Saturday, May 30, 2009

Homemade Burp Rags-cheap too..

You have got to go HERE and see these. They are just the best I have ever seen. Tawra's mom did the best job on these.
They are made from regular cotton diapers and any edging you might want. But these she did are so nice and snazzy if I say so myself.

The Simple Life

Salvage Groceries

If you're hungry for savings- or just hungry- consider the newest tend in grocery shopping; ''salvage'' supermarkets that offer up to 50 percent on items that are overstocks (think TJ Maxx for food), have been discontinued by manufacturers, or are improperly labeled, dented or about to expire.

Worried about the safety of those "damaged" goods? These stores, like other supermarkets, are usually inspected by state officials and must meet the safety criteria. For a list of salvage grocery stores in your area, visit

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Crochet Flower: Chrysanthemum
Ch 4.
1st double row: Skip 2 ch, sc 1 in each of next 2 ch, ch 17, turn, sc 1 in each of 2 ch, sc 1 in top ch of 2 ch.
2nd double row: ch 1, sc 1 in each of next 2 sc, ch 17, turn, sc 1 in each of 2 sc, sc 1 in 1 ch.
Repeat 2nd double row 34 times more. Fasten off.
Pin out loops and press. Coil the straight edge, stitching as you go.

ch(s) = chain(s)

sc = single crochet

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Blonde-is it your hair color????


A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the mechanic it died.
After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly.
She says, 'What's the story?'
He replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor'
She asks, 'How often do I have to do that?'


A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license.
She replied in a huff, 'I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!'


There's this blonde out for a walk. She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank. 'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side?'
The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back, 'You ARE on the other side.'


A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and says it hurts whenever she touches her body.
'Impossible!' says the doctor. 'Show me.'
The redhead took her finger, pushed on her left shoulder and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed even more. She pushed her knee and screamed;
likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.
The doctor said, 'You're not really a redhead, are you?
'Well, no' she said, 'I'm actually a blonde.'
'I thought so,' the doctor said. 'Your finger is broken.'


A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting!
Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!'
'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'


A Russian, an American, and a Blonde were talking one day. The Russian said, 'We were the first in space!'
The American said, 'We were the first on the moon!'
The Blonde said, 'So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!'
The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads. 'You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!' said the Russian.
To which the Blonde replied, 'We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!'


A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature. Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?'
She thought for a time and then asked, 'Is it on or off?'


A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were. The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex. Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?'

'HELLLOOOOOOO......,' answered the blonde. 'They're watch dogs!'

Cheating At the Gas Pump

From the Lewiston fire captain.

This is true. It happened to them three weeks ago somewhere in
Lewiston on our way to Augusta. The pump should have totaled @ $38.00 (and change). When the receipt was printed, and she checked it was $ 47.00 (and change).

She got mad, went inside the store, asked for a calculator and let them do the math. They refunded her. she told them that if they cheat, they had better make it right. Normally, her husband would skip printing the receipt.. Not her...

We saw on the news the other night that this is happening everywhere.

Brian pumped exactly one gallon of gas. The price did not match the cost of one gallon. It was higher. He went inside and complained, got a refund.

There is also a number on each pump that you can call and complain..

This is a true story, so read it carefully.

March 24, 2009, I stopped at a gas station in Lewiston. My truck's gas gauge was on 1/4 of a tank. I use the mid-grade, which was priced at $2.21 per gallon. When my tank is at this point, it takes somewhere around 14 gallons to fill it up. When the pump showed 14 gallons had been pumped, I began to slow it down.
Then, to my surprise, it went to 15, then 16. I even looked under my truck to see if it was being spilled. It was not. Then it showed 17 gallons on the pump. It stopped at 18 gallons. This was very strange to me, since my truck has only an 18 gallon tank. I went on my way a little confused, then on the evening news I heard a report that 1 out of 4 gas stations had calibrated their pumps to show more gas had been pumped than a person actually got.

Here is how to check a pump to see if you are getting the right amount:

Whichever grade you are using, put EXACTLY 10 GALLONS in your tank, then look at the dollar amount. If the dollar amount is not EXACTLY 10 times the price of the fuel you have chosen, then the pumps are rigged.

In my case, as I said, the mid-grade was $2.21 9/10 per gallon; my dollar amount for 10 gallons should have been $22.19. I wish I had checked the pump. It doesn't matter where you pump gas, please check the 10 gallon price. If you do find a station that is cheating, contact the state Agriculture Department, and direct your comments to the Commissioner, the info is on the gas pumps.

Please don't delete this until you have sent it to all people in your address book. We need to put a stop to this outrageous cheating of customers. The gas companies are making enough profits at honest rates.

Why do people do such things????

Why is it that when you are wanting to buy a used car you never get the truth from the other party until you get there in person to talk to them? I have called on numerous vehicles in the past few months and asked many questions that one would ask when looking for a vehicle. Only to get there and then be told "oh, I forgot to tell you that this and this is wrong with the vehicle." Why do people do that? Are they seriously thinking that just because the person already drove there that they will still buy the vehicle? WRONG- that only makes me mad and I am determined then to find all the things wrong that I can then with the vehicle. And then I will tell them all the things I find wrong and that no way will they get what they are asking for the vehicle.
I have spent so much money traveling to see vehicles that I could have already pd. for the taxes and plate fees already. I like to buy locally but we live in a small town and I have found nothing here so we have to travel either 38 miles East of us or up to 49 miles West of us to go look for vehicles. By the time I do find one the money I had saved up to get it will be spent on gas.

Inner Peace

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and
boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every
day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved
ones are too busy to give you anytime,

If you can take criticism and
blame without resentment,

If you can conquer tension
without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!

What to take to bed with you - *not a joke*

This was passed on to me and I thought it was worth passing on to everyone else:::::

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:

It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar rapist won't stick around... After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there ..... This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone. Someone suggested to her husband that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem. Now that's a GREAT idea.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Marley & Me

You have got to see this movie. We rented it from Redbox for only $1.00 and just loved it. It's about a couple that get married and then buy a dog to see if they are ready to have a baby. This dog has a mind of his own. You will laugh the whole movie through. But I have to say it has an end that will definitely surprise you. I never seen it coming.

Pop Jello Cake Recipe


1 box white cake mix
1 large box of jello to match pop
1 liter and 1/2 of any pop (red, orange, grape- even mountain dew, it goes with lime jello.)
1 large box of vanilla instant pudding
3 (8 oz.) containers or whatever you want to get to make 24 oz. of Cool whip (left out to soften)

Make cake as directed by the box. Then let cool completely.
While this is cooling mix the pop and jello in a big bowl. (DO NOT add water to the jello.) It will foam a bit. Mix completely to dissolve the jello as the pop will be usually cold and hard to dissolve. So I sprinkle the jello into the pop slowly and mix as I go.
After it has cooled use a fork and poke holes into the cake all over it. This will be the drain holes for the liquid mixture to go through.
I use a ladle and pour the mixture over the cake until it is saturated. I do this slowly so I can see that the cake is soaking it up. This would work great if you have a clear glass cake pan and can see the bottom to see if the mixture is getting to the bottom yet.
NOW after all the jello mixture is on the cake put it in the fridge for about 2 hrs. to let it set up.
While this is getting close to the 2 hr. mark use a BIG bowl and your mixer to mix the cool whip and instant vanilla pudding together. (DO NOT add milk to the pudding mix.) Then take the cake out of the fridge and put the topping on and serve or put back in the fridge until ready to serve.
**This will hold up well out of the fridge for quite a bit. So don't worry if you need to take it to a gathering and it being out of the fridge.
You will get many compliments on this so be forewarned.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

No charge-- Bench Seat Plan

How To Build A Bench

Building a wood bench is a project that can be fun and practical. This simple, but sturdy bench can comfortably seat three adults and will provide years of service. You can build it practically for free with the materials laying around a building site or your workshop; I used some 2x4's left over from a building project plus some 1x12 boards that I purchased. The required 6-foot pieces will fit in the back of a small hatchback car!

Material List:

(3) 6-foot 2 x 4's for the bench frame.

(1) 6-foot 1 x 6's for the four bench leg braces.

(1) 6-foot 1 x 12 for the Bench Top.

(1) 3/4" plywood and matching edging material, or hardwood (not pine as it will shrink and twist) 4' x 4' for the Bench Sides.

(1) 1/4" plywood 2' x 8' for the bench top nailers.

Eight framing spikes to build the bench support box. 2" nails to nail the bench 1/4" plywood lids.

1", 2" and, 3" screws - about a 1/2 pound of each.

Step 1, Cut and Assemble the Bench Base Frame - Select the 2 x 4; cut two pieces @ 47" and two @ 9 1/4"; assemble them with the framing spikes as shown above.

Select the 1/4" plywood; cut a rectangle @ 9 1/4" x 50"; nail it to the frame with 2" nails as shown above.

Select 1 x 12; cut 1 piece @ 53" for the bench top board; attach it with 1" screws through the bottom 1/4" plywood nailer; allow a 3/4" inch overhang on the front and back edges; allow 1 1/2" on each end as shown below.

Step 2, Cut and Assemble the End Panels - Select 3/4" plywood; cut two rectangles @ 11" x 17 1/4" for the bench end panels; attach each end with one 2" screw into the 2x4 brace as shown above.

Select 3/4" plywood or 1 x 12 pine; cut four right triangles @ 8" sides for the bench end panel braces; attach each brace with four 2" screws as shown above.

Select 2 x 4; cut it to 50"; measure four inches up from the floor and attach this rail on center between the two end panels with four 3" screws as shown above.

Repeat the Bench building process until you have built all the benches required.

Use a filler to fill all the screw holes, sand Benches, prime, and paint/stain to suit; attach some felt pads to the bottom of the Bench Side Panels to protect any floors; now you are ready to sit and eat comfortably on your new Benches.

Here are the finished benches built with plans featured here! Click Here for the Free Trestle Table Plans!

Jesus loves you!

God Bless America


The lady says these are easy to make.

3 cups wheat flour

1 cup oatmeal (not instant)

½ cup wheat germ

2 cups pumpkin (normal size can)

¼ cup molasses (blackstrap)

½ cup water

Place flour, oatmeal and wheat germ in bowl. Add pumpkin, molasses & water. Knead mixture for 3-5 minutes until well blended. Form into small balls or roll out and use a cookie cutter. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 20-30 minutes or until cookies are golden brown and crispy.

Natural Remedies for Internal Parasites for dogs

They are used for when your dog may have internal parasites such as giardia, worms, coccidia...
They can be used in conjunction with an antibiotic or without if you don't feel comfortable using antibiotics. There are many testimonials that they do work.

Diatomaceous Earth, which you can also spread on your yard once a month and water lightly so it doesn't get airborne and it will work to kill fleas and ticks. Works better if you put it on their coat and rub it in.

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Quassia Bark (Picrasma excelsa)

How to Delete / Erase Sensitive Files Permanently

If you want to delete those files and do it right you need to do it with this program. By just putting them into the recycling bin and then deleting them they still stay on your hard drive but this program gets rid of them for good.

Go check this page out and read what it has to say to see for yourself.Erase Sensitive Files Permanently

Friday, May 22, 2009

Our visitors today.....

This couple came for a visit a few times today off and on. We feed them twice and they even came back to say good night. Now I call that a might neighborly.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

REMEMBER Cell Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

REMEMBER Cell Phone Numbers Go Public next month.

REMINDER.... All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.

Even if the message is saved on your phone, you will be charged for the minutes to listen to it.

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:
It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time.
It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

It takes about 20 seconds.

Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

Quick & Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

2 cups white sugar
2Tbsp. margarine or butter
2/3 cup milk

Stir these ingredients together in large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a rolling boil and boil exactly 2 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly add:

1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup peanut butter

Stir well and pour into buttered 8"x8" pan. Refrigerate until set.

NOTE: I've found that if it's a rainy day, the fudge (this or any recipe) doesn't set right, so I'd suggest making it on a nice day.

from my crochetswapbuddies group

Thursday, May 7, 2009

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

A-tisket a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I sent a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it
I dropped it, I dropped it
Yes, On the way I dropped it
A little girlie picked it up
And put it in her pocket
She was truckin' on down the avenue,
Without a single thing to do
She was peck-peck-peckin all around
When she spied it on the ground
She took it she took it
my little yellow basket
And if she doesn't bring it back
I think that I shall die
(Was it brown?) no,no,no,no,
(Was it red?) no,no,no,no,
(Was it blue?) no,no,no,no,
Just a little yellow basket.

It's bike riding time----

I wonder if this little gal will be back for more rides this year???

Blueberry Zucchini Bread/Muffins

These are from Karri on Facebook.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread/Muffins

3 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
3 tsp vanilla extract
2-1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 pint fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 4 mini loaf pans.

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar. Fold in zucchini. Beat in flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Gently fold in blueberries.

Transfer to prepared pans. Bake for 50 minutes or until done. Cool pans for 20 minutes.

**if making muffins bake for 20 minutes or until done.

***I have used frozen blueberries and it's worked just as well. Remember to drain as much juice as possible before adding to mixture.