Thursday, February 29, 2024

Work day findings.

 Sunday was a typical day at work. Although I was a bit more tired than usual. I woke at midnight and never got back to sleep before the alarm went off at 3:00 a.m. For that reason I thought maybe my mind was playing tricks on me when I was slicing bread. I looked over at the loaf of raisin bread waiting it's turn to go through the bread slicer.

I called to the girl working in the deli. I told her to stand where I was and tell me what she saw when she looked at the bread. She saw the same thing I did.

Do you see it?

Did you see a dog? 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The legendary Gibbs

 Recently blog pal Sandra had Bing AI write a country song about her dog Beau. I thought I give it a try and see what kind of song it could write for Gibbs. Here was the result.

Can you write me a country song about a dog named Gibbs who lifts his leg in inapropriate places


(Verse 1) In the heart of Albion, where the sun sets low, There’s a dog named Gibbs, with a tale to bestow. He’s a four-legged rascal, a rebel with a cause, Lifting his leg where he pleases, breaking all the laws.

(Pre-Chorus) Gibbs don’t care 'bout no “No Trespassing” signs, He’s got a wild spirit, and he’s crossing all the lines. From the churchyard to the county fair, He marks his territory without a single care.

(Chorus) Oh, Gibbs, oh Gibbs, you’re a legend in this town, Leaving your mark on every street, every corner, every mound. You’re a canine outlaw, a rebel with a flair, Lifting that leg high, like you just don’t care.

(Verse 2) Down by the old oak tree, where lovers used to meet, Gibbs leaves his signature, a scent so sweet. The preacher shakes his head, says, “Lord, have mercy,” But Gibbs winks and keeps on lifting, writing his own story.

(Pre-Chorus) Gibbs don’t mind the judge or the sheriff’s frown, He’s got a bladder full of mischief, and he’s owning this town. From the mayor’s garden to the schoolhouse door, He’s claiming every inch, leaving his mark galore.

(Chorus) Oh, Gibbs, oh Gibbs, you’re a legend in this land, A howlin’ hound with a mission, ain’t nobody gonna stand. You’re a rebel with a purpose, a tail-waggin’ sage, Lifting that leg high, on every life’s page.

(Bridge) Late at night, when the moon hangs low, Gibbs roams the streets, his secret places to go. He’s got a map in his heart, a scent trail to follow, From the fire hydrant to the old barn’s hollow.

(Chorus) Oh, Gibbs, oh Gibbs, you’re a legend, it’s true, A troubadog of mischief, with a howlin’ debut. You’re the talk of the town, the stuff of lore, Lifting that leg high, forevermore.

(Outro) So here’s to Gibbs, the leg-lifting outlaw, In Albion’s dusty alleys, he’ll forever draw. A country song for a dog who lives life free, Lifting his leg, writing his legacy. 🐾🎡

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

From Hobby Lobby

 Ginny asked the other day about what I got from Hobby Lobby. Today I'll show you the three things that I purchased. They had all their Easter stuff 40% off. All three of the items were in with the Easter decorations but none of them are specifically Easter. 

I bought this cute pink basket. It's about 6" high and 5" across

I also purchased this pretty pink glass jar.

Then I saw this bunch of tulips and thought they would look nice in the jar.

I thought about cutting the stems off a bit but decided that they are just fine like this. Besides, I might decide to put the tulips in something else and then they would be too short.

This last thing isn't from Hobby Lobby. This came from Bath and Body Works. They had their 3 wick candles on sale and this lilac one just smelled so pretty.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Found in the Hallmark Store

While Amanda and I were shopping at the mall, we stopped in the Hallmark store. We laughed over the wood signs they had. Here are two of them

I can definitely relate to both of these.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

A fun mother daughter day

I had asked Amanda if she wanted to go out for a little shopping with me. We went to Erie, Pa. She said she didn't have any money but she could watch me spend money. 
As much fun as it is to buy myself things, it was equally fun to treat her to things she liked. 
First we went to the mall. It looks pretty dead in this picture but there really were people walking around. Plus it was a bit on the early side.

We found deals at both Boscovs and Bath and Body works.

We also went to Hobby Lobby twice. The first time was to shop and the second time was to find my phone. Somehow it had fallen into the bottom of the cart and I didn't notice. When we went back Amanda was on the phone trying to see if anyone in the store found it and I ran in to look. First I looked in the carts and that's exactly where it was. I got back to the car and Amanda was still on the phone with a store employee.

Lunch was at Cracker Barrel and it was yummy.

I had already started eating when Amanda reminded me to take a picture of my food.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

An egg-straordinary craft project

Most things I make with my Cricut I use free cut files that I find at various places. I'm just cheap like that. Once in a great while I find something I like well enough to spend money to purchase the cut file. I had seen a lot of these egg lanterns in my Facebook groups and really liked them. The files I purchased included 3 different patterns. So far I've only made one. The files came from an Etsy shop called GOMArtcraft. 
This is an Easter lantern. It's along the same lines as the ornament I made the other day. Again there is no gluing other than the paper behind the individual panels. The rest of the pieces just all slide together.

I put fairy lights inside this before putting the last panel in place. It's much more impressive with the lights on.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Feeling whiney

 This time of year gets a bit depressing. I'm ready for spring and warm weather and winter keeps teasing us. The other day it was almost 60, today it was 40 and by Saturday it's supposed to be down to 20 and snowing. On the up side of that by Monday they're calling for temps back up to 60. The up and down makes me crazy. 

To balance out my crying about the weather I'll give you cute Gibbs pictures.

I wasn't sure if he would like this bed when I bought it for him. It sits on one end of the couch and he frequently curls up in it

Thursday, February 22, 2024

A crafting binge

 Last Monday I got in the mood to do some crafting. Especially after my appointment had been cancelled. I showed you the card that  I had made for Presley but I also did a few other things. 

I made some 3D eggs that are super simple. You cut them on the Cricut and then just slide the two pieces together. I went a step further made two layers of each piece and then sandwiched some tissue paper in between. I thought they were rather cute.

I also made some eggs for work. We always decorate for the holidays and their is usually something that represents whichever holiday and each employees name is written on them. Well I thought I would make some fancy eggs with everyone's name cut out of them and then I put tissue paper behind the cutout.

Lastly was this 3D egg ornament. Another one that you cut on the Cricut and then just slide all the pieces together. Other than gluing tissue paper behind each of the panels this doesn't require any glue. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Easter decorating

Normally after Valentines day, I put out a few things for St. Patrick's day. Because it's followed so closely by Easter this year I just went right into putting out the Easter stuff.

The  red truck that I bought last fall has taken up permanent residence on top of my fake fireplace. A little something different in it each season/holiday makes it fun all year long.

I also hung my banner that I made last year.

Instead of spreading everything out all over the house, quite a few things went right here on the shelves.

This is a table that sits near my front door. I've made it  a habit to drop my keys here when I get home. It's saved me a lot of headaches trying to figure out where I left my keys. I usually put a different dish here to drop my keys into.

The cave got a few decorations as well. This is on the wall at the bottom of the steps.

And this is over my desk.

I still have the tote with the rest of the decorations sitting in the living room so I'll likely put a few more things out but this is what I've done so far.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Plans change

 I had made an appointment to see about getting new hearing aids. One of mine doesn't work at all any more and the other won't charge all the way. It's only a matter of time before it dies as well. I was supposed to go yesterday. They called last Friday and left a message that they wanted me to come in at 3:30 instead of 4:00. I never called them back but I figured  no problem I'll just go earlier. Yesterday morning I missed another call from them. I called back expecting them to just tell me to come earlier. Instead she said they needed to reschedule because they were going to be out of the office until late. My new appointment isn't until March 18th. Probably by then the one good hearing aid will have died. I'm thinking of just seeing if I can get an appointment somewhere else.

I spent most of the morning playing on the computer and working on a card for Presley.

Since I didn't have to go to my appointment I went to Walmart instead to pick up a refill on my prescription and do a little shopping.

After that it was back home to work on some other crafty projects.

Monday, February 19, 2024

The good the bad and the ugly

The good
I've been getting lots of happy mail recently. It sure has made my day to find these in my mailbox. Thanks to all of you who have sent these.
The bad
Saturday it was snowing and this time there was accumulation. Not a lot but enough to cover the ground. I was supposed to go to a surprise birthday party but chose to skip it because of the weather. One minute it was doing nothing and the next it was snowing so hard you could barely see across the street
The ugly
In the back of our parking lot at work there is one of those drop off bins for clothes and shoes. Some people seem to think it's a garbage dump. When I was leaving the one day someone had left a mattress, an artificial Christmas tree and a bag of who knows what. Drives me nuts. The side of the bin clearly says clothes and shoes. 

Sunday, February 18, 2024


 Jimmy celebrated his 60th birthday and they asked me to do the cake. Who's Jimmy? I don't know but apparently he hangs out at the Moose Club enough that they wanted to celebrate his birthday. When she ordered the cake and I asked her what she wanted on it she didn't really know but said it was for a guy so nothing girly.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

I tried them all

 The other day I got out the light box and tried all the different colored backdrops to see which I liked best.







The white, blue and green are not as good but I think it's because of where I was holding the phone to take the picture. I think that the grey and tan are probably my favorites of them all. In the end though, I see myself using the white backdrop the most.

Friday, February 16, 2024

All in a days work.

Some days I'm more ambitious than others at work. Most days I get by with the bare minimum. That's pretty much due to the new atmosphere since the boss passed away. 
Every now and then I do get a spark of the old enthusiasm. 
I recently made a new fluff to put out. Fluff is a big seller. My top two kinds are a basic fluff and one called orange dreamsicle. The new one is banana split. It's pricey in comparison to the others because of its ingredients but it's a hit.

This has crushed pineapple, banana pudding mix, cool whip, mini chocolate chips, maraschino cherries and mini marshmallows

Last Friday I also decided that I was going to make heat and eat French bread pizza. I split a loaf of French bread put on pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Then I overwrapped so they could be baked at home. I put 12 of them out and by Friday night they were all gone. I was really surprised that they sold that well but I did post about them on our Facebook page so I guess that helped.

I'm going to have to be careful about all this extra work. They'll be expecting it all the time.

Thursday, February 15, 2024


I saw a recipe on FB for a dessert t hat looked really good and it was diet friendly. It was made with oats, bananas, cocoa and a few other ingredients.  I mixed it up put it in the oven and set the timer. 
It smelled wonderful. It was a bit thin but I was hopeful. I cut a piece, took a bite and OMG that's disgusting 
The whole thing went in the trash.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentines day

 Sending a little love and hugs out to all who visit here today. This is the February happy mail card I sent.

And here is the inside

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Sending hugs

 I made another card for Presley for Valentine's day. This one I cut out several different shapes on my cricut to make a bear holding a heart. I thought it turned out pretty cute.

Monday, February 12, 2024

In preparation for Valentine's day part 2

 Today I've got Valentines day woodland animal style.

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