Thursday, February 21, 2013

Doggone destruction

How can a little furry fellow as cute as this be so destructive?

Oh sure he looks innocent  and unassuming. HA!

He ate:

 my  credit card

my office chair

my curtains

not to mention- the corner of my stairs, my cell phone charger, 2 tote bags, my clothepins bag -with all but 6 clothespins, 1 wicker basket, 2 small grapevine wreaths, 1 pair of flip flops, 1 pair of slippers, several towels, 1 fleece blanket, 2 throw rugs AND my awesome tweed blazer I found thrifting for $2.50 (spent $5 to dry clean) which I was only able to wear one time....SIIIIGGGGHHHH

I swear he is part billy goat!

I now have new curtains. Purchased from Target on clearance for $8 per panel (4 panels) which is a great price for 95 inch curtains. I used my Target card, saved 5% and used my remaining Target gift cards. I ended up paying $16.40 before taxes.
Threshold™ Farrah Window Panel

I am not going to buy a new office chair. I am using my old folding wood chair with a $12 cushion (from Target).

My office chair, which Frazzle destroyed is going to be re-upholstered. I have leftover foam from another project and plenty of fabric, so stay tuned for that reveal. Which I need to do soon because this chair is killing my back! After an hour of sitting in this I feel like my back was the stage used for River Dance!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Spam Me Not

I don't know about the rest of my bloggy friends but I am being inundated with spam from people leaving anonymous comments. And not good anonymous comments like "Hey I just found your blog and really love it" or "That is a great project!" more like "Plz reply dumbells expand Bowflex" or "Come check out my blog many XXX party girls"

UGH!!!  That is my foot stamping UGH!

When I check my blog and see there are new comments, it is always such a thrill. Then I see 98% of them are spam- and it is very disheartening. Unfortunately, not all of the anonymous comments are being caught in the spam folder, so I have to move or delete them.

I don't want to go back to word verification because it is a pain in the tuckas! I don't know about you but I have a hard time with these. Not to mention annoying!

I am already disenchanted with my blog- ok well life- which is why I barely post anymore. Add to this the spam factor and maybe it is time to pack it in?

I don't want to, I feel such a connection to my fellow bloggers. When I have my head in the game so to speak I love my blog as an outlet to share what is going on in my life, my house and my garden.

I suppose I could change the settings to approve each comment.  Or eliminate the option for anonymous comments. I hesitate to do so because not everyone has an Open ID or Gmail account.  I wanted my blog to be easy access to any reader.

Anyone have any tips for managing the spam?  And for goodness sakes PLEASE let us hope I don't end up with another 50 anonymous comments....

Thursday, February 14, 2013

True Love

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today also happens to be mine and the hubbs 21st wedding anniversary.

We have never followed the traditional gift giving guidelines, although there are traditional and modern guidelines. For more information follow this LINK. Besides the 21st anniversary doesn't have any suggestions--I guess they figure you are to broke from buying all the china, haha

I have a little bit of a confession. I had a full blown rant yesterday because the hubbs told me he was going to buy me flowers. Not because he told me he was buying me flowers, because I felt like he doesn't know what is important to me.

It kinda went something like this as I took to social media to vent my frustration...

OK--not to be ungrateful but I am about to have full blown rant. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. It also happens to be our 21st wedding anniversary. During casual conversation he happen to mention he will be getting me roses. 
1) Do I like roses? Yes but I like rose PLANTS--NOT cut flowers unless I am clipping them from MY garden. Otherwise they are ridiculously overpriced 
2) We have been together almost 24 years-how in the hell does he still have NO CLUE as to what I like/ dislike
3) I don't mind him telling me what he is getting me because I abhor (bad) surprises. What bothers me is he is waiting until the LAST possible minute to get some routine, random gift. With no forethought or planning. It isn't like he has had an ENTIRE year to think of something!!

You know what would be the PERFECT anniversary gift? Spend time with me. We can watch a movie and cook dinner together. You want to get me gift? Great. How about a new planter box, seeds of the month club, or garden wagon. Or better yet how about a donation to my favorite charity? For one these items are practical and two it indicates to me you listen to me and KNOW what I am interested in. Do not just slap down money on something which will wither and die with a few days. Do not buy me jewelery because I am not a shiny kind of girl. And btw I am NOT dissing those of you who like that stuff I am speaking for ME. Seriously how in the hell can he not know after almost 24 yrs what speaks to me, what matters and what I hold dear???!!!! GGGRRRRRR

Rather bratty of me, don't ya think? siiiggghhh

Once I calmed down and had the night to figure out my apologies think about it, I realized a couple of things.
1st- it is not about the gifts or presents. Everyday we have together is a gift. And I am thankful that!
2nd-The hubbs is exactly who I am supposed to be with. He is mellow and laid back. The perfect foil to my short temper. 
3rd-He does know what matters to me and shows me in a lot of different ways the other 364 days of the year.

Like when I fall asleep reading, he gently takes the glasses from my face, retrieves the book/ magazine that has fallen from hands (usually to land on the floor) and turns the lamp off.

Like when I am taking a nap he makes sure I am covered with a blanket, tells the dogs to hush and not wake mommy.

Like when he brings me home surprise gift from dumpster diving or curbside rescue.

Like how he lugs the heavy baskets of laundry up and down the stairs for me--even when I know he is tired and hurting from a hard day's work.

Like how he doesn't mind constantly retrieving things from the closets and kitchen cabinets that I am to short to reach--even while standing on the step ladder.

Like how every night when I make dinner whether it is a sandwich or a meal, he always says "Thanks babe--you're the bestest!"

Like every morning before he leaves for work, he kisses me on cheek, tucks me and whispers he loves me (while he thinks I am asleep).

Like how even when I am being completely irrational, temperamental and bratty, he stays calm, hugs me, tells me he loves me. Sometimes he even tweaks my chin and tells me I'm cute when I am mad, haha

Like how I will catch him watching me with his beautiful blue eyes and reflected in them is me as the girl he met and fell in love with nearly 24 years ago. 

Like when he hugs me I feel safe and know there is no other for me.

I could go on and on, because there truly are thousand little things that he does everyday, without fanfare, wrapping paper or need of a special occasion.

We may fuss and fight (and by we I mean me), we may not always take the same approach when dealing with life's problems-big or small- but we always come together to meet the challenges as a team. We have had many challenges and obstacles, but we have had many more laughs, many memories and always love. 

So Happy 21st Anniversary Mr. Cozy Little Farmhouse

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Time for some inspiration

I am still trying to chase my blues away so I decided I needed some retail therapy. Except I am broke and I can't afford to use any of the credit cards, since that would defeat the purpose of paying down my debt. So I did the next best thing, I decided on a little "window" shopping. Seeing as it was a dark and stormy night no way was I actually going to stand outside in front of a window and get hit by a car or in my case lightening, haha. So I high-tailed it to Meijer because they always seem to have funky new things. 

I have loving these clocks! The color, the patina, the vintage/ retro style --ok not the prices--but that is the beauty of inspirational shopping--you can look and keep your money!

This very cool industrial stool, not sure how I feel about the route 66 graphic but I love the overall look.

And of course I spotted these funky wood and metal birds

I didn't buy anything other than a few groceries. But this excursion made me feel pretty good which turned out to be a GREAT thing. Now I have a little inspiration and need to scout some items from Goodwill, curbside  or any other cheap places I can think of and do a little make over make under.