Ok maybe not panic but, it is about that dreaded and perhaps glorious time of year again. As summer winds down, the kids are about to go back to school, and the cries of “I’m Bored!” fade away to be a distant cry.
It is glorious because as soon as your child gets on the bus you the parent either go to work or you get to have that glorious free time to do what you want. Gone are the days were you have to watch animated (unless you want to) flicks, you can now watch something adult. You no longer have to hear whining while you are in the store because your child wants you to buy X. Utter bliss and calm are yours for at least a few hours until your child gets home from school where it perhaps will start again and if you are lucky it will not.
I have gotten all of my daughters school supplies all for about $20 not too bad. We recycled aka are reusing a few of her school supplies from last year and went to a dollar store aka big box store to get the rest of her supplies. Yes evil but, also very cheap too.
My mom told me that K-mart was having a sale on Hello Kitty stuff so I asked my mom to get our daughter a sheet set for her bed, a big girls towel and washcloth set, and a new backpack. My mom also asked me what our daughter needs for clothes and I told her a couple of pairs of jeans would be great. So she got her some along with a few long sleeved shirts. Yet another big box store but, also useful in getting a few things my daughter needs.
Earlier this week my daughter and I each made for free at the library a miniature fairy garden. It is super cute, and is like a terrarium but, with a slight touch of whimsy to it. Plus I love having plants. We went yesterday to Michaels because while we were making our fairy gardens a few folks brought in some super cute embellishments to add to their fairy gardens. So we decided to get a few for ours as well. My daughter got a chair, door, temple, and dog. I got a few mushrooms, frogs, and turtle we got all of the above for a little over $20 not too bad since my budget/all I was willing to spend was $20.
I also have a great idea that is cheap for folks for a holiday gift too. Love that!
Today I swear it was fairy revenge day lol. I set my alarm to wake me up only it did not go off and instead my husbands alarm went off super early. Only he never set his for Friday. Very weird.
Monday was a bad day for my daughter. First off she called a “friend” to see if she could play with them. This girl answers the phone by asking my daughter what she wants. No “Hi” no greeting of any kind. It goes on from there she then tells my daughter that she copied her in the park Last Tuesday by stating she wanted to join in gymnastics. She then tells my daughter that “She has no talent”. At that point I hung up the phone on her. She calls back and wants to talk to my daughter. I told her no that she could not talk to her (I was afraid that she would say even worse things to her) because what she said was very rude. I told her they could still be friends if she wanted but, that my daughter would not be talking anymore to her today.
Then later she decides to play with the girl next door who then decides that breaking my daughters chalk is a good idea and ok to do all because she is in a foul mood. Sorry folks when I am in a bad mood I do not take it out on Other Peoples STUFF.
So I told my daughter that she could not play with either of these “lovely” people for the rest of the week.
Now for my theory of why we have wars: Somewhere along the way we have forgotten how to be kind and nice to eachother. Instead rudeness, bullying, foul language and just the need or urge to say rude things to eachother. I do realize that this does not cover every war or every reason but, I really think that maybe going back to being nice and kind to each other is much better and a kinder way to deal with folks.
I realize that it is harder to be nice and kind. It takes more effort than just to pop off that rude gesture or comment. So the next time you accidentally cut someone off in traffic and they honk at you instead of saying something rude or the lovely hand gesture. Just realize that they had every right to give you that reminder of being safe and not hitting them. Or whatever the situation is just remember that kindness and being nice is a better way to handle something. Not saying it works for every situation because you may be within your rights to yell or get angry but, just try to be nice. Remember WORDS HAVE MORE POWER than fists or kicks because the bruises and cuts heal. The words stay with a person longer.
For those of us in the US it is not only the Fourth of July where our country celebrates its independence from the UK but, it is also a time where it seems that marketers are having sales in the hopes and attempt to get you to buy stuff you more than likely dont really need, want or even use. Whether it is a new car, bedroom furniture, or more clothes. I say celebrate it the best way you can by not doing any of the above. Celebrate with family, friends, or those that are most important to you whether it is having to go out and get a few necessities for that vegan barbecue then I say go for it.
As for my family we have not decided what we will do this holiday. My husband will probably help his parents re tile their bathroom and there is talk of watching the fire works display but, it does depend on the weather. We have been getting a lot of rain and really wish we could send it to the southwest and California at least. It has been so bad that I personally want to move out west just to see the sun again and to have some heat. It is summer after all. We will not be spending much money this forth of July weekend. We did go grocery shopping for the following week and got enough food to last until we go shopping again. I am planning on making red, white, and blue scones for breakfast. The red will be raspberries, the blue blueberries of course and the white will be just from the flour used. Not very original but, it is as good as I can make it.
This past month has been hard on the pocket. I have spent way more than I expected. Vacations tend to do that to me no matter how hard I try to not spend a lot of money. I also got a few things that I will use and will eventually use but, did not want to hit this particular store during the holidays so decided to stock up now. Plus my mom gave me some money for my birthday so decided to treat myself to an hour long massage. It was heaven and totally worth the expense. This month should be better.
In other great news we have been infested with or at least invaded by very large black ants. Not sure what has attracted them to our home but, really wish they would just get out they really seem to like me. I have been doing my best to scoop them up and take them back outside. The ladies have been polite and have not bitten anyone so that is a good thing. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get them out of our house I am all ears. Another interesting thing they seem to like the dark.
Our vacation was GREAT! It was fun to get away from most of my husbands things that are still cluttering up our lives. We went to a zoo and yes I know what most vegans say about zoos and how evil they are keeping animals confined in small places but, granted you cant give a Leopard a full jungle to roam around in this zoo did have at least in my opinion enough room for most of its animals and since most people cant travel to the jungle, Arctic, or oceans to see all the wonderful creatures in all of the corners of the world. I think a zoo is a good place to see a lot of these creatures that share our planet with us. It was a good education for my daughter. The zoo also had an aquarium and I took lots of pictures. Maybe folks can help me with this one because there was no plaque for what these sea creatures are. They look like a snake and pop out of the sand but, they never attacked these fish for food. If anyone has any ideas and yes I have looked online but, no luck so far. If you know what I am talking about please let me know. Thanks.
We also went to a museum that is mainly a natural history with emphasis on railroad cars. This one did have an Egyptian exhibit which I personally loved. Then we relaxed for two days and went swimming at the YMCA. It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately both my daughter and I got sick with some sort of virus when we finally made it back home and that we unfortunately passed on to my dad.
I do know one thing for sure I will never again fly with UNITED. It was awful. As we were leaving we were delayed for an hour due to weather. So I had to get another flight home then that kept getting pushed back and was afraid that we would not make it home and did not relish paying $350 for a hotel and getting a “voucher”. I do hope that next time we travel that it will be nonstop and not with UNITED.
Since then I have been trying to catch up online since I took an extra week off. Plus just not relishing doing my “usual” routine so decided to change it up.
It is JUNE! Holy cow! I cant believe that the time seems to have flown by and crawled at the same time. My daughters first year of school is almost over and I am very glad to have a brake from all the drama and getting up before dawn for a non morning person this has been tough. It will be nice to have a chance to sleep in at least for a little while before it starts again. For now I will enjoy the time.
On a bit of a sad note my sister in law has now moved to Texas (yes where they are flooding and getting more rain than they can handle). While I am extremely proud of her for this decision to continue her education she will be missed by her family.
A few links to pass on to folks in regards to the 400 here is the link http://www.ecosalon.com/the-last-time-carbon-dioxide-were-this-high-humans-hadnt-evolved
This one is for all of you coffee drinkers who actually think you are getting Venezuelan coffee http://www.ecosalon.com/venezuelan-coffee-basically-doesnt-exist-anymore
I am looking forward to our vacation. It will be fun and full of adventure. I am with the exception of going to a paid place trying for more free stuff. I enjoy not paying for entrance fees while on vacation. We will once again be couch surfing at my dads so that is not a problem plus we will be able to cook at his place instead of eating out so much. I hope to go shopping at a local co-op once we get there for supplies.
Ciao for now and will let you know more about our adventures once we get back for now enjoy the weeks and silence from this site.
Have you ever had a tape or even older school yet a record that you just played over and over again until it either squeaked or just kept getting stuck?
I have had that happen except since I was having a bad day yesterday this record was stuck to the “bad” and hurtful things we tell ourselves sometimes on a daily basis. Mine kept playing over the stuff my parents have told me that admittedly are not nice things to hear ever along with the lovely thing my husband told me a few short six months ago. I do not know why these things keep popping up when I am at my lowest to make me feel even worse and then the tears keep coming.
I am better now but, it always seems to take awhile for me to fully feel more like myself or maybe it is just from the lack of sleep.
Does anyone have any theories as to why these things pop up when we seem to be at our lowest in life? Or is it just one of those things?
On a more positive note our vacation is coming up soon and I for one am looking forward to just having a few things to carry around with us instead of all the stuff that we have at home. It will be nice to just have a break and see my dad and maybe a few relatives here and there. I know my daughter is getting excited as well of course that could be because school will be ending soon.
Yesterday was a busy day for us. My daughter did not have school since it was a voting day. So instead we went to visit my mom since my daughter has not seen her since spring break. I also had to run an errand as well. It took a long time in the car and I was sick of being in the car.
We came back home and my daughter wanted to ride her bike so I let her do that then she wanted to play with some friends. I let her do that after she did her homework.
Then another friend of hers invited her to go swimming for about an hour so I took her over to her friends. Since she has not been in the pool very much she was freaking out a bit so I asked her if she would feel better if I joined her in the pool she said yes so I put on a swimsuit. I have not worn one in years and got into the rather chilly water. It was not too bad once you moved around. Then we came back home and had dinner. I was hungry but, could not decide what I wanted to eat. So I ended up with a bowl of noodles with some garlic and olive oil on them. Vegan and keeps vampires and your husband away bonus lol.
Our daughter had left over nachos there was enough for one.
Today I have yoga class free at the library and I will return a movie I have had on my Amazon wish list that I got to watch for free without having to buy it. I love free things and also not buying more stuff/clutter. It is so much fun.
Still waiting on being able to sell the things I made at the farmers market. At least once my mother returns from vacation back to work she said she would sell some of my lotion bars. YEA! I have not been having much luck.
Since my daughter is back in school it is a bit more mellow day. I get to watch the chipmunk freak out and forage in the yard since my husband mowed it last night. I am also getting a load of laundry done and am able to hang it up outside to dry. Even better. I also got my chores done and went for a walk this morning.
Do you love free or at least frugal things? What do you like best? Saving money? Doing something you normally wouldnt do? Let me know.