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Hubby Honey and I needed to make one of our never ending trips to WalMart last night!  UGH!  I hate it, he loves it.  So, I grab a buggy, put my purse in and start down the aisle.  Hubby grabs the buggy, "here, let me have that"!  He insist on pushing the buggy, (and he says I'M a CONTROL freak) so, I take my purse out of the buggy.  And he wants to know why?  I tell him I don't trust him to watch my purse.  Well....He would just "like me to know that he is trusted in his job to watch over thousands of dollars each day and I don't trust him to watch my purse"!

What can I say?  My purse is important and sometimes he doesn't pay attention! If you look in the Once Was section of my blog you'll see that I made this bag out of an old denim jacket of his. It's a one of a kind and even though I've worn the lining out and it needs a re-do the bag is great and I enjoy carry it. I don't want it lost or stolen.
And what about all the "possibly irreplaceable"stuff inside?
Gum bag....holds gum and empty wrappers!
Expired coupons from Bed Bath and Beyond!  You do know they will let you use them expired or not!
Tissues...(please excuse the glare)
Burt's Bees, lipstick, first aide, lotion, tooth picks....I'm telling you this purse is worth a fortune in just "stuff" alone!!!!!!
What if I need to write down a bag idea?
Hey...don't laugh!  You've seen those game shows where they ask you to dig something odd out of your purse in exchange for cash!
What if you see a yard sale and stop? Digging for treasure? You might need to clean up after!!!!
Last but not!  Not much! But I like to know it's there if needed!

Now do you understand why I grabbed my purse out of the buggy?

I know, that's what I'm saying too! A girl has treasures, she needs to protect them!

1+2+3= happy,happy,happy

1. Dumpster
Rented and placed down at the shop.  Permission from Hubby Honey to use.

2. Hubby out of town
"while the cats away..." the wife will throw out trash.

3. Trash
 Not the kitchen trash. I'm talking the "we've had this forever, haven't worn it in forever, never going
 to miss it, good for nothing, forgot about it years ago kind of trash. Now, here's a suggestion....if you
 get the opportunity for this type of clean up, put ALL your trash in BLACK garbage bags!  If your Hubby is like mine he may look over inside the dumpster and decide to pull something back out.  That has happened here before. Now, I know he's going to read this so I must confirm to him and tell you, that I promised to throw away nothing of importance or anything that was special. I kept that promise.....I promise! I cleaned, purged, organized, and made myself so very happy.

As you know, my logo for my business cards and bag tags is my lovely dumpster diver. But I had old clothes and other items that even MY imagination couldn't do anything with.

 Now I have bedrooms that look like bedrooms. Beds that you can actually sleep on. Rooms that you would not be ashamed to see. A sewing room full of items all neatly folded and easy to find. 

And so...I am, "Happy, Happy, Happy" and will have new bags to show you soon! 

ps...I must admit that I've thought of one or two items that I kinda', almost, sorta' wish, I hadn't put in there!  But, what can I say except....... BLACK bags! 

Who wants pie?

I know that I told you yesterday that I "hate to cook"  and I do.  Just not my thing!  So, you are not going to understand the following.  I don't even understand it!

Yesterday while coming home from running errands I decided to surprise Hubby Honey with homemade apple pie! (must have been the weather) I'm talking make my own crust even. I haven't made pie crust since who knows when....Mr. Pillsbury is a good friend of mine.

And so...

Pictures are for proof of process!
So far, so good...
Now, here's where I need to tell you something.  I followed the EXACT recipe for the crust. However, when it came to the apples, sugar, butter and flour for the filling....Uh Oh! (just remembered I forgot to add cinnamon) Oh well....tooooooo late!  Anyway, with this part of the pie I fell back into the same "dump" method that I use with my soup!  Ha...didn't work out quite the same!
Poor poor pie.  Just looks pitiful and doesn't taste much better either.  Hubby was proud of the effort I think and I keep telling him ice cream will help!!!!!!  I'm thinking I get an A+ for effort. 

In a conversation over coffee and apple cake this morning, ( you don't have cake for breakfast? WOW!  I thought everybody did that...probably what's wrong with the world today) anyway, I told him that I was a much better "cake" baker than a "pie" maker.

His response...


Coffee, tea, me

This tale could take time so grab a cup of coffee or tea and read on!

I hate to cook! 

Have you ever watched any of those old "Ernest" movies? Ernest goes to Jail? Ernest...this or that...can't remember the name of the comedian who did them but they were funny.  In one segment Ernest and his son sit down at the table, fork and knife in hand, asks his wife..."what are we pretending we're havin' for supper today Ma?"  Hubby Honey ask me that all the time.  Tammy Honey, "what are we pretending we're having for supper today?" The thing is, he sometimes ask me that in the morning before work!  Now, it's early, we're having our coffee, the day has hardly begun and he's concerned about this.  He tells me that it's because we should plan the meal ahead of time. If you're planning to cook something that's in the freezer you will need it to have time to thaw! DUH! I know that...but...

I like the idea of pretending better!  If we pretend then the skies the limit to our menu.  Lobster, steak, stuffed mushrooms, pie, and on and on we go.  All we can eat! No calories at all! Imagine how thin we could be and my favorite part, no clean up!  Yea!  I think we should give it a try.

Cleaning is another thing I don't care for.  I do it! Mostly when I have too, but I have NEVER in my life started a day with, " Yippeeee, today is cleaning day!" Nope, not even once!

Now, having filled you in on the above you might find the following hard to understand!

I like to have company! Yes, I know that cleaning and cooking both are usually involved.
But, I think I may have come up with the perfect solution.

The congregation where we worship is having a Gospel Meeting this week and the guest speaker has been a friend of ours for years and so I signed up to have him for dinner last night.  Usually when you feed the visiting preacher you invite others to join you.  After giving it some thought and "thinking" out loud with my Mom, the perfect dinner came about!

Invite: don't care about dust on shelves...they don't see the shelf...much less the dust!

Cook: Soup!  I love to make soup. I think it has to do with the fact that it's not an exact science. Just dump and go! (I can make really good soup)

Take home treats:  I got carry out drink boxes from our local Sonic and fixed each one more soup, cornbread and two kinds of cake to take home and have later!

I must tell you that I really enjoyed preparing for and having this company! I cleaned, (just didn't stress over it), I cooked, (just kept it simple)!

Now comes my favorite part!  Today! 
No cooking, No cleaning! Just enjoying what's been done!

And when Hubby Honey ask me, "what are we pretending we're having for supper tonight" He'll get that look that he claims all girls learn from birth!


A few months back I shared with you about the death of my cousin Andy.  I showed you how that I had taken some of his jeans and made a weekender bag for my Aunt.  If you read that post, then you know that Andy was a fireman with the Monroe, LA Fire Dept. and was loved by family and friends alike. In this post I want you to see the quilt tops I made using his shirts.  Each of his children picked out their favorite shirts that held special memories of their Dad.  The tops are now being quilted by a very special group of women who use the proceeds to send children to camp in the summer.
Logan's Quilt
This is the quote from Andy that is on his tombstone!
AnnaKate's Quilt
I took the leftovers and made a bag for his wife, Tammy
Inside of the bag is Andy's jeans!

We don't need tangible items to help us remember those we love. However, I believe that on a cold night, snuggling under a quilt made from shirts he wore, his love for them will be felt and brought closer in bright, vivid memory to have and hold forever!

Treasure in a box!

Have you ever stumbled on something that is so much fun, a true treasure, a real find, something you absolutely love?  Don't you just love when that happens!

While wandering the aisles of a local flea market, I just happened to look down at my feet and there it was!!!!!  A true treasure!  Price...$25...Yipeee...I couldn't wait to take it up front and get more details.

Then comes the bad news.  You plug it in and can't get it to work properly!  (Frown, Frown!)  And so, you make an offer of $15 and you think, that's not too much money if your purchase turns out to be a dud.  You don't really think they'll accept the offer, but, once again, Yipeee....they take your money and you runnnnn with your new treasure.  And guess what?

It works!  Like a dream!  Your new treasure is truly a treasure!  It makes you smile and helps with your hobby! Awesome!
Under this box is my new treasure.
A  1954 New Home sewing machine!
Weighs a ton, sews like a dream and is awesome!

Just so happens that the friend who was with me when I found my treasure was born in 1954...looks like they made a lot of things to last in those days! 

Bags, bags, bags

Jeans, ribbon, fabric, imagination and time!

I have a lot of the first four items, just not enough of the last one!

Wasn't there a song about Time in a Bottle ?

What if Walmart sold Time?

Until that happens....just put on your running shoes and get going!