Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Trash to Treasures

Ok, I am back with the living. The last 2 weeks I have been very sick. In my last post I told you that I thought my gallbladder was giving me problems. Well by the end of that week, I was in full blown attack. I either had a massive intestinal attack or it was my gallbladder. Either way, I was sick. I did a liver/gallbladder cleanse/flush because I figured what the heck. If I did not try something I was going to end up in the hospital. So I just went for it. I also took lots of Gas X and Prev acid which my SIL, which is a Nurse, recommended me to do. Today, almost 2 weeks, I am here to declare I am now feeling great and getting back to my old self again. It was ruff though. My back was hurting so bad and on top of it all, my hip was giving me problems too. So I was hurting on my entire right back side and all under my right front side. It felt as though someone had their fist in my stomach and pressing really hard all the way to my back. After the cleanse/flush and some of the OTC meds and 3 days of switching from a heating pad to a cold pack and constantly rubbing BioFreeze pain reliever on my back, the pain finally started to subside and is now almost completely gone. Now I am on a low fat healing diet with soups, oils and veggies and I am 10 pounds lighter in weight from all of this experience. Its not the easiest way to loose a few pounds, but hey at least something good came out of a really bad situation. I am also still taking my Apple Cider Vinegar. I think that I will never be without that. I truly believe that it has helped me more than anything and in more ways than I can even know yet.

Ok, so enough about sickness. Lets talk about a few other things that have been going on this past 2 weeks.
Back to school for starters. We started back to homeschool last week. Even though I was sick, we still had a pretty good start. We are taking a All day Enrichment class on Mondays from 9:30-3:00 which my DD really enjoys for the most part. She has a Rainforest, Five in a Row, Fun Math and Wacky Games. She loves them all, except for the Fun Math. She said she does not care for her teacher. I say, well its only been week 2 and you need to get to know her better and at least its for only 1 hour and 1 day a week rather than 8 hours, 5 days a week. Nothing worse than not liking a teacher and have to spend that much time with her. I think we can muddle through and perhaps she will eventually like her better. Other than that one little issue, she enjoys the day very much. Every other Tuesday we are taking a pottery class. She will be learning to work with clay and molding it into different things like bowls, animals ect.... I think she will really enjoy it once we get going. Our first class was mostly a introduction class and she found that to be a bit boring. So next time we should really get our hands dirty and then she will like it better. We are also taking Bowling on Fridays. Thats always a fun time for both of us. While she bowls on a team/league with 2 other little girls as her team mates, I bowl with mothers of the other children in the league, which now have become my friends. This is our 3rd season to bowl with this same group and one of our favorite days of the week. The rest of the week we spend going to the library and doing our studies together. Our main study this 6 weeks is Texas. We are doing lots of reading and learning about Texas. My hopes were to do a new state each week and eventually cover the entire U.S., but I think now, I will stick with Texas for a little bit. I want her to know as much as possible about our great state. We are learning about the Alamo this week. As far as her other studies, she is really zooming through them. We are finishing up some of her 2nd grade workbooks which I am calling her review time. Math, Spelling, Reading, and Literature. Once we are done with these, we will start 3rd grade books, mulitplication ect.... I think she has finally caught on to the idea of getting her work done early in the morning and having fun time left in the afternoon to do whatever. I am glad, cause fun time for her, means fun time for me. Last year being our first time to homeschool, we just really took on to many activities. We were busy all day, almost every day. I guess I wanted to prove to everyone that she would get plenty of time for social fun since that seem to be most everyone concern. We just seemed to rush through our days and by end week, we were worn out and dreading Monday. So we are really going to enjoy not having so many activities and taking things a bit slower. Its going to be a great fall!!!
Oh Fall!!! Oh how I love Fall!!! Its my happiest time of the year!!! I plan to dig out all of my decorations this week and decorate my porch. The official day is Sept. 23rd, however, I have a PC party this Friday and thought it would be nice to have all my decorations out for my guest. It would only be a couple of days early. I love my fall decorations, which consist mostly of scarecrows and pumpkins. Its the one thing I look forward to doing every fall. They make me very happy to see their sweet little fall faces when I drive up in my driveway!!!
We now have a new family member. She is a 7 weeks old, adorable baby girl kitty. We named her Chloe, which means blooming. I thought this was appropriate name for her because

we were told she was a calico, before I got her, but after seeing her, I am not so sure she is. She has white, orange and dark gray color, which having 3 colors supposively means calico, but I am not sure she will keep all 3 colors. They are faint and mingled and not real distinct colors like most calico. She is more of a marbled color. I guess we will have to wait till after she blooms to see what color she ends up being. I know that some animals are born one color, but change after a while. So we shall see. No matter, she is so very sweet, adorable and although we have only had her since Sunday, we are totally in love with her. I love to hear her purr. She just purrs up a storm. I think female kittys purr more than male kittys. My boy kitty hardly ever purrs. He snores more than he purrs. I really did not want any more pets, but my husbands friend Harry, found a stray prego kitty and so they felt sorry for her and took her in. Well she gave birth to 4 precious little kittens. One black and white, 2 gray tabbies and our little Chloe. So what was I to do. but help out. LOL!!!! I really think it was just that he caught me in such a good mood. I actually think I surprised him when I said yes. I actually surprised myself when I said yes. Anyway, so here she is. I know she made a certain little girl very happy.

We have been in the process for several weeks redecorating my little girls room. We painted all the walls, furniture and have added some little extra embellishments. We still have some things we want to do, but just do it a little at a time. The one thing we were needing really badly was a chest or dresser. The child has way to many clothes for even her closet. We looked at a few of the thrift stores and checked out a few of the local furniture stores, but either could not find anything in our budget or interest our taste. So we just kind of let it go for now and folded her clothes on a shelf in her closet. Well to our good luck, and some of you who know me well will laugh with what I am about to tell you. See I kind of have this thing about finding furniture at very good deals. I mean like really good deals. I mean like really FREE most of the time. I am a curb shopper. Yes you heard me right. I am proud to admit that, cause I have saved mega bucks by turning someone else's trash into a treasure. Trash day happens to be one of my favorite days of the week. So many treasures on the curbs. A whole lot of my furniture, is furniture I have either found on the curb or took from someone who was throwing it away or bought it very cheap at a garage sale, estate sale or thrift store. My husband and I love, love to refurbish old furniture. There is nothing better than a piece of old furniture. We love to turn someone else's trash into our treasures. I have never gone to a furniture store in teh 24 years of my married life and bought all brand new matching furniture. I have no desire to spend that kind of money on funiture. Oh yes I do agree it is gorgous to see all that furniture in the store and yes I have thought how nice it would be to own a particular piece or one of those fancy couches with recliners built in, but I just cannot allow myself to pay 1000's of dollars for something like that. What I do love though is finding those same pieces a few years down the road when someone has grown tired or something minor breaks and they are ready to sell it cheap or give it away just to get rid of it. Thats when I am there to help them out. You can pick up pieces here and there at garage sales, estate sales for really cheap or sometimes you get very lucky and find exactly what you are looking for right on the curb. Thats a happy moment for a thrifty girl like myself. I have now learned the technique of painting everything to match too. I love the way it turns out after you paint it. I use to love all wood color furniture in my house, but hated that it was different colors of wood. So I started reading a lot of the decorating magizines and watching HGTV and realized that everything does not have to be wood So with a little paint and a brush, my entire dinning room of mismatch pieces, now all match. Now I am all about the color and painting my furniture. Give me a piece of furniture and you can be sure I will be painting it. Unless of course its a antique. I don't paint antiques. They are perfect just the way they are. I only own 1 antique chest and night stand. They are about 80 years old and I would never paint them, cause it was my grandmothers when she was a young girl. I love every scratch on them. Here is our latest treasures from the curb.

Can you believe someone threw these fine pieces away. Even worse, can you believe someone would let there children graffiti all over a great piece of furniture like this. I just could never imagine letting my children ruin their furniture like this. If they did, their hind end would be in some serious pain. This is solid wood. Not fake or particle board. Solid wood chest and night stand. Probably a few hundred or more dollars for this when it was new. A little sanding and painting, and they will be back to new in no time. So what they decided was trash, has now become my little girls new chest and night stand. Perfect pieces for her redecorated room. Now that is decorating on a dime right thare!!!! I will post pictures later after they have been refinished. You will be so shocked and pleased. I will also share pictures of her room once we are done. It is so bright and cheerful now. So the lesson here is never pass up a curb which contains a piece of furniture. People will throw away just about anything to keep from having to deal with it. You never know what you might really have once you get home. Just pick it up, throw it in the car/truck and once you get it home, you can inspect it, if its not good or cannot be repaired, you can always set it back on your curb for the next fellow or trash man. I have never found anything we could not repair. Some things need no repairs at all.

Well I guess that is it for now. Sorry I do not have any scrapbooking, cardmaking, crafting or sewing to share. Between starting our homeschool back and being sick, I really have not been able to do any of that this past 2 weeks. I have been a total couch potato for sure.

However, I am back in the saddle, so I should be cranking out some stuff really soon. So please come back for my latest and greatest creations!!! Later Taters!!!

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