick run in to the library to get a movie for daddy. Lots of places, such a busy day. Through it all he was in a great mood, listened well and stayed right with me in the grocery store. He has been asking to walk with me instead of riding in the cart so we gave it a try and he did great. I can't get over how quickly he is growing up, no remnants of baby to be seen. Which is fine with me because infancy is not my favorite stage. I love this age, watching him figure things out and learn and explore the world. Today was one of those days that you store in your heart and remember forever. I am so happy to be his mommy and I am so blessed to have this time with him.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blog Junkie

I read a lot of blogs. Seriously, a lot of blogs. I only recently started my own and discovered the sheer joy of a blog reader! I used to visit each blog individually and check for updates and that took so much time. Plus it was disappointing when there was no update. Anyway, I got to thinking the other day about how varied the blogs I read are. I started breaking them into categories and I am truly all over the map. Here are some of the categories of blogs I read (I'm sure I've left some out) and a brief reason why I read them.

 *infertility: My husband and I battled infertility for over three years to have J. When we were in the trenches I was just discovering blogs. How I wish I had had the support of this community while in the midst of our struggle. It's so sad to read when someone gets a negative or has a miscarriage but what a joy to read when someone gets pregnant or delivers a baby.

*yard sale/thrifting: I love yard sales and thrifting! Because we are a one income family right now, money is tight and I love the challenge of finding bargains.

*couponing: same reason as above. I love me some bargains!

*parenting: I love reading ideas from other moms and finding activities for J and I.

*weight loss: I am trying to lose weight and get healthier so these sites are inspirational to me.

*moms of special needs children: I was a special education teacher and love reading about these kids. I taught autistic children for quite some time, so many of the blogs I read reflect that.

*crafts: I make and sell crafts to try and bring in some extra money so I love these sites to get ideas. Plus I just love being creative and making things for our own home.

*fashion: I am NOT into fashion but I enjoy seeing the outfits some people put together.

*money savers: I love blogs that give tips and recipes to make your own <fill in the blank> I currently make our laundry detergent and many household cleaners. They are much safer and much cheaper.

*cooking/baking: I love to cook and bake (and eat) and love looking at blogs with pictures for inspiration. I love trying new recipes.

*large families: Because my pregnancy was difficult, my doctor strongly advised me not to try to have any more children. J is my world and I am so thankful for him, but R and I had wanted at least two children. I love reading about large families.

*anxiety/depression: I battled ppd after having J and  have some relatively minor anxiety issues so I like reading about the coping mechanisms of others.

Those are the categories I can think of right now. I'm sure there are more, as well as the blogs I read that don't fit into a category. Told you I'm a blog junkie!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hi, I'm Angela and I'm a fabricaholic ;-)

     First things first: after I made the appointment to have Dottie "scoped", the little stinker didn't cough at ALL friday night, saturday night or sunday night! She also only coughed a handful of times during the day and they were much "lighter" sounding. So I called the vet this morning and they said to finish up her meds (she's done tomorrow) and keep a close eye on her. So we're cautiously optimistic that she may not need the scope, at least for now. Praise God!

     Now on to the "real" news! As I mentioned in an earlier post, is closing their fabric department. I originally thought that it was all of them but I spoke to two other stores and they are remaining open. Interesting. Anyway, we went to yesterday to get a piece of fabric for the apron order I'm doing and the lady said that everything was going to be 75% off today. That is a huge discount! I asked her when it would go into effect and she said she thought it would be at midnight, but definitely by the morning. Right at that moment, a plan began to form in my little brain. As we were preparing for bed at around 11, I wasn't tired at all because I had stupidly had some chocolate chips on my ice cream for snack that afternoon. Caffeine really affects me! Anyway, since I was wide awake, I decided to call and see if the discount would indeed go through at midnight. The manager wasn't sure but she thought it would. I decided to take a chance and head over, especially since it would be SO much easier to go without J. Poor little guy gets so bored when mommy shops for material. R encouraged me to go (love him!) because, really, how often do you get a discount like that?

     Long story short(ish), I was there for 2 1/2 hours and got a ton of fabric at ridiculous prices! There were 3 store employees who had the same idea and we each had our carts overflowing with fabric. I tell you, I was nearly giddy with the sheer joy of it all! So at this very moment the back of my suv is packed with fabric. I need to somehow make space for it all before I bring it in. Bliss, pure bliss!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Next Step

     Well, Dottie is just not getting a whole lot better on the medicine so I called the vet yesterday to determine our next step. He gave us two options: try a cough suppressant or anesthetize her and scope her throat. My gut instinct is that this is not just a "simple" cough. It sounds to me like she is gagging on something; like there is something in her throat. So we scheduled the scope for next Wednesday. Poor girl, I hate to see her go through this and I'm just praying that I am wrong. But of course after I scheduled it, last night she didn't cough at all.

     I start working at the co-op store on Thursday. I am pretty excited about it; I'm hoping it will be a chance for me to get out and meet people. My mom will be watching J and I'm having some misgivings about that. Probably just my control issues so I'm trying to let it go. I just don't like being away from him. After battling infertility for over 3 years, I am so blessed to have him and love being with him. R says I will have to be sedated on J's first day of school. That just might not be an exaggeration.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vet follow up and I bought more material :-)

     So we took Dottie to the vet yesterday. She had started coughing a bit less at night and was running around in the snow like crazy on Sunday so I had relaxed a bit beforehand. They took an x-ray and the vet thought there might be a tiny bit of bronchitis so he put her on an antibiotic and another med for inflammation. I still think there is something in her throat, as it sounds like she is gagging on something. He said if the meds don't help we'll have to bring her back in to be sedated and have her throat "scoped" to see if there might be a polyp or tumor in there. Really hoping the medicine works. Poor girl, she was so scared.
     So W.almart is eliminating their fabric departments in all their stores (Boo!) and all material is now 50% off. It started out at 20 or 30% off so it had been picked over pretty well already. But I needed a piece to make an apron for an order so we went last night. I thought we were just going to get the one piece but R said to look around and take advantage of the sale. Love him! So we ended up picking out a bunch of stuff. Not sure I mentioned that I sew and sell crafts? I do craft shows and have just recently put my things into a store. I will be working one day a week in exchange for my "rent" instead of paying it out. So now I'm stocked up again and I better get busy!