Sunday, August 26, 2012

High Seas Adventure

This week's adventure was something the husband and father in-law have been wanting to go to for a little while. I found one of those online coupons for the casino cruise in Jacksonville. While I am not a gambler, the husband and his mom are into it. I am up for adventure and I have never been on a casino cruise.

The husband tried to keep it a surprise for his mother. She is not one for any surprises. I swear she used torture techniques to get it out of me. We planned to go on a pay week. Luckily the husband had overtime money.

We got to the cruise very early. The in-laws are ones to always be super early. Unfortunately my phone battery died so early in the day that I have no pictures. The location and office of the cruise looked rather run down. When they finally were allowing boarding they still weren't set up. They made us walk back down the gangplank to go through the ID check and shakedown. I felt like I was at work.

I was starting to think I would be the youngest one on the cruise after seeing the handful of regulars coming by us. Then the rest of the people showed and the ages ranged a little more. Most of the people seemed to know the routine. We walked around the 3 levels - a smoking deck & non-smoking deck with slots and gaming table, as well as a top deck was for seeing the sites.

There was a lot of rocking on the boat and when we got out to the ocean it was worse. A lot of people were wiped out. The mother in-law was sick the rest of the trip. She was able to work the slots for a while.

The husband was winning and then lost it all again on the slots. I went a while on my low threshold of spending. Then I lost it all and quit. The husband was good and didn't spend all the money he brought for the trip.

My favorite part was being on the water. It was very relaxing. I haven't been out on the ocean in decades. The river was a lot calmer and there were the houses and parts along the way to the ocean to look at. It was a long 5 hours though. We all decided that if we go to a casino next time it will be on land.

After the cruise we got pizza. We decided to try a different location of our favorite pizza place - Renna's Pizza. We went to the one in the River City Marketplace, which is northwest of the river. I don't think I have been to that area in a long time. They have a ton of stores and places to eat. We got the usual white pizza and a sausage pizza. Everyone said it was even better than the Orange Park location we usually take the trip to in order to get something close to New York pizza. Something about the way they used more oil on the pizzas and spread out the ricotta cheese. Yum! It was even farther from the house, but dang it was good. We so need a location way out in the woods where we live. We only have the chain junk and not even a Papa Johns. 

While driving through the parking lot on our way to our next stop I spotted two large dogs in the hatchback of a small car that had no open windows and the dogs were panting. The husband put on the super hero cape, found a security guy and showed him where the dogs were. Even though it has been a little cooler in Florida it is still hot and per the mother in-law it is illegal to leave a dog in a car like that. We all felt better knowing the dogs were getting help. 

We then went to our favorite home improvement spot - Lowe's. While the husband and his dad went in search for their stuff, the mother in-law and I scoured the garden department. I have been wanting a plant for my macrame plant hanger. I still didn't want to spend $10 on a hanging potted plant. Although I had the type down to a fern or a spider plant I just couldn't make my mind justify a $10 plant. So we went to my favorite section, clearance. I found two small .75 plants that I can grow and then find a hanging pot at a thrift store or yard sale to put in the macrame hanger. I also bought a bigger plant that was just over $2. I needed a plant for my latest planter from the other week. 

I also got the brushes and rollers for next week's planned painting session. I have been driving the husband bonkers with the talk of painting the second bedroom and bathroom. We have accumulated 5 gallons of paint from all the reduced paint he has been bringing home in the last 6 months. I dug through the pile today to figure out what colors the rooms will be. 

I put aside the blue and green for the future kitchen redo project. That left a light blue, a blue green and a light green. Now to figure out how to use 3 gallons on two rooms. Thank goodness they are small. I have no idea how many gallons it will take. The husband now ignores me when I talk about painting. 

Today I have been feeling icky. The husband slept all day. I did laundry and replanted plants in different containers and not much else. Don't know where the day goes. Oh yeah, I watch a lot of TV and read blogs. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012


This weekend we never left our little town. It is the off week for paydays and we didn't want to be completely broke by Friday. Plus I am trying to do the "pay yourself first" deal and keep the money in savings. The husband wasn't feeling like roaming this weekend anyway. He said he was blah. He thinks we are in a rut. I disagreed. We had a great weekend last week and had lots of fun.

We talked about how unexpected financial stuff came up this week. I had two vehicles break down on me. The pickup I usually just drive between home and work dropped its muffler. The husband did a quick fix months back. My father in-law fixed it and it didn't cost a thing. I ended up taking the day off when the muffler dropped. The in-laws and I went way out in the country to buy a sliding back window for the pickup that the husband has been wanting to put in. That was $50. Then the father in-law said the husband never paid him for the alternator in the pickup from weeks back. Another $100 that I paid. Now the husband owes me $100 of that.

The Friday on the way home from work the other car just died. It might be the fuel pump. Since the truck is fixed I am not worried about that car. It is just a spare that the husband repossessed from his sister months back. He hasn't been trying to hard to sell it. The in-laws neighbor might be buying it. I will leave it up to the husband to put the money out for the car.

Since we didn't wander the countryside this weekend we ended up hanging at the in-laws Saturday afternoon. The boys played with the tractor. They were filling in holes from the well people. The in-laws finally got their new well done and are adjusting to having clogged up water lines and more water pressure.

We did go to one Thrift store in town. Well, the town is actually filled with thrifts. Last count is 10 and one consignment shop. That is a lot, but it is tough to find anything. We went to one that we have had luck at before. They everything on sale. Something about trying to move out inventory to bring in new stuff. We found a wall hanging for the second bedroom car theme, a bear for the husband's master bedroom camo/forest theme and I found a small terrier planter.

(Except mine has no color on it.)

Now my menagerie of planters is up to four. Before long they will need a new location since the kitchen window is small. I think I will keep the new terrier white. I had the husband paint another planter that has been laying around for a while. A couple plants are getting so big they need to move into a larger home. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pride and Shame

As I look around the house for things to declutter I also notice what I have accumulated, especially ion the last couple years. I have been working on the kitchen. Still working towards the husband making new cabinets and future painting, I have been finding objects that fit my vision for the future.

I have always been a sucker for avocado green. Maybe it was the refrigerator from my childhood or my grandmother's upright freezer. Maybe it was the avocado green blender that someone gave me years ago (that Graceland has the same one in the kitchen). When we moved from my house to the husband's I decided that I wanted a blue and green kitchen. Since he finds so many deals at work we have been fixing up his 80s mobile home for the past two years.

So I took some pictures of some of the items that make me feel like I am back in time in the kitchen.

Kitchen clock. My priciest purchase. But it looked so cool. The husband made the wire go into the wall so it looks very sleek. 

50 cents at a yard sale. How adorable. 

The Sesame Street Cookie jar that holds dog treats. This is not retro, but reminds me of my childhood. I have had this for years. 

My beautiful bread box. From MBK in Jacksonville. Good deal on it too. 

The inside of the bread box. The husband couldn't clean up the insert so he painted it pistachio green. 

On top of the microwave has been accumulating objects. There is Mr Peanut from the other week's finds with pistachios in him. The husband painted the cheap Walmart timer for me. 

This is just the canisters I have. I didn't photograph the other Tupperware. The green ones were given to me years and years ago. I came upon the yellow and orange months back at a thrift store. 

This the Walmart $1 frog bank that holds my change until it is thrifting time. Isn't he cute. 

Onto other parts of the house...

The hallway bookcase. All the books are for sale. The 8 tracks are my own personal collection overflow. I need a couple more 8 track cases. At least I separated the for sale and not for sale books. 

The needlepoint wall is growing. I definitely need more to fill in the gaps. 

The 1978 Tree mirror was found in town at a thrift store for a couple bucks. 

The tree print moved walls when the husband moved around the living room. 

Now the trees line the long wall. 

Now for my shame...

The master bathroom floor. Yes, the previous owners have two kinds of linoleum. Can't wait to get rid of this. 

The master bathroom wall. The husband had moved the closet and the sink. This must have been the original 1980s wallpaper. 

We have our work cut out for us. 

Believe It

I know I have been lacking on posts for weeks. I like to think that my whole life has fallen into a rut since I got a cold/flu. At work I have been feeling behind and drowning in paperwork. At home I have managed to catch up on (most) cleaning. In weekends we haven't been having as many adventures over the past month or so that the husband has been working overnights and going out of town.

I am determined to get all that behind me. At work I have almost caught up on filing. I have been kicking butt for the past two weeks with getting things done. Somehow I am still behind on seeing some "clients" but I am determined to get that done this week. It's not like a chat all day and goof around.

Around the house I have been trying to whittle down the junk, organize and weed out the non selling items (books) to give away. I am planning to paint one, maybe two rooms, if I feel that ambitious, quite soon. It's not as if we don't have tons of accumulated returned/priced down paint the husband has been bringing home for months.

(the coolest ceiling ever)

This weekend the husband and I went to St Augustine. I am ever collecting the Groupon/coupons for places. We started out, got breakfast and he was the one to head towards St Augustine. I just got a coupon for half off Ripley's Believe it or Not. There's no way we would go at the full price (TOO HIGH!).

Bone Motorcycle

Lock made of locks

The cool carpet at the end of the tour. 

It was a nice day, but the place was packed. Standing in line to get in there was a cub scout troop in front of us. Luckily we got in front of them when we went in. They would have driven us nuts. We wandered through the displays. It was fun. The husband's favorite things were made out of animal bones. Good thing they change things up since I have been there once or twice before. I went on the Ghost Tour years back as well.

We also had a half off coupon deal for the Pirate Museum, but it was getting later and we had dinner with the in-laws, so we will go another weekend.

Of all the places to eat in St Augustine the husband chose Denny's. He said the commercials had him wanting to eat there. Since we don't have a Denny's near us (well, probably 30 miles away) I caved in.

We didn't do any yard saleing, but I did ask to swing by the ARC Thrift store on the way to the in-laws. They have gotten it more organized every time I go. Not much of interest for us, but I looked through the book room and found a couple. When I went to pay thinking it was $1 total, the lady said it was half off. Cool! I got a book about saying no making you feel guilty (I love the work subjects on paperback) and one on philosophy of films. That book gave me ideas for my group. They have been wanting to watch a movie. Since I have to get permission to bring a movie in I want to find something decent. The book gave me some options. Since the group doesn't necessarily have to watch a movie about mental health stuff, I want it to be a something to learn about.

Today has been the usual house cleaning and watching NASCAR day. The husband even stayed awake all day. I did a bunch of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, filled up the give away box and ate a lot of pistachios. Oh and lots of blog reading.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lets Talk About Me

Lets Talk About Me  posted this and asked her readers to play along if they would, so here are my answers, if you like for fun join in to and be sure to link back to me and comment to let me know you played!

1. You have 10 dollars and need to buy snacks at a gas station. What do you get? 
A big bag of combos usually works for the husband during a road trip.

2. If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be? 

3. Who’s your favorite redhead? 
Kathy Griffin

4. What do you order when you’re at IHOP?
Veggie omlet with side of fruit

5. Last book you read? 
What Therapists Don't Tell You

6. Describe your mood.

7. Describe the last time you were injured.
I dropped a can of dog food on my foot weeks back and it made a big bruise

8. Of all your friends, who would you want to be stuck in a well with? 
The husband

9. Rock concert or symphony? 
Rock Concert

10. What is the wallpaper of your cell phone? The number?
My dogs

11. Favorite soda? 
I have been cutting down. If I go wild I hit the Dr Pepper Cherry

12. What type of shirt are you wearing? 
Woodsie the Owl

13. If you could only use one form of transportation?

14. Most recent movie you have watched in theater? 
Muppet Movie
15. Name an actor/actress/singer you have had the hots for. 
Philip Seymore Hoffman

16. What’s your favorite kind of cake? 
Cake, I guess chocolate

17. What did you have for dinner last night?
Dirty rice and green beans

18. Look to your left, what do you see? 
Lamp and moose

19. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

20. Favorite toy as a child? 
Hmmm, I can't decide, I always wanted more toys

21. Do you buy your own groceries? 
Yes, of course. I do all the shopping.

22. Do you think people talk about you behind your back? 
Who cares

23. When was the last time you had gummy worms? 
A zillion years ago. I don;t like anything gummy

24. What’s your favorite fruit? 
Who can choose just one. Right now I am on a huge green grape kick.

25. Do you have a picture of yourself doing a cartwheel? 
No. I am not that coordinated.