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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Day in the Life - Saturday Edition

I decided to take photos throughout the day - this was how my Saturday went.

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After getting up, reading my Bible, and getting dressed and ready, I headed out the door...first stop was Wells Fargo.  I know most people don't actually go to the bank anymore - most do electronic and mobile banking but I had received 9 checks - whoo hoo!  They were overcharges for some medical co-pays and such so I thought it would be easier just to take them to the bank.

My town is very culturally diverse.  While talking to the teller, I noticed there was a teller to my left speaking Spanish to her customer and a teller to the right, speaking Chinese to her customer.  


Can you see the teller that helped me - Jesus!  He gave me a lollypop.

 I like Dum Dum lollypops - I was hoping this was strawberry - it was bubble gum flavor, but it was still pretty good!

After the bank, I had three graduation cards to send off - lots of kids graduating this year!  One of the cards is going to be late because the graduation was the day I was mailing the card but I am sure she will appreciate it, even though it is late.


Although it was a bit overcast, I wanted to get my car cleaned inside and out, so I took it to the car wash.  




They did a pretty good job but they left a rag laying on the hood, that I had to remove and later I noticed that they sprayed the tires but they didn't wipe them off so I had to touch that up later.  Plus, it looked like they didn't use amour all on the dash, which they should have - it looked better but could have been a bit better - oh well...at least it is clean.

Then....I went to the new Hobby Lobby!!  There are 2 nearby but about 10 miles away and traffic is difficult so I was so excited that they were building one near me.  They just opened the day before.


They already had Autumn decorations out!   Even a little Christmas...
 I saw these adorable kissing gnomes - how cute!!  I also liked this Indian Chief figure - I didn't buy either one but I was really tempted to get those gnomes.


 I did walk away with some yarn (even though I do not need any) - I couldn't resist the new Sugarwheel yarn - the color is called Whipped Mocha.  I also found this AWESOME Vintage Stitching book - I have picked this book up many times at various craft stores but never got it.  However, it was on clearance - less than 1/2 price so I couldn't pass it up.  


Look at how cute the designs are - I can't wait to do some embroidery - I plan on making some kitchen towels - so cute!!

Afterwards, I went to the gym to get in my workout.

I have really been working hard - when I first started about 3 months ago, I could only walk for 20 minutes at a rate of 1/2 mile per hour.  Now that seems so slow...I'm walking 45 minutes at 2.2 miles per hour (on average).  Right now I am working on my speed and sticking to the 45 minutes.


 After my workout, I went to the grocery store.  I didn't need much but did want to pick up a few items.



While there, I stopped by the magazine and book section and found this awesome cookbook!  I seriously almost bought it...I love Modern Family and the recipes actually looked really good.  However, I was disappointed that Gloria Family Salsa recipe wasn't in it.  I mean...they talk about that recipe all the time and yet they didn't include it.


I decided not to get the book but I think I will put it on my wish list - maybe someone will get it for me for Christmas 🎄 

I then loaded up my car with all my shopping (one bag - haha) - always use re-usable bags when shopping - save the environment....plus show your Crimson Tide pride!


While out and about, I was listening to Ed Sheeran's latest CD - Divide.  As you can see, I currently only have his CDs in my car...I just love him!  He is such a great song writer.  Those of you that know me really well probably know that it REALLY bugs me that the first CD is " + ", the 2nd CD is " x" and the 3rd CD is "divide" - it should be symbol " ÷ " not the word "divide" but...it is the bonus addition and I guess that is why it is spelled out....probably the standard addition does have the symbol instead of the word.  I almost want to buy the standard edition just so they match!  It bugs me that they don't match!

Also, while out and about, my Service Engine Soon light was on - grrr!! I just had that seen about and was told it was fixed - why did it come back on?


It started raining - so much for my nice car wash - oh well... I decided to stop by QT gas station and get some iced tea!  They have the best iced tea and they have so many flavors.  I love that they have unsweetened tea (which is hard to find in the south sometimes) - I just don't really care for sugar very much so I love they have unsweeted tea.  I like all their flavors but the Black Mango is my favorite and right now - this large one is only 89 cents!  Can't beat that.  Plus I love their crush ice!

On the drive home, I noticed they tore down this house I always liked.  It made me sad to see this, although I knew it was probably coming.  The house has been empty for well over 10 years....it was so lovely and if I was rich, I would have bought it and renovated it....but alas, I am not rich and I couldn't save it.  So sad to see this old and beautiful home that was once loved, now gone.  I wonder what will happen to the land?  

Right next to the old (now gone) house is my old elementary school.  I see they have a little garden thing going on in the front.  They have some trailer now because the poplulation has grown...maybe the school bought the land next door where the old house was and they will build some new classrooms.  I hope they don't tear down my old school though - that would make me so sad.


I then made it home, where I was greeted by Snoogy - Snoogy is the neighbor's cat but he thinks he is my cat - he stays in my yard and comes running when I get home.  He loves attention and loves to be petted...he is so sweet.



When I got home, the Osmond Family Radio Hour was just starting on Facebook - it certian times on the last weekend of the month and they play all Osmond songs and play rare songs and have interviews - it is AWESOME!!!  It only last an hour though - not long enough.  I listened to that while I made lunch.

I don't eat bread anymore - gave that up when I started Atkins last June but I do allow myself a low-carb tortilla once in a while.  While my lunch looks boring - it was actually pretty good...Deli chicken and baby swiss with a little bacon on a low carb tortilla - I was getting pretty hungry too 


I noticed that the cuckoo clock was starting to wind down so I got it going again.  I love this clock - it didn't work for over 10 years, since it fell of the wall when my parent's house was struck by a tornado but I was able to get it repaired and love it - my brother brought it back from Germany.


After lunch, I watched one of my very favorite movies - "Forrest Gump".


I then took a shower, using a new bar of soap - I love this Freesia scented soap - Kirstie Alley recommended it and it is my favorite soap - worth the price.


After my shower, I opened my mail to find I had received 2 shirts that I had ordered.  
Cool!!



Yes...I love the Osmonds (as you know) but I am also a KISS fan and how cool is this KISS Braves shirt?

I then watched some true crime shows on the I.D. Channel - which I watch about 70% of the time.
While doing so, I finished up this baby afghan.





I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  


I put away my project bag (since the project is now finished) - I just love my cute project bag-perfect size - I got it at JoAnne's Arts and Crafts.



 Lastly, I wound the last bit of white yarn that was left over into a yarn cake - put it away and noted it in my yarn stash on Ravelry.  

All and all...a pretty good day....how did you spend your Saturday?


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother-Daughter Week and W.I.P. Wednesday

I didn't post anything last week because my mom was in town all week - which was super nice.

The week started off last weekend, actually (May 6th) when I went to Florida for the annual Odom Family Reunion.  It was so nice and we had a pretty good turnout this year.  There were 5 generations there!  I even managed to get a photo of my mother and me, which I usually don't think to do.



The reunion was great and the weather was PERFECT!  Monday, we loaded up the car, including Pedro, of course and headed to Georgia.  He was ready for a road trip!



On the way home, my "check engine light" came on so Tuesday we went to the car dealership to get all that checked out.  Not fun!

Wednesday, we met my sister for lunch at the Blue Ribbon Grill (we are not twins, but people ask us that practically daily).



Then we did a little bit of shopping...Actually I think I did more shopping last week than I had done the entire year (my mom shops more than I do - haha)

Although she was the one that wanted to go shopping, I'm the one that spent too much money - I got about 4 new blouses throughout the week (which means I now need to get rid of 4 that I already owned) and I got a new bra - this isn't just any bra - we went for a fitting at Rigby and Peller on Thursday.  We have both been wanting to do that.  It is amazing how different you look and feel when you are wearing the correct bra for your body shape and size.  I only purchased one because they are pricey but I can understand why.  I had a lovely stylist named Candice, who assisted us - if you ever go to the Phipps Plaza location - ask for her!

While we were at Phipps Plaza Thursday, I was kind of taken a-back because it was all decorated for Christmas.  🎄 🎅

I thought (at first) - surely they still don't have their decorations up from 5 months ago and I know the retail industry gets into Christmas earlier and earlier each year but this is ridiculous.  I knew there had to be some explanation and there was....they were filming a movie there...Bad Moms 2 (aka: Bad Moms Christmas). 




Later in the week, we just had to make a stop at the infamous Varsity.  My mom loves The Varsity.  Since she hasn't lived in Atlanta for a long time, she misses it so we always try to make a trip there for a yummy chili or slaw dog whenever she is in town.
  

On Mother's Day, we went to church, then stopped at Mary Mac's Tea Room, for an early lunch.  I think mom was a bit surprised by the large portions! 🍗  🍛  🍴


Afterwards, my mom, sister and I went to the Botanical Gardens, it was packed!  I was surprised that so many people were there but the weather was beautiful (more photos to come later).

Sadly, mom had to return home Monday - it was so nice having her with me for a full week - I am so blessed to have such a great mother!

Since my mom was here, and we were busy, I didn't have much crafting time and I couldn't work on the shawl (since it will be a gift for her) so in the evenings, when we were relaxing, I just worked on a baby blanket - I am close to finishing it, so I think I will finish it up before I get back to the shawl.


In case you are wondering about the nail clippers....I had to go back to the car dealership this past Monday (after my mother left) because they had to order a part - I took my crochet with me to pass the time and I realized I forgot my scissors.  Well...that never stops us crocheters/knitters.  I happened to remember that I had some nail clippers in my purse so they filled in for my scissors - it worked great although I did get a few funny looks from others - haha!

How was your Mother's Day week?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

God Said No

Just sharing something that a friend of mine shared with me.


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