Monday, December 29, 2008

The Newest Thrift Shop Bargain

A couple of weeks ago, I found this chair at our local Goodwill. The price tag...$20. Now I've got a comfy chair for reading.. if I can get Mike out of it. The fabric is a small harlequin pattern and the chair is in perfect condition but it sure is heavy. They just don't make furniture like this anymore.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Just For Fun

How many of these things have you done?

1. Started your own blog *
2. Slept under the stars *
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower *
6. Given more than you can afford to charity *
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo *
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea *
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch *
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning *
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables *
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight *
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort *
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping *
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse *
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset *
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise *
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person *
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community *
36. Taught yourself a new language -working on it. Trying to learn French.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight *
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain *
53. Played in the mud *
54. Gone to a drive-in theater *
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business *
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen *
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies *
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason *
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial *
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt *
73. Stood in Times Square *
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London *
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle *
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car *
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper *
85. Read the entire Bible *
86. Visited the White House - saw it but didn't tour it.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox *
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury *
91. Met someone famous *
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one *
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone *
99. Been stung by a bee *
100. Read an entire book in one day *

I got this from Farmer Julie at and couldn't resist passing it on. Hope you have fun with it.

* = been there, done that

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Crackers

This year, we made our own christmas crackers. The toilet paper tubes contain a silly paper crown, a riddle, a small trinket, and a piece of chocolate. We don't know if they will crack but we will still have a lot of fun with them.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Curbside Find

We were coming home from the bank one day last spring and rain was pouring out of the sky. I decided to meander home through one of my favorite neighborhoods and as I approached a four way stop, I spotted some furniture by the curb. There was a big sign that read, "Free". This was one of the pieces. It needed a clean up and still needs a little bit of work but for the cost of two glass knobs at Restoration Hardware, I had a "new" piece of furniture. It's perfect for the dining room to hold table linens in the drawers and wine bottles in the bottom. This is a great way to recycle. The people that didn't want it anymore could get rid of it without throwing it into the landfill and I got a perfectly functional piece of furniture. I'm always on the lookout for curbside finds. I brought a brass headboard and bed frame home from this very street the summer before. I got two wreaths for my doors and a perfectly good bird feeder from a house on my mom's street. We've also brought home some old windows that Mike is going to use to make a cold frame for one of my garden beds.

We have also received a few things (ok, a lot) from my friends, Paul and Pam. I think they have furnished a good bit of our house. I'll simply mention that I'm looking for something and the next thing I know, they have that item that they no longer want or can use. My new bed was their old bed. They moved and didn't need it anymore. Sometimes, just putting the word out is all that is needed. You can mention to a few friends that you are looking for a particular thing and it may take a while but eventually somebody knows somebody who's got the thing to sell or give away. Apparently, word of my frugality is becoming widespread. I now have people asking me if I can use their old castoffs. We recently got a 6 foot section of fencing that Mike has some uses for and another friend gave us some scrap lumber left over from a deck project. Word of warning!!! Beware of clutter. We try to only bring home things that we can use.

I just caught on to a new way to recycle called and they have a chapter here in Mansfield. I have signed up but haven't posted anything yet. This is a great idea. You post things that you no longer want and give them away to someone who wants them. They email you and make arrangements to come and pick it up. In turn, you can give and receive items for free. It's a big cyber swap meet. I love this!! Recycling and Frugality all in one.

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