Tuesday, September 17, 2019

“ORANGE” YOU GLAD…IT’S ALMOST FALL???


Well, FALL may be only 6 days away, but it sure doesn’t feel like it here in south GA!  The temps have been horrendously hot here this summer, and they are still going strong.  I did hear it may drop into the 80s later this week…still not cool, but sure better than 105!

FALL is my favorite time of year…although I really like it better when we call it AUTUMN.  I just like the sound of that word😊  And I do love the beautiful leaves, although where we live the temperatures do not lend to changing colors, so we have to travel north if we want to see the glorious shades of yellow, gold, orange, red, and brown.


And one of my favorite things about FALL/AUTUMN are the colors….especially ORANGE!
Yep…I love ORANGE!  It’s a color I wear well.  And so…since I’ve already blogged about PURPLE and BLUE, I decided it was time for ORANGE.




According to information I found HERE
ORANGE triggers more reactions than any other hue. It is often associated with something strongly negative or strongly positive but is considered to be a "happy color" in many cultures, representing the aspect of joy which raises the spirits and invigorates the observer. (No wonder I like it so much!)  It's associated with joy and sunshine and represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, and DETERMINATION.”

In many Asian cultures, ORANGE symbolizes good luck & prosperity. But this bright, cheerful color also has some religious undertones.  According to some sources, ORANGE represents joy in Christianity joy which is considered the catalyst of acting on faith to receive God's blessings.   (I really like that!)  

Of course, in our western culture ORANGE for many of us represents HALLOWEEN & THANKSGIVING.  And another of my favorite things for this time of year is PUMPKINS!  I am a PUMPKIN SPICE GIRL!!!


In case you are ever on JEOPARDY, here is some PUMPKIN TRIVIA for you…


*A French explorer in 1584 first called them "gros melons," which was translated into English as "pompions," according to History. It wasn't until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.

*The original jack-o'-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish.

*Over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the United States.

*The world's heaviest pumpkin weighed over 2,600 pounds. It was grown in Germany in October 2016.

*The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 3,699 pounds. (My son would have gladly helped them eat it...he loves pumpkin pie.)



Since I was thinking so much about ORANGE, I decided to do some window shopping…well, at least surfing the web shopping; and here are some of my finds, in case you are interested.

I love to wear this bright color, but mostly in the fall & winter months.  Here are some sweaters that should brighten up a cold, dreary day…

This one is from NORDSTROM…$59.00

But compare that to this one from AMAZON for $17.99.  So similar but definitely difference in price.

 And this one is probably the one that I would choose, also from AMAZON and also $17.99.

I also like this one from TJMaxx...$16.99.


How about a pretty ORANGE purse for a pop of color with the browns and neutrals of cooler days?  This one is Tory Burch, but quite pricey @ $348 (and if you read my last post you know I’m a sucker for a bargain…which this is NOT!)  I would not pay this for a purse that would be limited in its use. (I do love my more neutral Dooney & Burke’s that were gifts from my husband!)

But I would definitely buy this one from Amazon for $15.51 (if I didn't already own an ORANGE purse:)…very, very similar, aren’t they!  And what a savings!

And how about this SNAKESKIN one???  Snakeskin and other animal prints are very ‘IN’ this year!  This purse is on 50% sale...$19.98!
And here are the SHOES to match from a different seller...$72.96, but again a little too pricey for me when they wouldn't go with a lot of things.  But I do REALLY like them:)


I'm seriously thinking of ordering this ORANGE plaid wrap from TJMaxx...only $9.99!!!:) Plaids are also 'IN'!


I do like to decorate some for FALL/AUTUMN but since I use so much RED in my home, it’s difficult to mix in my beloved ORANGE.  I do, however, make use of our big wrap-around porch.  I found this cute, cute pillow at Wal-Mart for only $5.96.  By the way, they had other cute fall pillows for only $5.  And…I bought a really, really cute BUFFALO CHECK one for Halloween, but I will share that later😊

Well, I guess that’s about all I have to say about ORANGE…and 
ORANGE YOU GLAD?  (tee hee!)    So how about you, do you like the color ORANGE?




Thursday, August 29, 2019

AND I DON'T APOLOGIZE


I’m a bargain hunter…and I don’t apologize!  When we got married while we were both still in college, I learned to economize rather quickly, and I’m still doing that today.  My husband sometimes teases me and says I’m CHEAP, but I prefer to call it FRUGAL. 

“Being frugal does not mean being cheap! It means being economical and avoiding waste.”- Catherine Pulsifer (Thank you, Catherine.)     



And, yes…I’m that shopper who will look at something in one store, walk down the mall to other stores and see if I can get a better price, and then end up going back to the first store.  And I don’t apologize! 

When I was growing up our family didn’t have a lot of extra cash, and so I learned early the value of a dollar.  And though I spent years watching every penny, using grocery store coupons, and usually shopping for clothes only when they were on sale, I never begrudged that.  In fact, looking for bargains is now just something I really enjoy doing.  Besides…the more money I save, the more I can splurge on my grandkids and I do love to do that!  (So do they😊)


What made me decide to write this post was that I was reading a fashion blog today and that blogger said that her favorite jeans were these…



Want to know the price????  $225!!!!  I don’t begrudge her or anyone else who wants to pay that, but why would I want to pay $225 for a pair of jeans when I can buy this pair for under $50????  




If I ever paid over about that much for a pair of jeans, I’ve either lost my mind totally or I hit a HUGE, and I mean H-U-G-E, lottery.     Again, please don’t take offense if you are one who can and does pay what I consider outrageous prices for certain items; I’m not dissing anyone but I just don’t see the need to do that when I can find comparable, quality items for less money.  And I don’t apologize.

Let me show you a few of examples of what I mean by bargain shopping.

These booties are very similar…except for the price!





And look at these two very similar-looking sweaters…the more expensive one is actually 40% off right now (original price $249).  I actually have a long black sweater that I absolutely love that I got at TJMaxx for around $20.  It’s a few years old and looks brand new.




I realize that some people (my husband) really believe in buying very expensive, high-end sunglasses and that’s OK…again, not dissing anybody. But you can still buy very good sunglasses without breaking the bank.





Now this next one is r-e-a-l-l-y crazy.  I’m not really into camo unless it’s when I go hunting with my soulmate, but if I were can you guess which one I would buy?


And remember the BEE RUG that I posted a couple weeks ago…well, here you go!  You can buy it HERE for $69 on sale (regularly $98.57)...OR...you can get a better deal HERE for $34 on sale (regularly $57).  You just have to be willing to shop and compare.


Now don’t get me wrong…I do believe there are times when it makes TOTAL SENSE to go with quality over price.  For example, with things like furniture, mattresses, and ICE CREAM.  But we don’t have to assume that a higher price tag always means higher quality.   I have bought some cheaper less expensive clothes that have lasted much longer than some of the more expensive clothes I’ve purchased.  In the case of designer labels, we are often paying for the name brand rather than the actual quality of the product.  It’s the same with high-end makeup…not all are what they are cracked up to be and have the very same ingredients as drugstore brands…just look for those types of youtube videos (like THIS one) and you’ll see.

Disclaimer:  I do have a couple designer handbags (that I love), but they were special gifts from my husband…and even us die hard bargain hunters like to have a few nice things:) 

And let me just say…if I were getting a tattoo or a face-lift (which I don’t plan to anytime soon), I want the absolute BEST money has to offer. 

Oh dear!  Bless her heart!!!!


So…I no longer use grocery coupons (unless they are really good ones) because I’m just too lazy…and I don’t count pennies because the good Lord blessed me with a good retirement check…but I do still love the thrill of the hunt and the fact that I’m a BARGAIN HUNTER…and I don’t apologize.

Are you a bargain hunter too?


"The way to wealth is as plain as the way to the market.  It depends chiefly on two words, industry & frugality.  That is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both."








Friday, August 23, 2019

AN UNWELCOME VISITOR


Earlier this week my husband had gotten up and gone downstairs for coffee and breakfast while I still lounged in bed😊  Well, I was laying there getting ready to bounce out of bed trying to decide to drag myself out of bed when I saw him standing at the door of our bedroom. 


I waved and then he walked around to my side of the bed and sat down.  All the while I was "wondering what in the world?" He usually goes to his part-time (after retirement) job before I get up or either he’s at his desk reading the news and having coffee when I finally wander downstairs.  (Don’t judge me for not fixing his breakfast…he’s a big boy and after a 40 ½ yr. career he thinks I deserve to sleep as long as I want😊  Thank you, my sweet man.)

Oh…sorry, I can get side-tracked….back to the story!

As he sat down he said, “We had a visitor last night.”  I immediately said, “A mouse?”  (I am deathly afraid of those little devils!).  

“No,” he said.   “A squirrel?” I asked.  (We have had squirrels come down the chimney & get in the house before.)  


“No,” he said, “bigger.”  As my mind was conjuring up what was bigger than a squirrel that could have gotten into our house, he shows me this picture on his phone………………get ready!!!!




YES!!!!!!!  A SNAKE!!!!!!!  Thankfully, not a poisonous one…just an oak snake.  I have seen one in the yard from time to time, but that’s a whole different ballgame.  My husband, my hero, had the snake in a paper bag and ready to take to the woods.  He doesn’t believe in killing snakes that are basically harmless. 

This totally freaked me out because at least a few times a week I will wake up in the middle of the night, go downstairs for a drink of water or just to walk around a few minutes to settle me down so I can (hopefully) go back to sleep.  And….I almost never turn on the lights.   We have lots of windows in the kitchen so there’s enough light from the moon and street lights. 

Can you imagine what I would have done if I had been the one to discover our slinky visitor?  What if I had stepped on it????????????????????  


Well, if that had happened someone would probably have been preparing my eulogy.  It will probably be awhile before I wander downstairs during the night!

We have no idea how Mr. Snake got in, but hubby says it could have been through the vent.  Evidently animals like our house…we’ve had an occasional mouse, a few squirrels, a bird or two, and once even a small bat that flew in when the door was opened.  That little sucker could really fly fast!  I sure am thankful for a husband who takes care of all our unusual and unwelcome guests.

In fact, for many years (back when we were young) our little town hosted a yearly RATTLESNAKE ROUNDUP and guess who picked up and weighed each and every rattlesnake!  Yep…that man of mine.  He also hunted for them.  The live rattlesnakes were each milked for their venom which is used to make anti-venom for snake bites. 
Although the roundup was for a good cause and it also brought lots of people and helped our economy, I never really looked forward to it.  But God sometimes watches over people who don’t have enough good sense not to pick up a poisonous snake!!!!


Who says small town life is boring?? You never know who what may come visit you.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

JUST BUZZING BY








When I was a little girl my grandmother lived in an old house with a tall chimney, although it wasn’t used because the fireplace had been closed up.  However, the honeybees sure loved that old chimney.  It seems that just about every summer they would build a big hive in there…you could see the bees constantly buzzing around it.  Granny’s yard was where I got my first bee sting…ouch!
Honeybee Hive in Nature

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot lately about the possible demise of honeybees.  It seems they are disappearing at alarming rates…and that is NOT a good thing.  Although, the honeybee isn’t on the endangered list (several kinds of bees are), many people still believe that they soon will go extinct.  And if that happens, our planet will be in a big old mess!  One source I found said that one-third of the food we eat depends on bees and their pollination.  Another source upped that to 90%, and still another source said that about 75% of all the fruits, nuts, and veggies we eat in the U.S. depend on bees for pollination.  I don’t know which is correct, but any way you look at it…BEES ARE IMPORTANTBees take care of our gardens and some of our fields so we need to take care of the bees.


What can we do to help????  Well, there are actually several things including:

*DON’T SWAT AT THEM!  Most bees will not bother you if you don’t bother them, so just get out of their way and they’ll probably get out of yours.



*Try to use NATURAL methods of killing weeds, etc. in your garden.  Pesticides are one of the biggest reasons we are losing so many of our bees.
*Plant flowers, bushes, etc. that attract bees.  The kinds you plant will depend on what area of the country you live in, but some plants that cause bees to dance the HAPPY DANCE are:  butterfly plant, yarrow, pansies, peonies, milkweed, bee balm, lavender, phlox, marigolds, zinnias, and many others.


*Make a BEE BATHBees need a water source, but it needs to be shallow.  A birdbath won’t do…the birds probably don’t want to share anyway. 


*EDUCATE your children.  Read them books and show them pictures to help them learn all about bees and how to care for them. 

*Buy raw honey from local beekeepers.  It helps their pocketbooks, of course, but it also enables the beekeepers to continue keeping up their colonies.


*You can also provide this type of home for some types of bees.  Just go to Pinterest or Google for more info.

Pinterest

*And one more thing…I thought this was interesting & informative.  Have you ever found a bee just laying on the ground?  You can tell it’s not dead but you aren't going to give it CPR!  Well, you can do something that’s just as good for the bee.  More than likely the bee isn’t injured, it’s just tired!  So instead of that CPR, run in the kitchen and mix 50/50 solution of sugar & water and place a drop or two in front of the bee.  Hopefully it will have the good sense to say thank you and take a sip.  This should reenergize the bee and allow it to fly off and get on with his day😊


Have you ever wondered how honeybees live and what they do…besides gather pollen and make honey?  After reading a few interesting articles I found out that bees sleep, poop, eat, and share a home with its family…sounds like us, doesn’t it???  
2 Bees Sleeping in a Flower

Well, now that I’ve educated you a little on honeybees, I thought I’d share some cute things I’ve found in case you’d like to do some “bee-utiful” decorating in your home.

Wouldn’t this rug look great in a bright sunroom?

wayfair.com

And this cute pillow would put a pop of spring in any room.


These painted Mason jars would look cute in a baby’s nursery or in a bright yellow kitchen.
etsy


And this adorable teakettle would bring a smile to my face first thing in the morning….well, once I’ve crawled out of bed and gotten over the morning grouchies😊

You could also share your love of bees by wearing this cute tee-shirt.  This would be a good reminder to me to LET IT BEE!!!  (I sometimes need to remember that…I can be like a dog with a bone about some things!)
etsy

And the message on this bright & cheerful tumbler is one we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

I do love these a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e cupcakes…so cute for a brunch or a child’s bee-themed birthday party.


But what I really, really, really wanted to share with you (I get a little over-zealous) are these cute BEE BUTTS.  Evidently bee butts are a popular thing to photograph…just Google it and you will see what I mean.  If these don’t make you smile, you really are a grouch in need of smiley pills.



So….I just thought I’d BEE thoughtful and share some of my un-BEE-lievable finds about those little buzzers that help make our world a better place.  Let’s all remember to BEE kind to the BEEs....and to each other.
PLEASE!